This Week’s Buzz Report

Through Tuesday, May 19
Metropolis 1st Annual Poetry Contest

10:30 am
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Do you enjoy writing poetry and live in the Metropolis area? Enter the contest to showcase your talents and win prizes. Your poems and entry form must be submitted by May 19th. Stop by the library to pick up an entry form. The winning poems will be on display at the library, granted the winning poet’s permission. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winners will be contacted by phone during the week of May 25th. For information, contact Amanda Quint at 618-524-4312 ext. 3 or library@cityofmetropolis.com.

Through June 1
SCC Summer and Fall Registration
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
SCC Metro Center, 5385 Industrial Park Rd., Metropolis
Get registered for summer and fall 2015 classes and ask about scholarships, financial aid, tutoring, testing and other questions related to becoming or continuing as a student of Shawnee Community College. There is no cost to register or ask questions. For information, contact Metro Center at 618-524-3003 or hayleys@shawneecc.edu.  Website.


SUNDAY, MAY 3

For recurring Church-related events,
Visit our Beelieve link.

Sunday, May 3
Vienna All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (or until fish is gone)
Masonic Lodge, 1615 Old Route 146 Loop, Vienna, Il.
The menu includes deep-fried fish fillets, hush puppies, potato wedges, beans, cole slaw, dessert and drink. cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under 6 years. Carryout orders will be available.

Every Sunday
Celebrate Recovery
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Life Church Eastland, 716 E. 3rd St., Metropolis
Christ-centered 12-step program for those with hurts, habits and hang-ups. Program is also offered at The Center at Heartland Worship.

Sunday, May 3
Community Chorus POPS Concert
3 p.m.
WKCTC,  4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
The West Kentucky Community and Technical College Community Chorus will be showcased in musical numbers from the pop scene and Broadway. Attend this Paducah tradition. Free admission. For information, call 270-554-9200.

MONDAY. MAY 4

First Monday
Allied Signal/Honeywell Retirees
8 a.m.
Waffle Hut located off I-24, Exit 3, on Old Cairo Rd., Paducah, Ky.
Retirees meet monthly for breakfast.

First Monday
Massac Quilters
9 a.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Workshops or demonstrations are held monthly. Anyone interested in quilting is invited to attend.  For more information, call 618-524-7074.

Every Monday
Take Off Pounds Sensibly
10 a.m.
Joppa Baptist Church, 215 Pearl St., Joppa, Il.
This chapter meets every Monday. Weigh-ins are from 10-10:30 a.m. and followed by a brief meeting. For information, call 618-543-9282 or 618-638-4102.

Every Monday
Strong for Life
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Happy Hearts Senior Center, 701 Market St., Metropolis
This free exercise class is open to anyone over 60 years of age.  Exercises use elastic bands to strengthen legs and arms and to increase balance and stamina. Most exercises are done sitting down so if you can sit you can exercise. For more information, contact Cynthia Conder at 618-524-9755.

Monday, May 4
Arthritis Support Group
Noon – 1 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
The group provides support for people living with arthritis. Meeting is held in the Baptist Heart Center conference room. Phone 270-575-2721 for more information.

Monday, May 4
Stroke Support Group

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
The group provides support for stroke survivors and their caregivers, family and friends. Light refreshments are served. Group meets in the Baptist Heart Center conference room. Phone Mary Legge at 270-575-2880 to register.

Every Monday
Take Off Pounds Sensibly
4:30 p.m.
First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St., Metropolis
This chapter meets every Monday. Weigh-ins are from 4:30-5 p.m. and followed by the meeting from 5-5:30 p.m.

First Monday
Gluten Informational Meeting
Chiropractic Works, 723 Market St., Metropolis
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Informational meeting on gluten and gluten free foods, hosted by Brandi Robinson. Meetings are held the 1st Monday of each month. For more information call 618-524-8300.  Website

Monday, May 4 and April 11
Prepared Childbirth Classes
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class designed to help expectant parents in their second or third trimester learn about the labor and delivery process. Class is held in Meeting Room A, Doctors Office Building 2. Phone 270-575-2229 to register.

Every Monday
Constitution Party
6 p.m.
United Country Real Estate, 109 W. 5th St., Metropolis
The party meets every Monday. Everyone is invited. For information, call 618-524-9516.

First Monday
Massac County Republican Women
6 p.m.
Pizza Hut, 2047 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Come and meet conservative women who are interested in supporting like-minded candidates at all levels of government. The group meets the first Monday of every month except summer).  There is no charge.  For more information, call Delores Giltner at 618-564-3304.

Every Monday
Ohio River Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol
6 p.m.
SCC Metro Center, 5385 Industrial Park Rd., Metropolis
The squadron specializes in the cadet program and studies radio-controlled aircraft, model rockets and basic astronomy.  Teenagers, ages 12-18, and adults are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Gregory Krempasky at gregmetroipad3@gmail.com

First Monday
Be Heart Smart
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 100 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Learn about eating healthy, new ways to be physically active and new ways to cook healthy.  April Reed is the class leader for this event held on the first Monday of each month.  For information contact Cindy at Southern Seven Health Department at  618-634-2297 ext 177.  Website

First Monday (and next 3 Mondays)
Introduction to Ballroom Dancing
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Paducah Dance Academy, 6650 Old Cairo Rd., Paducah, Ky.
Jeremiah and Crystal will be happy to help you put your best foot forward. For complete beginners or those wishing to brush up on their steps, this four-class course focuses on the basics of two dances per month. Cost is $25 per person for four group classes. For information contact Crystal at pasodancer@msn.com.  Website

First Monday
Massac County Historical Society Annual Meeting
6 p.m.
Elijah P. Curtis Home, 405 Market St., Metropolis.
Massac County Historical Society will have its annual meeting and potluck dinner. The 2015 George May Award for Outstanding High School History Student in Massac County will be presented, and officers will be elected for the coming year.

Every Monday
Monday Night Live with Breakin’ Even
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Live music, dancing, refreshments. No charge, but donations welcome. For more information, call 618-524-1696.

TUESDAY, MAY 5

First Tuesday (through Spring 2015)
Free GED Course Enrollment
Shawnee Community College will offer the class at the Metropolis Spence Community Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. All classes are free and limited transportation will be provided. For information, call 618-634-3222, or students can enroll on the first Tuesday of each month.

Every Tuesday
Massac County Commissioners
8:30 a.m.
Massac County Courthouse, Superman Square, Metropolis
County board of commissioners meets each Tuesday to discuss business of the county.  Meeting is open to the public.

Every Tuesday
Aerobics
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Janet Foster, instructor. No charge. For information, call 618-524-1696.

Tuesday, May 5
Summer Reading Program for Adults
10:30 am. – 11:30 a.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Program kick-off: “Escape the Ordinary.” Story time for adults with a book-inspired craft.  Adult Poetry Contest begins, and will end on May 19th.  Rules and regulations are available at the Circulation Desk. Prize will be awarded for winning poem. Program occurs every Tuesday in May. For information, contact Amanda Quint at 618-524-4312 ext.3 or library@cityofmetropolis.com.  Facebook.

Every Tuesday
Metropolis Kiwanis Club
Noon – 1 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6th and Ferry streets, Metropolis
Club meets weekly to hear presentations and discuss service projects.  Meetings are free.  Website

Every Tuesday
Karate
4 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Brian Green, instructor.  Cost is $35 per month. For information, call 270-331-0903.

Tuesday, May 5
Hypertufa Planters Workshop
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
McCracken County Cooperative Extension Service, 2705 Olivet Church Rd., Paducah, Ky.
Hyertufa is a substitute for a slowly precipitated limestone rock made with cement and aggregates. It is very porous, making it an excellent choice for herbs and succulents. Because of its rustic appearance, it is often used in or to contain Fairy Gardens. Workshop is presented by Kathy Wimberley. Participants will make a planter to take home. It is free and the public is invited. Advance registration is required and can be made by calling 270-554-9520. Click here for details or email Kathy at  kathryn.wimberley@uky.edu.

Tuesday, May 6
ACS Relay for Life Leadership Meeting
6 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Everyone who is interested in learning more and getting involved in the event is invited to attend the meeting in the basement. The Relay for Life event will be May 30th from noon to 10 p.m. at Massac County High School. For information, visit Website or Facebook.

Every Tuesday
Yoga Class
6 p.m.
Glass Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 727 E. 12th St., Metropolis
Classes conducted by Tonya Bell.  Cost is $15 per month. Please bring your own mat.  For more information, call 618-524-3768.

Every Tuesday
Bridge Ministry Weekly Dinner
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Brookport School gym, 319 Ferry St., Brookport, Il.
Area churches who have organized this ministry are hosting a free weekly dinner for Massac County residents who are in need. For information, call 618-564-2616.

Every Tuesday
Grief Support
6:30 p.m.
Old First Baptist Church, 516 Girard St., Metropolis
A support group to help anyone grieving the death  of a loved one is held in the Family Life Center. For information, call 618-524-8681.

First Tuesday
Project Hope Humane Society
6:30 p.m.
Regular monthly meeting.  For time and place, call 618-524-8939 or 618-524-7709.

First Tuesday
Heartland Christian Home Educators of Illinois
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
St. John Church, 6201 Waldo Church Rd., Metropolis
This support group for parents who home school conducts monthly parents meeting on the first Tuesday of each month. For more information call Carrie Bullock at 618-638-3289 or carriehche@gmail.com.

First Tuesday
American Legion Post 306
7 p.m.
321 Market St., Metropolis
Monthly meeting.

First Tuesday
Mental Illness Support Group
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St., Metropolis
The National Alliance on Mental Illness support group for family members and those with mental illness is held the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, call 618-524-5628.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6

Every Wednesday
Parkinson Support

9:30 a.m. Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah -OR-
10 a.m. Lourdes Hospital, 1530 Lone Oak Rd., Paducah
Group meets every Wednesday, taking turns each week at either Baptist Health, 2nd floor atrium conference room, or at Lourdes Hospital, basement classroom 4B. For information or specific location, call 270-898-8031.

Every Wednesday
One-On-One Computer Help
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Got computer questions? The library has answers. From basics to social media, job applications to resumes, whatever you need. Ask Amanda for help during this time block every Wednesday. Website

Every Wednesday
Bridge
Noon
Girl Scout House, 1230 E. 7th St., Metropolis
For information, call 618-524-8806.

First Wednesday
Stitchers!
Noon
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
You are invited to bring anything that you might be working on. Share crafting ideas and learn from the Stitchers!  Meetings are the first Wednesday of the month. For more information, call 618-524-4312.  Website

Every Wednesday
Weight Watchers
5 p.m.
City Fire Department, 213 W. 7th St., Metropolis
Group meets every Wednesday in the training room of the Fire Department. Weigh-in begin at 5 p.m. with the meeting following at 5:30 p.m. For information, call 800-651-6000.

First Wednesday
VFW Post 3847
7 p.m.
American Legion, 4th and Market streets, Metropolis
Monthly meeting.  Potential members are always welcome.

THURSDAY, MAY 7

Thursday, May 7
Bible Reading
5 a.m. – 7 p.m.
5th & Ferry sts, Metropolis
Memorial, US Hwy 45, Brookport, Il.
The Massac County Ministerial Association is holding this event in two locations on the National Day of Prayer. Readers from participating churches will be reading in the New Testament beginning at the Gospel of John and should finish Revelation before evening. If time is remaining, readers will begin reading Genesis. The public is invited to stop in, listen or to request prayer. Bibles and New Testaments will be available upon request.

First Thursday
VA Representative
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Massac County Courthouse, Metropolis
VA representative is available to assist veterans with claims and other needs on the 1st Thursday of each month.  He can also be reached at 618-997-3309 or there is an online tool available on website.

Every Thursday
The Lord’s Food Pantry
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Weaver Creek Baptist Church, 2748 North Ave., Metropolis
The church opens its food pantry on Thursdays in the fellowship hall at the back of the church. Anyone in need of food is encouraged to stop by.

Every Thursday
Aerobics
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Janet Foster, instructor. No charge. 618-524-1696.

Thursday, May 7
Renew Metropolis Committee
11 a.m.
City Hall, 106 W. 5th St., Metropolis
Meeting is open to the public and will be held in Council Chambers. Agenda includes: discuss old/new locations to start Renew Metropolis project – Reports from meeting in Harrisburg – Number and plans on building a home within the $60,000 range.

Every Thursday
Metropolis Rotary Club
12:10 p.m. – 1 p.m.
First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St., Metropolis
Club meets weekly to discuss service projects.  Website

Thursday, May 7
Spring TINI
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Market House Square area, Downtown Paducah, Ky.
Come out and enjoy a signature Tini from each of the local restaurants listed below. There will also be hors d’oeruves, and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased by calling 270-444-8183. Participating restaurants: will be listed as they become available.

Every Thursday
Line Dancing Class
6 p.m.  Beginners class
7 p.m.  Intermediate and couples class
American Legion Hall, 423 Legion Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Night Moves Dance Club offers line dance lessons every Thursday.  $4 admission charge. For information call 270-442-3186 or 270-554-1486.  Website

Thursday, May 7
Weight Loss Information Session
6 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Learn about medical and surgical options for weight loss. Meeting will be held in Baptist Heart Center auditorium. Phone 270-443-0202 for more information.

Thursday, May 7
Movie Night at the Wetlands Center: Earth Flight
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, Il.
Movies about nature will provide viewers of all ages with an opportunity to learn about the outside world. AmeriCorps members will hold a short discussion about the movie following the showing. For information, call 618-634-2231.

Every Thursday
DivorceCare
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Life Church Eastland, 716 E. 3rd St., Metropolis
This free support group focuses on help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce.  All are welcome.  For more information, contact Shawn Casperson at 618-524-1062.

Every-Other-Thursday
Young Elks Club
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Metropolis Elks Lodge, 104 W. 4th St., Metropolis
Any young person ages 12-20 years, is welcome to join the Young Elks.  The group plans and hosts various events to help out in the community. For more information contact Patty Henry at 404-683-2616.

Some Thursdays
Mental Illness Support Group
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location given when you register
Participants will be taught communication skills, problem-solving and ways to set limits as well as self-care. Teachers are volunteers who know what it’s like to have a relative who struggles with mental illness. For information or to register, contact Judy Kruger at 618-524-5628, 618-524-3872, or judykruger@namimetropolis.net. Sponsored by NAMI Metropolis, The National Alliance on Mental Health.  Registration is a must, no walk-ins, no exceptions.

Thursday, May 7
Evening Upstairs: Spirits in the River City
7 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Come for a presentation by B.J. Summers, as he explores, through photos and artifacts, the history of spirit operations in Paducah and its connections to the distilleries and breweries opening today. Free program is held in the 2nd floor meeting room. For information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510 ext. 117 or bwrinkle@mclib.net.  Website.

Thursday, May 7
Doobie Brothers
7:15 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
The Doobies have five top 10 singles and sixteen top 40 hits. The band continues to write and record new material, and tour the world. With the release of a new record titled Southbound (a collaboration with top country stars), the band is poised to introduce a new generation to iconic sing-alongs. Tickets start at $29. For information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 270-450-4444 or visit website.

FRIDAY, MAY 8

Every Friday
Story Time at the Library
11 a.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
This program is intended for ages 4-6. Parents or guardians are encouraged to attend. For information, contact Amanda Walker at 618-524-4312.  Website

Friday, May 8
Kid’s Craft Hour
4:30 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
In honor of Mother’s Day come and make a necklace for Mom or Grandma.  All kids ages 5 and up are welcome to attend.  Please register by Monday, May 4th.  For information, contact Ms. Angie at 618-524-4312 ext. 3 or library@cityofmetropolis.com.

Every Friday
Paducah International Raceway Racing
5 p.m. Grandstand, 7:30 Racing
4445 Shemwell Lane, Paducah, Ky.
Late-model stock and sprint-car racing Friday nights April through October 9. Website

Friday, May 8
Project Hope Spring Fling Raffle
6 p.m. Doors open
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
The Raffle Game plays just like bingo and starts at 6:30 p.m. Come for prizes, food and baked goods, and lots of family fun. Only 50 cents per card to play.

Friday, May 8
Movies in the Park: The Box Trolls
Dusk – Movie begins
Fort Massac State Park picnic area, across from Sonic
Come early and bring your blanket and/or lawn chairs. In case of rain, movie will be held inside the visitor center. Concessions will be available for purchase. No alcohol is allowed and pets must be on leashes. For more information, call 618-524-4712.

Every Friday
Paducah Writers Group
8 p.m
Etcetera Coffeehouse, 320 N. 6th St., Paducah, Ky.
Poets and storytellers from the area gather to share their words.  Step up to the mic yourself, or just sit and listen. Free.

Every Friday-Saturday
Live Music at Harrah’s
9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Harrah’s Signature Bar, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
Local band will perform in Signature Bar in casino.

SATURDAY, MAY 9

Saturday, May 9
Stamp Out Hunger
Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations from homes as they deliver mail along their routes. People are encouraged to leave a study bag containing non-perishable foods such as canned soup or vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to time of regular mail delivery. Food will go to the local food bank.

Saturday May 9  (and May 10?)
Pope County Annual Spring Bird Count
Since 1975, volunteers across Illinois go out on the same day in early May to count all the birds seen or heard. The data helps biologists determine trends and changes in species populations. The Shawnee Chapter of Illinois Audubon Society conducts the count in Pope County. All levels of expertise welcome–novice birders will be paired with experts–it’s a great learning opportunity. Anyone interested in helping should notify Ann Douglas at 618-564-2079 for maps and areas. Volunteers are needed to do owling hours during the early morning or evening hours. Website

Saturday, May 9
Lourdes 5th Annual Iron Mom Half-Marathon
6:30 a.m.
The co-ed event offers a half-marathon and half-marathon relay options for 2- and 4-person teams. The race route will start and finish at the downtown floodwall murals. The route will showcase Paducah, including Jefferson Street, the Greenway Trail, Noble Park and the Downtown Arts District. Money raised will benefit Family Service Society which provides emergency relief to residents of McCracken County. For information, visit website.

Second & Fourth Saturdays
New Beginnings Clothes Closet
9 a.m. – Noon
New Beginnings Church, 724 E. 12th St., Metropolis
Clothes of all sizes available at no cost on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.  For more information call 618-524-3604.

Saturday, May 9
14th Annual Cache River Nature Fest
9 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, Il.
The event highlights the rich diversity of habitats and wildlife in the Cache River Watershed! Guided canoe tours and hikes will feature Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge and the Cache River State Natural Area. Live animal demonstrations, special presentations, kids’ activities and a variety of exhibits are scheduled throughout the day. For information, call 618-634-2231. Website

Saturday, May 9
Buttonland Swamp Canoe Tours
9 a.m., 10 a.m. 11 a.m., and Noon
Cache River Nature Fest at Wetlands Center
The Illinois state champion bald cypress tree grows here, as well as tupelo and other species. The area hosts a diversity of waterfowl, wading birds, and songbirds, and if you’re lucky a river otter, beaver, or mink may be spotted. The trip will take you along a canoe trail that meanders through backwater sloughs to the state champion bald cypress and Short Reach. There is limited space on each 90-minute tour so registration is required, either by phone at 618-634-2231 or at the event. Website

Saturday, May 9
7th Annual Fiber and Arts Sale
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fort Massac, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Join Southern Illinois Spinners & Weavers at their 7th annual festival. The marketplace will offer unique items from handcrafted textiles, hand-spun yarns, spinning and felting fibers, pottery, plants, and much more. Demonstrations including spinning, weaving, felting, and carding wool will be going on throughout the day. The Fiber and Arts Fair is held in conjunction with the spring re-enactors encampment that features the French and Indian War. Event Page

Saturday-Sunday, May 9 -10
Living History at Fort Massac
Fort Massac, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Massiac Marines will host a weekend for French and Indian War period living historians from all over the nation to begin the campaign season. As in the 1750’s, these modern day warriors wait until the weather is right to begin battling. Mock battles and tactical operations. For information, call 618-524-4712.

Saturday, May 9
Tunnel Hill Bike Tour
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, Il.
Noon
The ride will feature wetlands, spring woodland wildflowers, songbirds and an interesting history of past towns along the route. Bicycles will be available to use free of charge, on a first come first serve basis. Folks are encouraged to bring their own bicycles or a limited number of bikes will be available for loan. This is a hour and a half tour that will depart from the Cache River Wetlands Center. Please register the day of the event at the Cache River Wetlands Center. Website

Second Saturday
Second Saturday Gallery Walk
Noon – 6 p.m.
LowerTown Arts District Galleries & Studios, Paducah, Ky.
Visit LowerTown’s great galleries and studios on the second Saturday of every month. Enjoy fine art and crafts while strolling through this historic neighborhood. For more information call 270-444-8649.

SUNDAY, MAY 10

For recurring Church-related events,
Visit our Beelieve link.

Every Sunday
Celebrate Recovery
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Life Church Eastland, 716 E. 3rd St., Metropolis
Christ-centered 12-step program for those with hurts, habits and hang-ups. Program is also offered at The Center at Heartland Worship Center in Paducah on Fridays, beginning at 7 p.m.

MONDAY, MAY 11

Monday-Friday, May 11-15 and 18-22
Annual Spring Clean-up Weeks in Metropolis
All items must be at the curb or alley, whichever is your normal pickup point and within 5 feet of the trash container. Items must be bagged or boxed unless bulky items. Lumber must be stacked in 3×3-foot bundles. Carpet must be rolled no wider than 3 feet wide. Bulky items will be picked up when possible. No construction or demolition debris, tires, car batteries, flammable liquids,  paint, hazardous or medical waste, paint, yard waste, or electronics. For more information, call Bulldog Systems at 877-285-3479 or Mayor’s office at 618-524-4016.

Monday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 13
Diabetes C
lass
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class with a certified diabetes instructor to assist with any questions or concerns about diabetes. Meeting will be held in Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2. Phone 270-575-2918 for more information.

Monday, May 11
Floral Design Workshop
1:30 p.m.
McCracken County Cooperative Extension Service, 2705 Olivet Church Rd., Paducah, Ky.
The workshop is planned as preparation for the 2015 McCracken County Fair Flower Show; however, everyone is welcome  even if one is not planning to enter a design in the fair.  The traditional mass design class at this year’s show is called, “Blue Skies;”  the hanging design class is titled, “My Blue Heaven.”  The traditional mass design class at this year’s show is called, “Blue Skies;”  the hanging design class is titled, “My Blue Heaven.”
Cost is free. For information, visit website.

Second Monday
Go Heart Smart
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Life Church Eastland, 716 E. 3rd St., Metropolis
Open to anyone interested in learning more about behavioral change and prevention of disease. Meetings will be held monthly on the second Monday. For more information, contact Cindy Oliver at 800-698-4820 x177.

Second Monday
MCHS Band Boosters
6:30 p.m.
Massac County High School Band Room
The band boosters meet monthly to assist with Patriot Band activities.

Every Monday
Monday Night Live
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Live music, dancing, refreshments.  This event is run by volunteers and counts on donations to pay the bands and provide refreshments.  For more information, call 618-638-2595.

Second & Fourth Mondays
Metropolis City Council
7 p.m.
City Hall, Council Room upstairs, 106 West 5th St., Metropolis
Council meets regularly on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.  Meeting is open to the public. Agenda will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

TUESDAY, MAY 12

Second Tuesday
Adjustments for Kids
Chiropractic Works, 723 Market St, Metropolis
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Adjustments for Kids event helps families get affordable chiropractic care for their children, no insurance needed.  The fee of $10, $15, or $20 is based upon how old they are. This event is held the second Tuesday of each month. For more information call  618-524-8300.  Website

Second Tuesday
Mothering Through Breastfeeding
10 a.m.
Grace Episcopal Church, 9th and Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
This parenting support group is open to all pregnant and nursing mothers and their children.  For information, call 270-443-2373 or 270-442-4891.

Tuesday, May 12
Summer Reading Program for Adults
10:30 am. – 11:30 a.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
“I Don’t Want to Adult Today.” Book discussion with cookies, coffee, and coloring. Who says all the kids get to have all the fun. Come and color in adult coloring books, as seen on programs such as the Today Show. This activity is great stress-relief and stimulates creativity. We will also see who has the most book check-outs this week and award a prize. For information, contact Amanda Quint at 618-524-4312 ext.3 or library@cityofmetropolis.com.  Facebook.

Second Tuesday
Metropolis Area Tourism Commission
11 a.m.
Metropolis City Hall, Council Chambers, 106 W 5th St.
The commission meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday to discuss tourism projects.  Agenda will be posted as it becomes available.

Second Tuesday
Girl Scout Leaders Meeting
6:30 p.m.
Girl Scout House, 1230 E. 7th St., Metropolis

Second Tuesday
Friends of IOOF Cemetery Meeting
6:30 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, basement, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Anyone interested in the maintenance of the IOOF Cemeteries is encouraged to attend the meeting on the second Tuesday of each month.

Second Tuesday
Brookport City Council
7 p.m.
City Council Chambers, W. 3rd St., Brookport, Il.
The Council meets monthly to discuss city government. Community members have two minutes to voice their concerns during the public session. Anything that will take longer must be put on the agenda by notifying City Hall by Friday.

Second Tuesday
Quail Unlimited
7 p.m.
Jumbo’s Restaurant, 97 Redbud Ln., Vienna, Il.
River Oaks Quail Unlimited meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Jumbo’s Restaurant in Vienna.

Second Tuesday
VFW Ladies Auxiliary
7 p.m.
American Legion Post, 4th and Market streets, Metropolis
Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary 3847 meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13

Wednesday, May 13 (register by May 8)
Time Management Workshop
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
SCC Business & Industry Training Center, 8364 Shawnee College Road, Ullin, Il.
Learn to set goals, prioritize your time, plan wisely, tackle procrastination, crisis management, organize your work space, delegate easier, maximize your time, meeting management and alternatives. Time management is key in your personal and professional life. Seating is limited, so register by May 8th. Registration fee is $55 which includes lunch and materials. For information or to register, contact Gabriele Farner at Shawnee Community College at 618-634-3254 or gabrielef@shawneecc.edu.

Second & Fourth Wednesdays
Postpartum Depression Support
9:30 a.m.
Lourdes Medical Pavilion, 225 Medical Center Dr., Paducah, Ky.
The free support group is available for women experiencing anxiety or depression during the year following the birth of a child. Meeting is held monthly in the Women’s Health and Wellness Center. For more information, call 270-534-4357.

Second Wednesday
Massac County Chamber of Commerce
Noon
The Range at Harrah’s, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
Chamber members and guests meet monthly to network with fellow businesses and discuss community events and services. Lunch is available for $7 which includes the gratuity, and dining will be from the regular buffet. The business meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. Reservations are required. To RSVP, contact 618-524-2714 or office@metropolischamber.com.  Website

Wednesday, May 13
MCHS Baccalaureate Service
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Massac County High School, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
A religious service to honor and bless the 2015 graduating class with music, speaker, and graduate recognition. Click here for flyer. For information, contact Dena Hopkins at 618-524-9325 or dena.hopkins@gmail.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 14

Thursday, May 14
4th Annual Symphony Sing-Off
5:30 p.m. Dinner and Show
6:30 p.m. Show only
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Ky.
A gala event featuring regional a capella talent. American Idol finalist, Jason Castro, will perform and judge.  Dinner catered by Artisan Kitchen. There will be a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Paducah Symphony Orchestra.  Tickets are $100 for VIP Dinner and Show, and $35 for Show only. For information including menu, click here. For tickets, call 270-444-0065.

FRIDAY, MAY 15

Friday-Saturday, May 15-16
Lower Town Art & Music Festival
Fri. 3 p.m. – 10 p.m .
Sat. 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Lower Town district, 7th and Madison streets, Paducah, Ky.
The annual Fine Art and Music Festival will feature art displayed in the heart of this nationally recognized gallery district. Bands will perform free concerts and lots of food and artist vendors available.  Website

Friday-Saturday, May 15-16
3rd Annual Lusk Creek BBQ Festival & Cook Off
Fri. 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Downtown, Golconda, Il.
DJ Music, Giovanni, and The Melungeons, Beer and Wine Garden, vendors, inflatables for the kids, helicopter and horse and buggy rides, BBQ competition and more. For information, call Lindzey Barger at 618-201-7839. Website. Annual event held the 3rd Saturday in May.

Friday, May 15
Massac County High School Graduation
7 p.m.
MCHS Gymnasium, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Doors will open approximately one hour before the start of the ceremony. Seating is on a first come-first served basis. There are no reserved seats.

Friday, May 15
Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith
7 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Multi-platinum recording artists reunite for the “Celebration of Songs & Hymns” tour. Tickets start at $35. For information and to purchase tickets, call the box office at 270-450-4444 or visit website or call 855-443-8499.

15th of each month
Singer-Songwriter Night
7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Etcetera Coffeehouse, 320 N. 6th St., Paducah, Ky.
No covers – just perform your own music.  Event is usually held on the 15th of each month.  Please call to confirm at 270-443-7760.

Every Friday-Saturday
Live Music at Harrah’s
9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Harrah’s Signature Bar, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
Local band will perform in Signature Bar in casino.

SATURDAY, MAY 16

Third Saturday every month
Boy Scout Paper Drive
Bundled newspapers can be placed curbside for pickup in Metropolis by 9 a.m. Magazines will not be collected.  The route will also include Fairmount, Airport Road to Country Club Road and North Avenue to Round Knob Store.  Joppa residents may leave papers at Joppa City Hall Friday before 2 p.m.  Individuals may also drop off newspapers at the Boy Scout Trailer at the parking lot between Dorothy Miller Park and Baymont Inn at any time.

Saturday, May 16
Franklin Jr. High (Paducah) Reunion Luncheon/Get Together
Noon – 3:30 p.m.
Robert Cherry Civic Center, 2701 Park Ave., Paducah, KY.
Annual Franklin Jr. High (Paducah School) Reunion Luncheon/Get Together.  Meet and visit at noon and eat around 2 p.m. Meat and drinks are provided but everyone is requested to bring a covered dish. No cost. For information, call 270-898-2489.

Third Saturday
Massac County Genealogical Society
1 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library , 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
The society meets monthly in the basement of the Library.

Saturday, May 16
Aqualicious Beach Party
3 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Join the beach-themed  party in honor of “Aqualicious, An Aqua-amazing Mermaid’s Journey”, the new Pinkalicious book. There will be some beach-themed games and snacks.  All kids ages 11 and under are invited to this free program. Please register by Friday, May 8th.  For information, contact Angie at 618-524-4312 ext. 3 or library@cityofmetropolis.com.  Visit Event Page.

SUNDAY, MAY 17

For recurring Church-related events,
Visit our Beelieve link.

Every Sunday
Celebrate Recovery
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Life Church Eastland, 716 E. 3rd St., Metropolis
Christ-centered 12-step program for those with hurts, habits and hang-ups. Program is also offered at The Center at Heartland Worship.

Sunday, May 17
Guy Penrod
3 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
From Guy’s singing debut in church at the age of three, his powerful voice has grown into one of the most recognizable in Southern Gospel music and country music. Mr. Penrod has performed for the Gaither Vocal Band, and has also recorded and performed as a solo artist. Tickets start at $11. For information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 270-450-4444 or visit website.

ON-GOING EVENTS ———-

MCHS Sports Line-up
For Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Tennis and Track events, see Athletic Calendar.

Through Oct. 31
Paducah Farmers’ Market
7:30 a.m – 3:30 p.m. (closed Sunday)
2nd and Monroe Streets, Paducah, Ky.
Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cut flowers, potted plants, breads and pastries, cow’s milk cheeses, eggs and honey.

Mondays & Thursdays, March 19 – May 21
McCracken County Master Gardener Class 
5:15 p.m. – 8 p.m.
McCracken County Cooperative Extension Service, 2705 Olivet Church Rd., Paducah, Ky.
The Extension Master Gardener program provides horticulture training in exchange for volunteer work. The program is a great way to gain horticultural knowledge and share your expertise in your community. Participants will meet other gardeners, share gardening experiences, get connected to the community, and be associated with a well-respected national program. Cost is $85. For information, contact Kathy Wimberley at 270-884-9520 or kathryn.wimberley@uky.edu.  Website

Through Friday, May 29
Pink Ribbon Jewelry on sale for Relay for Life
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.)
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Come and purchase Pink Ribbon earrings and charm necklaces while supplies last or until May 29th. Necklaces are $15 and Earrings are $10. All proceeds will go to Relay for Life. Visit Facebook page for photos of the jewelry. For information, contact Amanda Quint at 618-524-4312 ext. 3 or library@cityofmetropolis.com.

Through Thursday, May 30
Relay for Life Drawing for Bremer Quilt Painting
Zion United Church of Christ (UCC) Heroes of Hope ACS Relay for Life team is offering a chance to win a Joseph’s Coat barn quilt painting by Diane “Pete” Bremer. Tickets available from any Zion UCC Relay team member. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Drawing will take place at the Relay on May 30th at Massac County High School. For information, call 618-524-2775 or 618-524-7647.

Through Saturday, May 30
St. Louis Baseball Get-Away Raffle
St. Louis Cardinals vs Kansas City Royals
Game on Saturday, June 13 at 3:10 p.m.
Get-Away includes 4 box seat tickets, $300 spending money and lodging at the Hyatt Regency.  Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. All proceeds go to Massac County Relay for life. Sponsored by City National Bank.

Through Tuesday, June 11
Order Superman License Plates

These 2015 plates can only be displayed for the 60 days prior to the end of the Superman Celebration. Each plate costs $35. To obtain an order blank, email supermanplates@gmail.com or stop by the Metro Chamber office. 516 Market Street, Metropolis.  A copy of car registration and drivers license need to be included with the order. Car registration must be valid through June 30, 2015.

Through Sunday, Aug. 2
American Cancer Society Day at the Ballpark
St. Louis Cardinals will play the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, August 2nd at 1:15 p.m. Relay of Life teams up with the St. Louis Cardinals to help strike out cancer at this 4th annual event.   Tickets are $20 for 300/400 seat or $30 ticket for 100/200/Bleacher level seat. Price includes one ticket to the game, pre-game activities, hot dog and drink. Tickets can be ordered on website. A portion of the proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Weekdays while schools are in session
Faith Cares Mentoring Lunch Buddy Program
Faith Cares Mentoring is a multi-­denominational, Christian faith-­based program that serves the community in a variety of ways. Adult Lunch Buddies volunteer to eat lunch at school at least twice a month with a child in the first through fourth grades. Adult Lunch Buddies are needed at Brookport, Maple Grove, and Metropolis Elementary Schools.  For more information, call 618-524-8763 or email  faithcaresmentoring@gmail.com.

National Quilt Museum
215 Jefferson St., Paducah, Ky.
Through May 19:  New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Nine Patch, Antique Nine Patch Quilts
Through July 8:  SAQA: Food for Thought
Ongoing:  Oh WOW! Miniature Quilts
Website

Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery
Paducah School of Art & Design
4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Visit website.

PAPA Gallery
124 Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday
124 Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
Website

Yeiser Art Center
Yeiser Art Center, Market House Square, Paducah, Ky.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
Through June 6:  Fantastic Fibers
Visit website


PLAN AHEAD
for these Upcoming Events —–

Thursday-Sunday, June 11-14
37th Annual Superman Celebration
10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Superman Square, Market St., Metropolis
Celebrating all things Super, the 37th Annual Superman Celebration is filled with events for young and old. Characters, artists and celebrities associated with Superman comics, television shows and movies can be seen around town during this one-of-a-kind event. For details, click here.

Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center
100 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Ky.
May 7: Doobie Brothers
May 15: Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith
May 17:  Guy Penrod
June 19:  Ronnie Milsap
Visit website

Market House Theater Productions
141 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
June 4-21:  Mary Poppins
Visit website

Clemens Fine Arts Center
4810 Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children for Arts in Focus events and $5 general admission at the door for Backstage Pass events.
May 3:  WKCTC Community Chorus POPS Concert (free admission)
Call 270-534-3212 or visit website for tickets and more information.


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