Dog wash in Smithfield
A dog wash to benefit the Johnston County Animal Protection League is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital, 1417 S. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The cost ranges from $7 to $20, with the highest fee covering a bath, ears, nail and anal glands. Bring your dog’s proof of the rabies vaccination.
Parks and Recreation Day
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate National Parks and Recreation Day from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at Community Park, 700 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The celebration will feature a nature hike, games and more. For more information, call Tiffany Pearson 919-934-2148 or email email@example.com.
Want to save energy?
“Chill Your Bill,” a workshop on saving energy in the home, is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, in the conference room at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Jayne McBurney will conduct the workshop. She is a family and consumer educator with the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service. For more information, or to register, call 919-989-5380.
The Johnston County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has scheduled a family support group meeting for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at 26 Noble St., Smithfield. The group meets every other Tuesday. For more information, call 919-601-3762.
A Zumba-thon to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at InterSkate Family Fun Center, 131 Guy Road, Clayton. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The event will also feature a raffle. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.zumbathontofightMS.eventbrite.com.
Pageant in Selma
The Selma Railroad Days Committee is accepting applications for the Railroad Days pageants, which will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in the auditorium at Selma Elementary School, 311 W. Richardson St., Selma. The age divisions are: Tiny Miss, ages 4-6; Little Miss, ages 7-9; Junior Miss, ages 10-13; Teen Miss, ages 14-16; and Miss, ages 17-20. The contestant fee is $100.
Applications are due Sunday, Aug. 25, at www.selma-nc.com or at the Selma Parks and Recreation Department, 305 N. Pollock St., Selma. For more information, call pageant director Deborah Baker at 919-965-3395 or the recreation department at 919-975-1411.
“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.
Community shred event in Smithfield
A community shred event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20, in the parking lot at Edwards IGA, 721 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. Johnston County Register of Deeds Craig Olive encourages Johnstonians to shred old files, receipts, credit-card offers, bank statements, returned checks and any other sensitive information they want to discard. For more information, call 919-989-5160.
Civil War symposium
“North Carolina: A Civil War Symposium” will be held Sept. 14-15 at Johnston Community College in Smithfield and at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
Saturday’s speakers include historians Mark Bradley and Chris Fonvielle. Sunday will include refreshments and a bus tour of Bentonville Battlefield. Tickets range from $25 to $110. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.fobb.net.
GOP women to meet
The Johnston County Republican Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Festejos Mexican Bar and Grill, 905 E. Main St., Clayton. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. Joyce Krawiec, vice chair of the N.C. Republican Party, will speak. For more information, call Teresa Grant at 919-606-1070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Clayton Senior Activity Center and the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department is offering the following programs for adults 60 and older. For more information, call 919-553-4350.
Walking – A weekly walking program is at 8:15 a.m. Thursdays. The walks begin at the concession stand on the walking trail at Clayton Community Park, 1075 Amelia Church Road.
Bridge class – A bridge class meets at 1 p.m. Fridays at the Clayton Senior Activity Center, 303 Dairy Road. All skill levels are welcome. Refreshments and coffee are available.
DVD on stuttering
“Stuttering and Your Child: Help for Parents,” a DVD, is available at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield Public Library, 309 E. Market St., Smithfield.
It features experts who address common concerns, such as how to help the child at home and whether to seek the advice of a speech pathologist.
Veteran needs help
A disabled veteran needs help moving his mobile home from Raleigh to Clayton. He needs help with land clearing, well and septic systems, electricity, plumbing, and heating and cooling. If you know of reputable companies with a good discount for veterans, email Ronna Jones at email@example.com.
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. Bright Leaf 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 email@example.com.
Host an exchange student
Clayton Rotary clubs and the Cleveland School Rotary Club are looking for families willing to host exchange students. For more information, call Hensley Scott at 919-553-8132 or email Hensley@NCResidentialRentals.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Tiffany Pearson at email@example.com.
Summer camps – Weeklong camps for children ages 5-12, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekly through Aug. 9. Each week offers swimming, sports and outdoor play. Children must bring two snacks, lunch, a swimsuit and a towel. The cost is $100 per week for Smithfield residents and $125 per week for nonresidents. Early drop-off and late pickup are available for an extra $25 per week.
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.
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