Smithfield: Community

Arts Notes: July 7

Clayton classes

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled the following art classes. Both will meet at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. For more information or to register, call 919-553-1544 or visit

Tweens pottery – One session of the six-week class will meet from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Mondays starting July 22. Another will meet from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays starting July 23. Children ages 9-12 will work with clay and learn about hand-building techniques, decorating and glazing, with an introduction to the potter’s wheel. The cost is $65 for residents, $80 for nonresidents.

Young at Art: Preschool art – The four-week class will meet from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays starting July 10. Children ages 3-5 will explore primary colors and shapes, and they will learn how to paint, print, sculpt, and create paper collages and self-portraits. The cost is $25 for residents and $40 for nonresidents. The registration fee covers one child and one adult. Wear clothing that can get messy.

Variety show in Selma

Here are upcoming performances of the American Music Jubilee, the musical variety show at the Rudy Theatre in downtown Selma: 7:40 p.m. July 13 and 1:40 p.m. July 18, 20 and 27. Tickets start at $15.50. Additionally, the band Goldwing Express will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, July 19. Admission is $25 per person. For tickets, call 919-202-9927.

Book signing

Benson author and historian Harold Medlin will sign copies of his poetry book, “Lines of Thought,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Benson Museum of Local History, 303 E. Church St., Benson. The book is $20, with a portion of sales benefiting the museum. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 919-894-3553.

Town Square concert series

In Clayton, the Town Square concert series continues Thursday, July 18, with the Craig Woolard Band, which will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the Town Square, 110 W. Main St. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food and drink, including beer and wine, will be available. For more information, visit Here’s the schedule for the rest of the summer:

Aug. 15 – Johnny Orr Band.

Sept. 12 – MikeMickXer.

Music for lunch

This summer’s “Music for the Lunch Bunch” will continue at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at First Presbyterian Church, 215 S. Third St., Smithfield. Violist Thomas Howerton will perform.

Admission is free, with donations accepted. For more information, call the Johnston County Arts Council at 919-938-0306 or email Here’s the rest of the summer schedule:

July 17 – Nate Leyland, cello, and Lisa Ferebee, cello.

July 24 – Tori Howell, flute.

July 31 – Rachel Harmatuk Pino, violin.

Aug. 7 – Julie Stewart, vocalist.

Aug. 14 – Shelly Maddox, vocalist.

Booking signing in Clayton

Romance writer Lauren Boyd will sign copies of her debut novel, “Baking Love,” from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Pauper’s Books and More, 11731 U.S. 70 Business, Clayton.

Book club

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield welcomes new members to its evening book club. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.

Club members suggest the titles to read, and the library lends copies of each month’s selection to the members. For more information, call Carrie Lee at 919-934-8146 or email

Pottery camp

A pottery camp for children ages 8-15 will meet from 9 a.m. to noon July 15-18 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The cost is $85 for Smithfield residents and $100 for nonresidents. The materials fee is $20.

Clayton Youth Theater

Clayton Youth Theater will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 7:30 p.m. July 26-27 and Aug. 1-3 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 919-553-1737 or visit

Johnston Chorale seeking voices

The Johnston County Chorale welcomes new voices. Starting Aug. 26, rehearsals will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at First Baptist Church, 202 S. Fourth St., Smithfield. Auditions are not required, and members perform in the chorale’s Christmas, spring and Broadway concerts. For more information, email

Drama group seeking members

A drama group is seeking members in the Clayton area. All levels of interest and experience are welcome. The group will collaborate on pieces by playwrights such as Arthur Miller, Clifford Odets, Eugene O’Neill, Henrik Ibsen and more. For more information, call Camille Sprague at 910-315-4529.