“Beat the Winter Blues,” a reverse raffle and party, will be held Feb. 5 at the American Legion Building in Benson. The evening will feature food, a chance to win $10,000 and music by the Band of Oz. Tickets are $100 for two people. For more information, or to purchase a ticket, call the Benson Chamber of Commerce at 919-893-3825.
The High Riders 4-H Horse Club will hold its fifth annual Christmas Open House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at 12490 Buffalo Road, Clayton. Open to horse lovers of all age, the event will offer crafts for children, refreshments, information on 4-H and horse rides.
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A stop-smoking class will begin Tuesday, Jan. 4, at the Johnston County Health Department, 517 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The program is free. For more information, call 919-989-5200.
The Johnston County MS Support Group will have a Christmas party at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at The Clubhouse restaurant, 51-A Technology Drive, Garner. That’s in the Cleveland community. Regular monthly meetings will resume in January.
A wreath-making class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Johnston Community College Arboretum on East Market Street in Smithfield. Create a holiday wreath with natural materials. The cost is $25. To register, call Brenda Harris at 919-209-2522 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 bank. To attend, call Jill Carpenter at 919-553-4031 or Holly Lock.
Hopes N Dreams will hold a Christmas dinner and dance from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Benson Parks and Recreation Department, 1204 N. Johnson St., Benson. The event is for people 14 and older with special needs. A Christmas social for ages 13 and younger is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, also at the Parks and Recreation Department. Sybil the Clown and Santa Claus will be on hand. Admission to both events is free, but to attend, email Dale Bender at email@example.com or Rose Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Salvation Army is seeking donations of gently used furniture. To schedule pickup, call 919-934-9641.
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.
The annual Selma holiday homes tour is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. The self-guided tour will feature homes, decorated businesses, one garden and the fully restored caboose at the Selma train station. The tour begins at the Selma Historical Museum, 104 E. Anderson St. Tickets are $5, with a discount for groups of 10 or more. Advance tickets are available at the museum or by calling Dina Flowers at 919-291-1428 or 919-351-4049.
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.
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