March 2014

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

Through Saturday, March 15
Early Voting for Primary Election
8 a.m-Noon
Massac County Courthouse, County Clerk office, Metropolis
Early voting available during regular office hours for the March 18th Primary Election.

Saturday, March 1
Clothing Giveway
9 a.m.
Weaver Creek Baptist Church, 2748 North Avenue, Metropolis
If anyone is in need of winter clothing, come to Weaver Creek Baptist Church. Organizers ask that no clothing dealers attend.

Saturday, March 1
Massac Youth League Soccer Sign-Up Deadline
9 a.m.-Noon
Civitan Soccer Fields, on 5th Street across from Metropolis Drugs
For ages 3 (as of Aug.1st) to Junior High School. Register by mail by going to website. Send registration form and payment to address provided on form. Walk-ups can come up to the Civitan Soccer Fields.

Saturday, March 1,
Prepared Childbirth Classes
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. Meeting will be held in Doctors Office Building 2, Meeting Room A. Phone 270-575-2229 to register.

Saturday, March 1
Massac County Youth Baseball/Softball/T-Ball Registration
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W 10th St., Metropolis
Registration is $50. All umpires must sign up also.

Saturday, March 1
Paducah’s Wine and Chocolate Festival
1-4 p.m.
Julian Carroll Convention Center, 415 Park St., Paducah, Ky.
Window World Care’s presents the 2nd Annual event benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Enjoy delicious chocolate inspired desserts, wine sampling, an auction, live entertainment, kid zone for our little friends, and a beautiful decorated atmosphere. Tickets are $20. For tickets and information, call 270-443-0031 or visit website.  Facebook.

Saturday, March 1
Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Party
1:30 pm
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Children 12 and under are invited to attend. Come for a story, cookies and punch, and our special guest, The Cat in the Hat. Free event. For more information, call Amanda at 618-524-4312 or by email.

Saturday, March 1
Metropolis Kiwanis & Rotary Scholarship Spaghetti Supper
4-8 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St.
The annual spaghetti supper will also feature a raffle with dozens of gifts and services from area merchants, and a live auction for special items. Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for ages 2-10. 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, 618-522-465,3 or Areia at Metropolis Planet, 618-524-2141.

Saturday, March 1
National Wild Turkey Foundation Banquet
Doors open at 5 p.m., Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.
I-24 Event Center, 2125 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Dinner Banquet with a live auction, silent auction and booth of items for women. Tickets are $50 for individual membership and a meal. Tickets for a couple (membership and 2 meals) are $65. Advance ticket purchase is preferred, but will also be available at the door. For tickets, contact Leonard Neely at 618-564-3223.

Saturday, March 1
Mardi Gras with the Melungeons
7 p.m.
Elks Lodge, 104 W 4th St., Metropolis
Come for a night of music and merriment. You do not have to be an Elk member to attend. See flyer.

Saturday-Sunday, March 1-2
Thursday-Sunday, March 6-9
How I Became a Pirate
Thu-Fri: 7 p.m., Sat-Sun: 2:30 p.m.
Market House Theater, 141 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
This musical introduces a young boy named Jeremy who gets recruited by some pirates to help find the perfect digging spot for their treasure. The Captain and crew teach Jeremy the ins and outs of a pirate’s life. The pirate world proves to have many surprises for Jeremy, and he ultimately learns that true treasure can’t be found on any map. For ticket information, call 270-444-6828 or visit website.

Saturday, March 1
Ravel’s Piano Concerto with Guest Pianist Fabio Bidini
7:30 p.m.
The Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
The program of Ravel’s Piano Concerto includes Piano Concerto in G Major by Maurice Ravel as well as Cuban Overture by George Gershwin and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2. The Piano Concerto will feature guest artist Fabio Bidini on piano. Tickets start at $12.80. For more information call 270-444-0065 or email madeline@paducahsymphony.org or visit website.

Sunday, March 2
Living History
Fort Massac State Park, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
17th Regiment United States Rangers: Whiteside Company volunteers will present a living history program. 618-524-9321

Sunday, Mar. 2
Mardi Gras Brunch
Magnolia Manor, 2700 Washington Ave, Cairo.
Brunch includes live entertainment and house tour. Cost is $22. For time and reservations call 618-734-0201.

Monday-Saturday, March 3-8
“Read Across America” Book Review Contest
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Write a half-page report on you favorite books. Contest is for “Junior Readers,” ages 6-10, and “Young Adults,” ages 11-18. A prize will be awarded to the winner of each age group. The contest will begin on Monday, March 3rd and all reports must be turned into the library by Saturday, March 8th. The winner will be announced on Monday, March 10th. For more information, call Amanda at 618-524-4312.

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

Mondays March 3 and 10
Prepared Childbirth Classes
5-7 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. Meeting will be held in Doctors Office Building 2, Meeting Room A. Phone 270-575-2229 to register.

Monday, March 3
Adult Craft Hour – Mardi Gras Charm Necklaces
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Celebrate Mardi Gras with crafts by making Mardi Gras charm necklaces. Must be 18 or over to attend this free program. For more information, contact Terrin at 618-524-4312. Website

Tuesday, March 4
ACS Relay Meeting
5:30 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
ACS Relay for Life of Massac County is having his monthly meetings of captains The Relay for Life event is coming up on May 9 and the theme will be Finish the Fight. For more information, contact Vicki Boren or Amanda King at 618-524-6122 or 618-524-9260 or email at vjboren@harrahs.com or whiteliliboutique@gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 4
12th Annual Mardi Gras and All That Jazz
6-9 p.m.
Harrah’s Riverfront Event Center
Harrah’s Metropolis is the host venue for the annual benefit for Lourdes Foundation. Blues and Southern Rock music will liven up the party while guests satisfy their Cajun cravings with gourmet treats from popular restaurants and caterers throughout the region. Tickets are $50 each. To purchase tickets, call 270-444-2205 or visit website.

Wednesday, March 5
Massac County Retired Teachers
11:30 a.m.
China House Buffet, 1201 E 8th St., Metropolis

Wednesday, March 5
Metropolis Committee Meetings
1:00 p.m. Parks and Recreation
1:30 p.m. Industrial
2:00 p.m. Water, Light and Street
City Hall, Council Chamber, Metropolis
See Agenda.

Wednesday, March 5
Music @ MAC: JoyCut

7 p.m.
Maiden Alley Cinema, 112 Maiden Alley, Paducah, Ky.
JoyCut, from Bologna, Italy, produces a mesmerizing and conceptual sound based on dilated and biting electro sound. The band recently opened and toured with such bands as The Editors, Art Brut, Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire and Sebadoh. Admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Website

Thursday, March 6
Kick Up Your Heels Luncheon and Fashion Show
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Fashion show by Nola’s Boutique, vendors and a panelist discussion on region’s only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Meeting is held in Baptist Heart Center Auditorium. Tickets are $30. Reservations are required. Please call 270-575-2871.

Thursday, Mar. 6
10th Anniversary Vintner’s Dinner
6:30 p.m.
Vintner’s Dinner is sponsored by Wagner Wine & Spirits and will feature wines of Grgich Hills Estate. Dinner will be catered by Laura Duff’s A Pampered Palate. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased by calling 270-450-4444 or online. To view exquisite menu or to purchase tickets, visit website.

Thursday, March 6
Movie Night at the Wetlands Center – The Private Life of Deer
7-9 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Rt. 37 South, Cypress, Il.
Grab your family and friends for a relaxing evening with your fellow nature lovers. Movies about nature will provide viewers of all ages with a fun way to learn about the outside world. The AmeriCorps staff will hold a short discussion about the movie after each session. A different movie will be shown on the first Thursday of each month, January through May. For more information, call the Cache River Wetlands Center at (618) 657-2064.

Friday, Mar. 7
Dinosaur Zoo Live
6:45 p.m.
This program takes you on a tour through pre-historic Australia, bringing an eye-popping array of ancient creatures to life on stage. You will observe and interact with extraordinarily life-like creatures, like a menagerie of insects, mammals and dinosaurs in their ancient environment. All seats are $15. For ticket information, call 270-450-4444 or visit website.

Friday, March 7
Music @ MAC: The Hooten Hallers, Whistle Pigs & JD Wilkes and The Dirt Daubers
7 p.m.
Maiden Alley Cinema, 112 Maiden Alley, Paducah, Ky.
An amazing night of music featuring internationally known locals J.D. Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers, the guys who always rock Paducah, The Hooten Hallers and a new one to the Paducah scene, Whistle Pigs. Admission is $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Website

Friday, March 7
1st Friday – Mardi Gras Madness
8-11 p.m.
Harrah’s Hotel, Riverfront Event Center, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
Musiic by A.J from Electric 96.9. $10 cover charge benefiting Heartland Cares. Costume contest with cash prizes. See flyer for details. Appetizers, Hurricane Station, Beads and More Beads. All new events every first Friday of each month.

Saturday, March 8
Little Obie Miniature Train
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Paducah Railroad Museum, 200 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Rides are free. While there, visit the museum with many interesting exhibits, locomotive simulator, model trains, and much more. Museum admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. For more information, call 270-908-6451 or visit website.

Saturday, March 8
River-To-River Trail, Crab Orchard Guided Hike
10 a.m.
Meet: NWR Visitor Center, 8588 Route 148, Marion, Illinois (Rte. 148, two miles south of Rte. 13)
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge – Wild Turkey, Rocky Bluff, & Grassy Creek Trails in Williamson County. Led by Gillum Ferguson. 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 Gillum Ferguson at 630-357-9651.

Saturday-Sunday, Mar. 8-9
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.

Saturday, March 8 
Cornhole Tournament – Game  1
1 p.m.
Fort Massac State Park, 1308 E 5th St., Metropolis
Double elimination tournament held the first or second Saturday of the month. Cost is $20 per team. Games 1-8 (March-Oct) payouts from fees per game: 1st Place-50%, 2nd Place-25%, and remaining 25% goes into the Jackpot. The one Jackpot Game will be held in November. To qualify for the Jackpot game you must participate in 6 of the 8 regular games. Jackpot payout: 1st Place-75% and 2nd Place-25%.
Website

Saturday, March 8
Chicken and Dumplings Dinner
4-6:30 p.m.
First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St., Metropolis
Menu will also include green beans, corn, slaw, rolls and cake. Drinks available for dine-in orders only. Free will donations will be accepted, and carryout orders will be available. For information, call 618-524-7118.

Saturday, March 8
All You Can Eat Chili Dinner and Silent Auction
5-8 p.m.
Joppa Senior Building, Joppa, Il.
All proceeds benefit the Joppa Fire Department. Everyone is invited to attend. The cost is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 2-10, and free to children under 2.

Saturday, March 8
9th Annual Men Who Cook
6-10 p.m.
Julian Carroll Convention Center, 415 Park St., Paducah, Ky.
Enjoy culinary creations, appetizers, entrees and desserts, specially prepared by male local celebrity chefs from the surrounding counties. Entertainment provided by Soul Dog. This the largest annual fundraising event for the Purchase Area Sexual Assault & Child Advocacy Center. Tickets on sale now by contacting your favorite celebrity chef or PASAC at 270-534-4422.

Saturday, March 8, 2014
C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters
7:15 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Ky.
Screwtape Letters is a smart, provocative, and wickedly witty theatrical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis’ novel about spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view. The play, set in an eerily stylish office in hell, follows the clever scheming of Satan’s chief psychiatrist, Screwtape, as he entices a human “patient” toward damnation.  Website

Sunday, March 9
Daylight Savings Time Begins
2 a.m.

Sunday, March 9
Church Ground Breaking Ceremony
1 p.m.
Just By Faith, 12th & Johnson streets, Metropolis
The interdenominational church will host a ground breaking ceremony for the church’s new addition. Dr. Gwendolyn Duncan, pastor, and congregation invite the public to attend.

Monday, March 10 through March 31
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. All food and money donated will be divided between local food pantries. For more information, call 618-524-2797 or email  curvesmetro@comcast.net.  Facebook

Monday, March 10
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. Meeting is held in Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2. Phone 270-575-2918 for more information.

Monday, March 10
Meet the Lady Patriots Soccer Team
5:30 p.m.
New Soccer Complex, Metropolis St., Metropolis
The team has just finished a conditioning session and is gearing up toward a strong season. Location subject to change depending on weather.

Monday, March 10
Metropolis Public Hearings
City Hall, Council Chambers, 106 W 5th St., Metropolis
5:30 p.m. – Public Hearing on US 45 North TIF
6:00 p.m. – Public Hearing on Interstate North TIF
6:30 p.m. – Public Hearing on Interstate North Business District

Monday, March 10
Metropolis City Council
7 p.m.
City Hall, Council Room upstairs, 106 West 5th St., Metropolis
Council meets regularly on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.  Meeting is open to the public. See Agenda.

TBA
Metropolis Rotary Club accepting 2013 Superman License Plate Applications
Metropolis Rotary Club will accept applications for the commemorative Superman license plates that are available for legal display from April 8-June 9 prior to the Superman Celebration. Plates are $35 per set of two. If they have to be shipped, the cost is $41 per set. For complete information on requirements regarding the application process, click here. Info is also available by contacting Caroline Jones at SupermanPlates@djklink.net or at Metro Financial, 610 Market St., Metropolis.

Saturdays – Tentative
Spring Birding Hikes
7-9 a.m.
Cache River Areas
Join us as we seek to identify birds on the diverse landscape that the Cache has to offer. We will hike a different trail each week, so be sure to call ahead and reserve your spot. Group size will be limited. Birders of all skill levels are welcome to participate. For more information, call the Cypress Creek Wildlife Refuge at (618) 634-2231.

Tuesday, March 11
IHOP 9th Annual Pancake Day Fundraiser
7 a.m.-10 p.m.
IHOP, 2861 James Sanders Blvd., Paducah, Ky.
Each guest will be offered a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes and are encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Locally, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital will receive Paducah’s donations.

Tuesday, March 11
El Tequila Night
5-9 p.m.
El Tequila, 1407 E 5th St., Metropolis
Massac County High School Project Graduation will host this fundraiser with a portion of the sales going to the 2014 Project Graduation event.

Tuesday, Mar. 11
Massage for Healthy Living: Aroma Therapy & Herbs
6-8 p.m.
SCC Metro Center, 5385 Industrial Park Rd., Metropolis
Shawnee Community College course that discovers ways to use essential oils and herbs along with massage techniques. Learn about hot and cold therapies that may be beneficial to your health. Class fee: $10. Instructor: Ericca Arthur, Licensed Massage Therapist, Bliss Bodyworks.

Tuesday, March 11
Local Film – Clock Out
7 p.m.
Maiden Alley Cinema, 112 Maiden Alley, Paducah, Ky.
Clock Out is a fast paced thriller that centers around Toby Baker, a recovering drug addict who is always on the lookout for easy money. Although the movie is set in Los Angeles, much of the film was shot in the streets of Paducah and shows the Americana Hollywood Museum in Metropolis.Tickets are $8. For more information, check website.

Wednesday, March 12
Vascular Screenings
11 a.m.
Concord Christian Center, 3661 James Sanders Blvd., Paducah, Ky.
Baptist Health Paducah and Life Line Screening are partnering to find vascular disease and other conditions so they can be treated before they become life-threatening. Screenings are priced individually or in a package. Use code PBHP-001 at 877-237-1383 or website to receive five screenings, plus a disease risk assessment, for $209 or the stroke and vascular package for $139.

Wednesday March 12
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. Meeting is held in Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2. Phone 270-575-2918 for more information.

Thursdays, March 13, 20 and 27
Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Massac Memorial Hospital, 28 Chick St., Metropolis
The hospital and Southern Seven Health Department will co-host this event for residents enrolling in the new health insurance marketplace. Anyone wanting to apply for coverage will have to bring photo ID, Social Security number and proof of income from last 30 days. Free service to community members and open to the public. Sign up table will be set up at the main entrance of the hospital. For more information, or to make an earlier or later appointment, call 618-306-2055.

Thursday, March 13
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 his held in Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2. Phone 270-575-2229 for more information.

Thursday, March 13
Fashion Show and Tasting Social
6 p.m. Doors open, 7 p.m. Show starts
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W 10th St., Metropolis
All proceeds go to MCHS Marching Patriots.  Fashions by White Lili Boutique, Sixth & Vintage, Dress It Up, Leaps & Bounds, A Grand Affair by Memry, KMA Creations and Shooter’s Supply. There will be food to sample and a raffle drawing. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from any band member or at the door. For more information, call Tanya Pollard at 618-524-4622 or tpollard55@gmail.com.

Thursday, March 13
Wine Appreciation
Lincoln Heritage Winery, 772 Kaolin Rd, Cobden, Il.
6:30-9 p.m.
Introductory course designed for individuals who desire to expand their knowledge of wine. The focus is on wine evaluation, wine descriptions, and varietals, effects of viticulture and cellar practices, and wine and food pairing. Reds, whites, and sparkling wines will be covered. 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, Mar. 13
Evening Upstairs: Going Home to Ireland
7 p.m.
McCracken County Public Library, 2nd Floor meeting room
555 Washington St, Paducah, Ky.
Robert Tincher will bring in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit by performing music and singing traditional Celtic songs with guitar, along with such Irish instruments as the Bodhran and Cittern. You will hear some old favorites and learn the stories behind them. 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

Friday, March 14
Roots & Boots Tour
7:30 p.m.
The Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Together Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie and Sammy Kershaw have 42 top ten singles, 16 gold and platinum albums, and 14 number one Songs. The trio will be on stage together performing all of their biggest hits, while telling the stories behind the songs. Tickets start at $21.50. For ticket information, call 270-450-4444 or visit website.

March 15 – Tentative
Beat Beethoven 5K & Youth Run
7:30 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. – 5 K Run
10 a.m. – 1 mile Youth Run
Noble Park (Shelter #10) in Paducah
The Paducah Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce it will host its second annual “Beat Beethoven! 5K” Run/Walk. Pre-registration is will be available at PaducahSymphony.org. This event is not your typical 5K run – it ties in the famous music of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and other musical education elements. At PSO Maestro Raffaele Ponti’s baton downbeat, participants will start as the famous opening notes of Beethoven’s 5th are played throughout the park. The goal is to complete the course before the music ends, therefore “beating” Beethoven! Prizes will be awarded to participants who “beat” Beethoven. The “Beat Beethoven 5K” is in conjunction with the PSO’s concert later that evening . Participants of all ages and abilities are invited to walk or run to the joyous sounds of this musical masterpiece. Pre-registration for the 5K is $25. Race day 5K registration is $30. Youth Run registration is $15. for more information call 270-444-0065.  Website

Saturday, March 15
Heron Pond and Cave Creek Glade Field Trip
8 a.m.
Near Belknap, Il.
Trip provided by the Shawnee Chapter of Illinois Audubon. John Schwegman, retired botanist, will illustrate the biodiversity of the Cache River area. Participants will meet at Heron Pond to walk the trail to the swamp, then drive 2 miles to the glade, which will be a more difficult uphill walk without a clear trail. No fee. For more information, call 618-564-2079. Website

Saturday, March 15
Tri-State Powerlifting Championship
9 a.m. Weigh-in, 10 a.m. Rules meeting, 11 a.m. Competition
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W 10th St., Metropolis
The championship is for men and women. There is no charge for spectators. Participants will be charged a $60 entry fee. For information, call Butch Adams at 618-201-4966.

Saturday, March 15
Real Woman’s Expo
9 a.m-4 p.m.
Julian Carroll Convention Center, 415 Park St., Paducah, Ky.
There will be dozens of exhibitors, thousands of dollars in door prizes, cooking demonstrations, free manicures, free yoga classes, do-it-yourself demonstrations, gently used handbags all under $20, and more. Shop for jewelry, fashions, home décor, cosmetics, glamour products and services, wine tastings and dine on Paducah’s tastiest cuisine offered in small portions at small prices. Tickets are only $3 in advance at all Bank’s Market and Regions Bank locations or $5 at the door. Website

Saturday, March 15
Spring Arts Festival 
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Robert Cherry Civic Center, 2701 Park Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Painting, pottery, furniture, jewelry and more will be presented by the Art Guild of Paducah. Meet the artists who are demonstrating and selling their work. Three workshops held throughout the day for children and adults. Workship seating is limited. For more information, call 270-210-4383 or email frenchsus@aol.com.

Saturday, March 15
Nature Note Cards
10 a.m.-Noon
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Rt. 37 South, Cypress, Il.
Learn how to use flowers and other plant parts collected from trees, vines, and other natural items to create personal note cards. Each participant will have the opportunity to create two note cards and envelopes. For more information, call 618-657-2064.  Website

Saturday, March 15
River-To-River Trail, Pine Hollow Guided Hike
10 a.m.
Meet: Dixon Springs State Park, Campground, Parking Lot #2
Pine Hollow in Pope County. Led by Bill Gilmour. 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 or Gillum Ferguson at 630-357-9651.

Saturday, March 15
St. Patrick’s Dinner
11 a.m.
American Legion, 321 Market St., Metropolis
The Sons of the American Legion Post 306 will be serving a meal which includes a Rueben sandwich, chips and pickle. Cost is $7 with carry outs and local deliveries available. Everyone is welcome. For information or delivery, call 618-524-2043.

Saturday, March 15
Leprechaun Hunt
1 p.m.
Noble Park, 2801 Park Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Come for festive and family fun.

Saturday, March 15
Family Night – Fired Up About Our Future
5-6 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Sponsored by Massac County Drug Awareness. Sheriff Ted Holder will read a children’s book. For teens, LaNae Stockwell will speak about Life Choices. For adults, Dr. Joyce Griffin will speak about Substance Abuse. There will be demonstrations, drug bingo, Q&A, door prizes and a chance to win a Kindle fire. Free. See flyer. For more information, call 618-524-9368 or send email.  Facebook.

Saturday, March 15
2nd 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 618-524-97638

Saturday, March 15
Night Moves Dance Club MS Benefit Dance

7 p.m.-11 p.m.
Trader’s Mall Music Barn, 6900 Benton Rd., Paducah, Ky.
Enjoy a night out of dancing while helping to raise money for MS Society of Western Kentucky. Featuring live music from the band Just Breakin’ Even as well as dance lessons from the Night Moves instructors. Admission is $5. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door the night of the event. Traders Cafe will be open. Refreshments available and door prizes to be given out. For more information: visit website, send email, or call Michele at 618-638-0555.

Saturday, March 15
The End of the Rainbow Stand-Up Comedy Show
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Market House Studio Theatre, 120 Market House Sq., Paducah, Ky.
National Headlining Comedian, Chad Riden will be performing two shows. Special guests are Christopher Szafran-Luce and Mary Jay Berger. Host is Mitch Meyers from Electric 96.9 FM. Proceeds from this show will go to Families on the Spectrum, a non-profit group that focuses on the family aspect of autism. Tickets are $10 per person or $15 per couple. Email jorgemachaen@gmail.com for ticket reservations.  Website

Monday, March 17
Illinois Conceal Carry Class – deadline to register
Saturday, March 22, 8 a.m.-Noon
Shawnee Community College, 8364 College Rd., Ullin, Il.
The Utah CFP permit training course will be held in the Business and Industry Training Center in Room J1024. Permit is valid for 5 years and training is not required for renewal. Fingerprinting is required and costs $10. Class fee is $100 and there is a $51 registration fee to the state of Utah. Class size is limited. Must register by March 17th. For more information, call 618-634-3254 or send email.

Monday, March 17
St. Patrick’s Day Bingo
5:30 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Feeling lucky? Bring the whole family for some fun and prizes. For more information, call 618-524-4312.

TBA
Prom Extravanganza
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
A Grand Affair by Memry, 1002 Ferry St., Metropolis
Come see how extravagant prom can be! The event features a fashion show of prom dresses, special occasion, makeup and hairstyle demonstrations. A photographer will also be a part of the activities. The event is free and open to all.

Tuesday, March 18
Primary Election
6 a.m-7 p.m.
To find your polling location in Illinois, visit website.

Tuesday-Wednesday, March 18-19
Paducah Blood Drives

11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Walmart, 5130 Hinkleville, Rd., Paducah, Ky
Since the beginning of January, winter storms and freezing temperatures have resulted in more than 450 American Red Cross blood drive cancellations and nearly 14,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Your donation can help ensure blood is available for patients close to home or in other areas affected by the weather. Schedule your appointment online or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Tuesday, Mar. 18
The Miracle Worker
6:45 p.m.
The Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Miracle Worker is based on the true story of Helen Keller and her tutor Anne Sullivan, and Helen’s victory over unbelievable odds through conviction, perseverance, and love. For ticket information, call 270-450-4444 or visit website.

Wednesday, March 19 – Friday, March 21
Bring It On Cheer Off – UPDATE
6:59 p.m. deadline
Because of a technical glitch with voting on the website, the contest was suspended. Both teams are winners. Massac County High School and Mayfield Elementary School are competing in the cheer off. The winning squad will receive Bring it On tickets and get to meet the cast of the show at the Carson Center on April 9th. Go to the Electric 96.9 website to see the video and vote.

Wednesday, Mar. 19
Introduction to Computer Basics for Seniors
9 a.m.-Noon
SCC Main Campus, 8364 College Rd., Ullin, Il.
Shawnee Community College course that teaches the basics of opening a file, viewing files, organizing, and saving files. Learn how to set up an email address and send attachments. Learn the basic of locating information on the internet and more. Room J1024. Class fee: $10. Instructor: Gabriele Farner. For registration and additional information, contact Gabriele  at 618-634-3254 or gabrielef@shawneecc.edu.

Wednesday, March 19
Metropolis Parks and Recreation Meeting
1 p.m.
City Hall, Council Chambers, 106 W 5th St., Metropolis
Agenda will be posted as it becomes available.

Thursday, March 20
Incredible Colon Exhibit
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
This informative exhibit features a 20-foot long, 10-foot tall replica of the human colon. See examples of healthy colon tissue, several non-cancerous diseases of the colon and stages of colorectal cancer. Meeting will be held in Atrium of Doctors Office Building 2. Phone 270-442-1310 for more information.

Thursday-Friday, March 20-21
AARP Smart Driver Course
Noon-4 p.m.
Shawnee Community College, 8364 College Rd., Ullin, Il.
This 2-day course will help drivers learn safety strategies and tips to adapt one’s driving to compensate for changes that come with aging. Participants may qualify for an auto insurance discount. Cost is $15 for AARP members, and $20 for non-members. Space is limited. Register by contacting Gabriele Farner at 618-634-3254 or by email.

Thursday, Mar. 20
Pinterest for Beginners
6-8 p.m.
SCC Metro Center, 5385 Industrial Park Rd., Metropolis
Shawnee Community College course for people who use Pinterest to collect recipes, plan a wedding, decorate their homes, and discover DIY projects and much more. Learn how you can create your own virtual pin boards to organize favorite things you find on the web and on Pinterest. Cost: $10 Instructor: Angie Sivori, Social Media Consultant.

Thursday, March 20
Music at MAC: For the Wolf, Hi Fi Ninja, the Barbariettes & Fairseas
7 p.m.
Maiden Alley Cinema, 112 Maiden Alley, Paducah, Ky.
For the Wolf is an American dark punk-rock band from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Hi Fi Ninja is a local Paducah band. The Barbariettes are a straight forward girl fronted punk band from Murray, Kentucky. Fairseas is an aggressive indie rock band from Paducah Kentucky. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, call 270-441-7007 or visit website.

Friday, March 21
Recovery Tools Workshop
First Baptist Church, 700 Pell Rd., Brookport, Il.
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Church World Cares will hold this workshop which gives an overview of long-term recovery to include idsaster case management, construction management and emotional and spiritual care. Participants will be able to ask questions and participate in the interactive learning environment. There is no cost for the training, lunch or materials and registration is strongly recommended so there will be enough materials available for everyone. Register as soon as possible by email to sgilmore@cwsglobal.org.

Friday-Saturday, March 21-22
Hunters Safety Education Course
Friday: 6-9 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.,
Community Christian Church, 1150 Country Club Rd., Metropolis
Larry Sommer will offer this 2-course free class. Attendees must attend both sessions and pass the written test to receive certification of completion. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. To register, call the Massac County Farm Bureau at 618-524-5811 or email. For more information, call Larry at 618-524-5577 .

Friday, March 21
Roblox Game Night
5 p.m. Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Highest-scoring player wins a prize. Spaces are limited, register by March 19th. This is intended for ages 7-12. For more information, call 618-524-4312.

Saturday, March 22
River-To-River Trail, Lusk Creek Guided Hike
Lusk Creek Wilderness in Pope County. Led by Marcus Owens and 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 meeting place, time and reservations, call 618-534-8139.

Saturday, March 22
Paducah Youth Science Summit
8 a.m. Registration, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Program
WKCTC, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Kentucky Science Center will host the program at the Emerging Technology Center at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. The event provides a platform for middle and high school students ages 11-18 to dialogue on hot science topics. Students rotate from one experience to another throughout the day, ensuring a diverse and unique conference-like experience for each attendee, and on-site lab experiences.Trent Okerson, WPSD Local 6 Meteorologist, will be featured as the Keynote Speaker. The cost to attend is $25 per student and includes a light breakfast and lunch in addition to an event t-shirt. Tickets are available in advance by calling (502) 561-6100, ext. 6111 or visiting www.KYScienceCenter.org.

Saturday, March 22
Regional Roots: The Families of Massac County
1 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
The Korte Family and The Quint Family with speaker, Lona Rae Korte Babbington.
Free. For more information, call Nancy at 618-524-4312.

Saturday, March 22
Aquatic Wonders
4-6 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Rt. 37 South, Cypress, Il.
Learn about aquatic invertebrates and the strange and exciting adaptations they have developed to live in a very special environment. This program will be presented by Mellissa Alexander. For more information call 618-634-2231. Website

Saturday, March 22
ACS Relay for Life Chili Supper & Silent Auction
4:30-7:30 p.m.
New Hope Baptist Church Family Life Center, New Columbia, Il.
Bowl of chili with hot dog, or two hot dogs. Also included are drinks and homemade desserts. Take out is available. Cost is freewill donation. All proceeds benefit Massac County Relay for Life. Over 30 auction items donated by local businesses. For more details, see flyer.

Saturday, March 22
HCE Hillbilly Dinner Benefit
5:30-8 p.m.
Shawnee College cafeteria, 8364 College Rd., Ullin, Il.
Come for food, fun and nonsense. In addition to the Husband Calling Contest and cakewalk, there will be prizes awarded for best costume, gent & gal. Music provided by K&I Drifters. There will be door prizes and a silent auction. Tickets may be bought at the door for $10 each, children, $5. All proceeds benefit the HCE Scholarship Program.

Saturday, Mar. 22
Lourdes’ Dancing With Our Stars
6 p.m. Sponsors’ tables.  6:30 p.m. Individual ticket holders
Harrah’s Hotel, Riverfront Event Center, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
20 dancers, 10 men and 10 women, will be featured. Bidding on silent auction will begin online a week in advance of the event. Registration is $35. For more information, visit website.

Saturday, March 22
Annual Farmer Appreciation Breakfast
6:30-8:30 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.

Monday, March 24
Sibling Class
5-6 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class helps prepare children ages 2 to 9 for the arrival of a new brother or sister. Meeting is held in Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2. Phone 270-575-2229 to register.

Monday, March 24
Breastfeeding Class
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class helps prepare expectant mothers for the breastfeeding experience. Meeting is held in Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2. Phone 270-575-2229 to register.

Tuesday, March 25
Health Hour – Healthy Heart
Noon-12:45 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Cindy Davis from Southern Seven Health Department gives tips on keeping your heart healthy and strong. Healthy snacks will be provided. Free. For more information, contact Terrin at 618-524-4312.

Tuesday, Mar. 25
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
2-4 p.m.
Shawnee Community College, 8364 Shawnee College Rd., Ullin, Il.
Attend this training to learn the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease. We will separate myth from reality and address commonly-held fears about Alzheimer’s in America. Hear from people who have the disease and find out how to recognize the signs in yourself and others. Instructor will be Darrell Coons,Outreach Coordinator for Alzheimer’s Association.  No cost. Class will be held in the River Room. For more information, contact Gabrielle Farner at 618-634-3200 ext. 3254 or e-mail gabrielef@shawneecc.edu.

Tuesday-Wednesday, Mar. 25-26,
Rock of Ages
7:15 p.m.
The Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
On the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80’s including hits by Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benetar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more. For ticket information, call 270-450-4444 or visit website.

Wednesday, March 26
Mobile Vet Center at Shawnee
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Shawnee Community College, 8364 College Rd., Ullin, Il.
All war zone veterans (including all eras), and their families, are invited and it is open to the community as well. The Center program provides a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make a satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life. The Mobile Vet Center will be at the main campus.

Wednesday, March 26
From Sochi to Paducah: Award-Winning Photojournalists from Russia
12:30-3:15 p.m.
Paducah School of Art and Design, 409 Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
Oksana Yushko and Arthur Bondar take part in the Paducah Arts Alliance Artist-in-Residence Program. These two photojournalists from Moscow, Russia will share their story and document life along the river during their one-month residency in to Paducah.

Thursday, March 27
St. John’s Church Chicken and Dumpling Supper
4:30-7 pm
St. John’s Church, 6201 Waldo Church Rd., Metropolis
Chicken and Dumplings, green beans, slaw, dessert and rolls. Free will donation with all proceeds going to Relay for Life. Carry outs available.

Thursday, March 27
Music at MAC: WKMS Battle of the Bands Finals
6:30 p.m.
Maiden Alley Cinema, 112 Maiden Alley, Paducah, Ky.
Chosen finalists will perform live for the grand prize: a three-day recording session at King Sound Studio, including mixing and mastering, and a live studio performance on Sounds Good. Tickets are $10. For more information call 2270-441-7007 or visit MAC website.  WKMS website

Friday, March 28
Clothing Giveaway
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Metropolis Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2324 North Ave, Metropolis
The church is handicap accessible and a drawing for a free gift card will be held.

Friday, March 28
Taste of Head Start
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Metropolis Head Start, 416 E 9th St., Metropolis
Applications are now being taken for the 2014-2015 school year for children age 3 to 5. A Home Based option is also offered for children Birth to 3. Limited slots are available. Call Melissa Harris at 618-524-5222 to make an appointment.

Friday, March 28
St. Paul Fish Fry
5-7 p.m.
St. Paul Catholic Church, 2020 State Route 146 E, Vienna, Il.
The second Lenten fish fry will be held at the parish hall. All-you-can-eat fish, 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. Carryouts are available. For more information, call 618-771-6993 or 618-967-5164.

Friday-Saturday, March 28-29
Hunter Safety Education
Fri. 6-9:30 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Shawnee Community College, 8364 College Rd., Ullin, Il.
To complete the course, all attendees must be present for both days and pass the exam. An adult must accompany all youth under the age of 13. Pre-registration is required due to limited seating and the course is free. To register, call 618-634-3200.

Saturday, March 29
ACS Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament
TBA
Metropolis Sports Park, 2004 Metropolis St., Metropolis
The Gone But Not Forgotten American Cancer Society Relay for Life team will host the tournament. The sign-up fee is $200 per team, and the teams have to consist of at least 3 girls and 7 guys. There will be shirts and concessions for sale during the tournament. For more information, contact Kelly Rae Cunningham at 618-645-1030 or by email.

Saturday, March 29
River-To-River Trail, Burden Falls Guided Hike
10 a.m.
Meet: Burden Falls, seven miles west of Delwood on Burden Falls Road
Burden Falls Wilderness / Caney Branch 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, March 29
Steampunk Ring Fling
3 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Design your own trendy creation from watch parts, charms, buttons, and what-nots. Bring your own stuff, or use ours. This program is intended for preteen and teen girls. You must register by Wednesday, March 26th. Free. For more information, contact Amanda at 618-524-4312 or by email.

Saturday-Sunday, March 29-30
Spring Fling “Glow in the Dark” Disc Golf Tournament
3 p.m. Check-in.  4 p.m. Tee off
Fort Massac State Park, 1308 E 5th St., Metropolis
This will be an evening tournament played with glow in the dark disc. Two rounds of 18 holes. Meals will be available for an additional fee. The first 30 to pre-register will receive a glow in the dark disc. Register at website. Registration closes on March 28th, 4 p.m. For more information, contact Metropolis Tourism at 618-524-5205 or by email. See Course Map.

Saturday, March 29
Gideon’s Rifle
7:30 p.m.
Clemens Fine Arts Center, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Gideon’s Rifle irreverently slides in and out of Americana, Folk, Country and Bluegrass. Dessert and beverages available in this intimate coffeehouse settting. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, call 270-534-3212. Website

Sunday, March 30
Chicken and Dumpling Benefit 
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Masonic Temple, 1615 Old Route 146 Loop, Vienna, Il.
All-you-can-eat homemade chicken and dumplings, green beans, slaw, cornbread, dessert and drink will be available for a donation of $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. Carryout orders will be available. Sponsored by Vienna Masonic Lodge, 150 AM/FM and the Egyptian Chapter 30 Order of the Easter Star.

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