Community Notes: July 13

July 11, 2014 


A free line-dancing class for adults 50 and older meets at 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Benson Center for Active Aging, 1204 N. Johnson St., Benson. For more information, call 919-427-2750.


A free seminar on recognizing the symptoms of dementia is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton.

The 2014 Urban-Rural Interchange and Summer Leadership Immersion Camp is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 21-25 and July 28-Aug. 1 at First Missionary Baptist Church, 304 N. Lombard St., Clayton. The camp will offer workshops in sports, communications, entrepreneurship, music, film, theater, art, history, agriculture, health, nutrition, law, urban planning, skilled trades, science, technology, engineering and math. The camp is a collaborative effort between the United Clayton Area Network for Youth and Families and Duke Energy. For more information, or to register, call Wilt Toudle at 919-422-4931, Melvis Simpson at 919-763-4832 or Michael Eure at 919-522-9635, or email

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.


The Memory Lane Car Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, July 21, at Golden Corral off of N.C. 42 near Interstate 40 in the Cleveland community. The club welcomes owners of old and classic cars; it’s open also to car enthusiasts. For more information, call Ken Wendel at 919-815-6148.

Johnston County

The Johnston County Beekeepers Association will travel July 18 to Bayer’s new Bee Care Center in Research Triangle Park and to Ronnie’s Berry Farm near McGee’s Crossroads. In between, the group will have lunch at Busy Bee Cafe in Raleigh. To attend, call Amie Newsome at 919-989-5486 or email

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 watch films of rural farm life from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit or email


A Community Watch meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Micro Fire Department.


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


A free seminar on recognizing the symptoms of dementia is scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 16, in the auditorium at the Johnston Medical Mall, 514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield.

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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