Surf contest slated
Christian Surfers Daytona Beach Spring Fling Surf Contest 2013 will be Saturday, April 13, at the Birth Place of Speed Park next to the Granada Boulevard beach ramp in Ormond Beach.
The one-day event features a surf contest, paddleboard race, surf lessons, food by chef Larry and raffles.
There also will be live music, a surf video and a raffle at the Salty Church at 6 p.m. Friday, April 12. The Salty church is across the street from the surf contest.
Anyone interested in competing can pick up an entry form at area surf shops or visit christiansurfers.com. Anyone can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an entry form by email.
For more information, call (386) 316-6312.
Dreamers & Colorful Schemers
The Ormond Beach Historical Society and the Florida Humanities Council invite the public to experience history coming alive on stage with Dreamers & Schemers: An Evening with Great Floridians.
Featured in the performance will be actors portraying Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Osceola and Francisco Menendez at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Anderson-Price Memorial Building, 42 N. Beach St. Ormond Beach. Tickets are $10 general admission, $9 for members and $5 for students with ID.
After the performance, a moderator will facilitate a brief discussion on the themes of the program.
This event is part of the Viva Florida 500 celebration commemorating the discovery of Florida in 1513 by Ponce de Leon.
Seating is limited. Call (386) 677-7005 for reservations or more information.
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.
University women to host luncheon meeting
The American Association of University Women, Daytona Branch, will host its monthly meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Palmetto Club, 1000 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
Guest speaker will be Zach Zacharias, senior curator of the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach. The museum recently received an American Association of University Women Community Action Grant to help fund its Archeology Learning Lab. The focus of the project is to encourage school-aged girls to participate in the Science, Technology, Environmental and Math Program.
Mr. Zacharias will speak about the project and answer questions on how one may become involved. Luncheon is at noon and cost $13.
For more information, call (386) 673-1425.
Health fair slated
The Basilica of Saint Paul will host a health fair from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at 317 Mullally St., Daytona Beach.
There will be free health screening and information, resources and demonstrations that promote health and wellness and increase awareness of health resources in the community.
Screenings include blood pressure, diabetes, vision and pulse oxygenation. There also will be "ask the nurse and doctor" sessions.
Sock hop slated
The Italian American Club of Ormond Beach will host a sock hop at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, at the Elk's Lodge, 285 Wilmette Ave., Ormond Beach.
Participants should bring a dish to share for a potluck supper.
There will be a brief meeting. Dress in '50s attire. There will be music by Paul Aparo for dancing after dinner.
For more information, call (386) 334-0593.
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.
Lung cancer support group to meet
The Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center lung cancer support group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the hospital's Comprehensive Cancer Center at 224 Memorial Medical Parkway, Daytona Beach.
Registration is not required.
For more information, call (386) 231-4000.
Infant CPR class slated
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center will conduct an Infant CPR class from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Medical Office Building, Classroom B, 305 Memorial Medical Parkway, Daytona Beach.
Cost is $6 and registration is required. To learn more or to register, call (386) 231-2229.
Big Brother/Big Sister Class offered
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center will host a free Big Brother/Big Sister Class at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the hospital's BirthCare Center on the fourth floor at 301 Memorial Medical Parkway in Daytona Beach.
Parents are asked to bring their child's favorite doll or stuffed animal, as kids will use them when learning how to put on a diaper.
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. To learn more or to register, call (386) 231-BABY (2229).
Your library -- anytime, anywhere
Did you know you can use the library even when it's closed? The Volusia County Public Library system is at your fingertips anytime, anywhere.
Learn how to use the library's website during a free program at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
Librarian Carrie Radam will show participants how to renew books, place items on hold, obtain items from other branches, and find journal and newspaper articles using the library's electronic databases. Participants will also learn how to use the library's online medical databases, such as Medline Plus and the Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16235.
'Medicare 101' offered at Daytona Beach library
Turning 65 within the next three months? Bewildered by Medicare?
Judy Hahn, SHINE counselor for Volusia County, will explain what is covered under Medicare, how individual parts differ from Medicare Advantage, and how to avoid potential financial penalties if you opt in at a future date.
The free program will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16264.
SHINE stands for Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders.
Food based healing seminar slated
Food-Based Healing seminar will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Access to Organics, 118 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
Ed Eisler , certified food-based healing instructor, will lead the seminar.
Seating is limited. To make a reservation, call (386) 236-9447 or (386) 214-6465.
Caregiver support group offered
Bishop's Glen Retirement Community will continue its Learning, Living & Laughing Series with a caregiver support group at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at 900 LPGA Blvd., Holly Hill.
The series will continue at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 19, with an Ask the Nurse Program.
All programs are free.
To make a reservation for either event, call (386) 226-9110.
Volusia County offers volunteer opportunities
As America celebrates National Volunteer Month, Volusia County Government reminds residents it has year-round volunteer opportunities.
Thousands of residents are making positive changes in the community by lending their time and talents through volunteer programs. County volunteers rescue stranded sea turtles, clean river banks, help prevent crime, assist library staff and serve on advisory boards.
Volunteering provides an opportunity for people of all ages and interests to get involved in their community, learn new skills, and gain experience to boost their resume.
The county has 35 service groups that depend on volunteers. For more information, visit www.volusia.org/volunteer.
Daytona Beach Chapter of Hadassah to meet
The Daytona Beach Chapter of Hadassah will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at Congregation B'nai Torah, 401 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach.
The Rev. Jim Shoopman, professor, Bethune-Cookman University will discuss Comparative Religion
The cost is $10 and includes lunch.
The public may attend, but reservations are required by April 12.
For more information, call (386) 254-4873, (386) 672-1707 or email email@example.com.
SAR to meet
The Daytona-Ormond Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Palmetto Club, 1000 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
The chapter will host Paul McCauley, who will make a presentation concerning the War of 1812.
Anyone interested in American History or in joining the Sons of the American Revolution is welcome with a reservation.
Lunch is $14. Reservations are required by April 16.
For more information or reservations, call (386)423-7922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CANDO to meet
CANDO will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Ormond Beach Riverside Church, 56 N. Beach St.
Guest speakers will be City Economic Development Director Joe Mannarino and Airport Manager Steven Lichliter. For more information, call (386) 441-5934.
Learn how to download free library e-books
Join the staff at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St., to learn the fundamentals of downloading e-books to a reader, mobile phone or tablet.
Participants will learn how to sign on, search and download books during these free classes:
5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18: Kindle class
5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25: Nook class
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1: Android and Apple class
Reservations are not required. For more information, call the library at (386) 676-4191, Ext. 100.
Master gardener to explain plant propagation
Master Gardener Mary Boekhoff will discuss "Propagating plants" at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St.
She will explain how to create new plants from seeds, cuttings and other plant parts. Afterward, she will take questions.
Her free presentation is part of the library's monthly Casual Gardening Series.
For more information, call the library at (386) 676-4191, Ext. 100.
Learn how to download free books at the Daytona Beach library April 18
E-books now account for 22 percent of the American book market.
Stop by the auditorium at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island for a free introductory class to e-books at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at 105 E Magnolia Ave.
Librarians will explain how you can download free library books onto your Kindle, Nook, mobile phone or tablet.
For more information, call (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16166.
Stetson professor presents 'Walking in Tolstoy's path'
Dr. Michael A. Denner, associate professor of Russian studies at Stetson University, will host a program titled "Walking in Tolstoy's path" at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
Dr. Denner and two other Tolstoy scholars traveled to Russia in summer 2011 and retraced the route of a 100-mile walk taken by Russian author Leo Tolstoy from his family's winter house in Moscow to his ancestral estate several times in the 1880s.
According to Dr. Denner, Tolstoy was an early version of a hippie, and the walk was partly an expression of his commitment to living simply as encouraged in the gospels.
Dr. Denner teaches courses in Russian literature, film and language and writes about Tolstoy and popular culture. He is researching Tolstoy, who wrote the classic novels "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina."
For more information, call (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16264.
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.
Household hazardous waste collection event
Volusia County is conducting its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection in Ormond Beach on Friday, April 19. Items may be dropped off between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Ormond Beach Public Works Department, 501 N. Orchard St.
Only household hazardous waste will be accepted. Residents may bring the following items for free disposal: Solvents, pesticides, up to 10 fluorescent lamps, auto batteries, motor oil, other household chemicals, household batteries, pool chemicals, paint and gasoline.
Do not mix chemicals. Label if possible.
Participants may drop off used needles in approved containers for proper disposal. Containers will not be returned or replaced.
Volusia County residents may bring their household hazardous waste to the Tomoka Landfill in Daytona Beach or the West Volusia Transfer Station in DeLand year-round for free disposal or exchange at the Swap Shop during normal operating hours.
For more information, call (386) 676-3220.
Walk for Meals on Wheels
Support Meals on Wheels with the Council on Aging at the 17th Annual Walk for Meals on Wheels and Other Senior Services in April.
The events are used to heighten awareness of the critical need for meals and services for frail and homebound seniors.
COA will host the walk in three locations:
Friday, April 19 - Brannon Center, 105 Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach
Saturday, April 20, Bill Dreggors Park, 230 N. Stone St, DeLand
Saturday, April 20 at Manatee Island Park, 351 N. Beach St, Daytona Beach
Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the walk at 10 a.m. at each location.
The walk is free for anyone who would like to participate, but only walkers who pay the registration fee will receive a T-shirt. T-shirts are $25 per person and will be available at the event.
This family event includes a short walk, a picnic with food, music, and door prizes provided by area merchants.
For more information call (386) 253-4700, Ext. 250, or email email@example.com. Walk registration can also be done online at www.coavolusia.org.
5K benefits melanomas research
The 16th annual Rayz Awareness 5K run/walk and one mile fun run/walk, in memory of Bill Walter III, will be on Saturday, April 20, at Oceanfront Park in Ormond Beach.
The 5K begins at 7:30 a.m. The one mile starts at 8:30 a.m.
Proceeds will go to fund melanoma research, assist patients in need of financial support, and to increase melanoma awareness.
The 5K entry fee is $25 until April 17 and $20 after April 17. Youth 17 and younger may enter for $20 before April 17 and $25 after April 17. Teams of five or more may enter for $20 and $25 after April 17. The one mile is $15 until April 17 and $20 after.
To register online visit www.active.com
Packet pick up will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at TGI Fridays, 24 N. Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond Beach.
Mayflower society to meet
The Francis Cooke Colony, Florida Mayflower Society, will meet at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Halifax River Yacht Club, 331 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by Gov. Lara Yancey conducting a business meeting before the noon luncheon.
The special speaker for this meeting is Sherwood W. Anderson of Winter Park, who claims to have 12 descendants who were part of the 102 passengers who came across the Atlantic
Reservations should be made by calling (386) 314-6383.
Anyone who thinks he or she might have a relative who was a passenger on the Mayflower may attend.
Poker run benefits cancer patient
A benefit poker run for Sam Leonard will be Saturday, April 20. Ms. Leonard has been diagnosed with small cell lung cancer.
Sign up will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at White Eagle, 5530 S. U.S. 1, Bunnell. There will be a free breakfast and $1 Bloody Marys and Mimosas. The cost is $10.
Last bike in will be at 3:30 p.m. at the Iron Horse Saloon in Ormond Beach.
Live music by country rocker Bobby Scott.
For more information, call (386) 235-3172.
Grand Rounds presents program on early deliveries
Halifax Health Medical Grand Rounds event will discuss "Eliminating Non-Medically Indicated Deliveries before 39 weeks Gestational Age" at 7:30 a.m. Friday, April 19, at
Halifax Health Medical Center auditorium, 303 N. Clyde Morris Blvd. Daytona Beach.
Halifax Health Medical Grand Rounds event is open to the public and will educate listeners on the increase in elective deliveries before 39 weeks and identifying the contributing factors. Physicians will discuss the risks of early term deliveries and the benefits of delaying delivery.
Grand Rounds will be moderated by the President of the North Florida Women's Physicians Association Karen E. Harris.
For more information, call (877) 842-HALIFAX.
Heart Ball slated
The American Heart Association's Volusia/Flagler Heart Ball sponsored by Halifax Health will be on Friday, April 19, at the Hilton Daytona Beach
100 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.
The annual baseball themed event serves to raise awareness and funds for cardiovascular disease. There will be dinner, dancing and both a silent auction and a live auction.
Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 8 p.m. Casual dress welcome.
Patron sponsor of two tickets is $1,000. A table is $2,500.
Proceeds will go towards Children's Health Initiatives, such as childhood obesity and congenital heart disease and defects.
For more information, call (386) 337-4088.
Military officers host dinner for ROTC cadets and midshipmen
The Halifax Area Chapter, Military Officers Association of America will host a dinner meeting Thursday, April 25, at the Halifax River Yacht Club, 331 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
Social hour starts at 5 p.m. with dinner following at 6.
Speakers will be Reserve Officer Training Corps Midshipmen and Cadets from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. These officers in training and their active duty instructors will discuss the ROTC program and the aspirations of the cadets and midshipmen for military service.
Cost is $27 per person. Reservations are required by April 22.
Send checks payable to Halifax Chapter MOAA and mail to P.O. Box 2093, Daytona Beach, FL. 32115-2093.
For more information and menu choices call (386) 235-8635 or visit http://www.moaafl.org/Chapters.aspx (and select Halifax Area Chapter).
The German American Social Club of Daytona Beach will host a luau dinner dance at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the Palmetto Club, 1000 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
German music will be by Sepp Diepolder.
Member tickets are $25, guests are $27.50. To make a reservation, call (386) 677-0168.
Blue Diamond Gala to benefit poor and homeless
The fourth annual Halifax Urban Ministries Blue Diamond Celebration will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Oceanside Country Club, 75 N. Halifax Drive, Ormond Beach.
Halifax Urban Ministries will honor their supporters with a gala reception, music and gourmet dinner.
The keynote speaker is Forough Hosseini, founder of Food Brings Hope and senior vice president of ICI Homes.
Award recipients will include Dr. Fred Costello, a former state representative and Ormond Beach Mayor, who will receive The John C. Allen Jr. Humanitarian Award. The Corporate Social Responsibility Award will be presented to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
HUM has been helping people in need for 32 years. More than 80 percent of its funding comes from the local community through donations, fundraisers and corporate sponsorship
Tickets are $75. For more information, call (386)
252-0156. For online reservations and information visit www.HalifaxUrbanMinistries.org.
Food Addicts in Recovery to meet
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous can help those who suffer from food obsession, overeating, undereating and bulimia.
FA is based upon the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins at FA meetings. There are seven meetings in Volusia County.
For more information call (386) 258-0610 or visit our website at www.foodaddicts.org.
Navy League to meet
Daytona Navy League will meet at 11:30 a.m. April 26 for a luncheon at the Halifax River Yacht Club, 331 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
The guest speaker will be Capt. John "JP" Heatherington, commanding officer of Naval Ordnance Test Unit at Cape Canaveral.
Capt. Heatherington assumed command of the U.S. Naval Ordnance Test Unit in August 2011. He holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U. S. Naval War College.
Veterans are welcomed and public invited. Cost is $16 per person for lunch.
Reservations are required by Tuesday, April 23. Send checks to Daytona Beach Area Council-NL, P.O. Box 11255, Daytona Beach, FL 32120-11255.
For more information, call (386) 258-9931.
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 22 and 29
Oakbrook Professional Center, 931 S. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand: April 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.