Community Notes: Dec. 16


“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.

Johnston County

A holiday open house is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at the N.C. Works Career Center, 8998 U.S. 70 Business, Clayton. Learn what the N.C. Works can do for your business.

Here are upcoming blood drives in Johnston County.

Dec. 16 – 2-6:30 p.m. at the Selma Masonic Lodge, 405 N. Pollock St.

Dec. 19 – 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Branch Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 7438 N.C. 96 North, Selma.

Dec. 29 – 2:30-7 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2920 N.C. 42 West, Clayton.

Dec. 29 – 2-7:30 p.m. at Johnston County Correctional Institution, 2465 U.S. 70 West, Smithfield.

The Johnston Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for loblolly pines, eastern red cedars and hardwoods. Available hardwoods include crepe myrtle and red maple. The agency will accept orders until supplies run out. Pines are in bundles of 25; cedars and hardwoods are in bundles of 10. Seedling prices are $10 per bundle. Distribution will be Feb. 3, 2016, in the Soil and Water Conservation District Office at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Call 919-934-7156, Ext. 4, to place your order. Proceeds support the C.W. Warrick Memorial Scholarship.

The Johnston County Beekeepers Association will hold its annual holiday party at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield.

A stop-smoking class will begin Tuesday, Jan. 4, at the Johnston County Health Department, 517 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The program is free. For more information, call 919-989-5200.

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

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. Admission is free, but to attend, email Dale Bender at or Rose Walker at

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.


Chick-fil-A in Smithfield wants to give small nugget trays to local nonprofits. Through Dec. 24, purchase a large nugget tray and the eatery will donate a small tray to a local nonprofit. The eatery is at 1300 N. Bright Leaf Blvd.

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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