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Datebook: August 23 – Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City 470 years ago

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On August 23, 1541, French explorer Jacques Cartier landed near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada. he had previously built a fort in this space and had returned with the goal of building a permanent settlement, despite conflicts with the natives. This settlement eventually became Quebec City, one of the oldest European settlements in North America. Today, it is the capital of Quebec and stands as one of the major cultural centers of the French-speaking world. Cartier was the first European to describe and map the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the shores of the Saint Lawrence River, which he named “The Country of Canadas”. He was the First European to travel inland in North America and claimed Canada for France.

It’s Tuesday, August 23

Four Rivers Behavioral Health and Easter Seals West Kentucky offer “Hollywood Spotlight” Friday morning. It’s at Tilghman High School Auditorium at 2400 Washington Street in Paducah and features performers and artists from McCracken and surrounding counties competing for awards and recognition. Admission is free. Doors open at 9:45; the show starts at 10.

Grace Episcopal Church hosts Ecclesiaudio, Sounds for Sacred Spaces, Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. It’s an evening of meditation and prayer using sounds/speech and music complemented by yoga practicioners and an improvisational painter. Hear Like Water of Princeton and many other instrumentalists from Nashville. The church is at 820 Broadway in Paducah.

The National Quilt Museum conducts its Kidz Day in the Arts Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. offering free admission to all. The museum’s lawn at 215 Jefferson in Paducah will host a variety of activities and free drinks and water. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy. See the schedule at

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