News-Star: Community

Community Notes: Aug. 20

A living-living history program will take place Saturday at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site.
A living-living history program will take place Saturday at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site. N.C. DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL RESOURCES

Benson

The Benson Chamber of Commerce is seeking entries for this year’s Mule Day parade, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. For an application, go to bensonmuledays.com or call 919-894-3825.

The Benson Center for Active Aging invites adults 50 and older to take part in a scavenger hunt. The cost is $5, and the winner will receive half of the money collected. To learn more, call 919-894-2370.

Bentonville

“A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier” will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site. Costumed living historians will demonstrate how soldiers made meals, maintained their weapons, equipment and uniforms, trained for battle, withstood the weather and much more. This free program will feature musket demonstrations at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and artillery firings at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Bentonville Battlefield is located at 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks. For more information, visit nchistoricsites.org/bentonvi/bentonvi.htm or call 910-594-0789.

Clayton

The Clayton High School Alumni Association will meet from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Jones Lunch, 415 E. Main St., Clayton. For more information, call Bucky Coats at 919-550-5719.

Here are some upcoming events at the Clayton Center for Active Aging, 303 Dairy Road, Clayton: yard sale, 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 23; and murder mystery dinner cruise, Sept. 9 for $90. For more information, call 919-553-4350.

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department is registering children in grades K-5 for its after-school program. The weekly cost is $110 for Clayton residents and $125 for nonresidents. Transportation is available from West Clayton Elementary School. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

A class in basic digital photography will begin in September at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The class will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. The cost is $45 for Clayton residents and $60 for nonresidents. For the start date, call 919-553-1550.

A computer class titled “How Do I ...” will begin Sept. 17 in Clayton. The class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 5. Topics include buying a computer, software needs, security concerns, Internet, email, search engines, social media, an introduction to word processing and spreadsheet programs, and developing a file-management system for documents and photos. The cost is $50 for Clayton residents and $65 for nonresidents. For more information, call the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department at 919-553-1550.

Johnston County

The Johnston County Public Health Department will offer “Living Healthy,” a six-week class in how to self-manage chronic disease. To learn more, call 919-989-5200. Also, the Health Department will offer its childbirth class the first week in September. To register, call 919-989-5200.

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield will offer four free programs to help high school students write their college-application essay and prepare for the SAT and ACT college-admissions tests.

A seminar titled “How to Write a College Application Essay” is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.

A prep session for the SAT is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. A prep session for the ACT will follow at noon.

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.

The daytime Adult Book Club of the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield will hold a “meet and greet” at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Bistro on Third, 146 S. Third St., Smithfield. For more information, call Morgan Paty at 919-934-8146, Ext. 3, or email her at mpaty@pljcs.org.

Kenly

Listen to tobacco auctioneers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org or email groups@tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org.

Raleigh

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.

Selma

The Selma Parks and Recreation has scheduled a line-dancing class for adults. Starting Sept. 9, the class will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 14. The cost is $25, and the deadline to register is Friday, Aug. 29. For more information, call 919-975-1411.

The year’s Railroad Days festival in Selma is seeking vendors. Here are the fees by category: arts and crafts, $30; commercial, $100; food, $200; and information, $30. Electricity, if needed, is another $25. For an application, go to selma-nc.com or stop by the Selma Parks and Recreation office, 305 N. Pollock St.

The Selma Railroad Days Committee is seeking contestants ages 4-20 for its Miss Railroad Days pageants on Saturday, Sept. 27. The $100 entry fee is due by Aug. 24. For an application, go to selma-nc.com or stop by the Selma Parks and Recreation Department office at 305 N. Pollock St., Selma. For more information, call pageant director Deborah Baker at 919-965-3395 or the recreation department at 919-975-1411.

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