A Black History Month open house is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Benson Museum of Local History, 102 W. Main St., Benson. The museum will pay tribute to Harvey Johnson, a community activist who pushed for minority representation in town government. His family members will speak; a harpist will play.
Bingo play to benefit the Benson Center for Active Aging is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at 1204 N. Johnson St., Benson. The cost for 11 games is $15 for six cards, $25 for nine cards or $35 for 12 cards. In all, $1,000 in prize money is available. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
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A bowling tournament to benefit Hopes N Dreams is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at Rainbow Lane, 850 N.C. 42 West, Clayton. The cost is $25 for three games; the first-place prize is $200. The evening will also offer raffles and door prizes. Registration starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call Dale Bender 919-618-3537 or Rose Walker 919-207-1552. Hopes N Dreams offers programs and events for wounded veterans and people with intellectual challenges.
A polar plunge to benefit Special Olympics is scheduled for noon Saturday, March 5, at Zaxby’s, 12857 U.S. 70 Business, Clayton. The minimum donation to take the plunge is $25. The event will also feature door prize, a cash raffle and boat racing. Register at Zaxby’s or online at http://tiny.cc/2016ZaxbysPolarPlunge. A Spirit Night to benefit Special Olympics will take place Feb. 25 at Zaxby’s.
A 5K run and walk to benefit Harbor Inc. will take place April 2 in downtown Clayton. Registration is from 7 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. The event will follow at 9. The fee is $20 for adults and $10 for students in grades K-12. Harbor Inc. provides aid, including shelter, to victims of rape and domestic violence. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield has begun delivery and pickup service to the Flowers Plantation community on N.C. 42 east of Clayton. Patrons may browse books through the “Find Books” heading at www.pljcs.org. To select a book, click “Place Request” and choose “Flowers Grab-N-Go” as the pickup location. Patrons may also request a book by calling the library at 919-934-8146. The library will deliver books weekly to Family Insurance and Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp., which is in the Food Lion shopping center on N.C. 42 East. The business is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Patrons may return books there as well.
A run and walk to benefit Donate Life North Carolina will take place Saturday, March 12, in Flowers Plantation on N.C. 42 just east of Clayton. On-site registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The 5K run will start at 9 a.m.; a one-mile fun run and walk will follow at 10 a.m. The cost to enter in the 5K is $25; the fun run/walk in $10. For the registration form and payment options, email email@example.com. To make a donation online, go to https://www.donatelifenc.org/content/make-financial-contribution.
A blood drive is scheduled from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 1140 N.H. Parrish Road, Benson. A second blood drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Horne Memorial United Methodist Church, 121 E. Second St., Clayton.
The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield offers one-on-one tech help. The aim is to increase digital literacy in the community. Patrons earn common computer and Internet functions in half-hour or hourly sessions. For an appointment, call 919-934-8146.
Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action invites former employees to celebrate the agency’s 50th anniversary from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at First Baptist Church, 202 S. Fourth St., Smithfield. To attend, call 919-934-2145, Ext. 125.
Through April 15, the AARP is preparing income-tax returns at Community and Senior Services, 1363 W. Market St., Smithfield. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. Also, appointments will be available on three Wednesdays, Feb. 10, March 9 and April 13. The service is for elderly and low-income taxpayers. They should bring their Social Security card or Medicare card with an A, plus a photo ID and last year’s tax return. For an appointment, call 919-934-6066.
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.
A Black History Month program is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Selma Historical Museum, 104 W. Anderson St., Selma. Eric Jackson, who teaches history at Johnston Community College, will lead a program on genealogy. Admission is free.
A springtime celebration with Rapunzel is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. March 5 in Selma. The event for children will offer stories, princess training and crafts. The cost is $20, and the registration deadline is Feb. 19. To register, call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411.
The East Smithfield Improvement Organization will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Greater Vision Church, 720 Second Ave., Smithfield.
The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center will offer LEGO camps March 30-April 1. Children ages 5-12 will design and refine LEGO X-wing fighters, R2 units and settlements on far-flung edges of the Star Wars galaxy. The cost is $90; SRAC will serve a light snack each session. Register online at www.play-well.org.
An Easter egg hunt is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at Smithfield Community Park, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Bring a basket.
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.
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