Santa Claus visits Paducah starting Saturday to find out if local children have been naughty or nice and to listen to Christmas wishes. Children can meet Santa at his house located at the corner of 2nd and Broadway. There’s no charge; bring cameras. Santa’s at his house Fridays from 4 to 7; Saturdays from 10 to 5, and Sundays from 1 to 4 through December 22.
The Carson Center in Paducah presents An Evening with Michael Bolton Friday night at 7:15. The Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter performs live at the Carson Center, including a set of Christmas and holiday songs as well as a variety of hits from his career. For tickets or more information visit thecarsoncenter.org.
The 9th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is Thanksgiving Day at the Murray Banquet Center, located at 926 South 12th Street in the Bel Air Shopping Center. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner is served from 11:30 to 1. A brief nondenominational worship service is at 11 for anyone who would like to attend. To volunteer or make a donation, call 270-293-9490.
Maiden Alley Cinema presents "Junction" tomorrow night at 7. Producer and actor Summer Crockett Moore will be attending the screening. Four strangers in an idyllic upscale neighborhood make a choice that sets in motion a series of events that change lives forever. For more information, visit maidenalleycinema.com.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program is accepting applications. The program provides free education and training to eligible young people ages 16 through 24 to help them start a career, earn a high school diploma or equivalent, and find and keep a good job. For more information about the Job Corps program or to contact a center, call 800-733-JOBS.
Donations are being collected for the community of Brookport, Illinois, at the Paducah Fire Department Station 1, Mercy Regional EMS Station 1, and Lone Oak Fire Department Station 1 from 9 to 5 daily. Items needed include hygiene products, rakes, shovels, brooms, cleaning supplies, household items, nonperishable food, cold weather clothing, and pet supplies. No monetary donations are being accepted at this time.
Hopkinsville organist Stephen Wiggin performs Thursday at noon at Grace Episcopal Church in Hopkinsville. The 15-minute performance is the last of the season’s Music at Midday series. The free program includes music by Samuel Barber, Johannes Brahms, and Dietrich Buxtehude.
The Pennyrile Area Agency on Independent Living, partnering with AARP, provides a Fall Forum Thursday morning at 10 at the Christian County Senior Center. Topics of discussion include Medicare & Social Security, the 2014 State Legislative Session, and Medicaid Expansion. For more information, contact Jill Collins at 270-886-9484.
The Pearl of the Purchase Half Marathon and 5K run are tomorrow morning at Graves County High School. Registration starts at 8, and the races start at 9. The cost for the half marathon is $50, and the 5K is $30. For more information, call 270-252-4558 or 270-705-9326.
Baskhaus radio group celebrates its official launch tomorrow night at 7 at Holmes Restaurant, located on Hwy. 641 North in Murray. The independent storytelling radio group hosts the event, which features interactive art projects, an interview corner, and other audio games. The public is invited to attend. For more information, visit facebook.com/baskhaus.