This Week’s Buzz Report

SPORTS LINE-UP
Massac County High School Football
Visit website for Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, and Volleyball events.
Oct. 3, 7 pm, Patriots at Herrin
Oct. 9, 6 pm, Freshmen Patriots at Benton
Oct. 10, 7 pm, Patriots vs Benton at home


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1

Month of October
A Big Cause for Little Paws
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (except Sundays)
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
This month the library will be accepting pet food and supplies in exchange for past due fines. This does not include lost or damaged materials. Maximum equivalency for fines will be $10. All donations will be given to Project Hope No-Kill Animal Shelter.  Website.

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 Amanda for help during this time block every Wednesday.  Website

Wednesday, Oct. 1
Community Health Fair
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Harrah’s Metropolis, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
There will be representatives from the American Cancer Society, Lens Crafters, and Lourdes Hospital on hand. Harrah’s Metropolis is hosting the health fair in the Diamond Lounge. The event is free and open to the public (21 and over), as well as employees. You can help to promote health and well-being.

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

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.
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.

Every Wednesdays in Fall
GriefShare
6:30 p.m.
Waldo Baptist Church, 6970 Waldo Church Rd., Metropolis
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’€™s most difficult experiences. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings during Spring and Fall. For more information please call the church at 618-564-2180. Website

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

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2

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
Weaver Creek Food Pantry
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Weaver Creek Baptist Church, 2748 North Ave., Metropolis
The church will open their 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 – 11 a.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Janet Foster, instructor. No charge. 618-524-1696.

Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 2-4
12th Annual Fall Festival
Noon – 10 p.m.
Vienna City Park, Vienna, II.
There will be lots of activities for all ages. Carnival times are 5-20 pm on Thursday-Friday, and noon to 10 pm on Saturday. Parade will be Saturday at 10 a.m.  For more information, call 618-658-2063.  Website

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

Thursday, Oct. 2
National Painting and Drawing Invitational Reception
5 p.m.
Clemens Fine Arts Center, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Co-curated by Paducah School of Art & Design’s Bilan Lao and Randy Simmons. This year’s invitational features drawing and painting with an eye to traditional and contemporary figurative art. Exhibition will be on display through November 20th. Website

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

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.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3

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.

Friday, Oct. 3 – Saturday, Oct. 25
The Pumpkin Project
10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis, Il.
The library will be selling pumpkins during normal library business days. Prices will vary. Thanks to Travis Farms for their gracious contribution. Proceeds will go to Project Hope No-Kill Animal Shelter, as well as projects and programs for the library. For more information, contact Amanda at 618-524-4312 x3 or library@cityofmetropolis.com.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 3-4 (Rescheduled: Nov. 14-15)
United Way Vintage Picture Fundraiser
Fri.  6 – 9 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Rd., Metropolis
Receive an 8 x 10 photo for only $10 (limit one per household). Proceeds benefit United Way of Massac County. To purchase your $10 Certificate, visit City National Bank, White Lili Boutique, or Metro Financial Group in Metropolis. Pictures will be available for viewing and pick-up on Sunday, Nov. 16th. For more information, call Caroline Jones at 618-524-8100.

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

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 September. Website

Friday, Oct. 3
4th Annual Run for Hope, 5K Run/Walk 
6 p.m.
Vienna City Park, Vienna, Il.
The race will start and finish at the Vienna City Park during the Fall Festival. A kids’ ½-mile run starts at 6:45 p.m. Registration fees are $25 for adults and $7 for kids. For more information send an email or visit website for all the details.

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 3-4
Paducah Area Christian Festival
Fri.  6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sat.  9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Carson Park, 300 N 30th St., Paducah, Ky.
The festival will be a time of worship, entertainment, food, music, and fun for the entire family. Activities for children include inflatables, face painting, balloons, animals, Jason Lindsey as the Hooked on Science Man, Jim Stott The Magican, and animal tales. Free concert with all styles of Christian music, up to 50 groups and artists performing, including Christian and Clean Country Artist, Martha Ligon. For more information, call 270-642-2248.

First Friday
Western United Cherokee Cultural meeting
7 – 9 p.m.
Vienna Public Library, 401 Poplar St., Vienna, Il.
Cultural nights are held to teach about native culture, current events, history, and spirituality. Speakers and subjects vary monthly. Refreshments or a potluck are always available, and all are welcome regardless of age or ethnicity. The meeting is held the first Friday of each month, normally at the Vienna Public library. Please call to confirm time, date and location, 618-922-3273.

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, OCTOBER 4

Every Saturday
Farmer’s Market
West 6th Street across from Hardee’s in Metropolis.
Every Saturday, Spring through Fall.

Saturday, Oct. 4
Cobden Annual Fall Festival & Car Show
Downtown Park in Cobden, Illinois
Car show, flea market and other activities.  Fall Community Yard Sale Day will also be held. For more information, call 618-893-2425.  Website

Friday-Saturday, October 4-5
Annual Flourspar Festival
Rosiclare, Illinois
Parade, carnival, quilt show, pageant & food. Bike show on Friday and car show on Saturday. Annual event is held the first weekend in October.   Website

Saturday, Oct. 4
Harvest For All Food Drive
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Big John, 1200 E 5th St., Metropolis
Save-A-Lot, 701 Pearl St., Metropolis
The Massac County Farm Bureau Young Farmer’s Committee is hosting the food drive for COPE Food Pantry in Metropolis. Food items will be accepted at the Massac County Farm Bureau Office prior to the event at 1436 W. 10th Street if individuals are not available to participate on that Saturday. For more information, contact Tammie Obermark at 618-524-5811 or mcfb@frontier.com.

Every Saturday
Free Nail Clipping Day for Dogs
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Paws and Claws Dog Salon, 3098 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Free nail clipping for all dogs at Paws and Claws located across from Massac Junior High School. For more information, contact Kathy or Bethany at 618-638-3988 or candlebakery@frontier.com.

Saturday, Oct. 4
Prepared Childbirth Class
9 a.m. – 3 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. Meeting will be in Meeting Room A, Doctors Office Building 2. Phone 270-575-2229 to register.

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 4-5
4th Annual Fall Gathering: Blue’s Junk & Primitives
Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Beside City Building, 409 Sycamore St., Creal Springs, IL
Over 75 vendors bringing antiques, primitives, re-purposed and handmade items, and lots of rusty junk. Admission is $1 or a canned good with all collected going to local food pantries. For more information, call 618-922-1130.  Facebook Page

First Saturday
Southern Illinois Spinners and Weavers Guild
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Fort Massac State Park, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis, Il.
Artists include knitters, spinners, weavers, crocheters, felters, and other fiber arts. Feel free to join in or just come and watch. New members are welcome and there is no cost to join guild or to attend gatherings. Meetings are once a month on the first Saturday. For more information, call 618-524-9321.  Facebook

Saturday, Oct. 4
Art in the Vineyard
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Purple Toad Winery, 4275 Old U.S. 45 S, Paducah, Ky.
The day includes demonstrations from artists and live music from local acts Like Water and Siren and Strings. It is free and family-friendly.

Every Saturday-Sunday through Dec. 6
Elijah P. Curtis Home Tour
Sat. Noon – 4 p.m.
Sun. 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Curtis Home, 405 Market St., Metropolis
Built in 1870, this home has been partially restored to reflect how it would have looked in the late 19th century.  It contains objects, photographs and papers from the history of the county. There is no charge for tours. To schedule tours at other times, contact Paul Fellows at 618-524-7203.

Saturday, Oct. 4
Children’s Craft Corner
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Crafts include Halloween wreaths decorated with ghosts and pumpkins and also spooky milk cartons. This program is intended for children ages 5-10. Please register by Thursday, October 2nd. No cost. For more information, contact Angie at 618-524-4312 x3 or library@cityofmetropolis.com.  Website.

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.  A gourmet cheese or dip is also featured. For more information call 270-448-5108.  Website

Saturday, Oct. 4
Scheherazade
7:30 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Featuring 2014 Young Artist Competition winner, Mary Crace Bender on cello. For tickets and pricing, visit website, call 270-444-0065 or stop in Paducah Symphony office at 760 Broadway in Paducah.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5

Sunday Church Activities
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Sunday, Oct. 5
100th Anniversary of First Christian Church
9:30 a.m.
Everyone is invited to attend the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the church’s congregation and the 100th anniversary of the church’s building. Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship starts at 10:30 a.m. and includes a play about the church’s history. After worship will be a basket dinner (meat, drinks and table service will be provided). After lunch enjoy a Singspiration with guest entertainment. While an RSVP would appreciated, it is not necessary. To RSVP, call the church office at 618-524-7118.

Every Sunday
Celebrate Recovery
1 – 3:45 p.m.
Life Church Eastland, 716 E. 3rd St., Metropolis
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered 12-step program for hurts, habits and hang-ups.  Child care can be available if arranged in advance. For more information, call 618-638-5841.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 6

Monday-Sunday, October 6-12
Pumpkin Town
Choate Center Grounds,  1000 N. Main St in Anna, IL
The trail of pumpkins will guide visitors throughout  a unique display.  Using approximately 130 pumpkins, 130 bales of straw and 75 mums, it seems the Pumpkin People cast a spell and the campus dons a new look. A continuous line of cars parade through the grounds bringing thousands of visitors to witness the creativity and ingenuity of the displays. This year’s theme is Cartoons.

First Monday
AlliedSignal/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.

Monday, Oct. 6 – Monday, Nov. 3
Throwing the Book at Breast Cancer goodie bag raffle
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (except Sundays)
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Goodie bag includes a T-shirt, “Whoopie Cream” Hand Cream, various other great items, as well as four tickets to see the Moscow Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at the Carson Center on November 17th at 7 p.m. Raffle tickets are 1 for $5, or 3 for $10. Tickets may be purchased at the library through November 3rd. The winner will be announced on November 4th. All proceeds will go toward Relay for Life. Website.

Monday, Oct. 6
Arthritis Support Group
Noon – 1 p.m.
Baptist Heart Center, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
The group provides support for people living with arthritis. Meeting will be in the conference room. Phone 270-575-2721 for more information.

Monday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday, Oct. 8
Diabetes Class
1 – 4 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class with a certified diabetes instructor to assist with any question or concerns about diabetes. Class will be held in Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2, Baptist Health Paducah. Phone 270-575-2918 for more information.

Monday, Oct. 6
Stroke Support Group
3 – 4:30 p.m.
Baptist Heart Center, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
The group provides support for stroke survivors and their caregivers, family and friends. Light refreshments are served. Meeting will be held in the conference room. Phone Mary Legge at 270-575-2880 to register.

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

Mondays, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13
Prepared Childbirth Class
5 – 8 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. Meeting will be in Meeting Room A, Doctors Office Building 2. Phone 270-575-2229 to register.

Monday, Oct. 6 (Ticket deadline)
Metropolis Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet
Event on Thursday, Oct. 23 
6 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W 10th St., Metropolis
Come for a fun filled luau themed party. Social time from 6-6:30 pm. Meal served at 6:30 pm. Ticket price is $25. Last day to purchase tickets is Monday, October 6th. Tickets are available at the Chamber located at 516 Market Street in Metropolis. For more information, call 618-524-2714.

First Monday
Be Heart Smart
6 – 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 more information contact Cindy at Southern Seven Health Department at  618-634-2297 x177.  Website

First Monday (and next 3 Mondays)
Introduction to Ballroom Dancing
6 – 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 more information contact Crystal at pasodancer@msn.com.  Website

Monday, Oct. 6
Massac County Historical Society
6:30 p.m.
Elijah P. Curtis Home, 405 Market St., Metropolis.
The topic is “Where Were You When?” Anyone interested in history is invited to attend the free meeting.

Every Monday
Monday Night Live
6:30 – 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.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7

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
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
Janet Foster, instructor. No charge. 618-524-1696.

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.  $35 per month. For more information, call 618-524-1696.

Tuesday, Oct. 7
Edna’s Crafty Crew
4:30 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Make your own t-shirt necklace. Bring a t-shirt (no larger than a women’s medium), and a pair of scissors. Please register by October 3rd. This program is intended for ages 18 and up. To register, call 618-524-4312 x3. Website

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 – 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.

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 – 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 Patti Eichorn at 618-524-3469.

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

First Tuesday
Mental Illness Support Group
7 – 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, OCTOBER 8

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

Wednesday, Oct. 8
HCE Annual Salad Luncheon & Fashion Show
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Massac County Community Center, 900 W. 10th Street, Metropolis
Massac County Home and Community Education Association will host its annual salad luncheon.  A style show will begin at 11:30 a.m. and feature fashions from local businesses. Tickets are $5 before the event and $7 the day of the event.  Carry outs available.  Proceeds will help finance educational lessons and scholarships for the upcoming year. To purchase tickets, call 618-524-2270.

Second Wednesday
Massac County Chamber of Commerce
Noon
Former Chamber Office, 516 Market St., Metropolis
Chamber members and guests meet monthly to network with fellow businesses and discuss community events and services. Lunch is available for $7 and reservations are required. To RSVP, contact 618-524-2714 or office@metropolischamber.com.  Website

Wednesday, Oct. 8
Rules of the Road Review Course
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Happy Hearts Senior Center, 701 Market St., Metropolis
The course helps applicants pass the Illinois driver’s license renewal examination. The course will update drivers on the current rules of the road, explains the vision and driving ability examination and prepares applicants for the general written and road sign examination. The course is free to everyone, any age. For more information, contact the center at 312-814-3676.

Wednesday, Oct. 8
Homecoming Parade
3:00 p.m.  Line up
3:30 p.m.  Parade starts
The parade will begin at Ninth and Market Streets, continue on Market Street to the Massac County Courthouse, continue to Fifth and Ferry streets and then down Ferry Street to Third Street. The parade will end at Washington Park. Participants will start lining up at 3 pm near Save-A-Lot. To enter the parade, call Paula Foss at MCHS at 618-524-3440.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9

Thursday, Oct. 9
Complimentary Health Screenings
3 – 6 p.m.
Metropolis Drugs I, 1001 E 5th St., Metropolis
Tests include blood pressure, total cholesterol, blood glucose, hemoglobin A1C, waist circumference, body composition, and body mass index. For more information, call 618-524-8316 or stop by the store.

Thursday, Oct. 9
Relaxing from Within
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class designed to help expectant mothers become familiar with relaxation techniques. Participants are asked to bring a blanket, pillow and support person. Meeting will be held in Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2. Phone 270-575-2229 for more information.

Thursday-Saturday, October 9-11
Hunter’s Moon Festival
Thu: 6 p.m. Little Mr. and Miss Pageant
Fri:  7 p.m. Dance, music by Stanley Walker
Sat: 9 a.m. Main event
Downtown Grand Rivers and Little Lake Park
This festival features a taste of the lakes food vending area, craft and flea market vendors, Little Mr. and Miss Pageant, children’s Halloween costume parade and awards, children’s games and activities, live music and dance in Little Lake Park, and the big parade. Each year, the big parade is Santa’s first visit to Western Kentucky.  For more details, see schedule on website.

Every-Other-Thursday
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.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10

Friday, Oct. 10
Wild Weekend
All Day
Lower Cache River Access
In celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge will provide guided canoe tours to Eagle Pond and highlight ancient cypress trees and wetland wildlife. Reservations are required for the canoe tour. For reservations or more information call Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge at 618-634-2231.

Friday, October 10
Atkinson Scholarship Dinner and Silent Auction
4 – 7 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W 10th St., Metropolis
The annual dinner and silent auction will benefit the Sabrina Dawn Atkinson Escrow Scholarship Fund. The menu will include chili/hot dog, or chicken and dumplings, with seasoned green beans, bread, assorted desserts, and drinks. The cost is $6 for adults and children, under the age of 10, are $3. Tickets can be purchased now and will be available at the door. Everyone is invited to attend. For tickets or more information, call 618-524-7315 or 618-434-0949.

Friday, October 10
MCHS Homecoming Game & Coronation
7 p.m.
MCHS, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Massac County High School Homecoming Football Game – Patriots vs. Benton at Patriot Stadium. Queen Coronation will take place on the football field at halftime. See post for homecoming court.

Friday, Oct. 10
Movies in the Park – Frozen
7:30 p.m. – arrive with blanket and/or lawn chairs
8:30 p.m. – Movie begins
Fort Massac State Park picnic area, across from Sonic
Movie is free. Concession stand will be open. Popcorn, candy bars, soda or water are only 50 cents each. Nachos are $1.50. Bring the family and an appetite. No alcohol is allowed and pets must be on leashes.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11

Saturday, Oct. 11
Union County Colorfest Celebration
Various locations
Join the P.A.S.T. Historic Walking Tour from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm by purchasing a $5 self-guided tour booklet at Stinson Library Flea Market in Anna. Participate in the biathlon race, tour the Shawnee Hills wine trail, and visit the area’s orchards. Kid Fest will be held at Anna’s city park from 9-5 pm on Saturday and features the Annual Wiener Dog Derby. Activities at Stinson Library include a flea market, a book sale, crafts, jewelry, food and music, and the South End Stump Jumper annual variety show at 7 pm. At the Anna Arts Center local artists provide hands-on workshops in painting, drawing, weaving, 3-D design, mosaic, and jewelry making & evening Stage performances feature local story tellers, poets, musicians, and comedians. Free, some activities charge a fee For information call 1-800-248-4373.

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, Oct. 11
Guided Hike: Godwin Trail (Union County)
10 a.m.
Meet: Picnic gazebo in downtown Alto Pass, Il.
The River-to-River Trail Society provides guided hikes in and about the Shawnee National Forest. This hike is open to the public free of charge. Most hikes are of at least moderate difficulty, intended for people in good health who have done some walking. Boots or sturdy shoes are highly recommended. Hikers should bring their own water and a snack. No dogs, please. For more information, contact hike leaders Eric Johnson at 618-499-2337 or Gillum Ferguson at 630-357-9651.

Saturday, Oct. 11
Old Time Southsiders Men Get Together
10 a.m. –  2 p.m.
Calvary Baptist Church, Clements and Powell streets, Paducah, Ky.
Lunch will be served at noon. Meal is free but donations are accepted (not required) to defer costs. For more information, contact Tom Willoughby at 270-898-2489 or willoughbyte@gmail.com. This group meets annually on the 2nd Saturday in October.

Second Saturday
Garrison for the Massiac Marines
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fort Massac State Park, 1308 E 5th St., Metropolis
Massiac Marines, French and Indian War period reenactors present a living history program. Usually meet monthly on the 2nd Saturday. For more information, call 618-524-9321.  Facebook

Saturday, Oct. 11
Harvest Tyme Arts & Crafts Festival
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Washington Park, Metropolis & 3rd streets, Metropolis
The festival is free to the public and will have craft vendors and entertainment of all sorts to welcome the fall season. Live music by the Melungeons from 11 am to 3 pm. For more information, call Metropolis Tourism at 618-524-5025.

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.

Saturday, Oct. 11
Pumpkin Decoupage
2:30 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Come and decoupage ornamental pumpkins with antiqued book pages, topped-off with sprigs of Spanish moss. This program is for ages 18 and up. Please register by Thursday, October 9th. Limited spaces available, so register soon. To register, call 618-524-4312 x3. Website

Saturdays, Oct. 11, Oct. 18 and Oct. 25
Downtown Walking Ghost Tours
6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.
Market House Theater, 141 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Walk the streets of Downtown Paducah led by a Ghostly Guide as you walk to the actual sites filled with history, legend and lore and hear about the side of Paducah history filled with murder and the terrors of the nights. Tickets $15 for adults and $5 children ages 6-12.  Not recommended for children under 6 years old. Call the box office for more information, at 270-444-6828.  Website

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12

Sunday Church Activities
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Sunday, October 12
Golconda Fall Festival
Downtown Golconda, Illinois
Arts and crafts, antiques, flea market items and food fill the courthouse lawn.  Festival is held every year on the 2nd Sunday in October. For more information, call 618-683-4317.  Website

Sunday, Oct. 12
Wildflower Walk: Piney Creek
10 a.m.
Piney Creek Nature Preserve, Chester, Il.
Meet at the nature preserve parking lot and trailhead. Participants will learn about the basics of plant identification, and will be provided handouts about plant identification terminology, field guides and web resources, and invasive species. The hike could last up to 4 hours. No previous experience is necessary. Reservations are not required, but are encouraged. The hikes will be limited to the first 20 participants. To reserve your spot, contact Chris Benda at botanizer@gmail.com.

Sunday, October 12
Bikes on Broadway
1 – 4 p.m.
Broadway from 4th – 17th streets, Paducah, Ky.
Seventeen blocks of Broadway are closed to motor vehicle traffic and open for bicycles, walkers, roller skaters, wheelchairs, scooters, and all types of human-powered fun. The street is broad, flat, and open for worry-free riding.  Event is held monthly from June-October. For more information, contact the Parks office at 270-444-8508.  Website

Sunday, October 12
Miss Metropolis Scholarship Pageant 
4:30 p.m.
Metropolis Elementary School, 1015 Filmore St., Metropolis
Tickets are $7 in advance or $8 at the door. Scholarship money will be awarded. Outstanding Teen Scholaraship Pageant for ages 13-17, Outstanding Preteen Scholarship Pageant for girls ages 10-12, and Princess Pageant for ages 5-12. For tickets or more information, contact Sandy Farmer, executive director, at 618-645-0363 or missmetrodir@hotmail.com.


ON-GOING EVENTS ———-

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Tuesday, Oct. 14
United Way Chili Lunch
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
First Christian Church, 5th and Catherine streets, Metropolis
Menu includes chili, baked potato and dessert for $8. Meals are available for pick up or for delivery. Proceeds benefit Massac County United Way. For more information, call Caroline Jones at 270-853-2544.

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 18-19
40th Annual Fort Massac Encampment
10 a.m. –  5 p.m. daily.
Fort Massac State Park, Military and civilian craft activities and demonstrations both days. Living historians present displays, food, music and interpretive programs from the 18th and early 19th centuries.  Traders, children’s game, mock battle, food court and more.  For more information, call Metropolis Tourism at 618-524-5025.
Daily Schedule:
9 a.m. Church Service (Sunday only)
10 a.m. – Posting of Colours at forts
10:30 a.m. – 42nd Royal Highlanders Bagpipe Band, parade grounds
10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. – Storytellers, Face Painting & Magic Show
11 a.m.-3 p.m. – Music of 18th Century by  various entertainers
11:30 a.m. – Voyageurs canoe landing at riverfront
1 p.m. – Fashion Show at small stage
3 p.m. – Mock Battle and Military Tactical Demonstration
5 p.m. Sat., 4:30 p.m. Sunday – Military Retreat Closing Ceremony at Forts
Visit website

Saturday, Oct. 18
Puttin’ 4 Paws Golf Scramble
Paxton Golf Course, 841 Berger Rd., Paducah, Ky.
11 a.m.  Registration
Noon  Shotgun start
Teams of four can play for $200, cart included. A chili lunch will be served with drinks and desserts. Entry forms available by email to Project Hope No-Kill Animal Shelter. Website

Monday-Saturday
Paducah Downtown Farmer’s Market
7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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. Special Celebration Saturday programs are from 8 am until noon.  October 4th is Pumpkin Palooza. Open through November 22.  Website

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 with the help of AmeriCorps Service Members and community volunteers. Adult Lunch Buddies volunteer to eat lunch at school at least twice a month with a child in the first through fourth grades. This extra adult attention received from a positive role model will hopefully motivate the child to do well in school and later succeed in life. 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.

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 are $20 for short-sleeve or $25 for long sleeve. Raffle tickets on sale for a 2014 Polaris Ranger 800 are $20 each, with only 1500 being sold.  For more information, call 618-524-2121 or email Metropolisfire@gmail.com.

Through Saturday, Oct. 11
Girl Scout Nut, Candy and Magazine Program
Proceeds will help the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois. Items for sale include whole cashews, deluxe pecan clusters, fruit slices, and almond cran-orange crunch. Caramel Treasures will be sold in Holiday collectible tins. Plus there are hundreds of magazines available for purchase or subscription renewal. For more information, visit website.

Through Saturday, Oct. 18
Artwork Drawing to benefit COPE
Daily Star Comics, 1000 Vienna St., Metropolis
Tickets are being sold for an original artwork of the Seventh Doctor and Ace by Trevor Erick Hawkins and autographed by Sophie Aldred, who played by Ace. Tickets are $2 each or six for $10. Drawing will be on October 18th.

Through Saturday, Oct. 25
ShoeBox Recycling: Help Find Our Solemates
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (closed Sundays)
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St.
The library is accepting gently worn shoes of all sizes, which will be distributed to clothing banks in the U.S., South America, and Africa. Any shoes in decent shape will be gladly accepted . Not only will you be supporting the Library’s team, “Lacing-up for Literacy,” but also your “solemate!” For more information, log on to www.shoeboxrecycling.com or contact Amanda or Angie at 618-524-4312 x3 or library@cityofmetropolis.com. Visit website.

Through Friday, Nov. 7
3rd Annual Coat Drive
MidCountry Bank, 522 Market St., Metropolis
Life Church Eastland, 716 E. 3rd St., Metropolis
Please donate any new or gently used coats of all sizes now through November 7th at MidCountry Bank or Life Church Eastland. Coats will be given away on Saturday, November 8th from 1-3 pm at the Girl Scout House.

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. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students.
Through Nov. 18: Quilts of Pat Campbell
Through Dec. 9: Split Nine and Nine Patch Quilts
Ongoing:  Oh WOW! Miniature Quilts
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
The center is free and open to the public but accepts and relies on donations. 

Oct. 4 – Nov. 8:  Ron Fondaw “Reflexive”
Nov. 22 – Dec. 27: Member’s Show by Yeiser Art Center members
Visit website

Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery
Paducah School of Art & Design
4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Oct. 2 – Nov. 20: National Painting and Drawing Invitational
Dec. 5-7: Annual Student and Faculty Holiday Art Sale
Visit website.


PLAN AHEAD
for these Upcoming Events —–

Saturday, Nov. 15
Tunnel Hill 100 Mile Run with 50 Mile Option
Early Registration Recommended
The scenic Tunnel Hill Trails is a scenic and fast trail with a gentle 2% grade and has a crushed limestone bed with no trip hazards. This seems to be the perfect run for first time hundreds. It’s also ideal for veterans to break that elusive 24 hour barrier, or for faster runners to finally crack 20 hours. Pacers will be allowed the final 24 miles of the 100 mile run. Entrants are limited so register early. For more information and to register, visit website or email durb417@gmail.

Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center
100 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Ky.
Oct. 14 – Mamma Mia
(Broadway Series)
Oct. 17 – Veggie Tales Live
(Family Series)
Oct. 22 – Sister Act (Broadway Series)
Oct. 25 – Annual Distiller’s Dinner

For more events, visit website

Market House Theater Productions
141 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Prices are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Matinee prices are $17.
Oct. 23: Grapes of Wrath
Dec. 4:  A Charlie Brown Christmas
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Clemens Fine Arts Center
4810 Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children.
Oct. 18 – Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan
Season tickets are available now, and single tickets sales start on August 1st. Call 270-534-3212 or visit website for tickets and more information.


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