March 2017

For weekly and monthly eventsplease visit our Recurring Events listing.

Wednesday, March 1
Ash Wednesday Service
6:00 p.m.
First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St., Metropolis
Everyone is invited to this special service in the sanctuary as we enter the Lenten season. Come for worship, special music, Blessing of the Ashes, and Communion Service.

Thursday, March 2
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Come and celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. There will be reading a favorite Dr. Seuss book, a few refreshments, and special guest Cat in the Hat will be here for the kids to take pictures with. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please register by coming into or calling the library by Friday, Feb. 24th to make sure we have enough refreshments. For information call the library at 618-524-4312.

Friday, March 3
Incredible Colon Exhibit
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 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. Exhibit located in the Larry Barton Atrium. For information call 270-442-1310.

Friday, March 3
Kangaroo Klub for Breastfeeding Mothers
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p,m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Meeting Room A, Medical Park 2, Baptist Health Paducah
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, March 3
United Way Trivia Night
6:30 p.m.  Registration
7:00 p.m. Game starts
Fat Edd’s (upstairs), 323 Ferry St., Metropolis
Up to 8 players per team. Cost is $20 per person and $5 for spectators. To pre-register your team, contact Caroline Jones at 618-524-8100 or Candy Ginger at 618-524-2162. Proceeds benefit the Massac County United Way.

Saturday, March 4
Electronic and Appliance Recycling
Property between Baymont Inn and Dorothy Miller Park
Residents must show ID to prove residency. Sponsored by Clean Earth Inc.

Sat. March 4, or Mondays, March 6 & 13
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. Classed held in Meeting Room A, Medical Park 2.  Call 270-575-2229 to register.

Saturday-Sunday, March 4-5
Wine & Food Pairing Weekend
Sat. 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sun.  12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
All 12 wineries on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail have paired up to create a wonderful weekend of savory wine and cheese pairings. Enjoy a progressive tasting along the trail and enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of our wines paired with delicious samples. Pre-purchase your $35 ticket online and select your starting point.  The first winery that you visit will give you a souvenir wine glass and your tasting ticket. Bring your ticket to each location along the trail to enjoy your pairings. Website

Saturday, March 4
Kiwanis-Rotary Annual Scholarship Spaghetti Supper
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Massac Junior High School, 3028 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Tickets for the all-you-can eat supper are $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 through 10. Take-outs will be available. Tickets will can be purchased from Metropolis Kiwanis and Metropolis Rotary members. For information, contact Areia Hathcock at 270-210-1854 or, or Bob Wessell at 270-217-2925 or Website

Sunday, March 5
First Responders Appreciation Dinner
5:00 p.m.
Waldo Baptist Church, 6970 Waldo Church Rd., Metropolis
All area first responders and their families are invited to attend.

Monday, March 6
Lymphedema Awareness Event
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Lymphedema is a chronic condition caused by a build-up of fluid when the lymphatic system is either faulty or damaged. This event will provide information about lymphedema and treatment options, vendors and a free lymphedema assessment test.

Monday, March 6
Stroke Support Group
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Baptist Health Heart Center, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
The group provides support for stroke survivors and their caregivers, family and friends. Light refreshments are served. Group meets monthly on the 1st Monday in the conference room.  Phone 270-575-2880 for more information.

Tuesday, March 7
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 in auditorium. Phone 270-575-8462 for information.

Wednesdays, Feb. 8 & 22
Parkinson’s Support Group
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Class held in Atrium Classroom, Medical Park 2. Phone 270-898-8031 for more information.

Thursday, March 9
Branding Your Business- Free Seminar
9:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.
Maiden Alley Cinema, 112 Maiden Alley, Paducah, Ky.
Are you branding your business to get maximum customer recognition? Are you setting your business apart from the competition? Come to this free seminar and listen to local business Innovations Branding House for some great advice and information. This is for local existing businesses, new businesses, potential entrepreneurs.

Thursday, March 9
Hair Tutorial by Laura Middleton
4:00 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Laura from the Hair Place will be doing demonstrations of up-dos and styles, and give tips and tricks on various hairstyles. Everyone is invited to attend. For information call the library at 618-524-4312.

Thursday, March 9
Mayoral Forum
6:00 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
The general public and voters are invited to attend. Participating mayoral candidates for the city of Brookport and the City of Metropolis will answer time-limit questions in a town hall-style forum. The moderator for the evening by Massac County resident, Phil Hunerkoch. For more information, contact the Metropolis Planet at 618-4524-2141 or email

Thursday, March 9
Movie Night: Peculiar Pollinators
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, Il.
“Silence of the Bees” is a free movie for viewers of all ages. AmeriCorps members will hold a short discussion about the movie after each session. For information, call 618-634-2231.  Website

Saturday, March 10
Ferne Clyde Spring Hike
10:00 a.m.
Ferne Clyde State Park, Johnson County
Participants are asked to park by the lake. Leader will be Jim Todd. Hikers should be in good health and have done some walking. Boots or sturdy shoes are recommended. Bring your own water and a snack, and no dogs are allowed. Hike is free and open to the public. For information, call 618-499-2337 or 630-470-7692

Friday-Sunday, March 10-12
Home and Garden Show
Fri: 4-7 pm, Sat: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun: Noon-4 p.m.
Julian Carroll Convention Center, 415 Park Ave., Paducah, Ky.
There will be all types of vendors present to ask questions, sample products, and help you plan your next project. This 3-day event will be packed with lots of information and ideas. Admission is $5 per person, children 12 and under are free. For information, call 270-442-9572 email  Website

Friday, March 10
Hearts and Heels Fashion Show
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave, Paducah
Presented by Strawberry Hills Pharmacy. Featuring shopping and latest fashions modeled by Baptist Health caretakers. Tickets are $40 each or $1,000 for a table of eight. Call 270-575-2871 for ticket information. Last year’s event raised nearly $30,000 for patient services and enhanced technology at Baptist Health Paducah.

Saturday, March 11
Leprechaun Hunt
1:00 p.m.
Downtown gazebo, Broadway & 2nd streets, Paducah
A scavenger hunt through downtown for the whole family. Teams or individuals will follow clues to different businesses where they will either do small activities or try to find a hidden leprechaun. Goodie bags will be handed out to the first 100 kids to complete the scavenger hunt.

Sunday, March 12
Daylight Savings Time Begins
2:00 a.m.

Sunday, March 12
Ornamental Native Grasses for Home Landscaping
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, IL
Presenter: Ruth Kelley. Learn which native grasses are suitable for ornamental plantings, are good companions for wildflowers and how they benefit some moths and butterflies. For information, call the Wetlands Center at 618-657-2064.

Monday-Friday, March 13-17 and 20-24
I-24 Bridge Lane Restrictions

7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Crews will perform the bi-annual inspection of the structure. Through traffic is encouraged to seek alternate routes.

Monday, March 13
Lymphedema Support Group
5:30 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class for anyone who suffers from lymphedema or wants to learn more about it. Group meets in Atrium Classroom in Medical Park 2.

Tuesday, March 14 and Thursday, March 16
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 Atrium Classroom, Medical Park 2. Call 270-575-2918 for information.

Tuesday, March 14
Birding the Bottoms
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, 0137 Rustic Campus Dr., Ullin, IL
Bring your binoculars and rubber boots for this spring evening hike on the Hickory Bottoms Trail in search of woodpeckers, raptors and migrating waterfowl. For information, call 618-634-2231or visit website.

Tuesday, March 14
Massac Junior High Graduation Benefit at Sonic
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sonic, 1403 E. 5th St., Metropolis
A portion of the sales will to toward the graduation class. Everyone is invited to stop by.

Wednesday, March 15
SCC Annual Job Fair
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Shawnee Community College, 8364 Shawnee College Rd, Ullin, Il.
The job fair will take place in the Edward M. Smith Center, located on the main campus. The event is open to the public. Dress for success and bring your resume to give to potential employers. The SCC Career Services Center provides free career planning and job search assistance. For information, contact Leslie Cornelious-Weldon at 618-634-3337 or

Thursday, March 16
St. Patrick’s Day Family Bingo
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Come join in the fun with family Bingo. Prizes will be awarded. For ages 8 and over. If you have any questions, call the library at 618-524-4312.

Friday, March 17
Head Start Open House Registration
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Hosted by Metropolis Early Learning Center for Southern Seven Head Start/Early Head Start. Applicants for the 2017-2018 will be accepted. To apply, parents or guardians must bring proof of family income and the child’s birth certificate. For information, call 618-921-1614 or 618-921-1663.

Fridays, March 17 and March 31
Lenten Fish Fry
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
St. Paul Catholic Church, 2020 IL 146E, near Vienna
Meal is served at the parish hall. Menu includes all-you-can-eat fish, french fries, coleslaw, dessert and drink. Cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children. Children under 3 will eat free. Grilled cheese sandwich and fries can be substituted for the fish meal for a cost of $4. Carry-outs are available. For information, call 618-771-6993 or 618-967-5164.

Friday-Saturday, March  17-18
Hunter Safety Course
Fri.  6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sat.  8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Community Christian Church, 1150 Country Club Rd., Metropolis
This two-part course is instructed by Larry Sommers. All attendees must attend both sessions and pass the written exam to receive certification. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. To register, contact the Massac County Farm Bureau at 618-524-5811 or

Saturday, March 18
Annual Thank A Farmer Breakfast
6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Massac County Youth Fairgrounds, Community Center
4476 Korte Rd., Metropolis
Come eat  breakfast with local farmers to learn more about how they bring safe, affordable food from their farms to your table. Breakfast includes eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage, bacon, orange juice, milk and coffee. Please bring a non-perishable food item to help with the local food pantries. It is extremely important to RSVP by March 16 by calling 618-524-5811.

Saturday, March 18
One Horse Gap Spring Hike
10:00 a.m.
Herod Post Office, on IL 34, Pope County
Hikers will meet at the Post Office. Leaders will be Gillum and Vicki Ferguson. Hike is free and intended for those in good health who have done some walking. Boots or sturdy shoes are recommended. Bring your own water and a snack. For information, call 618-499-2337.

Saturday, March 18
St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Downtown, Murphysboro, IL
Events including 5K Run, Parade, Kid’s Fair, Craft Beer Tastings. Website

Saturday, March 18
Massac Nature Study Society
2:00 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, Il.
A nature walk along the bike trail behind the Wetlands Center is planned. For information, contact Anne Parmely at 618-524-9022.

Saturday, March 18 – CANCELLED FOR 2017
Beat Beethoven 5K and 1-Mile Youth and Family Fun Run
7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. 5K Run
10:00 a.m. Family Fun Run (non competitive)
Noble Park, Paducah, Ky.
Local runners and walkers have the opportunity to participate. Any runner who finishes before “Beethoven” wins a free ticket to Paducah Symphony’s season ending performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on April 19th. There will also be a Beat Beethoven’s Hair Contest. Pre-registration 5K cost is $30 and $35 on race day. Family Fun registration is $15. Register before March 10 to guaranteed a t-shirt. Pre-race packets can be picked up the day before at Paducah Running and Cycling Company from 11 a.m.7 pm., located at 102 S. 31st St. For information, call 270-444-0065 or email  Website

Saturday, March 18
Project Hope Chow Down for Hounds Dinner, Dance and Auction
6:00 p.m.
Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Doors open at 6 pm with dinner and dancing to immediately follow. There will be lots of great auction items up for bids as well. Proceeds will support the operations and mission at Project Hope. Tickets are $15 each or $25 per couple and include barbecue plate dinner, with a variety of drinks and desserts plus a fun night of dancing and socializing. For more information, to pre-purchase a ticket or donate an item for the silent auction, email

Sunday, March 19
Baked Potato Bar Luncheon for ACS
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
New Hope Baptist Church, Massac County, Il.
Fundraiser for American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Take-outs are available. Free will donations will be accepted. A handmade quilt will be on display for a drawing on May 20. Tickets will be sold at the luncheon.

Sunday, March 19
John Schwegman Speaks At Vienna Library

2:30 p.m.
Vienna Library, 401 Poplar St., Vienna
Johnson County Genealogical and Historical Society will feature John Schwegman with information from his new book, The Natural Heritage of Illinois – Essays on its Lands, Water, Flora and Fauna. For information, call 618-771-6877.

Monday, March 20
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. Classes are usually held on the 3rd Monday of each month. Phone 270-575-2229 to register.

Tuesday, March 21
Harrah’s Career Fair
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Harrah’s, 100 E. Front St..
Recruiters will be available to meet with job-seekers for more than 40 full-time and part-time positions. Department managers and human resources representatives will be interviewing candidates for careers in gaming, food and beverage, EVS, Housekeeping, Hotel Front Desk and Facilities Tech (Maintenance/HVAC). Available positions range from entry level to experienced including supervisory and management. Same-day offers expected in various departments.
Candidates are highly encouraged to pre-register online to jumpstart the interview process:

Tuesday, March 21
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.

Tuesday, March 21
Meet the Joppa Candidates Night
6:00 p.m.
Stewart’s Precision Auto Detailing Shop, 406 Joppa N Ave., Joppa
Forum is for Village of Joppa Mayor and Trustees candidates, as well as Joppa-Maple Grove School Board candidates. All candidates are invited to participate and the event is open to the public. Joppa Civic Group will have a moderator with pre-planned questions. Candidates will have a chance to speak, and the public will have a chance to ask questions.

Thursday, March 23
Music Announcement Party
6:00 p.m. Doors open.
Yeiser Art Center, Market House Square, Paducah, Ky.
Join us for an evening of music and libations featuring special guests, The Howlin’ Brothers. Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Music lineup for Lower Town Arts and Music Festival will be announced.

Saturday, March 25
Planting for Pollinators
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, 0137 Rustic Campus Dr., Ullin, IL
Learn about native plants you can grow in your garden and which pollinators they attract at the Bellrose Viewing Platform. Help plant a variety of prairie blooms in the Refuge’s pollinator garden. Please register in advance by calling 618.-634-2231.

Saturday, March 25
Reptilian Beasts and Where to Find Them
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 IL-37, Cypress, IL
Learn how to care for snakes, lizards and turtles. For information, call 618-657-2064.

Saturday, March 25
Migrating Ducks Field Trip
5:00 p.m.
Mermet Lake, 1812 Grinnell Rd., Belknap, Il.
Hosted by Shawnee Chapter of Illinois Audubon Society. Participants should meet in the Bluebird Trail parking lot. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. It will be a driving tour around the lake so a light rain will not interfere with viewing. A spotting scope will be available. Call 618-564-2079 for information.

Saturday, March 25
3rd Annual MCDAC Carnival
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Massac County High School, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Grades K-6 are invited. There will be food, games, prizes, two Kindle Fire raffles, and fun for all. Prescription drug drop-off box will also be available to drop off your old prescriptions to keep them out of the wrong hands. Free admission but donations will be accepted.

Saturday, March 25
Dancing With Our Stars
6:00 p.m. doors open
Julian Carroll Convention Center, 415 Park Avenue, Paducah, Ky.
Musical entertainment provided by The Cruisers Band. There will be a Silent Auction, fabulous food, amazing dancers, and a great cause – the American Cancer Society. For information, contact Lindsay Batts at 270-444-0743 or  Event Website

Monday, March 27
No-Sew T-Shirt Bag Craft
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Bring a t-shirt of your choice to make a bag out of! You must register at the library by Monday, 27th by 4:00 p.m. No online registration. Ages 18 and up. $1 deposit due at the time of registration, and will be returned upon arrival of the program. If you have any questions, call the library at 618-524-4312.

Wednesday, March 29
Congressman Shimkus’ Traveling Help Desk
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
City Hall, 106 W. 5th St., Metropolis
Help Desk will be held in Council Chambers.

Wednesday, March 29
Children’s Chorus Free Concert
12:00 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, KY
Paducah Symphony Children’s Chorus is a group of 40 students, ages 8-13, from Paducah and the surrounding areas. Concert is held in the Larry Barton Atrium. Open to the public.

Thursday, March 30 – All orders except carp deadline
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

Thursday-Friday, March 30-31 and Thursday, April 20
Joppa-Maple Grove Pre-K and Kindergarten Screenings
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Maple Grove Elementary Library, 1698 Grand Chain Rd., MetropoIis
Screenings are available in the Joppa-Maple Grove school district if your child will be three by Sept. 1 for Pre-K and if your child will be five by Sept. 1 for Kindergarten. No walk-ins accepted. Call 618-543-7434 for an appointment. Screenings will take about an hour and will include hearing, vision, speech, motor skills, and concepts. Early Head Start information will also be available. Website

Thursday, March 30
Chicken and Dumpling Dinner for Youth Group
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church, 3464 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Freewill donations will be accepted with proceeds to benefit the church’s youth group for a summer conference.

Thursday, March 30 (rescheduled to April 11)
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.

Thursday, March 30
Stories and Tales of Irvin S. Cobb, One of Paducah’s and Kentucky’s Best Known Natives
7:00 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Presented by Ellis, Emeritus Foundation Professor of History at Eastern Kentucky. He has pursued the role of humor in American life for many years. He settled into writing a biography of Cobb nearly a decade ago. Published by the University Press of Kentucky in early 2017, “Irvin S. Cobb: The Rise and Fall of an American Humorist,” traces the life of one of the most important American humorists of the first third of the 20th Century. Program is held in the 2nd floor meeting room and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510 ext. 117 or For program details, visit website.

Friday, March 31
Verizon TTC Grand Opening
1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Verizon, 1201 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Come for the Grand Opening event for the new Verizon TCC retailer in Metropolis. Anyone who buys a phone on this day gets a free Yeti Tumbler.

Friday, March 31
Kingsway Skateland MJHS 8th Grade Project Graduation Fundraiser
5:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Kingsway Skateland, 3430 Wayne Sullivan Dr., Paducah, Ky.
All elementary aged students are invited to attend. Cost is $4 for 1-1/2 hr skate session which includes skate rental. For information, contact Tiffany Korte at 618-645-9088 or

Friday, March 31 and Saturday-Sunday, April 1-2
Cinderella, Enchanted Edition
Fri.-Sat. 7:00 p.m.
Sun. 2:30 pm.
Baymont Theater, 203 E Front St, Metropolis
Massac County High School drama team will perform this Rodgers and Hammerstein play. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Pre-school children and under are free. Concessions will be available.

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