Christ Community United Methodist Church will hold a food drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Clayton Farm & Community Market on Horne Square on Main Street in Clayton. Donations will stock the church’s food pantry, which is open the second Saturday of every month.
Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library will hold its fall book sale Sept. 12, 13 and 15 at the library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton. The sale’s sneak preview, with bags of books for $25, will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12. The sale will continue from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 13 with bags of books for $15 and from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 15 with bags for $10.
The Widowed Persons Organization of Clayton will travel to Fayetteville on Sept. 19 to see the play “The Buck Stops Here” at the Northwood Temple Dinner Theater. The cost is $52. To sign up, call 919-616-5131.
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The Clayton High School Alumni Association will meet from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Jones Lunch, 415 E. Main St., Clayton. For more information, call Bucky Coats at 919-550-5719.
A computer class titled “How Do I ...” will begin Sept. 17 in Clayton. The class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 5. Topics include buying a computer, software needs, security concerns, Internet, email, search engines, social media, an introduction to word processing and spreadsheet programs, and developing a file-management system for documents and photos. The cost is $50 for Clayton residents and $65 for nonresidents. For more information, call the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department at 919-553-1550.
The Johnston County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m Monday, Sept. 15, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Tom Underhill will demonstrate how to make lip balm. For more information, visit jocobee.org.
The Johnston County Retired Educators will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Holt Lake Bar-B-Que & Seafood, 3506 U.S. 301 South, Smithfield. Johnston County Schools spokeswoman Tracey Peedin Jones will speak.
An open house is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Johnston County Animal Services, 115 Shelter Way, Smithfield. The event will offer dogs and cats for adoption, a microchip clinic, visiting rescue groups, vendors, food, a bounce house and raffles.
The South Johnston High School class of 1994 will hold its 20-year reunion at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at TerraFin Station, 25 Old Drug Store Road in the Cleveland community. To attend, email email@example.com or reply to the Evite on the South Johnston Ninety-Four Facebook page.
A celebration of National Recovery Month is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at First Missionary Baptist Church, 403 Caswell St., Smithfield. The free event will feature games, health screenings, music, speakers, vendors and food. For more information, call Pam Radford at 919-989-5514 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Melissa Payne at 919-989-5587 or email her at email@example.com.
The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield is offering free programs to help high school students write their college-application essay and prepare for the SAT and ACT college-admissions tests.
A prep session for the SAT is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. A prep session for the ACT will follow at noon.
A combination SAT/ACT practice test is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Students must arrive by 9 a.m.
The library is at 305 E. Market St. in downtown Smithfield. To reserve a seat at any of the programs, call 919-934-8146 and choose option 3, or stop by the reference desk.
The daytime Adult Book Club of the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield will hold a “meet and greet” at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Bistro on Third, 146 S. Third St., Smithfield. For more information, call Morgan Paty at 919-934-8146, Ext. 3, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Potters will demonstrate their craft and sell their works from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org or email email@example.com.
Firemen’s Day is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the 50/210 Volunteer Fire Department, 50 Greenleaf Road, Angier. That’s just south of the intersection of highways 210 and 50 in the McGee’s Crossroads community. Plates of barbecued chicken will go on sale at 10 a.m.; the cost is $8 per plate. Also, hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks will be available. A bounce house and firefighting simulation for kids will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; both are free. The fire department’s Ladies Auxiliary will hold a bake sale throughout the day, and at 6:30 p.m., the auxiliary will hold an auction of baked goods, football tickets, restaurant gift cards, pottery, etc.
The Boys & Girls Club of Johnston County will host a 5K run and one-mile fun run and walk Oct. 18 in Selma. The 5K run will start at 9 a.m.; the fun run and walk will follow at 10. Both will begin at the intersection of Webb and Waddell streets. To register, visit www.ecrr.us or www.bgcjohnstoncounty.com or call Tammy Mitchell at 919-938-2682.
The year’s Railroad Days festival in Selma is seeking vendors. Here are the fees by category: arts and crafts, $30; commercial, $100; food, $200; and information, $30. Electricity, if needed, is another $25. For an application, go to selma-nc.com or stop by the Selma Parks and Recreation office, 305 N. Pollock St.
The Big Chill Reunion is scheduled from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Country of Club of Johnston County. The reunion is for the Smithfield-Selma High School classes of 1970 through 1980. The cost is $30. To learn more, visit sssbigchill.angelfire.com.
A pancake breakfast is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Applebee’s, 1240 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The cost is $7. The Johnston County Marines will use the proceeds to send care packages to troops overseas.
A 9/11 observance is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Smithfield-Selma High School, 700 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield.
A rock-a-thon to benefit hospice patients and their families is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Johnston Medical Mall, 514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. An Elvis impersonator, the Social Security Boys, Harvest Time, the Johnson Sisters and others will perform. Enjoy a snow cone and popcorn, get your face painted, or just sit back and rock. The day will also feature a silent auction of gift baskets and other gifts. Admission is free; refreshments will carry a small charge. Proceeds will go to the Hospice Volunteer Fund of Johnston Health HomeCare and Hospice and the SECU Hospice House.