Community Calendar

Published 11:59 pm Friday, April 19, 2019

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APRIL 20-21

Holy Days schedule at St. Julian Catholic Church, locate at 118 East Chester Avenue in Middlesboro, includes: April 20 (Holy Saturday) — Easter Vigil beginning at 7:30 p.m., the most exciting Liturgy of the year; April 21 (Easter Sunday) — Easter Sunday Mass at 11 a.m. followed by an Easter egg hunt for children.

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Applications are now available at the Bell County Cooperative Extension Office, online at and in all local high schools for the Bell County Toledo Alexander Moss 4-H Scholarship. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student in Bell County who will be a full-time University of Kentucky student in fall 2019. Applications must be returned by April 19 to the Bell County Extension Service, 101 Courthouse Square, Pineville, KY 40977. If you would like an application, call 606-337-2376.


Elks Lodge No. 199 will host an Easter egg hunt beginning at 11 a.m. on April 20 at Middlesboro High School.

East Cumberland Avenue Baptist Church in Middlesboro (across from Dairy Queen) will host a free community Easter egg hunt beginning at noon on April 20. There will be food, games, prizes and over 3,000 eggs to be found.

Wilderness Road State Park’s annual Easter at Karlan celebration begins at 2 p.m. on April 20. Children ages 13 and under are invited to join the Easter Bunny for a candy-filled Easter egg hunt that highlights an afternoon filled with fun, games and prizes. The event will also include light refreshments and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Participants are asked to bring their own basket. Admission to this year’s event is $1 per vehicle. For more information, call 276-445-3065 or email

Remake Learning Days at SKCTC will be held from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on April 20 on the Middlesboro campus. This family fun day is for parents and students of the community and includes hands on learning with arts, crafts, sewing, cooking, machinery, exploring the great outdoors, science, technology, drug prevention and much more.

Lone Holly Baptist Church will hold its Easter egg hunt on April 20, beginning at 10 a.m. A cookout will follow this event. Sunday School begins at 10 a.m. with the worship service following, at 11 a.m.


Friends of the Airport will host an Easter Sunrise Service beginning at 7:15 a.m. on April 21 at the Middlesboro Bell County Airport, 1420 Dorchester Avenue. Everyone is invited to the service and celebration which will be conducted outside and on the runway side of the FBO. Following the service, there will be refreshments and fellowship at the FBO. Inclement weather service will be inside at the airport. For more information, contact Glynna Brown, airport manager, at 606-269-6910.

Easter Sunrise Service will be held on top of Clinch Mountain beginning at 6:30 a.m. on April 21. Everyone is welcome.

Liberty Baptist Church will hold its Easter Sunrise Service on April 21, beginning at 6:45 a.m. at the Liberty Cemetery. Evening services are canceled.

Holy Days schedule at St. Anthony Catholic Church, located at 315 Virginia Avenue in Pineville, includes: April 21 (Easter Sunday) — Easter Sunday Mass at 9 a.m.

Sunrise Missionary Baptist Church will hold its Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. on April 21. The youth Easter program, ‘The Blood,’ will be held with regular church services. The public is welcome to attend.

Indian Creek Baptist Church will host an Easter egg hunt beginning at 1 p.m. on April 21. There will be two different age groups and refreshments following the hunt.

APRIL 21, 27

Binghamtown Baptist Church will present the 24th annual Woman to Woman Conference from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 27. The cost is $25 — breakfast, conference and lunch. The speaker is Dr. Kimberly Miracle, a Pineville native. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets will be mailed once monies are received. Ticket deadline is April 21. No refunds, tickets are transferable. Tickets will be required for admittance. For more information, call 606-246-1380, 606-248-5600 or 606-499-2160; or visit


The Bell County Board of Education will hold a special-called board meeting at 2 p.m. on April 23 by video teleconference at the Bell County Administration Office, located at 211 West Virginia Avenue in Pineville. The public may attend.

The Bell County Extension Service in partnership with the Pineville Library will be offering “Stories, Songs and Stretches” sessions at the Pineville Library starting April 23 at 10:30 a.m. Participants will create playful story times with yoga and movement. If you are a family with children 5 and under then this is the program is geared toward you. To register, contact the Bell County Extension Office at 606-337-2376.

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet April 23 at Golden Corral in London. Mealtime will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting to follow. The guest speaker will be House District 99 state Rep. Rocky Adkins. Adkins is also a Democratic candidate for governor in the upcoming primary election. Any retiree (and spouse) receiving retirement benefits from KERS, CERS or SPRS is welcome to attend. Membership information will be available at the meeting or is available on the website ( For more information, call 606-260-0490.


The Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will host Weigh 2 Go Wednesdays every Wednesday through April 24. Meet at 10 a.m. in the Extension Office. This is an eight-week program that will include nutrition information, recipes, weekly weigh-ins and exercise. To register, contact the Extension Office at 606-337-2376.

APRIL 25-26

The 32nd annual East Kentucky Leadership Conference will be held April 25-26. On Thursday, the conference will be held at the Benham School House Inn in Benham, and on Friday, it will be held at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Cumberland campus. To register or for more information, visit


Frakes School Center Parent Site Base nominations are open from April 15 through 26 for the upcoming school year. Election will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 30 at the school. If you have a child enrolled in Frakes School next year, you are eligible to vote in this election. This includes parents, step-parents and foster parents. Legal guardians are also eligible to vote if the child lives in their home.


If you are concerned about the future of young children in the community and the neglect or abuse they may suffer and/or frustrated about the impact that poverty, drugs and incarceration are having on families, Living Hope Church and Eastern Kentucky Child Care Coalition will host trainings/informative sessions available to the public free of charge. Learn what you can do to help from to 10 a.m. to noon on April 27 at Living Hope Church, located at 347 Shawanee Road in Harrogate. To register or for more information, email you name and phone number to: If you would like to receive a certificate documenting your attendance, note that in your email. A $5 processing fee will be charged and collected on site.


The Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will host the monthly homemaker leader lesson at 10 a.m. on May 1 in the Extension Office. The lesson is “Festive Foods.” To sign up, contact the Bell County Extension Office at 606-337-2376.


The 2019 National Day of Prayer will be observed on May 2 at noon in the Middlesboro City Parking Lot. Mayor Rick Nelson will open the program. Please join in to pray for our country, state, city and the Tri-State area. For more information, call 606-242-9333 or 606-269-9852.

National Day of Prayer service in Pineville will begin at noon on May 2 in the second floor courtroom (old courthouse). Local ministers, business and community leaders and other dignitaries will lead in prayer. For more information, contact Gerry Roan at 606-337-2237 or Debbie Gambrel at 606-337-6307.


Tri-State Youth Choir Dinner and Auction will be held on May 3. Dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m., with the auction beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6, adults; $4, children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased through any choir member. For more information, call 423-869-8323


Pine Mountain Settlement School will host Draft Animals 101 from noon to 3 p.m. on May 4. Join as participants learn the old-time methods and skills necessary for plowing, log skidding and sled pulling with draft animals. For more information, call 606-558-3571 or email

The Harrogate Bookstation, located at 310 Bristol Road in Harrogate, will be holding a yard sale May 4 beginning at 9 a.m. Donations are welcome. For more information, call 423-869-9777.

MAY 3-4

As part of Harlan County’s Bicentennial celebration this year, the Harlan County Arts Council is hosting Wild Pine Mountain: A Primitive Lands Of Harlan County Lecture Series on May 4 at the Harlan County Shrine Ground and Conference Building. Lectures will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This free community enrichment programming is intended to educate people about Harlan County’s more primitive past and natural history. There will be activities for children throughout the day, including face painting, arts and crafts, storytelling and moments with Smokey the Bear. Shriners will be selling concessions all day. There will also be a “get-to-know-one-another” bonfire by the river beginning at 6 p.m. on May 3 on the Shriners grounds. There will also be tours of the historic Putney Ranger Station on both days led by Tony Felosi. Both days’ activities are free to the public. For more information, call 573-4223.


Pineville Chapter No. 89 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at 7 p.m. on May 7 at the Masonic Building in Pineville. The meeting will be preceded with a meal at 6 p.m.

MAY 10-12

Pine Mountain Settlement School will host Black Mountain Wildflower Weekend May 10-12. Celebrate the unique and important ecosystem the highest point in Kentucky, home to many rare species of wildflowers, rare birds, mammals and insects. For more information, call 606-558-3571 or email

MAY 11

Southeast Golf Scramble for Students will be held May 10 at the Middlesboro Country Club, hosted by the Southeast Education Foundation. A four-player scramble, the event entry fee is $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., Space is limited to 18 teams— nine per flight—and slots will fill quickly. To register, contact Leslie Carmack at 606-248-2021 or Proceeds from the tournament support student scholarships and Foundation operations.

MAY 12

Pine Mountain Settlement School will host a Mother’s Day Dinner from 6 to 7 p.m. on May 12 in Laurel House. A farm-fresh supper is free for moms; the cost for everyone else is $10 per person.


The Main Street Pineville summer event schedule includes: May 16, Main Street Live! with Sydney Adams; May 17, End of School Bash with Sauced and Bell County Public Library; May 23-26, Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival; May 30, Main Street Live! with Dalton Mills; June 7-8, Laurel Cove Music Festival; June 15, Main Street Live! with Chained Rock Jeep Fest; June 22, Cruisin’ Chained Rock Car Show; June 29, Bike Show for Gunnar; July 3, Independence Day in Pineville; July 11, Main Street Live! with Dave Shoemaker; July 25, Summer Reading finale “Man on the Moon” presented by Bell County Public Library; July 27, Main Street Live!; Aug. 3, Kidsfest; and Aug. 17, Main Street Live!

MAY 23-25

The annual Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival will be held May 23-26 in Pineville. For more information, visit or the festival’s Facebook page.

MAY 25

KMLF Kid’s Got Talent Contest will be held May 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. Two age groups: 7- to 10-year-olds and 11- to 14-year-olds. Those entering must fill out an application by May 1 — no exceptions. Judging on stage presentation, knowledge of the talent and crowd response. If you are singing, it must be to an instrument, instrumental track or acapella (no lip-syncing). For an application, email Cash and prizes will be awarded.

JUNE 6-8

The 2019 Poke Sallet Festival will take place June 6-8 in downtown Harlan. For updates, check out the festival’s Facebook page or visit,

JUNE 7-8

Bell County’s first Laurel Music Festival will take place June 7 and 8 at the Laurel Cove Amphitheater, organized through a partnership with Main Street Pineville, Pine Mountain State Resort Park and Bell County Tourism. Lineup and ticket information will be announced at a later date.

JULY 17-OCT. 9

Those who are mourning the death of a loved one are invited to attend the Griefshare at New Beginning Baptist Church in Harrogate. This non-denominational Christ-centered program features biblical teachings by grief experts and testimonies of grieving people. GriefShare offers insights that help to renew hope for the future as well as providing the chance to be around other that understand. Meetings will be held on Wednesdays, from 6 to 7:30 pm, July 17 through Oct. 9. For more information, contact the church office at 423-7378 or Bob and Nancy Jackson at 423-869-4422. You may also visit or

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New Beginning Christian Academy (NBCA), located at 2305 Hwy. 63 in Cumberland Gap, is currently accepting applications for K3- through eighth-grade for the 2019-2020 school year. The A Beka curriculum is offered with a small Christian learning environment, less distractions and more emphasis on your child. To schedule an appointment or request an application, call 423-869-7378.

Appalachian Promise of Claiborne (APCC), a 501(C)3 faith-based organization, provides free IOP classes for those battling addiction with drug testing every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at N. 1718 Broad Street in Tazewell. All services are free to the Tri-State area and assistance with rehab placement is also available. Parenting and anger management classes along with job placement is provided as well. Families can learn about treatment and other programs offered in family support groups available on Thursdays at 2 p.m. For more information, call 423-259-8189.

Stand in the Gap Coalition (SIGCO), a 501(c)3 nonprofit, faith-based organization, along with local churches in the Tri-State area is hosting an evening out for grandparents and caregivers by providing childcare on the second Tuesday of each month. SIGCO is located at 325 Straight Creek Road, New Tazewell, Tennessee. A service of SIGCO is to provide free saliva-based drug testing kits with instructions, called Give Me a Reason. For more information on the evening out, addiction treatment or how you can help “Stand in the Gap“ call 423-300-1302, email or mail P.O. Box 539, Cumberland Gap TN 37724.

The Harrogate Book Station, located at 310 Bristol Road, is having an ongoing book sale. The selection includes hardcover, $1; large paperback, 50 cents; and paperback, 25 cents. For more information, call 423-869-9777.

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.

Free saliva-based drug testing kits are provided and sponsored through UNITE and Stand in the Gap Coalition (SIGCO). Give Me a Reason 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 throughout the Tri-State area and at the SIGCO office, at 325 Straight Creek Road, New Tazewell, 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 Bell, Harlan, Knox and Whitley counties. Red Cross Disaster Action Team 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, at 117 South Pine Street in Pineville, is open seven days a week. For more information, call 606-337-9736.

Lighthouse Lifeline of Bell County non-residential support groups are held at the Lighthouse Mission Center, 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 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, and at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. Youth support groups (ages 10-18) meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Lighthouse Ray of Hope Children’s Advocacy Center, 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, at 2130 Cumberland Avenue. Meetings are open.

Lighthouse Mission Center, 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 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lighthouse Career Training Center, 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 to 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, 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.