9:36 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Datebook: June 17 - M.C. Escher Turns 115

Dutch artist M.C. Escher has been described as "the father of impossible figures." His mathematical paradoxes continue to influence the fields of science and art. Though having no formal training, Escher was considered a research mathematician, teaching himself the concepts as an aid to his artwork. And now, his work is a great teaching tool.

It's Monday, June 17

Murray State University is beginning a research project on the effects of an arthritis remedy for dogs. Dogs in the study receive free monthly bloodwork, physical exams, arthritic analysis, and a natural medication during the one month study in July. If you have a moderately arthritic dog that weighs between 35 and 70 pounds, call (502) 220-7070 to register.

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9:35 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Datebook: June 14 - Che Guevara Turns 85

Che was a major and contentious figure in the Cuban Revolution, and is considered a modern symbol of rebellion. He was active in overthrowing the Batista regime, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was assassinated by the CIA in 1967. TIME Magazine named him one of he most influential people of the 20th century.

It’s Friday, June 14

The “Love Your Neighbor” ministry at the Gospel Mission Worship Center in Paducah hosts a free food and clothing giveaway tomorrow at the church. Clothing items and food from their food pantry are given away between 11 and 2 at the church, located at 6905 Benton Road, across from Trader’s Mall. For more information, call 217-3470.

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10:39 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Datebook: June 13 - 1st Man-Made Object Leaves Solar System 30 Years Ago

Artist depiction of Pioneer 10 in deep space
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The Pioneer 10 was initially launched to study the environment around Jupiter and eventually... beyond. On this day in 1983, it crossed the orbit of Neptune, effectively leaving our solar system. It's last check-in was 2003, at 12 billion kilometers from Earth. It's en-route to the star Aldebaran, estimated arrival: two million years from now.

It’s Thursday, June 13

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area offers a full schedule of events this weekend in honor of its 50th Anniversary, including video presentations at the Golden Pond Visitor Center, Eagle Encounters at the Nature Station, a Conservation Canoe Trip, and more. See a complete listing of the weekend’s events at

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10:32 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Datebook: June 12 - Medgar Evers Assassinated 50 Years Ago

Today marks 50 years since civil rights activist Medgar Evers was gunned down in his driveway in Jackson, Mississippi by white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith. His murder and the subsequent trial sparked a cultural uproar and inspired national civil rights protests. Hear commentator Dr. Brian Clardy's remembrance

It’s Wednesday, June 12

The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts presents the Japanese Kimono Exhibit from the Claude Holeman Collection, on loan from the Dawson Springs Museum & Art Center. The exhibit is on display through July 21. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 to 4 and 3 hours prior to every performance at the Center. Admission is free.

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10:56 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Datebook: June 11 - Vince Lombardi Turns 100

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He never had a losing season as head coach in the NFL... Vince Lombardi was best known as coach of he Green Bay Packers in the 60s, where he led the team to five league championships and two Super Bowl wins. He died in 1970 and was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in '71.

It’s Tuesday, June 11

The first-ever Barking Lot Blues Jam is scheduled for Thursday evening from 6 to 9 in the parking lot of First Christian Church in Mayfield. The event features a dog contest with proceeds benefiting the Mayfield-Graves County Animal Shelter, plus blues music from the Pearl House Band, Reggie LaFaye, Clint Fisher, and others. For more information, call 247-2204.

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10:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Datebook: June 10 - Mars Spirit Rover Launches 10 Years Ago

The Spirit Rover's mission was to explore surface features and analyze rocks for 90 days, but it actually functioned 20 times longer than expected. In 2009, it became stuck in soil and its last communication was sent in 2010. Maybe someday we'll find it, dust it off, and power it back up.

It’s Monday, June 10

The Pennyroyal Area Museum hosts a presentation on American Woven Coverlets tomorrow afternoon from 1:30 to 3. Attendants are invited to bring their own antique coverlets and learn more about them from two textile experts. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call (270) 887-4270.

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12:07 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Datebook: June 7 - Gandhi's First Act of Civil Disobedience 120 Years Ago

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Gandhi spent his early career as a lawyer practicing in South Africa. He was subjected to racism and limited rights while there, but on this day he was thrown off a train after refusing to move from first-class. He protested and was later beaten. It was from this incident that he decided to spend his life fighting social injustice.

It’s Friday, June 7

Author Randall Jones speaks at Wrather West Kentucky Museum Monday afternoon at 4. He talks about his book “Marking the Trail of Daniel Boone.” The event, sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution, is free and open to the public.

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10:45 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Datebook: June 6 - First Drive-In Theater Opens 80 Years Ago


Richard M. Hollingshead Jr., a New Jersey chemical company magnate, got the idea from his mother who was allegedly too large to sit comfortably in a regular movie theater. He purchased a 40x50 ft. screen and two six-foot speakers and charged 25-cents per person. His ad read, "The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are."

It’s Thursday, June 6

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra has announced the first PSO Summer Music Camp for elementary, middle, and high school students, to be held June 17th through the 21st at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. The camp includes ear training, music theory, and masterclasses and concludes with a Summer Showcase. Register online at

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11:05 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Datebook: June 4 - Montgolfier Bros. Demonstrate the Hot Air Balloon 230 Years Ago

Long before the Wright Brothers, two French siblings Joseph-Michel and Jaques-Etienne Montgolfier were experimenting with early flight. On this day, they demonstrated their hot air balloon for the first time, keeping it in the air for 10 minutes. A few months later, they'd record the first manned flight.

It’s Tuesday, June 4

The Humane Society of Calloway County offers $10 microchipping at two upcoming Rabies Clinics, to be held tomorrow and Thursday from 7-8PM at the Murray Health Department. For a complete schedule of other clinics offering rabies vaccinations only, visit

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10:38 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Datebook: June 3 - Zoot Suit Riots 70 Years Ago

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Long before the swing revival song, the Zoot Suit Riots were a series of racial clashes during WWII primarily in Los Angeles, between US sailors and Latino youths. The suits were thought by sailors too lavish during wartime. These riots were influential to activists including Louis Valdez, Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, Cesar Chavez, and Malcom X. Read more on PBS.

It’s Monday, June 3

The Purchase Area Master Gardeners Association and the McCracken County Extension Service present a workshop on "Hydrangeas" as part of the Tool Box Series at the McCracken County Extension Office. The session is tomorrow evening at 5. Phyllis Petcoff leads the class. For more information, call 554-9520.

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