Book signing at JCC
A book signing for The Boys of Benning is scheduled from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the library at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. The book highlights the lives of 14 graduates of a 1962 Infantry Officer Candidate School. Two of those graduates, Rudy Baker of Clayton and Roy Douglass of Rougemont, will be on hand Thursday to talk about the book and sign copies. Twelve of the 14 men served combat tours in Vietnam. Most were wounded in action there, some more than once. For more information, visit www.johnstoncc.edu.
Art and Food Festival
The fifth annual Art and Food Festival Gala is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The evening will offer sample dishes from Johnston County restaurants, a silent auction and the chance to purchase works by Johnston artists. The following will perform: pianist Earl Worley Jr., violinist Molly Olah and singer-guitarist Bruce Naegelen. Tickets are $40 each or two for $75, with proceeds going to the Johnston County Arts Council. For tickets, call 919-938-0306 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pottery in Clayton
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will offer the following pottery classes at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
• Parent/Child Pottery 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays for six weeks, starting Feb. 15. The cost for one child and one parent is $55 for residents and $70 for nonresidents. Parents and their children will learn coil-building, slab work and glazing while making pinch pots.
• Adult Wheel 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 6 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays for eight weeks, starting Feb. 12. Adults 18 and older will learn wedging, centering the clay, throwing a cylinder, attaching handles, trimming and glazing. The fee is $85 for Clayton residents and $100 for nonresident. The cost of clay is another $15 for 25 pounds.
Art for kids
Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center hosts events throughout the month. The center is located at 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Call 919-934-1408 for more information.
• Doodlebugs, a weekly art class for kids and their parents, meets from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Fridays at the Smithfield Recreation and Aqautics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road. Children 18 months to 3 years experiment with dough, pudding gelatin, crayons, watercolors and more. For Smithfield residents, the cost is $5 per session or $19 for four sessions. For nonresidents, its $7 per session or $27 for four sessions. Register two days in advance by class 919-934-2148.
Auditions in Benson
Auditions for a country music show are scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the W.J. Barefoot Auditorium, 303 E. Church St., Benson. Singers 12 and older should bring one country music background track on CD to perform for judges, who will evaluate vocals, presentation, stage presence and appearance. For more information, call the Benson Chamber of Commerce at 919-894-3825.
Gypsy jazz in Clayton
The Hot Club of San Francisco, a gypsy jazz ensemble, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. For tickets, which are $25, visit theclaytoncenter.com or call 919-553-1737.
Comedy in Smithfield
The Neuse Little Theatre will present Dracula Bites, a comedy, at 8 p.m., Feb. 14-15, 3 p.m. Feb. 16 and 8 p.m. Feb. 21-22 at The Hut on Front Street in downtown Smithfield. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. For reservations, call 919-934-1873 and leave a message.
Gregory Vineyards will present Love Letters, a dinner theater, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the vineyard, 275 Bowling Springs Drive, Angier. For tickets, which are $30, call 919-894-7700. For more information, visit gregoryvineyards.com.
The Clayton Youth Theater will present the romantic comedy Almost, Maine at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27-28 and March 1 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. For tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for students, visit theclaytoncenter.com or call 919-553-1737.
The Clayton Piano Festival will hold a Valentines Day dinner and concert Friday, Feb. 14, at the Wagner House on Main Street in Clayton. After a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m., pianists Matthew Harrison and Vlada Yaneva will perform. Dessert will follow their concert of music composed in and inspired by the romantic city of Paris. For ticket information and reservations, call Kelly Norman at 919-271-6398.
The Africa Series
Artist Jane Lillian Vance of Blacksburg, Va., will display paintings in The Africa Series from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Frank Creech Art Gallery at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Vance will speak at 5:30 p.m.
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