Pet adoption day scheduled
ARK Animal Rescue is having an adoption day from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2, , at its Adoption Center at 441 S. Woodland Ave., DeLand.
A variety of dogs and cats will be available.
Fully vetted, they have been rescued from kill shelters or picked up on the streets of DeLand.
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, 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.
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.
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 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
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 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.
Hospitals slate 5K road race and fitness walk
Florida Hospital DeLand and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial will host the sixth annual Faith and Health 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk on Sunday, March 10, at Lake Beresford Park, 2100 Fatio Road, DeLand.
The day's activities will focus on both spiritual and physical health.
From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a free health fair with information booths, community businesses and health screenings. The race starts at 3 p.m. Age categories from 11 and under to 75 and up are invited to participate. Top overall male and female and top three in each male and female age group will receive awards.
Enter online at AltaVistaSports.com by March 7 for $20 or by mail no later than March 4. The entry fee on the day of the race is $25.
All proceeds will benefit the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute of DeLand and Orange City.
For more information, call (386) 736-0002.
Stetson offers free income tax assistance
Stetson will offer tax preparation services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Services until April 16 in the Lynn Business Center, 345 N. Woodland Blvd., by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The VITA Program offers free tax help to people who make $51,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.
Stetson economic students, along with the international financial and accounting Honor Society and Beta Alpha Psi-Stetson, have been IRS-certified to offer free tax services to Stetson's students, staff, and other members of the community.
To make an appointment, call (386) 366-9066.
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.
Here's where the mobile clinic will be in March:
Fancy Fruit and Produce, 911 S. Volusia Ave., Orange City: March 4, 18 and 25
Oakbrook Professional Center, 931 S. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand: March 5, 12, 14, 19 and 26
Fire Station 23, 1850 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach: March 13 and 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.