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101 Series

Cyber Security 101. Thumbnail showing computer code.Cyber Security 101

Tuesday, Jan 16, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Presented by Wes Spencer, Nationally recognized information security professional.


Spencer will lead a presentation on practical cyber security tips for your home or business. You will learn about the most important things you can do to protect yourself from financial loss and identity theft. The session will be discussion based, so come with any questions you may have!


Spencer is an advocate for information security and is a sought after speaker across the country. Prior to working in the finance industry, he was professor of information security at Murray State University, where his research interests were in network security and cyber crime.



Chickens 101.  Thumbnail image showing a rooster.Chickens 101

Thursday, Mar 8, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Presented by Melinda Winchester, Winchester Farms.


Winchester farm was established in 2010, specializing in raising rare Heritage Breed chickens.

They are a small flock breeder, home to Lavender Orpington chicks, Wheaten and blue Wheaten Ameraucana Chicks, French black copper maran chicks- LP Line, hens, and hatching eggs. They are NPIP certified and the only small flock breeder in KY that is MS and MG CLEAN Certified.



Investing 101.  Thumbnail image showing a dollar bill on a white background.Investing 101

Thursday, April 5, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Presented by Cullen M Pope, Financial Consultant, Hilliard Lyons.


Learning to invest your money is one of the most important lessons in life. With the many different investment vehicles out there, investing can be more difficult to understand now, than ever.


Investing 101 will give you a better understanding on what investing is, what it means, and how it works. It will also cover some of the building blocks of the investing world as well as an overview of several investment vehicles to give you some of the tools for building wealth.



Magic 101.  Thumbnail image showing gold sparkles on a brown background.Magic 101

Thursday, May 3, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Presented by Todd Duff ,founder and CEO of Innovations Branding House, a nationally acclaimed, award winning marketing firm in Paducah, Kentucky.


Since childhood Todd has been captivated by magic. He loves sharing his talent with others. He finds that magic allows him the gift of smiles, laughter and the opportunity to connect strangers to one another.


Magic 101 will cover a variety of topics within the art of sleight of hand including history, performance, visual arts and the psychology of magic.


Drawing volunteers from the audience, everyone will be amazed and astounded in this fascinating presentation.



Historic Preservation 101Historic Preservation 101

Thursday, June 7, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Presented by Chris Black, president of Ray Black & Son.


In this presentation Black will discuss the background of historic preservation in Paducah and its role in community development.


Mr. Black is a construction professional with over 30 years' experience; much of it spent specializing in healthcare construction as well as historic rehabilitation and restoration.


He currently serves as a member of the Kentucky Heritage Council, The State Historic Preservation Office. Mr. Black has served as Chairman of the Kentucky Heritage Council as well as the Paducah Main Street board. He has been instrumental in the development of several public/private partnerships for the redevelopment of historic properties in downtown Paducah.


He and his firm have been recipients of the Commonwealth of Kentucky's Ida Lee Willis Award for service to preservation.


Ray Black & Son, Inc. projects have been featured in programs and publications by the Association for Preservation Technology and HGTV Restore America. One project was for the stabilization and seismic reinforcing of Grace Episcopal Church's 1873 bell tower was the first of its kind completed in the United States.



MAKEing Your Life More Creative 101MAKEing Your Life More Creative 101

Thursday, August 30, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Presented by artist Kijsa Housman.


MAKEing your life more creative isn't necessarily adding an art studio to your home (although that is quite awesome!). It is looking at the ordinary in extraordinary ways. It is tackling mundane tasks with a creative scope. It is using your mind and hands in new and refreshing ways. Creativity doesn't just make life better, it is the key to problem solving and new perspectives.


In this presentation Kijsa Houseman will cover: MAKEing space for creativity in your day, listening in a creative way from meetings to homework and acting on creative instincts.


MAKE was founded in 2014 by Kijsa Housman. A classically trained artist with over 20 years of professional experience, art, teaching and design have always been a significant part of her life. While her study concentrated on 2-D studio art, living life as a professional artist brought many unusual commission opportunities for her to tackle creative problem solving. Fast forward through lots of paint, murals, messes and years. As the walls of her Lowertown studio began to burst with artwork, orders, Etsy shop inventory and classes, she knew she needed more space. And not just any space…a space that would be a hub of creativity, bringing people together, and support the local community. From there MAKE came to BE.



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