Community Notes: April 20

April 18, 2014 


Battle of the Badges, a softball match between Clayton’s police and fire departments, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Clayton Community Park on Amelia Church Road. Admission is free, but the organizers will accept donations of canned goods for Clayton Area Ministries. Also, a raffle winner will receive a Caribbean cruise for two. The rain date is June 8.

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

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 or email

Johnston County

Chicken plates will go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, at the Disabled American Veterans post, 1500 Buffalo Road, Smithfield. The cost is $8 per plates and include half a chicken, two vegetables, a roll and dessert. Dine-in customers get free tea.

Juicing Joco, a benefit for the Mama Edna Project, is scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Double Barley Brewing, 3174 U.S. 70 near Wilson’s Mills. The Mama Edna Project, named for the late Edna McLamb of Johnston County, aims to help people with life-threatening illnesses live stronger, healthier lives through nutritional boosts from juicing raw, organic produce. For more information, visit

A candlelight vigil for victims and survivors of sexual violence has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Johnston County Courthouse, 207 E. Johnson St., Smithfield.

The Johnston County Boys and Girls Club is enrolling children ages 6-14 in its summer day camp. The daily camp with free lunch starts June 16. Registration is underway. For more information, call 919-965-5240.

The Johnston County Voluntary Agricultural District Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield.

The Johnston County Area Mental Health Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the conference room at the Mental Health Center, 521 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield.

“Love Your Money,” a workshop series in budgeting, debt and credit, will begin Thursday, May 1, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The workshop will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through May 29. To register, call the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service at 919-989-5380.

“Chill Your Bill,” a workshop in reducing household energy costs, is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. To register, call the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service at 919-989-5380.

The Johnston County Community Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2014 Frances Finch Hobart Award for Volunteer Community Service. Nominations are due by April 22. The award recognizes an individual who has the ability to help others solve social problems through time, talent and energy. It is named for Frances Finch Hobart, whose volunteer works stretches from the arts to health and human services, from politics to bird study and from church service to public service. Applications are available online at Look under Affiliates/Johnston County.”

The Johnston Central High School Alumni Association is putting together a trip to Little River, S.C. The cost includes bus fare, $40, and ship entrance, $20. For more information, call 919-749-6062 or 919-553-2321.

The Johnston County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Will Hicks, the state’s apiary inspector, will speak about pest management, and attendees will make sugar shake jars to use in checking their hives for varroa mites. For more information, visit

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


Gardening demonstrations are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 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.


The next Micro Community Watch meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Micro Fire Department, 321 U.S. 301, Micro.


Senior Citizen’s Day is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, May 9, at the Selma Fire Station, 201 N. Webb St., Selma. The day will feature a coffee hour, live entertainment, a catered lunch and door prizes. For more information, call 919-975-1411.

A superhero party for children ages 3-8 will be held Saturday, May 17, at the Selma Fire Station, 201 N. Webb St. Hours are 11 a.m. to noon fro child ages 3-5 and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for children ages 6-8. Come dressed as your favorite superhero and enjoy crafts, cupcake decorating and games. The cost is $10, and the deadline to register is Friday, May 2. For more information, call 919-975-1411.

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.


The East Smithfield Improvement Organization will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Evans Chapel AME Church, 902 Second Ave., Smithfield.

The Smithfield Kiwanis Club will serve its annual Ham and Yam Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday April 29, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 140 E. Market St., Smithfield. The cost is $7.

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 or or Tiffany Pearson at 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.

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

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