Mica to host open houses
Congressman John Mica will meet with constituents in Deltona from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at an
open house at Deltona Congressional District Office, 840 Deltona Blvd., Suite G, Deltona.
The Congressman will also introduce his district staff and discuss issues facing Central Florida and the nation in the 113th Congress.
For more information, call (386) 840-1499.
Historian to portray Titanic survivor at DeBary Hall Jan. 26 and 27
Step back in time with Denise Vanaria as she portrays Titanic survivor Helen Andrews from 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 and 27 at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd.
Ms. Andrews survived the 1912 Titanic voyage, but lost her husband, Thomas Andrews, one of the ship's chief designers. After the ship struck an iceberg, he spent his final hours evacuating women and children. His body was never found.
Dressed in period costumes, Ms. Vanaria will present intimate and heart-rending accounts of the tragedy and will describe Edwardian society.
The free presentation will be in DeBary Hall's Imagidome Theater. Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 668-3840.
Author to discuss her memoir at DeBary Hall Jan. 26
Local author and writing instructor Betsy Evelyn Slone Summers will discuss her memoir, "Daughter of Appalachia," at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd.
The book is about a time before telephones and televisions when Ms. Summers, an only child, "made do" with her imagination and the entertainment provided by nature.
Ms. Summers has a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in mental health counseling. She lives in DeLand and teaches classes in memoir writing at John Knox Village and the Gateway Art Center.
Light refreshments and lemonade will be served.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 668-3840.
Learn how to download free e-books Jan. 29-30
Are you one of the millions of Americans who own e-readers and don't know how to use them? Did you know you can download free library e-books, audio books and music onto your e-reader?
Learn how to get started during free workshops at two West Volusia libraries.
The Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., will offer classes on Nooks at 1 p.m. and Kindles at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29.
The DeBary Public Library, 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd., will focus on Nooks at 1 p.m. and Kindles at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Participants are asked to bring fully charged e-readers and laptops. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the libraries.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 789-7207 or (386) 668-3835.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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/.
City, hospital partner on 5K run for hearts
Halifax Health is joining The City of Deltona to help promote healthy hearts in the month of February.
The inaugural "Love Your Heart" 5K run will be at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb.16.
The race starts at Deltona Middle School, 250 Enterprise Road, and follows the new "River-2-Sea Trail", looping at Thornby Park and returning to the school grounds.
The race will benefit the American Heart Association. This will be a competitive 5K Race, chip-timed with age bracket awards. It will also be a family event with a fun run for children, a bounce house and face painters. Walkers are welcome, and there will be a couples costume contest with prizes for creativity and originality.
Pre-race packets are available from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, at Deltona City Hall and starting at 6:30 a.m. on the day of the race. Register online by visiting FinalMileRaceManagement.com.
For more information regarding the "Love Your Heart"5K Run, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.