What’s Goin’ On

Published 11:59 pm Friday, January 24, 2020

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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 emily.perkins@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.

JAN. 27-31

The Harlan County Bookmobile schedule for the week of Jan. 27 includes:

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Monday — Comp. Care, Cranks Creek, Cawood and Bob’s Creek.

Tuesday — Green Hills Center, Green Hills Elem., Straight Creek and Bledsoe.

Wednesday — Pine Mountain, Pine Mnt. Settlement School and Big Laurel.

Thursday — Evarts Elem., Black Mnt. Elem., Dizney and Yocum Creek.

Friday — No run.

JAN. 31

The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry is working with the Harlan County Health Department to provide free oral cancer screenings. The next session will be on Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Food City in Harlan.

Being screened for oral cancer is important for every adult. For information about the screening, contact Elena Creech at 606-573-3700 or elenas.creech@ky.gov.

FEB. 1

The Cumberland Gap Cattle Conference will take place on Saturday, February 1, at the Lincoln Memorial University’s DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center in Ewing, Virginia. Registration will start at 9 a.m. and the event will conclude at 3 p.m. Lunch is included with registration and a trade show will take place. Registration before Jan. 29 is $20 for a single person and $30 for a couple and $25 for single and $40 for a couple after Jan. 28 or at the door of the event. The event now has a website with all information and link to register online: https://cgcattle.weebly.com/. Those interested may also contact the Harlan County Extension Office 606-573-4464 to receive a brochure.

FEB. 3

Champion spellers from schools across the county will compete for the titles of Harlan County Spelling Bee champions on Feb. 3 at Harlan County High School. The competition will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the school auditorium with primary winners and runners up from Harlan County schools competing for top honors.

Following the competition, school winners from Harlan County, Harlan Independent and Harlan County Christian will vie for the title and the right to advance to the state spelling bee in Louisville.

Prizes in each division will include $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place and trophies. All participants will receive medals to mark their success at the school level.

All competitors should arrive by 5:15 p.m.

FEB. 6

The Harlan County Extension Service is hosting a series of four forestry-related workshops, Woodland Stewards Webinar Series. The first program, Woodland Management, will be held on Feb. 6 at the Harlan County Extension Depot, 519 S. Main Street in Harlan. The workshop will begin at 7 p.m. To register or for more information, contact us at 606-573-4464.


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.


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.

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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.