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.
Community meetings on new CRA
As the city of New Smyrna Beach continues to prepare an application for a new community redevelopment district, a series of meetings are scheduled to solicit input from those who may benefit from the district.
Meetings are scheduled Tuesday, March 5, in New Smyrna Beach City Hall Commission Chambers, 210 Sams Avenue, New Smyrna Beach.
Meeting times are 9 - 10 a.m., 1- 2 p.m., and 5 p.m.
The proposed CRA includes U.S. 1 from just north of the municipal airport to the southern city limits, parts of the Historic Westside Community, the Canal Street Historic District, a portion of SR 44 to include the former K-Mart building and contiguous residential areas.
Seating is limited. Reservations are suggested by calling (386) 314-4849.
Marathon bingo fundraiser scheduled
The Council on Aging announced its spring Marathon Bingo date of Saturday, March 2, at the Brannon Center, 105 Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach.
Doors open at 9 a.m. Bingo play starts at 10:00 a.m.
Lions host rummage sale
The New Smyrna Beach Lions Club will host its semi-annual community indoor-outdoor rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, at the Lions clubhouse, 2340 Sunset Drive.
Rummage sale scheduled
New Smyrna Beach Garden Club will host its annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, at 2000 Turnbull Bay Road.
Items will include clothing, shoes, jewelry, books, household items, linens, sports equipment, china and plants.
Learn to line dance
Line dance classes, sponsored by the New Smyrna Beach Parks and Recreation Department, are at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. Wednesdays at the New Smyrna Beach Woman's Club, 403 Magnolia St. and 9 a.m. Fridays at the Coronado Civic Center, 150 Pine St., New Smyrna Beach.
Classes are $4 for residents and $5 for non-residents.
For more information, call (386) 402-7382 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Sophie's Circle is moving
Sophie's Circle, the only pet food pantry in Volusia County, is moving its New Smyrna location. Effective March 1, the pantry will be at 107 Lewis St., off Canal Street.
The first pet food distribution will be 8:30 a m to 12 p m. Tuesday, March 5.
For more information call (386) 478-9023.
Low-cost pet clinic planned
There will be a lower cost pet shot clinic sponsored by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Rescue from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday March 2, at Family Dollar Boston Avenue and U.S. 1 in Edgewater.
Heartworm prevention and flea control products will be available for purchase. This is a cash only clinic open to everyone, no appointment needed.
For more information, call (386) 748-8993.
Volunteers need for Balloon & Sky Fest
The New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest is in need of volunteers for the April 5-7 event.
Volunteers receive free admission, a volunteer T-shirt and a souvenir Balloon & Sky Fest tote bag for working a four-hour shift as an event volunteer.
Several volunteer positions are still available.
To become a volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinator Brian Pigeon at NSB2013FestVolunteer@yahoo.com or call (386) 478-3508.
DAR to meet
Daughters of the American Revolution, Jane Sheldon Chapter, New Smyrna Beach, will meet at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7, at the New Smyrna Beach Library, 1001 South Dixie Freeway.
New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer will be the guest speaker, discussing the 125th anniversary of New Smyrna Beach.
Women whose ancestors participated in the American Revolution and desire membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution are invited to call (386) 428-2507 for additional information.
Belong to host evening tea
Belong, the New Smyrna Beach Christian Women's Community Outreach group, will host an evening tea at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Venetian Bay Golf Club, 63 N. Airport Road, New Smyrna Beach.
Performing will be Creative Chords/James Duchon on guitar.
Tickets are $25 and must be purchased by Monday, March 4.
For more information, call (386) 424-9872, (386) 427-0527 or (386) 663-4593.
Dementia caregivers support offered
The Council on Aging of Volusia County offers dementia caregiver support groups each month. The meetings are open to unpaid caregivers.
The next meeting will be at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Coronado United Methodist Church, 201 S. Peninsula Ave.
New Smyrna Beach.
Respite Care is provided at all Council on Aging support groups for those in the early to mid-stage of dementia. Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) (386) 253-4700, Ext. 247.
Garden club to meet
The New Smyrna Beach Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at the Clubhouse, 2000 Turnbull Bay Road.
Sue Johns and Karen March of Home Depot will discuss vertical gardens.
Social time is from 10-10:30 a.m. The business meeting begins at 10:30 a.m., and will be followed by a catered lunch for $12.
Meetings are open to the public, but reservations are required for the meeting and lunch.
To make a reservation or obtain information about membership, call (386) 409-7912.
Epilepsy Foundation hosting 5K walk
The sixth annual Walk the Talk for epilepsy and seizure disorders will be Saturday March 9.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida is hosting a 5K walk on the beach at Mary MacLeod Bethune Park, 6656 W. Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach.
There will be a pharmacist from Walgreens to answer questions about seizure medications.
The event includes raffles and silent auction with prizes and items from shops and restaurants throughout the area, including two tickets to the Richard Petty Experience.
Registration starts at 8 a.m. with the walk starting at 9 a.m. Register to make a donation or join a team at epilepsyFLA.org, or call (386) 957-6176 for more information.
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 prize 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.
Volusia Flagler family YMCA wins grant
The state Department of Health Injury Prevention Program awarded a grant to the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA, giving older adults the opportunity to participate in a program proven to substantially prevent their risk of falling.
The grant allows for a limited number of scholarships for Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance at the Four Townes Family YMCA, Port Orange Family YMCA, DeLand Family YMCA and Ormond Beach Family YMCA.
The class requires standing and movement for about 45 minutes at a time. To qualify, individuals must be at least 62 years old and earn a verifiable household income of less than $35,000 per year. Individuals must be able to attend and participate in the class once a week through June 30.
For more information, call (386) 738-9622.
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.
Pet Vet Cruiser announces March 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.
The cruiser will be at Fire Station 23, 1850 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach on March 13 and 27.
Fees are based on income. Appointments are required and may be made by calling or (386) 424-6875 in New Smyrna Beach.
For more information, visit volusia.org/petvet.