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Arts Notes: June 21

Music for lunch

Vocalist Greg Honeycutt will perform when “Music for the Lunch Bunch” continues at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, at First Presbyterian Church, 215 S. Third St., Smithfield.

Honeycutt, a baritone, earned his bachelor and master’s degrees in music education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has taught music on the elementary, secondary and collegiate levels. This past year, Honeycutt was an adjunct professor of applied voice at Heritage Bible College in Dunn.

Admission to Wednesday’s performance is free.

Youth theater benefit

“Christmas in July,” a benefit for the Clayton Youth Theater, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. More than three dozen vendors will sell their wares. The fundraisers will also feature a 50/50 raffle and CYT performances.

Youth theater workshop

The Benson Foundation for the Arts will conduct a youth theater workshop July 6-18 in Benson. The workshop for teens will conclude with free performances of “Once Upon a Mattress.” The cost is $199. To learn more, call 919-894-3825.

Kids can learn to weave

“Weaving the Summer Away,” a camp for children ages 9-12, will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 10-15 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Campers will learn the basics of weaving on a handmade loom. They will also create an open-weave basket using reed and recycled materials. The cost is $100. To learn more, call 919-934-1408.

Animal art for kids

“Mixing It Up With Animals,” an art camp for children ages 6-8, will meet from 9 a.m. to noon July 27-31 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Campers will create animals through painting, collage, drawing and layering. The cost is $100. To learn more, call 919-934-1408.

Turning trash into art

“Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Into Art,” a camp for children ages 9-12, will meet from 9 a.m. to noon July 6-10 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Campers will create works of art using recyclables. The cost is $100. To learn more, call 919-934-1408.

Art Faire seeks entries

The 17th annual Art Faire in Clayton is seeking entries.

The competition will award six prizes in two categories – fine arts and photography. The deadline to enter is Aug. 24, Entries will go on display at The Clayton Center in September.

The entry fee is $25 for members of Clayton Visual Arts and $40 for all others. To learn more, go to claytonvisualartsnc.org and click on Artist Invitation, then 2015 Art Faire.

‘Just Passing Through’

“Just Passing Through,” an exhibit of doors covered in student art, is on display through July 30 in the Frank Creech Gallery at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Magen Pike, who teaches art at Benson Middle School, developed the project with help from art teachers Katie Gentry of West View Elementary School, Kelly Crocker of Princeton Elementary, Megan Jones of South Johnston High School, Abby Boykin of Corinth Holders High School and Christina Schaffer of Smithfield Middle School.

Town Square concerts

Here’s the remaining lineup for this year’s Town Square Concert Series in Clayton:

July 16 – Coco Loco Party Band.

Aug. 20 – Idlewild South.

Sept. 17 – Walrus.

The free concerts are at 7 p.m. on Town Square at the corner of Main and Fayetteville streets. Bring a lawn chair or blanket but no coolers; food trucks and other vendors will be on hand. For more information, visit www.downtownclayton.org.

Art, photography camps

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled the following summer camps. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

Teen art – 9 a.m.-noon July 20-24 for ages 13-17. The fee is $70 for Clayton residents and $85 for nonresidents.

Photography – 1-5 p.m. July 27-31 for ages 11-16. A professional photographer will teach the camp; young people should bring their own digital camera. The fee is $70 for Clayton residents and $85 for nonresidents.

Art camp in Smithfield

This summer, the Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will offer Smithfield Artz Kidz Play, an art camp for children ages 5-13. The camp will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. July 20-24 in Smith-Collins Park. The cost is $2 a day or $10 for the whole week. For more information, call 919-934-2148.

Pottery camp at SRAC

This summer, the Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will offer a pottery camp for young people ages 8-15. The camp will meet from 9 a.m. to noon July 6-10 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road. The camp will repeat Aug. 3-7. The cost is $85 for Smithfield residents and $100 for nonresidents. A 25-pound bag of clay is $20.

Sundown in Benson

Here’s the remaining schedule of Sundown Concerts in the Singing Grove on Main Street in downtown Benson:

July 9 – The Attractions.

Aug. 13 – Jim Quick and the Coastline Band.

Sept. 24 – Russ Varnell and His Too Country Band.

The free concerts are at 5:30 p.m. In case of rain, they move to the American Legion Building, 605 N. Wall St.

Monthly art chat

Clayton Visual Arts Inc. sponsors Third Thursday Art Chat, a monthly gathering that offers artists a chance to share ideas, art products, resources, marketing tips, etc. The monthly chat is on the third Thursday of the month in the Poole Room in The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The chat starts at 6:30 p.m.

Art class for children

Doodlebugs, a weekly art class for children ages 18 months to 4 years, has resumed at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. In sessions at 10 a.m. Friday, children experiment with dough, paper, watercolors, glue and more. For Smithfield residents, the cost is $5 per session or $19 for four sessions. For nonresidents, the costs are $7 and $27, respectively. Register two days in advance by calling 919-934-1408.

Concert at Flowers

Here’s the remaining schedule for the 2015 concert series at Flowers Crossroads, the Harris Teeter-anchored shopping center on N.C. 42 East at Buffalo Road near Clayton:

Sept. 13: Jim Quick and Coastline.

Oct. 11: Band of Oz.

Send arts notes to sbolejack@newsobserver.com.

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