Veterans Advisory Board
The town of Garner is seeking applicants for a new Veterans Advisory Board. The board will be composed of seven at-large members, at least four of whom will be honorably discharged veterans. This board may make recommendations concerning issues related to town policies that affect veterans and will operate as a link between Garner residents and town officials to explore ways to honor and recognize the service of area veterans. Meeting dates and locations have not yet been established. For an application or questions, call 919-773-4456.
Veterans Day celebration
The town of Garner and the Garner Veterans Memorial Committee will honor veterans at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at Aversboro Road Baptist Church, 1600 Aversboro Road. The event will include a concert by the Garner Magnet High School band, followed at 11 a.m. by a program featuring Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Steve L. Muro as guest speaker. For more information, call 919-455-8278.
Music association meeting
The Johnston County Music Association will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 13 at 50 Beech Trail, Garner. For more information, call 919-359-3473
Auditions will be held for the Garner Showcase of Talent on Thursday, Nov. 14. The show is open to all performers who have a connection to Garner. Deadline for registration is Nov. 11. For a complete set of rules as well as an audition registration form, visit www.GarnerPerformingArtsCenter.com.
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.
American Legion Riders Post 232 will host a barbecue dinner fundraiser for Veterans Charities from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at 1706 W. Garner Road, Garner. Plates are $8, dine in or take out. For more information, call 919-772-1062.
Googling your family tree
A family history class, “Googling Your Family Tree,” will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1443 Aversboro Road, Garner. Attendees will learn to use Google tools and advance search operators for effective genealogical searches to locate photos of their ancestors, access a virtual cart catalog of over 15 million books, or translate a document into English.
Optimist tree lot opening early
The Garner Optimist Christmas tree lot will open Nov. 19. The lot’s hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. week nights, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 8 p.m. Sundays. The lot is located at 2110 Vandora Springs Road, Garner.
Johnston County Republican Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21, at Festejos, 905 E. Main St., Clayton. Bob Muller, Republican party 7th district chair, will speak. For more information, call 919-255-0990.
Unified hazard plan
For the first time, Wake County will develop a multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan for this year. Previously, each jurisdiction was responsible for developing its own plan. The general purposes of the plan are to protect life and property by reducing the potential for future damages and economic loss that come as a result of natural hazards. The public is invited to attend a project kickoff meeting from 10 a.m. until noon Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Wake County Office Building, 337 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, in room G31.
Johnston County Festival of Trees
The 10th annual Festival of Trees, presented by Keep Johnston County Beautiful, Inc., will open to the public at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Johnston Medical Mall on Brightleaf Boulevard in Smithfield. The event will run until noon Saturday, Dec. 14. The festival is a display of 55 decorated live Christmas trees sponsored by various businesses in the county. Live performances for visitors by school and church choirs, soloists, and other music and dance groups are scheduled throughout the festival. Other attractions include a cookie baking contest at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, and a Christmas tree raffle valued at $1,000 set to take place Saturday, Dec. 14. For more information, visit www.JCFestivalOfTrees.com.
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.