An AARP driver safety class for seniors will be conducted 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.
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. 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.
Arbor Day celebrated
The city of Ormond Beach will celebrate Arbor Day at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Vadner Park, 105 Seminole Ave.
A Live Oak tree will be planted in celebration of Arbor Day.
Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the important role of trees in our lives and encourages tree planting and care.
National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April; however, in some regions, Arbor Day is celebrated on a date appropriate for tree planting.
For more information, call (386) 676-3241.
Café to host family discussion
PYRAMID Community Cafe Discussion will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at The Chiles Academy at the historic Bonner Elementary, 868 George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach.
A guided discussion on identifying critical roles for families and community partners as part of the
The cafe is a network of families, caregivers and providers partnering to strengthen families, expectant parents and families of young children.
For more information, call (386) 323-2400, Ext. 162.
Herb Society to meet
The Seaside Herb Society of Ormond Beach will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Riverbridge Meeting House at 1 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach.
This month's program is on making and using herb and spice blends. The Herb of the Month presentation is on growing and using cardamom. Tastings will be offered.
The public is welcome. For more information about this and other Herb Society programs, visit seasideherbsociety.com or call (443) 497-0044.
Author to discuss book about pediatric cancer
Educator and freelance writer Rachel Reynolds will discuss her book, "Four Seasons for Charlotte: A Parent's Year with Pediatric Cancer," from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
The book, Ms. Reynolds' first, chronicles her and her husband's experience with their daughter Charlotte, who was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 3 and died a year later. The book is a testament to the impact one little girl's brief life and incredible spirit had on her family and community.
The free presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more information, call (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16264.
Race for Recovery slated
Avenues 12 Recovery Houses third annual 5K Run/3K Walk "Race for Recovery" will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Sunsplash Park, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.
All proceeds will benefit the Avenues 12 Shae Radcliff Memorial Scholarship Program, which supports indigent young women who are committed to commencing a drug and alcohol-free life.
For more information, visit www.avenues12recoveryhouse.com or call (386) 265-4955.
Heritage Preservation Trust to meet
The Heritage Preservation Trust annual membership meeting will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at 111 Silver Beach Ave., Daytona Beach.
The meeting will be followed by a wine down on the riverfront and walk through of Lillian Place.
For more information, call (386) 299-4974.
Cultural Council schedules workshops for grant applicants
The Cultural Council of Volusia County will conduct two workshops in January for organizations applying 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.
University women to meet
The American Association of University Women Daytona Chapter will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Palmetto Club, 1000 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
Guest speaker will be Theresa Ronnebaum of the office of the Florida Attorney General. Her topic will be "Identity Theft and Fraud -- What You Should Know."
Lunch and a business meeting will follow at noon. Cost of lunch is $13. The public is invited and memberships accepted.
For more information, call (386) 767-5927.
Low-cost pet clinic planned
There will be two low-cost pet shot clinics sponsored by the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Sunday, Jan. 20.
The first clinic will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at Big Lots 122 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach.
The second clinic will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Big Lots 3818 S. Nova Rd. Port Orange.
This is a cash-only clinic for the shots. The clinic is open to everyone, no appointment needed. Proceeds benefit abused animals. For more information, call (386) 748-8993.
HUM has new service center
The Halifax Urban Ministries Ormond Beach Service Center has moved to the Emmanuel Church of the Living God, 54 S. Ridgewood Ave., Ormond Beach.
HUM is on Tomoka Avenue (the south side) of Emmanuel Church. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for donations, and homeless prevention and intervention services.
For more information, call (386) 615-1326.
Parkinson Association to meet
The Parkinson Association of Greater Daytona Beach will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Bishop's Glen Retirement Center (auditorium) at 900 LPGA Blvd., Holly Hill.
Neurologist Dr. James Scott with Neurology Associates in Ormond Beach will address the group.
Dr. Scott will host an open forum: "Ask the Neurologist" program.
Seating is limited. Reservations for this event are required by calling (386) 676-6375 by no later than Monday, Jan. 21.
For more information on this or other upcoming Parkinson Association events, call (386) 676-6375.
Garden Club to meet
The Volusia Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the William Finney Memorial Garden Center, 837 N. Oleander Ave, Daytona Beach.
The speaker will be from Leonardi Nursery.
The public is welcome. For more information, call (386) 672-0688.
Human Services Advisory Board to meet Jan. 22
The Human Services Advisory Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the United Way office, 3747 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Members will discuss the Community Services Block Grant quarterly reports for fiscal year 2012-2013.
For more information, call (386) 736-5956, Ext. 12980.
Loop group to meet
The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail Corridor Management Entity will conduct its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Ormond Beach Public Library, Conference Room 4, 30 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach.
All CME members and interested members of the public are encouraged to attend.
Casements closure for maintenance
The Casements will be closed for tours from Jan. 28 through Jan. 30 because of air conditioning work required on the second floor.
The building will be closed to the public on Friday, Jan. 25, because of the Native American Festival.
Restaurant slates give-back days
Ruby Tuesday's Community Give Back Program will benefit The Arc Volusia on Jan. 23-25.
When presented a flyer prior to ordering, Ruby Tuesday, 1808 International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, will give back 20 percent of any purchase to The Arc Volusia.
For a copy of the flyer, visit arcvolusia.org or e-mail email@example.com.
For more information about the educational and vocational job skill training programs and services The Arc provides, call (386) 274-4736, Ext. 311
Learn about e-readers
A free introductory e-reader class will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
Librarians will explain how to download free library books onto Kindles Nooks, mobile phones or tablets.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16166.
Railroad employees to meet
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 2247 will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Rivergrille Restaurant, North U.S. 1, Ormond Beach.
Kate Thomas from The Halifax Humane Society will be the featured speaker.
For more information, call (386) 441-9250.
Daytona Beach library hosts 'super couponing' program
Couponing pro Mary Edwards will share tips for saving money through "super couponing" during a free program from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
Ms. Edwards lives in Central Florida with her husband and four young children. Her goal is to help families save money and stay on or below budget. She writes a blog, Couponers United, at couponersunited.com.
The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16264.
Navy league to meet
The Daytona Navy League will meet at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 25 at the Halifax River Yacht Club, 331 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
The speaker will be Dr. Leo F. Murphy. He is a retired Naval Aviator Pilot and will do a presentation on the Early History of U.S. Naval Aviation.
He is director of Advanced Placement Programs and an associate professor in the Department of Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Veterans are welcome and public invited. Cost is $16 per person.
Reservations required by Jan. 22. Send Checks payable to: "Daytona Beach Area Council-NL" and mail to P.O. Box 11255 Daytona Beach, FL 32120-1125.
For more information, call (386) 258-9931.
Learn about new sister city
Dixie Blake of the Sister Cities Association of Volusia County will share 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.
Daytona Beach library offers 'Social Security 101'
The Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island will host a free program, "Social Security 101," from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
Steve Hood, a financial independence advisor with LifePlan Advisors, will explain the various Social Security retirement options, factors to consider when deciding when to apply for benefits, how to estimate benefits, and more.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16264.
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 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.
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 be 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 college scholarships for Volusia County students.
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.
Cancer support group to meet
Halifax Health -- HOPE Oncology Support Group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month at Halifax Health Center for Oncology in the ground floor conference room, 303 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach.
For more information, call (386) 239-2328.
Sweetheart Ball planned
Tickets to the 11th Annual Sweetheart Ball, hosted by the Junior League of Daytona Beach, are now on sale.
This year's event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb 9, at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, 101 N. Atlantic in Daytona Beach.
The annual father/daughter formal dinner dance is a signature fundraiser for the Junior League with proceeds benefiting community projects that directly impact the lives of families in need, expectant and new mothers, students struggling to succeed, and children dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.jldb.org or by calling the League office at (386) 253-1756.
Reserved tables and sponsorship opportunities are available, but space is limited.
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 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.
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 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.
Chaplains will be honored
As part of the Four Chaplains Memorial week, at 2:30 pm, 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 local clergymen, including Rabbi Howard Schwartz, Chaplain of the Haven Hospice, 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."
These awards are presented to selected citizens for their lifetimes of
selfless service to their communities, the state or the nation.
This event is open to the public.
For more information, call (386) 265-5084.
Cookbooks for sale
Daytona Beach Chapter of Hadassah is now selling the few remaining copies of it cookbook, "A Dash of Love", at a reduced price of $10 each, as the next cookbook is made.
Proceeds benefit medical research at Hadassah Medical Organization where everyone is treated regardless of ethnicity.
This spiral type cookbook contains more than 225 traditional and non-traditional recipes plus cooking tips .
For more information, call (386) 673-0613.
Sorority contributes $400 to Food Brings Hope
Food Brings Hope is the beneficiary of a $400 donation from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Gamma Mu Omega Chapter.
The sorority selected Food Brings Hope as a beneficiary because of the many programs and activities it provides to 500 needy students in 10 elementary, middle and high schools in Volusia County.
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority donation will be used to provide a 40-pound bag of groceries plus frozen meat weekly to the most needy Food Brings Hope students and their families at Westside Elementary School and Campbell Middle School. Each bag supplies nine nutritious meals for a family of four.
For more information, e-mail Beth@FoodBringsHope.org.