May 2017

2017-05-mayFor weekly and monthly events, please see Recurring Events listing.

Ongoing
SCC Summer and Fall Registration
June 5 – Summer classes begin
Aug. 16 – Fall classes begin
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.   Website.

May-June, every Tuesday
Ladies Night Free Bowling
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Metropolis Super Bowl, 1107 E. 8th St.
Women, ages 18 and over, get free games and free shoe rental. Get your peeps and have a night out.

Monday-Thursday, May 1-4
Massac Unit One Kindergarten Registration and Screening
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Metropolis Elementary, Mon-Tue, May 1-2
Franklin and Jefferson, Wed, May 3 (at Franklin)
Brookport and Unity, Thu, May 4
Children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2017, and live within the boundaries of Massac Unit One should come to their designated attendance centers where students will be screened for vision/hearing, speech/language, motor skills, and development concepts. Screenings are required to be performed before entrance to kindergarten Click here for more information.

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.

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.


Every Saturday
Farmer’s Market
6th and Ferry St., Metropolis

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, May 1
Caregivers Support: Grace for the Season
6:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 2890 Broadway, Paducah, KY
Presented by senior pastor, Charles Moore. The public is invited to attend. For information, call 270-442-2278 or go to website.

Thursday, May 4
National Day of Prayer
12:20 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. –  Individuals will gather on the courthouse lawn in Metropolis, at Brookport City Hall and at Joppa Village Hall.  Throughout the day – Massac Ministerial Alliance is holding a public Bible reading on the corner of 5th and Ferry streets. Anyone is welcome to stop by to listen, request prayer or to receive a Bible or New Testament.

Thursday, May 4
SpringTini
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Market House Sq, Paducah, KY
SpringTINI is an annual event to promote community awareness of the services provided by Heartland CARES. While strolling down historical Market House Square, individuals will have the opportunity to sample signature martinis and specialty hor d’oeuvres created by participating restaurants. Participants will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items while listening to music provided by local artists. For more information, see Facebook Event.

Thursday-Sunday, May 4-7
Cherry Street Pentecostal Revival
Thu-Sat. 7:00 p.m., Sun. 6:00 p.m.
Cherry Street Pentecostal Church, 1015 E. 2nd St., Metropolis
Feature speaker is Rev. Jim Suits from Hodgensville, KY. Everyone is invited to attend. For information, contact Pastor Russell Gilbert at 618-524-3128 or 618-201-3128.

Friday-Sunday, May 5-7
The Secret Life of Girls: Family Series
7:00 p.m.  Friday-Saturday
2:30 p.m.  Sunday
Market House Studio Theater, Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Next to Etcetera2 Coffeehouse, and Kirchhoff’s Bakery on Market Square
A window into the tumultuous world of a group of teenage girls is opened in this dramatization of the destructive effects of girls’ bullying. The girls’ try to deal with gossiping, exclusion, rumors, and cliques at the same time as trying to find a friend, find a place in the group and understand themselves. For information, call 270-444-6828 or visit website.

Saturday-Sunday, May 6-7
Pope County Annual Spring Bird Count
The Shawnee Chapter of Illinois Audubon Society conducts the count in Pope County. Participants are to identify species and count their numbers in assigned areas. Call 618-564-2079 for assignment. It is a 24 hour count but we will welcome anyone willing to survey for at least three hours. We can count either day but not in the same area. Feeder watchers are welcome to participate if they live in Pope County but call first for instructions. Results are sent in to the Illinois Natural History Survey for compilation. Website

Saturday, May 6
Market Street Spring Fling
7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Market Street, Metropolis
Vendors will set up from the Superman Statue on Market Street Street to 8th Street. They will have BBQ, Amish Baked Goods and a lot of other baked goods, mini donuts made on the spot, popcorn and so many other good things to eat. There will also be have collectibles, arts and crafts, trash and treasures, good junque and too many other items to mention. For more information, contact Tish Lewis at 618-524-2758 or tlewis46@frontier.com,  or call Rozann Wilkens at 524-2063.

Saturday, May 6
Cobden Community Yard Sale Day
7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Yard sales throughout the village of Cobden, Il.

Saturday, May 6
Grand Opening of Paducah Farmer’s Market
7:30 a.m. – 2:00 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, May 6
Olmsted Farmers Market and Trade Day
8:00 a.m. – Noon
Front Street, downtown Olmsted
Olmsted Parks Department will sponsor this event.  There is no cost for vendors to participate. For information, call Olmsted City Hall at 618-742-6487. Market is open on the 1st Saturday of each month during the garden season.

Saturday, May 6
Maple Grove Color Run/Walk
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Fort Massac State Park, 1308 E 5th St, Metropolis
Check in time 8:00 a.m. Registration $25 per participant
The registration fee includes run/walk race t-shirt, color run picture​, ​frame magnet, color run bracelet, sunglasses and individual color powder packet for end of race celebration, while supplies last. Hosted by Maple Grove PTO.  Facebook Event

Saturday, May 6
Southern Illinois Spinners and Weavers Guild
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Massac County Community Center, 4476 Korte Rd., Metropolis
Artists include knitters, spinners, weavers, crocheters, felters, and other fiber arts. Feel free to join in or just come and watch. New members are welcome and there is no cost to join guild or to attend gatherings. Meetings are held in the Visitor Center on the 1st Saturday of each month. For information, call 618-524-9321.  Facebook

Saturday-Sunday, May 6-7
2nd Annual Shawnee Hills Pottery Trail
10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
Everyone is invited to spend some time exploring the Southern Illinois landscape and the diverse group of potters that make this area home. Each potter will be available for answering questions and of course, showing their work.  Some potters will have studio tours, while others may have special activities or demonstrations planned.  A family friendly event that promises to be a fun and pleasant time for all. Website

Saturday, May 6
Mother’s Day Craft: Coffee Sugar Scrub
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Any Mother or Grandmother would enjoy this scrub. Coffee, sugar, and coconut oil will be used to make the scrub. All materials will be provided. This program is intended for kids ages 10 and up. Please call or come into the library to register by Saturday, April 29th. For information, call Angela at 618-524-4312 ext. 3.  Website 

Saturday, May 6
Gearheads in Golconda Festival
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Car show
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Mototcycle meet-up
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Live Music
Dozens of prizes and trophies. Dash plaques to the first 100 registered. Pin-up model contest. Free admission and parking. Clean Restrooms, family friendly. For information, contact Chris Walker at 618-499-6379 or Tony Eckert at mainstreetgolconda@gmail.com.  Facebook

Sunday, May 7
Randall Atcheson
3:00 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah
Atcheson was the winner of the first Juilliard Organ Competition and subsequently gave the premiere performance on the new pipe organ in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. For information, call 270-450-4444 or visit website.

Relay for Life imageMonday, May 8
ACS Relay for Life Annual Plant and Bake Sale
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St., Metropolis
Plants of all kinds, yard and garden accessories, and baked goods will be offered in addition to a variety of other items. Everyone is invited. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Monday, May 9 – Thursday, May 18
Entries accepted for Super Ambassador Photo Contest
Tell us why your tiny super hero is super. Voting will take place from May 22nd to June 5th. Winner will be announced on June 6th. Winner will get to be with Superman, City Officials and Event Officials at the Ribbon Cutting kicking off the event at 5 pm on June 8th at the Superman Statue. Additionally, the winner will receive a Superman Swag Bag with a Celebration T-Shirt, Lanyard, 4 Tickets to 1 of the VIP Autograph Sessions on Saturday Morning.

Tuesday, May 9
Hope Unlimited Ribbon Cutting
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Hope Unlimited Family Care Center, 305 Lincoln St., Metropolis
The public is invited to attend the ceremony for its newly renovated facility. A light lunch will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to reserve a spot by calling 618-524-5730 by Monday afternoon.

Thursday, May 11
Super Shredder
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
SIU Credit Union, 704 E. 5th St. Suite 1, Metropolis
Individuals to bring up to 50 pounds of personal documents to be shredded on-site for free. Hosted by SIU Credit Union with WPSD Local 6. Shredding services are provided by DataLock.

Thursday, May 11
Taking Vitamins Properly
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
Nancy Seldvidge will be giving a lecture on what vitamins to take, according to your needs, as well as health benefits of other vitamins and herbs. Program is open to everyone. For information, call the library at 618-524-4312.  Website   Event Page

Thursday, May 11
Let’s Get Crackin’ for Relay for Life
3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Harrah’s Fresh Buffet, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
Come and enjoy dinner at Fresh Buffet with the $15 add-on price for all-you-can-eat crab legs and 20% of the proceeds that night will go towards Massac County Relay For Life. Don’t forget locals receive 50% off the regular buffet price.

Thursday, May 11
Vince Gill – In Concert
7:30 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah
One of the most popular singers in modern country music, Vince Gill is famous for his top-notch songwriting, world-class guitar playing and warm, soaring tenor, all wrapped up in a quick and easy wit. For information, call 270-450-4444 or visit website.

Friday, May 12
American Legion Fish Fry
3:00 p.m. until sold out
American Legion Post 306, 321 Market St., Metropolis
Cost is $10. This event is open to the public and carry-outs are available.

Friday, May 12
Shawnee Community College Commencement
7 p.m.
May Edward M. Smith Center, Main Campus in Ullin.
Commencement will be live streamed on Shawnee Community College’s YouTube channel.

Saturday, May 13
Stamp Out Hunger
Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations from homes as they deliver mail along their routes. People are encouraged to leave a study bag containing non-perishable foods such as canned soup or vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to time of regular mail delivery. Food will go to the local food bank.   Website

Saturday, May 13
Lourdes 5th Annual Iron Mom Half-Marathon
7:00 a.m.
The co-ed event offers a half-marathon and half-marathon relay options for 2- and 4-person teams. The race route will start and finish at the downtown floodwall murals. The route will showcase Paducah, including Jefferson Street, the Greenway Trail, Noble Park and the Downtown Arts District.  For information, visit website.

Saturday, May 13
Responsible Boating Course
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
River Discovery Center, 117 S. Water St., Paducah, KY
Cost is $20 for book and class, if couples $30 for both. Upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate to apply for an insurance discount. To register, contact Geri McKee at 314-825-2222 or mckeegeri@yahoo.com. For more information, see Website.

Saturday, May 13
Indoor and Outdoor Charity Car And Motorcycle Show
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Paducah Convention & Expo Center, 415 Park Ave, Paducah, KY
All proceeds benefit River City Mission Homeless Shelter. Admission is $5 for adults and kids under 12 are free. Plaques, trophies and door prizes to be given away. Concessions available. Kids activities, coloring pages, Revell Make and Take Models for the first 50 kids. For contact information, see Facebook Event.

Saturday, May 13
Annual Fiber and Arts Sale
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Massac County Community Center, Youth Fairgrounds,
North Avenue and Korte Road, Metropolis or 37.1836503,-88.7256399
Join Southern Illinois Spinners & Weavers at their 9th annual festival. The marketplace will offer unique items from handcrafted textiles, hand-spun yarns, spinning and felting fibers, pottery, plants, live music and much more. Demonstrations including spinning, weaving, felting, and carding wool will be going on throughout the day.  For more information visit website.

Saturday, May 13
Massac County 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Island Dance
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.​
Community Center, 900 W 10th St, Metropolis
An island-themed dance for rising fourth graders through sixth grades in Massac County. Tickets are $6 at the door; concessions, DJ, dancing​. ​Wear your best Hawaiian clothes or island g​ear – Hawaiian shirts, flower dresses, bright colors (must be appropriate—no grass skirts, swim suits, etc) Must be dropped off and picked up by parent or guardian. Parent or guardian must be available by phone in case of emergency. No weapons, drugs, alcohol, fighting or funny business allowed. Sponsored by Parents of Cub Scout Pack 101, Metropolis. ​For information, email ​metropolispack101@gmail.com​.​ ​ Facebook Event

Monday, May 15
Historical Society George May Award
6:00 p.m.
Elijah P. Curtis home, 405 Market St., Metropolis
Annual meeting will start with a potluck dinner, the George May Award for Outstanding History Student in Massac County will be presented. Officers will be elected at this meeting.

Monday, May 15
Singer-Songwriter Night
7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Etcetera Coffeehouse, 320 N. 6th St., Paducah, Ky.
No covers – just perform your own music.  Event is usually held on the 15th of each month.  Please call to confirm at 270-443-7760.

Tuesday, May 16
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, May 16
Library Board of Trustees Meeting

7:00 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St. Metropolis
Public is encouraged to attend the open meeting in the library’s meeting room. Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. For information, email library@cityofmetropolis.com or visit website.

Thursday, May 18
Mason Jar Herb Garden Planters
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
This is a really cool, practical project that allows you to grow herbs in your home from a Mason Jar. You must be registered for this program by Monday, May 15th. This is for ages 18 and older. Register soon before the class is full by calling the Library at 618-524-4312. Website  Event Page

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival imageThursday, May 18
Lower Town Festival Kickoff Party
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
The Coke Plant, 3121 Broadway St, Paducah, KY
Music by The Giving Tree Band and Fate McAfee – Meditation Workshop at True North Yoga by Todd Fink of GTB – Food by Mellow Mushroom – Beer by Dry Ground Brewing Company.  Facebook event

Thursday, May 18
Massac Junior High Graduation
7 p.m.
Massac Junior High School

Thursday, May 18
America’s War in Vietnam : A 50 Year Retrospective
7:00 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
George Herring will explore how we got into Vietnam, what we sought to do there, and why, ultimately, we failed. Herring will focus especially on why this war was so traumatic for our nation and why still 50 years later it continues to haunt us and shape our response to world events. 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-Saturday,  May 19-20
Lower Town Art & Music Festival
Fri. 3:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m .
Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Lower Town district, 7th and Madison streets, Paducah, Ky.
The annual Fine Art and Music Festival will feature art displayed in the heart of this nationally recognized gallery district. Bands will perform free concerts and lots of food and artist vendors available.  Website – Music Schedule – Artists List.

Thursday, May 18
Gardening on a Ledge
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
McCracken County Coop., 2025 New Holt Rd., Paducah,
Learn all about gardening indoors or outdoors in small spaces. If you’ve ever wanted a garden but live in an apartment or only have a small amount of space to work with, this free workshop is for you.

Friday, May 19
Massac County High School Graduation
7:00 p.m.
MCHS Gymnasium, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Doors will open approximately 1 hour before the start of the ceremony. Seating is on a first come-first served basis. There are no reserved seats.

kids fishing imageSaturday, May 20, 
Kid’s Fishing Derby
8:00 a.m. Registration begins
Pennant Bar – Pond #4, Grantsburg, IL
Shawnee National Forest will host the fishing derby for children age 5-15. This is a free event, and children must be accompanied by an adult. No fishing license is needed, and some bait will be provided. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. Participants begin fishing at 8:30 a.m., and lunch will be provided. You may want to bring a chair or blanket. The event will be held rain or shine. For information, contact the Hidden Springs Ranger Station at 618-658-2111.

Relay for Life imageSaturday, May 20  
Relay For Life  Survivor Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
First Baptist Church, Metropolis
In conjunction with the American Cancer Society, there will be a complimentary breakfast at First Baptist Church for those in Massac County who have battled all forms of cancer and those who are still in treatment. All area survivor’s and a caregiver are welcome to come and enjoy a morning of delicious goodies, entertainment, and learn of services from ACS. Information will also be given regarding Massac’s Relay for Life event and the Survivor’s Tent. For information, contact Lindsay DuBois at 618-998-9898.

Saturday, May 20
Massac Nature Society Nature Hike
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
War Bluff Sanctuary, Pope County
Directions from Metropolis: take IL 145 N to IL 146, about 15 miles, turn right to Golconda about 10 miles, turn staying on IL 146 to Bushwack Road, 3-1/2 miles. Then turn left and go 2.28 miles to the sanctuary. Event is free and open to anyone with an interest in nature. For information, call Anne Parmely at 618-524-9022.

Saturday, May 20
Paducah Franklin Jr. High School Reunion/Luncheon

11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Robert Cherry Civic Center, 2701 Park Ave., Paducah, KY
Annual Franklin Jr. High (Paducah School) Reunion Luncheon/Get Together. Luncheon will start around 1:30-2:00 p.m. Meat and drinks are provided but everyone is requested to bring a covered dish.

Saturday, May 20
Chicken Dinner Fundraiser
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 100 E 5th St., Metropolis
The men are preparing dinner as a fund-raiser for the Building Fund at FUMC. The meal will includes half a chicken, barbecue baked beans, cole slaw, and potato salad. Carry-outs will be available, and home deliveries can be arranged. Tea and water will be available for those dining in the church. Tickets are $8 per meal, and are available from a member of the United Methodist Men, in the church office, on Sunday mornings, or by calling the church at 524-9325. Tickets must be purchased before Wednesday, May 17, to assure proper quantities for the event.

Saturday, May 20
Fairy Party
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
There will be fun games, yummy refreshments, and a few door prizes. Costumes are encouraged. This program is intended for everyone. Please call or come into the library by Friday, May 12th and make a reservation to make sure we have enough refreshments. For information, call Angela at 618-524-4312 ext. 3.  Website 

Relay for Life imageSaturday, May 20
Massac County Relay for Life
4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Waldo Baptist Church,6970 Waldo Church Rd, Metropolis
The annual fundraising event for the American Cancer Society features walking, health education, concessions and entertainment. See the Schedule of Events Here.  The 2017 theme is Help Us Eclipse Cancer. Due to weather forecast of rain and wind, the event will be held in the Family Life Center. Please park on the West side of the building. If the weather is nice, maybe the walk and some activities will be outside in the East parking lot. For information, visit website or Facebook, or contact Lindsay DuBois at 618-998-9898.

Sunday, May 21
Homecoming Church Service
10:00 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m.  Morning Worship Service
Oak Grove Baptist Church, 2200 Old Cypress Rd, near Vienna, IL
Potluck dinner will be served at noon. Gloryroad Travelers will sing at 1:30 p.m. Local talent is welcome. The public is invited to attend.

Sunday, May 21
Metropolis Community Night at Superhero Night
5:05 p.m. – 8:05 p.m.
Southern Illinois Miners, 3000 W Deyoung St., Marion, IL
Tickets are available through the Chamber of Commerce for only $8 for Box Seats & $5 for General Admission. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and many of your Chamber of Commerce Members will have tables set up to showcase their products and services to our guests. Please make plans to attend and support your community. Please visit CNB, SIU Credit Union or the Chamber office to get your tickets.

Sunday, May 21
Boston – Hyper Space Tour
7:00 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Ky.
Boston burst onto the music scene in 1976. With over 17 million copies sold, they have generated hits such as “More Than a Feeling,” “Peace of Mind,” and “Smokin’,” rock staples still playing today. For information, call 270-450-4444 or visit website.

Monday, May 22 – 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.

Monday, May 22
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.

Monday, May 22
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. Classes are usually held on the 3rd Monday of each month. Phone 270-575-2229 to register.

Monday, May 22
Photography 101
7:00 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Led by photographer Jim Etheridge, the discussion will provide information on how to improve your photography. Topics will include: composition for everyday photos, including family photos with examples; good and bad technique; posing; what to wear for a portrait; and proper care of your camera. For information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2150 ext. 117 or bwrinkle@mclib.net.

Tuesday, May 23
Lunch and Learn: Heart Health
Noon
Massac Memorial Hospital, 28 Chick St., Metropolis
Guest speaker Dr. Bharat Patel will focus on hypertension.  Free public event located in the New Beginnings Department. To help plan for lunch, please RSVP by Thursday, May 18th by calling 618-524-7373 ext. 175.

Friday, May 26 – Sunday, June 11
13th Annual Southern Illinois Music Festival
Festival features three-dozen professional performances from Carbondale to Cairo, Murphysboro to Marion and at many points in between. In addition to members of the New Chicago Chamber Orchestra, musicians from throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia perform orchestral and chamber music, opera, patriotic music, and jazz in an informal and inviting atmosphere.  For details, POST coming soon.  Website

Friday, May 26
Movies in the Park: Secret Life of Pets
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.

Saturday & Sunday, May 27-28
Kentucky Dam Village Arts and Crafts Show
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort, 113 Administration Dr, Gilbertsville, KY
This annual Arts and Crafts Show is on the Memorial Day Weekend. It is located at the Old Beach Area (next to Convention Center) and features handcrafted items by artists, fair food and Kentucky Lake’s beautiful scenery. For information, call 800-325-0146.  Facebook

Saturday, May 27
Memorial Day Service
10:00 a.m.
Mounds City National Cemetery, Old US Hwy 51, Mounds City, Il.
This elaborate service consists of the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, lowering of the Flag, Invocation, Civil War Re-enactors, Guest Speakers, Laying of the Wreath, Benediction, rifle and canon salute, and Taps. 618-748-9041. Facebook

Saturday-Sunday, May 27-28
Memorial Day Celebration at 1848 Thebes Courthouse
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Oak Street, Thebes, Il.
Food, piano music, tours, t-shirts, souvenirs and a quilt raffle. Dinner for sale includes pulled pork, chips and drink. All proceeds benefit the preservation and maintenance of the Thebes Courthouse.  On Sunday there will be a community worship service at 10 a.m. and the quilt raffle drawing at 2 p.m.  Website.

Sunday, May 28
Live Music at Harrah’s:  Throwing Copper
9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Harrah’s Signature Bar, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
Live music in the Signature Bar in casino.  Website

Monday, May 29
Memorial Day closings in Metropolis
Closures include banks, government offices, including post offices and most retail businesses. Trash service will be delayed one day throughout the city.

Monday, May 29
Metropolis City Pool Opening Day
312 W. 4th St., Metropolis
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission is $1.50 (children ages 5 and under are free). Regular swim hours are Mon. – Sat.  Noon – 5:00 p.m., and Sundays, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday-Wednesday, May 30-31
Raw Patrol Live! – First ever tour
6:00 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Ky.
On a mission to rescue Mayor Goodway and win the race, Ryder and his canine super-hero friends use their unique skills and teamwork to make several heroic rescues as they race to the finish line. VIP Package includes ticket on the Main Floor Rows AA-DD, Meet’n’Greet with Characters, and Souvenir. For information, call 270-450-4444 or visit website.

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