Sundown in Downtown
Here’s the lineup for this year’s Sundown in Downtown concert series in Benson: April 14, Band of Oz; May 12, The Embers featuring Craig Woolard; June 9, The Attractions Band; Aug. 11, Jim Quick and the Coastline Band; and Sept. 22, Justin West Band and The Jonathan Parker Band. Concerts are at 5:30 p.m. in the Singing Grove, 406 E. Main St. Note: The Sept. 22 concert will start at 6 p.m. In case of rain, concerts move to the American Legion Building, 605 N. Wall St., Benson. Admission is free.
Acting class in Clayton
Acting 101, a class for middle and high school students, will begin March 22 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The class will meet Tuesdays through May 3. The cost is $160 for middle school students and $190 for high school students. Register online at claytonyouththeater.com/classes.html.
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Variety show in Selma
The American Jubilee in Selma has launched a new show. Upcoming performances are at 1:40 p.m. March 12 and March 17 at The Rudy theater, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. For ticket information, call 877-843-7839 or go to amjubilee.com.
Paintings in Smithfield
Floral paintings by Jane Kate Brown are on display this month at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield.
Children’s author coming to Clayton
Denise Ditto will read and signs copies of her book at 11 a.m. Friday, March 11, at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton. Ditto is the author of “The Tooth Collector Fairies, Batina’s Best First Day.” The book is about healthy teeth and how tooth fairies turn teeth into fairy dust. From 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13, the author will be at Pauper’s Books & More, 11731 U.S. 70 Business West, Clayton. For her programs, Ditto dresses as Crown Mistress Molar, the oldest and wisest tooth fairy in the land of Brushelot. To learn more, visit toothcollectorfairies.com.
Student art at JCC
Artwork by Johnston County high school students will be on display April 4-May 14 in the Frank Creech Art Gallery at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. A reception for the artists is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Art and Food Festival
The Art and Food Festival is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in the lobby of the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. The cost is $40 per person or $75 per couple. Attendees will sample dishes from Johnston County restaurants, which will be competing for a number of honors. The evening will also feature music and a silent auction of artwork.
For more information, call Darlene Williford at 919-938-0306 or Judy Boyette at 919-255-0944.
The art studio at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center is open from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. The fee is $100 for six months. For more information, call 919-934-1408.
Art class for kids
Doodlebugs, an art class for children, meets weekly at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Sign up for a single class or a four-week session. For Smithfield residents, the cost is $5 per class or $19 for four classes. For nonresidents, the cost is $8 or $30. To learn more, or to register for a class, call 919-934-1408.
Here are remaining shows in the 2015-16 Palladian Series at The Clayton Center:
March 12 – country and blues artist Lee Roy Parnell.
April 30 – gospel artist Mike Farris, who won a Grammy this year for Best Roots Gospel Album.
Shows begin at 8 p.m. at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. For tickets, call the box office at 919-553-1737 or visit theclaytoncenter.com. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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