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Church revival begins Wednesday

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MICRO — Warren’s Chapel Original Free Will Baptist Church, 5270 U.S. 301 N., will hold revival services beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, Thursday, Aug. 15 and Friday, Aug. 16 with Annie Bradberry of Davis Chapel Church of Lucama as guest speaker.

Nonprofit schedules board meeting

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action board of directors will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 in the conference room at 1102 Massey St.

Church plans back-to-school bash

KENLY — Holly Springs Free Will Baptist Church, 80 Beulah Town Road, will have a back-to-school bash from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 with free crafts, lunch, games, snow cones, a bounce house and water slide. For more information, call 919-284-4579.

Literacy tutor training scheduled

SMITHFIELD — Triangle South Literacy Works will hold new tutor training from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St.

Lunch will be provided. New tutors must be 18 years old, hold a high school diploma or GED and have a passion to help others. For more information or to sign up, call 910-891-4111 or email

River Rat Regatta rescheduled

SMITHFIELD — After storms canceled the second annual Smithfield River Rat Regatta in July, organizers have rescheduled the cardboard boat race for 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.

The race starts at the Front Street Boat Ramp in Smithfield and continues to the U.S. 70 bridge.

Entrants consist of two-person teams in boats that must be constructed entirely from corrugated cardboard, glue and duct tape. There are youth and adult divisions and registration is required at a cost of $25 per team.

Smithfield Parks & Recreation, the Downtown Smithfield Development Corp., the Smithfield Police Department and the Smithfield Fire Department are sponsoring the race, which will also feature food trucks and music from the Justin Kyle Band.

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Vendors sought for craft sale benefit

BENSON — The Benson Center for Active Aging is seeking vendors to participate in an indoor craft and yard sale fundraiser planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.

Vendor spaces are 8 feet by 10 feet. A booth with a table is $25 and space rental for vendors providing their own tables is $20. For more information, call program coordinator Debra Cardone at 919-701-1477.

Nonprofit leadership workshop scheduled

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Nonprofit Alliance will hold a “Building the Capacity to Lead” workshop from 9-11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26 in room 1404 of the Johnston Health Medical Mall, 514 N. Brightleaf Blvd. Bridgette Burge, director of programs for the N.C. Center for Nonprofits, will lead the workshop, which will provide education and industry best practices for nonprofit organizations’ board members and staff.

Admission is free for one representative from each registered, tax-exempt nonprofit in Johnston County. Light morning refreshments will be provided and an optional boxed lunch is available for $8.50. Registration is required and can be completed online via the shortened link

Chamber plans ‘State of the Region’ lunch

SELMA — The Triangle East Chamber of Commerce will hold the 2019 State of the Region luncheon meeting from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at Sysco, 1032 Baugh Road. Attendees will hear updates from Johnston County government, Johnston Community College, Johnston County Public Schools and the towns of Kenly, Princeton, Selma, Smithfield and Wilson’s Mills.

Admission is $15 per person for chamber members and $20 per person for nonmembers. Registration is required and seating is limited. Register online via the shortened link For more information, call 919-934-9166 or email

Gardeners plan beekeeping symposium

SMITHFIELD —The Johnston County Extension Master Gardener volunteers will hold a symposium on “Birds, Bees, Butterflies and Growing a Pollinator Garden” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Johnston County Cooperative Extension office, 2736 N.C. 210.

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