What’s Goin’ On
To place an event in the “What’s Goin’ On” section, email: email@example.com or drop a written/typed copy of the announcement by our office at 1512 Hwy. 421 South. Announcements will not be accepted by phone and should be submitted no later than four business days before the event. If received in time, it will be published one or two days before the event. Announcements are also available to view at www.harlandaily.com. For more details, call 606-909-4145.
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.
MAY 19-JUNE 2
Cumberland Tourism will host FISHING THE TRI-CITIES, a two-week virtual tournament, May 19-June 2. Catch a fish in the Tri-City area, take a photo and post it on the event Facebook page or bring to the Cumberland Tourism office. For each day a fish is caught, your name will be entered in a drawing for door prizes (up to 14 entries possible). All entries must be submitted by noon on June 1. Prizes will be awarded and a cookout held at 1 p.m. on June 2 at the Benham Park Shelter. All proceeds will go toward Cumberland’s fireworks show. For more information, including requirements, contact Cumberland Tourism.
Community Day for POKEMON GO will be held from 2-5 p.m. on May 19 in downtown Harlan.
The annual STORYTELLING IN THE MOUNTAINS, sponsored by the Harlan County Extension Service and the Kentucky Storytelling Association, will be held at the Harlan County Extension Depot at 6 p.m. on May 19 featuring a great lineup of storytellers that will be ready to spin some yarns. There will also be ice cream and toppings.
Calvary Baptist Church in Loyall will host VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL from 6-8 p.m. May 20-24. Kick off will be held May 20. Children preschool- through sixth grade are welcome to attend. For more information or transportation, call 606-573-1965 or 606-909-3072.
MAY 21, 24
Voice of Poke AUDITIONS will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. on May 21 and 24 at the Harlan Center. The grand prize is $1,000.
The Harlan County BOOKMOBILE schedule for the week of May 21 includes:
Monday — Sunshine School, Kidz Kampus/Rita’s Day Care, Gray’s Knob Head Start and Verda Head Start.
Tuesday — Harlan Senior Center, Tway and Harlan Health & Rehabilitation.
Wednesday — Good Neighbor Road, Terry’s Fork, Sawbriar/Wallins.
Thursday — Cumberland Elementary School, Tri-Cities Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and Putney.
Friday — No run.
ELECTIONS for parent candidates for the Harlan County High School SBDM Council will be held on May 21, from 7:30 am until 3:30 p.m. For more information, contact Cathy York at 606-573-3006.
The gardening series, GROWING GROWERS, continues this month with “Harvesting and Post-harvest of Garden Produce.” The series is sponsored by the Harlan County Extension Service, Pine Mountain Settlement School and the Harlan County Farmers Market. The workshop will be held on May 24 at Pine Mountain Settlement School at 6 p.m. For more information or to register, call 606-573-4464.
The 88th Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival will be held May 24-27 in Bell County. All events are family-oriented; many are free and open to the public. For more information, call 606-337-6103 or check out Facebook and Twitter.
The Harlan County BOOKMOBILE schedule for the week of May 28 includes:
Monday — Comprehensive Care, Cranks, Cawood and Little Creek.
Tuesday — Green Hills Elementary School, Bledsoe, Green Hills Senior Center and Straight Creek.
Wednesday — Pine Mountain, Pine Mountain Settlement School and Big Laurel.
Thursday — Black Mountain Elementary School, Brittains Creek and Dizney and Yocum Creek.
KIDS’ FUN DAY will kick off the annual Poke Sallet Festival on May 30 at Huff Park.
MAY 31-JUNE 2
The 63rd annual POKE SALLET FESTIVAL will be held May 31-June 2 in downtown Harlan. If you are interested in being a vendor, call Harlan Center at 606-573-4495 or Judge-Executive Dan Mosley’s office at 606-573-2600.
Harlan Christian Church will sponsor a Poke Sallet FAMILY NIGHT CONCERT from 9-11 p.m. on May 31 in downtown Harlan during the Poke Sallet Festival featuring Sidewalk Prophets.
Harlan County natives and authors Bill J. Looney and Dr. Richard Edwards will be participating in the Poke Sallet Festival on June 1-2. Both will be at the Harlan Center signing and selling their novels which feature Harlan County settings and characters.
The annual Sue Ford Memorial CAR SHOW will be held during the Poke Sallet Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 2 in downtown Harlan.
The annual ART EXTRAVAGANZA FESTIVAL, hosted by the Cumberland Gap Artists Co-op, will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 2 in Cumberland Gap (521 Colwyn Avenue) featuring Appalachian art and crafts from the Tri-State area with food, music and wine tasting by the Seven Springs Winery. No charge for admission. Everyone is welcome.
“Love Makes A Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone,” a play by Kiesa Kay, will be presented at 8 p.m. on June 9 at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. The play features the acting of Patti Louise Smith, and historically authentic tunes played by renowned old-time fiddler Bruce Greene.
JUNE, 7, 14, 21, 28;
JULY 5, 13
The Harlan Public Library will present their 2018 SUMMER READING PROGRAM beginning June 7 (10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.). This year’s theme is Libraries Rock. There will be music-themed stories and crafts each week — all stories open to all ages. The schedule includes: June 7, Musical Instruments; June 14, Music Around the World; June 21, Sounds of Nature; June 28, Styles; July 5, Science in Music; July 13, finale at 10 a.m. at the Harlan Center.
The annual Genealogy JAMBOREE and Pioneer Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 7 in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.
JUNE 10, 16
The Harlan Center’s MOUNTAIN MARKET will take place from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. on June 16. If you want to sell at this fun flea market/yard sale/crafting jamboree, call 606-573-449 by June 10 (set up is $10).
Sowing the Seed Ministry will host its sixth annual REVIVAL beginning at 6:30 p.m. nightly June 18-22 at Martins Fork Lake (big shelter house above the beach). The schedule includes: Monday, Charlie Napier; Tuesday, Spencer Burkhart; Wednesday, Jeff Mills; Thursday, Garry Ferguson; and Friday, Charlie Napier. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 606-573-6646.
There will be a free three-day SPORTS CAMP for the youth June 19-21 beginning at 3 p.m. at Lynch City Park (social club). A free community block party will take place at 6 p.m. on June 21 at the park featuring food, music and games.
Harlan County Schools will offer a workshop for parents on what their student needs to know to be KINDERGARTEN READY on July 9 from 9-10 a.m. or from 5-6 p.m. Parents whose children are applying for early admission based on age are highly encouraged to attend. Any student who is not 5 years old prior to Aug. 1 but whose parent wants them to attend kindergarten, must apply for early admission, pass a kindergarten ready screener and be board approved before they can enter school. All parents of incoming kindergarten students are welcome. You can register for the workshop through Facebook or by calling the district office at 606-573-4330.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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.