DeLand library offers e-reader workshops Jan. 4 and 18
Learn how to download free library e-books, audio books and music onto your e-reader during free workshops at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.
The hour-long workshops will focus on Kindles at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4; Kindle Fires at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 4; Nooks and Nook Tablets at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18; and iPads and Android Tablets at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Laptops are welcomed at all classes.
Librarians Char Purdy and Susan Fichter 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 required and may be made by calling (386) 822-6430, Ext. 115 or 116.
Paddle Lake Diaz
Volusia County's Environmental Management Division invites you to a paddling adventure on Lake Diaz from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Take a paddling adventure on this beautiful cypress-enveloped lake. The pace will be slow and leisurely as paddlers observe the plants and animals along the lake's edge. Bring your own kayak or canoe. Life jacket and whistle are required for each participant. Meet at Candace R. Strawn-Lake Diaz Park, 5320 State Road 11, DeLeon 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.
Children and Families Advisory Board to meet
The Children and Families Advisory Board will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the first-floor training room of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123. W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.
Members will discuss funding for summer camp scholarships and hear agency presentations on the processes for requests for proposals and requests for statements of qualifications.
For more information, call (386) 736-5955, Ext. 15694, or visit www.volusia.org/countycouncil/cfab.htm.
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; 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 Stetson University students only will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Lynn Business Building, No. 318, in DeLand.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 Lake Helen Public Library, 148 Albertus Way.
The concerts are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Groups pool efforts to benefit Pierson students
Boy Scouts of the Three Rivers District distributed fishing poles, sports balls, bicycles, board games, backpacks and clothes to economically disadvantaged students in the Pierson area through the Food Brings Hope program.
Christine Eggert-Frampton, Troop 429 committee chair, led the effort along with Food Brings Hope partner Project Share, the Christmas service project of the Rotary Club of Flagler Beach under the direction of Roseanne Stocker.
Project Share identified the recipients, just as it has been doing for many years in the Pierson area.
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. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Orange City United Methodist Church, 396 University Ave,
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.
Pet Vet Cruiser announces January schedule
Volusia County's Pet Vet Cruiser offers low-cost spaying and neutering services to residents of unincorporated parts of the county and the cities of DeLand and South Daytona.
Here's where the mobile clinic will be in January:
oOakbrook Professional Center, 931 S. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand: Jan. 3, 8, 15, 17, 22, 29 and 31
oJohn's Appliance City, 911 S. Volusia Ave., Orange City: Jan. 7, 14 and 28
Fees are based on income. Appointments are required and may be made by calling (386) 626-6643.
For more information, visit volusia.org/petvet.