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Datebook: February 24 – Battle of Los Angeles 70 Years Ago

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On the evening of February 24, 1942, air raid sirens went off throughout Los Angeles County. A total blackout was ordered and air raid wardens were summoned to position. At 3:16 a.m., the 37th Coast Artillery Brigade began firing 12.8-pound anti-aircraft shells at a reported unidentified aircraft. Pilots of the 4th Interceptor Command were alerted but stayed grounded. Artillery fire continued until the 4:14 a.m., over 1,400 shells fired. An “all clear” was sounded and a blackout order lifted at 7:21 a.m. Three civilians were killed, another three died of heart attacks, several buildings were damaged. Initially, the target of the aerial barrage was thought to be an attacking force from Japan, but speaking at a press conference shortly afterward, Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox called the incident a “false alarm.” Newspapers of the time published a number of sensational reports and speculations of a cover-up. Some modern-day UFOlogists have suggested the targets were extraterrestrial spacecraft. When documenting the incident in 1983, the U.S. Office of Air Force History attributed the event to a case of “war nerves” likely triggered by a lost weather balloon and exacerbated by stray flares and shell bursts from adjoining batteries.

It’s Friday, February 24

Artwork by Adam Meredith is on display through March 25 at the Janice Mason Art Museum in Cadiz. Meredith specializes in historically themed figurative graphite drawings and photography. He also constructs miniature buildings, which will be included in the exhibit. The opening reception is tonight from 5 to 7.

Murray Preschool, Head Start, and Early Head Start will hold registration for the 2012-2013 school year next Friday from 8 to 3. Registration for children ages four and under will be held on the first floor of Alexander Hall, located on North 16th Street. For more information, call 809-3262.

Author Jennifer Trafton will give a reading and sign copies of her novel, “The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic,” tomorrow at 11:30 at the University Book and Bean. Trafton’s debut novel tells the story of one brave girl’s efforts to make an entire island believe the impossible. For more information, call 761-BOOK.

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Datebook: January 4 – Tallest Building in the World Opens 2 Years Ago

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The Burj Khalifa is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is currently the tallest manmade structure in the world, at a soaring 829.84 m (2,723 ft). Construction began in September 2004 and the building officially opened on 4 January 2010. It is part of the “Downtown Dubai” development project. The total cost for the building was about US$1.5 billion. The entire downtown is estimated to be US$20 billion. Office space in the Burj is US$4,000 per square foot; an apartment there will cost you US$3,500 per square foot. There’s plenty of availability, too, since Dubai’s property market went the way of the rest of the world, much of the building remains vacant.

It’s Wednesday, January 4

Land Between the Lakes is now accepting applications for the 2012 seasonal camping program. Applications for sites in Hillman Ferry and Piney Campgrounds must be turned in by Friday, and the application deadline for all other sites is January 13th. Find the form at Click on “See & Do,” then click on Camping.

Adsmore House and Gardens in Princeton will be closed until February 27th, when it will reopen with the “Spring-Easter 1907” setting celebrating Katharine Garrett’s sixth birthday. Adsmore will also be closed on Sundays during 2012.

An exhibit of Kids Art opens at the Janice Mason Art Museum on Friday with a reception from 4 to 6. The juried exhibit, which features the work of local primary and elementary school students, runs through February 12th. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 to 4 and on Sundays from 1 to 4.

Tomorrow at noon hear the first episode of The Hidden World of Girls with Tina Fey. Find more programming information, as well as more community events, online at

Datebook: December 16 – New Madrid Quakes 200 Years Ago

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The first two in a series of four severe earthquakes occured on December 16, 1811 in the vicinity of New Madrid, Missouri. These four so-called ‘mega-quakes’ are believed to be an ongoing cataclysmic danger that could reprise the 1811-12 series of 2,000 quakes that affected the lands of what would be eight of today’s heartland states of the United States. These earthquakes remain the most powerful earthquakes to hit the eastern United States in recorded history, more than eight times the size of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Despite its magnitude (right around 7), it caused only slight damage to man-made structures, mainly because of the sparse population in the epicentral area. Residents as far away as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Norfolk, Virginia, reported being awakened by intense shaking. Church bells were reported to ring as far as Boston, Massachusetts and (what is now) Toronto, and sidewalks were reported to have been cracked and broken in Washington, D.C.. William Clark (of Lewis & Clark), then governor of the Louisiana Territory, asked for federal relief from the U.S. Government – one of the first requests for federal disaster relief in the country.

It’s Friday, December 16th

Tomorrow brings a program about making Origami ornaments for the holiday at the McCracken County Public Library. It’s from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Library at 555 Washington Street in Paducah. Lea Wentworth teaches folding paper into ornaments, gifts, or cards.

The annual Audobon Christmas Bird Count through the Nature Station at LBL is tomorrow from 6 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.. Call 270-924-2299 to register. Bring binoculars, field guides and lunch. Birders will reconvene for lunch at the Nature Station to review the count. Dress for the weather. Less experienced birders are welcome. The fee is $5 per person. Birders are involved in this count nationwide.

The Festival of Trees continues at the Janice Mason Art Museum, 71 Main Street in Cadiz. Clubs, individuals and civic organizations have decorated unique trees and the Museum shop offers gift shopping. The Museum is open 10 to 4 Tuesday through Saturday.

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Datebook: August 10th – 205th anniversary of Johann Michael Haydn’s death

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Johann Michael Haydn (14 September 1737 – 10 August 1806) was an Austrian composer of the classical period, the younger brother of Joseph Haydn. According to the early 19th-century author Albert Christoph Dies, Michael was a brighter student than Joseph, and it was Michael’s singing that was the more admired. Michael Haydn composed 43 symphonies, 12 concertos, a requiem, and numerous other instrumental and vocal compositions. (To hear part of Michael Haydn’s Requiem, click here)


It’s Wednesday, August 10.

The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art’s Summer Gala is Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The gala features a sale of more than 100 works of art, antiques and collectibles. Also, a carnival themed entertainment showcases the theatrical troupe Back Alley Players and Owensboro celebrities in song. Make $50 per person reservations at 270-685-3181.

Tomorrow a welcoming reception at 5:30 p.m. introduces Murray Calloway County Hospital’s newest cardiologist, Dr. Nathaniel Dittoe. It’s also an open house for the Cardiopulmonary Department on the first floor of the South Tower. Dr. Dittoe comes to MCCH from Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, Ohio.

Cadiz Community Arts Center’s Janice Mason Art Museum hosts a show of watercolors by Grand Rivers artist Steve Estes through October 2. The exhibit opens with a reception for the artist Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. The museum is at 71 Main Street, open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 to 4 and Sundays 1 to 4.

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Datebook: June 23 – Antarctic Treaty goes into effect, 50 years ago

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The Antarctic Treaty System went into effect June 23, 1961. The treaty and related agreements, eventually signed by 47 countries, set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, establishes freedom of scientific investigation and bans military activity on that continent. The treaty was the first arms control agreement established during the Cold War. The main objective of the ATS is to ensure in the interests of all humankind that Antarctica shall continue forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord… and the penguins are forever grateful.

It’s Thursday, June 23

A new exhibit of works by the Trigg County Quilters Guild will be on display at the Janice Mason Art Museum in Cadiz starting tomorrow.  There’s an opening reception from 6 to 8 tomorrow night.  The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 to 4 and on Sundays from 1 to 4.

Land Between the Lakes is participating in a nationwide food drive this summer.  Collection boxes are available at campgrounds, facilities, and administrative offices.  All of the donations will go to local food banks.  Needed items include canned fruit, juice, multigrain cereal, snacks, canned vegetables, and soups.  More information is available at

The Upper Town Heritage Foundation in Paducah hosts a lecture on Saturday in honor of Black Music Month.  Keynote speaker Dr. Tammy Turner will discuss the history of the blues, and the presentation will include early recordings of blues singers.  The event starts at 5p.m. at the Hotel Metropolitan in Paducah.

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Datebook: April 29 – Arbor Day

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Today is National Arbor Day, celebrated on the last Friday of April. On the first Arbor Day, April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted. Plant a tree, color your world! Read more about The Arbor Day Foundation.

Here’s Datebook for Friday, April 29.

The Humane Society of Marshall County’s annual Walmart Adoption Day is 10 to 2 tomorrow. Microchipping and engraved pet ID tags available as well.

Tomorrow’s the deadline to register for Columbus-Belmont State Park’s Summer Writing Workshop 1 to 9 p.m.May 21 for third graders through adult writers.

Main Street Golconda’s Quilt Show and Luncheon opens tomorrow at 10 at the Golden Circle Senior Citizen’s Center. Lunch is at Noon. Tickets are $12.

Tonight at 6 a reception opens the Biannual Juried show at the Janice Mason Art Museum, Main Street Cadiz.

Paducah’s Lowertown Home and Gallery Tour is 6 to 9 tonight and 2 to 5 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $10 at the Texaco Station at North 7th and Madison.

LBL’s Quilt Show is 10 to 4 today and tomorrow, 11 to 4 Sunday at the Homeplace, featuring heirloom quilts.

Marion-Crittenden County’s Backroads Festival features its Amish Community, free ferry rides, quilt shows, and craft booths today and tomorrow.

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Datebook: April 15 – Jackie Robinson Day

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Jackie Robinson played his first game with the Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

It’s Friday, April 15. 

Murray’s Playhouse in the Park opens “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” tonight.  The show runs through the 23rd.  Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays.  There’s also a matinee this Sunday at 2:30 p.m.  Get tickets at

West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Clemens Fine Arts Center in Paducah presents Nunsense tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30, Sunday at 2:30.  Tickets are $15.

Sunday at 2 p.m. Murray State’s Symphony Orchestra presents a free concert in Lovett Auditorium.

Tomorrow brings a one day safe boating course to the Janice Mason Art Museum’s lower level at 71 Main in Cadiz.  It runs 8 to 5 and families are welcome.  There is a $20 fee for textbooks and materials for which advance payment is required.  Contact Ken Culwell at 270-924-0363.

Tonight at 7 the Jackson Purchase Dance Company offers its “all you can eat” dessert performance with a production of “The Hobbit:  A Story Ballet.”  Admission is $8.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Datebook: March 11 – Johnny Appleseed Day

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It’s Friday, March 11.

Janice Mason Art Museum opens a new show titled Translated Landscapes – the artwork of Brian Taylor, professor of art at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. Taylor’s acrylic paintings cue off light, color and movement in nature. There’s a reception tonight from 6 to 8. The Museum’s on Main Street in Cadiz, open Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 4 and Sunday 1 to 4.

UK Extension Service’s Dr. Winston Dunwell and Justin Stelter, historic gardener and horticulturist for Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee present a program on beautiful gardens tomorrow from 9 to noon at the Cherry Civic Center, 2700 Park Avenue in Paducah. Admission is $18. The Purchase Area Master Gardeners Association offers gardening gear for sale.

Springville, Tennessee’s Volunteer Fire Department fundraises with a chili supper tomorrow from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the Springville Community Center, 95 Boardview. The menu includes hot dogs, slaw, drink and dessert.

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Datebook: December 14

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It’s Tuesday, December 14

Tomorrow is the deadline for reservations for a family Holiday Dinner Experience with Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig at Kenlake State Resort Park.  Twilight Theatre Productions is preparing for delightful food, joyful stories, dancing with live music and much merriment starting at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  Dickens attire optional.  Call 270-436-2399 for reservations.

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is Saturday starting from the Nature Station in Land Between the Lakes at 6 a.m. and continuing through 1:30 p.m. with an optional extension through 4:30.  The $5 per person fee goes to the National Audubon Society.  Call 270-924-2299 to sign up.  Dress warmly, and bring binoculars, field guides and lunch.

Janice Mason Art Museum in Cadiz has a Festival of Trees exhibit through the end of the month.  These Christmas trees are projects of civic organizations and businesses.  The museum’s at 71 Main Street open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays 1 to 4 p.m.

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Datebook – Wednesday, October 13

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It’s Wednesday, October 13.

Hear music of the Japanese Shamisen, a traditional three stringed lute, tonight at 7:30 in Performing Arts Hall of Doyle Fine Arts Center near 15th and Olive in Murray.  The duo Yutaka Oyama and Masahiro Nitto perform classic and original scores.  The concert is free.

The Purchase Area Development District’s Family Caregiver Programs offer a workshop with Ombudsman Denise Adams about preparing for long-term care placement.  It’s tomorrow from ten to noon at the PADD office, 1002 Medical Drive in Mayfield.

The Kentucky Opry hosts the Gibson Brothers featuring Clayton Campbell on fiddle at 7:30 p.m. Friday.  The Gibson Brothers are nominees for IBMA Vocal Group of the year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Inspirational Song of the Year.  See

Janice Mason Art Museum opens a new exhibition, Kenneth Weedman Sculpture Friday with a reception starting at 6.  Weedman’s plastic sculptures full of light, color and playful shapes.  The Museum is at 71 Main Street in Cadiz.

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