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.


Register your child for Dolly’s Parton’s IMAGINATION LIBRARY. Free books will be mailed to your child monthly. Register at any of the following events, and take home a free book: April 7, noon to 2 p.m., Harlan Public Library, 107 North 3rd Street in Harlan; April 7, 3-5 p.m., Evarts Public Library, 127A Yocum Street in Evarts. Children must be 0-4 years of age and reside in Harlan County — birthdate and mailing address are required at registration.

The Harlan County Cooperative Extension Service is offering a free GARDEN PLANNING workshop at 6 p.m. on April 7 at the Harlan County Extension Depot. This workshop will offer basics in gardening such as garden planning, when to plant, getting your soil tested and pest control. To register or for more information, call 606-573-4464.

The Harlan County bookmobile schedule for April 7 includes: Cumberland Elementary School, Tri-Cities Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Putney; no run, Friday.

An ACT preparation workshop will be held at Harlan County High School from 3:30-5:30 p.m. April 7, sponsored by the Harlan County High School Youth Service Center. Alexandra Nau will conduct an English workshop in her classroom.

The Pine Mountain Regional Industrial Development Authority regular scheduled BOARD OF DIRECTORS meeting on April 7 has been canceled.


The Harlan County Extension Service will be promoting physical activity with a program, “Get Moving Kentucky — WALK HARLAN COUNTY!” The program is free, but a registration application is required. Those participating will engage in some form of physical activity for an eight-week period beginning April 4 and keep track of this activity on a log. At the end of the period those returning their logs will be given a T-shirt and their name will be entered in drawings for a personal activity tracker and a walking stick. Registration packets can be obtained from the Extension Service at 519 South Main Street or by calling 606-573-4464. If you return your registration application in person from March 21-April 8 you will receive a free lunch bag.


Pre-registration is now open for the third annual Harlan County 5K RUN WITH COLOR scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on April 9. The first 250 pre-registered color runners, walkers, skippers, cart-wheelers, sprinters will be guaranteed a T-shirt and a color packet for the event. Extra color packets will be available for purchase the day of the race — after the first 250, it will be a first come, first serve basis. Pre-registration is $25. You can register the day of the race until 8:30 a.m. — no guarantee on T-shirts or color packets. Day of registration $30. You can register at the Harlan Center, online at https://harlantourism.redpodium.com/harlan-county-run-with-color-5k or organizers can email you the document and you can mail it in with a check payable to Harlan Tourism. Sponsors are also still being accepted. If you are interested, call 606-573-4495.


The Harlan County Bass Anglers and Jimmy’s Place will host the DanceBlue for Pediatric Cancer Open CHARITY TOURNAMENT from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 9 at Norris Landing Marina and Jimmy’s Place Marina. The entry fee is $80 (two per boat). Prizes: First place, $600; second place, $300; and third place, $200. Rules: Includes big fish (largemouth and smallmouth); five fish limit (any combinations of LM, SM, SB); no dead fish will be weighed; short fish (one pound penalty per fish); heaviest weight wins; no live bait, lake rule apply on size; LM, SM, SB will be measured by ruler with tail fanned; must be at boat ramp by 3 p.m. to weigh or you will be disqualified; LM, 14” minimum, SM, 18” minimum, SB, no size limit. The club has the right to refuse entry to anyone that has been suspended or disqualified from any fishing organization.


Cumberland River Victims Services will host the fifth annual TriCounty CONQUER 5K on April 16 at the Engineer Street Bridge Gazebo in Corbin. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K will begin at 9 .am. Everyone is encouraged to walk or run to help raise awareness for victims and survivors of sexual assault. Door prizes to follow the 5K. Registration forms are available on the Cumberland River Victims Services Facebook page, online at signmeup.com/11135 or by calling 606-528-5286. Early registration deadline is April 9.


The L&N/CSX Railroaders will meet at 10 a.m. on April 11 at the Harlan County Extension Depot. All retired and former railroaders are encouraged to attend.

APRIL 12-16; 19

The SKCTC Center Stage Players will present THE RELUCTANT DRAGON at the theatre on the Cumberland campus on the following dates: April 12, 7 p.m.; April 13, 7 p.m.; April 14, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.; April 15, 7 p.m.; and April 16, 2:30 p.m. Performances will also be held on Harlan campus in the theatre at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on April 19.


The Harlan County RETIRED TEACHERS Association will meet at 1 p.m. on April 12 at the Harlan County Extension Depot. All retired teachers are invited to attend. A potluck meal will follow the business meeting. For more information, contact Polly McLain at 606-837-3546 or on Facebook.

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet April 12 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. The guest speaker will be Brittney Teives, Humana’s Medicare representative/liaison. She will go over 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.


SHEPHERD’S PANTRY, located at 111 Union Street in Clutts, will be signing up new clients for the pantry (not commodities) program from 10-11 a.m. on the third and fourth Tuesday and third Wednesday of each month until further notice. You must bring proof of all earned and unearned income for every member of the household and their Social Security card as well as your utility bill with 911 address.

APRIL 13, 14

The Harlan County Extension Service will hold a BACKYARD POULTRY PRODUCTION workshop at 6 p.m. on April 14 at the Harlan County Extension Depot, 110 River Street in Harlan. To register or for more information, call 606-573-4464 by April 13.


FREE FOOD BOXES will be given away from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on April 13 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.


The Harlan County Ridge Runners ATV Club, Inc.’s next monthly meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on April 14 at the North Evarts RV Campground. All are welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.kyoutdoors.org/forums/.

APRIL 15-17

Harvest Worship Center’s WOMEN’S CONFERENCE will be held April 15-17. The conference begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. The speaker will be Beth Stephens. Worship will be provided by the HWC and Fervent Drama Team. Child care provided.


Volunteers are sought to help beautify the area during Pine Mountain Settlement School’s annual SPRING CLEAN-UP on April 16. Volunteers will help pick up garbage along the roadway. For more information, contact the school at 606-558-3571, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Register online at www.pinemountainsettlementschool.com.

The VOICES OF APPALACHIA spring concert, “Celebrating Our Mountain Music,” will begin at 7 p.m. on April 16 in Campbell Center for the Arts on the campus of Alice Lloyd College. The concert will feature shaped-note acapella hymn singing, bluegrass gospel and traditional sacred choral songs like Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. The VoA are accompanied by Beth Ann Bowers, Holly Baker, and the Alfred & Shirley Wampler Caudill Acoustic Instrument Ensemble. The VoA are raising funds for their California tour in May. There is no admission charge for the concert but donations are appreciated.


The Tadpole on Looney Creek Trail DERBY, a fundraiser for Trail Town, will be held May 7. The event is planned as a casual, relaxing, fun ride at a leisurely pace for any skill level. The distance of the ride is about five miles from the Black Bear Gazebo to the Benham Coal Miner’s Park and back. Staff will be on site to inflate tires and adjust seats. Everyone is encouraged to wear a bike helmet. You can ride free; however, prepaid registrations ($10 by April 20) will receive the official Tadpole Derby T-shirt, vinyl for your helmet or bike and a hot dog lunch after the ride. Check in will begin at noon at the Black Bear Gazebo on Main Street in Cumberland. The ride will leave at 1 p.m. Forms are available through the Cumberland Tourism office, located at 506 West Main Street, or call 606-589-5812 and forms can be emailed or mailed through the postal service.


Pine Mountain Settlement School will host a Beginner’s BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP at 6 p.m. on April 21 in the Draper Building. State Apiarist Tammy Horn will teach about getting started with swarms, nucs and packages (i.e., the advantages and disadvantages) as well as basic bee equipment. The cost is $5, (free for Grow Appalachia participants and their families). For more information, contact the school at 606-558-3571, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Register online at www.pinemountainsettlementschool.com.

The SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM pre-admission conference at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College is planned April 21 at 2 p.m. on the Middlesboro campus in the grill area.

APRIL 22-24

The annual Pine Mountain Wildflower Weekend at Pine Mountain Settlement School will be held April 22-24. Every spring, naturalists, photographers, and nature-lovers flock to Pine Mountain to immerse themselves in one of the region’s most prolific wildflower habitats. During the program, folks of all ages will participate in guided hikes along our forested trails, eat farm-fresh meals and enjoy the beauty and relaxation of this environment. The guest speaker will be Mary Carol Cooper, retired conservation educator with Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and coordinator of the native plant program at Salato Wildlife Education Center. For more information, contact the school at 606-558-3571, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Register online at www.pinemountainsettlementschool.com.


Documenting the Family Homestead Workshop will be held April 23 at Pine Mountain Settlement School. This workshop takes a practice-based approach to capturing the historical details of the buildings that are important to families. Led by Architectural Historian Karen Hudson, you will become an apprentice at the two-story log cabin of John Shell, a legendary figure on the North Side of Pine Mountain who lived to be over 120 years old. For more information, contact the school at 606-558-3571, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Register online at www.pinemountainsettlementschool.com.

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Harlan County High School Dance Team TRYOUT CLINICS will be held April 25-26. Tryouts will begin at 3:30 p.m. on April 28. Tryout info packets will be available at all elementary schools the week before spring break.


APPLICATIONS will be accepted for Robert E. Frazier Tri City Area Charitable Foundation grants until April 30. Applications are available at www.robertefraziertricityareacharitablegrantfoundationllc.com or at 506 West Main Street in Cumberland. For more information, contact Bobbie 606-524-4964.

MAY 9; 13-15

The 10th annual Kentucky State Police BASEBALL TOURNAMENT will be held May 13-15 at Huff Park in Harlan. The first pitch will be thrown at 4:55 p.m. and games start at 5 p.m. The cost is $150 donation per team — first come, first serve. Each team will be provided a meal at the field on May 14. Three divisions: 11-12 year olds (eight teams max); 9-10 year olds (six teams max); and girls softball, 9-12 year olds (six teams max). First- through fourth-place trophies, champs will receive banner, trophies in each division; and Little League International rules apply. All teams guaranteed at least two games — all traveling teams are welcome no matter the league you play in. Each team shall bring a dozen balls to be used during the tournament. Entries are due by May 9. Proceeds will benefit Trooper Island Camp. KSP apparel will be sold during the tournament. For more information or to register, contact Trooper James Hensley, Post 10 in Harlan, at 606-573-3131.

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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.

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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