Calls from Santa
The Selma Parks and Recreation Department is providing a direct telephone line to the North Pole. Santa Claus will call local children from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8. To get a call from Santa, parents must register by Dec. 5. The form is available in the Parks and Recreation office. For more information, call 919-975-1411.
Christmas at Bentonville
A “Civil War Christmas” is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks. Help decorate an 1860s-style Christmas tree, spend time with Confederate soldiers around the campfire, sip cider with civilian living historians and tour the circa 1855 Harper House. Admission is free.
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A 4-H Merry Market is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. More than 30 vendors will sell their wares, and Fraser fir wreaths will be available for $18. A cafe will offer baked goods and plates of chicken pastry, baked sweet potato and cornbread for $5.
The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield is accepting entries in its third annual gingerbread house contest. Through 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, the library will accept entries in the following categories: from birth to age 5, ages 6-12, ages 13-17 and ages 18 and older. The houses will be on display Dec. 6-13. Entries can be any structure, and all components except the base must be edible. The base may be no larger than 14 inches by 17 inches. For more information, visit facebook.com/pljcs.
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation will hold a 5K run and jog Saturday, Dec. 6. Same-day registration opens at 8:30 a.m. for the Grinch Stink Stank Stunk 5K Run & Jingle Bell Jog. The 5K run will begin at 10 a.m. The jog will start five minutes late. Bring a toy for a needy child, and dress as your favorite Who from Whoville for a costume contest. For more information, or to register in advance, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148, Ext. 112.
The Country Music Showcase at Johnston Community College will present “A Carolina Christmas” Dec. 6-7 in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Show times are 6 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17.50 at the door. For tickets, go to jccperformingarts.com or call 919-209-2099 between 1:30 and 5 p.m. weekdays.
The Celebration Choir of Wilson’s Mills Baptist Church will present the Christmas musical “He Is Here” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the church, is 652 Swift Creek Road. For more information, call 919-934-4181.
The Johnston County Chorale will present “Christmas on Broadway” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Celebrate the season with songs, music with a live orchestra, dance, comedy and a visit with Santa Claus. Tickets are available in the box office and online at johnstoncc.edu/performingarts.
“Holy Light,” a candlelight service of carols, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 S. Second St., Smithfield. The performance will feature songs by the St. Paul’s adult and youth choirs, dramatic readings and a carol sing-along.
The American Music Jubilee in Selma has launched a new Christmas show. Here’s the remaining schedule: 1:40 and 7:40 p.m. Dec. 4-6; 2:10 p.m. Dec. 7; 1:40 p.m. Dec. 8-9; 1:40 and 7:40 p.m. Dec. 11-13; 2:10 p.m. Dec. 14; 1:40 p.m. Dec. 15-16; 8 p.m. Dec. 17; and 1:40 and 7:40 p.m. Dec. 18-20. All shows are at the Rudy Theatre, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. For ticket information, call 877-843-7839 or go to amjubilee.com.
The Taylor Michaels Show will present “A Very Kitschy Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at the Gray Fox Theater, 3009 E. Ash St., Goldsboro. The show mixes music, magic and comedy. For tickets, which are $10, call the theater box office at 919-583-5301.
Home, art tour
“Christmas in Clayton,” an art and home tour, will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Taft Woods Test, a subdivision on Motorcycle Road.
Each home, decorated for the holidays, will have one or two artists selling works. Addresses on the tour are:
• 120 Dunmore Drive.
• 217 Dunmore Drive.
• 37 Windham Way.
• 64 Covington Court.
• 77 Windham Way.
• 359 Windham Way.
Participating artists are:
• Laura Padilla Bailey, mixed media.
• Amy Beshgetoorian, watercolor.
• Carolyn Howard, mixed media.
• Jill Hunt, oil.
• Michael Morrison, acrylic.
• Kathleen Nobles, acrylic.
• Janie Prete, watercolor.
• Sharlene Thomas, decorated eggs.
• Kyle Wilson, photography.
In several houses, one room will be decorated by one of three Clayton florists: Annie V’s, Flowers on the Neuse and City Florist.
Tickets are $10. They’re available online at claytonvisualartsnc.org/calendar/christmas-in-clayton-2014. PayPal is at the bottom. Also, tickets are available at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton; or by calling 919-550-8934.
A live drive-through nativity is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10-12 at Hephzibah Baptist Church, 4633 U.S. 70 East, Princeton. Admission is free.
A live nativity will take place Dec. 5-7 at Smithfield Advent Christian Church at the corner of N.C. 210 and Galilee Road west of Smithfield. Hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy hot chocolate and refreshments while riding through the scenes.
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department invites children ages 7-12 to make clay Christmas ornaments from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The cost is $10 for the first child and $8 for each additional child. For more information, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148, Ext. 112.
Benson – 6:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5.
Clayton – 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13.
Four Oaks – 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.
Kenly – 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4.
Micro – 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13.
Princeton – 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.
Smithfield – 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11.
Benson will light its Christmas tree during a celebration from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5 downtown. The evening will feature music, the tree lighting, a parade, an antique tractor and car show, and visits with Santa. Stores on Main Street will serve hot beverages and treats.
Clayton will light its Christmas tree at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, on Town Square, 110 W. Main St., Clayton. From 5:30 to 7:45 p.m., Santa Claus will hear Christmas wishes and pose for photos with kids at 439 E. Main St. Clayton Area Ministries asks for a $1 donation for photos. Downtown businesses will hold open houses from 5:30 to 8 p.m. During the same hours, a live nativity will take place at 120 E. Main St. A Christmas costume contest and parade for dogs will take place at 5:15 p.m. at Doggie Do’z at 113 E. Main St. The entry fee is $5, with proceeds going to a rescue group. To Register, email email@example.com. From 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., school groups, day-care centers and dance studios will entertain on Horne Square. The Clayton High School chorus will perform on the steps of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce and carol along Main Street. Clayton Area Ministries will hold a food drive from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Fayetteville and Main streets and Lombard and Main streets.
Smithfield will light its Christmas tree at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the corner of Third and Market streets. Enjoy hot chocolate, entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus. For more information, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148, Ext. 112.
Swim with Santa
Swim with Santa is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Swimming is free for SRAC members; for others, it’s $5 for the first child and $3 for each additional child. For more information, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148, Ext. 112.