Garner: Community

Community notes: Oct. 26

Blood drive

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, at the Garner Senior Center, 205 E. Garner Road. To schedule an appointment, call the senior center at 919-779-0122 or visit the Red Cross website at

Open house

The Johnston Community College Career Services Center will host an open house from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Career Center located in the Wilson Building on the JCC campus, 245 College Road, Smithfield. For more information, call 919-209-2521.

Storm debris

Garner residents who want to want to get rid of storm debris may do so when the town begins its regularly-scheduled fall cleanup for unprepared yard waste. The town will begin picking up that debris the week of Oct. 31. All yard waste must be at the curbside by 7 a.m. on Monday of the week your route is scheduled to be collected. Public works crews will collect yard debris for the red, gray, orange and white routes beginning Oct. 31. Those on purple, yellow and brown routes will have their yard debris collected beginning Nov. 7. All other routes will be collected beginning Nov. 14.

Participants sought

Garner officials are preparing for two of the town’s staple holiday events: Light Up Main and the annual Christmas parade. The town is seeking applications from performers and organizations who wish to provide children’s activities for Light Up Main. Applications are due Nov. 1. The event will be held Dec. 2 from 6-8 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 3, the town will hold its annual Christmas parade beginning at 2 p.m. Groups that want to enter may apply through Nov. 15. Applications for both events can be found at or by contacting Jill McAllister at 919-661-4602 or by email at

Trick-or-Treat the Trails

Garner’s Trick-or-Treat the Trails event with community organizations and local businesses is 3-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, at White Deer Park, 2400 Aversboro Road.

Adults must accompany children and pets aren’t allowed. Parking is available across the street at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, and handicapped parking spaces are available at White Deer Park.

If your organization is interested in partnering with the town for this event, contact Kendrick Mayes at 919-773-4441 or


The Frank Creech Art Gallery will host a reception for photographer Kyle Wilson from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Johnston Community College on College Road in Smithfield.

An exhibition of Wilson’s work will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 4.

Holiday sale

On the Mend’s sale and annual fundraiser will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Garner Senior Center, 205 E. Garner Road.

Johnston County Amateur Radio

The Johnston County Amateur Radio Emergency Service is looking for licensed amateur radio operators interested in providing auxiliary communications in times of disaster.

You do not have to be a resident of Johnston County to volunteer. ARES meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the American Red Cross office, 805-A S. Third St., Smithfield.

More information on ARES can be found at Contact Michael Callam at or 919-934-9623.

Johnston County MS Support Group

The Johnston County MS Support Group meets at 11 a.m. the third Tuesday of the month at The Church at Clayton Crossings, 11407 U.S. 70 W., Clayton. These free meetings are open to people with multiple sclerosis and their families.


Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) has two chapters in Garner. One meets from 6-7 p.m. Mondays. Call Cindy Creech at 919-763-0123 for details. The other group meets from 2-3 p.m. Fridays. Call Mary Lou Meranda at 919-577-0709 for more information or visit Both meetings are at the Garner Senior Center, 205 E. Garner Road.

The purpose of the group is to provide support, share information about healthy living and celebrate success with weight loss.

Overeaters Anonymous

An Overeaters Anonymous support group meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at First Presbyterian Church of Garner, 503 Lakeside Drive. 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 for more information.

Parenting workshops

Partnership for Children of Johnston County offers two programs for parents with young children.

Motheread is a 12-week self-paced program that combines teaching literacy skills with child development and family empowerment.

The Incredible Years parent program offers weekly group sessions for 14 to 16 weeks.

Participants learn to promote children’s academic, social and emotional skills.

For information on times and location, contact Erica Reid at 919-202-0002, ext. 258, or email

Southeast Regional Library events

Southeast Regional Library hosts free and inexpensive events to help educate local residents and promote literacy at 908 7th Ave., Garner. For details, go to

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