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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 emily.sargent@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.

There will be no Harlan Public Library Bookmobile runs until proper repairs are made to the vehicle. The Enterprise will post an updated schedule when the Bookmobile is up and running again.

MARCH 14

The Mountain Trail Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their monthly meeting on March 14 at 11 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Harlan Public Library in the lower level with special guest speaker Lara Davidson from the Harlan County Extension Office.

The society is open to all women 18 years or older who can prove lineal descent from a Patriot of the American Revolution. All interested women are invited and encouraged to attend.

MARCH 17

The office of Senator Rand Paul is hosting a town hall with featured guests from the Mountain Home and Lexington VA Health Care Systems at the Harlan Center on March 17 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. This event provides event provides veterans from Harlan, Letcher, Bell, Whitley, Perry, Leslie, Clay, and Knox counties information on VA healthcare and an opportunity to address individual needs. For questions about this event or to RSVP, call the state office of Senator Rand Paul at 270-782-8303. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.

MARCH 20

You have the power to help save lives by donating blood. The Kentucky Blood Center will be at the Harlan Center on March 20. Plan to spend a few minutes being a hero! Call 606-573-4495 for more information.

MARCH 28

The Kingdom Come Everesting Challenge will take place on March 28. Climb from the bottom of the park road to the lake and descend to the bottom 34 times. You will have then ascended the amount of climbing on Mount Everest. There will be numerous categories and there will be a 24-hour cut off. To complete the challenge, you will ride a full 85 miles on the single climb and ascend 29,090 feet. To view the route, go to www.strava.com/segments/11605458.

MARCH 29

Bring your little bunnies to this first-ever Easter Eggs-travaganza benefiting With Love from Harlan. The $5 entry fee gives you access to an afternoon free of activities and snacks. You can also have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny before hunting for eggs at no additional cost! This fundraiser will support With Love from Harlan and their ongoing projects in our community. For more information, call 606-909-0269 after 5 p.m. or text any other time.

APRIL 3—5

Join the Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area this year for their annual April Fools Ride! This year’s event will take place April 3 through 5 in Kentucky’s highest elevated off-roading trails! Bring your four-wheeler or your rock crawler for some foolproof fun this April! For more information, send the off-road park a message or call the office at 606-837-3205.

APRIL 7, 9

The Harlan County High School Dance Team will have a pre-tryout open gym (optional) in the HCHS gym from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on April 7 and 9. Those interested in joining the dance team or to just get an idea of what dance is all about are invited to attend. The event is mandatory for current dancers. For more information, email Coach Anna Carruba at anna.carruba@harlan.kyschools.us or coach Lisa Layne at lisa.layne@windstream.net.

APRIL 13, 14

The Harlan County High School Dance Team will have dance team tryout clinics (mandatory) in the HCHS gym from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on April 13 and 14. For more information, email Coach Anna Carruba at anna.carruba@harlan.kyschools.us or coach Lisa Layne at lisa.layne@windstream.net.

APRIL 16

The Harlan County High School Dance Team will have tryout evaluations in the HCHS gym beginning at 3 p.m. on April 16. For more information, email Coach Anna Carruba at anna.carruba@harlan.kyschools.us or coach Lisa Layne at lisa.layne@windstream.net.

TUESDAYS

The Southeast Community College Choir has begun Spring Term Rehearsals. Meeting each Tuesday night at 7 p.m., the choir alternates rehearsals between the Harlan Episcopal Church, in Harlan, and the Choir Room of the SKCTCS Cumberland Campus. All singers who enjoy choir participation are invited to join. College students enrolled at SKCTC may also earn college credit for the class.

Works that the choir will perform at the May 2 and 3 concert dates will be chosen from the following list: The Terrible Tale of Tom Gilligan, Fiddler Man, Soldier Boy, a song cycle by John Rutter, O Magnum Mysterium by Victoria, Sicut cervus by Palestrina, Alleluia by Randall Thompson, Come to the Music by Joseph M. Martin, Panis Angelicus by Cesar Franck, The Road Not Taken and Choose Something Like a Star by Robert Frost/Randall Thompson, and Ubi Caritas by Maurice Durufle.

To learn more about joining the Southeast Community College Choir, please contact Ryland Pope and Clara Atkins-Pope at tpope0008@kctcs.edu or call/text 606-573-4994, to let us know of your interest and to confirm the weekly location for rehearsals.

TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS

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.

THURSDAYS

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.

SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS

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.

SUNDAYS

Several Harlan churches are sponsoring vesper services beginning March 1 and continuing every Sunday during Lent at 5 p.m. Services are nondenominational, lay-led and feature scripture, prayer and music. Everyone is welcome to attend. The schedule is as follows: First Presbyterian Church, March 1; Harlan United Methodist Church, March 8; Christ Episcopal Church, March 15; Holy Trinity Catholic Church, March 22; Harlan United Methodist Church, March 29; and First Presbyterian Church, April 5 (Palm Sunday).

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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.