The Selma Parks & Recreation Department invites adults ages 55 and older to travel to the State Fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. The cost is $15, and registration is required by Monday, Oct. 7. For more information, or to register, call 919-975-1411, or visit the Selma Parks and Recreation Office at 305 N. Pollock St., Selma.
The Selma Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled the following Railroad Days events:
• Run/Family Fun Walk – The 5-kilometer run, open to men and women, is a sanctioned race that begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the intersection of Webb and Waddell streets. The registration fee is $15 on or before Oct. 2 and $20 after that. While supplies last, runners will receive a T-shirt and runner’s bag. All fun walkers will receive a medal. For more information, call 919-975-1411 or visit www.selma-nc.com or www.active.com.
• Cornhole – A double-elimination tournament will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. The cost is $25 per team. The champion and runner-up teams will receive a trophy, and all players will receive a T-shirt. The entry deadline 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2., and the tournament is limited to 24 teams. For more information, call 919-975-1411.
• Parade – The parade will step off at 10 a.m., with lineup starting at 9 a.m. at Selma Elementary School. The entry fee is $25. For more information, call 919-975-1411 or visit www.selma-nc.com.
• Vendor applications – The Railroad Days Committee is accepting vendor applications for the Saturday, Oct. 5 festival, which will offer three stages of live entertainment, a children’s area, a car show and more. For more information, call 919-975-1411 or visit www.selma-nc.com
The next Kid’s Night is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The drop-off program for children ages 5-10 features gym and pool time, snacks and other organized activities. For more information, or to register, call 919-934-1408.
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department is seeking crafters and artisans for its Harvest Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Community Park, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. To apply, contact Tiffany Pearson or Kristin Sasser at 919-934-2148, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
A food drive is underway at s weetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt in Smithfield. Through Sept. 22, the shop will accept donations of canned and other nonperishable food drives. The first 300 people to enter sweetFrog locations on Sunday, Sept. 22, will be eligible to win 100 free 12-ounce cups of frozen yogurt.
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department offers a Wellness Walk at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Community Park, 700 Booker Dairy Road. The group meets at the picnic shelter. For more information, call David Moore at 336-403-7348 or Corn Robertson at 919-802-3136.
Southland Car Club will hold its annual car show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in front of Shelton’s 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 college-bound high school students. 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.
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 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 women’s shoes.
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.
Descendants of Amos “Babe” and Lenora Wood “Nora” Coats will gather Sunday Sept. 29, at Clemmons Educational State Forest on Old Highway 70 about 1.3 miles west of Clayton. A picnic under the pavilion will begin at 12:30 p.m. Family members are encouraged to display historical information, articles, photos and other memorabilia.
The Clayton Center for Active Aging will hold a Mini Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The event will feature health screenings, educational information and flu shots.
The Clayton Center for Active Aging is seeking crafters for its fundraising craft fair from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. For more information, or to apply, call Louanne at 919-553-4350.
The Clayton Center for Active Aging will hold a Rock-a-Thon during the Clayton Harvest & Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21. The rock-a-thon will raise money for programs and activities.
The Clayton Lions Club will accept dry and canned goods during the Clayton Harvest & Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21. The items will go to the food pantry at Clayton Area Ministries.
The first Driving “Fore” a Cure for PH will take place Saturday, Oct. 19, at Riverwood Golf Course in Clayton.
Proceeds will benefit research into pulmonary hypertension, or PH, a chronic, incurable and life-threatening lung disease that creates narrowing of the blood vessels in the lungs. If left untreated, PH can lead to failure of the right side of the heart.
The day begins with registration from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The tournament, with a boxed lunch, will tee off at 11. Dinner and music will follow. The cost is $100 per person or $350 for a team of four. To learn more, or to register, go to https://www.firstgiving.com/phassociation/DrivingForeaCureforPH.
A fun, free workshop about breast health and cancer is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Room 305 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. For more information, visit raindownus.org or call 919-796-4776.
Clayton Cares for the Cure, a dinner theater, is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Wagner House, 121 E. Main St., Clayton. The cost is $60. For more information, visit raindownus.org or call 919-796-4776.
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 Wal-Mart. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 is open. 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
The Greater Cleveland Athletic Association is collecting nonperishable food items for the Interfaith Food Shuttle’s Backpack Buddies. Through Sept. 20, the GCAA asks parents to bring food items to their children’s games and place them in the designated containers at the concession stand. The food drive is seeking the following: whole-grain pastas, canned poultry or fish, dry beans, brown and white rice, oatmeal and low-sugar or no-sugar cold, cereals, canned fruits, vegetables soups and dried fruits and nuts.
The Town of Garner will hold its first Latino Carnival from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, on the back lawn of the Garner Performing Arts Center, 125 Avery St., Garner. The festival will feature crafts, music, dance and food.
A ceremony in remembrance of prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at the Garner Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 1706 W. Garner Road, Garner. For more information, call 919-772-1072.
The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield is seeking “architects” for the upcoming Gingerbread House Festival. Entries will be accepted until 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in the following categories: family, birth to age 5; youth, ages 6-12; teen, ages 13-17; adult, ages 18 and older; and culinary professional.
The Democratic Women of Johnston County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the fellowship hall at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 218 S. Second St., Smithfield. The women will make “thank you” baskets for teachers and share plans for an upcoming education forum.
The Johnston County Republican Women will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Festejos Mexican Bar and Grill, 905 E. Main St., Clayton. After dinner at 6 p.m., Joy Jones, chairman of the Johnston County Board of Elections, will talk about election reform. For more information, call Teresa Grant at 919-606-1070.
Johnston County’s Heritage Quilt Show is seeking sponsors for this year’s 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 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 captain’s 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.
The Johnston County Public Health Department will offer a Tdap clinic from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 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.
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