News-Star: Celebrations

Community Notes


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 or call 919-894-3825. The deadline to enter is Nov. 30.


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 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

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.


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

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 serves people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Johnston County

The Juvenile Crime Prevention Council will meet at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at the Johnston County Health Public Health Department on North Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield.

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 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 or email


Here are upcoming events at the Harrison Center for Active Aging, 611 W. Noble St., Selma: Nov. 19, osteoarthritis presentations, noon and 6 p.m.; Nov. 20, holiday sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dec. 9, foot clinic, by appointment only; Dec. 11, trip to the Temple Theater to see “The Sanders Family Christmas”; and Dec. 12, covered dish Christmas party. For more information, call 919-965-6478 or email


The 2014 Fall Ceremonial for Sudan Shriners will be held Nov. 14-16 in Smithfield. The fraternity conducts its quarterly business meetings, welcomes new nobles and their families to the organization and hold the well-known “Shriners Parade” during the Fall Ceremonial. The Fall Ceremonial is conducted in a different city/community every year.

The weekend events will commence on Friday afternoon welcoming the Shriners, their families, the prospective new Shriners and guests with food, fun and socializing. Saturday morning will be very busy with official meetings and tasks associated with the operation of Sudan, which directly supports Shriners Hospitals for Children. The quarterly parade will follow through the streets of Smithfield featuring 40 plus Sudan parade units as far away as Manteo to Wilmington. These parade units are the same that thrill crowds all over North Carolina throughout the year with their antics and performances.

The Sudan Shriners, the fifth largest temple in Shriners International is celebrating their 98th year.

The 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children are located throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Sudan Shriners currently have over 550 patients being treated at SHC’s in Philadelphia, PA; Houston, Texas; Montreal, Canada; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Greenville SC. If you know of a child in need of care, please visit our website at or you may contact our Patient Coordinator, Donna Horton at (252) 637-5197 or (800) 697-5197.

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.

“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.