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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.

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 13-15

Riverside Baptist Church in Dayhoit will host a revival beginning at 7 p.m. May 13-15 with special singing each night. Evangelist Terry Pace will be preaching. Everyone is welcome.

MAY 13-18

The Gospel Music FanFair Center For Rural Development in Somerset will host live gospel music May 13-18. Morning worship services begin at 9 am a.m. and daily showcases 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Afternoon matinees begin 3 p.m. along with meet and greet. Evening concert begins at 6 p.m. Featuring Aaron Wilburn, Barbara Fairchild, Freeman, Heirline, Perry Sisters, Steele’s, Cupps, John Lanier, Singing Cookes and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 606-677-6000.


The city of Harlan and Harlan Street Department will present a Spring Clean Up starting May 1. Each week, the street department will visit a different neighborhood to haul off larger items including old appliances, refrigerators, couches and more. Paint, batteries and tires must be grouped separately. Motor oil must also be in a separate container. Dates include: May 8, Sunny Acres/Woodland Hills; May 9-17, downtown Harlan/North and South Main; May 18-24, Sunshine; May 25-27, Ivy Hill; May 28-31, call for pickup if you missed the day/week. For more information or to arrange pick up, contact city hall at 606-573-2912.

MAY 16

There will be a scheduled quarterly Board of Health meeting at 6 p.m. on May 16 at the Harlan County Health Department.

MAY 18

The annual Storytelling in the Mountains, sponsored by the Harlan County Extension Service and the Kentucky Storytelling Association, will be held at the Harlan County Extension Depot beginning at 6 p.m. on May 18 featuring a great lineup of storytellers ready to spin some yarns. There will also be ice cream and toppings for attendees.

The city of Harlan, Harlan Street Department and Harlan Tourism is teaming up for a downtown spring cleanup on May 18, starting at 9 a.m. at the Harlan Center. Cleaning materials and lunch will be provided for volunteers. For more information, contact the Harlan Center at 606-573-4156.

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

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.


With Love From Harlan, a local nonprofit organization, 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.

MAY 22

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet May 22 at Golden Corral in London. Mealtime will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting to follow. Elections for chapter officers for the upcoming year will be held during the meeting, and several items of chapter business will also be brought up for discussion. 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 kentuckypublicretirees.org. For more information, call 606-260-0490.


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 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.

MAY 24-25

The annual Southern Shine Crawl will be held May 24 and 25 at the Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area. For more information, call 606-837-3205.

MAY 25

Evarts Basketball Camp with special guest Billy Hicks will be held May 25 for third- through eighth-grades. For more information, contact John Middleton at 606-505-0983 or john.middleton@harlan.kyschools.us.


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.


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.

The Cumberland Gap Artists Co-op, a non-profit organization, will present an Art Extravaganza Festival in Cumberland Gap, on June 1 featuring arts and crafts of Appalachian artist from the Tri-State region. Musical entertainment will be The Three Dog Celebration Band and the talent Acree Brother, of Louisville.

The 20th annual L&N Day will be held June 1 in the heart of the Old Town Artists’ Village, North Broadway, Berea. This event is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 800-598-5263 or visit www.visitberea.com.

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.


The annual Harlan County Relay for Life will begin at 6 p.m. on June 12 at Huff Park in downtown Harlan. For more information, check out the Facebook page or visit https://bit.ly/2JxbdXg.


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.