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11:04 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Datebook: August 30 - Thurgood Marshall Becomes Supreme Court Justice 45 Years Ago

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Thurgood Marshall made history on this day in 1967, as the first African American Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He gained fame for the victory of Brown v. Board of Education, and argued more cases before the US Supreme Court than anyone else in history. "What is the quality of your intent?" - Thurgood Marshall

It’s Thursday, August 30

Fern Fest celebrates music in Marshall County on Saturday from 4 to 9 at Calvert City’s Memorial Park.  The free event features music from the Marshall County High School Marching Band, the Paducah Jazz Orchestra, and others.

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2:54 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Datebook: August 29 - The Beatles Play Candlestick Park 46 Years Ago

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On August 29, 1966, Beatles fans packed Candlestick Park in San Francisco for what would be their last live concert. Afterward, they embraced an experimental approach to their music, recording first Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The final performance concluded four years of touring over 1,400 concerts. I guess all they needed... was love.

It’s Wednesday, August 29

Land Between the Lakes hosts a Full Moon Canoe Trip on Friday from 7 to 9:30 PM, weather permitting.  The cost is $25 per canoe; reservations and full deposits are required.  Call (270) 924-2020 to reserve your space and learn the meeting location. 

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9:24 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Datebook: August 28 - Tolstoy's Birthday

Leo Tolstoy turns 184 today! He was a Russian writer most famous for War and Peace and Anna Karenina - considered two of the greatest novels of all time. His writing is complicated and paradoxical, inciting moral and social reform in a time of spiritual awakening in Russia. Speed-reader Howard Berg can read War and Peace in 15 minutes. I can read it in 14.

It’s Tuesday, August 28

Saturday is the deadline to register for the Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp, open to stroke survivors, caregivers, and family members.  The camp offers educational sessions, and activities tailored to the challenges stroke survivors face. The camp runs September 21 through the 23 at Lake Barkley State Resort Park.  Find more information at strokecamp.org.

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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 murraystate.edu/artgallery.

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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 mclib.net.

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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 paducahsymphony.org.

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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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