What’s Goin’ On

Published 11:59 pm Friday, December 20, 2019

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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.


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.

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DEC. 21

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.

DEC. 22

A Christmas play with songs of praise, “Who Is He?” will be presented by Evarts Baptist Church at 6 p.m. on Dec. 22. Pastor Donnie Adkisson and the congregation invite everyone to attend.

DEC. 23

Morning Star Church will present a Christmas play, The Reason, at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 23 at the Harlan Center, Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 573-7148.

DEC. 23-26

The Harlan County Bookmobile schedule for the week of Dec. 23 includes:

Monday — Three Point, Smith, Cawood Elementary School and Little Creek.

Tuesday — No run, holiday.

Wednesday — No run, holiday.

Thursday — Closplint, Holmes Mill, Hope Center and Eastbrook.

Friday — No run.

DEC. 24

Christmas Eve vespers will be observed at the First Presbyterian Church, 306 E. Clover Street, Harlan, at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 with reading of the Christmas story and singing of carols. Holy Communion will be celebrated. Everyone is welcome.

DEC. 30-31

The Harlan County Bookmobile schedule for the week of Dec. 30 includes:

Monday — Rita’s Daycare, Sunshine, Grays Knob KCEOC, Verda Head Start, Kidz Campus and Sunshine Preschool.

Tuesday — No run, holiday.


Harlan Tourism invites you to glide into fun as the Downtown Ice Rink come to Harlan for its second season. Open to skaters from Dec. 5 to Jan. 8. There are special rates for private parties, groups, field trips, etc. For more information, call 606-573-4156.


The Harlan County Humane Society will host Bingo every Tuesday and Thursday beginning at 6:30 p.m. — $20 plays all games. All proceeds benefit the humane society.


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.