Community Notes: July 20

July 18, 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 program titled “Select Images,” with photographer Tim Johnson, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Clayton Center for Active Aging, 303 Dairy Road, Clayton.

The Travel Club of the Clayton Center for Active Aging has scheduled the following trips: N.C. History Museum and lunch, Aug. 12; and murder mystery dinner and cruise, Sept. 9. 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.

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 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.

Four Oaks

A car show to benefit Hopes N Dreams is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Four Oaks Bank, 6114 U.S. 301, Four Oaks. The show is for classic, modified and perfected cars, and the entry fee is $25. Vendor booths are $20. Hopes N Dreams supports special-needs children and adults. For more information, call Dale Bender at 919-938-4414 or Jennifer Grimm at 919-618-3470.

A benefit for Antuan Snead, an 11-year-old with a brain tumor, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, in Barbour’s Grove Park, 300 N. Baker St., Four Oaks. The event will feature music, food, a health fair and more. Donations may be made to Four Oaks Bank, Antuan Snead Trust Fund, P.O. Box 309, Four Oaks, N.C. 27524.

Johnston County

A teen lock-in will be held Friday, Aug. 1, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. The library invites young people ages 12-18 to spend the night in the library and play games, chat with authors online and enter contests. Teens must register in advance because space is limited. Also, teens and parents must fill out a permission slip, which is available at the library reference desk. For more information, call Emily Campbell at 919-934-8146, Ext. 3, or email her at

A ground-breaking ceremony for the new North Johnston Middle School is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 435 Oil Company Road, Micro.

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 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


The Tobacco Farm Life Museum invites visitors to enjoy watermelon slices and enter a seed-spitting contest between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 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


The East Smithfield Improvement Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Shiloh Christian Church, 211 Durham St., 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 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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