Garner: Community

Community Notes: Aug. 28

Carnaval Latino

Celebrate diverse Latino cultures at Carnaval Latino from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, on the back lawn of the Garner Performing Arts Center, 125 Avery St., Garner. The event will offer traditional and contemporary experiences of Latino cultures through food, music, dance and art. For more information, call 919-773-4458.

Firemen’s Day

Firemen’s Day is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the 50/210 Community Volunteer Fire Department, 50 Greenleaf Road, Angier.

Plates of barbecue chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks will be sold. The event will also feature a bounce house, live entertainment by Amanda Daughtry and a firefighting simulation game. The Ladies Auxiliary will offer a baked goods sale and an auction at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call the fire station at 919-894-4763 or visit

Music Off Main

The downtown concert series, Music Off Main, will continue from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, on the back lawn of the Garner Performing Arts Center, 125 Avery St., Garner. MikeMickXer will play a blend of rockabilly, reggae, R&B and funk. Bring a chair or blanket. For more information, visit

‘The Avengers’

The film “The Avengers” will be screened during Friday Family Flick at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner. Bring food and beverages; snacks will be available for purchase. Families can camp at the site by registering at 919-661-6982 or Registration is not required to watch the movie.

Golf fundraiser

The Garner Optimist Club will host its 15th annual golf tournament at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Reedy Creek Golf Course, 585 Reedy Creek Road, Four Oaks. The entry fee is $65 per player and $260 per team. Proceeds will benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The entry deadline is Friday, Sept. 27. For more information, contact Paul Keene at 919-906-3206 or Bill Oates at 919-302-4648.

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.

Class reunions

Alumni meeting

Johnston County Alumni Chapter of N.C. Central University meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Johnston Piney Grove Baptist Church, 1691 Barber Mill Road, Clayton. Register by calling Margaret Barbee at 919-585-2934 or 215-840-6877.

Parenting workshops

Partnership for Children of Johnston County offers two programs for parents with young children.

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

Boathouse open

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

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 and workshops

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.