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 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.
Harlan Health & Rehabilitation Center will be having their annual RESIDENT ANGEL TREE. If you are interested in sponsoring an angel for Christmas, come by the nursing home or contact Deanie Rigney at 606-573-7250, ext. 223.
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. For more information, contact the church at 606-573-1464; Kyle Burnett at 606-573-3866; or Wylene Miniard at 606-573-7731 (evenings).
ADOPT AN ANGEL or family of angels before the tree goes up this year. If you or your group/organization/office would like to help with the 2015 Angel Tree, contact Drew Adams at [email protected] as soon as possible.
A certified and trained state service officer will be at the London DAV building (on east 80 behind Valero Truck Stop) from 9 a.m. to noon or longer on Nov. 24 to ASSIST ALL VETERANS and their dependents with VA claims free of charge. For more information, call 606-862-0032 or 606-877-1308. If no answer, leave a brief message.
To celebrate the true meaning of Thanksgiving, a COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE will begin at 7 p.m. on Nov. 25 at Christ Episcopal Church, located at Williams and Central Streets in Harlan. The Harlan Ecumenical Choir under the direction of Parker Boggs will perform. The service is sponsored by several local churches. Everyone is welcome to attend.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY; DEC. 5
Santa Claus (Mike Howard) will have ROAD BLOCKS from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 27 and 28 at the Village Center Mall and the bridge to Walmart to collect money for toys for Santa’s Workshop. A road block will also be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Wallins stop light.
Harlan County Christian School will present their annual CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY at the Shriners Fairgrounds in Putney for the 2015 Christmas season. The display will open to the public from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 27 through Dec. 23 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The display will also be open Dec. 21 and 22. Harlan County Shriners Train rides will be given every Friday and Saturday night with the exception on Dec. 4 and 5. The display is free to the public; however, donations to the Harlan County Christian School is greatly appreciated. To sponsor a light display, contact Harlan County Christian School at 606-606-574-1900.
A free OWL PROWL program will be held Nov. 28 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park. Beginning at 7 p.m. Master Falconer Mitch Whitaker, of the Letcher County Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center will present ‘Silent Predators of the Night’ with live owls. at 8 p.m., Prowling Guidelines will be held in the upper lobby, and at 8:15 p.m. the Owl Prowl walk with rangers will begin with caravan from the lodge to the former campground area. Don’t forget to bring a headlamp or small flashlight (red light preferred), dress for the weather and binoculars.
SUNDAY; DEC. 6, 13, 20
A series of non-denominational VESPER SERVICES will be held at 5 p.m. each Sunday during Advent as a spiritual preparation for Christmas. Services last approximately 35 minutes and include scripture, prayer and music. The Harlan Ecumenical Choir will perform at each service. The schedule is includes: Nov. 29, First Presbyterian Church, 306 East Clover Street, Harlan; Dec. 6, Harlan United Methodist Church, 201 East Mound Street, Harlan; Dec. 13, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2536 U.S. 421, Harlan; Dec. 20, Christ Episcopal Church, Williams and Central Streets, Harlan. Everyone is welcome.
A Christmas OPEN HOUSE will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 at the Tri-City Senior Center featuring Christmas carols, refreshments, Santa Claus and carriage rides (rides are $3). For more information, call 606-589-2120.
Middlesboro is one of 40 cities nationally and the only one in eastern Kentucky competing for a grant to bring free concerts here in 2016. The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards are an exciting matching grant opportunity created by Levitt Pavilions to serve small to mid-sized towns and cities up to 400,000 people. Fifteen communities will receive up to $25,000 each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series — an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse lineup of professional musicians. Middlesboro’s proposal is now posted on the Levitt AMP website for public voting. Community support, as measured by the number of online votes received, will be one of the key factors when Levitt Pavilions selects the 15 winners. Supporters are asked to visit https://grant.levittamp.org/voter-registration-page/ to register and vote. Online public voting is now open and ends Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. The Top 25 finalists will be selected through online public voting. Levitt Pavilions will then review the proposals of these 25 finalists and the 15 Levitt AMP winners will be announced on Jan. 5, 2016.
The 2015 Conservation ART & WRITING Contest has been announced. This year’s theme is “The Wild Side of Kentucky.” Printed tabloids are available in limited supply at local schools — rules and instructions are outlined. Information may also be accessed at conservation.ky.gov or kyfb.com/federation. The deadline is Dec. 1. The contest is sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau and local conservation districts. For more information, contact the Harlan County Conservation District at 606-573-2838.
The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble will perform in concert under the direction of Dr. Jim McAllister, assistant professor of music, on beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 in the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center in the Duke Hall of Citizenship. The program will feature a wide variety of works ranging from Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins and Nat Adderly, to Bach, Morton Gould and Alfred Reed.
DEC. 1, 3, 5
Hilltop Ministry will have a ROAD BLOCK on Dec. 1, 3 and 5 on the bridge to Walmart. All proceeds will go to families in need for Christmas.
The Empty Stocking Fund AUCTION will be held from 7-11 p.m. on Dec. 2 and 3. For more information, call 606-589-5310.
The annual Tri-Cities CHRISTMAS PARADE will be held Dec. 4 in downtown Cumberland. This year’s theme is “Candy Canes and Christmas Carols.” Lineup is at 4 p.m., and the parade will begin at 5 p.m. starting along Hwy. 119 at the red light (road will be numbered) and ending at Family Dollar. If you are interested in entering a float or participating in the parade, contact Cumberland City Hall at 606-589-2106 and provide your name and address.
CHRISTMAS AT THE CENTER will be held Dec. 5 at the Harlan Center. A Jingle Bell Jog 5K will be held from 8-10 a.m.; local vendors along with fun and crafts for children including inflatables, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; pictures with Santa, noon to 3 p.m.; and Rosspoint Dancers, 3-3:45 p.m. Free hot cocoa and cider will be available all.
The 2015 Harlan County CHRISTMAS PARADE will be held on Dec. 5, sponsored by the Harlan County Chamber of Commerce, Harlan Daily Enterprise and Harlan Tourist Commission in cooperation with the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office and the city of Harlan. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. with lineup beginning at 4 p.m. at Harlan Baptist Church. The alternate date of the parade will be at 2 p.m. on Dec. 6 with lineup at 12:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Harlan County Heroes.”
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS in the historic town of Cumberland Gap will be held from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5, with chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Father Christmas for the children, hot cider and cookies for everyone, carolers and the lighting of the Christmas tree. Everyone is welcome.
The annual Friends of the Shelter fundraiser, PET PHOTOS with Santa, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 5 at Middlesboro Mall. The cost is $10 for one 4×6 or four wallets. All pets must be on a leash or in a carrying cage. Rabies vaccination is required for cats and dogs. Owners must be prepared to clean up after their pet and are asked to use the mall (rather than store) entrances.
The Middlesboro CHRISTMAS PARADE will begin at 3 p.m. on Dec. 5. This favorite annual holiday event runs along Cumberland Avenue from 15th to 21st Street. Bring your whole family out to get a healthy dose of fun and entertainment, all culminating with Santa Claus riding down Cumberland Avenue. RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/880023695385536/.
The Tri-State Messiah SING ALONG will begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 at First Baptist Church, located at 2300 Cumberland Avenue, bringing together professional soloists, an orchestra and hundreds of audience members who will double as the chorus in a thrilling performance of Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah. RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1659858844259161/.
DEC. 5, 6
The choir of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College will present its ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Cumberland Methodist Church and 3 p.m. on Dec. 6 at Harlan Episcopal Church, directed by Professor Ann Schertz and accompanied by Clara Atkins-Pope. Highlights of the performance will include tunes from around the world as well as a stunning choral arrangement by Arthur Warrell of the Appalachian carol, ‘Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head.’ The performances are free and everyone is invited to attend. For additional information, contact Professor Schertz at 606-589-5442.
The NIFTY NEEDLES Quilting Club will meet at 10 a.m. on Dec. 8 at the Harlan County Extension Depot. For more information, contact Pat at 606-573-1245.
The MATERIAL GIRLS Quilting Club will meet at 5 p.m. on Dec. 8. For more information, call 606-573-4464.
Large FREE FOOD BOXES will be given away from 10-11:30 a.m. on Dec. 9 at Shepherd’s Pantry, located at 111 Union Street in Clutts. 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.
Hilltop Ministry’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS event will begin at noon Dec. 12 at James A. Cawood Elementary School. For more information, call 606-573-5060.
Pine Mountain Settlement School’s annual presentation of the NATIVITY PLAY will be held at 3 and 7 p.m. in the school’s chapel on Dec. 13. Doors open at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. for special Christmas music. A reception will be held in the Laurel House following each performance. Everyone is invited to attend.
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The Harlan County band program is hosting an INSTRUMENT DRIVE. If you have instruments in your closet, garage or know someone who is looking to donate instruments, consider putting your instrument in the hands of a student who can use it today. You can drop your instrument off in the office at any Harlan County school or contact one of the band directors at 606-574-2020 ext. 3550 to make arrangement for pickup. If directors are in class, leave a voicemail with your name and phone number and you will be contacted as soon as possible.
The Harlan County Humane Society will have BINGO SESSIONS at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays at the old Totz Bingo Hall. Proceeds benefiting the humane society.
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.
AWANA meetings at Yocum Creek Missionary Baptist Church, located in Middleton Addition in Evarts, are held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesdays — with classes for K-4 through high school. Participants can earn T-shirts and prizes. There will be games, Bible lessons, food, fun and more. For bus pick up, call 606-837-3170 or 606-837-8214.
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 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
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.