Garner: Community

Community Notes: March 19

Relay for Life events

• 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

• Team James first annual Relay Craft and Vendor fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Heather Hills Clubhouse, 901 Claymore Drive, Garner. Vendors and crafters will be present, and a raffle will be held.

Career and college expo

A career and college expo will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 17, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on JCC main campus in Smithfield. Presentations are scheduled for 6 and 7 p.m. and information booths will be set up for the Johnston County Schools Career and College Promise program. For more information, visit

Democratic Women meet

The Democratic Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in the fellowship hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 S. Second St., Smithfield. Amanda Underwood, a blogger and technical support specialist for PoliticsNC, will speak.

BET stars at GPAC

BET stars Shang Forbes and Aaliyah Ford will be at the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium for a comedy performance at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, at 269 College Road, Smithfield. Tickets are $8 and are available at 919-209-2099 or online at Tickets are $8. All Johnston Community College students, faculty, and staff will receive one free ticket. This PG-13 performance is sponsored by the JCC Student Government Association.

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.

Jazz and brunch

Serve the Need of Johnston County (STN) and the Johnston County Alumni Chapter of N.C. Central University will co-host a Jazz Brunch fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the American Legion Post 71 at 1300 Old U.S. 70 West, Clayton. The event will feature the NCCU Jazz Ensemble performing. Tickets are $25 and can be obtained by calling 919-585-2934.

Pancake breakfast

The Cleveland Jetsetters of Cleveland High will host a Flapjack Fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Applebees at 5158 N.C. 42, Garner. The cost is $7 per person. Call 919-934-2455 or email for tickets.

Free dental work

Kevin B. Koebley, D.D.D., P.A. in Smithfield is offering free dental work to a deserving citizen. The practice invites short essays naming someone who needs dental work, to be submitted by Tuesday, April 1. Essays should be mailed to Kevin B. Koebley at Dental Makeover, 710 Wilkins St., Smithfield. For more information, call 919-934-4664.

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.

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

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

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

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.

6:30 p.m. March 19: An online marketing seminar will teach participants how to reach customers with a message that stands out and creates action. Registration is requested.

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.