Garner: Community

Community Notes: Aug. 20

Barbecue fundraiser

Boy Scout Troop 391 in Garner will hold its annual barbecue fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Garner United Methodist Church, 201 Methodist Drive, Garner. Barbecue chicken or combination plates with baked beans and slaw will be served. Lunch plates will be available for delivery with purchase of 10 or more. Call 919-210-5879 to order. Plates are $8 each.

Flapjack fundraisers

•  Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School’s choral department will host a Flapjack Fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Applebee’s at 3625 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Tickets are $7 each. Proceeds will be donated to the students’ fair share accounts. 18 Karat will perform at the event. Get tickets at the door or call Devin Hocutt at 919-856-2865.

•  Serve the Need of Johnston County will hold a Flapjack Fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Applebee’s at 5158 N.C. 42 West, Garner. All proceeds will benefit Serve the Need of Johnston County in its effort to provide unmet needs of less fortunate citizens across Johnston County. Tickets are $7 at the door, and can be ordered by calling 919-632-4376.

Cub Scout events

Cub Scout Pack 392 will hold events open to rising first through fifth grade boys, free of charge. RSVP for any of these events at or call 919-669-1356.


Rain Gutter Regatta:

7 p.m. Tuesday, August 26, at First Presbyterian Church, 503 Lakeside Drive, Garner.

Cans for a Cure

Vandora Springs Elementary will host the Cans for a Cure aluminum can recycling project throughout the summer months at 1300 Vandora Springs Road, Garner. Everyone is invited to recycle aluminum cans at the school in the blue recycling dumpster. All proceeds will benefit the Relay for Life of Garner. For more information email

Test Prep

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield will hold four free programs to help high school students prepare for the SAT and ACT college admissions tests, and write their application essay. The library is located at 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. Call 919-934-8146, option 3, or stop by the reference desk to sign up for any event.


10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6:

The library will partner with Kaplan Test Prep to offer a “How to Write a College Application Essay” seminar.


Saturday, Sept. 20:

an SAT Challenge test will be held at 10 a.m., and an ACT Challenge test will be held at noon. The 10-question challenges are designed to help students get ready with sample test questions, test timing and pacing and score raising strategies.


9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25:

The combination SAT/ACT practice test will begin at 9:30 a.m. Students must arrive by 9 a.m. The test will help students get a feel for the questions and experience exam-like conditions.

Blood drive

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at St. Mary’s Church, 1008 Vandora Springs Road, Garner. Call 919-773-0867 for an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

National Recovery Month

Johnston County Mental Health Center will host a celebration of National Recovery Month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at First Missionary Baptist Church, 403 Caswell St., Smithfield. There is no admission fee and the celebration will feature games, health screenings, music, mascots, speakers, vendors and food. Call 919-989-5514 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 return.

Square dancing lessons

Square dancing lessons are held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Friday night at Saint Andrews United Methodist Church, 1201 Maxwell Drive, Raleigh. Casual dress, $20 per person per month. Call 919-266-0845 or visit

Events at Southeast Regional Library

Southeast Regional Library, 908 Seventh Ave., Garner, has an extensive list of activities for the whole family. Find a complete list of events at or call 919-662-2250.


10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21:

Take a SAT/ACT preparation test with Kaplan Test Prep. Get a feel for the questions and experience exam-like conditions before taking the real test.

Food pantry

A food pantry is open from 9 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of each month at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 1082 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The food is free to anyone presenting an ID card. For more information, call 919-934-0213.

Parenting workshops

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

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.

Overeaters Anonymous

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.