Community Notes: April 20

April 18, 2014 


Battle of the Badges, a softball match between Clayton’s police and fire departments, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Clayton Community Park on Amelia Church Road. Admission is free, but the organizers will accept donations of canned goods for Clayton Area Ministries. Also, a raffle winner will receive a Caribbean cruise for two. The rain date is June 8.

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 County

Chicken plates will go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, at the Disabled American Veterans post, 1500 Buffalo Road, Smithfield. The cost is $8 per plates and include half a chicken, two vegetables, a roll and dessert. Dine-in customers get free tea.

Juicing Joco, a benefit for the Mama Edna Project, is scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Double Barley Brewing, 3174 U.S. 70 near Wilson’s Mills. The Mama Edna Project, named for the late Edna McLamb of Johnston County, aims to help people with life-threatening illnesses live stronger, healthier lives through nutritional boosts from juicing raw, organic produce. For more information, visit

A candlelight vigil for victims and survivors of sexual violence has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Johnston County Courthouse, 207 E. Johnson St., Smithfield.

The Johnston County Boys and Girls Club is enrolling children ages 6-14 in its summer day camp. The daily camp with free lunch starts June 16. Registration is underway. For more information, call 919-965-5240.

The Johnston County Voluntary Agricultural District Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield.

The Johnston County Area Mental Health Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the conference room at the Mental Health Center, 521 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield.

“Love Your Money,” a workshop series in budgeting, debt and credit, will begin Thursday, May 1, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The workshop will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through May 29. To register, call the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service at 919-989-5380.

“Chill Your Bill,” a workshop in reducing household energy costs, is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. To register, call the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service at 919-989-5380.

The Johnston County Agribusiness Council will meet Thursday, May 1, at the Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Dan Bliley will talk about Johnston County soil types. To attend, call the Cooperative Extension Service at 919-989-5380.

The Johnston County Community Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2014 Frances Finch Hobart Award for Volunteer Community Service. Nominations are due by April 22. The award recognizes an individual who has the ability to help others solve social problems through time, talent and energy. It is named for Frances Finch Hobart, whose volunteer works stretches from the arts to health and human services, from politics to bird study and from church service to public service. Applications are available online at Look under Affiliates/Johnston County.”

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

“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

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