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What’s Goin’ On

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.

The Southeast Community College Choir spring term rehearsals have begun. Director Ryland Pope invites all who love to sing, to join in learning beautiful music to welcome the season. The choir is mainly adults, but serious high school and college students are welcome to join. The SECC Choir is a college class, and credits through Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College may be obtained by registering through the college system. For more information, contact Pope at tpope0008@kctcs.edu

JAN. 16-17

The Harlan County Bookmobile schedule for the week of Jan. 14 includes:

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.

JAN. 16

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet Jan. 16 at Golden Corral in London. Mealtime will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting to follow. The guest speaker will be state Rep. Robert Goforth (89th District). 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 at kentuckypublicretirees.org. For more information, call 606-877-0079 or 606-260-0490.

JAN. 17

The Kentucky Blood Center will host a blood drive on Jan. 17 at the Harlan Center. For more information, contact the Harlan Center at 606-573-4156.

THURSDAYS

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.

JAN. 18

Harlan Rotary Club will host “Share the Warmth Blanket Drive Concert” at 6 p.m. on Jan. 18 at Harlan Yoga Studio & Events. Enjoy a night of music and fun featuring the Kudzu Killers, Big Thunder Kissin Radio Band, Tripps and Tyler Smith. Admission is a new blanket per person or $10 per person. All blankets and proceeds benefit Christ’s Hands.

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 scrambled eggs, country sausage, cinnamon fried apples, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, milk and coffee. For more information, contact Carolyn Sundy at 606-589-3052 or Erica Farmer 606-248-2180.

The East Kentucky Beekeeping School will be held on Jan. 19 at the Perry County Central High School in Hazard. If you are a beekeeper or interested in beekeeping, this will be a great school to attend. For more information, contact the Harlan County Extension Service office at 606-573-4464.

MONDAYS-THURSDAYS

The Harlan County Walking Club meets from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday at the Harlan County High School indoor track. Free and open to the public year round, all ages are welcome to walk, jog or run at their own pace. Participants may enter at the top left gym entrance (four brick columns facing U.S. 119). For more information, you may contact Cathy York, Harlan County High School Youth Service Center coordinator, at 606-573-3006 or Cathy.York@harlan.kyschools.us.

JAN. 22-24

The Harlan County Bookmobile schedule for the week of Jan. 21 includes:

Monday — Closed.

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.

JAN. 22

Middlesboro Mall will host a Mall Walker’s Appreciation Event from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Jan. 22 with free health screenings including blood pressure, pulse, pulse ox, glucose, grip testing and stroke assessment provided by Middlesboro ARH staff. There will be a presentation by Adam Mills, physical therapy assistant at Middlesboro ARH, at 9 a.m. at Center Court, and door prizes.

JAN. 24

Beginning Jan. 24, the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, 306 E. Clover Street, Harlan, will be open each Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for prayer and meditation. Anyone seeking a quiet space to spend time with the Lord is welcome.

JAN. 25-27

Pine Mountain State Resort Park will present the annual Winter Photography Weekend Jan. 25-27 with evening programs by guest professional Paul Hassell. New this year is the Cell Phone Class (this can be a stand-alone entry (entering four images like the other traditional three classes) or as an additional image if you are entering in another class (entering your four normal images, then one extra in the phone class). Also for this year, category suggestions will be accepted. Send suggestions via Facebook message or to Keith.Bowling@Ky.gov. Early bird registration is $30 (two weeks prior to event date) or $40 at the door. For more information, call 606-337-3066.

JAN. 31; FEB. 2

The Harlan Center’s Winter Mountain Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 2. There will also be food trucks set up for the day. If you want to sell at this flea market/yard sale/crafting jamboree, contact the center at 606-573-4495 and reserve your spot. You must have your spot reserved by Jan. 31 or until space runs out. Set up is $10.

JAN. 31; APRIL 13

The annual Harlan County Run With Color 5K will be held on April 13 beginning at 9 a.m. This 5K takes place in the heart of downtown and runners pass through six stations where they are covered in color power and liquid. Anyone who registers by April 1 is guaranteed a T-shirt. A discount is offered to those registering by Jan. 31. Register online (https://bit.ly/2RLy2v3) or stop by the Harlan Center.

FEB. 1

The Harlan County Public Library will sponsor the first Trivia Night from 7 to 9 p.m. on Feb 1 at Harlan Yoga Studio & Events, hosted by Tri-County Trivia and Harlan Yoga.

FEB. 2

There will be a benefit movie night beginning at 1 p.m. on Feb. 2 at the Pineville Theater to help raise money for Gunnar to go to NAPA (intensive therapy in Boston). Tickets the movie “Wonder” are $6 and include one small drink and popcorn. There will also be a silent auction.

FEB. 9

Benham Schoolhouse Inn will present Midnight at the Masquerade, a murder mystery experience, beginning at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 — designed for adults, but family-friendly with a PG-13 rating. Doors open at 6 p.m., and all guests should arrive by 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person (reservations required) and include dinner, murder mystery show, after party, dance with Kudzu Killers and Late Night Love & Marriage Game Show. Cash bar available. For more information or to make reservations, call 606-848-3000.

FEB. 12

The seventh annual Chamber Chocolate Craze, a chocolate sampling event, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Middlesboro Mall, sponsored by the Bell County Chamber of Commerce.

FEB. 14

Pine Mountain Settlement School will host a Candlelight Valentine’s Dinner at 6 p.m. on Feb. 14. Relax and enjoy traditional Appalachian cuisine in the historic Laurel House. For more information or to register, call 606-558-3604.

FEB. 23

Pine Mountain Settlement School will kick off the gardening season with the annual seed swap from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Feb. 23 in Laurel House (Lunch is provided for free at noon). Heirloom seed expert Bill Best will be on hand. Many rare local bean and tomato varieties will be available for purchase and be sure to bring your own heirloom seeds to sell or trade. For more information, contact David Hinkle at 606-558-3604 or dhinkle@pinemountainsettlementschool.com.

MARCH 16

The Love it, Don’t Trash it community clean-up will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on March 16, sponsored by #Withlovefromharlan. Participants will meet at the upper level of the Harlan Center. Come as you are, no tools or supplies are needed as they will be provided, including safety vests, brooms, dustpans, trash bags and gloves.

APRIL 5

The third annual Kingdom Come State Park Miniature Golf Tournament will be held on April 5. Registration is from 5 to 5:45 p.m. and the tournament starts at 6 p.m. Ages 5 and up are welcome to compete with individual and couples categories. Awards will be given to first place winners. Registration and free fee is $3. Celebrate 27 years of miniature golf with the park mascot and DJ Winston Lee. For more information, email Sherry.cornett@ky.gov or call 606-589-4138.

APRIL 13

Antiques, Arts & Crafts in the Crater will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 13 in the Middlesboro City Parking Lot, presented by Middlesboro Main Street, Bell County Tourism, Southern Girls Events and the Bell County Chamber of Commerce.

APRIL 20

The Raven Rock Spring 5K Trail Run/Hike at Kingdom Come State Park will be held April 20. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the race at 10 a.m. Registration fee for the run/hike, $20; kids race, $8. T-shirts are first come, first served for on-site registration. Pre-register online at runreg.com to guarantee a T-shirt. For more information, call 606-589-4138.

MAY 18

The Tour De Kingdom Come Bicycle Rally will be held May 18. Registration at the park gift shop at 9 a.m., race starts at 10 a.m. Registration fee is $25. Pre-register before May 14 to guarantee a T-shirt at BikeReg.com. Awards for each age division. Fastest male and female will receive special awards. Every rider that finishes the final climb in under 17 minutes will earn a special polka dot T-shirt. The 36-mile race begins and ends at the Kingdom Come State Park lake. For more information, email Sherry.cornett@ky.gov or call 606-589-4138.

JULY 13

The Kingdom Come State Park Paint the Park 5K Color Run will be held July 13. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., race at 7 p.m. Entry fee is $20. Pre-register at runreg.com. For more information, email Sherry.cornett@ky.gov or call 606-589-4138.

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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 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 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.

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.