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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.

MARCH 9

The Singing Cookes and the Cooke Brothers will perform at 7 p.m. on March 9 at the Middlesboro High School gymnasium.

MARCH 10, 17, 24, 31; APRIL 7, 14

Special vesper services will be held in Harlan at 5 p.m. each Sunday during Lent as follows: March 10, Christ Episcopal Church; March 17, Harlan United Methodist Church; March 24, First Presbyterian Church, March 31, Holy Trinity Catholic Church; April 7, Christ Episcopal Church and April 14, Harlan United Methodist Church. Services are non-denominational, will focus on the meaning of the Kingdom of God, and include scripture, prayer and special music. All are welcome to attend.

MARCH 10

There will be a Bill of Rights and Second Amendment meeting at 2 p.m. on March 10 at the Middlesboro National Guard Armory, located on 30th Street.

MARCH 11-14

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

MONDAYS-THURSDAYS

The Harlan County Walking Club meets from 9 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, contact Cathy York, Harlan County High School Youth Service Center coordinator, at 606-573-3006 or Cathy.York@harlan.kyschools.us.

MARCH 12

The Upper Cumberland/KEA Retired Teachers will hold their annual pre-delegate caucus on March 12 at David’s Steaks in Corbin. Lunch (provided) begins at 11:30 a.m. and meeting at noon. Business will be an update of the legislative session and other items of interest to retirees. all elected kea-r and kea delegates are encouraged to attend to receive information concerning the April 3-5 Delegate Assembly. All members welcome. Additional information is available from UCEA-Retired President Pat Bingham by e-mail to fsdir@hotmail.com.

MARCH 14

The Kentucky Blood Center will host a Community Blood Drive from 1:30 to 6 p.m. on March 14 t the Harlan Center in the meeting rooms. For more information or to schedule a donation, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800-775-2522.

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

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.

MARCH 16

Join Harlan Little League, the City of Harlan, 4H and Harlan Tourism for Kids Fun Day from noon to 4 p.m. on March 16 at Huff Park. Harlan Little League will have open registrations as well as evaluations. You can expect games, inflatables (sponsored by the Harlan County Boys and Girls Club), face painting, entertainment, free food (while supples last) and more. Fore more information about Little League, registration costs, division or more, check out the Harlan Little League Facebook page, call 606-505-0025 or email harlanlittleleague@gmail.com.

Spring Scrapfest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 16 at the Harlan County Extension Depot, located at 110 River Street, sponsored by Scrapmakers and the Harlan County Extension Service. The cost is $10 and features favor bags, door prizes, vendors, scrapbooking tools: Circuit; Photo. Lunch will be soup and salad plus dessert. To register, call 606-573-4464.

Harlan Masonic Lodge No. 879 is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Lucky 5K on March 16. Race begins at 9 a.m. at the Harlan Center. Registration is $15. Applications may be picked up and dropped off at Harlan Self Storage, Harlan Center or Coming Up Roses. All proceeds will benefit the lodge. All ages are welcome.

Harlan County Friends of the Shelter will sponsor a trap and release spay/neuter clinic for community and feral cats on March 16. Space is limited. For more information, contact the Harlan Animal Shelter at 606-573-8867.

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.

MARCH 18-21

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.

MARCH 19

The Harlan County Cooperative Extension Service is offering a free garden planning workshop featuring basics in gardening such as planning, when to plant, getting your soil tested and pest control, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on March 19 at the Harlan County Extension Depot. To register or for more information, call 606-573-4464.

Pine Mountain Settlement School will host “Soil Health” from 5 to 6 p.m. on March 19. Learn how to test your soil to determine what nutrients are missing and discuss how to best use cover crops, composting, animal manures and other fertilizers to ensure a bountiful harvest. For more information, call 606-558-3571 or email office@pinemountainsettlementschool.com.

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet March 19 at Golden Corral in London. Mealtime will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting to follow. The guest speaker will be House District 89 state Rep. Robert Goforth. 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.

MARCH 22

Stirring Occasionally: Stories from the Kitchen will be held at 7 p.m. on March 22 at Harlan Yoga Studio & Events. A night featuring tales from local folks sharing their seasoned stories.

St. Anthony Catholic Church in Pineville will have a Lenten Fish Fry from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 22. Tickets are $7 — dine in or carry out. For more information, contact the church office at 606-248-2068.

MARCH 23

Crawdad presents the first annual Punk-Chili-Zine Fest on March 23 at the Godbey Appalachian Center, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Cumberland. This event will include live music, local vendors, free food and free workshops. A potluck-style chili cookoff will occur from 2-5 p.m. For more information, contact Tristin Cunniff at pczfest@gmail.com or 606-634-6002.

MARCH 25-28

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.

APRIL 2-30

Pre-registration for Holy Trinity Preschool will be held April 2-30 for fall. For more information, call 606-573-3570 or stop by to visit.

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 11

Traditional Beekeeping will be hosted by Pine Mountain Settlement School from 5 to 6 p.m. on April 11. Local beekeeper and traditional skills expert Gary Branson will demonstrate how to build and use hollow-log style beehives. You will also learn what you need to know about selling honey and other honey-based, value-added products to the public as well. For more information, call 606-558-3571 or email office@pinemountainsettlementschool.com.

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 19-21

Pine Mountain Settlement School will host Wildflower Weekend April 19-21. Pine Mountain has more than 100 species of wildflowers viewable through guided walks. PMSS does all the planning and provides lodging and meals. For more information, call 606-558-3571 or email office@pinemountainsettlementschool.com.

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.

APRIL 29

The Harlan County Community Scholarship Banquet will be held April 29 at the Harlan Center. Anyone wishing to give a scholarship at the banquet should have selections completed by April 23 for recipient information to be included in the event program. Anyone interested in presenting a scholarship at the banquet should contact Superintendent Brent Roark or Jeff Phillips at Harlan County Schools by calling 606-573-4330, or Superintendent C.D. Morton at Harlan Independent Schools by calling 606-573-8700. Ticket sale information will be announced at a later date, but will be $15 each.

APRIL 30

Parents may sign their children up to play Little League at Pine Mountain Settlement School from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 30 in the school’s library. For more information, contact Judy Lewis at 606-558-3571.

MAY 4

Pine Mountain Settlement School will host Draft Animals 101 from noon to 3 p.m. on May 4. Join as participants learn the old-time methods and skills necessary for plowing, log skidding and sled pulling with draft animals. For more information, call 606-558-3571 or email office@pinemountainsettlementschool.com.

MAY 10-12

Pine Mountain Settlement School will host Black Mountain Wildflower Weekend May 10-12. Celebrate the unique and important ecosystem of the highest point in Kentucky, home to many rare species of wildflowers, rare birds, mammals and insects. For more information, call 606-558-3571 or email office@pinemountainsettlementschool.com.

MAY 12

Pine Mountain Settlement School will host a Mother’s Day Dinner from 6 to 7 p.m. on May 12 in Laurel House. A farm-fresh supper is free for moms; the cost for everyone else is $10.

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 Harlan, Bell, Whitley and Knox 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 and 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 residents’ 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.