Garner: Community

Community Notes: Jan. 28

JCC celebrates black history

Several events will be held at Johnston Community College in celebration of black history. The events will be held at the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on the main campus of Johnston Community College in Smithfield. For more details, contact Della McMillian at (919) 464-2282 or Doris Edwards at (919) 209-2539.

•  The Motown Show will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. Tickets are $10 to $15 depending on show time.

•  The Black Business Expo will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18.

•  The 2015 Gospel Fest will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22. This event is free.

Garner welcomes new groundhog

The Town of Garner will host its annual Groundhog Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at White Deer Park, 2400 Aversboro Road, Garner. This year’s attractions include a visit from CLAWS, Inc., an organization that rehabilitates animals and provides educational programs. The group will have live animals for families to see, touch and learn about. The new groundhog, Snerd, will give his prediction at noon. For details, email Outdoor Education and Parks Manager Katie Lockhart at kl

Valentine’s Dance

Able to Serve, Inc. will host a Community Valentine’s Dance for older teens and adults with special needs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at Holland’s United Methodist Church, 9433 Ten-Ten Road, Raleigh. Admission is free, and snacks will be provided. Brooks Bristow will DJ, Alossi Renewal Spa will do makeup, and Studio 121 will style hair. For details, call 919-779-5545.

Pancake dinner

Cub Scouts Pack 10 will host a pancake dinner fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Holland’s United Methodist Church, 9433 Ten-Ten Road, Raleigh. Dinners are $5 per adult and $3 per child younger than 12.

Reverse raffle

The Archer Lodge Community Center will host a reverse raffle Friday, Feb. 27, at 14009 Buffalo Road, Clayton. The grand prize will be $10,000. Tickets are $100 and come with two meals. For details, go to

Art reception

An artists’ reception for the African-American Women art exhibit will be on display from 2 to 4 p.m. through Feb. 28 in the front lobby of the Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Road. The exhibit showcases the art of LeGrant Taylor, Eric McRay, Shawn Etheridge, FRANCO, Jermaine Powell, Delvecchio Faison and Jaylan Rhea. For details, call 919-661-4602.

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

•  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24: Learn to set up your business accounting the right way the first time with Raleigh SCORE. Learn basic accounting principles, explore features of QuickBooks and discover how to record basic transactions.

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.

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.