Garner: Community

Community Notes

Technology cleaning

Wingswept will hold its fifth annual Technology Spring Clean from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in the parking lot at 605 Poole Drive, Garner. Drop off electronic items such as computers, CPUs, hard drives, printers, copiers and scanners to be recycled for free. All hard drives will be securely shredded before recycling. For more information, visit

Horses for Hope

An open house is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Horses for Hope, 2909 Banks Road, Raleigh. The free event will include a horse competition, riding demonstrations, trail rides and raffles. For more information, call Gwen Roberts at 919-665-0885 or visit

Women voters to meet

The Wake County League of Women Voters will meet at noon Friday, April 26, at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Keith Sutton, chairman of the Wake County Board of Education, will talk about issues facing Wake County public schools. For more information, call the League at 919-783-5995 or visit

Aviation camps

Middle and high school students can learn about aviation and aviation-related job opportunities at Aviation Career Education academies in Raleigh. A camp for students in grades 7-9 will run July 15-19, and a camp for students in grades 10-12 will be held June 17-21. Both will be at Leesville Road High School, 8409 Leesville Road. Students will learn about the theory of flight, aviation history, aircraft maintenance and aviation principles. Attendees will also take field trips, fly radio-controlled aircraft and have the opportunity to fly in a plane. The cost is $150 per student. The registration deadline is Friday, May 10. For more information, contact Mike Kelley at

Senior Democrats

John Maron, director of investor education for the N.C. Securities Division, will speak when Wake County Senior Democrats meet Wednesday, April 17, at the Crabtree Marriott hotel, 4500 Marriott Drive, Raleigh. Lunch will begin at 11 a.m. The program will follow. For more information, call 919-510-7915.

Book sale in Raleigh

Wake County public libraries will hold their annual Booksale and Festival of Reading May 9-12 in the Jim Graham Building on the N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. The book sale will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Saturday will also feature family-friendly activities and entertainment. Book prices range from $2 to $5, with cash, checks and credit cards accepted. For more information, visit

Identity protection

The Better Business Bureau has scheduled “Secure Your ID Day” from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in the parking lot of Coastal Federal Credit Union, 1000 St. Albans Drive, Raleigh. The event will include document shredding, collection of computers and hard-drives for secure destruction, electronics recycling and identity protection tips. Contact

Relay fundraisers

The following fundraisers will benefit the Garner Relay for Life:

Vandora Springs Elementary – The Chairs of Hope auction is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Vandora Springs Elementary School, 1300 Vandora Springs Road, Garner. The auction will feature wooden chairs painted by Vandora Springs students and faculty. Also, the school will accept aluminum cans for “Cans for a Cure” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20, at the same location. For more information, call 919-662-5626.

Barbecued chicken – Plates of barbecued chicken will be on sale from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at First Presbyterian Church of Garner, 503 Lakeside Drive, Garner. The plates will include barbecued chicken, potatoes, green beans, corn on the cob, rolls, dessert and a drink. Adults pay $8 per plate; children 12 and under pay $3. Call 919-772-0727.

Chili’s fundraiser – From 11 a.m to 1 p.m. April 22, bring a Relay for Life fundraiser flyer into Chili’s and 10 percent of the sales will go to the Relay for Life. Chili’s is located at 115 Carillon Drive, Garner. For more information, call 919-771-1700.

Moe’s fundraiser – Southern Trace Friends will hold a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Moe’s Southwest Grill, 168 Shenstone Blvd., Garner. Place a meal receipt in the box at the register and 20 percent of the tab will go to the Relay for Life. For more information, call 919-779-0311.

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. Bouquets can be upgraded for $5. 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.

Go Red for Women

The sixth annual Triangle Go Red for Women luncheon is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the Marriott City Center, 500 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. The event will feature health education and seminars on women and heart disease. The cost is $100. Proceeds will benefit female-focused cardiovascular disease research and education. For more information, or to register, call 919-463-8388 or visit

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. 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 – 9-11 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.

Blood drives

The American Red Cross has scheduled blood drives for the following locations:

Southeast Regional Library – 3-7:30 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 – 3-7:30 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.

Lake Benson boathouse opens

The Lake Benson boathouse has opened for the season at 975 Buffaloe Road, Garner. Hours are noon-7 p.m. Fridays, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and noon- 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.

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

Summer camps

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.

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