Garner: Community

Community Notes: Sept. 29

Garner’s Night Out

The public is invited to celebrate Garner’s Night Out, an event to kick off Crime Prevention Month, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Lake Benson Park, shelter 1. There will be food, fun, games and displays by the Garner Police Department, Garner Volunteer Fire-Rescue, Inc., and others, as well as an appearance of McGruff the Crime Dog. Members of local Homeowners Associations and Neighborhood Watch programs are eligible to enter a recipe contest with prizes for the winners. For more information, visit To register for the contest, contact Sgt. Chris Adams at 919-773-6072 or

Gene Watson on stage

Musician Gene Watson will return to the Garner Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Tickets are $28 for general seating, $33 for VIP. To purchase tickets, visit

Firemen’s Day

Garner’s annual Firemen’s Day will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 5 on Main Street in downtown Garner. The parade will start at 2 p.m., followed by a live burn demonstration at 3 p.m., and a performance by the band Honey at 4 p.m.. For more information, visit

Litter cleanup

Garner’s Fall 2013 Litter and Big Sweep will take place at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 5 at White Deer Park Nature Centure at 2400 Aversboro Rd. To advance register or for more information, call Jaclyn Rametta at 919-773-4421 or

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.

GPAC performance

Garner Performing Arts Center will present “The Teacher from the Black Lagoon and Other Storybooks” at 10 a.m. Oct. 7. Tickets are $7 each. To purchase tickets, visit For more information, contact Debbie Dunn at 919-661-4602 or at

Sponsors needed

The Heritage Quilt Show is seeking sponsors to purchase display stands. There are four levels of sponsorship, ranging from $50 to $500 or more. Tax-deductible donations and sponsors will be recognized on signage at the opening gala from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10. For more information, call 919-989-5380.

Breast cancer fundraiser

Barbells for Boobs will host a fundraiser for breast cancer victims from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 12 at CrossFit 4042 (431 Cleveland Crossing Dr. Garner, NC 27529 Unit 209). For more information, visit

Class reunion

The Garner Senior High School choral alumni will hold a reunion for all members between the years 1990-1999 from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Garner Civitan Club, 1005 Poole Drive, Garner. For more information or to register, visit the GSHS Choral Reunion page on Facebook or contact Kristy Hudson Foushee at

EKG technician courses

Johnston Community College will offer a training course for individuals interested in careers as EKG technicians Oct. 23 through Dec. 11. The 48-hour course teaches individuals to interpret cardiac heart rhythms and deliver safe, skillful patient care in hospital or clinical settings. For more information about EKG training at JCC, call (919) 464-2355.

Blood drive

A Red Cross Blood Drive is set for 3-7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at St. Mary's Church, 1008 Vandora Springs Road, Garner. Call Joyce Unger for appointments at 919-772-6738 or walk in at any time. A special drawing will be held for donors.

Flu clinics

Wake County will kick off weekly drop-in flu vaccination clinics from 3-7 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning Nov. 14 at the Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway, Fuquay-Varina. In additional to the weekly clinics, appointments can be scheduled. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 919-557-2501.

Southeast Regional Library events

The Southeast Regional Library will offer Resources for Resume Writing at 11 a.m. Oct. 23. The session, led by librarians, will include an overview of Learning Express Library’s resume course, Microsoft Word resume templates, and tips from the Goodwill Community Foundation’s Learning Foundation. The sessions are free; however, registration is requested.

The Choosing the Right College for You event will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Brooke Daly, founder of Advantage College Planning, returns to the Regional Libraries to lead the discussions. Sessions are free but registration is requested.

The October Craft It event will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 9. Participants are encouraged to bring a plain white coffee or tea mug and decorate it. The free program is for ages 16 and up. Registration requested.

Parents are invited to join librarians at 11 a.m. Oct. 25 for recommendations from librarians for books on keeping children healthy.

Participants are invited to explore their family history at 7 p.m. Oct. 29. Experts from the Raleigh and Apex Family History Centers and staff from the Olivia Raney Local History Library will demonstrate the variety of available resources for your genealogical research. The session is free, but registration is required.

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. For the months of September and October, hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 7 p.m. Fridays and 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.

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