Clayton will hold its annual Halloween Parade from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, on Main Street. The parade will begin at Horne Square and end at Town Square.
A s hoebox-packing party to benefit Operation Christmas Child is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at The Clubhouse, 25 Paraggi Court, Clayton. For more information, or to volunteer, call 740-603-8655.
The Clayton Parks and Recreation department will offer shag lessons from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13. The cost is $40 per person. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
A program on veterans’ benefits is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Gabriel Manor, an assisting-living center and secure dementia center in Clayton. Rick Messemer of Carolina Estate Council will speak on “VA Benefits-Aid, Get the Facts.” To reserve a spot, call Jacqueline Jones at 919-302-3414 or email her at Jacqueline.Jones@saberhealth.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 costs $25 for adults and $20 for children. For more information, visit: www.smithfieldrescue.org.
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.
The Memory Lane Car Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at Golden Corral off of N.C. 42 near Interstate 40 in the Cleveland community. Owners of old and classics cars are welcomed. For more information, call Randolph Tart at 919-553-6229.
The Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service is selling fruit and nut trees. On sale this year are apple, blueberry, fig, grape, blackberry, pear, persimmon, peach, pecan and pawpaw. The deadline to place an order is Nov. 8. For more information, call 919-989-5380.
The Johnston County Republican Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Golden Corral on East Market Street near Interstate 95 in Smithfield. Claude Pope, chairman of the N.C. Republican Party, will speak. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. For more information, call Teresa Grant at 919-606-1070.
The 2013 Walk for Awareness will take place Saturday, Oct. 26, at Community Park, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The annual walk is designed to bring awareness to unsafe driving practices. Sign-in begins at 9:30 a.m.; the walk follows at 9:45. The day will also feature a free raffle and door prizes. For more information, email 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.
The Smithfield Kiwanis Club will serve its annual pancake supper from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, Centenary United Methodist Church at the corner of East Market Street and Second Street in Smithfield. The cost is $7 per person.
The Town of Smithfield will hold a public information meeting on its application for an N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road. The town hopes to use the grant to help build a ball field and playground for special-needs children.
Holy Fest Unity Day is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Helping and Healing Hearts, 308 N. Fourth St., Smithfield. The event will feature bounce houses, crafts and games for children; gospel music; community organizations; voter registration; and information on North Carolina’s health insurance exchange.
A Princess Tea Party is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Girls ages 2-5 will take part in princess activities, drink tea and eat treats. The cost is $15. For more information, call 919-934-2148.
Kids in Nature, a program for children ages 3-5, meets from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Register no later than the Monday before the Wednesday session. The cost is $4 for Smithfield residents and $6 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-934-2148.
A pancake breakfast is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Applebee’s, 1240 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The cost is $7 per person, with proceeds going to the Johnston Central High School Alumni Association.
The Johnston County Heritage Center’s annual Ghost Walk through Smithfield’s historic Riverside Cemetery will take place Thursday, Oct. 24. Guided tours with small groups will begin at 7 p.m. at the corner of South Second and Church streets – beside St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
No tickets will be available in advance. The Heritage Center will collect admission at the Ghost Walk’s starting point. The cost is $3 for adults and $2 for students in grades K-12. Preschool children get in free.
Tours will depart every five minutes or so until everyone has been served. Stationed throughout the cemetery, volunteer reenactors will portray half a dozen departed Johnstonians with interesting stories to tell.
This year’s characters are C.S. Powell, a Confederate veteran and 19th century sheriff, portrayed by present-day Sheriff Steve Bizzell; Benjamin Williams, an early governor of North Carolina, portrayed by Tom Howerton; Nancy Coates, mother of Albert Coates, founder of the UNC Institute of Government, portrayed by Myra Wallace; Sefton Stevens, a World War II fighter pilot who perished in action, portrayed by Jonathan Gaskins; Mr. and Mrs. Nixon Canaday, longtime African-American educators in the Clayton community, portrayed by Edward and Pearl Blackmon; and Lunette Barber, conservationist and wildlife educator, portrayed by Judy Daniels.
After the walk, refreshments will be available inside the Hastings House on Front Street.
For more information, call the Heritage Center at 919-934-2836 or email email@example.com.
Smithfield businessman Chris Key is going to “jail” to raise money for a ball field and playground for special-needs children.
Sheriff Steve Bizzell and Chief Deputy Bengie Gaddis will arrest Key on Oct. 18 and escort him to a cell, where he will remain until he raises enough money to make bail. Proceeds will go to the Partnership to Build a Miracle.
To help Key make bail, call the Johnston County Partnership for Children at 919-202-0002 or go to www.partnershiptobuildamiracle.com.
A luncheon to benefit the Johnston County Partnership for Children will take place Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Outback Steakhouse on Industrial Park Drive in Smithfield. Seatings will be at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $10 and includes steak, salad, mashed potatoes, cheesecake and beverage. For tickets, call 919-202-0002 or visit the Partnership for Children at 1460-A S. Pollock St., Selma.
“An Hour Inside the Gut” is the topic for the next Johnston Health Chat at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the auditorium of the Johnston Medical Mall on North Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield. Dr. Raj Majithia, a gastroenterologist, will talk about gut-related diseases and treatments. To reserve a seat for this free event, go to www.johnstonhealth.org.
A health lecture on weight loss is scheduled for 6.30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Eden’s Vegetarian Restaurant, 709 S. Third St., Smithfield. Sonha Upham, a wellness educator and specialist in botanical medicine,will share information on health and diet. The lecture will repeat at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28. For more information, call Alex Forde at 919-938-3880.
A plant exchange is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Johnston Community College Arboretum, 245 College Road, Smithifeld. Connect with other gardeners, trade your extras and share your favorites. Be sure to label plants and put seeds in a marked envelope.
“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 Alzheimer’s 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 women’s 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.