Datebook

The 10th Annual Heart and Soul Art Auction is set for Friday, September 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Walker Hall in Paducah. The event includes a live auction, silent auction, music, and food, with proceeds benefiting Easter Seals West Kentucky. Advance tickets available at (270) 444-9687. 

The 40th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival at Grand Rivers is this Saturday through Monday at Little Lake Park. The festival features nearly one hundred craft booths and artisans from seven states. Handcrafted items available include floral arrangements, baskets, honey, soaps, furniture, pottery, stained glass, and more. Admission benefits Kentucky’s Western Waterland. 

The Great Rivers Group of the Sierra Club meets tonight from 7 to 8:30 in Murray State University Biology Building room 1119. The agenda includes discussion of the fall schedule, a special event on alternative energy, canoeing and hiking outings, the annual local food dinner, and the statewide meeting. For more information, contact George at (270) 753-8910. 

The Homeplace at Land Between the Lakes hosts an 1850s Trades Fair this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The fair highlights artists working in historic trades and crafts such as baking, pottery, bee keeping, salt making, tatting, woodworking, and more. For a full schedule of the weekend’s events, visit landbetweenthelakes.us

The annual Homecoming for former residents of the Stewart County portion of what is now known as Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is this Sunday at the Bison Range Picnic Area. The picnic area is located south of The Homeplace on the Trace. All former residents, relatives, and friends are invited. Bring food, beverages, lawn chairs, and any other picnic or recreation items. 

The Yeiser Art Center in Paducah offers a free yoga class in the gallery with instructor Phillip Bibb tonight. Yoga for all levels is from 5 to 6, and yoga for those already practicing is from 7 to 8:30. The class is limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. More at theyeiser.org

An exhibit titled "What Women Wore" is on display this semester at the Austin Peay State University Mabel Larson Gallery. The collection of over twenty pieces showcases American women's fashion from the period of the 1820s to the 1930s. For more information, call the department of history and philosophy at (931) 221-7919. 

The Hot August Blues Festival opens tomorrow night at 6 at the Kenlake State Resort Park with music by Two Years Wasted and River Towne Alley Cats. Friday night’s performance starts at 6, and bands play Saturday afternoon at 2. See a complete lineup of festival performers and find ticket information at hotaugustbluesfestival.com

Playhouse in the Park holds auditions for the musical “Catch Me If You Can” tonight at 6. There are principal roles with heavy singing and dancing requirements for four males and eight females, plus several ensemble parts. The minimum age for auditioning is 14. Dress comfortably and prepare one minute of a jazz-style tune if interested in a principal role. The show is October 15 through the 25th. 

The Trahern Gallery at Austin Peay State University presents "Cash Crop" featuring the work of Stephen Hayes. The exhibit includes 15 life-size sculptures of human beings in shackles, representing the 15 million people kidnapped and transported by sea during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. There are also prints, drawings, and sculptures that draw parallels between the economics of the Atlantic slave trade and the Third World sweatshops of today. It’s on display through September 21.

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