Modified Reunion planned
The sixth annual Modified Reunion will be from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at New Smyrna Speedway.
View over 20 vintage modifieds in 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 will be under the Living Legends of Auto Racing umbrella.
For more information, call (904) 531-9358 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meeting will plan uses for North Causeway building
City officials will meet to discuss updates to the North Causeway Plan, including options for use of the Administrative Office Building site at 160 N. Causeway.
The meeting will be at 5 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 26, at the City Hall Commission Chambers, 210 Sams Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
The site is one of the last vacant waterfront parcels in New Smyrna Beach's core area.
An all-day community workshop on the North Causeway Plan will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 6, at the New Smyrna Beach Woman's Club, 403 Magnolia St.
For more information on the meetings, call (386) 424-2134.
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.
NSB police raising funds for Special Olympics; T-shirts/hats available
The New Smyrna Beach Police Department is selling T-shirts and hats to raise money to support the Special Olympics.
Hats are $10. T-shirts are $12. If purchased together, they are $20 and are available at the New Smyrna Beach Police Department, 246 Industrial Avenue.
New Smyrna Beach also has the honor this year to be the starting point for the Special Olympics Torch Run on April 10. Law enforcement officers from around Volusia County will begin the torch run at 9 a.m. from 120 North Causeway. They will travel south on Riverside Drive, west on Canal Street and south on U.S. 1 to Edgewater. The run ends at Hawk's Park at 1108 S. Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater.
The format of the race is different this year. Instead of running separate legs, all agencies will run the four-mile trek together beginning in New Smyrna Beach's Waterfront LOOP.
The Edgewater Police Department is organizing the 2013 Torch Run.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is an annual statewide event. More than 5,000 officers carry the torch on a 1,500-mile relay through 66 counties. The intrastate torch relay will start March 25 and culminate at the Special Olympics Florida State Summer Game's opening ceremonies May 17.
For more information on purchasing a fundraising item, call (386) 424-2220.
Take an eco-buggy tour of Deep Creek Preserve
Sit back and enjoy the scenery during an eco-buggy tour of Deep Creek Preserve, Volusia County's newest conservation land, from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26.
County foresters will discuss and demonstrate forestry equipment and practices on the 4,800-acre spread of woodlands and wetlands.
This free outdoor adventure is sponsored by Volusia County's Environmental Management Division.
Reservations are required and may be made by contacting (386) 736-5276 or email@example.com.
Participants should meet at 964 S. State Road 415, Samsula. They are encouraged to bring water and insect spray and wear comfortable clothes.
Golf tournament benefits HUM
A golf tournament to benefit Halifax Urban Ministries will be Saturday, March 2, at the Preserve at Turnbull Bay.
Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Shot gun start is at 8:30 a.m.
The $60 fee includes coffee, doughnuts, range balls, lunch, green free and cart.
There is a $10,000 hole-in-one ($5,000 for golfer/$5,000 for Halifax Urban Ministries).
Entries must be received by Feb. 24. Checks should be made payable to Halifax Urban Ministries.
Register in person at The Preserve at Turnbull Bay, 2600 Turnbull Estates Drive, New Smyrna Beach or Jennings Insurance Agency, 109 Magnolia St., New Smyrna Beach. To register by mail, send to: Jennings Insurance Agency, Attention HUM Golf, 109 Magnolia St., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168.
For more information, call (386) 689-1095 or e-mail SelmaBarker@gmail.com.
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.
Water Wise Garden Fair planned
The New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission and Lindley's Nursery and Garden Center will present the second annual Water-Wise Garden Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday March 2, in the parking lot at 200 Canal St., New Smyrna Beach.
Learn about Florida-friendly plants and landscaping techniques that conserve natural resources, and can save you time and money.
The day will feature a guided stroll through the commission's Water-Wise Garden by Lindley's Nursery and Garden Center, local landscapers, gardeners, farmers and green entrepreneurs, a rain barrel painting and potting area for kids, irrigation and solar demonstrations, and exhibitions and offerings by local growers and plant enthusiast groups.
Attendees can participate in a water-wise scavenger hunt to win a basket of conservation items or put their name in for a raffle of one of 17 painted rain barrels by local artists.
For more information, call (386) 424-3003.
Rummage sale scheduled
New Smyrna Beach Garden Club will host its annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, at 2000 Turnbull Bay Road.
Items will include clothing, shoes, jewelry, books, household items, linens, sports equipment, china and plants.
Driver safety class planned
AARP will conduct a driver safety class for seniors from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, March 4, and Tuesday, March 5, at Coronado Community United Methodist Church, 201 S. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Reservations with instructors are required.
To make a reservation, call (386) 427-7373.
Kiwanis Foundation sets fundraiser
The Kiwanis Foundation of Southeast Volusia County will host a Strike it Rich Party at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Brannon Center, 105 Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach.
Grand price is $10,000. Second place is $3,000. Third place is $2,000. There will be 20 instant $100 winners, four bingo games, three 50/50 drawing, two "Wheel Barrows of Cheer" raffles.
Ticket cost is $125, which admits two people. Only 400 tickets will be sold. The ticket price includes buffet, open bar, music and dancing. Attire is casual. Ticket holder need not be present to win.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (386) 427-5557.
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.