Community Notes: Jan. 22

January 20, 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.


The Clayton Newcomers and Neighbors Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Clayton Woman’s 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. It’s 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

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.

Alo, the Center for Active Aging offers a variety of 30-minute exercise programs at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Separately, an afternoon walk is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Clayton Community Park on Amelia Church Road.

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.

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 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.

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.

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. 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 Department has scheduled the following events. For more information, call 919-975-1411.

•  The Parks and Recreation Department invites adults 55 and older to travel to Greensboro’s 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 Valentine’s 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.


A financial-recovery workshop is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action, 1102 Massey St., Smithfield.

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

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 Valentine’s Day together. The cost is $15 per child. For more information, call 919-934-1408 or email

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.

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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