A blood drive is scheduled from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the American Legion Building, 605 N. Wall St., Benson. For an appoinment, call Helen Smith at 919-894-4261 or 919-632-0783.
A sock hop is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the Benson Parks and Recreation Department, 1204 N. Johnson St., Benson. Dress in 1950s fashions to enter a costume contest. Admission is $5 for singles, $8 for couples and $3 for children. To attend, call 919-894-2370 or 919-894-5117.
Harbor Inc. will hold its 2015 Valentine’s Ball Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Country Club of Johnston County, 694 Country Club Road, Smithfield. The evening will feature a silent auction, dinner and dancing to the music of The Central Park Band. For tickets, or for more information, call 919-938-3566 or email email@example.com
The Johnston County Area Mental Health Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, in the conference room at the Mental Health Center on North Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield.
A valentine’s dance for older teens and adults with special needs is scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at Holland’s United Methodist Church, 9433 Ten-Ten Road, Raleigh. Alossi Renewal Spa will do makeup, and Studio 121 will do hair. Admission and snacks are free. The dance is a project of Able to Serve, a Johnston County organization that helps people with intellectual and physical disabilities.
The Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service will offer “Love Your Money,” a money-management workshop, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. Starting Jan. 29, the workshop will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays through Feb. 26. The class is free. To register, call 919-989-5380.
The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield now offers electronic audiobooks, or e-audiobooks. The e-audiobooks are an addition to the electronic books currently offered through the 3M Cloud Library. Patrons with active library cards and accounts in good standing may borrow e-books and e-audiobooks for two weeks. A 3M Cloud Library Event is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the library, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. Library staff will help owners of e-readers install the 3M Cloud Library app on their devices. Staff will also demonstrate the use of e-books and e-audiobooks.
On the second Saturday of every month, a food pantry is open from noon to 2 p.m. at O’Neal Revival Tabernacle, 500 Richard Road, Zebulon. Bring a photo ID or two other forms of identification to receive a box of food. For more information, call 919-375-4275, email pastor@ONealTabernacle.org or visit ONealTabernacle.org.
The Johnston Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for loblolly pines, eastern red cedars and hardwoods. Available hardwoods include crepe myrtle, red maple, yellow poplar and wax myrtle. Pines will be sold in bundles of 25, hardwoods in bundles of 10. The price for both is $10 per bundle. Distribution will take place Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. To place an order, call 919-934-7156, Ext. 3.
“Breakfast with the Commissioner,” a benefit for the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, is scheduled for 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in the Holshouser Building on the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. During this breakfast with N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, Joseph Priest will receive the Excellence in Agricuture award, and the Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina will name this year’s Innovative Young Framer. For tickets, which are $25, call 919-284-3431.
Bingo play for adults 55 and older is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at McDonald’s on U.S. 70. Play is free with prizes awarded. For more information, call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411.
The Selma Parks and Recreation Department invites adults 55 and older to travel to the International Civil Rights Center & Museum on Feb. 3. The trip also includes a stop at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum. The cost is $60 per person and includes transportation and entrance to the museums. For more information, call 919-975-1411.
The Selma Parks and Recreation Department invites adults 55 and older to travel to Greensboro’s Barn Dinner Theater on March 24 for a performance of “First Baptist of Ivy Gap.” The cost is $85 per person and includes transportation, dinner and the performance. For more information, call 919-975-1411.
The Selma Parks and Recreation Department invites adults 55 and older to enjoy decadent desserts on Feb. 12. The cost is $10 per person and includes desserts and games. To register by Feb. 2, call 919-975-1411.
Again this year, volunteers will offer free income tax preparation and filing in Smithfield. Starting Feb. 6, help will be available from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays at First Baptist Church on South Fourth Street. For an appointment, call 910-891-4004.
A daddy-daughter dance will take place Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The dance is for girls ages 3-14 and their fathers. The cost is $45 for Smithfield residents and $50 for nonresidents. Each additional daughter is $5. Payment is due at Feb. 13. The registration form is online at smithfield-nc.com.
A Lego workshop for children ages 7-12 is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Build elaborate objects while exploring the fundamentals of engineering and physics. Register at http://registration.play-well.org/registration/new/37500.
A Wonderland Tea Party for children ages 4-10 is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Dress as a princess or “Alice in Wonderland” character. The party will feature tea, crafts and games. The cost $15 for Smithfield residents and $20 for nonresidents. The deadline to register is Jan. 30. For more information, call 919-934-2148.
A crafts fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Smithfield-Selma High School, 700 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Proceeds will help send students to Denmark. Vendor spaces are $50. To reserve one, call 919-934-5191.