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Community Calendar: Church plans yard sale fundraiser

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Church plans yard sale fundraiser

FOUR OAKS — Bethel Original Free Will Baptist Church, 3168 N.C. 96 S., will hold a yard sale from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 to benefit its youth fund. Free breakfast will be available while supplies last.

Allen family to hold reunion

BENSON — The descendants of James Henry and Lucy Hawkins Allen will gather on Sunday, Aug. 11, at the American Legion Building on U.S. 301 North. The doors will open at 10:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 1 p.m. For more information, call 919-631-0135.

School supply giveaway slated

BENSON — Beulah Baptist Church, 3140 N.C. 242 S., will give away backpacks filled with school supplies following a noon hot dog lunch on Sunday, Aug. 11.

School-age children who wish to participate can receive tickets for a backpack by attending Sunday school at 10 a.m. and/or the worship service at 11 a.m. After lunch, all youths who have tickets will receive the backpacks.

Batten family reunion planned

MICRO — The children of Ransom and Elizabeth Parrish Batten will hold their family reunion at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11 in the Micro First Baptist Church fellowship building. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish. For more information, call Iris H. Sullivan at 919-634-9064.

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.

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

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.

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.

Register online at For more information, email

COMMUNITY CALENDAR listings are published free of charge as a public service of the Johnstonian News. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. Friday for the following Wednesday’s edition. Email listings to with “Community Calendar” in the subject line.