Spring break camp offered
Marcody Ranch will hold a spring break camp from March 25 to March 29.
There will be horseback riding, trail rides , arts and crafts, mounted games, horse care and training.
Camp Marcody hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Children ages 5 to 15, all levels of ability are welcome. Extended day is available.
Weekly sessions cost $295 per child.
For to register your child, call (386) 424-0123 or email email@example.com.
Book club slated
The Oak Hill Library Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 22, at the library, on Halifax Ave., across from the VIA Hall and next to the Post Office.
Plan to attend and discuss an interesting book you have read recently. For more information, call (386) 345-0630.
Retired military invited to meet
A group of retired military people will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Ponce Inlet Coast Guard station, 2999 N. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
For information or to make a lunch reservation, call (321) 537-5426 or (386) 788-5382 and leave a message.
Hospital assisting in cancer study
Bert Fish Medical Center is assisting the American Cancer Society in a nationwide cancer prevention study in New Smyrna Beach.
The society is seeking cancer fighters in the area who want to help spread the word about the importance of participating in Cancer Prevention Study-3, a historic nationwide study to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.
A kick-off event will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in the hospital's Schildecker Conference Room, 401 Palmetto St., New Smyrna Beach.
Attendees will receive all the information they need to help educate and recruit community members to enroll in CPS-3 in April.
Men and women willing to commit to the study must be between the ages of 30 and 65 and never have been diagnosed with cancer.
The study will enroll a diverse population of 300,000 people across the United States. To enroll, individuals provide a waist measurement, give a small blood sample and complete a comprehensive survey online or at the enrollment site. Over the course of the study, participants will be asked to fill out follow-up surveys every few years.
Whether you are a cancer survivor, caregiver or are interested in honoring a friend or loved one who has battled cancer, you are invited to serve as a CPS-3 champion. To make a reservation, call (386) 424-5015. For more information about CPS-3, visit cancer.org/cps3 or call (888) 604-5888.
Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about the Indian River Lagoon, and the center is always looking for volunteers.
Opportunities include welcome desk, exhibit docents, special events ambassadors and exhibit/site maintenance. Other positions also may be available.
The next volunteer orientation is at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (386) 428-4828.
Quit smoking class offered
The Northeast Florida Area Health Education Center is offering a free six-week "Quit Smoking Now" Program in Volusia County.
The classes meet once a week for 60 to 90 minutes and are conducted by a trained facilitator.
Participants receive a workbook, educational tools, a Quit Kit, and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches, lozenges, or gum).
The program is free. To register for the March 28 class at Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach, call (877) 784-8486.
Book club to review 'The Life of Pi'
The New Smyrna Beach Regional Library's book club will explore "The Life of Pi" at 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 25, at 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach.
Participants will discuss the novel, which was written by Yann Martel, before watching the recent Hollywood film.
Seashore hours cut
Due to mandatory budget cuts that will lower the number of summer staff positions. The hours of operation for Canaveral National Seashore will continue to be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the remainder of the year.
Minorcan dinner fundraiser set
The Board of Trustees of the Southeast Volusia Historical Society and the Museum of History is sponsoring a Minorcan Style Chicken and Sausage Pilau 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 $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.
For more information or to volunteer, call (386) 478-0052 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.
Inaugural Neighborhood Council Meeting March 30
Representatives of New Smyrna Beach neighborhoods will meet to discuss areas of mutual interest and concern with regard to planning and issues. The city will host its inaugural Neighborhood Council at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 30, at the Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Dr., New Smyrna Beach.
Representatives of homeowner's associations and other neighborhood groups strongly are encouraged to attend.
"We are working to establish a network of neighborhood representatives that can be used as a resource by other neighborhoods and the city," City Planning Manager Gail Henrikson said. "Since neighborhood concerns often can be very similar, the solutions in one area could be reviewed for use in other areas."
The City's Comprehensive Plan creates 24 distinct neighborhoods within the city, according to Ms. Henrikson. The city has completed its first neighborhood plan for the Historic Westside Neighborhood, has implemented the recommended land use and zoning changes, and is investing Community Redevelopment Area funds into the area in support of the plan. The area would also benefit from a new CRA being proposed for U.S. 1, Ms. Henrikson said.
After the March 30 inaugural meeting, formal representatives will be sought from each of the 24 distinct neighborhoods. The City Commission will adopt a formal resolution to create the council and outline its various tasks.
For more information or reservations, call (386) 424-2132.
Volunteers needed 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.
Pet Vet Cruiser sets 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 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 from 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 email@example.com or call (386) 428-0953.
Summer camp scholarships available
Summer camp scholarships are available to income-eligible children and children with special needs through Volusia County's Community Assistance Division.
Families with children ages five through 14 who meet residency and income requirements are encouraged to apply for scholarships. To be eligible, five-year-old children must have completed kindergarten.
Scholarship awards are based on income-eligibility and will be awarded according to funding availability.
Applications will be available Monday, March 25, in Volusia County public library branches and the Human Services offices at 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand; 250 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach; 107 E. Canal St., New Smyrna Beach; and 2765 Rebecca Lane, Suite B, Orange City. They also will be posted online at www.volusia.org/community_assistance/applications.htm.
Completed applications will be accepted at these times and locations:
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library-City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in the first-floor training room of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand
1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.
After April 10, applications may be submitted in person or by mail to the Volusia County Community Assistance Division, 110 W. Rich Ave., DeLand, FL 32720. Faxed applications will not be accepted. Eligible applicants will be placed on a waiting list until an opening becomes available. For more information, call (386) 736-5955.