Community Notes: Jan. 15

January 13, 2014 


Cooper Spirit Night is scheduled from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Lucky Chicken, 312 E. Main St., Clayton. The restaurant will offer a quarter-chicken, two sides and a salad for $6.99. Diners can also order from the menu. Twenty percent of sales will go to Cooper Elementary School.

The second annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Zaxby’s, 12857 U.S. 70 Business West, Clayton. The restaurant invites individuals and teams to seek pledges and then take a dip in a pool that Zaxby's will set up in its parking lot. To learn more, visit

The Clayton Center for Active Aging is offering an Gingham embroidery class at 1 p.m. Thursdays at 303 Dairy Road, Clayton. The class is free to adults 60 and older. For more information, call 919-553-4350.

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.

Hope and Restoration Pathways offers a free addiction recovery support group at 501 Gateway Drive, Suite 101, Clayton. To register, visit or call 919-793-6445.


A pancake breakfast is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Applebee’s, 5158 N.C. 42 West in the Cleveland community. The cost is $7 per plate, with proceeds going to the Clayton High School Performing Arts Booster Club. To purchase advance tickets, call 919-760-7197. Also, tickets will be available at the door.

The Memory Lane Car Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Golden Corral, 60 Son-Lan Parkway in the Cleveland community. The club welcomes owners of old and classic cars and car enthusiasts. For more information, call Ken Wendel at 919-815-6148.

Johnston County

The Democratic Women of Johnston County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in the fellowship hall at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 218 S. Second St., Smithfield. Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy NC, will speak.

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.

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.

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.

Johnston Health has put together an information session with presentations from a social worker, an infection preventionist and a home-care nurse. The sessions are designed to help those who are taking care of loved ones at home.

The session will take place on the following dates: Jan. 16 at First Baptist Church, 411 N. Fayetteville St., Clayton; Jan. 21 at Benson United Methodist Church, 205 E. Church St., Benson; Jan. 23 in the Johnston Medical Mall on North Bright Leaf Boulevard, Smithfield; and Jan. 30 at Princeton Church of God, 6085 U.S. 70, Princeton. All sessions will begin at 6 p.m. Admission is free.


The Johnston Community College arboretum will offer the following workshop this month.

“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, call Misty Hawk at 919-209-2517.

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