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Paducah holds its annual Emancipation Celebration Parade this Saturday morning at 11. The parade starts at Washington Street, travels along Walter Jetton Boulevard, and finishes at Robert Coleman Park, where festivities and vendors are set up throughout the afternoon. The theme for this year’s celebration is Paducah’s Black History – Sports and Entertainment. 

The Hotel Metropolitan in Paducah hosts a fish fry this Friday starting at 11 a.m. The menu features fish, white beans, slaw, cornbread, and homemade chow-chow. The Wheelhouse Rousters perform live music from 5 to 6:30. Orders can be called in at (270) 994-1783. 

As part of the McCracken County Master Gardeners’ Toolbox Series, beekeeper Jim Gould presents a program on the importance of honeybees as a pollinator of food crops. He also speaks on how to become a beekeeper. The presentation is tomorrow night at 5 at the McCracken County Cooperative Extension Office. Admission is free and open to all. 

The Hopkins County Sheriff's Office continues its pet food drive benefiting the Hopkins County Humane Society. Drop off unopened bags or cans of cat or dog food Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through August 14. 

The annual international juried photography exhibit “Art Through the Lens” remains on display through Saturday at the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah. Admission to the exhibit is free. The Yeiser is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5 and Sunday from noon to 4. For more information, visit theyeiser.org

As part of the Jackson Purchase Foundation's Summer Conservation Series, the Murray State University Expo Center hosts a free Healthy Soils workshop and Backyard Conservation workshop this Friday from 9 to noon. Learn how to make the soils in your yard healthy and fertilize correctly to prevent pollution. Pre-register at jpf.org

Starting Friday, the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center hosts an exhibit titled “Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812.” The Tennessee State Museum Traveling Exhibit is on display at the Heritage Center through September 12. There’s a grand opening reception this Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4. Admission is free.

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive tomorrow and Wednesday from 11 to 3 at the Murray Wal-Mart. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in general good health. To schedule an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org

As part of the Jackson Purchase Foundation's Summer Conservation Series, the Murray State University Expo Center hosts a free Healthy Soils workshop and Backyard Conservation workshop next Friday from 9 to noon. Learn how to make the soils in your yard healthy and fertilize correctly to prevent pollution. Pre-register at jpf.org

The 67th Annual Dawson Springs BBQ is tomorrow downtown on the square. BBQ plates are available at the Community Center from 11 to 6. A street fair starts at 6 with performances by Bluegrass Revival and comedian/songwriter Pete Stamper. For more information, visit dawsonspringsky.com

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