Community Notes: April 6

April 4, 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.

The American Heart Association is seeking teams to join its HeartChase at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 17, in Clayton. HeartChase is an “Amazing Race”-style event. For more information, visit or email

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.

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

A golf tournament to benefit the Johnston County Arts Council will take place Friday, April 25, at the Country Club of Johnston County, 694 Country Club Road, Smithfield. The eighth annual Scramble for the Arts will tee off at 12:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 11:45 a.m. The entry fee is $60 per player. The deadline to enter is Friday, April 18. For more information, or to register, call the Arts Council at 919-938-0306 or email

The Democratic Women of Johnston County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 S. Second St., Smithfield. The women will talk about issues facing North Carolina and then work on ways to advocate for change.

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

Living Healthy with Diabetes, a free self-management workshop, will begin April 15 at the Johnston County Health Department. For more information, call 919-989-5200.


Basket-weaving demonstrations are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit or email


The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department is seeking vendors for a crafts fair on Saturday, June 21. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The SRAC is seeking sellers of handmade items, antiques, plants, jewelry, pottery, photography, paintings, woodwork and re-purposed or unique finds. The cost for a vendor space is $25. For more information, contact Kristin Sasser at or or Tiffany Pearson at or 919-934-2148.

The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center invites toddlers and their moms to swim from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. The cost is $5 for mom and one child. Additional children are $3 each. The program continues through April.

Kids in Nature, a series, meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The cost is $4 for Smithfield residents and $6 for nonresidents. Register at least two days in advance by calling 919-934-2148.

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


Riders on this year’s Martin Luther King Cultural Tour to Washington, D.C., will get to see the White House. This year’s tour will take place Aug. 15-17, but those wishing to visit the White House must reserve space and register by April 10. Buses will leave from Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte. For more information, visit and go to “View Other MLK 2014 Events,” email or call 919-834-6264.

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