What’s Goin’ On

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DEC. 2

CHRISTMAS AT THE CENTER will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Harlan Center. This year’s event will include pictures with Santa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., local talent throughout the day, local and regional vendors set up selling crafts, face painting for the kids, free hot chocolate and apple cider and more. Stick around after the event concludes outside on the top plaza of the Harlan Center for the Harlan County Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Parade at 3:30 p.m.

The 2017 Harlan County Christmas PARADE will be held Dec. 2 in downtown Harlan, sponsored by the Harlan County Chamber of Commerce, Harlan Daily Enterprise and Harlan Tourism Commission in cooperation with the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office and the city of Harlan. Lineup begins at 2 p.m. at Harlan Baptist Church, parade begins at 3:30 p.m. The theme is “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Dec. 2 at Benham School House Inn featuring a lavish breakfast with all the trimmings, cookie decorating and sing-a-longs. The cost is $12, kids; $15, adults (drinks and tax included). For more information, call 606-848-1530.

A Happy Birthday Jesus CELEBRATION will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 2 at Club 180, located at 716 School House Road, featuring a pancake breakfast, live music and gifts. All ages are welcome and admission is free. For more information, call 606-773-0920.

FESTIVAL OF TREES and Open House at the Kentucky Coal Museum will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 2. View beautiful Christmas trees and join in for refreshments, live music and face painting. For more information, 606-848-1530.

Pine Mountain State Resort Park will host COOKIES & COCOA with Santa from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 2 and 9. There will be hot cocoa and cookies for everyone. Have your picture taken with Santa and printed onsite.

Discover Downtown Middlesboro will host A Magic City CHRISTMAS PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING on Dec. 2 in downtown Middlesboro. The parade will kick off the day at 1 p.m. and will feature a variety of locally-made floats and 2017 Miss Kentucky, Molly Matney. There will be local vendors, craft stations, food trucks and a few other surprises set up throughout downtown that will help you make your way down Cumberland Avenue. The tree lighting begins at 5 p.m.

THE POLAR EXPRESSwill be shown from 6:30-8:15 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Levitt Lot, located at 2500 Cumberland Avenue in downtown Middlesboro, hosted by Discover Downtown Middlesboro and sponsored by Realty Group II-Dawn Risner and Creech Funeral Home. Bring your chairs and blankets to enjoy the movie after the parade. Hot chocolate, popcorn and Coke products will be sold at the movie.

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS in Cumberland Gap will be held from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 2. All merchants in the Gap will host open houses with door prizes. There will be a tree lighting, caroling, and cookies and cider with Father and Mother Christmas at 4 p.m. in Festival Park. Everyone is welcome to come join in the fun for an old fashioned Christmas in the Gap.

DEC. 3

The city of Evarts’ annual Christmas PARADE will be held Dec. 3. The theme is “Hometown Holiday, Past, Present and Future.” Lineup will begin at 1 p.m. at Evarts Elementary School with the parade starting at 2 p.m. The Evarts Wildcats football team will serve as grand marshal. For more information, call Evarts City Hall at 606-837-2477.

There will be an Open CHRISTMAS PAINT at 2 p.m. on Dec. 3 at Firehouse Gifts and Crafts. Paint your choice of items from $7 to $25. To reserve your space, call 606-894-0175.

DEC. 4

The annual tradition of COURTHOUSE CAROLING will begin at 5 p.m. on Dec. 4 at Harlan County Courthouse with premusic by Lacey Deaton at 4:40 p.m. Sponsored by Harlan County Fiscal Court and the Harlan County Arts Council, the event will feature an evening of Christmas caroling performed by local school, community and church choirs, a holiday art sale, pictures with Santa and Christmas goodies, hot cocoa and hot apple cider provided by courthouse employees. A coat drive will also be held, and non-perishable food items will be collected for the Tri-City Empty Stocking Fund. For more information, call 606-573-4223 or 606-573-2600.

Benham Methodist Church will host a Christmas Program & BAZAAR from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 4. There will be baked goods, toys and Christmas crafts for sale. For more information, call 606-273-3732.

DEC. 4-5

The EMPTY STOCKING FUND event will be held from 7-10 p.m. Dec. 4-5 in memory of Muggins Bennett on the porch of Falkenstine Hall on the Cumberland campus of SKCTC. For more information, call 606-773-0499.

WEDNESDAYS

The Harlan County Job Club will meet through Nov. 15 at the Harlan County Extension Depot, located at 110 River Street in Harlan. The club meets at 1 p.m. each Wednesday. New members should arrive at 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Beth Craig at 606-573-5330. The job club can help you with the following: create a job search game plan; connect with quality employers; learn self-marketing and interviewing skills; get support from fellow job seekers and workforce professionals; and benefit from insider job leads.

THURSDAYS-SATURDAYS

Harlan County Christian School will present their annual CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY, Harlan County Celebrates Christmas, at the Shriners Fairgrounds in Putney for the 2017 Christmas season. The display will be open to the public from 6-10 p.m. and can be viewed every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The display will also be open Dec. 18 and 23 (Monday through Saturday). Sip on hot chocolate and munch on a candy cane while driving around the light display as many times as you like. Christmas music may be streamed on through an FM channel on your car radio. The display is free to the public; however, donations to the Harlan County Christian School are greatly appreciated. To sponsor a light display, contact the school at 606-574-1900. The Shriner train will run on Nov. 25, and Dec. 22 and 23.

DEC. 7

The Harlan County High School Concert and Jazz Band Christmas CONCERTwill begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 in the high school auditorium.

The Harlan County Extension Service is hosting a series of FORESTRY-RELATED WORKSHOPS. The third workshop in the series is Tree and Log Grading Introduction at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Harlan County Extension Depot, 110 River Street in Harlan. This webinar will introduce you to tree and log grading. Understanding tree and log grade, which translates into financial value, is important for those with economic interests. Both woodland owners and loggers can benefit from attending this webinar. To register or for more information, call 606-573-4464.

DEC. 7-8

CHRISTMAS IN APPALACHIA will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 7-8 at Main Street Auditorium on West Main Street in Cumberland. Nonperishable food items are appreciated, but not required.

DEC. 7, 14, 21

MOONLIGHT & MISTLETOE at Pine Mountain State Resort Park will be held Dec. 7, 14 and 21 (Thursdays). The Mountain View Restaurant will be decked out for diners to enjoy a special menu featuring holiday favorites. On Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, all those who have served, veterans and active duty, will receive a special discount. For more information, call 606-337-3066 or email Keith.Bowling@ky.gov.

DEC. 8

VISUALIZE, a community spark event about the old Belk’s building, will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 8 in the gallery of the Harlan Center (use upper entrance on Clover Street). Attendees will see potential mural designs, talk and share ideas, listen to live acoustic music and have refreshments available. Everyone is welcome to attend (#bonfirefriday).

COOKIES AND COCOA with Santa will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Lunch Depot. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 606-848-0253.

“The Santa Clause” will be shown at MOVIE NIGHT beginning at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Benham Coal Miner Memorial Theater. Admission is a $2 donation.

DEC. 11

Pine Mountain Settlement School will host the NATIVITY PLAY at 3 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 11. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance for special music. Visitors are invited to tea in Laurel House after each performance. Free to everyone. For more information, call 606-558-3571.

The Harlan County Schools Combined Middle School Band Christmas CONCERT will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 in the high school auditorium.

The Harlan Musettes will present their 73rd annual CHRISTMAS CONCERT at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Harlan Baptist Church. Musette alumnae are encouraged to attend to sing with the choir on “Ring Those Christmas Bells.” There will be a reception immediately following the concert.

DEC. 12

SANTA visits the Rebecca Caudill Library from 5-7 p.m. on Dec. 12. For more information, call 606-589-2409.

The Tri-City Senior Citizens Center will host a Christmas POTLUCK dinner at 5 p.m. on Dec. 12. The center provides ham, rolls and drinks. Bring your favorite side dish or dessert. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 606-589-2120.

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet Dec. 12 at Golden Corral (next to Walmart) in London. Mealtime will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting to follow. The guest speaker will be Jerry Powell the CERS representative on the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees. Any retiree (and their spouse) receiving retirement benefits from KERS, CERS or SPRS is welcome to attend. Membership information will be available at the meeting or on the website (kentuckypublicretirees.org). For more information, call 606-877-0079 or 606-260-0490.

DEC. 13

Large FREE FOOD BOXES will be given away from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Dec. 13 at Shepherd’s Pantry, located at 111 Union Street in Clutts (Union Hall). You must be present and bring your utility bill (any utility) showing your 911 address. Federal guidelines are posted on the door. Enter off Golf Course Boulevard. Areas served: Putney to Partridge and the Virginia line to Pine Mountain Settlement School. You must be present — no exceptions.

DEC. 14

The Harlan County High School Choir and Children’s Choir Christmas CONCERT will begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 in the high school auditorium. All choir alumni are invited to attend.

GLORIOUS IMPOSSIBLE will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 14 at the Benham Coal Miner Memorial Theater featuring Christmas gospel music with Tammy Chapman and Common Ground. For more information, call 606-589-3041.

DEC. 15

Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, located on First Street in Lynch, will host a Christmas PROGRAM on Dec. 15. For more information, call 606-848-1018.

DEC. 15-16

CHRISTMAS AT THE FARM will be held from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 at Stables at Creekside Glen featuring a live nativity tour, angelic wagon ride to the cross. For more information, call 606-589-6910.

DEC. 16

The RUN SANTA RUN 5K & Reindeer Trot will be held Dec. 16 at Kingdom Come State Park. Registration is from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at the park gift shop. Race starts at noon. Pre-register for $15 at Runreg.com. The cost is $20 on race day. Special awards for top finishers. You will receive $5 off if you wear a Santa suit. Participants are encouraged to ear creative costumes. For more information, contact Sherry Cornett at 606-589-5063.

BROOKLYHN’S BLANKETS and Holiday Concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the Coal Miner Memorial Theater. Ticket price is a new blanket or monetary donation. Santa will be there for pictures at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 606-733-0772.

SANTA will be at the Harrogate Book Station from noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 16. Ages 3-12will enjoy games, snacks and crafts.

DEC. 17

CHRISTmas in the Village will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the Village Center Mall with Christmas music featuring singers from our area.

Benham School House Inn will host a Christmas Gospel Supper BUFFET from noon to 3 p.m. on Dec. 17. The traditional Sunday buffet will feature live Christmas gospel music. For more information, including prices, call 606-848-3000.

DEC. 18

The Harlan County High School Piano Recital will begin at 6 p.m. on Dec. 18 in the high school auditorium.

DEC. 21, 22

Cumberland Pentecostal Church will present an original Christmas PLAY, written by Scott Burris, at 7 p.m. on Dec. 21 and 22. For more information, call 606-226-5989.

DEC. 22

MOVIE NIGHT at Benham Coal Miner Memorial Theater will begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 22. Watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” for a $2 donation.

TODAY-DEC. 31

If you want to be a part of the permanent remembrance of the 100 Year Celebration of Lynch, Kentucky, the 100 CLUB is seeking members. Through Dec. 31, you can join the club by donating $100 per person for yourself or in memory of someone. At the end of the year, a project to benefit the city of Lynch will be selected by the committee and your donation will make that project possible.

DEC. 31

Pine Mountain State Resort Park will host a New Year’s Eve MOUNTAIN BASH on Dec. 31. Music by the park’s DJ begins at 9 p.m. There will be party favors, snacks and balloon drop included (must be 21 or older, no outside alcohol allowed. The Mountain View Restaurant will be open for dinner from 5-9 p.m. For more information, call 606-337-3066 or email Keith.Bowling@ky.gov.

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Narconon wants to education families on the new escalated risk Fentanyl has added to opiate abuse. Fentanyl has been found to be 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin and has a greatly increased change of overdose. You can learn more about the new dangers of opiate addition and the details of Fentanyl by visiting http://bit.ly/2oCmgAB Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addition in your family. Call 800-431-1754 for free screenings and referrals

Monthly INCOME LIMITS RAISED for Shepherd’s Pantry: One person, $1,276; two, $1,726; three, $2,177. The pantry, located at 111 Union Street in Clutts, will be signing up former and new clients for the pantry (not commodities) program from 10-11 a.m. on the first four Tuesdays and first three Wednesdays of each month until further notice. You must bring proof of all household income, all members Social Security cards, your utility bill with 911 address on it — no exceptions. Plenty of food is available.

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 the Stephen Riddle at 606-573-1464 or Wylene Miniard at 606-573-7731.

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 Casey, Adair, Cumberland, Clinton, Russell, Pulaski, Wayne, McCreary, Whitley, Laurel, Clay, Knox, Bell and Harlan counties. Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) 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 & 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 (GMAR) 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 (DP) throughout the Tri-State area and at the SIGCO office, located at 502 Pennlyn Avenue in Cumberland Gap, 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.

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 & Technical College Middlesboro campus at 606-248-3175, Middlesboro Learning Center at 606-248-4000, Pineville Learning Center at 606-337-3044, Henderson Settlement at 606-337-7729 ext. 305 or Lighthouse Mission at 606-337-1069.

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 resident’s 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.