The PTA at Cleveland Elementary School will host Santa’s Workshop from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m, Saturday, Dec. 3 at the school, at 10225 Cleveland Road, Clayton. Visitors can chat with Santa Claus, shop and participate in a silent auction. There will also be a children’s area available.
The Johnston County Public Health Department will host a free two-part parenting class for parents of children up to five years of age. The classes will be held Dec. 6 and 13 from 4-6 p.m. at the Johnston County Public Health Department, 517 N. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield. Topics include taking care of sick children, immunizations, CPR and first aid, car seat safety, dental health and child development and discipline. To register contact Brittany Waters at 919-989-5200. Free childcare will be available.
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Free HIV testing
Johnston County residents can get free HIV testing at the Johnston County Public Health Department between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Dec. 1. No appointments are necessary. Test results will be provided the same day. The Health Department is at 517 N. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield.
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.
Personal finance workshop
The Town of Garner will host two personal finance workshops on Monday, Dec. 5. A money management workshop focusing on helping people discern their spending habits will be held starting at 10 a.m. at Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road). The second workshop, “Good Debt, Bad Debt: Using Credit Wisely,” will start at 1:30 p.m., also at GPAC. Both workshops are free. For more information or to register, contact Neighborhood Improvement Manager Reginald Buie at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 773-4446.
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.
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.
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.