Port Orange's monthly history lecture series continues
The city of Port Orange's next history lecture will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the Adult Center Annex, 3738 Halifax Drive.
The lecture will discuss Mary Elizabeth (McDonald) Johnson. She operated the Palmetto Hat Shop in the late 1890s that specialized in small souvenirs and fashionable hats. The hats were all the rage and in high demand with visiting tourists.
For more information call (386) 506-5522.
Run for mended hearts
Mended Little Hearts of Volusia County will host its first 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. Register online at 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
Author to discuss 'Adventures in Autism"
Best-selling author Peter LaPorta will discuss his heartwarming book, "Adventures in Autism," from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
Mr. LaPorta will share the stories of many incredible people, including his son, who have lived healthy and productive lives with autism.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 322-5152, Ext. 28.
Pasta dinner scheduled
The Epiphany Council of Catholic Women will host a pasta dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Church of the Epiphany Social Hall, 201 Lafayette St., Port Orange.
Pasta dinner includes pasta, meatballs, salad, bread, drink and dessert.
Admission is $7. Proceeds benefit church seminarian, Daytona Beach Pregnancy Crisis Center and homeless school children.
For tickets, call (386) 233 3233.
Miss West Volusia Teen hosting bake sale
Miss West Volusia Teen USA 2013 Gracie Smith will host a Valentine's bake sale from 5to 8 p.m. at the Eagles Club Aerie 4469, 3516 S Atlantic, Daytona Beach Shores.
All proceeds from the bake sale will benefit Operation Changing Lives.
Operation Changing Lives' primary purpose is to perform maxillofacial surgeries on disadvantaged children with severe facial deformities.
For more information, call (847) 736-5262 or e-mail email@example.com.
Night for Sight benefit scheduled
The Florida Lions Conklin Center for the Blind will host the Night for Sight benefit at 6 p.m. February 15 at The Shores Resort & Spa, 2637 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores.
A reservation for $50 includes a buffet dinner, complimentary beer and wine, entry in a drawing for door prizes and $1,000 in chips for casino style games: blackjack, Texas Hold 'em, roulette, craps, the big wheel and slots.
Visit conklincenter.org to see a sneak peek at auction items and the menu.
For more information or tickets, call (386) 258-3441. Proceeds will be used for training and services that help children and adults who are blind with additional disabilities to fully develop their potential for independence.
Port Orange library offers computer, e-reader classes
Do you need help building your computer skills? Want to learn how to download free books onto your e-reader? Either way, the Port Orange Regional Library can help you find your way with a series of free technology classes in February.
Kindle class: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11. Bring your Kindle and learn how to download library e-books, audio books and music.
Introduction to computers and the Internet: 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. Attendees will become familiar with terminology, practice using the keyboard and mouse, and learn how to navigate the web and the Windows operating system.
Word basics: 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. Get an overview of Microsoft Word 2007 during this beginner class.
Participants are asked to bring fully charged laptops and e-readers and cables. The library has free Wi-Fi throughout the building.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling (386) 322-5152, Ext. 28.
The library is open seven days a week at 1005 City Center Circle.
Photo contest to begin
The Port Orange Camera Club will conduct the Riverfest 2013 Photo Contest from Feb. 11 to March 8.
The subject will be "Life in Edgewater."
Any Volusia County resident may enter. Cash prizes and ribbon medallions will be awarded to each winner.
Contest begins Feb. 11, and ends at 5 p.m. March 8.
For contest Information and forms visit portorangecamerclub.com and click on "Riverfest 2013 Photo Contest.
Berkshire County gets a shout out
Berkshire County, Mass., annual luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Duff's in South Daytona. This event is open to everyone with a Berkshire County connection.
It will be hosted by Phil Trimarchi of North Adams, with a Game by Tammy and George Foucher of North Adams.
There will be door prizes and a raffle. Participants should pay at the door.
For more information, call (386) 212-7755.v
Catch a free flick at the Port Orange library
The Port Orange Regional Library will show "Where Do We Go Now?" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. Lebanese women try to ease religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in their village. This film is Arabic with English subtitles.
"Taken 2" will be shown at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11. A retired CIA operative and his wife are taken hostage in Istanbul. Liam Neeson reprises his role from the first film.
Reservations are not required.
For more information, call (386) 322-5152, Ext. 28,
The library is open seven days a week at 1005 City Center Circle, Port Orange.
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.
Board members needed
The town of Ponce Inlet has vacancies on the Planning Board, Parks, Recreation and Tree Advisory Board, and The Code Enforcement Board. Volunteers are also needed at the Ponce Inlet Historical Museum at 143 Beach St.
The Planning Board will be reviewing phase 3 revisions to the town's land use and development code this year.
The Parks, Recreation and Tree Board reviews tree removal applications and makes recommendations to the Town Council regarding tree and native vegetation regulations.
Code Enforcement Board reviews and makes determinations on code enforcement violations.
For more information, call (386) 236-2181.
The Port Orange Volunteers in Police Services are looking for volunteers. The volunteers perform vacation house watch checks, and traffic control at accidents and city functions.
They provide other services, such as distribution of animal traps, bicycle registration, child fingerprinting, and clerical and courier services for the police department.
Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and hold a valid drivers license. If interested in becoming a VIP or for additional information, call (386) 506-5825.
Applications also are available in the lobby of the Port Orange Police Dept., 4545 Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange.
Woodworkers club to meet
The Woodworkers Club will meet the first Thursday of each month at 5961 Broken Bow Lane, Port Orange.
New members are welcome.
The club shares project ideas, woodworking skills, and stories of woodworking success and failures. The club is open to novices and experts alike. Some club members have substantial home workshops, while others have just a few tools and limited space in a garage or shed for woodworking.
The club is eclectic: wood carvers, wood turners, craft makers, furniture makers, and general woodworking enthusiasts may join.
For more information, call (386) 492-6650 or e-mail
Vintage racecars and motorcycles parade planned
For the first time in many years, the City of Ponce Inlet, Volusia County officials and Racing's North Turn Restaurant will stage a parade of vintage racecars and motorcycles on the old NASCAR beach/A1A road course on Saturday, Feb 16.
The last race held on the beach/road course was in 1958, the year before Daytona International Speedway opened.
The parade will leave from in front of the North Turn Restaurant at 4511 S. Atlantic Avenue in Ponce Inlet at 9 a.m. The parade route will follow the NASCAR racecourse south on Atlantic Avenue through the South Turn onto the beach.
Following the parade, racecars will be on display in the parking lot across the street from the North Turn Restaurant. Invited racers and others from the Beach Racing days will be signing autographs and will be interviewed inside the restaurant.
The event is open to race cars and race car replicas from model years 1958 and older. Modified cars with fenders are welcome and open-wheel race cars that date from the beach racing era are also welcome as well as motorcycles from that era.
For more information, call 386 956-3465 or Racing's North Turn Restaurant at (386) 322-3258.