Call for foster parents
The Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina needs foster families in Raleigh, Durham and Johnston counties. There’s an open house 6-8 p.m. Sept.10 at 6015 Fayetteville Road, Suite 111 in Durham. For information contact Keeva Nichols, 919-294-6273 or email email@example.com.
• The Sue Daniels Memorial Run-Walk for Backpack Buddies begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 13 at Wilson’s Mills Town Hall, 101 Railroad St. Register online at runtheeast.com.
• The Rotary clubs of Clayton will hold their annual wine-tasting fundraiser at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. Proceeds support the clubs’ scholarship funds.
• Ken’s Korny Corn Maze in Garner has teamed up with North Carolina’s Outstanding Little Miss Queens to host a Family Fun Night Out 4-9 p.m. Sept. 28. Mention Children’s Miracle Network when purchasing tickets and a portion of the evenings proceeds will go to this charity.
• 2012 Clayton Town Square Concert Series concert dates, except Sept. 13, are the third Thursday of the month, 7-9 p.m. on the Town Square, 100 W. Main St.
Market is open
The Clayton Farm & Community Market is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays on the Town Square at Main and O’Neill streets.
Local events, classes
• Johnston Community College offers free business seminars and counseling at the Workforce Development Center, 135 Best Wood Drive in Clayton. Contact Shelley Gardner, 919-209-2591, firstname.lastname@example.org. The school also offers continuing education courses; call Vic McCormick 919-209-2595. Students also can find information and register online at johnstoncc.edu/sbcregistration.
• The Clayton Parks and Recreation After-School program for kids in grades K-5 operates Monday-Friday from school dismissal to 6 p.m. Call Wanda Tetterton at 919-553-1550 for information.
• After school art classes begin Sept.18 for kids 5-7 years old, Sept. 19 for kids 8-10 years old and Sept. 20 for kids 11 through 13 years old. These six week classes are 4:30-6 p.m. at the Clayton Community Center. Call 919-553-1550.
For a complete list of Clayton Parks and Recreation Department events, activities and classes, call Wanda Tetterton, 919-553-1550 of visit townofclaytonnc.org/residents/Recreation.
• The Democratic Women of Johnston County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the fellowship hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 S. Second St., Smithfield. For information call the headquarters office, 919-550-4186.
• The Clayton High School Class of 1987’s class reunion is 6-10 p.m. Oct. 13 at Venero’s Italian Restaurant. Cost is $35 per person, check payable to Clayton High Class of 87 Reunion. Mail to CHS Class of 87 Reunion, 5842 N. C. Highway 42 W., Garner, NC 27529. Contact email@example.com.
• Johnston County Public Health Department has walk-in adult flu vaccine clinics 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Walk-in tdap clinics for sixth graders is 2-7 p.m. Sept. 11 and 25. For information call 919-989-5200.
• Carl Williams, DVM, DACVPM, North Carolina Public Health State Veterinarian will conduct a rabies in-service at Johnston County Public Health Department. The date will be announced. Call 919-989-5200.
• Johnston County Health Department is now offering parenting classes to Johnston County residents with children birth-5- years-old beginning Oct. 17. To register call Tierra Taylor, 919-989-5200.
• The Exceptional Children’s Center and the Johnston County Autism Society of North Carolina is conducting a workshop 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 11 for parents with special needs children at 11407 U.S. Highway 70 W. Business. Email Leanna George, LG100778@yahoo.com.
• The Clayton Area Toastmasters meet 6-7 p.m. Thursdays at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bentwood Drive. This is an international group dedicated to helping people improve their communication and leadership skills. Call Anthony Allen at 919-585-2098 or visit claytontm.com.
• Clayton newcomers and neighbors annual picnic is 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at Walden Club House, Old State Road 42 and U. S. 70. Admission is $5 for adults, children are free. To RSVP call 919-585-2462 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Clayton’s annual “Squealin’ on the Square” barbecue cook-off is Oct. 5 and 6 in the Town Square. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 the day of the event. Buy tickets at chamber office Oct. 1. Registration and entry fees must be in at the Chamber by Oct. 1. Call 919-553-6352 for details.
• Keep Johnston County Beautiful, Inc. is planning its annual Festival of Trees, Nov. 29-Dec. 5 at the Johnston Medical Mall in Smithfield. A planning meeting is 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Johnston County Homebuilders Association , 237 E. Market St., Smithfield. For information call Susan Woodard at 934-7156 ext.3.
• Melody’s Booksellars and Coffee Shop presents a solo exhibition of art by Jane Kate Brown, "An Artist’s Journey." This exhibit runs through September. There's a reception at 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 22 for coffee with the Artists at 117 N. Third St. in Clayton. Call 919-938-1511.
Coats family reunion picnic
Descendants of Amos “Babe” and Lenora “Nora” Wood Coats will have a family reunion and picnic Sept. 30 at Clemmons Educational State Forest on Old Highway U. S. 70. A picnic under the pavilion begin at 12:30 p.m.
• The Widowed Persons Organization of Clayton meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Rainbow Lanes Family Fun Center in Clayton. Call 919-616-5131 or 919-772-7086.
• Parents-as-Teachers, a free parent-support program, serves Johnston County families with children from birth to 5-years-old. For information, call Tammy Evans, 919-989-5200.
Register for preschool
The Partnership for Children of Johnston County is accepting applications for its pre-kindergarten program. Call 919-202-0002 or visit pfcjc.org.