Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library will hold its fall book sale next weekend. Here’s the schedule: 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, with books going for $25 a bag; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, $15 a bag; and 4-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, $10 a bag. The library is at 100 S. Church St., Clayton.
“How Do I ...,” a computer class, will begin Friday, Sept. 25, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The class will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. Fridays through Nov. 13. Topics including buying a computer, personal software needs, security concerns, the Internet, email, search engines, social media, file management for documents and photos, and introductions to word-processing and spreadsheet programs. The cost is $50 for Clayton residents and $65 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
Cedar Production Studios is seeking volunteers for the second annual Chili Cook-Off, which is scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in Clayton. To learn more, email Averil Glover at email@example.com.
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The Clayton High School Alumni Association will host two events in September. One social is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at Jones Cafe, 514 E. Main St., Clayton. Another is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Deep River Brewing Co., 700 W. Main St., Clayton.
Johnston County’s wheelchair basketball team for young people will hold an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. To learn more about the team, look up Revolution Adaptive Sports on Facebook.
A free seminar for families and friends of older drivers is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The seminar, titled “We Need to Talk,” will offer tips on how to talk with loved ones when it’s time to limit or stop their driving. To register, call Selena Royal at 919-553-4350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will offer two six-week nature classes for children ages 5-8. Both will begin Sept. 14. One will meet from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays; the other, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays. Both are $30 for Clayton residents and $45 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
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 $120 for female contestants and $105 for males. 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 class 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.
Here are upcoming activities at the Clayton Center for Active Aging: 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 Johnston County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The meeting will include a presentation on overwintering hives. For more information, visit jocobee.org.
The Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service will offer N.C. Safe Plates, a certification course for food-safety managers, including supervisory staff in restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes and child-care center. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22-24 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The exam will take place Sept. 28. The deadline to register is Sept. 10. To register, call Debbie Stroud at 919-989-5380.
A Sept. 17 event in Smithfield will showcase services available to Johnstonians suffering from mental disorders and substance abuse. The free event is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Johnston Medical Mall, 514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd. It will feature food, vendors, speakers and activities.
The American Red Cross has scheduled the following blood drives in Johnston County. For an appointment, download the Red Cross blood-donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.
Smithfield – 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road.
“Love Your Money,” a seminar series, will begin Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The series will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 29. Participants will learn to budget, pay down debt, understand credit and plan for the future. To register for the free class, call the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service at 919-989-5380.
The Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service invites Johnstonians to learn about food councils. The program is scheduled from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Broadly speaking, a food council brings together government, business and organizations to ensure food quality and security. For registration information, email Debra Stroud at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 919-989-5380.
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