Operation Medicine Drop
The Garner Police Department will hold its Operation Medicine Drop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in the Council Chambers, in Building B of Town Hall at 900 7th Ave., Garner. The event provides a safe and secure way for people to get rid of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. For more information call 919-773-6072.
Vets to Vets United Inc. will host a Flapjack Fundraiser at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Applebee's located at 1165 U.S. 70, Garner. All proceeds raised will be used to provide training service dogs for disabled veterans free of charge. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 919-278-7620.
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Volunteers are needed to help clean the streets of Garner and the watershed area and shore of Lake Benson from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Registration will take place in the Nature Center at White Deer Park, 2400 Aversboro Road, Garner. To clean Garner’s streets, call Jaclyn Rametta at 919-773-4421. To clean up Lake Benson, call 919-661-6892.
Descendants of Amos “Babe” and Lenora “Nora” Wood Coats will have a family reunion and old fashioned picnic at 12:30 p.m. Sunday September 28, at Clemmons Educational State Forest at 2411 Old U.S. 70, Clayton.
Anyone with historical information, articles, pictures or other memorabilia are encouraged to bring them for display.
The SPCA of Wake County will hold its 19th annual Fur Ball Sunday, Oct. 4, at the State Club, 2450 Alumni Drive, Suite 114, Raleigh. The evening will include a live and a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, music and more. Tickets are available for $125 per person at spcawake.org/furball.
The Garner Optimist Club will host its 16th annual golf tournament at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at Reedy Creek Golf Course, 585 Reedy Creek Drive, Four Oaks. The entry fee is $65 per player, or $260 per team. Proceeds will to go St. Baldrick’s Childhood Cancer Foundation. Lunch and dinner will be served. Call Paul Keene at 919-906-3206 to register.
Driftwood/Fellowship ECA Club will hold an indoor yard sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Panther Branch Community Building, 10900 Ten Ten Road, Raleigh. Old clothes, scrap fabric for quilts and miscellaneous household items will be on sale.
Early bird tickets are available through Oct. 15 for the fifth annual Broadway Voices series. The series will go live at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 with a performance from David Burnham at the Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Road, Garner. Capathia Jenkins will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, and Alli Mauzey will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015. Tickets are $35 for an individual show, $75 for a season ticket, or $65 for early bird tickets. Purchase tickets by phone from 1 to 5 p.m. at 919-661-4602, or online at garnerperformingartscenter.com.
Dog Day 5K
The inaugural Dog Day 5K will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner. There will be a competitive 5K run, a competitive 5K run with dog, a recreational 5K run or walk (with or without dog) and a Fun Run for children. Registration fees are $25 before Oct. 1 and $30 thereafter. Register at GoldenRescueNC.org/events.
The next CIT training academy is scheduled for Oct. 20-24. CIT is a training and response program designed for law enforcement and other first responders who handle crisis calls involving people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and alcohol and substance use disorders.
CIT training provides an “on-the-job-tool” that can be used by law enforcement personnel and other first responders to recognize mental health issues and crises and to assist in directing individuals with mental illness to the appropriate health care systems and reduce their involvement in the criminal justice system. For more information about CIT, call Charlene Meyers at the Johnston County Mental Health Center at 919-989-5575.
Virginia fine arts museum
The Johnston Community College Fine Art Department will host a trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20. Seat reservations are $15. Visit JohnstonCC.edu for tickets and more information.
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.
•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.
Al-Anon meets from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday nights at Showers of Blessing Community Church, 10 Technology Drive, Garner. Al-Anon is a support group for friends and family of those struggling with substance addiction.
Garner Senior Golfers
Men and women 55 years and older are invited to join Garner Senior Golfers each Tuesday morning at local golf courses for a round of golf and fellowship. Call Jerry Hargis at 919-772-7904 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.