This Week’s Buzz Report

Massac County High School Athletic Calendar
Keep up to date on Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Tennis and Track events. Visit monthly calendar.

Through Thursday, April 17
What’s Your Least Favorite Book contest
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
In honor of National Library Week, we are hosting a writing contest. Write a brief summary about a book that you absolutely could not stand and include the title, author, and a detailed explanation of why you disliked the book. The writer of the most interesting summary will win a prize. All entries must be turned in to the library by April 17th. For more information, contact Amanda at 618-524-4312 or library@cityofmetropolis.com.  Website

Through Tuesday, April 22
Great Jelly Bean Count
10 a.m.-6 p.m. (closed Sunday)
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Guess how many jelly beans there are in the jar. The closest guess to the number of jelly beans will win a prize. This contest is intended for children ages 17 and under. One entry per child. Entries must be in by April 22nd and the winner will be announced on April 23rd. For more information, contact Amanda at 618-524-4312 or library@cityofmetropolis.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 17

Thursday, April 17
Cache River Wetlands Van Tours
Various departure times
This is an opportunity for area senior citizens and persons with physical limitations to see, hear and share stories about the animals, plants, history and hydrology of a section of the Cache River watershed. The tour will be on the Tunnel Hill State Trail between Vienna and Tunnel Hill, beginning at the Tunnel Hill office. Reservations required by calling 618-657-2064.

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

Every Thursday
Metropolis Rotary Club
Noon-1 p.m.
El Tequila Restaurant, 1407 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Club meets weekly to discuss service projects.  Website

Thursday, April 17
City Planning Commission Meeting
1 p.m.
City Hall, Council Chambers, 105 W. 5th St., Metropolis
See Agenda.

Thursday, April 17
Make Your Own Perler Bead Creation
5 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Make your own perler bead creations, transforming them into earrings, key chains, magnets, etc. This is a fun, retro craft for everyone to enjoy. This program is intended for preteens and teens. Registration ends Tuesday, April 15th. Free. For more information, contact Amanda at 618-524-4312 or library@cityofmetropolis.com.

Thursday, April 17
Friends of Fort Massac
5 p.m.
Fort Massac Visitor’s Center, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Supporters of Fort Massac State Park meet monthly to discuss projects and activities involving the park.  For information, call 618-524-9321.  Facebook

Every Thursday
Ohio River Squadron of Civil Air Patrol
6 p.m.
Life Church Eastland, 716 E. East 3rd St., 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 at  gregvmetroipad@gmail.com.

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.  For information call 270-442-3186 or 270-554-1486.  $4 admission charge.  Website

Thursday, April 17
‘Simply Anita’ Cajun Cuisine
6-9 p.m.
WKCTC, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky
New Orleans native, Anita Granier, will teach how to make a basic roux and hands-on participation in making a large pot of Chicken and Andouille Gumbo. Dinner will be served. The cost is $45 which includes all food items. Space is limited; early registration in encouraged. Meeting will be in the Anderson Technical Building. Register by calling 270-534-3335.

Every Thursday
DivorceCare
6:30 -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.

Thursday, April 17
California Zinfandels
6:30-9 p.m.
Lincoln Heritage Winery, 772 Kaolin Rd., Cobden, Il.
Course includes comparative blind tastings of Zinfandels from Lodi, Paso Robles, Sonoma, and Napa. A discussion on the effects of terroir will be included. Wines, a complete syllabus, the Aroma Wine Wheel, and scoring sheets will be provided. Cost is $40 and includes snacks. Instructor: Bonnie Cissell, owner of Lincoln Heritage Winery.

Thursday, April 17
Amvets Post 132 Ladies Auxiliary
7 p.m.
Girl Scout House, 1230 E. 7th St., Metropolis
Monthly meeting is held at the Girl Scout located off East Fifth Street near Sonic.

Thursday, April 17 
Maiden Alley Cinema Film Brew – Stripes
7 p.m.
Maiden Alley Cinema, 112 Maiden Alley, Paducah, Ky.
This month is Stripes with Bill Murray. The “Film Brew” series, brought to you by Schlafly Brewery and Maiden Alley Cinema began as a way to pay homage to some of the classic films we love. It is a unique event that celebrates film and one of our favorite breweries. Tickets are $10 for MAC members / $15 for nonmembers. Ticket price includes one featured Schlafly beer or a medium drink and are available at the box office or website.

Thursday-Sunday, April 17-20 and 24-27
Steel Magnolias
Thu-Sat: 7:30 p.m., Sun: 2:30 p.m., Special Sat. Matinee Apr. 26: 2:30 p.m.
Market House Theater, 141 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Steel Magnolias is set in Truvy’s beauty salon where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Steel Magnolias draws on the underlying strength and love which give the characters the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad. For ticket information, call 270-444-6828 or visit website.

FRIDAY, APRIL 18

Friday, April 18
Pancake Breakfast with Easter Bunny
8-11 a.m.
Grand Chain Learning Center, Grand Chain, Il.
The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children up to age 10, with prizes and treats offered. Children will hunt in their age group.

Friday, April 18
Seven Mile Baptist Easter Egg Hunt
10 a.m.
Dorothy Miller Park, Metropolis
All are welcome. A rain date of Saturday, 10 a.m. has been set.

Every Friday
Strong for Life
10-10:30 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.

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 more information contact Amanda at 618-524-4312.  Website

Friday, April 18
Massac County Ministerial Association Good Friday Service
Noon
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 315 E 3rd St. Metropolis
Several local ministers are scheduled to participate. A collection will be held to benefit the Massac Ministerial Association and its community services. The public is invited to attend.

Friday, April 18
Fish Fry
4-7 p.m.
Life Church Eastland, 716 E. 3rd St., Metropolis
Meal includes fried fish, ham and beans, coleslaw, cornbread, dessert, and a drink. Carry-outs are available. Plate pricing: Adults $7 and Children (12 and under) $5. Proceeds benefit the church’s Building Fund. For more information, contact 618-524-1062 or joanne@metroebc.us.

Friday, Apr. 18
Friday Night Science: Dinosaur World 
5-7 p.m.
WKCTC, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
From excavating a Tyrannosaurs Rex to examining a “real” dinosaur egg, students will learn all about fossils through hands-on experiments. Children ages 6-12 can learn fun and exciting science concepts taught by Hooked on Science’s Jason Lindsey. Class will be held in Emerging Technology Center, room 140. The cost is $20 for each class, which includes light snacks. To register, call 270-534-3335 or register online.

Friday, April 18
Good Friday Service
7 p.m.
Joppa Missionary Baptist Church, 215 Pearl St., Joppa, Il.
The choir, along with other church members, will be performing songs based on Jesus’ Seven Sayings from the Cross. Everyone is invited to attend.

Friday, April 18
Easter Cantata – Redemption, The Power of the Cross
7 p.m.
Shawnee Community College, 8364 College Rd., Ullin, Il.
Concert is open to the public and will take place at the main campus. There is no charge, however donations for a local food pantry will be accepted at the door. For more information, contact John Windings at 618-634-3206 or john2@shawneecc.edu.

Friday, April 18
Bawn in the Mash
8 p.m.
Maiden Alley Cinema, 112 Maiden Alley, Paducah, Ky.
This musical group, established December 2004 in Paducah, is known for their unique and eclectic performances that traverse the gap between bluegrass and rock and roll. Tickets are $10 and available at box office or website.

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.

SATURDAY, APRIL 19

Saturday, April 19 – Sunday, April 20
Mid-America Morel Mushroom Festival & Hunt
Trail of Tears Lodge and Sports Resort, Reynoldsville, Il.
Join other mushroom devotees for hunts and different sites, cooking demonstrations, crafts and kids’ activities. Trophies for mushroom hunters, and mushroom auction. Reservations required. For more information, call 618-833-8697 or email at ttlsr@midwest.net.  Website

Saturday, April 19
St. John’s Annual Lenten Breakfast
8:30 a.m.
St. John’s Church, 6201 Waldo Church Road, Metropolis
Everyone is invited to attend this Easter breakfast along with a short devotion. Come enjoy the food and fellowship during the Easter season. Free.

Saturday, April 19
Easter Egg Hunt
10 a.m.
Washington Park in Metropolis.
Zeta Zeta Sorority sponsors this popular event where over 6000 eggs and prizes will be hidden in the park. The Easter Egg Hunt is free and open to children ages 3-10.

Saturday, April 19
Easter Egg Hunt
10 a.m.
Immanuel Baptist Church, 1119 Market St. Metropolis
The event is open to all area children up to age 11.

Saturday, April 19
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, April 19
Hummingbirds-Winged Jewels
1-3 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Rt. 37 South, Cypress, Il.
Get ready for the spring migration of hummingbirds by preparing your yard or garden for their arrival. The right habitat will supply these jewels of the sky with enough food resources and nesting opportunities that they will make their home in the neighborhood. For more information, call the Cache River Wetlands Center at 618-657-2064.

Saturday, April 19
Easter Egg Hunt for Special Children
1:30 p.m.
Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis
The Bible Kids Club of Metropolis will sponsor this hunt at the Fort Massac which will be across from the Trout Pond. For children, ages 0-21, with disabilities and special needs. Prizes will be given to all children attending. For more information, call 618-524-7641.

Saturday, April 19
9 Pin No Tap Bowling Tournament
4 p.m.
Cardinal Lanes, 816 Joe Clifton Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Fundraisier for Massac County Project Graduation. Entry fee is $25. There are men and womens divisions with guaranteed 2 pay-outs each division. Payouts based on 1 out of 10 bowlers. Raffle for Hammer bowling ball donated by Bowl Like A Pro Shop.

Every Saturday
Beer and Wine Tasting
4-6 p.m.
Wagner Wine & Spirits, 2700-B New Holt Rd., Paducah, Ky.
Wagner Tastings are a great way to try new beer and wine.  When you decide on your favorites, you can take them home at a discount.  A gourmet cheese or dip is also featured. For more information call 270-448-5108.  Website

Saturday, April 19
Country Cures MS
6 p.m.
The Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
All proceeds from this event will be going to the National MS Society Chapter to help fund research for finding a cure for MS. Performances by Ronnie McDowell, T. Graham Brown, Flat River Band and Blend. Tickets start at $25. For information or to purchase tickets, call 270-450-4444 or visit website.

SUNDAY, APRIL 20

Sunday Church Activities
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Sunday, April 20
Bald Knob Cross Easter Sunrise Service
Sunrise
Bald Knob Mountain, Alto Pass.
Annual Easter Service held at the 111 foot Bald Knob Cross, music and refreshments. For more information, call 618-893-2344.  Website

MONDAY, APRIL 21

Monday-Saturday
Paducah Downtown Farmer’s Market
7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
2nd and Monroe streets, Paducah, Ky.
Open from April 21 through November 22, 2014.  Website

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

TUESDAY, APRIL 22

Tuesday, April 22
Kindergarten Screenings for Brookport or Unity schools
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Brookport Elementary School, 319 Ferry St., Brookport, Il.
Children who will be 5 years old before September 1st should come to be screened for vision/hearing, speech/language, motor skills and development concepts. The 1-hour screening is required before entrance to kindergarten. Bring a certified copy of child’s birth certificate, current immunization record and proof of residence. For an appointment, call 618-564-2582. For more information, call Debbie Christiansen at 618-564-2582 or 618-645-1225.

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.

Tuesday, April 22 through Friday, April 25
Rotary 26th Annual Antique Quilt Show
9 a.m.-6 p.m. (April 25: 4 pm closing time)
Robert Cherry Civic Center, 2701 W. Park Dr., Paducah, Ky.
The show features a display of quilts that won the Hoffman Challenge and include 16 merchant vendors. Curator Sue Reich will present “Quilts from 200 Years of American History.” Event also includes a vendor mall. Proceeds from the Rotary show are used to fund the club’s community scholarship program. Admission is $5 for the week.

Every Tuesday
Bridge
10 a.m.
Girl Scout House, 1230 E. 7th St., Metropolis
For more information, call 618-524-5125.

Every Tuesday
Aerobics
10-11 a.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
April Reed, instructor.   No charge.  618-524-1696.

Tuesday, April 22
Library Special Program & Senior Birthday Club
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
10:30 a.m.
Anne Parmley will present a program about Butterflies and the Plants They Need. The 
Library hosts special programs/speakers on the fourth Tuesday of each month and will celebrate birthdays for senior patrons with refreshments.  The program is free and open to all.  For more information contact Nancy at 618-524-4312.

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

Tuesday, April 22
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
2-4 p.m.
SCC Main Campus, 8364 College Rd., Ullin, Il.
If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. It is important to understand the types of dementia in order to seek treatment when it is available and to plan for the future. This Shawnee Community College program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, disease stages, treatment, and much more. No admission cost. Instructor, Darrell Coons, Illinois Outreach Coordinator for Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis Chapter.

Every Tuesday
Karate
4 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Brian Green, instructor.  $35 per month. 618-524-1696.

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.

Tuesday, April 22
Wacky Earth Day Craft /Arbor Day Program
5 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Make your own fun and wacky version of the Chia Pet. Robin Mizell, with the Illinois Extension Office, will be doing an interesting presentation about Arbor Day.  Program is intended for ages 6-12.  Register by Saturday, April 19th. For more information, call Amanda at 618-524-4312 or email at library@cityofmetropolis.com.

Tuesday, April 22
Make Natural Cleaning Products
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Celebrate Earth Day by learning how to make all-natural cleaning products like laundry soap and a simple bathroom cleaner for you to take home with you. Free. Program intended for adults, ages 18 and over. For more information, call Terrin at 618-524-4312 or email at library@cityofmetropolis.com.

Every Tuesday
Bridge Ministry Weekly Dinner
6-8 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 more information, call 618-564-2616.

Tuesday, April 22
SCC Spring Concert
7 p.m.
Shawnee Community College, 8364 College Rd., Ullin, Il.
The concert band and choir will perform the concert at the main campus. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information, contact John Windings at 618-634-3206 or johnw@shawneecc.edu.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23

Wednesday Church Activities
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Wednesday-Saturday, April 23-26
American Quilters Society Quilt Show & Contest
Paducah Expo Center, 414 Park St., Paducah, Ky.
It’s one of the premier events in the Midwest. See thousands of quilts on display at the official show and at various locations throughout Quilt City, USA. Many other activities and classes offered under the Workshops Tab on website.

Wednesday, April 23
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 on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. For more information, call 270-534-4357.

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, to whatever you need. Ask Terrin for help during this time block every Wednesday. Website

Every Wednesday
Bridge
Noon
Girl Scout House, 1230 E. 7th St., Metropolis
For more information, call 618-524-5125.

Every Wednesday
Weight Watchers
5 p.m.
Holiday Inn, 2179 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Weigh-ins begin at 5 p.m. with the meeting starting at 5:30 p.m.  Call 800-651-6000 to confirm meeting time and place.

THURSDAY, APRIL 24

Thursday, April 24
Facebook for Seniors
4-6 p.m.
SCC Metro Center, 5385 Industrial Park Rd., Metropolis
Shawnee Community College course for people who use Facebook to connect with family and friends all around the world. Learn the basics of using this program to share news and photographs. Attendees will need to have an email address and password to create a Facebook account. The cost is $10. Instructor: Angie Sivori, Social Media Consultant. Register before Monday, April 21 by calling 618-634-3254.

Thursday, April 24
Run For the Son
4-8 p.m.
Newt’s Pizza Inn, 523 E. Vine St., Vienna, Il.
Recycled, a Christian motorcycle association, will have this fundraiser at Newt’s Pizza. Everyone is invited to support this cause. For more information, call 618-657-2290 or 618-658-0236.

Thursday, April 24
Grandparenting Class
5-6 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class provides grandparents and older caregivers with updated information, safety tips and a refresher on how to care for grandchildren. Class is held in Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2. Phone 270-575-2229 to register.

Last Thursday
Save the Massac
6 p.m.
Metropolis Chamber of Commerce, 607 Market St., Metropolis
Anyone interested in joining the effort to save the Massac Theater is welcome to attend.  Group is planning fundraisers and other activities to restore the historic theater.  Facebook

Thursday, April 24
Young Elks Club
6:30-8 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.

Thursday, April 24
Evening Upstairs: Quilt Art: Examining the Narrative in Kentucky Quilts
7 p.m.
McCracken County Public Library, 2nd Floor meeting room
555 Washington St, Paducah, Ky.
As a result of oral history interviews with quilters across Kentucky, Dr. Pearlie Johnson has gathered a small, yet powerful group of quilters whose work she discusses in her presentation. Her work explores women’s history, storytelling, identity politics, and empowerment. This presentation includes quilts made by women of all cultural groups. Program is free. For more information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510 ext. 119 (Toll-free 866-829-7532) or email bwrinkle@mclib.net

Thursday, April 24
Moscow Festival Ballet – Swan Lake
7:30 p.m.
Clemens Fine Arts Center, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Adults $25, Students & Children $15. Included in FOCUS season ticket.
Moscow Festival Ballet will dazzle you with their magical production fo Tchaikovsky’s classic Russian ballet, Swan Lake. For ticket information, call 270-534-3212 or 270-534-3213. Website

FRIDAY, APRIL 25

Friday, April 25
Domestic Violence and Abuse Conference
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Harrah’s Hotel, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
The conference is focused on “Identifying Evident and Invisible Scars; Helping Children Wounded by Domestic Violence and Abuse.” The event features four speakers and will be in the Mississippi Room. The public is invited to attend. Cost is $40 which includes breakfast, lunch buffet and conference materials. Please register by Friday, April 4th by contacting Brenda at 618-997-1301, ext. 1267.

Friday, April 25
Red Cross Blood Drive
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Massac Memorial Hospital, 28 Chick St., Metropolis
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent form). Height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information.

Friday, April 25
Unity Spring Carnival
4:30-7:30 p.m.
Unity Elementary School, 6846 Unity School Rd., Brookport, Il.
Come for fun family entertainment. Games and refreshments will be available. Pill Bottle Phil will help MCDAC collect unused prescription medicine, hand out materials, raise awareness. See flyer.

Friday, April 25
Ham and Bean Benefit for Megan Henderson
4-7 p.m.
Metropolis Masonic Lodge, 111 E. Third St., Metropolis
Menu will also include fried taters, cornbread, dessert, coffee and tea. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. All proceeds will benefit Megan Henderson, who is currently receiving cancer treatment in Texas. Everyone is encouraged to attend and help this local family.

SATURDAY, APRIL 26

Saturday, Apr. 26
13th Annual Birding Blitz of Southernmost Illinois
All day
Teams compete to see and hear the most species of birds in a 24-hour period, while raising money for conservation in southernmost Illinois.The challenge covers 11 counties and 5 categories. $25 per team adult member, 2 member minimum, $10 per student member, $100 in pledge required per beam toward habitat preservation. For details or to register, visit website.

Saturday, April 26
Quilter’s Luncheon
Golconda
Enjoy the rich heritage of Quilting. Local family heirloom and new quilts are on display. With lunch served on tables set with different themes and table settings. For more information, call 618-683-MAIN.  Website

Saturday, April 26
St. Paul Annual ACS Relay For Life Plant and Bake Sale
7 a.m.-Noon
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St., Metropolis
Proceeds from the sale of plants of all kinds, wreaths, garden accessories, and baked goods will benefit the ACS Relay for Life. A variety of other items will be available and the proceeds from those items will help with ongoing church projects. The public is welcome to attend.

Saturday, April 26
18th Annual Rebuilding Together
8 a.m.
Randy Rushing’s building, 800 block of W 10th St., Metropolis
Several homes in Massac County will receive work from the community. Volunteer teams and individuals will meet at the Rushing building across from the Metropolis Community Center to receive their assignments. Volunteers are encouraged to bring rakes, mops, buckets, shovels, wheelbarrows, small ladders and more to aid in the work throughout the day. To donate your time, call Sandy Dailey at 618-524-5627 or show up at the 8 am meeting.

Saturday, April 26
Project Graduation Disc Golf Tournament
8 a.m. Registration, 9 a.m. Tee off
Fort Massac State Park, 1308 E 5th St., Metropolis
Come out and support our local high school graduates. Free mini disc for every player. Prize winnings for 1st and 2nd in each class. Costs are: Advanced $35, Intermediate $30, Recreational $25, and Student (18 and under) $10. You can register on website or at the event.

Saturday, April 26
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, April 26 – Sunday, April 27
Blues’s Junk and Primitive Spring Market
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Route 166, Creal Springs, next to City Hall
Admission cost is a canned good or $1. For more information, call 618-922-1130.

Saturday, April 26
River-To-River Trail, Hayes Creek Guided Hike
10 a.m.
Meet: Shawnee Mart, Rte. 145, Eddyville, Illinois
Hayes Creek in Pope County. Led by Eric Johnson. Sturdy shoes are recommended and hikers should bring their own water and snack. No dogs are allowed. The River-to-River Tail Society is a not-for-profit organization for the trail which runs through the Shawnee National Forest between Elizabethtown on the Ohio River and Grand Tower on the Mississippi River. For more information, call Eric Johnson at 618-499-2337.

Saturday, April 26
Earth Day in the Park
2-10 p.m.
Carson Park, 300 N 30th St., Paducah, Ky
Recycle Now Paducah is partnering with WKCTC’s Concept Zero to present this event to celebrate Earth Day and a commitment to keeping our environment clean. in the Park. There will be music, speakers, local vendor and information booths, food and fun for all ages. Free. Come rain or shine since it is under a tent. Musicians listed on Facebook.

Saturday, April 26
Project Hope Whiskers and Wine
2 p.m.
I-24 Event Center, 2125 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Wine tasting  begins at 2 pm with soft drinks and beer also available. From 4:30-8:30 pm, the Cotton Patch Band will be playing 60′s through 90′s music along with some country music. Food prepared by Monty Eichorn. Project Hope will be offering silent auction items and raffling off a Sharp big screen TV donated by Charlie Eichorn. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Tickets can be purchased at the event or at Project Hope, 1698 W 10th Street, Metropolis. The raffle will be drawn at 8 pm and winner need not be present to win. Money raised will help with day-to-day operations of the shelter. No admission cost.

Saturday, April 26
Benefit Spaghetti Dinner
5-7 p.m.
First Church of God, 1105 Girard St., Metropolis
Menu will include baked spaghetti, salad, dessert and drink. Individuals can eat in or carry out. All donations will be used for the church’s building fund.

Last Saturday
Paducah Improv Comedy
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Markethouse Blackbox Theater, 120 Market House Sq., Paducah, Ky.
Paducah’s improv comedy troupe performs short and long-form improvisation. Improv Studio Series is held on the last Saturday of each month. Tickets are $5 at the door. Facebook


ON-GOING EVENTS ———-

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Through April 30
50th Annual Dogwood Celebration
Beautiful by day and glorious by night.
Paducah’s historic and beautiful residential neighborhoods. Website

Through April 30
Feinstein National Matching Grant Challenge
Fatih Tabernacle Food Ministry, 8th and Broadway, Metropolis
Faith Tabernacle Food Ministry is accepting donations that will will be proportionally matched. This outreach helps those in need with grocery assistance, nutritional drinks for the ill and sponsoring the annual holiday dinner. Donations can be made by sending a check or making a pledge to the Food Ministry or by calling 618-524-4229 by April 30th.

Through Sunday, June 22
Cardinal Tickets Benefit AFFI Warrior Program
1:15 game time
Banterra Bank, 101 W 8th St., Metropolis
Cardinals take on Philadelphia Phillies. Tickets are $25 and available at Banterra Bank. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Warrior Program. This program is providing a vehicle to Metropolis native, Jarrod Bullock who lost his arm and leg in an explosion in Afganistan. AFFI Support Our Troops T-shirts will also be on sale for $20 each through May 30. All proceeds from the shirt sales will suport the AFFI Warrior Program. For more information, call 866-226-8377 or visit website.

Sundays through July 6
Mental Illness Family Classes
1:30-4 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W 10th St., Metropolis
National Alliance of Mental Illness is sponsoring this free 12-class program for relatives of persons diagnosed with serious and persistent brain disorders such as mental illnesses. This course is not appropriate for persons suffering from one of these brain disorders. Class is held in the conference room. No meetings will be held on Easter or Mother’s Day. To more information or to register, call Judy Kruger at 618-524-5268.

Firefighters Help Hometown Soldier
Metropolis Fire Department, 213 W 7th St., Metropolis
Shirts are being sold to raise funds for the Associated Firefighters of Illinois Warrior Program. This year’s recipient is Jarrod Bullock of Metropolis, who was wounded in action in Afghanistan. Shirts start at $15 and come in short or long sleeves. Available colors are white, red, blue and black. For more information, call 618-524-2121 or email Metropolisfire@gmail.com.

Brookport Disaster Donations
Monetary donations can be made to www.SICF.org or at Banterra Bank.

National Quilt Museum
215 Jefferson St., Paducah, Ky.
Currently, the Museum has over 320 quilts from over 350 different quilt makers in our collection. At any given time, 50-60 of these quilts are on display in the gallery as well as the miniature quilts collection.
Through June 10:  The Gilded Lily: Antique Carolina Lily Quilts
Through June 24:  Distortion
Website

AQS Quilt Week – General Registration now open
Wednesday-Saturday, April 23-26
Paducah Expo Center, 414 Park Street, Paducah, Ky.
Make your arrangements now to see all the exciting events and beautiful quilts on display at this year’s show. For more information and available workshops, visit website.

PAPA Gallery Shows
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday
124 Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
Shows change on a continual basis. Free. The gallery is handicapped accessible and admission is always free.  Website

Yeiser Art Center Exhibits
Yeiser Art Center, Market House Square, Paducah, Ky.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
Through May 24: Fantastic Fibers International Competition
The center is free and open to the public but accepts and relies on donations.  Visit website

Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery
Paducah School of Art & Design
4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Visit website.
Through April 25: Annual Student Exhibition. Select works in drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture, jewelry, design and mixed media by students during 2013-14.


PLAN AHEAD
for these Upcoming Events —–

Saturday, May 10
Nature Fest
9 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, Il.
All activities are free and feature live animal exhibits, guided bike and canoe tours and hands-on activities. Participants can view or touch a live fish, snake, turtle and frog, climb into a life-size eagle’s nest or take a taste of Asian carp and see what other kinds of critters live in the Cache River. There will be opportunities to take home a free oak tree seedling or purchase a bat house. Special presentations include bowfishing demonstrations, programs on Swamp rabbits, and close-up views of live owls and hawks from Free Again Rehab. A silent auction and raffle will be held to raise money to support conservation efforts in the Cache River Wetlands. For more information please contact us at 618-634-2231 or visit our website.

Saturday, May 10
Buttonland Swamp Canoe Tour
Tours offered throughout the day
Cache River Nature Fest at Wetlands Center
The Illinois state champion bald cypress tree grows here, as well as tupelo and other species. Some of the trees here are between 500 and 1,000 years old. 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. This is a great opportunity for the beginning canoeist and a great place to experience the beauty of the Cache River Wetlands. There is limited space on each tour so registration is required. You may register beginning April 10, 201 by calling 618-634-2231.

Saturday, May 10
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.

Saturday, May 10
Heron Pond Nature Hike
1 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, Il.
Heron Pond State Natural Area is one of Illinois’ finest bald cypress swamps. Naturalists John and Martha Schwegman lead the hike to help visitors interpret the awesome landscape of Heron Pond. The guided hike will offer wildlife watching opportunities and features a floating boardwalk that meanders between towering cypress trees. This two hour, easy to moderate hike will depart from the Wetlands Center to Heron Pond trailhead where the hike will begin. Please register the day of the event at the Cache River Wetlands Center.

Market House Theater Productions
141 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
June 5-8, 12-15, 19-22 – Young Frankenstein
Visit website

Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center
100 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Ky.
May 8 – Addams Family
May 11 – David Phelps – Classic
May 14 – Wine Tasting and Auction
May 18 – Chicago, The Band
For more events, visit website

Clemens Fine Arts Center
West Kentucky Community & Technical College, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky
Apr. 24 – Moscow Festival Ballet – Swan Lake
May 4 – Pops Concert
Visit website 


There’s always something to do!

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