News-Star: Community

Community Notes: Nov. 23


The Benson Chamber of Commerce is seeking entries for its Christmas parade, which will take place Friday, Dec. 5. The parade is open only to nonprofits, churches, civic clubs and other community groups. The entry fee is a new, unwrapped toy. For an application, visit or call 919-894-3825. The deadline to enter is Nov. 30.


At Clayton’s Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, December is “Food for Fines Month.” Throughout the month, the library will accept food in lieu of fines for overdue and lost materials. For every $1 in fine, the library will accept one food item. Donations will go to Clayton Area Ministries. For more information, call 919-553-5542.

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will offer a basic computer class titled “How do I ...” Starting Jan. 21, the class will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through March 11. Topics include purchasing a new computer, personal software needs, security concerns, the Internet, email, search engines, social media, word processing, spreadsheets and developing a file-management system for documents and photos. The cost is $50 for Clayton residents and $65 for nonresidents. Register at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road.

A jewelry silversmithing class will begin Jan. 8 at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class will meet from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Thursdays through Feb. 25. Learn basic design, soldering, sawing, filing, drilling, stone setting, forms and polishing. The fee, including supplies, is $110 for Clayton residents and $125 for nonresidents. Register at the Community Center.

A workshop in digital photography is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Topics include exposure, lighting and basic workflow for online and print. Bring a camera with memory card, batteries and manual. The cost is $15 for Clayton residents and $30 for nonresidents. Register at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road.

Serve the Need in Johnston County will serve its annual Thanksgiving meal for the needy from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at the Civitan Club, 340 McCullers St., Clayton. Free tickets are available from 9:30 a.m. to noon Fridays at St. Ann Catholic Church, 4057 U.S. 70 Business, Clayton; and from 1 to 3 p.m. weekdays at Clayton Area Ministries, 704 E. Main St., Clayton. No ID or proof of need is required for tickets, but they should be picked up by Wednesday, Nov. 19. For more information, visit or call 919-550-0614.

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department offers Family Fun in the Sun-day at Clayton Community Park. The next session is Nov. 23, with “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.


The Cleveland High School band will hold its first holiday bazaar from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the school, 1892 Polenta Road, Clayton. Vendors will sell their wares, and a gift-wrapping station will be available. The band will award door prizes and hold raffles. The day will also feature a spaghetti lunch for $7 and photos with Santa for $5.

Johnston County

The Johnston County landfill and solid waste convenience centers will be closed Nov. 27-28 in observance of Thanksgiving. In advance of the holiday, the convenience centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 26.

The Johnston County Agribusiness Council will hold a banquet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Chris Johnson, the county’s economic-development director, will speak. The cost is $10 per person. For reservations, call the Cooperative Extension Service at 919-989-5380 by Dec. 10.


Vendors will sell their wares from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 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


Manna from Heaven Community Outreach will serve Thanksgiving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, at Edgerton Memorial United Methodist Church, 401 W. Anderson St., Selma. The meal is free.

A free mental health support group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays at Edgerton Memorial United Methodist Church, 401 W. Anderson St., Selma.

The Selma Parks and Recreation Department is seeking entries for this year’s Christmas parade. Lineup will begin at 6 p.m. at Selma Elementary School; the parade will follow at 7. The deadline to register is Nov. 26. For more information, call 919-975-1411.

Here are upcoming events at the Harrison Center for Active Aging, 611 W. Noble St., Selma: Dec. 9, foot clinic, by appointment only; Dec. 11, trip to the Temple Theater to see “The Sanders Family Christmas”; and Dec. 12, covered dish Christmas party. For more information, call 919-965-6478 or email


First Baptist Church in Smithfield will serve Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, at the church, 125 S. Fourth St. Also, the church will deliver meals to the homebound in the community. To sign up for delivery, call 919-934-9771 no later than Nov. 25.

“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 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.

Wilson’s Mills

A Touch From Above Faith Center invites families to sign up for Christmas toys. Hours are 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 24 at the church, 654 Main St., Wilson’s Mills. For more information, call 919-333-7896 or 919-395-7731.