Community Notes

March 24, 2014 


The Benson Chamber of Commerce is seeking craft and food vendors for the fifth annual Classic Antique Tractor Show, which will take place April 11-12 at the Chamber Park and Arena, 355 J. Lee Road, Benson. For an application, visit or call 919-894-3825.


The Woman’s Club of Clayton will hold its annual rummage sale April 3-5 at the clubhouse, 109 Church St., Clayton. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Clayton Area Toastmasters meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays in Room 109 at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. To learn more, email

A multiple sclerosis support group meets the third Tuesday of every month at The Church at Clayton Crossings, 11407 U.S. 70, Clayton. Meetings are at 11 a.m.

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

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

Clayton American Legion Post 71 is seeking golf teams and hole sponsors for its golf tournament May 3 at Riverwood Golf Club. For more information, call 919-320-6200.

A plant sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Mosaic Community Garden, 439 E. Main St., Clayton. Toad Song Farms will sell vegetable and herb plants, with proceeds going to help build backyard gardens for the needy.

The Clayton Center for Active Aging offers the following regular programming: group exercise, 9 a.m. daily; games, noon Tuesdays; bridge lessons, 1 p.m. Tuesdays; bridge group, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday and 1:30-4 p.m. Fridays; open computer lab, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays; billiards, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays at Rainbow Lanes.

The Center for Active Aging has scheduled the following special events: Caregiver Support Group, 6 p.m. March 27; program on food-borne illnesses, 10:30 a.m. March 27; and Microsoft Word seminar, 1-3 p.m. March 27.

The Center For Active Aging is at 303 Dairy Road. For more information, call 919-553-4350.

Johnston Community College

Family Science Discovery Day is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. The event will offer hands-on activities designed to stimulate science discovery and exploration. The activities will explore the environment, human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physical science and plant biology. Admission is free. To learn more, email David Thomas at or call him at 919-209-2085.

The sixth annual Howell Woodstock is scheduled from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, 6601 Devil’s Racetrack Road in the Bentonville community. The event will feature hayrides, environmental-education programs, stargazing, nature walks, live music, a rock-climbing wall, a mechanical bill, a bounce house and a bonfire with s’mores. For stargazing at 8 p.m., attendees are invited to bring their own telescope and chairs. For more information, call 919-938-0115 or visit

WRAL reporter and true-crime author Amanda Lamb will speak at 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, in the Learning Resource Center at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Admission is free. Lamb will talk about her experiences covering crime and her three true-crime books, “Love Lies,” “Evil Next Door” and “Deadly Dose.” A native of Philadelphia, Lamb makes her home in North Carolina with her husband and two daughters. She graduated from Duke University with degrees in English and psychology. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

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

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.

•  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 Johnston County Human Trafficking Task Force invites teens to learn more about human trafficking and how to stop it. A free program is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in the multipurpose room at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. The program includes lunch. For more information, email

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.


“Down and Dirty,” a gardening program, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit or email

McGee’s Crossroads

The 50-210 Volunteer Fire Department is selling family portraits door to door. The suggested contribution is $35. Every family will receive a free 10-inch by 13-inch portrait. For more information, call 919-894-4763.


A benefit cornhole tournament will be held Saturday, March 29, at the Micro Fire Station, 321 U.S. 301 South, Micro. Registration starts at 11 a.m. The cost is $40 per team, with a total prize purse of $1,000. The tournament is in memory of Roger Bizzell, who died in June 2011 from a brain injury. Proceeds go to the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina.


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.


Twenty kayakers and two canoeists will take to the Neuse River on April 5 to raise money for cancer research. Hope Floats, as the group is known, will hold a craft fair with free concert from 3 to 7 p.m. that Saturday on the Smithfield Town Commons, 100 E. Front St.

“Chat & Chew” is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Family Life Center, 909 E. Lee St., Smithfield. The event is designed to Smithfield Housing Authority residents, Belmont and Sandy Run residents, town officials, local pastors and nonprofit leaders. Topics include youth activities; health, life and burial insurance, summer camp, straight-talk forums, volunteer opportunities and business resources. To attend, call 919-989-9441.

KidFest is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Belk on North Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield. The event will feature a kids’ fashion show, refreshments, music, face painting, an Easter egg hunt and Easter crafts. Admission is free. To attend, or for more information, call 919-934-5196, Ext. 200.

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

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 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.

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