What’s Goin’ On

Published 11:36 am Friday, August 2, 2019

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.

The Harlan County Probation and Parole office will be accepting donations of toiletry items to provide miners affected by the recent Blackjewel mining bankruptcy from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at 227 Industrial Park Road, Suite 105, in Harlan (next to Southern Wholesale). Items include, but are not limited to: Soap/shampoo/shaving cream, toothpaste/toothbrush/floss, dish washing detergent, laundry detergent, toilet paper/ paper towels, famine hygiene products, deodorant, haircare products, baby wipes and hand soap.

Harlan County CAA is accepting donations for the miners and their families affected by the Blackjewel mining bankruptcy. You can drop off cash/check donations to April Vargas from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at HCCAA, located at 319 Camden Street in Harlan. Donation receipts can be given. All donations will be used directly for rent, utilities and food.

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JULY 25-SEPT. 19

The Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series will be held at the downtown Middlesboro Levitt Lot each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. from July 18 through Sept. 19. Experience free, live music with this lineup of impressive artists: Aug. 8; Heather Newman, Aug.15; Sammy Miller and The Congregation, Aug. 22; Larkin Poe, Aug. 29;Southern Avenue, Sept. 5; Sister Sadie, Sept. 12; Mike Farris & the Fortunate Few, Sept. 19. The public is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to the concerts, which will have an open lawn setting. There will be food trucks and vendors on site. Admission is free. Visit concerts.levittamp.org/middlesboro for a full schedule of concerts, directions and information on parking and wheelchair accessibility.


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: Aug. 2, Cars 3.


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 2-3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

JULY 29 – Aug. 1

The Harlan County Bookmobile schedule for the week of July 29 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, Hope Center and Eastbrook.

Friday — No run.

Concerts on Clover, will be held on Aug. 8 in downtown Harlan on the front plaza of the Harlan Center starting at 6:30 p.m, hosted by Harlan Tourism.

AUG. 1-3

Morning Star Church will host a vacation bible school, Adventure to the Islands, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., August 1-3. Five year olds to 11 year olds are welcome. The church is located at 108 North 2nd Street (The former Francis Florist location). Bible stories, hula contests, hula hoop contests, limbo, and a slip and slide on the last night. For more information call Norma at 573-7148.

AUG. 3

Totz Baptist Church will be giving away free school supplies at 2 p.m. on Aug. 3

The Kudzu Killers will be performing at Sand Bottom Hill Road in order to support protesting Blackjewel miners. The event takes place Aug. 3 starting at 6 p.m.

AUG. 4

A benefit ride for Blackjewel miners will be held Aug. 4. Riders are to meet in the Walmart parking lot at noon with kickstands up at 1 p.m. All proceeds will go toward helping families impacted by recent layoffs.

AUG. 6

Dr. Richard G. “Dick” Edwards will be at Jewelcraft, 115 Village Center Mall in Harlan, from 10:30 a.m. till 2 p.m. on Aug. 6 to greet friends and sell and sign copies of his new book entitled Black Mountain Deception.

AUG. 8

The Harlan County High School SBDM Council will have a regular scheduled meeting on Thursday August 8 2019 at 3:15 pm in the HCHS Media Center. Everyone is invited to attend.

AUG. 9

Cumberland Elementary School will host a Back to School Blowout at 4 p.m. on Aug. 9 for new and returning students. Local churches and the school Family Resource and Youth Service Center donated free school supplies to be distributed. For more information, call CES FRYSC at 606-589-2914.

There will be a special-called meeting of the Harlan County High School Site-Based Decision Making Council on Friday, August 9th at 9 a.m. at the Harlan County Public Schools Central Office building.

AUG. 10

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will be holding a Hunter Education Course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 10 at the Harlan County Extension Depot at 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.

The annual Pine Mountain Alumni and Community Reunion will be held from 3-6 p.m. on Aug. 10 on the campus of the Pine Mountain Settlement School. For more information, contact the school at 606-558-3571.

Ticket sales for the Harlan County Bicentennial Ball open. The tickets cost $50 per couple, including food, music, a red carpet entrance and dancing. For more information, call 606-573-4156.

AUG. 11

The Creech Reunion will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Aug. 11 at Pine Mountain Settlement School. For more information, contact the school at 606-558-3571.

Wallins Baptist Church will host its annual Homecoming Service on Sunday, August 11th at 11:00 am. David Howard will be the guest preacher and special music will be by Voices of Praise. A pot-luck dinner will follow the service. Everyone is invited.

AUG. 12

James A. Cawood Elementary School will host an open house for new and returning students from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 12.

AUG. 13

Evarts Elementary School will host a meet the teachers open house from noon to 2 p.m. on Aug. 13 There will be inflatables and food for new and returning Wildcats. Dress in your superhero costumes.

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet Tuesday August 13, 2019 at Golden Corral Restaurant in London, Kentucky. Mealtime will begin at 11:30 AM with the meeting to follow. The guest speaker will be 90th District state Representative Derek Lewis. 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 please call 606-260-0490.

Black Mountain Elementary School will host an open house for new and returning students and their families

From 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 13.

Rosspoint Elementary School will host an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 13.

Cumberland Elementary School will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 13.

Green Hills Elementary School will host an open house for new and returning students from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 13.

Wallins Elementary School will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 13 for new and returning students.

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, along with multiple community organizations, is hosting an upcoming expungement clinic on Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Harlan County Courthouse. The Harlan County Fiscal Court is sponsoring the event.

AUG. 14

Harlan County Schools open for students on Wednesday, August 14th. We encourage you to contact your child’s school or wait until school begins to purchase schools supplies. Through funding from the Harlan County Board of Education and many generous donations, most supplies have been purchased for students this year. Please do not spend your money needlessly. Again, please contact your child’s school or wait until school begins to purchase school supplies.

AUG. 16

The second annual Shine Your Light 5k, benefiting the Cumberland Hope Center, will be Aug. 16 at 8:30 p.m. with registration opening at 7:30 p.m. in the lower parking lot of the Harlan Center. The cost of registration is $10 up until race day, increasing to $15 to register the day of the race. Three guest speakers will also share their experiences of the Cumberland Hope Center during the race. For more information, call 606-573-4156.

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: 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.

AUG. 24

The 2019 Lillian Faye Simpson Golf Classic will be held on Aug. 24 at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in Cumberland. A four-player scramble, the event has an entry fee of $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. Additionally, there will be a longest drive contest and closest to pin contest. Space is limited to 18 teams — nine per flight — and slots will fill quickly. To register, contact Monique Witt at 606-589-3164 or mwitt0015@kctcs.edu. Proceeds from the tournament go to support student scholarships and foundation operations.

AUG. 31

The Harlan County Bicentennial Ball will be held at the Harlan Center on Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 per couple. This includes food, dancing, music and red carpet entrance. For more information, call 606-573-4156.

SEPT. 14

The 17th annual Totz reunion will be held on Sept. 14 at Coal Miners Park in Benham beginning at 10 a.m. Dinner will be ready by noon — organizers plan to have chicken, barbecue, hot dogs with chili, chips, soft drinks, tea and cold water along with coffee and doughnuts. Bring a covered dish or your favorite dessert. Bring your own lounge/lawn chair if you wish. There will be door prizes. Tickets for the drawing will be available when upon arrival/sign in. Donations for door prizes are also needed (put name and mark as a door prize). For more information, contact Shirley Dodd at 606-848-0442 or 606-273-3732.


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.

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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 David Gross 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.