A workshop on avoiding investment fraud is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28, at the Benson Center for Active Aging, 1204 N. Johnson St., Benson. An official with the state’s Securities Division will speak. Admission is free.
A free mental health support group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at 353 Second St. in Clayton. For more information, call 919-817-6294.
Here are upcoming events at the Clayton Center for Active Aging: trip to the N.C. Z00, June 9, $45; eight-week balance class, 2 p.m. Thursdays, registration open now; Caregivers Support Group, 6 p.m. May 28. The center is at 303 Dairy Road, Clayton. To learn more, call Selena Royal at 919-553-4350.
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will offer its summer playground program June 15-Aug. 14. Open to children ages 6-12, the program will run from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. The registration fee is $25, and the weekly camp fee is $50 for Clayton residents and $100 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
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 Sept. 12 car show near Four Oaks is seeking entries and vendors. The show will present a number of awards. The entry fee is $20 per car. Vendors can sell their products and services for $20 plus a percentage of sales. Proceeds will benefit Hopes N Dreams. For more information, call Dale Bender at 919-938-4415 or Jennifer Grimm at 919-618-3470.
The biennial Glendale alumni reunion is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Robbins Nest, 121 U.S. 70-A East, Selma. The cost is $17.50 per person. RSVP by June. Make a check payable to Glendale Alumni and mail to Nadine Crocker, 568 House Road, Kenly, N.C. 27542. For more information, call Eloise Sidelinger at 252-237-1334, Evelyn Ellis at 919-284-1545 or Nadine Crocker at 919-284-3341.
The Johnston County landfill and solid wast convenience centers will be closed May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.
Community & Senior Services of Johnston County is seeking volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors. Openings are available in the Benson, Clayton and Selma areas. For more information, call 919-934-6066 and ask for Barbara.
The Johnston County Health Department has childbirth classes starting in May and July. Its next stop-smoking class will begin July 6. For more information about health department classes, call 919-989-5200.
The N.C. Symphony String Quartet will read a children’s story, play classical and pop music, and show how instruments make their sounds at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. The program is designed primarily for preschoolers and their families.
A practice test for the PSAT is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. To sign up, call 919-934-8146, Ext. 235, or stop by the Children’s Desk.
A Memorial Day ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, May 25, at the Johnston County Courthouse at the corner of Market and Second streets in downtown Smithfield. Mike Wegman, a retired U.S. Navy officer, will speak. He teaches naval science at Smithfield-Selma High School.
Johnston Health is accepting applications for Camp Courage, a bereavement camp for children ages 6 to 13. The free camp is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13 at Camp Mary Atkinson near Selma. Activities include music, games and art. The staff is made up of nurses, chaplains, social workers and bereavement counselors, all of whom have been trained to work with children and teens. The camp is for any child who has experienced the death of a loved one, such as a parent, grandparent, sibling or friend. To register, visit the events section of www.johnstonhealth.org or contact Murray Dees at 919-209-5104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A walk to benefit Alzheimer’s research is scheduled for Saturday, May 30, in Clayton. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the Town Square in Clayton. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. For more information, email Sarah Middendorf at Sarah.email@example.com or Pete Perrino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Johnston Health will offer its Safe Sitter course from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 16-17, July 14-15 and Aug. 11-12 at the Johnston Medical Mall, 514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The two-day class teaches boys and girls ages 11-13 how to handle emergencies when caring for young children. Students learn basic life-saving techniques, safety precautions to prevent accidents, how and when to summon help, and tips on basic child care. The cost is $65. To register, call 919-938-7736.
The fifth annual Princeton Community Day is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at Princeton Elementary School, 650 Holt’s Pond Road, Princeton. The day will offer food trucks, live music, inflatables, custom trucks, fire trucks, helicopters, safe-driving exhibits and more. Admission is free.
A cornhole tournament to benefit the Harrison Center for Active Aging is scheduled for noon Saturday, May 30, at the center, 611 W. Noble St., Selma. Sign-in and practice for the double-elimination tournament will run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. To sign up, call 919-965-6478. Concessions will be available.
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 a 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.
Because of Memorial Day, the Town of Smithfield will run its May 25 trash route on May 27.
The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center will offer summer camp June 15 through Aug. 14. Open to children ages 5-12, camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The cost is $100 a week for Smithfield residents and $125 for nonresidents. Early drop-off starts at 7:30 a.m. Late pick-up ends at 5:30 p.m. That’s another $25 a week. Children must bring lunch, two snacks, drinks, swim suit and towel daily. For more information, call 919-934-1408.
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will offer two Lego camps this summer. A camp for children ages 5-7 will meet from 9 a.m. to noon July 13-17. The cost is $150. Register online at http://register.play-well.org/registration/new/39712. A camp for ages 8-12 will run from 1 to 4 p.m. July 13-17. The cost is $150. Register online at http://register.play-well.org/registration/new/39713.
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Upcoming in Johnston
Here are some upcoming events in Johnston County. For more information, go to http://www.johnstoncountync.org/.
June 6 – Millstock, an art and music festival on Horne Square, 322 E. Main St., Clayton.
June 13 – 3 Little Pigs Triathlon, Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield.
June 13 – A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier, Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks.
June 19-20 – 301 Endless Yard Sale, U.S. 301 from Dunn to Roanoke Rapids.
June 26-28 – 95th State Annual Singing Convention, Benson Singing Grove, 406 E. Main St., Benson.