Community Notes: Dec. 2


“Beat the Winter Blues,” a reverse raffle and party, will be held Feb. 5 at the American Legion Building in Benson. The evening will feature food, a chance to win $10,000 and music by the Band of Oz. Tickets are $100 for two people. For more information, or to purchase a ticket, call the Benson Chamber of Commerce at 919-893-3825.


The Kiwanis Club of Clayton will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at Bojangles’, 11900 U.S. 70 Business West, Clayton.


A Holiday Bazaar is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Cleveland High School, 1892 Polenta Road, Clayton. The event will offer a spagetti lunch, photos with Santa, door prizes, raffles and more than 50 vendors. Proceeds will benefit the school’s band program.

Johnston County

A soap-crafting class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Johnston Community College Arboretum in East Market Street in Smithfield. Create decorative soaps for the holidays. The cost is $25. The arboretum will hold a wreath-making class from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. Create a holiday wreath with natural materials. The cost is $25. To register for a class, call Brenda Harris at 919-209-2522 or email her at

The Arc of Johnston County will hold its 10th annual Christmas party at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Civitan Building, 340 McCullers St., Clayton. The party is for children and adults with special needs and their families. It will include dinner, dancing and a visit with Santa. Guests should bring a dessert and drink to share, along with a nonperishable food item for the Clayton Area Ministries food ban. To attend, call Jill Carpenter at 919-553-4031 or Holly Lock.

Hopes N Dreams will hold a Christmas dinner and dance from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Benson Parks and Recreation Department, 1204 N. Johnson St., Benson. The event is for people 14 and older with special needs. A Christmas social for ages 13 and younger is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, also at the Parks and Recreation Department. Sybil the Clown and Santa Claus will be on hand. Admission to both events is free, but to attend, email Dale Bender at or Rose Walker at

Here are upcoming blood drives in Johnston County:

Dec. 2 – 1-5:30 p.m., Avintiv, 1203 Chicopee Road, Benson.

Dec. 1 – 2-6:30 p.m., American Legion Post 109, 605 N. Wall St., Benson.

Dec. 9 – 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Cleveland High School, 1892 Polenta Road, Clayton.

The Salvation Army is seeking donations of gently used furniture. To schedule pickup, call 919-934-9641.

The Johnston County Public Health Department offers walk-in flu clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hours are 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Children and adults are welcome. The health department, located at 517 N. Bright Leaf Blvd. in Smithfield, accepts the following insurance: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare Advantage plans, Tri-Care standard, Medicare, Coventry, Medicaid and Humana. The department also accepts credit cards.


It’s time to sign up for Selma’s annual train trip with Santa. On a ride from Selma to Raleigh, Santa will go car to car talking to each child and posing for photos. The cost is $34 for adults and $26 for children 12 and younger. For more information, call 919-975-1411.


The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will offer Lego Winter Wonderland workshops for children ages 5-12. For children ages 5-7, the workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 30-31. For children 8-12, they’re set from 1 to 4 p.m. on those two days. Both will be at the Smithfield Recreation Aquatics Center on Booker Dairy Road next to Smithfield-Selma High School. The cost is $55. For registration details and workshop descriptions, go to

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