Community Notes: May 11


A five-week introduction to crochet will begin May 15 at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $50 for Clayton residents and $65 for nonresidents. A morning class will begin June 28. It will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

The annual Clayton 5K Road Race is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14. Register online at or at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road. Register by May 11 for $35. Race-day registration is $40. The Tot Trot, for ages 6 and younger, is $5. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

A gardening class will begin May 11 at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Topics include site selection, soil preparation, composting, thinning, watering and weed, disease and pest control. The $20 material fee is due at the first class. 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. One session will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 13-17. Another will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 15-19. Children will learn about plants, animals and habitats. The price is $70 for Clayton residents and $85 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

The Clayton High School Alumni Association will hold a Family Fun Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the school, 600 S. Fayetteville St. The afternoon will offer bounce houses, friendly competitions, class reunions and performances by Clayton High School groups. To learn more, call Megan Marvel Cranfill at 919-247-3552 or Bucky Coats at 919-550-5719, or email


Boy Scout Troop 33 will wash cars from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in the parking lot at Oakland Presbyterian Church, 8927 Cleveland Road. The Boy Scouts will accept donations.

Johnston County

The second annual Elder Abuse Awareness Walk is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, on the Smithfield Town Commons, 200 S. Front St., Smithfield. To learn more, call 919-989-5300 or email

The Johnston County Public Health Department will offer a number of classes in May and June. Here are the classes, with their start dates and times: parenting, 6 p.m. May 11; diabetes care, 10 a.m. June 4 at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield; and childbirth, 1:30 p.m. June 4. To learn more, or to register, call 919-989-5200.

The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program in Johnston County is seeking volunteers to educate Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers about the federal health insurance program. To learn more about becoming a SHIIP volunteer, call Debbie Stroud at 919-989-5380.

Here are upcoming blood drives in Johnston County: noon-4:30 p.m. May 15 at Hodges Chapel Church, 780 Hodges Chapel Road, Benson; and noon-4:30 p.m. May 13 at Cooper Elementary School, 849 N. Mial St., Clayton.

The Cooperative Extension Services in Johnston and Wilson counties are coming together to offer workshops in food preservation. Here’s the schedule: “Green Beans & Such,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 21 at Wilson County Cooperative Extension, 1806 SW Goldsboro St., Wilson; “Pickles – Fermented & Acidified,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 18 at Johnston County Cooperative Extension, 2726 N.C. 210, Smithfield; and “Food Dehydrating,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug 20, Johnston County. The cost is $25 per workshop. To register for a Johnston workshop, call 919-989-5380; in Wilson County, call 252-237-0111.


The women of Progressive Presbyterian Church are collecting gently worn shoes to benefit Alzheimer’s research. In Princeton, drop-off places are Piggly Wiggly, Just Gifts and Progressive Presbyterian Church. In Pine Level, they’re the Town Market and Carol’s Beauty Shop. Other drop-off spots are Head Heads Beauty Salon in Smithfield and the Brogden Fire Department. For more information, call Helen Lawhon at 919-934-7640.


The Smithfield Police Department will offer a teen police academy from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 25-29. Learn about traffic stops, radio communications and the daily life of a police officer. See the county jail and the department’s canine unit. The academy is open to ages 15-18. Applications are available at the police station, 110 S. Fifth St. The deadline to apply is July 15. For more information, email

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