Garner: Community

Community notes: May 11

Health department classes

The Johnston County Public Health Department hosts classes for residents this month and in June at 517 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield.

A parenting class for people with children 5 years old or younger starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. Registration is preferred (call to register), but walk-ins will be accepted. Childcare is available and snacks will be provided.

A six-week diabetes workshop and a childbirth class both start on Saturday, June 4. For details or to register, call 919-989-5200 or go to

Classic Car Show

The annual Classic Car Show at Mount Zion United Methodist Church is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at 15772 N.C. Highway 50 N., Garner.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Anyone with a classic, antique or muscle car is invited to show their car.

Canned goods and monetary donations will be accepted for the Smithfield Rescue Mission.

Independence Day

Garner accepts applications for nonprofit food vendors, community organizations and craft partners for Independence Day until Friday, May 20.

The celebration will be on Sunday, July 3. Space is limited. For details, contact Jill McAllister at 919-661-4602 or

Town Square Concert Series

Clayton’s Town Square Concert Series starts with The Central Park Band on Friday, May 20, at 110 W. Main St. For details and the next concerts, go to


A coloring session for adults is 5-7 p.m. Monday, May 23, at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton. Bring your own coloring book or choose from provided pages.

The next session will be on Monday, June 13, from 5-7 p.m. at the library. Registration is not required. All adults are welcome.

Blood drive

A blood drive for the Red Cross will be 3-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at St. Mary Mother of the Church, 1008 Vandora Springs Road, Garner.

To make an appointment, call 919-773-0867. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Memorial Day

Clayton town offices, the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library and Clayton Community Center will be closed Monday, May 30.

Garner town offices will be closed.

Car wash

Boy Scout Troop 33’s Car Wash Fundraiser is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in the parking lot at Oakland Presbyterian Church, 8927 Cleveland Road, Clayton. Donations will be accepted.

Health fair

Widow’s Son Masonic Lodge #4 hosts a free community health fair with information and screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Garner Road Community Center, 2235 Garner Road, Raleigh. For details, go to

Citizen leadership

Garner Leadership Academy classes will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 9 through July 21, at White Deer Park Nature Center, 2400 Aversboro Road. Registration for this 15-person class is required.

The class is designed for Garner residents developing skills as neighborhood or community leaders, and those who have been in leadership in homeowners associations, community groups or businesses.

To apply, go to For details, contact neighborhood improvement manager Reginald Buie: 919-773-4446,

Summer camps

Johnston Community College’s summer camps start in June. Registration is open until classes are filled. For details, call 919-209-2591 or go to

“Cooking Camp: Chef in Training” for rising fifth- and sixth-graders is Monday, June 20, through Thursday, June 23, for $130. “Bad to the Bones: CSI Camp” for seventh- through ninth-grade students, which costs $85, will be on the same days.

“Create Art with Math!” for rising seventh- through ninth-grade students is Monday, June 27, through Thursday, June 30, for $100. “Future Entrepreneur” for ages 12-16 will be on the same days. This class on business skills, leadership, communication and etiquette is $50.

Independence Day

Clayton town offices will be closed on Monday, July 4.

Garner High School class of 1967

The Garner High School class of 1967 is preparing for its 50th class reunion in 2017. Organizers are trying to reach everyone who started their freshman year at Garner High School in 1963. If you have not been contacted, call Gayle Hines at 919-772-2383.

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 South Third St., Smithfield. More information on ARES can be found at Contact Michael Callam at or 919-934-9623.

Town of Garner volunteers

The town of Garner is seeking volunteers to serve on the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee, the Planning Commission and the Veterans Advisory Committee. For more information or to request an application form, contact the town clerk’s office at 919-773-4406 or email Applications are also available at under Forms.

TOPS Chapter 0678

Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Chapter 0678 meets from 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays 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. 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. 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.

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.

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 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

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