The annual Clayton 5K Road Race is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14. Register online at townofclaytonnc.org or at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road. Register by May 11 for $35. Race-day registration is $40. The Tot Trot, for ages 6 and younger, is $5. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
The second annual Comic Book Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at Pauper’s Books & More, 11731 U.S. 70 Business, Clayton. The day will offer free comics, face painting, pizza, prizes and appearances by Star Wars characters and the Joker.
The Clayton Center for Active Aging is putting together a “Great Trains and Grand Canyons” trip to Arizona in September. An informational meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, at the senior center, 303 Dairy Road, Clayton.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Boy Scout Troop 33 will wash cars from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in the parking lot at Oakland Presbyterian Church, 8927 Cleveland Road. The Boy Scouts will accept donations.
“Sip & Shop” is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in downtown Four Oaks. Stanfield’s General Store will offer wine and beer samples, and more than a dozen shops will have door prizes and refreshments. The event is a project of the Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce, which is also selling raffle tickets for a custom golf cart. The drawing will be at 7 p.m. in front of the chamber office.
The Johnston County Public Health Department will offer a number of classes in May and June. Here are the classes, with their start dates and times: stop smoking, 9 a.m. May 4; parenting, 6 p.m. May 11; diabetes care, 10 a.m. June 4 at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield; and childbirth, 1:30 p.m. June 4. To learn more, or to register, call 919-989-5200.
The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program in Johnston County is seeking volunteers to educate Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers about the federal health insurance program. To learn more about becoming a SHIIP volunteer, call Debbie Stroud at 919-989-5380.
Here are upcoming blood drives in Johnston County: noon-4:30 p.m. May 15 at Hodges Chapel Church, 780 Hodges Chapel Road, Benson; 2-6:30 p.m. May 6 at Baptist Center Church, 2163 Ranch Road, Clayton; noon-4:30 p.m. May 13 at Cooper Elementary School, 849 N. Mial St., Clayton; and noon-4:30 p.m. May 7 at Cecil’s Service Center, 201 S. Third St., Smithfield.
The Johnston Soil and Water Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, at the Johnston County Agricultural Building, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield.
The Johnston Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Wilson Building conference room on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road.
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.
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/.
A gala to benefit the Johnston County Partnership for Children is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, June 24, at the Country Club of Johnston County. A project of the Junior Women’s League of Smithfield, the gala will offer hors d’oeuvres, dancing, beverages, raffle items and live music by Rubberband. Tickets are $50. For ticket information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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