Outback Steakhouse will sponsor a luncheon to benefit the Partnership for Children of Johnston County at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 911 Industrial Park Drive, Smithfield. The menu will include a steak, salad, garlic mashed potatoes, cheesecake and a beverage. All entrees include tea, water or a soda. Tickets are $15. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 919-202-0002 or visiting pfcjc.org.
Early bird tickets are available through Oct. 15 for the fifth annual Broadway Voices series. The series will go live at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 with a performance from David Burnham at the Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Road, Garner. Capathia Jenkins will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, and Alli Mauzey will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015. Tickets are $35 for an individual show, $75 for a season ticket, or $65 for early bird tickets. Purchase tickets by phone from 1 to 5 p.m. at 919-661-4602, or online at garnerperformingartscenter.com.
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Sure Promise Christian Church Youth Department will hold a Flapjack Fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Applebee’s at 1165 U.S. 70 W., Garner. All proceeds will be used for youth retreats, community outreach and youth workshops. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 919-696-0462.
Food, fashion, fundraising
The Garner Chamber of Commerce will hold a fashion show fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Garner TV and Appliance, 6310 Plantation Center Drive, Raleigh. The event will cost $25 and will include food, a drink ticket, entertainment and more. Visit business.garnerchamber.com for more information.
Dog Day 5K
The inaugural Dog Day 5K will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner. There will be a competitive 5K run, a competitive 5K run with dog, a recreational 5K run or walk (with or without dog) and a Fun Run for children. Registration is $30 . Register at GoldenRescueNC.org/events.
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 JohnstonCC.edu for tickets and more information.
Horse show series
The Johnston County Horse Show Series will present the Fall Fling Spooktacular Saturday, Oct. 25, at B&M Stables, 1305C Lakewood Road, Smithfield. The event will feature a carved pumpkin contest, “Trailer-or-Treat,” a horse/handler costume contest, apple bobbing and more. All events are free, but registration is required by Oct. 18. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 26.
The Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department will hold its Trick-or-Treat the Trails from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at White Deer Park, 2400 Aversboro Road, Garner. The department is seeking sponsors to set up tables along the trail and distribute treats. Email email@example.com for more information.
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.
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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.
Al-Anon meets from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday nights at Showers of Blessing Community Church, 10 Technology Drive, Garner. Al-Anon is a support group for friends and family of those struggling with substance addiction.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.