The Benson Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the annual Christmas Parade, which will be held Friday, Dec. 6. To secure an application, visit www.benson-chamber.com or call 919-894-3825.
The Benson Center for Active Aging, formerly the Benson Senior Center, offers a variety of programs for adults 60 and older. The center is at 1204 N. Johnston St. For more information about the following programs, call 919-894-2370.
• SilverSneakers fitness program – 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. SilverSneakers is the nation’s leading exercise program designed for older adults.
• Book club – 1 p.m. Mondays. Currently reading “The Shadowy Horses” by Susanna Kearsley.
• Line dance – 1 p.m. Tuesdays. The Benson Parks and Recreation Department teaches beginner line dancing.
• Yarn class – 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Beginner classes. Currently making baby hats for Rex Healthcare.
• Computer class – 1 p.m. Thursdays. Beginner computer classes.
• Walking club – 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
• Billiards club – 2 p.m. Tuesdays.
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will offer handbuilding for adults, an eight-week pottery class at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road. One class will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Another will meet from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Both will start Nov. 20. The fee, including a 25-pound bag of clay, is $100 for Clayton residents and $115 for non-residents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
The Clayton Center for Active Aging has volunteer opportunities in basic computer instruction, insurance counseling and front desk duties. For more information, call 919-553-4350.
A s hoebox-packing party to benefit Operation Christmas Child is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at The Clubhouse, 25 Paraggi Court, Clayton. For more information, or to volunteer, call 740-603-8655.
Hope and Restoration Pathways will offer a free addiction recovery support group beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at 501 Gateway Drive, Suite 101, Clayton. To register, visit www.HarpCares.org or call 919-793-6445.
The Clayton Newcomers and Neighbors Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Pauper’s Books & More, 11731 U.S. 70 Business W., Clayton. To attend, call Judy Hoffman at 919-550-8202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Memory Lane Car Club will meet at 6 p.m Monday, Nov.18, at Golden Corral off of N.C 42 near Interstate 40 in the Cleveland community. The club welcomes owners of classic cars and car enthusiasts. For more information, call Randolph Tart at 919-553-6229.
Turkey shoots are scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 22 and 23 at the Elevation Fire Department, 1825 Federal Road, Benson. Participants can shoot for turkeys, ham packets and sausage packets. Hot dogs, coffee and hot chocolate will be for sale. For more information, call 919-894-1410.
The Democratic Women of Johnston County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the fellowship hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 S. Second St., Smithfield. Carol Teal, executive director of Lillian’s List, will speak on “Women and the Leadership Pipeline.”
The National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer a class in how to deal with mental illness in loved ones. The class will start the last week in January, with the location announced once the roster has been filled. To reserve a space, call 919-601-3762.
The Johnston County Red Cross is seeking volunteers to respond after house fires and provide emergency services to victims, including money for hotels, food, clothing and medication replacement. For more information, call 919-719-1703.
Operation Christmas Child is gearing up in Johnston County. From Nov. 18 through Nov. 25, donors can drop off gift-filled shoe boxes at the follow locations:
• The Church at Clayton Crossings, 11407 U.S. 70 Business W., Clayton. Hours are 4-7 p.m. Nov. 18-21; 9:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 22; noon-2 p.m. Nov. 23; 1:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 24; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 25.
• Beulah Hill Christian Church, 1701 Keen Road, Four Oaks. Hours are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Nov. 18; 6-9 p.m. Nov. 19-21; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Nov. 22; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 23; 1-8 p.m. Nov. 24; and 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 25.
• Live Oak Baptist Church, 1555 Live Oak Church Road, Selma. Hours are 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 18; 9:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 19; 5-8:30 p.m. Nov. 20; 4-6:30 p.m. Nov. 21; 4:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 22; 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 23; 1:30-6 p.m. Nov. 24; and 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 25.
The Johnston County Republican Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Festejos, 905 E. Main St., Clayton. Bob Muller, Seventh District Republican Party chairman, will speak. For more information, call 919-255-0990.
Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action offers free energy audits to eligible residents in Johnston, Lee and Harnett counties. The department conducts audits to determine if ventilation repairs are needed or if refrigerators need replacing. Also, staff check attic insulation and floor and attic sealing. For eligibility information, call 919-934-2145.
“Chill Your Bill,” a free seminar on how to conserve energy in the home, is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. To register, call 919-989-5380.
A turkey shoot is scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 4269 Cleveland Road, Smithfield. The cost is $4 per shot or six shots for $20. Chili, hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, baked goods and coffee will be for sale. For more information, call 919-989-8121.
The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield is seeking “architects” for the upcoming Gingerbread House Festival. The library will accept entries until 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in the following categories: family, birth to age 5; youth, ages 6-12; teen, ages 13-17; adult, ages 18 and older; and culinary professional.
Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action offers the Individual Development Account, a financial literacy program that help participants build a savings account toward home ownership. The program provides clients with 21 hours of financial literacy and eight hours of homebuyer education. It matches savings accounts 4:1. To learn more, call 919-934-2145.
NAMI ( National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Johnston County provides two weekly support groups for people with a mental health diagnosis. One meeting is in Clayton, and the other is in Smithfield. For meeting locations and times, call 919-601-3762.
A clothing giveaway is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, in the fellowship hall at Selma Baptist Church, 1500 Webb St., Selma. The church will give away clothing for infants, children and adults. Household linens will be available too. For more information, call 919-965-4422.
Free thanksgiving meals will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, at Edgerton Memorial United Methodist Church, 401 W. Anderson St., Selma. For more information, to make a donation or to volunteer, call 919-817-5187.
Bingo for adults 55 and older is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at McDonald’s, 335 U.S. 70, Selma. Play is free, with prizes awarded. For more information, call 919-975-1411.
American Legion Post 141 will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the post hall, 300 N. Webb St., Selma. Dinner will be served. For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/Post141Selma.
The Smithfield Appearance Commission is seeking donations to its Donate a Tree Program, which plants crepe myrtles in town. A $50 donation pays to purchase, plant and care for a tree. A plaque on Town Hall Park recognizes donors. For more information, call 919-938-2083 and leave a message, or stop by town hall on Market Street and pick up a brochure.
The East Smithfield Improvement Organization will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 20, at Mitchener Memorial Baptist Church, 911 Blount St., Smithfield. For more information, call 919-934-6661.
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