Jubilee celebration begins
The first event of the 125th jubilee celebration for the city of Lake Helen will be a Run, Walk and Waddle at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, around Lake Helen. The event will start at Royal Park, 129 Royal Park Road.
Proceeds from the event will benefit several Lake Helen building projects.
Sponsor forms are available at City Hall, Portias, Papas, Thrifty Nickle, Lake Helen Museum and Market in the Park.
DeLand library offers e-reader workshops Jan.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 Nooks and Nook Tablets at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18; and iPads and Android Tablets at 2:30 p.m.
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.
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.
Historic Preservation Board to meet
The Volusia County Historic Preservation Board will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the Frank T. Bruno Jr. County Council Chambers on the second floor of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.
Members will discuss the board's programs and policies. The public is invited to attend and participate in the meeting.
For more information, call (386) 736-5953, Ext. 12008, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pet clinic slated
Four low-cost pet shot clinics will be in West Volusia county on Saturday, Jan. 19, sponsored by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue.
The first clinic will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at Big Lots, 2412 S. Volusia, Orange City.
The second clinic will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Pets 4 Less, 2235 S. Woodland Blvd., Cedar Ridge Plaza, DeLand.
The third clinic will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at Tractor Supply, 2300 N. Woodland Blvd. DeLand.
The fourth clinic will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Whiskers Pet Grooming, 2709 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.
This is a cash-only clinic.
For more information, call (386) 748-8993.
Proceeds benefit abandoned animals.
Pet foster homes needed
ARK Pet Rescue is in need of pet foster homes.
For more information, call (386) 801-6279.
Food truck bazaar planned
The City of DeLand Parks and Recreation Department will host a food truck bazaar from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Earl Brown Park.
Enjoy a nighttime outdoors community dinner atmosphere, sit in a favorite lawn chair, and eat gourmet treats, burgers, barbecue and desserts.
For more information, call (386) 740-5800.
Yard sale benefits outreach center
Grace House is having a fundraising yard sale for its pregnancy outreach center in DeLand.
The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Grace House Center, 306 E. Church St., DeLand.
There will be paintings, furniture, professional lighted display tables and miscellaneous items.
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.
For more information and a pre-application, visit volusia.org/housing or call (386) 736-5955, Ext. 12969.
Cordon Bleu chef to speak at Hopkins Hall
Cordon Bleu chef Dr. Hari Pulapaka will discuss his love of cooking and share some recipes during a free presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Hopkins Hall, 192 Connecticut Ave., Lake Helen.
Dr. Pulapaka and his wife, Dr. Jenneffer Pulapaka, own Cress Restaurant, which was recently named the best restaurant in the greater Orlando area by Zagat. Cooking is a second job for the couple. By day, he is an associate professor of mathematics at Stetson University and she is a podiatrist with DeLand Foot and Leg Center.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 228-1152.
Change Your Mind Day in DeLand, January 19
Volusia Buddhist Fellowship and other area Buddhist groups will host Central Florida's ninth Change Your Mind Day from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia, 116 S. Clara Ave., DeLand.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will bring together leaders from area Buddhist organizations to speak about meditation and Buddhist practice.
The presentations will include teachings and guided meditations from several Buddhist traditions.
This year's event will include a first: Rev. Koyo Kubose, the spiritual head of Bright Dawn Center for Oneness Buddhism in Coarsegold, Calif., will make a "virtual appearance" via the Internet.
For more information, call (386) 738-3715, visit www.volusiabuddhist.org or e-mail email@example.com.
Haven Hospice is seeking volunteers for the DeLand office.
Administrative volunteers provide support by preparing information and support materials for mailings, trainings and events; data entry; printing and copying; and answering and making phone calls.
Outreach volunteers represent and share Haven Hospice's mission and information at various community events in the DeLand area.
Patient/caregiver volunteers provide intermittent practical and emotional support to Haven families and patients facing life limiting illness and death.
All volunteers must attend a three-hour orientation at the DeLand office. The next orientation is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 19.
Volunteers interested in working with families, will need to complete a seven-hour patient/caregiver training, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28. Along with the three- hour orientation class on Saturday, Jan 19.
To start the application process, call (386) 734-7600 or log onto www.havenhospice.org/volunteer.
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. 22, 29 and 31
oJohn's Appliance City, 911 S. Volusia Ave., Orange City: Jan. 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.
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 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.
Races will raise funds to fight cancer
The second annual "Linda's Run for the Dream 5k" presented by ME STRONG will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.
The event, named for DeLand resident and three-time cancer survivor Linda Ryan, will run its course around historic Downtown DeLand and Stetson University. The race start will be at 123 W. Indiana Ave.
Online registration is at www.mestrong.net. Registration is available through Jan. 31 for $25, and $30 on race day. (All entrants younger than age 18 are eligible for $5 off registration.)
Packet pick-up will be Friday, Feb. 2, in DeLand at a location announced closer to the event date, and beginning at 6:30 a.m. on race day.
Paper registration must be received no later than Jan. 23.
Proceeds from the race will be used to support individuals battling cancer.
For more information visit www.mestrong.net.
Flu shots available at health department
The Volusia County Health Department is offering flu vaccine 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.
Flu vaccines are offered at all Volusia County Health Department locations.
The prices are as follows: $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.
Chaplains will be honored
As part of the Four Chaplains Memorial week, at 2:30 pm, on Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 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 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.
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 are:
oBest Participant Retention: Bert Fish Medical Center
oMost Average Weight Loss Per Participant: Bert Fish
oHighest Average Percent Weight Loss Per Participant:
oMost Overall Weight Lost: Bert Fish, Richard S. (29.5 pounds)
For more information, call (386) 738-9611.
Sorority contributes $400 to Food Brings Hope
Food Brings Hope is the beneficiary of a $400 donation from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, 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.
For information, e-mail Beth@FoodBringsHope.org.