Smithfield: Community

June 2, 2014

Arts Notes: June 4

The 440th Army Band will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. The college will accept donations to benefit the performing arts.

Free concert at JCC

The 440th Army Band will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. The college will accept donations to benefit the performing arts.

The band performs for troops and their families and for the citizens of North Carolina at ceremonies, public concerts and parades. For more information, call 919-209-2099 or visit

Art exhibit in Clayton

Mixed-media works by Apex artist Zborovan are on display this month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton.

Zborovan was born in and grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He attended the Parson’s School of Design but is mostly self-taught as an artist. He has lived all over the United States, including New Jersey, Tennessee, Georgia, California, Illinois and Michigan.

A meet-the-artist reception is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at The Clayton Center. The event is free, dress is casual and light refreshments will be served.

Benefit concert

A benefit concert for the Children’s Miracle Network is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at Southern Bank Auditorium, 634 Henderson St., Mount Olive. The following will perform: Norlina, Made By Mercy, Ciara Ellis, Sheena Ballard, Emily Kursh and Avery West. Tickets are $10, with children 7 and younger admitted free. The concert is a project of 10-year-old Mackenzie Hinson, the granddaughter of Graylon and Carolyn Dixon of Four Oaks. For more information, call her mom, Paige Hinson, at 919-330-8202.

Writing residency

Johnston County poet Shelby Stephenson will be among the leaders of the 2014 Squire Summer Writing Residency, which will be held July 10-13 at William Peace University in Raleigh.

Stephenson, who will be inducted into the N.C. Literary Hall of Fame in October, will lead the poetry workshop. He has published many collections of poems, plus the poetic documentary “Plankhouse,” with photos by Roger Manley.

Shelby is a former editor of Pembroke Magazine. His “Family Matters: Homage to July, the Slave Girl” won the 2008 Bellday Poetry Prize, judged by Allen Grossman. Stephenson’s latest collection, “The Hunger of Freedom,” is from Red Dashboard.

Former Piedmont Laureate Scott Huler will lead the track in creative nonfiction. Randall Kenan, a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will lead the fiction workshop.

Admission is limited to the first 50 registrants. For more information, visit

Jammin’ on Johnston

Here are the remaining dates in the 2014 Jammin’ on Johnston Summer Concert Series in downtown Smithfield: June 17, The Holiday Band; July 15, The Main Event Band; Aug. 19, Backyard Groove; and Sept. 19, Coco Loco Party Band. All shows will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the corner of Johnston and Third streets. Admission is free.

Millstock returns to Clayton June 7

Millstock 2014, Clayton’s summer art and music festival, returns to downtown’s Horne Square on June 7. Artists are invited to show and sell their works from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The deadline to enter is May 30; the booth fee is $40. Millstock will be held rain or shine. The festival welcomes works in painting, graphics, printmaking, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, fiber, jewelry, woodwork and mixed media. All work must be original. A brochure/application form is available at The festival will have several music acts, a free kids’ art booth and a chalk-art contest. Other downtown activity that day includes music at the nearby Flipside restaurant, sales of local food at the Clayton Farmers’ Market and an antique tractor display.

Hospital seeks artwork

The Johnston County Arts Council is helping Johnston Health select and buy original art for the 50 patient rooms and family waiting areas at Johnston Medical Center in Clayton. The new wing will open early next year. Johnston Health is looking for works that are either 16 by 20 inches or 18 by 24 inches. Works may include acrylic, chalk, crayon, watercolor or pen and ink. Artists must submit their work by June 20. The committee will notify artists by email or phone by July 11. For more information, call Darlene Williford at 919-938-0306 or email

Summer concerts

Here’s the remaining schedule for Concerts at the Crossroads at Flowers Crossroads, the Harris Teeter-anchored shopping center at 4880 N.C. 42 East, Clayton: Liquid Pleasure, June 12; The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, July 10; the Holiday Band, Aug. 14; and the Band of Oz, Sept. 14. All shows are from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

Free vocal camp in Benson

A free vocal camp will take place July 28-Aug. 2 in the W.J. Barefoot Auditorium, 303 E. Church St., Benson. Recording artist Amanda Daughtry, a North Carolina native, will conduct the camp for young people ages 6-14. The deadline for applications is May 31. To learn more, go to and click on the vocal camp link.

Art for kids

Doodlebugs, a weekly art class for kids and their parents, meets from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Fridays at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road. Children 18 months to 3 years experiment with dough, pudding gelatin, crayons, watercolors and more. For Smithfield residents, the cost is $5 per session or $19 for four sessions. For nonresidents, it’s $7 per session or $27 for four sessions. Register two days in advance by calling 919-934-2148.

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