Smithfield: Community

Community Notes: March 8


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.

Pajama story time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, at the Mary Duncan Public Library, 100 W. Main St., Benson.


The third annual Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics is scheduled for noon Saturday, March 14, at Zaxby’s, 2857 U.S. 70 Business West, Clayton. Take a plunge for $50, or dip your toe in the water for $20. To learn more, call Derrick Thompson at 919-622-0784 or email him a

Bike rides to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Johnston County will take place Saturday, April 18, at The Club of Flowers Plantation, 120 Flowers Parkway, Clayton. Here’s the registration scheduled: 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 For more information, call Tracy Condie at 919-553-1984 or email her at

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 Chuch. To learn more, call Denny Headington at 843-907-02727.

The Clayton Center for Active Aging has scheduled the following trips: March 10, “Starring North Carolina” exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History, $17; 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

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

Johnston County

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 Republican Party will hold its 2015 precinct meetings and county convention at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the county courthouse, 207 E. Johnston St., Smithfield. Registration begins at 5:45 p.m.

The Johnston Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield.

The Moccasin Creek Service District Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, 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 or email at

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 or visit


A public meeting on proposed improvements to U.S. 70 intersections near Princeton is scheduled from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the Princeton Town Hal, 503 Dr. Donnie H. Jones Blvd. The DOT proposes to make improvements to the U.S. 70 intersections with Martin Livestock Road and Pondfield Road. At the meeting, DOT representatives will be available to answer questions about the projects and receive comments. Written comments or questions can be submitted at the meeting or to DOT officer Diane Wilson at 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699. The deadline for written comments is Tuesday, March 24. Maps of the proposed projects are online at


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.

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