To place an event in the Community Calendar, email: email@example.com 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 Cooperative Extension Service will host a TRY IT TUESDAY class at 1 p.m. on July 10. Participants will be making a decoupage flower pot. Everyone needs to bring their own terra-cotta pot. To register, call 606-337-2376.
JULY 12, 16, 17
The Division of Mine Safety, located at 174 Ballpark Road in Harlan, will host the following RETRAINING classes from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Surface, July 12; MET, July 16; and underground, July 16 and 17.
JULY 14, 21
Middlesboro Elks Lodge No. 119 will host an ACADEMIC QUIZ CONTEST for school children beginning at 10 a.m. on on July 21 at the Elks building, located at 1670 North 25th Street in Middlesboro (1/4 mile behind Walmart). Subjects will be American history and U.S. geography. Prizes will be awarded. Open to the first 75 students who pre-register (must be done by parent/guardian) from the following schools: Middlesboro, Pineville, Bell County or Gateway Christian (seventh, eighth, ninth grades or age 16 by day of contest. Pre-registration is from 2-5 p.m. on July 14 at the Elks building — detailed contest rules will be provided at registration, any of which will be subject to change on day of contest. Pizza will be served. If slots are not filled on registration day, the content will be open to students in Claiborne and Lee County schools. For more information, call 606-269-7055 or 606-248-9133.
The Lone Jack High School ALUMNI REUNION will be held July 14 at Bell County High School. Registration begins at 4 p.m., and group pictures and dinner at 5:15 p.m. Memorial and recognition will be after dinner. Graduating classes ending in years of 3 and 8 will be recognized. Twenty-three alumni cookbooks remaining, free T-shirt with registration of alumni only. To make reservations, contact Sharon at 606-337-7677.
One-day VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL at First Christian Church in Middlesboro will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 14. This year’s theme is “Camp Out — Getting S’More of Jesus!” All area youth (preschool through rising sixth grade are invited to attend. For transportation, call 606-248-2517.
There will be an OLD BELL COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL PICNIC from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 14 at Veteran’s Memorial Park on U.S. 119 in Pineville. Please bring a covered dish.
JULY 16 to 20; JULY 21
Butchers’s Gap Missionary Baptist Church will host VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL from 7 to 9 p.m. July 16 through 20. The theme is “Game On.” There will be a cookout and games beginning at noon on July 21. All ages are welcome.
The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet July 17 at Golden Corral Restaurant in London. Mealtime will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting to follow. The guest speaker will be newly elected state Rep. Derek (District 90 which includes Leslie, Clay and part of Laurel counties). We will also be installing our latest elected officers at this meeting. 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 at kentuckypublicretirees.org. For more information, call 606-877-0079 or 606-260-0490.
The Middlesboro Board of Education regular board meeting on July 17 has been RESCHEDULEDto a special board meeting at 6 p.m. on July 19 at the Middlesboro Board of Education, 220 North 20th Street.
The Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will offer a free 4-H CLOVERBUD CAMP from 10 a.m. to noon July 19-20 at Veteran’s Park (U.S. Hwy 119) in Pineville for ages 4-8. Participants will meet community helpers including: The Forestry Department (with Smokey Bear appearance), fire department and sheriff’s office. There will also be hands-on craft activities. To register, call the Bell County Extension Office at 606-337-2376.
The Lincoln School HOMECOMING will be held July 19-22, sponsored by Friends of Lincoln, Inc. The reunion will open July 19 with an invitation to the free Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series on Cumberland Avenue beginning at 6 p.m. (headliner appears around 7 p.m.) — bring your own chair. On July 20, events include Tee Time at 9 a.m. at the Middlesboro Country Club — bring your own clubs (meet at Lincoln School Park to convoy to the club); hospitality room at the Middlesboro High School cafeteria from 3 to 6 p.m. (free refreshments and information about events); Dance Party (adults 21 and up) 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Civic Center on North 30th Street with the “Christmas in July” theme — entry fee is $12 person (exact change required). On July 21, events at the original site of Lincoln School will be held (concessions will be provided by the Church of the True Living God of Holiness). The schedule includes: Free fashion show at 1:30 p.m. at the Middlesboro High School Arts Auditorium; Adult Dance for ages 21 and up with the theme “Academy Awards Come to Middlesboro” — entry fee is $15 per person (exact change required) and attire is after five or Sunday best. On July 22, Sunday Church Service with the theme “We’ve Come This Far By Faith” at 11 a.m. at the Middlesboro High School Arts Auditorium.
The Bell County UK Cooperative Extension Service will host SUPER STAR CHEF, a two-day cooking camp for ages 8-15, at 10 a.m. on July 23 and 24 at the Bell County Extension Office. No previous cooking experience required for this free program. For more information and to sign up, contact the Bell County Extension Office at 606-337-2376.
KentuckyOne Health Pediatric Associates, a department of Saint Joseph London, will host its free third annual BACK TO SCHOOL BASH from 2 to 5 p.m. on July 27 at KentuckyOne Health Pediatric Associates, located at 378 Thompson Poynter Road in London. This event will include inflatables and games, and free school supplies will be available for students. Refreshments will be served, courtesy of the United Way of Laurel County summer feeding program. For more information, call 606-877-3983.
Pineville Chapter No. 89 ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR will meet at 7 p.m. on Aug. 7 at the Masonic building in Pineville. The meeting will be preceded with a meal at 6 p.m.
The Bell County RELAY FOR LIFE will be held Sept. 8 at the Middlesboro City Hall parking lot. Register online at www.relayforlife.orge/bellky. For more information, contact Melissa Ramsey at 865-585-1071 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pineville Schools HALL OF FAME weekend will be held Oct. 12-13. Events include: Friday, PHS vs. Williamsburg pre-game social; Saturday, dinner at Pine Mountain State Park to honor the seventh class of inductees. For more information, call 606-269-3534.
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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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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. The Children’s SUMMER PROGRAM at the Harrogate Book Station will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 4-8 featuring Marcel the Magician, park ranger, Zoo Knoxville and a fire truck. There will also be crafts, snacks and more.