Experience Florida's history with Dianne Jacoby
Celebrate 500 years of Florida history with Dianne Jacoby during a free program from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
Ms. Jacoby will portray Florida's history through the personalities and life experiences of three women from different eras -- Spanish noblewoman Dona Maria de Menendez, flamboyant Sara Fish and southern belle Mary Lily Flagler.
Her presentation is part of Viva Florida 500, a year-long, statewide grassroots effort to recognize Ponce de Leon's exploration of Florida in 1513 and celebrate the state's rich heritage and diverse cultural history.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 322-5152, Ext. 28.
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. 19, at the Volusia County Fairgrounds.
Trees sell for $2 each for orders of 10 or more, and $3 each for less than 10.
Proceeds will benefit Volusia County 4-H and conservation projects in Volusia County.
Cultural Council schedules workshops for grant applicants
The Cultural Council of Volusia County will conduct two workshops in January for organizations wishing to apply for a Volusia County Community Cultural Grant.
The workshops will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the third-floor conference room of the Volusia County Lifeguard Headquarters and Administration Center, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach; and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the first-floor training rooms of the of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.
To be eligible, organizations must send a representative to one of the workshops.
Applications must be delivered to Volusia County's Parks, Recreation and Culture office at 202 N. Florida Ave., DeLand, by 5 p.m. April 26. In June, the Cultural Council will review and score the grant applications to provide recommendations to the Volusia County Council.
For more information, call (386) 736-5953, Ext. 15872, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Floodplain Management Plan Survey
Volusia County and its municipalities are seeking input from residents concerning floodplain management issues, concerns, and other feedback to assist in the development of the Floodplain Management Plan.
A short survey is available at surveymonkey.com/s/Volusia_Floodplain_Management_Public_Survey.
If anyone wishes a hard copy of the survey due to limited or no Internet access, call Tara McCue at (387) 262-7772 to obtain a survey and an addressed/stamped envelope to return it in.
Double commemoration day set
The annual Battle of Dunlawton-177th Anniversary of Seminole Wars and the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg-Civil War will be commemorated in a living history program featuring re-enactors and accompanied by period music and the full Daytona Beach Concert Band at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Riverside Pavilion, off U.S. 1, Port Orange.
The event is free. For more information, call (386) 214-7232.
Hog roast benefits military kids
American Legion Unit 270 auxiliary of Port Orange will host "Operation Military Kids" at noon Sunday, Jan.20.
There will be a hog roast with all the trimmings for $7 and the day also will feature jail and bail, cake walk, door prizes and horse races. All proceeds will go to military children's camp.
For more information, call (386) 788-6800.
Meet in Ponce Inlet
The Ponce Inlet Community center will host a soup and salad get together from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at 4670 South Peninsula Drive. The cost is $7 and participants should bring their own beverage.
Donations of soup are appreciated.
Participants should sign up at center office.
Maine social group to meet
The "Maine Connection II" social group will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Golden Corral, 907 Taylor Road, Port Orange.
It's a group for all who have connections to the great state of Maine: snowbirds, family ties, or former residents.
For more information, call (386) 236-9681 or e-mail email@example.com.
Library to host genealogy program
Anne Mohr Osisek will offer tips on discovering your family tree during a free program from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
Ms. Osisek is the president of the Florida State Genealogical Society and a member of the National Genealogy Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 322-5152, Ext. 28.
VFW hosts pre-'souper' bowl event
The VFW Post 3282 will host an all-you-can-eat homemade soup and chili dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at 5810 S. Williamson Blvd. in Port Orange.
This event is open to the public. Donation is $5.
Money collected benefits the ladies auxiliary and post projects.
There also will be entertainment and raffles.
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: http://www.liveunitedinvolusiaflagler.org/Women%27sInitiative/WIV-limited-funding-app2013.pdf.
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., Saturday, 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.
Training wish granters
Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida will host a Wish Granting Training Session on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Port Orange.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. There are currently children in Volusia and surrounding counties waiting to have their wishes granted.
This training session will teach the volunteers how to determine the child's one true wish, different wish granting techniques, policies and guidelines, and how to grant the actual wish.
Wish Granters team up in pairs and work directly with the children and their families to make these wishes come true.
Participants must be 21.
To register for the class, or other volunteer opportunities, call (407) 622-4673, Ext. 201.
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.
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.
Cancer support group to meet
Halifax Health/American Cancer Society Man to Man Support Group meets from 7 to 8 p.m. the second Thursday of every month in the Halifax Health Medical Center of Port Orange cafeteria, 1041 Dunlawton Ave., Port Orange.
For more information, call (386) 761.7130.
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.
Balance workshop offered
Westminster By-The-Sea Presbyterian Church will host physical therapist Sarah Thomas in a free seminar called "Balance Workshop" as part of their Body, Mind and Soul health ministry at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan, 23, at 3221 S. Peninsula Drive, Daytona Beach Shores.
Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information, call (386) 767-8342.
Singles meet and greet planned
A 55 and older singles meet and greet will be held on Jan. 26.
Participants are asked to bring a Valentine card to share. A contest with prizes for best homemade cards will be held.
Make a new friend, eat, socialize and listen, and maybe dance
For more information, including location, call (386) 761-8837.
Valentine's Dinner planned
The Port Orange Elks will host a Valentine's Day Dinner at the lodge, 5207 S. Ridgewood Ave.
Dinner will consist of Cornish hen, salad, mashed potatoes, vegetable, dessert and champagne. Music will be provided by "Peter J." Reservations are required. Tickets are $15 per person.
For more information, call (386) 767-8572.
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.
As part of the Four Chaplains Memorial week, at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb 10, at the DAV Chapter, 605 Eighth St, Holly Hill, Chapel Director Larry Babitts of Ormond Beach will present the prestigious "Bronze Medallion of the Legion of Honor" to three clergymen, including Rabbi Howard Schwartz, Chaplain of the Haven Hospice in DeLand. Two other local citizens will receive the title "Humanitarian of the Chapel" and three others will be named to and listed on the Chapel's rolls as "Legionnaires of the Chapel."
This event is open to the public.
For more information, call (386) 265-5084.