The 66th annual Mule Days celebration will take place Sept. 23-27 in Benson. The weekend is packed with rodeos, a mule pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, street dances, carnival rides, camping, parades, bluegrass shows and more. For a complete schedule, visit www.bensonmuledays.com, call 919-894-3825 or e-mail Loretta@benson-chamber.com.
Cedar Production Studios will hold its second annual Chili Cook-Off from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Deep River Brewing Co., 700 W. Main St., Clayton. Admission is free; bottomless bowls of chili are $8 for ages 6 and older. Local musicians will perform, and Deep River will sell a special craft beer to benefit the recording studio, which gives young artists recording time in exchange for community service. To volunteer at the event, email Averil Glover at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Clayton Center for Active Aging invites older adults to travel to the N.C. State Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 12. The travel fee is $12. Admission to the fair is free for adults 65 and older. To sign up, call 919-553-4350.
The Clayton Newcomers and Neighbors club will hold a picnic from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in the Walden Woods Clubhouse, 2049 Walden Way, Clayton. The cost is $6 and includes barbecued pork, barbecued chicken, sides and beverages. To attend, email email@example.com or call Elaine Horne at 919-585-2462 by Sept. 19. To learn more about the club, visit www.ncclaytonnewcomers.org.
“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.
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 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.
A crafts program for kids is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. Kids will make rainbow pencils to celebrate back to school.
The Juvenile Crime Prevention Council will meet at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at the Johnston County Public Health Department, 517 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield.
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.
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.
A Community Watch meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Micro Fire Department.
Community and Senior Services of Johnston County is seeking volunteers to deliver meals in Princeton. To learn more, call Barbara Barbour at 919-934-6066.
The Selma Parks and Recreation Department is seeking entries for this year’s Railroad Days parade. The cost to enter is $25. For more information, call 919-975-1411 or visit selma-nc.com.
A pancake breakfast to benefit the Johnston Central High School Alumni Association is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Applebee’s Grill and Bar, 1260 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The cost is $7 and includes a shortstack of panckaes, sausage and a beverage.
Neuse Charter School is seeking crafters, vendors and artisans for its fourth annual Booster Bazaar, which will take place Dec. 4-5. New commercial vendors should call Hilary Leiz at 919-359-2227.
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