The American Red Cross will host a blood drive May 14 from 3-7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 1008 Vandora Springs Road, Garner. To schedule an appointment, call 919-773-0867. Walk-ins are also accepted.
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.
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Garner High School class of 1970 reunion
The Garner Senior High School class of 1970 will hold its 45-year class reunion from 7 p.m. until midnight on Saturday, June 13, at Carol Poole Clubhouse at Lonnie Poole Golf Course, NCSU Centennial Campus, 1509 Main Campus Drive, Raleigh. Cost is $50 per person and $100 per couple. RSVP by May 1. E-mail Retha Kelly Lineberger at Retha.Lineberger@gmail.com or Betsy Green Williams at email@example.com with questions.
Lunch and Learn
A five-part financial workshop will be offered from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning May 6 and concluding June 3 at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. Jayne McBurney of Johnston Cooperative Extension will lead the workshop and cover topics including budgeting, understanding credit and planning for the future. Register for this free class by calling the Extension office at 919-989-5380.
Friday Family Flicks
“Monsters University” will be shown on a 30-foot outdoor movie screen at 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, Lake Benson Park, Garner. Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy an outdoor movie under the stars. Refreshments will be sold but coolers are welcome. The movie is free. For those interested in spending the night at Lake Benson Park, bring tents and camping gear. The fee is $12 per family for residents and $15 per family for nonresidents. Families must register in advance. Families may arrive as early as 6 p.m. to set up their campsites. No portable grills or pets allowed. For more information: http://www.garnernc.gov/MonstersUniversity. Camping Registration: https://apm.activecommunities.com/garnerprcr/camping.
Free document shredding event
A secure document shredding event will be held from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, May 9, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2100 Buffaloe Rd., Garner. This free event is open to the public and local small business owners. Donations to assist local charities and ministries are appreciated. For more information, call 919-772-9044.
BBQ chicken plates
Freshly grilled BBQ chicken plates will be on sale by Girl Scout Troop 3306, 11a.m. Saturday, May 9, Zebulon Baptist Church. Plates also include boiled potatoes, green beans, bread and dessert. $8 per plate, unless you have a ticket. Call 919-924-4021 for information or tickets.
Plant and Garden Gear sale
A sale featuring plants propagated by Johnston County Extension Master Gardener members, will run from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 16 at the Johnston County Agriculture Center, 2736 NC 210 Highway, Smithfield. In addition, new gardening gloves and gently used gardening books, tools, pots and more will be for sale. Proceeds fund Master Gardener outreach programs in Johnston County. For more information, check the events listing at http://johnston.ces.ncsu.edu/.
Teen volunteers needed
The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, located at 305 E. Market St. in Smithfield, seeks new teen volunteers to assist with the Summer Reading Program. Volunteers will assist with children’s summer programming, shelving books and keeping books in order. Volunteers must fill out an application and attend an orientation from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. Teens ages 12-18 may see Emily Campbell at the children’s desk to pick up an application or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Town of Garner seeks volunteers
The Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is seeking volunteers for its Independence Day celebration Wednesday, July 3, at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner. Groups or individuals wishing to volunteer should contact Jill McAllister at email@example.com.
Nonprofit organizations who wish to act as food vendors may now apply for consideration. Applications are due by May 29 and may be found at http://www.garnernc.gov/Publications/News/July%203%20volunteers%20NR%20040215.pdf
Community organizations or businesses that wish to provide Independence Day themed crafts and games may also apply for consideration. Applications are due by May 15 and may be found at http://www.garnernc.gov/Publications/News/July%203%20volunteers%20NR%20040215.pdf.
Aversboro Run Club
Aversboro Run Club meets at 6 p.m. every Thursday outside Aversboro Restaurant & Sports Bar, 1411 Aversboro Road, Garner. The club is open to every runner and walker, and runs set routes of 3, 4 and 5 miles covering many paces. The restaurant offers food and drink specials to all walkers and runners upon their return.
Johnston County MS Support Group
The Johnston County MS Support Group meets at 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month at The Church at Clayton Crossings, 11407 US Hwy 70 W. Clayton. The group is open to those dealing with MS and their families and is free of charge.
Partnership for Children of Johnston County offers two programs for parents with young children.
Motheread is a 12-week self-paced program that combines the teaching of literacy skills with child development and family empowerment issues.
The Incredible Years parent program offers weekly group sessions for 14 to 16 weeks. Participants practice skills 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classic Car Club meets
Memory Lane Classic Car Club meets for dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month at Golden Corral, 60 Son-Lan Parkway, Garner. For more information, call 919-553-6229.
TOPS Chapter 0678
Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Chapter 0678 meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays at The Garner Senior Center, 205 E. Garner Rd., Garner. The purpose of the group is to provide support, share information about healthy living and celebrate success with weight loss. Participants must pay $32 for yearly national dues and $3 monthly local dues.
An Overeaters Anonymous support group meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Lakeside Drive and N.C. 50 in Garner. 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.
American Legion Car wash
Garner American Legion Post 232 and the Quest Rangers Outpost 241(NC) will be holding a car wash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at the Advance Auto Parts Store, 1500 US Hwy 70, Garner. All donations will benefit the Post and Outpost’s charitable endeavors supporting local veterans and youth activities.
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