Community Notes: May 11

May 12, 2014 


The Clayton Center for Active Aging is seeking volunteer instructors for aerobics, dance exercise, beading crafts, quilting and computers. Also, the center is seeking volunteers to help with newsletter distribution, maintenance and health screenings. For more information, call 919-553-4350.

The Center for Active Aging, located at 303 Dairy Road, has scheduled the following events and programs. For more information, call 919-553-4350.

•  Clayton Senior Day, with free lunch and entertainment – 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 16, at The Clayton Center.

•  Day trip to farmers’ market, D&S Cafeteria and South Hills Mall – 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 20. A $10 payment will hold reservation.

•  Joy Choir performance – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at the Center for Active Aging. Joy Choir will perform at the Clayton Center for Active Aging.

•  Caregive Support Group meeting – 6 p.m. Thursday, May 22.

A forum on North Carolina’s voting laws is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton. Former N.C. Sen. Ellie Kinnaird will speak.

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

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.

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


A Relay for Life fundraiser will get underway at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at Garner Church of Christ, 1364 Benson Road, Garner. The fundraiser will feature barbecue plates, a yard sale, car wash and crafts for sale. For more information, call 919-772-1534.

Johnston County

A Las Vegas-style show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Corinth Holders High School, 6875 Applewhite Road, Wendell. The show will feature hypnosis and comedy with Herb McCandless Jr. Admission is $5 for students and $10 for adults. For ticket information, call 919-302-9780. Proceeds will go to the school's band program.

A public shredding event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, in the parking lot at Edwards IGA, 721 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. Registrar of Deeds Craig Olive encourages Johnstonians to shred old files, receipts, credit-card offers, bank statements, returned checks and other sensitive documents. The services is free.

The Johnston County chapter of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Golden Corral, 1932 E. Market St., Smithfield. Shawn Banks of the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service will talk about container gardening.

The Johnston County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, May 19, at the Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Rick Coor of Spring Bank Bee Farm will talk about queen management. For more information, visit

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.


Sweet treats made in North Carolina will be for sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit or email


The 3 Little Pigs Triathlon will take place June 14 in Smithfield. Register online at The deadline to register is June 10.

The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will offer two LEGO camps this summer. Here’s the schedule:

•  Pre-engineering – 9 a.m.-noon July 7-11 for ages 5-7. The cost is $150. Register online at

•  Engineering FUNdamentals – 1-4 p.m. July 7-11 for ages 8-12. The cost is $150. Register online at

“Gone But Not Forgotten,” a veterans’ expo, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Disabled American Veterans Chapter 44, 1500 Buffalo Road, Smithfield. The expo will offer free food, family entertainment, free haircuts, door prizes, music and information on employment, veterans’ benefits, education, health and wellness.

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.

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