The Clayton 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 Center for Active Aging invites older adults to travel to Selma on Feb. 13 for a valentines dance at 6 p.m. at the Harrison Center for Active Aging. The next “Pizza & Painting” is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Clayton Center for Active Aging. The cost is $28. Learn more about the Johnston County Senior Games and register for competition at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in Clayton. Finally, the Clayton center will offer free legal aid for seniors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. For an appointment, or for more information, call 919-553-4350.
The Democratic Women of Johnston County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in the fellowship hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 Second St. Todd Johnston, director of the Johnston County Heritage Center, will talk about the center, which is currently celebrating Black History Month.
A workshop to help artists prepare a grant application is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce, 1115 Outlet Center Drive, Smithfield. Artists in five counties, including Johnston, are eligible for grants from the Regional Artist Program. Grants vary from $200 to $1,500. The application is online at www.jcartscouncil.org and www.unitedarts.org. For more information about the grant program or the workshop, call the Johnston County Arts Council at 919-938-0306 or Brandi Neuwirth at 919-839-1498, Ext. 205.
The 2015 Cure SMA Walk-n-Roll is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at Smithfield Community Park on Booker Dairy Road. The event, now in its third year, raises money for a cure for spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic spinal disorder. It’s named in memory of Logan Moore, who died from the disorder at age 10 months. In addition to the walk, the day will offer a raffle, children’s activities, games, food and entertainment. For more information, visit events.curesma.org/2015LovingLoganWalk or email at LovingLoganSMA@gmail.com.
The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield will host free programs to help high school students prepare for the SAT and ACT college-admission tests. The library, at 305 E. Market St. in Smithfield, will offer an SAT/ACT practice test at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. Students must arrive by 10:30 a.m. Students can review their test results from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 21. At the same time, the library will offer a seminar designed to help students decide whether to take the SAT or ACT. To register for any of the programs, call 919-934-8146, option 3, or stop by the library’s reference desk.
Johnston Community College is celebrating Black History Month. A Black Business Expo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the lobby of the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road. A Gospel Fest is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, in the auditorium. Admission is free. For more information about JCC Black History Month events, call Della McMillian at 919-464-2282 or Doris Edwards at 919-209-2539.
Girl Scouts are selling cookies at locations throughout Johnston County. To find out where, use the cookie booth locator online at nccoastalpines.org.
The Johnston County Health Department has announced its 2015 parenting classes. Here are the dates and times: 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 11 and Feb. 18; 3-5 p.m. May 13 and May 20; 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 12 and Aug. 19; and 3-5 p.m. Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. All sessions will meet at the Health Department, 517 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. Topics include the sick child, immunizations, first aid, lead safety, dental health, car-seat safety, child development and discipline. For more information, or to register for a class, call Tierra Taylor at 919-989-5200.
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.
The Selma Parks and Recreation Department invites adults 55 and older to travel to Greensboro’s Barn Dinner Theater on March 24 for a performance of “First Baptist of Ivy Gap.” The cost is $85 per person and includes transportation, dinner and the performance. For more information, call 919-975-1411.
The Selma Parks and Recreation Department invites adults 55 and older to enjoy decadent desserts on Feb. 12. The cost is $10 per person and includes desserts and games. To register by Feb. 2, call 919-975-1411.
A Black History Month program is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at First Missionary Baptist Church, 403 Caswell St., Smithfield. The Shaw University Choir will perform, and Carolyn Ennis will present a dramatic dialogue titled “UNITY.” The following will receive the Spirit of Shaw Award for Distinguished Service for Christ and Humanity: the Rev. Terence Leathers, Tony Nixon, Horace Sanders and Royal Williams.
Again this year, volunteers will offer free income tax preparation and filing in Smithfield. Starting Feb. 6, help will be available from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays at First Baptist Church on South Fourth Street. For an appointment, call 910-891-4004.
A daddy-daughter dance will take place Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The dance is for girls ages 3-14 and their fathers. The cost is $45 for Smithfield residents and $50 for nonresidents. Each additional daughter is $5. Payment is due at Feb. 13. The registration form is online at smithfield-nc.com.