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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.


Boy Scout Troop 149 of Harlan will conduct a flag retirement ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m. on April 27 near the lake at Camp Blanton. The ceremony is free and open to the public. All area veterans are encouraged to attend. Bring a lawn chair.

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

The Raven Rock Spring 5K Trail Run/Hike at Kingdom Come State Park has been postponed until April 27 due to inclement weather. 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.

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.


Benham Schoolhouse Inn will donate all proceeds from this week’s all-you-can-eat Sunday Supper to aid the Howard family as they mourn the loss of their two children from a tragic house fire and recover from their own life-threatening injuries. The supper is from noon to 3 p.m. on April 28 (carry-out is available). For more information, call 606-848-3000.


The Harlan Boys Choir will present their 54th annual Spring Awards Concert at 7 p.m. on April 29 at Harlan Baptist Church. Awards will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the concert. Two seniors will be recognized during the concert. The public is invited to attend.

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.


The Harlan County Cooperative Extension Service is offering a Gardening in Small Places program at 6 p.m. on April 30 at the Harlan County Extension Depot. For more information or to register, call at 606-573-4464.

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 2, 5

The Southeast Community College Choir will present spring concerts on May 2 at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Resurrection in Lynch and at 3 p.m. on May 6 at Christ Episcopal Church in Harlan.


MCHC and the Respiratory Clinics of Eastern Kentucky are sponsoring a community-wide Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 3 at the Harlan Medical Clinic, 132 Village Center. This Health Fair will provide a valuable service to our community. Services such as basic health screenings, blood pressure checks and glucose checks will be available. In addition, a variety of informational booths will be on site to help increase awareness of the many health related programs, services and providers that are available to our residents. For more information, contact Patricia Noe at 606-573-7771 or Anthony Warlick at 606-633- 4871.

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 Harlan Musettes will present their 75th annual Spring Awards Concert on May 6 at Harlan Baptist Church. Awards will begin at 7:30 p.m. followed by the concert. Four seniors will be recognized during the concert. The public is invited to attend.

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.


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 Middle School Choir will present their annual Spring Awards Concert on May 7 at Harlan Baptist Church. Solos and awards will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the concert. Seventeen eighth graders will be recognized during the concert. The public 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.

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 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: 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.

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.


The ninth annual Sue Ford Memorial Car Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 8 during the Poke Sallet Festival in downtown Harlan, located on First and Central Streets around the courthouse. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Food, drinks and T-shirt available. Trophies will be awarded in 11 different classes. All proceeds benefit Harlan County Christian School. For more information, contact Darian t 606-505-9824.


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.