Garner: Community

Community notes: June 24

Board of Adjustment vacancy

The Town of Garner is accepting applications for a vacancy on the Board of Adjustment. This is an alternate position for someone who resides within the town limits. The board hears and decides on special-use permits, special exceptions and variances and may hear and decide on appeals. For more information, contact Deputy Town Clerk Stella Gibson, at 919-773-4456 or at

Johnston County Libertarians meet

The Johnston County Libertarians will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 29, at Two Cousins Restaurant, on Hwy 210, McGees Crossroads, in the Food Lion Shopping Center.

Town of Garner seeks volunteers

The Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is seeking volunteers for its Independence Day celebration Wednesday, July 3, at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner. Groups or individuals wishing to volunteer should contact Jill McAllister at

James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award and will be accepted through July 10. Anyone who has made substantial, outstanding contributions to the Town of Garner over a significant period of years is eligible for the award. Preference will be given to nominees with 20-plus years of service, in keeping with James Stevens’ tradition of service spanning decades. An award ceremony will be held to honor the 2015 recipient at the Aug. 18 Town Council meeting. Nomination forms can be found at Town Hall or on the website under Forms, the Garner Chamber of Commerce (and on its website), the Wake County Southeast Regional Library, Garner Performing Arts Center and other locations. A form can also be requested by emailing Stella Gibson, at or by calling 919-773-4456.

Art Show

The Artists’ League of Garner is having an Art Show called, “Small Treasures”, now through July 15, at the Garner Performing Arts Center on Old Garner Road featuring art works no larger than 8” x 10.” Contact Stephanie R. Williams, 919-772-7345,

Summer reading program

Johnston County children and teens are encouraged to participate in the “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading Program, now through August 8, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, located at 305 E. Market St. in downtown Smithfield. Events this summer will focus on all things heroic including visits from local heroes, animal heroes, and even superheroes. For more information stop by the library, or contact Emily Campbell, at 919-934-8146 ext. 5 or; or you may register online at

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. Mondays at The Garner Senior Center, 205 E. Garner Road, 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.

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 their return.

Johnston County MS Support Group

The Johnston County MS Support Group meets at 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month at The Church at Clayton Crossings, 11407 US Hwy 70 W. Clayton. The group is open to those dealing with MS and their families and is free of charge.

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

Cans For A Cure

Vandora Springs Elementary will collect aluminum cans for recycling throughout the summer months to benefit Garner’s Relay For Life. You may drop off cans at any time in the blue dumpster located at the school. For more information, contact Jim Hunt at

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

Send announcements at least two weeks before the event to