Community Matters: Aug. 7


The Clayton Center for Active Aging invites older adults on the following trips: “The Beautiful Beast,” a giant-puppet show in Cary, Aug. 28, $43; Big “M” Casino Ship 1, Oct. 5, $85; and N.C. State Fair, Oct. 18, $12. For details, call 919-553-4350.

Also, the center has scheduled the following classes: “Matter of Balance,” a eight-week balance class starting Sept. 9; tai chi basics, a four-week class starting Sept. 12; and do-it-yourself painting, an ongoing class that meets at 1 p.m. Wednesdays, $5. For details, call 919-553-4350.

Johnston County

The Johnston Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield.

The Johnston County Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Golden Corral, 100 Towne Centre Place, Smithfield. The agenda includes pending 2016 legislation.

Dunn businessman Irvin Warren invites World War II veterans to travel to Washington, D.C., this fall. Each year, Warren pays for veterans and a companion to travel to the nation’s capital to see the World War II Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and memorials. This year’s trip is Oct. 27-28. To learn more, call Ray Stone at 910-892- 2810 or


The next Gazebo Galleria is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 20, in the parking lot behind the Selma Town Hall, 114 N. Raiford St., Selma. The event will feature local arts, crafts, produce and entertainers. For vendor space or to perform, call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411 or go to

A screening of “Inside Out” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, in front of the Selma Town Hall, 114 N. Raiford St., Selma. The animated film is set in the mind of a girl whose five emotions lead her through life as she moves from Minnesota and San Francisco. The movie’s rating is PG. Before the free movie, the Selma Parks and Recreation Department will offer a bounce house, face painting and Tommy the Train rides. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Concessions will be available.


A benefit for the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Community Park, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The event will offer cornhole, kickball, water fights, cakewalks, three-legged races, facepainting and a raffle. Hot dog and hamburger plates will be on sale for $5. Friedreich’s ataxia is a disease that causes progressive damage to the nervous system.

The 2016 “State of Our Communities” luncheon is scheduled for noon Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Sysco, 1032 Baugh Road, Selma. Hear an update on business and community issues facing Smithfield, Selma and Johnston County. Scheduled speakers include Selma Mayor Cheryl Oliver, Smithfield Mayor Andy Moore and Johnston County Commissioners Chairman Tony Braswell. The cost is $15 for members of the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce and $20 for nonmembers. To attend, call Kelly Wallace at 919-934-9166 or email