Artificial reef seminar set for April 6
Learn about building, fishing, diving and monitoring the artificial reefs off the coast of Volusia County.
The Volusia County Marine Science Center has partnered with the Halifax Sportfishing Club and Volusia County Reef Research Dive Team to host an artificial reef seminar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6. The seminar, which is open to the public, will be presented at the Lifeguard Headquarters and Administration Center, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.
For more information, call (386) 304-5545.
In honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Children's Advocacy Center will host the ninth annual Champagne & Diamonds "It's All About The Kids" Gala from 6:30 to 11 p.m. April 6 at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort.
The evening's activities include a cocktail hour, silent auction, a gourmet dinner, live music, dancing and a special presentation.
The center is a private, non-profit organization that provides prevention, intervention and support services to victims of child abuse and sexual assault.
Tickets are $100 and sponsorships are welcome. For more information, call Starr Farmer at (386) 238-3830 or email her at email@example.com.
Voters League leader will speak
The Volusia County League of Women Voters will sponsor a presentation by Deidre McNabb, winner of the 2013 Central Florida Citizen of the Year Award, and the 2013 Spanish La Prensa Community Ambassador Award winner.
Ms. McNabb was honored for her efforts to educate voters. She is president of the Florida League of Women Voters.
The presentation will be at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, April 6, for a breakfast buffet at the Holiday Inn LPGA, 137 Auto Mall Circle, Daytona Beach.
Breakfast is $15. The public is welcome, but reservations are required.
For more information, call (386) 492-3898 or visit lwvvc.org.
Run benefits Kiwanis
The Beach Bucket Bar & Grill will host its second annual beach run at noon Sunday, April 7, at the Harvard Drive beach approach.
The one-mile fun run and 5K will be $25 each.
All proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Club of Ormond Beach.
For information, visit www.OrmondBeachKiwanis.org.
Author to display vintage postcards at two libraries
Travel back in time to Daytona Beach when it was a backwoods swamp in the 1900s through its transformation into a vacation paradise in the 1950s.
Sarasota author Liz Coursen will present "Having fun, wish you were here: An illustrated history of the postcard in Florida" at two Volusia County libraries Saturday, April 6.
Her presentations will be:
10 a.m. at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
2:30 p.m. at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.
The free programs, co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library, are part of Viva Florida 500, a statewide effort to recognize Ponce de Leon's exploration in 1513.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call the Daytona Beach library at (386) 257-6036 or the Deltona library at (386) 789-7207.
For information about other upcoming library programs, visit www.volusialibrary.org.
Golf tournament planned
The Seabreeze Baseball Booster Club Golf Tournament will be Saturday, April 6, at River Bend Golf Club.
Cost is $65 per player or $230 per foursome, which must be paid by April 1. The cost includes golf, lunch, contest and awards.
Win $5,000 and a flat screen TV or two airplane tickets for a hole in one.
For information, call (386) 566-6867 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Daytona Cubs will support Community Partnership for Children at its April 6 game.
Gate opens at 5:30 p.m. at 105 E. Orange Ave., Daytona Beach. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
There will be happy hour specials and two-for-one hot dogs. A fireworks show will be after the game.
Tickets are $7 and may be purchased through Community Partnership for Children at (386) 238-4900.
Day of Remembrance observed
A Holocaust Observance presented by the Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Congregation B'Nai Torah, 403 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach.
The event is free and open to the public.
A survivor, Claire Soria, will tell the story of how she was saved at the age of 5 by poor gentile neighbors and how her people went through the horrors of the Holocaust.
For more information, call (386) 672-0294.
Suicide prevention workshop slated
Bethune-Cookman University will present the Many Voices, One Vision Conference, building awareness of suicide among underrepresented student populations, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 8, at 640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach.
The conference will provide workshops on suicide awareness, prevention and intervention when working with underrepresented student populations, such as students of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning, and military veterans.
The keynote address will be delivered by Master Gunnery Sgt. Hobson Bethune.
This is a free conference. Breakfast and lunch will be included.
To make a reservation, call (386) 481-2921 or email email@example.com.
Breast cancer support group slated
Anyone diagnosed with breast cancer may join other patients and survivors from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 8, for support and encouragement. Speakers will be scheduled for every other month.
This group meets on the second Monday of every month at the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, 224 Memorial Medical Parkway, Daytona Beach.
Registration is not required. For information, call (386) 231-4000.
Dementia caregiver Support Groups offered in April
The Council on Aging of Volusia County will host a dementia caregiver support group at 9 a.m. Monday, April 8, at United Presbyterian Church, 730 Beville Road. Daytona Beach.
Respite Care is provided at all Council on Aging support groups for those in the early to mid-stage of dementia. Reservations are not required.
For more information, call (386) 253-4700 , Ext 204.
Northeast Volusia Democrats to meet
The regular monthly meeting of the Northeast Volusia County Democratic Club will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the private dining room of the Piccadilly Cafeteria in Volusia Mall, 1700 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Guest speakers representing the Healthy Start Coalition will discuss the Affordable Care Act. The coalition is a professional group dedicated to supporting an interactive service system for women and families in their outreach area.
Those interested in joining for dinner should be at the Piccadilly Cafeteria by 6 p.m.
All Democrats, including snowbirds, are invited to attend.
For more information call (386) 295-7513.
VITAS offers continuing education class
VITAS Innovative Hospice Care will host a free class on post traumatic stress disorder at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at 575 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Nurses, nursing home administrators and licensed social workers will receive one continuing education credit. All others will receive a certificate of completion.
Seating is limited. Registration is required by April 5. To register, call (855) 753-3700.
AARP to meet
AARP Chapter 1057 will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Ormond Beach Presbyterian Church, 105 Amsden Road, Ormond Beach.
A surprise program and lunch will follow the meeting. All are welcome. For more information, call (386) 441-5642.
Master gardeners plan free gardening programs
The gardeners at the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension have tips to help get a handle on a lawn and garden.
Caring for palm trees will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
Deborah Proudfoot will offer advice on planting, pruning, fertilizing and dealing with insects.
Designing a Florida-friendly landscape will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 10: Brian Chesher and Grace Matthews will explain how the addition of the right plants in the right place can help create a hassle-free landscape at the DeLand Garden Club, 865 S. Alabama Ave.
Pest control will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays, April 11 and 18. Howard Jeffries will explain how to control harmful landscape insects responsibly at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd.
All presentation are free. Reservations are not required. For information, call the extension office at (386) 822-5778.
Osteoporosis education program planned
The National Osteoporosis Foundation Education & Support Group of Ormond Beach will be presenting an educational series about safe movement, exercise and activity for people with osteoporosis at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Ormond Beach Library Auditorium, 30 S. Beach St.
The April session is "Safe Movement While Walking with Exercise Poles" presented by Sheila R. Vidamour, Certified KeenFit Pole Walking instructor.
A free clinic will follow the presentation at Sunrise Park in Holly Hill at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 12. Space is limited; reservations are required.
For more information or to make a reservation, call (386) 673-3535.
Halifax Genealogical Society to meet
The Halifax Genealogical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Ormond Beach Library Auditorium, 30 S. Beach St.
The speaker will be Bill Meister. The program is "Getting More of the Story - tips and techniques to help you put together the pieces of your family history."
The monthly genealogical class follows the general meeting.
April's topic: is "Telling Your Own Story."
Visitors are welcome.
For more information, call (386) 672-3806.
Fashion show slated
The Pilot Club of Daytona Beach is hosting a fashion show and luncheon fundraiser at 11:30 a.m. April 20 at The Palmetto Club, 1000 S. Beach St.
Fashions provided by Belk. The cost is $25. The charities benefitting from the show are Alzheimer's and Domestic Abuse.
To reserve a ticket, call (386) 760-9169 before April 15.
Attorney to discuss his new novel
Local attorney Michael Pyle, writing under the pen name E.G. Tripp, will discuss his new novel during a free presentation at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island. 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
"White Sugar, Brown Sugar" is set in Daytona Beach in the '50s, '60s and '70s. The plot centers on two boys, Jude, who is white, and Roosevelt, who is black, and their friendship during a time of segregation.
This program, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is offered in conjunction with Viva Florida 500, a year-long, statewide celebration of 500 years of Florida history.
For more information, (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16264.
'Hopegiving' luncheon slated
The Presbyterian Counseling Center will host its annual "Hopegiving Luncheon" at noon Thursday, April 11, at the Palmetto Club, 1000 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
The center is a ministry for the community provided by six area Presbyterian churches and other individual donors. The luncheon provides an opportunity for participants to learn more about the ministry and its work in the community. The luncheon is free, but there will be an opportunity to offer support.
If interested in attending, make a reservation by April 4 at (386) 256-1618. Walk-ins are welcome.
Child and Babysitting Safety training program offered
The Ormond Beach Fire Department will offer a Child and Babysitting Safety Training program through the American Safety & Health Institute.
The course will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in the training room at Fire Station No. 92, 189 S. Nova Road.
Participants will receive a child and babysitting safety card upon successful completion of the course.
The cost of the training is $10 per person and participants will receive a child and babysitting safety packet. Class size is limited.
For more information or to register, call (386) 676-3255.
Participants may bring lunch, or may purchase lunch at eateries nearby. School dress code will apply.
Pet Vet Cruiser announces April schedule
Volusia County's Pet Vet Cruiser offers low-cost spaying and neutering services to cats and dogs that belong to residents of unincorporated areas and the cities of DeLand and South Daytona.
Here's where the mobile clinic will be in April:
Fancy Fruit and Produce, 911 S. Volusia Ave., Orange City: April 8, 22 and 29
Oakbrook Professional Center, 931 S. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand: April 9, 15 and 23
Rockin' Ranch, 801 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach: April 17
Fire Station 23, 1850 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach: April 16 and 24
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.
Railroad employees to meet
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (Chapter 2247 will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday April 15, at the Rivergrille Restaurant, North U.S. 1, Ormond Beach.
Container gardening will be the speaker's topic.
For information, call (386) 441-9250.
UCP/WORC welcomes new board members
David Beck of Ormond Beach has joined the Board of Directors of UCP/WORC.
A Volusia County Judge, Mr. Beck was appointed to the bench in 2003 and elevated to the circuit bench in 2011. Before becoming a judge, he was in private practice and worked as an assistant state attorney. He earned his undergraduate and juris doctor degrees from the University of Florida.
Mr. Beck has been a volunteer for Special Olympics for many years.