1:09 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Datebook: August 27 - Mariner 2 Goes to Venus 50 Years Ago

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Though our curiosity has recently turned to Mars, NASA launched a probe to Venus on this day in 1962. Mariner 2 was the first space probe to conduct a successful planetary encounter. Though no cameras were on board (too cloudy), it collected important details on Venus' atmosphere. Mariner 2 now floats in space, defunct, pondering the meaning of its brief existence.

It’s Monday, August 27

Paducah’s Market House Theatre holds auditions for the Roald Dahl musical Willy Wonka Jr.  Actors between the ages of 8 and 18 may audition tonight and tomorrow night beginning at 5 in the Studio Theatre classroom, located at 120 Market House Square.  For more information, call (270) 444-6828.

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10:39 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Datebook: August 24 - Pluto Gets Demoted 6 Years Ago

Poor Pluto... On this day in 2006, the International Astronomical Union redefined the term "planet." Under the new rules, Pluto is now considered a Dwarf Planet. But we love it just the same.

It’s Friday, August 24

The Murray Band Boosters Fall Pancake Breakfast is tomorrow morning from 7:30 to 10:30 at the MurrayMiddle School cafeteria.  A $5 ticket buys all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, and a drink.  Proceeds help with instrument repairs, equipment, transportation, and other band expenses. 

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9:32 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Datebook: August 23 - Gene Kelly Turns 100

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Gene Kelly was a dancer and singer best known for Singin' in the Rain and An American in Paris. In the 1940s and 50s, he transformed Hollywood musicals and brought ballet to the big screen. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Kelly the 15th Greatest Male Star of All Time. We'll dance to that!

It’s Thursday, August 23

Tomorrow night offers three art exhibit receptions on the Murray State University campus.  Artwork by Benjamin Rogers, David Carpenter, and Esther Randall is displayed in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery, and artwork by Cody Arnall is displayed in the Curris Center Gallery.  The receptions are from 6 to 8 in both locations.  Learn more at

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2:01 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Datebook: August 22 - Teddy Roosevelt Rides in a Car 110 Years Ago

On this day 110 years ago, Teddy Roosevelt became the first US President to ride in an automobile. It was a Columbia Electric Victoria Phaeton, a choice ride. Coincidentally, the Cadillac Motor Company was founded on the same day. If only they had opened a day earlier...

It’s Wednesday, August 22

Jack Johnston tells the story of the McCracken County Disaster Emergency Service Rescue Squad tomorrow evening at 7 at the McCracken County Public Library.  Learn about the changing face of the volunteer organization and its purpose.  See details at

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1:34 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Datebook: August 21 - Joe Strummer Turns 60

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Joe Strummer (1952-2002) was an iconic figure in the British punk movement, and co-founder, guitarist, and vocalist for The Clash. He died of a heart defect in 2002. Shortly after his death, The Clash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Blast some "London Calling" today, as tribute.

It’s Tuesday, August 21

Young musicians are invited to audition for the 2012-2013 Paducah Symphony youth string programs.  Doug Van Fleet leads the Paducah Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Patty Story leads a new preparatory string ensemble called Sinfonia.  For audition requirements and dates, visit

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11:26 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Datebook: August 20 - Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture Debuts 130 Years Ago

The 1812 Overture composed by Tchaikovsky rocked the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow on this day in 1882. It's best known for the climactic volley of cannon fire, ringing chimes, and brass fanfare finale. It's also a great song to set your alarm clock to play.

It’s Monday, August 20

Footlights, Market House Theatre’s youth acting troupe, starts a new trimester of classes on Saturday.  Kids in grades 1 through 12 meet weekly to receive instruction in acting, theater games, and improvisation, and also produce an annual play.  The fee is $50 per trimester.  Register by calling (270) 444-6828.

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10:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Datebook: August 16 - First Cartoon in Color Released 82 Years Ago

Fiddlesticks was the first animated sound cartoon filmed in color (two-tone technicolor) and it was released on this day in 1930, with no fiddlesticks at all! Even though it's largely lost in history, we could still learn a thing or two from Flip the Frog. Watch the film!

It’s Thursday, August 16

Madisonville Community College offers a Back To School Bash Saturday from 4 to 10PM.  Six bands perform in front of the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts.  There is no charge for the family-friendly event.

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11:41 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Datebook: August 15 - Julia Child Turns 100

Julia Child turns 100!  Child brought French cuisine to the American public with her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her TV show The French Chef. Here's a great conversation about her on today's Diane Rehm Show. Bon Appetit!

It’s Wednesday, August 15

The Yeiser Art Center in Paducah presents “A Feeble Armada,” an exhibit by Southern Indiana artist Rob Millard-Mendez.  Eleven boat sculptures are constructed from both traditional materials and more playful elements such as mousetraps, dice, and coins. The exhibit opens with a reception Saturday night from 5 to 7, and is then on display during regular museum hours through September 22.  See more

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9:30 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Datebook: August 14 - Gary Larson Turns 62, Steve Martin Turns 67

We love 'em both! Almost everyone at some point has had (or wanted)  a Far Side calendar designed by one Gary Larson, and we've all laughed at Steve Martin's absurdist charm. Martin once said, "What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them  puke."

It’s Tuesday, August 14

The Special Olympics holds bowling signups Thursday at 6PM at the Murray Central Park Courthouse Pavilion. New athletes ages 8 to adult, peers who partner with an athlete in competition, and volunteers are welcome. Activities will also include games and food. Sign up to bring a dessert or side dish, if possible. RSVP to 293-9054.

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11:56 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Datebook: August 13 - King Louis XVI Declared an Enemy of the People 220 Years Ago

Louis the 16th had the misfortune of being king around the time the French had enough of absolute monarchy. His assistance in the American Revolution and a series of domestic reforms led France into a financial crisis which erupted into the French Revolution. As a result, Louis was arrested and executed by guillotine - the only French king ever to be executed.

It’s Monday, August 13

The Humane Society of Calloway County is currently accepting submissions for the 2013 Pet Calendar.  Twelve photos are selected for special “Pet of the Month” placement, but every photo submitted appears on a date square.  The cost is a $25 donation for the first photo and $10 for each additional photo.  The deadline is August 31.  Call 759-1884 or drop by the Humane Society office for more information.

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