Garner: Community

Community Notes: May 21

The Mitch Hayes Trio.

Coffee house concert

Mitch Hayes, 2016 Queen City Music Awards Americana/Folk Artist of the Year, and The Mitch Hayes Trio are set to perform at Lorraine’s Coffee House at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25. Tickets are $8. Hayes currently has two songs in the the Friday Morning Quarterback top-100, “All Fall Down” and “Look at You.” For more information about the Garner show, call 919-714-7990.

Chamber schedules golf tourney

The annual Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce golf tournament is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 16, at Reedy Creek Golf Course near Four Oaks. For more information or to register, visit

Summer camp

Camp Good Hope is a Christ-centered summer camp for young people in grades 1-7. Each week offers activities, including a field trip, and the camp serves two snacks and a hot lunch daily. A separate camp, Future Leaders Camp, is for rising eighth- and ninth-graders. Camp starts Monday, June 19. To learn more, go to

Outdoor movies

A screening of “Finding Nemo” is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. Friday, May 26, at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner. Overnight camping is available. Register at

A screening of “Hidden Figures” is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25, on the back lawn of the Garner Performing Arts Center, 125 Avery St., Garner.

Boathouse open

Lake Benson Boathouse has opened for the 2017. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Fridays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Friday operations are suspended in July and August. Rent a jon boat (with or without trolling motor and battery), canoe or kayak, or fish free from the dock. The boathouse is located at 975 Buffaloe Road, Garner.

Kindergarten readiness

Southeast Regional Library offers “ABC Craft and Learn,” a weekly school-readiness program for preschoolers. Children and their caregivers work on a craft that helps them practice the alphabet and learn other skills for the classroom. The program meets at 11:30 a.m. Saturdays at the library, 908 Seventh Ave., Garner.

Also, the library, in partnership with Marbles Children’s Museum, offers “Ready, Set, School,” a series of community play dates for children ages 3-5.

Through play-based activities in English and Spanish, children gain fine motor, spatial perception and social skills while building confidence and independence. The programs are free, and no registration is required. Learn more at


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

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.

Johnston County

A yard sale to benefit the Clayton Center for Active Aging is scheduled from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 3, at Amelia Christian Church, 1696 Amelia Church Road, Clayton.

The Clayton Farm and Community Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at 348 E. Main St. in Clayton. The market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, honey, baked goods and more.

Plant a Row for the Hungry meets at 8 a.m. Thursdays at the back of the Johnston Community College arboretum, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Volunteers plan, plant and take care of the arboretum’s vegetable gardens and orchard. All of the harvest goes to local soup kitchens and food pantries. No previous gardening experience is required, and training is provided. Adults are welcome. Youths 16 or older must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, send an to email

Hope & Encouragement After Loss is a new support group for family and friends of murder victims. For more information, call Lisa Boyd or Amber Pittman at 919-209-5520.

The Johnston County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers a free support group for families and friends of persons challenged by mental illness. The group meets two Saturdays a month at noon at 20 Noble St. in Smithfield. For more information, call 919-464-3572 and leave a message.

The Town of Selma is seeking vendors for its All-American Festival on July 4. The cost is $75; electrical service, if needed, is another $25. A $25 discount is available for registrations made before June 2. The deadline to become a vendor is June 5. To reserve space, go to or pick up a packet at the Selma Parks and Recreation Department, 305 N. Pollock St.

The Junior Women’s League of Smithfield will hold its second Big Night Out at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The event will offer food, a silent auction and a raffle. Tickets are $65 each and include an open beer and wine bar. Proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Johnston County.

The auxiliary to American Legion Post 132 in Smithfield is seeking vendors, craftspeople and yard-salers for its fundraiser on June 3. The cost for an indoor table is $15. For more information, email