Community Notes: April 8

April 7, 2014 

Benson

The 2014 Classic Antique Power & Tractor Show will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, at the Chamber Park, 355 J Lee Road, Benson. Admission is $5 per day, with children 11 and younger admitted free. Camping is available by calling 919-894-3825. For more information, visit classicantiquepower.com/show-information/.

Clayton

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 contact@claytontm.com.

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.

The American Heart Association is seeking teams to join its HeartChase at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 17, in Clayton. HeartChase is an “Amazing Race”-style event. For more information, visit honor.americanheart.org/claytonhc or email james@myhtr.com.

Johnston Community College

An Evening for Education is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Cleveland community home of Denton and Jane Lee. Proceeds will go to the Johnston Community College Foundation, which provides scholarship, emergency book dollars and academic support to JCC sttudents. For tickets, which are $50, call 919-209-2222.

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 dtthomas@johnstoncc.edu or call him at 919-209-2085.

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.

Johnston County

A golf tournament to benefit the Johnston County Arts Council will take place Friday, April 25, at the Country Club of Johnston County, 694 Country Club Road, Smithfield. The eighth annual Scramble for the Arts will tee off at 12:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 11:45 a.m. The entry fee is $60 per player. The deadline to enter is Friday, April 18. For more information, or to register, call the Arts Council at 919-938-0306 or email info@jcartscouncil.org.

The Democratic Women of Johnston County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 S. Second St., Smithfield. The women will talk about issues facing North Carolina and then work on ways to advocate for change.

Johnston County will accept hazardous household waste from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Johnston County Livestock Arena, 520 County Home Road, Smithfield. The county will also accept household medicines, pesticides and herbicides. For more information, call 919-938-4750 or visit www.johnstonnc.com/recycling.

Living Healthy with Diabetes, a free self-management workshop, will begin April 15 at the Johnston County Health Department. For more information, call 919-989-5200.

Kenly

Basket-weaving demonstrations are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org or email groups@tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org.

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.

Selma

The Manna from Heaven soup kitchen has a new home – Edgerton Memorial United Methodist Church, 401 W. Anderson St., Selma. Free hot meals are available from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursdays. For more information, call 919-817-5187.

Smithfield

The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department is seeking vendors for a crafts fair on Saturday, June 21. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The SRAC is seeking sellers of handmade items, antiques, plants, jewelry, pottery, photography, paintings, woodwork and re-purposed or unique finds. The cost for a vendor space is $25. For more information, contact Kristin Sasser at ksasser-parks@ncrrbiz.com or or Tiffany Pearson at tpearson-parks@ncrrbiz.com or 919-934-2148.

Free coffee for adults 55 and older is available from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield.

The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center invites toddlers and their moms to swim from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. The cost is $5 for mom and one child. Additional children are $3 each. The program continues through April.

Kids in Nature, a series, meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The cost is $4 for Smithfield residents and $6 for nonresidents. Register at least two days in advance by calling 919-934-2148.

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