Democratic Men to meet Monday
The Wake Democratic Men’s Club will meet Monday, April 8, at the Clarion Hotel, 320 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Randy Voller
, chairman of the N.C. Democratic Party, will speak about the opportunities and challenges facing North Carolina and the Democratic Party. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. The program will follow at 7. For more information, or to RSVP, email email@example.com.
Lions Club sale
The Garner Lions Club will sell brooms from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Garner Lions Club Building, 305 Main St., Garner. The brooms start at $6 and were handmade by visually impaired employees of Industries of the Blind in Greensboro. Also on April 20, the Lions Club will sell gift certificates to Autobell Full Service Car Wash for $14.95. Proceeds will benefit the Humanitarian/White Cane Drive to help visually-impaired citizens of Garner. For more information, call 919-906-4737.
‘Imogene’s Last Stand’
The Raleigh Little Theatre will present “Imogene’s Last Stand” at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Southeast Regional Library, 908 Seventh Ave., Garner. Admission is free for school-age children. For more information, call 919-662-2250.
Document shredding in Garner
A professional paper-shredding company will be on site from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2100 Buffaloe Road, Garner. The church will accept donations for the service, with proceeds going to its ministries. For more information, call 919-772-9044 or 919-662-5493.
World Book Night
Wake County libraries will take part in National World Book Night on Tuesday, April 23. Librarians will distribute free, popular titles through restaurants, coffee shops and community gathering places. Among the titles to be distributed are “Good Omens” by Neil Gaiman and “Montana Sky” by Nora Roberts. For more information about local distribution, email Katrina Vernon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teen Poetry Contest
Wake County libraries’ annual Teen Poetry Contest will run through April 30. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to submit as many as three original poems. A winner will be chosen in each of four categories: sixth grade, seventh-eighth grade, ninth-10th grade and 11th-12th grade. Winners will be announced in early May, when they will be honored with a reception and a trophy. For online submissions and entry guidelines, go to www.wakegov.com/libraries/kids. For more information, call Judy Packer 919-387-4311.
Wake County parks
Wake County parks will offer the following programs this month:
Blood drives are scheduled for the following locations:
The following fundraisers will benefit the Garner Relay for Life:
American Legion Riders Post 232 will sell barbecue plates from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10225, 1706 W. Garner Road, Garner. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Home of North Carolina. Plates are $7, and delivery is available within 10 miles. For more information, call 919-291-2129.
Autism support for grandparents
A meeting for grandparents of children with autism is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in Suite 230 of the Autism Society of North Carolina office, 505 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. For more information, email email@example.com.
Lake Benson boathouse opens
The Lake Benson boathouse has opened for the season at 975 Buffaloe Road, Garner. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Fridays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 7 p.m. Sundays. It will be closed on Fridays in July and August. 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 www.garnernc.gov.
Spring Big Sweep
Join volunteers in cleaning Lake Benson’s shoreline and the streets of Garner from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20. Volunteers should meet at the White Deer Park Nature Center, 2400 Aversboro Road, Garner. They will receive breakfast and a T-shirt or tote bag. Registration is required. To clean the Lake Benson watershed, call Stephanie Shaffer at 919-661-6892 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To clean Garner’s streets, call Jaclyn Rametta at 919-773-4421 or email email@example.com.
A new Overeaters Anonymous support group is meeting at First Presbyterian Church of Garner at the corner of Lakeside Drive and N.C. 50. Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Park in the rear of the church and look for the OA signs. For more information, call Sherylyn at 919-779-6392 or Regina at 919-614-3425.
A Budget Savvy Bridal Expo is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Barwell Road Community Center, 3935 Barwell Road, Raleigh. Register at the website for free admission. Admission at the door is $5. To register, visit budgetbridenc.eventbrite.com or call 919-521-2996.
Run for Our Heroes
The Run for Our Heroes 5k Run/Walk is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, on Nash Square in the 200 block of West Hargett Street in Raleigh. The annual event honors the eight Raleigh police officers who have died in the line of duty. A post-race social will be held at Napper Tandy’s, with free food for all race participants. The early-registration cost is $25. After April 9, it rises to $30. Proceeds will benefit the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation. For more information, visit www.runforourheroes.org.
PurpleStride 5K Race
The third annual PurpleStride 5K Walk/Race will take place Saturday, April 20, on the Centennial Campus at N.C. State University, 1017 Main Campus Drive, Raleigh. Walk or run a 5K course while enjoying music, snacks, kids’ activities and an awards ceremony, while raising awareness of pancreatic cancer. Adult tickets start at $30, and youth tickets start at $15. Register online and at the event. Visit www.purplestride.org.
A financial workshop for couples will begin April 8 at the Wake County Cooperative Extension Service, 4001 Carya Drive, Raleigh. The workshop will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays through April 29. The cost is $25. For more information, or to register, call Robin Landsman 919.295.4071 or email Robin.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Design a video game or create a website. Learn what it’s like to run a business.
Wake Tech Community College will offer summer camps for middle and high school students. Topics include engineering, youth entrepreneurship, video-game design, robotics, drama, photo editing, biotechnology and website creation. Visit http://summercamps.waketech.edu or call 919-866-5820.
Wake Tech Community College will hold its 2013 Culinary Arts Showcase from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. The afternoon will feature a live cake challenge, tastings by local restaurants, activities for kids, food demonstrations, an ice-carving exhibition, a silent auction and a cash bar with beer and wine. Visit http://culinaryartsshowcase.waketech.edu.
A support group for family caregivers meets twice a month in two Johnston County locations. In Smithfield, meetings are from 1:30 to 3 p.m. every third Thursday at Johnston County Community & Senior Services, 1363 W. Market St. In Clayton, meetings are from 6 to 8 p.m. every fourth Thursday at the Clayton Senior Center, 303 Dairy Road. This program helps caregivers through support, resources and educational programs. Call 919-934-6066, Ext. 231.
Dog obedience training
A dog-obedience class will begin April 11 at Clayton Dog Park, 2027 Glen Laurel Road, Clayton. The class will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays for six weeks. Dogs must be at least 6 months old and fixed. Owners must provide veterinary records. The cost is $150. For information, or to register, call Shane Gentry at 919-427-4775 or email email@example.com.
A workshop titled “Building your Volunteer Base: The 4 R’s” is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The workshop is nonprofits and businesses that depend on volunteers. The cost is $10. For more information, call Jayne McBurney at the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service at 919-989-5380 or email Sherry Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walk for Health
The third annual Walk for Health is scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, on the Buffalo Creek Greenway at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. This is a noncompetitive, free event to promote physical activity. Strollers and pets are welcome. The first 100 walkers to register will receive a resistance band, water bottle or pedometer. To register, call the Johnston County Public Health Department at 919-989-5200.