A walk to benefit Alzheimer’s research is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30, in Clayton. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. on Town Square, 110 W. Main St. Individuals and teams can register by going to http://www.alznc.org and clicking on “Johnston County Walk.” Donations are appreciated, and volunteers are also needed for event. For more information, call or text Sarah Middendorf at 919-720-0030 or Pete Perrino at 919-631-2540.
A plant sale to benefit the Johnston County Master Gardeners is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The sale will offer vegetable plants, annual flowers, perennials and specialty plants.
A gardening class will begin May 11 at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Topics include site selection, soil preparation, composting, thinning, watering and weed, disease and pest control. The $20 material fee is due at the first class. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
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This summer, the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will offer a nature camp for children ages 6-10. One session will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 13-17. Another will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 15-19. Children will learn about plants, animals and habitats. The price is $70 for Clayton residents and $85 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
The Clayton High School Alumni Association will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 2, in the media center at the high school, 600 S. Fayetteville St. The association will hold a Family Fun Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, also at the school. The afternoon will offer bounce houses, friendly competitions, class reunions and performances by Clayton High School groups. To learn more, call Megan Marvel Cranfill at 919-247-3552 or Bucky Coats at 919-550-5719, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A health and vendor fair for seniors is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 4, at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road. Admission is free.
A free shred event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in the Edwards IGA parking, 721 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. Bring old files, receipts, credit-card offers, bank statements, returned checks and any other sensitive information you want to discard. In case of rain, the event will move to 1331 N Bright Leaf Blvd.
The Cooperative Extension Services in Johnston and Wilson counties are coming together to offer workshops in food preservation. Here’s the schedule: “Green Beans & Such,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 21 at Wilson County Cooperative Extension, 1806 SW Goldsboro St., Wilson; “Pickles – Fermented & Acidified,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 18 at Johnston County Cooperative Extension, 2726 N.C. 210, Smithfield; and “Food Dehydrating,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug 20, Johnston County. The cost is $25 per workshop. To register for a Johnston workshop, call 919-989-5380; in Wilson County, call 252-237-0111.
County and state agencies are coming together to collect hazardous household waste from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Johnston County Livestock Arena, 520 County Home Road, Smithfield. In addition to hazardous waste, the agencies ill accept pharmaceuticals, pesticides and herbicides. For more information, call the county’s Solid Waste Services Department at 919-938-4750 or go to johnstonnc.com/recycling.
A learning lab has opened in the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. The lab houses literacy materials, an electronic whiteboard and iPads. The lab is open to tutors and their students. To reserve the space, go to pljcs.org and click “Reserve.”
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.
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.
A Micro Community Watch meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Micro Fire Department, 321 U.S. 301 South.
The Smithfield Kiwanis Club will hold its annual Ham & Yam Festival dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 140 E. Market St., Smithfield. The cost is $7 per person.
The East Smithfield Improvement Organization will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at Greater Vision Church, 720 Second Ave., Smithfield.
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