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. 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 www.WakeGov.com/Recycling.
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.
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.
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 www.wakegov.com/libraries or call 919-662-2250.
7 p.m. Jan. 8: Craft It! will allow anyone ages 16 and over to make photo magnets. Participants are invited to bring their own photos; all other materials will be provided. Registration is required.
6:30 p.m. Jan. 9: SAT vs. ACT: Which Test Should You Take? is a seminar hosted by Kaplan Test Prep. The sessions are an hour long. Registration is requested.
2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 13: Books to Lift Your Mood is a drop-in session for mood-enhancing books to lift your spirits.
6:30 p.m. Jan. 14: Financial Management: Cash Flow & Taxes for Small Businesses will teach participants how to meet their financial obligations, provide an income, minimize taxes, and more. Registration is requested.
7 p.m. Jan. 15: What the Dickens? Literary Trivia will allow participants to demonstrate their knowledge of books, authors, and more. Root beer and pretzels will be served for snacks. Registration is requested.
6:30 p.m. Jan. 16: What the Pros Know: Writing Children’s Books will teach participants about the success and challenge of writing books for young audiences. Registration is requested.
2 p.m. Jan. 17: Book Bites will feature debut fiction from the past several years. Attendees are invited to share books of any type. Registration is requested.
2 p.m. Jan. 19: African-American authors Sharon Ewell Foster, Deborah Fletcher Mello, Lecilia Turnage, Lisa Watson (E), Jason Mott, (SE) and Cheris Hodges will be at the library to share their work, writing styles and characters.
3 p.m. Jan. 24: The Triangle Folk Ensemble will perform at the library.
2 p.m. Jan. 26: Meet the Artisan: The Art of Woodworking will allow attendees to see the N.C. Woodcarving Association demonstrating their craft.
6:30 p.m. Jan. 28: Smarter Social Security Planning will teach participants how to maximize benefits received from Social Security. Registration is required.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.