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.
The Harlan County Humane Society is hosting COSMIC BINGO (loud music and black lights) to bring in the New Year Dec. 31 through Jan. 1 fundraiser. Doors open at 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 with a potluck dinner (everyone is welcome to bring a covered dish) and a live band will be until 11 p.m. Bingo games will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1. Tickets are on sale now for $30 each — limited to 140 guests. For more information, call 606-273-5365.
Goody’s and the Harlan County Domestic Violence Council is sponsoring an ANGEL TREE for domestic violence victims and children living in shelter. Each angel on the tree at Goody’s has a name, age and suggestions for gifts. Customers are asked to choose an angel, shop for this person and return wrapped gift with the original angel tag to the store by closing on Dec. 21.
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).
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.
The Friendly Village Greenhouse now has poinsettias available for purchase. The selection of colors is red, white and marble for $8. Smaller Jingle Bells (red and white splashes) are also available for $6. Every plant comes with a decorative foil and convenient travel sleeve. Ten or more plants will receive a discount. Greenhouse hours are from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 606-574-0096.
The Harlan County Arts Council is hosting a Christmas decorating contest, HARLAN LIGHTS, open to all Harlan Countians and will only feature exterior decorations. Lights also must be included in the decorations. Judging will take place on the evenings of Dec. 17 and 18. The winner will be announced live on WTUK-FM radio station’s “Crow in the Morning Show” on Dec. 21. The winner will receive a plaque and complimentary professional photography of their decorated house that will appear in an upcoming edition of the Harlan Daily Enterprise. If you wish for your house to be considered for the “Harlan Lights” Christmas decorating contest, contact Harlan County Arts Council President Jennifer McDaniels at 606-573-4223.
Heritage Propane, located at 945 North KY 413 in Baxter, is sponsoring a Christmas COLORING CONTEST for ages 4-12. Coloring pages may be picked up at the office and returned by Dec. 18. The winner will receive a 6-foot Christmas stocking filled with goodies.
CHRISTMAS AT THE COURTHOUSE will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 15, sponsored by the Harlan County Arts Council and Harlan County Fiscal Court, with many groups scheduled to perform and a sing-a-long. The courthouse lobby will be open from 6-8 p.m. with refreshments. Courthouse officials will have Christmas cookies, hot cocoa and hot apple cider available free to those in attendance. The program is expected to conclude at 8:30 p.m., at which time the gathering is invited to the Harlan Center to cheer on Jordan Smith on The Voice finale at 9 p.m. For more information, contact Jennifer McDaniels at 606-573-4223.
The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet Dec. 15 at David’s Steak House, 125 West Cumberland Gap Parkway in Corbin. Mealtime will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting to follow. Guest speakers will be Brian Towles, Retiree Health Care CMS communications coordinator with Kentucky Retirement Systems, and Connie Pettyjohn, director of Retiree Health Care with Kentucky Retirement Systems. Any retiree (and their spouse) receiving retirement benefits from KERS, CERS or SPRS are welcome to attend. Membership information will be available at the meeting or visit kentuckypublicretirees.org. For more information, call 606-877-0079.
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 Dec. 15 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.
The Harlan County Cooperative Extension Service will be offer a MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION workshop beginning at 6 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the Harlan County Extension Depot at 110 River Street in Harlan. The speaker will be Ben McKenney from East Baldwin, Maine. Baldwin is a third generation maple syrup producer. Participants will learn how maple syrup is produced from the raw maple sap into the finished maple syrup that makes it to the table. For more information or to register for this free workshop, call 606-573-4464.
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. 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.
Yocum Creek Baptist Church, located in the Middleton Addition of Evarts, will present the CANTATA, Hallelujah, What a Savior, at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 directed and performed by Tammy Chapman and members of the church. Refreshments will be served following the performance. For more information, call 606-837-3170.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church’s annual TOY STORE will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 19 at the church, located at 2536 South U.S. Hwy. 421. A Christmas party will follow the event beginning at 2 p.m. at the old Verda school with food, fun, games, and a gift from Santa for all.
MEET SANTA from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 19 at Don’s Super Saver. A 5×7 photo with Santa is $7. A fundraiser for the Harlan County Domestic Violence Council, all proceeds will directly benefit the Harlan County domestic violence victims.
Cumberland Pentecostal Church will present One Bethlehem Night CHRISTMAS CANTATA 2015 at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19 and 20. Everyone is invited to attend.
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 concludes Dec. 20 at Christ Episcopal Church, Williams and Central Streets, Harlan. Everyone is welcome.
Harlan Nazarene Church, located on Airport Road in Baxter, will present a CHRISTMAS PLAY at 6 p.m. on Dec. 20. Everyone is invited to attend.
Yocum Creek Baptist Church, located in the Middleton Addition of Evarts, will host their 24th annual Christmas Eve CANDLELIGHT SERVICE beginning at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24. For more information, call 606-837-3170.
The Birth of Christ CHRISTMAS PLAY will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 at The Church of God of the Free People, located on Harlan Gas Road in Fairview. Everyone is welcome.
HLT Check Exchange, located at 2366 S. U.S. Hwy. 421 in Harlan, will sponsor the annual Share the Warmth COAT DRIVE to benefit Christ’s Hands. Donate new or used coats, scarves, gloves or toboggans (all sizes needed) through Jan. 15.
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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.