Blood drive slated
VFW Post 3282 is sponsoring a Blood Drive on from 10 a.m. to 2 p. m., Saturday, Jan. 26 at 5810 S. Williamson Blvd., Port Orange.
Surprise gifts will be available to donors.
For more information, call (386) 761-7217.
Public input sought on skate park
The City of Port Orange is seeking input for an upgrade to its skate park.
There will be a public forum at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at the skate park, 4655 City Center Circle.
The city is seeking proposals from design-build firms to renovate the existing Skate Park behind the Port Orange Gym.
For more information, call at (386) 506-5712.
The Domestic Abuse Council of Volusia County is in need of 100 standard bed pillows. The pillows must be brand new and still in the plastic wrapper. The pillows will be used for residents who temporarily reside in the emergency shelter.
Pillows may be dropped off at the Domestic Abuse Council Thrift Shop Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Thrift Shop is at 949A Beville Road, South Daytona. They can be reached at (386) 761-3166
For information, go to domesticabusecouncil.com.
Chili cook off slated
The City of Daytona Beach Shores Culture & Entertainment Board is sponsoring its fourth annual Chili Cookoff from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Shores Plaza Pavilion, 3048 S. Atlantic Ave..
Cost is $5 for the tasting, $10 to enter your chili.
For more information, call (386) 763 5364 or (386) 405-1225.
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.
Bingo bash benefits Meals on Wheels
The Port Orange Elks will host a Bingo Bash to raise funds for Meals-on-Wheels on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 5207 S. Ridgewood Ave.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and bingo starts at 11 a.m. The winning payout will be $2,500. The event is open to all Elks and guests.
The cost is $50 prepaid payable to Elks Lodge-Bingo Bash, which will cover six-packs or 18 games.
Attendance is limited to 100 players. There will be door prizes plus pulltabs. There will be free doughnuts and coffee in the morning and free pizza and soda for lunch.
For more information, call (386) 767-8572 or (386) 492-4484.
Singles meet and greet planned
A 55 and older singles meet and greet will be 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.
Charity Zumbathon to benefit wounded soldiers
A Charity Zumbathon will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Daytona Beach Shores Pavilion at the Shores Plaza, 3048 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores.
This dance-fitness party will benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. All proceeds go to this A+ rated Veteran's Charity that helps soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from traumatic brain injuries, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other war injuries. There will be Zumbawear, raffles and silent auction.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at door .
For more information, call (603) 491-1229 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Chinese auction and 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 the wishes come true.
Participants must be 21.
To register for the class, or other volunteer opportunities, call (407) 622-4673, Ext. 201.
Relay for Life will party Jan. 31
Relay For Life Port Orange will have its first team party at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Country Inn & Suites 5802 Journey's Way, Port Orange
The theme this year is "There is no holiday from Cancer."
As Port Orange community members unite at these team parties in preparation for the Relay For Life Event, Saturday, April 20. Money raised will fight cancer by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, by fighting back. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/portorangefl or e-mail email@example.com
Classical guitarist to perform at Port Orange library Jan. 27
The melodic strums of an acoustic guitar will take over the Port Orange Regional Library's auditorium as Peter Fletcher performs a variety of music from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 1005 City Center Circle.
Mr. Fletcher, an Atlanta native, has studied and played the classical guitar since he was 7 years old.
Reservations are not required. For more information, please call (386) 322-5152, Ext. 28.
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.
Community Day planned
Ponce Inlet Community Day will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Ponce Inlet Community Center, 4670 S. Peninsula Drive.
This is a chance to learn about town government, clubs, restaurants, churches, Harbour Village, the Marine Science Center and more.
Run for mended hearts
Mended Little Hearts of Volusia County will host its first annual Congenital Heart Defects Awareness 5K Run/Walk at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at
Port Orange City Center.
Registration starts at 9 a.m.
Preregistration online at www.tinyurl.com/mlhofvolusiacounty or mail completed registration form
and payment to: Mended Little Hearts of Volusia County, P.O. Box 291464, Port Orange, FL 32129-1464
Cost is $25 before Jan 31, $30 day of race, $10 ages 12-18 before Jan 31 and $15 ages 12-18 day of race
For information on becoming a vendor at this event or for general questions, (386) 681-7790 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 underway
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.
Florida libraries plan snapshot day Jan. 30
The Volusia County Public Library system will chronicle a day in the life of libraries by participating in Florida Library Snapshot Day on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
The county's 13 library branches will join libraries across Florida in taking pictures and collecting statistics and comments showing how Floridians are using their libraries that day.
The Florida Library Association will collect the results and post them online in partnership with the Division of Library and Information Services at www.flalib.org.
Families kicks off tax season
Low to moderate income families in Volusia and Flagler Counties could have up to $5,600 additional income this year by taking advantage of the earned income tax credit, but they may not know they're eligible.
Free tax preparation help is available that will register eligible families for the tax credit through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. IRS certified volunteers identify taxpayer's eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and to help them file accurate tax returns.
The VITA Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income families who prefer not to prepare their own tax returns.
The tax season runs through April 15. The 15 sites are located in Daytona Beach, DeLand, Deltona, Port Orange, Pierson, South Daytona and Seville.
To locate the nearest site, call (386) 253-0564 or 2-1-1, or go online to http://www.unitedwayvfc.org/taxes/.
Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys sets public forum
The Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys will conduct a public forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Greater Friendship Baptist Church, 539 W. George Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach.
The purpose of the forum is to hear from community leaders and the public on the issues and concerns affecting black men and boys in the area.
The mission of the council is to research and propose measures that improve conditions affecting black men and boys. These measures may consist of changes to the law or systematic changes that can be implemented without legislative action.
One of the featured program participants will be Dr. Edison O. Jackson, president of Bethune- Cookman University.
The council's next meetings will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, and 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Hilton, 100 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. The purpose of the meetings is to update the council's bylaws and focus on a 2013 Summit. All meetings are open to the public.
Award nominations sought
Bright House Networks and United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties' Volunteer Center is accepting nominations to honor volunteers from the 2012 calendar year. Categories include:
Youth under 18
Adult between 18 and 54
Senior 55 and older
Faith Based Group
Typed nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11. An electronic version of the nomination forms can be downloaded from www.LiveUnitedinVolusiaFlagler.org
The 26th Annual Outstanding Volunteers of Year Awards will be in April at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort.
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.
World Book Web now available at Volusia County libraries
The Volusia County Public Library system has added World Book Web to its list of online databases.
The new database includes the World Book for all ages and reading levels, Craft Corner, Early World of Learning, Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos, Hispanica Saber, and Inventions & Discoveries.
Library cardholders can access these reference resources and more in the library and from home at http://volusialibrary.org/VCPLeresources.html.
Learn more about the library system at www.volusialibrary.org.
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:
Daytona Beach, 1845 Holsonback Drive
New Smyrna Beach, 7171 W. Canal St.
DeLand, 935 N. Spring Garden Ave.
Deltona, 3151 Howland Blvd.
For more information, visit volusiahealth.com.