“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.
A Health and Fitness Expo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Flowers Plantation, 120 Flowers Parkway, Clayton. More than 30 vendors will be on hand. Also, the Carolina Hurricanes and Carolina Mudcats will be selling ticket packages. The top prize in a scavenger hunt is worth more than $1,500.
Bingo play to benefit the Clayton Center for Active Aging is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at 303 Dairy Road, Clayton. The cost is $15. Also, the Center for Active Aging will offer a beginning painting class. The cost is $30 a month. Call 919-553-4350 to register. A caregivers’ support group meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month.
The Johnston County chapter of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Golden Coral on East Market Street near Interstate 95 in Smithfield. The group will talk about pending legislation and program plans for 2016.
Here’s the schedule of upcoming STEM events at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield: binary code bracelet, 4:30 p.m. Feb. 1, with registration by Jan. 28; and popsicle-stick catapult, 4:30 p.m. March 7, with registration by Feb. 29. The events are free. STEM is short for science, technology, engineering and math. The library is at 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. To register for a program, call 919-934-1846.
Here’s the schedule of upcoming crafts programs at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield: Cheerio bird feeder, 4:30 p.m. Jan. 28, with registration by Jan. 20; heart wreath. 4:30 p.m. Feb. 25, with registration by Feb. 17; and cup garden, 4:30 p.m. March 31, with registration by March 23. The free programs are designed for children ages 5-11. To register for a program, call 919-934-1846.
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 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.
The Tobacco Farm Life Museum has launched its annual fund drive. To contribute, go to gofundme.com/jhe63x3u or mail your donation to the museum at P.O. Box 88, Kenly, N.C. 27542.
Also, the Tobacco Farm Life Museum will hold its annual Breakfast with the Commissioner from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, on the N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Tickets are $26.49. They’re online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/11th-annual-breakfast-with-the-commissioner-tickets-19015160858.
A flapjack fundraiser is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 1260 N. Bight Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. Tickets, which are $7.50, will be available at the door. For advance tickets, call 919-938-0000. Proceeds will go to Good Samaritan United Church of Christ, which will use the money to send teens on a mission trip in 2017.
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