Happy Earth Day! Founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, the significance of April 22 was to fall between spring religious holidays and school exam finals. Thousands of schools participated in the first Earth Day, and now 192 countries observe the holiday. Enjoy the outdoors today!
It’s Monday, April 22
The Paducah Symphony Orchestra has announced the first PSO Summer Music Camp for elementary, middle, and high school students, to be held June 17th through the 21st at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. The camp includes ear training, music theory, and master classes and concludes with a Summer Showcase. Register online at paducahsymphony.org.
Inspired by the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, the Boston Athletic Association first held the Boston Marathon on this day in 1897. The first race was 24.5 miles long and had 15 runners (10 finished). Now with over 20,000 participants and 500,000 spectators, it's considered America's oldest and most revered marathon, and will certainly persevere.
It’s Friday, April 19
The Murray State University Horticulture Annual Plant Sale is tomorrow morning from 8 to noon at the Pullen Farm Greenhouse Complex. The sale includes hanging baskets, flowers, tomato plants, herbs, vegetables, and trees. The greenhouse is located on Hickory Street, off 94W.
"The House that Ruth Built" opened on this day in 1923. Located in South Bronx, it was the home of the Yankees for 85 years, hosting 6,581 games. The iconic stadium was demolished in 2010, and a new Yankee Stadium opened across the street to much celebration and some controversy.
It’s Thursday, April 18
Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s Wellness Works program offers a free community health screening tomorrow morning from 8 to 10:30 at the Stewart County Senior Citizens Center. The screening includes an osteoporosis heel scan, blood pressure checks, and blood sugar screenings. For more information, call 270-762-1348.
George Lucas picked up the pen and wrote 13 pages called The Star Wars on this day 40 years ago. It had parallels with Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress, but no Sith, no Death Star, and no Darth Vader... Not yet! The first film came out in 1977, and is the 3rd highest grossing film worldwide (adjusted for inflation).
It’s Wednesday, April 17
Murray State faculty members violinist Sue-Jean Park and pianist Matthew Gianforte present a duo recital tonight at 7:30 in the Performing Arts Hall on the campus of Murray State University. The program features the “Spring” Sonata by Beethoven and the Franck Sonata in A Major. The concert is free and open to the public.
Happy Library Worker's Day! It's a day for library staff, users, administrators, and friends to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. It's also World Voice Day, a celebration of the phenomenon of voice. Celebrate both, but shhh please not so loud in the library!
It’s Tuesday, April 16
The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts presents “The Berenstain Bears Live” tonight at 7. The musical theater experience brings the bear family of the popular children’s book series to life. See details at glemacenter.org. To purchase tickets, call (270) 821-ARTS.
Henry James was one of the key figures of 19th century literary realism, known for his imaginative point of view, interior monologue, and unreliable narrators. Some of his best-known works include The Portrait of a Lady, The Golden Bowl, What Maisie Knew, "The Turn of the Screw," and Washington Square.
It’s Monday, April 15
The Euclid Quartet performs tonight at 7:30 at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, located on the campus of Madisonville Community College. The string quartet has won numerous international competitions, including the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 821-ARTS.