Community Notes: Oct. 30

October 28, 2013 


The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled the following pottery classes:

•  Parent/Child Pottery – 10:15-11:30 a.m. Saturdays, starting Nov. 9 and running for six weeks. The class is for children 5 and older and one parent. The cost is $55 for Clayton and $70 for nonresidents.

•  Handbuilding for Adults – 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 6-8:45 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Nov. 20 and running for eight weeks. The fee is $85 for Clayton residents and $100 for nonresidents. A 25-pound bag of clay is $15.

•  Handbuilding for Teens – 4:30-6 p.m. Thursdays, starting Nov. 7 and running for six weks. The class is for ages 13-17. The cost is $65 for residents and $80 for nonresidents.

For more information, call Wanda Bowman at 919-553-1550.

The Town of Clayton will offer free electronics recycling from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Horne Square on Main Street. The town will accept desktop computers, monitors, keyboards, laptop computers, fax machines, printers, scanners, copiers, televisions, cell phones, vacuum cleaners, power tools, coffee makers, hair dryers, cable and satellite boxes, gaming systems, VCRs, DVD players and small appliances.

An open house and client-appreciation event are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Clayton Animal Hospital, 11058 U.S. 70 Business West, Clayton. The event will feature a tour of the new hospital facility, child-friendly activities and demonstrations, entertainment, free food, raffles, pet-related vendors and pet adoption events through the Johnston County Animal Protection League and Carolina Pet Rescue.

The Clayton Center for Active Aging has volunteer opportunities in basic computer instruction, insurance counseling and front desk duties. For more information, call 919-553-4350.

Clayton will hold its annual Halloween Parade from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, on Main Street. The parade will begin at Horne Square and end at Town Square.

A s hoebox-packing party to benefit Operation Christmas Child is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at The Clubhouse, 25 Paraggi Court, Clayton. For more information, or to volunteer, call 740-603-8655.

Johnston County

Free plane rides for young people ages 7-17 will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Johnston County Airport, 3149 Swift Creek Road, Smithfield. The Experimental Aircraft Association will offer the rides as part of its Young Eagle Flight Rally, which will also introduce young people to ground school and preflight inspections. Parents must sign for their children to fly.

The Johnston County Citizens Association will honor four distinguished citizens during at banquet at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Johnston Central Alumni Center on Massey Street in Smithfield. Tickets are $20 for adults and $7 for children. For tickets, call 919-965-2551 or 919-934-3107.

Join N.C. Stop Torture Now for its next quarterly cleanup of Swift Creek Road near the Johnston County Airport. The group will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the airport parking lot, 3149 Swift Creek Road, Smithfield. Wear sturdy shoes or boots. For more information, call Allyson Caison at 919-961-4130.

The Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service is selling fruit and nut trees. For sale this year are apple, blueberry, fig, grape, blackberry, pear, persimmon, peach, pecan and pawpaw. The deadline to place an order is Nov. 8. For more information, call 919-989-5380.

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield is seeking “architects” for the upcoming Gingerbread House Festival. The library will accept entries until 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in the following categories: family, birth to age 5; youth, ages 6-12; teen, ages 13-17; adult, ages 18 and older; and culinary professional.


An Economic Empowerment Summit is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at First Missionary Baptist Church, 403 Caswell St., Smithfield. Sponsored by Durham-based Generations Community Credit Union, the event is designed to prompt a discussion on the history of economic disparity, economic policies and legislation and a commitment to taking action.

“There is a biblical response to this challenge of economic inequality, and we will make the case for cooperative economics,” said the Rev. Sterling Freeman, pastor of First Missionary. “We will propose the development of a credit union to serve Johnston County and contiguous counties.”

A pancake breakfast is scheduled from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Applebee’s, 1260 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The cost is $7, with proceeds helping to send Johnston Community College nursing students to a national convention. For more information, call 919-934-7007.

Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action offers the Individual Development Account, a financial literacy program that help participants build a savings account toward home ownership. The program provides clients with 21 hours of financial literacy and eight hours of homebuyer education. It matches savings accounts 4:1. To learn more, call 919-934-2145.

The Johnston County Scrabble Group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays at Market Street Cafe, 227 E. Market St., Smithfield. Play is free, and all skill levels are welcome.

Johnston County Fireman’s Day will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Rose Manor Shopping Center, 1600 W. Market St., Smithfield. Proceeds will go to Ray Workman and Shane Austin, two firefighters who are battling cancer.

The even will feature food, live music, children’s games, door prize, a car and truck show and a 50/50 raffle.

The following competitions will be open to the public:

• Chili Cook-Off: $50 per cook, and cook must furnish all supplies. Judging will take place at 2 p.m.

• Cornhole tournament: $20 per team, with boards furnished.

These games are for firefighter crews:

• Midnight Alarm: The cost is $20 per team, and departments must furnish this own gear.

• Team Hose Lay: $20 per team, with truck supplied.

• Bucket Brigade, $20 per team.

• Command Post or Water Fight Barrel Roll: $20 per team. Game to be determined based on equipment needs.

• Tug of War: $20 per team.

For more information, or to register for a competition, call Todd Moore at 919-669-7964 or email

The East Smithfield Improvement Organization will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Mt. Zion Church of Deliverance, 908 South Ave., Smithfield.

A book sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. The sale will feature books and materials. Hardcovers will sell for $1, paperbacks for 50 cents. For more information, call 919-934-8146, Ext. 3.

A Princess Tea Party is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Girls ages 2-5 will take part in princess activities, drink tea and eat treats. The cost is $15. For more information, call 919-934-2148.

Kids in Nature, a program for children ages 3-5, meets from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Register no later than the Monday before the Wednesday session. The cost is $4 for Smithfield residents and $6 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-934-2148.

The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department is seeking crafters and artisans for its Harvest Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Community Park, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. To apply, contact Tiffany Pearson or Kristin Sasser at 919-934-2148, or

The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department offers a Wellness Walk at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Community Park, 700 Booker Dairy Road. The group meets at the picnic shelter. For more information, call David Moore at 336-403-7348 or Corn Robertson at 919-802-3136.

The Smithfield Appearance Commission is seeking donations to its Donate a Tree Program, which plants crepe myrtles in town. A $50 donation pays to purchase, plant and care for a tree. A plaque on Town Hall Park recognizes donors. For more information, call 919-938-2083 and leave a message, or stop by town hall on Market Street and pick up a brochure.

The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department offers Senior Coffee Corner every Tuesday and Thursday morning at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road. The gathering, for adults ages 55 and older, offers free coffee, occasional breakfast treats and brain teasers. For more information, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148, ext. 112, or email

The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department invites beginning and seasoned runners to join the River Rats Running Club, which meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the large picnic shelter in Community Park, 700 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The membership fee is $20 and includes a T-shirt. For more information, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148, Ext.112, or email

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