Community Notes: April 13

April 11, 2014 


The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department offers “Mature Movers,” a low-impact aerobics class with strength and stability exercises geared toward older, active adults. The next six-week class will begin April 25 at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays. The cost is $20 for Clayton residents and $35 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

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

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 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

A program on sexual-assault awareness is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the Public Safety Building at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. The program will include a short film an panel discussion.

Johnston County

A candlelight vigil in memory of sexual-assault victims is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Johnston County Courthouse, 207 E. Johnson St., Smithfield.

The Johnston Central High School Alumni Association is putting together a trip to Little River, S.C. The cost includes bus fare, $40, and ship entrance, $20. For more information, call 919-749-6062 or 919-553-2321.

The Johnston County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Will Hicks, the state’s apiary inspector, will speak about pest management, and attendees will make sugar shake jars to use in checking their hives for varroa mites. For more information, visit

In celebration of National Library Week, public libraries in Johnston County will waive fines on overdue books returned April 14-18. The participating libraries are the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, the Mary Duncan Public Library in Benson, Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library in Clayton and the Kenly Public Library. The James Bryan Creech Public Library in Four Oaks will accept nonperishable food items for fines. For more information about foods for fines, call 919-963-6013.

Separately, Johnston libraries invite patrons to take part in #MYNCLIBRARY, a five-day challenge sponsored by the N.C. Library Association. Patrons may complete each challenge on paper or through Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Patrons who complete all five challenges will be entered into a drawing for gifts cards from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For more information, call the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield at 919-934-8146.

“Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives,” a family fun day, is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Johnston Medical Mall, 514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The free event will feature children’s games and activities, an art contest, vendors and free food. For more information about the art contest, visit

A job fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in the lobby of the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Admission is free. To request a registration form, email

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

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.


Jewelry-making demonstrations are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit or email


The Smithfield Kiwanis Club will serve its annual Ham and Yam Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday April 29, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 140 E. Market St., Smithfield. The cost is $7.

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

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