An outdoor screening of “An American Tail” is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Archer Lodge Community Center, 14009 Buffalo Road. Gates open at 7 p.m.; the movie starts at dusk. The screening is a project of Little Miss Archer Lodge Marissa Stone, who is collecting school supplies for needy children. Concessions will be available. For admission, bring a school item or a $5 donation. Marissa is seeking donations of crayons, markers, pencils, paper, glue sticks, facial tissue, disinfecting wipes and paper towels.
The Archer Lodge Farmers Market is seeking vendors selling handmade crafts and homegrown produce, eggs, meats and plants. For more details and an application, go to thearcherlodgefarmersmarket.com.
Auditions for this year’s Clayton Idol competition will take place Sept. 1-2. The contest has three divisions: junior, ages 5-11; teen, ages 12-17; and young adult, ages 18-25. The finals will be Sept. 16. The registration fee is $45. To learn more, call the Clayton Chamber of Commerce at 919-553-6352 or go to claytonchamber.com.
A class in jewerly silversmithing will begin Aug. 20 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The class will meet from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Thursdays for eight weeks. Students will learn basic design, sawing, filing, drilling, stone setting, forms and polishing. The cost is $70 for Clayton residents and $85 for nonresidents. The supply fee is $40. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will offer after-school care for children in grades K-5. The registration fee is $25. The monthly cost is $110 for Clayton residents and $137 for nonresidents. Parks and Rec provides transportation from West Clayton Elementary and Cooper Elementary. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
“Thrive in the Second Half of Life,” a seminar on aging, is scheduled from 1 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. George Fuller Jr., a certified senior adviser, will conduct the seminar, which is a service of Greater Heights United Methodist Church. The cost is $100 per person. To learn more, or to sign up, go to silvercompassion.com.
A nature class for home-schooled children ages 5-8 will begin Sept. 14 in Clayton. The class will meet from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays for six weeks. The cost is $30 for Clayton residents and $45 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
The Clayton Center for Active Aging will take in a Carolina Mudcats game at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18. The Center for Active Aging is at 303 Dairy Road, Clayton. To learn more about center activities, call 919-553-4350.
The Memory Lane Car Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, at Golden Corral, 60 Son-Lan Parkway in the Cleveland community. That’s just off of N.C. 42 near Interstate 40. For more information, call Ken Wendel at 919-815-6148.
A benefit for the Smithfield Rescue Mission will take place Wednesday, Aug. 19, at City Barbecue, 110 Cabela Drive, Garner. The restaurant will donate 25 percent of proceeds to the rescue mission. To take part, download the flyer at facebook.com/smithfieldrescuemission and show it when ordering.
Johnston County Home Educators will hold their annual conference Aug. 21-22 at Wilson’s Mills Baptist Church, 652 Swift Creek Road near Wilson’s Mills. “Beat the Clock,” an essay workshop with Janice Campbell, is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 21. The writing workshop is designed for high school students, advanced intermediate-school students and parents who want to improve their writing and evaluation skills. The cost is $40. Aug. 22 will offer workshops at 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Hames Gardner of Answers in Genesis will speak at 1:30 and 2:35 p.m. To learn more, go to www.jchenc.org/bookfair/ or visit the group on Facebook under Johnston County Home Educators.
The N.C. chapter of the Johnston Central Alumni Association has scheduled an Aug. 22 trip to the Delaware Park casino in Wilmington, Del. The cost is $75. To learn more call, 919-464-3128, 919-553-2321 or 919-205-1267.
A screening of “The Music Man” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. Admission is free; concessions will be available. That day same, the museum will debut the exhibit “The Peddler: America’s Original Traveling Salesman.”
A screening of “Big Hero 6” is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15, on the ball fields at Selma Middle School, 1533 U.S. 301 North, Selma. The fun starts at 7 p.m. with a bounce house, face painting, train rides and water play. The movie wills start at dark. Concessions will be available. The Boys and Girls Club of Johnston County will give away backpacks while supplies last, and the organizers will collect food for the local Backpack Buddies program. For more information, call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411.
The Selma Railroad Days Committee is accepting applications for its Railroads Days pageants, which are open to contestants ages 4-20. The pageants are scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. The entry fee is $100, and the deadline for applications is Sunday, Aug. 30. The application is online at selma-nc.com. It’s also available in the Selma Parks and Recreation office, 305 N. Pollock St. For more information, call Deborah Baker at 919-965-3395 or the Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411.
Bingo play for adults 55 and older is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at McDonald’s, 335 U.S. 70, Selma. Play is free, with prizes awarded. For more informatin, call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, the Rotary Club of Central Johnston County will accept donations of school supplies in the parking lot at Walmart, 1299 N.Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield.
Starting in September, the Johnston County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer a class for parents of children with mental illness. The class, titled “Basics,” will meet at noon Wednesdays. For more information, or to register, call 919-817-6294 or 919-464-3572. Separately, a free mental health support group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays in Smithfield. To learn more, call 919-812-6294.
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