TODAY

• Baptist Health Madisonville will hold a blood drive from 2-7 p.m. today at the Madisonville First Christian Church.

• The Hopkins County AARP Chapter will meet at 1 p.m. today at the Country Cupboard. Melanie Tapp of the Paragon will discuss senior living.

• The Grapevine Elementary School Advisory Council will meet today at the school.

WEDNESDAY

• Baptist Health Madisonville will hold a blood drive from 1-7 p.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church.

THURSDAY

• The Madisonville-North Hopkins High School SBDM Council will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday in the school's conference room.

FRIDAY

• The Southside Elementary School Site-Based Council will meet at 4 p.m. Friday in the school's media center.

SATURDAY

• The ladies of the Greater Lighthouse Pentecostal Church will host their annual Christmas Bazaar and Bake Shop from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in the family center behind the church. Breakfast will be served and baked items and crafts will be available.

• A birding hike led by Erika Wood will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Mahr Park. Participants will hike on paved and soft trails in the 40-acre wood. Hikers will meet at the Welcome Center and are asked to wear sturdy boots or shoes, bring water and a snack and spray for insects.

• A guided trail hike led by Kim Shaw and Chip Tate will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Mahr Park. The hike will cover approximately 2.5 miles on paved and soft trails and will include information about the Mahr story, park development and environment. The hike will begin at the Welcome Center and participants are asked to wear sturdy boots or shoes and bring water.

• A memorial service for James Van Leer will be held at noon Saturday at Eastview Missonary Baptist Church. The public is invited.

SUNDAY

• The fifth annual Harvest Time Service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Word of Faith Christian Center. Area preachers will deliver short messages related to the Lord's harvest and choirs will provide music. Participating preachers include Minister Kerri Scisney of Oak Grove MBC; Minister Shellie Cheirs of Word of Faith; Rev. LaBarron McAdoo of East View MBC; Rev. Glenda McCoy of Gough Tabernacle AMEZ; and Bishop Raymond Marion of Lunsford Street COGIC. Everyone is invited.

MONDAY

• Baptist Health Hospice is sponsoring a free adult grief group from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday at the Hospice House, which is located at 418 N. Scott St. in Madisonville. The group is open to the public. Sessions are facilitated by a professional counselor. For more information, call 270-326-4660.

UPCOMING

• A class on "Sustainable Living" will be held from 11 a.m.-noon Nov. 21 at the Hopkins County Extension Service Office, which is located at 75 Cornwall Drive in Madisonville. Attendees will learn how to adopt a sustainable lifestyle and make a difference in the environment. Lunch will be provided. To RSVP, call 270-821-3650.

• The Madisonville-Hopkins County NAACP Branch 3100 will hold officer elections at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Larry Carney Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Votes will be taken for president, first vice president, second vice president, secretary and treasurer.

• Bob Adkins will host a lecture on the place names of Kentucky at 5 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library. There will be no class in December.

• Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack 3700 will host a pancake breakfast with Santa from 7-10 a.m. Nov. 25 at Tumbleweed in Madisonville. Adult plates are available for $6 and children 10 and under are $3.

• Baptist Health Madisonville will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Nov. 29 at Hancock Bank.

• A "Christmas is Coming" holiday bazaar will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 2 at 407 Brown Road.

• The Madisonville Noon Kiwanis Club will hold its Christmas parade at 5 p.m. Dec. 2. The theme this year is "The Music of Christmas." Fees include $40 for business floats, $20 for nonprofit floats, $30 for decorated vehicles and free for walkers. After Nov. 27, fees will increase to $50 for businesses and $40 for decorated vehicles. Applications are available at First United Bank, 162 N. Main St. or at the Hopkins County Regional Chamber of Commerce. The deadline for entry is Nov. 29.

• Baptist Health Madisonville will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Hopkins County Family YMCA.

• The Friends of the Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library will hold a Christmas Open House from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 7 at the library. The Pennyrile Dulcimer Players will perform and refreshments will be provided.

• The Hanson Christmas Parade will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 9. Lineup will begin at 10 a.m. at the Hanson Country Store. For more information, call the store at 270-322-8288, or 270-836-3183.

• The Madisonville Community Chorus will present "Handel's Messiah" at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at First Presbyterian Church in Madisonville. Rehearsal begins 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at First Presbyterian and will continue each Thursday (except Thanksgiving) until performance. The concert is free and open to the public.

• The Southside Elementary School Site-Based Council will meet at 4 p.m. Dec. 12 in the school's media center.

• Baptist Health Madisonville will hold a blood drive from 3-7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Concord General Baptist Church.

• Baptist Health Madisonville will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Lion's Club Headquarters in Madisonville.

• A class on "Poinsettia and Christmas Cactus Care" will be held from 11 a.m.-noon Dec. 19 at the Hopkins County Extension Service Office, which is located at 75 Cornwall Drive in Madisonville. Attendees will learn how to keep living Christmas gifts alive and thriving. To RSVP, call 270-821-3650.

• Baptist Health Madisonville will host a blood drive from 9-11 a.m. Jan. 9-11 at the Madisonville Fire Department.

• The Grapevine Elementary School Advisory Council will meet Jan. 9 at the school.

• The Southside Elementary School Site-Based Council will meet at 4 p.m. Jan. 16 in the school's media center.

• The Southside Elementary School Site-Based Council will meet at 4 p.m. Feb. 20 in the school's media center.

• The Grapevine Elementary School Advisory Council will meet March 13 at the school.

• The Southside Elementary School Site-Based Council will meet at 4 p.m. March 20 in the school's media center.

• The Southside Elementary School Site-Based Council will meet at 4 p.m. April 17 in the school's media center.

• The Southside Elementary School Site-Based Council will meet at 4 p.m. May 15 in the school's media center.

• The Southside Elementary School Site-Based Council will meet at 8 a.m. June 5 in the school's media center.

ONGOING

Cash Express is currently accepting donations for its 13th annual toy and coat drive at 1102 S. Main St. in Madisonville.

• Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 5:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library. Everyone is welcome and there are no dues, fees or weigh-ins. For more information, call 270-339-3516.

"Focus with Tim Thomas," the public service program seen on CTV Channels 14 and 16-103 will feature "A Tour of Mahr Park" on its next program. Mahr Park Trustee Barbie Hunt, Engineer Frank Williams and Park Director Donna Stricklin will give a tour of the park grounds. The program will air at 6 p.m. Nov. 6, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20; at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Nov. 15 and Nov. 22; at 8 a.m. Nov. 10, Nov. 17 and Nov. 24; and 5:30 p.m. nightly Tuesday through Friday.

• A cancer support group will meet at 3 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at First Christian Church.

• The Browning Springs Site-Based Decision Making Council will meet at 3:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month in the school's media center.

The Pride Elementary School Site-Based Council will meet at 3:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the school.

The Historical Society of Hopkins County is selling yearbooks from 1980-2010 for $10 each. Limited quantities are available and are first-come, first-served.

• Robert T. Adkins, retired associate professor of history and political science at Madisonville Community College, will hold an ongoing class on "The ABC's of Kentucky History" at 5 p.m. on the last Friday of each month at the Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library. Everyone is invited.

• Bonworth, located in the Hanson Factory Outlet Mall, will host "Nana and Me Day" every last Saturday of the month. Children will be offered story time with cookies from 3-4 p.m. Shoppers without grandchildren may bring in a church bulletin to receive discounts.

Celebrate Recovery, a 12-step Biblically-based program to overcome life issues sponsored by Covenant Community Church, will be held at 5:15 p.m. Thursdays at Fun4Kids. A meal will be served. The group is also seeking tax-deductible donations for a fundraiser. The group is accepting gift cards, gift certificates and items to be placed inside gift baskets. Cash donations (checks written to CCC with Celebrate Recovery in the memo) will be accepted and used to purchase materials as well as meals served each week before the group meeting. For more information, call Anthony Thompson at 815-295-0442.

• The Hopkins County Amateur Radio Club will meet at 7 p.m. every second Thursday at the EMA building.

• The Prosody Club, a women' s poetry group, will meet at 12:30 p.m. on the second Thursday in March to June and September to December. Members will read poems from their favorite poets. Light refreshments are provided by the leader of each month. New members are always welcome. For more information, call Evelyn Walker at 270-821-1416 or Karen Hane at 270-871-6446.

• Free bridge lessons will be held at 5:30 p.m. every Thursday on the eighth floor of Baptist Health Tower.

Christian Music Connection will be held on the fourth Friday of every month until Dec. 29 at Fellowship Baptist Church, which is located at 132 West Dixon. Refreshment will be provided and music is family-friendly.

• Local business personnel will meet for Mad City Mingle at 7:30 a.m. each Thursday at Big City Market and Coffee Bar.

Kentucky Department of Veteran's Affairs Veteran Service Officer Johnny Allen is available by appointment every Monday and Tuesday at the Hanson Veterans Center and Wednesday and Thursday at the VA Clinic in Owensboro. Appointments can be made by calling 270-399-1618 or emailing johnny.allen@ky.gov.

• The West Hopkins SBDM will meet at 3 p.m. every third Thursday of the month in the SBDM conference room.

• The Hopkins County Community Clinic will host free health checks from 9 a.m.-noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month hosted by the Kentucky Career Center, which is located at 56 Federal St. in Madisonville. Screenings include blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol. Screenings are open to the public. For more information, call 270-824-3555 or 270-824-7562.

• The Browder United Methodist Church Cemetery is accepting donations for maintenance and upkeep of the cemetery lawn. For more information, or to make a donation, contact Claudie Conrad at 801 Neelie Webb Road in Madisonville at 270-821-4846 or Wanda Blohm-French at 451 French Lane in Greenville.

Taking Off Pounds Sensibly #290 will meet at 9 a.m. every Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, which is located at 260 W. McLaughlin in Madisonville.

Taking Off Pounds Sensibly #66 will meet at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the Senior Citizens Center, which is located at 200 N. Main St. in Madisonville. Weigh ins will be held from 5:30-6 p.m.

• The Show and Go Car Club cruise-ins will be held on the second Saturday of every month starting in April from 3-6 p.m. in April/October and 5-8 p.m. May-September at Brothers Bar-B-Que, which is located at 1055 N. Main St. #6 in Madisonville.

• The West Kentucky Photography Club will meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of every month in Room 214-215 of the Hatley Building, which is part of the Health Technology Campus at 750 Laffoon Street in Madisonville.

Door of Hope Pregnancy Care Center offers pregnancy testing and ultrasounds to those in unplanned and crisis pregnancy free of charge. Prenatal and parenting classes, and baby supplies are available through the Earn While You Learn Program for those who qualify. Call 270-821-9825 for an appointment or visit www.doorofhope.com.

• The Hopkins County Business and Professional Women's Club meets at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Oak Ridge Retirement Center, which is located at 750 Dodson Lane in Madisonville.

• The PACS-HCAC is now able to offer more seniors in need services in their homes. These services include home-delivered meals, homemaking services, personal care, respite and weatherization. For qualifications, call 866-844-4396.

• The Hopkins County Senior Center, which is located at 200 N. Main St. in Madisonville, will host the regular monthly meeting of the Hopkins/Muhlenberg Elder Abuse Council at 9 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month.

Earlington Elementary School's Site-Based Decision Making Council will meet at 3 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the school.

• A crocheting group that benefits Hospice patients and their families will meet from 10 a.m.-noon on the fourth Wednesday of the month at First Christian Church of Earlington, which is located at 215 E. Main St. Supplies are provided. For more information, call 270-383-5250.

"Focus on Hopkins County," seen on Time-Warner cable channel 14 and 16 and hosted by Tim Thomas, will air at 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays as well as 8 a.m Friday. It can also be seen nightly at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

"Angel of Ours," a grief support group, will meet at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month and at 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month at 1 N. Main St. in Madisonville.

Cuddles from Cale is an ongoing support group that provides stuffed animals to children's charity groups, and groups for parents enduring the loss of a child through miscarriage or stillborn birth. For more information, visit www.cuddlesfromcale.com.

• A course in miracles study group will meet from 10:30 a.m.-noon. every Friday at 161 Sugg St. in Madisonville. For more information, call 270-871-7870.

• The Hopkins County Bass Club will meet at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Brother's Barbecue in Madisonville.

• The Pennyrile Dulcimer Players meet from 1:30-3 p.m. every Tuesday and from 6:30-8 p.m. every Thursday at Hanson Baptist Church in Hanson. Everyone is invited to visit the group or play themselves. All skill levels are welcome. Instruments included are dulcimers, mandolins, autoharps, ukeleles, fiddles, bass, banjo, guitar, harmonica, penny whistle and percussion. All instruments are welcome. For more information, call Kay Buskov at 270-825-3372.

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