Community Notes: Jan. 26

January 24, 2014 


A blood drive is scheduled from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the American Legion building on U.S. 301 north of downtown Benson. For an appointment, call 919-894-4261 or 919-632-0783 or email


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.

Health Department

The Johnston County Health Department has scheduled the following classes. For more information, call 919-989-5200.

Living Healthy With Diabetes – 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 11, 18 and 25 and March 4, 11 and 18. Topics include nutrition, preventing low blood sugar, stress management, preventing complications, skin care, and fitness and exercise.

Parenting – 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 12 and 19. Topics include immunizations, first aid, dental care, car-seat safety, and child development and discipline.

Stop smoking – 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 27; April 3, 10, 17, 22 and 24; and May 1 and 8.

Childbirth – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 13, 14 and 17. Topics include relaxation, breathing techniques, medication, self-care and methods of childbirth. The class includes a tour of the Johnston Health Women’s Pavilion.


“Breakfast with the Commissioner,” a benefit for the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, is scheduled for 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in the Holshouser Building on the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The cost is $20 per person. To reserve your seat, call 919-284-3431 or email

Johnston Community College

A manicurist class will begin Feb. 17 in Room C1116 in the Wilson Building at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. The class will meet from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday through June 30. The cost is $180. The class provides instruction and clinical practice in manicuring, application and maintenance of artificial nails, and pedicuring. To register, call Jennifer Wells, director of cosmetology programs, at 919-209-2107.

Johnston County

The Coastal Conservation Association of Johnston County will hold its 20th annual banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The banquet will feature food, raffles, prizes, and silent and live auctions for numerous items, including international fishing trips and artwork by Carey Chen and others. To purchase tickets, email Cameron Wright at or call 919-781-3474.

The Johnston County Chapter of the National Association of Retired and Active Federal Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Golden Corral on East Market Street near Interstate 95 in Smithfield. Dale O’Neil will speak about Alzheimer’s education and research.


A program for caregivers is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Princeton Church of God, 6085 U.S. 70, Princeton. The program will feature presentations from a social worker, an infection preventionist and a home-care nurse. Admission is free.


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 pickleball workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Next year, the Johnston County Senior Games will add pickleball, which combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. To register, call 919-934-1408.

The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center invites children and their moms to swim and play in the SRAC’s splash park from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays starting in February. The cost is $5 for mom and one child; each additional child is $3. The SRAC is at 600 Booker Dairy Road.

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

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