Garner residents who want to want to get rid of storm debris may do so when the town begins its regularly-scheduled fall cleanup for unprepared yard waste. The town will begin picking up that debris the week of Oct. 31. All yard waste must be at the curbside by 7 a.m. on Monday of the week your route is scheduled to be collected. Public works crews will collect yard debris for the red, gray, orange and white routes beginning Oct. 31. Those on purple, yellow and brown routes will have their yard debris collected beginning Nov. 7. All other routes will be collected beginning Nov. 14.
The fifth annual Tuna Run, a 200-mile relay race from Garner to Atlantic Beach will take place Friday, Oct. 21, beginning at 6 a.m. Teams of four to 12 people will run along the back roads of eastern North Carolina. The run is split into 36 legs. Teams can take part in a 70-mile segment that joins the other runners in Jones County. The race ends on the boardwalk at Atlantic Beach. For more information, contact race director Brian Malak at 843-209-3510 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at tunarun200.com.
Garner officials are preparing for two of the town’s staple holiday events: Light Up Main and the annual Christmas parade. The town is seeking applications from performers and organizations who wish to provide children’s activities for Light Up Main. Applications are due Nov. 1. The event will be held Dec. 2 from 6-8 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 3, the town will hold its annual Christmas parade beginning at 2 p.m. Groups that want to enter may apply through Nov. 15. Applications for both events can be found at garnernc.gov/holiday or by contacting Jill McAllister at 919-661-4602 or by email at email@example.com.
Trick-or-Treat the Trails
Garner’s Trick-or-Treat the Trails event with community organizations and local businesses is 3-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, at White Deer Park, 2400 Aversboro Road.
Adults must accompany children and pets aren’t allowed. Parking is available across the street at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, and handicapped parking spaces are available at White Deer Park.
If your organization is interested in partnering with the town for this event, contact Kendrick Mayes at 919-773-4441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Garner Police Department will host a medicine drop off event Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. - noon at the police station, 912 Seventh Ave., Garner. The service is free and anonymous. Liquids and syringes will not be accepted. Medications should be left in their original containers if possible. For more information call Sgt. Sophia Sandlin at 919-772-8810 ext. 5158.
The Frank Creech Art Gallery will host a reception for photographer Kyle Wilson from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Johnston Community College on College Road in Smithfield.
An exhibition of Wilson’s work will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 4.
On the Mend’s sale and annual fundraiser will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Garner Senior Center, 205 E. Garner Road.
Johnston County Amateur Radio
The Johnston County Amateur Radio Emergency Service is looking for licensed amateur radio operators interested in providing auxiliary communications in times of disaster.
You do not have to be a resident of Johnston County to volunteer. ARES meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the American Red Cross office, 805-A S. Third St., Smithfield.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) has two chapters in Garner. One meets from 6-7 p.m. Mondays. Call Cindy Creech at 919-763-0123 for details. The other group meets from 2-3 p.m. Fridays. Call Mary Lou Meranda at 919-577-0709 for more information or visit tops.org. Both meetings are at the Garner Senior Center, 205 E. Garner Road.
The purpose of the group is to provide support, share information about healthy living and celebrate success with weight loss.
Johnston County MS Support Group
The Johnston County MS Support Group meets at 11 a.m. the third Tuesday of the month at The Church at Clayton Crossings, 11407 U.S. 70 W., Clayton. These free meetings are open to people with multiple sclerosis and their families.
An Overeaters Anonymous support group meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at First Presbyterian Church of Garner, 503 Lakeside Drive. 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.
Partnership for Children of Johnston County offers two programs for parents with young children.
Motheread is a 12-week self-paced program that combines teaching literacy skills with child development and family empowerment.
The Incredible Years parent program offers weekly group sessions for 14 to 16 weeks.
Participants learn 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.
Southeast Regional Library events
Southeast Regional Library hosts free and inexpensive events to help educate local residents and promote literacy at 908 7th Ave., Garner. For details, go to WakeGov.com/libraries.
Send announcements at least two weeks before the event to firstname.lastname@example.org.