Community Calendar

Published 11:59 pm Thursday, May 23, 2019

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The Main Street Pineville summer event schedule includes: 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!

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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 28

The Bell-Whitley CAA, Inc., Board of Directors meeting will begin at 11 a.m. on May 28 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park. For more information, contact Suzanne Browning or Sandy Hoskins at 606-337-3044 or 606-549-3933.

MAY 28-31

The Middlesboro boys basketball camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon beginning on May 28 at the Middlesboro High School gymnasium. The cost of the camp is $40 and is for boys ages 6 to 15.

MAY 29

The Bell County Board of Education will be participating in the Summer Feeding Program June 3 through July 19. This program is designed to feed any child 18 and under. If your non-profit organization would like to participate in the program, plan to attend a mandatory training at 10:30 a.m. on May 29 at the Bell County Board of Education Administration Office. For more information, contact Regina Collett, food service director, at 606-337-7051 ext. 127.

MAY 30

The Bell County Historical Society’s annual board meeting will begin at 4 p.m. on May 30 at the Bell County Historical Society Museum, located at 207 North 20th Street in Middlesboro. Everyone is invited to attend.

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.

The 20th annual L&N Day will be held June 1 in the heart of the Old Town Artists’ Village, North Broadway, Berea. This event is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 800-598-5263 or visit

The Knox Street Thunder Car Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 1 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park.


First Christian Church, located at 2130 West Cumberland Avenue, will host a “Mom’s Mingle” Meet and Greet (moms supporting moms) at 2 p.m. on June 2. Refreshments will be served. For transportation, call 606-248-2517.

JUNE 3-7

The Harrogate Book Station, located at 310 Bristol Road, will host a Children’s Summer Program from 9 a.m. to noon June 3-7 for ages 3 to 12 featuring Marcel the Magician, Zoo Knoxville, park ranger, fire truck crafts, snacks and more. For more information, call 423-869-9777.


The Miss Harlan County Scholarship/Miss Poke Sallet Pageant will begin at 6 p.m. on June 4 at the Harlan Elementary School auditorium.

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.


Pudge’s Summer Music Festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on June 8. Plate lunches will be sold and include ribeye, hamburgers and hot dogs, baked bean and Cole slaw. Live performances include: Open mic, noon; New River Rising Bluegrass Band, of Campbell County area, 1 p.m.; Lauren and the Howler, local alternative rock band, 2 p.m.; and featured group Willie Wells and Blue Ridge Grass of South Carolina. 3 p.m. A silent auction will end at 3:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the Powell Valley Masonic Lodge’s scholarship fund and other Masonic charities.


Indian Creek Baptist Church’s regular monthly singing will begin at 6 p.m. on June 9 featuring The Botts Family, of Lafollette, and others. Pastor Steve Moyers welcomes everyone.

JUNE 9-14

Riverside Baptist Church in Harrogate will host Vacation Bible School June 10-14. Kick off will begin at 4 p.m. on June 9 with a cookout. Classes for adults and children of all ages — everyone is welcome. The director is Charles Yeary and adult teacher is Bob Nunn.

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church will host Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 9-14. Kickoff and registration will begin at 6 p.m. on June 9. A light meal is available for kids 18 and under at 5:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 423-526-1910.

JUNE 10-14

New Beginning Baptist Church, located at 2305 Hwy. 63 in Harrogate, will be in revival beginning at 7 p.m. nightly June 10-14. Evangelist Gordon Dykes will be preaching. Everyone is welcome to attend.


The League of Women Voters will sponsor a town hall meeting on the drug problem at 7 p.m. on June 13 at the First Christian Church in Middlesboro. This meeting will center on faith-based organizations and how they can and are addressing the drug problem and its many ramifications in our community. The audience will be encouraged to ask questions and offer comments and suggestions.


The first Cruisin’ the Chained Rock car show will begin at 5 p.m. on June 22 on Main Street in Pineville featuring food vendors, giveaways and trophies. There is a $5 entry fee.

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.