There is no garage collection on Christmas Day and New Year's Day in Port Orange.
If your regular collection day is Tuesday, collection will be on Wednesday both weeks. All yard trash for the city will be collected on Saturday, Dec. 29, and Saturday, Jan. 5.
For questions related to garbage collection, call City of Port Orange Public Works at 386-506-5575 or Waste Pro Services at 386-492-8855.
Children's CPR course offered
An adult, child and infant CPR course for children ages 11 to 15 will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Java Jungle Coffee House, 4604 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange.
This course will include basic principles of first aid, choking, rescue breathing, adult, child and infant life saving techniques. Also, basic childcare babysitting lessons. Each student will receive an American Heart Association certification good for two years. Class is limited to 10 students. First come first serve.
The cost is $35 per student.
For more information, call Second Wind CPR at (386) 299-4425.
Driver's safety class planned
AARP will conduct a driver safety class for seniors from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Jan. 8 and Wednesday, Jan 9, at the Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, 4515 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange.
The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Reservations with instructors are required.
To make a reservation, call (386) 451-7453.
City offices closed for holiday
Port Orange City Hall and other offices will be closed New Year's Day.
Applicants sought for Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
Residents interested in recommending initiatives to facilitate affordable housing in Volusia County are encouraged to apply for membership on the county's Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.
The committee is composed of 11 members who are involved in specific aspects of affordable housing. Representatives are needed from the real estate and essential service professions.
Members will be selected by the Volusia County Council. Applications are available at www.volusia.org/government/volusia-county-council/advisory-boards.
For more information, (386) 736-5955, Ext. 12308.
Old cell phones being collected
The Hotel-Motel Association is collecting old cell phones on behalf of efforts to deter domestic violence.
Cell phones may be dropped off at 1808 Concept Court, Daytona Beach, or volunteers will pick them up.
For pick up service, call (386) 257-6828.
Sick or injured over the holidays? Urgent care is open
For anyone needing to see a physician over the holidays, PrimeCare Urgent Care Centers has special hours for the holiday season.
The Twin Lakes center at 1890 LPGA Blvd. in Suite 130 (corner of LPGA and Clyde Morris Boulevards), Daytona Beach, will be open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Port Orange site at 740 Dunlawton Ave. (Across from the Port Orange Post Office) will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on News Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Starting in 2013, PrimeCare will be extending hours until 10 p.m. during the week and until 6 p.m. on weekends.
PrimeCare is investigating the potential of opening other locations in Volusia in the new year. No appointment is needed and most insurance plans are accepted. For more information, call (386) 274-2212 or visit www.primecaremd.org.
Grant money available
The United Way Women's Initiative of Volusia has dollars available for limited grant funding to local non-profit organizations and their programs that are either new and/or serve an unmet or under met needs of homeless women and children within the Volusia & Flagler County area. Deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Jan. 18.
An application can be found at this link:
For more information, call (386) 366-9050.
Chinese auction and luncheon planned
Port Orange Elkhearts will have their annual Chinese Auction and Luncheon at 11a.m. Jan. 19 at the Elks Lodge, 5207 S. Ridgewood Ave. Seating is limited. Tickets are $12. For more information or for tickets, call (386) 265-5174.
Volusia law firm launches new website to help streamline community giving
The Port Orange-based law firm of Rue & Ziffra recently launched a new website to simplify charitable donations, both for those giving and for those on the receiving end.
The new site -- rzcares.com -- is intended as a "know-all, share-all" Internet space that offers charitable organizations and community partners an easy way to give or receive, according to Jessica Eckelbarger, marketing director for the personal-injury law firm.
The new user-friendly site contains an events calendar, photo and video galleries of previous charity events, as well as a list of local charities and community partners. A feature is an area where those seeking funds, as well as those looking to donate, can register.
For more information, call (386) 788-7700 or visit www.rzcares.com.
The Friends of the Port Orange Library are requesting donations of greeting cards.
The group is in need of new Christmas cards that include the envelopes.
The group is also in need of used greeting cards of any holiday or special occasion. Cards are cut down into bookmarks, postcards, and used to make gift boxes. Don't worry about personal notes and such included with the cards. Those will be cut away and shredded to protect privacy.
Donated cards can be left at the checkout counter during any visit to the Library. Just include a note designating they are for the friends.
Food drive a success
The Community Christmas Club of the Halifax Area has wrapped up its 81st annual food drive.
Volunteers from Spruce Creek High School Mainland High School, Seabreeze High School, Sliver Sands Middle, U.S. Navel Sea Cadet Crops Daytona Division, the Daytona Beach Kiwanis Club and community policing organizations took 17 pallets of donated food and assembled it into 800 boxes.
Each box contained 23 items, including a full meal with a ham, breakfast items, staples and cookies. Local businesses that participated in the drive included Save-A-Lot Groceries, Mid-Florida Sportswear and Bellair Plaza.
The cities of Daytona Beach, South Daytona, Port Orange, Ormond Beach and New Smyrna Beach help identify families in need and distribute the boxes.