Community Notes: March 16

March 14, 2014 


Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library will hold its spring book sale March 21, 22 and 24 at the library, 100 S. Church St. Here’s the schedule: sneak preview, 4-8 p.m. Friday, with bags of books for $25; sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, with bags for $15; and after sale, 4-7 p.m. March 24, with $10 bags.

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


Memory Lane Car Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, March 17, at Golden Corral near N.C. 42 and Interstate 40 in the Cleveland community. The club welcomes owners of old and classic cars and car enthusiasts are welcome. For more information, call Ken Wendel at 919-815-6148.

Johnston Community College

A workshop in gardening in small spaces is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 29, at the Johnston Community College Arboretum, 1240 E. Market St., Smithfield. The cost is $35. For more information, call 919-209-2052 or email

Johnston Community College invites middle school students, high school students and their parents to learn about how to earn college credit while still in high school. An introduction to the Career and College Promise program is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 17, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road.

JCC 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.

•  Effective Strategies for Your Job Search – 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in Smithfield.

•  Making the Most of Your Job Skills – 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, April 7-30, on JCC’s Cleveland campus, 9046 Cleveland Road.

•  Resume Writing for Job Seekers – 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 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 Dr., Clayton.

Johnston County

The Johnston County Public Health Department has scheduled the following events:

The fourth annual Walk for Health will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, on the Buffalo Creek Greenway in Smithfield Community Park, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The deadline to register in advance is Monday, March 31. For more information, call 919-989-5200.

The department’s next stop-smoking class will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 27; April 3, 10, 17, 22 and 24; and May 1 and 8. The class is free. For more information, call 919-989-5200.

Living Healthy with Diabetes, a free self-management workshop, will begin April 15. For more information, call 919-989-5200.

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield will celebrate the release of the film “Divergent” at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the library, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. Teens will explore the factions within the book: Dauntless, the brave; Candor, the truthful; Erudite, the intelligent; Amity, the peaceful; and Abnegation, the selfless.

The Johnston County Democratic Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 S. Second St., Smithfield. Clayton native Amanda Underwood will speak. She provides technical support for PoliticsNC, a website.

Johnston County Animal Services will hold rabies clinics March 22. Here’s the schedule: 9 a.m. to noon at McGee’s Crossroads Elementary School, 10330 N.C. 50, Angier; 1:30 to 5 p.m. at West Clayton Church of God, 143 Short Johnson Road, Clayton; 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. at the Johnston County Animal Shelter, 115 Shelter Way, Smithfield; 9 a.m. to noon at Princeton Middle School, 101 Dr. Donnie H. Jones Jr. Blvd., Princeton; and 1:30 to 5 p.m. at North Johnston High School, 5915 U.S. 301, Kenly. Another clinic is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. April 5 at the Johnston County Animal Shelter. The fee is $5 cash. For more information, call 919-795-7800.

The Juvenile Crime Prevention Council will meet at 4 p.m. Monday, March 17, at the Johnston County Public Health Department, 517 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield.

The Johnston County Beekeepers Association will meet at 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 South Johnston Optimist Club is soliciting speeches for an oratorical contest open to students 18 and younger. The topic is “How My Passions Impact the World.” The deadline to hand in speeches is March 27. The competition will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5, in Benson. Call 910-892-1399 for more information,


“Knifemaker,” with bladesmith demonstrations and items for sale, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit or email groups@tobaccofarmlifemuseumn. org.


Bingo play for senior citizens is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, at McDonald’s, 355 U.S. 70, Selma. Play is free, with prizes awarded. For more information, call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411.

The Selma Parks and Recreation Department invites senior citizens to travel to the N.C. Transportation Museum on Thursday, April 24. The trip, which includes a narrated ride on a historic train, will depart from Selma at 8 a.m. and return at 5:30. The cost is $62 per person, and the deadline to register is Friday, March 28. For more information, call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411.


The Ham & Yam Festival is seeking vendors for this year’s festival, which will take place May 2-3 in downtown Smithfield. Spaces start at $110. Early-bird registration ends Monday, March 31. For an application, or for more information, visit

Bingo play is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in the cafeteria at Smithfield-Selma High School, 700 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Get two cards for $5 and play all night. The prizes will be gift cards. Special cards will go for $1. The evening will include a silent cake auction, and pizza, nachos, desserts and drinks will be available for purchase.

The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Business After Hours on Wednesday, March 19. The social is social is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Farm, 215 Batten Road, Selma.

The 2014 Miss & Yam Festival Pageant is seeking contestants. The pageant, which will be held April 5, is open to women and girls ages 26 and younger. For more information, visit

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 Rd., 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

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