Johnston County Amateur Radio
The Johnston County Amateur Radio Emergency Service is looking for licensed amateur radio operators that are 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 South Third St., Smithfield. More information on ARES can be found at http://www.johnstoncountyares.com. Contact Michael Callam at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-934-9623.
Town of Garner volunteers
The Town of Garner is seeking volunteers to serve on the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee, the Planning Commission and the Veterans Advisory Committee. For more information or to request an application form, contact the town clerk’s office at 919-773-4406 or email email@example.com. Applications are also available at garnernc.gov under Forms.
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Lake Benson boathouse
The Lake Benson boathouse at 975 Buffaloe Road in Garner, has opened. Hours are: noon to 7 p.m. Fridays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 7 p.m. Sundays, from now through Oct. 29. Friday operations are suspended in July and August. Activities include: renting a jon boat or canoe, fishing, and kayaks are available for rental starting in April. There is free fishing from the boathouse dock when the boathouse is open.
First Friday family flicks
The first Friday Family Flicks event of the season is at 7:30 p.m. April 1, at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road. The free movie is named Home. Residents and nonresidents are welcome to camp overnight at the park on that evening. Register for camping at garnernc.gov or call parks staff at 919-661-6982. No registration is necessary for the movie. Additional Friday Family Flicks are scheduled for April 15, “Penguins of Madagascar” and May 27, “The Peanuts Movie”.
Relay for Life benefit
Kicking Cancer in the Commons begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Smithfield Town Commons, 200 Front St., Smithfield. There will be food, entertainment and vendors. The events benefits Relay for Life of Johnston County. Contact: www.relayforlife.org/johnstonnc.
Garner United Methodist Church and Garner Civitan Club will host a public blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. April 4, at 1005 Poole Drive, Garner. For appointments go to www.mysignup.com/garnercivitan or contact Floyd Wiggins at 919-772-3292.
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.
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 U.S. 70 W Clayton. The group is open to those dealing with MS and their families and is free of charge.
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.
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.
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