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The 7th Annual Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics is this Saturday at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. This year’s event also includes a Polar 5K race through the park. Race registration starts at 7:30 and the race is at 9. Opening ceremonies for the Polar Plunge start at 10:45, and the plunge begins at 11:30. More details available online

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive tomorrow afternoon from 12:30 to 5:30 at the Ballard County Cooperative Extension Office. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in general good health. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

The Murray State University department of music presents a recital by the MSU voice faculty this Thursday evening at 6 in the Performing Arts Hall of the Old Fine Arts Building. The recital features musical theater selections such as "My Funny Valentine," "Send in the Clowns," "If Ever I Would Leave You," and others. 

The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts presents “Charlotte Dupuy: Suing for Freedom” tomorrow morning at 11. Dupuy was an enslaved African American woman who sued her owner for her freedom and the freedom of her children. The presenter is Elizabeth Lawson. There’s no charge for admission.

The Murray State University department of music announces two upcoming recitals that are free and open to the community. Tonight at 6, there’s a piano trio recital featuring works by Arensky and Beethoven. And on Sunday there’s a Valentine’s Day recital by the MSU voice faculty at 3:30, featuring musical theatre selections such as “My Funny Valentine,” “Send in the Clowns,” “If Ever I Would Leave You,” and more. Both recitals are in the Performing Arts Hall of the Old Fine Arts Building. 

The Murray Art Guild offers a group drumming class this Saturday morning at 10. The hour-long drop-in class requires no previous experience, and instruments are provided. 

There’s a Regional Entrepreneur Conference on Wednesday, March 9, from 9 to 4 at Hopkinsville Community College. The keynote speaker is the founder of Gigi’s Cupcakes, and the conference features breakout sessions on business model, blogging, identity theft, disaster preparedness, and Quickbooks. The event is free, and lunch is provided. Preregistration is required. 

In honor of Black History Month, author Ted Franklin Belue speaks on "Black Indians and Black Mountain Men on the Frontier: Restoring a Vanishing Legacy" this Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the Calloway County Public Library. Belue is a professor in the Murray State University department of history. The program is free and open to the public. 

Today’s the deadline for artists to submit work for inclusion in the Kentucky Arts Council’s “This is 50” visual art exhibit. The exhibit celebrates the arts council’s 50th anniversary and is displayed during Kentucky Crafted: The Market. Each artist can submit up to two entries. More information on the Kentucky Arts Council website

The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County host “Edgar Cayce 101” tomorrow from 10:30 to noon at the Pennyroyal Area Museum. The event features a discussion about Cayce’s readings on diet and exercise, healing, and prayer and meditation. The event is free and open to the public. 

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