Community Notes: Feb. 23

February 21, 2014 


Hope Church is selling a cookbook that contains more than 187 recipes in nine categories. The cost is $15. For more information, call 919-553-5482 or visit

A bowling tournament to benefit Hopes N Dreams is scheduled for Thursday, March 6, at Rainbow Lanes, 850 N.C. 42 West, Clayton. Registration opens at 6 p.m.; bowling starts at 7. The winner will take home $200.

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

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.


A free job search “boot camp” will take place Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Road, Garner. Sessions will begin at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information, call 919-981-2607.

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, April 8, in Smithfield.

•  Making the Most of Your Job Skills – 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.

Johnston County

A workshop titled “Planning for the Future of Your Farm” is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Topics include farm-transfer issues, ownership succession, estate-planning tools, present-use value and transferring forest assets. The cost is $10 for the first family member and $5 for each additional member. To register, call 919-989-5380.

The Heritage Center will hold its 11th annual patrons’ dinner Tuesday, March 11, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The theme will be “Music: The Tie That Binds.” Invited to the banquet are contributing patrons who donate at least $50 before the end of February. For more information, or to make a donation, email

The Johnston County Beekeepers Association will not meet in February. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, March 17, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. George Skinner will talk about top bar hives, an alternative to the traditional bee hive. For more information, visit

The Johnston County Health Department will offer its stop-smoking class from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 27; April 3, 10, 17, 22 and 24; and May 1 and 8. For more information, call 919-989-5200.

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. 27, on the Cleveland campus of Johnston Community College, 9046 Cleveland Road. 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.

McGee’s Crossroads

A spaghetti dinner to benefit the Johnston County Relay for Life is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the 50/210 Fire Department, 50 Greenleaf Road near McGee’s Crossroads. The cost is $7 per plate, with takeout available. Also, purchase a painted fire boot to aid in the fight against cancer. The cost is $35. For more information, visit


A pancake breakfast is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at Applebee’s, 1260 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. Proceeds will benefit the Selma Development Partnership and the Max G. Creech Selma Historical Museum. Tickets will be available at the door, but for advance tickets, call Barbara Wiggs at 919-965-5834 or stop by the museum on Anderson Street in downtown Selma.

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

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.

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.

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.

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