Golf tournament benefits PAL
The West Volusia Police Athletic League will host its 18th Annual Golf Tournament at the DeBary Golf and Country Club on Saturday, Feb.16.
The 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.
Access West Volusia services
The West Volusia Community Partnership, "Caring through Sharing" will conduct an Access West Volusia event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Wes Crile Park, 1537 Norbert Terrace, Deltona.
In hopes of serving the West Volusia communities more effectively, several local agencies and organizations will be offering their services and resources to residents under one roof, in one location, at one time.
More than 30 agencies will be in attendance.
For Information, call (386) 878-8616 or (386) 736-5956 Ext. 12980.
Extension offers pesticide CEU workshop Feb. 15
The University of Florida/Volusia County Extension will offer a Green Industries Best Management Practices Workshop from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand.
The workshop is designed to provide training to corporate, governmental, environmental and other training personnel in best management practices for lawns and landscapes.
Participants attending and passing a post-test will receive a certificate of completion and up to two core and two category pesticide continuing education units.
Registration is required by Feb. 12. Send a registration form and a $25 check made payable to "Volusia County Extension Fund" to Volusia County Extension, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand, FL 32724. The registration form is available at volusia.org/horticulture under "Commercial horticulture." The fee includes lunch.
For more information, call (386) 822-5778.
Quit smoking class offered
The Northeast Florida Area Health Education Center has partnered with Florida Hospital DeLand to offer a free six-week "Quit Smoking Now" Program in DeLand.
The class meets once a week for 60 to 90 minutes and is conducted by a trained facilitator. Participants receive a workbook, educational tools, a Quit Kit and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches, lozenges, or gum).
For more information or to register for the class starting Feb. 19, call (877) 784-8486.
Low-cost pet shot clinics offered
There will be four low cost pet shot clinics sponsored by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue on Saturday, Feb. 16.
The first clinic will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at Big Lots 2412 S. Volusia, Orange City.
The second clinic will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Pets 4 Less 2235 S. Woodland Blvd., Cedar Ridge Plaza, DeLand.
The third clinic will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at Tractor Supply 2300 N. Woodland Blvd. DeLand.
The fourth clinic will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Whiskers Pet Grooming 2709 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.
This is a cash only clinic. Proceeds benefit abandoned animals.
For more information, call (386) 748-8993.
Food trucks coming to DeLand
The DeLand Parks and Recreation Department presents the Food Truck Bazaar from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at DeLand's Earl Brown Park.
For more information call (386) 740-5800.
Spaghetti dinner benefits child care center
Rainbow Child Care Center will host a benefit spaghetti supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1401 West New York Ave., DeLand.
Participants may dine in or take out.
Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for children, $1.50 for toddlers.
For more information, call (386) 736-3768.
Author to discuss paranormal books at Hopkins Hall
Central Florida author Doug Dillon will discuss his new book, "Sliding Beneath the Surface," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Hopkins Hall, 192 Connecticut Ave., Lake Helen.
The book is the first installment of a young-adult series titled the St. Augustine Trilogy, which blends paranormal themes with key historical events in Florida.
Mr. Dillon, a former educator, also wrote the nonfiction book, "An Explosion of Being: An American Family's Journey into the Psychic." He has also written articles for Boys' Life magazine and The Orlando Sentinel.
The free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lake Helen Public Library. Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 228-1152.
Get crafty at the DeLand library
Adults can release their inner artist during two free craft programs at the DeLand Regional Library this month.
Make your own e-reader cover: At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, Librarian Janie Wright will show crafters how to make a protective cover for Nooks, Kindles and tablets. The covers may also be used for journals, small books or notepads.
Origami fun: At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, Catherine Carr, an origami enthusiast and teacher, will introduce participants to the beauty of Japanese paper-folding, a satisfying and inexpensive form of art.
All supplies will be provided. The library is at 130 E. Howry Ave.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling (386) 822-6430, Ext. 109.
County offers environmental adventures
Enjoy Volusia County's conservation lands the natural way by biking, birding and backpacking with the county's staff and volunteers. Upcoming programs include:
Guided hike: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19. County biologists will lead a hike through areas that have been timbered, chopped and burned to restore habitat for scrub species. Meet at the scrub restoration area at 1495 McGregor Road, DeLand.
Eco-buggy tour: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22. Sit back and enjoy the ride through the Lake George Wildlife Management Area, 998 Ninemile Point Road, Seville. Land Manager Stuart Jones will discuss land management, forestry, and the area's plants and animals.
The outdoor adventures are sponsored by Volusia County's Environmental Management Division. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (386) 736-5276 or email@example.com.
Participants are encouraged to bring water and insect spray and wear comfortable clothes and walking or hiking shoes.
Body loving legumes cooking demo
From the pinto beans of Mexico to the chickpeas of the Middle East, legumes -- a class of vegetables that includes beans, peas and lentils -- are as near to a perfect food as can be..
Florida Hospital DeLand will conduct a free legume cooking demonstration, complete with food samples, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.
To learn more or to make a reservation, call toll free (866) 328-6417.
Children's Week 2013
Each year Florida celebrates Children's Week by displaying hands (heavier stock paper) decorated by children throughout county buildings and eventually in the capital building in Tallahassee.
The Early Learning Coalition Flagler/Volusia needs participants.
Information about the Hanging of the Hands can be found by visiting http://www.childrensweek.org/index.php?page=events&menu=hoth
To participate locally, please submit hands no later than 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, to Lauren Wycuff at any ELCFV office. Hands should be no longer than 8 to 10 inches and will hang vertically. Please make sure there are no small beads or glitter and if you do have decorations that are not securely attached, please cover them with clear packaging tape.
For more information, call (386) 323-2400 , Ext. 117 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bridge club slates new round of games
DeLand Bridge Club is starting three new games in February:
Mondays there will be a 0-999 game in addition to the popular 0-199 game. Both will start at 1:30. There is a free lesson at 1 p.m.
Wednesday mornings at 9:30, a new Easybridge Series starts. The first four lessons are free to anyone who is new to the DeLand Bridge Club.
Fridays at 6:30 p.m. there will be a game that will end no later than 10 p.m.
The Bridge Club is at 165 Deerfoot Road, DeLand. For more information, call the club at 386-734-7170 or visit delandbridge.com.
Youths sought for Farm Bureau speech contest
Volusia County Farm Bureau is seeking students ages 14 to 18 to compete in the annual Youth Speech Contest at 5 p.m., April 25, at the Volusia County Farm Bureau office, 3090 E. New York Ave., DeLand.
The top three winners receive cash prizes of $200, $150 and $75, respectively. Winners at the county level will move into the district competition. District winners then move on to the state competition in October.
The theme for the 2013 contest reflects Florida's Viva 500 celebration; "Over the past 500 years, how has technology influenced Florida agriculture?"
Competitors must reside in Volusia and be at least 14 years of age and not more than 18 years of age on or before Sept. 13.
Teens must prepare a five-minute speech and deliver it personally.
For more information or to sign up, call (386) 734-1612.
Sheriff names employees of the quarter
Sheriff Ben Johnson awarded Employee of the Fourth Quarter honors on Feb. 5.
Deputy of the quarter was Mike Cox. He is assigned to one of the busiest patrol areas of the DeBary district.
Investigator of the quarter was William Blissett. He has been a task force agent in the Volusia Bureau of Investigation since 2007.
Employee of the quarter was Karen Glaesel. She is an administrative assistant to Sheriff Johnson.
Telecommunicator of the quarter was Sherry Braithwaite. She was definitely under pressure in October when she dispatched units for a home invasion incident in progress. Despite the obvious stress of staying on top of a rapidly changing situation, she disseminated the necessary information seamlessly to responding units.
Volunteer of the quarter Ron Wetherell gives his time to the Citizen Observer Program, but he also takes a keen interest in his own neighborhood's safety.
Beach passes on sale
Volusia County beach passes are on sale at all tollbooths.
The passes, which are good for the entire year, are $20 for Volusia County residents and $40 for people who live outside the county. Daily passes are $5.
The beach is always open and free to pedestrians and bicyclists depending on tides and access ramps being opened.
Tolls are collected from February through November every year along the 17 drivable miles of Volusia County's 50-mile coast. For more information about Volusia County's beaches, visit www.volusia.org/beach.
Free family-strengthening workshop offered at Daytona State
The Center for Women and Men at Daytona State College, in partnership with the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler & Volusia and Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare, will host a free four-hour workshop to help parents strengthen their families from the inside out.
Participants will learn about the protective factors needed in a family in order to keep it strong and healthy.
Strengthening Families workshop is from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in Daytona State's Bergengren Hall (Building 110), Room 112. Participation is free and open to the public.
To register for the Feb. 22 workshop or for more information call, (386) 506-4218. The workshop will be offered again, Friday, April 12.
Pet Vet Cruiser announces February schedule
Volusia County's Pet Vet Cruiser offers low-cost spaying and neutering services to cats and dogs that belong 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 February:
John's Appliance City, 911 S. Volusia Ave., Orange City: Feb. 18 and 25
Oakbrook Professional Center, 931 S. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand Feb. 19, 26 and 28
Rockin' Ranch, 801 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach: Feb. 20
Fire Station 23, 1850 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach: Feb. 27
Fees are based on income.
Appointments are required and may be made by calling (386) 323-3575 in Daytona Beach, (386) 626-6643 in DeLand, or (386) 424-6875 in New Smyrna Beach.
For more information, visit volusia.org/petvet.
DAV offers help
The Disable American Veterans Chapter 84 offers free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service.
For more information, call (386) 252-4551 or visit the chapter at 605 Eighth St., Holly Hill between 9 a.m. and noon, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.