A blood drive is scheduled from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the American Legion Building on U.S. 301 north of downtown Benson. For an appointment, call 919-894-4261 or 919-634-0783.
A spaghetti dinner is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Cooper Elementary School, 894 Mial St., Clayton. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. To purchase tickets in advance, call the school at 919-553-0256.
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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.
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.
“Walk the Track in Her Shoes,” a benefit for Harbor, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11, on the track at Smithfield-Selma High School, 700 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Registration opens at 8 a.m. In the event, men and young adults walk the track in women’s shoes after lining up sponsors. Women and children are welcome to walk too.
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 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 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.
Antique cars will be on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next Micro Community Watch meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Micro Fire Department, 321 U.S. 301 South, Micro.
A cleanup of Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church and its cemetery is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at 9495 Brogden Road, Princeton. The clean is specifically seeking help from descendants of the Cox, Raynor, Everett, Atkinson, Howell and Fowler families. For more information, call Deborah Richardson Jones at 919-440-0578.
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.
Free prostate screenings will be available from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Mohamed & Lippitt Urology Center. That’s in the Medical Arts Pavilion on the grounds of Johnston Medical Center on North Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield. To schedule an appointment, call 1-888-977-3319.
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.