Smithfield: Community

Arts Notes: June 9

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.

Music for lunch

Here’s the schedule for this summer’s Music for the Lunch Bunch concert series. All performances will be at 12:15 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 215 S. Third St., Smithfield. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call Darlene Williford at 919-938-0306 or email

June 12 – Sherry Lattin, violin, and Lisa Ferebee, cello.

June 19 – Kathi Nixon and family.

June 26 – Jonathan Levin, piano.

July 3 – Mary Ann Nillson, piano.

July 10 – Thomas Howerton, viola.

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.

Music in Smithfield

Dr. TBone will perform from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Melody’s Coffeehouse, 117 N. Third St., Smithfield. Ragged Company will play from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 14, and Rob Hall will perform from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 28. Admission is free.

Variety show in Selma

Here are upcoming performances of the American Music Jubilee, the musical variety show at the Rudy Theatre in downtown Selma: 1:40 p.m. June 15, 22 and 29. Separately, a show titled “Elvis Meets Patsy” is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Tickets for “Elvis Meets Patsy” are $20; all other tickets start at $15.50. For tickets, call 919-202-9927.

Book signing

Emily Langston Morgan will sign copies of her book, “Dancing the Pathway to Life,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Melody’s Coffeehouse, 117 N. Third St., Smithfield.

Army band at JCC

The 440th Army Band will play an Independence Day concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. JCC will accept donations for the show, with proceeds going to performing arts at the college. For more information, call the box office at 919-209-2099 or visit

‘Painting at Melody’s’

The next “Painting at Melody’s” is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 12, at Melody’s Coffeehouse, 117 N. Third St., Smithfield. The monthly event is a chance for artists to hone their skills. For more information, call the Johnston County Arts Council at 919-938-0306 or Jane Kate Brown at 919 965-9785.

Drama camps at Neuse Little Theatre

The Neuse Little Theatre will hold summer drama camps June 10-21 at The Hut, 104 S. Front St., Smithfield. A camp for children ages 8-12 will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a camp for ages 13-18 will run from 2 to 5 p.m. Students will learn acting techniques and theater terminology. A performance titled “The Shakespeare Project” will be held at the end of the camp. For more information, or to register, call Ruth Mills at 919-989-8194 or 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