Community Note: Jan. 8

January 6, 2014 

Clayton

The Clayton Center for Active Aging and the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department are joining forces to offer three classes in the new year for adults 60 and older.

A class in watercolor and acrylic painting will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $5; students must purchase their own supplies.

Jewelry making will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $9.

A class in computer basics will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

To register for a class, call the Clayton Center for Active Aging at 919-553-4350.

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will offer shag lessons this month. Starting Jan. 8, a class will meet from 7: 30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays for four weeks. The cost is $40 per person. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

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.

Johnston County

The Johnston Soil and Water Conservation District is taking tree-seedling orders through Wednesday, Feb. 12. Available are loblolly pine, crepe myrtle, Eastern red cedar, Eastern redbud, black walnut and willow oak. The pines are $10 per bundle of 25; all other trees are $10 per bundle of 10. To place an order, call 919-934-7156, Ext. 3.

Hospice of Wake County is seeking volunteers to serve patients and families in Johnston County. The next training will take place in March 2014. For more information, visit hospiceofwake.org/vol or call Lori Mayhue-Brown at 919-828-0890.

The Johnston County Red Cross is seeking volunteers to respond after house fires and provide emergency services to victims, including money for hotels, food, clothing and medication replacement. For more information, call 919-719-1703.

Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action offers free energy audits to eligible residents in Johnston, Lee and Harnett counties. The department conducts audits to determine if ventilation repairs are needed or if refrigerators need replacing. Also, staff check attic insulation and floor and attic sealing. For eligibility information, call 919-934-2145.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers two weekly support groups for people with a mental health diagnosis. One meeting is in Clayton; the other is in Smithfield. For meeting times and locations, call 919-601-3762.

Smithfield

A forum on sports programming for young people is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at the MDS Center, 206 Skyland Drive, Smithfield. The organizers will raffle gift cards to Lowe’s and Walmart. To attend the forum, call David Moore at 336-403-7348 or email davidjmoore28@gmail.com.

A Martin Luther King Jr. celebration is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Rodney O. Anderson will speak. The following groups will perform: the Sensation Nightingales of Durham, Jeff Patterson & Company of Parkton, Michael Boykin and The Mighty Voices of Clinton, The Hendley Brothers of Fayetteville and The New Spiritual Messengers of Selma.

The Johnston Community College arboretum will offer two workshops this month.

“Bees, Birds and Butterflies” will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10. Learn how to create an attractive garden that will attract bees, birds and butterflies. The cost is $25.

“Nature Drawing for Those Who Cannot Draw” will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23. Students will learn to draw landscapes using the stippling technique. The cost is $35.

To register for either workshop, call Misty Hawk at 919-209-2517.

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