County Council plans tourism study workshop March 8
The Volusia County Council will host a follow-up workshop to discuss the preliminary report of the tourism marketing study from 2 to 5 p.m. in ballroom A of the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.
Dan Fenton of the Strategic Advisory Group, which prepared the report, will be the facilitator.
Public participation is welcomed. For more information, call the county manager's office at (386) 736-5920.
Epilepsy Foundation hosts 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 the 5K walk on the beach at Mary MacLeod Bethune Park, 6656 S. Atlantic Ave., 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 are $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.
Audubon birding field tip planned
The Southeast Volusia Audubon Society will hold a field trip to the Orlando Wetlands Park at 7 a.m. Saturday, March 9.
Anyone interested in participating should meet at the Market Square Parking lot in Edgewater, between Dunkin Donuts and Chik-fil-A.
Participants should bring water, snacks or lunch and binoculars.
For more information, call (386) 428-0447 or visit www.sevolusiaaudubon.org
University women will meet
The American Association of University Women New Smyrna Beach chapter will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Smyrna Yacht Club.
The speaker will be a former teacher and business owner, Sally Gillespie, who will talk about her community involvement, focusing on community colleges and STEM.
The cost of the luncheon, which is inclusive, is $17. For more information or to make a reservation, call (386) 423-5278.
Bingo benefits Operation Caring
The Edgewater Fire Rescue Association will hold Tea Party Bingo to benefit Operation Caring on Sunday, March 10, at the Edgewater Fire Rescue Association Hall, 2616 Hibiscus Drive.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 2 p.m.
There will be prizes for best hat and door prizes throughout the afternoon.
Tea sandwiches and pastries will be available for sale. Coffee and tea will be served for free.
Space is limited. First come, first served.
To make a donation, visit www.edgewater-efra.org.
NSB employees attend active shooter training; course available for local organizations
While no one expects an active shooter to strike in a community like New Smyrna Beach, city officials still want their employees to know how to respond.
"Across the country, we're hearing reports about aggressive shooters in small communities," said Mike Brouillette, New Smyrna Beach interim police chief. "You simply cannot predict where it will occur, but you can think about how you will react before you're faced with the real thing."
The city's 215 employees -- from senior administration to field personnel, recently attended a 30-minute session, which covered the employee's options in an active shooter emergency. Employees also were provided an overview of how law enforcement officers respond to the emergency.
The New Smyrna Beach Police Department is offering the free course to local businesses, churches and medical providers.
For more information or to schedule a training session, call Officer David Williams at (386) 424-2220.
Cuts benefit Cudas
The third annual Cuts for Cudas will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Swanky Chic, 125 S. Orange St., New Smyrna Beach.
Haircuts will be given for donations. There will be food and music.
All proceeds go to the Cudas Unhooked program, which supports at-risk teens from New Smyrna Beach High School. For more information, call (386) 427-4444.
Recovery center teams with Habitat
Serenity Springs Recovery Center and Southeast Volusia Habitat for Humanity have teamed up to build and rehabilitate homes while at the same time building hope for deserving families and recovering addicts.
The group of five to seven volunteers from the facility will lend their time and talent every other Thursday at Habitat work sites.
Serenity Springs Recovery Center, on 10 acres in Edgewater, is an all-male drug and alcohol treatment facility.
To learn more about Serenity Springs, visit SerenitySpringsRecovery.com and Facebook.com/Serenity.Springs.Recovery or call (386) 423-4540. For information about how to become a Habitat family partner or to volunteer, contact the office at (386) 428-5010 or visit www.habitatsev.org.
City gets insurance rating upgrade
The Insurance Service Office recently evaluated the City of Edgewater for its fire safety system.
The last evaluation completed in 1998 saw the city reducing its rating from an ISO 7 to a 5, the lower the score the better. The city has once again reduced its rating from a 5 to a 3.
The improvement in the city's rating should offer savings on fire insurance premiums for all residential and non-residential properties within the city.
Due to the increase in the CRS rating, NFIP policies issued or renewed in Special Flood Hazard Areas on or after Oct. 1, 2012, qualify for a 15 percent discount on the premium cost of flood insurance.
New member tea planned
The American Association of University Women New Smyrna Beach chapter annual new member tea will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Sugar Mill Country Club in New Smyrna Beach. The tea is an invitation to women with degrees or who are working toward a degree who would like to get involved in community affairs that benefit women and focus on equity for women.
The primary goal is to raise funds to award scholarships to local girls and women who are pursuing higher education.
Reservations are required. To make a reservation by March 11, call (386) 423-0658.
Genealogical Society to meet
The Genealogical Society of Southeast Volusia County will meet from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 10, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 South Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach.
The meeting is open to the public.
Patricia Charpentier will present "Eating an Elephant: Writing Your Life's Story One Bite at a Time."
Volunteers are available in the library from 1-3 p.m. each Monday afternoon to assist with research. For more information, call (386) 428-2507.
Dine with the Docs slated
Innovative Hospice Care Vitas will host a Dine with the Docs meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Sugar Mill Country Club, 100 Clubhouse Circle, New Smyrna Beach.
The cost is a $20 donation to benefit Bert Fish Medical Center Foundation.
For more information or to make a reservation, call (386) 366-6100.
Celebrate Mosquito Lagoon
The Artist Workshop and Marine Discovery Center will host Lagoonacy from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach. The event is a celebration of Mosquito Lagoon.
A cardboard boat race will be at 3 p.m. All boats must be at site by 1 p.m. Deadline for registration is March 14. There is a $10 entry fee.
For more information, visit marinediscoverycenter.org.
Volunteers are needed to assist with the Minorcan Style Chicken and Sausage Pilau dinner on Saturday, March 23. Set up and clean up help is needed as well as bakers for the dessert table.
The Board of Trustees of the Southeast Volusia Historical Society and the Museum of History is sponsoring the dinner, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23. The dinner will be served at the Masonic Lodge, corner of
North Riverside Drive and Washington Street.
It will be dine in or take out. The cost is a donation of $8 and desserts will be $1.
Pilau is a dish of meat and rice cooked together with various seasonings, which came to the area with the
"New Smyrna Settlement" in 1768.
There will be a sign up sheet at the volunteer desk in the museum.
For more information or to volunteer, call (386) 478-0052 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.
Balloon & Sky Fest has new feature
One of the brand-new venues that will be featured at the 2013 New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest April 5-7 will be Inspiration Village, a place where interactive experiences will greet eager young people and their parents.
Inspiration Village - located at Sky Fest Center, is where NASA, the Boy Scouts, the Organization of Black Airline Pilots, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler, motivational speakers, air show performers, radio controlled aircraft and robotics will come together in a village of exhibition tents.
There will be a helicopter and airplanes on display, a jet-powered police car, a chance for youngsters to sign up for an introductory flight in a small plane, an exhibit by the Commemorative Air Force and video presentations.
There is no additional charge for Inspiration Village. General admission to the event is $5, and veterans with ID and children 12 and younger get in free.
For information, visit balloonandskyfest.com.
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.
To volunteer, contact Brian Pigeon at NSB2013FestVolunteer@yahoo.com or call (386) 478-3508.
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.
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.
Cookbooks being sold
The Samsula Woman's Club has published a fourth edition in their series of country cookbooks.
The recipes included in "Our Favorite Home-Style Recipes" were contributed by members of the community service club as well as good cooks throughout the Samsula area.
The group dedicated their latest cookbook to the late Georgia Luzner Tomazin Nyburg, past president and last surviving charter member.
Proceeds from the cookbook are used to provide scholarships for local students and assist the community.
Cookbooks may be ordered via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (386) 428-0953.