Free HIV testing
Free HIV testing will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the Johnston County Health Department, 517 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. No appointment is necessary.
A trip to Chapel Hill
The Selma Parks and Recreation Department invites adults 55 and older to travel to Chapel Hill on Tuesday, July 30. The group will tour the N.C. Botanical Garden and Morehead Planetarium. The cost is $48 and includes transportation, lunch and admission fees. The deadline to register is Monday, July 1. For more information, call 919-975-1411.
Family Fun Day at Archer Lodge
The Archer Lodge community will celebrate Family Fun Day June 28-29 at the Community Center, 14009 Buffalo Road. Here’s the schedule:
Friday, June 28 – 7 p.m., Little Miss Archer Lodge Pageant and pig cook-off begins.
Saturday, June 29 – 6:30 a.m., registration for road race; 7 a.m., 5K road race and walk; 10:45 a.m., skydivers, weather-permitting; 11 a.m., parade; 11:30 a.m., park opens with inflatables and concessions; noon, cornhole tournament; 1 p.m., bingo; 2 p.m., cakewalk; 3:30 p.m., splashdown; 7:30 p.m., patriotic ceremony with the Army Ground Forces Band; 9:15 p.m., fireworks.
For more information, visit www.archerlodge.org.
A bus trip to Kings Dominion is scheduled for Monday, July 22. The cost is $75 per person and includes transportation and park admission. Children ages 2 and younger get in free. Lunch and dinner are not included. The deadline to register in Monday, July 1. For more information, call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411 or visit www.selma-nc.com.
Discount rabies shots
Throughout June, Clayton Animal Hospital will offer $6 rabies vaccines for cats and dogs. The animal hospital is at 11058 U.S. 70 Business W in Clayton. Proceeds will benefit the Johnston County Animal Protection League. The limit is five pets per owner. For an appointment, which is required, call 919-553-4601.
Mental health class
The Johnston County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold a 10-week class for persons with a mental-health diagnosis. The class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays at Stellar Peer Recovery Center, 440 E. Main St., Clayton. A start date will be set after the roster is filled. For more information, or to register, call 919-601-3762.
The Family Life Center in Smithfield invites young people ages 6-14 to enroll in its summer camp, called Harambee, which uses the principles of Kwanzaa. The camp, with daily activities and lunch, will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 2. The cost is $25 a week. To register, call Dennis Holmes at 919-464-9471.
Team seeks donations, members
The Smithfield Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity is seeking patrons to support or join its team, Kappas Against Kancer, which will take part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The race will be held Monday, July 8, at Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Proceeds will benefit breast-cancer awareness. To join the team or to make a donation, search for Kappas Against Kancer at www.komennctriangle.org and use the password “Kappas.”
The Johnston County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers free weekly support group meetings. One group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays at Mitchener Memorial Baptist Church, 911 Blount St., Smithfield. Another meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at 353 Second St., Clayton. Any adult with a mental-health diagnosis may attend. For more information, call 919-601-3762.
A support group for military mothers will meet for dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Festejos, 905 E. Main St. Clayton. This is an informal support group for mothers who have children serving in the military. For more information, call 919-553-0291.
Operation Helping Hand
Operation Helping Hand is seeking churches and civic groups to help needy Smithfield citizens. Groups can help in a variety of ways, including medical and financial aid, minor construction, and household repairs and yard cleanup. For more information, call Brent Reck at 919-934-2116 or email email@example.com.
Smithfield Parks and Recreation
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled the following events at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. For more information, email Kristin Sasser at firstname.lastname@example.org Tiffany Pearson at email@example.com.
Summer camps – Weeklong camps for children ages 5-12, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekly through Aug. 9. Each week will offer swimming, sports and outdoor play. Children must bring two snacks, lunch, a swimsuit and a towel. The cost is $100 per week for Smithfield residents and $125 per week for nonresidents. Early drop-off and late pickup are available for an extra $25 per week.
Senior club – The Smithfield Sterling Silvers Senior Club meets at 10:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month. The club is for adults ages 55 and older, and membership dues are $12 a year.
Pottery camp – A pottery camp for children ages 8-15 is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon July 15-18. The cost is $85 for residents and $100 for nonresidents. The materials fee is $20.
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