The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at St. Mary’s Church, 1008 Vandora Springs Road, Garner. To schedule an appointment, call 919-772-6738. Walk-in donors are also accepted.
Chorale seeking voices
The Johnston County Chorale welcomes new voices. Registration is open during the month of January each Monday, 6:30 to 9 p.m., for the spring Broadway-type musical at the Clayton Center. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Mortimer the Groundhog will visit Garner’s White Deer Park at 2400 Aversboro Road from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, for Groundhog Day. He will reveal his prediction at 3 p.m. There will be other live animal visits inside White Deer Park’s Nature Center, courtesy of the animal rescue and rehabilitation group CLAWS, Inc. The Groundhog Day event will also include crafts, music and contests. Special guests will include Recycle Can Guy, Smokey Bear, the Chick-fil-A cow, McGruff the Crime Dog and Big Mortimer. General parking will be at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, across the street from White Deer Park. For more information, call 919-661-6982.
The Garner Optimist Club will hold a barbecue sale from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 2110 Vandora Springs Road. Tickets are $8, and guests can choose from pork or chicken barbecue plates.
Get some ’cue
The Garner Optimist Club will host its annual barbecue plate sale from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Optimist clubhouse, 2110 Vandora Springs Road, Garner. Plates cost $8, eat-in or takeout, and include pork of chicken barbecue. Optimists use the money they raise from the event to support their youth programs.
The Africa Series
The Africa Series, by Jane Lillian Vance, will be on display through the spring semester at the Frank Creech Art Gallery, 245 College Road, Smithfield. A reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. The lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.JohnstonCC.edu/PerformingArts.
The Partnership for Children of Johnston County will hold its annual Clayton Steakhouse Fundraiser Monday, Feb. 10, at the Clayton Steakhouse, 307 E. Main St., Clayton. Seats are available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $12 each. For tickets, call 919-202-0002 or visit the Partnership for Children Selma office at 1406-A S. Pollock St., Selma.
Johnston Soil & Water Conservation District will hold its annual tree sale Wednesday, Feb. 14. Seedlings sold will include Loblolly Pine, Eastern Red Cedar, Crape Myrtle, Eastern Redbud, Black Walnut, and Willow Oak. For more information or to place an order, call 919-934-7156 ext. 3.
Call for artists
The Johnston County Arts Council has issued a call for artists for the fifth Annual Johnston County Art and Food Festival, which will take place Thursday, March 6. The exhibit is open to all artists ages 18 and older who reside in N.C. For more information, visit www.JCArtsCouncil.org.
Hunter horse show
A hunter horse show will be held Feb. 15 at the Blaine-McLaughlin Stables, 1305C Lakewood Road, Four Oaks. For more information, visit www.Blaine-McLaughlin-Stables.com.
FAFSA help at SECU
State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) locations across the state will open their doors from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 22, to provide assistance with Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms. The forms are a requirement in consideration for all federal and most state financial aid for college, including scholarships and grants. For more information, visit www.NCSECU.org.
Black History Month at JCC
Johnston Community College will hold events throughout the month of February in honor of Black History Month. For more information on these events, call 919-464-2282 or 919-209-2539. JCC is located at 245 College Road, Smithfield.
•2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1:
HOPE Mime Ministry from N.C. Central University will perform, and a showing of the movie “Beasts in the Southern Wild” will take place at the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium.
•11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3:
Black History Month Kickoff in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium.
•5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6:
“The Africa Series:” Jane Lillian Vance gallery lecture and reception in the Frank Creech Art Gallery.
•Noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7:
The Ruckers, nationally known singers/storytellers in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium lobby.
•7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8:
Country Music Showcase presents Motown’s Greatest Hits in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium. Tickets are $13.50 in advance, $15 at the door.
•Noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13:
Joboli Drummers in the student lounge.
•11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18:
Angela Ray, author and motivational speaker, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium lobby.
•10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19:
Black Business Expo in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium lobby.
•4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23:
2014 Gospel Fest in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium.
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 www.wakegov.com/libraries or call 919-662-2250.
Jan. 21 through Feb. 4: The public is invited to come in and create a Valentine for a Veteran. Completed Valentines will be delivered to the office for Veterans’ Services of Wake County.
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6: "String Music in the Library" will give participants a chance to enjoy live string music from Emily Mabe and Jessica Taylor, cello & viola.
2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7: The February Book Bites program will discuss books featuring African-American authors which span the entire fiction genre. Attendees may enjoy a snack and are encouraged to exchange suggestions with one another and with the library staff. Registration is requested.
3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8: "Romance: There's a Book for That!" will give participants a chance to share reading suggestions about love and romance. Registration is not required for this hour-long, drop-in session.
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9: "Home Budgets for Beginners" will offer instruction in using Microsoft Excel and other online resources for simple budget planning. Registration is requested.
3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9: "African-American History: There's a Book for That!" will give participants a chance to share reading suggestions about African-American history. Registration is not required for this hour-long, drop-in session.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12: "Craft It!" will allow participants to turn empty mylar bags into totes using only scissors and duct tape. All materials will be provided, but participants may also bring their own bags (coffee, cookies, animal food, etc.) to recycle. Ages 16 and up. Registration is requested.
11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15: The SAT 10-Question Challenge will offer practice sessions for the SAT. The sessions provide sample questions, offer the experience of timed testing, and give strategies to raise scores and best prepare for this important test. Registration is required for these free, 1-hour sessions.
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16: "Find It!" will teach participants successful techniques for finding online books in a one-on-one setting. Librarians will offer suggestions for navigating the library's catalog and for placing reserves on these items.
7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17: "Indoor Composting Made Easy" will teach two methods for odorless, year-round composting with Bianca Howard, a community education specialist with the City of Raleigh. Registration is requested.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19: "Meet the Artisan: Books as Art" will feature artisan bookmakers discussing their views on books as works of art and displaying their work.
6:30 p.m. Feb. 26: Introduction to Entrepreneurship will teach participants how to start and manage a new business. Registration is requested.
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 email@example.com.
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.