Community Notes: Nov. 13

November 11, 2013 

Veterans Advisory Board

The Town of Garner is seeking applicants for a new Veterans Advisory Board. The board will be composed of seven at-large members, at least four of whom will be honorably discharged veterans. This board may make recommendations concerning issues related to town policies that affect veterans, and will operate as a link between Garner residents and Town officials to explore ways to honor and recognize the service of area veterans. Meeting dates and locations have not yet been established. For application or questions, please call 919-773-4456.

Flu clinics

Wake County will kick off weekly drop-in flu vaccination clinics from 3-7 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning Nov. 14 at the Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway, Fuquay-Varina. In additional to the weekly clinics, appointments can be scheduled. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 919-557-2501.

Barbecue sale

American Legion Riders Post 232 will host a barbecue dinner fundraiser for Veterans Charities from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at 1706 W. Garner Road, Garner. Plates are $8, dine in or take out. For more information, call 919-772-1062.

Googling your family tree

A family history class, “Googling Your Family Tree,” will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1443 Aversboro Road, Garner. Attendees will learn to use Google tools and advance search operators for effective genealogical searches to locate photos of their ancestors, access a virtual cart catalog of over 15 million books, or translate a document into English. For more information, email alankj50@gmail.com.

Optimist tree lot opening early

The Garner Optimist Christmas tree lot will open Tuesday, Nov. 19. The lot’s hours will be 5-8 p.m. weeknights, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 1-8 p.m. Sundays. The lot is located at 2110 Vandora Springs Road, Garner.

Republican Women

Johnston County Republican Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21, at Festejos, 905 East Main St., Clayton. Bob Muller, Republican party 7th district chair, will speak. For more information, call 919-255-0990.

Unified hazard plan

For the first time, Wake County will develop a multijurisdictional hazard mitigation plan for this year. Previously, each jurisdiction was responsible for developing its own plan. The general purposes of the plan are to protect life and property by reducing the potential for future damages and economic loss that come as a result of natural hazards. The public is invited to attend a project kickoff meeting from 10 a.m. until noon Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Wake County Office Building, 337 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, in room G31.

Johnston County Festival of Trees

The tenth annual Festival of Trees, presented by Keep Johnston County Beautiful, Inc., will open to the public at 9 a.m. Dec. 6, at the Johnston Medical Mall on Brightleaf Boulevard. in Smithfield. The event will run until noon Dec. 14. The festival is a display of 55 decorated live Christmas trees sponsored by various businesses in the county. Live performances for visitors by school and church choirs, soloists, and other music and dance groups are scheduled throughout the festival. Other attractions include a cookie baking contest at 6 p.m. Dec. 9, and a Christmas tree raffle valued at $1,000 set to take place Saturday, Dec. 14. For more information, visit www.JCFestivalOfTrees.com.

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 ereid@pfcjc.org.

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.

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.

Send announcements at least two weeks before the event to jwhitfield@newsoberver.com.

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