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.


Evarts Congregational United Methodist Church will host a PANCAKE DINNER from 3-7 p.m. on Feb. 9 in the basement of the church — dine in, carry out or delivery. Diners are a $5 donation and includes pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, milk and juice. Funds will help the church’s backpack program for the schools.

A field representative will be at the National Guard Armory in Harlan from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 to ASSIST VETERANS and their dependents filing federal and state veterans benefits. This service is provided free of charge by the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. To apply, veterans need to furnish copies of pertinent documentation to verify eligibility. For more information, call 877-856-0004 (toll-free) to speak with a representative.

Harlan County High School will have an ELECTRONIC FINANCIAL AID online workshop from 4-6 p.m. on Feb. 9 in the first floor computer lab. Students will need to bring a parent (if available), their license, Social Security number and W2’s (if applicable).The following will be available to help you with your FAFSA: Tyler Powers (with KHEAA), Janet White (YSC), Lisa Asbury, Cortney Abraham, Talent Search and Mike Scott.

The Harlan Area RETIRED TEACHERS Association will meet at 1 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the Harlan County Extension Depot. Members are asked to bring school supplies and a monetary donation to reimburse the treasury for the money donated to Christ’s Hands. All retired teachers are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Polly McLain at 606-837-3546, on Facebook or at [email protected]

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet on Feb. 9 at Golden Corral in London (next to Walmart). Mealtime will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting to follow. The guest speaker will be Brittney Teives, Humana’s Medicare representative/liaison. She will discuss the KRS Humana Medicare Advantage plan, and answer questions any retirees might have. Any retiree (and their spouse) receiving retirement benefits from KERS, CERS or SPRS is welcome to attend. Membership information will be available at the meeting or at kentuckypublicretirees.org. For more information, call 606-877-0079.

Pine Mountain Settlement School will host a GARDEN PLANNING & PLANTING WORKSHOP at 5 p.m. on Feb. 9 in the Laurel House. Refreshment will be served. Learn how to plan and plant a successful garden. Topics covered will include soil testing, seed and plant selection and planting dates for specific crops. This event is open to the public and free for everyone. For more information, contact Preston Jones at 606-558-5282 or [email protected]


Upcoming NURSING PROGRAM pre-admission conferences at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College include: Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. on the Pineville campus in room 142; and Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. on the Cumberland campus in Falkenstine 418.


FEB. 17, 23, 28

Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College will present several events showcasing BLACK HISTORY MONTH. At noon on Feb. 9, the Cumberland campus will host “Lift Evr’y Voice and Sing!” with spiritual music with roots in Kentucky African-American culture in the art gallery of the Godbey Appalachian Center. Lunch will be served prior to the program at 11:30 a.m. At noon on Feb. 11, the Cumberland campus will host a talk by Dr. Herbert Douglas in the art gallery of the Godbey Appalachian Center. Lunch will be served. At 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 17 at the Middlesboro Community Center, located at 705 North 30th Street, Dr. Alicestyne Turley will discuss President Abraham Lincoln and LMU’s impact on the area. Lunch will be served. At 11 a.m. on Feb. 23 in the auditorium of the Belinda Mason Building on the Whitesburg campus, Tammie Chapman will present “My Mountain Heritage and My Music.” Lunch will be served. Super Sunday will be presented on Feb. 28 at the Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Lynch. The program will begin at 11 a.m. with a morning service followed by dinner and a college fair at 1:30 p.m. 2016 Super Sunday Hall of Fame recipient Mitchell Earl Brown will be honored during the program and is the guest speaker at the morning service. Admission is free to all events. For more information, contact Carolyn Sundy, SKCTC vice president for the Diversity and Inclusion Program, at [email protected] or 606-589-3052.


The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will offer a free HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE on Feb. 9-11 at the Harlan County Extension Depot, located at 110 River Street in Harlan. The 10-hour course will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 9 and 10, and from 5-8 p.m. on Feb. 11. The hunter must attend each session and pass an exam to be certified. All hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1975 must complete this course. The hunter must be at least 9 years old to be certified. All participants must register for the course at www.fw.ky.gov. For more information, contact the Harlan County Extension Service at 606-573-4464 or the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at 800-858-1549.


The Harlan County BOOKMOBILE SCHEDULE for the week of Feb. 8 includes:

Tuesday — Green Hills Elementary School, senior center, Bledsoe and Straight Creek.

Wednesday — Pine Mountain, Pine Mountain Settlement School (Story Time is 11:30 a.m. to noon in Laurel House) and Big Laurel.

Thursday — Black Mountain Elementary School, Brittains Creek and Dizney.

Friday — Evarts Elementary School, Eastbrook Station, High Rise Apartments and the Dialysis Clinic.


Large FREE FOOD BOXES will be given away from 10-11:30 a.m. on Feb. 10 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.


MARCH 3, 24; APRIL 21

Upcoming SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM pre-admission conferences at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College include: Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. on the Pineville campus, room 158; Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. on the Harlan campus in the conference room; March 3 at 2 p.m. on the Cumberland campus in Newman 102; March 24 at 4 p.m. on the Middlesboro campus in the grill area; and April 21 at 2 p.m. on the Middlesboro campus in the grill area.


The Cawood Elementary School SITE BASE Decision Making Council will have a special-called meeting at3 p.m. on Feb. 11 in school’s library. The public in invited to attend.

The Harlan County High School SBDM Council’s regular scheduled meeting will begin at 3:15 p.m. on Feb. 11 in the HCHS Media Center. Everyone is invited to attend.

The Cumberland Elementary School regular SBDM COUNCIL meeting will begin at 4 p.m. on Feb. 11 in the school library.

The Harlan Elementary School SBDM Council has been rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 11.

The PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT PROGRAM pre-admission conference at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College include will begin at 3 p.m. on Feb. 11 on the Whitesburg campus, Belinda Mason 103.

A Back to the BASICS OF BAKING workshop will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 11 at the Harlan County Extension Depot. The class is free, but registration is required. To register, call 606-573-4464.

The Harlan County Ridge Runners ATV Club Inc. will meet at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the North Evarts RV Campground. All are welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.kyoutdoors.org/forums/.


FEB. 17, 23, 26

Upcoming RESPIRATORY CARE PROGRAM pre-admission conferences at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College include: Jan. 29 at 9 a.m. on the Middlesboro campus in the grill area; Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. on the Pineville campus in room 122 and the Whitesburg campus, Caudill 112; Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. on the Cumberland campus in the Newman lobby; Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. on the Whitesburg campus, Caudill 112; and Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. on the Pineville campus in room 122.


FEB. 19

Upcoming RADIOGRAPHY PROGRAM pre-admission conferences at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College include: Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. on the Whitesburg campus in the Belinda Mason Auditorium; and Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. on the Pineville campus in room 163.


Pine Mountain Settlement School will host a Valentine’s DINNER & DANCE beginning at 6 p.m. on Feb. 13 featuring fellowship, good food and dancing to music of a live band. Bring your sweetheart, mother, family members, friends or come solo. The cost is $12, adults; $6 children under 12. For more information, contact the school at 606-558-3571, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

FEB. 16

The APPALACHIAN HORSE CENTER has scheduled six upcoming public meetings to learn more about the center and its plans to develop over the next few years in southeast Kentucky. Presentations will be held for the nine county region in southeast Kentucky: Breathitt, Floyd, Harlan, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Perry and Pike. The meeting in Harlan County will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 16 at the Harlan County Courthouse in the Fiscal Courtroom, located at 210 East Central Street, No. 111. Bring your family and friends and learn about the positive impact of this initiative on the region’s economy, jobs and horse health. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, email Ginny Grulke at [email protected], call 859-940-4672 or like the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AppHorseCenter.

FEB. 18

The Harlan County BOARD OF EDUCATION schedule for the remainder of 2016 has been announced. Meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the conference room at the central office. Dates include: Feb. 18, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20. Nov. 17 and Dec. 15.

FEB. 19; MARCH 5

REPUBLICAN VOTERS in Kentucky will caucus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 5 to determine the party’s choice in the presidential race. All eligible Republican voters in Harlan County are urged to participate. Although Harlan County does not have a caucus location, you can travel to the Richard M. Nixon Center, located at 150 Wendover Road in Hyden. Voters can also cast an absentee ballot. Applications can be picked up at Harlan County Farm Bureau, and must be received by the Republican Party of Kentucky by Feb. 19. For a complete list of procedural details and more information, visit rpk.org/caucus.

FEB. 19-21

Pine Mountain Settlement School will host WILDERNESS FIRST AID, a two-day course focusing on the basic skill of: Response and assessment, musculoskeletal injuries, environmental emergencies, survival skills, soft tissue injuries and medical emergencies, Feb. 19-21. The course is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts or trip leader that wants a basic level of first aid training. It also meets the American Camp Association guidelines and can be used as a Wilderness First Responder recertification cause as well. Students must be 14 years of age or older to participate. The cost is $200 and includes tuition, lodging and meals from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch. For more information, contact the school at 606-558-3571, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

FEB. 22, 25

The Harlan County High School DANCE CAMP will be Feb. 22 and 25 in the high school cafeteria from 4-5 p.m. each day. The cost is $25 and includes dance instruction, a free T-shirt and a performance at the district basketball tournament hosted by HCHS during the week of Feb. 29.The camp is open to students up to sixth-grade.

FEB. 23

Friends of the Harlan County Animal Shelter will host a MEMBERSHIP DRIVE at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the Harlan Public Library. Memberships are $15 per year and all proceeds go toward enhancing operations at the shelter, adoptions and rescue programs.

FEB. 26-27

Rushing Wind Ministries will host the 2016 YOUTH RETREAT Feb. 26-27 at Main Street Auditorium in Cumberland. There is no registration fee. Night services begin at 7 p.m. Saturday events will begin with morning worship at 10 a.m. The junior speaker is Sis. Colleen Fouts; senior speaker, Evangelist Anthony Noe; and night speaker, Pastor Tim Fouts. For more information, contact Rev. Freddie Terry at 606-634-4663.

FEB. 26-28

Pine Mountain Settlement School will host a WINTER ARTS WEEKEND Feb 26-28. Workshops in weaving, stained glass, cornshuck crafts and woodcarving will be offered. The workshops begin with dinner on Friday and conclude following lunch on Sunday. Class sizes are limited — early registration is encouraged. The cost is $200 and includes materials, tuition, lodging and all meals. For more information, contact the school at 606-558-3571, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pine Mountain Settlement School will host a WINTER NATURALISTS RETREAT Feb. 26-28. With activities led by Central Kentucky Forest Management forester Scott Shouse and Kentucky Division of Air Quality’s education specialist Roberta Burnes, participants will learn to use the art of nature journaling to make observations and build connections with the natural world. We will learn how to identify trees in winter, go on a nighttime owl prowl and experience the beauty of winter while hiking through the unique and beautiful landscape. The cost is $170 and includes program, lodging and meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. For more information, contact the school at 606-558-3571, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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GIRLS SCOUTS in Harlan County are selling cookies. Cookies are $4 per box including Thin Mints, Shortbreads, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Peanut Butter Patties, Lemonades, Cranberry Citrus Crisps and Thanks-A-Lots. Some troops are offering limited time Trios which are $5 a bag and are gluten free. Along with selling cookies in person, scouts are now selling online through a digital cookie website. For more information, call 606-344-8312.

Donations are sought for a WINTER COAT DRIVE hosted by Harlan Health & Rehabilitation Center’s Therapy Department. Nice, clean coats will be donated to Christ’s Hands — all coats are needed, especially children’s. If you have a coat you would like to donate, you can drop it off at the Activities Office.

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]

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).

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 5-6 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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