Ice cream social, breakfast
An ice cream social is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Cold Stone Creamery, 164 Shenstone Blvd., Garner. Proceeds will benefit the Garner Relay for Life.
Also, a fundraising breakfast is scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Friday, April 12, at the Garner Town Hall on Seventh Avenue.
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. For more information about local distribution, email Katrina Vernon at email@example.com.
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. 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.
Lake Benson boathouse opens
The Lake Benson boathouse has opened for the season at 975 Buffaloe Road, Garner. Hours are noon-7 p.m. Fridays, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and noon- 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 p.m. 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 registration cost is $30. Proceeds will benefit the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation. For more information, visit www.runforourheroes.org.