Community Calendar

To place an event in the Community Calendar, email: [email protected]; fax: 606-573-0042 attention Bethany Moore; 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 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 42nd annual Woodbine Rebels SOFTBALL SHOOTOUT will continue through June 21 at Miller Park in Corbin — 15 man all tournament, ASA Class D, one home run. Trophies will be awarded for first- through fifth-place along with first and second place MVP. First and second places will receive T-shirts as well as hitting a home run. For more information, call 606-528-6590.



In honor of ADOPT-A-SHELTER CAT MONTH (designated by the Humane Society of the U.S.), Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter (FOS) will pay half the adoption fee for the first 30 cats or kittens adopted from the Bell County Animal Shelter during June. That means if you are one of the first 30 people to adopt a cat or kitten you will pay $35 instead of the usual $70 fee.

Bell-Whitley/Middlesboro Independent Preschool HEAD START will register 3- and 4-year-olds for the 2015-2016 school year every Wednesday throughout June at East End, located at 502 Ashbury Avenue, by appointment only. To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact Jolene or Abbie at 606-337-3044.


JULY 18;

AUG. 15; 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: June 20, session two (winter); July 18, session three (spring); 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.


Trinity Baptist Church, located at 705 South 30th Street, Middlesboro, will host JAMES & STARLA DEAN at 11 a.m. on June 21. The duo has been seen with the Gaither Homecoming Choir and formerly with Kevin Spencer. For more information, contact Keith Medley at 606-248-0300 or visit



Northside Baptist Church will host VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL from 6-8:30 p.m. June 21-26. For more information, contact Gerald Branham at 606-269-9084


MHS Alumni and Friends will meet at 6 p.m. on June 22 in the Middlesboro Middle School library. All alumni and friends of Middlesboro schools are welcome.

Tri-State Trails COMMITTEE MEETING will begin at 5 p.m. on June 22 at Wilderness Road State Park in Lee County, Va. The focus will be to highlight specific potential trail connections within the four county region, and the upcoming RTCA application due in August. An interactive map will be used to help showcase possibilities. All are encouraged to attend.

JUNE 22, 23

Dr. Pearlie M. Johnson is conducting a research project on Kentucky quilters and their quilts and/or family quilts. Dr. Johnson will be interviewing quilters and family members in Harlan County — Harlan, Lynch, Cumberland and Benham. To become a part of this historic project, a CALL FOR QUILTERS event will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on June 22 at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Lynch; and noon to 5 p.m. on June 23 at the Harlan County Extension Depot in Harlan. Bring your ID, family photos and stories. This information will be used to produce a documentary, quilt exhibition and published book. For more information, call 502-298-9234 or [email protected]


West Cumberland Avenue Baptist Church will host VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL from 6-8 p.m. June 29 through July 3 for kindergarten- through eighth-grade. Buses will begin running at 5:15 p.m. For more information, call 606-248-3979.

Gibson Station Missionary Baptist Church will have VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, Journey Off the Map, beginning at 7 p.m. June 29 through July 3.

JULY 10-

AUG. 14

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 beginning July 10 and continuing through Aug. 14 at the Bell County Cooperative Extension Office. This six-week program, offered to children ages 4 to 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.

JULY 17; AUG. 7,

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: July 17, Aug. 7, 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]


Union Grade School of Garmeda will have a REUNION on July 18 at the Middlesboro Community Center. For more information, call 423-489-7697 or 423-626-5146.



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 Harrogate Book Station, located at 310 Bristol Road in Harrogate, Tenn., 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, Tenn. 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.

During June, Middlesboro Elks Lodge will sponsor an INDOOR FLEA MARKET from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Friday and Saturday in the community room of their lodge, located on Hwy. 441 about a quarter mile behind Walmart. Proceeds to help fund their charitable activities.

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 to 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 Hwy. 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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