Get a handle on your piles and files at the library
Professional organizer Ingrid Timbs will help participants organize important papers, mail, magazines and catalogs during a free program from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 322-5152, Ext. 28.
South Daytona Historical Society to Meet
The South Daytona Historical Society will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan.7, at the Piggotte Community Center on Big Tree Road.
Featured speakers will be former South Daytona Mayors Dan O'Brien and Clifford "Buzzy" Windle.
The title of the presentation is "In Charge of South Daytona! What Went Right? What Went Wrong?" The meeting is open to the public.
The Historical Society is seeking any and all photos, artifacts and information on South Daytona, formerly called Blake, as well as interested volunteers to help collect, organize and preserve the community's history.
Library offers free movie
The Port Orange Regional Library will show Hope Springs, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep, at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7.
The movie, Rated PG-13, is about a devoted couple whose marriage has become mundane. So the wife talks her husband into a week of marriage therapy at Hope Springs.
Christmas tree collection in unincorporated areas
Christmas trees will be picked up on regularly scheduled yard-waste collection days in the unincorporated areas of Volusia County.
Residents are asked to remove tinsel, ornaments and nails and place the trees on the curb by 6 a.m.
The trees will be ground into mulch with normal yard debris. Free mulch is available to residents year-round at:
oTomoka Landfill, 1990 Tomoka Farms Road, Port Orange,
7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
oWest Volusia Transfer Station, 3151 E. State Road 44, DeLand,
7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
For more information, call (386) 943-7889 or visit volusia.org/recycle.
American Legion Riders of Post 270, 119 Howes Street, Port Orange, will host a spaghetti and meatball dinner with salad, roll and dessert from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. Music will be supplied by B&B and the cost is $6.
Low-cost pet shot clinic offered
There will be two lower cost pet shot clinics sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Best In Show Pet Grooming, 201 Commonwealth Blvd., Port Orange, and 2:30 p.m. at Mr. Petman, 2400 S. Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona.
Free Well Pet Checks will be available and sign up to order products by mail from the vet. All vaccinations are administered by a licensed veterinarian, and clinic is licensed and permitted. Cash only for the shots.
For more information, call (386) 748-8993.
Learn how to use a Nook at the library
Barnes & Noble representative Dan Preston will talk about Nooks at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
Mr. Preston will bring the latest Nook devices, including Nook HD and Nook HD+, as well as Nook Simple Touch and Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight and will explain how they work with the Volusia County Public Library's Overdrive service, which allows patrons to check out free library e-books.
Participants are asked to bring fully charged devices. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the library.
Registration is required and may be made by calling 386-322-5152, ext. 28.
Low-cost pet clinic planned
A low-cost pet show clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Jan. 5, at Bit Bucket Computers, 4082 S. Ridgewood Ave. Port Orange.
All cats must be in carriers and dogs must be on a leash.
A donation of pet food would be appreciated.
For more information, call (386) 760-6330, (386) 316-8103, (386) 760-2324 or visit
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.
Dance class starting
The city of Port Orange will start a ballroom dance class Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Adult Center Annex, 3738 Halifax Drive.
The class is for beginners and experts. For more information, call (386) 843-9893.
Railroad retirees to meet
The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railroad Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Duff's Original Buffet at 2400 S. Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona.
For more information, call (386) 428-9848 or (386) 767-9086.
Travel club to meet
The Port Orange Recreation Travel Club, a non-profit travel club for anyone 55 and older, will meet at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the Palmetto Club, 1000 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
To make a lunch reservation, call (386) 788-4531.
For more information, call (385) 322-0786.
League of Women Voters meeting Jan. 12
The League of Women Voters, Volusia County, will meet at noon Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Holiday Inn LPGA, 137 Auto Mall Circle, Daytona Beach.
The speaker will be Dr. Risdon Slate, criminology professor at Florida Southern College. He will speak about "The Need for Considering Alternatives to Incarceration."
Luncheon cost is $15.00. The public is welcome to attend, but reservations are required. Call (386) 255-0785 for more information.
Improve your computer skills at the Port Orange library
The Port Orange Regional Library can help improve computer skills with a series of free classes in January at 1005 City Center Circle.
oIntroduction to computers and the Internet: 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8. Learn basic computer terminology, practice using the keyboard and mouse, and try your hand at navigating the Windows operating system.
oSocial networking websites: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. Explore popular sites and learn how to protect yourself and your reputation when using them.
oAdvanced computers and the Internet: 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. This class will address USB technology, file transfer, database and search engine techniques, and emerging Internet resources.
Participants are asked to bring fully charged laptops and e-readers and cables. The library has free Wi-Fi throughout the building.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling (386) 322-5152, Ext. 28.
Meet the authors fundraising tea set
The American Association of University Women-New Smyrna Beach Chapter will feature Charlie Carlson, author of "Weird Florida" for a fundraising tea on Thursday, Jan. 17.
Also on the program are established authors Paula Wall and Donatella Young, and non-traditional author Willa Stewart and her agent, Donna Eastman.
The program will be from 2 to 5 p.m. at Sugar Mill Country Club, 100 Clubhouse Circle, New Smyrna Beach. The cost is a $25 donation to the AAUW Scholarship Foundation. For information or tickets, call (386) 423-5278.
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 to get tickets, call (386) 265-5174.
District plans tree seedling sale
The Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District will conduct its 28th annual tree seedling sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 12 and 19, at the Volusia County Fairgrounds.
Available seedlings include flatwoods plums, southern red cedar, live oak, shumard oak, laurel oak, wax myrtle, river birch, flowering dogwood, yellow poplar, red bud, bald cypress, fringe tree, southern sugar maple, ash magnolia, sweet gum, winged elm, Chickasaw plum, ginkgo, sycamore, beauty berry, American snowbell, persimmon, Walter's viburnum, button bush, sweet bay magnolia and spice bush.
Trees sell for $2 each for orders of 10 or more, and $3 each for less than 10.
Pre-orders are accepted for 10 or more trees by Jan. 4. To place a pre-order, visit http://volusia.org/services/community-services/extension/4h/4h-events.stml or call the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension at 386-822-5778.
Proceeds will benefit Volusia County 4-H and conservation projects in Volusia County.
Flu shots available at health department
The Volusia County Health Department is offering flu vaccines at its health centers in Daytona Beach, DeLand, New Smyrna Beach and Deltona.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people get vaccinated against influenza as soon as 2012-2013 flu season vaccines becomes available in their community.
The prices are $25 for flu, $45 for high-dose flu zone (65 and older) and $65 for pneumonia. Medicare Part B, non-HMO, is accepted.
Health Department locations are:
oDaytona Beach, 1845 Holsonback Drive
oNew Smyrna Beach, 7171 W. Canal St.
oDeLand, 935 N. Spring Garden Ave.
oDeltona- 3151 Howland Blvd.
For more information, visit volusiahealth.com.
PAL fundraiser scheduled
The Port Orange Police Athletic League 17th annual motorcycle fundraiser is in progress.
Participants can win a 2013 Harley Davidson Street Glide or $14,000 cash.
There will also be five $200 winners. Only 3,000 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased by calling (386) 506-5877 with a Visa/Master Card or at the front desk at the Port Orange Police Department.
The drawing will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the Cabbage Patch.
Winner need not be present to win.
Citizen police academy planned
The Port Orange Police Department is preparing for the eighth Citizen's Police Academy class. The program will start on Monday, Jan. 28, and is offered to those who reside within the city of Port Orange. Class size is limited.
The Citizens Police Academy is designed to give citizens a better understanding of law enforcement operations through active participation, communication and cooperation.
There is no cost and the class is a 10-week program, with each session lasting three hours. Sessions are from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and pass a background investigation.
To apply, go to the front desk of the police department or online at port-orange.org/police.
For more information, call (386) 506-5822 or (386) 506-5814.
Caregiver support groups offered
The Council on Aging of Volusia County will host a dementia caregiver support group for nonprofessional caregivers at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Grace Episcopal Church, 4110 Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange.
Respite Care is provided at all Council on Aging support groups for those in the early to mid-stage of dementia. Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 253-4700, Ext. 204.
Library collecting box tops
The Friends of the Port Orange Library are collecting Boxtops for Education and Campbell's Labels for Education UPCs at 1005 City Center Circle.
Boxtops for Education are the small pink and yellow coupons with a pencil graphic found on a variety of grocery items. Each small coupon is worth .10 cents for local schools.
Labels for Education are found on the UPCs of Campbell, Swanson, Prego, Pepperidge Farm and other products.
Points collected are totaled to provide free items for the Children's Library. You can check out labelsforeducation.com for a complete list of qualified UPCs.
UPCs and Boxtops can be dropped off any time at the Port Orange Library.
The Friends of the Port Orange Library are looking for donations of empty baskets -- (gift, flower, etc., not laundry baskets). The baskets are used to make both adult and children's book gift baskets as a fundraiser. Be sure baskets are dust free and have no mildew. Baskets can be left at the circulation desk during regular business hours.
If you are interested in purchasing a gift basket, stop by the Reference Desk. All proceeds are used for supplies and free programs/movies within the Port Orange Library, 1005 City Center Circle.