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December 2019

| Your Community. Your Neighbors. Your Story.

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Christmas 1941

2019

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Enjoy Christmas, whenever it might be Christmas is a magical time that I very much enjoy. The trouble is, I’m not really sure when it happens. I know what the calendar says, but thanks to our weirdly wonderful magazine print schedule, by the time any of you read this, I’ll be finishing up the January issue. So, in a sense, the Christmas season starts for me right after the November issue comes out and ends sometime in the first week of December. That’s a bit too narrow a window for me, however, so I try to keep enjoying the holiday season even as I ponder the January 2020 (wow!) edition of the magazine. In that spirit, here is my own personal must list for the Christmas season:

• Get an angel from an angel tree — The thought of a child not having something to open Christmas morning is awful. Plus, you get to pretend you still have small children. • Go see the lights — Lights on the Neuse and Meadow are musts, of course. Go at dusk to beat the lines. It’s the same cool experience without the standing outside in the cold bit. Usually, on one of those nights, we’ll drive around and see the homemade light shows as well. • Drink eggnog — It only tastes good from Dec. 21-25, so buyer beware.

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CARY — Nicole M. Clagett, Dr.h.c., a resident of Four Oaks since 2016, received the 2019 Global Humanitarian Award from the Corporation for National & Community Service in a private event at SearStone Retirement Community recently. Through an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service and in conjunction with The Global International Alliance, the President's Volunteer Service Award honors the hundreds of thousands of people across our nation who have volunteered innumerable hours over their lifetime. This award was created by President George W. Bush in 2002 when, after the

atrocities of September 11, he saw the need to renew the interest in helping our neighbors and called upon all Americans to help by volunteering their time. Dr. Lenora Peterson, goodwill ambassador and certifying chief executive director of the Global International Alliance Program, presented Clagett with the certificate and accompanying doctorate of humanitarianism and leadership. Clagett, who is a co-founder and executive director of Guiding Lights Caregivers Support Center/Transitions GuidingLights, began her career in her native upstate New York as a social worker. In this capacity, she experienced

the need for specialized care for older adults with cognitive impairments. Upon moving to North Carolina in 2008, Clagett worked as a caregivers’ advocate and caregiver for her grandfather before co-founding Guiding Lights, whose vision is to assist family and professional caregivers in obtaining relevant, timely and comprehensive information about and from area vetted organizations.

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NEW EXHIBIT ABOUT RURAL BLACKSMITHS IN N.C. OPENS AT TOBACCO FARM LIFE MUSEUM Submitted by Johnston County Visitors Bureau

KENLY — The Tobacco Farm Life Museum is excited to announce the opening of the museum’s newest exhibit, Forged in Fire: Rural Blacksmiths, which was completed with support from the Mid West Tool Collectors Association.

farmers in the period between 1880 and 1950. “The goal for this exhibit is to provide background information for visitors so that they can better understand why this workshop is at a museum about farm life, to better understand the relationship between blacksmithing and farming and to have more context when viewing the tools in the shop,” says the exhibit’s curator, Beth Nevarez, who works with the museum’s collection of historical artifacts.

The new exhibit consists of graphic panels installed in the museum’s fully-functioning reproduction of a farm workshop. The new exhibit focuses on the basics of blacksmithing and the importance of blacksmithing skills for

museum’s visitors. The museum also includes a 6,000-square-foot gallery of exhibit space detailing life on farms in eastern N.C., including information on farming itself, but also daily life, community, religion, medicine and more in 19th and 20th-century North Carolina.

In addition to providing information on blacksmithing, tools of the trade and its relationship to farm life, the exhibit also includes historic photographs of local blacksmith shops and features several QR codes which can be scanned with smart phone cameras without downloading any additional apps. These codes pull up videos that provide more information and visuals for visitors interested in learning more. The workshop is one of seven historic or reproduction buildings on site that bring history to life for the

“We are excited to work once again with the Mid West Tool Collectors Association on this exhibit. The M-WTCA was also responsible for helping us to set up the current workshop, providing expertise on tools to include, as well as installing the functioning line shaft and lathe. We are so grateful for their support. This exhibit will add so much to the visitor experience,” said Melody Worthington, executive director of the Tobacco Farm Life Museum. Forged in Fire: Rural Blacksmiths is currently on view and is included as part of regular admission for visitors. The Tobacco Farm Life Museum is located on Hwy. 301 in Kenly.

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Clayton man builds bonds, makes connections to help others Rick Fitzgerald, through a 30-year career with Raleigh Rescue Mission and many other local charitable organizations, has helped countless Triangle area residents escape poverty, hunger and homelessness. He’s taking that message of hope and opportunity all over the world. He’s met kings in Nigeria, helped orphans in Honduras and helped set up a potato farm in Nicaragua. His journey of thousands and thousands of miles began, and continues, simply by helping likeminded people and organizations come together to help the maximum number of people in the widest possible area. “I saw a way of connecting with people that, if God was putting it on their heart to help, then I could tell them what other opportunities are out there,” he said. “It was connecting people to the ministry, to their passion. … Jesus changes hearts, and hearts change minds.” He earned a degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University, but found that his passion lie in another direction — serving God. “I’m grateful for all that Jesus has

done for me,” he said. “God gave me hope and I can’t pay Him back, but I can care about what He cares about and that’s people. Especially people who are hurting and oppressed. “When I came to know Jesus in my heart, my heart changed and I woke up to a world of people who were hurting and I knew I really wanted to work full time to help.” Still, he’s carried a few of the lessons he learned in social work over to his calling. “I cut my teeth in social work,” he said. “I tried to marry the best practices of social work to the best practices of Christian social ministries.”

and strangers among us, which includes immigrants,” he said. “I can also remember the time my wife and I got down to 56 cents between us.” He and Carolyn have been married 44 years and have three sons, Rick, Joel and Daniel. “We made a bargain when they were kids. We would love each other and wouldn’t make them go through us paying child support and they needed to keep us from paying court costs and parole fees,” he joked. “So far, we’ve all kept our bargains.”

“Thirty hours turned into 30 years,” he said.

Children are a key component in breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness. That led Fitzgerald to start Compassion Connections, which is designed to build connections for the body of Christ to work together to strengthen families, rescue children and youth from oppression and poverty of body and soul and create job opportunities for under-served and oppressed people around the world.

He retired from there in Sept. 2018, and through the years he saw a need to reach out to the local Hispanic community. He’s found a way to do that, serving as a preaching elder at Koinonia Reformed Baptist Church, in Clayton, for 15 years.

“It’s important to help people be able to get jobs, support themselves and their families,” he said. “So, ‘giving the gospel and giving a job’ has become a major emphasis of the work I do in partnering in these countries to share God’s love and hope.”

Helping immigrants, he’s believes, is a spiritual imperative.

This is done by partnering with like-minded people who are already on the ground in those communities. Like Digna, who owns a Christcentered child development program

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for hungry and orphaned children in Honduras. Through those connections, amazing things are happening. Marcio Martinez, pastor of Fuente de Vida Iglesia (Fountain of Life Church) in Clayton helped Digna get much needed beds for her growing facility. That’s just one example of how people can come together to do good work. That sort of synergy is aided by Carepoint Triangle, which was founded by Triangle Area Missions Ministries. Fitzgerald had a hand in the founding of both entities. “It is a way of inviting people to the table to help,” he said of Carepoint Triangle. “Not only providing the food and things that people need, but using the opportunity to meet people, find out what may be going on in their lives and help them get connected to the help they need to prevent or help them overcome homelessness. “To do that though, it’s more than just giving food or things. People need people to give some of their time and care and also try to be informed about what kind of help is out there.” In addition to his other work, he enjoys being a member of the Clayton Rotary Club and consults with the Smithfield Rescue Mission to aid their efforts locally.

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CHRISTMAS WITH THE WORLD AT WAR By Benjamin Sanderford

Rome-Berlin-Tokyo Axis, declared war on the United States. On December 11, the German dictator, Adolf Hitler, launched a venomous rant against the “sheer, satanic malice” of the fictitious international Jewish clique that, he claimed, had manipulated the U.S. government into the war. The absurdity of this assertion would have reminded Johnston County folk that they now faced an enemy who was as crazy as he was murderous.

The first week of December 1941 passed normally in Johnston County as folks began to make ready for Christmas. W.T. Woodard of the county welfare department announced that his agency would keep a list of poor families so that more fortunate citizens could help them enjoy the holidays, Mattie Lassiter set December 8 as the start of the Christmas Seal Sale for tuberculosis relief and thousands of children from all over Johnston gathered at the courthouse for the third annual Santa Day on December 6.

As the boys and girls collected their presents from Kris Kringle, Japanese warships were sailing towards Hawaii. The news of the December 7 raid on Pearl Harbor came as a bolt out of the blue, especially for Johnstonians who had family at the base. By the 19th, Navy electrician Willard Zadock Holland of Kenly was known to be among the 2,403 Americans killed during the Japanese attack. This demoralizing news followed another shocking development: Germany and Italy, Japan’s partners in the

Given the circumstances, it is not surprising that county police arrested an elderly hobo with a German accent. Fortunately, the hobo, one Julius Klenk, turned out to be merely an escaped patient of a hospital in Pennsylvania and was sent back there. Meanwhile, Sheriff Kirby L. Rose responded to the German-Italian declaration by calling a meeting of officials from all of Johnston’s communities to discuss plans for civilian defense. Others reacted in their own way. Postmaster Everett Stevens, National Defense Chairman of the Johnston County Red Cross, led a campaign

to raise $5,000 for war relief while Professor W.R. Collins, Principal of the Johnston County Training School, organized his teachers and students to buy defense stamps. Judge John J. Burney made a more heavyhanded contribution to the war effort while judging the cases of three black men who had pleaded guilty to liquor law violation by sentencing them to road service unless they enlisted in the armed forces.

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He enthusiastically joined in other activities of the post including fundraising. Smith's fundraising efforts put the post on a firm financial footing, which in turn assisted in serving the needs of the veterans in the area. During his years at the American Legion post, he served as commander, sergeant at arms, membership chairman and building and grounds chairman. Pictured are, from left to right, Dean T. (Tom) Britt, Joan Pritchett, Eric T. Brewington, Earl Smith and Reggie Parker.

FOUR OAKS — The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with United Community Bank, recently recognized the late Samuel W. Smith and Eric T. Brewington as the 2019 recipients of the Four Oaks Chamber Veterans Recognition Program. Joan Pritchett, Executive Director of the Four Oaks Chamber, presented the awards at Four Oaks Middle School's “Honoring Our Veterans Program” held on Thursday, Nov. 7. Smith, a retired Chief Boatswain Mate in the U.S. Navy, was the recipient of the Lifetime of Service Award. Smith entered the Navy soon after graduating from high

school and served in uniform for more than 20 years. He saw combat in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was eligible for three purple hearts during that time, but only accepted two. If he had accepted the third, he would have had to accept retirement from the Navy on the disabled list, and he still wanted to serve. Smith and his wife, Mabel, moved to Four Oaks several years ago. He joined American Legion Post 346 and made an immediate impact. He volunteered to be the membership chairman and was responsible for achieving 100 percent membership for the post during the three full years of his chairmanship.

His positive attitude and good humor made him an excellent ambassador not only for the post but for the Four Oaks community. He passed away in August. “It is said that no one is irreplaceable, but Sam Smith comes close,” read one of his nominations. Tom Britt, Earl Smith and Reggie Parker of Post 346 accepted the award on Smith's behalf. Eric T. Brewington, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force, was the recipient of the Dedicated Service Award. After retirement from the Air Force, having served in various conflicts including Iraq and Iran, Brewington found himself as the lead instructor of the United States Air Force Junior Reserve

Officers’ Training Corps at South Johnston High School. At the time he took the reins, the program was in dire shape, having been put on probation. Within the few years he has taken command, it has become a nationally recognized distinguished unit. The impact he has on the young lives of the troops has been remarkably profound. Brewington moved his American Legion membership to the Four Oaks Post and immediately involved his cadets with the activities of post 346. He has assisted the post and the community in involving himself, his family and cadets in the Memorial Day program, the placing of flags on the graves of the community’s veterans during the Memorial Day period, assisting with presentations at the Four Oaks Elementary School and with the legion’s fundraising efforts. Many of his cadets are now serving the military forces of the United States, influenced by the example he showed them while they were students. In addition to this responsibility, he is the post’s new commander.

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WEST CLAYTON ELEMENTARY CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF EDUCATION Submitted by Johnston County Public Schools

CLAYTON — Dozens of Clayton community members gathered together to celebrate West Clayton Elementary’s 50th anniversary recently. “To see administrators, teachers and students from the past 50 years come together as one family was powerful,” said West Clayton Elementary Principal Paige Barnes. “We all share the same love and pride for West Clayton Elementary.” The WCES chorus kicked off the anniversary celebration with a special performance in the school’s gymnasium. Following the performance, the guests were invited to take a journey down memory lane with activities created by teachers and students.

West Clayton Elementary alumni, previous administrators and community members gathered together to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary on Nov. 2. Pictured are: Front row, from left, are previous and current WCES administrators Sarah Willoughby, Paige Barnes and Mary Jane McLemore. Back row: Cary Lane Cockrell, Dorlisa Johnson, Brayton Leonhardt, Kristina Benson and Dolores Gill.

Guests of the event included current students and staff, alumni, previous administrators and community members. They were invited to participate in activities including karaoke, games, face painting, a photo booth and viewing scrapbooks and yearbooks from the school’s 50 year history.

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FOUR OAKS — The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with United Community Bank, hosted the 30thannual Acorn Festival in October.

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This year’s festival was a funfilled family day with live music, children’s activities, food trucks, antique cars, tractors and great local shopping. The Kids Zone was a big hit with the popular rockclimbing wall, amazing inflatables and trackless train rides. Camp Flintlock was a great addition to this year’s festival, providing interesting activities for families

to participate in including Quill & Ink writing, period dress up and authentic food preparation. Johnston Health once again presented the Acorn Festival Business Expo. The Expo is a great opportunity for local businesses to participate in the festival. Attendees also enjoyed viewing the classic cars and antique tractors on Main Street. Ira Parker won the People’s Choice Award for his 1958 Ford Fairlane and Arron Cox took home the award for his Case Tractor.


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SMITHFIELD AMERICAN LEGION POST 132 CELEBRATES BUILDING UPGRADES Submitted by Ernie Allsbrook

Much of the funding for the project was from a state grant sponsored by outgoing N.C. Senator Ron Rabin. Rabin, a retired U.S. Army Colonel, was the guest speaker for the evening.

e Pictured left to right, are: John Parrish, JCC Trustee; Ron Whittington, Past President VVA Chapter 990; Rudy Baker, Member VFW Post 5886; Randy Cash, State Adjutant N.C. American Legion; Sean van Pallandt, State Vice Commander N.C. American Legion District 11; Bo Durham, State Commander N.C. American Legion Division III; Colonel Ronald Rabin, Ret. N.C. District Senator and Ernie Allsbrook, Commander of Smithfield American Legion Post 132.

SMITHFIELD — The American Legion Post 132 in Smithfield had a special dinner meeting in September to celebrate the completion of

their building upgrades.

have resulted from the project.

Post Commander Ernie Allsbrook conducted a video presentation to describe the events and improvements that

Several Legion state officers as well as a trustee from Johnston Community College also attended the event.

The Legion building is currently being used by four veteran’s organizations: American Legion Post 132, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 132, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 990 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5886. Additionally the Smithfield Legion hosts a monthly coffee social sponsored by the Johnston County Veterans Council.

CLEVELAND ARTS PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE WRAPS UP SUCCESSFUL SEASON Submitted by Mandy Thomas

Outstanding General Effect Finals, Outstanding Music Performance, Class AAA and Second Place Class AAA. Since the Cleveland High School marching program was founded, these are its highest Bands of America achievements. Congratulations to the 126-member Cleveland Arts Performance Ensemble on their preliminary and finals performances at the 2019 Bands of America Virginia Regional Championship held

at Liberty University recently. In an intense field of 26 top bands from six states, the ensemble earned second place finalist as well as the following accolades —

With their show entitled “Wanted! The Story of Bonnie and Clyde,” the Cleveland Arts Performance Ensemble has ended the competition season as The Fuquay-Varina Festival of Bands Grand

Champion, Middle Creek Mustang Classic Grand Champion, a fifth-place Tennessee Regional finalist and the second-place Virginia Regional finalist, finishing above all other competing North Carolina bands. The band is directed by Jason Heard and Steven Rainville and assisted by Bob Thomas, Jean Coulet du Gard, Jerry Thompson and Jonathan Watts.

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JNOW's favorite things Raindrops on roses And whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things

Shout out to Julie Andrews for sharing, and the Johnston Now staff has decided to get in on the fun by offering up a few items we enjoy during the holiday season. We're going to chat about gift giving, gift receiving and even gift buying.

We'll also share a bit about what makes the holidays special. The panel includes Randy Capps (RC), Shanna Capps (SC), Irene Brooks (IB), Tuesdaie Williams (TW) and Katie Crowder (KC).

Enjoy, and Merry Christmas! Photos by Jamaal Porter/Massive Motives

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The art of gift giving TW: “When I like to buy gifts, I love shopping online! I find that shopping online is so convenient. When I want to buy something for someone, I can easily just go online and look for an item. I find it easier to compare prices and buy the best deals that way too.”

RC: “One of the benefits to being married for almost 20 years is that my lovely wife buys almost all of the gifts. When pressed into action, Amazon is my go-to source. Anytime I can avoid wandering around in a sea of Christmas shoppers, I'm here for that.”

KC: “I am a list maker. I typically start creating my list in October and start purchasing gifts in November. My list is very deliberate. I tend to lean towards the side of practical gifts or experiences. It is my goal to have everything finished by December 15.”

IB: “I love it when people tell me what they would like instead of me trying to guess what they want. I prefer to buy local, but tend to wait until the last minute. I like to buy things that are going to mean something to that person and makes that person know that I have

thought about what they need or want.” SC: “I actually struggle when buying gifts. I truly want to find the perfect gift for the recipient, which means I overthink it and end up racing against the clock at the last minute. I shop locally and hand pick most of the gifts I buy. The people in my life are so special and they deserve a thoughtful gift.”

The joy of gift receiving TW: “I enjoy getting things like mugs, photo frames, makeup, jewelry, purses and other clothing accessories. However, my favorite thing I love receiving would be stuffed animals, teddy bears and things like that. It’s completely childish, but when I receive a gift like that, they stay with me for a very long time and it becomes almost a way to always remember that person who gave it to me.” KC: “I do not like being surprised. I

create a list ranging in price and I will share that list with everyone. Cash and wine are always appreciated.” RC: “I don’t mind surprises, but cash does make a great gift. I’m team gift card. Toss me a VISA and I’ll figure out how to put it to use.” IB: “Just the fact that someone thought about me, is gift enough, so I am not choosy about what I receive. However, I love getting books, chocolate and

anything motivational.” SC: “To me, experiences are the best gifts! I don’t have collectables or trinkets at home, so I enjoy gifts that I can use. Tickets to a play or concert, beauty treatments like a massage and weekend getaways were my favorite gifts. I also enjoy handmade items, such as the ornaments my niece, Gracie, makes me every year. They are priceless and very special to me.”

The holiday season TW: “Most people celebrate holidays such as Christmas for religious reasons, however my favorite things about the holidays has always been the traditional aspects of it and being able to partake in the customs — like putting up and seeing a pretty Christmas tree and Christmas decorations everywhere because that’s just what’s done every year around that time. Another favorite thing of mine is being around family and friends and creating long-lasting memories together.” RC: “Katie declined to answer this question. She’s more into fall and

Halloween, I guess. I’m late to the Christmas-loving party, but I’m on board now. I like to have the tree up in late October or early November. It makes me feel good to see the tree twirling around in the living room. And if putting up some decorations is all it takes to be happy, then I say do it.”

up our hearts to make someone’s life a little nicer for a time, it makes the true spirit of the holiday come to life for me. There is a special air of hope and love in the lights and glitter of the holiday that makes me happy. Also, Santa and the magic he brings is also one of my favorite things!”

IB: “I love that this time of year tends to bring out the best part of people. People tend to be a little bit nicer, kinder and more generous to strangers and that makes me happy. After all, life is still going on for some people and many are still struggling, so when we can open

SC: “Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I love everything about it! Twinkling lights provide a beautiful ambiance to any room. People are a bit more kind around the holidays. I keep Christmas carols playing on the radio for months.”

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Katie's favorite things! Double Sided Porch Plank Location: Hammer & Stain inside of The

Market at Three Little Birds, Clayton Cost: $75 Overview: This is both an experience and you get a piece of home decor. Hammer & Stain does all of the hard work of measuring and cutting the projects and leaves the fun of painting. You are able to completely customize the project with colors that work best for you. Perfect for anyone who loves a DIY project or unique home decor.

Wine (Blanc de Bois is my personal favorite) Location: Hinnant Vineyard, Pine Level Cost: $8-20 Overview: Because who doesn’t love wine? A bottle of wine makes a great hostess gift or a gift for a coworker. Along with the tasting room, there is a gift shop that has great wine related accessories.

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Rudy Theatre season tickets Location: Rudy Theatre, Selma Cost: $70 Overview: The season ticket includes a

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Irene's favorite things! 90-minute Massage Location: Quintessential Wellness, Clayton Cost: $90 Overview: One of my favorite things to give my favorite people is

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Cooking class Location: Chefella’s at the Dupree House, Smithfield Cost: $100-425 Overview: I love giving experiences especially for the person who has

everything or is someone who you cherish quality time with. You can give them a single sushi rolling class or you can book a class for a group of four for a gift for your girlfriends who you haven’t had time to be with in a while. You can book a baking class with your child or gift a class for the newlyweds. I love this gift because it is truly unique and a gift that keeps on giving for years to come. Who knows what type of gifts the recipient will uncover?

Charles Garnier Bracelet Location: Evans Jewelers Cost: $100-300 Overview: This bracelet is made in Paris and comes in gold, silver and a variety of other finishes. It is trendy, but classic, so she will cherish it for years to come. It can be worn stacked or alone. This is the type of bracelet that can elevate an outfit, dress it up and give it that extra bling that you need. This bracelet will not go out of style and will be enjoyed for years to come. The recipient of this bracelet will not only love it and cherish it, but will find that she will be able to wear it on many occasions. This is one of those gifts where you might want to say “one for you and one for me.”

Framed Pictures Location: The Market At Three Little Birds, Clayton Cost: Vary By Size Overview: Walking into this shop is like a feast on the eyes!

Everywhere you look there is painted furniture, clothing, jewelry, but my favorite thing are the framed sayings. For instance, I have one that simply says, “HOME.” I have it put up so that I can see it as soon as I walk in the door. I always take a deep breath and sigh because it’s nice to know that I am home. The signs here speak to a person personally and you can pick up a framed sign that your recipient will appreciate and will feel as if you took the time to get them a gift that is just for them.

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Location: Selma Jewelry, Smithfield Cost: $50-73 Overview: There is something special about a hoop earring. It’s simple, yet powerful. You can dress it up, or down — it can add some sophistication to a simple outfit and it can turn a lazy-day casual outfit into a put together look easily. I bought two pair. I went to buy a pair for my mom because they were simple, elegant and timeless; and I ended up with a pair for myself. For mom, I purchased the petite pair in shiny gold — it comes in brushed gold as well. For me, I got the small, but it also comes in large for the adventurous lady. The weight is perfect, it feels comfortable on my ears and I can wear them all day without feeling like I need to yank my earring out of my ear. For someone who lives on the phone all day, that says a lot! When I saw that this was called “Everybody’s Favorite Hoop Earrings,” I kind of chuckled, and wrote it off to just good marketing, but once I had a pair, I realized that they are right — once you put these on, they will be your go to pair of earrings when you need special things to happen to your outfit.

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Randy's favorite things! GameStop gift card Location: Smithfield or Garner Cost: How generous are you feeling? Overview: Some adults grow out of video

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Oak City Collection Location: Third Street, Smithfield Cost: varies Overview: Jud and Suzanne always have the

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Carolina Mudcats tickets Location: Five County Stadium Cost: varies Overview: The Mudcats are a high Class A

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iTunes gift card Location: Almost everywhere Cost: Again, a question of generosity Overview: I said I like games, right? Well, I

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Eyelash Extensions Location: Julie Anne's Salon & Spa, Smithfield Cost: $125 and up Overview: Gift certificates for beauty treatments is

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Soy Candles Location: Salvaged Heirlooms, Benson Cost: $12 Overview: These soy candles are all handmade in

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to help present this opportunity to our eighth graders.” More than 70 companies from 10 different fields — including agriculture, biotechnology, construction, healthcare, hospitality, tourism and retail, information technology, manufacturing, public works and safety, transportation and workforce resources — participated in the two-day hands-on event on Nov. 14-15, with collaboration from across the county including Johnston Community College, Johnston County Public Schools and the business community.

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“I got to learn about jobs and careers that I didn't really know were out there,” she said. “You really get a feel of what you'll be doing every day in job. Like with the Caterpillar exhibit, you got to move the machinery, and that's what you’d be doing if you wanted to move stuff.”

“We need to change the conversation with our parents and our educators. A four-year degree is not for everyone, and the pathway to college may not be immediately after high school,” she said. “I think the message that you have to have a four year degree to be successful has to change.” Smithfield Middle School student Justin Snead said he was impressed by the event, particularly the agriculture exhibit.

Snead added that he felt JOCO WORKS was a great opportunity, and it's an opportunity past generations didn't get to receive.

“I enjoyed the agriculture exhibit because I got to learn about agricultural activities and the different things it provides,” he said.

“I hope students think about how much work that the sponsors and the schools had to put into this activity and just think about how important it is, how much time it took out to other people all day,” he said. “I think we should at least enjoy it and make something of it.”

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JOHNSTON HEALTH NAMES TOMMY WILLIAMS AS INTERIM CEO Submitted by Johnston Health

SMITHFIELD — Johnston Health’s board has selected Tom Williams to take over as interim CEO when CEO Chuck Elliott retires in December. The board also will begin a national search for a permanent CEO. “Tom Williams is a highly regarded health-care leader who will help Johnston Health continue to provide excellent care for all our patients and reinforce our organization’s reputation as a top place to work,” said

Dr. Eric Janis, chairman of the Johnston Health board of directors. “We look forward to introducing him to our community and organization.” Williams is a long-time leader at UNC REX Healthcare in Raleigh, currently serving as vice president of Ambulatory and Support Services and overseeing construction of a new community hospital in Holly Springs. He will continue oversight of that project while serving as interim CEO at Johnston Health. In addition to experience and background

in management, he is a registered respiratory therapist.

compassionate care and helping to continue to expand services in Johnston County.”

Williams grew up in Franklin County and still lives there with his family.

In early 2014, Johnston Health formed a joint venture with UNC Health Care, a partnership that has improved the health and wellness of residents of Johnston County and surrounding areas. That included opening a 50-bed community hospital on Johnston Health’s Clayton campus in 2015 and recruiting new physicians and other providers.

“I consider it a privilege and an honor to work with Johnston Health during this transition,” Williams said. “Johnston Health has a long history of delivering excellent care and has received national recognition for its patient safety and outstanding patient experience. I look forward to being a part of this culture of

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As our staff is reminded every delivery cycle, Johnston County is a big place. As such, there is a host of activities planned to celebrate the Christmas season. There are parades, tree lightings and so much more. So, grab a coat, get out there and have fun!

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The illustrations throughout the holiday guide are courtesy of the students at the Cary and Clayton School of Creative Arts. We'd like to thank Tom Hutchison and his talented students for helping us out with some scenes of the season. For more information about Clayton School of Creative Arts, or the Cary School of Creative Arts, visit www.csoca.com.

Sunday, Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m. Hanging of the Greens Oakland Presbyterian Church, Clayton Begin the Advent Season with a special service designed to decorate the church while also reminding people of the meaning of the decorations we will see all around us during the Christmas Season. For more information, contact the church office at secretary@ oaklandpresbyterianchurch.org. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m. Four Oaks Christmas Tree Lighting Don’t miss a family-friendly event including free food, train rides, live performances and more. Contact the Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce at info@fouroakschamber.com or 919-963-4004 for more information. Tuesday, Dec 3, 6 p.m. Selma Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Join as Selma presents the Christmas Parade, lighting up the night sky with twinkling lights. Of course that most important visitor of all will join

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the lineup; Santa Claus. Selma will be hopping with excitement as the Christmas Season begins on this very special night. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m. Christmas in Cleveland JCC Cleveland Campus Check out the third-annual Christmas in Cleveland event. There will be a Christmas parade and community tree lighting. Santa Claus will be there to ride in the parade and visit with the kids after. The parade will begin behind the fire department and travel onto Cleveland Road and back behind the fire department. For more, visit greaterclevelandchamber.com/christmas-incleveland.html. Thursday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. Smithfield Christmas Tree Lighting The town’s annual Christmas tree lighting will be held at the corner of Third and Market streets. With performances by local choruses, bands and dance groups, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, the cake dive and a chance to win hundreds of Downtown Dollars, this event offers something for the entire family to get in the holiday spirit. A special visitor from the North Pole will help light the tree.

Thursday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. Kenly Christmas Parade Don’t miss Kenly’s annual Christmas parade, held on the first Thursday of each December.

Thursday, Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m. Clayton’s 2019 Christmas Village & Tree Lighting Check out the 2019 Christmas Village & Tree Lighting in Downtown Clayton. Enjoy a live nativity, music, holiday cheer, a business open house and, of course, the traditional tree lighting at Town Square. Friday, Dec. 6, 5 p.m. Benson’s Christmas on Main Join the fun on Main Street in Benson for a family fun night with shopping, tree lighting, entertainment, the annual Christmas parade and visits with Santa. For more information, see the ad on Page 33. Dec. 6-7 Kenly’s Christmas on Main Don’t miss the annual Kenly Christmas on Main celebration. On Friday night, Dec. 6, celebrate at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum. Take a


SAVE THE DATE candlelight tour of the museum and visit with Santa while enjoying musical entertainment and free hot dogs. On Saturday, Dec. 7, check out PJs and Pancakes with Santa at the fire department. The fire department will be offering adult breakfast as well. Beginning at 9 a.m., there will be street vendors, food vendors, shopping, games, Santa’s Workshop, bake-off contest, Touch a Truck, live entertainment, live nativity, cookie decorating, ornament making, Christmas card contest and much more. Email kacc@embarqmail.com for more information. Dec. 6-8 Live Nativity Smithfield Advent Christian Church, 2777 N.C. Hwy. 210 Celebrate the reason for the season with a live nativity each evening. (If you need space, you can remove this section from A Civil War Christmas - strands. Visitors can enjoy cookies and cider while listening to period music. Costumed military interpreters will be available to discuss how the common soldier spent his time on furlough with friends and family.) Friday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m. Melinda Doolittle in concert The Clayton Center Check out American Idol Season Six member Melinda Doolittle as she performs live at The Clayton Center. Tickets can be found here: https://bit.ly/2WU8Lij. Friday, Dec. 6, 9:30 p.m. Breathe Deep 2019 TSO Benefits Cleveland Draft House, Clayton Breathe Deep’s 2019 Christmas Benefit Series will feature the sights and sounds of TransSiberian Orchestra. This show will be benefiting Clayton Area Ministries. Saturday, Dec. 7, 7 a.m. Pancakes With Santa Swift Creek Middle School, Clayton Join the SCMS Band and enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa while listening to individual and small group performances from band students. Breakfast plates will be $7 each and photos with Santa will also be available for $5.

Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. Christmas Craft Fair Pace Family Farms, Clayton Pace Family Farms is hosting its first Christmas Craft Fair. There will be vendors and food trucks, and admission is free. Saturday, Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m. Holiday Bazaar Cleveland High School The sixth-annual Holiday Bazaar will feature more than 60 vendors selling direct marketing items and handmade items. This indoor event will be held at Cleveland High School. It is sponsored by the Cleveland Band Parents Association to benefit the Cleveland Arts Performance Ensemble. For tickets, visit: www. clevelandhigh.band/2019-bazaar-reg/. Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. A Civil War Christmas Bentonville Battlefield Come celebrate a Civil War Christmas during this Holiday open house event. Costumed interpreters will decorate the kitchen in festive themes using natural materials such as holly, magnolia, fruits and popcorn strands. Visitors can enjoy cookies and cider while listening to period music. Costumed military interpreters will be available to discuss how the common soldier spent his time on furlough with friends and family. For more information, call 910-5940789.

Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. Grinch Stink, Stank, Stunk 5K Smithfield Community Park Don’t be a “bad banana with a greasy black peel”... join the seventh-annual Grinch Stink, Stank, Stunk 5K and Jingle Bell Jog! All participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy or gift card. All toys will benefit Harbor and the Johnston County DSS Angel Tree Project. Saturday, Dec 7, 10 a.m. Santa’s Workshop Cleveland Elementary School, Clayton Come out to a free community event. Santa will be there to take pictures with the children. Vendors will be set up to do all your Christmas shopping. Tickets can be purchased to make crafts, decorate cookies and do the cake walk.

Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. Hibernation Station Howell Woods, Four Oaks As the temperatures cool outside, animals survive by hibernating. Meet at the Learning Center and learn about hibernation with a story time and then create your own habitat shelters. To register, email t_stanforth@johnstoncc.edu or call the Learning Center at 919-938-0115. Cost is $5 per participant.

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Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 and 10:30 a.m. Pancakes & Pics with Santa Rainbow Lanes, Clayton Harbor Shelter is hosting this fun event. Come have pancakes and take pictures with Santa! Ticket information will be available soon at www.harborshelter.org, and all proceeds benefit the shelter. Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. Littles Holiday Ornament Making Class Artmosphere Community Arts Center, Clayton This is a special holiday time for those little ones to get crafty and make some holiday treasures to put on their tree or give to a friend or loved one. All materials are provided and they will take home several ornaments. Cost is $20. Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. Powhatan Elementary Holiday Vendor Fair Powhatan Elementary, Clayton Powhatan Elementary School will be holding its annual Holiday & Crafting Fair on Dec. 7. There will be vendors, crafters, a food truck, concessions to purchase, kids activities and more. Saturday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m. Princeton Christmas Parade The annual Princeton Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m.

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Saturday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Around Town Singers & Orchestra Christmas Show The Clayton Center Enjoy a 90-minute Christmas show with all your favorite holiday songs! Performed by the Around Town Singers and Orchestra, plus special guests Sophie Collins, Jennifer Jarvis, the Burnett Sisters Band and many more. Featuring a 20-piece orchestra and the Around Town Dancers, too. For tickets, visit: https://bit.ly/34FY3yu. Saturday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. The Embers Christmas Show W.J. Barefoot Auditorium, Benson For one night only, The Embers will take the stage for an exciting evening of music and fun. Visit www.thebensonarts.com for more information. Sunday, Dec 8, 2 p.m. Christmas in Clayton Art and Home Tour Portofino The Christmas in Clayton Art and Home Tour at Portofino is back for its eighth year. Tickets are $10 each which includes a tour of six homes decorated for Christmas and local artists exhibiting their work at the Portofino Club House. You can also purchase tickets online at www.claytonvisualarts.org/Christmas-in-Clayton or purchase them at the Portofino clubhouse the day of the event. You can also contact Kathleen Nobles at knobles@centurylink.net. Sunday, Dec. 8, 3 p.m. The Nutcracker The Clayton Center Students from Tippy Toes Dance Studio in Princeton perform this beloved holiday classic. Tickets are $8 each and are available here: https://bit.ly/2qDovu4.

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Sunday, Dec. 8, 3 p.m. Pine Level Christmas Parade Pine Level’s annual Christmas parade is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. For more information, call Town Hall at 919-9652284. Sunday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m. Wilson’s Mills Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting The Wilson’s Mills Christmas Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting is held annually each year. Santa will be on hand taking “wish lists” from kids of all ages, and he will be available for photos as well. There will be Christmas caroling, food, games and the lighting of the tree at dusk. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m. Clayton High School Chorus and Band The Clayton Center The Clayton High School chorus and band ensembles perform all of your holiday favorites at this free event. Thursday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m. Smithfield Christmas Parade The Smithfield Christmas Parade will march down Market Street beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. Thursday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m. Clayton Piano Festival’s Holiday Gala Piazza at Portofino, Clayton Don’t miss the Clayton Piano Festival’s thirdannual Holiday Gala. This year’s featured musical artists are husband and wife, Nikoleta Rallis, soprano, and Aza Sydykov, pianist, a performance team whose combined experience crosses many different genres, musical traditions and countries. They will be joined by CPF Director Jonathan Levin and Nikoleta’s father, Michael Rallis, tenor, for an mix of classical, Broadway, opera and holiday favorites. For tickets, visitwww.claytonpianofestival.org.


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Friday, Dec. 13, 5 p.m. Powhatan Glee Club Christmas Performance Clayton General Store Come out and join the Powhatan Elementary School Glee Club as they bring sounds of the holiday season with s’mores and an outdoor Christmas movie to follow the performance. Saturday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m. Selma Santa Train All aboard! Join an unforgettable seasonal journey on the Selma Santa Train. Young and old will be whisked off to enjoy the round trip ride with Santa on board. Does Santa really like juice and cookies? You’ll find out as they are served while on the train. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas and be ready to join in on the caroling and sing-along while on board. Tickets (while they last) are $55 for adults 13 and older, $45 for children up to age 12 and infants can travel for free in a lap. Register at www.selma-nc.com/selma-santa-train or for more information, call Selma Parks and Recreation at 919-975-1411. Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m. Parker Pharmacy’s Three-Year Anniversary Celebration Parker Pharmacy, Four Oaks Come out to Parker Pharmacy and help them celebrate Christmas as well as their three-year anniversary! There will be a special visitor from Noon until 2 p.m. Bring your camera and snap a picture with Santa! Lunch will be provided while supplies last. Saturday, Dec. 14, 1 and 7 p.m. Christmas is Coming, Sing for Joy The Clayton Center The Johnston County Chorus presents its annual show. Tickets are available here: https://bit. ly/2p0Fki1.

Saturday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m. 2019 Clayton Christmas Parade The Rotary Club of Clayton and the Town of Clayton are once again hosting the annual Clayton Christmas Parade through Downtown Clayton. Visit www.claytonchristmasparade.org for more details or to register to participate. Saturday, Dec. 14, 4 p.m. Micro Christmas Parade and Christmas Tree lighting Micro’s annual Christmas parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 14. The tree lighting will follow at Micro Fire Department. For more information, call 919-901-1737. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 5 p.m. Owl Safari Howell Woods, Four Oaks Join a search for the elusive Barred Owl. The staff will introduce raptors, visit the Birds of prey exhibit, and then take a truck ride to search for these nocturnal creatures. To register, email t_stanforth@johnstoncc.edu or call the Learning Center at 919-938-0115. Cost is $5 per participant. Dec. 18-20, 7-9 p.m. Pleasant Hill Christian Church Nativity Pleasant Hill Church Road, Benson See the story of Christ presented in ten scenes. Enjoy the animals and lantern-lit drive as you and your family experience the real meaning of Christmas. There is no charge or admission fee, and they invite you to drive through as many times as you would like. For more information, call 919-894-3212, email info@drivethrunativity. org or visit drivethrunativity.org. Thursday, Dec. 19, 6 p.m. Bowling For A Cause Rainbow Lanes, Clayton The Zeta Youth Affiliates of Clayton-Zeta Phi Beta Soroity are hosting Bowling for a Cause at Rainbow Lanes. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for kids 12 and under or $100 for a team of six. Tickets are available at https://bit.ly/33uJi1t, and a portion of the proceeds will be given to the March of Dimes. Friday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m. Liz Reedy in concert Simple Twist Taproom, Smithfield Don’t miss Liz Reedy, live in concert.

Saturday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m. Winter Birds Howell Woods, Four Oaks Come celebrate the Winter Solstice by observing animals that overwinter: birds! We will learn how to identify local and migrant species and examine birds from feeders and the trail. To register, email t_stanforth@johnstoncc.edu or call the Learning Center at 919-938-0115. Cost is $5 per participant. Saturday, Dec. 21, 9 p.m. Gypsy Railroad Tavern 42, Clayton Gypsy Railroad is bringing its unique sound to Flowers Plantation. Sunday, Dec. 29, 11 a.m. The Redeemed Selma Original Free Will Baptist Church Join Selma OFWB church for a special worship service in song by Kenly’s The Redeemed. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve at The Farm Come help ring in 2020 with Jim Quick & Coastline at The Farm at 95. Tickets are $40 each and are only being sold at https://bit.ly/2CseMt6. There are a limited number of tables for $100 per table. These tables seat up to eight people and do not include admission into the event. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 9:45 p.m. New Year’s Eve party with MikeMickXer Cleveland Draft House, Clayton Ring in the New Year with MikeMickXer at Cleveland Draft House. “The Trio of the Triangle,” playing the most eclectic mix of Reggae, Rockabilly, R&B, Country, Americana and Funk.

Friday, Dec. 20, 8 p.m. Roger Glenn in concert First Street Tavern, Clayton See country and rock singer/songwriter Roger Glenn in concert in Clayton.

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THINGS TO SEE! Meadow Lights 4546 Godwin Lake Road, Benson The largest and oldest Christmas light show in eastern North Carolina. Family owned and operated business that started more than 40 years ago. “The Old Country Store” is one of the largest candy stores in the state specializing in Christmas and old fashioned candy, carrying over 300 varieties. Take a train ride through more than 30 acres of lights or ride an old-fashioned carousel. There’s also a chance to take a photo with Santa. Dates: Through Dec. 31. Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday Saturday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Christmas Jubilee Live @ The Rudy Rudy Theatre, Selma Take a nostalgic trip back to an innocent age when anticipation of Santa’s visit made the holidays magical. Enjoy gospel favorites and the contemporary beat of hits like “Christmas in Dixie.” Show runs all month long. For dates, times and ticket information, visit www.rudytheatre.com.

Lights on the Neuse Boyette Family Farm, 1620 Loop Road, Clayton Celebrate the holiday with an old-fashioned hayride at Lights on the Neuse this season. The hayride whisks you and your loved ones away to a transformed world of Christmas spirit. It’s open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night through Christmas Eve, and other select nights as well. For the complete schedule, visit www. lightsontheneuse.com/schedule.

Dawn Avenue Lights Dawn Avenue, Four Oaks Featured in previous Christmas guides, this imaginative display features a “mega tree,” singing Santa Claus, hundreds of lights and even broadcasts music over your car stereo in sync with the show. New this year is a working Ferris wheel that stuffed animals will ride. There is even a Santa ticket booth where they have to buy tickets.

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Brush and floss your teeth. Save and invest your money wisely. Eat nutritiously. Stay active. Surround yourself with caring, positive people. The list goes on for sound advice on how to prepare for successful aging.

your potential healthcare needs or those of a senior loved one. Casual holiday togetherness time is a natural segue to interacting with the family about current and future care needs.

Document the actions of each family member to better support your loved one and include contact information of those who may assist in the care of the senior. Listing these to-dos helps keep a record for all parties involved. Who will help with lawn work or financial management? Who will assist with meal preparation or cleaning? Who will be the person responsible for emergency care or a possible crisis related to caregiving?

While everyone from gerontologists to financial planners to medical doctors and elder attorneys debate how to prepare for aging well, a Forbes “What Is Successful Aging?” article sums up the process. “Meaningful aging does not involve ‘winners or losers’ in terms of longevity and health,” the article states, “but rather the need to focus on what is most meaningful to a person, especially in older age.”

An Information Journal is great to assist families in collecting the pertinent details about the loved one’s health, doctors, family history, finances, insurance and other key personal facts. The Information Journal includes relevant information in one place. For example, fill in the names of life, health and auto insurance companies and policy numbers, and where to find the older adult’s legal and financial paperwork.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Add your organization’s events to the community calendar at JohnstonNow.com or email us at calendar@JohnstonNow.com. For the full community calendar with hundreds of area events, visit JohnstonNow.com. NAMI Support Groups and Classes The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers free weekly support groups throughout 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.net, email namijcnc@gmail.com or call 919980-5277.

First and third Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Smithfield Lions Club Golden Corral, Smithfield This group gathers for fellowship and a meal (self-paid), and the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Come learn about the club and how it helps with local community service projects. For more information contact, Karen Brown at 919-934-2555.

Rudy Theatre Christmas Jubliee The Christmas Jubilee is underway at the Rudy. For dates and times, visit rudytheatre.com.

First and third Thursdays, 6:45 p.m. Clayton Civitan Club meeting Clayton Civitan Building, McCullers St., Clayton Join the Clayton Civitan Club for its monthly meetings. For more information, contact Karen Brown at 919-550-0694.

Every Monday, 7:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, 7:30-8 p.m. and Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Angels on a Mission Food Pantry Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, 9856 Hwy 210, Four Oaks This organization helps feed families in need in Johnston County. It is also in need of volunteers. For more information, contact John Jernigan at 919-320-7387.

First and third Thursdays, 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 at gdees1@nc.rr.com.

Every Tuesday, 7 a.m. Cleveland School Rotary Club Cleveland Draft House, Garner Cleveland School Rotary Club meets weekly and serves the citizens of the 40/42 area of Johnston County and Garner. First and third Tuesdays, Noon Clayton Rotary Mid-day Club Cleveland Draft House, Clayton This small group of service-minded individuals is very dedicated to community betterment in Clayton and Johnston County.

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Second Wednesday, 9 a.m. Veterans Rally Point American Legion Post 132, Pitchl Street, Smithfield All veterans are invited to attend “Veterans Rally Point” on the second Wednesday of each month. This is a place where veterans to meet, socialize and network. For more information, call Robert Boyette at 191-989-5067. Second Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. Johnston County Chapter of National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees 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 federal and state legislation affecting current federal employees and retirees. To learn more, email bhwoodard25@aol.com. Second Wednesday, noon The Woman’s Club of Clayton meeting 109 Church Street, Clayton The Woman’s Club of Clayton (TWCC) is a nonprofit philanthropic organization made up of professional women who share a common goal: to work together to improve our local community, socially, physically, culturally and educationally. Please consider joining us and help us serve those in need of assistance. TWCC meets at noon the second Wednesday of each month (except June, July and August). Second Thursday, 6 p.m. Johnston County Writers Group 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 information, email facilitator Cindy Brookshire at jocowriters@gmail.com. Third Monday, 6-7:30 p.m. Kiwanis Club of Clayton, N.C. Cleveland Draft House, U.S. 70 Business 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. For more information, email president Jack Tucker at mrtcpa@gmail. com or call 805-377-9573. Third Monday Vietnam Veterans of America Smithfield American Legion Post 132 The Smithfield Chapter 990 meeting of the Vietnam Veterans of America is every third Monday of the month at 7 p.m.


Third Tuesday Widowed Persons Fellowship Group Parkside Cafe, Pine Level 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 919-965-3865 with any questions. Third Wednesday, 11:45 a.m. Clayton Women In Business meeting Rainbow Lanes, Clayton Clayton WIN’s core purpose is to support emerging and established women entrepreneurs, leaders and other professionals, empowering them through mentoring, learning, development and professional networking thereby giving back to the community. For more information, visit www.ClaytonWin.com. Fourth Monday Disabled American Veterans meeting 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.

Every Thursday, 6:45 a.m. Clayton Rotary Morning Club Rainbow Lanes, Clayton Every Thursday morning, 70 serviceminded people, representing all ages, genders and races meet at Rainbow Lanes in Clayton. Breakfast is served at 6:45 a.m. and the hour-long meeting starts sharply at 7 a.m. Every Thursday, 8-10 a.m. Plant a Row for the Hungry Johnston County JCC Arboretum Volunteers plan and take care of vegetable gardens and an orchard year round, and all of the harvest is donated to local soup kitchens and food pantries. No previous gardening experience is required and training is provided. Adults welcome, and anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, please contact Tiffany at plantarow@yahoo.com. Every Thursday, 12 p.m. Central Johnston County Rotary Club The Central Johnston County Rotary Club meets every Thursday for lunch at the Johnston Medical Mall and serves the Smithfield and Selma areas.

Every Thursday, 6:15 p.m. Clayton Area Toastmasters meetings JCC Workforce Development Center, Clayton Clayton Area Toastmasters is a public speaking club in affiliation with Toastmasters International. For more, visit claytontm.com.

Every Thursday (through Dec.), noon Free Child Fingerprinting Blackman Detective Services, Benson Road, Garner Get your children fingerprinted, courtesy of Blackman Detective Services. There will be fruit snacks and free coffee available. Kids and parents can meet with detectives to ask questions and see some cool gear. Parents take home the prints along with a free file of information to fill and keep handy at home.

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Every Third Friday, 6-9 p.m. Free Carriage Rides Downtown Smithfield The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation hosts free carriage rides, starting on the corner of Third and Market, around the beautiful, historic downtown area each month. Have dinner and drinks at locally owned restaurants, catch a movie at the Howell Theatre and enjoy some small town charm. First Thursday, 6:30 p.m. 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. Third Thursday, 6 p.m. Four Oaks American Legion Ladies Auxiliary meeting American Legion Building, Hwy. 301, Four Oaks All veterans’ wives are encouraged to attend the monthly meeting of Four Oaks American Legion Post 346 on the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.

Third Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Democratic Women of Johnston County meeting St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Smithfield The Democratic Women of Johnston County have a monthly meeting on the third Thursday of the month. For more details, visit www.jcdp.org/dwjc. First Friday of the month, 7:30-9 a.m. Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce Member Breakfast Cleveland Draft House, Garner Join the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce for its free member breakfast each month. Contact the chamber at 919-773-8448 for more information. Third Friday Clayton Area Parkinson’s Group All people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers are invited to learn, socialize and exchange ideas in friendly and casual meetings. Meeting locations and times vary. To learn more, call Mark or

Jane Wilson at 919-359-0633 or 919-6312628. Or email retiredones@earthlink.net. Last Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. Coffee Club Edward Jones, Hwy 70 Bus. West, Clayton Join a coffee club, hosted by Edward Jones Financial Advisor Brad Palmer, and discuss current events, the economy, and investing in a relaxed and informal setting. It’s a great way to get to know one another. Coffee and breakfast pastries provided. Call Christine at 919-879-8974 or email brad.palmer@edwardjones.com by the Friday prior to RSVP.

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First Sunday, 9 a.m. Special Needs Ministry Four Oaks United Methodist Church Four Oaks United Methodist Church has developed a Special Needs Ministry for the community. Everyone, including families with special needs individuals, is welcome to attend a 30-minute service that uses children’s music and an open format that allows the children to make noise and move around as needed. Parents can relax in casual attire, and no offering will be collected. For more information, contact Pastor Linda Leuser at 919-938-0000 or email to lindaleuser@gmail.com.

Third Saturday, 1 p.m. Refreshing Springs Outreach Ministries Fairfield Inn and Suites, Smithfield Come out to worship and fellowship with a growing ministry at Fairfield Inn & Suites-Marriott. For questions, email Rev. Pam Ballard at pballard@ refreshingspringsrc.com or call 919-5857497.

Saturday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m. SSS Hall of Fame Banquet Smithfield-Selma High School (SSS) in Johnston County will be conducting its second annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m. This special event coincides with the 50th anniversary celebration of the founding of SSS and will be held in the SSS cafeteria. Contact Deanna Morris with questions at deannamorris@johnston.k12.nc.us. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 10:30 a.m. Storytime with Santa James Bryan Creech Library, Four Oaks Bring a camera and enjoy some time with Santa! There’s no charge for this event, and for more information, call 91909636013 or email librarian@fouroakslibrary. org.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 8:30 a.m. Four Oaks Chamber Coffee and Conversations The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is hosting Coffee and Conversations at Stanfields General Store in November and December. Percolate, caffeinate, participate. Drip coffee will be provided.

Last Saturday, 1 p.m. Crafter’s Day James Bryan Creech Public Library, Four Oaks Bring your latest arts and crafts items to share and work with other like-minded people. Learn new techniques and find out how others do things. Have a little coffee while you’re at it.

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