Community Notes: March 16

Archer Lodge

The Archer Lodge Farmers Market is seeking vendors for the 2016 season, which opens Saturday, April 9. This year, the market is waiving membership and rental fees. To sign up, go to


The Benson Center for Active Aging will raffle a quilt March 28. Tickets are $1 or six for $5. To purchase tickets, call Debra Cardone at 919-894-2370.

Preschool story time is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. 23 at the Mary Duncan Public Library, 100 W. Main St., Benson. Children will learn about Easter. Pajama story time at the library is scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 14. Former librarian Linda Haynes will read stories about St. Patrick’s Day.

An Easter Eggstravaganza for children is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Benson Civic Center, 1204 N. Johnson St., Benson.


The Clayton community’s annual benefit for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is scheduled for noon Saturday, March 19, at Deep River Brewing, 700 W. Main St. In the event, people shave their heads in exchange for donations. Past “shavees” include Clayton Town Manager Steve Biggs, Councilman Michael Grannis and Clayton High School Principal Clint Eaves. Over the years, the Clayton event has raised more than $300,000 for childhood cancer research. To take part in this year’s fundraiser go to For more information, call 919-235-8474 or email

A used-book sale will take place March 18-19 and March 21 at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton. Hours are 4-7 p.m. Friday, with bags of boos for $25; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, with $15 bags of books; and 4-7 p.m., $10 bags. For more information, call 919-553-5542.

A bowling tournament to benefit Hopes N Dreams is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at Rainbow Lane, 850 N.C. 42 West, Clayton. The cost is $25 for three games; the first-place prize is $200. The evening will also offer raffles and door prizes. Registration starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call Dale Bender 919-618-3537 or Rose Walker 919-207-1552. Hopes N Dreams offers programs and events for wounded veterans and people with intellectual challenges.

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

Johnston County

The Democratic Women of Johnston County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in the fellowship hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 S. Second St., Smithfield. The women will prepare postcards to send to newly registered voters.

The Johnston County Republican Party will hold its 2016 precinct meetings and county convention at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the county courthouse, 207 E. Johnston St., Smithfield. Registration begins at 5:45 p.m. Among other things, the party will elect delegates and alternates to the district and state conventions.

A workshop in sustainable living is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at Little Creek Fellowship, 2585 Little Creek Church Road, Clayton. Among the sessions are “Basic Renewable Energy Systems, “Independent Water Systems,” “Heating with Wood” and “The Year-Round Home Grocery.” The day will also offer demonstrations of pressure canning and bread making. The church will serve a light lunch. For more information, call 919-368-1142.

Johnston County Animal Services will hold rabies clinics March 19 and April 9 at 115 Shelter Way, Smithfield. Hours are 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-5 p.m. The cost is $5; cash only. For more information, call 919-934-8474.

A workshop on domestic violence and sexual assault is scheduled for noon Saturday, March 19, at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 2017 Galilee Road, Smithfield. Janice Allen of Harbor Inc. will tell participants how to spot the signs of abuse and how to help those in abusive situations.

Here are upcoming blood drives in Johnston County:

March 22 – 2:30-7 p.m., Cleveland Community Church, 8246 Cleveland Road.

March 22 – 1-5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church Ministry Center, 125 S. Fourth St., Smithfield.

March 24 – 1:30-6 p.m., American Legion Lost 346, 5626 U.S. 301, Four Oaks.

March 25 – 2-6:30 p.m., Centenary United Methodist Church, 140 E. Market St., Smithfield.

March 26 – 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Branch Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 7438 N.C. 96 North, Selma.

Johnston County Home Educators will hold their annual Homeschool & Book Fair Conference from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Wilson’s Mills Baptist Church, 652 Swift Creek Road near Wilson’s Mills. The conference will offer workshops, vendors and a keynote address by Heidi St. John. For more information, go to

The Johnston County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, or ARES, is seeking licensed amateur radio operators interested in providing auxiliary communications in times of disaster. The volunteer group meets once a month at the Johnston County Red Cross office, 805-A S. Third St., Smithfield. Meetings are at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday. To learn more, call Michael Callam at 919-934-9623 or email him at

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. 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 East Smithfield Improvement Organization will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at Green Chapel Baptist Church, 2261 Brogden Road, Smithfield.

A craft and vendor fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19, in the gym at Smithfield-Selma High School, 700 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Crafts and products for sale include scarves, candles, personalized cups and bottles, painted glassware, soaps and bath products, handmade jewelry, boutique clothing for women and children, wooden and burlap door hangers, home decor items, key chains, cosmetic bags, resin eggs, handbags and health-care products. Admission is free. Proceeds will support the school’s Denmark exchange program.

The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center will offer LEGO camps March 30-April 1. Children ages 5-12 will design and refine LEGO X-wing fighters, R2 units and settlements on far-flung edges of the Star Wars galaxy. The cost is $90; SRAC will serve a light snack each session. Register online at

An Easter egg hunt is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at Smithfield Community Park, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Bring a basket.

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