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The Harlan Enterprise will publish local events in the community calendar free of charge as space allows. We do not accept submissions called in via phone. All submissions should be emailed to beth.key@harlandaily.com or dropped off at our office, 1512 Hwy. 421 South, Harlan. Submissions should be received no later than four business days prior to the event. If received in time, it will be published one or two days prior to the event. Announcements are also available at harlanenterprise.net.

DEC. 8

The 2018 Harlan County Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 8 in downtown Harlan.

A Jingle Bell Jog 5K will begin at 9 a.m. on Dec. 8 in downtown Harlan.

DEC. 9

Celebrate the Yuletide season as Pine Mountain Settlement School presents their annual Nativity Play at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 9 in the chapel. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance for special music.

DEC. 10-13

The Harlan County Bookmobile schedule for the week of Dec. 10 includes:

Monday — Three Point, Smith, Cawood Elementary School and Little Creek.

Tuesday — James A. Cawood Elementary School, Rio Vista/Loyall, Baxter/County Pike and Holy Trinity.

Wednesday — Pathfork and Sawbriar.

Thursday — Closplint, Holmes Mill, Hope Center and Eastbrook.

Friday — No run.

DEC. 11

The Harlan Area Retired Teachers will meet at 1 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Evarts Public Library. All retired teachers are invited to attend. There will have a potluck meal and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting, so bring your grandchildren or little friends. If there is no school the meeting will be canceled. For more information, contact Polly McLain on Facebook or call 606-837-3546.

Brian Bowman, veterans benefits field representative, will be at the Old Harlan County Courthouse, 210 E. Central St. in Harlan, on Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment onlyVeterans and their dependents will receive assistance filing for Federal and State veteran’s benefits. This service is provided free of charge by the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. To apply, veterans need to furnish copies of pertinent documentation to verify eligibility. For an APPOINTMENT, call toll free 606-433-7522 to speak with your Veterans Benefits Field Representative.

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet Dec.11 at David’s Steak House in Corbin, Kentucky. Mealtime will begin at 11:30 a.m.with the meeting to follow. The guest speaker will be Jim Stewart III, state representative for Knox and part of Laurel counties. Any retiree (and spouse) receiving retirement benefits from KERS, CERS or SPRS is welcome to attend. Membership information will be available at the meeting or on the website (kentuckypublicretirees.org). For more information, call 606-877-0079 or 606-260-0490.

Tyler Smith and Greg Hollins are working together to give emerging artists the opportunity to perform at Open Mic events. Listen Locally Presents: Mountain Voices Open Mic No. 3 at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Harlan Yoga Studio.


Continuing through Dec. 12, Harlan Tourism is bringing an ice rink to downtown Harlan. Be sure to come out during these dates to experience the magic of the holiday season. For more information, call 606-573-4156.

DEC. 13

The Harlan County High School SBDM Council will have a regular scheduled meeting at 3:15 p.m. on Dec. 13 in the HCHS Media Center. Everyone is invited to attend.

Harlan County Cooperative Extension Service invites everyone to their informative class on making your own maple syrup. The group will meet on Dec.13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Depot.

On Dec.13, from 5 to 7 p.m., Santa will be at the Harlan Public Library. Everyone is welcome. For more information or to make an appointment for Sensitive Santa, contact Elizabeth at 606-573-5220.


Harlan County Christian School will present their annual Christmas Light Display, Harlan County Celebrates Christmas, at the Shriners Fairgrounds in Putney for the 2018 Christmas season. The display will be open to the public from 6-9:30 p.m. and can be viewed every Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning Nov. 23. The display will also be open Dec. 19 (Wednesday). Sip on hot chocolate and munch on a candy cane while driving around the light display as many times as you like. Christmas music may be streamed through an FM channel on your car radio. The display is free to the public; however, donations to the Harlan County Christian School are greatly appreciated. The Shriner train will run (excluding Nov. 30 and Dec. 1) every Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. This year, the Shriner train will be running on Christmas Eve from 5 to 9:30 p.m. To sponsor a light display or for more information, contact the school at 606-574-1900.


Enjoy a story as Ms. Elizabeth presents captivating stories and fun crafts each Thursday at 1 and 3:30 p.m. at the Harlan County Public Library. Children of all ages are welcome.

DEC. 14-15

Christmas at the Farm at the Stables at Creekside Glen will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 15 featuring alive nativity wagon ride. For more information, visit their Facebook page or call 606-589-6910.

DEC. 15

Holy Trinity Catholic Church’s annual Toy Store will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 15 at the church, located at 2536 South U.S. Hwy. 421, followed by a Christmas party at 2 p.m. at the old Verda school with food, fun, games and a gift from Santa for all.

Brittians Creek Baptist Church, Kenvir, will present two Christmas plays at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15. The adult play, “The Christmas Buffet,” will give you some laughs but will teach you the true meaning of Christmas. The youth play, “The Greatest Gift of All,” will show that Jesus is the greatest gift of all. They will end with a nativity followed by singing “Happy Birthday Jesus.” Rev. Don Johnson and the congregation invites everyone to attend.

DEC. 16

Come enjoy Supper with Santa at the family-friendly event at one of the most historic locations in Harlan County, Benham Schoolhouse Inn, on Dec. 16.

DEC. 17-20

The Harlan County Bookmobile schedule for the week of Dec. 17 includes:

Monday — KCEOC Head Start (Grays Knob), Rita’s Daycare, Sunshine, Verda Head Start, Kids Campus and Sunshine Preschool.

Tuesday — High Rise apartments, Tway, Harlan Health & Rehabilitation, The Laurels and Teetersville.

Wednesday — Good Neighbor Road, Terrys Fork, Wallins Elementary School and Wallins.

Thursday — Rosspoint Elementary School, Harlan County Christian School, Cumberland Elementary School and Tri-Cities Nursing & Rehabilitation/Putney.

Friday — No run.

DEC. 26-27

The Harlan County Bookmobile schedule for the week of Dec. 26 includes:

Monday — Closed

Tuesday — Closed

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

Thursday — Evarts Elementary School, Black Mountain Elementary School, Brittains Creek, Dizney and Yocum Creek.

Friday — No run.

DEC. 31

Ring in the new year in the mountains of Harlan County at Benham Schoolhouse Inn’s New Year’s Eve party on Dec. 31.

JAN. 19

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Diversity Breakfast, sponsored by the SKCTC Office of Diversity & Inclusion, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 19 at Benham Schoolhouse Inn. All are welcome to celebrate. The special presentation and fellowship are free to all. For $10.95 per person, breakfast includes fluffy scrambled eggs, country sausage, cinnamon fried apples, biscuits & gravy, orange juice, milk, and coffee. For more information, contact Carolyn Sundy at 606-589-3052 or Erica Farmer 606-248-2180.

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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

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.