• The North Carolina Central University Johnston County alumni chapter meets at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at Johnston Piney Grove Baptist Church, 1691 Barber Mill Road, Clayton. Contact Margaret Barbee, 919-585-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The 2 p.m. Nov. 15 and Dec. 11 Johnston County Board of Education meetings, normally held in the Simpson Building, will be in the A.G. Glenn Building.
• From September through May, the Newcomers and Neighbors Club meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Woman’s Club on Church Street in Clayton.
• The Woman’s Club of Clayton’s annual Taste of Carolina Cuisine fundraiser is 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at The Clayton Center. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased from any club member or by calling Marie Monsees at 919-553-5289.
• HealthQuest Wellness Center is hosting a HealthQuest Gobble Waddle food drive and fundraiser 5K/10K Run and Walk. The run begins at 9 a.m. Nov. 17 on the corner of Second and Church streets in Smithfield. Register at active.com.
• Johnston Community College offers free business seminars and counseling at the Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive in Clayton. Contact Shelley Gardner, 919-209-2591, email@example.com or visit johnstoncc.edu/sbcseminars. The school also offers continuing education courses; call Vic McCormick 919-209-2595. Register online at www.johnstoncc.edu/curriculumreg.
• The Clayton Parks and Recreation After-School program for kids in grades K-5 operates Monday-Friday from school dismissal to 6 p.m. For a complete Clayton Parks and Recreation Department schedule, call Wanda Tetterton, 919-553-1550 or visit www.townofclaytonnc.org/residents/Recreation.
• The town of Clayton want kids to go trick-or-treating on Halloween, Oct. 31. Town officials recommend children under 13 should trick-or-treat in the early evening and be in by 8:30 p.m. Town officials don’t recommend children over 13 wear a mask. Children also need to be accompanied by an adult.
• Pumpkin Carving with White Oak Baptist Church is 6 p.m. Oct.28 at Archer Lodge Community Center. Bring pumpkins to carve, carving utensils, newspaper and trash bag. For details go to archerlodge.org.
• Clayton’s Halloween Parade is 2-4 p.m. Oct. 31 on Main and West Fayetteville streets in Clayton. Call Susie Pasqual, 919-553-1555.
• Halloween Fallapalooza Oct. 31 at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton 10 a.m.-2 p. m. There will also be baked goods on sale. Call Christie, 919-359-9366.
• Darkside Haunted Estates’ haunted adventure is open 7-10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October and Halloween. The house is also open Nov. 2 and 3 at 11875 N.C. 222 W., Middlesex. Visit darksidehauntedestates.com.
• A reception for artist Jo Tucker of Four Oaks is at Melody’s Coffeehouse and Booksellers 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Nov.1 at 117 N. Third St., Smithfield . Tucker’s artwork is on display at Melody’s throughout November.
• Little River Historical Society members are getting together for breakfast at 8 a.m. Nov. 13 at Ricky Chamblee’s cabin, 9677 Applewhite Road, Wendell.
• The Johnston County office of the N.C. Cooperative Extension is having their annual fruit and nut tree sale. Call 919-989-5380 or email johnston.ces.ncsu.edu.
• Date-Night Movie-Nights at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton are 7 p.m. Nov. 29 and Dec.27. Bring your date to free screenings of “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” Nov. 29 and “The Shop Around the Corner,” Dec.27.
• The Clayton Area Toastmasters meet from 6-7 p.m. Thursdays at the Workforce Development Center at 135 Bestwood Drive. Call Anthony Allen, 919-585-2098 or visit claytontm.com.
• Keep Johnston County Beautiful Inc. will stage its annual Festival of Trees Nov. 29-Dec. 5 at the Johnston Medical Mall in Smithfield. Call Susan Woodard, 934-7156, ext. 3.
• The Clayton Christmas parade is 3 p.m. Dec. 8. The Clayton Chamber of Commerce is looking for parade sponsors. Call 919-553-6352.
• Country Crooner, Collin Raye will perform an acoustical concert 3 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on the main campus of Johnston Community College in Smithfield. Tickets are $22.50 and available at the JCC Box Office, 919-209-2099 or johnstoncc.edu/performingarts.
• The Alfred Hitchcock thriller “Killer Spoof’ The 39 Steps” comes to The Clayton Center stage, 111 E. Second St. at 8 p.m. Nov. 17. Buy the $30 tickets for the 8 p.m. show at theclaytoncenter.com or by calling 919-553-1737.
• American Idol winner Kris Allen will perform at The Clayton Center Jan. 18. Tickets are $30 for reserved seating. A limited number of VIP tickets are $75. Buy tickets for the 8 p.m. performance at theclaytoncenter.com or call 919-553-1737.
Call for artists
• Clayton Visual Arts Inc., needs artists to feature in the 2013 monthly exhibits at The Clayton Center. Artists should mail their resume, a portfolio of four to six images and the $10 application fee to Clayton Visual Arts, Exhibits Committee, P.O. Box 698, Clayton, NC 27528; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or complete the online entry form at claytonvisualartsnc.org/artist-invitation. The deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 31. Visit claytonvisualartsnc.org.
• Johnston Community College wants entries for the Howell Woodstock photography contest. Photos must depict plant life, animal life or landscapes. Winners will be announced Nov. 10 at the Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center. For contest rules and entry forms, call 919-209-2173 or email email@example.com.
• The Johnston County Public Health Department has walk-in flu-vaccine clinics for adults from 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For information, call 919-989-5200.
• The Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield, is the coordinating site for the Johnston County Senior Health Insurance Information Program and is offering Medicare 101 workshops at 6 p.m. monthly on the second Tuesday. Call 919-989-5380 to reserve a seat or visit johnston.ces.ncsu.edu.
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.
The Partnership for Children of Johnston County is accepting applications for pre-kindergarten. Call 919-202-0002 or visit pfcjc.org.