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I’ve noticed my vision isn’t what it used to be in recent years, and as someone who makes a living staring at computer monitors all day, it’s tough to ignore that sort of thing.So, after a quick and painless eye exam — boy, those have come a long way in the past decade or so — I was told that I need progressive lenses. Put more simply, I don’t see well enough up close or far away.Progressives, if you’re not up to date on the latest in eye wear, give you the dual aid of bifocals without the clearly defined areas. So, the name describes the transition of the lenses from far away vision aid to the part that helps with reading stuff. Sounds simple enough, but as it turns out, there was a little more to it than that. My first clue of that should have been the fact there was a tutorial that came when I got my glasses.

I’d guess that about 20% of my vision more than 3 feet away from my face is better than ever, while everything else looks like it would if I were trying to see it underwater. That’s why, for the time being, I’m not wearing these while trying to walk anywhere. I’m too old to fall down.It’sa process, but I’m getting used to it. As I type this, I’m making use of the reading part of the progressives. Using the bottom part of the lens for reading comes a little more naturally to me, and the transformation for me in this area tells me just how bad my vision has gotten. A touch of family history and a lifetime of reading and staring at screens has taken its toll on the old peepers, and it’s nice to be able to read stuff without holding it at arms’ length for a change. Making allowances to the passage of time is a part of life’s journey, I guess. Getting older isn’t always amazing, but it sure beats the alternative.

“Your nose is your pointer,” the nice lady said. “Whatever you want to see, line it up with your nose.” I guess I didn’t realize how often I use my peripheral vision, but my first few minutes in progressives were a little rough.

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I’m familiar with the phrase “growing old gracefully,” but I’m finding it hard to pull off.

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I came to the conclusion that I wouldn’t like any of it anyway, so it would be a waste of time. I know that kind of sounds like someone sitting at a table as a kid and telling their mother they don’t like a particular food when they’ve never tried it, but it’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


On the day I composed this, I decided to take a look at the Billboard Hot 100 just to see if I had heard of anyone in it.

By MIKE BOLLINGER I enjoy listening to music. Music, that is, that was made before roughly 1985. Most of what I listen to would be called “classic rock,” I suppose. That’s probably a nice way of saying I listen to old music that is now enjoyed by old people. I’ve tried listening to some newer stuff, but I can’t really find any of it I like. I also find I don’t know who in the world anyone is that makes music anymore. We were talking in the office recently about someone attending a concert by someone called Pitbull. I couldn’t name a Pitbull song if someone put $1 million in front of me and told me I could have it if I could name one. I thought a pitbull was a breed of dog.

Among the top 30, I had only heard of Beyonce because I suppose most everyone has, Bad Bunny, Justin Bieber and Drake. The only reason I had heard of Bad Bunny is because he was in one of those cool Corona commercials Snoop Dogg is in and I heard him say his name. I’ve heard of Bieber and Drake because I’ve heard them mentioned on the news for something or other. The remainder of the artists in the top 30 were Lizzo, Harry Styles, Kate Bush, Future, Jack Harlow, Steve Lacy, Chencho Corleone, Nicky Youre and dazy, Post Malone, Glass Animals, Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, The Kid LAROI, Latto, One Republic, Em Beihold, Cole Swindell and Joji. Who are these people? Am I that out of touch? Should I listen to any of these songs to see if I would like them? After giving the matter at least some consideration, I decided not to listen.

Besides, I am totally convinced none of these artists will be as good as ZZ Top, Creedence Clearwater Revival, America, Seals and Crofts, the Rolling Stones or any other of the ones I listen to on my satellite radio “old music” channels. For the record, ZZ Top and Creedence are my twoSo,favorites.whileI’m sure this new music is great, I’m going to continue to pass on it and stick with my “old music” channels and my “old people’s” music. I guess that’s what happens when you hang around long enough to meet the official definition of a senior citizen. At least I can get a discount on a cup of coffee at McDonald’s.

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Most people like coming home to a haven or castle they can rest and enjoy their time in.

Having an uncomfortable home can be felt instantly and we all know to contact our local HVAC company to come out and fix it. But what about the quality of that air coming into your home? Most people never even stop to think about how the air in their home affects them.

Filtration — From whole house media filters to electronic filtration, there are many options available to trap and hold particulates in the air stream of your ducts. These systems are designed to trap specific sizes of material being pulled into the return side of the HVAC system. This allows for cleaner air on the supply side back into your home. The better the model, the more particles and smaller particles it can trap and hold. The downside is that these do little to nothing about odors, chemicals or biological contaminants. The system filters also either must be changed regularly or cleaned to continue to provide the correct amount of filtration needed without putting extra strain on your HVAC system.Ventilation — Another way to improve indoor air quality is to bring fresh air into the home and exhaust the stale air back to the outdoors. By allowing a specific amount of outdoor air to mix with the indoor air circulating through the home, the indoor mix is diluted to a safer level. Having a system that exchanges the air in the home regularly can help improve air quality and get rid of stale air. The drawback here is that as you bring air into the home, you must also exhaust the same amount. In addition, proper maintenance to the ventilation system must be done to ensure the air is moving properly in and out of the home.

The air you breathe can make your home a true castle

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality is four to five times worse than outdoor air quality. This means just by going inside, you are in an environment worse than that just outside your door. Outdoor pollutants near the home and pollution moving through the HVAC system can cause indoor buildup of bacteria, mold spores, pollen and dust. In some climates, like North Carolina, inside and outside humidity levels may cause mildew or excessive condensation problems that lead to biological growth inside the HVAC system and/or ductwork. Thankfully, there are solutions to this problem. Improved filtration and ventilation systems and air cleaners are in high demand with the increased awareness of issues like COVID-19. Each type of solution has its own benefits and drawbacks.

Air cleaners — From UV lights to air purifiers, the types of air cleaners vary greatly in what they can do to improve indoor air quality and how they achieve that. UV lights are active killers of anything biological. Where this light shines, nothing lives. Mold, mildew, pollen, pet dander, viruses and bacteria are just some of the things that UV light destroys. Active ion creating systems add ions to the air stream to actively break down pollutants. Photo Catalytic Oxidation is an advanced process by which volatile organic compounds, bacteria, mold and fungi are destroyed by incorporating photon and ultraviolet energy activating a catalyst creating photo catalytic oxidation. Basically, there is a material pollutants get trapped on, and they are then are broken down by the reaction of the UV light and that trapping material. Most types of air purifiers need regular maintenance like changing the UV bulb or wiping down the media surface. When it comes to the air you breathe in your home, it should and can be much better for you. While the best homes and business have a combination of all three types, adding just one to your home will start to ensure you and your family are breathing easier in your castle. Call Comfort Shield today at 919-588-8015 to schedule an indoor air quality audit and/ or system check.

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Pets can provide a source of love for seniors

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As loved ones and friends move or pass away and out-of-the-home experiences may be limited, aging can become a lonely process. Pets can go a long way toward providing a source of love and companionship for seniors, however.

A recent study by The National Poll on Healthy Aging indicates that 79% of aging adults find stress relief in their pets, and about 34% of elderly pet owners indicate a reduction in pain around their furry friends. Additionally, sleep and inflammation improve with the presence of a Inpet.addition, University of Michigan researchers have found a link between owning a pet for five or more years to a delay of brain aging in adults around the age of “Prior65.studies have suggested that the human-animal bond may have health benefits like decreasing blood pressure and stress,” Dr. Tiffany Braley of the University of Michigan Medical Center, who authored the study, said in a press release. “Our results (also) suggest pet ownership may also be protective against cognitive decline.”

According to American Humane, studies show that “a pet for seniors helps them overcome loneliness and depression by providing affection, company, entertainment and a sense of responsibility.”

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Finally, pet ownership for seniors can often combat depression.


A yearly eye exam from an optometrist is recommended for everyone, especially those over the age of 45, to make sure you have clear vision as well as good eye health. Don’t wait until you can’t read a street or highway sign when you need to.


The optometrist may also focus a circle of light on your cornea to measure its reflection. This test will show the curvature of the cornea and is used for contact lens fitting.

Having a regular eye exam is important

If you already have prescription glasses or contact lenses, the optometrist will check to see if updates are needed that can improve your sight. If you don’t have a prescription and need one, the optometrist will write a new one for glasses or contact lenses.

A refraction test can determine the lens power you need to compensate for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia.

An eye exam allows your eye doctor to monitor your vision and eye health to preserve your eyesight over the long term. Regular exams can also help detect signs of medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure; and find problems such as glaucoma or macular degeneration that can lead to blindness. During your exam, the optometrist may evaluate your peripheral vision, depth perception, color vision, eye muscle movements and how your pupils react to light. How well each eye sees will also be evaluated. A reading chart is frequently used during this test.

It’s important for school age children to have eye exams because they may not know what normal vision looks like and could have problems at school because so much of the information they receive is visual.Research shows that about 80% of what children learn inside and outside of the classroom requires good vision. In addition to success in the classroom, a regular eye exam can also make sure children are seeing their best for sports or otherEvenactivities.thosewho have had Lasik eye surgery or who have naturally good vision should still have a regular eye exam. Just like a yearly physical, an annual checkup creates a history of your eye health while offering preventative care. Come in to Haines Vision Care and let our friendly and welcoming staff help you see better today. Dr. Haines has provided exceptional eye care for the Johnston County community for 37 years. He currently serves as president of the N.C. State Board of Examiners in Optometry. Our office accepts most vision insurances along with having a large selection of frames and sunglasses. Call 919-934-2020 or visit hainesvisioncare. com to request an appointment.

Reliable information about hearing aids can be hard to find


The first step is scheduling a comprehensive hearing examination from a qualified audiologist. This evaluation should include hearing tests, word recognition testing, comprehensive case history, speech-in-noise testing and other diagnostics that will determine your type and degree of hearing loss. With the results of this testing, the audiologist will create a treatment plan, starting your journey toward better hearing. For more information or to request an appointment, call 919351-8100 or visit

Dr. Kate Coates, Clinical Audiologist

In fact, you probably walk past people every day who are wearing hearing aids that you don’t even see! There are models that hide behind the ear with nearly invisible wires and custom models that sit completely inside the ear canal itself. You can also now choose from a variety of colors to match your hair or skin tone to further disguise the presence of the device if this is a worry for you.

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common for patients to tell us they went into a hearing aid chain with one of these $499 advertisements in hand only to be told that their hearing loss was too severe for that type of device. And you know what comes next, the up-sell to the $8,000 set of hearing aids they say will work for you!So, where do you start?

At Coates Hearing Clinic, we are committed to educating our patients about hearing loss and treatment options. Hearing aids are only one of the services that we offer, but it is the topic for which we get the most questions.Getting reliable information from the internet about hearing aids can be overwhelming. There are many sources for hearing aid “education,” but some of it can seem to be conflicting. Much of the information is presented in a way that is meant to scare the buyer into purchasing hearing aids. So, what’s the truth and who is right?Here are three myths about hearing aids that we hear on a regular“Hearingbasis.aids will make me look old.” Older styles of hearing aids were bulky and noticeable. The size of the sound processor has been reduced significantly over the years, making it barely noticeable (if at all) and more comfortable now.

“Hearing aids are too expensive.” For years, hearing aids have been overpriced by the major chain retailers (and audiology practices). Increased competition and better access to information has helped to bring down the price of these incredible devices. While the “miracle $599 hearing aid” is still a myth, you should never be quoted $8,000 or more for hearing aids. Many of our patients are surprised to find out that their insurance pays towards hearing aids. Medicare itself does not pay for hearing aids, but most Medicare Advantage plans have some sort of hearing aid benefit. We offer insurance verification as a free service and will be glad to help you understand your individual policy. A word of caution, most audiology clinics and chain retailers do not accept or honor these insurance benefits. It’s a good idea to research your hearing aid benefit before your appointment.“The$499devices I see advertised on TV and in magazines will probably work for me.” This kind of device is designed simply for sound amplification. Hearing loss is not just about volume, it’s about peoplealowhearingbasedincomingprogrammedhearingcheapway.areandbasedaidswhatjustspeechhearinghearinglouder.devicessounds,Insteadprocessing.ofprocessingtheseinexpensivesimplymakeallsoundsByprogrammingtheaidstoyourspecifictestresults,soundandbecomeclearerandnotlouder.Dadwasright,yougetyoupayfor.Hearingshouldbeprogrammedbasedonahearingtest,over-the-counteroptionsnotcustomizableinthisIncontrasttothesedevices,medicalgradeaidsareindividuallytomodifysoundandprocessitonyourspecifictypeofloss.Unfortunately,thisultra-priceddeviceisusedasbait-and-switchtogetnewinthedoor.Itisvery

Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine in which a licensed doctor of chiropractic diagnoses, manipulates and works to solve problems with the human body.The practice of chiropractic focuses on the spine, the nervous system and the tissues involved. Chiropractic care is something people of all ages can benefit from. Treatment can help infants, 10-year-old children, 18-yearold athletes, 28-year-old mothers to be, 55-year-old weekend golfers, 80-yearold grandmothers and grandfathers and anyone in between. A chiropractor is trained to recognize and diagnose issues correctly and not step outside the scope of their practice. They will do the proper examination and diagnosis to let a patient know if they are a candidate for chiropractic treatment.


Chances are chiropractic can help with neck pain, low back pain, a headache and any type of joint pain. Anything from everyday life, a physically demanding job or an auto accident can cause pain that chiropractic can help. Other conditions that it can help are ear infections in children, sinus trouble, movement restrictions, bowel issues and balance issues. More and more patients are realizing the benefits of chiropractic care.Achiropractor keeps a patient’s spine functioning as close to maximum capacity that the body will allow. The spine houses the nerves that run the body, feel pain and make it move. So, getting regular chiropractic care can be very important to spinal health. There is no limit to how often a patient can see a chiropractor. In the early stages of care, it’s good to see the chiropractor two to three times in the first few weeks. After that, people trying to maintain an active, healthy, relatively pain-free lifestyle will visit anywhere from once a week to once a month.Adjustments not only help free up the nervous system, but have also been shown to release endorphins and enkephalins which act as a natural pain reliever in the body and can help a patient feel better.

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It’s never too early to see a chiropractor. Many people associate seeing one with having pain, but visits can also help people simply move better or potentially avoid that Chiropracticpain.treatment can be an affordable, safe and effective way to reduce pain, move better and have a better way of life. For more information, contact JoCo Spine Center at 919-300-7005 or visit


Chiropractic can help with many issues

Chiropractic is the largest drugless healing profession in the world. Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs, instead they act as the prescription, finding the issue and doing their best to resolve it.

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Students will learn how to administer basic fitness tests and health risk appraisals, teach specific exercise and fitness classes and provide instruction in the proper use of exercise equipment and facilities. This hands-on program focuses on developing critical skills, knowledge and experiences for students to successfully pursue some of the fastest growing fitness careers, such as personal trainers, athletic trainers, wellness coaches and exercise physiologists. Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in commercial fitness clubs, a YMCA or YWCA, wellness programs in business and industry, parks and recreation departments and other organizations implementing exercise and fitnessMostprograms.classesare held in the JCC stateof-the-art fitness center, where students will learn about and use an array of fitness equipment as well as participate in trending fitness activities. Students will also gain a foundational knowledge of human anatomy, business principles, first aid and CPR. JCC’s program requires two workbased learning opportunities. That means students get real world experience at some of the area’s top fitness facilities while still in Theschool.Health and Fitness Science program is offered as a 70-credit hour Associate in Applied Science degree. Students can also get an 18-credit hour certificate. In addition, that certificate is available to high school students enrolled in the Career and College Promise program. Students can start their health and fitness careers today at a fraction of the cost of many other programs. For more information, visit

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COLLEGE Are you interested in a career in the health, exercise or wellness field?

Johnston Community College’s Health and Fitness Science program might be just what the doctor ordered! This new program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the fitness and exercise industry. The multibillion dollar fitness industry is evolving with interesting business models and new ways to train.

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Jenny Compton, Certified Functional Nutrition Counselor

All of these are helpful, but the limitation of these strategies and what they do not address are the gut issues that are quite possibly fueling the depression and anxiety in the first place. Using a “wellness” model approach, we now look through the lens of functional nutrition. Functional nutrition uses food as a natural medicine to help restore balance to the body and brain, replenish nutrient deficiencies, heal the gut, prevent disease and treat anxiety and depression. Since a number of nutrient deficiencies are linked with depression, by monitoring micronutrients and introducing targeted foods that are rich in specific vitamins and minerals and other nutritional compounds, depression can be ameliorated quite successfully. Using functional nutrition along with exercise personalized to your ability level is extremely effective at improving mood and decreasing anxiety and has no negative side effects. I get a lot ofreviewsmixed when talking about exercise with my clients, but the studies show that exercise is the most underused antidepressant on the planet. Just 20-30 minutes of an aerobic activity is equivalent to four hours of an antidepressant, so as the saying goes, “embrace the suck!”

Do you want to be well?



A variety of maladies frequently bring suffering clients to my sofa with most complaints stemming from crippling anxiety and depression. These clients engage in counseling hoping to learn insight or new ways of coping, and a good number of them are interested in doing that without the use of pharmaceuticals. There are plenty who use counseling as an adjunct to prescriptions they are already taking. That is fine, too. All of them want to alleviate their distress and I want that for them as well. Historically, I have used all the common evidence-based therapies: talk therapy, behavior therapy, exposure therapy and, when warranted, trauma therapy. But sometimes these modalities are not enough to get people to where they want to be, and they may not necessarily be treating the root cause of the anxiety and depression, which is a big problem in our current “sick care” model. Too often we treat symptoms instead of moving upstream and fixing the root cause.For example, a person with a depressive (or anxiety) disorder can take their daily medications, work on appropriately identifying and communicating their needs and feelings, they can process traumas that are causing destabilization and they can learn to reframe their negative thinking patterns and learn effective boundaries and adaptive coping skills.

90% of the body’s serotonin, dopamine and GABA (your happy chemicals) are made in the gut. The gut is also home to more than 70% of your immune system. Your brain and gut communicate with each other all the time through hormones and neurotransmitters. This conversation between the gut and brain is called the “gut-brain axis.” After you eat or drink, your gut tells your brain how to feel. Maybe you’re doing pretty well with your diet. Perhaps your choices are decent, some days you’re hydrated and eat super green and on cheat days, it’s pizza, pasta, dessert or the occasional sugary drink.You may not be reaching for alcohol or feasting on fast food, but you can still have gut (or brain) inflammation and nutrient deficiencies that are creating a mood disturbance. The foods we eat are either a powerful form of medicine or a slow form of poison. You are not what you eat, you are what your body can do with what you eat. I don’t focus on weight loss, nor do I help you get “swole.” That’s someone else’s expertise, but using a holistic individualized approach, we can get you to a better place mentally and emotionally.Ifyouarehighly motivated to be in a better place, and sick and tired enough that you are willing to put in the necessary effort to change daily habits, give our office a call at One-Eighty Counseling and let’s begin your wellness journey today. The question is, do you want to be well? For more information, visit

A leaky roof can lead to mold and mildew growth. When mold spores are inhaled, they can inflame a person’s airways causing coughing, chest tightness, throat irritation, stuffiness, wheezing, eye irritation and sometimes skin irritations.

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Black mold is the most common type of mold that results from water intrusion. Water dripping from a leak can also be dangerous. Having to place buckets on the floor to catch the water can be a tripping hazard, and standing water on the floor can be a slipping hazard. Also, water damage that goes unrepaired can create uneven floor surfaces, which can also be a long-term hazard. It can be necessary to replace the flooring in some cases.Water entering a building can also cause electrical hazards. If water from a leaking roof falls onto electrical wires, it can possibly electrocute someone. In addition, water leaking onto live wires is a fire hazard. Any water near any electrical equipment should be immediately addressed. Stress can cause health problems, and a leaky roof can contribute to that. Stress can cause headaches, stomach issues, sleep problems and more, and having a leaky roof at your home or business can certainly add to your stress level.By the time most people notice mold in a building, the leak causing it has likely been going on for quite a while. Getting a regular roof inspection can help catch problems early before they escalate to the point they allow mold to grow and cause expensive repairs. Robco Residential Inc. is located at 5750 N.C. Highway 50 North in Benson. Contact them by phone at 919-894-9904 or email them at com.robco@robcoresidential.

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A good roof can lead to good health

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Once mold appears in a building, it can be very hard and costly to remove. Floating particles of mold are invisible to the naked eye. Loose mold particles that accumulate on items within a building are easily inhaled and can cause problems for people or pets inside.Mold thrives in damp, humid conditions, including those caused by a leaky roof. Health concerns from toxic mold can include respiratory infections, swelling of the eyes, nose and throat problems, asthma, elevated risk for bronchitis, lung and skin infections and neurological problems.Sometypes of mold produce mycotoxins. These toxic molds, while rare, can cause neurological problems to anyone exposed to them. If your roof leak has caused mold growth, it is wise to have the mold removed when the roof is fixed in order to keep it from causing health issues.The severity of allergic reactions related to mold vary depending on the sensitivity of the individual. The Centers for Disease Control has reported otherwise healthy people can experience symptoms related to mold. Once mold has become present in a building, the HVAC system can also become contaminated with it. Mold can also become lodged in walls, carpets, furniture and evenChildrenclothing.tend to be more susceptible to illness caused by mold and mildew.

Following spine surgery, local teacher is ‘100%’

On her worst days, sixth grade teacher Laura Burke, 44, of Clayton, stretched out on her classroom floor during planning periods to get relief from her lower back pain. She took medicine every day and sometimes wore a brace. It hurt to sit or stand. Sometimes, when she walked down the hall, a bolt of pain shot down her leg, so intense that it took her breath away, and she nearly collapsed.

“I am pain-free for the first time in years,” Burke said. “I’m thrilled with my results.”Theroot of Burke’s problem was a collapsed disc at the base of her spine. It stemmed from an old injury when she was a runner in her 20s. During surgery, Dr. Madsen placed screws in Burke’s bones and pushed them farther apart from each other, un-pinching the nerve causing her pain. He then locked down the screws to maintain their position.

To help him precisely place the screws, Dr. Madsen used a computer-assisted surgical navigation system paired with a fluoroscopy device called the O-arm. It produces 3-D images and looks similar to a CT scanner when fully extended, but is portable, has shorter radiation exposure and gives the surgeon real-time images.

“Compared to conventional techniques, the O-arm unlocks the ability to do more complex surgeries through smaller incisions,” Dr. Madsen said. After surgery, Burke spent two nights in the hospital and was up walking the same day. At home, she continued her recovery by walking every day. She was back at work in six weeks.

“My back pain sucked my energy, and I always felt exhausted,” she said. “Now I’m back on track. I feel 100%.”

UNC Health Johnston is now offering spine surgery. In complex cases, Dr. Michael W. Madsen, an orthopedic spine surgery specialist, uses a computer-assisted surgical navigation system paired with a fluoroscopy device called the O-arm.


It was her mother, a retired nurse, who researched surgical options for her daughter. This led Burke to see Dr. Michael W. Madsen, an orthopedic spine surgery specialist, to undergo a lifechanging surgery in March.


For 20 years, off and on, she saw chiropractors and physical therapists. She thought of surgery as a last resort, a risky option at her age. Her mother had back surgery several years ago, and the result was not great.

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FUKU – New York City’s favorite fried chicken joint is finally making its N.C. debut. What started as a secret sandwich at David Chang’s Momofuku Noodle Bar has grown to serve a variety of fried chicken offerings and sides in an upbeat, fun, and energetic fast casual concept.

Curry in a Hurry – Raised in southern India, Owner and chef Alaksha Surti is passionate about cooking authentic Indian cuisine inspired by generations of family recipes, including curry dishes, Kati rolls and samosas.Aroma de Cuba – Owners Danny and Sheri Gonzalez bring authentic South Florida Cuban cuisine, like Cuban sandwiches, empanadas, plantain chips and Cuban coffee, popular in the heart of Miami’s Little Havana, to the foodThehall.Mac


SELMA — North Carolina commercial real estate development firm AdVenture Development, LLC and operating partner Hospitality HQ have announced the vendor list for Old North State Food Hall at 67 JR Road in TheSelma.15,000 square-foot food hall brings together 10 talented chefs from across the country to offer a variety of delicious cuisines to locals as well as leisure and business travelers along the heavily traveled I-95 corridor, the East Coast’s halfway point between Portland, Maine and Miami, Fla.Opening tenants include:

Bean and Bubble – Sophia Woo, of MOFU Shoppe and Phenomenal Dumplings and known nationally as season six winner of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, along with her spouse, Nathan Lambdin, offer locally roasted coffee and Asian treats, including Poke bowls and bubbleButtertea.Cream



– Perfect for a snack or after a delicious meal, Butter Cream offers ice cream with an assortment of toppings and fresh-baked cookies.Inaddition to ten vendors serving a mix of international cuisines, guests can enjoy Longleaf Tavern, a lively and welcoming full-service bar featuring the best of North Carolina’s beer, cider, wine and spirits along with national brands.“Wecannot wait for guests to experience ONSFH, as a convivial gathering place for members of our local community and as a fresh food destination for travelers along the interstate,” said AdVenture Development President Kevin Dougherty. “We are excited to introduce a collection of global cuisines from renowned chefs and thriving small business owners to this growing region,” said founding partner and CEO of HHQ Akhtar Nawab ONSFH will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sunday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Online ordering will be available at Small meeting room space is available in the Longleaf Tavern.Professionally designed by Colicchio Consulting Group and Eimer Design and curated by Hospitality HQ, ONSFH features an overall transformed industrial design with Southern welcoming and nostalgic seekingONSFHtouches.iscurrentlyfriendlyandeager to learn applicants for all food service positions, including cooks, cashiers, bartenders, porters and kitchen managers. Visit to apply online. Follow newsInstagramoldnorthstatefoodhall@onforallthelatestandupdates.

Barley and Burger – Owned by industry veterans Brandon Clarke, Travis Ellis and Etaf Rum, Barley and Burger has been a North Carolina favorite since 2018, offering gourmet, chef-driven burgers inspired by the dangerously good flavors of classic American cuisine.Luna Pizza – Like former college professor Richard Williams’ and industry alum John Jefferson’s flagship Greenville store, Luna Pizza serves authentic Neapolitan pizza, crafting their dough from scratch, as well as appetizers, salads and desserts.

Aroma de Cuba will bring authentic South Florida Cuban cuisine, like Cuban sandwiches, empanadas, plantain chips, and Cuban coffee to the North State Food Hall.

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Submitted BY SHANNON MANN CLAYTON — There’s no doubt a good book can be life changing. Words on a page have a way of speaking to people. Stories of triumph and tragedy, adventure and heartbreak captivate readers. Books tell of the impossible becoming possible, and the underdog achieving their goals despite the odds. The power of a good book to encourage young women to see themselves differently isn’t lost on one Johnston County team, so they started a project to help young girls visualize themselves in STEM.

The first set of books was signed by engineers working at Lockheed Martin in Palmdale, Calif. This location is home of the historic Skunk Works, a hub of aerospace innovation that solves the defense industry’s hardest problems.

G-Force Robotics, an all-girl, high school FIRST Robotics Competition team based in Clayton, only started a few months ago, but already this rookie team is making an impact in its community. The young women who make up the team have the challenge of building 125-pound, industrial-sized robots for district, state and world competitions, but they also have a personal mission of community outreach that encourages elementary and middle school girls to learn more about STEM education and careers.Asthe third all-girl team in the state, and one of only about 60 all-girl teams globally out of more than 4,000 registered teams, they want to encourage other girls to follow in their footsteps. Recently, the team partnered with local and national organizations and companies to launch their “Be That Engineer” literacy project to put engineering-themed books in public and elementary school libraries.


“We asked the female engineers to sign notes of encouragement and inspiration inside the covers of the books so that when young girls check them out of the library they can read their notes and know that women engineers are real and they are cheering them on,” said Kaitlyn Nolte, programming team member and sophomore at Johnston County’s Early College Academy.

“I think a lot of girls don’t apply to STEM-related programs like JCECA’s program because they feel intimidated by the ratio of boys to girls,” said Kwiatkowski, programming team member and sophomore at JCECA. “STEM in its entirety is fun and interesting to me. It’s important for younger girls to get into STEM because of the gaps in the workforce.”Theteam realizes their book project might help other girls see what they could do. In addition to involving engineers across the country, the team also decided to involve some local ladies whose club has been providing service to the Clayton community since 1918. The team reached out to the Woman’s Club of Clayton to purchase books for the first distribution. The club has a long history of working to

The team saw that one of the books told the true story of Mary G. Ross, the first female engineer to work for aerospace giant Lockheed Martin. Ross also happened to be of Cherokee descent. A couple of the girls on the team had interacted with female engineers from Lockheed Martin before and decided to reach out to see if they could collaborate on something bigger.

“The idea started because we got a recommended STEM reads book list from SWENext that promoted the stories of girl engineers and their adventures,” said Sloan Mann, build team member and freshman at Clayton High School. “We noticed that our library didn’t have a lot of the books on the list.”

Ellen McIsaac, a materials and processes manager there, and a mentor to G-Force, helped the team coordinate the signings. McIsaac said her colleagues were thrilled to hear about the project and to participate. For her, the project carries special“Representationmeaning, matters! Looking back, I was always interested in the aerospace industry. I wrote a paper in fifth grade about how planes fly, and in middle school I tracked the progress of the Spirit and Opportunity rovers on their path to Mars, and yet I never envisioned myself becoming an engineer in the aerospace industry one day,” McIsaac said. “The reason for that was twofold. I didn’t have enough exposure to be aware of engineering as a career, and I didn’t see many female scientists that I could aspire to be like. I hope that young girls reading these books and our notes will gain exposure to the field of engineering and learn that it’s possible for them to become engineers too.”

For Nolte and two of her teammates, Madeline Gutierrez and Angelina Kwiatkowski, McIsaac’s comments resonate on a personal level. The three teammates are also classmates in the STEM/engineering program at JCECA, and they know first-hand that more girls need encouragement to pursue STEM options.“Many STEM careers are composed of men, and I think in girls’ heads it’s like, ‘I can’t be in STEM, that’s for guys,’” said Gutierrez, build team member and sophomore at JCECA. “Getting younger girls interested in STEM is important to me because not only will it show the world that girls/women can do anything they want to do, but because those young girls can follow their passion and do what they love no matter what society says.”


More books were signed by female engineers working on the Orion Spacecraft at Lockheed Martin in Florida.

[ SEPTEMBER 2022 ] | 31 improve their local community socially, physically, culturally and educationally. Each spring, club members put together bags of books for all the first graders at Cooper Academy so that the children have books to read during the summer break. The club usually donates 250-300 books a year.

Sydney Matisoff, the team’s marketing manager and a sophomore at Neuse Charter School, participates in a lot of story times through her volunteer work at Marbles Kids Museum. She sees the impact of reading on younger children. “It spreads awareness to not judge people based off of their looks, ethnicity, gender and history,” she said. “Books help them look at their potential, to stick up for themselves, to do their best and keep pushing the barriers.” That’s exactly what G-Force’s mission and their “Be That Engineer” literacy project is all about to, pushing the barriers and allowing young girls to see themselves in a different role. “Maybe one day they start or join a robotics team,” said Mann, “Or maybe they are the next female engineer making history. We think it can start with a SWENextbook.”isafree club for girls under the age of 18 to be part of the Society of Women Engineers. The club promotes scholarships, education and STEM opportunities. Girls in fifth through 12th grade are welcome to join the Johnston County STEM Girls SWENext Club. To find out more about G-Force Robotics or SWENext or to request a book for an elementary school visit www. or find the team on social media.

The first books titled “Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer” were donated to the Clayton and Kenly libraries in late July when the team hosted a robotics-themed summer reads program at each location. More books will be donated to local elementary schools starting this fall. The team is working with Caterpillar Inc.’s Clayton facility to do a live signing during Cooper Academy’s Open House night in late“ great when it comes to STEM and community outreach,” Nolte said. “We plan to show off our robot, and they are joining us to sign a book called ‘Girls Can Be Engineers.’ We are so excited that some of their female engineers will be there to talk to the students.”Othercompanies such as Collins Aerospace and RedHat are helping the team with this venture as well. The team hopes this is just the beginning of a national campaign to encourage other FIRST robotics teams across the U.S. to reach out to local schools and libraries, engage with SWENext resources and collaborate with local and national engineering firms and companies to donate signed books for elementary and middle school students.

“The club has an area of work that is responsible for projects in education and libraries,” said Betsy Grannis, president of the Woman’s Club of Clayton. “We have a special interest in STEM projects that focus on the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, especially for young girls. It checks all the boxes for a project that we are excited to contribute to,” she said.


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Clayton Chamber Business Associates Social Hour

Barbour’s Grove, Four Oaks Come join the fun at the Annual Acorn Festival! There will be lots of vendors, live music, food trucks and games for the whole family. For more information, visit www.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.

Good Morning Clayton Clayton Chamber of Commerce

Janne P. Swearengen, author of “The Yorkie Who Sings at Midnight,” will visit the Selma Public Library. She will read and sign books for adults and children. For more informa tion, contact Selma Library Services Director Tracie Brewer at 919-965-8613

Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.


Thursday, Sept. 15, 5 p.m.

Recognizing First Responders for 9/11 5th Street Community Garden, South 5th Street, Smithfield The Rotary E-Club will recognize local Firefighters, EMS personnel and police officers in honor of 9/11. For addition al information, contact Doris Wallace at 919-300-1067.

Johnston County Livestock Arena, County Home Road, Smithfield

Johnston County Horse Show Series

Downtown Selma Gather with friends and enjoy live local entertainment and browse local artists and craftsmen. Shop local and support small businesses. The market is held on North Raiford Street on the second Saturday of each month. Raiford Street will be closed from Anderson to Waddell Streets. So cial distancing rules apply. For complete information and/ or to set up a booth, contact Selma Parks and Recreation department at 919-975-1411.

Rockin’ on Raiford Concert Series

Downtown Selma Bring a lawn chair and enjoy live music from The Switch on N. Raiford between Anderson and Oak streets. Mama Nem’s Soul Food’s food truck will be on hand, and this month’s event is sponsored by Johnston Smiles. Call Selma Parks and Recreation for further information at 919-975-1411.

CALENDAR of events

Thursday, Sept. 1, 6 p.m.

Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Questions range from “Who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me?” to “How will this business make money and will it be enough to pay back a loan or attract an investor?” Get to the heart of business financing in this webinar. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs. Discover the keys to financing success. Attendees must be pre-registered, and 18 or older to attend. Reg istration ends at noon the day of the seminar. To register, visit

Maxie’s Dog Fest Benson Singing Grove

Saturday, Sept. 17, 5 p.m.

There will be a fun-filled day with furry friends Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Benson Singing Grove from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be rescues with dogs ready to find their “furever” homes. Also, there will be vendors, crafts for children, an auction table and a photo booth for your family and pets with proceeds going to rescues. Enjoy DJ Jazz while shopping.

Financing Your Small Business

Thursday, Sept. 15, 5:30 p.m.

The Clayton Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly networking event and breakfast, Good Morning Clayton on Friday, Sept. 9. Share your business news, give your 20-second commercial to the group and leave with new contacts and deeper relationships.

Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m.

Outdoor Music and Community Art Event Artmosphere Community Arts Center, Clayton Atmosphere Community Arts Center in Clayton will host a free outdoor music and art community event Saturday, Sept. 17 beginning at 5 p.m. Enjoy live jazz on the lawn and artisan vendors plus food trucks and dessert trucks, a beer and wine vendor, face painting, fairy hair and kids art activities. Tour the gallery in the historic building and more. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and listen, eat, drink and enjoy the arts. No admission. Free parking. Rain or shine. For more information, call 919-938-8015 or email’syourAdd www.JohnstonNow.comvisitevents,areaofhundredswithcalendarcommunityfulltheFor

Friday, Sept. 9, 8 a.m.

Friday, Sept. 2, 10 a.m. Reading and Book Signing Selma Public Library

Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. Vendor Market Remembrance Event

The Johnston County Horse Show Series Summer Sizzler will be held Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Johnston County Livestock Arena. There will be several divisions offered this season. For more information, visit www.freedomreinsec. com/jchss. Pre-entry closes Sept. 1, but day-of-event entries are always welcome.

Acorn Festival

State Farm Insurance, N. Fayetteville St., Clayton Enjoy food and drinks, mix and mingle with old and new friends, and meet new investors at the Clayton Chamber of Commerce Business Associates Social Hour.

Saturday, Sept. 3, 8 a.m.

JCC Small Business Center

Selma Saturdays Arts and Crafts Market

Parrish Farm, Stephenson Road, Benson Parrish Farm LLC will hold a Vendor Market Remembrance Event on Saturday, Sept. 10. This will be a chance to sup port local businesses while supporting a fourth-generation family farm. For vendor applications, email ParrishFarm

Saturday, Sept. 10, 4 p.m.

The Clayton Downtown Development Association, The Town of Clayton and The Clayton Center are hosting the second Downtown Clayton Family Night on Sept. 17 in Town Square from 6-9 p.m. This event, sponsored by Hometowne Realty, is similar to a movie night, but better. Family Night will feature a family friendly band beginning at 6:30 p.m., activities for the kids during intermission and then, once it’s dark, the night will end with a movie! Food trucks will be on site for dinner. The band will be Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players and the movie will be “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Come out to Town Square and enjoy all the activities being offered that evening!

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. Diabetes Prevention Program Johnston County Public Health Department, Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield Want to live a more healthy life? Come out for a free, one-year lifestyle change program which can help lower your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and increase your level of physical activity. Questions? Call 919-989-5200. The class is for pre-diabetics, not anyone already diagnosed with Type 1 or 2 diabetes.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, 6 p.m. Smithfield Running Club Join the Smithfield Running Club each week to meet new people, get back in shape, train for races and explore the growing downtown area of Smithfield. For more information, find them on Facebook by searching for Smithfield Running Club or email smithfieldrunningclub@gmail. com.

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 4 p.m. Mamm & Glam Ambulatory Imaging, Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield Is it time for your annual mammogram screening? Come out from 4-6 p.m. Reg istration is required. No walk-ins available. Screening events include a combination of breast health information, blood pressure screening, a complimentary chair massage, refreshments and a swag bag. Call 919-938-7749 to register for an appointment.

Sept. 22-25 Mule Days Downtown Benson Don’t miss the annual Mule Days celebra tion in Benson. To learn more, check out Page 27.

Johnston County Agricultural Center

Saturday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.

Pine Hollow Golf Club. Entry fees include green fees, cart, prizes, goody bags and a catered lunch. Sponsorships are also available. For more information, email

Gardening Symposium

Thursday, Sept. 22, 5:30 p.m. Frank Creech Gallery reception and exhibit Frank Creech Gallery, Johnston Community College A reception will be held for an upcoming art exhibit featuring William Strickland, Yana Slutskaya, Sue Avera Booker and Frank Grubbs from 5:30-7 p.m. The exhibit will run from Sept. 24 through Oct. 23. For more information, email knobles459@

Saturday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m. Downtown Clayton Family Night

Friday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m. Downtown Clayton Concert Series Downtown Clayton Jim Quick and the Coastline will perform as part of the Clayton Downtown Concert Series Sept. 30 from 6-10 p.m. on Town Square in downtown Clayton. There will be food trucks, beer and wine, a bounce house, a face painter and live music. Activities start at 6 p.m. and music starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 919-553-1737.

Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 24, 4 p.m. Faith Fair on the Square Clayton Town Square First Baptist Church and Horne Memorial Baptist Church, along with several other Clayton churches, will host the fourth an nual Faith Fair on the Square. The event is free to everyone in the community. There will be food, music, children’s activities and fellowship. For more information, contact Gwen Canady at 919-553-4161.

Friday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m.

Second and Fourth Tuesdays, 7 a.m. Cleveland School Rotary Club Cleveland Draft House, Garner Cleveland School Rotary Club meets bi-weekly and serves the citizens of the 40/42 area of Johnston County and Garner.

NAMI Support Groups and Classes

Smithfield Kiwanis Club Meeting Golden Corral, Smithfield Come for dinner and learn about this volunteer service club with a focus on actively supporting children’s programs. Learn about Smithfield and neighboring communities from weekly presenters. Community and social opportunities as well. Visit

The Johnston County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are hosting a garden ing symposium featuring gardening with natives and exotics, container gardening and more presented by speakers Bryce Lane and Tony Avent. For additional information and registration, visit

The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers free weekly support groups through out Johnston County for both those who are in recovery with mental illness (NAMI Connection) and for their caregivers, loved ones and friends as well (NAMI Family Support). For more information on the support groups and educational classes of NAMI Johnston County, NC, visit www., namijcnc@gmail.comemail or call 919-9805277.

Saturday, Sept. 24, 8:30 a.m.

Third StrEATery Downtown Smithfield Come downtown with your family, meet up with your friends, get takeout from a downtown restaurant and come out from 6-9 p.m. on Third Street to hear live music from Carolina Soul Band, shop from local businesses, have a beer or glass of wine and enjoy games and special activities. You can also catch a movie or enjoy drinks at one of the restaurants or bars. The 100 block of S. Third Street will be closed, and tables and chairs will be set up in the street. Several downtown businesses will be open and have special promotions.

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The Lovesick Drifters Rudy Theatre, Selma The Lovesick Drifters will present the music of Hank Williams Sr. Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Rudy Theatre. Garrett Newton’s CD entitled “Young Heart, Old Soul” was aptly titled, because now at the age of 22, Garrett is keeping the music of Hank Williams Sr. alive as front man and rhythm guitar player for The Lovesick Drifters. For more information, call 877-THE-RUDY and for tickets visit www.

Thursday, Sept. 29, 4 p.m. Clayton Area Ministries CAR SLAM Golf Tournament Pine Hollow Golf Club Clayton Area Ministries will host the CAM SLAM Golf Tournament

Thursday, Sept. 29 beginning at 8:30 a.m at

Second Wednesday, noon The Woman’s Club of Clayton meeting

First Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Caring Hearts Civitan Club Cleveland Draft House, Shotwell Road, Clayton Caring Hearts Civilian Club would like to invite anyone interested in helping others in the Johnston County area to come to its meetings on the fourth Thursday of each month, excluding July. The club is a service-based volunteer organization that seeks members who are like-minded and would like to partner with other clubs and support worthy causes. Dinner begins at 6 and the meeting at 7. Those interested in attending or making a presentation about their organization should email graham

Johnston County Ag Center

JCC Workforce Development Center Clayton Area Toastmasters is a public speaking club in affiliation with Toastmas ters International. Meetings can also be of fered via Zoom if requested by a member. For more, visit

Johnston County Chapter of National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees meeting Golden Corral, Smithfield Join the Johnston County Chapter of National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees for their monthly meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at Golden Corral. Stay up to date on the latest educational programs and fed eral and state legislation affecting current federal employees and retirees. To learn more, email

The Widowed Persons Fellowship Group, Johnston County, cordially invites widowed males and females to join them at their monthly self-pay dinner meeting. There is no charge to join their group. Come and see what they’re all about. Call 919-9653865 with any questions.

Trivia Party Clayton Center for Active Aging Join the folks at Clayton Center for Active Aging with trivia each Wednesday at 2 p.m. Call 919-295-9163 to play. For more information, contact the center at 919553-4350.

Third Monday, 7 p.m.

The Johnston County Beekeepers Asso ciation serves beginner and experienced beekeepers with educational programs and experiences. We teach and encourage better apiculture methods and promote cooperation and sharing among bee keepers, homeowners and farmers. Our monthly meetings are free and open to everyone. For more information, visit www. or

Second Thursday, 6 p.m.

First and third Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.

Every Wednesday, 2 p.m.

Johnston County Republican Women


The Johnston County Republican Women (JCRW) meets on the third Thursday of each month (except in July and December). Our meeting location changes monthly. For more information email

First and third Tuesdays, Noon

First and third Thursdays, 6:45 p.m.

Johnston County Beekeepers Association meeting

Third Thursday

Four Oaks American Legion meeting American Legion Building, Hwy. 301, Four Oaks All veterans are encouraged to attend the monthly meeting of Four Oaks American Legion Post 346 on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Monthly meetings are the first Tuesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. at The Clayton Center in the York Room on the second floor. They also host monthly artist receptions on the first or second Thursday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. at The Clayton Center. For more information, visit or contact CVA president, Bronwen Fullington at bronwen.

Second Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.

Disabled American Veterans meeting

Second Monday, 6 p.m. PACT meeting Virtual Meeting via Google Meet Parents of Adult Children in Transition meets the second Monday of each month.

First and third Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.

Every Thursday, 6:45 a.m.

To learn more about this program which benefits families coping with special needs, contact Jeff Holland at hollandjeff@

Every other Monday, 6 p.m. Kiwanis Club of Clayton, N.C. Virtual meeting

Third Tuesday Widowed Persons Fellowship Group Parkside Cafe, Pine Level

Clayton Area Toastmasters meetings

The Kiwanis Club of Clayton, N.C., serves the community with emphasis on school youth Kiwanis programs. It advises two local high school KEY (Kiwanis Educating Youth) clubs and one elementary school club and meets each month. Visit ClaytonKiwanis to learn more.

TWCC building, Church St., Clayton

Clayton Civitan Club meeting Clayton Civitan Building, McCullers St., Clayton Join the Clayton Civitan Club for its month ly meetings. Call 919-550-0694 for more information.

Vietnam Veterans of America Smithfield American Legion Post 132

Smithfield DAV, Buffalo Road Smithfield Chapter 44 of the Disabled American Veterans meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Clayton Rotary Morning Club Virtual meeting via Zoom Every Thursday morning, 70 service-mind ed people, representing all ages, genders and races meet. Learn more at www. Every Thursday, 6:15 p.m.

The Smithfield Chapter 990 meeting of the Vietnam Veterans of America is every third Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

Fourth Thursday, 6 p.m.

First Tuesday, Noon Clayton Visual Arts meeting The Clayton Center Clayton Visual Arts (CVA) is a nonprofit 501(3)c organization dedicated to bringing Art to Clayton. Its members are artists, educators and art lovers. CVA engages and promotes the visual arts and strives to em phasize quality, diversity and accessibility to all local artists. Please consider joining and help support the arts in Clayton.

common goal: to work together to improve our local community, socially, physical ly, culturally and educationally. Please consider joining to help serve those in need of assistance. TWCC meets at noon the second Wednesday of each month (except June, July and August). For more information visit or email

The Woman’s Club of Clayton (TWCC) is a nonprofit philanthropic organization made up of professional women who share a

Fourth Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Fellowship Masonic Lodge #84 meeting Fellowship Masonic Lodge #84, S. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield Fellowship Masonic Lodge #84 meets the first and third Thursday of each month. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and visitors are welcome. The lodge will open at 7:30 p.m. For more information, email Grover Dees

Triangle East Writers Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield Join a hard-working group of local writers and poets, beginner to advanced, who network, critique each other’s work, listen to guest authors and organize open mics and write-ins around the county. It’s free and open to the public. For more informa tion, email facilitator Cindy Brookshire at

This group gathers for fellowship and busi ness. The dinner is self-pay. The meeting and meal begins at 5:30 p.m. Come learn about the club and how we help with local community service projects. For more information, contact Karen Brown at 919934-2555.

Third Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Clayton Rotary Mid-day Club Virtual meeting via Zoom This small group of service-minded individuals is very dedicated to commu nity betterment in Clayton and Johnston County. Visit

Third Tuesday Johnston County African-American Caucus meeting 1302 W. Market St., Smithfield The Johnston County African-American Caucus meets every third Tuesday of the month. Attend in person or visit,emailAACJCDP.orcall954-696-7833.

Smithfield Lions Club Mayflower Restaurant, Smithfield

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