2016 Clayton 5K Road Race
The 2016 Clayton 5K Road Race will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, in downtown Clayton. Awards will go to the first three finishers in six age groups. Ribbons will be awarded to all participants in the 0.1-mile Tot Trot. Register at the Clayton Community Center or online at townofclayton.org. The entry fee is $25 before April 22, $35 from April 23 until May 11 and $40 the day of the race. The Tot Trot fee (ages 6 and under) is $5. For more info, call 919-553-1550.
Johnston County Senior Games
The Johnston County Senior Games will be held April 11-22. The Senior Games are a health, fitness and arts program for adults ages 50 and older. Registration forms are available at Parks and Recreation Department offices throughout Johnston County. Registration closes on March 4. Athletic events include cycling, pickleball, corn-hole, track & field, walking, bowling, bocce and golf. The Silver Arts competitions include visual arts (acrylics, drawing, photography, etc.), heritage arts (quilting, knitting, needlework, etc.), Literary (essays, poems, short stories, life experiences) and performing (comedy/drama, vocal, dance, instrumental). For more info or to volunteer at the Games, call 919-553-1550.
Free Fishing at Lake Jordan
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Jordan Lake State Park, is hosting a free fishing event on April 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the White Oak Recreation Area, White Oak Beach Rd., Apex, Chatham County. The Family Fishing Fiesta will feature hands-on activities where participants can fish, learn to filet fish and sample grilled fish. More than a dozen hands-on stations will feature fishing games and activities. Students can learn firsthand from conservation and law enforcement professionals about careers in natural resources. Many of these professionals speak English and Spanish. Loaner fishing rods and bait will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Anglers ages 12 and over can enter to win a lifetime fishing license or a subscription to the Wildlife Commission’s award-winning magazine, Wildlife in North Carolina. Prizes will be awarded to young anglers, and all youth ages 12 and under who participate in the scavenger hunt will receive a free tackle box. For more information on the Family Fishing Fiesta, go to www.ncwildlife.org/fiesta or visit Jordan Lake State Park.
Adult Coed Softball at Flowers Plantation
Flowers Plantation will offer an adult coed softball league starting April 3. Registration is open for individuals or teams. The cost is $25-35. Go to flowers plantation.com for more information.
Flowers Plantation youth sports
Flowers Plantation is offering T-ball and Coach-pitch baseball for ages 5-9 (as of April 2). T-ball is for ages 5-6 and is played on Saturdays with practices on Tuesdays and Fridays. Coach-pitch is for ages 7-9 and practices are three days a week and games on Saturday. The fee is $40-50. Volunteer coaches are still needed. For more info or to register, go to flowersplantation.com.
Women’s Only Fly Fishing Workshop
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a women-only fly-fishing workshop at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on April 23, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The fly-fishing workshop is part of the Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program. Fly-fishing workshop participants will receive hands-on instruction from experienced instructors on the basics of fly fishing, including casting, knots and rod assembly and fly tying. After learning the basics, participants will test their new skills by fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill on two ponds at the center. Participants should bring sunscreen, insect repellant, comfortable clothing and footwear. Sign in begins at 8 a.m. A registration fee of $20 covers rods, reels and all equipment, as well as lunch, drinks and snacks. Pre-registration is required and the workshop is limited to 40 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Info: 919-218-3638, firstname.lastname@example.org or ncwildlife.org.
Lifeguard training classes in Smithfield
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will be offering American Red Cross Lifeguard Training this spring. Participants must be at least 15 years old, pass a pre-course swim test, attend 100 percent of the classes in your session, and not mix sessions. The fee is $200-225. (A non-refundable deposit of $25 is due with each application.) Contact the SRAC for swim test requirements.
Class dates are:
Third Session — Sunday, April 17, 2-4 p.m.; Friday, April 23, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.; and Sunday, April 25, 1-7 p.m.
Fourth Session — Monday, May 9, 5-7 p.m.; Friday, May 13, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.; and Sunday, May 15, 1-7 p.m.
Class sizes are limited, so sign up early. For info, contact Aquatics Supervisor Laura Crumpler at 919-934-1408.
Piedmont Bass Classics tournaments
The Piedmont Bass Classics tournament trail fishing events have been set for the 2016 season and run from March through June. Events are held at Shearon Harris, Jordan, Kerr, Falls and Mayo lakes. The PBC Spring Opens and Invitational tournaments start Feb. 27 at Shearon Harris and run through June. New this year are events for boats with 150 horsepower or less and aluminum boats with 115 horsepower or less. Visit piedmontbassclassics.com or contact Phil McCarson at email@example.com or 919-971-5042 for more info.
Exercise Classes in Clayton
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of exercise classes, including Zumba, yoga, pilates, cardio kick and more for all ages. For information on the offerings, times and fees, visit townofclaytonnc.org online.
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