Bingo play to benefit the Benson Center for Active Aging is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at 1204 N. Johnson St., Benson. The cost for 11 games is $15 for six cards, $25 for nine cards or $35 for 12 cards. In all, $1,000 in prize money is available. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
A 10-week gardening class will begin Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. Topics include site selection and planning; soil preparation and amendments; planting seeds and transplants; thinning and water; weed control; insects and disease; and composting. The class is free, but the $20 materials fee is due the first night of class. To register, call 919-553-1550.
A 5K run and walk to benefit Harbor Inc. will take place April 2 in downtown Clayton. Registration is from 7 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. The event will follow at 9. The fee is $20 for adults and $10 for students in grades K-12. Harbor Inc. provides aid, including shelter, to victims of rape and domestic violence. For more information, email email@example.com.
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.
Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action invites former employees to celebrate the agency’s 50th anniversary from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at First Baptist Church, 202 S. Fourth St., Smithfield. To attend, call 919-934-2145, Ext. 125.
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 three Wednesdays, Feb. 10, March 9 and April 13. 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 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.
A blood drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in the fellowship hall at Pine Level Free Will Baptist Church, 101 N. Peedin Ave., Pine Level. The blood drive welcomes walk-ins, but donors who want to make an appointment can do so by going to redcrossblood.org and entering the sponor code “Pine Level.”
A springtime celebration with Rapunzel is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. March 5 in Selma. The event for children will offer stories, princess training and crafts. The cost is $20, and the registration deadline is Feb. 19. To register, call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411.
Bingo play for adults 55 and older is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at McDonald’s on U.S. 70 in Selma. Play is free, with prizes awarded.
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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