The Benson Chamber of Commerce is seeking entries for this year’s Mule Day parade, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. For an application, go to bensonmuledays.com or call 919-894-3825.
A walk-in flu shot clinic is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Clayton Center for Active Aging, 303 Dairy Road, Clayton. Also, “Collage as Fine Art,” a six-week class, starts Monday, Sept. 15. The cost is $20. Line dancing is now at 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. YARNS has moved to 1 p.m. Mondays and 11:30 a.m. Fridays. Two new classes, quilting basics and plastic canvas art, are at 1 p.m. Thursdays and 1 p.m. Wednesdays, respectively. Also on the schedule are two trips: Oct. 21 to the State Fair, $12; and Dec. 9 to the American Music Jubilee in Selma, $40.
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Nature Nuts, a class for children ages 3-5, will begin Sept. 16 at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class will meet once a month from 10 a.m. to noon on a Tuesday. Children will discover nature through outdoor exploration, games, crafts and stories. The per-session fee is $10 for Clayton residents and $25 for nonresidents. All six sessions are $50 for residents and $65 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
The next Nature Night for children ages 6-10 is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. Children will play games, make crafts and go on hikes. The cost is $20 for Clayton residents and $35 for nonresidents. To register in advance, whch is required, call 919-553-1550.
The 27th annual Band Classic is scheduled from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Clayton High School, 600 S. Fayetteville St., Clayton. Admission is $10 for ages 12 and older, $5 for ages 5-11 and free for 4 and younger.
Plates of barbecued chicken will be on sale from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at American Legion Post 71, 1300 Main St., Clayton. The cost is $7 per plates, and the Legion post will deliver orders of 10 or more plates. For more information, call 919-320-6200.
Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library will conclude its fall book sale Sept. 15 at the library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton. Hours are 4 to 7 p.m., with bags of books 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.
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.
A car show is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, on Main Street in Four Oaks. Registration opens at 9 a.m., and the fee to enter is $25 per car. Proceeds will go to Hopes N Dreams, a nonprofit that helps people with special needs. For more information, call Dale Bender at 919-938-4415.
The seventh annual International Food Festival is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at St. Ann Catholic Church, 4047 U.S. 70 Business West between Clayton and Smithfield. The festival features food from various countries, live international entertainment, games for children and a silent auction. Admission and parking are free.
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 Smith-Bryan Daughters of the American Revolution invite Johnston County residents, churches, schools and civic clubs to celebrate the signing of the U.S. Constitution by ringing bells at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17.
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.
Expert gardeners will share their secrets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly.
A benefit for the Me Fine Foundation is scheduled from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Marble Kids Museum, 201 E Hargett St., Raleigh. The gala will feature casino-style games and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $100 and include beer, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres. For tickets, go to mefinegala.com.
The 39th Selma Railroad Days festival is seeking vendors. To learn more, call 919-975-1411 or visit selma-nc.com. The festival’s 5K run will begin at 8 a.m. at the intersection of Webb and Waddell streets. The registration fee is $15 if paid by Sept. 29; it’s $20 after that date. Call 919-975-1411 or visit active.com. Also, the festival is seeking teams for its cornhole tournament at 11 a.m. Oct. 4 and entries for its parade at 10 a.m. that day. The cornhole fee is $30 per team; the parade entry fee is $25. Call 919-975-1411.
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.
Need something for your child to do on a teacher workday? For children ages 5-12, the Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will offer art, swimming, sports and outdoor fun from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Early drop-off is 7:30 a.m. Late pickup is 5:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for Smithfield residents and $30 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-934-1408.
Robotic LEGOS workshops will be held Oct. 24 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon for children ages 5-7 and 1 to 4 p.m. for children ages 8-12. The cost is $40 per person. For more information, call 919-934-1408.
The Sue Daniels Memorial Run/Walk for Backpack Buddies will take place at Saturday, Oct. 11, in Wilson’s Mills. The 5K and 10K routes will start at the Wilson’s Mills Town Hall, 101 Railroad St. Check-in is from 8 to 9 a.m., with the races starting at 9. Events for children are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. A pre-race spaghetti dinner will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at Wilson’s Mills Elementary School, 4654 Wilson’s Mills Road. The cost is $7 per plate. To learn more, visit Sue Daniels Memorial Run/Walk for Backpack Buddies on Facebook.