Community Calendar

Published 11:59 pm Thursday, May 2, 2019

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Learn more about remote work from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 3 at Middlesboro City Hall. To pre-register or for more information, contact April Leisge at 606-216-6883 or

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The official grand opening of the new Flex Fitness facility, located inside Middlesboro Mall, will be on May 3. Come check out the new place and meet the owner, Michael Gregory, IFBB Pro Shawn Smith, IFBB Pro John Silver and National Level Bodybuilder Mike Taylor. A ribbon cutting will be held at 10 a.m., and the meet and greet from 3 to 4 p.m.

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


Middlesboro Main Street will host a Kentucky Derby viewing party beginning at 5 p.m. on May 4 at Victorian Garden in the Alexander Arthur Museum, located at 2215 Cumberland Avenue. There will be hors d’oeuvres and drink catered by Ike’s Artisan Pizza, along with a derby hat and bow-tie competition followed by a viewing of the Kentucky Derby. All proceeds will go to the Middlesboro Garden Club for downtown flowers.

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.

MAY 6-11

Main Street Week will be held May 6-11. Various events will be hosted. For up-to-date information, visit the Middlesboro Main Street Facebook page.


The Bell County Cooperative Extension District Board meeting will begin at 9:30 .m. on May 6 at the Bell County Extension Office, located at the Bell County Courthouse in Pineville.

MAY 6-10

Yellow Creek School will accept parent nominations for the 2019-2020 Site Base Council from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily May 6-10 in the school office. For more information, contact the school at 606-248-1010.

New Beginning Baptist Church, located at 23056 Hwy. 63 in Cumberland Gap, will be in revival beginning May 6-10, beginning at 7 p.m. nightly. Special singers from the church will lead worship. Everyone is welcome and invited to join For more information or if you need directions, call the church office at 423-869-7378.


Bell County Tourism will meet at 5:30 p.m. on May 7 to discuss getting Middlesboro eligible for Kentucky Trail Town status. If you are interested, try to attend. Meetings will be held the first Tuesday of the month until the project is completed.

The Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will host Learn, Laugh and Craft at 1 p.m. on May 7 in the Extension Office. Participants will be making watermelon wood slice coasters. To register, call the Extension Office at 606-337-2376.

Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter (FOS) in partnership with Angelo’s in the Gap will celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week with a buffet fundraiser from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on May 7 and music by Wilson, Goodwin & Gambrel. The cost is $15 and includes pizza, spaghetti (meatballs optional), fettuccini (chicken optional), garlic balls, salad and drinks (non-alcoholic). Dogs are welcome on the patio on a leash.

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.

An investment program for the Opportunity Zone will begin at 10 a.m. on May 9 on the Middlesboro campus of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College. Limited seating, reserve your ticket at

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.

MAY 13

The Bell County Extension Office will be holding an interest meeting for Relatives Raising Relatives at 1 p.m. on May 13 in the Extension Office. If you or someone you know is raising grandchildren, nieces or nephews then be sure to join in. To register, call the Extension Office at 606-337-2376.

The next Bell County 4-H Junior Homemaker Club meeting will begin at 4 p.m. on May 13 at the Veteran’s Park. To register, call the Extension Office at 606-337-2376.

MAY 13-18

The Gospel Music FanFair Center for Rural Development in Somerset will host live gospel music May 13-18. Morning worship services begin at 9 am a.m. and daily showcases 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Afternoon matinees begin 3 p.m. along with meet and greet. Evening concert begins at 6 p.m. Featuring Aaron Wilburn, Barbara Fairchild, Freeman, Heirline, Perry Sisters, Steele’s, Cupps, John Lanier, Singing Cookes and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 606-677-6000.


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 18

The Singing Cookes will be in concert on May 18 at 7 p.m. at Church of God Mountain Assembly in New Tazewell.

MAY 21

The Middlesboro City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on May 21.

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.

MAY 30

The Bell County Extension Service in partnership with the Pineville Library will offer “Stories, Songs and Stretches” sessions at the Pineville Library starting May 30 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, this is the program for your family. To register, call the Extension Office at 606-337-2376.


An End of School Bash will begin at 10 a.m. on June 1 in the downtown Middlesboro parking lot with a summer party with inflatables, food, DJ John Day. Fun and games.

The Cumberland Gap Artists Co-op, a non-profit organization, will present an Art Extravaganza Festival in Cumberland Gap, on June 1 featuring arts and crafts of Appalachian artist from the Tri-State region. Musical entertainment will be The Three Dog Celebration Band and the talent Acree Brother, of Louisville.

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

AUG. 3

The annual Middlesboro Wing Fling Festival will be held Aug. 3.

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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.