Pancake breakfast and dog parade slated
The DeLand Lions Club will hold a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 25, at 400 N. Garfield Ave. DeLand.
Breakfast includes one side of sausage and all you-can-eat pancakes plus coffee and hot tea.
Diners may have sausage and biscuit gravy.
All you can eat of either for $5.
Hot chocolate and milk for additional $1.
There will be free vision screening for children.
All proceeds go back into the community.
Participants may bring their dogs to breakfast before the Krewe of Amalee, Inc 15th annual Mardi Gras on Mainstreet Dog Parade. The Wizard of Paws parade will begin 11 a.m.
For more information, call (386) 738-1020. For more information on the parade, visit www.dogparadedeland.com
Community redevelopment workshop set for Jan. 31
The Volusia County Council will review community redevelopment areas during a public workshop at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 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.
Public participation is welcomed.
For more information, call (386)736-5920.
Youth invited to work with animals
The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Volusia is starting a S.P.C.A. group for young people ages 14-17.
Youth S.P.C.A. members will have an opportunity to work with animals at the organizations shelter, assist with S.P.C.A. adoption events and pet vaccination clinics, pet therapy in retirement homes and various other animal-related activities. Members will learn about pet care and work with veterinarians during S.P.C.A. events.
Youth may also acquire needed volunteer hours for school through this program.
For more information, call (386) 748-8993.
Learn about being a foster parent
Open Hearts Family Services (a ministry of the Florida United Methodist Children's Home, Enterprise) will conduct a "Q&A: Pondering Foster Care" informational session for those interested in becoming Foster Parents at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Deltona Presbyterian Church, 2300 Howland Blvd., Deltona.
It will be an informational gathering, for those wishing to explore all that is involved.
There well be a panel of "experts," folks from all aspects of foster care, who will be present to answer all your questions.
For more information, call (386) 299-8142 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Oakbrook Professional Center, 931 S. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand: Jan. 29 and 31
John'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.
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.
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.
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, 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/.
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.
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 Babbitts 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.