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A Paducah Cooperative Ministry project is underway to provide housing to homeless women and children. A village consisting of six units is expected to open this Fall. 

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A vacant lot on South Second Street in downtown Paducah is being converted into a "pocket park" for local art.

A pocket park is a small space for public gatherings and Paducah city planner Steve Ervin calls it the perfect revitalization effort for a municipal space now used mostly for refuse collection.

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Market House Theatre in Paducah is extending its run of Mary Poppins due to popular demand. Executive Director Michael Cochran says it ties a record for the longest running show and largest attendance in the theatre's history. He speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the production, about the special fly system and how to get one of the few remaining tickets.

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Note: There was an opening reception last weekend like the flyer mentions. They also hold two more showings this weekend.

Paducah's Wastelanders have been active since the early 1960s, before the artist influx that made Paducah a UNESCO city for the arts. This group celebrates the Summer Solstice with a show this weekend in the historic Joe's Market at 10th and Park Ave. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Juanita Gilliam about the exhibit, who says there's something for everyone.

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If your life flashed before your eyes, what would you see or contemplate? Maybe the last time you'd seen a certain loved one or perhaps undone items on your bucket list? Not so for a young man in Paducah. He has a passion for brewing beer. And that was the only thing on his mind after surviving a terrible car accident that left him unconscious for weeks.

Bryan Canavan, affectionately introduced himself as a boy from Vermont, “I lived there for 14 years, which I think statistically there are still more cows in that state than people.”

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Next Thursday, June 18, Paducah Main Street hosts a new community event to introduce the artists that make up this UNESCO designated arts city. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Melinda Winchester about "Meet the Artists," who reminds us that "people come to Paducah from all over the world to see our art, meet our artists and see we what we have here." She talks about how Paducah got the designation and gives a preview of the artists you'll see at this free event at the restored historic Coca Cola plant.

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Paducah Parks Services kicked off their summer concert series last summer. This summer they've turned it up a notch with more performances, partnering with local and nationwide musicians Thursday evenings from 6 to 8:30 downtown on the Wilson Stage on the Ohio River. Tonight features western Kentucky collective The Drunken Poets and Oklahoma native Parker Millsap, who NPR says is "an emerging voice of Americana." On Sounds Good, Chad Lampe speaks with special events coordinator Molly Tomasallo about the series.

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John T. Scopes was born and raised in Paducah and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. A school teacher, Scopes garnered national recognition as the defendant in the famous "Monkey Trial" in Dayton, Tennessee, for teaching evolution and popularizing the conversation regarding Darwin's theory of evolution. WKMS News Producer and local Morning Edition host Todd Hatton joins Tracy Ross on Sounds Good to talk about his "Evenings Upstairs" presentation about Scopes this Thursday at McCracken County Public Library.

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The Paducah Parks Services free summer RIVERfront Concert Series kicks off tonight (May 28) with Louisville group Harpeth Rising and local group The Wheelhouse Rousters. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Jordana Greenberg, lead singer and violinist of Harpeth Rising, about their new album, their move to Louisville and their performance tonight on the river in Paducah.

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McCracken County Public Library gets ready to kick off their summer reading program this June and July, for three age groups: children, teens and adults, with grand prizes including an iPad, Chrome Book, Kindle Fire and more. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with the library's youth services manager Linda Bartley and adult services manager Sara McGowan about the challenges and encouraging literacy.

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