Garner: Community

Community Notes

Free seminar

The Small Business Center at Johnston Community College will hold a free seminar titled, “Media Relations 101: Telling Your Small Business’ Story,” 9 a.m.-noon, Thursday, May 30, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. To register, call Shelley Gardner at 919-209-2591, or email or visit


Johnston Community College’s Corporate Solutions is offering several training workshops this summer for business and industry professionals. For registration information, call Shelley Gardner at 919­209­2591 or email her at

Photography workshop

The Professional Photographers of North Carolina will hold its Spring Seminar at Johnston Community College June 2-3. For more information, call 919-796-4747. To register, go to


The Chick-fil-A 3 Little Pigs Triathlon is 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road. The competition includes a 250-yard pool swim, 14-mile bike, and 3.1 mile run. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Park and the Rotary Club of Central Johnston County. Register online at For more information, call 919-376-9441.

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 T-shirt and meal. The registration deadline is Monday, June 24. To register, call Nicole Sweat at 919-773-4441 or email

Band concert

The 440th Army Band will be in concert 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium, 245 College Road, Smithfield. The free concert is in honor of Independence Day. Donations will be accepted to benefit the performing arts programs at JCC.

Library programs

Southeast Regional Library has an extensive list of activities for the whole family in June. Karen Muhammad, a Wake County Sheriff’s crime prevention specialist, will give a child safety presentation on Internet use at 4 p.m. June 11, at 908 Seventh Ave., Garner. Following that presentation Erick Barone, with New York Life, will issue child identification cards at 5 p.m. The two free cards will feature the child’s photograph, identifying characteristics and fingerprints. For more information, visit or 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.

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.

Arboretum program

The Johnston Community College Arboretum has scheduled the following tour:

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

For more information, call 919-209-2052.