Garner: Community

Community notes: Nov. 22

Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Christmas events

▪ Light up Main, the town’s annual Christmas tree lighting, takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, on Main Street. Santa and Mayor Ronnie Williams will flip the switch to the Town tree, welcoming guests to the event. This will be followed by a local holiday talent showcase full of singers and dancers from the Garner area.

▪ The Garner Christmas parade is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Marching bands, floats, classic cars, Santa Claus and many other entries will make their way through downtown Garner. This year’s parade theme is “Home For the Holidays,” a celebration of home and family.

For more information about town events, contact, email Jill McAllister at

Christmas in Clayton

The Christmas in Clayton Art and Homes Tour is from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. The event features six homes and 16 local artists. Tickets are $10. Get tickets by calling 919-550-8934, or the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library or the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, or via PayPal at

Holiday Fair

The Garner Magnet High School PTSA will sponsor its fifth annual Holiday Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the high school, 2101 Spring Drive, Garner. Over 120 vendors will be selling Christmas gifts, homemade crafts, food items and Trojan apparel. Breakfast, lunch and pictures with Santa will also be available.

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.

Johnston County MS Support Group

The Johnston County MS Support Group meets at 11 a.m. on the third Tuesday 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.

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.

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

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