“Clay Exploration,” a class for people 16 and older, will begin Nov. 19 at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays for eight weeks. Students will use hand-building techniques and the wheel to create functional and decorative pieces. The cost is $85 for Clayton residents and $100 for nonresidents. The cost of clay is $15. The class will not meet Dec. 24 and 31. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
“Totally Clay,” a class for young people ages 13-18, will begin Nov. 13 at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursdays for seven weeks. Students will use hand-building techniques and the wheel to create functional and decorative pieces. The cost is $70 for Clayton residents and $85 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
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Art on display
Works by Lisa Bailey of Clayton and Martha Connolly of Wendell are on display through Dec. 1 at The Clayton, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. A reception for the artists is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the lobby of The Clayton Center.
The American Music Jubilee in Selma is launching a new Christmas show. Here’s the November schedule: 1:40 p.m. Nov. 7; 1:40 and 7:40 p.m. Nov. 8; 1:40 p.m. Nov. 13; 1:40 p.m. Nov. 14; 1:40 and 7:40 p.m. Nov. 15; 1:40 p.m. Nov. 20; 1:40 and 7:40 p.m. Nov. 21; and 1:40 and 7:40 p.m. Nov. 22. All shows are at the Rudy Theatre, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. For ticket information, call 877-843-7839 or go to amjubilee.com.
Johnston Community College will host children’s author and illustrator Denise Fleming at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in Room 1630 of the Public Safety Building on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road. Admission is free.
Fleming is the author and illustrator of 20 picture books, including “In the Small, Small Pond,” which earned a Caldecott Honor Award, the highest honor in children’s illustrated literature. Her books have garnered numerous additional honors and awards.
Art for children
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department invites children ages 3-5 to paint, print and create. The next four-week Young da Vincis class will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays starting Nov. 4. The cost is $25 for Clayton residents and $40 for nonresidents. To learn more, call 919-553-1550.
The business of publishing
Johnston Community College will offer a free class titled “The Small-Business Side of Publishing & Promoting Your Book.” Have you written a book but don’t know how to launch a business to get the book published? An experienced author will take you through the start-up process. The class will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. To register, go to https://www.ncsbc.net/reg.aspx?mode=event&event=280340054.
Performing arts in Clayton
Here’s the remaining schedule for the 2014-15 performing-arts series in Clayton.
Saturday, Dec. 6 – Riders in the Sky. Tickets are $28.
Friday, Jan. 23 – storyteller Jeanne Robertson. Tickets are $30.
Friday, March 20 – “Yesterday & Today: The Interactive Beatles’ Experience.” Tickets to this all-request concert are $25.
Saturday, April 11 – Jeremy Davis & The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Tickets are $30.
The Clayton Center will also present native sons the Malpass Brothers, who hail from Goldsboro, in a special event on Saturday, Feb. 7. Tickets are $20.
All events presented by The Clayton Center begin at 8 p.m. For ticket prices and for more information on these shows, call The Clayton Center box office at 919-553-1737 or visit theclaytoncenter.com. The Clayton Center is located at 111 E. Second St. in downtown Clayton. Box office hours are 10 a.m. until noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
JCC concert series
Here are the remaining shows in the 25th anniversary concert series at Johnston Community College.
Pianist Emile Pandolfi with vocalist Dana Russell – 7 p.m. Jan. 23. The two will perform popular standards and Broadway hits. Tickets are $23.50 in advance and $25 at the door.
Charlotte’s Web – 1 p.m. March 7. Theatreworks USA will present the popular children’s story. Tickets are $13.50 in advance and $15 at the door.
To purchase tickets, call 919-209-2099 or go to jccperformingarts.com.
Art class for children
Doodlebugs, a weekly art class for children ages 18 months to 4 years, has resumed at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. In sessions at 10 a.m. Friday, children experiment with dough, paper, watercolors, glue and more. For Smithfield residents, the cost is $5 per session or $19 for four sessions. For nonresidents, the costs are $7 and $27, respectively. Register two days in advance by calling 919-934-1408.
Monthly art chat
Clayton Visual Arts Inc. has launched Third Tuesday Art Chat, a monthly gathering that offers artists a chance to share ideas, art products, resources, marketing tips, etc. The monthly chat is on the third Tuesday of the month in the Poole Room in The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The chat starts at 6:30 p.m.
Here are upcoming shows at the Ice House Theatre, the country music venue at 112 N. Webb St. in Selma: the Johnny Folsom 4, Nov. 7; and Kelly and the Cowboys, Nov. 14. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, or for more information, call 919-631-3797.