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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.

APRIL 17, 18

Registration for pupils in kindergarten or the preschool program in the Harlan County Schools and Harlan County Head Start for the 2019-2020 school year will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 at each school on the following dates Evarts; April 17, Cawood; and April 18, Green Hills. For more information, contact the Harlan County Board of Education at 606-573-4330.

APRIL 17-18

The Harlan County Bookmobile schedule for April 15-18 includes.

Wednesday — Pathfork and Sawbriar.

Thursday — Closplint, Holmes Mill, Cumberland Hope Center and Eastbrook Station

Friday — No run.


Join the Appal-TREE project’s Cooking Class Series, an eight-week session, starting April 16 at Pine Mountain Settlement School (Plant Center Building) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Topics will range from budgeting to healthy cooking skills. This class is available to a limited number of adults who prepare meals for children 18 and under. The instructor will be Becky Pigman, Icing on the Cake. Participants will receive compensations for their time in completing study surveys, chef’s knife, cutting pad and ingredients for healthy meals, and recipes and instructions for preparing healthy affordable meals at home. For more information and to register, contact Cathryn Forester at 606-909-0199 or Cathryn@cfaky.org. The University of Kentucky’s Appal-TREE project promotes healthy eating choices in Harlan County.

Harlan Elementary School 2019-2020 kindergarten registration and open house will be held from 6-7 p.m. on April 16. For more information, call 606-573-8715.


Babyfest 2019 will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 18 at the Harlan County Extension Depot, free to mothers-to-be or new mothers with babies under 3 years of age. All activities are free. There will be door prizes, baby gifts, games, food, information booths and guest speakers. For more information, contact the Harlan County HANDS program at 606-573-3006 or your community school’s FRYSC.

There will be a Maundy Thursday communion service at 7 p.m. on April 18 at the First Presbyterian Church, 306 East Clover Street in Harlan. Rev. Fred Griffie will speak. All are welcome.


The annual Way of the Cross will begin at noon on April 19. Service begins in front of the Harlan County Courthouse before processing through downtown Harlan. Everyone is invited to this community service commemorating the significance of Good Friday.

Easter on Cloverfork will be held on April 19 (Good Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at River Ridge Baptist Church. The Harlan Christian Church Praise Team will be performing followed by a devotion. There will be crafts, singing, egg hunt with many prizes and a cook out.

Sowing The Seed Ministry will host an outdoor Good Friday church service beginning at 6:30 p.m. on April 19 in the Harlan Walmart parking lot. Bro. Charlie Napier will be preaching. Everyone is invited. For more information, call 606-573-6646.

Loyall Church of Christ will host a community Good Friday service beginning at 6:30 p.m. on April 19. Refreshments will be served following service. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 606-537-5315.

APRIL 19-26

The Benham Theater will be showing “Mine 9” at 7 p.m. nightly April 19-26. Tickets are $3 per person and concessions will be available.

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.


The 37th annual Tri-City Empty Stocking Easter Egg Hunt will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on April 20 at Tri-Cities Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 19101 U.S. 119 North in Cumberland. Bring an Easter basket or something to carry your eggs in. Prize baskets will be handed out in return for a prize egg. Park at the clinic — not on the side of the road for safety of the children.

Harlan Christian Church will host an Easter egg hunt beginning at 11 a.m. on April 20 on the playground of Harlan Elementary School for children, nursery to sixth grade. Over 5,000 eggs will be hidden along with special eggs with prizes inside. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will also be given away. For more information, contact Pastor Chris.

Wilderness Road State Park’s annual Easter at Karlan celebration begins at 2 p.m. on April 20. Children ages 13 and under are invited to join the Easter Bunny for a candy-filled Easter egg hunt that highlights an afternoon filled with fun, games and prizes. The event will also include light refreshments and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Participants are asked to bring their own basket. Admission to this year’s event is $1 per vehicle. For more information, call 276-445-3065 or email wildernessroad@dcr.virginia.gov.

Elks Lodge No. 199 will host an Easter egg hunt beginning at 11 a.m. on April 20 at Middlesboro High School.

East Cumberland Avenue Baptist Church in Middlesboro (across from Dairy Queen) will host a free community Easter egg hunt beginning at noon on April 20. There will be food, games, prizes and over 3,000 eggs to be found.

Remake Learning Days at SKCTC will be held from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on April 20 on the Middlesboro campus. This family fun day is for parents and students of the community and includes hands on learning with arts, crafts, sewing, cooking, machinery, exploring the great outdoors, science, technology, drug prevention and much more.

APRIL 20; MAY 18; JUNE 29,

JULY 20; AUG. 17, SEPT. 21

Starting in April, guided hike tours will be hosted to explore some of the most beautiful and unique locations in Harlan County. Sign up early — approximately 20 participants will be accommodated per hike. Participants will also receive a limited edition T-shirt. Hiking dates and locations include: April 20, Knobby Rock (Blanton Forest), 9 a.m.; May 18, Kingdom Come State Park, 9 a.m.; June 29, Pine Mountain Settlement School, 9 a.m.; July 20, Sand Cave (Blanton Forest), 9 a.m.; Aug. 17, Cumberland Shadow Trail. 9 a.m.; and Sept. 21, Little Shepherd Trail/Pine Mountain Trail, 9 a.m. To sign up or for more information, call 606-573-4495.


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.


There will be a community Easter sunrise service sponsored by several area churches on Easter Sunday, April 21, at 6:45 a.m. on the grounds of the First Presbyterian Church, 306 East Clover Street in Harlan. Everyone is welcome to attend.

A special Easter Cantata, The Blood Will Never Lose its Power,” will be presented at 11 a.m. on April 21 at Evarts Baptist Church. Pastor Donnie Adkisson and the congregation invite everyone to attend.

Easter Sunrise Service will be held on top of Clinch Mountain beginning at 6:30 a.m. on April 21. Everyone is welcome.


The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet April 23 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 99 state Rep. Rocky Adkins. Adkins is also a Democratic candidate for governor in the upcoming primary election. 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 is available on the website (kentuckypublicretirees.org). For more information, call 606-260-0490.

APRIL 25-26

The 32nd annual East Kentucky Leadership Conference will be held April 25-26. On Thursday, the conference will be held at the Benham School House Inn in Benham, and on Friday, it will be held at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Cumberland campus. To register or for more information, visit www.eklf.org.


The Harlan County Public Library and Dream Furniture will present the third trivia night will take place at 7 p.m. on April 26 at the Harlan Yoga Studio, located on Main Street in downtown Harlan. Join in as Tri-County Trivia challenges everyone to general trivia. Bring your team or come as an individual and organizers will find your team. Entry is free and food is provided by Dream Furniture. There will be a $200 grand prize. Come a little early to sign up.

APRIL 26, 27

Harlan Christian Church will host the 16th annual Men’s Fish Fry beginning at 6 p.m. on April 27. All men are invited to attend. Special music will be presented by the men from Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, and featured guests will be Tommy and John Thomas Oaks. The Oaks’ will also present a musical based on the life of Jonah, “A Whale of a Tale” at 6:30 p.m. on April 26 at Harlan Christian Church. Everyone is invited to attend.


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.


The annual Harlan County 100 Man March Against Domestic Violence will begin at 1 p.m. on April 27 in the Harlan Center parking lot. There will be refreshments and door prizes for walkers and supporters. Participants will need to arrive at the parking lot by 12:45 p.m. Pre-Registration is not required. For more information, email harlandvc@gmail.com or call Sheryl Caudel, domestic violence victim advocate at 606-392-1129.

Join the City of Evarts Tourism Commission and the Harlan County Ridge Runners for their annual Ramp Festival on April 27. The off-road ride for free guided tours will leave the North Evarts RV Park between 9:30-10 a.m. The event asks that you be there at 9 a.m. if you would like to participate. The food for the festival will be served from 4:30 to 5 p.m. There’s no charge per meal, but donations are expected. For more information, call Evarts City Hall at 606-837-2477

If you are concerned about the future of young children in the community and the neglect or abuse they may suffer and/or frustrated about the impact that poverty, drugs and incarceration are having on families, Living Hope Church and Eastern Kentucky Child Care Coalition will host trainings/informative sessions available to the public free of charge. Learn what you can do to help from to 10 a.m. to noon on April 6 April 27 at Living Hope Church, located at 347 Shawanee Road in Harrogate. To register or for more information, email you name and phone number to: kt@ekccc.org. If you would like to receive a certificate documenting your attendance, note that in your email. A $5 processing fee will be charged and collected on site.


#withlovefromharlan is now providing weekend meals (except the last Sunday of each month) at Christ Church in Harlan, across from Harlan High School. Meals are served from 4-5 p.m. on Saturdays and from 2-3 p.m. on Sundays.


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.


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 29-30

The Harlan County Bookmobile schedule for April 29-30 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.


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.


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.

MAY 1, 25

KMLF Kid’s Got Talent Contest will be held May 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. Two age groups: 7- to 10-year-olds and 11- to 14-year-olds. Those entering must fill out an application by May 1 — no exceptions. Judging on stage presentation, knowledge of the talent and crowd response. If you are singing, it must be to an instrument, instrumental track or acapella (no lip-syncing). For an application, email brian@thebig1063.com. Cash and prizes will be awarded.

MAY 3-4

The annual 421 Yard Sale, a project of Harlan 2020 Community Development Foundation, will be held May 3 and 4 based in towns and communities along and near U.S. 421 including Harlan, Evarts and the Tri-Cities. Vendors will also be set up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 3 and 4 at the Village Center Mall. For more information, call 606-837-3546 or Jim at 606-269-0533. For mall vendor/shopper information, contact Donna at 606-837-2900.

As part of Harlan County’s Bicentennial celebration this year, the Harlan County Arts Council is hosting Wild Pine Mountain: A Primitive Lands Of Harlan County Lecture Series on May 4 at the Harlan County Shrine Ground and Conference Building. Lectures will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This free community enrichment programming is intended to educate people about Harlan County’s more primitive past and natural history. There will be activities for children throughout the day, including face painting, arts and crafts, storytelling and moments with Smokey the Bear. Shriners will be selling concessions all day. There will also be a “get-to-know-one-another” bonfire by the river beginning at 6 p.m. on May 3 on the Shriners grounds. There will also be tours of the historic Putney Ranger Station on both days led by Tony Felosi. Both days’ activities are free to the public. For more information, call 573-4223.


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.


The annual Love My Public Schools 5K Scholarship Race for Harlan County students will be held May 6 at James A. Cawood Elementary School. Registration will begin at 5 p.m., and the race at 6 p.m. Those who register early will be guaranteed choice of T-shirt size. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for Harlan County High School students from the Harlan County Education Association. Several age divisions will offer competition opportunities for everyone, with gold, silver, and bronze medals awarded in these categories: under 13, teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, over 60 and special recognition. Registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt, water bottle and refreshments. To register for the event, go to https://hcea19.eventbrite.com or click the link on the “Harlan County Education Association” Facebook page. The Harlan County Education Association is a local chapter of the Kentucky Education Association.

MAY 10

Southeast Golf Scramble for Students will be held May 10 at the Middlesboro Country Club, hosted by the Southeast Education Foundation. A four-player scramble, the event entry fee is $300 per team, including green fees, use of cart, event T-shirt and lunch. Golfers may choose tee times at 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. Registration for each will be at 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Space is limited to 18 teams— nine per flight—and slots will fill quickly. To register, contact Leslie Carmack at 606-248-2021 or leslie.carmack@kctcs.edu. Proceeds from the tournament support student scholarships and Foundation operations.

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 13, 16

Are you the next Voice of Poke? Auditions will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on May 13 and 16 at the Harlan Center. Grand prize for winning the title is $1,000.

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.

MAY 23-25

The annual Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival will be held May 23-26 in Pineville. For more information, visit kmlf.org or the festival’s Facebook page.


Opening day for the Harlan County Farmers Market will be June 1. The market will be located in the parking lot adjacent to Harlan Tractor Supply, 10 Comprehensive Drive, every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 28.

JUNE 6-8

The 2019 Poke Sallet Festival will take place June 6-8 in downtown Harlan. For updates, check out the festival’s Facebook page or visit www.pokesalletfestival.com.


Harlan Christian Church’s second annual Summer Under the Stars will be held on Friday nights throughout the summer on the courthouse lawn in downtown Harlan. Movies will be shown on an inflatable outdoor movie screen starting at approximately 9 p.m. There will be free popcorn, nachos, snow cones and more. The schedule includes: May 31, The Kid Who Would Be King; June 14, Hotel Transylvania 3; June 28, Dumbo; July 5, Mary Poppins Returns; July 12, Moms’ Night Out; July 19, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Men Tell No Tales; July 26, Cars 3; Aug. 2, Ralph Breaks the Internet.


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.