“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 Kiwanis Club of Clayton will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at The Flipside, 408 E. Second St., Clayton.
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A fitness fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 23, in the Portofino community clubhouse, 25 Paraggi Court, Clayton. The free event will include zumba for kids and adults, interval training, fitness testing, personal training, body-fat measurements, one-on-one shoe fitting and chair massage. A number of vendors will be on hand. For more information, call or test 508-369-4178.
Bingo play to benefit the Clayton Center for Active Aging is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at 303 Dairy Road, Clayton. The cost is $15. Also, the Center for Active Aging will offer a beginning painting class. The cost is $30 a month. Call 919-553-4350 to register. A caregivers’ support group meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month.
The Democratic Women of Johnston County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in the fellowship hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 S. Second St., Smithfield. Don Addu of Citizen’s Climate Lobby will speak. Bring diapers and wipes for Harbor Inc.
The Johnston County MS Support Group will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at The Church at Clayton Crossings, 11407 U.S. 70 Business West, Clayton.
The Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service will offer N.C. Safe Plates, a food-safety course for food-service managers in restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, child-care center and other food-handling establishments. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16-18 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2176 N.C. 210 Smithfield. The exam will be Feb. 19. To register, call Debbie Stroud at 919-989-5380 or go to http://johnston.ces.ncsu.edu/ncsafeplates/.
The Johnston County Partnership for Children has scheduled the following classes
Familyread, which starts Jan. 19, is a 12-week program that combines literacy skills, child development and family empowerment. To register, call Erica Reid at 919-975-2521 or email her at email@example.com.
The Incredible Years, which starts Jan. 25, gives parents the skills to manage challenging child behavior. To register, call Erica Reid at 919-975-2521 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Playgroup, which starts 25, is a 10-week session for families of children 12 to 30 months old. For more information, or to register, call Darrella Cavenaugh at 919-975-2511.
The Partnership for Children also offers infant massage. To learn more about that five-week class, call Leticia Resendiz at 919-975-2513.
A benefit for the Johnston County Relay for Life is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Smithfield Church of God, 1710 W. Market St., Smithfield. A hot dog supper will get under way at 5 p.m. The cost is $5 for two hot dogs, chips and a drink. An auction at 6 p.m. will offer tools, household items, baby items, home decor and more.
Here’s the schedule of upcoming STEM events at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield: binary code bracelet, 4:30 p.m. Feb. 1, with registration by Jan. 28; and popsicle-stick catapult, 4:30 p.m. March 7, with registration by Feb. 29. The events are free. STEM is short for science, technology, engineering and math. The library is at 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. To register for a program, call 919-934-1846.
Here’s the schedule of upcoming crafts programs at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield: Cheerio bird feeder, 4:30 p.m. Jan. 28, with registration by Jan. 20; heart wreath. 4:30 p.m. Feb. 25, with registration by Feb. 17; and cup garden, 4:30 p.m. March 31, with registration by March 23. The free programs are designed for children ages 5-11. To register for a program, call 919-934-1846.
The Johnston Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for loblolly pines, eastern red cedars and hardwoods. Available hardwoods include crepe myrtle and red maple. The agency will accept orders until supplies run out. Pines are in bundles of 25; cedars and hardwoods are in bundles of 10. Seedling prices are $10 per bundle. Distribution will be Feb. 3, 2016, in the Soil and Water Conservation District Office at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Call 919-934-7156, Ext. 4, to place your order. Proceeds support the C.W. Warrick Memorial Scholarship.
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 Tobacco Farm Life Museum will hold its annual Breakfast with the Commissioner from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, on the N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Tickets are $26.49. They’re online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/11th-annual-breakfast-with-the-commissioner-tickets-19015160858.
Micro Community Watch will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Micro Fire Department, 321 U.S. 301 South.
Because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the Town of Smithfield will run its Jan. 18 trash-collection routes on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
A daddy-daughter dance is scheduled from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Enjoy music, dancing, photos and appetizers. The cost is $45 per couple for Smithfield residents and $55 for nonresidents. Each additional daughter is $5. Register online at smithfield-nc.com or pick up a registration form at the SRAC.
The next Kids Night at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics is scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Children ages 5-10 can enjoy swimming, gym time, other activities and a snack. The cost in advance is $8 for Smithfield residents and $13.50 for nonresidents. Same-day registration is $10 for Smithfield residents and $16.50 for nonresidents. Each additional child is $5. The SRAC is at 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. For more information, call 919-034-1408.
The East Smithfield Improvement Organization will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Evans Chapel Church, 905 Second Ave., Smithfield.
A Martin Luther King Jr. program is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at First Missionary Baptist Church at the corner of Fourth and Caswell streets in Smithfield. The theme is “The Journey for Justice Continues.” Smithfield attorney Craig James will speak. A meal will follow the program. A parade will begin at 11 a.m., starting at Seventh and Market streets and ending at the church.
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