News-Star: Community

Community Notes: Oct. 5


A Halloween Fun Ride is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Clayton Community Park, 1075 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. Meet Halloween character, 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 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.

The next Nature Night for children ages 6-10 is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. Children will play games, make crafts and go on a night hike. The cost is $20 for Clayton residents and $35 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

Do you know someone who would like to volunteer? With the addition of inpatient beds at its Clayton hospital, Johnston Health will need more volunteers. A recruitment fair will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton.

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.

Four Oaks

A car show is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, on Main Street in Four Oaks. Registration opens at 9 a.m., and the fee to enter is $25 per car. Proceeds will go to Hopes N Dreams, a nonprofit that helps people with special needs. For more information, call Dale Bender at 919-938-4415.

Johnston County

“Money Matters,” a workshop, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Aver Grove AME Zion Church, 2391 Freedom Road, Smithfield.

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 Guardian ad Litem program in Johnston County will hold its next volunteer training Oct. 9. Guardians serve as advocates for children who find themselves in the courts because of abuse or neglect. To learn more, call 919-934-3348.

The Johnston County MS Support Group will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at The Church at Clayton Crossings, 11407 U.S. 70 Business West, Clayton. A nutritionist will speak. For more information, email or search Johnston County MS Support Group on Facebook.

A luncheon to benefit the Johnston County Partnership for Children will be held Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Outback Steakhouse, 911 Outlet Center Drive, Smithfield. Seatings will be at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The meal is $15 and includes steak, salad, mashed potatoes, cheesecake and beverage. To purchase tickets, call 919-202-0002.

The Johnston County Veterans Service Advisory Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Land Use Center, 309 E. Market St., Smithfield. For more information, call the Johnston County Veterans Service Office at 919-989-5067.

The Johnston County Chapter of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Golden Corral on East Market Street near Interstate 95 in Smithfield. Don Stephenson will talk about the Triangle Land Conservancy in Johnston County.

A quilt show will be held Oct. 9-11 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Hours are 1-7 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. More than 100 quilts will be on display; some of them are more than 100 years old. Also, the three-day event will feature a quilt raffle and swap meet. Admission is free.

“Love Your Money,” a money-management class, will begin Oct. 16 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The class will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 13. To register, call the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service at 919-989-5380.

A stop-smoking class will begin Oct. 7 at the Johnston County Public Health Department, 517 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The free class will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 18. For more information, call Kimetha Fulwood at 919-989-5200.

A class titled “Living Healthy With Diabetes” will begin Oct. 16 at the Johnston County Public Health Department, 517 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The free class will meet from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 20. For more information, call Kimetha Fulwood at 919-989-5200.

“Walk the Track in Her Shoes,” a benefit for Harbor, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11, on the track at Smithfield-Selma High School, 700 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Registration opens at 8 a.m. In the event, men and young adults walk the track in women’s shoes after lining up sponsors. Women and children are welcome to walk too.

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield is offering free programs to help high school students write their college-application essay 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.


Bluegrass and country bands will perform from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N. Church St., Kenly. For more information, call 919-284-3431, visit or email


A benefit for the Me Fine Foundation is scheduled from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Marble Kids Museum, 201 E Hargett St., Raleigh. The gala will feature casino-style games and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $100 and include beer, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres. For tickets, go to


A pancake breakfast to benefit American Legion Post 141 is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Applebee’s, 1260 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The cost is $7, with proceeds going to a college scholarship.

The Boys & Girls Club of Johnston County will host a 5K run and one-mile fun run and walk Oct. 18 in Selma. The 5K run will start at 9 a.m.; the fun run and walk will follow at 10. Both will begin at the intersection of Webb and Waddell streets. To register, visit or or call Tammy Mitchell at 919-938-2682.


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.

Wilson’s Mills

The Sue Daniels Memorial Run/Walk for Backpack Buddies will take place Saturday, Oct. 11, in Wilson’s Mills. The 5K and 10K routes will start at the Wilson’s Mills Town Hall, 101 Railroad St. Check-in is from 8 to 9 a.m., with the races starting at 9. Events for children are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. A pre-race spaghetti dinner will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at Wilson’s Mills Elementary School, 4654 Wilson’s Mills Road. The cost is $7 per plate. To learn more, visit Sue Daniels Memorial Run/Walk for Backpack Buddies on Facebook.