The Archer Lodge Farmers Market is seeking vendors selling handmade crafts and homegrown produce, eggs, meats and plants. For more details and an application, go to thearcherlodgefarmersmarket.com.
The Benson Center for Active Aging has scheduled a number of special events this month. Here’s the schedule: nutrition knowledge, 10:30 a.m. July 23; and swap bingo and birthday party, 10:30 a.m. July 29. The senior center is at 1204 N. Johnson St. For more information, call 919-894-2370.
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The Benson Area Chamber is seeking parade entries and vendors for Mule Days in September. Applications for both are online at bensonmuledays.com. For more information, call the chamber at 919-894-3825.
“Every Hero Has a Story,” a summer reading program, is underway at the Mary Duncan Public Library, 100 W. Main St., Benson. Here’s the schedule: 10 a.m. Mondays for ages 3-8, 10 a.m. Wednesdays for ages 9 and older, and 10 a.m. Fridays for all ages. Friday programs are at the Benson Parks and Recreation Department, 1204 N. Johnson St. To learn more, call the library at 919-894-3724.
A nature class for home-schooled children ages 5-8 will begin Sept. 14 in Clayton. The class will meet from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays for six weeks. The cost is $30 for Clayton residents and $45 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
The Clayton Center for Active Aging invites older adults to travel to Raleigh July 21 for a performance of “The Buddy Holly Story.” The performance is at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $56 per person. The center will take in a Carolina Mudcats game at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18. The Center for Active Aging is at 303 Dairy Road, Clayton. To learn more about center activities, call 919-553-4350.
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department is offering its summer playground program through Aug. 14. Open to children ages 6-12, the program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. The registration fee is $25, and the weekly camp fee is $50 for Clayton residents and $100 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
The American Legion is bringing a Veteran’s Benefit Action Center to Johnston. The action center is designed to answer questions about Veterans Administration claims, appeals and health care. It will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 26-28 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. VA representatives will be on hand to assist veterans and their dependents. Concessions will be available.
A lock-in will take place Friday, July 31, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. The library invites young people ages 12-18 to stay the night and play games, chat with authors online and enter contests. Because space is limited, registration in advance is required; permission slips are available at the library’s children’s desk. For more information, call Emily Campbell at 919-934-8146, Ext. 5, or email her at email@example.com.
The Johnston County Beekeepers’ Association will hold its annual field day on Friday, July 24, in the Beesboro Apiary at the Bayer CropScience Research and Demonstration Farm in Clayton. Jim Dempster of the JCBA will lead the tour. Pre-registration and beekeeping veil are required. For more information, visit jocobee.org. Separately, a beginning course in beekeeping will start Wednesday, July 30, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The course covers a wide range of information about bees and beekeeping and is the first step to N.C. Certified Beekeeper. For more information, visit jocobee.org.
The Johnston County Health Department’s next parenting class will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12. A six-week program in living healthy with chronic disease will also begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 12 at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield. For more information about health department classes, call 919-989-5200.
The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield invites children and teens to take part in its summer reading program, “Every Hero Has a Story.” Events this summer focus on all things heroic and include visits from local heroes, animal heroes and even superheroes. The program runs through Aug. 8. Register online at pljcs.org or in person at the library’s Children’s Desk. For more information, call Emily Campbell at 919-934-8146, Ext. 5, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The full summer reading schedule is available at pljcs.org and in the library, 305 E, Market St., Smithfield.
A Sept. 12 car show near Four Oaks is seeking entries and vendors. The show will present a number of awards. The entry fee is $20 per car. Vendors can sell their products and services for $20 plus a percentage of sales. Proceeds will benefit Hopes N Dreams. For more information, call Dale Bender at 919-938-4415 or Jennifer Grimm at 919-618-3470.
Community & Senior Services of Johnston County is seeking volunteers to deliver meals to home-bound seniors. Openings are available in the Benson, Clayton and Selma areas. For more information, call 919-934-6066 and ask for Barbara.
Johnston Health will offer its Safe Sitter course from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 11-12 at the Johnston Medical Mall, 514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The two-day class teaches boys and girls ages 11-13 how to handle emergencies when caring for young children. Students learn basic life-saving techniques, safety precautions to prevent accidents, how and when to summon help, and tips on basic child care. The cost is $65. To register, call 919-938-7736.
“Jam Out Against Bullying,” a lock-in, is scheduled from 6 p.m. July 31 to 7 a.m. Aug. 1 on the old Harrison School campus in Selma. The event, for children ages 9-12, will offer swimming, basketball, soccer, Zumba, food, movies, Bingo, bully awareness and a photo scavenger hunt. The cost before July 10 is $20; after that, it’s $25. For more information, call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411.
The East Smithfield Improvement Organization will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at Mt. Zion Church of Deliverance, 908 South Ave., Smithfield.
“Fun Day in the Park” is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 25, in Smith-Collins Parks on East Lee Street in Smithfield. The event will offer free food, games and activities for all ages. The celebration is a project of the East Smithfield Improvement Organization and Smithfield Councilman Marlon Lee.
The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center is offering summer camp through Aug. 14. Open to children ages 5-12, camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The cost is $100 a week for Smithfield residents and $125 for nonresidents. Early drop-off starts at 7:30 a.m. Late pick-up ends at 5:30 p.m. That’s another $25 a week. Children must bring lunch, two snacks, drinks, swim suit and towel daily. For more information, call 919-934-1408.
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