Community Notes: Oct. 16

10/16/2013 12:00 AM

10/12/2013 2:57 PM

‘Barefoot in the Park’

The TownePlayers of Garner will present Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” at Garner Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 26. Tickets ($15 for adults/$12 for students and seniors) are available at the door. “Barefoot in the Park” is the story of a conservative young lawyer who marries a vivacious young woman. Visit for more information.

Dance for a Chance

O2 Fitness will host a Dance for a Chance event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at 1310 E. Broad St., Fuquay-Varina. Cost is $20 per ticket. All proceeds benefit the local charity 1in9, which helps support breast cancer victims in the Triangle area.

EKG technician courses

Johnston Community College will offer a training course for individuals interested in careers as EKG technicians from Oct. 23 through Dec. 11. The 48-hour course teaches individuals to interpret cardiac heart rhythms and deliver safe, skillful patient care in hospital or clinical settings. For more information about EKG training at JCC, call 919-464-2355.

Blood drive

A Red Cross Blood Drive is set for 3-7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at St. Mary’s Church, 1008 Vandora Springs Road, Garner. Call Joyce Unger for appointments at 919-772-6738 or walk in at any time. A special drawing will be held for donors.

Shred event

The Johnston County Register of Deeds will hold a public shredding event from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Edwards IGA parking lot, 721 N. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield. The public is invited to shred their documents at this event in an effort to stave off the growing trend of identity theft. For more information, call 919-989-5160.

Walk in her shoes

Harbor, Inc. of Johnston County will host a walk to benefit victims of domestic violence at 9 a.m. Oct. 26. Participants in this walk will walk in women’s footwear on the Johnston Health Walking trail on Hospital Road, Smithfield. All proceeds will go to Harbor, Inc. of Johnston County. For more information, visit or call 919-938-3566.


“Bodyology” will return to Garner Performing Arts Center on Oct. 28 for two shows at 9:55 a.m. and 11:40 a.m. “Bodyology” is a one-hour theatrical show starring PBS’s Slim Goodbody that explores the inner workings of the human body along with the health practices required to care for it. For more information, visit

Trick-or-Treat the Trails

Trick-or-Treat the Trails will take place from 3-6 p.m. Oct. 31 at White Deer Park, 2400 Aversboro Road. Participants are invited to trick-or-treat their way around the park trails and collect treats from local community organizations and businesses.

Flu clinics

Wake County will kick off weekly drop-in flu vaccination clinics from 3-7 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning Nov. 14 at the Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway, Fuquay-Varina. In additional to the weekly clinics, appointments can be scheduled. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 919-557-2501.

Southeast Regional Library events

• The Southeast Regional Library will offer Resources for Resume Writing at 11 a.m. Oct. 23. The session, led by librarians, will include an overview of Learning Express Library’s resume course, Microsoft Word resume templates, and tips from the Goodwill Community Foundation’s Learning Foundation. The sessions are free; however, registration is requested.
• The Choosing the Right College for You event will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Brooke Daly, founder of Advantage College Planning, returns to the Regional Libraries to lead the discussions. Sessions are free but registration is requested.
• Parents are invited to join librarians at 11 a.m. Oct. 25 for recommendations from librarians for books on keeping children healthy.
• Participants are invited to explore their family history at 7 p.m. Oct. 29. Experts from the Raleigh and Apex Family History Centers and staff from the Olivia Raney Local History Library will demonstrate the variety of available resources for your genealogical research. The session is free, but registration is required.

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

Boathouse open

The Lake Benson boathouse is open for the season at 975 Buffaloe Road, Garner. For October, hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 7 p.m. Fridays and Sundays. Boat rentals start at $4 an hour.

No private boats are allowed. Free fishing is available from the dock. Call Stephanie Shaffer at 919-661-6892 or visit

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.

JCC classes and workshops

•  Johnston Community College offers several applied industrial technology continuing education courses. For information or to register, visit or call Brenda Harris at 919-209-2522.

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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