Community Notes: June 12


Memory Lane Car Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday June 20, at McCall’s BBQ & Seafood Restaurant, 10365 U.S. 70 Business, Clayton. The club welcomes owners of classic cars and car enthusiasts. For more information, call Ken Wendel at 919-815-6148.

The Clayton Kiwanis Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 16, at the Cleveland Draft House, 461 Shotwell Road, Clayton.

The Clayton Farm and Community Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on Horne Square, 348 E. Main St., Clayton. The market offers locally grown produce, free-range eggs, honey, fresh-baked items, jams, jellies and hand-crafted items.

Christmas in July is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. More than 40 vendors will sell their products and services. Also, the event will offer concessions, face painting, a cash raffle and performances by the cast of “The Little Mermaid,” this summer’s Clayton Youth Theater production. Proceeds will benefit the theater troupe.

The Clayton Police Department is enrolling young people in its second Teen Summer Academy, which will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 11-15. The camp will feature visits to the county’s jail and 911 communications center, a run through a shooting simulator, SWAT demonstrations and an introduction to the Clayton department’s K-9 team. To sign up for the free camp, email Officer Owen Phillips at

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.

Johnston County

Johnston County 4-H has openings for the July 24-29 session of Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Camp in Reidsville. Boys and girls ages 8 to 14 take part in water sports, horseback riding, land sports, crafts, environmental educational classes and swimming classes. The cost of $420 for ages 8-12 and $440 for ages 13-14. This cost includes transportation, most meals, lodging and insurance. A nonrefundable deposit of $50 is due as soon as possible. The balance will be due at the mandatory camp meeting on July 11. Deposits should be mailed to the 4-H office of the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield, N.C. For more information, call Lori McBryde or Angie Hampton at 919-989-5380.

A rock-a-thon to benefit Johnston Health Home Care and Hospice is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the Johnston Medical Mall, 514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The event will feature live entertainment, children’s games, raffles and a silent auction.

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 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.

The Cooperative Extension Services in Johnston and Wilson counties are coming together to offer workshops in food preservation. Here’s the remaining schedule: “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 Parks and Recreation will offer a number of LEGO camps this summer at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road. Here they are:

“Construction Vehicles & Machines,” for ages 5-7, will meet from 9 a.m. to noon July 11-15. The cost is $150. Register online at

“Jedi Engineering,” for ages 5-7, will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 1-5. The cost is $150. Register online at

“Bashem Bots,” for ages 8-12, will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. July 11-15. The cost is $150. Register online at

“Jedi Master Engineering,” for ages 8-12, will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 1-5. The cost is $150. Register online at

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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