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.
The 2015 Spring Fling Luncheon and Fashion Show will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Brick & Mortar Events, 217 E. Main St., Clayton. The cost is $30. Clayton Women In Networking will use the proceeds to benefit its commitments, including Harbor Inc. and scholarships. For more information or to register, go to claytonwin.com.
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Free vision and hearing 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 benefit dinner and silent auction are scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, at First Baptist Church, 601 St. Mary’s St., Garner. The cost is $25, with proceeds benefitting Able to Serve, a Johnston County nonprofit that serves adults with developmental disabilities. For more information, call 919-779-5545 or visit abletoserve.org.
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, Garner. Fish plates will go on sale at 11 a.m. They’re $8, with takeout available. The yard sale will continue April 19.
A dinner and Bingo play will take place Friday, April 17, at Johnston Memorial Church, 8280 N.C. 50 in the McGee’s Crossroads community. The hot dog dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Bingo play will follow at 7 p.m. For adults, the cost is $15 for the meal and two Bingo cards. Children ages 6-11 can eat and play for $10. For more information, call 919-894-3688. Proceeds will benefit the Johnston County Relay for Life.
The Johnston County NAACP will hold its Mother of the Year brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at The Meeting Place, 135 N. Third St., Smithfield. Shirley Shears will speak. She is a former director of the Adult High School Program at Johnston Community College. The cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children 6 and younger.
The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield welcomes new members to its daytime book club. Meetings are at 12:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. Club members suggest titles to read, and the library lends copies of each month’s selection to members. For more information, call Morgan Paty at 919-934-8146 or email email@example.com.
Johnston County Animal Services will offer rabies clinics April 11. Here’s the schedule: 9 a.m.-noon, Benson Parks and Recreation Department, 1204 N. Johnson St., Benson; 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m., Johnston County Animal Services, 115 Shelter Way, Smithfield; and 1-5 p.m, Archer Lodge Fire Department, 6483 Covered Bridge Road, Clayton. The cost is $5.
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.
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 is rewarding 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.
A benefit for KAMPN LIFE Village is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Double Barley Brewing, 3174 U.S. 70, Smithfield. The evening will offer craft beers, a silent auction, cornhole, live music and food. A second benefit, a pancake breakfast, is scheduled from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Clayton Civitan Building, 340 McCullers St., Clayton. KAMPN LIFE Village is a planned residential farm community for adults on the autism spectrum.
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.
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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