101 Series

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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