Garner: Community

Community Notes: April 16

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.

Book talk

Dr. Wanda Robinson Lee will host a talk and book signing for her “God’s Voice Choices That Led My Journey” from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the Doonie E. and Linda V. Lassiter N.C. Archives and Local History Room at the Learning Resources Center on the main campus of Johnston Community college.

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.

5K run

Garner Magnet High’s PTSA will sponsor the second annual March of the Mighty Trojans 5K run Saturday, May 3, at 2101 Spring Drive, Garner. Visit or call 919-779-9347.

Family Fun Day

The Child Collaborative in partnership with Johnston County Mental Health will host a Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives Family Fun Day from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Johnston Medical Mall on North Bright Leaf Boulevard. May is Mental Health Awareness month. This free event will include children’s games and activities, an art contest, variety of vendors and free food. Information about the art contest can be found at

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.

Free HRD class

A fee-waived HRD class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 20-29, at Johnston Community College’s main campus in Smithfield. The 16-hour class will be free for those who are unemployed or underemployed; otherwise it is $70. The class will focus on general job requirements, necessary skills and responsibilities of the personal and home care professional, as well as a layman’s CPR class. Email or call 919-209-2042 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.