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10:37 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Datebook: April 10 - House of Wax Sparks 3D Film Boom 60 Years Ago

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House of Wax, starring Vincent Price, might not be honored with awards from the Academy, but it was a box office hit and one of the first major Stereoscopic 3D films from an American studio. Moviegoers flocked to see paddleball man, can-can girls, and assorted body parts flying off the screen.

It’s Wednesday, April 10

There’s a yard sale and bake sale tomorrow through Saturday at Post 236 of the American Legion.  Proceeds benefit the Women’s Auxiliary unit’s local scholarship program.  Post 236 is located on Little John Lane, off KY-95 between Calvert City and North Marshall Middle School.

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11:19 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Datebook: April 9 - Saddam Statue Topples 10 Years Ago

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The toppling of the Saddam Hussein statue in Baghdad is one of the most enduring images of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It symbolized the end of Saddam's regime marking, as a BBC correspondent said, "newly free people [expressing] overwhelming joy." Saddam was captured in December 2003.

It’s Tuesday, April 9

Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, & Mary performs a free concert at Wrather Auditorium on the campus of Murray State University tomorrow evening at 6:30. The suggested admission is a can of food to donate to Needline. 

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10:26 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Datebook: April 8 - 17th Amendment Passes 100 Years Ago

Monopolies could no longer secretly control the US Senate by corrupting state legislatures.
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The 17th Amendment passed on this day 100 years ago, establishing direct election of US Senators by popular vote. It also allows for governors to make temporary appointments to fill vacancies until a special election can be held. This supersedes clauses in the Constitution, under which senators were elected by state legislatures.

It’s Monday, April 8

The West Kentucky Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International holds a meeting tonight at 6 in room 546 of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building on the Murray State campus.  The group provides guidance and education on the craft and business of songwriting. Tonight’s guest speaker is Stan Webb.  For more information, call (270) 293-7252.

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8:56 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Datebook: April 5 - Bette Davis Turns 105

Until the late 1940s, Bette Davis was one of America's most celebrated film actresses, known for her forceful and intense style, for her willingness to play unsympathetic characters, and distinct public persona. She was placed second, after Katharine Hepburn, on the American Film Institute's list of greatest female stars of all time.

It’s Friday, April 5

Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah presents “On the Road” tonight at 7 and 9:30.  Based on the iconic novel of Jack Kerouac, the film tells the story of a young writer who travels cross-country on a personal quest for freedom and the pure essence of experience.  Find ticket prices and additional showtimes at maidenalleycinema.com.

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10:39 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Datebook: April 4 - Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated 45 Years Ago

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Appropriately dreary today, we remember civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. He was shot and killed on this day in 1968 by James Earl Ray at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. His assassination led to a wave of race riots. Just days after his assassination, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1968.

It’s Thursday, April 4

The Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes offers a “Signs of the Spring Season” Hike Saturday afternoon at 1:30.  Take a guided hike in search of bird calls, budding trees, and early blooming flowers.  The program is free with admission to the Nature Station.

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10:25 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Datebook: April 3 - MLK "I've Been to the Mountaintop" 45 Years Ago

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Forty-five years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. gave what would be his final public speech at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee. In it, King challenged the United States with calls for unity, economic actions, boycotts, and nonviolent protest. The next day, he was assassinated.

It’s Wednesday, April 3 The William Clark Market House Museum celebrates Paducah’s history with its Gala Grand Opening on Saturday.  During the open house, visitors enjoy free admission and door prizes from noon to 4. The museum is located on South Second Street of Market House Square in historic downtown Paducah.

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10:33 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Datebook: April 2 - Ponce de Leon Discovers Florida 500 Years Ago

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On this day in 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon led a small fleet to what he thought was another island. He named it La Florida, because of its verdant landscape. Legend says Leon was searching for the Fountain of Youth to cure his aging, which he thought could be found in Florida.

It’s Tuesday, April 2 The second annual Mutt Strut is Saturday morning beginning at the corner of 15th and Olive streets. Registration for the 5K run and 1-mile dog walk starts at 7:30, with the 5K beginning at 8:30 and the dog walk starting at 9:30.  To pre-register, call 759-1884.

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1:02 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Datebook: April 1 - April Fool's Day!

Sony's 2013 April Fools' Day Joke?

If you remembered to check for the whoopee cushion under your chair today, you were prepared for the annual day of pranks that dates back centuries, from the Roman festival Hilaria to the Medieval Fest of Fools. Best to take NPR's advice, "If something smells funny, remember what day it is." 

It’s Monday, April 1

Dr. Michael Muscarella presents a program on Gardening as Therapy tomorrow evening at 5 at the McCracken County Extension Office.  Dr. Muscarella is Director of Rehabilitation Services at Baptist Health Paducah.  The free program is part of the Toolbox Series of the Purchase Area Master Gardeners Association.

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10:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Datebook: March 29 - International Earth Hour Celebrations Turn Five

Did you turn off your lights at 8:30 last Saturday night for Earth Hour? Over 35 countries participated in the first international Earth Hour on this day five years ago. City skylines and landmarks shut of nonessential power, cutting hundreds of tonnes of carbon dioxide and thousands of megawatts. Next Earth Hour: March 29, 2014.

It’s Friday, March 29

The Homeplace at Land Between the Lakes features an 1850s Country Wedding tomorrow afternoon from 1 to 3.  Watch interpreters in period costumes participate in the wedding ceremony, then enjoy traditional refreshments, music, and wedding games.  Admission is $5 for adults or $3 for children.  See details at lbl.org.

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10:48 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Datebook: March 28 - Happy Birthday Marlin Perkins

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Do you remember watching Wild Kingdom while you were growing up? If so, then you may remember host Marlin Perkins, who game many Americans their first exposure to environmental conservation and the protection of endangered species. He died in 1986, but his show lives on today, on Animal Planet.

It’s Thursday, March 28

Kids ages six to twelve can spend an evening using the Laser Pegs 3D Light Board to design structures and discover the science behind light at this week’s Friday Night Science Class at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.  The two-hour class starts at 5PM in the Emerging Technology Center.  The cost is $20.  To register, call (270) 534-3335.

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