Low-cost pet clinics planned
There will be three low cost pet shot clinics sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue on Sunday, March 3.
The first clinic will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Dollar General, 1512 S. Woodland Ave., DeLand.
The second clinic will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Orange City Dog Park, S. Leavitt Ave.
The third clinic will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Save a Lot Plaza, 1382 Howland Blvd., Deltona.
Heartworm Prevention and Flea Control and products will be available for purchase.
This is a cash only clinic.
Proceeds benefit abandoned animals. Donations may be brought to these clinics.
Clothing drive planned
University High School and the Titan Baseball Program is co-sponsoring a clothing donation drive with Amvets.
The drive will be from March 4 to 18, at 1000 W. Rhode Island. Ave, Orange City.
The clothes and donations go to local families of veterans.
Take any gently used clothes to the donation boxes on the University High School campus (one on Rhode Island parking lot and one on Westside Parkway entrance).
Donors also can bring clothes to the school. Please place clothing in a plastic grocery bag or for larger donations a black garbage bag.
Hospital offers free sleep screenings
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems.
Sleep deprivation is more than an annoyance or inconvenience to those who suffer from it; the side effects of sleep deprivation are serious and can even be deadly.
From March 3 to 10, community members can call the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Sleep Disorders Center at (386) 917-7600 to schedule a time to receive a free in-home screening device that provides real-time results. The device can be picked up at the hospital's Summit Building at 1061 Medical Center Drive, Suite 301, Orange City.
No appointment is needed and no preparation is required for the overnight screening.
For more information, visit fhfishmemorial.org.
Passport day planned
The DeBary Post Office is joining the Department of State in celebrating Passport Day in the USA 2013, a national passport acceptance and outreach event.
For the event, the Post Office will provide passport information and accept passport applications from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at 133 S. U.S. 17/92, DeBary.
U.S. citizens must present a valid passport when entering or re-entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.
Information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at travel.state.gov. U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.
Center offers free, guided hikes
Lyonia Environmental Center will offer a variety of free hikes and educational programs in March. Upcoming programs include:
Tiny trekkers -- On One Flower: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Children ages 2 through 5 can read a book about caterpillars and butterflies, take a hike, and make a craft to take home. The free event is sponsored by Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center.
Save space for the gopher tortoise: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3. Find out what gopher tortoises eat, where they live, and how important their existence is to more than 460 other species. Learn how you can manage your property for gopher tortoises and receive incentives.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 253.
Lyonia Environmental Center is at 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.
County Council members to attend trails meeting
Two or more members of the Volusia County Council are expected to attend the Volusia Trails Vision meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary.
District 5 Representative Pat Northey will open the meeting. Other speakers include trails advocate Herb Hiller; Volusia County Parks, Recreation and Culture Director Tim Baylie; a representative from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Greenways and Trails; and several city representatives.
The public is invited to attend the meeting. For more information, call (386) 736-5953.
Author to do Civil War re-enactment at DeBary Hall March 9
Experience the Civil War through the eyes of a solider during a one-man re-enactment at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the picnic pavilion at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd.
Larry French, a local historical author and Civil War re-enactor, will portray a soldier returning to his Florida home on furlough. French is a novelist, speaker and master naturalist who brings history to life through re-enactments.
Light refreshments and lemonade will be served.
Reservations are not required. For information, call (386) 668-3840.
Drew Nelson to perform at Deltona library March 8
Recording artist Drew Nelson will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.
Mr. Nelson's music mixes Americana and roots-rock with traditional folk styles. He has toured across North America and Europe, performing solo and opening for popular rock artists like Melissa Etheridge and Edwin McCain. His most recent album, "Tilt-A-Whirl," was released in 2012, receiving a three-and-a-half-star review from All Music Guide.
The free concert is sponsored by Friends of the Deltona Regional Library.
Driver safety class slated
AARP will conduct a driver safety class for seniors from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 12, and Wednesday, March 13, at Deltona Memorial Funeral Home, 1295 Saxon Blvd., Orange City.
Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Reservations with instructors are required.
To make a reservation, call (407) 314-1798.
Learn about Food Addicts in Recovery
Having trouble controlling the way you eat? Today, there is a solution.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous can help those who suffer from food obsession, overeating, undereating and bulimia. FA is based upon the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins. There are seven meetings in Volusia County. For information, call 386-258-0610 or visit foodaddicts.org.
Volusia Flagler family YMCA wins grant
The state Department of Health Injury Prevention Program awarded a grant to the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA, which will give older adults the opportunity to participate in a program proven to substantially prevent their risk of falling.
The grant will allow 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.