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Datebook: February 23 – Supernova 1987A Visible to Naked Eye 25 Years Ago

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Supernova 1987A was located in the outskirts of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby dwarf galaxy, approximately 168,000 light-years away, though close enough to be visible to the naked eye if you lived in the Southern Hemisphere. The light from the supernova reached Earth on February 23, 1987. It was the first opportunity for modern astronomers to see a supernova up close and observations have provided much insight into core-collapse supernovae. Voyager 2, then enroute to Neptune, was able to observe the supernova with its cameras.

It’s Thursday, February 23

The Howard Finster Vision House Touring Exhibit goes on display tonight at the WKCTC Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery. Finster’s images range from pop culture icons like Elvis to historical figures such as George Washington to religious images of his own visions. There’s a reception tonight from 5 to 7, with an artist talk by curator David Leonardis at 6. The exhibit runs through March 23.

The Modernette Civic Club sponsors their 18th Annual African American Breakfast on Saturday at 8AM at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville. The keynote speaker will be Mr. John Johnson, Executive Director for the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights in Louisville. $12 tickets can be purchased at the door.

Western Baptist Hospital offers free screenings during a Heart Health Fair on Saturday from 9 to noon in the atrium of Doctors Office Building 2. Western Baptist staff will provide blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and EKG rhythm strip screenings. Fasting and advance registration are not required.

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Datebook: October 24 – Annie Taylor Plunges Niagara Falls in a Barrel 110 Years Ago

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On her 63rd birthday (October 24, 1901), Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She lived a comfortable life as a schoolteacher until her husband was killed in the Civil War. Desiring to secure her later years financially, and avoid the poorhouse, she decided she would be the first person to ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She used a custom-made barrel for her trip, constructed of oak and iron and padded with a mattress. Two days before Taylor’s own attempt, a domestic cat was sent over the Horseshoe Falls in her barrel to test its strength. It survived. On her birthday, she climbed in with her lucky heart-shaped pillow, the lid was screwed down, a bicycle pump compressed air into the barrel, and she was set adrift. After the plunge, she was recovered live and uninjured. About the experience, she said “I would sooner walk up to the mouth of a cannon, knowing it was going to blow me to pieces than make another trip over the Fall.”

It’s Monday, October 24

The 3rd Annual Murray Adult Spelling Bee starts at 6:30 tonight at the Murray Women’s Clubhouse at 704 Vine Street. There’s a silent auction and refreshments along with the competition. The fee is $25 for a team of three. Spellagains are $15. Spectator fee is a dollar. Calloway County Adult Education and the Alpha Department benefit.

Henry County High School’s Marching Patriots offer a Chili Supper and Silent Auction tomorrow at First United Methodist Church in Paris. Lunch is 11 to 1; Dinner is 4:30 to 7. The Silent Auction starts at 6:45. Tickets are $8.

There’s an opening reception Thursday for a new two-person exhibition of painting, drawing and mixed media at the Clemens Fine Arts Center at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. Professors Jay and Patricia Constantine are art faculty with Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The reception Thursday starts at 5 p.m.

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Datebook: October 5 – World Series First Broadcast on Radio 90 Years Ago

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A first for radio, the 1921 World Series was broadcast over radio stations KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, WBZ in Springfield, Massachusetts, and WJZ in Newark, New Jersey. In the 1921 World Series, the New York Giants beat the New York Yankees five games to three. This was the last of the experimental best-five-of-nine series. This series was significant for pitting the Giants’ “inside game” practitioners and the Yankees’ “power game” players (Babe Ruth, for example). This game also began the Yankees dynasty, and despite Ruth being injured (with limited action), it was a closely contested game. KDKA’s coverage was live, direct, and exclusive from the Polo Grounds. Meanwhile, WBZ and WJZ’ coverage was relayed and re-created by Tommy Cowan. Grantland Rice sent play-by-play reports/summaries to Cowan via the telephone.

It’s Wednesday, October 5

River City Legends and Lore Lantern Lit Walking Ghost Tours of Downtown Paducah commence from the Markethouse Studio Theatre at 120 Market House Square at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. this Saturday and next and Friday, October 21. Make reservations at 270-444-6828 noon to 5 Tuesday through Friday.

Tickets are $50 per person for A Taste of the Arts Event benefiting MSU student scholarships in Art, Music and Theatre Thursday, October 13. Contact the MSU Office of Development at 270-809-3250 for more. Enjoy dinner, a silent auction, and entertainments in the Murray Room of the CFSB Center.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College presents Ballroom with a Twist, a new dance production fresh from Vegas, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Clemens Fine Arts Center on Campus in Paducah. See young dancers from So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, and High School Musical, the Movie as well as American Idol finalists. Adult tickets are $25.

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Datebook: September 27 – First Liberty Ship launched 70 years ago

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The SS Patrick Henry was launched on September 27, 1941, becoming the first of more than 2,700 Liberty ships.  Liberty ships were cargo ships built in the United States during World War II. Though British in conception, they were adapted by the U.S. as they were cheap and quick to build, and came to symbolize U.S. wartime industrial output. Eighteen American shipyards built 2,751 Libertys between 1941 and 1945, easily the largest number of ships produced to a single design. The SS Patrick Henry’s maiden voyage was to the Middle East. During World War II she made 12 voyages to ports including Murmansk, Trinidad, Cape Town, Naples, and Dakar. She survived the war but was seriously damaged when she went aground on a reef off the coast of Florida in July 1946. She was scrapped at Baltimore in 1960.

It’s Tuesday, September 27

The Golden Dragon Acro-Cirque D’Or Chinese Acrobatic touring company performs at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College Thursday evening. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are half price for children 12 and under. Call the box office at 270-821-2787.

Crittenden County’s Pumpkin Festival features a car show Saturday at Darben Plaza, Highway 60 in Marion. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Judging is at 3 p.m. $25 entry fees benefit the Mary Hall Ruddiman Canine Shelter and Crittenden County FFA.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah begins its 5th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration Thursday at the Clemens Fine Arts Center. See the exhibition The Masks of Michoacan. There’s free admission, food and activities from 5 to 8 p.m. The Guest Speaker is Fred de Rosset of the Berea College faculty and Director of Mexico Programs for KIIS.

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Datebook: Frebruary 3 – Chinese New Year (Rabbit)

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It’s Thursday, February 3.

In Paducah, West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Clemens Fine Arts Center hosts a Chinese New Year Celebration this evening from 4 to 6:30 p.m.  There’s no admission charge for food, a movie, an exhibit of painting and photography, and demonstrations of calligraphy.

In Murray there’s a free Chinese New Year Celebration tomorrow night from 5 to 7 in the Stables of Murray State’s Curris Center.  It’s the Year of the Rabbit.

Clarksville, Tennessee’s Transit System’s free fare day allows residents and visitors to ride buses for free all day today.

LBL hosts a Fort Henry Anniversary Walk from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday.  In February 1862 Confederate forces occupied the fort and Federal forces were moving up the Tennessee River.  Meet at the Fort Henry Hiking Trail Parking lot – waterproof footgear is recommended.  The Homeplace hosts a free program about the Anniversary from 12:30 to 2.

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Datebook: Dec. 3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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It’s Friday, December 3.

Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. there’s a 4 Home Holiday Tour in the Novadell Area of Hopkinsville.  Each home has $12 tour tickets.

WKCTC’s Holiday Concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Clemens Fine Arts Center on Campus in Paducah.

Angels Attic Thrift Store, 972 Chestnut Street in Murray has a Christmas Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow.

A 5K Reindeer Run starts at 5:45 p.m. tomorrow at the Trigg County Middle School Gym in Cadiz.

Hickman County Elementary Gym in Clinton hosts an Arts, Crafts and Book Fair tomorrow from 9 to 2.

The Yeiser Art Center in Paducah opens a Members Exhibit and Tommeall Lee’s Artist of the Month Show with a reception tonight from 5 to 7.

UT Martin previews a wild horse and burro Adoption today from 2 to 7 p.m., Adoptions tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Glema Center at Madisonville Community College stages A Tuna Christmas tonight and tomorrow night at 6:30.  $25 tickets include dinner.

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Datebook – November 1, 2010

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It’s Monday, November 1.

The Murray/Hazel Lions annual action starts today and goes through Thursday on channel 13 of Murray Electric and Newwave systems, plus channel 298.  Proceeds benefit local eye care programs.   The call-in number is 270-761-6000.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College Theatre Department presents Poetry Bon Bouche tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. on stage in the Clemens Fine Arts Center on campus on Blandville Road in Paducah.  It’s free and refreshments are served upon the start of the production, an ensemble dialogue of poetry focusing on food as metaphor, ritual and remembrance with music.

Wickliffe Mounds gift shop holiday sale runs Friday through Sunday with marked down items including tees, souvenirs, books, and handcrafts.  Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site is at 94 Green Street in Wickliffe.  This month the exhibit “Hina Lawa Linoatok:  We have walked many roads” depicts the history and contemporary life of the Chickasaw people.

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Datebook – October 1, 2010

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It’s Friday, October 1.

Tomorrow The Paducah Symphony Orchestra performs a concert titled Exhilarating at 7:30 p.m. in the Carson Center.  Raffaele Ponti conducts works by Verdi, Haydn, Dukas, and Richard Strauss.  Allen Vizzutti, trumpet is guest artist.  Call the Symphony for tickets at 270-444-0065.

St. John’s Episcopal Church celebrates the feast day of St. Francis Sunday with a blessing of the Animals from 4 to 5 p.m. in its memorial garden.  The Church is at 1620 West Main Street in Murray.  Leashed or confined creatures are welcome.

Hanson, Kentucky, north of Madisonville on Highway 41, hosts its historic downtown’s annual cruise-in tomorrow.  The Sunset Road Event features vintage cars, music, art, food, pumpkins and mums from 4 to 8 p.m.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College Clemens Fine Arts Center hosts an evening of original music with members of the West Kentucky Chapter of Nashville Songwriters International tomorrow evening, starting at 7:30 p.m.

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