A Veterans Day parade will step off at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, on Main Street in downtown Benson. A brief ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Singing Grove on Main Street. Food and fellowship in the Singing Grove will follow the parade. To take part in the parade, call Dennis Eason at 919-894-5700 or Town Manager Matt Zapp at 9129-894-1606.
The Benson Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the annual Christmas Parade, which will be held Friday, Dec. 6. To secure an application, visit www.benson-chamber.com or call 919-894-3825.
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 Shadowy 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.
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 Red Cross is seeking volunteers to respond to house fires and provide emergency services to victims, including money for hotels, food, clothing and medication replacement. For more information, call 919-719-1703.
Operation Christmas Child is gearing up in Johnston County. From Nov. 18 through Nov. 25, donors can drop off gift-filled shoe boxes at the follow locations:
• The Church at Clayton Crossings, 11407 U.S. 70 Business West, Clayton. Hours are 4-7 p.m. Nov. 18-21; 9:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 22; noon-2 p.m. Nov. 23; 1:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 24; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 25.
• Beulah Hill Christian Church, 1701 Keen Road, Four Oaks. Hours are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Nov. 18; 6-9 p.m. Nov. 19-21; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Nov. 22; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 23; 1-8 p.m. Nov. 24; and 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 25.
• Live Oak Baptist Church, 1555 Live Oak Church Road, Selma. Hours are 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 18; 9:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 19; 5-8:30 p.m. Nov. 20; 4-6:30 p.m. Nov. 21; 4:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 22; 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 23; 1:30-6 p.m. Nov. 24; and 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 25.
The Johnston County Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Holt Lake Bar-B-Que & Seafood on U.S. 301 south of Smithfield. The Rev. Sterling E. Freeman, pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church in Smithfield, will speak.
The Turkey Trot at Howell Woods will take place Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, 6601 Devil’s Racetrack Road, Four Oaks. Registration in advance is $20; on race day, it’s $20. Make checks payable to the Johnston Community College Foundation, P.O. Box 2350, Smithfield, N.C. 27577. A 1K kids’ run will take place at 11:30. That entry fee is $10. Proceeds from the Turkey Trot will go to the Michael Foy Smith Memorial Scholarship Endowment.
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.
Turkey shoots are scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 16 and 23 at Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 4269 Cleveland Road, Smithfield. The cost is $4 per shot or six shots for $20. Chili, hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, baked goods and coffee will be for sale. For more information, call 919-989-8121.
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.
A clothing giveaway is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, in the fellowship hall at Selma Baptist Church, 1500 Webb St., Selma. The church will give away clothing for infants, children and adults. Household linens will be available too. For more information, call 919-965-4422.
Free thanksgiving meals will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, at Edgerton Memorial United Methodist Church, 401 W. Anderson St., Selma. For more information, to make a donation or to volunteer, call 919-817-5187.
Bingo play for adults 55 and older is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at McDonald’s, 335 U.S. 70, Selma. Play is free, with prizes awarded. For more information, call 919-975-1411.
The third annual Downtown Smithfield Wine Walk will take place from 5:30 to 7:40 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, starting at Harbor’s Pizazz store, 119 N. Third St., Smithfield. Walkers will taste wines at various businesses downtown. Tickets are $20, with proceeds going to Harbor, which provides aid to victims of rape and domestic violence. For more information, call 919-934-0887 or visit downtownsmithfield.com.
A holiday bazaar is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 16, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 140 E. Market St., Smithfield. The bazaar will offer crafts, casseroles, baked goods, shopping, pecans and more.
The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce will hold its next “Eye Opener” from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Golden Corral, 100 Town Centre Place, Smithfield. CenturyLink representatives will give a brief program on cloud technology and how it can benefit customers. For more information, visit www.smithfieldselma.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 of classic cars. Guests and prospective members are welcomed; ownership of a classic car is not required.
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 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.
The East Smithfield Improvement Organization will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 20, at Mitchener Memorial Baptist Church, 911 Blount St., Smithfield. For more information, call 919-934-6661.
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