A gospel sing and spaghetti dinner will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, at Benson Grove Baptist Church, 6966 N.C. 50 North, Benson. Starting at 6 p.m. Calvary’s Mark, Linwood and Julia Johnson and Joe Barry Barbour will sing. A spaghetti dinner will follow. The sing and dinner are the senior projects of twin sisters Katie and Kris Barbour, who are seniors at South Johnston High School. Proceeds from the gospel sing will go the the Exceptional Children’s Program at Four Oaks Elementary School. Proceeds from the dinner will go to the American Cancer Society.
The next “Movie Night in the Grove” is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in the Benson Singing Grove, 400 E. Main St., Benson. The Benson Parks and Recreation Department will show the film “Frankenweenie.” For more information, visit www.townofbenson.com or call Benson Parks and Recreation at 919-894-5117.
A fall festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks. The festival will feature wagon rides, carnival games, a corn-shucking contest and town ball, a precursor to modern baseball.
“Rio” is the next Zaxby’s Downtown Movie in Clayton. The screening is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, on the Town Square, 110 W. Main St. Face painting, a bounce house and more activities will begin at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be available.
A class in jewelry silversmithing will begin Oct. 10 in Room 103 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The class will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Thursdays for eight weeks. Learn jewelry fabrication using a torch. Topics include basic design, soldering, filing, drilling, tone setting, forms and polishing. The class, for ages 16 and older, is $70 for Clayton residents and $85 for nonresidents. The supply fee is $40. For more information, or to register, call Clayton Parks and Recreation at 919-553-1550.
A Community Shred event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, on Town Square on Main Street in Clayton.
A Fun Fall Fashion Show is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at DPM Dance Studios, 468 E. Second St., Clayton. Bring canned foods in exchange for raffle tickets. For more information, call 919-655-5346.
A H alloween Fun Run and Walk will take place Saturday, Oct. 26, at Clayton Community Park, 1075 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. Proceeds will benefit the Smithfield Rescue Mission. The run and walk will start at 9:30 a.m. A costume contest will take place at 9 a.m., with prizes awarded. Registration by Oct. 7 is $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 5-10. Registration after that date is $25 for adults and $20 for children. For more information, visit: www.smithfieldrescue.org.
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.
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.
The Memory Lane Car Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at Golden Corral off of N.C. 42 near Interstate 40 in the Cleveland community. Owners of old and classics cars are welcomed. For more information, call Randolph Tart at 919-553-6229.
The 2013 Heritage Quilt Show will take place Oct. 10-12 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. More than 100 catalogued quilts will be on display, and quilters will conduct demonstrations. The event will also feature a raffle and a swap meet. For more information, call Jayne McBurney at 919-989-5380.
The 2013 Walk for Awareness will take place Saturday, Oct. 26, at Community Park, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The annual walk is designed to bring awareness to unsafe driving practices. Sign-in begins at 9:30 a.m.; the walk follows at 9:45. The day will also feature a free raffle and door prizes. For more information, email email@example.com.
The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield is seeking “architects” for the upcoming Gingerbread House Festival. The library will accept entries 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 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.
“An Hour Inside the Gut” is the topic for the next Johnston Health Chat at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the auditorium of the Johnston Medical Mall on North Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield. Dr. Raj Majithia, a gastroenterologist, will talk about gut-related diseases and treatments. To reserve a seat for this free event, go to www.johnstonhealth.org
A health lecture on weight loss is scheduled for 6.30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Eden’s Vegetarian Restaurant, 709 S. Third St., Smithfield. Sonha Upham, a wellness educator and specialist in botanical medicine,will share information on health and diet. The lecture will repeat at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28. For more information, call Alex Forde at 919-938-3880.
Monster Madness, a Halloween party for teens, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. Dress as your favorite book character, eat candy and vote for best literary monster. For more information, call 919-934-8146.
A plant exchange is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Johnston Community College Arboretum, 245 College Road, Smithifeld. Connect with other gardeners, trade your extras and share your favorites. Be sure to label plants and put seeds in a marked envelope.
“A Way to Wellness,” the first in a series of health care seminars presented by Southeastern Healthcare N.C., is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the auditorium of the Johnston Health Medical Mall, 514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. Benjamin Staples, executive director of Mental Health America, and Eileen McGuinness-Vaillancourt, director of programs and public policy for the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina, will speak. For more information, visit www.southeasternhealthcarenc.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wilson’s Mills Advent Christian Church will hold a Car & Truck Show at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at 676 Main St., Wilson’s Mills. Registration will run from 9 a.m. to noon, and judging will begin at 2 p.m. The registration cost is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. Proceeds will benefit Christmas in October. The event will also feature live music, door prizes and a drawing. For more information, call Phillip Wright at 919-291-1469 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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