Downtown

Now is the time to invest 2 hours in you to improve your “know how,” understanding and skills to START-UP your small business.
START-UP HOPTOWN helps you to learn what steps to take (process & understandings) toward starting your own small business. It teaches you the components toward the development of your (traditional) business plan or lean startup approach. You will better understand the differences between startup vs. operational costs, idea vs. business, and fact vs. feelings. Additionally, you will learn Do’s and Don’ts of the small business startup process.
Last but not least, you will have questions answered by one of Kentucky and the nation’s leading small business and economic development experts and build your network with other small business owners!
Steps to Launch!
Understanding about the purpose of a Business Plan & Writing It
Strategic & Action Planning
Business Savvy

Spades Tournament

Join Us for a Friendly Tournament of Spades
Call 270-484-5066 for Information and/or Reservations
There will be a $20 Fee to enter per team
1st place will receive $100
2nd place will receive $50
RULES FOR OUR SPADES TOURNAMENT
are listed here and can be sent via PDF File upon request.
 HOW TO PLAY
• Spades is a 4-player card game of strategy and luck with 2 players on each team. Teams are made by the two people sitting across from each other. At the end of the game, team members points are tallied together.
• Spades uses a standard 52 card deck with Aces high, 2s low, and Spades trumping all.
• The objective is to win at least as many “tricks” bid.
• The dealer shuffles the deck and will request players to cuts it (starting to their immediate right and continuing from their each in turn). The dealer then passes 13 cards one by one clockwise to each of the 4 players.
• After everybody receives their cards, bids are made based upon the players’ hand. A bid refers to the players’ expectation of “tricks” they will make in the round. All players must make a minimum of 1 bid unless a player chooses to go Nil (see below). A trick is given to the player with the highest card in a given round.
• After the bids are made, the gameplay begins with all players laying their lowest CLUB down. The player with the highest club wins the trick and will be the next to lead the round.
• In clockwise fashion, each player then places their card down in an attempt to outrank all of the cards in play.
• A player must only play cards of the same suit as the lead card. The winner of the round leads the next round.
 TRUMPING/THROWING OFF
• If a player does not have the suit that was led, they have the option to play a spade and trump the trick or throw off (play another suit of their choice) if more than one player trumps a trick, the player that played the highest spade will win the round.
 NIL
• A player is allowed to go nil. By bidding nil, the player expects to not be able to make any tricks in the game.
• If the player successfully makes no bids in the round, they receive 100 points.
• If the player goes nil but actually takes a trick, they lose 100 points.
• Players on the opposite team may counterattack a nil bid by playing their lowest cards, possibly forcing the nil bidder to place a higher card and breaking their nil bid.
 BLIND NIL
• A player is allowed to go Blind Nil before they see any of their cards.
• If a player calls Blind Nil they are agreeing that they will not catch any tricks during this game. If they are successful, their team receives 300 points.
• If they are not successful and the player who called Blind Nil catches a trick their team loses 300 points.
 PASSING CARDS
• If a player calls Blind Nil their team has the option to pass 2 cards each to the dealer and the dealer will then pass the 2 traded cards on to the team’s players. The expectation being that the player going Blind Nil will pass their 2 highest cards and the other player will pass their 2 lowest cards-especially their lowest club.
 SCORING
• Points are rewarded in the following fashion. If a player makes their number of bids, 10 points are given to each trick bid.
• Any trick taken above the bid amount will be considered a Bag.
• 0 points are given to players who fail to win the number of tricks they bid.
• Should a team make a combined bid of 10 books and achieve catching them they will receive 200 points. If they do not catch at least 10, they lose 200 points.
 BAGS
• Players that make overtricks (tricks made after the initial bid) turn into “bags.”
• If a player makes 10 bags (during any part of the game), they are deducted 100 points. The intention of introducing bags is to cause the players to try and win the exact number of ticks they bid.
• It is possible for teams to “bagged out” multiple times during a game.
 MISDEAL
• If a player is dealt a hand with no Spades in it, that player may call a misdeal. In this case a misdeal must be called before bidding begins. The cards will be reshuffled and redealt.
• If any player is found to have a different number of cards in their hand during any even part of the game a misdeal will be declared by the dealer. The cards will be reshuffled and redealt.
 RENEG
• If a player throws off suit and is later discovered to have had that suit, the player has reneged and will be penalized 3 books. Those 3 books will not add points to either team.
• Should the team whose player reneged not obtained the number of tricks bid without counting these 3 books will receive 0 points that round.
 TABLE TALK
• Talking between teammates must not be game related unless you are deciding on a bid.
• If an opposing team player or the dealer believes there is table talking at any other point, the dealer will make the call and 1 book per incident will be removed from guilty teams hand.
 WINNING
• The team that makes 500 points first wins the game. If both teams exceed 500 points in the same round, the team with the highest score wins the game.

Beer Garden(ing): Divide & Swap!

Come to Hopkinsville Brewing Company on the second Tuesday in March, April and May for 20-minute gardening tips for beginners from Christian County Master Gardeners. The event starts promptly at 6:00 PM.
Martha White will lead a plant swap (or giveaway) and share some basic flower dividing and gardening tips. Divide your hostas, iris, daffodils, daylilies or anything else you want to share with others for this session. Master Gardeners will bring some freebies for giveaway and you can too!
Sponsored by The Christian County Master Gardeners and held at the Hopkinsville Brewing Company, this is a great opportunity to jump into gardening while relaxing with friends and great beer (or soda). Tuesdays happen to be a brew day so there will be spent grains to share as fertilizer or to feed your chickens.
This event is free and no gardening experience is required.

Beer Garden(ing): Five Easy Veggies Anyone Can Grow

Come to Hopkinsville Brewing Company on the second Tuesday in March, April and May for 20-minute gardening tips for beginners from Christian County Master Gardeners. The event starts promptly at 6:00 PM.
April 12 – Join us as we learn about all things veggies, focusing on five easy veggies anyone can grow. We’ll throw in a few herbs, too, that no one should be without.
Sponsored by The Christian County Master Gardeners and held at the Hopkinsville Brewing Company, this is a great opportunity to jump into gardening while relaxing with friends and great beer (or soda). Tuesdays happen to be a brew day so there will be spent grains to share as fertilizer or to feed your chickens
This event is free and no gardening experience is required.

Live Music – Carolina Rose

Carolina Rose is husband and wife duo Vickie Gibson-Groce (vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica) and Steve Groce (acoustic guitar and vocals). They specialize in tasteful acoustic versions of classic soft rock/folk rock, Motown and country hits—mixing both instrumentals and vocal selections in the show.

Carolina Rose has performed at SoKy Marketplace, El Mazatlan, San Juan Smokehouse, El Maguey, Larry’s Pizza and Nine20Live (Bowling Green KY), Yancey’s and The Spot (Glasgow KY), Carriage House Vineyards and Lost River Creamery (Russellville KY), Travelers Cellar Winery (Rockfiled KY), Black Sheep Café (Franklin KY), and 5 Broke Girls (Horse Cave KY).

Please visit both their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Carolina-Rose-538598433263336/?ref=bookmarks and their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDCZ79IN44pzjWe2sWERlXA

Hopkinsville Rotary Auction, April 21-26, 2014

The Hopkinsville Rotary Club’s Annual Rotary Auction is the most successful publicly-funded student loan program in the world. It is also the largest single Rotary Club fundraising project in all of Rotary International, which includes 32,000 clubs in 200 nations worldwide. Yes, we are proud of and excited about this great community service project!

It started with a goat, and it grew!

more: Hopkinsville Rotary Auction, April 21-26, 2014

Be Mesmerized by Hypnotist Doug MacCraw!

The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County are bringing a bit of mystery and wonder to the Alhambra! Here is some more info about the event:

“Be mesmerized with the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County! Join us on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 7:30pm as we welcome celebrity hypnotist Doug MacCraw to the Alhambra Theatre stage. MacCraw is a natural at combining his skills as a stand-up comedian with the science of hypnotism to create the most fast-paced, professional Comedy Stage Hypnosis Show in the country today. Dare to join our own Museum Director Alissa Keller and Christian County Historian William T. Turner and others on stage. This performance is not to be missed!


This fun-filled hypnotist show is offered in conjunction with the 22nd annual Edgar Cayce Hometown Seminar to be held March 28-30, 2014. Best-selling authors Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick join the Museums to pay tribute to Hopkinsville’s most famous son. Join the experts for an exciting weekend of lectures, discussions, and a guided tour of local sites important to Cayce’s story. Edgar Cayce discovered his gifts while hypnotized on a stage in Hopkinsville. Maybe the next Edgar Cayce is already among us!

Tickets for the Hypnotist Show are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.MuseumsofHopkinsville.org/ECseminar2014 or at the Pennyroyal Area Museum at 217 East 9th Street, Hopkinsville.

For more information about the full Edgar Cayce Hometown Seminar, visit our website at www.MuseumsofHopkinsville.org/ECseminar2014 or contact the museum at 270-887-4270.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Hopkinsville-Christian County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Planters Bank, WHOP/Lite 98.7, WKDZ/WHVO, Christian County Cares 2015, and the Kentucky New Era.”