Springbrook Nursing & Rehabilitation invites seniors to breakfast and bingo at 8:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at 195 Springbrook Ave., Clayton. The event is free, but to attend, call 919-550-7200 or email Spb57email@example.com by Aug. 31.
The Clayton Center for Active Aging invites older adults on the following trips: “The Beautiful Beast,” a giant-puppet show in Cary, Aug. 28, $43; Big “M” Casino Ship 1, Oct. 5, $85; and N.C. State Fair, Oct. 18, $12. For details, call 919-553-4350.
Also, the center has scheduled the following classes: “Matter of Balance,” a eight-week balance class starting Sept. 9; tai chi basics, a four-week class starting Sept. 12; and do-it-yourself painting, an ongoing class that meets at 1 p.m. Wednesdays, $5. For details, call 919-553-4350.
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A reception for Iva Lee Benson Gainey of Benson is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Johnston County Heritage Center, 241 E. Market St., Smithfield. Gainey is the daughter of a soldier who fought for the South in the Civil War. She is one of just two such women in North Carolina and one of only 10 or so in the United States. Her father was Charles H. “Charlie” Benson (1844-1929), a private in the 24th North Carolina Regiment, Company I, organized at the beginning of the war as the Smithfield Light Infantry. Benson enlisted at age 20 and served alongside his brother, Sgt. William C. Benson, in the Army of Northern Virginia under General Robert E. Lee.
“Peer to Peer,” a 10-week class for adults with mental illness, will begin Sept. 6 at Pathways to Life, 1420 S. Pollock St., Selma. The class will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. To attend, call 919-817-6294.
A car show to benefit Hopes N Dreams is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at 6114 U.S. 301 South, Four Oaks. Registration opens at 10 a.m. The cost to enter a vehicle is $20; vendor space is $20 a booth, plus a percentage of sales. The show will present a host of awards. For more information, call Dale Bender at 919-618-3537 or Jennifer Grimm at 919-618-3470.
Here are upcoming blood drives in Johnston County:
Clayton – 2-6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Baptist Center Church, 2163 Ranch Road.
Selma – 2-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Selma Masonic Lodge 320, 405 N. Pollock St.
Selma – 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Branch Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 7438 N.C. 96 North.
Smithfield – 3-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at Johnston County Correctional Institution, 2465 U.S. 70 West.