Garner: Community

Community Notes

Democratic Men to meet Monday

The Wake Democratic Men’s Club will meet Monday, April 8, at the Clarion Hotel, 320 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Randy Voller

, chairman of the N.C. Democratic Party, will speak about the opportunities and challenges facing North Carolina and the Democratic Party. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. The program will follow at 7. For more information, or to RSVP, email

Lions Club sale

The Garner Lions Club will sell brooms from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Garner Lions Club Building, 305 Main St., Garner. The brooms start at $6 and were handmade by visually impaired employees of Industries of the Blind in Greensboro. Also on April 20, the Lions Club will sell gift certificates to Autobell Full Service Car Wash for $14.95. Proceeds will benefit the Humanitarian/White Cane Drive to help visually-impaired citizens of Garner. For more information, call 919-906-4737.

‘Imogene’s Last Stand’

The Raleigh Little Theatre will present “Imogene’s Last Stand” at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Southeast Regional Library, 908 Seventh Ave., Garner. Admission is free for school-age children. For more information, call 919-662-2250.

Document shredding in Garner

A professional paper-shredding company will be on site from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2100 Buffaloe Road, Garner. The church will accept donations for the service, with proceeds going to its ministries. For more information, call 919-772-9044 or 919-662-5493.

World Book Night

Wake County libraries will take part in National World Book Night on Tuesday, April 23. Librarians will distribute free, popular titles through restaurants, coffee shops and community gathering places. Among the titles to be distributed are “Good Omens” by Neil Gaiman and “Montana Sky” by Nora Roberts. For more information about local distribution, email Katrina Vernon at

Teen Poetry Contest

Wake County libraries’ annual Teen Poetry Contest will run through April 30. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to submit as many as three original poems. A winner will be chosen in each of four categories: sixth grade, seventh-eighth grade, ninth-10th grade and 11th-12th grade. Winners will be announced in early May, when they will be honored with a reception and a trophy. For online submissions and entry guidelines, go to For more information, call Judy Packer 919-387-4311.

Wake County parks

Wake County parks will offer the following programs this month:

Star Party – 9 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. View the night sky through binoculars. Bring a blanket or chair. The fee is $5 per family or $3 per person. Registration is required two days in advance. To register, call 919-387-4342.

Night Ride at American Tobacco Trail – 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the American Tobacco Trail, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, New Hill. Participants must wear appropriate gear and bring a bike, light and helmet. The fee is $5 per family or $3 per person. Registration is required two days in advance. To register, call 919-387-4342.

Songbird Celebration – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Blue Jay Point County Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh. Celebrate the arrival of migratory songbirds at a free festival. For more information, go to or call 919-870-4330.

Family Fishing Fun – 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. Learn to fish the old-fashioned way. Cane poles, tackle and bait will be provided. The program is for children 5 and older, with an accompanying adult. The fee is $5 per family or $3 per person. Registration is required. To register, call 919-856-6675.

Blood drives

Blood drives are scheduled for the following locations:

Southeast Regional Library – 3 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at 908 Seventh Ave., Garner. To sign up, visit and enter sponsor code “Wake Library.”

St. Mary Mother of the Church – 3 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at 1008 Vandora Springs Road, Garner. Walk-ins are welcome, but for an appointment, call Joyce Unger at 919-772-6738.

Relay fundraisers

The following fundraisers will benefit the Garner Relay for Life:

Painting Wake Baptist Grove Purple – On Sunday, April 21, participants can purchase pew bows in honor of loved ones at Wake Baptist Grove Church, 302 E. Main St., Garner. Pew bows cost $3. For more information, or to order pew bows, call Nakisha H. Allen at 919-624-8178 or Annette Lloyd at 919-441-6385.

Flowers for a Year – Relay team Southern Trace Friends is selling flowers. The cost is $20 and includes 12 bouquets, one per month. The flowers are from Cleveland Flowers and Gifts. The bouquets are pick-up only. For more information, or to place an order, call 919-567-0874 or email

Krispy Kreme Partnership Cards – Purchase 10 boxes of donuts and get 10 dozen donut boxes free. This fundraiser costs $12. For more information, or to order, call 919-772-0515.

Celebrating Home Fundraiser – Team 4 Nita is selling candles, candle accessories and other gifts. To view the selection, visit . For more information, or to place an order, call Jennifer Brymer at 919-559-7801 or Dee Chavis at 919-521-6780.

Benefit barbecue

American Legion Riders Post 232 will sell barbecue plates from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10225, 1706 W. Garner Road, Garner. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Home of North Carolina. Plates are $7, and delivery is available within 10 miles. For more information, call 919-291-2129.

Autism support for grandparents

A meeting for grandparents of children with autism is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in Suite 230 of the Autism Society of North Carolina office, 505 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. For more information, email

Lake Benson boathouse opens

The Lake Benson boathouse has opened for the season at 975 Buffaloe Road, Garner. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Fridays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 7 p.m. Sundays. It will be closed on Fridays in July and August. Boat rentals start at $4 an hour. No private boats are allowed. Free fishing is available from the dock. Call Stephanie Shaffer at 919-661-6892 or visit

Spring Big Sweep

Join volunteers in cleaning Lake Benson’s shoreline and the streets of Garner from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20. Volunteers should meet at the White Deer Park Nature Center, 2400 Aversboro Road, Garner. They will receive breakfast and a T-shirt or tote bag. Registration is required. To clean the Lake Benson watershed, call Stephanie Shaffer at 919-661-6892 or email To clean Garner’s streets, call Jaclyn Rametta at 919-773-4421 or email

Overeaters Anonymous

A new Overeaters Anonymous support group is meeting at First Presbyterian Church of Garner at the corner of Lakeside Drive and N.C. 50. Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Park in the rear of the church and look for the OA signs. For more information, call Sherylyn at 919-779-6392 or Regina at 919-614-3425.

Bridal expo

A Budget Savvy Bridal Expo is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Barwell Road Community Center, 3935 Barwell Road, Raleigh. Register at the website for free admission. Admission at the door is $5. To register, visit or call 919-521-2996.

Run for Our Heroes

The Run for Our Heroes 5k Run/Walk is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, on Nash Square in the 200 block of West Hargett Street in Raleigh. The annual event honors the eight Raleigh police officers who have died in the line of duty. A post-race social will be held at Napper Tandy’s, with free food for all race participants. The early-registration cost is $25. After April 9, it rises to $30. Proceeds will benefit the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation. For more information, visit

PurpleStride 5K Race

The third annual PurpleStride 5K Walk/Race will take place Saturday, April 20, on the Centennial Campus at N.C. State University, 1017 Main Campus Drive, Raleigh. Walk or run a 5K course while enjoying music, snacks, kids’ activities and an awards ceremony, while raising awareness of pancreatic cancer. Adult tickets start at $30, and youth tickets start at $15. Register online and at the event. Visit

Financial workshop

A financial workshop for couples will begin April 8 at the Wake County Cooperative Extension Service, 4001 Carya Drive, Raleigh. The workshop will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays through April 29. The cost is $25. For more information, or to register, call Robin Landsman 919.295.4071 or email

Summer camps

Design a video game or create a website. Learn what it’s like to run a business.

Wake Tech Community College will offer summer camps for middle and high school students. Topics include engineering, youth entrepreneurship, video-game design, robotics, drama, photo editing, biotechnology and website creation. Visit or call 919-866-5820.

Culinary showcase

Wake Tech Community College will hold its 2013 Culinary Arts Showcase from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. The afternoon will feature a live cake challenge, tastings by local restaurants, activities for kids, food demonstrations, an ice-carving exhibition, a silent auction and a cash bar with beer and wine. Visit

Caregiver support

A support group for family caregivers meets twice a month in two Johnston County locations. In Smithfield, meetings are from 1:30 to 3 p.m. every third Thursday at Johnston County Community & Senior Services, 1363 W. Market St. In Clayton, meetings are from 6 to 8 p.m. every fourth Thursday at the Clayton Senior Center, 303 Dairy Road. This program helps caregivers through support, resources and educational programs. Call 919-934-6066, Ext. 231.

Dog obedience training

A dog-obedience class will begin April 11 at Clayton Dog Park, 2027 Glen Laurel Road, Clayton. The class will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays for six weeks. Dogs must be at least 6 months old and fixed. Owners must provide veterinary records. The cost is $150. For information, or to register, call Shane Gentry at 919-427-4775 or email

Need volunteers?

A workshop titled “Building your Volunteer Base: The 4 R’s” is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The workshop is nonprofits and businesses that depend on volunteers. The cost is $10. For more information, call Jayne McBurney at the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service at 919-989-5380 or email Sherry Harris at

Walk for Health

The third annual Walk for Health is scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, on the Buffalo Creek Greenway at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. This is a noncompetitive, free event to promote physical activity. Strollers and pets are welcome. The first 100 walkers to register will receive a resistance band, water bottle or pedometer. To register, call the Johnston County Public Health Department at 919-989-5200.