What’s Goin’ On

Published 11:59 pm Monday, March 19, 2018

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MARCH 20-22

The Harlan County BOOKMOBILE schedule for the week of March 19 includes:

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Tuesday — Tway, Harlan Health & Rehabilitation, Harlan Senior Center and The Laurls/Teetersville.

Wednesday — Good Neighbor Road, Terry’s Fork, Loyall/Sawbriar and Wallins.

Thursday — Putney, Cumberland Elementary, Tri-Cities Nursing & Rehabilitation.

Friday — No run.


As a way to show our appreciation to local restaurants and to stimulate local economy for these establishments, Harlan Tourism is hosting a campaign called #HARLANCHOWSDOWN on March 21. Some local eateries will offer deals on this day including Hog Heaven and Taco Holler (set up at Harlan Center), Huddle House, Living Stone, Sports Cafe and The Portal. For more information, check out Harlan Tourism’s Facebook page.


The Harlan Elementary SITE BASED COUNCIL will meet at 3 p.m. on March 22 in the school library.


Pansy Christian Church will host a SPECIAL SINGING beginning at 5 p.m. on March 23 featuring the “Grand Ole Gospel” band, of Middlesboro. Pastor Adam Roark invites everyone to attend and enjoy an evening of music, food and fellowship. A love offering will be taken for the band.

An EVENING AMONG THE STARS of Pine Mountain will be presented from 7-10:30 p.m. on March 23 on the property of Truth Ministries, located at the entrance of Little Shepherd Trail (Letcher County side). There will be refreshments and live music.The event is free to attend (donations welcome). Observe the night sky through the lens’ of astronomical telescopes and see wonders that are out of this world. Remember to bring your own lawn chair or blankets and bundle up for chillier nights. Guests are asked to park at the Little Shepherd Trail parking lot, located off U.S. 119. In case of inclement weather or cloudy skies, the event will take place on March 30. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2IuP6O3.


Sunday evening VESPERS, sponsored by several Harlan area churches, will be held during Lent as follows: March 25, Harlan United Methodist Church. 201 E. Mound Street. Services start at 5 p.m. each week. These nondenominational services focus on spiritual preparation for Holy Week and Easter. Special music will be provided by the Harlan Ecumenical Choir. Everyone is welcome.

MARCH 26-30

The Harlan County BOOKMOBILE schedule for the week of March 26 includes:

Monday — Comprehensive Care, Cranks, Cawood and Little Creek.

Tuesday — Green Hills Elementary, Bledsoe, senior center and Straight Creek.

Wednesday — Pine Mountain, Pine Mountain Settlement School and Big Laurel.

Thursday — Black Mountain Elementary, Brittains Creek and Dizney.

Friday — Sunshine, High Rise Apartments, Evarts Elementary and Eastbrook.


The 36th annual Tri-City Empty Stocking Easter EGG HUNT, in memory of Jim “Muggins” Bennett, at 10 a.m. on March 31 at Tri-Cities Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Cumberland. Participants need to bring an Easter basket. There will be prize eggs along with door prizes. Park at the clinic — not along the road.

Hilltop Ministry will host an Easter EGG HUNT at 4 p.m. on March 31 at James A. Cawood Elementary School, weather permitting. Rain date is April 1 at 4 p.m. Participants need to bring their Easter baskets.

The Harlan County Domestic Violence Council will host PHOTOS WITH THE EASTER BUNNY from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Don’s Super Saver on March 31. A 5×7 photo is $10 (printed while you wait/shop). All ages are welcome. All proceeds will be used locally to provide emergency services for victims of domestic violence.


Kingdom Come State Park in Cumberland will host an EASTER EGG HUNT at 3 p.m. on April 1 at the shelter area for ages 10 and under. There will also be prizes, games and activities for children. For more information, call 606-589-4138.


The L&N/CSX Railroaders will meet at 10 a.m. on April 9 at the Harlan County Extension Depot. All retired and former railroaders are encouraged to attend.


The fifth annual Harlan County Run with Color 5K will be held April 14 in downtown Harlan.

APRIL 16-18

TRYOUTS for the Harlan County High School Dance Team will be held on April 16, 17 and 18, from 3-5 p.m. at the HCHS gymnasium. Tryout forms are available in the elementary schools offices. An application is also available at the high school. Students will learn the tryout dance on April 16, and then review the dance on April 17. Actual tryouts will be held on the April 18. Coaches are Anna Carruba and Lisa Layne.


The first annual Harlan, Ky. CRYPTO CON will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 21 at the Harlan County Extension Depot, located at 110 River Street, featuring lectures and presentations from wildlife and Bigfoot researchers. There will also be food, merchandise vendors, display tables and more. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.

The second annual MOUNTAIN FIESTA, a free street festival for the community, will be held in Cumberland Gap from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 21 featuring concerts, professional dance classes, art, craft demos, vendors, activities, food from Latin America and Appalachia.


Registration is now open for the fourth annual RAVEN ROCK 5K Trail Run/Hike at Kingdom Come State Park in Cumberland on April 28. Run along and over some of the most extraordinary rock formations in the state, including Raven Rock, a giant rock exposure that soars 290 feet into the air at a 45-degree angle. Registration begins at 9 a.m., run at 10 a.m. The fee on the day of the even is $25. Pre-register today at runreg.com and receive $5 off. T-shirts are first come, first served for on-site registration; only guaranteed if registered online.

MAY 19, 20

Registration is now open for the second annual “Tour De Kingdom Come,” a 36-mile road race which includes the scenic Little Shepherd trail, and first annual “Dash for Cash,” an up hill 2.7 mile time trial, scheduled May 19 and 20. A multi-event discount is offered for registering for both events. If you pre-register for “Tour De Kingdom Come” then you can select “Dash for Cash” time trial event for only $10 more. There will be cash awards for the top finishers in each category. Registration is available bikereg.com.


The ART EXTRAVAGANZA FESTIVAL will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 2 in Cumberland Gap (521 Colwyn Avenue) featuring Appalachian arts and crafts from the Tri-State area with food, music and wine tasting. No charge for admission.

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Narconon wants to education families on the new escalated risk Fentanyl has added to opiate abuse. Fentanyl has been found to be 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin and has a greatly increased change of overdose. You can learn more about the new dangers of opiate addition and the details of Fentanyl by visiting http://bit.ly/2oCmgAB Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addition in your family. Call 800-431-1754 for free screenings and referrals

Monthly INCOME LIMITS RAISED for Shepherd’s Pantry: One person, $1,276; two, $1,726; three, $2,177. The pantry, located at 111 Union Street in Clutts, will be signing up former and new clients for the pantry (not commodities) program from 10-11 a.m. on the first four Tuesdays and first three Wednesdays of each month until further notice. You must bring proof of all household income, all members Social Security cards, your utility bill with 911 address on it — no exceptions. Plenty of food is available.

ANN’S PANTRY, a mission of the Harlan United Methodist Church, is in need of non-perishable food items and monetary donations. To donate, contact the Stephen Riddle at 606-573-1464 or Wylene Miniard at 606-573-7731.

The American RED CROSS is seeking volunteers with flexible schedules to respond to single and multi-family home fires in the Lake Cumberland service area which includes Casey, Adair, Cumberland, Clinton, Russell, Pulaski, Wayne, McCreary, Whitley, Laurel, Clay, Knox, Bell and Harlan counties. Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers respond to assist families with shelter, support and access to basic needs immediately following a home fire – often arriving on scene even as the fire is still burning. Volunteers may apply online by visiting http://www.redcross.org/volunteer or by contacting Chapter Executive Terry Burkhart at 859-253-1331 or terry.burkhart@redcross.org.

GED classes are being offered to anyone 19 years or older. Improve your reading, writing and mathematical skills and study to receive your GED. Follow your children by improving your education free of charge. For more information, contact the following locations: Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College Middlesboro campus at 606-248-3175, Bell County Literacy Center at 606-248-2014, Pineville Learning Center at 606-337-3044 or Henderson Settlement at 606-337-7729 ext. 305.

Benchmark Family Services, serving Bell, Harlan, Clay, Knox, Laurel and Whitley counties, invites you to become a FOSTER PARENT. Free orientation classes are held from 5-6 p.m. on any Tuesday. For more information, call 606-526-6992 or toll free at 866-526-6992.

Free saliva-based drug testing kits are provided and sponsored through UNITE and Stand in the Gap Coalition (SIGCO). Give Me a Reason (GMAR) is designed for parents/guardians to use to talk with their children and randomly test them, which gives them a reason to say no when tempted or offered drugs. Kits can be obtained at 44 different distribution points (DP) throughout the Tri-State area and at the SIGCO office, located at 502 Pennlyn Avenue in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. For more information, contact the SIGCO office at 423-300-1302. To pick up a kit, stop by on Thursdays from noon to 5:30 p.m. Join prayer at the SIGCO office from 5-6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

GED classes are being offered to anyone 19 years or older. Improve your reading, writing and mathematical skills and study to receive your GED. Follow your children by improving your education free of charge. For more information, contact the following locations: Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College Middlesboro campus at 606-248-3175, Middlesboro Learning Center at 606-248-4000, Pineville Learning Center at 606-337-3044, Henderson Settlement at 606-337-7729 ext. 305 or Lighthouse Mission at 606-337-1069.

VOLUNTEERS and friendly visitors are needed for the Kentucky Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program to enrich the lives of seniors in their long-term care facilities. If you currently visit with someone or would like to become more involved and educated on resident’s rights, elder abuse and long-term care for seniors, contact Arlene Gibson, district ombudsman with Cumberland Valley ADD, at 606-864-7391 ext. 119.

A military SUPPORT GROUP for all active, separated or any former military men or women meets at 6:30 p.m. every first and third Monday of the month at the Middlesboro National Guard Armory, located on 30th Street. If you are facing financial, relationship, criminal, adjustment, substance abuse or other problems, this is for you.

Narconon is reminding families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise. Take steps to PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM DRUG USE. If you know anyone who is struggling get them the help they need. For a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs, call 800-431-1754 or visit DrugAbuseSolution.com. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals.