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 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.


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.

CHRISTMAS AT THE FARM will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the Stables at Creekside Glen featuring a live nativity tour, angelic wagon rides and more. For more information, call 606-589-6910.

THE WARWICK FAMILY will host a benefit singing beginning at 6 p.m. on Dec. 19 at Poplar Grove Baptist Church, located at 1099 Possum Hollow Road in Flat Lick. For more information, call 606-542-4708.


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.


DEC. 21-23

Harlan County Christian School will present their annual CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY at the Shriners Fairgrounds in Putney for the 2015 Christmas season from 6-10 p.m. Dec. 18-19 and Dec. 21-23. The display is free to the public; however, donations to the Harlan County Christian School is greatly appreciated.


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.


All Harlan County High School BAND ALUMNI are encouraged to participate in the Jordan Smith homecoming parade on Dec. 21 with the HCHS Marching Black Bears. For those who can, bring your instruments; music will be posted online. Call Shelley Shepherd at 606-574-2020 ext. 3550 and leave a message or visit the band Facebook page. You may also email her at [email protected] A practice session is planned at 2 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the high school — meet at the school band room.

DEC. 21

A HOMECOMING CELEBRATION is planned on Monday in honor of Jordan Smith. A parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. in downtown Harlan followed by a program at 4 p.m. at the Harlan Center.

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.

DEC. 22

A Community Candlelight CHRISTMAS SERVICE will be held at Main Street Auditorium on Dec. 22. For more information, call 606-634-4663.

DEC. 24

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.

DEC. 31-JAN. 1

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.

DEC. 31

Pine Mountain State Resort Park will host a New Year’s Eve MOUNTAIN BASH on Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Admission is $10 per person for those 21 and older (no outside alcohol permitted). Dance music will be provided by DJ Brian O’Brien. There will also be party favors, snacks and a balloon drop. The Mountain View Restaurant is open for dinner from 5-9 p.m. For more information, call 606-337-3066.

JAN. 1

The Little Congress Bicycle Museum in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, will host their annual POLAR BEAR DIP at noon on Jan. 1 at Gap Creek in front of the museum. For more information, contact the museum at 423-869-9993.


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.

JAN. 15-17

Pine Mountain State Resort Park will host a WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY WEEKEND Jan. 15-17. The weekend features a digital photography workshop/contest; three classes (amateur, intermediate and accomplished); four competition categories for each class; beginner photography session; and a critique session. Evening programs by guest professional Ken Jenkins, a nationally known natural history photographer, writer, lecturer and outdoor adventurer. Registration is $30, early bird; $40, at the door. For more information, call 606-337-3066.

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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 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.

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