April 2017

2017-04-aprFor weekly and monthly events, please visit our Recurring Events listing.

Through April 28
Shimkus seeking Art Competition entries
Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district. The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 15th District. The over-all winner of our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide. For details, see Post.

Every Saturday starting April 15
Farmer’s Market
West 6th St across from Hardee’s in Metropolis.
Official opening on Saturday, May 6.

Saturday, April 1
Spring Trout Fishing Season Opens
5:00 a.m.
In order to fish for trout, you are required to have a valid Illinois fishing license and an inland trout stamp. Illinois fishing licenses and inland trout stamps are available at DNR Direct license and permit locations. Metropolis locations are Massac County Clerk or Massac County Farm Bureau. For a location near you, check the IDNR website. For more license and sales information, click here or call toll-free 888-673-7648.

Saturday, April 1
Annual Olmstead Pancake Breakfast
7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Olmstead City Hall, 150 N Front St, Olmsted, IL
Carry-outs will be available. All  proceeds will be used to maintain the depot and caboose at Depot Park.

Saturday, April 1
Massac Theater Community Day
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Massac Theater, 119 W. 5th St., Metropolis
Volunteers needed who are 18 years or older to remove debris from the theater. The first 25 volunteers will receive a free t-shirt. Lunch for all volunteers will be provided. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. For information, call 618-524-7986.

Saturday, April 1
MCHS Baseball Clinic
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
MCHS field, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Clinic is for grades 3 through 8. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $25 per person and is due March 24. Cost includes a camp t-shirt. Instructors will be Coach Pat Clark, staff members, and high school baseball players. Campers should bring glove, bat and cleats. If weather is bad, clinic will be indoors so campers should also bring tennis shoes. For information, call 270-841-2795.

Saturday, April 1
Strumming and Drumming Cancer Out Benefit
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Vienna High School, 601 N. 1st St., Vienna, IL
Commons area will be the site for the benefit for Metropolis resident, David Hannan. Chili dinner will be served with a cost of $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Carry-outs will be available. A silent auction and drawings are planned. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 618-889-0218. All proceeds go towards Hannan’s medical expenses.

Sunday, April 2
Youth Fair Ribeye Sandwich Dinner
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Youth Fairgrounds, 4476 Korte Rd., Metropolis
All proceeds go to the Massac County Youth Fair. Menu includes choice of ribeye sandwich or smoked brisket or hot dog, baked beans, baked potato, slaw, potato chips, homemade dessert, and beverage. Carry-outs are available. For information, contact Clint Smith at 618-638-2120.

Sunday-Friday, April 2-7
Oak Grove Revival
7:00 p.m.
Oak Grove Baptist Church, 2200 Old Cypress Rd., Vienna, IL
Pastor Jimmy F. Wilson serving as evangelist. Song leaders will be Susie Dixon and Enloe Clemons.

Monday, April 3
Caregivers Support Meeting
6:30 p.m.
Paducah First Baptist Church, 2890 Broadway, Paducah, KY
This month’s topic is Blessings and Challenges for the Caregiver. Presented by Pony Lykins, registered pharmacist and former caregiver. Public is welcome to attend. For information, call 270-442-2728.

Tuesday, April 4
Consolidated Election Day
6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Every vote is important. Please get out and vote for your candidates for Mayor, Alderman, Massac Unit One School Board, and Joppa-Maple Grove School Board.

April 4-23
Lighted Dogwood Trail  
Around Paducah, Ky.
The Dogwood Trail is a 10-mile driving tour traversing downtown, LowerTown, and other residential neighborhoods. The tour showcases Dogwood, Japanese Maple, Red Bud, and Weeping Cherry trees as well as blooming garden areas and other flowering species. For information and a map, visit website.

Thursday-Friday, April 6-7
Free Child Screenings
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Friday:  8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Pre-K at Metropolis Elementary School, 1015 Filmore St., Metropolis
For children 3-5 years old. (Must be 3 years old on or before 9-1-2017.)  Please call Angie Kennedy at 618-524-4315 to schedule an appointment. More details on post coming soon. 

Thursday, April 6 – Carp order deadline
Thursday, April 13 – Delivery Day
SWCD Fish Sale
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Massac County Farm Bureau, 1436 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Massac County Soil & Water Conservation District is now taking orders for fish to be used in the stocking of new ponds or the restocking of existing ponds. Species available for sale through March 30 are Channel Catfish, Hybrid Crappie, Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Redear, Minnows, Bluegill, and Hybrid Bluegill.  Triploid Grass Carp available for sale through April 6. Call or come by the office for prices and sizes offered. For information, contact Linda Walter at 618-524-9367 or massacswcd@netscape.net.

Thursday, April 6
Christ in the Passover
6:30 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church, 3464 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Israeli Chaim Birnbaum of Jews for Jesus will recreate the traditional Passover service and explain how it foreshadowed Jesus’ death and resurrection. The event begins with a potluck meal followed by the presentation. No admission charge. For information, call 618-524-4243.

Friday, April 7
CNB Bake Sale
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
City National Bank, 423 Ferry St., Metropolis
All proceeds raised will go towards Massac County Relay for Life.

Friday, April 7
St. Rose of Lima Annual Fish Fry

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
St. Rose of Lima Parish Center, 315 E. 3rd St., Metropolis
Menu includes farm grown catfish filets, baked or french fry potato, cole slaw, 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 OPE. For carry-outs, call 618-524-8202. Additional seating on upper level. Handicap accessible.

Friday, April 7
Calling All Owls
7:00 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, Il.
Learn all about the owls of southern Illinois and then head out to listen for their eerie calls after the indoor program. Natural Heritage biologist, Mark Guetersloh will lead the guided owl prowl. For information, call 618-657-2064.

Friday, April 7 
Rockabilly Revival – Live Performance
7:30 p.m.
Carson Center,100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah
Imagine being at a concert with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins all on stage. For information, call 270-450-4444 or visit website.

Friday, April 7
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Madrigals
7:30 p.m.
St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St., Metropolis
Concert includes sacred and secular works as well as solo selections. This year’s 10 members come from three different states and include Metropolis native, Kristin Foster. Admission is free. Freewill donation accepted to help fund their choir tour to Ireland in 2018. For information, call 618-524-8361.

Every Saturday, April 8 through mid-September
Golconda Farmers Market
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
118 Main St., Golconda
Located on the Pope County courthouse lawn.

Saturday-Sunday, April 8-9
Quilt City Classic Dog Show
9:00 a.m.
Schroeder Expo Center, 1 Executive Blvd.,Paducah, KY
The Paducah Kennel Club invites you to see dogs compete in a Westminster-style event. Admission is free. More than 500 dogs and handlers are expected to participate in this all-breed show. Each day, judges will select breed, group, and a Best in Show winners. No dogs other than those entered in the show will be allowed in the Expo Center. Vendors and concessions will be available. For information, contact Cathy Crecelius at 270-217-0150.

Saturday, April 8
Antique Tractor Show
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Main Street, Golconda, Il.
Tractors from several surrounding states line Main Street, tractor driving contests, trophies, and food. For information, call 618-683-5637.

Saturday, April 8
Bell Smith Springs Hike
10:00 a.m.
West Main Parking Lot, Bell Smith Springs, Pope County
Hosted by River-to-River Trail Society. All hikes are open to the public and free of charge. Hikes are intended for people in good health who have done some walking. Boots or sturdy shoes and a walking stick are recommended. Hikers should bring their own water and a snack. No dogs are allowed. For information, call 618-499-2337.

Saturday, April 8
Garrison for the Massiac Marines

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 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 of each month. For information call 618-524-9321.  Facebook

Saturday, April 8
Ullin Annual Chili Supper
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Ullin Fire Department, 125 Railroad St, Ullin, IL
Barbecue, chili, homemade desserts and drinks will be served. Boston Butts can be picked up after 11 a.m. Everyone is invited.

Saturday, April 8
Project Hope Spring Vaccine and Microchip Clinic
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Project Hope Humane Society, 1698 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Services include vaccines, microchips, baths and toenail trims. For vaccine and price details, see POST. For information, call 618-524-8939. Phone is answered Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m.

Saturday, April 8
Easter Necklace Craft
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Make necklaces for Easter. This program is intended for adults and kids 8 and up. Please call or come in to the library to register by Saturday, April 1st to make sure we have enough supplies. For information, call Angela at 618-524-4312 ext. 3.  Website.  Facebook

Saturday-Sunday, April 8-9
Journey to the Cross
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Mt. Sterling Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1780 Mt. Sterling Rd., Brookport
Easter walk-through drama. For information, call 618-564-2616.

Sunday, April 9
All-You-Can-Eat Chicken and Dumplings Dinner
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Masonic Temple, 1615 Old Route 46 Loop, Vienna, IL
Hosted by Egyptian Chapter 30 Order of the Eastern Star and Vienna Masonic Lodge 150. Menu includes chicken and dumplings, green beans, slaw, corn bread, dessert and drink. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 6-12 years. Children under 6 are free. Carry-out orders available. Public is invited.

Sunday, April 9
Palm Sunday Afternoon Service
2:00 p.m.
Kornthal Church Rd, Jonesboro, Il.
Step back in time and celebrate the true meaning of Easter in the 1850’s Kornthal church built by Austrian immigrants. Now on National Register of Historic Places. Casual dress. Three miles south of Jonesboro on Hwy. 127. For information, call 618-833-8745.

Sunday, April 9
Jason Crabb – Live Performance
3:00 p.m.
Carson Center,100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah
Grammy winner Jason Crabb has moved easily among musical styles including gospel, country, pop and southern gospel. For information, call 270-450-4444 or visit website.

April 10 through May 13
CNB Tornado Vault Raffle
Win up to $300 in a whirlwind of cash. Drawing will be held on Saturday, May 13th.  Twister of Fun will take place at the Massac County Relay for Life on Saturday, May 20th. All proceeds go towards Massac County Relay for Life.

April 10 through May 20
City National Bank St. Louis Cardinals Get-A-Way Raffle
Raffle Tickets are $1 each or 5 for $5. Raffle includes 4 tickets to the St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pirates and $400 spending money. Game is on Saturday, June 24th at 6:16 p.m.  Drawing will be on May 20th. All proceeds benefit Massac County Relay for Life.

Monday, April 10
Red Cross Blood Drive
11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Rd., Metropolis
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent form). Height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. For information, see Event Post.

Monday, April 10
Public Hearing
6:30  p.m.
City Hall, Council Room upstairs, 106 W. 5th St., Metropolis
Renewal of the Cable Communication Franchise with Comcast of the South. Public is invited to pose questions or comments. Depending on the number of people present, Mayor may want to advise that each person is limited to 5 minutes.

Tuesday, April 11 (rescheduled from March 30)
Noble Park Annual Easter Egg Dash
5:00 p.m. Registration
Noble Park, 2801 Park Ave., Paducah, Ky
The children race with their age groups to pick up 15,000 candy-filled eggs that are spread across the ball fields. The free event will be at the baseball/softball fields.  Age groups for the Easter Egg Dash are 0-2 years, 3-5 years, 6-8 years, and 9-10 years.  Age groups will dash in 15-minute increments beginning with the 0-2 year olds at 5:45 p.m. and concluding with the 9-10 year olds at 6:30 p.m. Goody bags will be available for the first 500 children.  Plus, there will be prize eggs hidden on each field.

Tuesday, April 11
Spring Migration Bird Hike
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, 0137 Rustic Campus Drive Ullin, Il.
Limekiln Springs Trail. Binoculars are recommended for this evening hike in search of migrating warblers. The hike will begin at the Lower Cache Access off Access Road. For information, call 618-634-2231.

Thursday, April 13
Van Tour in Cache River Watershed
various times
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, Il.
Call the Center at 618-657-2064 for departure times and required reservation. Come along on a guided van tour for senior citizens and persons with physical limitations to enjoy the animals, native plants, spring color, history, and hydrology of the bottomland section of Tunnel Hill Sate Trail in the Cache River watershed, and to share stories.

Thursday, April 13
Lavender Infused Bath Salts Program
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Make relaxing lavender bath salts to soothe the soul. This program is for ages 18 and over. Please register by Monday, April 10th at the library. This program is free of charge. For information, call 618-524-4312.  Website.

Thursday, April 13
Maundy Thursday Service
6:00 p.m.
First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St., Metropolis
Everyone is invited to attend the Maundy Thursday Service with communion service downstairs in Fellowship Hall.

Thursday, April 13
Movie Night – Peculiar Pollinators
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, Il.
Movies about nature provide viewers of all ages with an opportunity to learn about the outside world. This month’s showing is Hummingbirds: Jewels of the Air. Light refreshments; short discussion following the film. For information, call 618-634-2231.   Website

Thursday, April 13
Audible Art Show
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway St., Paducah, KY
This is a new series featuring local audible artists inside the gallery to enjoy alongside current visual art show. Inaugural event with local singer/songwriter Daniel Neihoff  and Exhibition Mountain Workshops: Photographs and Video of Paducah People. Hear original music by Daniel and the stories behind how those songs came to be.  Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Light snacks provided. Donations appreciated. Facebook

Thursday, April 13
From Barbed Wire to Bluegrass : Holocaust Survivors in Kentucky
7:00 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Presented by Jacqueline Kohl, member of the national Holocaust Educators Network. A book by Arwen Donahue is based on interviews with nine who settled in Kentucky. These testimonies, along with some personal interviews woven are into the larger timeline of the Holocaust. She will discuss survivors such as Ann Klein of Louisville (also deceased) who worked to have the Ernie Marx Resolution passed which encourages and supports Holocaust education across the Commonwealth. Program is held in the 2nd floor meeting room and is free and open to the public. For information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510 ext. 117 or bwrinkle@mclib.net. For program details, visit website.

Friday, April 14
Good Friday Closings
Banterra and Mid-Country Bank will be open regular hours, though City National Bank will close at noon. County, city and state offices will be closed. Local school districts will be closed. Post Office will be open and trash service will not be delayed.

Friday, April 14
Red Cross Blood Drive
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Massac Memorial Hospital, 28 Chick St., Metropolis
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent form). Height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. For information, see Event Post.

Friday, April 14  
Good Friday Service
12:10 p.m.
First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St., Metropolis
Everyone is invited to attend the joint service to honor Good Friday. Several local pastors are scheduled to participate. An offering will be collected to benefit the Massac County Ministerial Association and its community services.

Saturday, April 15
Metropolis Farmer’s Market Opening
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Market Street, Metropolis
Between courthouse and the Metropolis Chamber office.  Farmers Market will be held every Saturday through the growing season.

Saturday, April 15
Johnson County Junque Jamboree
7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Downtown Vienna, Illinois
Join over 100 vendors as they gather on the Court House block and the lawn with arts & crafts, antiques & collectibles, plants and just a variety of everything.  For more info call Vienna Times Square Mall at 618-658-2215.

Saturday, April 15
St. John’s Lenten Breakfast
8:30 a.m.
St. John’s Church, 6201 Waldo Church Rd., Metropolis
Everyone is invited to attend this Easter event of food, fellowship and worship. Admission is free.

Saturday, April 15
SCC Easter Egg Hunt
10:00 a.m.
Shawnee College, 8364 Shawnee College Rd, Ullin, IL
Ages, 0-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-11 years old. The hunt will take place outside, inside if raining. Parking is available in lower lot by lake if hunt is outside. Please do not arrive before 9:45 am. Grand prize is an 18 speed 24″ mountain bike. Over 5,000 eggs for the little ones to find. See Post for details.

Saturday, April 15
Easter Egg Hunt at Washington Park
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Washington Park in Metropolis.
Zeta Zeta Sorority sponsors this popular event where over 6000 eggs and prizes will be hidden in the park. The Easter Egg Hunt is free and open to children ages 3-10.

Saturday, April 15
Immanuel Baptist Church Easter Egg Hunt
11:00 a.m.
Immanuel Baptist Church, 1119 Market St., Metropolis
For ages 0 through 6th grade. Free.  For information, call 618-524-2729.  Website

Saturday, April 15
Wind Chime Craft
3:30 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Make cool wind chimes with guitar picks and beads. This program is intended for kids ages 8 and up. Kids may need the help of a parent, depending on their age. Please call or come in to the library to register by Saturday, April 8th because supplies are limited. For information, call Angela at 618-524-4312 ext. 3.  Website.  Facebook

Easter Sunday, April 16
Bald Knob Cross Easter Sunrise Service
5:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Bald Knob Mountain, 3630 Bald Knob Rd, Alto Pass, Il.
Annual Easter Service held at the 111 foot Bald Knob Cross. There will be music and refreshments. It is an outdoor event, so bring either folding chairs or blankets to sit upon. Come worship our Lord as the sun rises across southern Illinois and lights up Bald Knob Cross. For information, call 618-893-2344.  www.baldknobcross.com

Tuesday, April 18
Brown Bear, Brown Bear – Family Series
6:00 p.m.
Carson Center,100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah
The hour-long stage adaptation of three beloved children’s books by Mr. Carle showcases the imaginative blend of innovative puppetry and striking scenic effects. For information, call 270-450-4444 or visit website.

Wednesday, April 19
Save the Massac Porkburger Lunch
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Massac Theatre, 119 W. 5th St., Metropolis
Dinner will include a porkburger sandwich, potato chips, homemade dessert and drink.  All for only $7. You can eat there, get it to go, or they will deliver it to you. For delivery, please place your order by Tuesday, April 18 by calling 618-524-7986.

Wednesday, April 19
John Schwegman Delta Award Presentation
5:00 p.m.
Morris Library, John Guyon Auditorium
Southern Illinois University, 605 Agriculture Dr, Carbondale, IL
Metropolis native, John Schwegman, is a longtime conservationist. The Delta Award is presented annually to an author who is from southern Illinois that has contributed to the region’s cultural life.  Past recipients include Paul Simon, John will speak about his new book The Natural Heritage of Illinois. Following the program will a book-signing.

Thursday, April 20
Follow the Yellow Brick Road – Wizard of Oz Party
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Fun for everyone with Wizard of OZ-themed fun and games. Click your heels three times and think to yourself, there’s no place like the library. Come in costume and enjoy crafts, games, snacks and giveaways on both floors. For information, contact Youth Services at 270-442-2510 ext. 122.

Thursday, April 20
Live Music at Bridges:  Corey Evitts
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Harrah’s, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
Evitts is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter from Paducah, Kentucky. His musical influences include a vast range of styles, from 50’s and 60’s country, to hard rock, and modern pop. After writing songs for rock bands for many years, he has recently turned his focus to writing pop songs that incorporate acoustic stylings similar to artists like John Mayer and Ed Sheeran, mixed with groove-based percussive hooks.

Thursday, April 20
Massac County Annual Academic Awards Ceremony
6:30 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
The ceremony is provided to honor outstanding students from the region who have participated in academic competition during the school year.  The scholarships are awarded to deserving graduating seniors from Massac County and Joppa high schools.

Thursday-Sunday, April 20-23 and 27-30
Exit Laughing – Live Performance
7:30 p.m.  Thursday-Saturday
2:30 p.m.  Sunday & Sat. Apr. 29
Market House Theater, Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
For information, call 270-444-6828 or visit website.

Saturday, April 22
River to River Relay
(From Mississippi River to Ohio River)
Daylight to dusk.  A road race for teams of 8 runners, each runs 3 legs of approx. 3 miles for a total distance of 80 miles. Team fee is $480.  Website

Saturday, April 22
Benefit Car Wash
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Hillebrand Automotive, 701 Ferry St., Metropolis
Massac County High School Student Council will host a car wash. All donations will be appreciated.

Saturday, April 22
Hearing Test and Ham & Bean Dinner
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Brookport Gym, Crockett St., Brookport, IL
The Metropolis Lion’s Club will host free hearing tests. They will also be serving free ham and beans, along with cornbread, dessert and drink. Dine in only. For information, call 270-443-2802.

Saturday, April 22
Spring at Heron Pond
9:00 a.m.
Heron Pond Trail,  Cache River State Natural Area
Spring flowers are bursting out, male birds are in new plumage to attract a female.   Now is the time for you to get out and enjoy nature’s new start by taking a guided walk with John and Martha Schwegman along Heron Pond Trail.  Meet at parking lot for Heron Pond Trail. For information, call 618-657-2064.

Saturday, April 22
St. John’s Chicken and Dumpling Supper
4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
St. John’s Church, 6201 Waldo Church Rd., Metropolis
Chicken and Dumpling supper. Free Will donations will be accepted with the proceeds going to the Relay for Life.

Saturday, April 22 
Paducah Bluegrass Bash – All About Kentucky
6:00 p.m.
Paducah Convention Center, 1 Executive Blvd., Paducah, KY
casual evening of southern-style fun, featuring live bluegrass music, signature Kentucky foods and spirits, a bourbon tasting, and Kentucky-themed silent and live auction items. The highlight piece of the live auction is a custom Tim Jaeger horse painting. Music by Solid Rock’it Boosters. General admission is $35 in advance, $40 at the door. For information, see POST.

Saturday, April 22  
Paducah Symphony Orchestra – Brahms’ Requiem

7:30 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
For more information, visit website

Sunday, April 23
Birding field Trip to Cave Valley Looking for Warblers
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pomona fire station, Pomona, IL
Spring is the time for migrating warblers. Cave Valley is noted for the many species found there including the cerulean warbler. Meet at the Pomona fire station from there we will go to the old fire road. Be sure to spray for ticks. It is an easy walk on a flat trail. Bring binoculars. This trip is hosted by the Shawnee Chapter of Illinois Audubon and is open to the public especially those new to birding. Free event. For information, contact Douglas at 618-564 2079 or anderatd@yahoo.com.

Sunday, April 23
Quilter’s Luncheon
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Golconda, Illinois
Enjoy the rich heritage of Quilting. Local family heirloom and new quilts are on display. Lunch is served on tables set with different themes and table settings.  For information, call 618-683-MAIN.  www.mainstreetgolconda.org

Sunday, April 23  
PSO Spring Youth Showcase Concert

3:00 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Paducah Symphony Orchestra Performance. For more information, visit website

Monday-Friday, April 24-28 and May 1-5
Annual Spring Clean-up Weeks in Metropolis
All items must be at the curb or alley, whichever is your normal pickup point and within 5 feet of the trash container. Items must be bagged or boxed unless bulky items. Lumber must be stacked in 3×3-foot bundles. Carpet must be rolled no wider than 3 feet wide. Bulky items will be picked up when possible. For restrictions and contact information, click here..

Monday, April 24
Metropolis Garden Club Annual Plant Sale
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (or until the plants are gone)
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Sale of perennials from club members’ gardens, a few annuals, and other plant-related items. The plant sale is open to everyone.  Free admission. Any plants left over will be sold at Farmers Market on April 29. For information, contact Anne Parmley at 618-524-9022 or anne.parmley@gmail.com.  Website

Wednesday-Saturday, April 26-29
American Quilters Society Quilt Show & Contest
Paducah Expo Center, 414 Park Street, Paducah, Ky.
Julian Carroll Center, 1 Executive Blvd., Paducah, Ky.
It’s one of the premier events in the Midwest. Quilts of all kinds dazzle and delight visitors from all over the United States and the world to this annual show. Many other activities and classes offered. For a listing, see Workshops Tab on website when they become available.

Wednesday-Saturday, April 26-29
Annual Grand Rivers Spring Festival and Quilt Show
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Grand Rivers Community Center, W Cumberland Ave, Grand Rivers, KY
Enjoy beautiful new and antique quilts on display at the Grand Rivers Community Center. Donation of $3 accepted at the door. Viewers Choice Awards: First Place Quilt will win $500, Second Place $250, and Third Place $100. First Place Wall Hanging will win $75, Second Place $50, and Third Place $25. This show runs concurrent with the American Quilters Show in Paducah,

Thursday, April 27
Decoupage Photo Drink Coasters Craft
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Make drink coasters with photos decoupaged on ceramic tiles. You can bring photos from home, or print them off at the library. We will be making 3 tiles per person, so you will need 3 photos. There will be a materials cost of $3.00 due at the time of the program. You must register at the library by Monday, April 24th. For information, call 618-524-4312.  Website.

Friday, April 28
Langston Hughes’ Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz
7:30 p.m.
Clemens Fine Arts Center, 4810 Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Featuring the Ron McCurdy Quartet, this creative collaboration of words, sounds and images explores the wonderful world of blues, gospel songs, boogie woogie, bebop and progressive jazz, Afro-Cuban mambo music, West Indian calypso, African drumming and more. Visit website for more details.

Friday-Saturday, April 28-29
Carterville Balloon Glow and 5K
Walker’s Bluff, 326 Vermont Rd, Carterville, Il.
This is a fundraiser for Carterville Fire Department. The event will be a Balloon Glow on Friday night and then a 5K and Balloon Glow on Saturday (rain date is Sunday, 30th). There will be balloons and entertainment both nights. Cost for event will be $10 a car, $50 a bus each day. Contact the Fire Department at 618-985-8060) for details of 5K. Come out and have a good time.

Saturday, April 29
Ozark Tour of Waterfalls and Wildflowers
8:00 a.m.
Vienna Ranger Station, Vienna
Tour participants will visit and hike behind up to four waterfalls in Bulge Hole (weather dependent), Phantoms Canyon Falls at Camp Ondessonk, and go “through the rabbit hole” to Horse Cave in Schwegman Hollow. Registration is $40 per person and includes transportation, lunch, fees, experienced guides and a souvenir T-shirt. For information or to register: email info@illinoisozarks.com or call/text 618-499-9629.  Post coming soon with more details…

Saturday, April 29
HCE Sewing Workshop
9:00 a.m.
Massac County Extension Office, 1436 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Hosted by Massac County Home and Community Education. Learn how to make pillow tops using sewing skills and machine embroideryAnyone interested in improving their skills or helping 4-H members is encouraged to attend. Reservations need to be made by April 20th by calling 618-524-2270.  Facebook

Saturday, April 29
Adventure Series: Abandoned Channel Adventure
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, 0137 Rustic Campus Drive Ullin, Il.
Enjoy a free canoe tour through the southern end of the Refuge along the Old Cache Channel, which features bottomland forests and a diversity of wildlife. Limited space. Reserve in advance by calling 618-623-2231.

Saturday-Sunday, April 29-30
Blues Annual Spring Gathering
409 Camore St., Creal Springs, Il.
Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sun. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Over 75 booths filled with antiques, primitives, handmade items and rusty junk. Admission $1 or canned good collected by the Southern Illinois Junk Bunch for local food pantries.  For information, call Blue’s Junk & Primitives at 618-922-1130.

Sunday, April 30
Blessing of the Bikes
6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Bald Knob Mountain, 3630 Bald Knob Rd, Alto Pass, Il.
At the Bald Knob Cross off Hwy. 127. Special message at 1 p.m., roadkill stew & chili served at 2 p.m.   For information, call 618-201-3229.  www.baldknobcross.com

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