Community Notes: Jan. 15

January 13, 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.

•  Mexican train dominoes – 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24.


Cooper Spirit Night is scheduled from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Lucky Chicken, 312 E. Main St., Clayton. The restaurant will offer a quarter-chicken, two sides and a sald for $6.99. Diners can also order from the menu. Twenty percent of sales will go to Cooper Elementary School.

The second annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Zaxby’s, 12857 U.S. 70 Business West, Clayton. The restaurant invites individuals and teams to seek pledges and then take a dip in a pool that Zaxby's will set up in its parking lot. To learn more, visit

The Clayton Center for Active Aging is offering an Gingham embroidery class at 1 p.m. Thursdays at 303 Dairy Road, Clayton. The class is free to adults 60 and older. For more information, call 919-553-4350.

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.


A pancake breakfast is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Applebee’s, 5158 N.C. 42 West in the Cleveland community. The cost is $7 per plate, with proceeds going to the Clayton High School Performing Arts Booster Club. To purchase advance tickets, call 919-760-7197. Also, tickets will be available at the door.

The Memory Lane Car Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Golden Corral, 60 Son-Lan Parkway in the Cleveland community. The club welcomes owners of old and classic cars and car enthusiasts. For more information, call Ken Wendel at 919-815-6148.

Johnston County

The Democratic Women of Johnston County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in the fellowship hall at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 218 S. Second St., Smithfield. Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy NC, will speak.

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.

Johnston Health has put together an information session with presentations from a social worker, an infection preventionist and a home-care nurse. The sessions are designed to help those who are taking care of loved ones at home.

The session will take place on the following dates: Jan. 16 at First Baptist Church, 411 N. Fayetteville St., Clayton; Jan. 21 at Benson United Methodist Church, 205 E. Church St., Benson; Jan. 23 in the Johnston Medical Mall on North Bright Leaf Boulevard, Smithfield; and Jan. 30 at Princeton Church of God, 6085 U.S. 70, Princeton. All sessions will begin at 6 p.m. Admission is free.


A Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at St. Peter’s Church of Christ, 1011 Massey St., Smithfield. Haywood T. Gray will speak. He is executive secretary and treasurer of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. During the program, the Johnston African American Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance will present the Bishop F.J. Matthews Distinguished Service Award. For more information contact Dr. J.B. Woodhouse at 919 965-6760.

Helping and Healing 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 the following workshop this month.

“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, 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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