Clayton News-Star

Community Notes: Oct. 2


Bowl for the Cure, a benefit for breast-cancer research, will take place Saturday, Oct. 25, at Rainbow Lanes, 850 N.C. 42 West, Clayton. Register at 11 a.m. and play at noon, or register at 2 p.m. and play at 3. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 and younger.

A yard sale to benefit the Clayton Middle School band is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the school, 490 Guy Road, Clayton.

The Clayton Newcomers and Neighbors Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Woman’s Club of Clayton, 109 Church St., Clayton. Robin Simonton, executive director of Oakwood Cemetery, will talk about famous and infamous people buried there. She will also decode some of the symbols found on the gravestones.

A Halloween Fun Ride is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Clayton Community Park, 1075 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. Meet Halloween characters, play games and win prizes while riding on the park trail. The cost is $5 per child. Parents ride free with each paid child. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

A masquerade wine tasting is scheduled from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Wagner House, 121 E. Main St., Clayton. Tickets are $50 per person, with proceeds going to the Clayton Rotary Club. The attire is dressy casual, but the club encourages guests to wear masks. For tickets, call Blackley’s Printing & Sign Shop at 919-553-6813.

A Halloween parade is scheduled from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in downtown Clayton. Trick-or-treaters will visit Main Street businesses as they make their way from Horne Square to Town Square. To learn more, call 919-553-1550.

At the Clayton Center for Active Aging, line dancing is now at 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. YARNS has moved to 1 p.m. Mondays and 11:30 a.m. Fridays. Two new classes, quilting basics and plastic canvas art, are at 1 p.m. Thursdays and 1 p.m. Wednesdays, respectively. Also on the schedule are two trips: Oct. 21 to the State Fair, $12; and Dec. 9 to the American Music Jubilee in Selma, $40. The Center for Active Aging is at 303 Dairy Road.


“War so Terrible,” a nighttime re-creation of a Civil War hospital scene, is scheduled from 7 to 10:40 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Bentonville Battlefield, 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks. Reenactors will portray surgeons and medical personnel performing amputations and providing other medical treatment. Tickets are limited and may be purchased the day of the event only starting at 9 a.m. The cost is $8 per person. Because of the graphic nature of this program, parental discretion is advised. The state historic sites annual fall festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day. The festival will offer wagon rides for $2 per person, period games, a corn-shucking contest and town ball, a 19th century form of baseball. For more information, visit or call 910-594-0789.

Johnston County

The 19th annual Ina Fitts Memorial Toy Run will be held Saturday, Nov. 15. The run will begin at 9 a.m. at Capital PowerSports, 10920 Star Road, Wake Forest. It will stop at Garcia Moto in Raleigh and Team PowerSports in Garner before heading to Walmart in Smithfield to shop for toys, which riders will deliver to the Salvation Army in Smithfield. For riders unable to make the complete trip, each stop will have drop boxes. The toy run is a project of the Salvation Army and the Triangle Travelers for Jesus. To learn more, call Richard Streib at 919-673-1522 or Micheal Jessup at 919-489-5240.

State Farm agents want to help Johnston County high schools win grants and perhaps a concert by The Band Perry. Through Oct. 24, State Farm agents invite Johnstonians 14 and older to visit and complete their safe-driving commitment on behalf of their chosen high school.

A screening of “Godzilla” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, on the lawn at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Admission, popcorn and face painting are free. Games and activities will begin at 5 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Dunn-based Liberty Hospice is seeking volunteers in Johnston County to visit patients, run errands, cook meals and help out in the home office. To learn more, call Amber England, volunteer coordinator, at 910-892-1906.

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield is offering free programs to help high school students write their college-application essays and prepare for the SAT and ACT college-admissions tests. A combination SAT/ACT practice test is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Students must arrive by 9 a.m. The library is at 305 E. Market St. in downtown Smithfield. To reserve a seat at any of the programs, call 919-934-8146 and choose option 3, or stop by the reference desk.


A Halloween-themed 5K race and one-mile fun run will take place Saturday, Oct. 25, at Smithfield Community Park, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The race and run start at 6:30 p.m., but the family fun begins at 4:30 with face painting, games, a costume contest, food and music. Participants in the one-mile fun run and walk will receive trick-or-treat bags. To register, go to, email Gaston Orahood at or call Orahood at 919-934-2148l, Ext. 112. Proceeds will go to Friends of the Park and the Miracle League Park.

An Egg Haunt for children ages 3-12 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at Smithfield Community Park, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Wear a costume and hunt for Halloween eggs. For more information, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148l, Ext. 112.

Robotic LEGOS workshops will be held Oct. 24 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon for children ages 5-7 and 1 to 4 p.m. for children ages 8-12. The cost is $40 per person. For more information, call 919-934-1408.

The Howell Theatre in Smithfield will offer free screenings of “Hotel Transylvania” and “Frankenweenie” on Friday, Oct. 24. To learn more, call 919-934-8202.


A storyteller and humorist will tell tall tales and ghost stories from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. Items will be for sale. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit or email