Community Calendar

To place an event in the Community Calendar, email: [email protected]; fax: 606-573-0042 attention Bethany Key; or drop a written copy of the announcement by our office at 1275 North 25th Street, Middlesboro. 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 For more details, call 606-909-4145.


Page School Center will have a regular scheduled SB.DM Council meeting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 16 in the school conference room. All interested parties are invited to attend.

Lone Jack School Center has announced their SITE BASED meeting dates for the 2016-2017 school year. Dates include: Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. at the school; Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20, Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, May 16 and June 20.

Frakes School Center’s regular monthly SITE BASED meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Aug. 16 in the library.


The Harrogate SENIOR CITIZENS Center will host the following activities: Mondays, bowling at 9:30 a.m. (Claiborne County Fair begins Aug. 29); Tuesdays, Bingo at 10 a.m., shuffleboard at noon, knitting class at noon, Brain games on Aug. 16; Wednesdays, Riverboat Cruise on Aug. 17 and 16-week Microclinic begins Aug. 31; Thursdays, corn toss at noon, speaker from Susan G. Komen Cancer Society with pizza lunch on Aug. 18; Fridays, bowling at 9:30 a.m. Daily activities include puzzles, library, computers, fun and fellowship.


The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet Aug. 17 at Golden Corral, located next to Walmart in London. Mealtime will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting to follow. Special guest speaker will be State Rep. Regina Bunch (House District 82 consisting of Whitley, and part of Laurel county). 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 For more information, call 606-877-0079.


Summer Nights LINE DANCING at Pine Mountain State Resort Park will be held from 7-8 p.m. on Aug. 19 on the lodge basketball court. Learn basic line dancing steps and dance to some of your favorite tunes. The instructor-led class, held with the Broken Spur Dance Club, is $5 per person. Pre-registration is required by 4 p.m. the day of the class. As this is an outdoor location, classes are weather permitting. For more information, contact [email protected]


AUG. 15-19, 22

Yellow Creek School Center will accept nominations for a SBDM parent member Aug. 15-19. The election will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 22 in the front office.


SEPT. 3, 10, 17, 24; OCT. 1

The Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series returns for the second year to the Levitt AMP Middlesboro Pop-Up Park, just off of Fountain Square — downtown Middlesboro’s increasingly vibrant green space that was formerly a vacant, gravel lot — to augment the city’s community-driven revitalization of its economically challenged downtown, encouraging further community investment in the arts and promoting Middlesboro as a cultural destination. Bring a lawn chair, a picnic dinner and enjoy an evening of free live music. Opening acts start at 6 p.m. and headliners take the stage at 7 p.m. Middlesboro’s #LevittAMP lineup includes: Aug. 20, JJ Thames; Aug. 27, Jeni Carr; Sept. 3, Elam McKnight; Sept. 10, Molly Venter & Goodnight Moonshine; Sept. 17, Jim Hurst Trio; Sept. 24, Kristen Brassel; and Oct. 1, Grady Champion. For more information, visit


Springdale Volunteer Fire Department’s annual CAR SHOW will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 20 at Springdale Elementary School on US 25E South with free admission. There is a $15 entry fee for each vehicle; over 125 trophies will be awarded. Vendors are welcome to set up booths for a $15 fee (no food or drink vendors). All profits will go to the department. For more information, contact Bill W. Smith at 423-626-9816 or Ray Rowe 423-626-4559.


MIRACLE MAN Mike Brock will be at Trinity Full Gospel Church, located at 1990 Tiprell Road in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, at 11 a.m. on Aug. 21. Rev. Steven Temple, pastor, welcomes everyone.

AUG. 22, 23

BOOK DAY at St. Julian Catholic School, located at 116 Chester Avenue in Middleboro, is from 1-3 p.m. on Aug. 22. First day of classes for students is Aug. 23.

AUG. 27

Martin’s Station Masonic Lodge No. 188, located on Dr. Thomas Walker Road, one mile west of Rose Hill, Virginia, will have a free SOUP BEAN DINNER from 4-7 p.m. on Aug. 27. The menu includes soup beans, potatoes and ham, slaw, cornbread, desserts, drinks and other dishes. The public is invited.


The CRATER QUILTERS will teach the holiday trees quilt class beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 1 at First Baptist Church in Middlesboro. The quilt requires 30, 10” squares of Christmas fabrics. Students should come to class with one-layer cake of Christmas fabrics. For more information, call 606-248-3851.


Enter for a chance to win two Battle at Bristol TICKETS. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life. Tickets are $10 per chance and can be purchased at the Speedwell, Harrogate and New Tazewell, Tennessee Commercial Bank branches. The drawing will be held at 4 p.m. on Sept. 2.


The 20th annual HATFIELD/SUTTON REUNION will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 4 at Berkau Park, located at 603 Pennlyn Avenue in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Lunch will be from 12:30-1 p.m. — bring a covered dish, etc., to share with everyone and drinks for your own family, a lawn chair for yourself, old photo and information to share. The reunion also includes surnames Cowan, Blaylock, Yeary, Rosenbalm, Brooks, Maples, Dean, Snavely, Longworth and others. For more information, contact Jeanie Vaughn at 770-943-4974 or [email protected]; or Evelyn at 423-489-2749.


Shawanee Lodge No. 546 F&AM will host a BBQ DINNER from 4-7 p.m. on Sept. 9 — eat-in or carry-out. Everyone is welcome.

SEPT. 12, 19, 26; OCT. 3

HOSPICE OF THE BLUEGRASS will offer a four-week support group for those who have experienced the loss of any significant person in their life. The class will meet from 4-5 p.m. on Mondays, Sept. 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 3 at Covenant Methodist Church, located at 602 Dorchester Avenue in Middlesboro. To register, contact Jonathan Hubbard at 606-277-2160 or [email protected]

HOSPICE OF THE BLUEGRASS will offer a four-week support group for those who have experienced the loss of any significant person in their life. The class will meet from 4-5 p.m. on Mondays, Sept. 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 3 at Covenant Methodist Church, located at 602 Dorchester Avenue in Middlesboro. To register, contact Jonathan Hubbard at 606-277-2160 or [email protected]

SEPT. 17

The Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival 2016 Quilt Block Contest has been announced. Prizes will be awarded in two categories, hand pieced blocks and machine pieced blocks — $30 for first place and $20 for second place. Each first place winner will also receive a gift certificate from a local fabric store. Entries may be brought or mailed to the Bell County Public Library, 126 South 20th Street, Middlesboro, KY 40965 no later than Sept. 17. For additional information or clarification, contact Sally C. Smith at 606 269-2655.

SEPT. 23-24

The 40th annual Great American DULCIMER CONVENTION will be held at Pine Mountain State Resort Park Sept. 23 and 24 featuring free learning workshops during the day on Saturday and must-see evening concert on Friday and Saturday. The Frontier Night Buffet will also be held on Saturday at the Mountain View Restaurant with buffalo and elk entrees. For more information, visit or call 606-337-3066.

OCT. 8

The Cumberland Gap Artists Co-op is extending an invitation to all Tri-State (Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia) artists and artisans to participate in the HARVEST MOON ART FESTIVAL on Oct. 8, where your work will receive great exposure. For more information and to register, call 606-269-1281.

OCT. 14

Shawanee Lodge No. 546 F&AM will host a FISH FRY from 4-7 p.m. on Oct. 14 — eat-in or carry-out. Everyone is welcome.

OCT. 30

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky has issued an invitation to U.S. Senate candidates, Jim Gray (D) and Rand Paul (R) to participate in a televised debate on Oct. 30. The debate will be held at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center in Lexington. Co-sponsors with the league are the Lexington Herald-Leader, University of Kentucky Student Government and CBS affiliates WLKY-TV, Louisville and WKYT-TV, Lexington.

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If you interested in learning about the CATHOLIC CHURCH or have questions about what Catholics believe, weekly sessions will begin soon. For more information, contact the church office or Fr. Thobias at 606-248-2068 or Carolyn O’Boyle at 606-269-0017.

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, Bell County Literacy Center at 606-248-2014, Pineville Learning Center at 606-337-3044 or Henderson Settlement at 606-337-7729 ext. 305.

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.

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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.

The Middlesboro Learning Center is seeking VOLUNTEER TUTORS to work with low-level literacy students Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteer tutors must have minimum, a high school certification. If interested, contact Sue at 606-248-4000 or [email protected] before 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

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.

Cumberland Gap ARTISTS CO-OP hosts private parties for birthdays, holidays, special events, corporate events and more. All art supplies are furnished for your group along with soft drinks and water — you can bring hors d’oeuvres, cake, etc., and your favorite beverage. For more information, contact Cora Howard at 606-269-1281 or 423-869-0046.


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