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 120 North 11th Street, Middlesboro (behind Food City). 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.

The Lee County Extension Office is coordinating educational exhibits for the Rural Area Medical event that will be held Sept. 12-13 at the Lee County Airport. Any agency/organization that would like to set-up a booth for one or both days of this event should contact the Lee County Extension Office at 276-346-1522 to receive the exhibitor application or further information.

The 51st Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’, one of the oldest folk and arts festivals in Kentucky, will return to the banks of Cloverlick Creek in Cumberland Oct. 2-3. Michael Corriston, longtime director, announced that applications are being accepted for those wishing to sell crafts and food items. Forms are available at or contact Corriston on the Cumberland campus at 606-589-3137.


The Lee County REPUBLICAN PARTY will sponsor free hot dog/barbecue dinners beginning at 6 p.m. on the following dates: Aug. 11, Leeman Field; Aug. 13, Jonesville Park; Aug. 25, Jasper Fire; Sept. 10, Keokee Community Center; Sept. 15, Ewing Civitan; Sept. 22, Stickleyville Community Center; Sept. 24, Blackwater Fire Department; Sept. 29, St. Charles School; Elydale School, Oct. 1; Elk Knob School, Oct. 6; Dryden Fire Department, Oct. 13; Oct. 15, Flatwoods School; and Oct. 20, Rose Hill School. A free breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. on Aug. 15 at Ewing Civitan Park.


The Right Fork School Center SBDM COUNCIL will have a special-called meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 12 in the school conference room.

THE PRINCIPLE’S will be at Riverside Baptist Church, located in Harrogate, Tennessee, on Aug. 12 during regular Sunday service. Sunday School begins at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m.


Middlesboro Middle School will host an OPEN HOUSE from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Aug. 13 for fifth- through eighth-grades. All parents and students are encouraged to attend.

The Lone Jack School Center’s READIFEST & OPEN HOUSE from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 13. Meet teachers and staff, receive back to school supplies and enjoy a hot dog dinner.


It’s Good To Be Young In The Mountains (IG2BYITM), is a four-day conference emphasizing the positive aspects of life in central Appalachia, will be held Aug. 13-16 at the Harlan Center. Appalachian young people invite all to the event. For more information, visit


Bell County Schools will host GEAR UP Freshmen Summer Orientation from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 14 at Bell County High School. This one-day event is for all incoming freshmen — no other family members. Students will become familiarized with the school, learn about the new Boomerang Program, and LINK Crew and discuss any other details not covered during pre-registration. Students attending this event will also receive their lockers and schedules. Freshmen content teachers will also be available to answer questions. Buses will pick up students at each elementary school (except Bell Central) at 8 a.m. and return at the following times: Page, 2:15 p.m.; Frakes, 2:25 p.m.; Yellow Creek, 2:20; Right Fork, 2:20 p.m.; and Lone Jack, 2:15 p.m. Bell Central students will meet at BCHS — no bus running.


The Upper Room Revival Center, located at 730 Winchester Avenue in Middlesboro, will host a back to school FREE CLOTHING GIVEAWAY beginning at 10 a.m. on Aug. 15. Sizes are available for every child. For more information, call 606-526-7283.

LMU-DCOM student clubs will sponsor COOPER’S CARNIVAL, Christianson Syndrome Awareness Day, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 15 at Harrogate City Park featuring games, food, fun run, clowns, face painting bouncey house and much more. The entrance fee is $5, per person; or $10, family. To register or donate, visit For more information about Christianson Syndrome, visit

There will be a YARD SALE from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 15 at the Shawnee Baptist Church Family Life Abuse Center, located at 780 Shawanee Road in Harrogate, Tennessee. All clothes are $1 each.


SEPT. 19

The Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia will offer READY! for Kindergarten session during Super Saturdays at the Middlesboro Mall. Parent sessions are from 10-11:30 a.m. for ages 4-5 and from 12:30-2 p.m. for ages 3-4. Session dates include: Aug. 15, session two (winter); and Sept. 19, session three (spring). Sessions target children who have not yet started kindergarten with free childcare for ages 3-8. Bring your READY! for Kindergarten notebook if you have one. First time participants need to arrive 30 minutes before the first session to receive their notebook as part of a parent orientation.


Concerts will be presented at the Levitt AMP Middlesboro Pop-up Park, located at 20th and Cumberland Avenue, through Oct. 3. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Artists from several genres, from rock to “trashgrass,” will be performing in downtown Middlesboro. They hail from as far away as Austin, Texas and Philadelphia, to as close as Knoxville, Louisville and Nashville. The schedule includes: Aug. 15, MACH22; Aug. 29, Lauren Shera; Sept. 5, Whiskey Shivers; Sept. 12, Appalatin; Sept. 19, Annandale; Sept. 26, Erica Blinn; and Oct. 3, J.D. Crowe and The New South “Flashback” Band.


St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, located at 131 Edgewood Road in Middlesboro, will have a celebration of the FEAST OF ST. MARY THE VIRGIN, the parish’s Feast of Name — a special occasion gathering to commemorate the saint of God whose namesake and devotion to our Lord — on Aug. 16. The schedule includes: Holy Eucharist (said), 9 a.m.; Holy Eucharist (sung) with Holy Baptism and the Order of St. Luke the Physician Healing Station, 11 a.m.; parish potluck, 12:15 p.m. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 606-248-6450 or visit

AUG. 17

PIZZA FOR PETS, sponsored by Middlesboro Pizza Hunt, will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Aug. 17. Wait staff for the night will be members of Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter with a percentage and all tips will go to Friends of the Shelter. A flyer — available on the Friends of the Shelter Facebook page — must be presented to Pizza Hut cashier when paying bill or you can show the flyer on your cellphone.

Right Fork School Center’s OPEN HOUSE and registration from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Aug. 17. Come out and meet your child’s teachers, receive supply lists and enjoy refreshments.

AUG. 17-18

Middlesboro Little Theatre will be HOLDING TRYOUTS for the fall production of “Everybody Loves Opal” at 7 p.m. on Aug. 17 and 18 at the Middlesboro-Bell County Library community room. The play will be in production at the end of October. The play calls for four men and two women. The four men are two criminals in their 30s, a mature doctor and a 20-something police officer. The two women are one of mature age and one in her 20s. Remember that you do not have to be these ages, but able to act these ages.

AUG. 18

The 2015-16 Right Fork School Center SBDM COUNCIL will hold regularly scheduled meetings at 3:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. The schedule includes: Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 15, April 19 and May 17.

The Middlesboro Board of Education regular BOARD MEETING dates have been announce through December. Meetings will begin at 6 p.m. at the central office on the following dates: Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15.

The 2015-16 regularly scheduled meetings for the Yellow Creek SBDM COUNCIL will be held at 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday each month in the school conference room. Dates include: Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 15, April 19, May 17 and June 2.

AUG. 20

The Middlesboro Middle School PTO will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 at the school. All parents are encouraged to attend.

The Board of Directors of Kentucky Mountain Housing Development Corp., Inc. will meet at 1 p.m. on Aug. 20 at their office, located at 113 Main Street in Manchester.

AUG. 21; SEPT. 4

Summer Nights LINE DANCING at Pine Mountain State Resort Park will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Upper Shelter through September. Dates include: Aug. 21 and Sept. 4. Learn basic line dancing to some of your favorite tunes with the Broken Spur Dance Club. The instructor led class is $5 per person. For more information, email [email protected]

AUG. 22

Martin’s Station Masonic Lodge No. 188, located on Dr. Thomas Walker Road, one mile west of Rose Hill, Virginia, will have a FREE COMMUNITY DINNER from 4-7 p.m. on Aug. 22. The menu includes soup beans, potatoes, slaw, cornbread, desserts and drinks. The public is invited.

AUG. 24

Middlesboro ALUMNI & FRIENDS will meet at 6 p.m. on Aug. 24 in the Middlesboro Middle School library. All Alumni & Friends of Middlesboro Schools are invited to attend.

AUG. 28-29

VISION4HIM will be held at 5 p.m. Aug. 28-29 at Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park in Pineville featuring a free concert and free food nightly. Speakers include Dr. Travis Freeman, Chris Fuson, Tyler Shields and Bobby Jones. Performers include 7eventh Time Down, All Things New, Among the Thirsty and Shiloh. For more information, visit

AUG. 29

Pine Mountain State Resort Park will host a GOLF LUAU on Aug. 29. The Wasioto Winds Luau Scramble (nine-hole scramble) tee off is 5 p.m. The three luau challenge holes to help advance is $10 per team/challenge. Sign up individually or as a team of four. A golf package will be awarded to the winning team. The cost is $15 per person or $60 per team. The After Party Luau will be held at the Pro Shop Deck and is open to the public (21 and over) from 7-11 p.m. and includes pork barbecue luau buffet, DJ, photo booth and door prizes. Only 100 tickets are available for $20 per person.

A Hill Climb Competition, BUGGIES VS. BOUNCERS, will be presented by Ross Racing Promotions Aug. 29 at the Harlan County Campground in Putney. To pre-register, call 606-733-3773. For more information, visit


A Bryant & Johnson TRUCK DRIVING REUNION will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 5 at Shawnee Lodge Hall. Bring a covered dish.

SEPT. 24

The Bell County Farm Bureau ANNUAL BOARD MEETING will begin at 6 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the office, located at 923 North 19th Street in Middlesboro.

OCT. 2, 9

The 2015 Kentucky State Police Post 10 2015 GOLF SCRAMBLE to benefit Shop with a Trooper will begin at 9 a.m. on Oct. 9 at Wasioto Winds Golf Course in Pineville. The entry fee is $60 per player — includes golf, cart and dinner. Teams need to register by Oct. 2. Awards will be given to first, second, seventh and 18th places as well as Closest to the pin and longest drive. For more information, contact Trooper Shane Jacobs at 606-573-3131 or [email protected]


New Beginning Baptist Church, located at 2305 Hwy. 63, four miles west of Harrogate, Tennessee., will host GRIEFSHARE MEETINGS on Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m. through Oct. 26. GriefShare is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. For more information, contact church office at 423-869-7378 on Thursdays or Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or Bob and Nancy Jackson at 423-869-4422.


LEAP — Literacy, Eating and Activity for Primary — into summer with the Nutrition Education Program at will be held from 10-11 a.m. every Friday through Aug. 14 at the Bell County Cooperative Extension Office. This six-week program, offered to children ages 4-8, will include reading books that focus on preparing and eating healthy foods and being physically active. After the story, a healthy snack will be made together. Each child that attends will receive a free book and goody bag at the end of the program. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, contact the Extension Office at 606-337-2376.



The Lee County Extension Office will conduct a MASTER GARDENER COURSE through Aug. 10 with classes tentatively scheduled for Mondays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Extension Office. The course will include 50 hours of classroom and hands-on training on horticultural related topics. Sessions will be recorded for participants to be able to make up sessions with prior approval. The cost of the course is $125, which includes the Virginia Master Gardener Handbook and materials. To achieve Master Gardner status, participants will need to complete 50 hours of volunteer service, in addition to the 50 hours of classroom. Once achieving Master Gardener status, those wishing to maintain the active status will need to complete eight hours of educational training and 20 hours of volunteer service each year thereafter. For more information, contact Amy Gail Fannon in the Lee County Extension Office at 276-346-1522 or [email protected] The office is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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The BELL COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT, an all-volunteer organization, is collecting funds for the operation of the department for the upcoming year. Donations of $30 or more will receive a free 8×10 color portrait, a $30 value, to be taken at the department building in the near future. For more information, call 606-337-8080 or email [email protected]

The Harrogate Book Station, located at 310 Bristol Road in Harrogate, Tennessee., will have a BOOK SALE through the end of summer. For more information, call 423-869-9777.

Stand in the Gap Coalition is sponsoring free saliva-based drug test kits designed to be provided to parents and guardians to keep and use for their children as they feel necessary. Give Me A Reason, gives individuals a reason to say no to drugs when tempted by peer pressure or whatever the circumstance be. Complete information and instructions are included in each kit. Kits can be obtained at the Stand in the Gap office, located at 502 Pennlyn Avenue in Cumberland Gap, TN. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and in at least 44 different distribution points in the Tri-State area. For more information and locations of the DP’s, call 423-300-1302 or 423-494-1849.

Help out FRIENDS OF THE BELL COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER for free by using your Kroger Plus card. Sign up for Kroger Community Rewards at Use the community tab at the top of the web page and select Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter as your charity (number is 10858). Every time you use your card to shop, Kroger will make a donation to this worthwhile cause. In August, you must select your charity again.

SAIL CLASSES will be taught at 10 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at Servolution. SAIL is an evidence-based program designed to prevent falls and includes exercise classes, educational materials and self-assessment. Classes are designed specifically for older adults and focus on strength, balance, flexibility and aerobics. Transportation is available at the Harrogate Senior Center. For more information, contact Donna at 423-869-8080.

Lifeline of Bell County is sponsoring a SUPPORT GROUP (with highly trained adults) for children of addicted parents (ages 10 and up) available from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Lighthouse Training Center, located at the old Bell County vocational building in Pineville. Parents and/or guardians are welcome to join the adult support groups. The parent/guardian must remain on the property during group. This safe place to share and grow will have activities, snacks, fun and how to cope with home/school when things are tough. For more information, contact Sharon Teaney at 606-269-2187.

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 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 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 a FOOD GIVEAWAY at 11:30 a.m. on the third and fourth Tuesday of each month with the exception of Nov. 10, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. For more information, call 606-337-1834.

GED CLASSES are available at the following sites in Bell County: Middlesboro Learning Center 606-248-4000, Pineville Learning Center 606-337-3044 or SKCTC campus 606-248-3175. For more information call one of the numbers listed.

Men’s and women’s SUPPORT GROUPS of Lighthouse Lifeline of Bell County meet on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and on Thursdays at 1 p.m. at the Lighthouse Career Training Center, located at 980 Old Bell High Road off of Hwy. 119 in Pineville. For information, call 606-337-9955.

The Wise County WOUNDED WARRIOR VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at the Norton United Methodist Church, located at 8th and Virginia Avenue in Norton, Va. For more information, call 276-220-6245.

The Lee County WOUNDED WARRIOR VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at Lee County Behavioral Healthcare, 34084 West Wilderness Road, Jonesville, VA. For more information, call 276-220-6245.

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 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3619 Hwy 119 in Pineville. 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.
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