Garner: Community

Holiday Notes: Nov. 17

Optimist tree lot opening early

The Garner Optimist Christmas tree lot will open Tuesday, Nov. 19. The lot’s hours will be 5-8 p.m. weeknights, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 1-8 p.m. Sundays. The lot is at 2110 Vandora Springs Road, Garner.

Hanging of the Green

A “Hanging of the Green” service will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Aversboro Road Baptist Church, 1600 Aversboro Road, Garner. Seasonal music will be provided, and questions about the meaning of Christmas and holiday traditions will be discussed. For more information, call 919-779-2811.

Johnston County Festival of Trees

The tenth annual Festival of Trees, presented by Keep Johnston County Beautiful, Inc., will open to the public at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Johnston Medical Mall on Brightleaf Boulevard. in Smithfield. The event will run until noon Saturday, Dec. 14. The festival is a display of 55 decorated live Christmas trees sponsored by various businesses in the county. Live performances for visitors by school and church choirs, soloists, and other music and dance groups are scheduled throughout the festival. Other attractions include a cookie baking contest at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, and a Christmas tree raffle valued at $1,000 set to take place Saturday, Dec. 14.

Craft and vendor show

Johnston County 4-H will host a Merry Market Craft and Direct Sales vendor show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Johnston County Agriculture Building, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Over 40 vendors with a wide variety of items will be there. There will also be pony rides, fresh Frasier fir wreaths, live demonstrations, hot soup and sandwiches in the Clover Cafe, photos with Santa, hourly door prizes, and custom bow making. All proceeds will benefit Johnston County 4-H. For more information, call 919-989-5380.

PTSA holiday fair

The Garner Magnet High School PTSA will have a holiday fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the high school, 2101 Spring Drive, Garner. Over 100 local crafters and vendors will be present at the fair. Pictures can be made with Santa Claus, and breakfast and lunch will be served by the Garner Marching Band and Mighty Trojan Club. For more information, call 919-779-9347.

Pancake breakfast

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life 50-210 Fire Department Team will host a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Andy’s Highway 55 Burgers & Shakes, 152 Bratton Drive, Garner. Members of the team will be selling tickets for $5 per plate, or tickets can be purchased at the door. Santa Claus will make a guest appearance from 8 to 10 a.m. For more information, visit