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 email@example.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.
There will be road blocks for the continuing tradition of “Mountain Santa” from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 28 and 29 at the Village Center Mall. A road block will also be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the stop light in Wallins. For more information, contact Jordan Howard at 606-273-7041.
NOV. 29-DEC. 25
The Harlan County Celebrates Christmas Light Display will open Nov. 29 at the Shriners Fairgrounds in Putney. Bring your family and enjoy lights and music (streamed through an FM channel in your vehicle) every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout the season from 6 to 9:30 p.m. In addition, the display will be open on Dec. 16-18 (Monday through Wednesday) and Christmas Eve. The display, which is sponsored and maintained by Harlan County Christian School, is free to the public; however, donations are appreciated. To sponsor a light display, call 606-574-1900.
The 35th annual Festival of the Mountain Masters will return to the Village Center Mall on Nov. 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This handcrafted, homemade and home-baked festival is truly an authentic Appalachian experience in the mountains of Harlan County. 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, contact the Festival of the Mountain Masters on Facebook or call at 606-573-4495.
Dylan Strong Run 5K will begin at 9 a.m. on Nov. 30, hosted by Making Ripples Training Studio. Proceeds will benefit Bell Central eighth-grader and football player Dylan Bingham who is fighting leukemia. The run starts at Making Ripples Training Studio. For registration and sponsorships, contact Ashley Ramsey at 865-228-9727 or visit https://localraces.com/makingripples/dylan-strong-run.
DEC. 1, 8
The Southeast Community Choir will present two holiday concerts beginning at 3 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Church of the Resurrection in Lynch and Dec. 8 at Christ Episcopal Church in Harlan.
Are you concerned about the drug epidemic and want to be a part of the solution? Make plans to attend the Harlan County Drug Summit on Dec. 2 at the Harlan Center. The event is open to everyone — citizens, business and civic leaders, nonprofits, churches and youth service personnel are encouraged to attend. There is no registration fee and lunch will be provided. Exhibitors are also encouraged to set up. If you are an individual, business, organization or nonprofit that has resources, information or other, call 606-573-2600 and find out how to become an exhibitor. Registration begins at 8 a.m. To register for the Harlan County Drug Summit or for more information, call 606-573-2600.
The Kentucky Department for Public Health, the Kentucky Pharmacist Association and the Harlan County Health Department will be offering free Naloxone education and Naloxone nasal spray kits (Narcan™), as well as information on local drug treatment options. Naloxone is the opioid overdose reversal drug used to help save lives from overdose due to substance abuse. The 15 to 20-minute education and kits will be offered on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harlan Center. For more information, contact the health department at 606-573-3700.
Tri-Cities Nursing & Rehabilitation Center will host a Christmas Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 featuring a visit from Santa and holiday cheer with refreshments, singing and fellowship. Everyone is welcome.
The Tri-City Christmas Parade will be held at 5 p.m. on Dec. 6 along Main Street in Cumberland featuring floats, music, Santa Claus and his elves. This year’s theme is “My Christmas Wish.” For more information, call 606-589-2106.
Movie Night at Benham Coal Miners’ Memorial Theater will be held on Dec. 6. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” begins at 7 p.m. Admission is a $2 donation.
Christmas is just around the corner and the Harlan Christmas Parade is scheduled for Dec. 7 in downtown Harlan, presented by Harlan Tourism. Lineup begins at 4:30 p.m. with the parade at 5:30 p.m. The parade route will remain the same as throughout the last few years. This year’s theme is “What Christmas Means to Me.” Prizes will be awarded for: Best Children’s Float ($100); Best Religious Float ($100), Best Theme ($100), Harlan Tourism Award ($100), Best Scouting ($100) and Grand Prize ($500). Now is a great time to begin planning your parade entry with your team, church, organization, business, or family. Applications can be picked up at the Harlan Center. For more information, contact the center at 606-573-4156.
Enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Benham Schoolhouse Inn on Dec. 7 beginning at 9 a.m. Kids will also enjoy cookie decorating, crafts and singing — pajamas welcome. For more information including cost, contact the inn at 606-848-3000.
A Gingerbread House Contest will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Lynch Depot. Create your own gingerbread house; trophies awarded for first, second and third places. There is a $10 fee. To RSVP, call 606-894-0007.
Festival of Trees and Open House at the Kentucky Coal Museum will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 7 featuring over 80 beautiful Christmas trees, refreshments, live entertainment, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Grinch, Whoville and more.
The annual Nativity Play at Pine Mountain Settlement School will be held at 3 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 in the chapel. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance for special music. Admission is free.
The Evarts Christmas Parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8. This year’s theme is “Christmas Traditions.” Lineup will start at Evarts Elementary School at 1 p.m. Grand prize for overall best float, $250; first place (must match theme), $150; second place (must match theme), $100. For more information, call 606-837-0609.
Santa visits the Rebecca Caudill Public Library in Cumberland from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 10.
The Musettes 75th annual Christmas Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 at Harlan Baptist Church. A reception will be held immediately following the concert.
Santa visits the Harlan Public Library from 5-7 p.m. on Dec. 12.
Movie Night at Benham Coal Miners’ Memorial Theater will be held on Dec. 6. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” begins at 5 p.m. and “A Christmas Carol” begins at 7 p.m. Admission is a $2 donation.
DEC. 13- 14
Christmas at the Farm will be held from 5 to 8 a.m. on Dec. 13 and 14 at Stables at Creekside Glen featuring a live nativity tour, angelic wagon ride through the story of Christ’s birth.
Benham Methodist Church will host a Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 14 with Christmas items, baked goods and more.
Cumberland Baptist Church will host a Christmas Cantata at 4 p.m. on Dec. 14.
The Tri-City Senior Center’s Christmas potluck dinner will begin at 5 p.m. on Dec. 17. The center provides ham. Bring your favorite side dish or dessert. Gospel singing will follow the dinner. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 606-589-2120.
Movie Night at Benham Coal Miners’ Memorial Theater will be held on Dec. 20. “The Star” begins at 5 p.m. and “It’s a Wonderful Life” begins at 7 p.m. Admission is a $2 donation.
Club 180, located at 716 School Road, will host a Community Christmas Dinner at 5 p.m. on Dec. 21 featuring great food, music and ornament making for the kids.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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