Smithfield: Community

Arts Notes: July 24

Music for lunch

This summer’s Music for the Lunch Bunch series continues at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at First Presbyterian Church, 215 S. Third St., Smithfield. Flutist Tori Howell will perform.

Howell, 22, graduated from Clayton High and is currently studying music education at Campbell University, where she is a member of the band staff. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow.

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 31 – Rachel Harmatuk Pino, violin.

Aug. 7 – Julie Stewart, vocalist.

Aug. 14 – Shelly Maddox, vocalist.

Grants for nonprofits

Through Aug. 15, the Johnston County Arts Council is accepting applications for grass-roots grants from the N.C. Arts Council.

Applications are available to local nonprofits promoting arts programming in Johnston County. Interested parties may attend a grant workshop at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the Johnston County Arts Council office, 312 S. Third St., Smithfield.

For more information, or for an application, visit


Auditions for the Neuse Little Theatre production of “Sex Please, We’re Sixty!” will be at 7 p.m. Monday, July 29, and 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at the Hut at the corner of Front and Market streets in Smithfield. The show has roles for four women and two men. For more information, visit

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

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.