Community Notes: March 9

March 7, 2014 


The Benson Chamber of Commerce is seeking craft and food vendors for the fifth annual Classic Antique Tractor Show, which will take place April 11-12 at the Chamber Park and Arena, 355 J. Lee Road, Benson. For an application, visit or call 919-894-3825.


Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library will hold its spring book sale March 21, 22 and 24 at the library, 100 S. Church St. Here’s the schedule: sneak preview, 4-8 p.m. Friday, with bags of books for $25; sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, with bags for $15; and after sale, 4-7 p.m. March 24, with $10 bags.

A line-dancing class for adults will begin March 15 at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Rd., Clayton. The class will meet from 9:30 to 10:25 a.m. Saturdays for six weeks. The cost is $20 for Clayton residents and $35 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

A multiple sclerosis support group meets the third Tuesday of every month at The Church at Clayton Crossings, 11407 U.S. 70, Clayton. Meetings are at 11 a.m.

Hope Church is selling a cookbook that contains more than 187 recipes in nine categories. The cost is $15. For more information, call 919-553-5482 or visit

The Clayton Center for Active Aging has scheduled the following events, programs and classes. For more information, or to register, call 919-553-4350. The senior center is at 303 Dairy Road.

Bridge lessons – 1 p.m. Tuesdays.

Computer lab – 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays.

Billiards – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays.

AARP Smart Driver’s Course – noon to 4 p.m. Friday, March 14. The cost is $15 for senior center members and $20 for all others.

“What Is Relay for Life?” – 10 a.m. Thursday, March 20.

A head-shaving event to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is scheduled for noon Saturday, March 22, at The Flipside, 408 E. Second St., Clayton. The foundation supports research seeking cures for childhood cancers. To register, visit For more information, call 919-235-8474.

The Color Spectacular, a fun run for all ages, will take place Saturday, April 12, at Portofino, 25 Paraggi Ct., Clayton. Proceeds will benefit the Johnston County Partnership for Children. For more information, visit


Memory Lane Car Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, March 17, at Golden Corral near N.C. 42 and Interstate 40 in the Cleveland community. The club welcomes owners of old and classic cars and car enthusiasts are welcome. For more information, call Ken Wendel at 919-815-6148.

Johnston Community College

The Johnston Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the Wilson Building conference room on the Smithfield campus.

JCC will offer the following job skills classes for free. For more information, call 919-209-2042.

•  Basic Computer Skills – 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, April 7 through May 14, in the Elsee Building on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road.

•  Effective Strategies for Your Job Search – 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in Smithfield.

•  Making the Most of Your Job Skills – 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, April 7-30, on JCC’s Cleveland campus, 9046 Cleveland Road.

•  Resume Writing for Job Seekers – 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 25-27, in the Elsee Building. Also, 6 to 9 p.m. April 29-May 1 at JCC’s Kenly Center.

•  Skills for a New Career – 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, April 7-10, at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Dr., Clayton.

Johnston County

A class in how to make alternatives to dairy products is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Little Creek Fellowship, 2585 Little Creek Church Road, Clayton. Use inexpensive and healthy ingredients to make alternatives to cheese, yogurt, butter and milk. The class is free, but the church welcomes donations. For more information or to register, call Sonja Upham at 919-322-9354 or email

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield is asking teens to help it get 1,000 likes on its Facebook page. Here’s how: Like the library Facebook page at between March 9 and March 15 and send the library a Facebook message with your name and email address. The library will enter your name into a drawing to win a gift card from Gandolfo’s Deli.

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield will celebrate the release of the film “Divergent” at 6 p.m. Thursdat, March 20, at the library, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. Teens will explore the factions within the book: Dauntless, the brave; Candor, the truthful; Erudite, the intelligent; Amity, the peaceful; and Abnegation, the selfless.

The Johnston County Democratic Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 S. Second St., Smithfield. Clayton native Amanda Underwood will speak. She provides technical support for PoliticsNC, a website.

The Johnston County Chapter of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Golden Corral, 1932 E. Market St., Smithfield. Shawn Banks of the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service will talk about container gardening.

Johnston County Animal Services will offer rabies clinics March 22. Here’s the schedule: 9 a.m. to noon at McGee’s Crossroads Elementary School, 10330 N.C. 50, Angier; 1:30 to 5 p.m. at West Clayton Church of God, 143 Short Johnson Road, Clayton; 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. at the Johnston County Animal Shelter, 115 Shelter Way, Smithfield; 9 a.m. to noon at Princeton Middle School, 101 Dr. Donnie H. Jones Jr. Blvd., Princeton; and 1:30 to 5 p.m. at North Johnston High School, 5915 U.S. 301, Kenly. Another clinic is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. April 5 at the Johnston County Animal Shelter. The fee is $5 cash. For more information, call 919-795-7800.

The Juvenile Crime Prevention Council will meet at 4 p.m. Monday, March 17, at the Johnston County Public Health Department, 517 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield.

The Heritage Center will hold its 11th annual patrons’ dinner Tuesday, March 11, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The theme will be “Music: The Tie That Binds.” Invited to the banquet are contributing patrons who donate at least $50 before the end of February. For more information, or to make a donation, email

The Johnston County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 17, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. George Skinner will talk about top bar hives, an alternative to the traditional bee hive. For more information, visit

The Johnston County Health Department will offer its stop-smoking class from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 27; April 3, 10, 17, 22 and 24; and May 1 and 8. For more information, call 919-989-5200.

The Johnston County Relay for Life planning group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Smithfield-Selma High School, 700 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield.

The South Johnston Optimist Club is soliciting speeches for an oratorical contest open to students 18 and younger. The topic is “How My Passions Impact the World.” The deadline to hand in speeches is March 27. The competition will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5, in Benson. Call 910-892-1399 for more information.


Through March 14, the Harrison Gym is open to walkers from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays. The gym is at 601 W. Noble St.


A forum on the economic future of downtown Smithfield is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 17, at First Presbyterian Church, 215 S. Third St., Smithfield. Participants will identify downtown’s strengths and weaknesses and write vision statements. To take part, call Sarah Edwards at 919-934-0887 or email

A pancake breakfast is scheduled from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at Applebee's, 1260 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The cost is $7 per person, with proceeds going to medical bills for Brandy Peedin Adams, who is battling pancreatic cancer.

The third annual Loving Logan SMA Walk’N’Roll is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at Community Park, 600 E. Booker Dairy Rd., Smithfield. The fundraiser is in memory of Logan Moore, a victim of spinal muscular atrophy. The walk follows a one-mile paved path. Strollers, wheelchairs, families and pets are welcome. A raffle, children’s activities, games, food and entertainment will follow the walk. For more information, email

A St. Patrick’s Day pool party is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Rd., Smithfield. Admission is half of a regular day pass. For more information, call 919-934-2148.

The AARP is assisting elderly and low-income taxpayers with their tax returns. Through April 12, hours are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays at Johnston County Community and Senior Services, 1363 W. Market St., Smithfield. For an appointment, call 919-934-6066.

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