A blood drive is scheduled from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the American Legion Building on U.S. 301 north of downtown Benson. For an appointment, call 919-894-4261.
A 10-week gardening class will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Aug. 14 at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The materials fee is a $20. For more information, call 919-553-1550.A brunch to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Wagner House, 121 E. Main St., Clayton. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20. Children 6 and younger get in free. In addition to brunch, the fundraiser will offer door prizes, raffles and T-shirts for sale. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Maegan Weeks at 919-880-0037.
A Zumba-thon to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at InterSkate Family Fun Center, 131 Guy Road, Clayton. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The event will also feature a raffle. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.zumbathontofightMS.eventbrite.com.
The Clayton Senior Activity Center and the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department offer the following programs for adults 60 and older. For more information, call 919-553-4350.
• Walking – A weekly walking program is at 8:15 a.m. Thursdays. The walks begin at the concession stand on the walking trail at Clayton Community Park, 1075 Amelia Church Road.
• Bridge class – A bridge class meets at 1 p.m. Fridays at the Clayton Senior Activity Center, 303 Dairy Road. All skill levels are welcome. Refreshments and coffee are available.
Veteran needs help – A disabled veteran needs help moving his mobile home from Raleigh to Clayton. He needs help with land clearing, well and septic systems, electricity, plumbing, and heating and cooling. If you know of reputable companies with a good discount for veterans, email Ronna Jones at email@example.com.
Host an exchange student – Clayton Rotary clubs and the Cleveland School Rotary Club are looking for families willing to host exchange students. For more information, call Hensley Scott at 919-553-8132 or email Hensley@NCResidentialRentals.com.
Clayton Area Toastmasters meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Best Wood Drive. For more information, call Anthony Allen at 919-585-2098 or visit claytontm.com.
Johnston Community College
The Capital Area JobLink Career Center at Johnston Community College offers the following job-skills programs:
• Mock Interviews – Wednesdays. Call 919-209-2094 to schedule an appointment.
• Workforce Investment Act Program orientations – Tuesdays. Call 919-209-2094 to schedule an appointment.
• Getting Started with Computers workshops – 2-3 p.m. Mondays. Call 919-209-2094 to register.
Narcotics Anonymous offers a number of meetings in Johnston County. The schedule is below. To learn more, visit www.ncregion-na.org/area/crossroads or call 1-800-372-5447.
• Benson – The Insight Group meets at 7 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Tuesdays in the Youth Center at Benson Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, 105-1/2 E. Morgan St. The Surrender Group meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and 8 p.m. on Saturdays at Benson Baptist Church, 200 W. Church St.
• Clayton – A Fresh Start meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at A New Start Treatment Center, 935 Shotwell Road. The Clayton Group meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 111 Lee St. The War is Over meets at 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays at the Peerless Recovery Center, 440 E. Main St.
• Smithfield – Genesis Reflection meets at 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and at 7:30 p.m. Fridays. Keep It Simple meets at noon Wednesdays, and Women Do Recover meets at noon Saturdays. All groups meet at the James Building, 1300 W. Market St.
• Selma – The Last Stop meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays at Edgerton Memorial United Methodist Church, 401 Anderson St.
• McGee’s Crossroads – Crossroads to Recovery meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Providence Presbyterian Church, 14664 N.C. 210.
• Wilson’s Mills – The Journey Begins meets at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at First Missionary Baptist Church, 40 Durant Road.
Civil War symposium – “North Carolina: A Civil War Symposium” will be held Sept. 14-15 at Johnston Community College in Smithfield and at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Saturday’s speakers include historians Mark Bradley and Chris Fonvielle. Sunday will include refreshments and a bus tour of Bentonville Battlefield. Tickets range from $25 to $110. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.fobb.net.
Support groups – The Johnston County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers free weekly support group meetings. One group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays at Mitchener Memorial Baptist Church, 911 Blount St., Smithfield. Another meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at 353 Second St., Clayton. Any adult with a mental-health diagnosis may attend. For more information, call 919-601-3762.
“Pirate Treasures,” an event for preschoolers, is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Brack Wilson Park, 1118 W. Oak St., Selma. The program is for children ages 3-6 and costs $8 per child. Wear pirate attire. The deadline to register is Friday, Aug. 9. To register, call 919-975-1411.
The Partnership for Children of Johnston County has scheduled the following parent education classes at 1406-A S. Pollock St., Selma. The classes are free and registration is required. Light refreshments and free childcare will be provided. For more information or to register, contact Erica Reid at 919-202-002, Ext. 258 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Incredible Years Parent Program teaches parents skills and strategies to manage challenging behaviors in children. Participants will attend weekly group sessions for 14 to 16 weeks to practice skills that promote children’s academic, social and emotional skills.
• Motheread is a 12-week program that combines the teaching of literacy skills with child development and family empowerment issues.
Day trip – The Selma Parks and Recreation Department invites adults 55 and older on a day trip to Liberty Hall Plantation and Duplin Winery. On Tuesday, Aug. 27, the group will travel first to Liberty Hall in Kenansville, then have lunch at The Bistro at Duplin Winery. A tour and wine tasting will follow. The cost is $48 per person and includes transportation, Liberty Hall admission and the Duplin tour and wine tasting. The deadline to register is Monday, Aug 5. For more information, or to register, call 919-975-1411.
Pageants – The Selma Railroad Days Committee is accepting applications for the Railroad Days pageants, which will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in the auditorium at Selma Elementary School, 311 W. Richardson St., Selma. The age divisions are: Tiny Miss, ages 4-6; Little Miss, ages 7-9; Junior Miss, ages 10-13; Teen Miss, ages 14-16; and Miss, ages 17-20. The contestant fee is $100. Applications are due Sunday, Aug. 25, at www.selma-nc.com or at the Selma Parks and Recreation Department, 305 N. Pollock St., Selma. For more information, call pageant director Deborah Baker at 919-965-3395 or the recreation department at 919-975-1411.
Soup kitchen – Manna from Heaven Soup Kitchen now serves meals every Thursday at 400 W. Watson St., Selma. Hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. Manna from Heaven also offers free clothing and other items to those in need. Volunteers and donations are needed. For more information or to a make donation, call Debra Salter at 919-817-5187.
A program titled “Science in the Summer” is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon July 31 at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. The program, sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline and the Morehead Planetarium, will feature a mobile science laboratory for in-depth experimentation. For more information, call library director Margaret Marshall at 919-934-8416.
Coffee for seniors – Starting Tuesday, Aug. 6, the Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will offer Senior Coffee Corner every Tuesday and Thursday morning at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road. The gathering, for adults ages 55 and older, will offer free coffee and occasional breakfast treats and brain teasers. For more information, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148, Ext. 112 or email email@example.com.
The East Smithfield Improvement Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Mitchener Memorial Baptist Church, 911 Blount St., Smithfield.
“Walk the Trail in Her Shoes,” a benefit for Harbor Inc., will take place Saturday, Oct. 26, on the trail at Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Last year, the event drew 100 local businessmen, male community leaders and young adults who walked in women’s shoes.
Tdap boosters – The Johnston County Public Health Department will offer Tdap clinics from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and Sept. 24 at the Health Department, 517 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. In North Carolina, the Tdap booster – a vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis – is required for entry into sixth grade. For more information, call 919-989-5200.
Running club – The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department invites beginning and seasoned runners to join the River Rats Running Club, which meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the large picnic shelter in Community Park, 700 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The membership fee is $20 and includes a T-shirt. For more information, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148, ext.112, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operation Helping Hand is seeking churches and civic groups to help needy Smithfield residents. Groups can help in a variety of ways, including medical and financial aid, minor construction, and household repairs and yard cleanup. For more information, call Brent Reck at 919-934-2116 or email email@example.com.
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled the following events at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. For more information, email Kristin Sasser at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tiffany Pearson at email@example.com.
• Summer camps – Weeklong camps for children ages 5-12, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekly through Aug. 9. Each week offers swimming, sports and outdoor play. Children must bring two snacks, lunch, a swimsuit and a towel. The cost is $100 per week for Smithfield residents and $125 per week for nonresidents. Early drop-off and late pickup are available for an extra $25 per week.
• Senior club – The Smithfield Sterling Silvers Senior Club meets at 10:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month. The club is for adults ages 55 and older, and membership dues are $12 a year.
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