Community Notes: July 6

July 7, 2014 


The Travel Club of the Clayton Center for Active Aging has scheduled the following trips: Country Doctor Museum and lunch, July 15; N.C. History Museum and lunch, Aug. 12; and murder mystery dinner and cruise, Sept. 12. For more information, call 919-553-4350.

Also at the Center for Active Aging, the Thursday lineup has changed. New at 9 a.m. is Zumba Gold. Walking at Clayton Community Park has moved to 8 a.m. Free billiards play is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rainbow Lanes. The Center for Active Aging is at 303 Dairy Road.

“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.

Vacation Bible School for children is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 19 and 9:15 a.m. to noon July 20 at Bethesda Baptist Church, 4967 U.S. 70 Business between Smithfield and Clayton. VBS will feature music, crafts, games, Bible stories and snacks. Registration is available online at

Vacation Bible School is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 13-17 at Oakland Presbyterian Church, 8927 Cleveland Road, Clayton. VBS is for children from age 4 to rising fifth-graders. Also, the church will offer a Bible study for adults. A nursery/preschool class will be available. Register by July 4 by calling 919-934-5476.

Grace Episcopal Church is offering Communion at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 16. The church is at 111 Lee Court in Clayton. That's off of N.C. 42 West. For more information, call 919-553-2810 or visit

Christ Community Church has moved to its summer schedule. That’s coffee, juice, fruit and fellowship at 9:45 a.m., morning worship at 10 a.m. and then a potluck lunch and information about upcoming activities. The church is at 1082 Amelia Church Road in Clayton. For more information, call 919-553-9770.

Johnston County

Chicken plates will be on sale from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Thanksgiving Baptist Church, 6701 N.C. 42 east of Clayton. The cost is $8 per plate. Proceeds will benefit Billy Sullivan, who is awaiting a heart transplant at Duke University Medical Center, where he has been hospitalized since Easter. To make a cash donation, go to KS Bank on North Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield.

NAMI of Johnston County will offer “Family to Family,” its 12-week class for relatives and loved ones of someone with a mental illness, starting Friday, July 11. The first session will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. For location information, call 919-601-3762 or 919-464-3572.

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, offers 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 For the full young-adult summer reading schedule, go to

Children ages 11-13 can learn to be safe and responsible babysitters through a 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 Tobacco Farm Life Museum invites visitors to play traditional games from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit or email


A benefit for the Me Fine Foundation is scheduled from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Marble Kids Museum, 201 E Hargett St., Raleigh. The gala will feature casino-style games and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $100 and include beer, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres. For tickets, go to

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