Community Notes: April 27

April 25, 2014 


Clayton will hold its annual 5k road race at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10. Registration is $20 by May 4 and $25 on race day. The event will also feature a 0.1-mile Tot Trot for children 6 and younger. The fee is $5. Registration forms are online at For more information, call 919-553-1550.

An 11-week gardening class will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class is free; the materials cost is $20. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

Here’s the latest schedule of activities at the Clayton Center for Active Aging, 303 Dairy Road: group exercise, 9 a.m. Monday through Friday; computer lab open, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays; knitting and crocheting, 1 p.m. Monday; billards play, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays. A caregiver support group meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, May 24.

A program titled “We Need to Talk” is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in the Poole Room in The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The seminar is designed to help participants talk to their loved ones about remaining active in the community when it is time to limit or stop driving. For more information, visit for more information.

The Clayton Women in Networking will hold their annual Mother’s Day luncheon and fashion show from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Brick and Mortar Events & Catering, 217 E. Main St., Clayton. Tickets are $30, and they’re available at Blackley’s Printing and Sign Shop, 229 E. Main St., Clayton. For more information, call Joyce Blackley at 919-516-3391 or Bonnie Burns at 919-561-2234.

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

The J ohnston Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Wilson Building conference room on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road.

The next “Ask a Lawyer Day” is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, May 9, in the atrium of the Johnston County Courthouse, 212 E. Market St., Smithfield. During the event, individuals can legal questions of a lawyer one-on-one. The service is free. For more information, call 919-934-4634.

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.

“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 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.

“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


Farm animals will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 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 Tiffany Pearson at or 919-934-2148.

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.

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