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
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. Saturday, Jan. 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.
Proceeds will benefit Volusia County 4-H and conservation projects in Volusia County.
The New Smyrna Beach Parks and Recreation Department is conducting beginning and intermediate line dance classes.
Male participants are needed.
Classes are offered by the New Smyrna Beach Parks and Recreation Dept. -- three times per week -- two different locations.
Contact NSBDanceMoves@aol.com or visit www.nsbdancemoves.com for more information.
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.
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.
Counselor to discuss energy healing at library
Health counselor Carol Wallace will discuss energy healing during a free presentation from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.
Ms. Wallace is a Reiki master teacher and a certified graduate of the New England School of Holistic Health Education. She is also trained in meditation and is certified by Peggy Huddleston in "Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster."
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 424-2910, Ext. 104.
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.
The Community Cultural Grant provides general operating support to nonprofit organizations in Volusia County that have as their primary mission the delivery of cultural or heritage-based programs to the public. In 2012, more than $610,000 was awarded to 32 organizations.
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.
Cultural Council to meet Jan. 25
The Cultural Council of Volusia County will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Artists' Workshop of New Smyrna Beach, 540 Barracuda Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
Members will discuss the Cultural Council's programs and upcoming activities. The public is invited to attend and participate in the meeting.
For more information, call (386) 736-5963, Ext. 15872.
Agility trials slated
The Obedience Club Of Daytona will conduct its
annual four-day dog agility trials from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, to Monday, Jan. 28, at the Silver Sands Bridle Club, 625 Tomoka Farms Road, New Smyrna Beach.
The dog can be an AKC breed or a mix breed.
No dogs are allowed on the grounds unless entered in the trial.
Participants should bring a chair. Food and Vendors will be on hand.
For more information, call (386) 761-1095.
Funds available to fortify homes against the wind
Is your home ready for the next big wind storm? If not, the Volusia County Wind Hazard Mitigation Program may provide assistance.
The program can assist with hurricane shutters for windows and doors, gable-end tie-downs, and upgraded garage doors. The maximum award per household is $10,000.
Funding can be used only for owner-occupied homes in Volusia County except in the city limits of Daytona Beach, Deltona, Oak Hill, Ponce Inlet and Port Orange.
The funds are provided as a five-year, zero-interest deferred loan secured by a mortgage. If the homeowner lives in the home for five years and complies with program restrictions, the loan will be forgiven.
Applicants will work with the county's Community Assistance staff to apply and determine eligibility. For more information and a pre-application, visit www.volusia.org/housing or call (386) 736-5955, Ext. 12969.
Ministry offers free goods
Forever Relying On God Ministries is a nonprofit free thrift store with clothing and household goods for the whole family.
There are no income requirements. However, photo identification is required.
Up to 10 clothing items may be given to each family member each month.
The store also has toys, dishes. books and other household needs.
F.R.O.G. Ministeries is located at 415 N. Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater.
For more information, call (386) 957-3822.
Free tax assistance and preparation
The AARP Tax-Aide Program offers a free tax service for taxpayers of all ages with low or moderate income. All 1040 forms prepared free!
AARP Membership is not required but special attention is given to those aged 60 and older.
Participants may be any age and do not have to be an AARP member.
All counselors are IRS Certified.
Refund via Direct Deposit is free and takes 7 to 10 days.
For more information, locations or to schedule an appointment, e-you're your name and phone number to: email@example.com.
The Tax-Aide program is run by volunteers and is administered through the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS.
Spaghetti dinner planned
The New Smyrna Beach CAPS 14th annual spaghetti dinner will be from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at New Smyrna Beach High School.
Advance tickets are $5. Tickets may be purchased at Ocean Properties, Winn-Dixie and the high school in New Smyrna Beach, and Chick-fil-a in Edgewater. Tickets at the door are $6. The Cuda Achievers Award Ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m.
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. 27.
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
Run with the Ranger 5K Run set
The 4th Annual "Run with the Ranger 5K Run and Walk" will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Canaveral National Seashore.
The course begins and ends on the historic Eldora loop road in the National Seashore.
Entry fees for the 5K are $20 per youth younger than 18, $25 per person or $65 for a team of four for pre-registration.
Day of race registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. for an additional $5 fee.
Participants may register online at active.com or at friendsofcanaveral.org. Forms can be picked up at Coronado Elementary, New Smyrna Beach Parks and Recreation, the Information Center at Canaveral National Seashore, the Edgewater and Port Orange YMCAs, Heath Health Foods and Spike's Athletic Shoes in Holly Hill.
This event is presented by Canaveral National Seashore, Coronado Beach Elementary PTA and the Friends of Canaveral.
Proceeds from the event will be used to promote family fitness and healthy lifestyles at Coronado Elementary, and to enhance the Environmental Education program at Canaveral National Seashore.
500 pounds lost in fitness challenge
Volusia Flagler Family YMCA announced 228 employees from six local companies lost a combined 500 pounds in their "Fall into Fitness" 2012 Corporate Wellness Challenge.
During the competition, each employee received full access to all six Volusia Flagler Family YMCA centers, weekly nutrition tips and ongoing support from the Y's Wellness Staff.
This year's Weight Loss Challenge Winners area:
oBest Participant Retention: Bert Fish Medical Center
oMost Average Weight Loss Per Participant: Bert Fish
oHighest Average Percent Weight Loss Per Participant: Bert Fish
oMost Overall Weight Lost: Bert Fish, Richard S. (29.5 pounds)
For more information, call (386) 738-9611.
Boat cruises offered
Canaveral National Seashore hosts pontoon boat cruisers.
A two-hour cruise to historic Seminole Rest is at 10 a.m. most Thursdays.
A two-hour cruise to the backwaters of Mosquito Lagoon are at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. most Friday, Saturdays and Sundays.
Cost of each cruise is $20 per person. There is a 50 percent discount offered for seniors or access pass holders. Children younger than 15 are admitted free.
Space is limited. Reservations are required. For more information, call (386) 428-3384, Ext. 0.