Garner: Community

Community Notes

Flapjack fundraiser

A pancake breakfast is scheduled 8-10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at Applebee’s, 1165 U.S. 70 West, Garner. The cost is $7, with proceeds going to American Legion Post 232 in Garner. For more information, call 919-661-9505.

Library programs

Southeast Regional Library in Garner has scheduled the following programs. The library is at 908 Seventh Ave.

A discussion of the mystery genre is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, May 24. The program, with snacks provided, is for adults, who are encouraged to bring a copy of their favorite mysteries for recommendation. For more information, visit or call 919-662-2250.

Local mystery authors will discuss their works and the mystery genre at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16. Blogger Molly Weston will host a panel discussion with authors Lucy Burdette, Hallie Ephron and Jennifer McMahon. A question-and-answer session will follow. To register, call 919-662-2250.

Librarians will help readers discover new nonfiction titles at 2:30 p.m. May 18 and new videos, including documentaries, at 3 p.m. May 13. To register, call 919-662-2250.

The Afro-Caribbean Association will demonstrate and display musical instruments at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 7. To register, call 919-662-2250.

The Raleigh Little Theater will hold an open rehearsal of “Once on This Island” at noon Saturday, May 4. To register, call 919-662-2250.

A program on how to work with the Garner Chamber of Commerce on events, resources and services is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30. To register, call 919-662-2250.

A discussion of Helen Fielding’s “Bridget Jones’ Diary” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7. A discussion of Laurent Dubois’ “Haiti: the Aftershocks of History” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 20. To register, call 919-662-2250.

The library will offer two workshops in workplace skills. A program on workplace communication is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. A program on keyboarding techniques, resume writing and job applications is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22. To register, call 919-662-2250.

Learn to create a felt brooch or pin during a “Craft It!” program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8. To register, call 919-662-2250.

Librarians will demonstrate how to use the hobbies and crafts database, with a focus on gardening, at 2 p.m. Friday, May 17. For more information, call 919-662-2250.

Wake County Emergency Management Services will demonstrate proper first aid techniques at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. To register, call 919-662-2250.

A program on retirement options is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1. Fred and Erick Barone of the New York Life Insurance Co. will talk about life insurance, 401K and IRA plans and other savings options. An attorney will be available to answer legal questions. To register, call 919-662-2250.

Relay fundraisers

The following fundraisers will benefit the Garner Relay for Life:

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 – For $12, buy a card that will allow you to purchase 10 boxes of donuts and get 10 boxes free (you can buy the boxes one at a time). 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.

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

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. For more information, call Sherylyn at 919-779-6392 or Regina at 919-614-3425.

Horses for Hope

An open house is scheduled 10 a.m.-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

Book sale in Raleigh

Wake County public libraries will hold their annual Book sale 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 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-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

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

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 p.m. 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

Gardening class

A gardening class will begin May 1, at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays for 10 weeks. The cost is $20 for materials. For more information, or to register, call the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service at 919-553-1550.

Candlelight vigil

A candlelight vigil in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, at Mt. Vernon Christian Church, 301 N. Lombard St., Clayton.

Arboretum programs

The Johnston Community College Arboretum has scheduled the following tours:

Elodie Farms – 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at 9522 Hampton Road, Rougemont. Learn about agri-tourism and farm animals. Farm-fresh cheeses and produce will be available for purchase.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens – 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at 1800 Lakeside Ave., Henrico, Va.

Cape Fear Botanical Gardens – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at 536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville. Explore more 2,000 varieties of ornamental plants and visit several historic buildings.

For more information, call 919-209-2052.

Veterans fundraiser

A luncheon to benefit veterans is scheduled from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, April 29, at Clayton Steakhouse, 307 E. Main St. Tickets are $10 and available at Medlin Office Supply, Edward Jones and Clayton Steakhouse, or call 919-553-4676. Proceeds will benefit Serve the Vet, a project of Serve the Need of Johnston County. For more information, go to

HeartChase in Clayton

A HeartChase will get under way at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 18, on Horne Square, 348 E. Main St., Clayton. The Clayton event will honor the late Hogan Teem, a Clayton High School athlete who died because of heart complications. For more information, or to register, call Michelle Gray at 919-463-8333 or visit

Anti-bullying tour

The Teen Nation Stand and Defend Tour, a national anti-bullying tour, is coming to the Howell Theatre, 141 S. Third St., Smithfield. On both May 1 and 2, a red carpet event will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by a concert at 6:30 p.m.. Recording artists Tristan Blaine and Riley Roth will co-headline the show. Tickets are $5. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 919-938-1201 or visit

Women’s health seminar

Johnston Health will hold a Ladies Night Out from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the Bright Leaf lobby of Johnston Medical Center, 509 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The event will feature seminars by specialists, massages and a demonstration of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. For more information, call 919-938-7186.

Spring banquet

Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action will hold its annual spring banquet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. The agency assists families and individuals struggling to meet their needs. The banquet will feature dinner, entertainment and special recognition of the agency’s work. For tickets, which are $20, call 919-934-2145.

Golf tournament, fundraiser

The Johnson County Arts Council will hold Scramble for the Arts, a golf tournament, at 11:45 a.m. Friday, May 3, at the Johnston County Country Club, 694 Country Club Road, Smithfield. The cost of $60 per player includes green fees, golf cart, practice balls, door prizes and raffle tickets, a hospitality bag and meal. For more information, call the Johnston County Arts Council at 919-938-0306 or email