March 2015

For weekly and monthly events,
please visit our Recurring Events listing.

Through Saturday, March 7
Baseball / Softball / T-Ball Registration
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Massac County Youth Baseball and Softball Association will be taking registrations for the 2015 season. Registration fee is $50. All umpires must sign up these days also.

Month of March
Library Artist of the Month: Marsha Rice
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Marsha has a great talent in various forms of art, as well as thinking-up creative craft-ideas and utilizing her artistic skills that she inherited from her late-parents, Aaron and Ruth Korte.

Through Wednesday, April 1
Rotary Scholarship Applications being accepted
The Rotary International District 6510 Scholarship will fund three scholarships: 1 at $5000 scholarship and 2 at $2500 each. High School seniors planning to attend a University or an accredited Junior College or an accredited Trade School are encouraged to apply. Winners will be presented at High School Senior event where Scholarships are awarded. Recipient will agree. See Application.

Thursday, April 1 – order deadline for Grass Carp
Thursday, April 9 – order deadline for all other orders

SWCD Spring Fish Sale
Wednesday, April 15 – Sale date
2-3 p.m.
In front of Farm Bureau Barn, 1436 W. 10th St., Metropolis

Soil and Water Conservation District is now taking orders for fingerlings to be used for stocking and restocking ponds and lakes. The following species will be available: Channel Catfish, Albino Catfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Red Ear, Fathead Minnows, Crappie, and Triploid Grass Carp. Call or come by the office for stocking information, prices, and order forms. For more information, call Linda Walter at 618-524-9367 or massacswcd@netscape.net.

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.


Sunday, March 1
Family Series: Henry and Ramona
2:30 p.m.
Market House Theater, 132 Market House Sq., Paducah, Ky.
Welcome to Klickitat Street, home of Henry Huggins, his faithful dog Ribsy, Ramona the Pest and her long-suffering sister Beezus. Henry has one mission in life – to get a paper route – even though he’s told he’s too young. This irrepressible hero saves the day in this adaptation of one of the best-loved children’s book series of all time. Tickets are available at 270-444-6828 or on website.

Monday, March 2
Stroke Support Group
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 2,
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.

Monday, March 2
Unity Elementary Chili Supper and Silent Auction
4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Unity Elementary, 6846 Unity School Rd., Brookport, Il.
Chili Supper will be held the last night of the 6th Grade Girls Basketball Tournament.  Menu items include Chili, Hot Dogs, Chips, Dessert and Drink.  $5/full meal or $1/item.  All proceeds will help in the purchase of new playground equipment. There will also be a silent auction of assorted baskets and other items.

Mondays, March 2 and March 9
Prepared Childbirth Class
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.

Tuesday, March 3
Relay for Life Event Leadership Team Meeting
6 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
The 2015 Relay for Life event will be held on Saturday, May 30th from noon to 10 p.m. Everyone who is interested in learning more and getting involved in the event is invited to attend this meeting held in the basement of the library. For information, visit website or Facebook page.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 3 through April 2
Build Your Own Business course
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Shawnee Community College, 8364 Shawnee College Rd., Ullin, IL
This 5-week course called Operation JumpStart: First Step teaches essential business planning and preparation skills with practical hands-on training. This course is geared for individuals considering starting or expanding a small business.  Class is held in the Business and Industry Training Center. The enrollment fee of $25 includes all materials. Registration is required no later than Feb. 24. For information, contact Gabriele Farner at 618-634-3254 or gabrielef@shawneecc.edu.

Wednesday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 24
Behavior Modification for a Healthy Weight
11 a.m.  Wednesday
6 p.m.  Tuesday
WKCTC, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Speaker is Leslie Page, WKCTC Psychology Instructor. The community is invited to attend this free class held in Crounse Hall, Room 101, West Kentucky Community Technical College.

Friday, March 6
ICash Lost Treasure Program
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Rhonda Belford, from the Illinois State Treasure’s Office will help individuals find out if they have money floating around, which they are unaware of, such as; inheritance, CD’s, stocks, utility refunds, safety deposit box, investments, etc. Must register by Wed. March 4th. Limited spaces are available. Notifications will be posted in case of possible schedule change. You can run an Icash search yourself: go to www.Icash.Illinois.gov, and follow the instructions. For information and registration, call the Library at 618-524-4312 ext. 3. Visit Facebook page.

Friday-Sunday, March 6-8
Home and Garden Show
Fri: 3-8 pm, Sat: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun: Noon-4 p.m.
Julian Carroll Convention Center, 415 Park Ave., Paducah, Ky.
There will be all types of vendors present to ask questions, sample products, and help you plan your next project. This 3-day event will be packed with lots of information and ideas. Admission is $5 cash. Parking is free. For information, call 270-442-9572.

Fridays, March 6 and March 20
St. Paul Annual Lenten Fish Fry
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
St. Paul Catholic Church, 2020 State Route 146 E, Vienna, Il.
All-you-can-eat fish, french fries, coleslaw, dessert and drink will cost $9 for adults and $5 for children. Children under 3 eat free. Grilled cheese sandwich and fries can be substituted for the fish meal for a cost of $4.  Meal will be served in the parish hall. Carry-outs will be available. For more information, call 618-771-6993 or 618-967-5164.

Friday, March 6
Wildlife Movie Night:  The Private Life of Deer
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Fort Massac State Park Visitor Center, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Just a century ago, there were less than a million deer in North America. Today, there are nearly 30 million. The Private Life of Deer looks at how these wild deer interact with one another, and how they adapt to living in a suburban environment. TMovie is free and concessions will be available for purchase. For information, contact Neal Pankey at 618-524-4712 or neal.pankey@illinois.gov.

Saturday, March 7 and Monday-Tuesday, March 9-10
Massac County Voter Registration
9 a.m. – Noon
County Court House, 1 Superman Sq., Metropolis
During this time, registration of new voters or the transfer of registration by voters who have changed their name or address will be accepted at the County Clerk office of Juanita Wedeking. March 10th is the last day to register to vote in the April 7, 2015 Consolidated Election.

Saturday, March 7
Prepared Childbirth Class
9 a.m. – 1 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.

Saturday, March 7
Dr. Suess’s Birthday Party
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
All are welcome to share a story and refreshments with the special guest, the Cat in the Hat. Please register by Wed. March 4th. For information, contact Angie at 618-524-4312 ext. 3 or library@cityofmetropolis.com. Visit Facebook Page.

Saturday, March 7
Metropolis Kiwanis & Rotary Scholarship Spaghetti Supper
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
The 3rd annual spaghetti supper will also feature a  Business Showcase raffle with lots of amazing prizes from local businesses. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for ages 2-10 for children, which includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner prepared by Ann Mittendorf, LouLous Country Farm, and dessert. Tickets are available from Kiwanis or Rotary members, Metropolis Planet, Treasures Jewelry Outlet or City National Bank.  All money will go toward providing much-needed scholarships for area high school seniors. For more information, contact AJ or Shannon at Treasures Jewelry Outlet, 618-522-4653 or Areia at Metropolis Planet, 618-524-2141.

Saturday, March 7
Men Who Cook
Julian Carroll Convention Center, 415 Park Ave., Paducah, Ky.
6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
The Purchase Area Sexual Assault & Child Advocacy Center is having their largest annual fundraiser with a Vegas theme and are adding fantasy casino gaming to the event. For tickets, call 270-534-4422. Doors open at 6 p.m. Food is served at 6:30 p.m. Gaming starts at 8 p.m. Visit Facebook Page.

Saturday, March 7
Terry Fator
7:30 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky
Terry Fator is a singer, comedian, ventriloquist, and celebrity impressionist who burst onto the national scene after winning “America’s Got Talent” on television in 2007. Tickets start at $57.50. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 270-450-4444 or visit website.

Sunday, March 8
Daylight Savings Time Begins
2 a.m.

Sunday, March 8
Veritas (Myre Series)
3 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
The exceptional artistic experience of a Veritas concert is the powerful sound of five male vocalists, singing new and old songs of faith, delivering the sound of love, hope, and excellence. Tickets only available as part of a Myre Series Subscription, starting at $37. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 270-450-4444 or visit website.

Monday, March 9 and Wednesday, March 11
Diabetes Classes
1 p.m. – 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 is held in Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2. Phone 270-575-2918 for more information.

Monday, March 9
Spa Essential Oil Party
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Bliss Bodyworks, 727 E. 12th St., Metropolis
With so many oils to choose from it is hard to know which oils are right for you. In this class you will learn how to help aid you and your family. Samples and handouts are dispersed at these meeting. Free chair massage after the meeting. Cost of the meeting is $25 and registration and payment are required by March 6th, 5 p.m. You may drop off registration payment at Bliss Bodyworks (inside Glass Chiropractic). For information, contact instructor, Ericca Arthur at 618-739-9012.  Visit Event Page.

Wednesday, March 11
Plan to be Tobacco-Free
11 a.m.
WKCTC, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Speaker is Jaime Smith, Kentucky Cancer Program. The community is invited to attend this free class held in Crounse Hall, Room 101, West Kentucky Community Technical College.

Thursday, March 12
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.  See Agenda.

Thursday, March 12
The Great Gatsby (Family Series)
6:45 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
The story is set in New York Cithy and Long Island in the 1920s.. Audiences feel the energy of Jay Gatsby, the allure of Daisy Buchanan, and the Everyman complexity of Nick Carraway. Tickets only available as part of Family Series Subscription, starting at $51. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 270-450-4444 or visit website.

Friday, March 13
Bad Luck Bingo
4 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Join Ms. Amanda and Ms. Angie for a fun family night and play Bad Luck Bingo.  There will be prizes and a snack.  This program is free and intended for the whole family.  Please register by Friday, March 6th.  For information, contact Amanda or Angie at 618-524-4312 ext. 34 or library@cityofmetropolis.com. Visit Facebook page.

Friday, March 13
Friday Night Lights: Event #3
5:30 p.m.
Super City CrossFit, 210 W. 7th St., Metropolis
This event consists of five night of members only competition. Each week, members will participate in a grueling workout. Event is free, donations accepted. All proceeds benefit the MCHS Athletic Dept. See Flyer.

Friday, March 13
O’Carson Irish Bash
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky
Music by Gallica, a traditional Irish music band from St. Louis. Included with your ticket will be Irish themed food and a party favor.  Cash bar will be available and includes green beer and plenty of Guinness.  Dress your Irish best and participate in the costume contest. Must be 21 or over to attend. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 270-450-4444 or visit website.

Saturday, March 14
Annual Farmer Appreciation Breakfast
6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Massac County Youth Fairgrounds Community Center, 4476 Korte Rd.Metropolis
Come eat a free breakfast with local farmers to learn more about farmers bringing safe, affordable food from their farms to your table. Call the Massac County Farm Bureau at 618-524-5811 to reserve your seat before Thursday. This event is sponsored by the Massac County Farm Bureau Young Farmer’s Committee. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to help the local food pantries.

Saturday, March 14
Waterfowl Birding
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Mermet Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area, 12 Grinnell Rd., Belknap , Il.
Meet in the Bluebird Trail parking area, which is just before the lake. Led by Master Naturalist Anne Parmley, participants will drive around Mermet Lake, making several stops to identify birds. Binoculars are recommended. For information, call 618-657-2064.

Saturday, March 14
Guided Hike: Cedar Bluff to Bork Falls (Johnson County)
10 a.m.
Meet:  Goreville City Park, Goreville Rd. about 1/3 mile west of Rt  37
Leader will be Bob Mulcahy.  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 information, contact Eric Johnson at 618-499-2337 or Gillum Ferguson at 630-470-7692.

Saturday-Sunday, March 14-15
L’ecole du Soldat
Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on Sunday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fort Massac State Park, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
L’ecole du Soldat or School of the Soldier will be held for French troops at Fort Massac State Park. French and Indian War period living historians from throughout the Midwest will attend this two-day training session. See the Marines as they learn the weapons drills, marching and tactical maneuvers of the French military in the 1750’s. Free. For more information, call 618-524-9321.  Visit Facebook Page.

Saturday, March 14
Little Obie Miniature Train Rides
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Paducah Railroad Museum, 200 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Rides are free. While there, visit the Railroad Museum: $5 for adults and $2 for children. There are many interesting exhbits, locomotive simulator, model train, kids operate Thomas the Tank engine, and much more. For information, call 270-908-6451 or visit website.

Saturday, March 14
Market House Museum Gala Grand Opening
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Market House Museum, 121 South Second St., Paducah, Ky.
New exhibits this year include Sells-Floto Circus of 1929 and Paducah’s Noble Park Funland. Visitors will receive animal crackers, popcorn and multicolored balloons after they have visited the Museum. JT Crawford will be there to autograph the feature length DVD he produced “Noble Park Funland: Where it’s all in Fun.”  Admission is $4 for adults, $1 forchildren 6-11, and free for children under 6. For information, call 270-443-7759, email info@markethousemuseum.com, or visit website.

Saturday, March 14
Psychic Fair
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cherry Civic Center, 2701 Park Ave., Paducah, Ky.
There will be readings, demonstrations, booths, door prizes,  and Aura Photography.  Free lectures every half hour with $7 admission. For information, call 812-925-3039 or email pegasus.inc@prodigy.net. Pegasus Productions website.

Saturday, March 14
Annual St. Patty’s Day Smash Strongman Competition
11 a.m.
2nd and Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
Open to participants and spectators. Axle clean and press, Axle deadlift, Yoke squat, Max farmer pick, and Keg over bar. Tickets are $5 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free. For information, contact Shawn Nevels at 270-443-5438.

Saturday, March 14
St. Patrick’s Day Meal
11 a.m.
American Legion, 321 Market St., Metropolis
The meal includes a Rueben sandwich, chips and a pickle for $7. The event is open to the public, with carry-outs and area deliveries available.  To place an order for delivery, call 618-524-2043.

Saturday, March 14
Gems of Blue – Bluebirds
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, Il.
The eastern bluebird has made a comeback in Southern Illinois. Attendees will learn the natural history of the bird and build a nesting box to encourage bluebirds to the area. Program is free and open to the public. For information or to register for nesting box materials, call 618-657-2064.

Saturday, March 14
Leprechaun Hunt
1 p.m.
Schultz Park, 200 N. Riverfront, Paducah, Ky.
This is a free event in which families compete against other families to complete a scavenger hunt.  Participate in teams of your family or friends.  It’s an “on-foot” event that runs across the entire park.  Participants will have the chance to win prizes as they try to find the hidden Leprechaun. Visit Website.

Saturday, March 14
Annual Outdoor Sportsman Beast Feast Banquet
5 p.m.
Joppa Missionary Baptist Church, 215 Pearl St., Joppa, Il.
Attendees are asked to bring a crock pot or dish of their favorite wild game to share. Program starts at 6 p.m., with door prizes to be awarded. Bring deer or fish mounts for a Wall of Fame display. There will be duck and turkey calling contests, archery range, as well as children’s activities. Speaker is David Dyer of North Carolina. For more information, call the church office at 618-543-6610.

Saturday, March 14
MCDAC Drug Awareness Carnival at MCHS
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
MCHS, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Carnival will be at Massac County High School cafeteria.  No admission fee, but donations will be accepted. The Youth Advisory Council invites all students K-8th grades. There will be games and prizes including a Kindle Fire raffle.

Saturday, March 14
Nielsen’s 4th Symphony
7:30 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Paducah Symphony Youth Orchestra Side-by-Side Performance. For tickets and pricing, visit website, call 270-444-0065 or stop in Paducah Symphony office at 760 Broadway in Paducah.

Monday, March 16
MCHS Project Graduation
6 p.m.
MCHS, 2841 Old Marion Rd, Metropolis
Meeting will be held in the library at Massac Community High School.

Third Tuesday, March 17
Library Birthday Club & Special Program
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
10:30 a.m.
Metropolis Public Library will host special programs/speakers on the fourth Tuesday of each month and will celebrate birthdays for patrons with refreshments. Program speaker is Betty Dobson portraying Maggie Steed. Maggie constructed, owned, and operated the Hotel Metropolitan in 1909, when she was just 24 years old. Maggie, an African American woman, was bound and determined to construct a hotel for “colored” people, when she arrived in Paducah in 1893. The hotel accommodated many famous African Americans, such as Louie Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thurgood Marshall, B.B. King, Ike and Tina Turner, and the Harlem Globetrotters. The program is free and open to all.  For information, contact Amanda Quint at 618-524-4312 ext. 3 or library@cityofmetropolis.com.  Facebook Page

Tuesday, March 17
Metropolis City Council special meeting
1 p.m.
City Hall, Council Room upstairs, 106 West 5th St., Metropolis
The mayor has called for a special meeting of the Metropolis City Council to discuss and take possible action to proceed with or, alternatively, suspend the Franklin Park Pool Improvements.

Tuesday, March 17
Kitschy Craft Tuesday: Making Barbed Wire Stars
4 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Craft is intended for ages 18 and up. Program is free of charge. Must register by Sat. March 14th by calling Amanda at  618-524-4312 ext. 3. Visit Facebook Page.

Wednesday, March 18
SCC Job Fair
8:30 a.m. – noon
Shawnee Community College, 8364 Shawnee College Rd., Ullin, Il.
Individuals are encouraged to dress appropriately and bring resumes to potential employers. The event is open to the public. For information, contact Leslie Cornelious-Weldon at 618-634-3337 or lesliec@shawneecc.edu.

Monday, March 19 through March 27
Curves of Metropolis Annual Food Drive
6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Curves, 727 East 12th St., Ste. B, Metropolis
Ladies who bring a bag of non-perishable food items or $15 to donate will pay $0 service fee when they join. Monthly fee still applies.  All food and money donated will be divided between local food pantries. For more information, call 618-524-2797 or email  curvesmetro@comcast.net.  Event Site   Facebook

Thursday, March 19
Chicken and Dumpling Dinner
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church, 3464 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Freewill donations will be accepted. Carry-outs will be available. For information, call 618-306-5289.

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

Thursday, March 19
Polka Paint
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m
SCC Metro Center, 5385 Industrial Park Rd., Metropolis
Come join the fun and paint your own door hanger. You choose your hanger of choice. Instructors Sharon Ely and Ashley Williamson will be there to help you so anyone is able to participate. Cost is $35 which includes all supplies. Pre-registration required by March 16th. To register, visit webpage or contact Gabriele Farner at Shawnee Community College at 618-634-3254 or  communityed@shawneecc.edu.

Friday, March 20
The Incredible Colon
7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
The Kentucky Cancer Program’s 20-foot inflatable, interactive and educational exhibit allows visitors to learn about colon cancer, including risks, prevention, early detection and treatment. Free screening kits will be available for the first 200 visitors assessed to have high risk for colon cancer. The exhibit will be displayed in the Larry Barton Atrium of Doctors Office Building 2.

Saturday, March 21
Guided Hike: Knights of the Golden Circle, Buzzard Point, Rice Hollow (Gallatin County)  
10 a.m.
Meet:  Backpacker’s Parking Lot, Garden of the Gods Recreation Area
Leader will be Eric Johnson.  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 information, contact Eric Johnson at 618-499-2337 or Gillum Ferguson at 630-470-7692.

Friday, March 20
Ham and Bean Benefit Dinner
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Masonic Lodge 91, 111 E. 3rd St., Metropolis
Weaver Creek Baptist Church’s food pantry is taking lunch and dinner orders for a Ham and Bean benefit. To place an advanced order for pickup or delivery, call 618-309-5760 or 618-524-4863, or come and eat at the Lodge. Double your donation with the Modern Woodmen of America, who will match donations up to $2500. All proceeds benefit the food pantry.   Website.

Friday, March 20
St. Paul Annual Lenten Fish Fry
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
St. Paul Catholic Church, 2020 State Route 146 E, Vienna, Il.
All-you-can-eat fish, french fries, coleslaw, dessert and drink will cost $9 for adults and $5 for children. Children under 3 eat free. Grilled cheese sandwich and fries can be substituted for the fish meal for a cost of $4.  Meal will be served in the parish hall. Carry-outs will be available. For more information, call 618-771-6993 or 618-967-5164.

Friday, March 20
Cryptic Hymn Concert
7 p.m.
Elks Lodge, 104 E. 4th St., Metropolis
The Paducah band, Cryptic Hymn, is on their Spring tour, titled Poltourgest. Cost is $7. For information, visit Facebook Page.

Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22
Performance of Wine and Cheese
Sat. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun. 12:30 – 5 p.m.
Each $40 Ticket includes: a wine glass, 12 samples of wine paired with a culinary delight made with cheese at 12 unique wineries. One entry into the random drawing to win-One night stay at Blue Sky Vineyards. You will use your ticket to taste at all 12 wineries within two days. Tickets can be purchased online. For details, see Post Listing.

Saturday, March 21
Catch the Sun with Bead Suncatchers
4 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Melt various beads together to make  beautiful suncatchers. Must register by Thursday, March 19th. Intended for ages 18 and older.  Quantities are limited so reserve your space soon. Program is free of charge. For information or to register, call 618-524-4312 ext. 3 or visit Facebook Page.

Saturday, March 21
ACS Chili Supper and Silent Auction
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
New Hope Church, Family Life Center, 6331 New Columbia Rd., Belknap, Il.
Benefit is hosted by New Hope/New Columbia American Cancer Society Relay for Life team. The meal includes a bowl of chili with hot dog or two hot dogs plus drinks and numerous desserts. Freewill donation will be accepted. Over 30 silent auction items from local businesses will be available. Tickets will be sold for a homemade quilt drawing. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, March 21
Birds of Prey Demonstrations
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Fort Massac Visitor Center, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Bev Shofstall from Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitation will introduce individuals to live birds of prey that are found in southern Illinois. Program is free. For information, contact Neal Pankey at 618-524-4712 or neal.pankey@illinois.gov.

Sunday, March 22
Gospel Music by Ray and Laura Lewis
11 a.m. Mounds First Baptist Church,  212 Thistlewood St.
6 p.m. Olmstead Caledonia Community Church, IL 37
Ray and Laura Lewis have been traveling, singing and writing gospel music for more than 40 years. Laura is the author of I’m A Winner Either Way, sung by the Inspirations, and Ray penned the song Christmas 1954. Everyone is invited.

Sunday, March 22
Hike at Cove Hollow
12:30 p.m.
Four-mile moderate hike on trail in Shawnee National Forest that borders Cedar Lake, cliff lines and shelter caves. Learn about early wildflowers. Bring water and wear appropriate shoes. There will be a car shuttle so you will walk one-way. Leaders are Ed Max and Bob Mulcahy. Registration is required. Call Bob Mulcahy for details and to register at 618-942-6342.

Sunday, March 22
Blend to perform
6 p.m.
Joppa Missionary Baptist Church, 215 Pearl St., Metropolis
Everyone is invited to hear the a cappella group, Blend. This quartet mixes music of the past with today’s comedy, as well as share the gospel. For information, call 618-638-4102.

Sunday, March 22
Gospel Singing
6 p.m.
New Hope Baptist Church, 6804 New Columbia Rd., Belknap, Il.
Gospel singing in the Family Life Center will feature Joe Arview. Soup and sandwiches will be served following the event. Everyone is invited to attend.

Monday, March 23 through Thursday, March 26
Massac Unit One Kindergarten Registration/Screening
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
at Massac Unit One schools
Children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1st and live within Massac Unit One boundaries should come to their designated attendance centers where students will be screened for vision/hearing, speech/language, motor skills, and development concepts. Screenings are required before entrance to kindergarten. For details, click here.

Monday, March 23
Breastfeeding Class
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class helps prepare expectant mothers for the breastfeeding experience. Class is held in Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2.  Phone 270-575-2229 to register.

Tuesday, March 24 (rescheduled from Thursday, March 19)
Easter Egg Dash
5:45 p.m.
Stuart Nelson Park, 175 Stuart Nelson Park Rd., Paducah, Ky.
Bring your Easter baskets or a sack because there will be plenty of eggs to collect. Children will race with their age groups to pick up 15,000 candy filled eggs that are spread across the ball fields. Free event. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Age groups are 0-2 years, 3-5 years, 6-8 years, and 9-10 years. Each field will also have four prize eggs hidden. Age groups will dash in 15-minute increments beginning with the 0-2 years at 5:45 p.m. For information, call 270-444-8508 or visit website.

Tuesday, March 24
Behavior Modification for a Healthy Weight
6 p.m.
WKCTC, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Speaker is Leslie Page, WKCTC Psychology Instructor. The community is invited to attend this free class held in Crounse Hall, Room 101, West Kentucky Community Technical College.

Thursday, March 12
Renew Metropolis Committee
11 a.m.
City Hall, Council Room upstairs, 106 West 5th St., Metropolis
Meeting is open to the public. Discussion includes moving forward with Renewing Metropolis housing and the committee’s goals. Committee members listed here.

Thursday, Mar. 26
Evening Upstairs: Kentucky Women in Traditional Music
7 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Presented by John Harrod, acclaimed musician & scholar. With the changes wrought by the Great Depression and World War II, women were getting out of the home, into jobs, and onto radio and phonograph records. With interviews and stories, John puts their lives and achievements into context and recalls some great music that continues to remind us who we are. Program is held in the 2nd floor meeting room and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510  ext. 117 or bwrinkle@mclib.net. For program details, visit website.

Thursday, March 26
WKMS Annual Battle of the Bands
7 p.m.
Maiden Alley Cinema, 112 Maiden Alley, Paducah, Ky.
Murray State’s radio 91.3 WKMS has announced its 2nd annual contest of bands and singer-songwriters as yet without recording contracts. The winner will be chosen after a concert of finalists at Maiden Alley Cinema. This year’s Grand Prize is a Music Promotion Package valued at over $3,000. Tickets are $10 and beer will be available for purchase. For information and tickets, visit Facebook Event Page.

Friday, March 27
Clothing Giveaway
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2324 North Ave., Metropolis
Everyone is welcome. The church is handicap accessible. A drawing for a gift card will also be held.

Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29
MCHS Drama Club: Hairspray
Metropolis Primary School, 416 E. 9th St., Metropolis
7 p.m.
Everyone is invited to attend the Hairspray musical featuring Kelsey Strong, Cierra Patrick and Danielle Carnes amidst a cast of other talented students from Massac Community High School. For times, call MCHS at 618-524-3440.

Friday, March 27
Taste of Head Start
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Metropolis Head Start, 416 E. 9th St., Metropolis
Metropolis Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. Applications will be completed on this day for children who will be 3-5 years of age by September 1st. To set up an appointment, contact Angela Arrison or Melissa Harris at 618-524-5222. The cost is free. Visit website.

Friday, March 27
All-You-Can-Eat Crab Legs
3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Harrah’s, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
Dinner special is back in the buffet for $25.99 due to popular demand. All locals, present your Local Total Rewards Card and Coupon and pay only $12.99.

Friday, March 27
St. Rose of Lima Annual Fish Fry
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
St. Rose of Lima Parish Center, 315 E. 3rd St., Metropolis
Menu includes farm grown fried catfish filets, baked or french  fry potato, slaw, beans, hush-puppies, white beans, drink and dessert. Meal cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. A donation will be given to Guardian House. For carryout, call 618-524-8202.

Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29
MCHS Drama Club: Hairspray
Metropolis Primary School, 416 E. 9th St., Metropolis
Fri.-Sat. 7 p.m.
Sun. 2:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited to attend the Hairspray musical featuring Kelsey Strong, Cierra Patrick and Danielle Carnes amidst a cast of other talented students from Massac Community High School. For times, call MCHS at 618-524-3440.

Friday-Saturday, March 27-28, April 3-4, Sunday, April 5
The Promise: A Pageant in the Life of Jesus Christ
Fri. 7 p.m.
Sat. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sun. 6 p.m.
Trace Creek Baptist Church, 3577 State Route 13, Mayfield, Ky.
He lived. He Died. He arose. He is coming again. Free admission. For seating groups of 20 or more, please call 270-658-3304 or visit website.  Facebook page

Friday, March 27
Clint Black
7:30 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky
Singer-songwriter Clint Black has long been heralded as one of Country music’s brightest stars. Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists. He has sold over 20 million records, has more than a dozen Grammy nominations, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Tickets start at $24. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 270-450-4444 or visit website.

Saturday, March 28
Project Hope Fundraiser Roadblock
9 a.m. – noon
12th and Metropolis streets, Metropolis
Project Hope will be hosting their annual Spring Fundraiser Roadblock at the intersection of 12th and Metropolis streets.

Saturday, March 28
SOAR Meeting
9 a.m.
USW Union Hall, 3831 U.S. Hwy 45, Metropolis
Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees will conduct a meeting. For information, call 270-832-2769.

Saturday, March 28
Beat Beethoven 5K Run
9 a.m.
Noble Park, 2801 Park Ave., Paducah, Ky.
This annual Beat Beethoven 5k run/walk and one-mile youth run benefits the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome to line up and race “Beethoven” – the composer. Prizes and awards will be given. The pre-registration price is $30 and must be received by March 27. You can register on race day for $35. The one-mile youth run is $15 and begins at 10 a.m. For information, click here.

Saturday, March 28
Clothing Giveaway
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Weaver Creek Baptist Church, North Ave. and Upper Salem Rd., Metropolis
All size clothing for adults and children will be available. For more information or if a need should arise, such as a fire or any unexpected need, call 618-524-4897.

Saturday, March 28
Guided Hike: Cedar Creek Waterfalls (Johnson County)  
10 a.m.
Meet:  New Simpson/Tunnel Hill School, Rte. 45, between Ozark and Vienna
Leader will be Bill Gilmour. 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 information, contact Eric Johnson at 618-499-2337 or Gillum Ferguson at 630-470-7692.

Saturday, March 28
HCE Annual Meeting
10 a.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Theme is Come Together: Walk with Massac County HCE. Guest speaker for the Massac County Home and Community Education meeting is Cindy Davis from Southern Seven Health Dept. Theme incorporates the importance of exercise and healthy choices. Attendees should wear walking shoes, as a short walk will be held before refreshments are served. The 2015 HCE scholarships winners and their parents will be announced.

Saturday, March 28
Fort Massac DAR
10:30 a.m.
For Massac Park, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Virginia Street, DAR District VII director, will present the program “Train and Retrain”.

Saturday, March 28
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Clemens Fine Arts Center, 4810 Alben Barkley Drive Paducah, Ky.
This story of Buddy Holly is now in its 25th year, tells of his short yet spectacular career, and features the classic songs: Peggy Sue, That’ll Be The Day, Not Fade Away, Oh Boy, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace and more. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and children. For more information, visit website or call 270-534-3212.

Saturday, March 28
MCHS Project Graduation Spaghetti Dinner and Auction
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Metropolis Primary School, 416 E. 9th St., Metropolis
Massac County High School Project Graduation is having a spaghetti dinner and silent auction. Come and enjoy a delicious meal and support a good cause.

Saturday, March 28
Matthew West Live Forever Tour with Colton Dixon and Mr. Talkbox

7 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Several years ago, when Matthew invited people to share their stories. With more than 10,000 stories from fans all over the world, West crafted a landmark album, The Story of Your Life. It started a powerful wave  that would change his music, ministry and life and continues on his new album Into the Light. Carson Center Box Office is not handling the ticket sales. Tickets range from $13 to $48. Must call LMG Concerts at 855-443-8499 to purchase tickets or click on the Buy Now link, which will direct you to their online ticket sales.

Saturday, March 28
The Seven Last Words of Christ: A Sacred Cantata
7 p.m.
Immanuel Baptist Church, 34654 Buckner Lane, Paducah, Ky.
Paducah Chamber Music Society presents the choir and orchestra cantata directed by Douglas Van Fleet, featuring vocalists, Beth Pope, John Woods, and Ben Neumayer. Free admission.  For information, call 270-443-5306.

Saturday, March 28
United Way ’80s Party
8 p.m.
Metropolis Elk’s Club, 104 W. 4th St., Metropolis
Break out your skinny ties and leg warmers and take a trip back to the ’80s. The Breakfast Club will be performing on stage. Prizes awarded for best dressed person and couple. Tickets are $15 each or 2 for $25 and are available at Metro Financial, City National Bank (Main & Branch) and White Lili or at the door.

Sunday, March 29
Appreciation Service for Dr. Orlando McReynolds
11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
First Missionary Baptist Church, 7th and Vienna sts., Metropolis
Public is invited to attend the 1st appreciation service for their pastor and his wife, Dale. Morning service at 11 a.m. presented by Rev. Jonathon McReynolds, the pastor’s son from Ohio. Appreciation service at 3 p.m. presented by Dr. Calvin Cole Sr., from Paducah. Dinner will be served after morning service.

Sunday, March 29
Palm Sunday Cantata
6:30 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church, 3464 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
The cantata is titled In Christ Alone. Refreshments will follow.

Monday-Tuesday, March 30-31 and Thursday, April 2
Joppa-Maple Grove Pre-K and Kindergarten Screenings
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Maple Grove Elementary, 1698 Grand Chain Rd., MetropoIis
Screenings are available in the Joppa-Maple Grove school district if your child will be three by Sept. 1 for Pre-K and if your child will be five by Sept. 1 for Kindergarten. No walk-ins accepted. Call 618-543-7434 for an appointment. Screenings will take about an hour and will include hearing, vision, speech, motor skills, and concepts. Early Head Start information will also be available. Website

Tuesday-Wednesday, March 31-April 1
Child Find Screenings for Pre-K and Head Start
Metropolis Primary School, 416 E. 9th St., Metropolis
Screenings for children ages 3-5 years. Parents or guardians should call Angie Kennedy at 618-524-4315 to schedule an appointment.  Screenings at Brookport Elementary available on April 2nd.

Tuesday, March 31
Shanghai Circus (Family Series)
6:45 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Astonishing athletes/performing artists defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats in this spellbinding performance. These fearless acrobats, jugglers, and contortionists with boundless energy will dazzle audiences. Tickets only available as part of a Myre Series Subscription, starting at $37. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 270-450-4444 or visit website.


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