Community Notes: May 28

May 23, 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

Auditions for “AIDA,” a Clayton Youth Theater production, are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 30 and 10 a.m. May 31 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. The show has roles for students in grades 7-12, including recent high school graduates. For more details, call claytonyouththeater.com.

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department is seeking volunteers to help with park beautification, special events and the community garden. Call 919-553-1550 or drop by the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road.

The Clayton Center for Active Aging is seeking volunteer instructors for aerobics, dance exercise, beading crafts, quilting and computers. Also, the center is seeking volunteers to help with newsletter distribution, maintenance and health screenings. For more information, call 919-553-4350.

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.

Cleveland

Memory Lane Car Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, June 16, at Golden Corral off of N.C. 42 near Interstate 40 in the Cleveland community. The club welcomes classic-car owners and enthusiasts. For more information, call Ken Wendel at 919-815-6148.

Johnston County

The JoCo Scrabble group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays at McDonald’s on West Market Street in Smithfield. The group welcomes adults and teens. Play is free. For more information, email southerner@earthlink.net. Put “Scrabble” in the subject line.

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield welcomes new members to its daytime book club, which meets at 12:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. Club members suggest titles to read, and the library lends copies of each month’s selection to members. For more information, call Morgan Paty at 919-934-8146 or email mpaty@pljcs.org.

Several 4-H summer camps in Johnston County are still accepting registrations. They include day tours to Mount Olive and Campbell universities, photography, college tour of Wake Forest University, Pocket Pet Pandemonium, day tours of Barton College and William Peace University, stamped cross stitch, quilting, Water & Wetlands, Edible Math, card making, tea party, sachets, Kids in the Kitchen, hand stitching, Farm to Table, living dioramas, intermediate quilting and Microbes on My Mind. The last day to register is May 30. Registration information and full camp descriptions are online at http://go.ncsu.edu/summerfunlateregistration14.

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 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 menu. 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

Collectors will display waterfowl decoys from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 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.

Selma

The Selma Parks and Recreation Department is seeking vendors for the town’s All-American Festival on July 4. Vendor space is $50, or $75 with electricity. The deadline to sign up is June 13. For more information, call 919-975-1411.

Smithfield

A yard sale to benefit the Smithfield Rescue Mission is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 31, at 216 S. Third St. in Smithfield. The sale will offer church news, desks, chairs, storage, home decor and more.

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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