Community Notes: Feb. 23

February 21, 2014 

Farm transition conference

A farm transition conference for area farmers and landowners will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. Registration is required by Feb. 26. For more information and to register, call 919-989-5380.

Call for artists

The Johnston County Arts Council has issued a call for artists for the fifth Annual Johnston County Art and Food Festival, which will take place Thursday, March 6. The exhibit is open to all artists ages 18 and older who reside in N.C. For more information, visit www.JCArtsCouncil.org.

Spaghetti dinner

The50/210 Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary Relay for Life team will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the 50/210 Fire Department, 50 Greenleave Drive, Angier. Plates are $7 and will include spaghetti with either meat or non-meat sauce and bread. All proceeds will go to the Johnston County Relay for Life – 50/210 Fire Department team. The team is also running a “Boots for Cancer” fundraising project. Call 919-747-7788 for more information.

Free tax preparation

The AARP Tax Aide program will assist taxpayers in electronically filing their federal and N.C. state tax returns from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Avery Street Annex, 201 Avery St., Garner. No appointments are necessary. Taxpayers and spouses, if filing jointly, must have picture IDs, and Social Security cards for themselves and all dependents. If married, both taxpayers must be present. For a refund to be credited to a checking account, they must have a blank check, not a deposit slip. Taxpayers will need records of all income and expenses.

Radon tests available

Wake County encourages residents to test their homes for radon. Radon is a natural gas that comes from the decay of uranium found in rocks, soil and building materials like concrete. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to radon is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year.

The N.C. Radon Program is providing 200 free test kits for the County to distribute. These kits are available at the Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway, Fuquay-Varina. Call 919-557-2501 for more information. Kits are also available for purchase at www.NCRadon.com.

Black History Month at GPAC

The Garner Performing Arts Center’s celebration of Black History Month will run through the month of Februrary at 742 W. Garner Road, Garner. Call 919-661-4602 for more information on any of these events.

• An exhibition about the history of the Negro Leagues will be on display throughout the month in the GPAC front lobby, and can be viewed Monday through Friday 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Pancake dinner

Pack 10 Cub Scouts will hold its annual Spring pancake dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Holland’s United Methodist Church, 9433 Ten Ten Road, Raleigh. All-you-can-eat pancakes will cost $5.

High school reunion

The Garner High School Class of 1964 will celebrate its 50-year class reunion May 30 and 31. Any class members who have not received information from the reunion committee should call 919-772-3654 or email jjackson234@nc.rr.com.

Paintings on display

The Africa Series, a series of paintings by Jane Lillian Vance, will be on display through the spring semester at the Frank Creech Art Gallery, 245 College Road, Smithfield. For more information, visit www.JohnstonCC.edu/PerformingArts.

Square dancing lessons

Square dancing lessons are held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Friday night at Saint Andrews United Methodist Church, 1201 Maxwell Drive, Raleigh. Casual dress, $20 per person per month. Call 919-266-0845 or visit www.GarnerSquareDance.org.

Events at Southeast Regional Library

Southeast Regional Library, 908 Seventh Ave., Garner, has an extensive list of activities for the whole family. Find a complete list of events at www.wakegov.com/libraries or call 919-662-2250.

6:30 p.m. Feb. 26: Introduction to Entrepreneurship will teach participants how to start and manage a new business. Registration is requested.

6:30 p.m. Mar. 19: An online marketing seminar will teach participants how to reach customers with a message that stands out and creates action. Registration is requested.

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@newsobserver.com.

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