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 next Nature Nights for children ages 6-10 are scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19 and Oct. 10 at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. Children will play games, make crafts and go on night hikes. The cost is $20 for Clayton residents and $25 for nonresidents.
Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library will hold its fall book sale Sept. 12, 13 and 15 at the library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton. The sale’s sneak preview, with bags of books for $25, will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12. The sale will continue from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 13 with bags of books for $15 and from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 15 with bags for $10.
The Widowed Persons Organization of Clayton will travel to Fayetteville on Sept. 19 to see the play “The Buck Stops Here” at the Northwood Temple Dinner Theater. The cost is $52. To sign up, call 919-616-5131.
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.
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.
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.
An open house is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Johnston County Animal Services, 115 Shelter Way, Smithfield. The event will offer dogs and cats for adoption, a microchip clinic, visiting rescue groups, vendors, food, a bounce house and raffles.
The South Johnston High School class of 1994 will hold its 20-year reunion at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at TerraFin Station, 25 Old Drug Store Road in the Cleveland community. To attend, email email@example.com or reply to the Evite on the South Johnston Ninety-Four Facebook page.
The Smith-Bryan Daughters of the American Revolution invite Johnston County residents, churches, schools and civic clubs to celebrate the signing of the U.S. Constitution by ringing bells at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17.
A celebration of National Recovery Month is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at First Missionary Baptist Church, 403 Caswell St., Smithfield. The free event will feature games, health screenings, music, speakers, vendors and food. For more information, call Pam Radford at 919-989-5514 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Melissa Payne at 919-989-5587 or email her at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Demonstrations and tips on preserving your favorite foods are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org or email email@example.com.
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 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.
Robotic LEGOS workshops will be held Oct. 24 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon for children ages 5-7 and 1 to 4 p.m. for children ages 8-12. The cost is $40 per person. For more information, call 919-934-1408.