Auditions in Smithfield
Auditions for “Lying in State,” a comedy, are scheduled for 7 p.m. July 25 and 8 p.m. July 26 at the Neuse Little Theatre, 104 S. Front St., Smithfield.
Art on display
Works by Romona Cash of Clayton are on display this month at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield.
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Music for lunch
Music for the Lunch Bunch continues July 13 with Tom Howerton & Company, a strings and vocals group that will play folk, gospel and country songs.
The free concert is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 215 S. Third St., Smithfield.
Arts Council accepting grant applications
The Johnston County Arts Council is accepting applications for state Grassroots Arts Program grants. The deadline to apply is Aug. 2.
The application form and grant guidelines are online at www.jcartscouncil.org.
For more information, call Darlene Williford at 919-938-0306 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Country music in Selma
Skyrder will perform at 7:45 p.m. Friday, July 15, at the Ice House Theatre, the country music venue at 112 N. Webb St. in Selma Doors open at 7 p.m. For reservations, email email@example.com. Other shows this month are are Jonathan Parker, July 22; and The Honky Tonk Experience, July 29. Early August brings Elvis and Elvis tribute on Aug. 5 and Andy Vaughan And The Driveline on Aug. 12.
Smithfield man pens book
Cornell Cox of Smithfield has penned “Promise of Better Days,” subtitled “A Farm Boy’s Odyssey Through North Carolina’s ‘Tobacco Way of Life.’ ” It’s available on Amazon. In the book, Cox, a child of the Depression, chronicles the hardships of cotton and flue-cured tobacco farming in the 20th century.
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will offer two art camps this summer.
“Young Rembrandts,” a drawing camp, will meet July 25-29 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Young people will learn to draw snakes, jaguars, toucans and more. Hours are 9-10 a.m. daily for ages 5-7 and 10-11 a.m. for ages 8-13. The cost is $75. Register online at youngrembrandts.com/raleigh.
A second drawing camp, with a Southwestern U.S. theme, will meet Aug. 8-12, also at the SRAC. Young people will learn to draw a cactus, flowers, basketry, a pueblo and more. Hours are 9-10 a.m. daily for ages 5-7 and 10-11 a.m. for ages 8-13. The cost is $75. Register online at youngrembrandts.com/raleigh.
Here’s the remaining schedule for the Clayton Town Square Concert Series: Ken Knox & Co., July 21; Kasey Tyndall, with Big River Band, Aug. 20; and Natural Wonder, Sept. 15. Shows start at 5:30, and admission is free. Bring a lawn chair but no coolers; beer and wine will be available. Town Square is at 110 W. Main St.
Art Faire seeks entries
Clayton Visual Arts is seeking entries for this year’s Art Faire, coming in September. The annual competition accepts works in two categories: fine arts and photography. The winner in each category receives $750. The entry fee is $25 for Clayton Visual Arts members and $40 for nonmembers, and the deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26.
More information is available at claytonvisualartsnc.org.
Sundown in Downtown
Here’s the remaining lineup for this year’s Sundown in Downtown concert series in Benson: 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.
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.
Send arts notes to firstname.lastname@example.org.