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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.

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. 10

Evarts Congregational United Methodist Church will host a special service in honor of Black History Month at 5 p.m. on Feb. 10.

FEB. 11-14

The Harlan County Bookmobile schedule for the week of Feb. 11 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, Cumberland Hope Center and Eastbrook. Station

Friday — No run.

FEB. 11, 23

Entries are being accepted for the 2019 Miss Southeast Pageant. The deadline is Feb 11 and applications may be picked up at any SKCTC campus. The winner will receive $1,000 tuition scholarship for one semester and will represent Southeast at this year’s Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival in May. The pageant will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 in the Black Box Theater-Godbey Appalachian Center on the Cumberland campus. For more information, contact Shana Lewis, Cumberland campus, at 606-589-3019, or Elaine Mcelyea, Harlan campus, at 606-589-3229.

FEB. 12

The Harlan Area Retired Teachers Association will meet at 1 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Harlan County Extension Depot. Speaker Kim Kelley will discuss and present photos of her recent trip to Israel. Prom-type dresses for the Cumberland Hope Center are sought for this month’s donation. For more information, contact Polly Mclain on Facebook or at 606-837-3546.

The Harlan County Democrat Executive Committee will meet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 12 at The Portal. Committee members and other Democrats are invited to attend. Recruiting election officers for the upcoming primary election will be discussed.

Brian Bowman, a veterans benefits field representative, will be in Harlan County from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (by appointment only) on Feb. 12 at the Harlan County Courthouse. Veterans and their dependents will receive assistance filing for federal and state benefits. This service is provided free of charge by the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. To apply, veterans need copies of pertinent documentation to verify eligibility. For an appointment, call toll free 606-433-7522 to speak with your representative.

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.

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet Feb. 12 at David’s Steak House in Corbin. Mealtime will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting to follow. The guest speaker will be Brian Towles, medical services specialist for Kentucky Retirement Systems. 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.

FEB. 14

The Harlan County High School SBDM Council will have a regular scheduled meeting at 3:15 p.m. on Feb. 14 in the HCHS Media Center. Everyone is invited to attend.

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. 18-21

The Harlan County Bookmobile schedule for the week of Feb. 18 includes:

Monday — Rita’s Daycare, Sunshine, KCEOC-Grays Knob, Verda Head Start, Kidz Kampus and Sunshine Preschool.

Tuesday — High Rise Apartments, Tway, Harlan Health & Rehabilitation Center, 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 Center/Putney.

Friday — No run.

FEB. 19

The Harlan County Board of Education’s regular meeting schedule for 2019 has been announced. Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. with the exception of February. The February meeting will be held on the third Tuesday at HCHS at 6:30 p.m. Dates include: Feb. 19, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19.

FEB. 21

The Harlan County Extension Service is hosting a series of five forestry-related workshops, “Getting to Know Your Woodlands.” The first workshop will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the Harlan County Extension Depot, 519 S. Main Street in Harlan. To register or for more information, call 606-573-4464.

THURSDAYS

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.

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.

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.

FEB. 25-28

The Harlan County Bookmobile schedule for the week of Feb. 25 includes:

Monday — Comprehensive Care Center, Cranks Creek, Cawood and Bob’s Creek.

Tuesday — Green Hills Senior Center, Green Hills Elementary School, Straight Creek and Bledsoe.

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.

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.

MARCH 1

Bloodroot, a literary magazine of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College, is seeking submissions and contest entries from Appalachian writers in short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and art. Considerations include one short story of up to five pages in length, one creative nonfiction piece up to five pages in length, or up to five poems. Submission deadline is March 1. Prizes include $50 for each category. Sponsored by the Southeast Honors Program. Send electronic submissions to: donnak.cox@kctcs.edu; or mail to: Donna Cox – Bloodroot, SKCTC Harlan campus, 164 Ball Park Road, Harlan, KY 401831.

MARCH 2

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will hold a Hunter Education Course beginning at 9 a.m. on March 2 at the Harlan County Extension Depot, 110 River Street in Harlan. The hunter must attend the session and pass an exam to be certified. All hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1975 must complete this course. The hunter must be at least 9 years of age to be certified. All participants must register for the course at www.fw.ky.gov. For more information, contact the Harlan County Extension Service at 606-573-4464 or the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at 800-858-1549. The course is free of charge.

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. 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 green 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

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 will pass through six stations where they will be covered in color powder and liquid. Anyone who registers by April 1 is guaranteed a T-shirt. Register online (https://bit.ly/2RLy2v3) or stop by the Harlan Center.

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 will be at the park gift shop at 9 a.m. The 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., and the 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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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

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 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 ans 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 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 325 Straight Creek Road, New Tazewell, 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.