Datebook

Murray Main Street holds a Trivia Night on Friday, February 19, at the Murray Banquet Center. Doors open at 6 p.m., and play begins at 6:30 p.m. The format is teams of eight competing in seven rounds of ten questions, with cash prizes and door prizes awarded. Dinner is included, and a cash bar will be available. 

West Kentucky Community and Technical College holds a panel discussion titled “Real-life Reflections of the River” Tuesday night at 6:30 in the college’s Matheson Library. Panelists include Kat Russell, Hawkins Teague, DeWayne Visser, and Eli Stewart. The discussion is based on the WKCTC One Book Read of “Saints at the River” by Ron Rash. The event is free and open to the public. 

Market House Theatre holds Comedy Club, an alternative Saturday night entertainment for grades 6 through 12. Area teens participate in sketch comedy, fast-paced games, and think-on-your-feet situations. The first event is this Saturday night from 7:30 to 10 at the Studio Theatre. Pre-registration is required. 

The American Red Cross has announced an urgent need for blood and platelet donations. There’s a blood drive this Friday afternoon from 1:30 to 6:30 in the Murray Middle School gym. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in general good health. More information at redcrossblood.org

West Kentucky Community and Technical College holds the Kentucky Crafts Beverage Conference this Thursday night from 6 to 9 in Crounse Hall. The conference is free and open to the public and features information on opening a brewery and the production of hops within the region. 

Adam Day gives a poetry reading this Thursday night at 7:30 at the Clara M. Eagle Gallery, located on the sixth floor of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building of Murray State University. Day is the author of Model of a City in Civil War and is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. 

The 14th Annual Mardi Gras & All That Jazz event benefiting the Lourdes Foundation is set for Tuesday, February 9, from 6-9 p.m. at the Julian Carroll Convention Center in downtown Paducah. The event includes food and drink from the region's restaurants, entertainment by Lew Jetton & 61 South, and a live auction of artwork by Bill Ford. Reservations are available at the Lourdes website.

Warming centers are available in McCracken County for individuals and families without shelter. The Paducah Community Kitchen is open 24/7 when temperatures are below 20 degrees, or from 5:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. when temperatures are 40 degrees or lower. The Paducah Community Kitchen is located at 1237 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Dinner and breakfast are available.

Warming centers are available in Calloway County for individuals and families without shelter. An overnight center is available from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, located at 1620 West Main Street. A daytime center is available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Murray Family Church, located at 411 Maple Street. The Calloway County Public Library and Murray-Calloway County Hospital are also available.

The McCracken County Cooperative Extension Service hosts a program on communicating with people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6. The program is designed for family caregivers. Learn communication strategies for each stage of the disease. Pre-registration is required.

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