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Datebook: December 26 – Kwanzaa Begins

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Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the U.S. honoring universal African-American heritage and culture, observed from December 26 to January 1 each year. It features activities such as lighting seven candles and culminates in a feast and gift-giving. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966. Karenga said his goal was to “give Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society.” The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase ‘matunda ya kwanza,’ meaning first fruits of the harvest. The seven principles are: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith). Happy Kwanzaa!

It’s Monday, December 26

The National Quilt Museum exhibit “Quilt Journeys: Three Quilters” is on display through March. The quilts show the artistic journey of three internationally recognized fiber artists. This exhibit was inspired by the Smithsonian Exhibition Journey Stories coming to Murray State’s Wrather Auditorium in Late January. The Quilt Museum’s open Monday through Saturday 10 to 5 at 215 Jefferson in Paducah.

If the spirit moves you, donate 2011 Christmas presents in original packaging for Angels Attic’s 2012 Christmas Bazaar. All proceeds benefit the Angels Clinic in Murray. Angels Attic is at 972 Chestnut Street open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with donations accepted Monday through Saturday from 9 to 5. Call for pick up of large donations or yard sale leftovers.

The 84th Annual Charity League Snowball is Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Country Club of Paducah. Music by 24/7. Email for $40 tickets with proceeds supporting Easter Seals West Kentucky and other charities benefitting children.

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Datebook: November 11 – Veterans Day

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Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” Later, in 1926, Congress passed a resolution for another proclamation to observe November 11. An Act approved in 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday; “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.” Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.


It’s Friday, Veterans Day

Veterans Day Activities at Murray State:

– 1:00 p.m. – Lovett Auditorium Front Steps – Veterans Day Ceremony hosted by the Office of the President and MSU Veterans Affairs Office, including a presentation of flags by our ROTC color guard, the National Anthem performed by the MSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble brass section, and a Veterans Day remembrance and recognition.

– 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Open House Reception at the Veterans Student Lounge – Drop in as convenient for refreshments during a reception to officially inaugurate the opening of the Veterans Student Lounge, located in Alexander Hall Room 300.

– 4:15 – Veterans Day Parade – Plan to join the City of Murray and local veterans organizations in celebrating with a parade that will begin at 10th and Main Street and continue east to the Court Square for an official ceremony and salute.

Mayfield’s First United Methodist Church has its Christmas Open House for Missions tomorrow from 9 to 2.

Tomorrow Paducah’s Yeiser Art Center celebrates Easter Seals West Kentucky artist Nancy Loving as Artist of the Month with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. which coincides with the opening of the Yeiser’s Member’s Show. The 55th Annual Telethon of Stars opens at 10 p.m. tomorrow at the Carson Center.

Josh Williams & Friends, Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin, The Dorians and Kailey Stone perform a free Roots 2 Concert at Murray State’s Wrather West Kentucky Auditorium next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

The 42nd running of the Cairo Levee Footrace starts at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mary’s Park in Cairo. Entrants must assemble by 10:30. The 3.1 and 6.2 mile races are on gravel along the Mississippi.

The McCracken County Extension Homemakers Holiday Bazaar is tomorrow from 10 to 2 at the Robert Cherry Civic Center on Park Avenue.

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Datebook: August 30 – Roy Wilkins turns 110

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Roy Wilkins was born on August 30, 1901 (and died September 8, 1981. He was a prominent civil rights activist in the United States from the 1930s to the 1970s, most notable was his leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He led civil rights activists in Mississippi during the “credit squeeze;” helped organize the March on Washington, the Selma to Montgomery marches and the March Against Fear; spearheaded Brown v Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In 1967, Lyndon Johnson awarded Wilkins with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

It is Tuesday, August 30

Non-professional artists may submit artworks for the Heart and Soul Art Contest in Paducah by Friday. Easter Seals West Kentucky and Independence Bank are offering six cash awards. The entry fee is $5 for up to 3 works submitted. Call 270-443-1200 for information and entry forms.

LBL’s Saturday is full of fun. There’s a beaver trek at Hematite Lake from ten to noon. The Homeplace has programs from ten to 4, including a storytelling festival, all-American cricket and a pie eating contest at 2. At the Nature Station there’s story time with Smokey Bear at 1 p.m. watermelon feasting at 3, and a kids’ campfire from 7 to 9 p.m. Make reservations for the campfire at 270-924-2020.

The Four Rivers Book Festival and Art Show is new to the HORSES, Inc. Expo at Carson Park in Paducah from 10 to 4 Saturday, October 15. Authors and artists should contact by September 15 to learn more and to be included.


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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Datebook: August 16 – 135th birthday of illustrator Ivan Bilibin

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Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin (16 August 1876 – 7 February 1942) was a 20th-century illustrator and stage designer who took part in the Mir iskusstva and contributed to the Ballets Russes. Bilibin gained renown in 1899, when he released his illustrations of Russian fairy tales. He was the designer for the 1909 première production of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel. He delivered lectures in the Soviet Academy of Arts until 1941. Bilibin died during the Siege of Leningrad.


It’s Tuesday, August 16.

Easter Seals West Kentucky, Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky and KY-Spin, Inc. host a workshop “individualized education program – IEP”, including meal, in Paducah Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.. Families learn how to advocate during the IEP process. Sign up in advance at 270-444-9687. The ESWK Child Development Center is at 801 North 29th in Paducah.

Thursday — the stroke/head injury support group meets at 5:30 p.m. in the Murray Calloway County Hospital’s Center for Health and Wellness Conference room. For more call 270-762-1557.

Maiden Alley Cinema presents Richard Linklater’s 1993 film Dazed and Confused tonight at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 and two complimentary beverages come with each ticket purchase. It’s film brew night, and proceeds benefit the Cinema, in the alley near the riverfront in Paducah. Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for non-members.

See for details about the stories of former residents of Land Between the Lakes heard on Constance Alexander’s series Connecting People and Place. Thanks!

Datebook: March 10 – Tibetan Uprising Day

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It’s Thursday, March 10.

The Paducah Chamber Music Association offers a concert Saturday at 7 p.m. at Tilghman High School Auditorium.  Tickets are $10.  The Van Fleet Chamber Orchestra performs works by Copeland, Bach, Chopin and Handel, featuring performers from around the region.  Purchase in advance at 270-443-2035 as seating is limited.

The Alpha Department of the Murray Woman’s Club hosts its Second Annual Adult Team Spellling Bee March 21st at 6:30 p.m. at the Murray Woman’s Club house on Vine Street.  Three member teams are invited to participate.  Register teams with Genie May at 270-227-7998.  $1 tickets at the door generate proceeds for the Adult Learning Center and the Club.

The Arc of Kentucky invites caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities to a free training session on March 19.  Learn how to plan for the future of an individual with disabilities.  The seminar will run from 9:30 to 12:30 at the Easter Seals West Kentucky Child Development Center at 801 North 29th Street in Paducah.  Sign up at 800-281-1272.

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Datebook: November 18 – Mickey Mouse turns 82

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It’s Thursday, November 18.

Saturday there’s a panel discussion on African Americans at Fort Donelson, Fort Henry, and “Between the Rivers” from 1 to 3 p.m.  It’s at Emmanuel Family Life Center, 303 Fairview Lane in Clarksville.  It begins a collaborative project involving quilters to design a series of quilts for a travelling exhibit next February.  LBL, Fort Donelson, and Houston County Historical Society speakers join the panel.

2009 America’s Got Talent winner Kevin Skinner headlines an Abby Mott Benefit Concert at 6 p.m. Saturday at Murray State’s Lovett Auditorium.  Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10.  Abby Mott is a first grade student at Murray’s Southwest Elementary School who is currently receiving treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Easter Seals West Kentucky opens viewing for its Holiday Wreath Silent Auction and Competition Saturday at Downtown Coffee Bar, 426 Broadway, Saturday.  The one of a kind wreaths made by artists, businesses and other individuals are on display for bidding through December 3.

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