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Editor’s note: To announce your community event, you may hand-deliver your item to The Floyd County Times office, located at 263 S. Central Avenue, Prestonsburg; or mail to: The Floyd County Times, P.O. Box 390, Prestonsburg, Ky. 41653; or fax to 606-886-3603; or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Information will not be taken over the telephone. All items will be placed on a first-come, first-serve basis as space permits.
Chop Chop Fun Family Food Preparation
Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Workforce Solutions division, in conjunction with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host Chop Chop Fun Family Food Preparation at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 23 at the Floyd County Extension Office. Cost is $20 per family (up to four people. For more information, contact Sally Porter at (606) 218-1276 or email email@example.com or Denese Atkinson at (606) 218-1250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin Purple Flash Reunion
A reunion is being put together for anyone who attended the former Martin High School. The reunion is scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 4-5 at the Denzil Halbert Gym. The cost is $20 per person or $25 per couple, payable to Cassie Justice, 2347 Bucks Branch, Martin, Ky. 41649. For more information, contact Justice at (606) 886-8737 or Clara Akers at (606) 285-3182.
Jarvis Family Reunion
Saturday, June 20 will be the Jarvis/Jervis family reunion from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cow Creek Freewill Baptist Church annex. There will be a covered dish dinner and an auction, with all the proceeds going to next year’s reunion.
Diabetes Prevention Program
If you have pre-diabetes or other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, now is the time to take charge of your health and make a change. The Floyd County Health Department’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help.
Floyd County Health Department’s Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Classes are starting soon. Call 886-2788 ext., 231 and ask for Jeannie for more information.
Home repair program
The Piarist School Outreach is taking applications for Emergency Home Repairs. Call Audrey Collins at 285-3900 or 285-3950 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or stop by the Piarist School for an application. Work is free for qualified applicants and cosmetic work will not be considered.
A free light meal will be given to those in need, Tuesdays, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Prestonsburg Seventh-Day Adventist Church, at 421 Jack Arnett Branch, off of Route 114.
Foster parent orientation
Interested in becoming a foster parent? Learn how. Benchmark Family Services will be conducting foster parents orientation classes daily. Classes are free. Contact Benchmark at 606-886-0163 to schedule an appointment. Benchmark is located at 91 Oak Ridge Court, in Prestonsburg.
Floyd County Job Club
The Floyd County Job club meets every Thursday, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Kentucky Career Center Office of Employment and Training, in Prestonsburg. This free job club is sponsored by Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Big Sandy Area Commubnity Action Program and the Office of Employment and Training. At the club, you will get job leads, job search advice and networking opportunities that will help you get hired. All are welcome and first-time visitors are encouraged to come one hour early for a new member orientation. Call (606) 874-2990, for more information.
Life Recovery Group
First Baptist Church of McDowell holds a Life Recovery Group on Sundays and Wednesdays, at 7:30 p.m. The group’s mission is to identify negative behaviors associated with some type of life-controlling issue, such as addiction, and what can be done to change those behaviors, so the affected person can have a better chance of recovery. Meetings are led by peers who struggle with the same issues.
For more information, contact Libbi Hall, at (606) 791-3241, or Timmy Hall, at (606) 230-9580.
Home repair applications
Hand in Hand Ministries is currently taking applications for needed ramps and health- and safety-related home repairs only for Floyd and Johnson counties. Absolutely no cosmetic work. For an application or more information, come by the Hand in Hand Ministries office, located at 21 South River Street, in Auxier, or call (606) 8860709. Hand in Hand Ministries is a nonprofit organization.
Secondhand store now open
Second Chance Boutique, located at 105 Trimble Chapel Square, in Prestonsburg, is part of a nonprofit organization where you’ll find quality name brand apparel and housewares at set affordable prices. All proceeds go to benefit Hope In The Mountains Rehabilitation Center For Women. Store hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays.
Kentucky Caregiver Support Program
Are you a grandparent raising one or more grandchildren? If so, you may be eligible for supportive services through the Kentucky Caregiver Support Program. For more information, about services that are available, visit bigsandy.org or call Ginger Ferguson at (606) 886-2374 or (800) 737-2723.
Yoga For Arthritis Classes
First Presbyterian Church is offering classes in Yoga for Arthritis every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 am. Classes are lead by retired cardiac nurse, Zina Goble. For more information call the church at 886-2214.
Know the signs
Narconon reminds families that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk.
Call Narconon for a free brochure on the signs addiction for all types of drugs. Narconon also offers free assessments and referrals. 800-431-1754 or DrugAbuseSolution.com
Narconon can help you take steps overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free assessments or referrals. 800-431-1754
Homeless veterans job program
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, has a program especially designed to give veterans a helping hand to get back on their feet and working again.
Are you homeless? Do you live on the streets, stay in a shelter, transitional housing, or other place?
Have you ever served on active duty in the U.S. military? Do you have a discharge (DD 214) other than dishonorable?
Are you able and willing to work? Are you trying to find employment?
If you answered yes to all of the above, the Mountain Comprehensive Care Center Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program can assist you with job searching, resume preparation and many other job-related needs and community resources. Note, the program cannot pay rent.
For assistance or questions, call (606) 886-8572 and ask to speak to an HVRP case manager.
New Allen Neighborhood Watch
The New Allen Neighborhood Watch meets at 7 p.m., the second Tuesday each month, at Allen Volunteer Fire Department. For any questions or concerns, call (606) 273-1790.
Floyd County Communities Against Drug Addiction
Floyd County Communities Against Drug Addiction meets the third Tuesday each month at noon at First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 1430 North Lake Drive, Prestonsburg.
For more information, contact Mike Vance, 226-2075; Leslie Howell, 339-7358; or Carol Jo May, 226-2565.
Senior jobs program
Did you know the number of employed Americans aged 65 to 74 increased by 48 percent between 2002 and 2012, according to AARP and the Bureau of Labor Statistics?
Do you live in Breathitt, Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Perry or Pike counties? Low-income seniors 55 and older interested in obtaining a paid job-training assignment and any 501(c)(3) organization interested in serving as a host agency for a seniors-in-training program can call the Kentucky River Area Development District at (606) 436-3158 for more information.
Big Sandy Council on Elder Maltreatment
The Big Sandy Council on Elder Maltreatment meets the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Big Sandy Area Development District.
Diabetes Support Group
The Floyd County Health Department Diabetes Support Group meets the last Monday of each month (unless it is a holiday) from 5 to 6 p.m. The group is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, call (606) 886-2788, ext. 231.
Senior Citizens Board
The regularly scheduled board meeting of Floyd County Senior Citizens Inc. is held the third Thursday of each month, at 4 p.m., in fiscal courtroom in the old courthouse.
Democratic Woman’s Club
The Floyd County Democratic Woman’s Club meets the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m., at Prestonsburg City Hall.
PHS Majorette Alumni meetings
Prestonsburg High School Majorette Alumni meetings are held the second Saturday each month at First Presbyterian Church, in Prestonsburg, at 1 p.m. All alumni are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Are you ready to kick the tobacco habit for good? The Cooper/Clayton Method to Stop Smoking can help! Classes are ongoing at Saint Joseph – Martin on Mondays, at 10:30 a.m., in the Seton Complex Lower Level Conference Room
For more information, call 285-6692.
The Cooper/Clayton Method to Stop Smoking Program is made available to Kentuckians through the Kentucky Cancer Program and its partners
Volunteer mentors wanted
Mentoring for a Second Chance is a jail-based service program designed to help reduce recidivism and promote positive growth, by linking nonviolent offenders with a mentor from the local community. M2C is looking for local men who are motivated to make a difference in the life of an individual while having a positive impact on the community.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a mentor, contact mentor coordinator Joshua Kinzer, (606) 886-4439, (606) 339-8878, or Jkinzer@MtComp.org.
Veterans service officer
VFW Post 5839 in Lancer will have a service officer available every Wednesday, from noon until 4 p.m. Some services offered will be initial claim filing, upgrades, appeals, permanent and total claims and others.
Contact (606) 886-9428 or (606) 297-1973 for more information.
Non-profit agency needs foster parents
Non-profit agency in need of foster parents in your area. Financial compensation/ bonuses, free foster parent trainings, mileage reimbursement, and 24-7 support are available. All foster children get a medical card, free school lunches, and clothing vouchers/other reimbursements. Call for more information, at 606-886-0163 or visit our website at www.benchmarkfamilyservices.org/
Auxier Learning Center offers home repair aid
Need help with home repairs? The Auxier Lifetime Learning Center can help. We are now taking applications for home repairs. If you or someone you know are low income and need help with repairs on your home, please call 606-886-0709 for your application, or stop by the office at 21 South River Street, Auxier. Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:00. Must provide proof of income and ownership.
FCHD offers Body Recall exercise classes
The Floyd County Health Department offers Body Recall gentle exercise classes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at 9:30 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Prestonsburg.
Classes are free and open to the public. Call 886-2788 for more information.
Become a volunteer with Victim Services Program
You are more likely to be hurt by someone whom you know rather than be assaulted on Kentucky’s streets by a total stranger. Learn to assist victims of sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence by becoming a Volunteer with Victim Services Program. Call today to receive an application for our free training program.
Call the Volunteer Coordinator at (606) 886-4323 for further information or to request an application. (The Victim Services Program is a program of Mountain Comprehensive Care Center.)
OutPatient Drug Treatment Program and Education
Narconon warns parents that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs with youth is on the rise with deadly consequences. Learn the signs of drug abuse.
Call Narconon for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. 877-379-0208.
Auxier Community Center
Free GED classes, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 10 a.m.-12.
Free Bible Lessons
Write to: Bible Way Outreach Ministry, P.O. Box 3371, Kingsport, Tenn. 37664. Lessons completely free of charge to all interested.
Need Help With Home Repairs?
The Auxier Lifetime Learning Center can help! We are now taking applications for home repairs. If you, or someone you know, are low income and need help with repairs on your home, please call 606-886-0709 for your application, or stop by our office at 21 South River Street, Auxier. Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8-4.
Hope in the Mountains
Hope in the Mountains will host public meetings on Mondays, at 9 a.m., at the junction of U.S. 23 and Rt. 80, on Water Gap Rd., behind the Trimble Chapel Church.
Meetings focus will be to offer information in regard to community resources available to women seeking freedom from drug abuse. Family members are also welcome to attend. The Hope initiative proposes to help women break free from addictive lifestyles to become self-respecting contributing members of society.
Call 874-2008 or 788-1006 for more information.
Have an ‘Out of this World’ birthday party!
The East Kentucky Science Center is now offering a fun and distinctive party venue for kids of all ages. The Birthday Party package includes rental of a classroom and admission to exhibits and planetarium programs. Must be booked two weeks in advance; limit 40 guests. Call 889-8260 for more information.
Prestonsburg Rotary Club
Prestonsburg Rotary Club meets on Thursdays, 12 noon to 1 p.m., at Reno’s Roadhouse. For additional information, contact Paula Howard, 263-3225, or Tommie Layne, 886-4585. Everyone welcome.
‘Earn While You Learn’
The Big Sandy Area C.A.P. office is taking applications for its “Senior Training Program.” You must be 55 or older to apply. In Floyd, call 889-1722; Johnson, call 789-6515; Magoffin, call 349-2217; Pike, call 432-2775; and in Lawrence, call 638-4067.
Looking for a support group?
Floyd County Alzheimer’s Support Group meets regularly at Riverview Manor Healthcare Center. Call the center for meeting times.
Domestic Violence Support Group – The Big Sandy Family Abuse Center holds meetings each Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The meetings are free of charge. Call 886-6025 for more information.
Overeaters’ Anonymous – Meetings held each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., at the old Allen Baptist Church, located in Allen, just past red light. Call 889-9620 for more info.
US TOO! Prostate Cancer Survivors Support Group – For all men with prostate cancer and their families. Group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month, at 6 p.m., at the Ramada Inn, Paintsville.
Domestic Violence Hotline – 24-hour Crisis Line manned by Certified Domestic Violence counselors. Call 886-6025, or 1-800-649-6605. Remember, “Love Doesn’t Have to Hurt.”
Disabled? – You may be eligible for grant money to assist in your daily living. For an application or more information, call 886-4326.
East Kentucky S.T.A.R.S. Homeschoolers – Will hold monthly meetings at the Paintsville Recreation Center. For more information, call Trudy at 889-9333, or 297-5147. Everyone welcome.