Black History Month events
Johnston Community College plans several events throughout February to celebrate Black History Month.
▪ On Feb. 4 the school will host a comedy show that is free to students and staff. The general public can also attend. Tickets cost $5.
▪ There will be a Business Expo held Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium.
▪ On Feb. 12 at 4 p.m., the college will host a community choir concert at Paul A. Johnston Auditorium.
▪ On Feb. 19, there will be a gospel concert from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium.
For more information on the Black History Month events, contact Della McMillian at 919-464-2282 or Doris Edwards at 919-209-2539.
Johnston Community College will host the annual Breakfast before Business on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The event will be held at 7:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on the JCC main campus. To register, visit johnstoncc.edu/foundation
The Garner Civitan Club and Garner United Methodist Church will host a public blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m., March 15th at 1005 Poole Drive, Garner. Appointments are available online at mysignup.com/garnercivitan or contact Floyd Wiggins at (919) 772-3292.
Harbor of Johnston County will host its annual Valentine’s Ball from 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Country Club of Johnston County, 694 Country Club Road, Smithfield. Tickets are $75. Sponsorships are available. Visit harborshelter.org to order tickets online.
Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy, President of Shaw University, will serve as the keynote speaker at the annual Women in Business Luncheon, hosted by the Garner Chamber of Commerce from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 23 at the Grand Marquise Ballroom, 225 Fidelity Court, Garner. Tickets are $39 for chamber members, $49 for all others.
The Cleveland Wildcats travel baseball program will hold tryouts for its 10U team to complete its 2017 spring roster. For more information, contact Shawn Moore at 919-820-2691.
Johnston Community College will offer several classes intended to improve the employability of students. They include:
Direct Care Basics: Students will learn basic personal and home care skills. The class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 7 - May 11.
Working Smart Training: This class will teach students communication and problem-solving skills along with time management. The class is offered from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday from Feb. 6-16.
Expectant parents can enroll in a childbirth class which begins Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. Call 919-989-5200 to sign up or for more information.
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 U.S. 70 West, Clayton. These free meetings are open to people with multiple sclerosis and their families.
One concert remains in this year’s Broadway Voices Series, and tickets are on sale through the Garner Chamber of Commerce and the Garner Performing Arts Center. Hugh Panaro will perform April 8. Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased by calling the chamber at 919-772-6440 or the GPAC at 919-661-4602.
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 S. Third St., Smithfield. More information on ARES is online at johnstoncountyares.com. Contact Michael Callam at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-934-9623.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) has two chapters in Garner. One meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays. Call Cindy Creech at 919-763-0123 for details. The other group meets from 2 to 3 p.m. Fridays. Call Mary Lou Meranda at 919-577-0709 for more information or visit tops.org. Both meetings are 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.
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.
The 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, call Erica Reid at 919-202-0002, Ext. 258, or email email@example.com.
Southeast Regional Library events
Southeast Regional Library hosts free and inexpensive events to help educate local residents and promote literacy. The library is at 908 7th Ave., Garner. For details, go to WakeGov.com/libraries.