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.
DeLand library plans book sale March 8 - 9
The Friends of the Library will have its monthly used-book sale in the DeLand Regional Library auditorium from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday, March 8, and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9.
Hardbacks will be sold for $1 each, large paperbacks for 50 cents, and small paperbacks and magazines for 25 cents. Books will be sold for $3 a bag after 2 p.m. Saturday.
The library is at 130 E. Howry Ave. For more information, call (386) 822-6430.
Summer lifeguard tryouts begin
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:
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.
Alzheimer's Association support group scheduled
The Alzheimer's Association support group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 11 Canterbury House at St. Barnabas Church in DeLand. The church is located on the corner of Wisconsin and Clara.
All loved ones and caregivers of those with Alzheimer's/dementia are welcome.
For more information, call (386) 736-1487.
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.
Victoria Park will host a 5K/10k on Saturday, March 16, at 1431 Orange Camp Road, DeLand.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. The 5K/10K start at 8 a.m. The Kids Fun Run starts at 9 a.m.
The 5K cost is $25 if registered in advance or $35 day of race. The 10K is $35 in advance or $40 day of race.
A pancake breakfast will be served for all registered racers.
Prizes will be given out to the top three male and female winners. There will be door prizes and best St. Patrick's Day Costume awards.
The run will benefit the Kiwanis Club of DeLand and the DeLand Family YMCA.
For more information, visit altavistaspsorts.com
Stetson offers free income tax assistance
Stetson will offer tax preparation services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. until April 16 in the Lynn Business Center, 345 N. Woodland Blvd.,
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 18 and 25
Oakbrook Professional Center, 931 S. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand: March 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.
Explore nature during free outdoor adventures
Volusia County's Environmental Management Division is planning a variety of free outdoor adventures in March.
Help maintain scrub habitat: 8 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 8. Meet at 1495 McGregor Road, DeLand, to help staff restore and maintain the county's newest scrub site. Volunteers will cut young sand pines with pruners to improve the habitat for the seven Florida scrub jays that have been spotted in the area.
Eco-buggy tour: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14. Sit back and enjoy the ride through the Clark Bay Conservation Area at 2592 Old Daytona Road, DeLand. This 4,793-acre site is owned by Volusia County and the St. Johns River Water Management District.
Bike-about: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 15. Explore Deep Creek Preserve on a six-mile bike ride. Bring your off-road bike, helmet, water and a snack. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, west of New Smyrna Beach.
Bees and other pollinators: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 16. Local beekeeper Ed Williams will discuss honeybees and their unfortunate state worldwide. He'll also discuss basic beekeeping techniques and explain how you can help native pollinators with little effort and simple materials. Meet at Deep Creek Preserve, 964 S. State Road 415, west of New Smyrna Beach.
Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Bonnie Cary at (386)736-5276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants are encouraged to bring water and insect spray and wear comfortable clothes and walking or hiking shoes.
Stetson University to host community forums on
aftermath of tragedy at Newtown
Stetson University will host two community forums to discuss issues that have arisen in the aftermath of the recent school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. Topics including mental health services, safe schools and communities, and violence in public places will be discussed.
The first forum will focus on Safety at Schools and Campuses and will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 11,. in the Stetson Room in the Carlton Union Building on Stetson's campus. Panelists will include:
Candace Lankford, vice chairman, Volusia County School Board
Robert Matusick, director of Public Safety, Stetson University
James Ramsay, Ph.D., Chair of the Homeland Security Department, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Bob Lambert, lieutenant, Volusia County Sheriff's Office
The second forum will focus on Mental Health and Violence in Schools and the Community. It will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the Stetson Room in the Carlton Union Building on Stetson's campus. Panelists will include:
Amy Hall, Ph.D., Volusia County District Counseling Specialist, Student Support Services
Ivan Fleishman, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist in DeLand
Nancy Jacobsen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in DeLand
Meghan Walter, Ph.D., Coordinator, School Counseling Program at Stetson University
Both forums are free and open to the public, but space is limited and attendees must register prior to the events. To register go to https://secure.stetson.edu/forms/polisci/rsvp/index.php.
Teens can play Super Smash Bros. at library
Teens in grades six through 12 can celebrate teacher duty day by competing for prizes in a Super Smash Bros. tournament at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.
The tournament, which is limited to 32 competitors, begins at 1 p.m. Monday, March 11. First- and second-place prizes are $30 and $20 gift cards to GameStop
Players must register in advance at the second-floor reference desk. For more information, call (386) 822-6430, Ext. 109, or email email@example.com.