Rock the Block, a community event, is scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 21, on Clayton’s Town Square on Main Street. The event will feature live bands, guest speakers, community outreach and food. For more information, call Jeff Gray at 919-901-5119.
“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 summer day camp for middle-schoolers will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 28-Aug. 1 at Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, 6601 Devil’s Racetrack Road, Four Oaks. The camp will offer a variety of outdoor educational and recreational programs. The cost is $150. Campers should bring lunch. For more information, call 919-938-0115. Space is limited.
The Public Library of Johnston and Smithfield invites teens and young adults to take part in “Spark a Reaction,” the library’s summer reading program for young adults. The program, which began June 16 and runs through Aug. 22, will offer afternoon programs and a number of special nights, including Sci-Fi Night, Offbeat Poetry Night and End of the Summer Game Night. For more information, stop by the library at 305 E. Market Street in downtown Smithfield or contact Emily Campbell at 919-934-8146, Ext. 3, or email@example.com. For the full young-adult summer reading schedule, go to pljcsblog.blogspot.com.
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.
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 www.ncbigsweep.org.
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.
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 is under way 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 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Tiffany Pearson at email@example.com or 919-934-2148.
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