What to Do? Go Trick or Treating on Jefferson
By Ro Morse
PADUCAH, KY - For the next 245 days, we'll be sharing places to go and things to do in our interesting town. This is my hometown and when I hear someone say there's nothing to do, I just don't get it. We're making a list of options and attractions and hope this helps when you're wondering what to do. If there's something or some place you want others in our community to know about, email me email@example.com
and we'll try to include it during this 365-day adventure . . .
Link to the previous JULY, AUGUST and SEPTEMBER postings at bottom of page.
#120 Thousands of trick or treaters are expected to be going door-to-door on Jefferson tonight, collecting candy and goodies as they brave ghosts, witches, graveyards and very scary sounds.
Tonight, during Halloween trick-or-treating, Jefferson Street will be closed between 9th and 9th Streets from 5 to 9 pm. This is a popular neighborhood for Halloween trick-or-treaters with approximately 2000 people expected. The City of Paducah is closing the street for the safety of the pedestrians. For families who would like to take part in the Jefferson Street Halloween activities and need a place to park, Four Rivers Church at 1225 Jefferson has offered the use of its parking lot during the trick-or-treating.
#117 A free movie will be shown this afternoon in Traders Mall, 6900 Benton Rd. That's off I-24 at Exit 16.
Traders Mall Family Theater will provide a free current movie in their 650 seat air-conditioned/heated theater this afternoon at 2. Concessions are available. For more details, call 270-898-3144.
#116 Lantern Tours in Oak Grove Cemetery tonight at 7, 7:30 and 8 pm are hosted by Market House Theatre. Stroll with your guide in the cool night air down the moonlit paths of Oak Grove Cemetery, pausing to hear stories of triumph and tragedy told by the famous and infamous who dwell there. Tours depart from the cemetery office located at 1613 Park Avenue. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 6 – 12. Wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Only heavy, driving rain cancels tours. Additional information, including details about reservations, is available at http://mhtplay.com/oak-grove-cemetery-tours
Zombie Walk: The 4th annual downtown Zombie Walk is also tonight starting at 5:30 pm. Participants are asked to bring a canned food item or cash donation to benefit Family Service Society. Those intending "walk" will meet at 9th and Broadway and walk along the sidewalks to Maiden Alley Cinema. Drivers please use caution, and watch for zombies.
Fall Festival at Heartland Worship Center across for the WKCTC is going on from 4-7 pm.
#115 The 4th Annual Halloween Black Light Museum Tour is a creative hour of seeing quilts under black lights.
The National Quilt Museum, 215 Jefferson St. turns the lights off and the black lights on starting at 5:15 pm. For a contribution of $5 to the museum, you'll see the quilts in a different light, never knowing what's going to pop out when viewing the quilts like this. Who knows what you’ll see. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes. Treats are provided. Reservations are recommended. Call 270-442-8856.
#114 Paducah School of Art National Ceramics Invitational starts today at the Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery at WKCTC.
The exhibit is a collection of contemporary ceramic works by extraordinary artists from across the country. The primary pieces are works with clay. Exhibits will be for view thru Thursday, November 15.
#113 This afternoon at KY Oaks Mall, Captain McFinn reminds our children to be nice-not to be a bully.
October has been designated National Anti-Bully Awareness Month. Today from 1-5 pm, at KY Oaks Mall, 5101 Hinkleville Rd., Captain McFinn, the hero for kindness will be part of the programs teaching kids to be nice to each other. The purpose of the programs is to teach the youngsters to reject bullying behavior and these aren’t just lessons for the classroom. Be a Buddy, Not a Bully, designed to enrich the lives of young children, will be holding events in Paducah and at other malls owned by the Cafaro organization. http://captainmcfinn.com
#112 Support the Paducah Symphony Orchestra this evening at Purple Toad Winery with a dinner prepared by the Buzzard Brothers, live music by Lew Jetton & 61 South, and wine tasiting.
Starting at 5:30 pm, the sounds of the blues and smoke from the Buzzard's grill will fill the air in preparation for dinner and wine tasting. At 6:30 dinner is served. The menu includes grilled chicken, baked potato, salad and dessert - all for only $25.
There are a few tickets left. Last year it was a sell out and is looking like this year will be the same. Today's beautiful weather tops off what promises to be a fun-filled casual evening under the stars at Purple Toad Winery, 4275 Old Highway 45 in Lone Oak. The winery will have samples of its wine to taste and you can purchase bottles, if you wish.
For more info, call the Paducah Symphony Orchestra office 270-444-0065
#111 How cool to learn to do machine applique at our National Quilt Museum-tonight is the second class for adult beginners.
Karen Allen is teaching this class and I'm taking it from 5:30-8:30 pm. Using pieces of fabric my new daughter-in-law chose for table runners from their recent wedding, it will be interesting to see what we come up with. I'll share the finished product in a few weeks. What an opportunity we have right here in our own town to learn all types of techniques from some of the best in the field of creative quiliting. During this 5-week class we will finish a small quilt or wall hanging. It's a holiday inspired machine applique project, "Cardinal with Holly," a design by Kathy Boudreau, Katrina Designs. Sewing machines are provided for students' use. Email Becky Glasby, Director of Education or call her at 270-442-8856. There may still be an opening...or find out what other quilting opportunities they offer.
#110 Paducah has a few places to go to actually enjoy a hay ride and other outdoor fall activities. Here's a suggestion for today!
Wurth Farms on South Friendship Road is open today from noon until 4. It's one of the places to go for a family hayride and beautiful and fun afternoon in some pretty perfect fall weather. Today this is what to expect when you arrive at Wurth Farms:
•Hayrides 1 -4 pm
Pumpkin Patch Tours can be scheduled in advance for groups of 20 or more. The tour begins at the Pumpkin Dispatch, with a hayride to the pumpkin patch where the children are encouraged to walk through and look at all the pumpkins and vines. We’ll talk briefly about how we grow pumpkins on the farm and each child will be given their own pumpkin seeds to grow next year. Then we will hop on the wagons for our return trip to the Pumpkin Dispatch. Refreshments will be served to the children (cookies and apple cider) while in Pumpkin Dispatch. Each child will receive a coloring book and a “munchkin pumpkin” (approximately 2-4” in diameter).
Tours run weekdays throughout October and last approximately 1 ½ hours depending on the number attending. They will need an accurate number that will be attending (parents and teachers included), so that they will be prepared and avoid unnecessary waits for the children. Tours are welcome to bring lunches to eat while at the farm. However, you MUST NOTIFY them at the time you schedule the tour that you would like to eat lunch so that we can reserve the picnic area for your group. As we all know the weather isn’t always cooperative. Please be sure that the children dress appropriately, as this is an outdoor event. Tours will not be rescheduled if there is a rain out.
To allow the children to have the most enjoyable time, Wurth Farms must be prepared for them. So if you plan on eating lunch, or bringing more than you scheduled, please call ahead. They will be glad to work with your group in any way, but they must know prior to your arrival if you would like to do something different. For more info or to schedule a tour, call Lisa at 270-554-1403, at your earliest convenience, as they fill up fast!
#109 Oktoberfest in Maiden Alley today is a Celebration & Polka Party from 11 am - 5 pm.
MAC is partnering with Schlafly Beer and Laura Duff's Pampered Palate to create a night of pairing its favorite beer with its favorite German food. A four course meal will be provided with a taste of four Schlafly favorites (Pale Ale, Kolsch, Oktoberfest & Grand Cru). Tickets are $36 per person with a $2 donation going to Maiden Alley Cinema. To buy tickets: https://secure.acceptiva.com/page_error.phtml Maiden Alley is closed to traffic between 11 am and 5 pm.
Also, families are invited to come out to Lang Park for the Fountain Avenue Fall Festival from 5-8 pm to enjoy games, free food, hay rides, costume contests, and the movie “How to Train Your Dragon” at dusk.
#108 Join the Concord community at the Pirates Bash with the Cruisers playing on the lawn and lots of games and great food.
The annual fall festival at Concord Elementary School is packed with fun for the whole family. From 5-8 pm, activities on the drive-way and front lawn will draw hundreds of students, parents and friends to celebrate fall and support the school.
Downtown Walking Ghost Tours will start at dark. Market House Theatre is hosting the spooky ghost story telling tours tonight, 6:30-10 pm. This fundraising event takes place on the sidewalks along Jefferson Street, Kentucky Avenue, Second Street, Water Street, and the floodwall. For more information, contact the Market House Theatre.
#107 This year's event is held today at the Paducah Expo Center from 2-7 pm.
The Chamber’s Trade Show is always its largest networking event of the year. Over 500 attendees come to learn about the newest products and services offered in the Greater Paducah region. The Trade Show gives exhibiting businesses the opportunity to reach hundreds of customers in a short amount of time.
The Trade Show can set your course for the coming year with advertising and marketing opportunities for your business and a tune-up for your sales team. All businesses have been invited to participate in the Chamber’s Trade Show.
This is today's schedule:
12:30 pm - "How to get a big contract from a big company” sponsored by EntrePaducah.
2 pm - Ribbon Cutting & Trade Show doors open (Networking BINGO game for door prizes)
4 pm - New Member Reception
5 pm - Mix & Mingle event starts
7 pm - Trade Show concludes
The presenting sponsor for this year’s show is Anchor Trailways, who will feature a VIP charter bus on display. Row sponsors are Dialog Telecommunications, Atmos Energy, Rene’ Advertising Specialties, Inc. and Kalleo Technologies.
For more information on the Chamber’s Trade Show, contact the Paducah Chamber at 270-443-1746 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.paducahchamber.org
#106 Drive the streets of Paducah and see fabulous fall foliage as our trees are at their peak.
With rain and high winds in the forecast, this may be your best photo-taking day. Paducah's maples, oaks, white ash, dogwoods and other brightly colored trees/shrubs are showing off this week. Jefferson Blvd. is always extra beautiful. Treat yourself and meander at sunrise or sunset and see the trees spotlighted by rising or setting sun.
#105 Continue celebrating 10 years of exploration at the Challenger Learning Center on the campus of WKCTC.
Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, educator, author and the Challenger commander’s widow, will be talking with educators and discussing her memoir Silver Linings: My Life Before and After Challenger 7. The presentation will be held from 6:30-7:30 pm in Crounse Hall on the WKCTC campus. Dr. Rodgers will sign copies of her book following her presentation; copies of the book will be available to purchase. There is no cost to attend this event.
During this past decade, the center has provided STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programming for over 75,000 people of all ages.
“Now it’s important for us to give back to the community that has generously supported us through the past ten years,” said Mellisa Duncan, Challenger Learning Center at Paducah director.
The Challenger Learning Center at Paducah is as a partnership between WKCTC and Paducah Junior College, Inc. The center is part of a network of 45 centers founded by the families of the astronauts tragically lost in the 1986 Challenger space shuttle accident. For more information about tenth anniversary events or other programming, call 270-534-3101 or visit www.clcpaducah.org.
Paducah October 15
#104 Learn about what's going on at the McCracken County Cooperative Extension Service as they hosti a Fall Fest and Open House today.
4-H, AG and Natural Resources, Horticulture and Master Gardeners, Family & Consumer Science, Master Food Volunteer Program, and Homemakers are all part of the services and programs coordinated by the local extension office.
Fall Festival Activities include a Cupcake Walk, Fish Pond, Craft Center, Face Painting, Bean Bag Toss, Inflatables
The fun starts at 4:30 pm and and lasts until 6:30 pm at the McCracken County Cooperative Extension Service, 2705 Olivet Church Road in Paducah.
Paducah October 14
#103 Try your disc throwing abilities during the Ace Race today at the Disc Golf Course in Stuart Nelson Park
The Paducah Ace Race is a fun day of disc golf for anyone, no matter what your ability to play the sport of disc golf-throwing aces is what it's all about today. It starts at 1 pm at Stuart Nelson Park. 'No putting, no approaching–just running at the chains". To add to the challenge and excitement, players all throw the same model disc, a brand new, never-seen-before Discraft prototype disc that is introduced each year especially for Ace Race. All participants receive a player's pack with two discs, a mini, UV shades, sticker and a premium water bottle. The entry fee is $25! For more info: www.wkdgc.com or call 270-681-1941.
Paducah October 13
#102 Paducah Renaissance Alliance (PRA) is holding the Paint the Plugs Celebration today from noon to 4 pm. There will be food, live music, walking tours featuring the 15 fire hydrants, art galleries and studios, and an awards ceremony for Paint the Plugs winners. The celebration will be throughout Lower Town, but centralized at the Texaco Station at 7th and Madison Streets with the awards ceremony at 2 pm. Maps will be available at the Texaco Station marking the location of all the fire hydrants and open studios and galleries for the day. For more information on PRA or the Paint the Plugs Celebration, visit www.paducahalliance.org.
#101 On the Second Fridays of each month, the congregation at Rosary Chapel Catholic Church hosts a fish fry and my oh my - it is delish!
Treat yourself to a night of no cooking. From 4:40 - 6:30 pm, you can join the friendly folks at Rosary Chapel, 711 Ohio St., and for only $10 you'll be served fried fish, hush puppies, slaw, white beans, spaghetti and a drink. Homemade desserts are available, too. Eat there or you can get it to go. For more info, call Shirley Bunch 270-444-7259.
#100 Journey into the Spirit World with Patti Starr, world renowned paranormal investigator, tonight at 7 at the McCracken County Public Library on the second floor. It's a free program.
What are ghosts & spirits ? Starr's presentation will highlight her experiences into the paranormal world. She will discuss the best equipment needed to investigate and provide electronic voice phenomenon, pictures and evidence in ghost hunting. Starr owns the Ghost Chasers International organization and is also owner of the Ghost Hunter Shop.
With over 30 years of paranormal research and ghost investigations Patti has captured many anomalies in photos, videos and audios while investigating haunted locations. Her goal as an experienced and accomplished paranormal investigator is to collect evidence to support the premise that life goes on even after death. She is very active as a ghost researcher, author, lecturer, consultant, dowser, and teacher. Her book, Ghost Hunting in Kentucky and Beyond, is widely hailed as a must-have resource for all serious ghost hunters. Patti taught ghost hunting courses at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, Kentucky . Her Ghost Hunter Certification Home Study Course is in great demand and she has students from all over the world enrolled. She is currently lecturing at numerous universities, colleges, and libraries throughout the United States. Patti is a frequent guest on television and radio programs. She has been featured on national TV such as A&E, Montel Williams Show and was also featured on the Food Network “The Best of Fright Food” filmed at the haunted Talbott Tavern in Bardstown, Kentucky. Patti was a featured ghost investigator on the newly released documentary DVD, Spirits of Bourbon Country, by Chris McGill.
The night of ghost hunting is sponsored by the McCracken County Public Library. For more information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle 270-442-2510 ext. 119 (Toll-free 866-829-7532) or email: email@example.com.
#99 Ladies, if you need some motivation to exercise, have fun and do it for a cause the Pink Ladies Movement, who are dancing to fight breast cancer, might just be a great opportunity to have fun - for a cause.
The ladies meet at Paducah Jazzercise, 3420 Lone Oak Rd. at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays. The group was founded last year and now consists of 15 ladies, all dancing for Breast Cancer Awareness. They wear unusual contumes, have interesting dance steps and as you might imagine - pink hair. Sound like your cup of tea? You can join them each Wednesday for only $30 a month and you'll be performing for a worthy cause. More info: 618-638-8112
#98 To prepare for the January Book Sale, The Friends of the Library have several sorting parties at Schmidt Farm.
Today is the last one before their sale coming up in January. You'll see a large truck parked next to the second building behind Schmidt Farms. That's where the volunteers gather to sort books into categories so it will be easier for those coming to shop to find their favorites. Come out today from 8 - 10:30 am and help. They have fun and you can be sure the hosts will offer some of their fantastice apple cider.
#97 Learn Aikido Basics at the Paducah Parks Dept., 1400 H.C. Mathis Dr. tonight from 6:30 - 7:30.
Aikido is a Japanese martial art based on joint locks, throws, takedowns and pinning techniques, utilizing circular motion to take the opponents balance allowing a smaller person to take down and control a larger, stronger attacker. Women thrive in this art and easily toss larger male opponents because the techniques take little to no strength to deploy.
Classes are $50 per month and they offer family rates.
Tonight's class is Aikido Basics.
Tuesday: Weapons of Aikido
Thursday: Self Defense
#96 84th Annual Paducah Sun Adult Tennis Tournament at the Lone Oak tennis courts.
Stop by and watch some awesome players compete at the Larry J. Heflin Tennis Center aka: Lone Oak Tennis Courts, 400 Lakeshore Drive.
Singles-Men and Women: Open, A and B
Mixed Doubles: Open A and B
To enter the tournament, call the center 270-5546-690.
#95 Stop in the Yeiser Art Center for the opening reception for "Confrontations and Observations"
The opening reception for this new exhibit is this evening from 5-7 pm at the Yeiser Art Center. The exhibit contains drawing works by Christine Wuenschel & Denise Stewart-Sanabria, so visitors can compare two distinctly unique styles of drawing in this exhibit. Stewart-Sanabria's life size cutouts engage us in our space, while Wuenschel's nudes challenge our assumptions about the human body. The exhibit will be shown through October 31.
For more information, call 270-442-2453 or visit www.theyeiser.org .
#94 Let's all do our part by donating food for this food drive starting today through the end of October.
Here's where to take our food donations: Etcetera Coffeehouse, 320 North 6th St.; Etcetera Squared Coffeehouse, 118 South 2nd St.; McCracken County Public Library, 555 Washington St.
#93 Take some canned or packaged nonperishable food to any of the locations below to help stock the food pantry at Paducah Cooperative Ministry.
Non-perishable food items will be collected at Paducah municipal and business locations to help stock the food pantry at Paducah Cooperative Ministry (PCM). This year’s goal is “Five Tons of Love” or 10,000 pounds of food.
• Etcetera Coffeehouse, 320 N. 6th St.
• Etcetera Squared Coffeehouse, 118 S. 2nd St.
• McCracken County Public Library, 555 Washington St.
• McCracken County Courthouse, 301 S. 6th St.
• Owen Cleaners, 10th & Kentucky Ave.
• Crash Comics, 12th & Jefferson
• Midtown Market, 3000 Broadway
• Personal Touch Salon, 608 S. 27th St.
• J Bella’s Pizzeria, 2406 New Holt Rd
.• Walker Stone, Inc., 3950 Olivet Church Rd.
• Tractor Supply, 5525 U.S.HWY 60
• Energy Fitness, 2343 New Holt Rd.
• Walgreens, Hannan Plaza
• Snap Fitness, 2540 Lone Oak Rd.
• Paducah Cooperative Ministry, 402 Legion Dr.
• Walgreens, 3360 Irvin Cobb Dr.
• Snap Fitness, 3215 Irvin Cobb Dr.
#92 Bring your pet to the Blessing of the Animals at Fountain Avenue United Methodist Church, 300 Fountain Ave.
Blessing of the Animals will be from 5-5:30 this evening! If you bring your animals, they will receive a blessing. Remember to have them on leashes or leads or in crates, etc. for the safety of people and other animals.
#91 Meet other artisits and learn what the Art Guild of Paducah is all about.
The Guild meets tonight on the second floor of the McCracken County Public Library, 6 - 8:00 pm
#90 Get involved in a Yoga group, three different options today.
Vinyasa Yoga at Mike's Kettlebell Club, 106 Broadway 6:30 am
Yoga Blast at Elite Yoga and Massage, 3038 Lone Oak Rd., Ste. 5 - 8:15 am
Yoga Room offers a Plus Size Yoga Class, 3137 Broadway 4-5 pm
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