Community Notes: July 9

July 7, 2014 


The Travel Club of the Clayton Center for Active Aging has scheduled the following trips: Country Doctor Museum and lunch, July 15; N.C. History Museum and lunch, Aug. 12; and murder mystery dinner and cruise, Sept. 12. For more information, call 919-553-4350.

Also at the Center for Active Aging, the Thursday lineup has changed. New at 9 a.m. is Zumba Gold. Walking at Clayton Community Park has moved to 8 a.m. Free billiards play is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rainbow Lanes. The Center for Active Aging is at 303 Dairy Road.

“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.” Interested vendors may call Tracy Myatt at 919-796-9040.

Johnston County

Chicken plates will be on sale from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Thanksgiving Baptist Church, 6701 N.C. 42 east of Clayton. The cost is $8 per plate. Proceeds will benefit Billy Sullivan, who is awaiting a heart transplant at Duke University Medical Center, where he has been hospitalized since Easter. To make a cash donation, go to KS Bank on North Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield.

NAMI of Johnston County will offer “Family to Family,” its 12-week class for relatives and loved ones of someone with a mental illness, starting Friday, July 11. The first session will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. For location information, call 919-601-3762 or 919-464-3572.

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, offers 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 For the full young-adult summer reading schedule, go to

Children ages 11-13 can learn to be safe and responsible babysitters through a SafeSitter class 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 session from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 15-16. The fee is $65 per child. To register, call 919-938-7736.


The Tobacco Farm Life Museum invites visitors to play traditional games from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit or email


A benefit for the Me Fine Foundation is scheduled from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Marble Kids Museum, 201 E Hargett St., Raleigh. The gala will feature casino-style games and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $100 and include beer, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres. For tickets, go to


Artz Kidz @ Play, a crafts and activities camp for children ages 5-13, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon July 21-25 at Smith-Collins Park in Smithfield. The cost is $2 a day. For more information, or to register, 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. The cost is $2. For more information, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148, Ext. 112.

Senior Coffee Corner is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Enjoy free coffee, brain teasers and the occasional breakfast treat.

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 offers art, swimming, sports and outdoor fun. The remaining dates are July 14-18, July 21-25, July 28-Aug 1, Aug 4-8 and Aug 11-15. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. 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 a pottery camp for children ages 8-15 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.

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