Community Notes: Dec. 15

December 15, 2013 

Benson

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.

Clayton

Through Dec. 24, Bonnie Burns State Farm in Clayton is collecting winter clothing for the needy. The agency, located at 11446 U.S. 70 Business, is seeking drop-off donations of coats, gloves, hats, scarves, thick socks and other winter apparel. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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 offers a free addiction recovery support group at 501 Gateway Drive, Suite 101, Clayton. To register, visit www.HarpCares.org 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 hospiceofwake.org/vol or call Lori Mayhue-Brown at 919-828-0890.

Got an overdue book but don’t want to pay the fine? 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 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.

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.

Selma

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.

Smithfield

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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