The American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive Sept. 24 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 1008 Vandora Springs Drive, Garner. Call 919-773-0867 to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Operation medicine drop
The Garner Police Department is hosting a medication take-back event from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 26, at Town Hall, 900 7th Ave. (building B in the Council Chambers). The service is free, anonymous, and no questions will be asked. For more information about Operation Medicine Drop, visit ncsafekids.org, or call Sgt. Chris Adams at 919-772-8810.
Big Sweep/Litter Sweep
The Town of Garner is celebrating National Public Lands Day by holding its fall Big Sweep/Litter Sweep beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at White Deer Park Nature Center, 2400 Aversboro Road. This annual project relies on volunteers to help pick up trash along Garner roadways and in town parks. Participants will receive breakfast and equipment (gloves, bags) On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Nature Center. Registration can be completed online at apm.activecommunities.com/garnerprcr or by calling 919-661-6982.
Coats family reunion and picnic
Descendants of Amos “Babe” and Lenora “Nora” Wood Coats will have a family reunion and old fashioned picnic, at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at Clemmons Educational State Forest on Old Highway 70 about 1.3 miles west of Clayton. Anyone with historical information, articles, pictures, and other memorabilia are encouraged to bring them for display.
Garner artist’s exhibit
An art show of local artists will be presented by the Arts League of Garner from Sept. 28-Nov. 20, at the Garner Senior Center, 205 East Garner Road. The public is welcome to view the artwork on display.
Garner Senior High 30-year reunion
The Garner Senior High Class of 1985 will hold its 30-year reunion Oct. 2-3. Class members and their families are invited to the Garner Trojans homecoming game at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Trojan Stadium, 2101 Spring Drive, Garner. General admission is $7 per person; a section of bleachers will be reserved for the Class of 1985. A celebration with dinner, music and dancing will take place from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 3, at the Garner Optimist Club, 2110 Vandora Springs Road, Garner. Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple. Make checks payable to Class of 85 c/o Joey Cagle and mail to Joey Cagle, PO Box 1703, Garner, NC 27529. Include your name (including maiden name) and the name of your guest on your check. For more information, join the class group on Facebook (www.fb.com/GSHSClassof85) or contact class president Joey Cagle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Garner Optimist Club is hosting its 17th annual golf tournament on Sunday, October 4, at Reedy Creek Golf Course. Tee time is 1 p.m. Format is super ball/captain’s choice four-man teams. Entry fee is $65 per player/$260 per team. Profits will go to St. Baldrick’s Childhood Cancer Foundation. Lunch and dinner will be served. The tournament is limited to 32 teams. Contact: Paul Keene, 919-906-3206 or Bill Oates, 919-302-4648.
Reception with Garner artists
The Arts League of Garner invites the public to a reception featuring Garner artists, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 7, at Garner Senior Center, 205 East Garner Road.
The South Wake County VFW Post 10225 is hosting a pair of fundraisers to support construction of their new facility. There will be a crockpot dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 9. Cost is $8 per plate or $10 for all you can eat. On Oct. 23 Post members will host a barbecue plate sale from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. or until the food runs out. Cost is $8 per plate. The Post home is at 1706 W. Garner Road in Garner.
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 Road, 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.
Johnston County MS Support Group
The Johnston County MS Support Group meets at 11 a.m. on the third Tuesday 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 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.