Black bear expert to speak at DeBary Hall
Cathy Connelly will explain the best way to live safely with black bears in Central Florida during a free presentation at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in DeBary Hall Historic Site's theater, 198 Sunrise Blvd.
Ms. Connelly, an outreach technician with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Black Bear Management Program, will discuss biology, behavior and the issues surrounding the black bear.
Her presentation is part of the free Lemonade Lectures series, which is sponsored by the Enterprise Historical Conservancy and Volusia County. Light refreshments and lemonade will be served.
Reservations are not required. For information, call (386) 668-3840.
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 at:
10 a.m., Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
2:30 p.m., Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.
Ms. Coursen will use museum-quality vintage postcards to show how the state progressed from ox carts to Streamliners, and from alligator-infested waterways to bathing beauties cavorting on white sands. She will pay particular attention to Florida's "Sunny Scenes" postcard publishers and the Langsdorf & Co.'s "Alligator Border" postcards.
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 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.
Deltona seeking residents for scholarship committee
The City of Deltona is looking for seven interested individuals for appointment to the William S. Harvey Deltona Scholarship Advisory Board.
The William S. Harvey Deltona Scholarship provides financial assistance for college/university related expenses to outstanding Deltona students.
The William S. Harvey Deltona Scholarship Advisory Board will be responsible for reviewing applications from area students and recommending scholarship awards to the City Commission.
If interested, call the City Clerk's Office for an application at (386) 878-8500, download an application or apply online at www.deltonafl.gov. Deadline for receipt of applications: Open until filled.
Deltona library offers e-reader help desk
The e-reader help desk at the Deltona Regional Library can show readers how to take full advantage of the free e-reader services.
Half-hour, personalized sessions are available Mondays through Thursdays by appointment. Schedule an appointment by stopping by the library's information desk or calling (386) 789-7207, Ext. 21014. A valid Volusia County Public Library card, in good standing, is required for downloadable media services.
The Deltona Regional library, 2150 Eustace Ave., is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Learn more about the library's free downloadable media services by visiting http://volusialibrary.org/downloads/.
Senior picnic planned
Seniors beyond 50 may attend a picnic at noon Monday, April 8, at the pavilion of the future home of the Community United Methodist Church at West Highbanks and Fort Florida roads, DeBary. The entrance is on West Highbanks.
Grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, buns and condiments will be furnished.
Please bring a picnic type dish to share, a drink and table service. There will be no guest speaker.
For information, call (386) 775-2766 or (386) 668-4805.
LEC sponsors Earth Day poster contest
Lyonia Environmental Center is conducting an Earth Day poster contest with the theme, "Use water wisely."
Entries will be judged on creativity, originality and how closely they relate to the theme. Prizes will be awarded to the top poster in each division: ages 5 to 9, ages 10 to 13, ages 14 to 18, and adult.
Artists may work on their posters at home, or in the LEC classroom from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7.
Posters must be submitted by 4 p.m. April 7.
Winners will be notified on April 14, and entries will be displayed in the LEC during Earth Week, April 21 to 27.
For more information, contact Environmental Specialist Shari Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lyonia Environmental Center is part of the Deltona Regional Library complex at 2150 Eustace Ave.
LEC plans nature classes
The Lyonia Environmental Center will offer a variety of free hikes and educational programs in April.
Upcoming programs include:
Tiny trekkers: In the trees honey bees: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6. Children ages 2 through 5 can read a book about honey bees, take a hike, and make a craft to take home. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the LEC.
Pollination in action: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6. Join environmental specialists on a hike to learn which pollinators are out and about in Lyonia Preserve.
Gopher tortoise -- Landlord of the Scrub: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13. Take a hike with staff to search for gopher tortoises and their dwellings and learn about the important role they plan in the scrub.
Saving the eastern indigo snake: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13. Courtney Russo will discuss the snake's natural history and the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation. Participants may touch an indigo snake and other native, non-venomous snakes after the presentation, which is sponsored by the Friends of the LEC.
Family game day: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Bring the family to the LEC to play Birdopoly, Earthopoly, Bug Bingo and Reptile Bingo. Families can also work on puzzles, investigate specimens under a microscope, and meet the center's resident hedgehog and albino corn snake.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling (386) 789-7207, Ext. 253.
River cleanup slated
The 17th annual St. Johns River Cleanup will take place 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20.
Boaters, scouts, civic organizations, environmental groups, businesses and individual volunteers are encouraged to help clean up the St. Johns River by removing trash and debris.
For this year's cleanup, all pre-registered participants will receive a free T-shirt and reusable shopping bag. The cleanup sites are:
Ninemile Point Park, at the west end of Ninemile Point Road, Pierson
Butler Street Boat Ramp, East end of Butler Street, Astor Lake County
DeLeon Springs State Park, 601 Burts Park Road, DeLeon Springs
Ed Stone Park, 2990 W. S.R. 44, DeLand
French Avenue boat launch / Starks Landing, (where French Avenue meets the St. Johns River), Orange City
Lake Monroe Park, 975 S. U.S. 17-92, DeBary
Lemon Bluff boat ramp, 907 Lemon Bluff Road, Osteen
Lake Harney Woods subdivision, end of Boat Ramp Road
Participants are encouraged to bring water and wear sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, work gloves and comfortable clothing. They also may bring rakes and canoes or boats.
For more information or to pre-register, call (386) 736-5927, Ext. 12424, or visit www.volusia.org/cleanup.