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The Friends of the Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library hold the first installment of the community-wide Brown Bag Book Club tomorrow from noon to 1 at the library. The guest speaker is author Phillip Van Hooser. The event is free and open to the public. 

The 104th Make a Difference Day is tomorrow from 9 to 1 at Murray State’s Roy Stewart Stadium. Items collected include paper, cardboard, eyeglasses, aluminum cans, cell phones, ink jet cartridges, clothes, shoes, prescription drugs, glass, motor oil, books, sports gear, wheelchairs, walkers, and e-scrap. 

Market House Theatre hosts a new trimester of Footlights beginning this Saturday. The four youth acting troupes for pre-K through 12th grade meet on Saturday mornings for 60-minute sessions to expand performance and interpersonal skills. There are also two tech classes focusing on scenic design, model making, scenic painting, sound, and lighting for grades 6-12. Pre-registration is required. 

The Murray State University MFA Program presents a reading by poet Mark Jarman this Saturday night at 7:30 in the Clara Eagle Gallery, located on the sixth floor of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building. Jarman taught at Murray from 1980 to 1983 and is presently Centennial Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. His honors include a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry as well as numerous awards. A book signing and reception follows the reading. 

The Friends of the Calloway County Public Library hold a book sale this Friday and Saturday from 9 to 4 at the library. There’s also an early bird sale for Friends of the Library members Thursday night from 5 to 7. The sale features a variety of hardback and paperback books including fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, young adult books, and more. 

Land Between the Lakes offers an Eagle Viewing Van Tour on Saturday, January 9, from 1 to 4:30. The van tour visits eagle-viewing hotspots, where naturalists help visitors spot eagles and other wildlife, as well as zoom in with spotting scopes for a closer look. Registration is limited, with reservations and full deposits required. Dress for the weather. 

The Paducah Wastelanders hold their 9th Annual New Year’s Eve Art Exhibition and Celebration tonight from 6 to 9 at the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah. The event includes live music and refreshments. Following the opening reception, the show is on display January 2nd and January 5th through the 9th from 10 to 5 daily. 

The Aaron McNeil House is a crisis relief center located at 604 East 2nd Street in Hopkinsville. The center assists the working poor of Christian County and seeks donations of hot or cold cereal, canned veggies, boxed meals, ramen noodles, dried milk, dried pasta, rice, beans, canned fruit, and toiletries. Volunteer opportunities are also available. 

The Paducah Wastelanders hold their 9th Annual New Year’s Eve Art Exhibition and Celebration Thursday night from 6 to 9 at the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah. The event includes live music and refreshments. 

River City Mission is a homeless shelter in Paducah capable of housing over fifty men and nine married families. Volunteer opportunities are available, and donations of food, clothing, and household items are needed. More information at rivercitymission.org

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