A class in beginning crochet class will start Sept. 30 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The class, designed for adults, will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays for six weeks. The cost is $40 for Clayton residents and $55 for nonresidents. For more information, or to register, visit www.theclaytoncenter.com.
A H alloween Fun Run and Walk will take place Saturday, Oct. 26, at Clayton Community Park, 1075 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. Proceeds will benefit the Smithfield Rescue Mission. The run and walk will start at 9:30 a.m. A costume contest will take place at 9 a.m., with prizes awarded. Registration by Oct. 7 is $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 5-10. Registration after that date is $25 for adults and $20 for children. For more information, visit: www.smithfieldrescue.org.
The third annual Squealin on the Square BBQ Cookoff will take place Oct. 4-5 on the Town Square on the corner of Main and Fayetteville streets in Clayton. The GB4 band will perform from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 4. The Old Habits band will play from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Barbecue plates are $5 in advance, and tickets can be purchased at the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 301 E. Main St. Plates will be $6 on the day of the event.
The Clayton Center for Active Aging is seeking crafters for its fundraising craft fair from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. For more information, or to apply, call Louanne at 919-553-4350.
The first Driving Fore a Cure for PH will take place Saturday, Oct. 19, at Riverwood Golf Course in Clayton.
Proceeds will benefit research into pulmonary hypertension, or PH, a chronic, incurable and life-threatening lung disease that creates narrowing of the blood vessels in the lungs. If left untreated, PH can lead to failure of the right side of the heart.
The day begins with registration from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The tournament, with a boxed lunch, will tee off at 11. Dinner and music will follow. The cost is $100 per person or $350 for a team of four. To learn more, or to register, go to https://www.firstgiving.com/phassociation/DrivingForeaCureforPH.
Clayton Cares for the Cure, a dinner theater, is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Wagner House, 121 E. Main St., Clayton. The cost is $60. For more information, visit raindownus.org or call 919-796-4776.
A craft fair is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Clayton Center for Active Aging, 303 Dairy Road, Clayton. Registration for vendor spaces is open. For more information, www.cssjohnston.org or call 919-553-4350.
Clayton Area Toastmasters meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive. For more information, call David Warner at 919-327-1219 or visit claytontm.com.
N.C. Big Sweep is seeking volunteers for its Johnston County litter cleanup, which is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Volunteers can select a cleanup site. Big Sweep will provide trash bags, data cards and other supplies. For more information, call Susan Woodard at 919-934-7156, Ext. 3, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield is seeking architects for the upcoming Gingerbread House Festival. The library will accept entries until 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in the following categories: family, birth to age 5; youth, ages 6-12; teen, ages 13-17; adult, ages 18 and older; and culinary professional.
Johnston Countys Heritage Quilt Show is seeking sponsors for this years event, which will take place Oct. 10-12. The four levels of sponsorship are Scissor, $500 or more; Thimble, $250-$499; Needle, $100-$249; and Thread, $50-$99. For more information, call Jayne McBurney at 919-989-5380.
The Garner Optimist Club will hold its 15th annual golf tournament at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Reedy Creek Golf Course, 585 Reedy Creek Road, Four Oaks. The format is captains choice with four-player teams. The entry fee is $65 per player, and the deadline to enter is Sept. 27. Proceeds will fight childhood cancer. For more information, call Paul Keene at 919-906-3206 or Bill Oates at 919-302-4648.
The Johnston Health Foundation will hold a number of fundraisers this fall.
• A social to benefit Johnston Home Care & Hospice is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Portofino clubhouse in Clayton.
• A golf tournament on Friday, Oct. 11, will offer tee times of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
• The Champions 5K Walk/Run will step off at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.
To learn more about these events, call 919-938-07169.
A Way to Wellness, the first in a series of health-care seminars presented by Southeastern Healthcare N.C., is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the auditorium of the Johnston Health Medical Mall, 514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. Benjamin Staples, executive director of Mental Health America, and Eileen McGuinness-Vaillancourt, director of programs and public policy for the Alzheimers Association of Eastern North Carolina, will speak. For more information, visit www.southeasternhealthcarenc.com.
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department is seeking crafters and artisans for its Harvest Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Community Park, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. To apply, contact Tiffany Pearson or Kristin Sasser at 919-934-2148, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department offers a Wellness Walk at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Community Park, 700 Booker Dairy Road. The group meets at the picnic shelter. For more information, call David Moore at 336-403-7348 or Corn Robertson at 919-802-3136.
Southland Car Club will hold its annual car show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in front of Sheltons Harley-Davidson on Industrial Park Drive in Smithfield. The first 100 entrants will receive photo plaques, and the grand prize is $300. Registration is from 8 a.m. to noon, with the awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Same-day registration is $20. Proceeds will award two $1,000 scholarships to college-bound high school students. For more information, visit www.southlandcarclub.com.
The Smithfield Appearance Commission is seeking donations to its Donate a Tree Program, which plants crepe myrtles in town. A $50 donation pays to purchase, plant and care for a tree. A plaque on Town Hall Park recognizes donors. For more information, call 919-938-2083 and leave a message, or stop by town hall on Market Street and pick up a brochure.
The Smithfield and Selma parks and recreation departments are forming a youth council for high school students interested in becoming more involved in the community. For more information, email Tiffany Pearson at email@example.com or call 919-934-2148, Ext. 212.
A workshop titled Engineering FUNdamentals with LEGO is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Explore concepts in physics, engineering and architecture with LEGOs. The cost is $35 per person. For more information, email Tiffany Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-934-2148, Ext. 212.
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department offers Senior Coffee Corner every Tuesday and Thursday morning at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road. The gathering, for adults ages 55 and older, offers free coffee, occasional breakfast treats and brain teasers. For more information, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148, ext. 112, or email email@example.com.
Walk the Trail in Her Shoes, a benefit for Harbor Inc., will take place Saturday, Oct. 26, on the trail at Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Last year, the event drew 100 local businessmen, male community leaders and young adults who walked in womens shoes.
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department invites beginning and seasoned runners to join the River Rats Running Club, which meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the large picnic shelter in Community Park, 700 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The membership fee is $20 and includes a T-shirt. For more information, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148, Ext.112, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southeast Regional Library win Garner has scheduled the following:
• Learn tips on stress reduction through mindfulness and breathing exercises during a yoga program at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.
• Customize a coffee mug during a craft program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9.
• Brooke Daly, founder of Advantage College Planning, will talk about how to choose the right college at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.
• Librarians will offer help in resume writing at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23.
• Jamie Brummitt, a doctoral student at Duke University, will talk about Mormonism at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24.
• Learn about your family history during a genealogy program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.
The library is at 908 Seventh Ave. For more information, or to register for a program, call 919-662-2250.
Manna From Heaven Soup Kitchen will hold sell barbecue plates and hold a yard sale starting at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Edgerton Memorial United Methodist Church, 401 W. Anderson St., Selma. For more information, call Debra Salter at 919-817-5187.
The Selma Parks & Recreation Department invites adults ages 55 and older to travel to the State Fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. The cost is $15, and registration is required by Monday, Oct. 7. For more information, or to register, call 919-975-1411, or visit the Selma Parks and Recreation Office at 305 N. Pollock St., Selma.
The Selma Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled the following Railroad Days events:
Run/Family Fun Walk The 5-kilometer run, open to men and women, is a sanctioned race that begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the intersection of Webb and Waddell streets. The registration fee is $15 on or before Oct. 2 and $20 after that. While supplies last, runners will receive a T-shirt and runners bag. All fun walkers will receive a medal. For more information, call 919-975-1411 or visit www.selma-nc.com or www.active.com.
• Cornhole A double-elimination tournament will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. The cost is $25 per team. The champion and runner-up teams will receive a trophy, and all players will receive a T-shirt. The entry deadline 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2., and the tournament is limited to 24 teams. For more information, call 919-975-1411.
• Parade The parade will step off at 10 a.m., with lineup starting at 9 a.m. at Selma Elementary School. The entry fee is $25. For more information, call 919-975-1411 or visit www.selma-nc.com.
• Vendor applications The Railroad Days Committee is accepting vendor applications for the Saturday, Oct. 5 festival, which will offer three stages of live entertainment, a childrens area, a car show and more. For more information, call 919-975-1411 or visit www.selma-nc.com.
A blood drive is scheduled from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the American Legion Building on U.S. 301 north of downtown Benson. For an appointment, call 919-894-4261 or 919-632-0783 by Tuesday, Oct. 1.
Wilsons Mills Fire Rescue will hold its annual community meeting at8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Fire Station No. 1, 145 Fire Department Road, Wilsons Mills.
Wilsons Mills Advent Christian Church will hold a Car & Truck Show at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at 676 Main St., Wilsons Mills. Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, and judging will begin at 2 p.m. The registration cost is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. Proceeds will benefit the Christmas in October. The event will also feature live music, door prizes and a drawing. For more information, call Phillip Wright at 919-291-1469 or email email@example.com.