Kala Dunn

Administrative Assistant

Kala Dunn is a native of Princeton, Ky. She’s a 2006 graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy with a concentration in flute performance and a 2010 graduate of Murray State University with a B.M. in piano performance. She lives in Hamlin, Ky.

Ways to Connect

Lake Barkley State Resort Park holds Second Saturday Hikes beginning this weekend. The naturalist-led hike focuses on spring wildflowers and begins tomorrow morning at 10 from the lobby of the park lodge. The hike is free and reservations are not required. Sturdy, comfortable footwear is recommended.

The Yeiser Art Center holds an opening reception for “FANTASTIC FIBERS 2016” this Saturday night from 5 to 7. The internationally-recognized juried fiber art exhibition features a mix of traditional and non-traditional works created using natural or synthetic fibers in an array of processes, including quilting, weaving, embroidery, basketry, and more.

The McCracken County Public Library holds a Mad Hatter's Party for teens this Friday at 2:06 p.m. Participants ages 11 to 17 are invited to wear their best hats, play flamingo croquet, and drink tea. More information available on the library's website

The Austin Peay State University chapter of Active Minds hosts "Send Silence Packing," an exhibition of 1,100 backpacks representing the number of U.S. college students who die by suicide every year. Many backpacks have photographs and stories of students who died by suicide. The event is this Friday in the Morgan University Center Plaza.

The 10th annual Murray State University Jamey Aebersold Jazz Festival is today and tomorrow. Middle school, high school, and university jazz groups from three states perform tonight at 6 and tomorrow night at 5, and there's a headline concert featuring the KMEA All-District Jazz Band, the MSU Jazz Orchestra, and the Jamey Aebersold Quartet tomorrow night at 7. All performances are in Lovett Auditorium.

The Christian County Master Gardener Association hosts the 2016 Garden and Outdoor Living Expo this Friday and Saturday at the James Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville. The expo includes exhibits, vendors, food, family activities, and a keynote speech by Troy Marden. Doors open Friday at 4 and the event runs until 6 on Saturday. Admission is free.

The Paducah School of Art and Design holds a grand opening event for its 2D and Graphic Design Building this Thursday evening from 5 to 7. The building is located at 905 Harrison Street in Paducah. Remarks are made at 5:45, and the event includes building tours, refreshments, and artist demonstrations.

The Murray Half Marathon is looking for volunteers for April 14, 15, and 16. Volunteer jobs available include assembling runners’ packets, attaching timing chips to bibs, helping with registration, participating in race setup, staffing the finish line, assisting with traffic stops, staffing water stops, and more. Volunteers under age 18 must have adult supervision.

The Murray State Women's Center holds "Take Back the Night" Monday at the CFSB Center. The event includes a zumba party at 5, a pre-concert at 5:45, and a rally at 6. The purpose of the event is to rally around survivors of sexual assault and to advocate for a culture of respect. Donations of art supplies to benefit the Purchase Area Sexual Assault Center will be collected.

The McCracken County Public Library presents "General Charles F. Smith: Teacher of Civil War Generals" tonight at 7. General Smith was a teacher, mentor, and role model for many young officers who became prominent Civil War generals, and he directed a charge on the Rebel works at Fort Donelson. The presenter is author, educator, and historian Allen Mesch. The program is free and open to the public.