Community Notes: Dec. 8

December 6, 2013 


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 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.


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.

Hope and Restoration Pathways is offering a free addiction recovery support group at 501 Gateway Drive, Suite 101, Clayton. To register, visit or call 919-793-6445.

Johnston County

Hospice of Wake County is seeking volunteers to serve patients and families in Johnston County. The next training will take place in March 2014. For more information, visit or call Lori Mayhue-Brown at 919-828-0890.

The High Riders 4-H horse club will hold its fourth annual open house and Christmas celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at 12490 Buffalo Road, Clayton. The club will offer take-home crafts for children, horse and pony rides for all ages and refreshments. For more information, call 919-523-2287.

The ninth annual holiday celebration for children and adults with developmental disabilities is seeking donations of gifts and money. Suggested items include toys, books, DVDs, CDs, games, crafts, jewelry, cologne, sports equipment, local college sports items, posters, electronics and gift cards. The greatest need is for gifts for adult males. The celebration will take place Dec. 14. To donate, call Jill Carpenter at 919-553-4031 no later than Dec. 9.

The Johnston County chapter of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Golden Corral on East Market Street near Interstate 95 in Smithfield. The group will elect and install officers for 2014. Those attending are asked to bring a gift for exchange and food items for Johnston County food banks.

Got an overdue book but don’t want to pay the fine? From Dec. 9 through Dec. 18, the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield will accept canned and boxed food items as payment for fines. One nonperishable item will count as one dollar toward library fines. All donations will benefit local food pantries.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer a class in how to deal with mental illness in loved ones. The class will start the last week in January, with the location announced once the roster has been filled. To reserve a space, call 919-601-3762.

The Johnston County Red Cross is seeking volunteers to respond after house fires and provide emergency services to victims, including money for hotels, food, clothing and medication replacement. For more information, call 919-719-1703.

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.

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 National Alliance on Mental Illness offers two weekly support groups for people with a mental health diagnosis. One meeting is in Clayton; the other is in Smithfield. For meeting times and locations, call 919-601-3762.

WIC provides healthy food, health referrals, breastfeeding support and nutrition information for women with children under 5, or who are pregnant or breastfeeding. For more information, visit


Bingo play for adults 55 and older is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at McDonald’s on U.S. 70 near Interstate 95 in Selma. Play is free, with prizes awarded. For more information, call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411.


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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