A 10-week gardening class will begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. A $20 materials fee is payable to the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service; otherwise, the class is free. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
A Bowling Extravaganza is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at Rainbow Lanes, 850 N.C. 42 West, Clayton. The cost to enter is $20 for three games of handicap doubles, two players per team. Proceeds will go to Serve the Need in Johnston County. The charity builds ramps and makes small house repairs for the elderly and disabled, delivers food to the needy and awards a scholarship to a Johnston Community College students. To sign up, call Rainbow Lanes at 919-553-4386 or Tom Ricks at 919-333-8399.
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. The next “Pizza & Painting” is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Clayton Center for Active Aging. The cost is $28. 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 Johnston County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. A representative of Bailey Bee Supply in Raleigh will talk about trends in beekeeping equipment and supplies. For more information, visit jocobee.org.
The Clayton Yellow Jackets, a camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the fellowship hall at Powhatan Original Free Will Baptist Church, 3468 Powhatan Road, Clayton. Byron Brady will speak on the “Escape Route of John Wilkes Booth.” Admission is free.
The Democratic Women of Johnston County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in the fellowship hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 Second St. Todd Johnston, director of the Johnston County Heritage Center, will talk about the center, which is currently celebrating Black History Month.
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.
Johnston Community College is celebrating Black History Month. A Black Business Expo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the lobby of the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road. A Gospel Fest is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, in the auditorium. Admission is free. For more information about JCC Black History Month events, call Della McMillian at 919-464-2282 or Doris Edwards at 919-209-2539.
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.
Bingo play for adults 55 and older is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at McDonald’s on U.S. 70 near Interstate 95 in Selma. Play is free, with prizes awarded.
The Selma Parks and Recreation Department invites children ages 3-7 to spend March 7 with “Frozen” character 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, and the deadline to register is Feb. 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 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.