Community Notes: June 11

June 8, 2014 


The next Second Saturday program at Bentonville Battlefield will show how Union and Confederate soldiers made meals, maintained weapons and uniforms, and trained for battle. The program, including the firing of a Civil War cannon, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14 at the state historic site, 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks.


“Christmas in July,” a benefit for the Clayton Youth Theater, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. More than 40 vendors will offer an array of products. Also, the event will offer concessions and brief performances by Clayton Youth Theater members. Admission is free. Proceeds will support the theater group’s summer production, “AIDA.”

A line-dancing class for adults will begin June 21 at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class will meet from 9:30 to 10:25 a.m. Saturdays for six weeks. The cost is $20 for Clayton residents and $35 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

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 or call 919-550-0614.


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 United Way of the Greater Triangle is seeking idea to end childhood hunger in the Triangle, including Johnston County. More information is available at The top award is $50,000, and the deadline to enter is June 12.

Children ages 11-13 can learn to be safe and responsible babysitters through SafeSitter classes scheduled this summer at the Johnston Medical Mall in Smithfield. In addition to basic child care, they’ll learn basic lifesaving techniques, how to prevent accidents, and how and when to call for help. The education department of Johnston Health has scheduled the two-day sessions from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 19-20 and July 15-16. The fee is $65 per child. To register, call 919-938-7736.

Southland Car Club will hold a Cruise-In from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Pizza Hut on North Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield. Bring your antique, classic or late-model muscle car and join the club for pizza and oldies music.

The first N.C. Big Sweep Charity Ride will take place Saturday, June 21. In Johnston County, the ride will start at 9:30 a.m. at Shelton’s Harley-Davidson on Industrial Park Drive in Smithfield and make its way to Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson in Wilmington. The registration fee is $25 per ride and $10 for guest riders. Register by June 15 at

“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.

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.


“Documenting Past & Present,” a meet-and-greet book signing and book sale, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. Pieces will be for sale. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit or email


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.


Harambee Summer Camp for children ages 5-17 will begin June 16 at the Family Life Center, 909 E. Lee St., Smithfield. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through July 28, and the cost is $30 a week. Topics include drama and dance, etiquette and manners, career choices, and African and African-American art and culture. The camp will serve breakfast, lunch and snacks daily.

The 3 Little Pigs Triathlon will take place June 14 in Smithfield. Register online at 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

•  Engineering FUNdamentals – 1-4 p.m. July 7-11 for ages 8-12. The cost is $150. Register online at

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.

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 Tiffany Pearson at or 919-934-2148.

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