A pancake breakfast is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at Applebee’s, 1165 U.S. 70 West, Garner. The cost is $7, with proceeds going to American Legion Post 232 in Garner. For more information, call 919-661-9505.
The following fundraisers will benefit the Garner Relay for Life:
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.
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.
A blood drive is scheduled from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at St. Mary Mother of the Church, 1008 Vandora Springs Road, Garner. Walk-ins are welcome, but for an appointment, call Joyce Unger at 919-772-6738.
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.
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.
Horses for Hope
An open house is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Horses for Hope, 2909 Banks Road, Raleigh. The free event will include a horse competition, riding demonstrations, trail rides and raffles. For more information, call Gwen Roberts at 919-665-0885 or visit www.horsesforhope.org.
Middle and high school students can learn about aviation and aviation-related job opportunities at Aviation Career Education academies in Raleigh. A camp for students in grades 7-9 will run July 15-19, and a camp for students in grades 10-12 will be held June 17-21. Both will be at Leesville Road High School, 8409 Leesville Road. Students will learn about the theory of flight, aviation history, aircraft maintenance and aviation principles. Attendees will also take field trips, fly radio-controlled aircraft and have the opportunity to fly in a plane. The cost is $150 per student. The registration deadline is Friday, May 10. For more information, contact Mike Kelley at email@example.com.
Book sale in Raleigh
Wake County public libraries will hold their annual Booksale and Festival of Reading May 9-12 in the Jim Graham Building on the N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. The book sale will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Saturday will also feature family-friendly activities and entertainment. Book prices range from $2 to $5, with cash, checks and credit cards accepted. For more information, visit www.wakegov.com/libraries/events/Pages/default.aspx.
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.
Wake County parks
Wake County parks will offer the following programs this month:
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.