“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 Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield has begun delivery and pickup service to the Flowers Plantation community on N.C. 42 east of Clayton. Patrons may browse books through the “Find Books” heading at www.pljcs.org. To select a book, click “Place Request” and choose “Flowers Grab-N-Go” as the pickup location. Patrons may also request a book by calling the library at 919-934-8146. The library will deliver books weekly to Family Insurance and Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp., which is in the Food Lion shopping center on N.C. 42 East. The business is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Patrons may return books there as well.
A run and walk to benefit Donate Life North Carolina will take place Saturday, March 12, in Flowers Plantation on N.C. 42 just east of Clayton. On-site registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The 5K run will start at 9 a.m.; a one-mile fun run and walk will follow at 10 a.m. The cost to enter in the 5K is $25; the fun run/walk in $10. For the registration form and payment options, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a donation online, go to https://www.donatelifenc.org/content/make-financial-contribution.
Through April 15, the AARP is preparing income-tax returns at Community and Senior Services, 1363 W. Market St., Smithfield. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. Also, appointments will be available on two Wednesdays, Feb. 10 and March 9, and one Saturday, April 9. The service is for elderly and low-income taxpayers. They should bring their Social Security card or Medicare card with an A, plus a photo ID and last year’s tax return. For an appointment, call 919-934-6066.
The Johnston County chapter of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Golden Corral on East Market Street near Interstate 95 in Smithfield. Frank Brown will talk about state and federal income tax preparation.
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 Cooperative Extension Service will offer N.C. Safe Plates, a food-safety course for food-service managers in restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, child-care center and other food-handling establishments. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16-18 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2176 N.C. 210 Smithfield. The exam will be Feb. 19. To register, call Debbie Stroud at 919-989-5380 or go to http://johnston.ces.ncsu.edu/ncsafeplates/.
Here’s the schedule of upcoming crafts programs at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield: 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 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 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 daddy-daughter dance is scheduled from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Enjoy music, dancing, photos and appetizers. The cost is $45 per couple for Smithfield residents and $55 for nonresidents. Each additional daughter is $5. Register online at smithfield-nc.com or pick up a registration form at the SRAC.
The next Kids Night at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics is scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Children ages 5-10 can enjoy swimming, gym time, other activities and a snack. The cost in advance is $8 for Smithfield residents and $13.50 for nonresidents. Same-day registration is $10 for Smithfield residents and $16.50 for nonresidents. Each additional child is $5. The SRAC is at 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. For more information, call 919-034-1408.
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