What to Do? Check Out Lourdes Book & Bag Sale
By Ro Morse
PADUCAH, KY - For the next 144 days, we are 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 and we'll try to include it during this 365-day adventure . . .

February 21
#223 Support Lourdes Relay For Life at its Book & Bag Sale today from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm in the Lourdes Garden Room.
It's a fundraiser that anyone can stop by and be part of efforts to support the American Cancer Society right here in McCracken County. All proceeds go to the Lourdes Relay For Life Team

February 20

February 19
#221 Even in the winter months, it's a nice break in the daily routine to drive to the riverfront, take lunch, a good book and watch the action on our riverfront.
If the weather is half-way nice, a brisk walk along Schultz Park, through the site of the former Executive Inn over to the Convention Center, is refreshing and energizing. It's rarely boring. Watching the towboats working up and down the Ohio River is interesting to us river rats. The river is constantly changing, rising and falling, gulls floating, flocking and feeding, fish jumping, people coming and going, and all kinds of boats cruising past our riverfront. If this sounds silly, you might take a little time to visit our riverfront. It's like escaping to a different zone, a little get-away right in our river town.     

February 18
#220 If you're signed up as part of Boy Scout Troop 1's Flag Fundraising Program, you'll have an American flag in your front yard at sunrise today to commemorate Presidents' Day.
 The scouts will return at dusk to salute and retire the flag. Find out all about Troop 1 and the over 150 flags that will be flying all around town today and on five additional holidays:

These are the holidays they celebrate by placing a flag in your front yard: President’s Day, 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Flag Day and Veterans Day. Flag subscribers on the Dogwood Trail will receive a 7th week-long flag posting during the Dogwood Trail Celebration (if they can light the flag at night). For questions or to order your flag, email 100% of  proceeds from the Flag Fundraising Program supports Boy Scout activities        

February 17
#219 Today is the last day for this year's Big Outdoors Show at the Expo and Convention Center downtown.
Open today from noon until 4 pm, admission is $5 at the door (unless you purchased multi-day tickets prior to the event). There are boat dealers, RV and ATV dealers, hunting and fishing suppliers, plus many more. Your admission also gives you access to seminars conducted by some of the biggest names in the hunting and fishing industry.  

February 16
#218 The Paducah Symphony Orchestra presents the third annual “Made in America” concert his afternoon at 4 at Immanuel Baptist Church on Buckner Lane.
 The concert features the PSO family of choruses including the PSO Adult, Children’s and Youth Choruses as well as the Murray State Concert Choir and will highlight All American choral composers from throughout the years. Under the direction of Choral Director Dr. Bradley Almquist of Murray State, the theme of this year’s concert will be “American Folk Music” and will feature arrangements such as “My Old Kentucky Home”,
“Shenandoah”, “The Water is Wide”,”Oh Susanna” and many more classical American favorites. Tickets are $10 and all seating is first come-first serve.  

February 15
#217 Each Friday during Lent, the Knights of Columbus cook fish and shrimp at the K of C Hall, 3028 Jefferson St. from 4 - 8 pm.
Eat in or get the freshly cooked fish to go. White beans, baked potatoes, fries, slaw and a variety of hard-to-resist homemade desserts make the menu a treat to look forward to at the end of the work week.  

February 14
#216 Whatever you do today, share the love with someone.....really we should everyday, but especially on Valentine's Day.
Going on a horse-drawn carriage ride on a crisp winter day like this would certainly be a memorable thing to do. For three nights only, come downtown for the highly anticipated return of horse-drawn carriage rides! Today carriage rides are available by appointment only. To reserve your carriage, call 618-410-6996. This weekend, on Friday and Saturday from 4-8 pm, the horse-drawn carriages will be parked at the downtown gazebo at 2nd and Broadway. 

February 13
#215 Shabby Chic Furniture Consignment Valentine Sale is today from 10 am - 4 pm at the Rob Wave Building, New Highway 60, the second traffic light past Tractor Supply in West Paducah.
Men and women, if you have someone special that you'd like to find a one-of-a-kind gift to show you are thinking a little more creatively this year, this may be the place to check out. You only have the rest of this day to come up with something for tomorrow's Valentine's Day. These are affordable itmes that just might be what you are looking for. Gift certificates and gift baskets are also a possibility as an option if you can't decide.You know you need to do something to show your "love" and appreciation. This might just be where you'll find something that expresses your sentiment. 

February 12
#214 Mardi Gras celebrations reach their peak today and tonight during Fat Tuesday, the feast before the fast.
Restaurants around town celebrate with parties, special foods, drinks, and entertainment. The biggest local Mardi Gras event is the Lourdes Foundation’s Mardi Gras & All That Jazz, but you'll have to drive across the river to enjoy. It's a fun-filled evening of music, food and fun to support the Lourdes Foundation. Raising $70,000 in 2012, proceeds from the upcoming event help Lourdes improve clinical areas and provide excellence in care through technology and facility upgrades. It's held at Harrah’s Metropolis Hotel from 6 to 9 pm. Lew Jetton & 61 South are back by popular demand and will liven up the party with their Blues and Southern Rock. Guests can satisfy their Cajun cravings with gourmet treats from popular restaurants and caterers throughout the region, and sample delicious drinks including wines, spirits, soft drinks and gourmet coffees. Food and beverage vendors include: A Pampered Palate, Alto Vineyards, Artisan Kitchen, Coca-Cola, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Lourdes Starbucks, Midtown Market, Ozark Pride Meats, Pepsi Mid-America, Rafferty’s Restaurant & Bar, Roof Brothers Wine & Spirits, Shandies, Shawnee Winery, The Pasta House Company, The Range Steakhouse, and WKCTC Culinary Arts. An auction of Bill Ford’s original Mardi Gras artwork will take place at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $50 and you can get yours by calling Lourdes Foundation at 270-444-2205 or

February 11
#213 Today through the 14th Daymar College is hosting “Shadow-a-Student Week”.
 This week, the campus will be open for anyone to attend actual classes and get the Daymar student experience. Meet faculty, current students and get information on enrolling. Questions? Call Paige Adams 270-444-9950. The campus is located at 509 S. 30th St. in Paducah. 

February 10
#212 Register today for the second annual "Beat Beethoven 5K Run/Walk" hosted by the Paducah Symphony Orchestra at Noble Park.
 The early registration This is not your typical 5K run - it ties in the famous music of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and other musical education elements. At PSO Maestro Raffaele Ponti’s baton downbeat, participants will start as the famous opening notes of Beethoven’s 5th are played throughout the park. The goal is to complete the course before the music ends, therefore “beating” Beethoven!   Prizes will be awarded to participants who “beat” Beethoven. The “Beat Beethoven 5K” is in conjunction with the PSO’s concert, “Bach, Bernstein & Harmonica,” featuring harmonica player Robert Bonfiglio at the Carson Center later that evening of March 16.

Participants of all ages and abilities are invited to walk or run to the joyous sounds of this musical masterpiece. Race day registration will begin at 7:30 am with the 5K run beginning at 9 am, followed by the 1 Mile Youth Run at 10 am. Pre-registration for the 5K is $25. Race day 5K registration is $30. Youth Run registration is $15.  

February 9
The Paducah Jazz Ensemble hosts its popular Valentine's-themed annual ballroom dance tonight from 8-10:30 pm at the Robert Cherry Civic Center, 2701 Park Ave. The jazz band will play a mix of cha-cha, rhumba, salsa, swing, two-step, waltz, tango and more. The crowd-pleasing big band is directed by veteran saxophonist Eric Allen, owner of Music Zone in Lone Oak. Sweetheart Dance tickets are $15 at the door. For more info, call 270-898.0180 or email William Carter's Photography Inc. will return to take souvenir photos for dance guests for under $10, and will be printed on the spot. Coffee, sodas and light snacks will be available at the concession stand.

February 8
#210 Today's the deadline to order some of that terrific Good Ole Boys BBQ with proceeds benefiting Easter Seals West Kentucky.
Show your support by placing your order at the Center, 2229 Mildred St. According to The Good Ole Boys, Nothing says "I love you" like St. Louis Ribs! Place your order at the Child Development Center and pay for your order then. All orders will be ready for pick-up between 4:30 and 5:15 pm on February 15 at the Child Development Center.Questions? Email  
Pork Butt $33
Pork Loin $43
Half Pork Loin $28
St. Louis Ribs $18 

February 7
#209 You don't have to wait for the weather to warm up to find a good yard sale.
River City Mission is once again hosting its Giant Indoor Yard Sale on February through this Saturday at Floral Hall in Carson Park, at the corner of North 28th and Madison Street. As usual, they will have lots of all kinds of "things" including a great selection of furniture. Come find a bargain at the yard sale from 8 am - 5 pm. All proceeds will benefit the homeless.

February 6
#208 Ladies, it's never too cold or dreary to play tennis indoors at Rowton's.
On Wednesday mornings from 9-10:30, Rowton's Tennis Center, 5705 Old Highway 60 West, hosts ladies' doubles league. It's a great time to meet other tennis enthusiasts and better your game with new players. Men's doubles are tonight from 8-10. For more info, call 270-444-8363. 

February 5
#207 Nothing says SPRING is just around the corner like seeing that burst of bright yellow coming up through the brown's the pre-spring jonquils.
Yesterday I spotted a whole field in bloom - on Old Mayfield Road. Not just a few, a hundred or more. I did a double take because I thought it would be another couple of weeks before we would see that many popping open. Pick a few and take to someone special. In Paducah, we get to experience all the seasons. Something those of us who've always lived here take for granted. Jonquils, daffodils, buttercups are all part of pre-spring in our beautiful town.

February 4
#206 Do you wonder about what the 40/50 group is?
Show up at Jasmine at 5:30 and find out.Well, it's not a single's group, though many of them are single, they have some fun couples too! It's not really a networking group, though many contacts are made. There's no "meeting" or "agenda", just a group of people who come together for social interaction. They drink, eat, laugh, discuss, and plan events. What more can we say? Their group is very diverse and you will meet people from a wide array of backgrounds and interests. Married, single, older, younger, it really doesn't matter, you'll find a very welcoming group to socialize with and who may meet a companion, and you just might meet your new best friend!40/50 Group Dinner and conversation

February 3
#205 If you don't already have plans to watch the Superbowl, you are welcome to come by Shandies and watch the 49ers and Ravens compete in football's' biggest annual extravaganza.
Fans will be cheering for their teams and Karla and David will be sure there are great food and drink specials throughout the evening.  

February 2
#204 Take in both the Desserts First event and  Paducah Symphony Orchestra's Concert!
 Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana's Bear Creek Service Center holds its fifth annual "Desserts First" fundraising event tonight starting at 6 at the Convention Center. Chefs and restaurants create recipes made from Girl Scout Cookies, are judged and awarded for their creativity, presentation and taste. Guests sample the yummy desserts. Participants include:
Laura Kemp, Batter Up Bakery
Marsha Millay, Jackson Oaks
Patrick Fletcher & students , WKCTC Culinary Arts
Michael Harlow, Country Club of Paducah 
Jade Klope, Jade’s Natural Design/Cupcake Goddess
Karla Lawrence, Artisan Kitchen
Laura Duff, A Pampered Palate
Cheri English , Heavenly Cakes & Café
Cass & Sarah Schneeman, Cass & Co. 
Chris Douglas, Etcetera Coffeehouse
David Boggs, BBQ & More/Barbecue on the River
Linda Crowe, Whaler's Catch
Mary Jane Carter & Blake Clark, Just Hors d’oeuerves

This signature event is open to the public and will also include music, hors d’oeuvres, auctions, and crowning the best dessert of the event. Tickets are $30 each, and can be purchased at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, contact Jennifer Humphreys: or call the Bear Creek Service Center at 270-443-8704.

Now if you want to enjoy a night totally packed with entertainment, head over to the Carson Center after an hour or so with the Girl Scouts, and spend the rest of the evening with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra as they present Brahms 4th Symphony. It all starts at 7:30 pm. Musical selections include:
■ Hungarian Dances No. 1 in G minor, Brahms
■ Afternoon of a Faun, Debussy
■ Merry Mount: Suite, Hanson
■ Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98, Brahms

Tickets range from $16-$44. Purchase at the door or online:

February 1
#203 Depending on your interests, you can see the Harlem Ambassadors at Tilghman High School Gym or Huck Finn at the Carson Center.

The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will be visiting Paducah for a game at Paducah Tilghman Gymnasium tonight at 7. The Harlem Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines. The Ambassadors feature non-stop laughs and deliver a positive message for kids wherever the Ambassadors play. “At our shows, we want the kids to know that they’re part of our team too,” Coach Ladè Majic said. “We invite as many kids as we can to come sit on the bench, have a front row seat during the show, and get involved in all of the fun stuff we do.” For more information contact Mason DeJarnett 270-832-1022

The Adventurers of Huckleberry Finn is performed at the Carson Center this evening at 7. All tickets are $15 and can be reserved online at or purchase at the door. Based on Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, one of the Great American novels, this play brings literature to life. Set against the racially charged backdrop of pre-Civil War American South, America’s beloved coming-of-age tale examines the nature of friendship and freedom in the face of prejudice. The Classical Theatre Project, Canada's only classical repertory company dedicated to performing for student audiences, brings this humorous and touching classic to life. The production will engage audiences with a brilliant cast, imaginative stagecraft, and gospel music, as they share the adventures of Huck and Jim and the beloved characters they encounter along the way.

Link to the previous JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER and JANUARY postings at bottom of page.

On the Net:

What to Do? Paducah Fun, Chapter 6 - DECEMBER
What to Do? Paducah Fun, Chapter 5 - NOVEMBER
What to Do? Paducah Fun, Chapter 4 - OCTOBER
What to Do? Paducah Fun, Chapter 3 - SEPTEMBER
What to Do? Paducah Fun, Chapter 2 - AUGUST
What to Do? Paducah Fun, Chapter 1 - JULY
What to Do? Paducah Fun, Chapter 7 - JANUARY

Published 07:11 AM, Tuesday Feb. 19, 2013
Updated 10:45 AM, Thursday Feb. 21, 2013

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