Garner: Community

Community Notes

Horse show clinic

Blaine McLaughlin Stables will host a horse show clinic March 28 at the Johnston County Livestock Arena, 1503 County Home Road, Smithfield. Coaching sessions and shows will run from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a variety of show categories and types. Registration is $10 per session. For details, go to

Emergency preparedness fair

An emergency preparedness fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 14, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1433 Aversboro Rd., Garner.

Democratic Women of Johnston County

The Democratic Women of Johnston County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 218 Second Street, Smithfield. Carolyna Manrique, a staff attorney with the N.C. ACLU, will discuss criminal justice issues in North Carolina. All interested Democrats are invited to attend.

Medicine Drop Event

The Garner Police Department is hosting a medication take-back event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 21, at Town Hall, 900 Seventh Ave., Building B. The service is free, anonymous and no questions will be asked. More information about Operation Medicine Drop can be found at or by calling Sgt. Chris Adams at 919-772-6072.

Frank Creech Art Gallery

The Frank Creech Art Gallery is presenting two new exhibitions from March 16 to April 9.

▪  On display in the main gallery will be recent works of the Johnston Community College Quilting Class.

▪  On display in the lobby is the work of freelance writer and illustrator, Emily Wallace.

The Frank Creech Art Gallery is located on the campus of Johnston Community College, 245 College Rd., Smithfield. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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

▪  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24: Learn to set up your business accounting the right way the first time with Raleigh SCORE. Learn basic accounting principles, explore features of QuickBooks and discover how to record basic transactions.

Spring Eggstravaganza

The Town of Garner will hold the annual Spring Eggstravaganza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Rd., Garner. There will be activities for kids of all ages at this free event.

Garner Senior Golfers

Men and women 55 years and older are invited to join Garner Senior Golfers each Tuesday morning at local golf courses for a round of golf and fellowship. Call Jerry Hargis at 919-772-7904 for more information.

Aversboro Run Club

Aversboro Run Club meets at 6 p.m. every Thursday outside Aversboro Restaurant & Sports Bar, 1411 Aversboro Road, Garner. The club is open to every runner and walker, and runs set routes of 3, 4 and 5 miles covering many paces. The restaurant offers food and drink specials to all walkers and runners upon return.

Food pantry

A food pantry is open from 9 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of each month at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 1082 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The food is free to anyone presenting an ID card. For more information, call 919-934-0213.

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 the teaching of literacy skills with child development and family empowerment issues.

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

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.

TOPS Chapter 0678

Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Chapter 0678 meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at The Garner Senior Center, 205 E. Garner Rd., Garner. The purpose of the group is to provide support, share information about healthy living and celebrate success with weight loss. Participants must pay $32 for yearly national dues and $3 monthly local dues.

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 for more information.

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