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.
The Benson Center for Active Aging will raffle a quilt March 28. Tickets are $1 or six for $5. To purchase tickets, call Debra Cardone at 919-894-2370.
Preschool story time is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, at the Mary Duncan Public Library, 100 W. Main St., Benson.
An Easter egg hunt for ages 5 and younger is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 25, at Clayton Community Park, 1075 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The Easter Bunny will arrive by fire truck. The hunt will feature more than 10,000 eggs. Parking is limit, so the town suggests carpooling.
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.
N.C. Safe Plates, a certification course for food-safety managers, will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3-9 at the Johnston County Agricultural Building, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The exam will be May 6. The class is designed for food-service managers and supervisory staff in restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, child-care centers and other food-handling establishments. To register, call Debbie Stroud at 919-989-5380.
An class in infant massage will begin April 11 at the Johnston County Partnership for Children, 1406 S. Pollock St., Selma. The class will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays through May 9. Registration includes a book and massage oil. For more information, or to sign up, call Darrella Cavenaugh at 919-975-2511 or email her at email@example.com.
Johnston County Animal Services will hold a rabies clinic April 9 at 115 Shelter Way, Smithfield. Hours are 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-5 p.m. The cost is $5, cash only. For more information, call 919-934-8474.
Here are upcoming blood drives in Johnston County:
March 24 – 1:30-6 p.m., American Legion Lost 346, 5626 U.S. 301, Four Oaks.
March 25 – 2-6:30 p.m., Centenary United Methodist Church, 140 E. Market St., Smithfield.
March 26 – 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Branch Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 7438 N.C. 96 North, Selma.
Johnston County Home Educators will hold their annual Homeschool & Book Fair Conference from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Wilson’s Mills Baptist Church, 652 Swift Creek Road near Wilson’s Mills. The conference will offer workshops, vendors and a keynote address by Heidi St. John. For more information, go to jchenc.org/bookfair/.
The Johnston County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, or ARES, is seeking licensed amateur radio operators interested in providing auxiliary communications in times of disaster. The volunteer group meets once a month at the Johnston County Red Cross office, 805-A S. Third St., Smithfield. Meetings are at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday. To learn more, call Michael Callam at 919-934-9623 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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 East Smithfield Improvement Organization will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at Green Chapel Baptist Church, 2261 Brogden Road, 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.
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