Princess Ball scheduled
The second annual Princess Ball, a parent/daughter dance for elementary and middle school girls, will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Edgewater YMCA.
Tickets will be available through local PTA organizations as well as at Edgewater City Hall and Edgewater Leisure Services. Tickets are limited.
The dance is a fundraiser for the Edgewater School Scholarship Fund and is planned and hosted by the Edgewater School Scholarship Committee.
For more information, call Janet Shira at (386) 424-2485 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bridal event stated
The Night Swan Intracoastal Bed and Breakfast will be the setting for "Weddings By the Sea: A Bridal Event" at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at 512 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach,.
Situated in a large tent on the grounds of the facility, the event will provide brides and others who are planning special events the opportunity to interact with more than 25 local vendors.
The first 50 brides receive a goodie bag.
Admission is free and parking is free.
Brides receive a goodie bag and have an opportunity to register for a honeymoon cruise.
To register in advance, brides are encouraged to access the event on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WeddingsByTheSea A Bridal Event.
For more information call (386) 423-4940.
Genealogical society to meet
The Genealogical Society of Southeast Volusia County will meet from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach. The meeting is open to the public.
Pamela J. Cooper, genealogist, lecturer and librarian will show how to access service and pension records of the War of 1812 and demonstrate the step-by-step process to locate bounty land records.
Volunteers are available in the library from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday to help with research.
For more information, call (386) 428-2507.
Floral seminar planned
St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church will conduct its fifth Flower Guild Spring Floral Seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 8.
Registration and brunch begins at 9 a.m. with the seminar to follow at 9:30. The guild will demonstrate designs for both home and sanctuary.
With springtime on the way, the guild will provide new tabletop and patio ideas, as well as designs to enhance the collection of Easter lilies for the church. The guild be using traditional spring flowers, as well as unusual tropicals and greens.
The ticket price is $30, which includes the brunch and seminar. Any profit will benefit St. Peter's Flower Guild.
Register online at www.stpetersnet.net or call the church office at (386) 428-7383.
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.
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.
Southeast Volusia Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers for its Brush with Kindness Project.
Volunteers are asked to meet from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 9, at Mary Street in the Historic Westside of New Smyrna Beach.
All volunteers are welcome. No experience is necessary.
Caregivers will meet
"Caring for the Caregiver
Love Them -- Love Yourself," will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Brannon Center, 105 S Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach.
Guest speaker will be Mark Spivey. There will be door prizes and light refreshments.
To make a reservation, call (386) 409-9622. For more information, call (386) 253-4700.
Locally written play highlights Florida history
Learn how adventurers, a cracker cowboy and a bootlegger influenced Florida's cultural history. They're colorful characters brought to life in "Ultimate Field Trip."
Karen Poulsen, support services manager for the library system, wrote the play to commemorate the Viva Florida 500 celebration and offer a glimpse at lesser-known historical events of the past five centuries.
Local performers portray 36 characters.
Characters include Spanish explorer Juan Ortiz, the shipwrecked Dickinson family, British captain Robert Jenkins, Everglades explorer Alonzo Church, Miami doctor Eleanor Simmons, cracker cowboy "Bone" Mizell, bootlegger John Ashley, and drug-store owner "Doc" Webb.
The play, which lasts about 75 minutes, will be presented at these locations:
2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway
2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the Edgewater Public Library, 103 W. Indian River Blvd.
Viva Florida 500 is a statewide effort to recognize Ponce de Leon's exploration of Florida in 1513 and celebrate the state's cultural history.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call, (386) 248-1745, ext. 11213.
Card party slated
The Knights of Columbus No. 4939 will host a card party at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at its clubhouse, 516 S. Orange Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
Cost is $5 per person and participants should bring their own cards. Lunch will be available for purchase.
All proceeds go toward the club's charity fund.
For more information or to buy tickets, call (386) 690-6219. Tickets also will be available at the door.
Car show to benefit Special Olympics
The Edgewater Police Volunteer Association and the East Coast Cruisers will host a car show from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Hawks Park. The event will benefit the Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Muscle cars, classic cars, hot rods, trucks and motorcycles will all be on display at the show. There will be music, food and a 50/50 raffle.
For more information, call (386) 547-7319.
To help boost volunteer participation at monthly events, the City of New Smyrna Beach Police Department is conducting its monthly Citizen Volunteer Program recruitment meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, at the New Smyrna Beach Police Department, 246 Industrial Park Blvd., New Smyrna Beach.
Each month, nearly a dozen events and activities attract residents and visitors to the NSB Waterfront LOOP and other areas of New Smyrna Beach. The city also is hoping these activities will draw citizens interested in lending a hand as event volunteers.
Program volunteers will receive specialized training by the city's police department. Uniforms and equipment will be provided.
No experience is necessary, but volunteers may not have a criminal history.
For more information, call (386) 402-8232.
Free tax assistance and preparation
The AARP Tax-Aide Program offers a free tax service for taxpayers of all ages with low or moderate income.
AARP Membership is not required but special attention is given to those aged 60 and older.
For more information, locations or to schedule an appointment, e-mail your name and phone number to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boat cruises offered
Canaveral National Seashore hosts a two-hour pontoon boat cruise to historic Seminole Rest at 10 a.m. most Thursdays.
A two-hour cruise to the backwaters of Mosquito Lagoon is at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. most Friday, Saturdays and Sundays.
Cost of each cruise is $20 per person. There is a 50 percent discount offered for seniors or access pass holders. Children younger than 15 are admitted free.
Space is limited; reservations are required. For more information, call (386) 428-3384, Ext. 0.
Families kick 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, and Child Tax Credit, and to help them file accurate tax returns.
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 unitedwayvfc.org/taxes/.
Arthritis program slated
The Oceanside Woman's Club will host the program "Taking Control of Arthritis" at 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18, at the Coronado United Methodist Church Music Lecture Suite, 201 S. Peninsula Ave, New Smyrna Beach.
The speaker will be Susan Cuellar, who has been on staff with the Arthritis Foundation for 14 years.
Refreshments will be served following the lecture.
For more information, call (386) 428-4351.
Modified Reunion planned
The sixth annual Modified Reunion will be from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the New Smyrna Speedway.
View over 20 vintage modifieds in both a static display and on track exhibition.
Attendance is free and includes admission to the vintage exhibition and the evening's Richie Evans Memorial 100 for the modifieds.
This is the first year the Modified Reunion has been held under the Living Legends of Auto Racing umbrella.
For more information, call (904) 531-9358 or e-mail email@example.com.