Clayton and Garner town offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5.
The Lake Benson Boathouse will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 975 Buffaloe Road, Garner.
Johnston County Chorale
The Johnston County Chorale invites high school students and adults of all ages to join the group’s Christmas show. Auditions aren’t required. The performance will be on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Clayton Center.
Registration is 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays through Sept. 19, except for Sept. 5, at First Baptist Church, 202 S. Fourth St., Smithfield. Registration costs $40 for adults and $30 for students. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
A reception for the Frank Creech Art Gallery, Johnston County Arts Council and Johnston Community College’s exhibit “Remembering Frank” will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the gallery at Johnston Community College on College Road in Smithfield.
The exhibition of work donated by Creech’s family and friends will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 9.
The Frank Creech Art Gallery will host a reception for photographer Kyle Wilson from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Johnston Community College on College Road in Smithfield.
An exhibition of Wilson’s work will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 4.
Carnaval Latino, with music, food and arts and crafts, is 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, on the back lawn at the Garner Performing Arts Center, 125 Avery St.
For details, go to bit.ly/2bRMuLk.
Descendants of Amos “Babe” and Lenora “Nora” Wood Coats host the Coats Family Reunion and Old Fashioned Picnic at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Clemmons Educational State Forest on Old Highway 70.
If you plan to attend, bring any historical information, articles, pictures and other memoriabilia you have to display.
▪ Get tickets by Friday, Sept. 30, for the Garner Senior High School class of 1996’s 20th reunion.
The reunion will be 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at The Architect Bar and Social House, 108 E. Hargett St. The attire is dressy casual.
Tickets cost $50 each at bit.ly/2bTiuz0.
▪ Registration was due in August for the Garner Senior High School class of 1981’s 35th reunion.
The reunion will be 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Aversboro Restaurant and Sports Bar, 1411 Aversboro Road, Garner.
For updates, join the class’s group on Facebook at bit.ly/29RcRiP.
▪ The Garner High School class of 1967 is preparing for its 50th class reunion in 2017. Organizers are trying to reach everyone who started their freshman year at Garner High School in 1963. If you have not been contacted, call Gayle Hines at 919-772-2383.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.