Garner: Community

Community Notes: July 17

Dog wash fundraiser

A dog wash to benefit the Johnston County Animal Protection League is set for 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital, 1417 S. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The cost ranges from $7 to $20, based on the number of additional services each dog owner requests. Bring your dog’s proof of the rabies vaccination.

Library programs

Southeast Regional Library has an extensive list of activities for the whole family in July. Librarians are available to help individuals find the right book, lead group book discussions with teens and suggest new avenues for reading and enjoying books. The library has scheduled several programs highlighting American music and artwork in July. All programs are free. For more information, visit or call 919-662-2250.

‘Wake is great’ contest

Wake County is hosting the “Wake is Great” Instagram contest through Sunday, July 21. Wake County residents and visitors are invited to follow Wake County on Instagram and upload photos that they believe best portray how Wake is great. Tag the images with the hashtag #wakeisgreat. Selected photos will be featured on and in the 2013 Wake County Annual Report. For contest rules, visit

Public shredding

The Johnston County Register of Deeds office, is organizing a public shredding event 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 20, in the Edwards IGA parking lot, 721 N. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield. For information, call 919-989-5160. The public can shred old files, receipts, credit card offers, bank statements, returned checks and any other sensitive information that they want to discard.

Car seat safety checks

Trained staff members from Wake County Human Services will make safety checks on child car seats from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Aug. 29, in the parking lot at the Southeast Regional Library.

Boathouse opens

The Lake Benson boathouse has opened for the season at 975 Buffaloe Road, Garner. Hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, and noon- 7 p.m. Sundays. It will be closed on Fridays in July and August. Boat rentals start at $4 an hour. No private boats are allowed. Free fishing is available from the dock. Call Stephanie Shaffer at 919-661-6892 or visit

Summer camps

Design a video game or create a website. Learn what it’s like to run a business. Wake Tech Community College will offer summer camps for middle- and high-school students. Topics include engineering, youth entrepreneurship, video game design, robotics, drama, photo editing, biotechnology and website creation. Visit or call 919-866-5820.

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.

JCC classes

•  Johnston Community College will offer several new summer courses including: Beginner’s Guide to Computers, Keyboarding, Microsoft Excel 2010 for Beginners and MS PowerPoint 2010. JCC is also offering an Office Applications Certificate course and a Human Services Certificate. To register go to

or call Brenda Harris at 919-209-2522.

•  Johnston Community College will offer a manicurist class 5-9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, July 29-Dec. 12, in the Wilson Building, Room C2019, on the main campus in Smithfield. Registration is $180. To register, call Jennifer Wells at 919- 209-2107.


• Johnston Community College’s Corporate Solutions is offering several training workshops this summer for business and industry professionals. Call Shelley Gardner at 919-209-2591 or email

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.

Clayton Youth Theater

Clayton Youth Theater will perform “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 7:30 p.m. July 26-27 and Aug. 1-3 at the Clayton Center. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, the Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life. For tickets or more information, call 919-553-1737 or visit