Community Notes: March 19

March 17, 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.


A voter-registration driver is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at First Missionary Baptist Church, 304 N. Lombard St., Clayton.

Clayton American Legion Post 71 is seeking golf teams and hole sponsors for its golf tournament May 3 at Riverwood Golf Club. For more information, call 919-320-6200.

The 51st Miss Clayton High School pageant is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. Tickets are $10 and are available in the school’s front office.

A plant sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Mosaic Community Garden, 439 E. Main St., Clayton. Toad Song Farms will sell vegetable and herb plants, with proceeds going to help build backyard gardens for the needy.

The Clayton Center for Active Aging offers the following regular programming: bridge lessons, 1 p.m. Tuesdays; open computer lab, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays; billiards, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays at Rainbow Lanes.

The Center for Active Aging has scheduled the following special events: Caregiver Support Group, 6 p.m. March 27; Relay for Life program, 10:30 a.m. March 27; program on food-borne illnesses, 10:30 a.m. March 27; and Microsoft Word seminar, 1-4 p.m. March 27.

The Center For Active Aging is at 303 Dairy Road. For more information, call 919-553-4350.

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 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

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 Court, Clayton. Proceeds will benefit the Johnston County Partnership for Children. For more information, visit

Johnston Community College

A workshop in gardening in small spaces is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 29, at the Johnston Community College Arboretum, 1240 E. Market St., Smithfield. The cost is $35. For more information, call 919-209-2052 or email

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

The Johnston County Public Health Department has scheduled the following events:

The fourth annual Walk for Health will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, on the Buffalo Creek Greenway in Smithfield Community Park, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The deadline to register in advance is Monday, March 31. For more information, call 919-989-5200.

The department’s next stop-smoking class will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 27; April 3, 10, 17, 22 and 24; and May 1 and 8. The class is free. For more information, call 919-989-5200.

Living Healthy with Diabetes, a free self-management workshop, will begin April 15. For more information, call 919-989-5200.

The Johnston County Human Trafficking Task Force invites teens to learn more about human trafficking and how to stop it. A free program is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in the multipurpose room at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. The program includes lunch. For more information, email

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield will celebrate the release of the film “Divergent” at 6 p.m. Thursday, 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.

Johnston County Animal Services will hold 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 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,


“Knifemaker,” with bladesmith demonstrations and items for sale, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit or email groups@tobaccofarmlifemuseumn. org.


The Selma Parks and Recreation Department invites senior citizens to travel to the N.C. Transportation Museum on Thursday, April 24. The trip, which includes a narrated ride on a historic train, will depart from Selma at 8 a.m. and return at 5:30. The cost is $62 per person, and the deadline to register is Friday, March 28. For more information, call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411.


The Ham & Yam Festival is seeking vendors for this year’s festival, which will take place May 2-3 in downtown Smithfield. Spaces start at $110. Early-bird registration ends Monday, March 31. For an application, or for more information, visit

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 Road, 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

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