Community Calendar

Published 11:59 pm Thursday, August 2, 2018

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AUG. 3

The Bell County Board of Education will have a SPECIAL-CALLED MEETING at 2 p.m. on Aug. 3 at the Bell County Administration Building in Pineville.

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A Back to School BLOCK PARTY will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. on Aug. 3 in downtown Middlesboro. There will be food vendors, entertainment, free school supplies, games and more.

AUG. 3, OCT. 4

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is hosting a series of three family-friendly outdoor, big screen movies at the Harrogate City Park in July, August and October. Movies In The Park is a free community program. The event starts at 8 p.m. with the movie beginning at dusk, approximately 8:30 p.m. LMU Dining will serve free popcorn and drinks during the movie. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. The series will continue on Aug. 3 with an end of summer showing of The Lego Batman Movie. LMU will host a showing of Wonder Woman on Oct. 4. Start times will vary based on sundown. For more information, contact Brooke O’Dell, Director of Social Media and Community Engagement, at 423-869-7468 or by email at

AUG. 4

A free E-Scrap RECYCLING EVENT will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Bell Recycling Center, located at a 900 North 15th Street in Middlesboro. All electronic items will be accepted at the center free of charge. All recyclable materials including metals will also be accepted. For more information, call 606-248-7861 or 606-337-7035.

The third annual Vets Serving Vets FREEDOM RUN will be held Aug. 4 at 106 Cherry Street in Pineville. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. with kickstands up at noon. There will be door prizes, live music and vendors. All proceeds benefit Vets Serving Vets. For more information, visit the 2108 Vets Serving Vets Freedom Run Facebook page.

AUG. 6

Lone Jack School Center’s Back to School READIFEST will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Aug. 6. There will be a hot dog dinner, free backpacks and school supplies, meet the new principal along with faculty and staff, meet your child’s teacher and community and program informational booths.

AUG. 6, 11

KIDSFEST will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 11 in downtown Pineville. A movie will be shown prior to the event in the Bell Theater from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Register to be a vendor by Aug. 6 through the Main Street Pineville Facebook page, by text at 606-499-0660 or by email at

AUG. 9, 16, 23, 30;

SEPT. 6, 13, 20

The Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series returns for the fourth year to downtown Middlesboro’s Levitt AMP Pop-Up Park. Concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. with openings acts taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. The schedule includes: Aug. 9, Mo Pitney; Aug. 16, Samantha Fish; Aug. 23, Caleb Caudle; Aug. 30, Black Lillies; Sept. 6, Liz Vice; Sept. 13, John Moreland; and Sept. 20, Sierra Hull. For concert schedule updates due to weather, visit Levitt AMP Middlesboro’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

AUG. 9

The Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will host a free PLATE IT UP class at 1 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the Extension Office. Participants will be making an Apple Cranberry Waldorf Salad. This class is free. To register, call 606-337-2376.

AUG. 10

The Lee County TRIAD 14th annual FAIR for senior citizens will be held Aug. 10 at the First Baptist Church, Jonesville, Family Life Center. Registration starts at 8:45 a.m., and speakers at 10 a.m. There will be live entertainment, vendors, goody bag, door prizes and free lunch.

AUG. 12

The Creech Reunion will be held Aug. 12 at Pine Mountain Settlement School. Dinner begins at noon. All family and friends are welcome.

AUG. 13

Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter will host a FUNDRAISER from 5 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 13 sponsored by Middlesboro Pizza Hut — dine in or carry out. Wait staff for the evening will be member of FOS. A percentage of the proceeds and all tips will go to help fund FOS programs for dogs and cats. A copy of the flyer must be presented when paying (available on the FOS website or download and show on your phone at checkout).

AUG. 14

The Bell County Extension Service will host a MIND BODY CONNECTION class at 10 a.m. on Aug. 14 at the Extension Office. Learn some stretching techniques and tips on how to relieve stress. To register, call 606-337-2376.

AUG. 18

A REUNION for Bean’s Fork, Bosworth, Edgewood-Union Grade and Yellow Creek Schools will be held Aug. 18 at the Middlesboro Community Center. Everyone is invited to attend — bring a covered dish. For more information, call 423-489-1697.

AUG. 18, SEPT. 15

Cruisin’ the Crater CAR SHOW at Middlesboro Mall will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. on the following Saturdays: Aug. 18, Sept. 15.

AUG. 21

The annual HOMEMAKER KICKOFF will begin at 5 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the third floor meeting room of the Bell County Courthouse. The cost is $5 and will cover food. To register, call 606-337-2376.

The 2018-2019 regularly scheduled meetings for the Yellow Creek SBDM Council will be held at 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in the school conference room. Meeting dates include: Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 15, Nov. 20, Dec. 18, Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 19, April 16, May 21 and June 18.

AUG. 25

The Keystones BENEFIT DANCE Turn Back the Hands of Time will begin at 8 p.m. on Aug. 25 at the Middlesboro Country Club. Admission is $20 per person — cash bar and hors d’oeuvres available. All proceeds go to the Bell County Historical Society and Museum. For more information, contact Charla Costanzo at 606-269-9988 or Heather Cosby at 606-242-0005. Mail check to: BCHS, P.O. Box 1344, Middlesboro, KY 40965.

The John Morgan and Florence (Jones) Partin FAMILY REUNION will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. 25 at the Williamsburg Tourism & Convention Center. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. (bring a dish and drinks to share — plates, forks, spoons and napkins will be provided). An auction will also be held (donations are appreciated to help with reunion expenses). For more information, contact Vickie Lunsford at 606-523-1051 or Janice Sweet at 606-526-9556.

AUG. 30

The Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will host a “Learn to Appliqué” Homemaker LEADER LESSON at 1 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the Extension Office. The instructor will be FCS Agent Hazel Jackson, from Rockcastle County. To register, call 606-337-2376.


The Bell County RELAY FOR LIFE will be held Sept. 8 at the Middlesboro City Hall parking lot. Register online at www.relayforlife.orge/bellky. For more information, contact Melissa Ramsey at 865-585-1071 or

The 2018 Lillian Faye Simpson-Southeast Scholarship GOLF CLASSIC will be held Sept. 8 at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in Cumberland. A four-player scramble, the event has an entry fee of $300 per team, including green fees, use of cart, event T-shirt and lunch. Golfers may choose tee times at 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. Registration for each will be at 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Additionally, there will be a putting contest, longest drive contest and closest to pin contest. Space is limited to 18 teams — nine per flight — and slots will fill quickly. To register, contact Patty Sokolowski, 606-589-3164 or

SEPT. 27

The Methodist Mountain Mission, which operates the Harlan Methodist Mission Opportunity Store, is celebrating their 75th ANNIVERSARY on Sept. 27 with a Customer/Donor Appreciation Day featuring a gift certificate giveway and more.

OCT. 6

The annual Harlan HAUNT FEST will be held from 10 a.m. to midnight on Oct. 6 at the Harlan Center. For tickets or more information, visit

OCT. 12-13

The Pineville Schools HALL OF FAME weekend will be held Oct. 12-13. Events include: Friday, PHS vs. Williamsburg pre-game social; Saturday, dinner at Pine Mountain State Park to honor the seventh class of inductees. For more information, call 606-269-3534.


Those who are mourning the death of a family member or friend are invited to attend the GRIEFSHARE video seminar at the New Beginning Baptist Church, located four miles west of Harrogate on TN 63. This non-denominational Christ-centered program features biblical teachings by nationally respected grief experts and others journeying through grief. Organizers provide you the opportunity to be around others who understand. GriefShare also offers valuable insights about building a new normal in life and renewing a new hope for the future. Meetings will be held on Wednesdays from, 6 to 7:30 pm, July 25 through Oct.17. For more information, contact Bob Jackson at 423-869-4422, Pastor Donnie Bannister at 423-526-4491 or visit

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GED classes are being offered to anyone 19 years or older. Improve your reading, writing and mathematical skills and study to receive your GED. For more information, contact the following: Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College Middlesboro campus at 606-248-3175, Bell County Council on Literacy at 606-248-2014 or the Pineville Learning Center at 606-337-3044.

VOLUNTEERS are needed for the Kentucky Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (Cumberland Valley District) to read a while, play a game of checkers, discuss the day’s events, reminisce or just sit and watch TV with a local senior. If you currently visit someone in a long term care facility or would like to become involved, contact Arlene Gibson at 606-864-7391 ext. 119.

VOLUNTEERS are sought at the Middlesboro Senior Citizens Center for activity assistants, answering the phone, welcoming seniors and visitors, filing, crafting, historians, entertainment, instructors in tai chi, other forms of senior exercise and a variety of educational topics for seniors. For more information, call 606-248-2990 or stop by the center.

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 Mondays from 1 to 5:30 p.m.

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 or by contacting Chapter Executive Terry Burkhart at 859-253-1331 or

The Lighthouse HOMELESS SHELTER, located at 117 South Pine Street in Pineville, is open seven days a week. For more information, call 606-337-9736.

Kentucky JOB CORPS, located in Prestonsburg, is open to motivated, young people ages 16-24 meeting the federal income guidelines. The program offers career training, high school and college courses, job search assistance, housing and medical benefits. For more information, contact Cynthia Bohon at 606-433-5336 (office), 606-224-1722 (cell) or

Lighthouse Lifeline of Bell County non-residential SUPPORT GROUPS are held at the Lighthouse Mission Center, located at 3609 Hwy. 119 in Pineville. For more information, contact Sharon Teaney at 606-269-2187 or Ules Baker at 606-670-1949. Men’s and women’s support groups meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, and at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. Youth support groups (ages 10-18) meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Lighthouse RAY OF HOPE Children’s Advocacy Center, located at 3619 Hwy. 119 in Pineville, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For information, call 606-337-9955.

The “Something Different” NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS group meets at 7 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays at the First Christian Church of Middlesboro, located at 2130 Cumberland Avenue. Meetings are open.

Lighthouse Mission Center, located at 3609 Hwy. 119 in Pineville, will have FOOD GIVEAWAYS at 11:30 a.m. on the third and fourth Tuesday of each month. Emergency food boxes are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call 606-337-1834.

A military SUPPORT GROUP for all active, separated or any former military men or women meets at 6:30 p.m. each first and third Monday of the month at the Middlesboro National Guard Armory, located on 30th Street. If you face financial, relationship, criminal, adjustment, substance abuse or other problems, this is for you.

GED CLASSES will be held on Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Lighthouse Career Training Center, located at 980 Old Bell High Road off of U.S. 119 in Pineville. For more information, call 606-337-9955.

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.

Applications are available for the Lighthouse MEDICAL CLINIC, located at 3619 Hwy. 119 in Pineville, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Visits are by appointment only. For more information, call 606-337-9955.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS will meet at the Living Clean Group Wallsend Community Room in Pineville. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. on Mondays; at noon on Wednesdays, closed for addicts only; and at 3 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 606-499-0238 or 606-302-6972.

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 Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. The Children’s SUMMER PROGRAM at the Harrogate Book Station will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 4-8 featuring Marcel the Magician, park ranger, Zoo Knoxville and a fire truck. There will also be crafts, snacks and more.