The Benson Chamber of Commerce is seeking entries for its Christmas parade, which will take place Friday, Dec. 5. The parade is open only to nonprofits, churches, civic clubs and other community organizations. No Commercial entries are accepted. The entry fee is a new unwrapped toy. For an application, visit benson-chamber.com/documents/2014ParadeApplication.pdf or call 919-894-3825. The deadline to enter is Nov. 30.
A Veterans Day parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, on Main Street in downtown Benson.
Serve the Need in Johnston County will serve its annual Thanksgiving meal for the needy from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at the Civitan Club, 340 McCullers St., Clayton. Free tickets are available from 9:30 a.m. to noon Fridays at St. Ann Catholic Church, 4057 U.S. 70 Business, Clayton; and from 1 to 3 p.m. weekdays at Clayton Area Ministries, 704 E. Main St., Clayton. No ID or proof of need is required for tickets, but they should be picked up by Wednesday, Nov. 19. For more information, visit servetheneedjc.org or call 919-550-0614.
Purna Yoga East in downtown Clayton offers a free community class on the third Saturday of every month. The next class is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at 107 E. First St. Register online at purnayogaeast.com.
A fall festival is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at Lionsgate Child Development Center, 15 Middleton St., Clayton. The festival will offer games, food, vendors and face painting.
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department offers Family Fun in the Sun-day at Clayton Community Park. The next session is Nov. 23, with “Jump into Fall.” Hours are 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 per family. Register in advance at the Clayton Community Center. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
Here are upcoming events at the Clayton Center for Active Aging, 303 Dairy Road: flu shots, 10 a.m. Nov. 12; Thanksgiving potluck lunch, 11 a.m. Nov. 21; cookie swap, 10 a.m. Dec. 2; and pizza and painting, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 4, $28. The crafts fair is seeking vendors of crafts made by seniors. The fee is $20. For more information, call 919-553-4350 or email email@example.com.
The Town of Garner is seeking entries for its Christmas parade, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. For an application, go to garnernc.gov/Forms/Parks%20and%20Recreation/Christmas_Parade_Application.pdf.
A Santa Shop crafts fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at First Baptist Church, 601 St. Mary’s St., Garner. Vendors will sell crafts, grilled hot dogs will be available, and children may visit with Santa Claus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Proceeds will go to Able to Serve, a Cleveland nonprofit that serve people with intellectual and physical disabilities.
The Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service has launched its annual fruit and nut tree sale. Available this year are apple, blueberry, fig, grape, blackberry, pear, persimmon, peach and pecan. The deadline for orders is Nov. 14. For more information, call 919-989-5380.
The Johnston County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The program will include a candle-making demonstration and election of officers for 2015. For more information, visit jocobee.org.
The Johnston County Youth Livestock Festival will serve its annual meal from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at the Livestock Arena, 520 County Home Road, Smithfield. The buffet will offer pork and beef barbecue, chicken pastry, chitterlings, baked sweet potatoes, hush puppies, collards and more. The cost is $12, with takeout available. For more information, call the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service at 919-989-5380.
The Johnston County Chapter of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Golden Corral on East Market Street near Interstate 95 in Smithfield. Paula Brown will talk about 2014 North Carolina tax laws and how they will affect retirees.
The 19th annual Ina Fitts Memorial Toy Run will be held Saturday, Nov. 15. The run will begin at 9 a.m. at Capital PowerSports, 10920 Star Road, Wake Forest. It will stop at Garcia Moto in Raleigh and Team PowerSports in Garner before heading to Walmart in Smithfield to shop for toys, which riders will deliver to the Salvation Army in Smithfield. For riders unable to make the complete trip, each stop will have drop boxes. The toy run is a project of the Salvation Army and the Triangle Travelers for Jesus. To learn more, call Richard Streib at 919-673-1522 or Micheal Jessup at 919-489-5240.
Quilters will demonstrate their skills from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. Items will be for sale. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fourth annual wine-tasting walk to benefit Harbor will take place Friday, Nov. 14, in downtown Smithfield. The walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Harbor’s Pizazz resale shop at 119 N. Third St. Musicians will play, and artists will sell their works. The cost is $20 per person.
A Shriners parade is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in downtown Smithfield. The parade will feature more than 40 Sudan units. The Shriners will be in town that weekend for their Fall Ceremonial.
A Veterans Day celebration is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Smithfield-Selma High School, 700 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield.
“Kids in Nature,” a class for children ages 3-5, meets from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road. Upcoming sessions are Nov. 12, snakes; Nov. 19, animal athletes; Dec. 3, mammals; Dec. 10, owns; and Dec. 17, natural ornaments. The cost is $4 for Smithfield residents and $6 for nonresidents. Register the morning before.