Garner: Community

Community Notes: Aug. 4

Baseball tryouts

The GBI 11U Express is holding open tryouts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7 and 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the GBI Baseball Complex on Main Street in Garner on Austin Baseball field. For information, visit and select the Express tab, 11U team, or contact Head Coach Billy Clinard, 919-625-8864 or email

National Night Out

The Brownstone Village subdivision will take part in the annual National Night Out activities 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the corner of Hiddenwood Court and Beckworth near Woodland Road in Garner.

There will be games and toys for children and food. The mayor and town council members have been invited as well as the local police department.

National Night Out is an annual crime and drug abuse prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. For information about this event visit

Theater in Garner

The summer youth theater camp run by the Towne Players of Garner finishes this year with a production of Disney’s “Mulan Jr.” 8 p.m. Aug. 8-10. There is also a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Aug. 10, at Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Road. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. For information, visit

Parenting workshops

The Partnership for Children of Johnston County is offering two programs for parents with young children.

•  “Motherread,” 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, where participants practice skills to promote children’s academic, social and emotional skills.

For information on times and location, call Erica Reid at 919-202-0002 ext. 258 or email

Library programs

Southeast Regional Library has an extensive list of activities for the family in August, including several programs highlighting American music and artwork. Bassoonist John Pedersen will perform at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29. Pedersen’s performance is part of the North Carolina Symphony’s Instrument Zoo series for young children. All programs are free. For more information, visit or call 919-662-2250.

Car seat safety checks

Trained staff members from Wake County Human Services will make safety checks on child car seats 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, in the parking lot at the Southeast Regional Library.

Class reunions

•  Garner Senior High School class of 1973 is holding its 40th year reunion 7:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. For information, email or write GSHS Class of 1973, PO Box 37983, Raleigh, NC 27627.

•  Garner Senior High School class of 1978 is holding its 35th year reunion 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at the Garner home football game vs. Cary at Trojan Stadium, and 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Aversboro Restaurant and Sports Bar in Garner. The charge is $15. Make checks payable to “GSHS class of 1978” and send to Kim Mundy Byars, 2603 Cravenridge Place, Garner, NC 27529. For information email, RSVP on the Garner Class of 1978 Facebook group page.

Boathouse opens

The Lake Benson boathouse is open for the season at 975 Buffaloe Road, Garner. Hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, and noon-7 p.m. Sundays. 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

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.


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 for more information.

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.