• The Clayton Piano Festival is Feb. 7-15. Concerts are at the Clayton Center Performing Arts Auditorium and the Wagner House in downtown Clayton. For a list of concerts go to claytonpianofestival.org or call 919-606-9703.
• Jonathan Levin, artistic director and founder of the Clayton Piano Festival will perform a special outreach presentation in select locations for school and church groups in the area Feb 5 and 13. Find details at claytonpianofestival.org or call 919-606-9703.
• Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10225, 1706 W. Garner Road will have its monthly steak dinner, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 8. Dinner costs $13. Call 919-772-1062 for details.
• The Archer Lodge Community Center staff is coordinating a “Park Clean Up” 9 a.m. Feb. 9. The rain date is Feb. 16. Another way to get involved is the “Adopt a Month Walking Trail Trash Pickup” calendar, where families can sign up for a month, walk the trail and pick up trash.
• Johnston County Arts Council wants artists for an Upcoming Juried Art Show in conjunction with the annual Arts Council Art and Food Festival March 1. Download the prospectus at jcartscouncil.org or call Darlene Williford at 919-938-0306 or Sandra O’Berry at 919-934-3487.
• Taylor Leopold will perform pop folk music 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Melody’s Coffee Shop and Book Store, 117 N. Third St., Smithfield.
• 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.
Black History Month events
• Heritage Center’s Black History Month program will focus on challenges facing young black males. “Boys to Men” is a program put together by Johnston County Heritage Commission, Carolyn Ennis. The center program is 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center. For details contact Wingate Lassiter at 919-938-4708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Johnston Community College has planned several events in February in celebration of black history. Events are free and open to the public. For more details, contact Della McMillian at 919- 464-2282 or Doris Edwards at 919-209-2539. The artwork of Thurmond Goins, a JCC graduate and current art student at North Carolina Central University, is featured in the Frank Creech Art Gallery until Feb. 28.
• 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.
• Harbor, Inc., will host its annual Valentine’s Ball from 6:30-10:30 pm. Feb. 9, at the Clayton Center 111 E. Second St. Harbor, Inc., is a nonprofit agency for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and women in transition. For reservations call 919-938-3566 or email Kchristensen@harborshelter.org Tickets are $125 and sponsorships are $500-$10,000.
• “Shop for a Cause” is a vendor event for the Easter Seals 4-7 p.m. Feb. 11 at Monty Hall in Clayton.
• This Valentine’s Day 4-7 p.m. Feb. 14 spend the evening at Clayton’s Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St. Local artists are selling handmade gifts, there’s a raffle for a gift basket along with music and refreshments. Business owners can set up booths. Call 919-359-9366.
• Cooper Elementary Run for the Rockets 5k race and walk is March 2, at 849 N. Mial St., Clayton. Early registration ends Feb. 6. Register online at www.active.com or registration the day of race with cash or check. Contact Alison Wilson at 919-320-4207 or Heather Moser at 919-333-2682 for entry forms.
• There is a benefit golf tournament for the Wounded Hero Project, March 30 at Riverwood Golf Course, 400 Riverwood Drive, Clayton. Registration begins at 11:45 a.m. Entry fee is $50. Call 919-550-1919 or visit google.com/site/woundedherogolf.
• The North Carolina Central University Johnston County Alumni Chapter will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Johnston Piney Grove Baptist Church, 1691 Barber Mill Road, Clayton. Contact Margaret Barbee 919-585-2934 or email: email@example.com.
• 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.
Classes and workshops
• The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service is offering Private Applicator Pesticide Recertification/Safety Classes for private applicators whose license expire this year. Classes are scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 4, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 11 and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Classes are at the Johnston County Agricultural Center in Smithfield on N.C. 210.
• Landowners who are interested in the county’s beaver management and assistance program conducted by the USDA should contact Tim Britton with the Johnston County Cooperative extension service 919-989-5380 or email Tim_Britton@ncsu.edu. The beaver management and assistance program provides technical assistance and advice to landowners who have beaver problems. Property inspection and consultation is free.
• Garner Woman’s Club is hosting a Smart Spending workshop 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 16 at 230 U.S. Highway 70 W., Garner. For information, visit smartspendingresources.com. Call Gloria Parrish at 919-412-5372, or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
• 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 JCC’s Kenly Center, 408 S. College Ave., Kenly and the Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, 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.
• Family members and friends of individuals suffering from mental illness can attend a National Alliance on Mental Illness presentation 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 7 at 353 Second St., Clayton. Call 919-601-3762 for additional info.
• 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.