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Community Notes: April 15


The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will offer its summer playground program June 15-Aug. 14. Open to children ages 6-12, the program will run from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. The registration fee is $25, and the weekly camp fee is $50 for Clayton residents and $100 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

The 2015 Spring Fling Luncheon and Fashion Show will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Brick & Mortar Events, 217 E. Main St., Clayton. The cost is $30. Clayton Women In Networking will use the proceeds to benefit its commitments, including Harbor Inc. and scholarships. For more information or to register, go to

“I Am More ... in Him,” a two-day event for girls in grades 6-12, will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. April 19 and 26 at Generation Church, 34 Oleander Drive, Clayton. The event will feature a speaker, music, door prizes, skits, a photo booth and snacks. Register online at

The Johnston County Public Health Department will stage a Walk for Health and a bike rodeo from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at East Clayton Community Park, 1774 Glen Laurel Road, Clayton. Registration is free and opens at 8:30 a.m. For the bike rodeo, bring your bike and helmet. Strollers and pets are welcome for the walk. To register in advance, go to or call the Health Department at 919-989-5200.

This summer, the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will offer a nature camp for children ages 6-10. The camp will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 6-10. The cost is $70 for Clayton residents and $85 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

Bike rides to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Johnston County will take place Saturday, April 25, at The Club of Flowers Plantation, 120 Flowers Parkway, Clayton. Here’s the registration schedule: 50-mile ride, 7 a.m.; 30-mile ride, 8 a.m.; and 15-mile ride, 9 a.m. The rides begin an hour after registration. The minimum amount to ride is $50; riders are encouraged to seek sponsors. A post-ride celebration, with lunch and a raffle, will follow. Sign up at For more information, call Tracy Condie at 919-553-1984 or email her at

A peanut butter and jelly drive to benefit the Clayton Area Ministries food pantry will take place April 17-18 at Lowes Foods on U.S. 70 Business in Clayton. The drive is a project of the United Methodist Men of Horne Memorial United Methodist Church. To learn more, call Denny Headington at 843-907-02727.


A benefit dinner and silent auction are scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, at First Baptist Church, 601 St. Mary’s St., Garner. The cost is $25, with proceeds benefiting Able to Serve, a Johnston County nonprofit that serves adults with developmental disabilities. For more information, call 919-779-5545 or visit

A yard sale will get under way at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10225, 1706 W. Garner Road, Garner. Fish plates will go on sale at 11 a.m. They’re $8, with takeout available. The yard sale will continue April 19.

Johnston County

Through April 18, several Johnston County libraries are waiving fines for overdue books. They are the libraries in Benson, Kenly, Princeton, Selma and Smithfield Also through April 18, the James Bryan Creech library in Four Oaks is replacing lost library cards at no charge.

Johnston County will collect hazardous household waste, including pharmaceuticals, pesticides and herbicides, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Livestock Arena, 520 County Home Road, Smithfield. For more information, call 919-938-4750 or go to

The Johnston County Democratic Party will hold its annual county convention at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in Courtroom No. 2 at the Johnston County Courthouse, 212 E. Market St., Smithfield. Delegates will elect officers and representatives to the State Executive Committee. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. The convention is open to all registered Democrats. During the convention, the Democratic Women of Johnston County will also elect officers. For more information or directions, call the party headquarters at 919-550-4186.

Johnston Health invites women of all ages to attend Ladies Night Out from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the Johnston Medical Mall on North Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield. Doctors and staff will offer information, advice and screenings to help women take control of their health. Hospital departments will offer tours and demos. The event will also offer refreshments, free massages, drawings for prizes and shopping with local vendors.

Johnston County’s next Public Shred event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the parking lot at Edwards IGA, 721 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. Registrar of Deeds Craig Olive invites Johnston residents to shred old files, receipts, credit card offers, bank statements, returned checks and any other sensitive information they want to discard. For more information, call 919-989-5160.

DNA Discovery Day is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. Johnston Community College invites people of all ages to take part in interactive science presentations. The event, which is free, is part of the 2015 N.C. Science Festival. To learn more, go to

“Love Your Money,” a five-part workshop, will begin May 6 at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. The workshop will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays through June 3. Learn to budget, pay down debt, understand credit and plan for the future. Bring lunch. To register for the free workshop, call the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service at 919-989-5380.

The Johnston County Republican Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at Golden Corral on East Market Street near Interstate 95 in Smithfield. Hal Weatherman will speak. He is chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. Dinner is at 6 p.m. For more information, call Teresa Grant at 919-606-1070.

Johnston Health invites runners and walkers to take part in its fourth annual Champions 5K. The timed event will start at 9 a.m. May 2 in front of the hospital in Smithfield. Proceeds will go toward the Angel Fund, which assists patients battling cancer, and toward a nutrition and exercise program for overweight children. The $30 entry fee includes a T-shirt, food and water. For more information, visit or call Alison Drain at 919-938-7196.

An after-school crafts program is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the children’s section at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. Children will make paper plate kites to take home. The library will provide all materials.

The seventh annual Howell Woodstock is scheduled from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, 6601 Devil’s Racetrack Road, Four Oaks. The annual event offers fishing, hayrides, environmental education programs, stargazing, nature walks, live music and a bonfire with s’mores. Vendors will have food and drinks for sale.

Here are some upcoming events to benefit the Johnston County Relay for Life:

April 17 – hot dog supper and bingo play, 6 p.m. at Johnson Memorial Church, 8280 N.C. 50 near McGee’s Crossroads. For more information, call Bob Lai at 919-208-3720.

April 18 – “Ride for a Survivor,” a motorcycle ride, starting at 11 a.m. The fundraiser is a project of Benson Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church. For more information, call 910-214-0224.

April 19 – chicken and pastry lunch and silent auction, after morning worship service at Bethel Original Free Will Baptist Church, 3168 N.C. 96, Four Oaks. For more information, call Stephanie Parker at 919-464-3200.

April 24 – hot dog supper and bingo play, 6 p.m. at Oliver’s Grove Baptist Church, 8715 U.S. 301 South, Four Oaks. For more information, call Crystal Benson at 919-934-3416.

April 24 – golf tournament at Reedy Creek Golf Course. Call Danny Jones at 919-291-9940 for more information.

April 24 – pageant for girls from birth to age 23, 6:30 p.m. at Smithfield-Selma High School. 700 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. For more information, call Michele Hollman at 919-801-0391.

May 1 – golf tournament put on by First Baptist Church of Smithfield. Call Danny Hensley at 919-795-5470 for more information.


The Selma Parks and Recreation Department is seeking vendors for its All-American Festival on July 4. The fee is $50; electricity is another $25. To reserve a space, visit or pick up at packet at the Selma Parks and Recreation office, 305 N. Pollock St., Selma. The deadline to register is June 5. For more information, call 919-975-1411.


The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center will offer summer camp June 15 through Aug. 14. Open to children ages 5-12, camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The cost is $100 a week for Smithfield residents and $125 for nonresidents. Early drop-off starts at 7:30 a.m. Late pick-up ends at 5:30 p.m. That’s another $25 a week. Children must bring lunch, two snacks, drinks, swim suit and towel daily. For more information, call 919-934-1408.

The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will offer two Lego camps this summer. A camp for children ages 5-7 will meet from 9 a.m. to noon July 13-17. The cost is $150. Register online at A camp for ages 8-12 will run from 1 to 4 p.m. July 13-17. The cost is $150. Register online at

A couponing workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. WRAL’s Faye Prosser, author of “The Smart Spending Guide,” will conduct the workshop. The cost is $10. To register, call 919-934-1408.

The Smithfield Kiwanis Club will serve its annual Ham & Yam Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 140 E. Market St., Smithfield. The cost is $7.

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