A free mental health support group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at 353 Second St. in Clayton. For more information, call 919-817-6294.
Here are upcoming events at the Clayton Center for Active Aging: trip to the N.C. Zoo, June 9, $45; eight-week balance class, 2 p.m. Thursdays, registration open now; Caregivers Support Group, 6 p.m. May 28. The center is at 303 Dairy Road, Clayton. To learn more, call Selena Royal at 919-553-4350.
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.
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.
Memory Lane Car Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 18, at Golden Corral off of N.C. 42 in the Cleveland community. The club welcomes car enthusiasts, including owners of old and classic cars. For more information, call Ken Wendel at 919-815-6148.
The Johnston County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, May 18, at the Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Will Hicks of the N.C. Apiary Inspection Program will speak.
An after-school crafts program is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in the children’s section at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. Kids may make musical instruments to take home.
The N.C. Symphony String Quartet will read a children’s story, play classical and pop music, and show how instruments make their sounds at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. The program is designed primarily for preschoolers and their families.
A practice test for the PSAT is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. To sign up, call 919-934-8146, Ext. 235, or stop by the Children’s Desk.
A Memorial Day ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, May 25, at the Johnston County Courthouse at the corner of Market and Second streets in downtown Smithfield. Mike Wegman, a retired U.S. Navy officer, will speak. He teaches naval science at Smithfield-Selma High School.
The Johnston County Republican Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Festejo’s Mexican Restaurant, 905 E. Main St., Clayton. Carolyn Justice, vice president of the N.C. Republican Party, will speak. She is a former state representative.
Johnston Health is accepting applications for Camp Courage, a bereavement camp for children ages 6 to 13. The free camp is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13 at Camp Mary Atkinson near Selma. Activities include music, games and art. The staff is made up of nurses, chaplains, social workers and bereavement counselors, all of whom have been trained to work with children and teens. The camp is for any child who has experienced the death of a loved one, such as a parent, grandparent, sibling or friend. To register, visit the events section of www.johnstonhealth.org or contact Murray Dees at 919-209-5104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A walk to benefit Alzheimer’s research is scheduled for Saturday, May 30, in Clayton. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the Town Square in Clayton. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. For more information, email Sarah Middendorf at Sarah.email@example.com or Pete Perrino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Tobacco Farm Life Museum will honor longtime board member Curtis Kirby during a reception at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Kenly American Legion building, 407 W. Second St., Kenly. The cost is $20. To attend, call 919-284-3431.
Bingo play for adults 55 and older is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, at McDonald’s on U.S. 70 in Selma. Play is free, with prizes awarded. For more information, call 919-975-1411.
A cornhole tournament to benefit the Harrison Center for Active Aging is scheduled for noon Saturday, May 30, at the center, 611 W. Noble St., Selma. Sign-in and practice for the double-elimination tournament will run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. To sign up, call 919-965-6478. Concessions will be available.
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.
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.
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