Trojan Challenge 5K moved to May 16
South Johnston High School has changed the dates of the Trojan Challenge 5K, a 5K obstacle course run. The event will now be held on May 16 at 9 a.m. on the school campus. The entry fee is $15 or $10 for students. Funds will benefit the South Johnston track and field programs. To register, visit the South Johnston High office for a form or contact Megan Jones at email@example.com.
Mudcats National Anthem tryouts are March 28
The Carolina Mudcats will hold tryouts for National Anthem singers at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, at Five County Stadium. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the event ends at noon. All singers, including solo acts or groups, who would like to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” before a Mudcats’ game this season are required to attend. All auditions must be preformed a capella and on the field at Five County Stadium. There is no age requirement. For more info, contact Beckie Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-269-2287.
T-ball at Flowers Plantation
T-ball at Flowers Plantation for ages 4-6 starts April 11 and online registration is now open. The fee is $45, sibling discounts are available and membership is not required to participate. Registration closes April 3. Contact Tracy Condie at 919-553-1984 or email@example.com for more info.
Piranha swim team tryouts
The Flowers Plantation swim team will hold tryouts on May 16. The season starts Memorial Day and ends in July. The recreational league team fosters fun, friendship and an opportunity to enjoy casual competitive swimming. Contact Tracy Condie at 919-553-1984 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Real Heroes Wrestling Club
Local high school wrestling coach Kristian Stewart is resuming the Real Heroes Wrestling Club in Johnston County. The club is for kids of all ages interested in amateur wrestling in N.C. Wrestling Association and other regional events. The club will meet at Corinth Holders High School. For info, contact Stewart at 919- or email@example.com or 919-365-4344.
Wiffle ball tourney to benefit American Heart Association
North Carolina Heart & Vascular will hold a benefit wiffle ball tournament to raise money for the American Heart Association at Kenly Park on Saturday, March 21. The entry fee is $60 per team. All proceeds will benefit the AHA. For info or to register, Jessica Holland at 919-429-0531 or 919-734-0033.
USGA Rules of Golf Seminars
The Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) will hold its annual USGA Rules of Golf seminars in March. Area seminars will be held on March 11 at Hope Valley Country Club in Durham and on March 18 at Carolina Country Club in Raleigh. The seminars are free of charge to attendees, who will view a narrated computer presentation on the basics of the Rules of Golf followed by question and answer sessions. Seminars typically last between two hours. A free 2012-15 USGA Rules of Golf book will be distributed to all participants, and information on the Carolinas Golf Association will be available. Seminar attendees are encouraged to register at carolinasgolf.org/2015-seminars. Info: 910-673-1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Turkey Hunting Seminar
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation will offer free turkey hunting seminars across the state in March and April. The seminars, which will be conducted on introductory and advanced levels, will be held from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at eight locations throughout the state. They are open on a first-come, first-serve basis to all ages, although participants 16 years and younger will need parental permission to register. The introductory seminars are designed for novice hunters or those who have never hunted turkey and would like to learn more. Topics will include biology, hunting methods, calls and decoys, firearms and ammo selection, camouflage clothing, and turkey cleaning and cooking techniques. The advanced seminars are for experienced turkey hunters. They will focus on advanced biology, and more complex hunting tactics, calls and decoys. Advanced seminars also will include tips and strategies for dealing with stubborn, hard-to-hunt gobblers. A local seminar will be held at N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus Center on March 17 (advanced). Registration is required before the events at ncwildlife.org/sbs, or by contacting Casey Williams at 919-707-0202 or email@example.com.
5K race training
Flowers Plantation’s Spring Couch to 5K will help participants train for a 5K race in a fun and supportive group. Registration covers group runs, informational sessions, training shirt, and entry into the annual Clayton Road Race 5K on May 9. Info: flowersplantation.com or Tracy Condie at 919-553-1984.
Red Cross Lifeguard Training
Four sessions of American Red Cross Lifeguard Training will be held at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center. Participants must be at least 15 years old, pass a pre-course swim test and attend all class sessions in full. The pre-course swim test includes a 300-yard swim with rhythmic breathing and breath control using freestyle or the breaststroke, a two-minute water tread using only your legs, and a distance swim after retrieving a brick in nine feet of water. The fee for the pre-course is $25. The class fee is $175-200. Classes are set for four days (including 20 hours of instruction) March 22-29, April 26 - May 3 and May 11-17. Sessions cannont be mixed. For times and other information, call 919-934-2148.
Swim lessons at The Club at Flowers Plantation
Private and group swim lessons are available at The Club at Flowers Plantation. Info: flowersplantation.com or Tracy Condie at 919-553-1984.
Piedmont Bass Classics tournaments
The Piedmont Bass Classics tournament trail fishing tournaments have been set for the season. Events are held at Shearon Harris, Jordan, Kerr, Falls and Mayo lakes. Visit piedmontbassclassics.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
2015 Horse Show Series
The Johnston County Horse Show Series offers fun and exciting shows while still maintaining a down home atmosphere that encourages family participation. The shows, mostly held at the Johnston County Livestock Arena near Smithfield, are open shows that welcome riders and horses/mules from all riding levels, breeds and disciplines. JCHSS offers classes in Halter, Western, Working Western, Hunters & Jumping, Dressage Suitability, Trail, Miniature equines, Driving and English. Classes are placed through eighth place with 21 championship divisions per show. Show dates for 2015 are April 11, May 31, June 27, Sept. 19, Oct. 31 and Nov. 14. A three-day show is also set for Aug. 7-9 at the Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh. A negative coggins test within one year is required. Info: visit blaine-mclaughlin-stables.com or contact Michelle McLaughlin at 919-934-1344 or email@example.com.
Horse Show Clinic set for March
The 2015 Johnston County Horse Show Clinic will be held March 28 at the Johnston County Livestock Arena. The event will include show coaching and class clinics in eight areas. The cost is $10 per session. Each session will be limited to the first 10 participants to sign up. For a registration form or info: visit blaine-mclaughlin-stables.com or contact Michelle McLaughlin at 919-934-1344 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local rugby club expanding
The Clayton Copperheads Youth Rugby program will add a high school team in Johnston County this coming year. The organization offers youth rugby teams for ages 5-18 as well as adult teams. The season will begin in February. For info, visit claytonrugby.com or contact Pat Cunningham at email@example.com or 919-631-1633.
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