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The 4th Annual Gentry House Derby Party is this Saturday afternoon from 2 to 6:30 at the Murray Banquet Center. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Gentry House, which is an emergency transitional homeless shelter in Calloway County. Tickets are available in advance through the Gentry House website or at the door. 

The Murray State University Clay Club holds its end of the semester sale this Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 3. The sale includes items made by Murray State University art students and takes place in the lobby of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building on the Murray State Campus.

The Murray State University department of history religious studies program presents "The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton" tomorrow afternoon from 3:30 to 5:30 in Faculty Hall Room 505. A panel discussion with philosophy professor Dr. Cynthia Gayman and history professor Matthew Robertson follows. 

The Jackson Purchase Dance Company celebrates its 25th anniversary season with the Silver Anniversary Dancefest tomorrow afternoon at 2 at Murray State University’s Lovett Auditorium. The performance features dancers from the past 25 years, and there’s a display of memorabilia and a gala reception for the entire audience following the event.

The Murray State University Horticulture Department holds its annual spring plant sale this Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Arboretum and Pullen Farm Greenhouse. The Arboretum and Greenhouse are located on Hickory Street off Highway 94 West in Murray. 

The River Discovery Center in Paducah hosts the International Honor Quilt through the end of the month. The exhibit consists of 150 quilt panels made by women all over the globe to honor women including Eleanor Roosevelt, Maria Montessori, Pearl Buck, Anne Frank, Janis Joplin, and more. The River Discovery Center is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 to 5 and Sunday from 1 to 5. 

The Watershed Studies Institute holds the 8th Annual Research Symposium tomorrow in the Barkley Room of the Murray State University Curris Center. The symposium lasts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the session chair is Dr. Howard Whiteman.

The City of Murray Human Rights Commission celebrates Human Rights Awareness Week. Tomorrow there's a discussion on understanding voting rights at 6 at the Calloway County Public Library. There's a speech on democracy, turnout, and inequality Thursday at 7:30 in MSU's Wrather Auditorium. And Friday there's a Need Line food drive at Kroger. 

WKCTC's chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association and the Paducah Human Rights Commission hold the Heroes' Race to Fight Child Abuse 5K run Saturday at 5 p.m. The race honors military and civil service heroes. All proceeds benefit Paducah Child Watch Children's Advocacy Center. Check-in begins at 3 p.m. in the Anderson Technical Building parking lot.

The Paducah-McCracken County Spring Clean Up Day is this Saturday from 7 to 2 at the Republic Services transfer station. The free service accepts items including household trash, white goods, tires, household hazardous waste, ammunition, prescription medications, fluorescent bulbs, and recyclables.

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