Singer-guitarist Rhonda Patrick will be in concert from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 in the Canal Street Historic District's Christmas Park.
Christmas Park is on the corner of Live Oak and Canal streets in New Smyrna Beach. Bring a lawn chair.
For information on monthly performers, call Marc Monteson at 386-423-9760.
Groundbreaking slated for street improvements
New Smyrna Beach and Volusia County officials will officially break ground on improvements to Washington Street in New Smyrna Beach's historic Westside community at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8.
The groundbreaking ceremony will be in front of the Alonzo "Babe" James Community Center.
The project will improve the roadway as well as pedestrian access, stormwater drainage and lighting along the .26-mile stretch. Work is expected to be completed in June on the $1.4 million project.
Garden club to meet
New Smyrna Beach Garden Club will meet Thursday, Jan. 3, at the clubhouse, 2000 Turnbull Bay Road.
"Fairie Gardens" will be presented by Jen Knight and her daughter, Taylor, of Lindleys Nursery.
Social time is from 10 to 10:30 a.m. The business meeting will be at 10:30 a.m., followed by a catered lunch for $10. Meetings are open to the public, however reservations are required for lunch.
If you would like to make a lunch reservation or obtain information about membership, call (386) 409-7912.
Low cost pet shot clinic offered.
There will be a lower cost pet shot clinic sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Family Dollar, 109 Boston Ave., Edgewater.
Free well checks will be available and sign up to order products by mail from the vet. All vaccinations are administered by a licensed veterinarian, and the clinic is licensed and permitted. Cash only for the shots. For more information, call (386) 748-8993.
DAR to meet
Daughters of the American Revolution, Jane Sheldon Chapter, New Smyrna Beach, will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan.3, at the New Smyrna Beach Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.
John Mann will present a program on the history of Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.
Women whose ancestors participated in the American Revolution and desire membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution may call (386) 428-2507 for additional information.
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.
Edgewater library to host free tai chi classes
Residents can learn the Chinese practice of tai chi during a 12-week series of free classes at the Edgewater Public Library, 103 W. Indian River Blvd.
Representatives from the Northeast Florida Area Health Education Center will offer "Tai chi -- moving for better balance" from 2 to 3 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday from Jan. 7 through March 27. Instructors will focus on the prevention of falls during the progressive program.
Originally developed as a martial art, tai chi is now used to reduce stress and improve balance through slow, gentle movements and deep breathing. It's sometimes referred to as "moving meditation."
Space is limited. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the library at (386) 424-2916.
Folk duo to perform at three libraries
The folk duo Hungrytown will perform free concerts at three public libraries in January.
Hungrytown is the musical and married duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson. They have released two acclaimed CDs, "Hungrytown" in 2008 and "Any Forgotten Thing" in 2011. Both continue to receive much airplay on folk and Americana stations worldwide. Hungrytown's music has appeared on several television shows, including the Independent Film Channel's hit series, "Portlandia."
Hungrytown will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the Deltona Amphitheater, 2150 Eustace Ave.; noon Saturday, Jan. 12, at VIA Hall, which is next to the Oak Hill Public Library, at 126 E. Halifax Ave.; and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Dickinson Hall, which is next to the Orange City Public Library, 148 Albertus Way.
The concerts are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
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.
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.
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.
Historical society sets annual dinner
The Southeast Volusia Historical Society will have its annual dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Sugar Mill Country Club, 100 Clubhouse Circle, New Smyrna Beach.
The speaker will be Dr. Rachel K. Wentz, regional director of The Florida Public Archaeology Network. Dr. Wentz is the author of "Life and Death at Windover," a mortuary pond in Titusville that contained burials from time predating the pyramids of Egypt.
The reservation deadline is Jan. 14. The cost is $30 per person. For reservations, call (386) 478-0052.
Nominations sought for historic preservation award
The Historic New Smyrna Beach Preservation Commission is accepting nominations for the 2013 Donnadine Miller Memorial Historic Preservation Award.
Buildings at least 50 years old or sites associated with a historic event are eligible.
The nomination deadline is Jan. 31.
Past winners include the Night Swan Bed and Breakfast and 601 Faulkner Street. Winners of the 2013 awards will be presented a bronze plaque at a March City Commission meeting.
In 2009, the award program was renamed in memory of Donnadine Miller, who was an active volunteer and member of the community.
Applications are available at City Hall, 210 Sams Ave., the New Smyrna Museum of History, 201 Sams Avenue, and online at www.cityofnsb.com.
For more information, call (386) 424-2138.
Dog dash benefits humane society
The Southeast Volusia Humane Society will sponsor its fifth annual "Go Dog Go 5k run, half-mile dog dash and half-mile dog walk on Saturday, Jan. 19.
The event will start at 8 a.m. with the 5k run in the parking lot of Norwood's Restaurant, 400 E. 2nd Ave. (South Causeway), New Smyrna Beach.
The half-mile dog dash and half-mile dog walk will begin at about 8:45 a.m.
Prizes will be awarded for all categories and proceeds benefit the Southeast Volusia Humane Society. There will be door prizes, raffles and awards.
For more information or information about being a sponsor of this event call (386) 428-9860 or visit the website at sevhumanesociety.org
Party benefits Marine Discovery Center
The Marine Discovery Center will host its eighth annual NFL Playoff Tailgate'n Party Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Brannon Center, New Smyrna Beach.
Tickets include a complimentary buffet prepared by 12 of the leading restaurants in New Smyrna Beach, two complimentary draft beers and the opportunity to visit the beer tasting table and sample premium brews. Participants will be automatically entered in a drawing to win one of four door prizes or take a chance at a 50/50 raffle. There will be four, large-screen TVs to watch the NFL playoff game and this year a feature is a silent auction of tickets to Disney World, SeaWorld, weekend getaways, gift baskets, theater tickets, bikes and boards.
Advanced tickets are $25 or reserve a table of eight for $160 (advance payment required).
All proceeds for this event support the Marine Discovery Center's education programs and its mission to preserve and protect the Indian River lagoon. Donations are tax deductible.
For reservations call the Marine Discovery Center at (386) 428-4828.
Tickets may be purchased online at marinediscoverycenter.eventbrite.com.
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.
Card party slated
Knights of Columbus No. 4939 will host a card party at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at its clubhouse, 516 S. Orange Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
Cost is $5 per person and participants should bring their own cards.
Lunch will be available for purchase. All proceeds go toward the club's charity fund.
For more information or to buy tickets call (386) 690-6219.
Tickets will also be available at the door.
Chowder festival slated in New Smyrna
The New Smyrna Beach Chowder Festival will take over Flagler Avenue from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan.
Featuring more than 20 chowders, the progressive chowder cook-off will take place inside sponsor locations along the avenue. The event is co-sponsored by the Flagler Avenue Merchants and the New Smyrna Beach Moose Lodge and benefits the Florida Sheriff's Youth Camp in Barberville.
For more information, visit partyonflagler.com
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.