Garner author Karissa Laurel will be participating in a 7-author book signing at 11 a.m. on June 13, at Event Horizon Games, 1496 Garner Station Blvd., Raleigh. Laurel will be signing her debut novel, Midnight Burning, which is an urban fantasy about a young N.C. baker who must travel to Alaska to find out what happened to her twin brother. The book will be released July 7, and advance copies will be available at the signing.
Dog Park opens
The Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department will hold the grand opening for the North Garner Dog Park, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 13, at 221 E. Garner Road. The event will feature a rabies clinic for dogs co-sponsored by the SPCA of Wake County and the Garner Police Department. One- and three-year vaccinations will be available for $10 (cash only). The event will also include pet registrations, hot dog and other vendors, and goodies for dogs and their human companions. For more information, please contact the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department at 919-773-4442.
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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 must fill out an application and attend an orientation from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. Volunteers will assist with children’s summer programming, shelving books and keeping books in order. Teens ages 12-18 may see Emily Campbell at the children’s desk to pick up an application or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Summer reading program
Johnston County children and teens are encouraged to participate in the “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading Program, beginning June 15 and ending August 8, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, located at 305 E. Market St. in downtown Smithfield. Events this summer will focus on all things heroic including visits from local heroes, animal heroes, and even superheroes. For more information stop by the library, or contact Emily Campbell, at 919-934-8146 ext. 5 or email@example.com; or you may register online at www.pljcs.org.
CreArtive paint night
CreArtive Spirit Paint Night with Raleigh Artspace artist Eric McRay from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 19, at ELEOS Outreach Community Center, 125 Timber Drive, Garner. No alcohol permitted, ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. $30 per person. Contact: 919-772-7020 or ELEOSgarner.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award and will be accepted through July 10. Anyone who has made substantial, outstanding contributions to the Town of Garner over a significant period of years is eligible for the award. Preference will be given to nominees with 20-plus years of service, in keeping with James Stevens’ tradition of service spanning decades. An award ceremony will be held to honor the 2015 recipient at the Aug. 18 Town Council meeting. Nomination forms can be found at Town Hall or on the garnernc.gov website under Forms, the Garner Chamber of Commerce (and on its website), the Wake County Southeast Regional Library, Garner Performing Arts Center and other locations. A form can also be requested by emailing Stella Gibson, at email@example.com or by calling 919-773-4456.
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.
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.
Cans For A Cure
Vandora Springs Elementary will collect aluminum cans for recycling throughout the summer months to benefit Garner's Relay For Life. You may drop off cans at any time in the blue dumpster located at the school. For more information, contact Jim Hunt at 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.