August 2017

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

ONGOING EVENTS

First Saturday of the Month
Olmsted Farmers Market and Trade Day
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Front Street, downtown Olmsted
Olmsted Parks Department will sponsor this event on the first Saturday of each month.  There is no cost for vendors to participate.  For information, call Olmsted City Hall at 618-742-6487.

summer meals kidsThrough August 11
Operation Andrew: Free Lunches for Kids
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
First Missionary Baptist, 408 W. 7th St., Metropolis
Free nutritious meals for children, ages 0-18, will be served in the Family Life Center. For information, call Orlando McReynolds at 618-524-2855.

Now through August 16
SCC Fall Registration
Fall classes begin on August 16th. The schedule of classes are available at the main campus and each of the extension centers; also you can go online to www.shawneecc.edu, click “current students”, then “course enrollment”, and then “course schedules” for the schedule of summer and fall classes. For details, click here.

Every Saturday, now through Oct. 31 
Farmer’s Market
Courthouse lawn, Superman Square
Anyone that offers fresh produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, or other handmade items are encouraged to participate. For information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 618-524-2714.

keep cool in the pool imageMonth of August  (through Aug. 12, 2017)
Metropolis City Pool Open
Mon-Sat: Noon-5 p.m.
Sun: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
312 W. 4th St., Metropolis
$1.50 Admission – 5 years and under, Free.  Passes are available for: Individual, $25; Family, $20 per person living under same roof.  For information about swimming lessons, aerobics, adult lap swim and pool parties, see Event Post.

Month of August
Free Chiropractic Exams for Kids
Mon., Wed., Fri. 8;30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tue., Thu. 8:30 a.m. – noon
Lange Chiropractic, 727 E. 12th St., Metropolis
Dr. Lange is offering a free exam for children under 18 years of age to make sure your child has not inherited any of your spinal problems, or have it detected and corrected early. Take advantage of this opportunity and make sure your child has a healthy spine, and to correct any possible problems early on. For information, call 618-524-7575 or visit Facebook.

Daily through August 30
Kids Bowl Free
Metropolis Super Bowl, 1107 E. 8th St.
Noon – 10:00 p.m.
Kids get two free games every day, all Summer long. Sign them up through kidsbowlfree.com.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 1

baptist-healthTuesday, Aug. 1
Weight Loss Information Session
6:00 p.m.
Baptist Heart Center, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Learn about medical and surgical options for weight loss. Meeting held in Carson-Myre Heart Center auditorium. Phone 270-575-8462 for information.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2

Wednesday-Tuesday, Aug. 2-8
Annual Emancipation Celebration
Various locations and times
Parade on Saturday at 11 a.m. from Walter Jetton Blvd. to Washington St. to Robert Coleman Park. Other activities include dances, youth activities, live entertainment, food, vendors, NAACP dedications, and a breakfast, Everyone is invited to attend. For details, see Facebook Page.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3

Thursday, Aug. 3biz everyday people
Riverfront Concert Series: Bizz & Everyday People

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Soul Creation
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Biz & Everyday People
Wilson Riverfont Stage, foot of Broadway, Paducah
Free concert. Bring your lawn chairs or enjoy the steps at the riverfront. Wendell “Bizz,” eldest son of Nashville legend Jimmy Church, has opened up for the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, the King of Rock-n-Roll, Lil Richard and many more. Katrice has sung backup for Yolanda Adams, BeBe Winans, Kirk Franklin and other elite artists.  Click here for details.

Thursday, Aug. 3
Miss Metropolis Scholarship Pageant Informational Meeting
6:30 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St., Metropolis
Anyone wanting to finding out more about this pageant can attend the meeting held downstairs in fellowship hall. Ladies and girls should bring their questions and a parent if they are under 18 years of age. No parent is necessary if participant is over 18. Age categories are Miss, 17-24; Teen, 13-17; and Princess, 5-12.

Thursday, Aug. 3
Great American Solar Eclipse
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
In anticipation for the total solar eclipse, astronomer, author, speaker, and former NASA consultant, Kevin Manning, will examine the mysteries of eclipses and other celestial events. Following the presentation, the group will head outdoors to the garden (weather permitting) to view celestial objects in the night sky through a powerful telescope. Program is free and open to the public. For details, click here.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4

Friday-Saturday, Aug. 4-5
City of Golconda Yard Sale Weekend
For information, call 618-683-6246.

baptist-healthFriday, Aug. 4
Kangaroo Klub for Breastfeeding Mothers
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Support group for women who breastfeed or expectant mothers who plan to breastfeed. Meeting is held in Meeting Room A, Medical Park 2. Phone 270-575-2229 for more information.

Friday-Saturday, Aug. 4-5
Cobden Peach Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 p.m.
Cobden Museum, 117 S Appleknocker Dr., Cobden, IL
Sponsored by the Cobden Lions Club, this festival features carnival rides and games, Peach Queen Contest, homemade food and peach cobbler, 5K run/walk and parade on Sat. Free admission. For information, call 618-893-2425 or visit Facebook.

Friday, Aug. 4
Movies in the Park: Rock Dog
Dusk – Movie begins
Fort Massac State Park picnic area, across from Sonic
All movies are free to the public. Come early and bring your blanket and/or lawn chairs. Concessions will be available for purchase. No alcohol is allowed and pets must be on leashes. Provided by Harrah’s Metropolis.  Monitor Facebook for cancellation notices. For more information, call 618-524-4712.

Friday, Friday, Aug. 4
Live Music: Rooted In So.IL
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
718BrewCafe, 718 Market St., Metropolis
Rooted in So.IL is a trio of super talented songwriters/musicians/singers from Southern Illinois. They perform classic rock and blues covers and original songs. Facebook

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5

baptist-healthSat. Aug. 5, or Mondays, Aug. 7 & 14
Prepared Childbirth Classes
Sat.  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Mon.  5:00 p.m. – 7:00 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. Classes held in Meeting Room A, Medical Park 2.  Call 270-575-2229 to register.

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 5-6
Wine & Food Pairing Weekend: Midsummer Picnic
Sat. 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sun. 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
All 11 wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail have paired up to create a wonderful weekend of savory and seasonal wine and food pairings. We invite you to join us for a progressive tasting along the trail and enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of our wines paired with delicious samples. Tickets are $35 and available until July 30th. For information, visit website.

Saturday, Aug. 5
Hummingbird Festival 

9:00 am – noon
Trail of Tears State Forest, 3240 State Forest Rd., Jonesboro, IL
Dozens of hummingbirds should be present to impress the observers. After the birds are captured and banded, visitors may wish to adopt one (for a $5 donation to the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders) and have the privilege of releasing it back to the wild. Those who adopt birds will receive an attractive signed certificate and will be notified if their bird is ever recaptured. Free event. 217-787-3515.

Saturday, Aug. 5
Clothing Giveaway
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Weaver Creek Baptist Church, 2997 North Ave., Metropolis
Everyone is invited to attend.

Saturday, Aug. 5
Baseball, Softball, and T-Ball Registration
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St.
Massac County Youth Baseball & Softball Association. Costs for Baseball & Softball are $45 for an individual and $450 for a team. Costs for T-Ball are $35 for individual and $350 for a team.

Saturday, Aug. 5  (register by Aug. 2)
Back to School Bash
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
Join in the fun at the library and celebrate going back to school with a bash. TriState Games will be bringing a bouncy house and we will have a special guest from the Massac County Drug Awareness Coalition here to speak to the kids. This program is for kids ages 5-18. Please call or come into the library to register by Wednesday, Aug. 2nd to make sure we have plenty of refreshments. For information, Angela Lockard at 618-524-4312 ext. 3 or alockard1982@gmail.com. Event Page

Friday, Aug. 5
2nd Annual Brookport Community Block Party
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
700 Block of Crockett St., Brookport, IL
Come and enjoy Old School music by a DJ, food, and games. Bring a chair and sit a spell. Expect some barbecue, fried fish and corn on the cob. Vendors may set up for free but contact Kathy Tucker at 618-638-4045. Water kickball will cool the day down. Dance in the streets to heat the night. Fun for everyone. Admission is free. For information, call Kathy Tucker at 618-638-4045.

Saturday, Aug. 5
Live on the River: Big Brown Truck Pull
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Foot of Broadway, Paducah Ky.
Teams of 15 sign up in advance to support Special Olympics athletes. Teams take turns to see who can pull a loaded UPS 18-wheeler 12 feet in the shortest time. Winners are crowned in men’s, women’s and co-ed divisions. Younger division teams will pull a UPS delivery van. Winners in different divisions will be crowned and aditional prizes will be awarded. For information, contact Laura Miller at 270-293-9054 or lmiller@soky.org.  Facebook   Website

Saturday, Aug. 5
Bats of Illinois
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, Il
Illinois is home to at least 12 species of bats. Learn where they live, how common they are, their importance to humans and the environment, and methods used to research and monitor their activity. Indoor program from 6:30-7:30 pm is followed by an optional field trip to experience bats’ evening emergence. For information, call at 618-657-2064. Website

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6

Sunday, Aug. 6
Benefit Fish Dinner
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Vienna Masonic Lodge, Old Route 146 Loop, Vienna
All you can eat fish dinner includes deep-fried fish filets, hushpuppies, potato wedges, beans, cole slaw, dessert and drink. Cost is $40 for adults, $5 for children, ages 6-12; and children under 6 are free. Carryout orders will be available. Everyone is invited.

Sunday, Aug. 6
Fill Your Summer with Art Show Opening Reception
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Yeiser Art Center, Market House Square, Paducah, Ky.
This summer, Yeiser Art Center teamed up with MAKE to put on an entire summer catalog of Fine Art Studio and Craft classes. Now, students from those classes have the opportunity to show of the work they created in their very own show. Light refreshments will be served. This two-week Fill Your Summer with Art Show will be held August 1-12 at the Yeiser Art Center.  Website

MONDAY, AUGUST 7

baptist-healthMonday, Aug. 7
Arthritis Support Group
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
The group provides support for people living with arthritis. Meeting is held in the Carson-Myre Center conference room. Phone 270-575-2721 for information.

baptist-healthMonday, Aug. 7
Stroke Support Group
3:00 p.m. – 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. Group meets in the Heart Center conference room. Phone Mary Legge at 270-575-2880 to register.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8

baptist-healthTuesday, Aug. 8 and Thursday, Aug. 10
Diabetes Classes
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 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.  A physician order is required. Class meets in the Shirley Trail Lanier Classroom, Medical Park 2. Call 270-575-2918 for information.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9

Wednesday, Aug. 9
Head Start Walk-In/Pre-Registration
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church,307 Massac Creek Rd Metropolis
Brookport Elementary, 319 Ferry St, Brookport IL
Massac County Head Start will be holding a walk-in/pre-registration day at two locations; First Baptist Church (for Metropolis families) and Brookport Elementary (for Brookport families). No cost to register. For information contact Chelsi Diles at 618-524-5222 or cdiles@7hd.org, or call 618-564-3805.  Website

baptist-healthWednesdays, Aug. 9 & 23
Parkinson’s Support Group
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Class held in Shirley Trail Lanier Classroom, Medical Park 2. Group meets every other Wednesday. Phone 270-898-8031 for more information.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10

Thursday, Aug. 10  (register by Aug. 7)
Framed Hometown Heart Maps
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
You will be framing a heart-shaped picture of our hometown. More than likely the home of Superman. Please register at the library by Monday, Aug. 7th. For ages 18 and over. For information, Angela Lockard at 618-524-4312 ext. 3 or alockard1982@gmail.com. Event Page

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11

Friday-Sunday, Aug. 11-13,
The 48 Hour Film Project 
Fri. 11:  6:00 p.m. Kickoff Event
Sun. 13:  7:30 p.m. Dropoff Event
Maiden Alley Cinema, 112 Maiden Alley, Paducah, Ky.
The 48 Hour Film Project is a weekend in which each team will make a movie – write, shoot, and edit – in just 48 hours. On Friday night, teams draw a genre from a hat. They are then given a character, prop and line to include in their films. On Sunday night, the film is turned in and teams celebrate. The film is then screened at MAC. For screening schedule, see website.

Friday, Aug. 11
Outlaw JoeC Wales Band
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
718BrewCafe, 718 Market St., Metropolis
Come and sit back and enjoy some blues and country rock music.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12

Saturday, Aug. 12
Annual Kids Creative Arts Street Fair on the Square
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Market House Square, Paducah, Ky.
Market Street will be closed between the Market House Theater Box Office and Yeiser Art Center. There will be booths and activities about art, drama, music, games, stories, dance and hands-on stations for kids to get creative with crafts. This event is free and open to the public, although some of the activities may have a minimal charge for supplies.  Website.

Saturday, Aug. 12
Hope’s Closet Community Store to open
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hope’s Closet Community Store, 305 Lincoln St., Metropolis
Hope Unlimited Family Care Center will open their store. Everyone is encouraged to stop by.

Saturday, Aug. 12
End of Season Pool Party
Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Metropolis Swimming Pool, 312 W. 4th St.
It will be free to the public, thanks to the Metropolis Police Department. They hope to have a good turnout of police officers, firefighters, EMS, and other special guests. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks will be free of charge.

Saturday, Aug. 12  (register by Aug. 7)
Kid’s Craft Hour
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
Come to the library and enjoy a cool beach craft. You will be making decorative summertime signs. Paint will be used for this craft, so please make sure the kids wear old clothes just in case they spill paint. This program is free and is intended for kids ages 7 and up. Please register by Monday, Aug. 7th to make sure we have enough supplies. For information, Angela Lockard at 618-524-4312 ext. 3 or alockard1982@gmail.com. Event Page

Saturday, Aug. 12
Music in the Gazebo
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
300 S. 5th St, Paducah, KY
Music by Captain Freddy and the Rivercats at the Downtown Paducah Gazebo, weather permitting. Website

MONDAY, AUGUST 14

Monday, Aug. 14 and Tuesdays Aug. 22 and 29steamboats image, American Queen and Mississippi Queen
Queen of the Mississippi at the Port of Paducah
Mon. 14, 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Tue. 22, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tue. 29, 6:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Riverfront at Broadway & Kentucky Ave., Paducah, KY
Welcome the Queen of the Mississippi to Paducah’s historic riverfront as she cruises America’s inland waterways. Docking dates and times are expected to change throughout the year given complications on the river. For information and full schedule, click here.

Monday-Friday, Aug. 14 – Sept. 22
SCC Truck Driving Program
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Shawnee Community College, 8364 Shawnee College Rd, Ullin, IL
The program takes only 16 weeks to complete which includes a six-week program and a ten-week externship. Other program dates are Sept. 25 – Nov. 3, and Nov. 6 – Dec. 15. For information, call 618-634-3200.

Monday, Aug. 14
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 website.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15

Tuesday, Aug. 15
First Day of School – Massac Unit One
Online registrations available now. Website

baptist-healthTuesday, Aug. 15
Cancerport Breast Cancer Support Group
6:00 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
The group provides support for those diagnosed with breast cancer and living in recovery. Group meets in the Oncology Resource Room. Phone 270-442-1310 for information.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16

Wednesday, Aug. 16
Benefit Luncheon for Cheryl Green
11:00 a.m.
718BrewCafe, 718 Market St., Metropolis
Meal includes barbecue, chips and drink at a cost of $10 with 40% of the proceed to benefit Massac Memorial Hospital employee, Cheryl Green. The meal can be delivered at 11:30 a.m. or you can stop by the cafe. For delivery, call 618-638-4531.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17

Thursday, Aug. 17
Galaxy Ride Science Road Show
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cache River Wetlands Center
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Shawnee Community College
Chicago’s Adler Planetarium will bring hands-on, eclipse-related activities. Weather permitting, guests can observe the sun, touch a real piece of the moon, talk to an astronomer, learn about eclipses and find out the speed of light. Solar viewing glasses available while supply lasts. Wetlands Center is located at 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, IL. The college is located at 8364 Shawnee College Rd., Ullin, IL.

Thursday, Aug. 17
Girls Dance Class Registration
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Central Hall, 1009 North Ave., Metropolis
The Rhythm Factory dance classes will begin on Tuesday, August 29. Instructor is the talented Caitie Easter. Ages 3-4 will meet at 4:00-4:45 p.m. and ages 5-6 will meet 4:45-4:45 p.m. Register at Central Hall or call 270-210-4990.

Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 17-20
Zombie Cannibal Asylum Mystery Dinner Theatre
6:00 p.m.
Market House Theater, Multi-Purpose Stage, Paducah, Ky.
Ticket holders can purchase tickets as a Zombie character, Human character, or Investigator (non role player).  Zombies and Humans will receive a character description of who they are (or were before becoming a zombie) before they enter the asylum so they know what information they can share with others. For information, call 270-444-6828 or visit website.

city of the sunThursday, Aug. 17
Riverfront Concert Series: City of the Sun
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The McKendrees
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  City of the Sun
Wilson Riverfont Stage, foot of Broadway, Paducah
Free concert. Bring your lawn chairs or enjoy the steps at the riverfront. City of the Sun gained popularity in New York City playing the streets and subways, then graduated to selling out major New York venues. Click here for details.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18

Friday, Aug. 18 – Saturday, Aug. 26
Union County Fair
Fairgrounds in Anna, Illinois.
Rodeo,  horse shows, queen pageant, live music, tractor pulls, demo derby, livestock shows and carnival. Admission is $5 per person, $3 for children and $2 for parking, with additional fees for carnival. For more information, visit website

Friday-Monday, Aug. 18-21
Great American Eclipse Event
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Main Brothers Campground, 186 Sawmill Rd., Karnak, Ill.
Tent camping is $10.00 RVs. $20-$32. Stay 2 nights the 3rd night is free.  Music, games and food is planned, and solar glasses will be given to the first 200 guests. First location to see the partial eclipse begins Aug 21 at 10:46 a.m. The full eclipse begins at 11:48 a.m. with the maximum eclipse is at 1:21 p.m. Last location to see the full eclipse ends at 3:02 p.m. and last partial eclipse ends at 4:04 p.m. For more information, contact the Village of Karnak by calling 618-634-9311 or by email at karnak@maxbb.com.   Visit website

Friday-Monday, Aug. 18-21
Moonstock Music Festival with Ozzy Osburne
Friday: 4:00 pm.
Sat.-Mon. 11:30 am.
Walker’s Bluff, 326 Vermont Rd, Carterville, IL
Moonstock 2017 is a four-day Music Festival celebrating the Total Solar Eclipse. On August 21, the US will witness a Total Solar Eclipse beginning at approximately 1:20 pm, for a duration of 2 minutes and 29 seconds, the sun will be completely blocked by the moon. On that day, at 1:20 pm, you can experience the light turn to darkness as Ozzy Osbourne kicks off his concert with the song Bark at the Moon. The festival will feature several additional national acts: Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Pop Evil, Black Stone Cherry, Hellyeah, All that Remains, Otherwise, Texas Hippie Coalition, Kyng, Failure Anthem, Wilson and more. For information, visit website.

Friday, Aug. 18
Meet the Patriots
5:00 p.m.
Massac County High School, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Come meet the Patriots on the Football Field. Youth game starts at 6:00 p.m. Junior Varsity and Varsity teams will play intersquad games at 7 p.m. Band and cheerleaders will also perform. Concessions available for purchase. Admission is $3 per adult and $2 per student. All proceeds benefit the MCHS football program. Inclement weather will move the event to Saturday.

Friday, Aug. 18
Music in the Gazebo
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
300 S. 5th St, Paducah, KY
Kick off your solar eclipse weekend with music by Mid-Life Crisis band at the Downtown Paducah Gazebo, weather permitting. Website

Friday, Aug. 18
Annual ACS Gospel Benefit Concert
7:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 100 E. 5th St., Metropolis
The annual benefit concert for the American Cancer Society will feature live music by Aaron Wilburn and the Jim Brady Trio. Admission is free, however a freewill love offering will be accepted with 100% of the proceeds to benefit cancer research.

Friday, Friday, Aug. 18
Live Music: Rooted In So.IL
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
718BrewCafe, 718 Market St., Metropolis
Rooted in So.IL is a trio of super talented songwriters/musicians/singers from Southern Illinois. They perform classic rock and blues covers and original songs. Facebook

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19

Saturday, Aug. 19
Paducah Farmer’s Market: Artisan Appreciation Day
7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Downtown Paducah’s Riverfront
Market includes produce, eggs, fresh meats, baked goods and artist creations.  Limited vendors are also present Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information visit paducahky.gov/farmers-market.

Saturday, Aug. 19
Fall Youth Soccer Registration
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Civitan Soccer Fields, Metropolis
Massac Youth Soccer League. Register by mail by going to website and send form and payment to Massac Soccer Boosters, PO Box 211, Metropolis, IL 623960. Walk- up registrations available at the soccer field on Saturday. Check website for available need-based scholarships.

Saturday, Aug. 19
Pre-eclipse Fun at the Park
Noon – 6:00 p.m. Acitvities
8:45 p.m. Movie
Fort Massac Visitor Center, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Decorate your Eclipse glasses. Make a pin-hole viewer. Make a Milky Way Galaxy. At approximately 8:40 p.m., “The Lego Batman” movie will be shown. Moon Pies and Sun Drop will be offered. For information, call the park at 618-524-4712.

Saturday, Aug. 19
Music in the Gazebo
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
300 S. 5th St, Paducah, KY
Kick off your solar eclipse weekend with music by Wheelhouse Rousters at the Downtown Paducah Gazebo, weather permitting. Website

Saturday, Aug. 19
Movies in the Park: Lego Batman Movie
8:45 approximately
Fort Massac State Park picnic area, across from Sonic
All movies are free to the public. Come early and bring your blanket and/or lawn chairs. Concessions will be available for purchase. No alcohol is allowed and pets must be on leashes. Provided by Harrah’s Metropolis.  Monitor Facebook for cancellation notices. For more information, call 618-524-4712.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20

Sunday, Aug. 20
Annette Bingaman at Church Service
10;30 a.m.
St.  John’s Church, 6201 Waldo Church Rd., Metropolis
St. John’s Church will feature Annette Bingaman, a Christian recording artist and worship leader, at the worship service. Everyone is invited.

super solar eclipse celebrationSunday. Aug. 20
Super Solar Eclipse Festival
Noon – 8:00 p.m.
Downtown Market Street, Metropolis
Retail stores downtown on Market Street will be open throughout the day as the festivities begin. DJ and Karaoke music from 6-10 p.m provided at 718BrewCafe, 718 Market Street. Website

Sunday, Aug. 20
Pre-eclipse Fun at the Park
2:00-6:00 p.m.
Fort Massac Visitor Center, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Decorate your Eclipse glasses. Learn about a Total Solar Eclipse and build an Eclipse model. Try your luck at a game of Space Bingo. For information, call the park at 618-524-4712.

Sunday, Aug. 20
Karaoke with host DJ Amanda Spraggs
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
718BrewCafe, 718 Market St., Metropolis
On the eve of the solar eclipse, come and some Karaoke fun with Amanda Spraggs. She has popular, contemporary and oldies music. Amanda is a 20 year veteran of competitive singing and has more than 120 first place titles to her credit. She has been hosting karaoke and DJ-ing for over 15 years. She is also The Tennessee Country and Gospel Music Association’s 2012 New Country Vocalist of the Year. Facebook Event

Sunday, August 20
Where’s The Sun Run for Fun
7:00 p.m.
Celebrate the Great Eclipse with this 3-mile Fun Run.  The first 75 entries are guaranteed a t-shirt and eclipse glasses. Run will be held in conjunction with Super Solar Eclipse Celebration in downtown Metropolis. The scenic route will begin near the Lois Lane Statue and take you by landmarks including the Superman Statue, Harrah’s Metropolis Casino, Dorothy Miller Park and more.

MONDAY, AUGUST 21

Monday-Friday, Aug. 21 – Sept. 29
SCC Truck Driving Program
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Shawnee Community College, Metropolis Extension Center, 5385 Industrial Park Dr.
The program takes only 16 weeks to complete which includes a six-week program and a ten-week externship. Other program dates are Oct. 2 – Nov. 10,Nov. 6 and Nov. 13 – Dec. 22. For information, call 618-524-3003.

Monday, Aug. 21
View Total Solar Eclipse at the Cache
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. approximate time of eclipse
Cache River Wetlands Center, 930 Sunflower Lane, Belknap, IL
The grounds of the Wetlands Center should be a great place to view the first total solar eclipse over the U.S. since 1979. The main parking lot and an overflow area will be available, on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, call 618-657-2064.  Website

night at noon2Monday, Aug. 21
Night at Noon
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WKCTC, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, KY
West Kentucky Community Technical College will hold the party at the Challenger Learning Center. This will be a NASA official viewing site. Former astronaut, and Kentucky-native, Terry Wilcutt will narrate the eclipse and share his space tales. Food, vendors, music, Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream, X-box giveaway drawing, and free science demonstrations and viewing glasses will be available. Watch the NASA High Altitude Balloon Launch. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and sunscreen. Event is free and open to the public. For details, click here.

Monday, Aug. 21
Super Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dorothy Miller Park, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
The party moves to the banks of the Ohio River at Dorothy Miller Park to view the eclipse. There will be vendors, food, entertainment, and lots of fun for your family, including helicopter tours, carriage rides, and balloon animals and bounce houses for the kids. For information, contact the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce at 618-524-2714 or email office@metropolischamber.com.  Website

Monday, Aug. 21
The Great American Eclipse Viewing Party
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
McCracken County Library 555 Washington St., Paducah, KY
On August 21, 2017, Paducah will be in the path of totality for a total solar eclipse, the first of its kind in over 40 years. Come to the library garden for a viewing party for the Great American Solar Eclipse. They will have free solar viewing glasses available, as well as moon pies and sun tea. Free program. For information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle 270-442-2510 ext. 112 bwrinkle@mclib.net

baptist-healthMonday, Aug. 21
Sibling Class
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 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 Meeting Room A, Medical Park 2. Phone 270-575-2229 to register.

baptist-healthMonday, Aug. 21
Breastfeeding Class
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class helps prepare expectant mothers for the breastfeeding experience. Class is held in Meeting Room A, Medical Park 2. Phone 270-575-2229 to register.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22

Every Tuesday and Thursday  (through Dec. 1)
SCC GED Enrollment & Classes
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Spence Community Center in Metropolis
Shawnee Community College offers free classes every Tuesday and Thursday starting on Aug. 22. Students may enroll at any time. No charge for the classes. To register, or for information, contact  618-634-3222 or 618-634-3419.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23

Every Monday and Wednesday (through Dec. 1)
SCC Basic Computer Class
10:00 a.m. – Noon
Spence Community Center in Metropolis
Shawnee Community College offers a Basic Computers class will be every Monday and Wednesday starting on Aug. 23. To register, or for information, contact  618-634-3222 or 618-634-3419.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24

steamboats image, American Queen and Mississippi QueenThursday, Aug. 24
American Queen at the Port of Paducah
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Port of Paducah, Riverfront at Broadway & Kentucky Ave., Paducah, KY
Welcome the American Queen to Paducah’s historic riverfront as she cruises America’s inland waterways. Docking dates and times are expected to change throughout the year given complications on the river. Some of these changes may be in a last-minute fashion. For information and full schedule, click here.

Thursday, Aug. 24  (register by Aug. 21)
All-Natural Mosquito Repellent Mason Jars Craft

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
Make your time outside this summer more enjoyable by keeping the mosquitoes away by making your own repellant jar. You must be registered for this program by Monday, Aug. 21st. For information, Angela Lockard at 618-524-4312 ext. 3 or alockard1982@gmail.com. Event Page

Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 24-26
Annual Hot August Blues Festival
Thu.-Fri.  6:00-11:00 p.m.
Sat.  Noon
Kenlake State Park, 542 Kenlake Rd, Hardin, Ky.
The Amphitheater at Kenlake State Park will once again come alive with some of the best Blues artists in the business. Bands perform from 6 p.m.-midnight Friday and 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Food and merchandise vendors are also a part of the festival. Admission is charged.  For more information, visit  Website.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25

Friday, Aug. 25 – Monday, Sept. 4
Du Quoin Fair

10:00 a.m. – Midnight
Fairgrounds, 655 Executive Dr., Du Quoin, Il.
Each day of the fair has it’s own unique theme. Come and enjoy each days activities as they revolve around that days theme. Or, search though the database to find when your favorite act or event is scheduled. Musical entertainment includes Roots & Boots Tour (Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippon and Collin Raye), Switchfoot, Litehouse, Cadillac Three with Logan Mize and Chris Cavanaugh, and many more. For more information, visit website.

Friday, Aug. 25mchs-patriots
MCHS Patriots Varsity Football
7:00 p.m.
Massac County High School, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
MCHS vs. DuQuoin High School, at home. Schedule listed on website.

Friday, Aug. 25
4th-5th-6th Grade Back to School Dance
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Come help the Massac County Cheerleaders raise money for their trip to London Varsity Cheer. Entry fee is $6. There will be snacks, drinks, glow sticks, photo booth and lots of chaperones.

Friday, Aug. 25
Live Music: Fate McAfee and Shaina Goodman
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
718BrewCafe, 718 Market St., Metropolis
Come for an evening of indie folk and alternative music with Fate McAfee and Shaina Goodman of the Savage Radley’s. Songs embracing the human story. True Americana story telling at its finest. The good, bad and ugly put to music.

Friday, Aug. 25
Movies in the Park: Lego Batman Movie
Dusk
Fort Massac State Park picnic area, across from Sonic
All movies are free to the public. Come early and bring your blanket and/or lawn chairs. Concessions will be available for purchase. No alcohol is allowed and pets must be on leashes. Provided by Harrah’s Metropolis.  Monitor Facebook for cancellation notices. For more information, call 618-524-4712.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26

Saturday, Aug. 26
Reptiles in the Neighborhood
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 IL-37, Cypress, Il
Can you tell a venomous snake from the harmless ones? Do you know which skink has a blue-tipped tail, or how to recognize if a box turtle is male or female? Join Tony Gerard for an up close and personal interaction with reptiles and amphibians native to southernmost Illinois. The one-hour indoor program concludes with an optional hike to look for cold-blooded creatures at Heron Pond. For information, call 618-657-2064.  Website

Saturday​,​ Au​g.​ 26
​Insect Awareness and Appreciation Day
3:30 p.m.​ – ​8​:00​ p.m.
War Bluff Valley Sanctuary​,​ 228 Bushwhack Road off Rt 146 north of Golconda​, IL​
SIU Freshwater Ecologists will take participants to explore pond and stream habitats to look for insects that live there. Insects play an important role in the world’s ecosystem. Following the field trips will be a potluck dinner with the hosting Shawnee Audubon members providing meat and vegetarian entrees, just bring a side dish to share. After the dinner will be a raffle featuring many kid friendly insect related items. Insect posters and booklets will be given away.​ Event is free. The sanctuary is 3 miles down a graveled road​​. ​For information, contact Randoll Thomas​ at ​618-683-2222​. Website

Saturday, Aug. 26
Annual Art Through the Lens: Deadline to enter
Exhibition: Oct. 14 – Nov. 25
All photo-based imagery created through photographic processes is eligible including non-lens made images. Artists may submit unlimited photographic entries, including video and moving images, with multiple images and media files allowed per entry to portray a single artwork as accurate as possible. A non-refundable entry fee of $15 is required for each single artwork submitted. For more details or to submit an entry, visit website.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27

Sunday, Aug. 27
Haircuts for BarkAID 50 States Tour 
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Headlines Salon, 718 E 5th St., Ste. 200, Metropolis
Hairstylist Patrick Lomantini brings his BarkAID 50 State Tour to help homeless animals. For a $20 minimum donation, you can get a haircut and the proceeds will benefit Project Hope No-Kill Animal Shelter. Two stylists will be available, and prizes will be given away. To reserve your appointment time, call Headlines Salon at 618-524-4245. Walk-ins welcome.  Project Hope will have animals to adopt, and local restaurants will offer specials and donate a portion of their sales.  Website

Saturday, Aug. 27
End of Summer Shindig
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Rd., Metropolis
Fun for the whole family. Food, games, super heroes, princesses, bounce houses, face painting, live entertainment, and fireworks.

MONDAY, AUGUST 28

Monday, Aug. 28
Red Cross Blood Drive
12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Golconda First Baptist Church, 127 E. Jefferson St., Golconda, IL
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. To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767. For information, see website.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 29

Tuesday, Aug. 29
Red Cross Blood Drive
1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Caledonia Community Church, 10076 IL-37, Olmstead, IL
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. To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767. For information, see website.

Tuesday, Aug. 29
101 Makeup 101

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Led by Erin Hendley, owner of f.a.c.e. Makeup Artistry. Discover essential cosmetic basics and understand the purpose of mainstream makeup tools, products and techniques. Free and open to the public. For information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2150 ext. 117 or bwrinkle@mclib.net.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31

Thursday, Aug. 31
Riverfront Concert Series: The Blue Stones
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Brandon Maddox
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  The Blue Stones
Wilson Riverfont Stage, foot of Broadway, Paducah
Free concert. Bring your lawn chairs or enjoy the steps at the riverfront. Crowds have been stunned by the energy and force behind their loud, dominant live performances of these two guys. The Blue Stones create a killer hi/lo effect; contrasting their slick and put together look with their rough and rollicking live show. Website

 

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