Smithfield Herald

Community Notes: June 21


“Every Hero Has a Story,” a summer reading program, is underway at the Mary Duncan Public Library, 100 W. Main St., Benson. Here’s the schedule: 10 a.m. Mondays for ages 3-8, 10 a.m. Wednesdays for ages 9 and older, and 10 a.m. Fridays for all ages. Friday programs will be at the Benson Parks and Recreation Department, 1204 N. Johnson St. To learn more, call the library at 919-894-3724.


A luncheon to benefit Serve the Need in Johnston County is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 29, at Clayton Steakhouse, 307 E. Main St., Clayton. The cost is $15 and includes choice of sandwich, one side and beverage. For more information, call Tom Ricks at 919-333-9399, call Serve the Need at 919-703-8918 or email

The Clayton Center for Active Aging invites older adults to travel to Raleigh July 21 for a performance of “The Buddy Holly Story.” The performance is at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $56 per person. The center will take in a Carolina Mudcats game at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18. Also on the upcoming calendar: a presentation on how to be a hospice volunteer, 6 p.m. June 23. The Center for Active Aging is at 303 Dairy Road, Clayton. To learn more about center activities, call 919-553-4350.

A free mental health support group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at 353 Second St. in Clayton. For more information, call 919-817-6294.

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department is offering its summer playground program through Aug. 14. Open to children ages 6-12, the program runs 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.

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.


A pancake and sausage supper is scheduled from 7 to 9:30 a.m. July 4 at Oakland Presbyterian Church, 8927 Cleveland Road. The all-you-can-eat meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger. The community’s July 4 celebration will follow.

Johnston County

The Johnston County Health Department’s next stop-smoking class will begin at 4 p.m. Monday, July 6. The class will meet weekly for eight weeks. The next childbirth class will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 9. The class is five sessions in all. The department’s next parenting class will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12. A six-week program in living healthy with chronic disease will also begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 12 at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield. For more information about health department classes, call 919-989-5200.

Johnston County Libertarians will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 29, at Two Cousins Pizza & Pasta in the Food Lion shopping center at 12330 N.C. 210 near McGee’s Crossroads.

The Johnston County Area Mental Health Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, at the Mental Health Center in Smithfield.

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield invites children and teens to take part in its summer reading program, “Every Hero Has a Story.” Events this summer will focus on all things heroic and include visits from local heroes, animal heroes and even superheroes. The program runs through Aug. 8. Register online at or in person at the library’s Children’s Desk. For more information, call Emily Campbell at 919-934-8146, Ext. 5, or email The full summer reading schedule is available at and in the library, 305 E, Market St., Smithfield.

A Sept. 12 car show near Four Oaks is seeking entries and vendors. The show will present a number of awards. The entry fee is $20 per car. Vendors can sell their products and services for $20 plus a percentage of sales. Proceeds will benefit Hopes N Dreams. For more information, call Dale Bender at 919-938-4415 or Jennifer Grimm at 919-618-3470.

Community & Senior Services of Johnston County is seeking volunteers to deliver meals to home-bound seniors. Openings are available in the Benson, Clayton and Selma areas. For more information, call 919-934-6066 and ask for Barbara.

Johnston Health will offer its Safe Sitter course from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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.


A Micro Community Watch meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at the fire station.


A free mental health peer support group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays at Edgerton Memorial United Methodist Church, 401 W. Anderson St., Selma. For more information, call 919-817-6294.

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.


A blood drive is scheduled from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at Barbour Court Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 515 Barbour Road, Smithfield. To schedule an appointment, go to

The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center is offering summer camp through Aug. 14. Open to children ages 5-12, camp runs 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

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