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Community Notes: April 19


A scavenger hunt for all ages is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in the Benson Singing Grove, 406 E. Main St., Benson. Check-in starts at noon. The cost is $10; the hunt will award cash prizes of $150, $100 and $75. For more information, call 919-894-2370.


Battle of the Badges 2 is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Clayton Community Park, 1075 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The charity softball game will pit the Clayton Police Department against the Clayton Fire Department. In addition to the game, the afternoon will offer a cash raffle, food and drink. Admission is free but bring nonperishable items for the Clayton Area Ministries food pantry. The event is a project of the Clayton Lions Club.

The Woman’s Club will hold its annual rummage sale April 30-May 2 at the club building, 109 Church St., Clayton. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The sale will offer household items and items for men, women and children. The women will sell barbecue sandwiches and baked goods, and the club will have activities for children.

The Clayton High School Alumni Association invites members to dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at Jones Cafe, 415 E. Main St., Selma. The group will give away passes to Slide Raleigh on May 30. The alumni association will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 4, at the high school, 600 S. Fayetteville St.

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

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

Johnston County

The Johnston County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. For more information, visit

A diabetes-self management class will being May 7 at the Johnston County Public Health Department, 517 N. Bright Leaf Boulevard, Smithfield. The class will meet from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays through June 11. To register, call Tierra Taylor at 919-989-5200 or email her at

Johnston Health will offer its Safe Sitter course from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 16-17, July 14-15 and Aug. 11-12 at the Johnston Medical Mall, 514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The two-day class teaches boys and girls ages 11-13 how to handle emergencies when caring for young children. Students learn basic life-saving techniques, safety precautions to prevent accidents, how and when to summon help, and tips on basic child care. The cost is $65. To register, call 919-938-7736.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

McGee’s Crossroads

Community Day is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Friendly Chapel Church, 11455 N.C. 50 near McGee’s Crossroads. The day will offer free food, fun and educational information.


Bingo play for adults 55 and older is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, at McDonald’s, 335 U.S. 70 East, Selma. Play is free, with prizes awarded. For more information, call the Selma Parks and Recreation Department at 919-975-1411.

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 a 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 East Smithfield Improvement Organization will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Mitchener Memorial Baptist Church, 911 Blount St., Smithfield.

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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