Garner: Community

Community Notes: April 6

Barbecue sales

• A barbecue sale will be held at noon Sunday, April 6, at First Presbyterian Church of Garner, 503 Lakeside Drive, Garner. Plates will be $8 for adults and $3 for children, and will include barbecue chicken (nuggets for children), corn on the cob, potatoes, green beans, a roll, dessert and a drink. Proceeds will go to the Relay for Life. Call 919-772-0727.

• A barbecue sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, at 1706 W. Garner Road, Garner. $8 per plate, dine in or take out. Proceeds will go to charities that support American veterans.

Spirit Night fundraiser

Heather Park Child Development Center will host a Spirit Night fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 7, at the White Oak Chick-fil-A, 220 Shenstone Lane, Garner. Email for more information.

Business expo

The Garner Chamber of Commerce will present its eighth annual Business and Consumer Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Garner United Methodist Church, 201 Methodist Drive. The expo will be a showcase providing local businesses with a full day dedicated to promoting their brands. Call 919-772-6440 for more information.

Democratic Women

The Democratic Women of Johnston County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the fellowship hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 S. Second St., Smithfield. There will be a discussion of current issues facing the state. followed by a discussion of ways to advocate positive change. All Democrats are welcome to attend.

Spring Eggstravaganza

The Town of Garner’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department will host its annual Spring Eggstravaganza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner. The festival will also feature entertainment, games and crafts, food vendors and a visit by the Easter Bunny. The rain date is Saturday, April 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. Visit for more information.

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.

Chairs of Hope

Chairs of Hope will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Vandora Springs Elementary, 1300 Vandora Springs Road, Garner. The event is an art-based community outreach to benefit the Relay for Life of Garner and the American Cancer Society. Over 40 hand-painted chairs created by the 5th grade art club, school staff and other community individuals will be auctioned. Call 919-662-2484 for more information.

Scramble for the Arts

The Johnston County Arts Council will host its 8th annual Scramble for the Arts golf tournament at 11:45 a.m. Friday, April 25, at the Johnston Country Club, 694 Country Club Road, Smithfield. The entry fee is $60 per player and includes greens fees, cart, practice balls, a 50/50 drawing ticket, door prize ticket, putting contest, hospitality bag and a meal during the award ceremony at the end of the tournament. The event raises funds for various programs of the Johnston County Arts Council. Call 919-938-0306 or email for more information.

Crawfish festival

The inaugural Crawfish Festival will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Aversboro Restaurant and Sports Bar, 1411 Aversboro Road, Garner. Proceeds from the festival will go to charities such as the N.C. Food Bank, ARC of Wake County, Pediatric Cancer, Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Donations will be accepted at the event and sponsors are currently being sought. Call 919-812-1968 for more information.

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

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.