Dining fundraiser benefits Habitat
Dine out with Habitat at Ruby Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at 1212 Saxon Blvd., Orange City.
Ruby Tuesday will contribute 20 percent of each customer's total bill to benefit Habitat for Humanity.
As a bonus, bring your receipt from this event to the ReStore, 196 W. Blue Springs Ave., Orange City, through March 7 and get a 10 percent discount on your total purchase.
A coupon for this event is required and can be printed at www.swvhabitat.org.
West Volusia Hospital Authority funding applications available
The Board of Commissioners of the West Volusia Hospital Authority have released the funding applications for fiscal year 2013-2014.
Applications will be accepted from public or tax-exempt agencies with the capacity, competence and experience to accomplish proposed program goals and objectives. A different application and process is applicable to primary care providers. Services must be provided within the boundaries of the West Volusia Hospital Authority.
Only programs that provide medical, health care related or access to health care services to indigent residents of West Volusia County as set forth in Florida law will be considered for funding. All program requests must include measurable goals or outcomes and cost effectiveness/efficiency data.
For more information, call (386) 734-9441.
County Council members to attend West Volusia Summit
Two or more members of the Volusia County Council are expected to attend the West Volusia Summit at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Orange City Council Chambers, 201 N. Holly Ave., Orange City.
The meeting is hosted by the city of Orange City and will be preceded by a Continental breakfast at 8 a.m.
Local officials will hear updates on Saxon Boulevard and Interstate 4 improvements, the U.S. 17/92 improvement plan, SunRail, Votran routing changes and scenic highways.
Low-cost pet clinics planned
There will be two low-cost pet shot clinics sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue, Sunday Feb. 3.
The first clinic will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Orange City Dog Park, South Leavitt Ave.
The second clinic will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. by Kid City at Save a Lot Plaza 1382 Howland Blvd., Deltona.
This is a cash-only clinic. Proceeds benefit abandoned animals. Donations may be brought to these clinics. For more information, call (386) 748-8993.
Appalachian folk musicians to perform at three libraries
Folk musicians Jeni & Billy will bring their high lonesome harmonies of the Appalachian Mountains to three Volusia County public library branches in February, painting musical pictures of miners and mill workers, roustabouts and revival preachers, Buicks and beauty queens.
The duo will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Deltona Amphitheater, 2150 Eustace Ave.; noon Saturday, Feb. 2, at VIA Hall, which is across from the Oak Hill Public Library, at 126 E. Halifax Ave.; and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Dickinson Hall, which is next to the Orange City Public Library, 148 Albertus Way.
Over the past four years, Jeni & Billy have traveled 150,000 miles throughout the USA, Canada and Europe, performing at numerous venues, festivals and fiddlers' conventions, picking up ribbons in song writing, traditional folk singing, guitar picking, and flat-foot dancing.
Orange City Woman's Club to meet
Conservation will be the topic of the program of the VIA Orange City Woman's Club meeting at 1 p.m. Feb. 7, at Jane Murray Hall, First Congregational Church, 201 W. University Ave., Orange City.
The executive board meeting takes place at 10 a.m. at the Albertus Cottage.
Pancake Day benefits children
IHOP's National Pancake Day will be Tuesday, Feb. 5, and will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Children's Miracle Network.
The restaurant chain hopes to raise $3 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
More than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary stack of pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. They will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the Children's Miracle Network or local charities.
The area IHOP is at 320 Dirksen Drive, DeBary.
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 tax season runs through April 15. The 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/.
Lyonia Environmental Center plans February hikes and programs
Learn about birds, bears and more during Lyonia Environmental Center's hikes and programs in February. Upcoming classes include:
oScrub Strolls: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Monday and Friday. Join the staff for free guided hikes of Lyonia Preserve. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. A Saturday stroll is planned for 10 a.m. Feb. 16.
oTiny trekkers -- Love is in the Air: 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 2. Read a book about Valentine's Day, take a hike and make a craft to take home. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center for children ages 2 through 5.
oRecycling Rocks - Valentine-Style: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3. Participants can learn about recycling and make Valentine's cards and decorations with recycled materials. The fee is $3 per person.
Lyonia Environmental Center offers a unique insight into Volusia County's fragile ecosystems through hands-on displays and computer-based learning modules. It's part of the Deltona Regional Library complex at 2150 Eustace Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
For updates on what's happening at the LEC, visit www.lyoniapreserve.com.
City, hospital partner on 5K run for hearts
Halifax Health is joining the City of Deltona to help promote healthy hearts in 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
Golf tournament benefits PAL
West Volusia Police Athletic League is having its 18th Annual Golf Tournament at the DeBary Golf and Country Club on Saturday, Feb.16.
This event will begin with an 8 a.m. "Shotgun Start," and conclude with a luncheon and door prizes. Registration and range will open at 7 a.m. Participant cost is $75 per person.
Participants in the tournament will have the opportunity to compete for several prizes including: first place, second place and third place teams, longest drive, and closest to the pin.
Registration deadline is Feb. 8.
For more information, visit westvolusiapal.com.
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:
oYouth under 18
oAdult between 18 and 54
oSenior 55 and older
oFaith 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:
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.