Garner: Community

Community Notes: Dec. 22

A New Weigh of Life

A New Weigh of Life is a newly formed, biblically-based weight loss and wellness fellowship. Orientation is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, with classes beginning at the same time, Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Johnston Community College, 9046 Cleveland Road, Clayton. Seating is limited. For more information, call 919-749-9388 or email on or before Monday, Dec. 23, to reserve your seat.

Tree recycling

Wake County residents are invited to recycle their holiday trees with the Happy Trails Holiday Tree Recycling Program, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Jan. 19. Trees collected through designated Wake County Convenience Centers and select county parks will be chipped and used to mulch park trails.

Site #1 at 10505 Old Stage Road, Garner will accept trees. Trees must be undecorated to be accepted. For more information, call 919-856-7400 or visit

Blood drive

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at St. Mary’s Church, 1008 Vandora Springs Road, Garner. To schedule an appointment, call 919-772-6738. Walk-in donors are also accepted.

SAT/ACT preparation

The Public Library of Johnston County will host three free programs to help high school students prepare for the SAT and ACT college admissions tests. SAT challenge sessions will take place at 10 a.m. and noon Saturday, Jan. 25, while the ACT challenge will take place at 10 a.m. and noon Saturday, Feb. 22. A combination SAT/ACT practice test will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 5. The library is located at 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. For more information, call 919-934-8146.

Tree sale

Johnston Soil & Water Conservation District will hold its annual tree sale Wednesday, Feb. 14. Seedlings sold will include Loblolly Pine, Eastern Red Cedar, Crape Myrtle, Eastern Redbud, Black Walnut, and Willow Oak. For more information or to place an order, call 919-934-7156 ext. 3.

Events at Southeast Regional Library

Southeast Regional Library, 908 Seventh Ave., Garner, has an extensive list of activities for the whole family. Find a complete list of events at or call 919-662-2250.

Food pantry

A food pantry is open from 9 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of each month at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 1082 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The food is free to anyone presenting an ID card. For more information, call 919-934-0213.

Parenting workshops

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

•  Motheread 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. Participants practice skills to promote children’s academic, social and emotional skills.

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

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.

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.