A blood drive is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the American Legion Building, 605 N. Wall St., Benson. For an appointment, call Helen Smith at 919-894-4261 or 929-632-0783.
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.
Free hearing and vision screenings are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in the parking lot at Walgreens, 11306 U.S. 70 Business West, Clayton. Interpreters will be on hand for people who speak Spanish. The screenings are a project of the Clayton Lions Club, which is running low on money to support the program. To lend your financial support, make a check payable to the Clayton Lions Club and mail it to I Care for Eye Care, in care of the Clayton Lions Club, 123 Fountain Drive, Clayton.
An Easter egg hunt for children 5 and younger is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 3, at Clayton Community Park, 1075 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The hunt, with more than 10,000 eggs, is free, with prizes awarded. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
The Johnston County Public Health Department will stage a Walk for Health and a bike rodeo from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at East Clayton Community Park, 1774 Glen Laurel Road, Clayton. Registration is free and opens at 8:30 a.m. For the bike rodeo, bring your bike and helmet. Strollers and pets are welcome for the walk. To register in advance, go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/walk4health or call the Health Department at 919-989-5200.
This summer, the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will offer a nature camp for children ages 6-10. The camp will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 6-10. The cost is $70 for Clayton residents and $85 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
A free program on keeping children healthy is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. Dr. Bruce Schneider will speak. To reserve a seat, call 919-661-2225.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
The South Johnston High School FFA Alumni will hold their annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the cafeteria at the school, 10381 U.S. 301 South, Four Oaks. The meeting will include a meal, silent auction, cash raffle and award presentation. To attend, send an email to SJHSFFAAlumni@gmail.com, send a message via the facebook page www.facebook.com/SJHSFFAAlumni or call or text 919-902-0490.
Great Clips salons in the Triangle are raising money for the Vs. Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting childhood cancer. In April, the salon will reward donations with a coupon for a haircut. In Johnston, Great Clips has salons in Clayton Corners shopping center, 11791 U.S. 70 Business West, Clayton; in Swift Creek Plaza at 89 Glen Road in the Cleveland community; and at 1202 N. Bright Leaf Blvd. in Smithfield.
The seventh annual Howell Woodstock is scheduled from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, 6601 Devil’s Racetrack Road, Four Oaks. The annual event offers fishing, hayrides, environmental education programs, stargazing, nature walks, live music and a bonfire with s’mores. Vendors will have food and drinks for sale.
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.
Bingo play for older adults is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, at McDonald’s on U.S. 70 in Clayton. Play is free, with prizes awarded. For more information, call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411.
The Selma Parks and Recreation Department is seeking vendors for its All-American Festival on July 4. The fee is $50; electricity is another $25. To reserve a space, visit selma-nc.com or pick up at packet at the Selma Parks and Recreation office, 305 N. Pollock St., Selma. The deadline to register is June 5. For more information, call 919-975-1411.
The women of St. Peter’s Church of Christ have scheduled a June 6 trip to Charleston, S.C., and its Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival. The cost is $55 per person. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-934-6293 or 919-207-7641.
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.
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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