Learn about the Seminoles
The Ormond Beach Historical Society will continue its "Discover Our History Lecture Series " at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Anderson-Price Memorial Building, 42 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach.
The topic will be "The Enduring Seminoles" by Patsy West, director, Seminole/Miccosukee Archive.
The Florida Seminoles were the "least acculturated tribe east of the Mississippi" in the 1950s. Today, they lead Native American economics in gaming and tourism with the purchase of Hard Rock International. Listen as Ms. West explores the culture, art, and economics of the Seminole and Miccosukee tribes.
Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. Admission and parking is free.
For more information call (386) 677-7005, or click on www.OrmondHistory.org.
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.
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.
Children and Families Advisory Board to meet Jan. 29
The Children and Families Advisory Board will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave. Members will consider a request to modify the contract with the Council on Aging for senior services.
The board's Needs Assessment Subcommittee will meet immediately following to discuss the process for an upcoming community needs assessment.
For more information, call (386) 736-5955, Ext. 15694, or visit www.volusia.org/cfab.
Conquering incontinence lecture slated
A free seminar on conquering incontinence, featuring Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center gynecologist/urogynecologist Dr. Julie Schneider will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Medical Office Building, first floor classroom, 305 Memorial Medical Parkway in Daytona Beach.
Space is limited, and reservations are required. To register, call (386) 231-2229.
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 email@example.com.
Daytona Beach library to host book discussion Jan. 28
The Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island will host a discussion of the 2008 novel, "The Art of Racing in the Rain," from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 28, at 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
The book, written by Garth Stein, chronicles the life of Enzo, a contemplative dog who has an obsession with opposable thumbs and a passion for philosophical rumination. Enzo spends his days attempting to gain insight into the human condition by watching a lot of television and listening very carefully to the words and wisdom of his master and hero, Denny Swift, a professional race car driver.
This discussion, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and open to the public.
For more information, call (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16264.
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.
Your library - anytime, anywhere
Adult Program Coordinator Deborah Shafer will show patrons how to use the public library 24/7 during a free workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in the auditorium of the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.,
She will explain how to use the library's website to renew books, place items on hold, obtain items from other branches, and find journal and newspaper articles using the library's electronic databases. Participants will also learn how to use the library's Gale Legal Forms and Medline Plus databases.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16264.
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.
Federation leader awarded
Executive director of the Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties Gloria Max was given the Mission Award by Florida Memorial Hospital on Friday, Jan. 11.
Once a year, the employees themselves vote on who has done the most in previous years to help the community.
There will be a walk-a-thon at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Congregation B'nai Torah, 403 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach, for the Jerry Doliner Food Bank.
There will be no administrative expenses because B'Nai Torah will absorb all fees. Food will be served. Cantor Zev from Temple Beth-El and his youth group will be joining Rabbi Kane.
Cost is $18 for adults, and $9 for children younger than 13. For companies that want their name advertised on a T-shirt that will be given to all participants, the cost is $100. For more information, call (386) 672-0294.
Campaign for Working 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, etc. and to help them file accurate tax returns, staff the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites.
The VITA Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income families who prefer not to prepare their own tax returns. The Campaign for Working Families has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service once again this year to offer free tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.
The tax season runs through April 15. The 15 sites are located in Daytona Beach, DeLand, Deltona, Port Orange, Bunnell, Palm Coast, 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/.
Learn about estate planning
Attorney Michael Pyle will discuss basic estate planning during a free program from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave. He'll address wills, trusts, probate, how to avoid probate, and how to plan for incapacity with power of attorney and health care designation documents.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16264.
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 business meeting 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.
Walking with the manager slated
The city of Ormond Beach will hold "Walking with the Manager" at Cassen Park (southwest corner of the Granada Bridge and S. Beach St.) at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1.
Participants should meet near the entrance to the Park. From Cassen Park, the walk will go to Granada Boulevard, and proceed west toward Orchard Street, with a walk along Thompson Creek Road, and then will return to Cassen Park. The entire walk is approximately two miles.
Ric Goss, planning director, will be the city manager Joyce Shanahan's "guest walker." Mr. Goss will provide the group with information about downtown improvements as well as answer questions from the group.
Citizens are invited to join the city manager and the planning director for a walk, ask questions, share comments and offer suggestions.
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.
Palmetto Club to host mini flea market
The Palmetto Club will host a "mini flea market" from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at 1000 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
For sale will be new items, crafts, jewelry, ceramics, glassware and clothing. The Palmetto Café will be open for lunch featuring homemade soup, salad, sandwiches and vegetable quiche.
For more information or to reserve a table, call (386) 341-0479
Learn financial awareness
Mid-Florida Housing Partnership, Inc. will host "Financial Awareness 101" at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Fifth Third Bank second floor classroom, 1030 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Learn money management skills to break the "always broke cycle." Learn how to do more with less as well as learning credit management skills, how to understand your credit report, how to improve your credit profile and how to create fresh clean credit. Learn how to maximize your tax refund as well.
Light refreshments will be served, registration is recommended.
To register, call (386) 274-4441, Ext. 302 or e-mail MYonkosky_mfhp@bellsouth.net.
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.
Volunteers and donations are needed.
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.
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.