Smithfield: Community

Arts Notes: May 19

Photos on display at Clayton library

“God’s Kenya,” a photo exhibit by Deborah Coates, is on display this month at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton.

Coates took the photos during a mission trip to Kenya with Hocutt Baptist Church in Clayton and Bay Leaf Baptist Church in North Raleigh.

Watercolors on display

Watercolors by art students of Jim Brown are on display throughout this month at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield.

The following have works on display: Carolyn Allen, Joanne Dunn, Carolyn Faison, Sally Heiderman, Janet Lampe, Tammy Langston, Ann Ragland, Pat Tabler, Betty Jo Watkins and Betsy Williams.

Separately, an art collection donated to the library by the county’s Center for the Academically and Intellectually Gifted has been relocated to a more visible and permanent location in the library’s main foyer.

The collection includes works by the following: local artists Dorothy Hooks, Frank Creech and Susan Avera Booker; Jim Davis of “Garfield” fame; Marcus Hamilton and Ron Ferdinand, who pen “Dennis the Menace”; and Hilary Price, whose “Rhymes With Orange” comic strip appears in the News & Observer.

‘Welcome to Mitford’ at Neuse Little Theatre

The Neuse Little Theatre will present the comedy drama “Welcome to Mitford” at The Hut, 104 S. Front St., Smithfield. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. May 31, 8 p.m. June 1, 3 p.m. June 2 and 8 p.m. June 7-8.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door. For reservations, call 919-934-1873. For more information, visit

May at Melody’s

The following events are coming up at Melody’s Coffeehouse, 117 N. Third St., Smithfield:

Saturday, May 25 – Greg Elder, author of “Gamblers Fight Back: A Professional Gambler’s Journey of How to Survive and Thrive in the Casino,” will sign copies of his book from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, May 31 – Ceil and Dan Duo will perform popular folk music from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Open Mic Night – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday.

Art by Carolyn Howard of Clayton is on display throughout the month.

For more information, call 919-938-1511.

Dance recitals

Several dance schools will hold spring recitals in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield.

To purchase tickets, call the JCC box office at 919-209-2099 or go to

Here are the dance schools and their recital dates:

Smithfield Dance Academy – Friday, May 24. Tickets went on sale April 22.

A Step of Class – Tuesday, May 28, and Wednesday, May 29. Tickets went on sale May 2.

Artistic Dance Academy – Saturday, June 1. Tickets went on sale May 6.

Tippy Toes – Sunday, June 2. Tickets went on sale May 9.

RENdancE Academy – Saturday, June 8. Tickets went on sale May 13.

Steps on Stage Academy – Wednesday, June 5. Tickets went on sale Thursday, May 16.

Studio 5 – Sunday, June 9. Tickets will be available only from students.

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