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101 Series

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

Thursday, March 22, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Led by Wes Spencer, nationally recognized information security professional and Chief Information Security Officer, Perch Security.  Assisted by Nick Johnson, Systems Administrator, FNB Bank.


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.



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.



citygovernment.jpgCity Government 101

Thursday, July 12, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Presented by Mayor Brandi Harless and Assistant to the City Manager Michelle Smolen


Did you know there are three different forms of city government in Kentucky?

The City of Paducah is one of nineteen communities in Kentucky operating under the City Manager Plan. In this form, the City Manager is responsible for activities of all city operations and implementing policies established by the Board of Commissioners.


Join Mayor Harless and Smolen in a discussion about the inner workings  of your local government and to learn about opportunities to get involved.


Mayor Harless has been in office since January 1, 2017. She is also the CEO/Co-Founder Personal Medicine Plus. 

Smolen started with the City of Paducah in 2016. She assists the City Manager in overseeing daily operations and serves on the city’s management team.



rockclimbing.jpgRock Climbing 101

Tuesday, July 31, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

With Mike Gowen, certified climbing instructor


Have you always wanted to try rock climbing, but you don’t know where to start? Rock Climbing 101 can help. During the hour long introduction to rock climbing, all the basics will be covered. You’ll be introduced to the history and various disciplines of climbing (indoors & out), as well as, safety considerations, climbing techniques and basic gear.

The instructor will focus on empowering participants with a foundation of information and basic skill awareness with the objective of individuals being ready to pursue the climbing discipline of their choice. The session will include hands on introduction to basic knots and uses of equipment. The instructor will also share a variety of resources to get you started after the course.


Mike Gowen has been teaching and leading adventure trips for 20 years. He is a lecturer in Murray State’s Dept. of Community Leadership & Human Services. Mike has traveled the United States in pursuit of adventure. Climbing has led him to destinations in the eastern and western United States. He is a certified climbing instructor, Leave No Trace Master Educator and wilderness first aid instructor. He is a lover of live music, animals, craft beer and local food. He lives outside of Murray with his two teenage children, Gabrielle and Jacob, 4 dogs, 4 cats and a flock of laying hens.

He is also a volunteer host for WKMS’ radio show Music from the Front Porch.



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.



greenproducts.jpgMaking Green Cleaning Products 101

Thursday, September 6, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Led by Emily Brown, Green Cleaning Advocate & Owner of The Lemon Tree, Bowling Green, KY

Registration is required as all supplies will be provided & class is limited. Please call 270-442-2510 x 124 to reserve your spot today.

Join us as we learn how to create simple and effective cleaning products using natural ingredients.

Green Cleaning advocate Emily Brown will show us how to make simple switches in our home cleaning routine to create a less toxic environment for our families. Her goal has always been to transition to greener alternatives without breaking the bank or spending hours and hours DIY'ing!

In this hands-on program, we'll experience how easy it is to make those simple switches for ourselves and breathe a little easier knowing our families are enjoying a healthier home!

All programs are free & open to the public



Erin Hendley, Owner of F.A.C.E. Makeup ArtistryMakeup 101 - Holiday Glam Edition

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

Led by Erin Hendley Owner of F.A.C.E. Makeup Artistry

f.a.c.e. Makeup Artistry, LLC, an unforgettable upscale makeup boutique, is located in beautiful historic downtown Paducah, Kentucky, just footsteps away from the Ohio River and the Carson Center. The business originated in New York City where highly trained & certified Makeup Artist/Owner, Erin Hendley, mastered her craft working with high profile clientele, popular production companies, respected fashion magazines, and the biannual New York Fashion Week runway shows.


Erin has worked with fashion magazines like  Glamour, Allure, and  XO which has allowed her to experience cutting edge projects. She has specialized makeup training through Makeup First, Linda Mason, MAC NYC, Chic Studio, and The Glam Academy. The professional makeup artist certification also allows her to order high-end makeup brands (like MAC or Bobbi Brown) which is a unique feature of her business.


With the holidays around the corner it is important to look festive and get a head start on shopping! Discover this season's top holiday makeup trends and products and learn how to wear them!


This is a Demonstration Class (not hands-on), where the look is performed on a live face model.


Attendants are welcome and encouraged to bring a notepad and pen to take valuable notes during the class.


All programs are free & open to the public



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