News-Star: Community

Community Notes: Oct. 26


A fall festival is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at Lionsgate Child Development Center, 15 Middleton St., Clayton. The festival will offer games, food, vendors and face painting.

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department offers Family Fun in the Sun-day at Clayton Community Park. Upcoming sessions are Oct. 26, “The Animals of Halloween”; and Nov. 23, “Jump into Fall.” Hours are 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 per family. Register in advance at the Clayton Community Center. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

A fall festival is scheduled is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Cooper Elementary School, 849 Mial St., Clayton.

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 is a Dec. 9 trip 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

The Johnston County Area Mental Health Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Mental Health Center in Smithfield.

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.

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.


Metal workers will demonstrate their skills and sell their wares from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 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


“Kids in Nature,” a class for children ages 3-5, meets from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road. Upcoming sessions are Oct. 29, pumpkins; Nov. 5, bats; Nov. 12, snakes; Nov. 19, animal athletes; Dec. 3, mammals; Dec. 10, owns; and Dec. 17, natural ornaments. The cost is $4 for Smithfield residents and $6 for nonresidents. Register the morning before.

The Smithfield Kiwanis Club will serve its annual pancake supper from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 140 E. Market St., Smithfield. The cost is $7.

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.