Thursday, July 4, is Independence Day, and federal, state and local-government offices in Johnston County will be closed for the holiday.
Also, the county’s public schools, public libraries and ABC stores will be closed.
Town halls in Archer Lodge, Benson, Clayton, Four Oaks, Kenly, Micro, Pine Level, Princeton, Selma, Smithfield and Wilson’s Mills will all be closed Thursday.
The Smithfield Herald will be closed Thursday.
Clayton Senior Activity Center and Clayton Parks and Recreation will offer the following programs for adults 60 and older. For more information, call 919-553-4350.
Walking – A weekly walking program will begin at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, July 11, at the concession stand on the walking trail at Clayton Community Park, 1075 Amelia Church Road.
Bridge class – Starting July 12, a bridge class will meet at 1 p.m. Fridays at the Clayton Senior Activity Center, 303 Dairy Road. All skill levels are welcome. Refreshments and coffee will be available.
The Johnston County Public Health Department will offer Tdap clinics from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and Sept. 24 at the Health Department, 517 N. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield. In North Carolina, the Tdap booster – a vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis – is required for entry into sixth grade. For more information, call 919-989-5200.
Soup kitchen in Selma
Manna from Heaven Soup Kitchen now serves meals every Thursday at 400 W. Watson St., Selma. Hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. Manna from Heaven also offers free clothing and other items to those in need. Volunteers and donations are needed. For more information, or to a make donation, call Debra Salter at 919-817-5187.
‘Christmas in July’
A “Christmas in July” shopping extravaganza is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Proceeds will support the Clayton Youth Theater production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Concessions will be available, and members of Clayton Youth Theater will present mini-performances.
Retirees to meet
The Johnston County Chapter of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Golden Corral, 100 Towne Centre Place, Smithfield. Flora Grantham will present an illustrated history of the Underground Railroad through quilts of various techniques and patterns.
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 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 email@example.com.
A free diabetes-management class will begin July 9 at First Missionary Baptist Church, 403 Caswell St., Smithfield. The class will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays for six weeks. Participants will learn how to manage pain and fatigue brought on by diabetes, how to increase activity and confidence, and how to eat healthy. For more information, call the church at 919-934-7007.
John Ormsby will sign copies of his book at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton. The book is a history of six-player football teams and girls’ basketball teams in North Carolina and at Clayton High School. For more information, call 919-553-5542.
Mental health class
The Johnston County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold a 10-week class for persons with a mental-health diagnosis. The class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays at Stellar Peer Recovery Center, 440 E. Main St., Clayton. A start date will be set after the roster is filled. For more information, or to register, call 919-601-3762.
The Family Life Center in Smithfield invites young people ages 6-14 to enroll in its summer camp, called Harambee, which uses the principles of Kwanzaa. The camp, with daily activities and lunch, meets from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 2. The cost is $25 a week. To register, call Dennis Holmes at 919-464-9471.
Team seeks donations, members
The Smithfield Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity is seeking patrons to support or join its team, Kappas Against Kancer, which will take part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The race will be held Monday, July 8, at Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Proceeds will benefit breast-cancer awareness. To join the team or to make a donation, search for Kappas Against Kancer at www.komennctriangle.org and use the password “Kappas.”
The Johnston County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers free weekly support group meetings. One group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays at Mitchener Memorial Baptist Church, 911 Blount St., Smithfield. Another meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at 353 Second St., Clayton. Any adult with a mental-health diagnosis may attend. For more information, call 919-601-3762.
Operation Helping Hand
Operation Helping Hand is seeking churches and civic groups to help needy Smithfield citizens. Groups can help in a variety of ways, including medical and financial aid, minor construction, and household repairs and yard cleanup. For more information, call Brent Reck at 919-934-2116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clayton Area Toastmasters meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Best Wood Drive. For more information, call Anthony Allen at 919-585-2098 or visit claytontm.com.
Smithfield Parks and Recreation
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled the following events at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. For more information, email Kristin Sasser at email@example.com or Tiffany Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior club – The Smithfield Sterling Silvers Senior Club meets at 10:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month. The club is for adults ages 55 and older, and membership dues are $12 a year.
Pottery camp – A pottery camp for children ages 8-15 is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon July 15-18. The cost is $85 for residents and $100 for nonresidents. The materials fee is $20.
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