What’s Goin’ On

Published 5:00 pm Friday, August 30, 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.

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. through Sept. 19. Experience free, live music with this lineup of impressive artists: 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.


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.

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.


The Isaiah-Creech reunion will be on Sept. 1 at the lower shelter in Kingdom Come State Park, located at 500 Park Road in Cumberland. All family members are encouraged to come and have fun. Food will be served at 1 p.m. and family members can bring a covered dish of any kind. For more information, contact Joyce Shepherd at 606-589-6927, Wayne Creech at 513-746-5392 or Doug Creech at 937-242-8202. You can also check their Facebook page at “Walter and Dorothy Creech kin, friends and loved ones.”

SEPT. 2-6

The Harlan County Bookmobile schedule for the week of Sept. 2 includes:

Monday — No run; closed in observance of Labor Day.

Tuesday — Green Hills Center, Green Hills Elementary and Straight Creek.

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.

Mary Helen United Methodist Church will be having their annual homecoming service on Sept. 1. beginning with a morning message at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Jamie Brunk, pastor of West Liberty United Methodist Church, will bring the morning message with a dinner following the service. For more information, call 606-573-2008.


Black Mountain Elementary Site Base meeting will be Sept. 5 at 3 p.m. Public is welcome to attend.


Relay for Life’s second annual Bark for Life event for canines helping to fight cancer is scheduled for Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. The event will be held at Huff Park with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. There is a $15 registration fee ($5 for each additional dog), which includes a dog bandana. In conjunction with the event, Relay for Life has scheduled a 5k run/walk for the same day beginning at 8 a.m. Registration for the 5k is $25 and participants who register by Aug. 16 will be guaranteed a Bark for Life shirt. For more information, contact Kim Blanton at kimb57@bellsouth.net or Liz Couch at shutterbugliz1@yahoo.com or 606-505-5564.

Make plans to attend the annual Community Fair Day and Sorghum Stir-Off at Pine Mountain Settlement School on Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Registration for exhibits will be from 9-11 a.m. in Draper Garage. Representatives from the Harlan County Extension Service will register and judge the exhibits. Winners will be announced at noon. There will also be games for all ages, including face paint, fishing hold, music, cake walk, food, information books, crafts, horseshoe, corn hole and dunking booth. The gift shop/cafe will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, contact community coordinator Judy Lewis at 606-558-3571.

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.

SEPT. 15

September 15th, 2019. Homecoming at Totz Baptist Church. Preaching by Reverend Ralph Whitaker and Reverend David Jones. Singing by Seth and Carma Carmical. All are welcome. Services will start at 11 AM.

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: Sept. 21, Little Shepherd Trail/Pine Mountain Trail, 9 a.m. To sign up or for more information, call 606-573-4495.

OCT. 3

Black Mountain Elementary Site Base meeting will be Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. Public is welcome to attend.

OCT. 4-5

Harlan Musettes 75th Reunion, October 4-5 at the Harlan Baptist Church. The date has been changed. Rehearsal at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 4. Rehearsal at 9 a.m. and concert at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 5. For more information, contact Marilyn Schraeder at marilyn.schraeder@harlanind.kyschools.us. Addresses are still needed.

OCT. 19

The Lights Over Evarts Parade is slated for Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. Line up will begin at 7 p.m. behind Evarts High School with the parade traveling through town and ending at the Off Road Park. Prizes for the most lit up off-road vehicle include: Grand Prize ($250), First Place ($150) and Second Place ($100). Vehicles must have some form of lighting attach to them other than headlights, such as aftermarket light bars or string lights. The parade is sponsored by Evarts Tourism and Harlan County Outdoor Recreation Board Authority (HCORBA). For more information, call 606-837-2477.

NOV. 2

Are you looking to clean out all of your closets? Do you have furniture or toys that you don’t need anymore? Are you a crafter and need a venue to sell your crafts? Be sure to mark your calendar for Nov. 2, when the Harlan Center hosts their fall Mountain Market! This event is for antiques, folks having a yard sale, crafters, and others to set up and sell all of the things you craft, the things you make, or even just the things you don’t want anymore! This market will be taking place on Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

If you want to sell at this fun flea market/yard sale/crafting jamboree or if you have any questions regarding the Mountain Market, call at 606-573-4495 and reserve your spot today. To set up at this event, it is only $10.

NOV. 7

Black Mountain Elementary Site Base meeting will be Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. Public is welcome to attend.

NOV. 29-30

The 35th Annual Festival of the Mountain Masters will be making a return to the Village Center Mall on Friday, November 29th through Saturday, November 30th! This handcrafted, homemade and home-baked festival is truly an authentic Appalachian experience in the mountains of Harlan County. The festival will run from 10AM-6PM on both days. If you are looking for that unique, one-of-a-kind gift for your loved ones, look no further than the Festival of the Mountain Masters!

If you are interested in being a vendor or demonstrator at this festival or for more information, please contact the festival of the mountain masters on Facebook or feel free to give us a call at 606.573.4495.


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 Harlan County High School SBDM Council meets on the second Thursday of each month at 3:15 p.m. in the HCHS Media Center.

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.