Information about the Affordable Health Care Act is available tomorrow from 10 to 2 at the McCracken County Cooperative Extension Service, 2705 Olivet Church Road in Paducah. Anyone who wants to learn more about the options offered, get questions answered, or sign up is invited to attend.
Murray Middle School and Murray High School choirs present a Fall Choral Concert tomorrow night at 7 in the Murray Middle School Auditorium. The concert features folk songs, spirituals, and popular tunes. The choirs are under the direction of Laynie Alba Mitchell. The public is invited to attend.
There’s an Empty Bowls Project painting party Saturday from 10 to 1 at the Trace Creek Baptist Church Family Life Center in Mayfield. The cost is $8 to paint a bowl. The Empty Bowls Project raises money for the Mayfield-Graves County Food Pantry. For more information, call Claudia Heath at 270-705-6062.
The loveable blue creatures first appeared in the Spirou comics magazine on this day in 1958. Belgian cartoonist Peyo came up with the word "Schtroumpf" while eating with a colleague and couldn't remember the word for salt. Pass the schtroumpf please!
On this day in 1883, The Metropolitan Opera House opened with a performance of Charles Gounod's Faust, starring Christina Nilsson. It was a major success, with some of its first subscribers including members of the Morgan, Roosevelt, and Vanderbilt families. Today The Met has an annual budget of $325 million.
Around 7:12 pm on this day in 1978, Frederick Valentich flew a small plane over the Bass Strait in Australia. Before losing contact with air traffic control, he reported that a strange aircraft began hovering over him. Valentich and his plane have never been found.
The modern necktie might be traced back to the Thirty Years' War when Croatian mercenaries were seen wearing small neckerchiefs, which interested Parisians. Thus, the world "cravat" emerged, and so did the fashionable garment. Have a dapper day!
Surpassing the Petronas Towers, Taiwan's Taipei 101 was the tallest building until the Burj Khalifa was completed in Dubai in 2010. The building has 101 stories, and tops out at 1,669.9 feet. The project cost $1.8 billion and the 101 is LEED Platinum certified for energy efficiency.
Walt and Roy Disney sign a contract to produce the series "Alice Comedies," based on Alice in Wonderland, on this day in 1923, under the name Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, founding the company. Coincidentally, Marie Antoinette got the guillotine on this day 220 years ago... Off with her head!
The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley played a small role in the Civil War, but was significant in naval warfare as the first to sink a ship. On this day, however, it sank in a training exercise, killing its inventor Horace Hunley. Its wreck was found off the coast of South Carolina in the 1970s, valued at $40 million.
It’s Tuesday, Oct. 15
There’s a regular monthly meeting of the Pennyrile Grandparent Support Group tomorrow morning at 10 at the Pennyrile Area Development District Office in Hopkinsville. For more information, contact Miranda Hunt at 270-886-9484.