Smithfield: Community

Arts Notes: April 20

Pottery for adults

“Handbuilding for Adults,” an eight-week pottery class, will begin Wednesday, April 23, at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. One class will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Another will meet from 6 to 8:45 p.m. The cost is $85 for Clayton residents and $100 for nonresidents. To register, call 919-553-1550.

Book signing at JCC

Wanda Robinson Lee of Smithfield will sign copies of her book, “God Voice: Choices That Led My Journey,” from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the Learning Resource Center at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield.

Book signing in Clayton

Bonnie Vause, a teacher in the Johnston County schools, will sign copies of her book, “Fast Escape,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Matthews Motors, 11315 U.S. 70 Business, Clayton. Proceeds will go to Clayton Area Ministries. For more information, visit

Student art on display

Artwork by Johnston Community College students is on display through May 8 in the Frank Creech Art Gallery on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The following students have works on display: Miguel Fonseca, Theresa Scott, Cecili Ward, Donovan Woods, Rebecca Mall, Lauren L. Hicks, Jason Sundin, Savannah Matthews, Lindsey Currin, Beaux Brogden, Eboni Campbell, Arianna Chappell and Mario Calderini. An open house is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 8.

Chorale in Clayton

The Johnston County Chorale will present “Blase from the Past” at 8 p.m. Friday, May 9, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St. The concert will feature music from the 1950s and 1960s, including Motown, country and gospel. The following will join the chorale in performing: a jazz ensemble, the Rendance Company Cloggers and the Knightdale High School gospel choir. For tickets, which are $12, visit or call 919-553-1737.

‘Oliver’ in Benson

The Benson Foundation for the Arts will present the musical “Oliver” in May. Show times are 7:30 p.m. May 2-3 and 3 p.m. May 4 in the W.J. Barefoot Auditorium, 303 E. Church St., Benson. Tickets are $11 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information, call 919-894-3825.

Sundown in Downtown

Sundown in Downtown, a concert series, returns to Benson on May 6. The Embers with Craig Woolard will perform in the Singing Grove on Main Street. DJ Steve Hardy will play dance music starting at 5:30 p.m. The Embers will take the stage at 6. Concessions will be available. For more information, visit

‘Pajama Game’ at Clayton High

The Clayton High School Players will present “The Pajama Game” at 7 p.m. May 8-10 in the school’s auditorium, 600 S. Fayetteville St., Clayton. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $6 for students. For more information, visit

‘Odd Couple’ at Corinth Holders

The Pirate Players will stage “The Odd Couple” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, at Corinth Holders High, 6875 Applewhite Road, Wendell. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Photographs in Clayton

Photographs by Kyle Wilson of Clayton are on display this month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. Wilson began taking photos two years ago, but as a college student, he helped his father in his photography business. Admission is free. The Clayton Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Variety show in Selma

Here’s the next performance of the American Music Jubilee, the Branson-style variety show: 1:40 p.m. April 24 at the Rudy Theatre, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. For tickets, call 877-843-7839 or visit

Art for kids

Doodlebugs, a weekly art class for kids and their parents, meets from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Fridays at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road. Children 18 months to 3 years experiment with dough, pudding gelatin, crayons, watercolors and more. For Smithfield residents, the cost is $5 per session or $19 for four sessions. For nonresidents, it’s $7 per session or $27 for four sessions. Register two days in advance by calling 919-934-2148.