An outdoor screening of “An American Tail” is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Archer Lodge Community Center, 14009 Buffalo Road. Gates open at 7 p.m.; the movie starts at dusk. The screening is a project of Little Miss Archer Lodge Marissa Stone, who is collecting school supplies for needy children. Concessions will be available. For admission, bring a school item or a $5 donation. Marissa is seeking donations of crayons, markers, pencils, paper, glue sticks, facial tissue, disinfecting wipes and paper towels.
A living-history program is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks. Learn how soldiers made meals; maintained their weapons, equipment and uniforms; trained for battle; withstood the weather; and much more. This free program will feature artillery firings at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and musket demonstrations at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit nchistoricsites.org/bentonvi/bentonvi.htm or call 910-594-0789.
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The Kiwanis Club of Clayton will hold its next meet-and-greet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Cleveland Draft House of Clayton, 461 Shotwell Road.
Plates of barbecued chicken will be on sale from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at America Legion Post 71, 1300 Old U.S. 70 West, Clayton. Dine in or take out. Proceeds will benefit Legion and youth programs.
The Clayton Harvest and Music Festival is seeking pageant contestants. The pageant is open to females from birth of age 18 and males from birth to age 10. The entry fees are $60 for female contestants and $45 for males. After Aug. 21, both fees go up $30. The pageant will take place Sept. 20. To learn more, go to claytonchamber.com.
This year’s Clayton Harvest and Music Festival will offer Karaoke Night @ The Flipside. The contest is scheduled from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at The Flipside, 105 S. Lombard St., Clayton. To enter the contest, go to claytonchamber.com.
The Clayton High School clas of 1968 will gather at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at McCall’s Bar-B-Q & Seafood, 10365 U.S. 70 West, Clayton. For more information, send an email to email@example.com.
Auditions for this year’s Clayton Idol competition will take place Sept. 1-2. The contest has three divisions: junior, ages 5-11; teen, ages 12-17; and young adult, ages 18-25. The finals will be Sept. 16. The registration fee is $45. To learn more, call the Clayton Chamber of Commerce at 919-553-6352 or go to claytonchamber.com.
“Thrive in the Second Half of Life,” a seminar on aging, is scheduled from 1 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. George Fuller Jr., a certified senior adviser, will conduct the seminar, which is a service of Greater Heights United Methodist Church. The cost is $100 per person. To learn more, or to sign up, go to silvercompassion.com.
Here are upcoming activities at the Clayton Center for Active Aging: free pneumonia and flu vaccine, 10 a.m. Aug. 17; Mudcats game, Aug. 18, $22; balance class, starting Aug. 27; “Pimp Your Pumpkin,” 6 p.m. Aug. 31, $18; trip to Duplin Winery and to Wilmington for its Ghost Walk, Sept. 15, $52. The Center for Active Aging is at 303 Dairy Road, Clayton. For more information, call 919-553-4350 or go to facebook.com/ClaytonSeniorActivityCenter.
The Memory Lane Car Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, at Golden Corral, 60 Son-Lan Parkway in the Cleveland community. That’s just off of N.C. 42 near Interstate 40. For more information, call Ken Wendel at 919-815-6148.
A benefit for the Smithfield Rescue Mission will take place Wednesday, Aug. 19, at City Barbecue, 110 Cabela Drive, Garner. The restaurant will donate 25 percent of proceeds to the rescue mission. To take part, download the flyer at facebook.com/smithfieldrescuemission and show it when ordering.
The Johnston County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The meeting will include a presentation on Varroa mite treatment and control. For more information, visit jocobee.org.
The Johnston County Public Health Department will offer a couple of classes this fall. A six-week class in diabetes self-management will begin Sept. 30. An eight-week stop-smoking class will start Sept. 20. Both classes are free. To learn more, call 919-989-5200.
The Democratic Women of Johnston County will gather at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, on the steps of the courthouse in Smithfield to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. After the photo, the group will meet at Gotham’s Deli for dessert.
The Johnston County Republican Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at Golden Corral, 1932 E. Market St., Smithfield. Kory Swanson, president and chief executive of the John Locke Foundation, will speak.
Johnston County Home Educators will hold their annual conference Aug. 21-22 at Wilson’s Mills Baptist Church, 652 Swift Creek Road near Wilson’s Mills. “Beat the Clock,” an essay workshop with Janice Campbell, is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 21. The writing workshop is designed for high school students, advanced intermediate-school students and parents who want to improve their writing and evaluation skills. The cost is $40. Aug. 22 will offer workshops at 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Hames Gardner of Answers in Genesis will speak at 1:30 and 2:35 p.m. To learn more, go to www.jchenc.org/bookfair/ or visit the group on Facebook under Johnston County Home Educators.
A screening of “The Music Man” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. Admission is free; concessions will be available. That day same, the museum will debut the exhibit “The Peddler: America’s Original Traveling Salesman.”
Bingo play for adults 55 and older is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at McDonald’s on U.S. 70 at Ricks Road. Play is free, with prizes awarded. For more information, call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411.
A benefit for Johnston County paramedic Jason Palmer will take place Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road. Palmer was diagnosed in May with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig’s disease. The benefit on Aug. 22 will include a 5K run and walk, with a $25 registration fee; a one-mile walk, $15; and a kids’ dash, which is free to enter. Also, the organizers will sell $10 raffle for cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250. T-shirts and food will be for sale. Can’t attend the fundraiser but want to help. Go to gofundme.com/JasonPalmer or stop by any First Citizens Bank branch.
The East Smithfield Improvement Organization will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, at St. Peter’s Church of Christ, 1011 Massey St., Smithfield.
Neuse Charter School is seeking crafters, vendors and artisans for its fourth annual Booster Bazaar, which will take place Dec. 4-5. Returning commercial may apply through Aug. 21. New commercial vendors should call Hilary Leiz at 919-359-2227.
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