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 nations 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.
The Clayton Newcomers and Neighbors Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Clayton Womans Club building, 109 Church St. Judy Hoffman will speak on How to Deal Effectively With Angry People.
The Clayton Lions Club, formed in 2007, has found a new meeting place. Its Festejos Mexican Grill and Bar, 905 E. Main St. Clayton. The club, which welcomes new members, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month. To learn more, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Zaxbys, 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 firstgiving.com/sonc/zaxbys-polar-plunge.
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 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 pancake breakfast is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Applebees, 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.
The Ruby Tuesday restaurants in Smithfield and the Cleveland community are taking part in a fundraiser for Johnston Community College. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, when diners present a GiveBack flyer to their server, the restaurant will donate 20 percent of the meal cost to JCC. Fliers are available at the information desk and in the JCC Foundation office on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road. Also, the flyer can be printed at johnstoncc.edu/pdfs/RT2014.pdf. The Smithfield restaurant is at 119 Industrial Park Drive. The Cleveland community restaurant is at 65 Son-Lan Parkway.
The Johnston County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The program will include training and certification in EpiPen use. Also, Rick Coor will provide an update from the N.C. State Beekeepers Association. The Johnston association will raffle a complete hive.
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.
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. 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 Micro Community Watch meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Micro Fire Department, 321 U.S. 301, Micro. For more information, call 919-284-2572.
The Selma Parks and Recreation has scheduled the following events. For more information, call 919-975-1411.
• Bingo play for adults 55 and older is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Selma McDonalds, 335 U.S. 70. Play is free, with prizes awarded.
• The Parks and Recreation Department invites adults 55 and older to travel to Greensboros Barn Dinner Theater on March 14 for a performance of Church Basement Ladies: A Second Helping. The cost is $75 and includes transportation, dinner and the performance. The deadline to register is Friday, Jan. 24.
• The department invites adults 55 and older to celebrate Valentines Day with desserts and games on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The cost is $10, and the deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 3.
• A Princess Party for girls ages 3-6 will be held Saturday, Feb. 15. Dress as your favorites princess or wear a party dress for an afternoon of crafts, cupcake decorating and games. The cost is $10, and the deadline to register is Friday, Jan. 31.
The 17th annual Daddy-Daughter Dance is scheduled from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Fathers and their daughters ages 3-16 will enjoy music, appetizers and a daddy-daughter photo. The cost is $45 for Smithfield residents and $50 for nonresidents. Each additional daughter is $5. Registration and payment are due by Feb. 10. To reserve your space, email email@example.com.
Child care will be available from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. While at the SRAC, children will do crafts, decorate cookies and watch a movie, giving their parents a chance to spend Valentines Day together. The cost is $15 per child. For more information, call 919-934-1408 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The East Smithfield Improvement Organization will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Mt. Zion Church of Deliverance, 908 South Ave., Smithfield.
A Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at St. Peters 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 includes 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.
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