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Community Notes: Dec. 1

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The next coffee hour at the Benson Museum of Local History is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Learn about Benson’s history while enjoying coffee and donuts. The museum is at 102 W. Main St.

A blood drive is scheduled from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the American Legion building on U.S. 301 north of downtown Benson. For an appointment, call l 919-894-4261.

The Benson Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the town’s annual Christmas parade, which will held Friday, Dec. 6. For an application, visit 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 Center for Active Aging has volunteer opportunities in basic computer instruction, insurance counseling and front desk duties. For more information, call 919-553-4350.

Hope and Restoration Pathways is offering a free addiction recovery support group at 501 Gateway Drive, Suite 101, Clayton. To register, visit www.HarpCares.org or call 919-793-6445.

Johnston County

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.

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.

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 helps 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.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers two weekly support groups for people with a mental health diagnosis. One meeting is in Clayton; the other is in Smithfield. For meeting times and locations, call 919-601-3762.

WIC provides healthy food, health referrals, breastfeeding support, and nutrition information for women with children younger than 5, or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. For more information,visit www.nutritionnc.com.


The Kenly Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the 2013 Kenly Christmas parade, which will step off at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. For more information, call 919-361-9227 or email jennifer.holloman@southernbank.com.


Bingo play for adults 55 and older is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at McDonald’s on U.S. 70 near Interstate 95 in Selma. Play is free, with prizes awarded. For more information, call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411.


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.

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