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Third Annual Carnaval Latino Set for Sept. 13

The Town of Garner’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department announces its third annual Carnaval Latino, a festival celebrating Wake County’s Latin American community. This year’s event takes place Sunday, Sept. 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the back lawn of Garner Performing Arts Center (125 Avery St.).

This free, family-friendly celebration will include performances by Mexican pop band Tercer Divisa, Latin jazz group Jazziando and Brazilian drumming and dance group Batuque de Terriero. Food trucks D’Burritos, Pupusas y Tacos Marina and Kocina Food Truck will offer Latin American cuisine all afternoon, while children can enjoy crafts, face painting and Loteria games hosted by Garner Magnet High School.

Vendors will display art, jewelry and handmade goods. The event will conclude with guests being given a chance to take a swing at our piñata.

There are still limited spaces available for vendors to be a part of this event. If interested, please contact Jill McAllister at, or call (919) 661-4602. Please note that all food vendor slots are filled.

Big Sweep/Litter Sweep Slated for Sept. 26

The Town of Garner is celebrating National Public Lands Day by holding its fall Big Sweep/Litter Sweep on Saturday, Sept. 26. This annual project relies on volunteers from in and around the Garner area to help pick up trash along Garner roadways and in Town parks.

Participants will receive breakfast and equipment (gloves, bags, etc.) at 9 a.m. at White Deer Park Nature Center (2400 Aversboro Road). Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.

Registration can be completed online at THIS LINK or by calling White Deer Park Nature Center at (919) 661-6982. On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Nature Center on the day of the event. Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes and bring sun protection.

According to the National Environmental and Education Foundation, National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the nation. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the country will come together to remove invasive plants, build and maintain trails, plant trees and remove trash.

For more information, contact White Deer Park Nature Center at (919) 661-6982.

Towne Players: 'Lend Me a Tenor'

The award-winning Towne Players of Garner will perform the comedy "Lend Me a Tenor" at Garner Performing Arts Center Oct. 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m., also on Oct. 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and are available at the door.

Here's a story synopsis:

Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous, Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli’s Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume, and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo.

Trick-or-Treat the Trails Set for Oct. 30

The Town of Garner's fourth annual Trick-or-Treat the Trails will be held Friday, Oct. 30 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at White Deer Park (2400 Aversboro Road). The event is a safe and FREE way for your little ghosts and goblins to enjoy receiving treats.

The Town is looking for businesses and organizations that would like to participate in the event by having a table along the trail and handing out treats (and promotional materials!). This is a great way to reach thousands of people in the community.

For more information on how to participate, contact Kendrick Mayes at or call (919) 773-4441.