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Archive for October 21st, 2011

Datebook: October 21 – Mary Blair turns 100

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Mary Blair was born on October 21, 1911 (and died July 26, 1978). She was an American animation artist best known for her work with The Walt Disney Company, drawing concept art for such films as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Song of the South, and Cinderella. Blair also created character designs Disneyland’s It’s a Small World ride, the fiesta scene in El Rio del Tiempo in the Mexico pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, and an enormous mosaic inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

It is Friday, October 21

There’s an Oktoberfest celebration in the parking lot across from Maiden Alley Cinema, behind Kirchoff’s and Max’s Brick Oven Café in Paducah tomorrow from 11 to 5. Tickets are $30. Enjoy German fare and music by the Paducah Jazz Ensemble Polka Group and the Solid Rockit Boosters. Maiden Alley shows the classic Strange Brew following the event.

Hopkinsville Community College hosts a Conference on Diversity and Inclusion tomorrow from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Refreshments, entertainment and conference materials are free. Comedian Vince Morris opens the event. The band Appalatin entertains with a fusion of Latin and Appalachian sound. Learn about navigating communication styles and more.

Jackson Oaks Retirement Community at 2500 Marshall Avenue in Paducah hosts a pancake breakfast fundraiser benefitting the Outward Bound Program for Veterans tomorrow from 9 to 11 a.m. Donations are $5 per person. The program supports wartime soldiers returning home.

Enjoy a special hour-long version of Rick’s Kitchen Sink tomorrow at 2. Support your diverse music choices through the pledge page at Thanks!

the morning cram [insurmountable student debt edition]

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Student loan debt will follow some college students for the rest of their lives.

NPR reports the student loan debt for the average US college student is around $24,000. But for some, the burden is much larger than that. (I’d hate to be one of those students…oh wait)

Kentucky~ No more help for the tent-city people. Rand Paul distrusts job numbers.

Illinois~ Schools need more money.

Tennessee~ The state got more money for roads. Unemployment jumps a bit.