Battle of the Badges 2 is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Clayton Community Park, 1075 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The charity softball game will pit the Clayton Police Department against the Clayton Fire Department. In addition to the game, the afternoon will offer a cash raffle, food and drink. Admission is free but bring nonperishable items for the Clayton Area Ministries food pantry. The event is a project of the Clayton Lions Club.
The Clayton High School Alumni Association will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 4, at the high school, 600 S. Fayetteville St.
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will offer its summer playground program June 15-Aug. 14. Open to children ages 6-12, the program will run from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. The registration fee is $25, and the weekly camp fee is $50 for Clayton residents and $100 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
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This summer, the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will offer a nature camp for children ages 6-10. The camp will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 6-10. The cost is $70 for Clayton residents and $85 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
Here’s the schedule for this year’s Acorn Festival in Four Oaks:
Concert – 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, in Barbour’s Grove Park.
Children’s parade – 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, followed by full parade at 11 a.m.
Vendors, rides, food and music – noon to 6 p.m.
For more information, call Katrina Allen at 919-963-4004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A truck and car show will be held May 7-9 at Kenly 95 Petro, 923 Johnston Parkway, Kenly.
A plant and garden-gear sale is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 16, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The sale will offer native and exotic plants, gardening gloves and gently used gardening books, tools, pots and more.
A diabetes self-management class will begin May 7 at the Johnston County Public Health Department, 517 N. Bright Leaf Boulevard, Smithfield. The class will meet from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays through June 11. To register, call Tierra Taylor at 919-989-5200 or email her at Tierra.Taylor@johnstonnc.com.
Johnston Health will offer its Safe Sitter course from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 16-17, July 14-15 and Aug. 11-12 at the Johnston Medical Mall, 514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The two-day class teaches boys and girls ages 11-13 how to handle emergencies when caring for young children. Students learn basic life-saving techniques, safety precautions to prevent accidents, how and when to summon help, and tips on basic child care. The cost is $65. To register, call 919-938-7736.
“Love Your Money,” a five-part workshop, will begin May 6 at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. The workshop will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays through June 3. Learn to budget, pay down debt, understand credit and plan for the future. Bring lunch. To register for the free workshop, call the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service at 919-989-5380.
Johnston Health invites runners and walkers to take part in its fourth annual Champions 5K. The timed event will start at 9 a.m. May 2 in front of the hospital in Smithfield. Proceeds will go toward the Angel Fund, which assists patients battling cancer, and toward a nutrition and exercise program for overweight children. The $30 entry fee includes a T-shirt, food and water. For more information, visit johnstonhealth.org or call Alison Drain at 919-938-7196.
A cornhole tournament will get underway at noon Saturday, May 30, at the Harrison Center for Active Aging, 611 W. Noble St., Selma.
The Selma Parks and Recreation Department is seeking vendors for its All-American Festival on July 4. The fee is $50; electricity is another $25. To reserve a space, visit selma-nc.com or pick up a packet at the Selma Parks and Recreation office, 305 N. Pollock St., Selma. The deadline to register is June 5. For more information, call 919-975-1411.
A community discussion titled “Policing Ourselves” is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at the Johnston Central Alumni Center, 1002 Massey St., Smithfield. Designed to foster positive interaction between residents and law enforcement, the forum will feature representatives from the Smithfield and Selma police departments, the District Attorney’s Office, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. Highway Patrol. The forum will provide an opportunity for residents and law enforcement to talk, be enlightened, ask questions and get answers, said Smithfield Councilman Marlon Lee, one of the organizers. “Our community is worth preserving, protecting, and continuously improving, and needs all hands on deck,” he said.
Family Fun Day is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at the Johnston Medical Mall, 514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The free event will offer games, food, information on car-seat safety, an art contest, facepainting and information about summer programs.
The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center will offer summer camp June 15 through Aug. 14. Open to children ages 5-12, camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The cost is $100 a week for Smithfield residents and $125 for nonresidents. Early drop-off starts at 7:30 a.m. Late pick-up ends at 5:30 p.m. That’s another $25 a week. Children must bring lunch, two snacks, drinks, swim suit and towel daily. For more information, call 919-934-1408.
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will offer two Lego camps this summer. A camp for children ages 5-7 will meet from 9 a.m. to noon July 13-17. The cost is $150. Register online at http://register.play-well.org/registration/new/39712. A camp for ages 8-12 will run from 1 to 4 p.m. July 13-17. The cost is $150. Register online at http://register.play-well.org/registration/new/39713.
A couponing workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. WRAL’s Faye Prosser, author of “The Smart Spending Guide,” will conduct the workshop. The cost is $10. To register, call 919-934-1408.
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