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Datebook – August 31 – Hermann von Helmholtz turns 190

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Hermann von Helmholtz was born August 31, 1821 (and died September 8, 1894). He was a German physician and physicist who made significant contributions to several widely varied areas of modern science. In physiology and psychology, he is known for his mathematics of the eye, theories of vision, ideas on the visual perception of space, color vision research, and on the sensation of tone, perception of sound, and empiricism. In physics, he is known for his theories on the conservation of energy, work in electrodynamics, chemical thermodynamics, and on a mechanical foundation of thermodynamics. As a philosopher, he is known for his philosophy of science, ideas on the relation between the laws of perception and the laws of nature, the science of aesthetics, and ideas on the civilizing power of science.

It’s Wednesday, August 31

Market House Theatre opens its 48th season with the Tony Award winning play the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee starting tomorrow night, running through September 18. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. For tickets go online at www.mhtplay.com.

Fort Donelson National Battlefield hosts a living history encampment at the main unit along Highway 79 in Dover, Tennessee – open 10 to 4 Saturday and Sunday. It’s the 150th anniversary of this Confederate fort’s being built. At 11 a.m. Saturday Junior Rangers learn about journalists and artists who covered the battles. Register for this program today at 931-232-5706.

Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts opens a visual arts celebration of Bill Monroe’s 100th Birthday titled Bluegrass Roots over Labor Day Weekend. Four concurrent exhibitions open with a preview gala and artist’s reception Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The museum’s at 9th and Frederica Street. See omfa.us.

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Datebook: July 21 – The First Battle of Bull Run 150 Years Ago

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The First Battle of Bull Run, also known as the First Battle of Manassas (the name used by Confederate forces), was fought on July 21, 1861, in Prince William County, Virginia, near the City of Manassas. It was the first major land battle of the American Civil War. Just months after the start of the war at Fort Sumter, the Northern public clamored for a march against the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, which could bring an early end to the war. Yielding to this political pressure, unseasoned Union Army troops under Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell advanced across Bull Run against the equally unseasoned Confederate Army under Brig. Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard near Manassas Junction. Both sides were sobered by the violence and casualties of the battle, and they realized that the war would potentially be much longer and bloodier than they had originally anticipated.

It’s Thursday, July 21

Rangers from the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park perform live at the Dover Hotel at Fort Donelson National Battlefield tomorrow at 1 p.m. Also enjoy excerpts from Dr. Nancy J. Dawson’s original production, Stories from da Dirt, during the program. Bring lawn chairs to enjoy period Civil war songs and short historic skits.

Tonight Paducah Parks Service shows the animated movie Megamind at dusk around 8:30 p.m. weather permitting. It’s free and suitable for the family. Concessions will be available for purchase. For comfort bring lawn chairs, blankets and insect repellent. This is the final summer Movie in the Park at the amphitheatre in Noble Park.

Next Monday there’s a free class helping children ages 2 to 9 to prepare for the arrival of a new brother or sister at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah. This sibling class is 5 to 6 p.m. Monday in the atrium classroom of doctors office building 2. Register at 270-575-2229.

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Datebook: June 30 – Harding appoints Taft Chief Justice 90 years ago

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On June 30, 1921, U.S. President Warren G. Harding appointed former President William Howard Taft as the 10th Chief Justice of the United States. Taft served in this capacity until shortly before his death in 1930. He is the only former president to administer the oath of office to another President and the only Chief Justice to serve with associate justices whom he had appointed to the court.

It’s Thursday, June 30

Highlands Latin Cottage School hosts an open house at Broadway United Methodist Church, 701 Broadway, Paducah from 6 to 8 tonight. This fall Highlands Latin, Paducah will offer one-day a week classes in Latin and Classical Studies for homeschoolers of all ages as well a one-day k-2 primary program in phonics, reading, penmanship and math.

Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Dover offers a junior ranger program Saturday. It’s free, starts at 2 p.m. and involves scouts and families learning about park animals, Civil War history, and hiking park trails with park volunteers and staff. Call Park Ranger Susan Hawkins at 931-232-5706 for more.

The Humane Society of Calloway County’s Bark in the Park is Saturday from 11 to 2 in Murray Central Park’s Courthouse Pavilion off Arcadia Drive. There’s a silent auction, newly designed tees, grooming, microchipping, lunch, and events like bobbing for hotdogs, pet photo contest and more. Bring adult dogs on leashes. Very young puppies shouldn’t be subjected to the heat.

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Datebook: June 24 – Take Your Dog to Work Day

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Take Your Dog to Work Day was first started in 1996 in the United Kingdom and June 25, 1999 in the United States. Created by Pet Sitters International, this day celebrates the great companions dogs make and encourages adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies. Why can’t every day be take your dog to work day?

It’s Friday, June 24

The Civil War Singers will give a free concert at the Fort Donelson National Battlefield amphitheater tomorrow night at 6.  The singers will perform traditional songs from the Civil War.

Mayfield author Berry Craig will be signing copies of his third book, Hidden History of Kentucky Soldiers, at the Graves County Public Library tomorrow from 11 to 2. All profits from book sales go for scholarships at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

There’s a fish fry tomorrow night at 6 at American Legion Post 236, located off KY 95 between Calvert City and North Marshall Middle School.  The menu includes catfish, slaw, hushpuppies, potatoes, and desserts.  Meals are 7 dollars.

The Paducah Aero Modelers club hosts a two-day Air Show tomorrow and Sunday, beginning at 9 each morning.  Control line, free flight, and radio control models will be displayed and flown.  The free show will be held at the McCracken County Model Air Park.

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Datebook: February 1 – National Freedom Day

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This week a guest artist from Frankfort, Germany performs a flute recital in Performing Arts Hall at Murray State.  Betty Nieswandt’s performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Hear works from the Baroque period through the modern era.  Murray State’s Stephanie Rhea, flute, joins for a duet and Angela Wu, piano, performs with Ms. Nieswandt.

Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Dover, Tennessee hosts an encampment Saturday and Sunday.  Interpretive activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. both days tell the story of the 2nd Iowa’s charge against Fort Donelson and the Confederate right flank on February 15, 1862.  Visit nps.gov/fodo to confirm weather conditions and schedules.

The Paducah Jazz Ensemble’s Sweetheart Dance is February 12th.  Hear standards from the golden jazz age, starting at 8 p.m. at the Robert Cherry Civic Center, 2701 Park Avenue.  Tickets are $10.  Email paducahjazz@gmail.com to reserve.