Community Notes: June 22

June 20, 2014 

Clayton

“Christmas in July,” a benefit for the Clayton Youth Theater, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. More than 40 vendors will offer an array of products. Also, the event will offer concessions and brief performances by Clayton Youth Theater members. Admission is free. Proceeds will support the theater group’s summer production, “AIDA.” Interested vendors may call Tracy Myatt at 919-796-9040

Johnston County

A summer day camp for middle-schoolers will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 28-Aug. 1 at Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, 6601 Devil’s Racetrack Road, Four Oaks. The camp will offer a variety of outdoor educational and recreational programs. The cost is $150. Campers should bring lunch. For more information, call 919-938-0115. Space is limited.

The Public Library of Johnston and Smithfield invites teens and young adults to take part in “Spark a Reaction,” the library’s summer reading program for young adults. The program, which began June 16 and runs through Aug. 22, will offer afternoon programs and a number of special nights, including Sci-Fi Night, Offbeat Poetry Night and End of the Summer Game Night. For more information, stop by the library at 305 E. Market Street in downtown Smithfield or contact Emily Campbell at 919-934-8146, Ext. 3, or ecampbell@pljcs.org. For the full young-adult summer reading schedule, go to pljcsblog.blogspot.com.

Children ages 11-13 can learn to be safe and responsible babysitters through SafeSitter class scheduled this summer at the Johnston Medical Mall in Smithfield. In addition to basic child care, they’ll learn basic lifesaving techniques, how to prevent accidents, and how and when to call for help. The education department of Johnston Health has scheduled the two-day session from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 15-16. The fee is $65 per child. To register, call 919-938-7736.

The Johnston County Ag-Business Tour will take place June 27. After a light breakfast at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, the tour will stop at BASF in Raleigh, Granville Equipment Co. in Oxford and Evans Mactavish Agricraft in Wilson. The cost is $10 for members of the Johnston County Agribusiness Council and $20 for all others. For more information, or to register, call the Cooperative Extension Service at 919-989-5380 no later than June 13.

Kenly

Photographers will display and sell their works from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. Pieces will be for sale. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org or email groups@tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org.

Selma

The Selma Parks and Recreation Department is seeking vendors for the town’s All-American Festival on July 4. Vendor space is $50, or $75 with electricity. The deadline to sign up is June 13. For more information, call 919-975-1411.

Smithfield

Harambee Summer Camp for children ages 5-17 is under way at the Family Life Center, 909 E. Lee St., Smithfield. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through July 28, and the cost is $30 a week. Topics include drama and dance, etiquette and manners, career choices, and African and African-American art and culture. The camp will serve breakfast, lunch and snacks daily.

The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center invites children ages 5-12 to its weekly summer camp, which will offer art, swimming, sports and outdoor fun. The camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 23-27, July 7-11, July 14-18, July 21-25, July 28-Aug 1, Aug 4-8 and Aug 11-15. The weekly cost is $100 for Smithfield residents and $125 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-934-2148.

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 register.play-well.org/registration/new/30450.

•  Engineering FUNdamentals – 1-4 p.m. July 7-11 for ages 8-12. The cost is $150. Register online at register.play-well.org/registration/new/30451.

The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will offer a pottery camp for children ages 8-15 twice this summer. One session will meet from 9 a.m. to noon July 7-11. Another will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 4-8. The cost is $85 for Smithfield residents and $100 for nonresidents. Clay is separate. For more information, call 919-934-2148.

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