A Fitness Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 7, at the Portofino Piazza, 25 Paraggi Court, Clayton. Here’s the schedule: 9 a.m., kids’ Zumba; 9:30 a.m., Zumba; 10:15 a.m., interval training; 10:45 a.m., sit and stretch; 11:15 a.m., green smoothie demo; and 11:40 a.m., preparing healthy meals. Also, the fair will offer fitness testing, blood-pressure screening and chair massages. It’s all free.
The next free community classes at Purna Yoga East are scheduled for 11 a.m. March 21 and April 18 at 107 E. First St. in Clayton. Register online at purnayogaeast.com
The Clayton branch of Zeta Phi Beta sorority will hold its fifth annual Finer Womanhood Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Garner Senior Center, 205 E. Garner Road, Garner. The brunch will feature a fashion show. For ticket information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Clayton Center for Active Aging is seeking line dancers for the 2015 Senior Games. Practice is at 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the senior center, 303 Dairy Road, Clayton. Learn more about the Johnston County Senior Games and register for competition at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in Clayton. Finally, the Clayton center will offer free legal aid for seniors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. For an appointment, or for more information, call 919-553-4350.
The Johnston County Senior Games are seeking competitors for this year’s Games, which will take place April 13-24. Here is a partial listing of competitions by category:
Sports – cycling, cornhole, pickleball, track and field, walking, bowling, bocce, golf.
Silver Arts – visual, including acrylics, drawing, photography; heritage, including quilting, knitting, needlework; literary, including essays, poems, short stories, life experiences; and performing, including comedy, drama, vocal, dance and instrumental.
The Games are open to adults 50 and older. Registration forms are available in parks and recreation offices across Johnston County. For more information, or to volunteer, call 919-553-1550.
The 2015 Cure SMA Walk-n-Roll is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at Smithfield Community Park on Booker Dairy Road. The event, now in its third year, raises money for a cure for spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic spinal disorder. It’s named in memory of Logan Moore, who died from the disorder at age 10 months. In addition to the walk, the day will offer a raffle, children’s activities, games, food and entertainment. For more information, visit events.curesma.org/2015LovingLoganWalk or email at LovingLoganSMA@gmail.com.
The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield will host free programs to help high school students prepare for the SAT and ACT college-admission tests. The library, at 305 E. Market St. in Smithfield, will offer an SAT/ACT practice test at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. Students must arrive by 10:30 a.m. Students can review their test results from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 21. At the same time, the library will offer a seminar designed to help students decide whether to take the SAT or ACT. To register for any of the programs, call 919-934-8146, option 3, or stop by the library’s reference desk.
Girl Scouts are selling cookies at locations throughout Johnston County. To find out where, use the cookie booth locator online at nccoastalpines.org.
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.
“How the Pullman Porter Changed History,” a black history program, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Selma Historical Museum, 104 E. Anderson St., Selma. Erick Jackson, who teaches history at Johnston Community College, will explore the history of African Americans in railroading. A roundtable discussion will follow Jackson’s presentation. “Any community member who has had a family member who was a Pullman porter is encouraged to come and bring stories,” Jackson said. Admission is free. For more information, call 919-333-0670.
The Selma Parks and Recreation Department invites children ages 3-7 to spend March 7 with “Frozen” characters Elsa and Anna. The day will offer crafts, activities and an interactive story in which every child will have a role. The cost is $20. 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.
Again this year, volunteers are offering free income tax preparation and filing in Smithfield. Help is available from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays at First Baptist Church on South Fourth Street. For an appointment, call 910-891-4004.