Garner: Community

Community Notes

Family Fun Day

The Archer Lodge Community Center is hosting its annual Family Fun Day and Independence Day celebration 7 p.m. Friday, June 28 and 6:30a.m.-9:15 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the corner of Archer Lodge and Buffalo Road in Archer Lodge.

Featured highlights on Friday include the crowning of Little Miss Archer Lodge 2013 and the barbecue pig cookoff. Activities start early on Saturday, with a road race and a patriotic parade, concessions all day and inflatables, corn hole tournament, bingo and cakewalk.

The center will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a patriotic ceremony that honors local veterans and features the Army Ground Forces Band. For more information, visit

Town of Garner seeks volunteers

The Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department needs 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 and July. Librarians are available to help individuals find the right book, lead group book discussions with teens and offer suggestions on where to find new avenues for reading and enjoying books. 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

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.

Classic Car Club meets

Memory Lane Classic Car Club meets for dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month at Golden Corral 60 Son Lan Parkway, Garner. For more information, call 919-553-6229.


Johnston Community College’s Corporate Solutions is offering several training workshops this summer for business and industry professionals. Call Shelley Gardner at 919-209-2591 or email

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.