The Archer Lodge Farmers Market is seeking vendors for the 2016 season, which opens Saturday, April 9. This year, the market is waiving membership and rental fees. To sign up, go to thearcherlodgefarmersmarket.com.
The seventh annual Classic Antique Farm Heritage Days will take place April 8-9 at Chamber Park, 355 J. Lee Road, Benson. Hours both days are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature displays and demonstrations of farm equipment. Parades of antique tractors are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. The event will also feature a swap meet, antique yard sale, bounce houses, barnyard animals, blacksmithing food, and arts and crafts. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and older. To learn more, go to classicantiquepower.com or call 919-894-3825.
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A bike ride to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Johnston County will take place Saturday, April 16. The ride, with 20- and 40-mile routes, will begin and end at Flowers Plantation. The cost to ride is $30, with proceeds helping to build a Habitat house in Princeton. To learn more, go to FlowersPlantation.com/raceseries.
Clayton Youth Theater has scheduled two audition workshops. A workshop for middle school students is set from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23. A workshop for high school students will follow from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7. The cost is $25. Register online at claytonyouththeater.com/classes.html.
The kick-off for this year’s Clayton Heart Chase is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road. Learn more about Heart Chase, experience some of the race elements with hands-on activities and register teams to take part. Heart Chase is an “Amazing Race”-style event in which teams of two to 5 people compete in challenges. This year’s Clayton Heart Chase will take place May 21. Proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association. To learn more, go to heartchaseclayton.org.
Clayton Visual Arts is seeking vendors for Mondo Roots, a new cultural arts and music festival. The vendor application is online at claytonvisualartsnc.org/calendar/2016-mondo-roots. The festival will offer music, food trucks, beer and wine, handmade arts and crafts, art vendors and live art performances. It’s scheduled from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 4.
Here are upcoming musical guests at The Flipside Restaurant & Pub. 408 E. Second St., Clayton: Taylor Harvey, April 6; Heartbreak Station, April 8; the Bel-Airs, April 15; Danny Smith, April 20; Ivy Stone, April 22; Carson & Daniels, April 27; and Louis Waymore, April 30. Music starts at 9 p.m. For more information, call 919-553-0123 or go to flipsiderestaurantpub.com. The eatery is also on Facebook.
Mosaic Church in Clayton is collecting items for its annual yard sale on April 23. The church will not collect fitness equipment and clothes, with the exception of gently used jackets, coats and shoes. To schedule a drop-off or pickup (for large items only), email Andy Hale at email@example.com.
An introduction to crochet will begin April 4 at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class, for ages 16 and older, will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through May 5. The cost is $50 for Clayton residents and $65 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
Clayton Visual Arts is seeking vendors for Mondo Roots, a new cultural arts and music festival. The vendor application is online at claytonvisualartsnc.org/calendar/2016-mondo-roots. The deadline to apply is March 31. The festival will offer music, food trucks, beer and wine, handmade arts and crafts, art vendors and live art performances. It’s scheduled from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 4.
The Woman’s Club of Clayton will hold its annual rummage sale April 21-23 at the club building, 109 S. Church St., Clayton. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The sale will offer clothing, household items and more. Barbecue sandwiches will be for sale.
A benefit meal for Fuzzy Faces Rescue, a Clayton-based group, is scheduled from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at Toot-N-Tell, 903 W. Garner Road, Garner. The cost $8 per plate and includes barbecue chicken, string beans, boiled potatoes, banana pudding and a drink. Takeout will be available.
A balloon release in observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at the Johnston County Department of Social Services, 806 North St., Smithfield. The number of balloons released will represent the number of children abused in Johnston County in 2015.
The Johnston County Veterans Service Advisory Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Land Use Center, 309 E. Market St., Smithfield.
The Johnston County chapter of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, at Golden Coral restaurant on East Market Street near Interstate 95 in Smithfield. Todd Johnson, director of the Johnston County Heritage Center, will speak.
N.C. Safe Plates, a certification course for food-safety managers, will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3-9 at the Johnston County Agricultural Building, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The exam will be May 6. The class is designed for food-service managers and supervisory staff in restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, child-care centers and other food-handling establishments. To register, call Debbie Stroud at 919-989-5380.
An class in infant massage will begin April 11 at the Johnston County Partnership for Children, 1406 S. Pollock St., Selma. The class will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays through May 9. Registration includes a book and massage oil. For more information, or to sign up, call Darrella Cavenaugh at 919-975-2511 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Johnston County Animal Services will hold a rabies clinic April 9 at 115 Shelter Way, Smithfield. Hours are 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-5 p.m. The cost is $5, cash only. For more information, call 919-934-8474.
Johnston County Home Educators will hold their annual Homeschool & Book Fair Conference from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Wilson’s Mills Baptist Church, 652 Swift Creek Road near Wilson’s Mills. The conference will offer workshops, vendors and a keynote address by Heidi St. John. For more information, go to jchenc.org/bookfair/.
The Johnston County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, or ARES, is seeking licensed amateur radio operators interested in providing auxiliary communications in times of disaster. The volunteer group meets once a month at the Johnston County Red Cross office, 805-A S. Third St., Smithfield. Meetings are at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday. To learn more, call Michael Callam at 919-934-9623 or email him at email@example.com.
Through April 15, the AARP is preparing income-tax returns at Community and Senior Services, 1363 W. Market St., Smithfield. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. The service is for elderly and low-income taxpayers. They should bring their Social Security card or Medicare card with an A, plus a photo ID and last year’s tax return. For an appointment, call 919-934-6066.
A walk to benefit the Annie D. Jones Child Enrichment Fund will get underway at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at Community Park on Booker Dairy Road in Smithfield. The walk will take participants along Smithfield’s greenway. The fund help needy children attend summer camps and other enrichment programs. To learn more, go to anniedjones.com.
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