Community Notes: March 30

March 28, 2014 


The 2014 Classic Antique Power & Tractor Show will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, at the Chamber Park, 355 J Lee Road, Benson. Admission is $5 per day, with children 11 and younger admitted free. Camping is available by calling 919-894-3825. For more information, visit


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.

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 is at 303 Dairy Road. For more information, call 919-553-4350.

Four Oaks

The second annual Heart Strong 5K, held in memory of Wade Stewart, will take place Saturday, April 5, at Four Oaks Elementary School, 180 W. Hatcher St., Four Oaks. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children, with proceeds going to the American Heart Association. For more information, email or call 919-963-2165.

Johnston Community College

An Evening for Education is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Cleveland community home of Denton and Jane Lee. Proceeds will go to the Johnston Community College Foundation, which provides scholarship, emergency book dollars and academic support to JCC sttudents. For tickets, which are $50, call 919-209-2222.

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.

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.

•  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 Drive, Clayton.

Johnston County

Bentonville Battlefield is seeking volunteers for Park Day, which will get underway at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at the state historic site, 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks. Volunteers will clear brush, bushes and vines from reenactor camp areas. Friends of Bentonville Battlefield will serve refreshments. For more information, call 910-594-0789.

Johnston County will accept hazardous household waste from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Johnston County Livestock Arena, 520 County Home Road, Smithfield. The county will also accept household medicines, pesticides and herbicides. For more information, call 919-938-4750 or visit

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.

•  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


Demonstrations of the 1940s are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit or email


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. For more information, call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411.


A golf tournament to benefit the Smithfield Rescue Mission will tee off at noon Friday, April 4, at the Country Club of Johnston County, 694 Country Club Road, Smithfield. Prizes will go to the first- and second-place teams in two flights. The tournament will also award prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin. Check-in will start at 11 a.m. The cost is $75 per place. For more information, visit or call 919-934-9257.

Twenty kayakers and two canoeists will take to the Neuse River on April 5 to raise money for cancer research. Hope Floats, as the group is known, will hold a craft fair with free concert from 3 to 7 p.m. that Saturday on the Smithfield Town Commons, 100 E. Front St.

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

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