Community Notes: May 21

May 19, 2014 

Benson

The Benson Center for Active Aging now offers many of its programs and activities to adults 50 and older. The change reflects a new emphasis on wellness promotion. The center’s exercise programs include Silver Sneakers, line dancing, a walking club, chair yoga and shuffleboard. To learn more, call 919-894-2370 or visit 1204 N. Johnson St., Benson.

Clayton

Starship Charter and Travel Co. is offering a bus trip to Atlantic City, N.J., June 1-3. Proceeds will go to American Legion Post 71 in Clayton. For reservations, or for more information, call 919-815-8328.

A luncheon to benefit Serve the Need in Johnston County is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 16, at Clayton Steakhouse, 307 E. Main St., Clayton. The cost is $10 and includes a sandwich or chicken salad on greens. Tickets are available at Medlin’s Office Supply, Clayton Residential Rentals or Clayton Steakhouse. For more information, visit servetheneedjc.org or call 919-550-0614.

A forum on North Carolina’s voting laws is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton. Former N.C. Sen. Ellie Kinnaird will speak.

Johnston County

The Johnston County Community Foundation has extended the deadline for nominations for the 2014 Frances Finch Hobart Award for Voluntary Community Service. The new deadline is May 30. The nomination form is online at nccommunityfoundation.org. Look under Affiliates/Johnston County. The winner will receive $750 to donate to a local nonprofit.

“Theft Talk,” a program for first-time juvenile offenders and their parents, is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 16 at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. The program aims to produce a better understanding of actions and consequences. It emphasizes communication, decision-making skills, peer pressure and trust building within the family.

A benefit run for the Eliminate Project is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 23, in the football stadium at Corinth Holders High School, 6875 Applewhite Road, Wendell. Proceeds will help fight maternal and neonatal tetanus. For ticket information, email sec1314@carolinaskeyclub.org.

A banquet for former Johnston County Training School students and staff is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 23, at the Wall-Ennis Gym on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Smithfield. The cost is $35 per person, and dress is casual but no jeans. A dance for former students and staff is scheduled for 9 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at the Johnston Central Alumni Center on Massey Street in Smithfield. (The school was later known at Johnston Central High School.) The cost is $20. For more information, call Carolyn G. Ennis at 919-934-8590 or email her at carolynennis@johnston.k12.nc.us.

A Zumba-thon to benefit Habit for Humanity of Johnston County is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7 at Double Barley Brewing, 3174 U.S. 70 near Wilson’s Mills. The cost is $15 and includes a hot dog and nonalcoholic beverage. Also, food trucks will be on hand, and Double Barley will offer food from its new pub food. In addition to Zumba, the day will feature arts and crafts for children and a variety of games, including cornhole. For more information, call JoAnn Stewart at 919-934-9331 or email habitatjohnson@gmail.com.

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 Ag-Business Tour will take place June 27. After a light breakfast at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, the tour will stop at BASF in Raleigh, Granville Equipment Co. in Oxford and Evans Mactavish Agricraft in Wilson. The cost is $10 for members of the Johnston County Agribusiness Council and $20 for all others. For more information, or to register, call the Cooperative Extension Service at 919-989-5380 no later than June 13.

Kenly

Plates of barbecued pork will be on sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, at American Legion Post 328, 401 W. Second St., Kenly. Plates are $7 and include boiled potatoes, green beans and dessert. Proceeds will go to Christmas for Kids. For more information, call 919-440-4121.

Demonstrations of fabric art are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. Pieces will be for sale. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org or email groups@tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org.

Smithfield

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield is seeking volunteers to help with its Children’s Summer Reading Program. Volunteers must be 12 to 18 years old; the deadline to fill out an application is May 31. The program will run from June 8 to Aug. 9. To apply, call 919-934-8146, Ext. 3, or email ecampbell@pljcs.org.

The 3 Little Pigs Triathlon will take place June 14 in Smithfield. Register online at fsseries.com. The deadline to register is June 10.

The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center invites children ages 5-12 to its weekly summer camp, which will offer art, swimming, sports and outdoor fun. The camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 16-20, June 23-27, July 7-11, July 14-18, July 21-25, July 28-Aug 1, Aug 4-8 and Aug 11-15. The weekly cost is $100 for Smithfield residents and $125 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-934-2148.

The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will offer two LEGO camps this summer. Here’s the schedule:

•  Pre-engineering – 9 a.m.-noon July 7-11 for ages 5-7. The cost is $150. Register online at register.play-well.org/registration/new/30450.

•  Engineering FUNdamentals – 1-4 p.m. July 7-11 for ages 8-12. The cost is $150. Register online at register.play-well.org/registration/new/30451.

The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will offer a pottery camp for children ages 8-15 twice this summer. One session will meet from 9 a.m. to noon July 7-11. Another will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 4-8. The cost is $85 for Smithfield residents and $100 for nonresidents. Clay is separate. For more information, call 919-934-2148.

Open pickleball play is from 2 to 4 p.m. Fridays at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Play is free for SRAC members. For nonmembers, it’s $2. The SRAC provides the paddle, balls and net. For more information, call 919-934-2148, Ext. 112.

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 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.

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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