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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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11:23 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Datebook: March 27 - Sir Henry Royce Turns 150

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Henry Royce met Charles Rolls at an Automobile Club in 1904. Their first car, the Rolls-Royce 10hp was unveiled a few months later, which ran quiet even when topped out at 39 mph, at a price of £395. Royce lived by the motto, "Whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble."

It’s Wednesday, March 27

U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield hosts a Town Hall Meeting tomorrow afternoon at 2 in the Curris Center Dance Lounge on the campus of Murray State University.  Representative Whitfield addresses the general political climate in Washington D.C. as well as specific key legislative issues including sequestration, gun control, and biennial budgeting and appropriations.  A question-and-answer session follows. The public is invited to attend.

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11:17 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Datebook: March 26 - Leonard Nimoy Turns 82

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Happy birthday Leonard Nimoy! TV Guide named Spock from Star Trek among the 50 greatest TV characters of all time. Recently, The Space Foundation awarded Nimoy for creating a positive TV role model that inspired people to learn more about the universe. Live long and prosper.

It’s Tuesday, March 26

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive tomorrow afternoon from 1 to 6 at Calloway County Middle School.  Donors must be at least 18 years old, be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and pass brief physical and health history exams.  Make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or at redcrossblood.org.

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11:07 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Datebook: March 25 - Vaffeldagen (Waffle Day)

"Vaffeldagen," a great day to eat waffles in Sweden! It's also "Our Lady's Day," the Christian holiday traditionally known as the Feast of the Annunciation. In Swedish this is called "Warfrudagen," which in vernacular sounds like Vaffeldagen, hence the dual celebration. Pass the syrup!

It’s Monday, March 25

The Calloway County Public Library hosts an Easter Egg Hunt and picnic Wednesday morning at 10:30.  Children of all ages are invited to bring their Easter baskets and a blanket to enjoy a morning of egg hunting followed by a picnic lunch.  The free event takes place rain or shine.

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9:38 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Datebook: March 22 - Beatles Release First Album 50 Years Ago

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The Beatles released their first album in the UK on this day in 1963. "Please Please Me" featured the hit single of the same name, and "Love Me Do" among a dozen other songs. Rolling Stone placed the album as no. 39 on their "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list.

It’s Friday, March 22

The Murray Woman’s Club invites elementary, middle, and high school students to enter the 2013 Art Contest.  Categories include drawing, printmaking, collage, painting, fiber arts, sculpture, photography, and miscellaneous.  Entries should be delivered to the clubhouse on Tuesday between 3:30 and 4:30PM.  For more information, call 753-5452.

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10:31 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Datebook: March 21 - Alcatraz Closes 50 Years Ago

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"The Rock" closed on this day in 1963. The prison served as a military garrison during the Civil War, then became a military prison, and eventually a federal penitentiary housing some of the most notorious criminals in the country, like Al Capone, the Birdman (Robert Stroud), "Machine Gun" Kelly, "Whitey" Bulger, among others. No prisoner successfully escaped.

It’s Thursday, March 21

The Puppy Party offers 6- to 16-week-old puppies the opportunity to learn basic obedience skills and to socialize with other dogs.  Murray State University animal behavior students lead three sessions at Carmen Pavilion on Monday nights in April, beginning on the 15th.  The cost is $25.  To register, call the Humane Society of Calloway County at 759-1884.

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