Votran Speed Weeks service interruptions announced
Speed Weeks will bring heavy traffic to Volusia County and Votran riders should expect numerous delays, interruptions and route deviations.
Route detours began Thursday, Feb. 21, and will continue through the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb, 24. Detours are subject to change without notice and buses will be rerouted to secondary roads when traffic becomes congested.
Votran riders are encouraged to plan ahead and to call for up-to-date route deviations at (386) 761-7700 in Daytona Beach, (386) 424-6800 in New Smyrna Beach or (386) 943-7033 in West Volusia. Riders may also learn more by visiting www.votran.org.
10th annual Healthy Heart Race scheduled
Palmer Chiropractic Clinics Healthy Heart 1 mile, 5K and 10K returns to Port Orange Sunday, Feb. 24.
The 10K starts at 7 a.m. and then the 5K and kids 1 mile at 8:15 a.m.
The race starts next to the amphitheater at 1000 City Center Pkwy. Participants can also sign up for the Healthy Heart Challenge and compete in both the 5K and 10K for a reduced price.
For more information or to register, visit www.iloverunning.com.
Elks to hold casino night
Port Orange Elks Lodge No. 2723 will host a casino night fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the lodge, 5207 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange.
Cost is $15. Hors d'oeuvres will be available.
All Elks and their guests may attend.
Sheriff plans opening of communications center
Construction on the much-anticipated $21 million Emergency Operations and Communications Center is complete.
Volusia County Council members will cut the ribbon at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, and offer tours until 5 p.m. Tours also will be available during a community open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2.
The center is at 3825 Tiger Bay Road, west of Daytona Beach.
During both events, residents may view vehicles and displays from some of the county's emergency response agencies, including the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Volusia County Fire Services and EVAC Ambulance.
The 43,000-square-foot building will be operational April 4 after the county's Emergency Management Division and the Volusia County Sheriff's Offices' dispatch center move in.
Features include an emergency operations room than can host 90 emergency support personnel during disasters, a state-of-the-art news media broadcast room, citizens information center, ham radio center, 80-foot backup radio tower, backup generators, helicopter pad, a County Council liaison room, meeting rooms, kitchen, and bunk rooms for men and women.
The dispatch center, which has 60 consoles for 9-1-1 dispatchers, will be named after the late Chief Deputy Bill Lee, who was instrumental in establishing a countywide emergency dispatch system for law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services in 2011.
For more information, call (386) 822-5062, Ext. 12689.
Learn about hydroponic gardening Feb. 28
Urban Sunshine, a South Daytona garden shop, will offer a free workshop on hydroponic gardening from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
Hydroponics is a way to grow plants in water without soil. It requires less water and fewer pesticides than soil gardening.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 322-5152, Ext. 28.
Council on Aging offers Caregiver support groups
The Council on Aging of Volusia County offers dementia caregiver support groups each month.
The meetings are open to nonprofessional caregivers.
The next meeting is 9:14 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Grace Episcopal Church, 4110 Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange.
Respite Care is provided at all Council on Aging support groups for those in the early to mid-stage of dementia.
For more information, call (386) 253-4700, Ext. 204.
Author to discuss 50 great walks at Port Orange library March 1
Lucy Tobias will discuss her guidebook, "50 Great Walks in Florida," at 2 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
Ms. Tobias, a retired reporter, environmental writer and photographer for the New York Times newspapers in Florida, will tell you how to explore the state's history, culture and national wonders on fascinating mini-trips.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call 386-322-5152, Ext. 28.
Flea market planned
The Ponce Inlet Community Center will host a flea market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 1, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at 4670 S. Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet.
There will be clothing, furniture, housewares and knick-knacks. Proceeds from the sale go to the Community Center's business and maintenance fund.
For more information call (386) 760-0615.
Summer lifeguard tryouts begin March 2
The Volusia County Beach Patrol plans on hiring more than 100 part-time lifeguards to help keep beachgoers safe this summer.
Swim tryouts will be on the following Saturdays:
1 to 4 p.m. March 2, 9 and 23 at the Port Orange YMCA, 4701 City Center Pkwy.
8 a.m. to noon March 9 and 1 to 4 p.m. March 23 at the DeLand YMCA, 761 International Speedway Blvd.
8 a.m. to noon March 16 at the Ormond Beach YMCA, 500 Sterthaus Drive
Applicants must be at least 17 and able to swim 500 meters in under 10 minutes, swim 50 yards in under 30 seconds and run a half-mile in under 3 minutes, 15 seconds. Candidates considered for hiring will undergo a background check, physical and drug screening.
Starting pay is $9.77 an hour with EMT certification and $9.37 an hour without certification.
Those who meet the requirements must attend training classes and complete a 40-hour first responder/CPR course.
For information, visit www.volusia.org/beach or call (386) 239-6414.
Run benefits school
A run for Small Steps Academy will be on Saturday, March 2, at The Pavilion at Port Orange at 5547 S. Williamson Blvd.
The 5K will start at 7:30 a.m. The kids' one-mile fun run will begin at 8:15 a.m.
The kids' fun run cost is $5 per participant. 5K cost is $20 per person, if registered in advance. Groups of five or more are $15 per person. Race day registration is $30 per person..
Awards will be given to the top finishers in each age group.
Money raised will be used to purchase new playground equipment.
Register online at bigrunforsmallsteps.com.
Small Steps Academy is at 1715 Taylor Road, Port Orange.
Learn about square foot gardening
Full Moon Natives will conduct a Square Foot Gardening seminar at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at 1737 Fern Park Dr, Port Orange.
A uniquely simplified method of gardening that produces 100 percent of the harvest, it takes only 20 percent of the space, using 80 percent less water with no tilling and no weeding.
Seminars are free to the public. Reservations are requested as space is limited. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.
For more information , call (386) 212-9923 or e-mail reservation to email@example.com
Seniors vs. Crime in the Sunshine Park Mall, 2400 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange is in need of volunteers.
Seniors vs Crime is a non-profit funded through the Florida Attorney Generals office and other donations.
Interested people may call the office at (386) 767-5347.
Summer camp planned
The city of Port Orange has begun summer day camp registrations at the Port Orange gymnasium, 4655 City Center Circle.
Dates for camp are June 10- Aug. 2.
The elementary program is for ages 6-12.
The fees will be $400 for residents and $420 for non-residents. The elementary camp is 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Horizon Elementary and Silver Sands Middle schools.
The field trip package for the elementary program is $150. This package is for ages 8-12 and will consist of five trips. Trips are to Andretti Thrill park, Daytona Lagoon, Disney Quest, Cracker Creek and Fun Spot
The teen program is for ages 12-14 .
The fees for the teen program will be $500 for residents and $520 for non-residents. The teen program will be 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Port Orange Gymnasium.
To hold a spot in camp, a 25 percent deposit is required and all balances must be paid in full by June 5.
For more information, call (386) 506-5937 or e-mail
Driver safety class planned
AARP will conduct a driver safety class for seniors from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 5, and Wednesday, March 6, at Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, 4515 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange.
Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Reservations with instructors are required.
To make a reservation, call (386) 451-7453.
United Way announces poster contest
United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties is conducting its first poster contest.
The contest is open to nearly all ages and encourages creative minds to express how United Way is "Making a Difference in Our Community."
The contest runs through March 25. Winners in the four categories will each receive a prize package worth at least $250. The winners will be announced on April 25, at the United Way/Bright House Networks Outstanding Volunteers of the Year Awards Luncheon.
A panel of volunteers will judge the posters; in addition, one-half of the contests scores will come from votes that they receive through the United Way's Facebook Page. Complete rules, details, prize information, and entry forms can be found at http://unitedwayvfc.org/postercontest.html
County expands online services
Volusia County has expanded its online permit, development and contractor information services.
With the latest phase of Connect Live Permits, registered contractors can apply online for licenses, demolition permits and certain types of residential permits online at ConnectLivePermits.org. Other registered users can submit certain application types online.
The county will continue to expand Connect Live Permits to include additional application types in the future.
The Mary McLeod Bethune Humanitarian Network First Ladies of Diversity will host a tribute to celebrate the legacies of Mary McLeod Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Rockefeller Gardens, 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach.
The event will honor Wendy Spencer, CEO of Corporation of National and Community Service. Goodwill ambassadors of education are Michelle Carter-Scott, Lucille O'Neal, Congressman John Mica and Harris Rosen.
Entertainment will be provided by harpist Jeff Majors, the Bethune-Cookman University Gospel Choir, American Historical Theater and Native American Dancers & Drummers.
Tax-deductible tickets are $100 per person. Cocktail attire is requested.
To purchase tickets, visit www.firstladiesofdiversity.org.
Proceeds will benefit after school programs for minority women and under served communities.
For more information, call (732) 857-6523 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.