The Archer Lodge Farmers Market is seeking vendors for the 2016 season, which opens Saturday, April 9. This year, the market is waiving membership and rental fees. To sign up, go to thearcherlodgefarmersmarket.com.
An indoor triathlon is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at Flowers Plantation. It’s 15 minutes in the pool, 15 minutes on a stationary bike and 15 minutes on a treadmill. The cost is $30 for Flowers Plantation members and $40 for all others. Proceeds will benefit Johnston County Animal Services, including its Pet Adoption Center. Register online at flowersplantation.com/raceseries.
The Clayton community’s annual benefit for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is scheduled for noon Saturday, March 19, at Deep River Brewing, 700 W. Main St. In the event, people shave their heads in exchange for donations. Past “shavees” include Clayton Town Manager Steve Biggs, Councilman Michael Grannis and Clayton High School Principal Clint Eaves. Over the years, the Clayton event has raised more than $300,000 for childhood cancer research. To take part in this year’s fundraiser go to www.stbaldricks.org/events/clayton2016. For more information, call 919-235-8474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A used-book sale will take place March 18-19 and March 21 at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton. Hours are 4-7 p.m. Friday, with bags of boos for $25; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, with $15 bags of books; and 4-7 p.m., $10 bags. For more information, call 919-553-5542.
The Kiwanis Club of Clayton will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 3, at The Flipside, 408 E. Second St. The club is seeking new members.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a donation online, go to https://www.donatelifenc.org/content/make-financial-contribution.
A parenting class will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the Johnston County Public Health Department, 517 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. To register, call 919-989-5200.
The Johnston County chapter of the National Association of Federal Retirees and Employees will meet at 11:390 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, at Golden Coral on East Market Street near Interstate 95 in Smithfield.
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 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.
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