Garner: Community

September 2, 2014

Community Notes: Sept. 3

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at St. Mary’s Church.

Family Flick

Garner’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department will host its Friday Familiy Flick, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” ay 7:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner.

The 30-foot outdoor movie screen will be placed on the main stage, with seating on the grassy slope in front. Refreshments will be sold, but coolers with non-alcoholic drinks are welcome. The movie is free to the public.

For more information on this or other events and activities, visit or call 919-773-4442.

Test Prep

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield will hold four free programs to help high school students prepare for the SAT and ACT college admissions tests, and write their application essay. The library is located at 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. Call 919-934-8146, option 3, or stop by the reference desk to sign up for any event.

•  10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6: The library will partner with Kaplan Test Prep to offer a “How to Write a College Application Essay” seminar.
•  Saturday, Sept. 20: an SAT Challenge test will be held at 10 a.m., and an ACT Challenge test will be held at noon. The 10-question challenges are designed to help students get ready with sample test questions, test timing and pacing and score raising strategies.
•  9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25: The combination SAT/ACT practice test will begin at 9:30 a.m. Students must arrive by 9 a.m. The test will help students get a feel for the questions and experience exam-like conditions.

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.

Class reunion

The 20-year reunion for the South Johnston High School Class of 1994 will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at TerraFin Station, 25 Old Drug Store Road, Garner. RSVP required. Email for more information.

National Recovery Month

Johnston County Mental Health Center will host a celebration of National Recovery Month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at First Missionary Baptist Church, 403 Caswell St., Smithfield. There is no admission fee and the celebration will feature games, health screenings, music, mascots, speakers, vendors and food. Call 919-989-5514 for more information.

Flu shot clinic

A flu shot clinic will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Garner Senior Center, 205 E. Garner Road, Garner. Appointments are required, along with a copy of the patient’s insurance card. Uninsured cost is $25. Register at the Senior Center from 9:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

CIT training

The next CIT training academy is scheduled for Oct. 20-24. CIT is a training and response program designed for law enforcement and other first responders who handle crisis calls involving people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and alcohol and substance use disorders.

CIT training provides an “on-the-job-tool” that can be used by law enforcement personnel and other first responders to recognize mental health issues and crises and to assist in directing individuals with mental illness to the appropriate health care systems and reduce their involvement in the criminal justice system. For more information about CIT, call Charlene Meyers at the Johnston County Mental Health Center at 919-989-5575.

Virginia Fine Arts Museum

The Johnston Community College Fine Art Department will host a trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20. Seat reservations are $15. Visit for tickets and more information.

Garner Senior Golfers

Men and women 55 years and older are invited to join Garner Senior Golfers each Tuesday morning at local golf courses for a round of golf and fellowship. Call Jerry Hargis at 919-772-7904 for more information.

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

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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