“Surving the Holidays,” a seminar for people grieving a loved one’s death, is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Horne Memorial United Methodist Church, 121 E. Second St., Clayton. The cost is $5 and includes lunch and materials. The church will offer special programing for children ages 6-17, and it will provide child care for children 5 and younger. To register, email Sherrie@horneumc.net or call 919-553-6464.
Serve the Need will serve Thanksgiving meals to needy Johnstonians on Wednesday, Nov. 23, in Clayton. Lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clayton Civitan Club, 340 McCullers St. Dinner will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 411 N. Fayetteville St. Free tickets are available from 9:30 a.m. to noon Fridays at St. Ann Catholic Church, 4057 U.S. Business, Clayton; from 1 to 3 p.m. weekdays at Clayton Area Ministries, 704 E. Main St.; and from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. weekdays at First Baptist Church. Tickets should be picked up by Nov. 18. For more information, call 919-550-0614.
Works by Raleigh artist Eric McRay are on display through Nov. 30 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. McRay is an abstract painter who works in acrylics.
The Clayton Center for Active Aging center invites older adults to travel to Biltmore for Christmas and shopping Nov. 14-16. The cost is $260. To learn more about a trip, call 919-553-4350. Separately, a do-it-yourself painting class meets at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the center, 303 Dairy Road, Clayton. The cost is $5, which includes supplies.
Clayton Visual Arts Inc. is seeking artists for its 2017 exhibits at The Clayton Center. To apply, artists should submit a resume, a portfolio of four to six images and $10 to the Exhibits Committee. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. To learn more, go to claytonvisualartsnc.org/call-for-artists/.
Crosby Lane will perform at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Horne Memorial United Methodist Church, 121 E. Second St., Clayton. Admission is free; the church will collect an offering for the performer.
The Haven Church, a new ministry, meets at 10 a.m. Sundays at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The pastors are Carolyn and Thomas Johnson. For more information, call 910-658-8834.
The Tobacco Farm Life Museum will hold its barbecue cook-off and rocking chair marathon from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, on the museum grounds, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. The event will offer family-friendly activities, music and food.
The first “Touch-A-Truck” is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, in downtown Smithfield. The Junior Women’s League of Smithfield invites children to see, touch and safely explore trucks, heavy machinery, tractors, emergency vehicles, tractor-trailer rigs, utility trucks, even a helicopter. Admission is free. Tickets will be available for bounce houses and face painting. Food trucks will be on hand. Proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Johnston County.
The Johnston County Writers Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Selma Public Library, 301 N. Pollock St., Selma.
Photos by Kyle Wilson of Clayton are on display through Dec. 4 in the Frank Creech Art Gallery at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Pisgah Baptist Church will hold turkey shoots Nov. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at the church, 3689 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays and 6 to 10 p.m. Saturdays. Refreshments will be available.
A crafts fair is scheduled from Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Family Life Center at Pisgah Baptist Church, 3689 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Also, grilled Boston butts will be available for $30.
A bazaar is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Bethel Original Free Will Baptist Church, 3168 N.C. 96 South, Four Oaks. The bazaar will offer baked goods, chili, Brunswick stew, hot dogs, crafts and second-time-around items.
Oakland Presbyterian Church in the Cleveland community is seeking handcrafted items and some commercial products for its crafts bazaar on Nov. 19. To learn more, go to opcbazaar.weebly.com or call the church office at 919-934-5476.
A fall festival is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Lanwood Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 3056 Buffalo Road, Smithfield. The festival will feature games with prizes, inflatables, cakewalks and free food.