Community Notes: Feb. 2

January 31, 2014 

Archer Lodge

Through Feb. 14, the Archer Lodge Community Center is registering children ages 4-10 for spring baseball. For more information, visit www.archerlodge.org.

The Archer Lodge Community Center will hold its next park cleanup at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves and yard tools.

Benson

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 helenwsmith@aol.com.

Clayton

A head-shaving event to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is scheduled for noon Saturday, March 22, at The Flipside, 408 E. Second St., Clayton. The foundation supports research seeking cures for childhood cancers. To register, visit www.stbaldricks.org/events/clayton2014. For more information, call 919-235-8474.

A Daddy-Daughter Dance is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Tickets are $40 per group. They’re available at Annie V’s Florist, 111 Barbour St., Clayton, and at G.I, Joe’s Army Surplus, 10581 U.S. 70 Business, Clayton. For more information, call 919-333-6807.

The Clayton Town Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, in the council chambers at town hall, 111 E. Second St. The council will hear an update on the former Red & White grocery store building.

The Color Spectacular, a fun run for all ages, will take place Saturday, April 12, at Portofino, 25 Paraggi Court, Clayton. Proceeds will benefit the Johnston County Partnership for Children. For more information, visit c olorspectacular.com.

A multiple sclerosis support group meets the third Tuesday of each month at The Church at Clayton Crossings, 11407 U.S. 70 West, Clayton. Meetings are at 11 a.m. For more information, email JHowell2000@earthlink.net.

An information session on the Affordable Care Act is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the JMI Worship Center, 11155 U.S. 70 Business, Clayton. The forum will answer questions about the health-care law. To register, call 919-633-3016 or visit jministriesinc.org. The deadline to register is Feb. 5.

Cooper High School memorabilia is on display this month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. A reception is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. Tickets are $20. For more information, 919-291-0162.

Cleveland

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.

Kenly

“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 gayle@tobaccofarmlifemseum.org.

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.

A class in basic computer skills will begin Feb. 5 at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through Feb. 21. The class is free for the unemployed, the working poor and those who have received notice of a layoff. For more information, call Danielle Hussey at 919-209-2042 or e-mail dphussey@johnstoncc.edu.

A class titled “Skills for a New Career” will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 4-7 at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. The class will introduce social networking and online applications. It will include a self-assessment. The class is free for the unemployed, the working porr and those who have received notice of a layoff. For more information, call Danielle Hussey at 919-209-2042 or e-mail dphussey@johnstoncc.edu

Johnston County

Harbor Inc. will hold its 2014 Valentine’s Ball Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Country Club of Johnston County, 694 Country Club Road, Smithfield. The event will feature a silent auction, dinner and dancing to the music of The Central Park Band. For ticket information, call 919-938-3566.

A town hall meeting with Johnston County’s delegation in the N.C. General Assembly is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Kenly Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. The following are scheduled to attend: Sen. Brent Jackson, Buck Newton and Ronald Rabin and Reps. James H. Langdon, Jr., Leo Daughtry and William Brisson.A second meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, on the Cleveland campus of Johnston Community College, 9046 Cleveland Road.

The Johnston County Tourism Authority will meet at noon Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 235-A E. Market St., Smithfield.

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 cameron@ccanc.org 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.

Selma

Bingo play for adults 55 and older is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Selma McDonald’s, 335 U.S. 70, Selma. Play is free, with prizes awarded. For more information, call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411.

Through March 14, the Harrison Gym is open to walkers from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays. The gym is at 601 W. Noble St.

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.

Smithfield

Day camps for children ages 5-12 are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, and Friday, March 28, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Those are scheduled teacher workdays in the Johnston County schools. Children will need to bring their swimsuit, snack and lunch. The cost is $20 for Smithfield residents and $22 for nonresidents, with registration and payment due the Wednesday before the camp day. Call 919-934-1408 for more information.

A St. Patrick’s Day pool party is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Admission is half of a regular day pass. For more information, call 919-934-2148.

A charity wrestling event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The main event will feature former WWE and WCW star Shane “Hurricane” Helms of Smithfield. H is tag-team partner will be former WWE star Matt Hardy of the Hardy Boyz. Tickets are $10 and $15, with a portion of proceeds going to the Autisim Society of North Carolina and the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center. For more information, or purchase tickets, visit www.OmegaChampionship.com.

The AARP is assisting elderly and low-income taxpayers with their tax returns. Through April 12, hours are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays at Johnston County Community and Senior Services, 1363 W. Market St., Smithfield. For an appointment, call 919-934-6066.

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 info@sraconline.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 Valentine’s Day together. The cost is $15 per child. For more information, call 919-934-1408 or email tpearson-parks@ncrrbiz.com.

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