Garner: Community

Community Notes

Town of Garner seeks volunteers

The Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is seeking volunteers for its Independence Day celebration Wednesday, July 3, at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner. Volunteers are needed to help in setup, cleanup, arts and crafts and games. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. They will receive a free Tt-shirt and meal. The registration deadline is Monday, June 24. To register, call Nicole Sweat at 919-773-4441 or email

Senior Democrats to meet May 15

A representative of NC WARN, a nonprofit focused on tackling climate change, will speak when the Wake County Senior Democrats meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, at the Crabtree Marriott, 4500 Marriott Drive, Raleigh. The program will follow lunch. For information,

Raffle, fundraiser for ELEOS

ELEOS Community Outreach Center, a nonprofit serving at-risk, low-income youths and their families, will hold a raffle Thursday, May 16. The raffle is for a lawnmower valued at $300. Tickets are $5 each. To purchase a ticket, call Joshua Walker at 919-772-7020 or stop by the Outreach Center at 1701 Aversboro Road in Garner.

Family flick, camping

The Town of Garner will hold its Family Flick and Camping Nights at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, and Friday, June 14, at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner. The May film is “Wreck it Ralph,” and the June film is “Madagascar 3.” Campers will need to bring tents, camping gear, food and beverages; snacks will be available for purchase. Admission to the movie is free. Camping costs $12 per family for Garner residents and $15 for nonresidents. Campers must register online at or call 919-773-4442.

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.

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 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.

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.

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. Call Sherylyn at 919-779-6392 or Regina at 919-614-3425.

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.

Democratic Women potluck

The Democratic Women of Johnston County will hold their annual potluck supper at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 S. Second St., Smithfield. The program will feature a review of accomplishments, recognition of outstanding Democratic women and information on summer and fall activities. Members are encouraged to bring a dish and a backpack item for the last few weeks of school. For more information, call the party headquarters at 919-550-4186 or contact Pat Branch at 919-359-3350 or

Arboretum programs

The Johnston Community College Arboretum has scheduled the following tours:

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.