What’s Goin’ On

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The Harlan County youth-led TOWN HALL has been rescheduled to a later date when legislators as well as community leaders can be in attendance. Harlan County KFTC members have decided to attend The People’s Movement-United We Stand Rally in Frankfort. If you need transportation or would like to arrange a carpool to Frankfort, reach out to Angel at angel@kftc.org or 606-261-4955.

MARCH 13-16

The Harlan County BOOKMOBILE schedule for the week of March 12 includes:

Tuesday — James A. Cawood Elementary, Holy Trinity, Rio Vista/Baxter and County Pike.

Wednesday — Wallins Elementary and Pathfork.

Thursday — Holmes Mill, Closplint and Louellen.

Friday — Rosspoint Elementary and Harlan County Christian School.

MARCH 13

The Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Board of Directors will meet at 4 p.m. on March 13 in the Godbey Appalachian Center Gallery on the Cumberland campus. For more information, contact Paul Bryant, assistant to the president, at 606-248-2001.

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet March 13 at David’s Steak in Corbin. Mealtime will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the meeting to follow. The first guest speaker will be Debra Hembree Lambert a candidate for the Third District Kentucky Supreme Court Justice seat. The second guest speaker will be Matt Anderson a Republican candidate in the May primary election for the 82nd District State Representative seat. Any retiree (and 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.

MARCH 15

There will be a Community SPARK event from 6-8 p.m. on March 15 at Benham Schoolhouse Inn featuring music and refreshments. Participants will be creating designs for a series of murals to be placed in the Tri-Cities.

MARCH 17

Harlan LITTLE LEAGUE sign-ups will be held at Huff Park in downtown Harlan on March 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (final day) Leagues and ages include: Wee Ball, 2 to 4 year olds (co-ed); Tee Ball, 5 to 6 year olds. (co-ed) Minor League Baseball, 7 to 8 year olds; softball, 7 to 12 year old girls; Major League Baseball. 9 to 12 year old boys. You can also sign up online at Harlanlittleleague.com. The cost is $50 per player, families with multiple players will receive $5 discount for each player after the first. There is a $50 late fee to sign up after March 17. For more information, contact Jason Sanders, player agent, at 606-273-3800.

There will be a St. Paddy’s Day BLOCK PARTY at the Courthouse Square in downtown Pineville from 1-11 p.m. on March 17 featuring all day live music, games, fashion and craft vendors, food, drinks, pizza eating contest, March Madness and fireworks.

Pine Mountain State Resort Park and Lissa-Beck Event Planning will present the BRIDAL & PROM EXPO 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 17 at the C.V. Whitney Convention Center in Pineville.. There will be cakes, florists, caterers, jewelers, dresses, a runway and more.

MARCH 18, 25

Sunday evening VESPERS, sponsored by several Harlan area churches, will be held during Lent as follows: March 18, Christ Episcopal Church; Central and Williams Streets; and March 25, Harlan United Methodist Church. 201 E. Mound Street. Services start at 5 p.m. each week. These nondenominational services focus on spiritual preparation for Holy Week and Easter. Special music will be provided by the Harlan Ecumenical Choir. Everyone is welcome.

MARCH 19-22

The Harlan County BOOKMOBILE schedule for the week of March 19 includes:

Monday — Sunshine School, Kidz Kampus/Rita’s Day Care, Gray’s Knob Head Start and Verda Head Start.

Tuesday — Tway, Harlan Health & Rehabilitation, Harlan Senior Center and The Laurls/Teetersville.

Wednesday — Good Neighbor Road, Terry’s Fork, Loyall/Sawbriar and Wallins.

Thursday — Putney, Cumberland Elementary, Tri-Cities Nursing & Rehabilitation.

Friday — No run.

MARCH 21

As a way to show our appreciation to local restaurants and to stimulate local economy for these establishments, Harlan Tourism is hosting a campaign called #HARLANCHOWSDOWN on March 21. Some local eateries will offer deals on this day including Hog Heaven and Taco Holler (set up at Harlan Center), Huddle House, Living Stone, Sports Cafe and The Portal. For more information, check out Harlan Tourism’s Facebook page.

MARCH 23

Pansy Christian Church will host a special singing beginning at 5 p.m. on March 23 featuring the “Grand Ole Gospel” band, of Middlesboro. Pastor Adam Roark invites everyone to attend and enjoy an evening of music, food and fellowship. A love offering will be taken for the band.

MARCH 26-30

The Harlan County BOOKMOBILE schedule for the week of March 26 includes:

Monday — Comprehensive Care, Cranks, Cawood and Little Creek.

Tuesday — Green Hills Elementary, Bledsoe, senior center and Straight Creek.

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

Thursday — Black Mountain Elementary, Brittains Creek and Dizney.

Friday — Sunshine, High Rise Apartments, Evarts Elementary and Eastbrook.

APRIL 14

The fifth annual Harlan County Run with Color 5K will be held April 14 in downtown Harlan.

APRIL 16-18

TRYOUTS for the Harlan County High School Dance Team will be held on April 16, 17 and 18, from 3-5 p.m. at the HCHS gymnasium. Tryout forms are available in the elementary schools offices. An application is also available at the high school. Students will learn the tryout dance on April 16, and then review the dance on April 17. Actual tryouts will be held on the April 18. Coaches are Anna Carruba and Lisa Layne.

APRIL 21

The first annual Harlan, Ky. CRYPTO CON will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 21 at the Harlan County Extension Depot, located at 110 River Street, featuring lectures and presentations from wildlife and Bigfoot researchers. There will also be food, merchandise vendors, display tables and more. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.

The second annual MOUNTAIN FIESTA, a free street festival for the community, will be held in Cumberland Gap from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 21 featuring concerts, professional dance classes, art, craft demos, vendors, activities, food from Latin America and Appalachia.

APRIL 28

Registration is now open for the fourth annual RAVEN ROCK 5K Trail Run/Hike at Kingdom Come State Park in Cumberland on April 28. Run along and over some of the most extraordinary rock formations in the state, including Raven Rock, a giant rock exposure that soars 290 feet into the air at a 45-degree angle. Registration begins at 9 a.m., run at 10 a.m. The fee on the day of the even is $25. Pre-register today at runreg.com and receive $5 off. T-shirts are first come, first served for on-site registration; only guaranteed if registered online.

MAY 19, 20

Registration is now open for the second annual “Tour De Kingdom Come,” a 36-mile road race which includes the scenic Little Shepherd trail, and first annual “Dash for Cash,” an up hill 2.7 mile time trial, scheduled May 19 and 20. A multi-event discount is offered for registering for both events. If you pre-register for “Tour De Kingdom Come” then you can select “Dash for Cash” time trial event for only $10 more. There will be cash awards for the top finishers in each category. Registration is available bikereg.com.

JUNE 2

The ART EXTRAVAGANZA FESTIVAL will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 2 in Cumberland Gap (521 Colwyn Avenue) featuring Appalachian arts and crafts from the Tri-State area with food, music and wine tasting. No charge for admission.

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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.