Community Notes

March 24, 2014 


The Woman’s Club of Clayton will hold its annual rummage sale April 3-5 at the clubhouse, 109 Church St., Clayton. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Clayton Area Toastmasters meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays in Room 109 at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. To learn more, email

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 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

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.

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: group exercise, 9 a.m. daily; games, noon Tuesdays; bridge lessons, 1 p.m. Tuesdays; bridge group, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday and 1:30-4 p.m. Fridays; 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; program on food-borne illnesses, 10:30 a.m. March 27; and Microsoft Word seminar, 1-3 p.m. March 27.

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

Johnston Community College

Family Science Discovery Day is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. The event will offer hands-on activities designed to stimulate science discovery and exploration. The activities will explore the environment, human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physical science and plant biology. Admission is free. To learn more, email David Thomas at or call him at 919-209-2085.

The sixth annual Howell Woodstock is scheduled from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, 6601 Devil’s Racetrack Road in the Bentonville community. The event will feature hayrides, environmental-education programs, stargazing, nature walks, live music, a rock-climbing wall, a mechanical bill, a bounce house and a bonfire with s’mores. For stargazing at 8 p.m., attendees are invited to bring their own telescope and chairs. For more information, call 919-938-0115 or visit

WRAL reporter and true-crime author Amanda Lamb will speak at 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, in the Learning Resource Center at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Admission is free. Lamb will talk about her experiences covering crime and her three true-crime books, “Love Lies,” “Evil Next Door” and “Deadly Dose.” A native of Philadelphia, Lamb makes her home in North Carolina with her husband and two daughters. She graduated from Duke University with degrees in English and psychology. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

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

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 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.


“Down and Dirty,” a gardening program, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit or email

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