Community Notes: Jan. 5

January 3, 2014 


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.

•  Line dance – 1 p.m. Tuesdays. The Benson Parks and Recreation Department teaches beginner line dancing.

•  Yarn class – 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Beginner classes.

•  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 and the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department are joining forces to offer three classes in the new year for adults 60 and older.

A class in watercolor and acrylic painting will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $5; students must purchase their own supplies.

Jewelry making will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $9.

A class in computer basics will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

To register for a class, call the Clayton Center for Active Aging at 919-553-4350.

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will offer shag lessons this month. Starting Jan. 8, a class will meet from 7: 30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays for four weeks. The cost is $40 per person. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

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 or call 919-793-6445.

Johnston County

The Johnston Soil and Water Conservation District is taking tree-seedling orders through Wednesday, Feb. 12. Available are loblolly pine, crepe myrtle, Eastern red cedar, Eastern redbud, black walnut and willow oak. The pines are $10 per bundle of 25; all other trees are $10 per bundle of 10. To place an order, call 919-934-7156, Ext. 3.

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

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 helps 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.


A forum on sports programming for young people is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at the MDS Center, 206 Skyland Drive, Smithfield.

“As members of the Johnston County community, we recognize the need to increase local support for children, specifically as it relates to their participation in organized sports programs,” said David Moore, an organizer of the forum. “To address our concerns surrounding this matter, we would like to hold a forum to gather feedback from parents and other community members.”

Moore said the organizers will raffle gift cards to Lowe’s and Walmart. To attend the forum, call him at 336-403-7348 or email

Helping and Heal Hearts serves a free breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday at 308 N. Fourth St. in Smithfield. The bag breakfast include a sausage sandwich, egg and pastry.

A Martin Luther King Jr. celebration is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Rodney O. Anderson will speak. Anderson spent 33 years in the Army, most recently as Army Force Management in Washington, D.C. The following groups will perform: the Sensation Nightingales of Durham, Jeff Patterson & Company of Parkton, Michael Boykin and The Mighty Voices of Clinton, The Hendley Brothers of Fayetteville and The New Spiritual Messengers of Selma.

The Johnston Community College arboretum will offer two workshops this month.

“Bees, Birds and Butterflies” will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10. Learn how to create an attractive garden that will attract bees, birds and butterflies. The cost is $25.

“Nature Drawing for Those Who Cannot Draw” will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23. Students will learn to draw landscapes using the stippling technique. The cost is $35.

To register for either workshop, call Misty Hawk at 919-209-2517.

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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