An Easter Eggtravaganza for children ages 3-8 is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the Singing Grove on Main Street in downtown Benson.
Plant and craft sales are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11 and May 9 at the Main Street Community Garden in downtown Clayton.
The Clayton Newcomers and Neighbors Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at the Women’s Club of Clayton, 109 Church St., Clayton. Lori Lee will speak. She is founder of the Me Fine Foundation, which provides support to critically ill children and their families.
Bike rides to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Johnston County will take place Saturday, April 25, at The Club of Flowers Plantation, 120 Flowers Parkway, Clayton. Here’s the registration schedule: 50-mile ride, 7 a.m.; 30-mile ride, 8 a.m.; and 15-mile ride, 9 a.m. The rides begin an hour after registration. The minimum amount to ride is $50; riders are encouraged to seek sponsors. A post-ride celebration, with lunch and a raffle, will follow. Sign up at http://sports.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=492639. For more information, call Tracy Condie at 919-553-1984 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A peanut butter and jelly drive to benefit the Clayton Area Ministries food pantry will take place April 17-18 at Lowes Foods on U.S. 70 Business in Clayton. The drive is a project of the United Methodist Men of Horne Memorial United Methodist Church. To learn more, call Denny Headington at 843-907-02727.
The Clayton Center for Active Aging has scheduled the following trips: April 6, Carolina Tiger Rescue, $37; and May 4-5, Biltmore House, about $200. For more information, call 919-553-4350. Separately, the 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.
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 email@example.com.
The Johnston County Republican Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at Festejo’s Mexican restaurant, 905 E. Main St., Clayton. Susan Tillis, wife of U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, will speak. For more information, call Teresa Grant at 919-606-1070.
A raffle and silent auction to benefit Danny Johnson will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. April 11 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The raffle prizes are $2,500, a 12-gauge shotgun, a grill, a boat and $250. Tickets are $20. The silent auction will offer a handgun, bookcase, shotgun, homemade cakes, gift baskets, cornhole board, custom woodworks and sports memorabilia. Johnson, a sheriff’s deputy, needs a liver transplant because of a genetic condition.
The Johnston County Voluntary Agricultural District Advisory Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 16, at the Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield.
The Democratic Women of Johnston County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the fellowship hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 S. Second St., Smithfield. Carolyna Manrique will speak. She is a staff attorney with the North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union.
An after-school origami class for beginners is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the children’s section at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield.
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.
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.
Bingo play for adults 55 and older is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, at McDonald’s, 335 U.S. 70, Selma. 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 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.
Through April 10, tax preparation for elderly and low-income Johnstonians is available from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays at Johnston Community and Senior Services, 1363 W. Market St., Smithfield. For an appointment, call 919-934-6066. The tax preparation is a service of AARP.
An Easter egg hunt is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, on the soccer field at Smithfield Community Park, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. For more information, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148.
A class in Internet basics is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. Also, the library will offer email basics, 9:30 a.m. April 1; and PowerPoint basics, 9:30 a.m. April 15. To register for a class, call 919-934-8146, Ext. 244, or stop by the reference desk.
A candlelight tour of Smithfield’s Civil War sites is scheduled from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 21. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. They will be available that day only at the Johnston County Heritage Center, 241 E. Market St., Smithfield.
The fourth annual Paddle for Hope will launch from Raleigh’s Anderson Point Park at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 4. A free bluegrass concert and crafts fair will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. that day on the Smithfield Town Commons on Front Street. The musical lineup includes Staggered Rails, Victoria Lee & Newground, Al Batten & Friends, and Carolina Tradition Bluegrass. The Paddle for Hope raises money for cancer research. To learn more, visit hopefloatsnc.com.
The East Smithfield Improvement Organization will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at St. Peter’s Church of Christ, 1011 Massey St., Smithfield.
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.
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