Farm transition conference
A farm transition conference for area farmers and landowners will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Registration is required by Feb. 26. For more information and to register, call 919-989-5380.
The 26th annual Wake County Senior Games is now accepting registrations. The games provide athletic and artistic competition for seniors ages 55 and over. The games include over 30 sporting events such as bowling, golf, tennis, swimming, basketball, pickle ball and track and field, as well as competition held in the visual, literacy, craft and performing arts. The Games will be held from the end of March through April at various locations in Wake County. Call 919-469-4081 or email Jody.Jameson@TownOfCary.org for more information. Registration closes March 7.
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Wal-Mart and the U.S. Postal Service will host a Shred-a-Thon from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the Walmart at 4500 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh. Participants may bring up to two boxes per vehicle of personal documents for on-site shredding. The event is designed to help prevent identity theft by making vulnerable documents inaccessible to thieves.
Relay for Life events
• The Johnston County Relay for Life team will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Smithfield Selma High, 700 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The meeting is open to everyone. For more information visit www.RelayForLife.org/JohnstonNC.
• Garner United Methodist Church will host a barbecue chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, at 201 Methodist Drive, Garner, to benefit the Relay for Life. Plates will be $8. Relay shirts will also be for sale for $15. For more information, visit www.GarnerUMC.org/Relay.
Dr. Elizabeth Perrill, consulting curator for African Art in the N.C. Museum of Art, will present a lecture on African ceramics at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 13, in Room B108 in the Fine Arts Building of Johnston Community College.
Author Tim Tyson and playwright Mike Wiley will present a performance of “Blood Done Sign My Name” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on the main campus of Johnston Community College. In “Blood Done Sign My Name,” Tim Tyson recounts the 1970 murder of Henry ‘Dickie’ Marrow in Oxford, N.C. and the events that followed. Wiley and Tyson will take part in a Q&A session following the performance. Tickets are available by calling the Box Office at 919-209-2099 or online at www.jccperformingarts.com. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for seniors, students, and military; and $17.50 at the door. All JCC students, faculty, and staff will receive free admission.
Barbecue plate sale
McCullers Ruritan Club will hold a barbecue plate sale from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 28, at 8116 Ten Ten Road, Raleigh. Eat-in or takeout. Tickets are $8.
Free tax preparation
The AARP Tax Aide program will assist taxpayers in electronically filing their federal and N.C. state tax returns from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Avery Street Annex, 201 Avery St., Garner. No appointments are necessary. Taxpayers and spouses, if filing jointly, must have picture IDs, and Social Security cards for themselves and all dependents. If married, both taxpayers must be present. For a refund to be credited to a checking account, they must have a blank check, not a deposit slip. Taxpayers will need records of all income and expenses.
Radon tests available
Wake County encourages residents to test their homes for radon. Radon is a natural gas that comes from the decay of uranium found in rocks, soil and building materials like concrete. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to radon is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year.
The N.C. Radon Program is providing 200 free test kits for the County to distribute. These kits are available at the Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway, Fuquay-Varina. Call 919-557-2501 for more information. Kits are also available for purchase at www.NCRadon.com.
Black History Month at GPAC
The Garner Performing Arts Center’s celebration of Black History Month will run through the month of Februrary at 742 W. Garner Road, Garner. Call 919-661-4602 for more information on any of these events.
• An exhibition about the history of the Negro Leagues will be on display throughout the month in the GPAC front lobby, and can be viewed Monday through Friday 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Pack 10 Cub Scouts will hold its annual Spring pancake dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Holland’s United Methodist Church, 9433 Ten Ten Road, Raleigh. All-you-can-eat pancakes will cost $5.
High school reunion
The Garner High School Class of 1964 will celebrate its 50-year class reunion May 30 and 31. Any class members who have not received information from the reunion committee should call 919-772-3654 or email email@example.com.
Paintings on display
The Africa Series, a series of paintings by Jane Lillian Vance, will be on display through the spring semester at the Frank Creech Art Gallery, 245 College Road, Smithfield. For more information, visit www.JohnstonCC.edu/PerformingArts.
Square dancing lessons
Square dancing lessons are held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Friday night at Saint Andrews United Methodist Church, 1201 Maxwell Drive, Raleigh. Casual dress, $20 per person per month. Call 919-266-0845 or visit www.GarnerSquareDance.org.
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 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12: Craft It will allow participants ages 16 and up to decorate a flowerpot in anticipation of spring.
6:30 p.m. Mar. 19: An online marketing seminar will teach participants how to reach customers with a message that stands out and creates action. Registration is requested.
3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16: Sighs and Sounds of Your Backyard will focus on birds, with Greg Bryant of Citizen Science engaging patrons in a discussion about local birds and their roles in the balance of nature.
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.