The Benson Center for Active Aging, formerly the Benson Senior Center, offers a variety of programs for adults 60 and older. The center is at 1204 N. Johnston St. For more information about the following programs, call 919-894-2370.
• SilverSneakers fitness program – 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. SilverSneakers is the nation’s leading exercise program designed exclusively for older adults.
• Book club – 1 p.m. Mondays. Currently reading “The Showdowy Horses” by Susanna Kearsley.
• Line dance – 1 p.m. Tuesdays. The Benson Parks and Recreation Department teaches beginner line dancing.
• Yarn class – 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Beginner classes. Currently making baby hats for Rex Healthcare.
• Computer class – 1 p.m. Thursdays. Beginner computer classes.
• Walking club – 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
• Billiards club – 2 p.m. Tuesdays.
A cardio dance to benefit Claws Inc. is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at DPM Studios, 468 E. Second St., Clayton. Admission is a three-pack of paper towels or one container of wipes. Claws Inc. is a wildlife-rehabilitation center. For more information, call 919-655-5346.
An open house and client-appreciation event are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Clayton Animal Hospital, 11058 U.S. 70 Business West, Clayton. The event will feature a tour of the new hospital facility, child-friendly activities and demonstrations, entertainment, free food, raffles, pet-related vendors and pet adoption events through the Johnston County Animal Protection League and Carolina Pet Rescue.
The Clayton Center for Active Aging has volunteer opportunities in basic computer instruction, insurance counseling and front desk duties. For more information, call 919-553-4350.
A s hoebox-packing party to benefit Operation Christmas Child is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at The Clubhouse, 25 Paraggi Court, Clayton. For more information, or to volunteer, call 740-603-8655.
The Johnston County Republican Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Festejos, 905 E. Main St., Clayton. Bob Muller, Seventh District Republican Party chairman, will speak. For more information, call 919-255-0990.
Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action offers free energy audits to eligible residents in Johnston, Lee and Harnett counties. The department conducts audits to determine if ventilation repairs are needed or if refrigerators need replacing. Also, staff check attic insulation and floor and attic sealing. For eligibility information, call 919-934-2145.
“Chill Your Bill,” a free seminar on how to conserve energy in the home, is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. To register, call 919-989-5380.
The Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service is selling fruit and nut trees. For sale this year are apple, blueberry, fig, grape, blackberry, pear, persimmon, peach, pecan and pawpaw. The deadline to place an order is Nov. 8. For more information, call 919-989-5380.
The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield is seeking “architects” for the upcoming Gingerbread House Festival. The library will accept entries until 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in the following categories: family, birth to age 5; youth, ages 6-12; teen, ages 13-17; adult, ages 18 and older; and culinary professional.
Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action offers the Individual Development Account, a financial literacy program that help participants build a savings account toward home ownership. The program provides clients with 21 hours of financial literacy and eight hours of homebuyer education. It matches savings accounts 4:1. To learn more, call 919-934-2145.
The tenth annual Festival of Trees, presented by Keep Johnston County Beautiful, will open at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Johnston Medical Mall on North Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield. The event will run until noon Saturday, Dec. 14. The festival is a display of 55 decorated Christmas trees. Live performances by school and church choirs, soloists and other music and dance groups take place throughout the festival. Also on the schedule this year are a cookie baking contest at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, and a Christmas tree raffle on Saturday, Dec. 14. For more information, visit www.JCFestivalOfTrees.com.
Southland Car Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Golden Corral on East Market Street near Interstate 95 in Smithfield. The club is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enjoyment classic cars. Guests and prospective members are welcomed; ownership of a classic car is not required.
A “Dress for Success” event is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. This event will provide career-development tools and professional interview attire to help with the transition from college to career. The event is open to students and those seeking to update their interview skills and wardrobe. For more information, call Marlena Everett at 919-209-2588 or Kate Leahy at 919-209-2115.
Sounds of Hope, a gospel music group, will perform at 6 p.m Sunday, Nov. 3, at Smithfield First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1000 Wilsons Mills Road, Smithfield. Admission is free; the church will collect an offering for the group.
An Economic Empowerment Summit is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at First Missionary Baptist Church, 403 Caswell St., Smithfield. Sponsored by Durham-based Generations Community Credit Union, the event is designed to prompt a discussion on the history of economic disparity, economic policies and legislation and a commitment to taking action.
“There is a biblical response to this challenge of economic inequality, and we will make the case for cooperative economics,” said the Rev. Sterling Freeman, pastor of First Missionary. “We will propose the development of a credit union to serve Johnston County and contiguous counties.”
The Johnston County Scrabble Group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays at Market Street Cafe, 227 E. Market St., Smithfield. Play is free, and all skill levels are welcome.
Johnston County Fireman’s Day will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Rose Manor Shopping Center, 1600 W. Market St., Smithfield. Proceeds will go to Ray Workman and Shane Austin, two firefighters who are battling cancer.
The even will feature food, live music, children’s games, door prize, a car and truck show and a 50/50 raffle.
The following competitions will be open to the public:
• Chili Cook-Off: $50 per cook, and cook must furnish all supplies. Judging will take place at 2 p.m.
• Cornhole tournament: $20 per team, with boards furnished.
These games are for firefighter crews:
• Midnight Alarm: The cost is $20 per team, and departments must furnish this own gear.
• Team Hose Lay: $20 per team, with truck supplied.
• Bucket Brigade, $20 per team.
• Command Post or Water Fight Barrel Roll: $20 per team. Game to be determined based on equipment needs.
• Tug of War: $20 per team.
For more information, or to register for a competition, call Todd Moore at 919-669-7964 or email toddmooreNC@aol.com.
A book sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. The sale will feature books and materials. Hardcovers will sell for $1, paperbacks for 50 cents. For more information, call 919-934-8146, Ext. 3.
A Princess Tea Party is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Girls ages 2-5 will take part in princess activities, drink tea and eat treats. The cost is $15. For more information, call 919-934-2148.
The Smithfield Appearance Commission is seeking donations to its Donate a Tree Program, which plants crepe myrtles in town. A $50 donation pays to purchase, plant and care for a tree. A plaque on Town Hall Park recognizes donors. For more information, call 919-938-2083 and leave a message, or stop by town hall on Market Street and pick up a brochure.
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