Mule Days is seeking commercial, nonprofit and craft vendors. For more information, or for an application, visit www.bensonmuledays.com or call the Benson Chamber of Commerce at 919-894-3825.
Also, the chamber is seeking entries for the Mule Days parade on Saturday, Sept. 28. For an application, visit www.bensonmuledays.com or call the chamber at 919-894-3825.
The 2013 Clayton Art Faire will announce its winners during a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. This years competition drew 51 pieces of art. Clayton Mayor Jody McLeod will present the awards, which total $1,900 two $750 awards and four $100 awards. The exhibit runs through Oct. 1. The reception will include refreshments. Admission is free, and dress is casual.
The next Zaxbys Movie Night in Clayton is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, on the Town Square on Main Street. This months movie is Toy Story.
The Clayton Newcomers & Neighbors Club will hold its fall picnic from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Walden Woods Clubhouse, 2049 Walden Way, Clayton. The evening will offer badminton, cornhole, bocci ball, hamburgers, hot dogs and bottled water. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish, salad or dessert. The cost is $6 per person, but its free for children. To attend, call 919-662-0303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Sept. 9.
Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library will hold its fall book sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton. Books will be $12 a bag. A sneak peak is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, with books going for $24 a bag. The after sale will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, with bags of books for $6.
The Clayton Farmers Market has added Thursday hours. They are 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Horne Square at the corner of Main and Lombard streets in downtown Clayton. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Market vendors offer local produce and other local products for sale.
In its drive for more members, the Clayton Lions Club is getting an assist from Capital Bank at 12701 U.S. 70 Business West near Walmart. Throughout September, the bank will have club information and membership applications on hand. Also, the local club will have a display about Camp Dogwood, a camp for the visually impaired. For answers to membership questions, email email@example.com.
A craft fair is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Clayton Center for Active Aging, 303 Dairy Road, Clayton. Registration for vendor spaces will open Thursday, Aug. 29. For more information, www.cssjohnston.org or call 919-553-4350.
Clayton Area Toastmasters meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive. For more information, call David Warner at 919-327-1219 or visit claytontm.com.
Johnston Community College
The arboretum at Johnston Community College has scheduled the following workshops:
• Fall Vegetable Gardening 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. The cost is $25. Extend your gardening season by planting those vegetables that will mature in cool weather. Participants will take home plant and seed material for their own fall gardens.
• Planting and Pruning Trees and Shrubs 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 28. The cost is $15. Learn how to get your perennial plants ready for winter, and have a hand at planting some trees and shrubs.
For more information, or to register, call 919-209-2517 or visit http://jccarboretum.weebly.com/uploads/1/4/1/3/14131561/ce_registration_form-new.pdf.
Johnston Countys Heritage Quilt Show is seeking sponsors for this years event, which will take place Oct. 10-12. The four levels of sponsorship are Scissor, $500 or more; Thimble, $250-$499; Needle, $100-$249; and Thread, $50-$99. For more information, call Jayne McBurney at 919-989-5380.
The Johnston County chapter of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 11:30 .m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Golden Corral Restaurant on East Market Street near Interstate 95 in Smithfield. Rebecca Freeman of Johnston County Community and Senior Services will speak.
The Garner Optimist Club will hold its 15th annual golf tournament at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Reedy Creek Golf Course, 585 Reedy Creek Road, Four Oaks. The format is captains choice with four-player teams. The entry fee is $65 per player, and the deadline to enter is Sept. 27. Proceeds will fight childhood cancer. For more information, call Paul Keene at 919-906-3206 or Bill Oates at 919-302-4648.
Tdap boosters The Johnston County Public Health Department will offer Tdap clinics from 3 p.m. 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.
The Johnston Health Foundation will hold a number of fundraisers this fall.
• A social to benefit Johnston Home Care & Hospice is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 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 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 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 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays at Mitchener Memorial Baptist Church, 911 Blount St., Smithfield. Another meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays at 353 Second St., Clayton. Any adult with a mental health diagnosis may attend. For information, call 919-601-3762.
The Capital Area Workforce Center is offering the following job-skills programs:
• Mock interviews Wednesdays; call 919-934-4032 to schedule an appointment.
• Steps to Finding the Work You Want After 50 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. Call 919-934-4032 to register.
• Computer basics 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays; call 919-934-4032 to register.
The workforce center is in Suite 4 at 300 S. Third St. in Smithfield.
The 50/210 Volunteer Fire Department and its Ladies Auxiliary will hold their 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 p.m. 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.
The Democratic Men of Johnston County will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Parkside Cafe, 2176-A U.S. 70-A, Pine Level. Gerald Arnold, former chief justice of the N.C. Court of Appeals, will speak. For more information, or for directions, email Jerry Dodson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 919-553-8210.
A golf tournament will tee off at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Cardinal Country Club, 363 Parrish Memorial Road near Pine Level. The cost is $55 per player and includes a boxed lunch. The tournament is a fundraiser for the Mens Ministry Fellowship at Pine Level Pentecostal Holiness Church. For more information, call 919-697-1107 or 919-631-3814.
The Railroad Days Committee is accepting vendor applications for the 38th Selma Railroad Days Festival on Oct. 5. The event will feature three stages of live entertainment, a childrens area, a parade, the Selma Railroad Run, a classic car show and more. To become a vendor, call 975-1411 or visit www.selma-nc.com.
American Legion Post 141 will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the post building, 300 N. Webb St., Selma. The post invites veterans, active-duty personnel and reservists to drop by for a free lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs.
Soup kitchen Manna from Heaven Soup Kitchen serves meals every Thursday at 400 W. Watson St., Selma. Hours are from 2 p.m. 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.
A ceremony marking the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America is scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Smithfield-Selma High School, 700 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield.
The Dublin, Williams, Watson and Murphy families will hold a reunion Sept. 6-7 at the Progressive Mens Club building on Old Goldsboro Road in Smithfield, A fish fry is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday. The family will gather again at 3 p.m. Sept. 7. Dues are $10 for individuals and $25 for families. For more information, all Pamela Griffin at 919-300-1188.
Southland Car Club will hold its annual car show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in front of Sheltons Harley-Davidson on Industrial Park Drive in Smithfield. The first 100 entrants will receive photo plaques, and the grand prize is $300. Registration is from 8 a.m. to noon, with the awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Same-day registration is $20. Proceeds will award two $1,000 scholarships to a college-bound high school. For more information, visit www.southlandcarclub.com.
The Smithfield Appearance Commission is seeking donations to its Donate a Tree Program, which plants crepe myrtles in town. A $50 donation pays to purchase, plant and care for a tree. A plaque on Town Hall Park recognizes donors. For more information, call 919-938-2083 and leave a message, or stop by town hall on Market Street and pick up a brochure.
An information session of preventing home foreclosure is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Capital Area Workforce Center, Suite 4, 300 S. Third St., Smithfield. To register, call 919-934-4032.
An open house and dog wash are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Johnston County Animal Services, 115 Shelter Way, Smithfield. In addition to washes, the event will offer ear cleaning, nail trimmings and anal gland cleansing. Costs range from $5 to $20. Also, the event will feature vendors, games, shelter tours, good and a livestock show.
The Smithfield Dojo of the Southern School of Martial Arts will celebrate its grand opening from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. The dojo is at 335 E. Market Street. The open house will offer demonstrations, free refreshments and games for children. For more information, call 919-753-7964, email email@example.com or visit manabi-masho.com.
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.
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.
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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