Johnston County will collect hazardous household waste, including pharmaceuticals, pesticides and herbicides, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Livestock Arena, 520 County Home Road, Smithfield. For more information, call 919-938-4750 or go to www.johnstonnc.com/recycling.
The latest news on lung-cancer screenings will be the topic of the next Health Chats, the seasonal speaker series hosted by Johnston Health. Dr. Marvaretta Stevenson of Duke University Medical Center and Dr. Douglas Fein of the Rex Cancer Center will speak from 6 to 7 p.m. April 14 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton, and from 11 a.m. to noon April 15 at the Johnston Medical Mall in on North Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield. Question-and-answer sessions will follow both presentations. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.
The Johnston County Democratic Party will hold its annual county convention at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in Courtroom No. 2 at the Johnston County Courthouse, 212 E. Market St., Smithfield. Delegates will elect officers and representatives to the State Executive Committee. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. The convention is open to all registered Democrats. During the convention, the Democratic Women of Johnston County will also elect officers. For more information or directions, call the party headquarters at 919-550-4186.
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Johnston County’s next Public Shred event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the parking lot at Edwards IGA, 721 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. Registrar of Deeds Craig Olive invites Johnston residents to shred old files, receipts, credit card offers, bank statements, returned checks and any other sensitive information they want to discard. For more information, call 919-989-5160.
The Johnston County Republican Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at Golden Corral on East Market Street near Interstate 95 in Smithfield. Hal Weatherman will speak. He is chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. Dinner is at 6 p.m. For more information, call Teresa Grant at 919-606-1070.
An after-school crafts program is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the children’s section at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. Children will make paper plate kites to take home. The library will provide all materials.
The Johnston County Veterans Service Advisory Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at the Land Use Center, 309 E. Market St., 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.
Here are some upcoming events to benefit the Johnston County Relay for Life:
April 17 – hot dog supper and bingo play, 6 p.m. at Johnson Memorial Church, 8280 N.C. 50 near McGee’s Crossroads. For more information, call Bob Lai at 919-208-3720.
April 18 – “Ride for a Survivor,” a motorcycle ride, starting at 11 a.m. The fundraiser is a project of Benson Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church. For more information, call 910-214-0224.
April 19 – chicken and pastry lunch and silent auction, after morning worship service at Bethel Original Free Will Baptist Church, 3168 N.C. 96, Four Oaks. For more information, call Stephanie Parker at 919-464-3200.
A couponing workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. WRAL’s Faye Prosser, author of “The Smart Spending Guide,” will conduct the workshop. The cost is $10. To register, call 919-934-1408.
The East Smithfield Improvement Organization will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Mitchener Memorial Baptist Church, 911 Blount St., Smithfield.
The Smithfield Kiwanis Club will serve its annual Ham & Yam Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 140 E. Market St., Smithfield. The cost is $7.
“I Am More ... in Him,” a two-day event for girls in grades 6-12, will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. April 19 and 26 at Generation Church, 34 Oleander Drive, Clayton. The event will feature a speaker, music, door prizes, skits, a photo booth and snacks. Register online at https://watershedministriesinc.webconnex.com/moreinhim.
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.
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.
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