The Clayton Center for Active Aging invites older adults to travel to Fayetteville on Nov. 17 and Norfolk, Va., on Dec. 2. The Fayetteville trip is $25 and includes a trip to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. The Norfolk trip is $95 and includes a lunch cruise aboard the Spirit of Norfolk and a Christmas program at the planetarium. The center also has SHIPP appointments available. For more information, call 919-553-4350.
The nonprofit Serve the Need will serve a free Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday, Nov. 25, at the Civitan Building, 340 McCullers St., Clayton. Free tickets are available from 9:30 a.m. to noon Fridays at St. Ann Catholic Church, 4057 U.S. 70 Business, Clayton; and from 1 to 3 p.m. weekdays at Clayton Area Ministries, 704 E. Main St., Clayton. Tickets might be available at the door on the day the meal. For more information, call 919-550-0614.
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The Democratic Women of Johnston County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the M. Durwood Stephenson Center, 206 Skyland Drive, Smithfield. Jenny Black will speak. She is chief executive and president of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic.
The Johnston County Teenage Republicans will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Festejo’s Mexican Restaurant, 905 E Main St., Clayton. Topics include a December social, a service project and volunteer opportunities. The Johnston County Republican Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at Festejo’s.
The Johnston County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The meeting will include a demonstration on how to make mead, or honey wine. For more information, visit jocobee.org.
Surviving the Holidays, a seminar for divorced and separated persons, is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Horne Memorial United Methodist Church, 121 E. Second St., Clayton. A session for children ages 5-12 will take place at the same time. To reserve a copy of the book, send an email to email@example.com.
The Arc of Johnston County will hold its 10th annual Christmas party at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Civitan Building, 340 McCullers St., Clayton. The party is for children and adults with special needs and their families. It will include dinner, dancing and a visit with Santa. Guests should bring a dessert and drink to share, along with a nonperishable food item for the Clayton Area Ministries food ban. To attend, call Jill Carpenter at 919-553-4031 or Holly Lock at 919-333-0070 by Nov. 28.
The Johnston County MS Support Group will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at The Church at Clayton Crossings, 11407 U.S. 70 Business, Clayton. Beth Jackson, a nurse with Raleigh Neurology’s MS center, will speak.
The Children’s Department of the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield will offer its next after-school crafts program at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. Kids will make leaf sun catchers. The event is recommended for children ages 5-11. The library is at 305 E. Market St. in downtown Smithfield.
Here are upcoming blood drives in Johnston County:
Nov. 16 – 2-6:30 p.m., American Legion Post 346, 5626 U.S. 301, Four Oaks.
Nov. 20 – 2-6:30 p.m., Centenary United Methodist Church, 140 E. Market St., Smithfield.
Nov. 22 – 12:30-5 p.m., Wal-Mart Supercenter, 805 Town Center Blvd., Clayton.
Nov. 23 – 2:30-7 p.m., Oakland Presbyterian Church, 8927 Cleveland Road in the Cleveland community.
Nov. 30 – 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., North Johnston High School, 5915 U.S. 301, Kenly.
Johnstonians interested in forming a food council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield.
The Salvation Army is seeking donations of gently used furniture. To schedule pickup, call 919-934-9641.
A bereavement workshop for children is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Johnston Medical Mall, 514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. Counselors will help children ages 6-16 learn how to grieve and cope through the holidays. A workshop for the children’s parents will be at 1:30 that afternoon. Participants are encouraged to register online through the events page on the Johnston Health website. Registration will end Nov. 13. For more information, or for help registering, call Laura Daniels at 919-209-3478 or email Laura.Daniels@unchealth.unc.edu.
The Johnston County Public Health Department offers walk-in flu clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hours are 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Children and adults are welcome. The health department, located at 517 N. Bright Leaf Blvd. in Smithfield, accepts the following insurance: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare Advantage plans, Tri-Care standard, Medicare, Coventry, Medicaid and Humana. The department also accepts credit cards.
Bingo play for adults 55 and older is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at McDonald’s, 225 U.S. 70, Selma. Play is free, with prizes awarded.
It’s not too early to sign up for Selma’s annual train trip with Santa. On a ride from Selma to Raleigh, Santa will go car to car talking to each child and posing for photos. The cost is $34 for adults and $26 for children 12 and younger. For more information, call 919-975-1411.
A luncheon seminar on “Understanding the Affordable Care Act” is scheduled for noon Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce, 1115 Outlet Center Drive, Smithfield. Business owners with fewer than 50 employees will learn how to help their workers find affordable health insurance. The seminar is free. To register, call the chamber at 919-934-9166.
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Town of Smithfield Sanitation Department will run its Nov. 26 garbage routes on Nov. 25.
The Smithfield-Selma High School class of 1985 will hold its 30-year reunion Nov. 28 at Heidi’s Two-Wheel Cafe in Smithfield. The cost is $30 per person or $50 per couple. To attend, call Fara Lee at 919-218-1101 or email her at or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will offer Lego Winter Wonderland workshops for children ages 5-12. For children ages 5-7, the workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 30-31. For children 8-12, they’re set from 1 to 4 p.m. on those two days. Both will be at the Smithfield Recreation Aquatics Center on Booker Dairy Road next to Smithfield-Selma High School. The cost is $55. For registration details and workshop descriptions, go to http://bit.ly/LEGO-Winter-Break-Camp.
The fifth annual Downtown Smithfield Wine Walk will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. The wine-tasting walk, which benefits Harbor Inc., will begin at Harbor’s Pizazz resale shop at 119 N. Third St., Smithfield. There, walkers will receive a commemorative wine glass and wristband that will allow them to taste wines at other businesses. The cost is $20 per person.
Neuse Charter School is seeking crafters, vendors and artisans for its fourth annual Booster Bazaar, which will take place Dec. 4-5. New commercial vendors should call Hilary Leiz at 919-359-2227.
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