Free hearing and vision screenings are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Walgreens, 11306 U.S. 70 Business, Clayton. The screenings are a project of the Clayton Lions Club.
The 2014 Run for the Rockets, a 5k run/walk and 1-mile kids run, will take place Saturday, March 8, at Cooper Elementary School, 849 Mial St., Clayton. The kids run is scheduled for 9 a.m., with the 5k run and walk following at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds from the race will help Cooper purchase a digital information sign for the front of the school. For more information, or to pledge sponsorship, call 919-333-2682 or 919-320-4207.
A head-shaving event to benefit the St. Baldricks Foundation is scheduled for noon Saturday, March 22, at The Flipside, 408 E. Second St., Clayton. The foundation supports research seeking cures for childhood cancers. To register, visit www.stbaldricks.org/events/clayton2014. For more information, call 919-235-8474.
The Color Spectacular, a fun run for all ages, will take place Saturday, April 12, at Portofino, 25 Paraggi Court, Clayton. Proceeds will benefit the Johnston County Partnership for Children. For more information, visit colorspectacular.com.
A multiple sclerosis support group meets the third Tuesday of each month at The Church at Clayton Crossings, 11407 U.S. 70 West, Clayton. Meetings are at 11 a.m. For more information, email JHowell2000@earthlink.net.
Cooper High School memorabilia is on display this month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. A reception is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. Tickets are $20. For more information, 919-291-0162.
The Clayton Center for Active Aging offers a variety of 30-minute exercise programs at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Also, the center has volunteer opportunities in basic computer instruction, insurance counseling and front desk duties. For more information, call 919-553-4350.
The AARP is offering free tax preparation through e-file for moderate- to low-income persons, with an emphasis on those 60 and older. For an appointment, call the Clayton Center for Active Aging at 919-553-4350. Available dates are Feb. 19, March 19 and April 9. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A free job search boot camp will take place Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Road, Garner. Sessions will begin at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information, call 919-981-2607.
Johnston Community College
Johnston Community College will offer the following job-skills classes for free. For more information, call 919-209-2042.
• Basic Computer Skills 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, April 7 through May 14, in the Elsee Building on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road.
• Computer Skills for Job Searching 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, March 3-9, in the Elsee Building.
• Effective Strategies for Your Job Search 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in Smithfield.
• Making the Most of Your Job Skills 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, April 7 through April 30, on JCCs Cleveland campus, 9046 Cleveland Road.
• Resume Writing for Job Seekers 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 25-27 and again March 25-27, in the Elsee Building. Also, 6 to 9 p.m. April 29-May 1 at JCCs Kenly Center.
• Skills for a New Career 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, April 7-10, at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton.
ACT prep workshops are scheduled for 10 a.m. and noon Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. The workshops will offer sample test questions, test timing and pacing, and score-raising strategies. To sign up, call 919-934-8146, Ext. 3, or stop by the reference desk.
The Johnston County Beekeepers Association will not meet in February. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, March 17, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. George Skinner will talk about top bar hives, an alternative to the traditional bee hive. For more information, visit jocobee.org.
The Johnston County Health Department will offer its stop-smoking class from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 27; April 3, 10, 17, 22 and 24; and May 1 and 8. For more information, call 919-989-5200.
A town hall meeting with Johnston Countys delegation in the N.C. General Assembly is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, on the Cleveland campus of Johnston Community College, 9046 Cleveland Road. The following are scheduled to attend: Sen. Brent Jackson, Buck Newton and Ronald Rabin and Reps. James H. Langdon Jr., Leo Daughtry and William Brisson.
A spaghetti dinner to benefit the Johnston County Relay for Life is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the 50/210 Fire Department, 50 Greenleaf Road near McGees Crossroads. The cost is $7 per plate, with takeout available. Also, purchase a painted fire boot to aid in the fight against cancer. The cost is $35. For more information, visit 50210fire.com.
A pancake breakfast is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at Applebees, 1260 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. Proceeds will benefit the Selma Development Partnership and the Max G. Creech Selma Historical Museum. Tickets will be available at the door, but for advance tickets, call Barbara Wiggs at 919-965-5834 or stop by the museum on Anderson Street in downtown Selma.
The third annual Loving Logan SMA WalkNRoll is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at Community Park, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The fundraiser is in memory of Logan Moore, a victim of spinal muscular atrophy. The walk follows a one-mile paved path. Strollers, wheelchairs, families and pets are welcome. A raffle, childrens activities, games, food and entertainment will follow the walk. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A St. Patricks Day pool party is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Admission is half of a regular day pass. For more information, call 919-934-2148.
A charity wrestling event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The main event will feature former WWE and WCW star Shane Hurricane Helms of Smithfield. His tag-team partner will be former WWE star Matt Hardy of the Hardy Boyz. Tickets are $10 and $15, with a portion of proceeds going to the Autisim Society of North Carolina and the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.OmegaChampionship.com.
A pickleball workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Next year, the Johnston County Senior Games will add pickleball, which combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. To register, call 919-934-1408.
The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center invites children and their moms to swim and play in the SRACs splash park from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays in February. The cost is $5 for mom and one child; each additional child is $3. The SRAC is at 600 Booker Dairy Road.
An Old School Prom Night is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Smithfield-Selma High School, 700 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The semiformal event for adults 18 and older will include dinner and entertainment. Tickets are $20 per couple or $15 for individuals. For more information, email email@example.com.
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