The Benson Mule Days Parade is seeking commercial, nonprofit and political entries. The parade will take place Sept. 28. For more information, or for an application, visit www.bensonmuledays.com or call 919-894-3825.
The Clayton Center for Active Aging, formerly the Clayton Senior Center, is offering the following events, programs and classes. For more information, or to register, visit www.cssjohnston.org or call 919-553-4350.
• 60+ Book Club The group is reading Sara Gruens Water for Elephants at 1 p.m. Fridays at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton.
• Beginner line dance The class meets at 3 p.m. Wednesdays at The Clayton Center for Active Aging, 303 Dairy Road, Clayton.
• 60+ Walking Club The group meets at 8:15 a.m. Thursdays on the walking trail at Clayton Community Park, 1075 Amelia Church Road, Clayton.
• Bridge class The class meets at 1:30 p.m. Fridays at the center.
• Craft fair A craft fair is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the center. Registration for vendor spaces will open Thursday, Aug. 29.
A brunch to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Wagner House, 121 E. Main St., Clayton. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20. Children 6 and younger get in free. In addition to brunch, the fundraiser will offer door prizes, raffles and T-shirts for sale. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Maegan Weeks at 919-880-0037.
Veteran needs help A disabled veteran needs help moving his mobile home from Raleigh to Clayton. He also needs help with land clearing, well and septic systems, electricity, plumbing, and heating and cooling. If you know of reputable companies with a good discount for veterans, email Ronna Jones at email@example.com.
Host an exchange student Clayton Rotary clubs and the Cleveland School Rotary Club are looking for families willing to host exchange students. For more information, call Hensley Scott at 919-553-8132 or email Hensley@NCResidentialRentals.com.
Clayton Area Toastmasters meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive. For more information, call Anthony Allen at 919-585-2098 or visit claytontm.com.
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Miss North Carolina 2013, Johna Edmonds, will read to children and speak to community members about the importance of literacy at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the library at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Registration is required at www.johnstoncc.libguides.com/libraryhome1.
The Capital Area JobLink Career Center at Johnston Community College offers the following job skills programs:
• Mock Interviews Wednesdays; call 919-209-2094 to schedule an appointment.
• Workforce Investment Act Program orientations Tuesdays; call 919-209-2094 to schedule an appointment.
• Getting Started with Computers workshops 2-3 p.m. Mondays; call 919-209-2094 to register.
A golf tournament to benefit the Smithfield Rescue Mission will tee off at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Reedy Creek Golf Course, 585 Reedy Creek Road, Four Oaks. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. The cost is $65 per player and $240 for a team of four. The tournament is also seeking sponsors. For more information, or to register, call Andy Hale at 919-971-4412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Democratic Women of Johnston County will hold its annual Womens Equality Day celebration at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Market Street Coffee and Bakery, 227 E. Market St., Smithfield. Wear a vintage hat to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment. After cupcakes and fellowship, attendees will gather for a group photo on the steps of the Johnston County Courthouse.
The Johnston County Citizens Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Johnston Central Alumni Center, 1102 Massey St., Smithfield.
The Johnston Health Foundation will hold a number of fundraisers this fall.
• A social to benefit Johnston Home Care & Hospice is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Portofino clubhouse in Clayton.
• A golf tournament on Friday, Oct. 11, will offer tee times of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
• The Champions 5K Walk/Run will step off at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.
To learn more about these events, call 919-938-07169.
Narcotics Anonymous offers a number of meetings in Johnston County. The schedule is below. To learn more, visit www.ncregion-na.org or call 1-800-372-5447.
• Benson The Insight Group meets at 7 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Tuesdays in the Youth Center at Benson Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, 105-1/2 E. Morgan St. The Surrender Group meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and 8 p.m. on Saturdays at Benson Baptist Church, 200 W. Church St.
• Clayton A Fresh Start meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at A New Start Treatment Center, 935 Shotwell Road. The Clayton Group meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 111 Lee St. The War is Over meets at 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays at the Peerless Recovery Center, 440 E. Main St.
• Smithfield Genesis Reflection meets at 8 p.m. Mondays and at 7:30 p.m. Fridays. Keep It Simple meets at noon Wednesdays, and Women Do Recover meets at noon Saturdays. Keep It Simple and Women Do Recover meet at 15 Noble St. Genesis Reflections is meeting meets at 40 Durant Road, Wilsons Mills.
• Selma The Last Stop meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays at Edgerton Memorial United Methodist Church, 401 W. Anderson St.
• McGees Crossroads Crossroads to Recovery meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Providence Presbyterian Church, 14664 N.C. 210.
• Wilsons Mills The Journey Begins meets at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at First Missionary Baptist Church, 40 Durant Road.
Civil War symposium North Carolina: A Civil War Symposium will be held Sept. 14-15 at Johnston Community College in Smithfield and at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Saturdays speakers include historians Mark Bradley and Chris Fonvielle. Sunday will include refreshments and a bus tour of Bentonville Battlefield. Tickets range from $25 to $110. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.fobb.net.
Support groups The Johnston County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers free weekly support group meetings. One group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays at Mitchener Memorial Baptist Church, 911 Blount St., Smithfield. Another meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at 353 Second St., Clayton. Any adult with a mental health diagnosis may attend. For more information, call 919-601-3762.
The 50/210 Volunteer Fire Department and its Ladies Auxiliary will hold the annual Firemens Day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the fire station, 50 Greenleaf Road.
Barbecued chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks will be available for purchase. Children can enjoy a bounce house and firefighting simulation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Singer-songwriter Amanda Daughtry will perform from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. A bake sale will begin at 10 a.m., and a silent auction will start at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, call the fire station at 919-894-4763 or visit www.50210fire.com.
Bingo play for adults 55 and older is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at McDonalds, 335 U.S. 70, Selma. Play is free, with prizes awarded. For more information, call 919-975-1411.
The Partnership for Children of Johnston County has scheduled the following parent-education classes at 1406-A S. Pollock St., Selma:
• The Incredible Years Parent program teaches parents skills and strategies to manage challenging behaviors in children. Participants attend weekly group sessions for 14 to 16 weeks to practice skills that promote childrens academic, social and emotional skills.
• Motheread is a 12-week program that combines the teaching of literacy skills with child development and family empowerment.
The classes are free, but registration is required. Light refreshments and free child care are available. For more information or to register, call Erica Reid at 919-202-0002, ext. 258, or email email@example.com.
Pageants The Selma Railroad Days Committee is accepting applications for the Railroad Days pageants, which will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in the auditorium at Selma Elementary School, 311 W. Richardson St., Selma. The age divisions are: Tiny Miss, ages 4-6; Little Miss, ages 7-9; Junior Miss, ages 10-13; Teen Miss, ages 14-16; and Miss, ages 17-20. The contestant fee is $100. Applications are due Sunday, Aug. 25, at www.selmanc.com or at the Selma Parks and Recreation Department, 305 N. Pollock St., Selma. For more information, call pageant director Deborah Baker at 919-965-3395 or the recreation department at 919-975-1411.
Soup kitchen Manna from Heaven Soup Kitchen now serves meals every Thursday at 400 W. Watson St., Selma. Hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. Manna from Heaven also offers free clothing and other items to those in need. Volunteers and donations are needed. For more information or to a make donation, call Debra Salter at 919-817-5187.
The Smithfield and Selma parks and recreation departments are forming a youth council for high-school students interested in becoming more involved in the community. For more information, email Tiffany Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-934-2148, Ext. 212.
The East Smithfield Improvement Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Mitchener Memorial Baptist Church, 911 Blount St., Smithfield. For more information, call Tony Nixon at 919-464-5317 or email email@example.com.
Matter of Balance, a class for seniors concerned about falling, will begin Sept. 3 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The class will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for eight weeks. Learn strategies to manage falls. For more information, or to register, email Tiffany Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-934-2148, Ext. 212.
A workshop titled Engineering FUNdamentals with LEGO is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Explore concepts in physics, engineering and architecture with LEGOs. The cost is $35 per person. For more information, email Tiffany Pearson at email@example.com or call 919-934-2148, Ext. 212.
The Southland Car Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Golden Corral on East Market Street near Interstate 95 in Smithfield.
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department offers Senior Coffee Corner every Tuesday and Thursday morning at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road. The gathering, for adults ages 55 and older, offers free coffee, occasional breakfast treats and brain teasers. For more information, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148, ext. 112, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walk the Trail in Her Shoes, a benefit for Harbor Inc., will take place Saturday, Oct. 26, on the trail at Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Last year, the event drew 100 local businessmen, male community leaders and young adults who walked in womens shoes.
Tdap boosters The Johnston County Public Health Department will offer Tdap clinics from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and Sept. 24 at the Health Department, 517 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. In North Carolina, the Tdap booster a vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis is required for entry into sixth grade. For more information, call 919-989-5200.
Running club The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department invites beginning and seasoned runners to join the River Rats Running Club, which meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the large picnic shelter in Community Park, 700 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The membership fee is $20 and includes a T-shirt. For more information, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148, ext.112, or email email@example.com.
Operation Helping Hand is seeking churches and civic groups to help needy Smithfield residents. Groups can help in a variety of ways, including medical and financial aid, minor construction, household repairs and yard cleanup. For more information, call Brent Reck at 919-934-2116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Smithfield Sterling Silvers Senior Club meets at 10:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month. The club is for adults ages 55 and older, and membership dues are $12 a year.
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