Community Notes: Feb. 12

February 10, 2014 

Archer Lodge

Through Feb. 14, the Archer Lodge Community Center is registering children ages 4-10 for spring baseball. For more information, visit


Free hearing and vision screenings are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Walgreens, 11306 U.S. 70 Business, Clayton. The screenings are a project of the Clayton Lions Club.

A head-shaving event to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is scheduled for noon Saturday, March 22, at The Flipside, 408 E. Second St., Clayton. The foundation supports research seeking cures for childhood cancers. To register, visit For more information, call 919-235-8474.

The Color Spectacular, a fun run for all ages, will take place Saturday, April 12, at Portofino, 25 Paraggi Court, Clayton. Proceeds will benefit the Johnston County Partnership for Children. For more information, visit c

A multiple sclerosis support group meets the third Tuesday of each month at The Church at Clayton Crossings, 11407 U.S. 70 West, Clayton. Meetings are at 11 a.m. For more information, email

Cooper High School memorabilia is on display this month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. A reception is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. Tickets are $20. For more information, 919-291-0162.

Health Department

The Johnston County Health Department has scheduled the following classes. For more information, call 919-989-5200.

Stop smoking – 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 27; April 3, 10, 17, 22 and 24; and May 1 and 8.

Childbirth – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 13, 14 and 17. Topics include relaxation, breathing techniques, medication, self-care and methods of childbirth. The class includes a tour of the Johnston Health Women’s Pavilion.

Johnston Community College

Johnston Community College will offer the following job-skills classes for free. For more information, call 919-209-2042.

•  Basic Computer Skills – 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, April 7 through May 14, in the Elsee Building on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road.

•  Computer Skills for Job Searching – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, March 3-9, in the Elsee Building.

•  Effective Strategies for Your Job Search – 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 and April 8, in Smithfield.

•  Making the Most of Your Job Skills – 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 17 through March 12, in the Elsee Building. Also, 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, April 7 through April 30, on JCC’s Cleveland campus, 9046 Cleveland Road.

•  Resume Writing for Job Seekers – 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 25-27 and again March 25-27, in the Elsee Building. Also, 6 to 9 p.m. April 29-May 1 at JCC’s Kenly Center.

•  Skills for a New Career – 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, April 7-10, at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton.

A manicurist class will begin Feb. 17 in Room C1116 in the Wilson Building at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. The class will meet from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday through June 30. The cost is $180. The class provides instruction and clinical practice in manicuring, application and maintenance of artificial nails, and pedicuring. To register, call Jennifer Wells, director of cosmetology programs, at 919-209-2107.

Johnston County

“Chill Your Bill,” a workshop, is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210. The workshop will offer tips on reducing heating costs in winter. For more information, or to register for the workshop, call 919-989-5380.

A town hall meeting with Johnston County’s delegation in the N.C. General Assembly is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Kenly Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. The following are scheduled to attend: Sen. Brent Jackson, Buck Newton and Ronald Rabin and Reps. James H. Langdon, Jr., Leo Daughtry and William Brisson.A second meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, on the Cleveland campus of Johnston Community College, 9046 Cleveland Road.

The Johnston County Chapter of the National Association of Retired and Active Federal Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Golden Corral on East Market Street near Interstate 95 in Smithfield. Dale O’Neil will speak about Alzheimer’s education and research.


An open house is scheduled from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Kenly’s new Town Hall, 207 W. Second St., Kenly.


Bingo play for adults 55 and older is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Selma McDonald’s, 335 U.S. 70, Selma. Play is free, with prizes awarded. For more information, call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411.

Through March 14, the Harrison Gym is open to walkers from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays. The gym is at 601 W. Noble St.


The third annual Loving Logan SMA Walk’N’Roll is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at Community Park, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The fundraiser is in memory of Logan Moore, a victim of spinal muscular atrophy. The walk follows a one-mile paved path. Strollers, wheelchairs, families and pets are welcome. A raffle, children’s activities, games, food and entertainment will follow the walk. For more information, email

Day camps for children ages 5-12 are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, and Friday, March 28, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Those are scheduled teacher workdays in the Johnston County schools. Children will need to bring their swimsuit, snack and lunch. The cost is $20 for Smithfield residents and $22 for nonresidents, with registration and payment due the Wednesday before the camp day. Call 919-934-1408 for more information.

A St. Patrick’s Day pool party is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Admission is half of a regular day pass. For more information, call 919-934-2148.

A charity wrestling event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The main event will feature former WWE and WCW star Shane “Hurricane” Helms of Smithfield. His tag-team partner will be former WWE star Matt Hardy of the Hardy Boyz. Tickets are $10 and $15, with a portion of proceeds going to the Autisim Society of North Carolina and the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center. For more information, or purchase tickets, visit

The AARP is assisting elderly and low-income taxpayers with their tax returns. Through April 12, hours are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays at Johnston County Community and Senior Services, 1363 W. Market St., Smithfield. For an appointment, call 919-934-6066.

A pickleball workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Next year, the Johnston County Senior Games will add pickleball, which combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. To register, call 919-934-1408.

The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center invites children and their moms to swim and play in the SRAC’s splash park from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays in February. The cost is $5 for mom and one child; each additional child is $3. The SRAC is at 600 Booker Dairy Road.

Child care will be available from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. While at the SRAC, children will do crafts, decorate cookies and watch a movie, giving their parents a chance to spend Valentine’s Day together. The cost is $15 per child. For more information, call 919-934-1408 or email

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