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.
The Harlan County BOOKMOBILE SCHEDULE for the week of March 13 includes:
Tuesday — Green Hills Elementary School, Bledsoe, senior center and Straight Creek.
Wednesday — Pine Mountain, Pine Mountain Settlement School and Big Laurel.
Thursday — Black Mountain Elementary School, Brittains Creek and Dizney.
Friday — Evarts Elementary School, Eastbrook Station and High Rise Apartments.
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.
FRIDAY, MARCH 21
The Harlan County Extension Service will hold a HOME FRUIT PRODUCTION Workshop at 5 p.m. on March 21 at the at the Harlan County Extension Depot (110 River Street). Dr. John Strang, University of Kentucky Extension Fruit & Vegetable Specialist will be the speaker. Subjects covered will include: Blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry production and orchards. To register, call 606-573-4464 by March 17.
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.
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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.
REGISTRATION for pupils in kindergarten or the preschool program in the Harlan County Schools and Harlan County Head Start for the 2017-2018 school year will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the following dates: March 20, Cawood; March 21, Cumberland; March 22, Wallins; March 23, James A. Cawood; April 3, Rosspoint; April 4, Black Mountain; April 5, Evarts; and April 6, Green Hills. In conjunction with registration, all children will be screened in the areas of motor skills, concepts, language, vision and hearing. This screening will help teachers to determine the individual needs of the students. The screening is free of charge. For more information, contact your local school or the Harlan County Board of Education.
The Harlan BORN LEARNING ACADEMY will meet at 6 p.m. on March 21 at Harlan Elementary School. The Born Learning Academy is a special series of workshops held regularly throughout the school year for parents or caregivers of children ages birth to five years old. A light meal is served downstairs in the school cafeteria at 6 p.m. Afterward, Lisa Nelson, an experienced kindergarten teacher, shares with parents many fun activities they can do with their children during their daily routine that will support learning and help their little ones to be better prepared when they are old enough to go to kindergarten. The children are cared for in one of the kindergarten rooms, and have their own special activities under the supervision of Sue Frazier and Candy Turbyfill of Sunshine School. All parents of children ages birth to 5 years old are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Debby Howard at 606-573-8745.
MARCH 23, APRIL 10
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.
Sowing the Seed Ministry will conduct a GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE at 6:30 p.m. on April 14 at Walmart parking lot — weather permitting. Bro. Charlie Napier will be preaching. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Paul at 606-573-6646.
MAY 12, 19
The Kentucky State Police Post 10 Trooper Island GOLF SCRAMBLE, sponsored by Tim Short Auto Group, will be held May 19 at Wasioto Winds Golf Course in Pineville. Shotgun start is at 9 a.m. The cost is $60 per player (includes golf, cart and dinner). There will also be Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive contests and participants have a chance to win a car with a hole in one. Entry forms must be turned in to KSP Post 10 by May 12. For more information, contact Trooper Shane Jacobs, Post 10, at 606-573-3131.
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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 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.