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Arts Notes: April 19

Chorale in Clayton

The Johnston County Chorale will present its spring music, “Cinemagic,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The show will feature songs from classic movies. Disney characters, a jazz ensemble, bluegrass and the West Johnston High School chorus will join the chorale. For tickets, call The Clayton Center box office at 919-553-1737 or go to theclaytoncenter.com.

Art camp in Smithfield

This summer, the Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will offer Smithfield Artz Kidz Play, an art camp for children ages 5-13. The camp will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. June 22-26 in Smith-Collins Park. The cost is $2 a day or $10 for the whole week. The camp will repeat July 20-24. For more information, call 919-934-2148..

Book signing

L.M. Clark of New Bern will sign copies of her book, “The Never-Ending War: The Unseen Scars of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, at 100 Peach Court, Smithfield.

Sporting art at JCC

Works by sporting artist Gordon Allen will be on display April 20-May 7 in the Frank Creech Art Gallery at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. A reception for the artist is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. May 7.

Pottery camp at SRAC

This summer, the Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will offer a pottery camp for young people ages 8-15. The camp will meet from 9 a.m. to noon July 6-10 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road. The camp will repeat Aug. 3-7. The cost is $85 for Smithfield residents and $100 for nonresidents. A 25-pound bag of clay is $20.

Draw like an artist

Want to learn to draw like an artist? Clayton Visual Arts Inc. will offer “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain,” a drawing course. Starting April 21, the class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Discovery Church, 195 N.C. 42 East Clayton. The cost is $150, which includes all supplies. To register by April 16, email artist Carolyn Howard at gchoward52@embarqmail.com.

Sundown in Benson

Here’s the remaining schedule of Sundown Concerts in the Singing Grove on Main Street in downtown Benson:

May 14 – Too Much Sylvia.

June 11 – Band of Oz.

July 9 – The Attractions.

Aug. 13 – Jim Quick and the Coastline Band.

Sept. 24 – Russ Varnell and His Too Country Band.

The free concerts are at 5:30 p.m. In case of rain, they move to the American Legion Building, 605 N. Wall St.

Art, photography camps in Clayton

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled the following summer camps. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

Youth art – 9 a.m.-noon June 22-26 or Aug. 3-7 for ages 9-12. Young people will create works of art based on everyday designs and images. The fee is $70 for Clayton residents and $85 for nonresidents.

Teen art – 9 a.m.-noon July 20-24 for ages 13-17. The fee is $70 for Clayton residents and $85 for nonresidents.

Photography – 1-5 p.m. July 27-31 for ages 11-16. A professional photographer will teach the camp; young people should bring their own digital camera. The fee is $70 for Clayton residents and $85 for nonresidents.

‘Seussical’ in Clayton

The Clayton High School Players will present “Seussical” at 7 p.m. April 23-25 and at 2 p.m. April 25 in the school auditorium, 600 S. Fayetteville St., Clayton. The evening shows are $10 for adults and $6 for students and children. The matinee is $5. Tickets will be available at the door.

Pottery in Smithfield

The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled two pottery classes at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road.

Starting April 23, “Beginning Handbuilding” will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays through June 4. This class is for students who want to make pottery without using the wheel. The fee is $100 for Smithfield residents and $125 for nonresidents. A 25-pound bag of clay is $20. It’s available at the SRAC.

Starting April 21, “Wheel Throwing” will meet from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through May 26, also at the SRAC. The fee is $100 for Smithfield residents and $125 for nonresidents. A 25-pound bag of clay is $20.

Monthly art chat

Clayton Visual Arts Inc. sponsors Third Thursday Art Chat, a monthly gathering that offers artists a chance to share ideas, art products, resources, marketing tips, etc. The monthly chat is on the third Thursday of the month in the Poole Room in The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The chat starts at 6:30 p.m.

Art class for children

Doodlebugs, a weekly art class for children ages 18 months to 4 years, has resumed at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. In sessions at 10 a.m. Friday, children experiment with dough, paper, watercolors, glue and more. For Smithfield residents, the cost is $5 per session or $19 for four sessions. For nonresidents, the costs are $7 and $27, respectively. Register two days in advance by calling 919-934-1408.

Concert series announces lineup

Here’s the remaining schedule for the 2015 concert series at Flowers Crossroads, the Harris Teeter-anchored shopping center on N.C. 42 East at Buffalo Road near Clayton:

May 10: The Tams.

Sept. 13: Jim Quick and Coastline.

Oct. 11: Band of Oz.

Admission is free.

Send arts notes to sbolejack@newsobserver.com.

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