• Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. is Open Mic Night at Melody’s Coffee Shop and Book Store, 117 N. Third St., Smithfield.
• A weekly contest titled “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader?” will meet from 7:15-8 p.m. Thursdays through March 21, at Melody’s Coffeehouse-Booksellers, 117 N. Third St., Smithfield. The weekly academic contest is for all ages. Call 919-938-1511 for information.
• Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10225, 1706 W. Garner Road will have its monthly steak dinner, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 8. Dinner cost $13. Call 919-772-1062 for details.
• Johnston County Arts Council wants artist for an Upcoming Juried Art Show in conjunction with the annual Johnston County Arts Council Art and Food Festival March 1. Download the prospectus at jcartscouncil.org. Call Darlene Williford at 919-938-0306 or Sandra O’Berry at 919-934-3487 for details.
• Go “Freezin for a Reason” for Special Olympics during the Clayton Polar Plunge at Zaxbys, 2 p.m. Jan. 26. A portable swimming pool will be set up in the parking lot for individuals to jump in to show their support for Special Olympics. A minimum $50 donation is required. Call Frank Devoid, 919-550-3948 for information.
• The Partnership for Children of Johnston County is holding its annual Steakhouse fundraiser Feb. 4 at the Clayton Steakhouse, 307 E. Main St. in downtown Clayton. Tickets are $12 each for two seatings, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. For tickets, call 919-202-0002 or stop by the Partnership for Children Selma office, 1406-A S. Pollock St., Selma.
• There is a small grain and grain sorghum growers production meeting at noon, Jan. 31 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center. Call 919-989-5380.
• The Newcomers and Neighbors Club meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Woman’s Club on Church Street in Clayton.
• The Johnston County Scrabble Club meets from 6-8 p.m. Mondays at Melody’s Coffee Shop and Book Store, 117 N. Third St., Smithfield.
• Clayton Area Toastmasters meet from 6-7 p.m. Thursdays at the Workforce Development Center, 135 Best Wood Drive. Call Anthony Allen at 919-585-2098 or visit claytontm.com.
• Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action, Inc., is conducting free financial literacy workshops Jan. 23 and 24. The 3 p.m. Jan. 23 workshop is titled “Pay yourself first.” The last workshop at 10 a.m. Jan.24 is titled “Income tax tips.” All workshops are at 1102 Massey, Smithfield. Call Tina Ray at 919-934-2145 for details.
• The Retirement Education Center is offering Clayton residents a class on optimizing Social Security benefits. The class will be in Johnston Community College’s Cleveland Center, 9046 Cleveland Road from noon-1 p.m. Jan. 23. The cost is $50 per person but spouses can attend free of charge. Register at myretirement-edu.com/clayton.
• There is a fruit tree training and pruning demonstration 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 26 at The Central Crops Research Station, 13223 U.S. 70 Business, Clayton. For information and to register, call 919-989-5380, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit johnston.ces.ncsu.edu.
• The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service is accepting applications for Extension Master Gardener volunteers. If accepted, volunteers will receive training Thursdays, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 24-April 25. Cost for training is $100. Call 919-989-5380.
• Johnston Community College Arboretum offers community classes and workshops with a focus on gardening, self-sufficiency and environmental issues. Visit johnstoncc.edu/arboretum or call 919-209-2052.
• 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, email@example.com or visit johnstoncc.edu.
• The school also offers continuing education courses; call Vic McCormick at 919-209-2595. Register online at www.johnstoncc.edu/curriculumreg. The college also offers job-skills classes. Fees are waived for the unemployed, underemployed or people who have received notice of pending layoff. Contact Danielle Hussey, 919-209-2042, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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.
• Free HIV tests are available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Johnston County Public Health Department, 517 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. Call Pam Daughtry, 919-989-5200.
• A mental health support group meets from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays at 353 Second St., Hocutt’s Education Building B, Clayton. Call 919-601-3762.
• 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.