Here are upcoming events at the Clayton Center for Active Aging: trip to the N.C. Z00, June 9, $45; pizza and painting, May 14, $18; eight-week balance class, 2 p.m. Thursdays, registration open now; Senior Recognition Day, 10 a.m. May 15, at The Clayton Center, with lunch to follow; 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.
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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.
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 email@example.com.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org or Pete Perrino at email@example.com.
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.
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, the the Kenly American Legion building, 407 W. Second St., Kenly. The cost is $20. To attend, call 919-284-3431.
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.
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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