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 redcrossblood.org.
The Garner Performing Arts Center will hold auditions for its annual Garner Showcase of Talent at 5 p.m. on Nov. 9. Anyone interested in participating visit garnerperformingartscenter.com for an application or call 919-561-4602.
High school drama
The Garner Magnet High School Drama Department will present William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” at 7 p.m., Nov. 3-5 at the auditorium on the South Garner High School campus. 8228 Hebron Road, Garner. Tickets are $7 at the door.
Garner residents who 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 began 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. 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.
Garner officials are preparing for one of the town’s staple holiday events: the annual Christmas parade. 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 garnernc.gov/holiday or by contacting Jill McAllister at 919-661-4602 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 tops.org. 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 WakeGov.com/libraries.
Send announcements at least two weeks before the event to firstname.lastname@example.org.