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.
Do you know someone who would like to volunteer? With the addition of inpatient beds at its Clayton hospital, Johnston Health will need more volunteers. A recruitment fair will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton.
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.
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.
A quilt show will be held Oct. 9-11 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Hours are 1-7 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. More than 100 quilts will be on display; some of them are more than 100 years old. Also, the three-day event will feature a quilt raffle and swap meet. Admission is free.
“Love Your Money,” a money-management class, will begin Oct. 16 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The class will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 13. To register, call the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service at 919-989-5380.
A stop-smoking class will begin Oct. 7 at the Johnston County Public Health Department, 517 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The free class will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 18. For more information, call Kimetha Fulwood at 919-989-5200.
A class titled “Living Healthy With Diabetes” will begin Oct. 16 at the Johnston County Public Health Department, 517 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The free class will meet from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 20. For more information, call Kimetha Fulwood at 919-989-5200.
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.
Clogging, square dancing and line dancing performances are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 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.
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.
The Sue Daniels Memorial Run/Walk for Backpack Buddies will take place 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.