Masci Construction will begin a resurfacing and median project on Granada Boulevard from Washington Street to Beach Street in Ormond Beach's downtown on Monday, Jan. 7.
The project has been planned since 2008 and will add medians to Granada with landscaping and uplighting.
The construction will occur primarily at nighttime, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. and no road closures will occur in the daytime.
Fundraiser planned for kids
Ruby Tuesday is conducting its community gives back program on Friday, Jan. 4.
Present a flyer and 20 percent of your purchase will be donated to Take Stock in Children.
Participating locations are:
o1808 International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
o2695 N. Atlantic Avenue, Bellaire Plaza, Daytona Beach
o1212 Saxon Blvd. Orange City.
To obtain a flyer, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library offers e-books workshop
Learn how to download free library e-books and audio books during free workshops Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St.
The hour-long workshops will focus on Nooks at 1 p.m., Kindles at 2 p.m., and iPads and Android devices at 3 p.m.
Librarians will give overviews of e-readers, explain how to borrow library books, and offer one-on-one assistance.
Participants are asked to bring fully charged e-readers or laptops. Kindle and Kindle Fire owners should also bring their Amazon.com account ID and password. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the library.
Registration is not required. For more information, call (386) 676-4191, ext. 100.
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.
Become a tax preparer
Volunteer to become a certified tax preparer.
Classes are being held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, to Wednesday, Jan. 9; and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays Jan. 5 and 12; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, and Friday, Jan. 18
Classes will be at the United Way, 3747 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
A class for Bethune- Cookman University students only will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Bethune-Cookman school of business, second floor, Lincoln Street entrance, Daytona Beach.
A one-day re-certification class will be offered for returning volunteers. Class times are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, or Saturday, Jan. 26.
To register or for more information, visit liveunitedinvolusiaflagler.org or call (386) 366-9048.
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 and the county's Planning and Land Development Regulation Commission.
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, call (386) 736-5955, Ext. 12308.
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.
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 County. Deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Jan. 18.
An application can be found at this link:
For more information, call (386) 366-9050.
Guns and Hoses blood drive scheduled
The Guns and Hoses blood drive competition among law enforcement and firefighters to see who can donate the most blood will be from Dec. 17 through Jan. 13.
Donations during the blood drive will help boost the blood supply during the holidays so the ultimate winners will be the patients in our local hospitals.
For more information or to donate, call (888) 936-6283.
Learn about being foster parents
Open Hearts Family Services (a ministry of the Florida United Methodist Children's Home in Enterprise) will host a "Q&A: Pondering Foster Care" informational session for those interested in becoming foster parents at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Tomoka Christian Church, 1151 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL. 32174 in the café.
It will be an informational gathering, for those wishing to explore all that is involved. There will be a panel of "experts," folks from all aspects of foster care, who will be present to answer all your questions.
For more information, call (386) 386-299-8142 or e-mail email@example.com.
Hospital presenting award
The Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center will present the Community Mission Award to Gloria Max, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Volusia-Flagler Counties.
A ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Temple Beth-El, 579 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach.
Refreshments will be served after the ceremony at the Oneg Shabbat.
Zumba class planned
Zumba will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from Jan. 2 to Jan. 17, at the Midtown Cultural and Education Center, 925 George Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Cost is $2 per class.
For more information, call (386) 671-5542.
Driver safety class slated
An AARP driver safety class for seniors will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Jan. 15, and Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Volusia Memorial Funeral Homes, 548 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach. A one-day class will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Florida Hospital Medical Center Office Building, 301 Memorial Medical Parkway, Daytona Beach.
Cost is $12 for members and $14 for non-members. Reservations with instructors are required.
To register for the Ormond Beach class, call (386) 451-7453. To register for the Daytona Beach class, call (386) 615-4334.
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 the 2012-2013 flu season vaccine 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.
Seniors offered Zumba class
The Ormond Beach Senior Center, 351 Andrews St., is offering a Zumba class at 9 a.m. every Tuesday. The instructor is Maritza Moorhouse. The cost is $5 a session. For more information, call (386) 295-6048.
Learn about new sister city
Dixie Blake of the Sister Cities Association of Volusia County will shares highlights of her summer trip to Diamantina, Brazil, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the auditorium of the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
Diamantina is Volusia's newest sister city. Ms. Blake's trip began in Belo Horizonte, the capital city of Minas Gerais, and included a tour of the outdoor Museum for Contemporary Art and Botanical Gardens.
The free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Daytona Beach Library.
For more information, call (386) 257-6036, ext. 16264.
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. Monday, Jan. 14, at United Presbyterian Church, 730 Beville Road, Daytona Beach and Friday, Jan. 18, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 600 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach.
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.
Volunteers needed for playground renovation
The playground design plans have been finalized and the Magic Forest Playground renovation dates have been set by Project ROMP (Renovate Ormond's Magic Forest Playground).
Site prep and equipment prep will begin Monday, Feb. 4. The playground construction and renovation will begin Monday, Feb. 11, through Sunday, Feb. 17. The community build project has been designed by the firm Play by Design and the company's project managers will be on site the entire time the project is being built to instruct, oversee and manage the volunteers.
oJob captains - Individuals are needed who are willing to commit to working as volunteer leaders for the project. Prior construction experience is not necessary.
oVolunteer workers -- Individuals to work under the Job Captains' direction to renovate existing equipment as well as build new and exciting components for the playground. Prior construction experience is not necessary.
oFood committee, childcare committee, tools committee, volunteer committee helpers are being sought as well.
oDonations for the project are still being accepted. Also, this is your last chance to purchase a fence picket personalized with a person's name or business name.
Tax-deductible donations may be mailed to: Project ROMP, P.O. Box 731861, Ormond Beach, FL 32175
For information on volunteering, donations, fence picket order form, e-mail Sylvia.Frost@ormondbeach.org or call (386) 676-3277.
Field trip planned
The Halifax River Audubon Society will host a field trip to Lake Apopka in Orange County. Participants should meet at 6:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the International Speedway Square parking lot (behind Krystal) to form carpools.
There will be little or easy walking. Participants should bring a lunch and beverage.
Visitors and guest are welcome to this free event. For more information, call (386) 253-1166.
W.I.S.E. to meet
The spring session of Daytona State College Foundation's Wisdom in Senior Education will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 15, and will continue through April.
Programs are from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the News Journal Center, 221 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
On Jan. 15, Dr. Carol Eaton, president of Daytona State College will present "Vision and Future of Our College."
For more information, call (386) 788-6494 or (386) 506-4425.
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.
Martin Luther King Jr. celebration set
The Martin Luther King Celebration for Florida will host its annual banquet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, 100 N. Atlantic Ave., North Tower, Daytona Beach.
The keynote speaker is Benjamin Crump, the lead attorney for Trayvon Martin, who was allegedly killed in Sanford by George Zimmerman, now awaiting trial on murder charges.
The special guests will also be the parents of Trayvon Martin -- Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.
Tickets are $50 and tax-deductible.
For tickets, call (386) 451-1108
Other events include:
oCitywide Picnic: 1-3 p.m. Jan. 17, at Daisy Stocking Park Daytona Beach
oFree breakfast: 8 a.m. Jan. 21 at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church 580 George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach
o March for Justice: 9 a.m. Jan. 21, at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church and ends at Greater Friendship Baptist Church, 539 George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach
oWorship Service: 10 a.m. Jan. 21 honoring Dr. King with keynote speaker, Dr. James B. Sampson, president of the Florida General Baptist Convention Inc. at Greater Friendship Baptist Church, 539 George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Racing for recovery
The Avenues 12 third annual Race for Recovery will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Sun Splash park in Daytona Beach.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. This is a 5K-beach run and a 3K walk.
Cost is $25 per individual. Teams of 10 pay $200 and $20 each additional team member.
Avenues 12's Shae Radcliff Memorial Scholarship supports indigent women entering its Newcomers House, who are committed to commencing a drug and alcohol-free life.
For more information, visit www.avenues12recoveryhouse.com.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Gamma Mu Omega Chapter, and the United Negro College Fund will partner to present The Inaugural Male Cook-Off on Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Daytona Beach Resort and Conference Center, 2700 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.
The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
The inaugural male cook-off offers an opportunity for men of the community -- hobbyist and professional -- to showcase their culinary talents. Proceeds from the event will go to scholarships for Volusia County students who desire to attend college.
The tasting event's attendees will have the opportunity to sample the dishes prepared by the cook-off's participants. Also, there will be live entertainment, door prizes and a silent auction.
For tickets or for information on how to participate in the cook-off, call (386) 299-8331 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tea fundraiser set
The Daytona Beach Chapter of Hadassah will host a fundraiser Chai Tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the River Lily Inn, 558 Riverside Drive, Holly Hill.
The guest speaker will be Phyllis Meiser, Hadassah Area Advisor, who will talk about the 100th anniversary of Hadassah.
The cost is $23. Sandwiches, cake, coffee and, of course, tea will be served. Funds will go to displaced children.
The reservation deadline is Jan. 14. For reservations, call (386) 672-1707.