To place an event in the Community Calendar, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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 business 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 www.middlesborodailynews.com. For more details, call 606-909-4145.
The Bell County Historical Society will host the third in a series of family history presentations at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Middlesboro Library. Richard Tamer and family will tell the story of one of Middlesboro’s oldest families. Members and non-members are invited to this free gathering.
The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will hold its annual picnic/meeting beginning 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 12 at Thompson Park in Barbourville. The guest speaker will be state Rep. Tim Couch (House District 90 consisting of Clay, Leslie and part of Laurel counties). 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 on the website (kentuckypublicretirees.org). For more information, call 606-877-0079.
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Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series will run through Oct. 5 and will be each Thursday evening with local opening acts taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. and headliners at 7:30 p.m. The Levitt AMP concert series is free to the public and presented by Discover Downtown Middlesboro. The concert schedule includes: Sept. 14, O’Connor Band; Sept. 21, The Bankesters; Sept. 28, The Bloody Tinth; and Oct. 5, Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters, Whiskey Shivers. For more information including opening acts, visit http://bit.ly/2vt5vP4.
The next PAINTING WITH PIZZAZZ class hosted by the Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the Bell County Extension Office. Participants will be doing a fall painting. Everyone will need to bring their own canvas. The cost of this class is free. To register, call the office at 606-337-2376.
The Browning/Eldridge REUNION will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 16 at Sugar Run Park. Bring a covered dish.
Annual YOUTH SERVICE DAY at the Church of the True Living God of Holiness, located at 329 South 20th Street in Middlesboro, will begin at 3 p.m. on Sept. 17. Founder/pastor Bishop Joseph Glover welcomes everyone to attend. For more information, contact Sis. Mary West, church clerk, at 606-302-0223.
Ferndale Baptist Church’s HOMECOMING will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 17 featuring special singing by The Cupp Family from Ohio. Pastor Clarence Mason invites everyone.
Tiprell Community Full Gospel Church will host a Homecoming REVIVAL through Sept. 17. The ministering preacher will be Bro. Charlie Napier. There will be a special singing on Sunday with services beginning at 11 a.m. and dinner following in the fellowship hall. Pastor Johnny Parks welcomes everyone.
The Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will host a free SOAP MAKING WORKSHOP at 10 a.m. on Sept. 18. To register, call the office at 606-337-2376.
The Middlesboro Board of Education regular board meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Sept. 19 at Middlesboro Middle School, 4400 Cumberland Avenue.
The Speak/e/es FAMILY REUNION will be held Sept. 22 and 23. Attendees will gather on Friday at Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville at 6 p.m., followed by a guest speaker and introduction of members and guests. On Saturday, the group will attend a 10 a.m. service at Speaks Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 120 Blue Hollow Road in Rose Hill, Virginia. Rev. Francis M. Bartley Jr. and family members will preside at the service. Following the service, a dedication ceremony will take place at the nearby Speak Chapel Cemetery. Nicholas Speak, ancestor of many Speak members, will be honored with a grave marking ceremony for his service during the War of 1812. That evening, members will enjoy dinner and entertainment followed by the annual business meeting. If you are connected to the Speak/e/es family in any way, you are welcome to attend.
The First Baptist Church of Cumberland Gap will celebrate their 125th ANNIVERSARY beginning at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24. Everyone is welcome.
The next Homemaker LEADER LESSON, hosted by the Bell County Cooperative Extension Service, will begin at 1 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the Bell County Extension Office. Judi O’Bryan from the Laurel County Extension Service will be teaching about keeping family traditions. To register, call the office at 606-337-2376.
The Bell County Extension DISTRICT BOARD will meet at 4 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Bell County Extension Office, located in the Bell County Courthouse in Pineville.
The Bell County EXTENSION COUNCIL will meet at 5 p.m. on Oct. 2 in the third-floor meeting room at the Bell County Courthouse in Pineville.
Pineville Chapter No. 89 Order of the Eastern Star will at 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the masonic building in Pineville. The meeting will be preceded with a meal at 6 p.m.
Pine Mountain Settlement School will host the Cecil Sharp 100TH CELEBRATION Oct. 6-8. Sharp is the founding father of the folk-song and dance revival, and visited the school in 1917. For more information, visit www.pinemountainsettlementschool.com.
The 43rd annual Dillion Asher REUNION will be held Oct. 6-7. The reunion will be held on Friday in the Ray Harm Room at Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville with dinner from 5:30-7 p.m. in the dining room of the lodge, and a social gathering and business meeting at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the reunion will be held at Cardinal House in Queendale (close to Dillion Asher’s log cabin). There will be an all-day potluck picnic beginning at noon (bring a covered dish). Attendees are encouraged to bring old photos, albums or any information you would like to share with the genealogical family to the reunion. For more information, contact Janene Carole Simpson at email@example.com.
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The Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will be sponsoring HIKING FOR HEALTH at 10 a.m. on Oct. 9 and 23. Participants will be hiking easy trails at Pine Mountain State Resort Park to improve their overall health and well-being, and will meet in the lodge parking lot at 10 a.m. For more information and to register, call 606-337-2376.
Those mourning the death of a loved one are invited to attend GRIEFSHARE from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 25 at New Beginning Baptist Church, located four miles west of Harrogate on Hwy. 63. This nondenominational program provides Christian support and Biblical insights about coping with grief and renewing hope for the future. You are welcome to begin attending the GriefShare group at any session. For more information, contact the church office at 423-869-7378.
Seeing Appalachia – A Basic Digital PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP, led by Malcolm Wilson, will be held Oct. 18-20 at Pine Mountain Settlement School. For more information, visit www.pinemountainsettlementschool.com.
FALL ARTS & COLOR WEEKEND will be held Oct. 20-22 at Pine Mountain Settlement School. For more information, visit www.pinemountainsettlementschool.com.
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Would you like for your child to be involved with the community, learn basic leadership, gardening, cooking and sewing skills? Sign your children, ages 9 to 15, up for the 4-H JUNIOR HOMEMAKER CLUB. The club meets at 4 p.m. on the third Monday of every month at the Bell County Extension Office, located in the basement of old courthouse. For more information and to register, contact the Extension Office at 606-337-2376.
The Bell County JOB CLUB recently began meeting at the Middlesboro-Bell County Public Library, located at 126 North 20th Street in Middlesboro. New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Brian Good at 606-337-3044 or check out Facebook at ekcep.
The Bell County COUNCIL ON LITERACY (Middlesboro Learning Center) is now located on the campus of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College at 100 College Road in the classroom building, room 324. All services are free of charge. For more information, call the new phone number at 606-248-2014.
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.
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 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 http://www.redcross.org/volunteer or by contacting Chapter Executive Terry Burkhart at 859-253-1331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Bohon.Cynthia@jobcorps.org.
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 DrugAbuseSolution.com. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals.