Democratic Women meet
The Democratic Women of Johnston County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Fellowship Hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 S. Second St., Smithfield. The speaker will be Susannah Tuttle, director of N.C. Interfaith Power and Light, a program of the N.C. Council of Churches. Tuttle will address the causes and consequences of global climate change and share practical responses through education, outreach, and public policy advocacy.
The Miss Cleveland pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the auditorium of Cleveland High, 1892 Polenta Road, Clayton. Michael Mozingo, motivational speaker, entertainer and educator, will serve as emcee. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door. Contestants will be judged on casual wear, talent, and evening wear. Miss Cleveland will receive a crown and a scholarship, and will represent Cleveland High in area parades and events. Call 919-934-2455 for more information.
Call for artists
The Johnston County Arts Council has issued a call for artists for the fifth Annual Johnston County Art and Food Festival, which will take place Thursday, March 6. The exhibit is open to all artists ages 18 and older who reside in N.C. For more information, visit www.JCArtsCouncil.org.
FAFSA help at SECU
State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) locations across the state will open their doors from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 22, to provide assistance with Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms. The forms are a requirement in consideration for all federal and most state financial aid for college, including scholarships and grants. For more information, visit www.NCSECU.org.
Theatreworks USA’s production of Seussical, a musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss, will be performed at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium, 269 College Road, Smithfield.
The50/210 Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary Relay for Life team will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the 50/210 Fire Department, 50 Greenleave Drive, Angier. Plates are $7 and will include spaghetti with either meat or non-meat sauce and bread. All proceeds will go to the Johnston County Relay for Life – 50/210 Fire Department team. The team is also running a “Boots for Cancer” fundraising project. Call 919-747-7788 for more information.
Free tax preparation
The AARP Tax Aide program will assist taxpayers in electronically filing their federal and N.C. state tax returns from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Avery Street Annex, 201 Avery St., Garner. No appointments are necessary. Taxpayers and spouses, if filing jointly, must have picture IDs, and Social Security cards for themselves and all dependents. If married, both taxpayers must be present. For a refund to be credited to a checking account, they must have a blank check, not a deposit slip. Taxpayers will need records of all income and expenses.
Radon tests available
Wake County encourages residents to test their homes for radon. Radon is a natural gas that comes from the decay of uranium found in rocks, soil and building materials like concrete. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to radon is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year.
The N.C. Radon Program is providing 200 free test kits for the County to distribute. These kits are available at the Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway, Fuquay-Varina. CAll 919-557-2501 for more information. Kits are also available for purchase at www.NCRadon.com.
Paintings on display
The Africa Series, a series of paintings by Jane Lillian Vance, will be on display through the spring semester at the Frank Creech Art Gallery, 245 College Road, Smithfield. For more information, visit www.JohnstonCC.edu/PerformingArts.
Square dancing lessons
Square dancing lessons are held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Friday night at Saint Andrews United Methodist Church, 1201 Maxwell Drive, Raleigh. Casual dress, $20 per person per month. Call 919-266-0845 or visit www.GarnerSquareDance.org.
Black History Month at GPAC
The Garner Performing Arts Center’s celebration of Black History Month will run through the month of Februrary at 742 W. Garner Road, Garner. Call 919-661-4602 for more information on any of these events.
• An exhibition about the history of the Negro Leagues will be on display throughout the month in the GPAC front lobby, and can be viewed Monday through Friday 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
• Black History Month performances at GPAC close out Saturday, Feb. 22, with Cool John Ferguson at 7:30 p.m. Ferguson has played major blues festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Savannah Music Festival, Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors and more.
Black History Month at JCC
Johnston Community College will hold events throughout the month of February in honor of Black History Month. For more information on these events, call 919-464-2282 or 919-209-2539. JCC is located at 245 College Road, Smithfield.
•11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18:
Angela Ray, author and motivational speaker, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium lobby.
•10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19:
Black Business Expo in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium lobby.
•4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23:
2014 Gospel Fest in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium.
Events at Southeast Regional Library
Southeast Regional Library, 908 Seventh Ave., Garner, has an extensive list of activities for the whole family. Find a complete list of events at www.wakegov.com/libraries or call 919-662-2250.
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16: "Find It!" will teach participants successful techniques for finding online books in a one-on-one setting. Librarians will offer suggestions for navigating the library's catalog and for placing reserves on these items.
7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17: "Indoor Composting Made Easy" will teach two methods for odorless, year-round composting with Bianca Howard, a community education specialist with the City of Raleigh. Registration is requested.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19: "Meet the Artisan: Books as Art" will feature artisan bookmakers discussing their views on books as works of art and displaying their work.
6:30 p.m. Feb. 26: Introduction to Entrepreneurship will teach participants how to start and manage a new business. Registration is requested.
A food pantry is open from 9 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of each month at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 1082 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The food is free to anyone presenting an ID card. For more information, call 919-934-0213.
Partnership for Children of Johnston County offers two programs for parents with young children.
• Motheread is a 12-week self-paced program that combines the teaching of literacy skills with child development and family empowerment issues.
• The Incredible Years parent program offers weekly group sessions for 14 to 16 weeks. Participants practice skills to promote children’s academic, social and emotional skills.
For information on times and location, contact Erica Reid at 919-202-0002, ext. 258, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classic Car Club meets
Memory Lane Classic Car Club meets for dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month at Golden Corral, 60 Son-Lan Parkway, Garner. For more information, call 919-553-6229.
An Overeaters Anonymous support group meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Lakeside Drive and N.C. 50 in Garner. Park in the rear of the church and look for the OA signs. Call Sherylyn at 919-779-6392 or Regina at 919-614-3425 for more information.