Garner: Community

August 4, 2014

Community Notes: Aug. 6

Cub Scout Pack 392 will hold events open to rising first through fifth grade boys, free of charge. RSVP for any of these events at or call 919-669-1356.

Cub Scout events

Cub Scout Pack 392 will hold events open to rising first through fifth grade boys, free of charge. RSVP for any of these events at or call 919-669-1356.

•  Geo-Caching: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, August 9, at First Presbyterian Church, 503 Lakeside Drive, Garner.
•  Rain Gutter Regatta: 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 26, at First Presbyterian Church, 503 Lakeside Drive, Garner.

Garner Chamber events

•  A ribbon cutting for Murphy Express will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at the Garner Chamber of Commerce, 401 Circle Drive, Garner.
•  Belk will host a model search from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at 1450 Garner Station Blvd., Garner. Bring a photo of your child age 5-10 to the Belk Kid Fest, and the winner will have an opportunity to be featured in a Belk catalogue.

Classes at JCC

Johnston Community College offers human resources and workforce development classes at the main campus in Smithfield at 245 College Road, Smithfield, and the Workforce Development Center at 135 Best Wood Drive, Clayton.

•  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11: Overhauling Your Existing E-Commerce Site will take place in Room 1031 of the Workforce Development Center. $79 registration.
•  8 .m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 15: A notary public class will take place in the Workforce Development Center. $70 registration plus book.

High School Musical

The Towne Players Teens will present “Disney’s High School Musical Jr.” at 8 p.m. through Aug. 9, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Aug. 9, at the Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Road, Garner. Tickets are available at the door and are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. There will be a “Heroes and Villains” musical preshow beginning 30 minutes before each show. The Towne Players Teens will be selling light-up microphones to be used during the show, which will also serve as backstage passes for two. The microphones are $5 each, and proceeds will go to the Towne Players Teens.

Connect and plug in

The Garner Chamber of Commerce will hold “Connect & Plug In the Future” from noon to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 14, at The Grand Marquise Ballroom, 225 new Fidelity Court, Garner. The half-day conference will focus on major developments impacting the town’s economic climate and quality of life. Registration and lunch will take place at noon, with conference sessions running from 1 to 5 p.m. and reception and dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Registration for the full conference is $79, reception and dinner only is $35. Visit for more information.

Cans for a Cure

Vandora Springs Elementary will host the Cans for a Cure aluminum can recycling project throughout the summer months at 1300 Vandora Springs Road, Garner. Everyone is invited to recycle aluminum cans at the school in the blue recycling dumpster. All proceeds will benefit the Relay for Life of Garner. For more information email

Blood drive

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at St. Mary’s Church, 1008 Vandora Springs Road, Garner. Call 919-773-0867 for an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Aversboro Run Club

Aversboro Run Club meets at 6 p.m. every Thursday outside Aversboro Restaurant & Sports Bar, 1411 Aversboro Road, Garner. The club is open to every runner and walker, and runs set routes of 3, 4 and 5 miles covering many paces. The restaurant offers food and drink specials to all walkers and runners upon return.

Square dancing lessons

Square dancing lessons are held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Friday night at Saint Andrews United Methodist Church, 1201 Maxwell Drive, Raleigh. Casual dress, $20 per person per month. Call 919-266-0845 or visit

Events at Southeast Regional Library

Southeast Regional Library, 908 Seventh Ave., Garner, has an extensive list of activities for the whole family. Find a complete list of events at or call 919-662-2250.

•  4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8: Kindergarteners through 5th graders can learn about pond ecosystems with “Who Lives in a Pond.”
•  10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21: Take a SAT/ACT preparation test with Kaplan Test Prep. Get a feel for the questions and experience exam-like conditions before taking the real test.

Food pantry

A food pantry is open from 9 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of each month at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 1082 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The food is free to anyone presenting an ID card. For more information, call 919-934-0213.

Parenting workshops

Partnership for Children of Johnston County offers two programs for parents with young children.

•  Motheread is a 12-week self-paced program that combines the teaching of literacy skills with child development and family empowerment issues.
•  The Incredible Years parent program offers weekly group sessions for 14 to 16 weeks. Participants practice skills to promote children’s academic, social and emotional skills.

For information on times and location, contact Erica Reid at 919-202-0002, ext. 258, or email

Classic Car Club meets

Memory Lane Classic Car Club meets for dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month at Golden Corral, 60 Son-Lan Parkway, Garner. For more information, call 919-553-6229.

Overeaters Anonymous

An Overeaters Anonymous support group meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Lakeside Drive and N.C. 50 in Garner. Park in the rear of the church and look for the OA signs. Call Sherylyn at 919-779-6392 or Regina at 919-614-3425 for more information.

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