What’s Goin’ On

To place an event in the “What’s Goin’ On” section, email: [email protected]; fax: 606-573-0042; or drop a written/typed copy of the announcement by our office at 1548 Hwy. 421 South (beside Hardee’s). 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.

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.


The Harlan County BOOKMOBILE schedule for the week of Feb. 27 includes:

Thursday — Verda, Closplint, Holmes Mill and Louellen.

Friday — Putney, Rosspoint Elementary School and Harlan County Christian School.


The Harlan County Farmer’s Market will be introduced on March 2 at Pine Mountain Settlement School. Following a soup bean supper, hosted by the Pine Mountain Settlement School, in the Laurel House, there will be an open community meeting to provide more information on the Harlan County Farmers Market, the benefits of the farmer’s market for families and how we can support local farmers and gardeners to increase vegetable production and sell their goods. There will be representatives MCHC, WellCare, CFA, FSA and NRCS to discuss their programs. All local growers/producers are encouraged to attend and be part of making the market a success.


Mountain Trail Auxiliary to VFW Post 5171 will be having a hot dog sale beginning at 11 a.m. on March 3 at the VFW Hall, located at 1517 East Main Street in Cumberland. Meals include two hot dogs, chips and a desert for $5. All proceeds will help the auxiliary provide unwavering support for uncommon heroes, our veterans.


If you are interested in honeybees, a HONEY CONVENTION on March 3 and 4 at Walters State Community College in Tazewell, Tennessee. The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $20 per person, one day; or $25, both days. For more information or a registration form, contact Wanda Coleman at 423-944-3230 or check out the Facebook page, www.facebook.com.easttnhoney.


A charity TEXAS HOLD ‘EM tournament, benefiting Tri-City Little League (baseball/softball) will begin at 2 p.m. on March 4 at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. Buy in is $50; starting chips, 7,500; starting blinds, 25/50; blind levels, 20 minutes. Re-entries and late registration allowed until blind level 10. Cash payouts will be determined by the number of entries. For more information or to register, call 606-589-2291 or visit the Tri-City Little League Facebook page.

There will be a SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC on March 18 and 19. Registration will be held at the Harlan County Humane Society office, located at 167 Belk Way (beside Charley’s Headquarters), from noon to 2 p.m. on March 4 (and March 11 if the clinic is not full).

The Harlan County High School CMPS Team and Harlan Tourism will present the OUR STORY FESTIVAL from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on March 4 at the Harlan Center in downtown Harlan. This mini festival celebrates all things Harlan County — full of vendors, food, history, fun, live music and much more. For more information, call 606-573-4495.

The Singing Cookes and The Cooke Brothers will be in CONCERT March 4 at Middlesboro High School gym. The concert will also feature The Heavenly Heirs.

Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter will be holding an ADOPT-A-PET DAY from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 4 at Middlesboro Mall as a part of the Read Across America Event. The Adoption fee is $70 and includes one vet visit, worming, one set of shots and spay/neuter surgery for the adopted pet.


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Sunday evening VESPERS, sponsored by several Harlan area churches, will be held during Lent as follows: March 5, Christ Episcopal Church, Williams and Central Streets; March 12, Harlan United Methodist Church, 201 East Mound Street; March 19, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2536 South Hwy 421; March 26, First Presbyterian Church, 306 East Clover Street; April 2, Christ Episcopal Church; and April 9, Harlan United Methodist Church. 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.


The Cloverfork NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Program will meet at 6 p.m. on March 6 in the basement of Evarts Methodist Church, located next to the old high school. The guest speakers will be the sheriff’s office. If you want to make your neighborhood a safer place to love, plan to attend this meeting. If county schools are closed because of bad weather, the meeting will be moved to the following Monday. For more information, contact David Cooper at 606-837-2363, Rev. Mike Pitzer at 606-837-3288 or Preston McLain at 606-837-3546.


Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will have a regularly scheduled BOARD OF DIRECTORS meeting at 4 p.m. on March 7 on the Cumberland campus in the Godbey Appalachian Center Gallery.


Large FREE FOOD BOXES will be given away from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on March 8 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.


Pine Mountain Settlement School present a WORKSHOP on soil science, composting and vermiculture at 5:30 p.m. on March 9. Join in for a talk about soil health and how to manage this most important facet of a productive garden. The workshop also covers composting strategies and materials and how to raise and keep a successful worm farm. For more information, call the school at 606-558-3571, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register online at www.pinemountainsettlementschool.com.

Harlan County Christian School is celebrating its 20th ANNIVERSARY. The celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. on March 9 at Putney Bible Church. A chapel program will be presented by the students. Past and present students, teachers, staff, volunteers and supporters will be honored with a reception after the program. For more information, call 660-574-1900.


The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet on March 14 at Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurant in London, located off I-75 exit 38 at the junction of 192 W and W 5th ST. Mealtime will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting to follow. The guest speaker will be Sarah Zeller from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy in Berea. 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.


Learn about Appalachian heirloom seeds from expert seed saver Bill Best during a SEED SWAP workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 18 in Laurel House at Pine Mountain Settlement School. Lunch will be provided. Be sure to bring your own heirloom seeds to barter and trade. Even if you don’t have seeds, you may join in. The cost is $5, this workshop is free for Grow Appalachia participants and their families. For more information, call the school at 606-558-3571, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register online at www.pinemountainsettlementschool.com.


Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center’s Mobile DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY COACH is scheduled to be at the Middlesboro Walmart at 9:30 a.m. on March 23 and April 10 (for the benefits of associates, spouses of associates and women in the community). For more information or an appointment, contact the center at 865-583-1003 or 800-456-8169 ext. 1003. Most insurances will be filed — bring your insurance card for filing and driver’s license at time of service. For those without insurance, the cost is $145 (cash, Visa or MasterCard) at time of service (includes radiologist interpretation.


This year, Pine Mountain Settlement School will offer support through Grow Appalachia for the keeping of chickens. There will be a Chicken tractor and care workshop at 5:30 p.m. on March 30. Attend this workshop, which is free to the public, to learn different strategies to keep you birds happy, healthy and safe in mountain and how to get involved in this program. For more information, call the school at 606-558-3571, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register online at www.pinemountainsettlementschool.com.

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Harlan Health & Rehabilitation Center is SELLING CHANCES on a beautiful Spartina weekender bag valued at $185. Chances are $1 each and proceeds go to the Activities Department. If you would like to purchase a ticket, come by the front office or activity office.

Ann’s Food Pantry, a mission of the Harlan United Methodist Church, is in NEED OF DONATIONS for non-perishable food items. Monetary donations are also being accepted to provide foods such as meat, milk, bread, etc. To donate, contact the church at 606-573-1464 or Wylene Miniard at 606-573-7731 (evenings).

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 [email protected]

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.

The JOB CLUBS of Eastern Kentucky meets weekly with a small group of job seekers and workforce professionals to gain a competitive edge in today’s tough job market. Job clubs are free and help you create a game plan for your job search link with quality employers, improve your interviewing skills, learn self-marketing skills, evaluate, negotiate and land job offers, connect with other job seekers and ease your stress during your job search. The Harlan County Job Club will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Depot in Harlan. New members are welcome. New member orientation begins at 12:30 p.m.

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.

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