The sixth annual Classic Antique Tractor Show is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 10-11 at the Chamber Park, 355 J. Lee Road, Benson. The event will feature displays of tractors and farm equipment, plus demonstrations of farm life in olden days. A Parade of Power through downtown Benson will take place at 11 a.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. New this year is a swap meet. Returning are the Tractor Olympics, plus craft and food vendors. Admission is $5 for adults; children 12 and younger get in free. For more information, visit classicantiquepower.com or call 919-894-3825.
An Easter Eggtravaganza for children ages 3-8 is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the Singing Grove on Main Street in downtown Benson.
A food drive to benefit the food pantry of Johnston County Community & Senior Services is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Lowes Foods on U.S. 70 Business in Clayton. The Woman’s Club of Clayton, sponsor of the drive, will provide a list of needed items. For more information, call 919-553-9858.
Plant and craft sales are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11 and May 9 at the Main Street Community Garden in downtown Clayton.
The Clayton Newcomers and Neighbors Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at the Women’s Club of Clayton, 109 Church St., Clayton. Lori Lee will speak. She is founder of the Me Fine Foundation, which provides support to critically ill children and their families.
Bike rides to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Johnston County will take place Saturday, April 25, at The Club of Flowers Plantation, 120 Flowers Parkway, Clayton. Here’s the registration schedule: 50-mile ride, 7 a.m.; 30-mile ride, 8 a.m.; and 15-mile ride, 9 a.m. The rides begin an hour after registration. The minimum amount to ride is $50; riders are encouraged to seek sponsors. A post-ride celebration, with lunch and a raffle, will follow. Sign up at http://sports.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=492639. For more information, call Tracy Condie at 919-553-1984 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A peanut butter and jelly drive to benefit the Clayton Area Ministries food pantry will take place April 17-18 at Lowes Foods on U.S. 70 Business in Clayton. The drive is a project of the United Methodist Men of Horne Memorial United Methodist Church. To learn more, call Denny Headington at 843-907-02727.
The Clayton Center for Active Aging has scheduled the following trips: April 6, Carolina Tiger Rescue, $37; and May 4-5, Biltmore House, about $200. For more information, call 919-553-4350. Separately, the Center for Active Aging is seeking line dancers for the 2015 Senior Games. Practice is at 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the senior center, 303 Dairy Road, Clayton.
The Clayton branch of Zeta Phi Beta sorority will hold its fifth annual Finer Womanhood Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Garner Senior Center, 205 E. Garner Road, Garner. The brunch will feature a fashion show. For ticket information, email email@example.com.
A yard sale will get under way at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10225, 1706 W. Garner Road, Clayton. Fish plates will go on sale at 11 a.m. They’re $8, with takeout available. The yard sale will continue April 19.
A benefit jazz brunch is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The N.C. Central University Jazz Combo will perform. Proceeds will benefit Serve the Need of Johnston County and the Johnston County Alumni Chapter of N.C. Central University. For tickets, call Jerry Dodson at 919-553-8210 or Margaret Barbee at 919-585-2934.
A raffle and silent auction to benefit Danny Johnson will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. April 11 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The raffle prizes are $2,500, a 12-gauge shotgun, a grill, a boat and $250. Tickets are $20. The silent auction will offer a handgun, bookcase, shotgun, homemade cakes, gift baskets, cornhole board, custom woodworks and sports memorabilia. Johnson, a sheriff’s deputy, needs a liver transplant because of a genetic condition.
The Johnston County Senior Games are seeking competitors for this year’s Games, which will take place April 13-24. Here is a partial listing of competitions by category:
Sports – cycling, cornhole, pickleball, track and field, walking, bowling, bocce, golf.
Silver Arts – visual, including acrylics, drawing, photography; heritage, including quilting, knitting, needlework; literary, including essays, poems, short stories, life experiences; and performing, including comedy, drama, vocal, dance and instrumental.
The Games are open to adults 50 and older. Registration forms are available in parks and recreation offices across Johnston County. For more information, or to volunteer, call 919-553-1550.
On the second Saturday of every month, a food pantry is open from noon to 2 p.m. at O’Neal Revival Tabernacle, 500 Richard Road, Zebulon. Bring a photo ID or two other forms of identification to receive a box of food. For more information, call 919-375-4275, email pastor@ONealTabernacle.org or visit ONealTabernacle.org.
Through April 10, tax preparation for elderly and low-income Johnstonians is available from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays at Johnston Community & Senior Services, 1363 W. Market St., Smithfield. For an appointment, call 919-934-6066. The tax preparation is a service of AARP.
An Easter egg hunt is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, on the soccer field at Smithfield Community Park, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. For more information, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148.
The fourth annual Paddle for Hope will launch from Raleigh’s Anderson Point Park at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 4. A free bluegrass concert and crafts fair will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. that day on the Smithfield Town Commons on Front Street. The musical lineup includes Staggered Rails, Victoria Lee & Newground, Al Batten & Friends, and Carolina Tradition Bluegrass. The Paddle for Hope raises money for cancer research. To learn more, visit hopefloatsnc.com.
The East Smithfield Improvement Organization will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at St. Peter’s Church of Christ, 1011 Massey St., Smithfield.
Again this year, volunteers are offering free income tax preparation and filing in Smithfield. Help is available from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays at First Baptist Church on South Fourth Street. For an appointment, call 910-891-4004.
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