Relay for Life slated
The Deltona Relay for Life, to benefit the American Cancer Society, will be Saturday, April 13, at Dewey O'Boster Sports Complex, 1200 Saxon Blvd.
Campsite setup will begin at 7 a.m. There are 34 teams and 250 participants for this year's events.
Opening ceremonies start at noon. Guest speakers include Mayor John Masiraczyk and Volusia County Councilwoman Patricia Northey
The survivor ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Closing ceremonies will be at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, April 14.
For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org.
Low-cost pet clinic planned
There will be a low cost pet shot clinic, sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday April 13, at the new Dollar General located at 320 Stratford off of Deltona Blvd., Deltona.
This is a cash only clinic. Proceeds benefit abandoned animals.
For more information, call (386) 748-8993.
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 the volunteer programs, according to the 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 the community, learn new skills and gain experience to boost their resume.
The county has 35 service groups that depend on volunteers. For more information on how to become a county volunteer, visit volusia.org/volunteer.
Kids can explore history during storytime at DeBary Hall
Children are invited to DeBary Hall Historic Site's stable from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Friday to hear a story and play an old-fashioned game.
DeBary Kids' Corner is a free program designed to teach children about the art of storytelling and expand their knowledge of Florida history.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 668-3840.
Poker run benefits childhood cancer foundation
The second annual childhood cancer benefit poker run will be Saturday, April 13.
Breakfast and sign up will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Last bike out will be at 10 a.m. The run begins at Dr. Munchies Sandwich Shop, 921 Town Center Drive, Orange City. Last stop will be at 3 p.m. at Blackies Saloon, 2995 Enterprise Road, DeBary. There will be vendors, auction, free barbecue and live music.
Cost is $10. All proceeds will benefit the Childhood Cancer Foundation.
To pre-register visit www.westvolusiaregionalchamber.org.
For more information, call (386) 490-4606.
LEC plans nature classes
Lyonia Environmental Center will offer a variety of free hikes and educational programs in April.
Upcoming programs include:
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.
Be seen going green: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20. Learn how to reuse items that you might otherwise have tossed.
Earth Day celebration: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21. Learn about the history of Earth Day and decorate paper bags with environmental themes. The bags will be distributed to supermarket shoppers.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling (386) 789-7207, Ext. 253.
Lyonia Environmental Center is at 2150 Eustace Ave.
For updates on what's happening at the LEC, visit www.lyoniapreserve.com.
There will be an Orange City Skate-A-Thon from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14, to benefit the Colin M. Anderson Memorial Skatepark.
The skate-a-thon, which is being held on what would have been Colin's 13th birthday, will begin at Orange City Elementary on East French Avenue and end at Valentine Park on West French Avenue.
Registration is $25. All participants receive a Colin's Dream park T-shirts, reflective drawstring bag, one raffle ticket and lunch.
Registration forms are available at Little Stuff Consignment Shop, 2814 N. Volusia Ave., Orange City or colinmichaelanderson.com.
For more information, call (386) 775-3861.
Driver safety class slated
AARP will conduct a driver safety class for seniors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Deltona Senior Center, 980 Lakeshore Drive, Deltona. Cost is $12 for members and $14 for non-members. Reservations with instructors are required.
To register, call (407) 314-1798.
Nominees announced for the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial community service award
The Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Foundation will recognize 12 volunteers nominated for the fifth annual Johana Knox Award for Community Service Excellence awards dinner on Thursday, April 18.
One nominee will be named the 2013 award winner.
The dinner will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Victoria Gardens Clubhouse, 1001 Garden Club Drive in DeLand.
The hospital created the award in 2010 to recognize outstanding volunteers. The foundation named the award in honor Ms. Knox, one of its charter members and West Volusia's best-known volunteer. Ms. Knox, a 35-year Orange City resident who died in December, spent most of her life giving back to those less fortunate.
Nominees are Shawn-Marie Batchelder, Felicia Benzo, Barbara Helwig, Trey Himes, Michelle Jenkins, Olivia Rene Russo-Hood and Judy Semler, all of Deltona; Jewel Dickson of DeLand; Sharon Freeman and Marsha Royle, both of DeBary; Debbie Gormley of Daytona Beach; and Joan LaFleur of Orange City.
Tickets are $50 per person and. Make reservations by calling (386) 917-5423 or email Deborah.McNabb@fhfm.org.
County to collect hazardous waste in Ormond Beach and DeBary
Volusia County's Solid Waste Division will host free collection events for household hazardous materials April 19-20. Residents may drop off old paint, solvents, automobile and household batteries, pool chemicals, pesticides, motor oil, gasoline, other household chemicals, and up to 10 fluorescent lamps at these locations:
Ormond Beach Public Works, 501 N. Orchard St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 19; and
DeBary City Hall, 16 Columba Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20.
Only unmixed household hazardous waste will be accepted. Insulin needles will be accepted in approved containers; the containers will not be returned. Businesses are not eligible for free disposal.
Residents also may bring their household hazardous waste to the Tomoka Landfill in Port Orange or the West Volusia Transfer Station in DeLand year-round for free disposal. The landfill is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The transfer station is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Both facilities provide free paint exchange programs and electronic waste recycling.
For more information, call Volusia County's Solid Waste Division at (386) 947-2952.
Author to discuss 'Alligator Pool' at DeBary Hall April 20
New Smyrna Beach resident Joan Hartwig will discuss her novel, "Alligator Pool," during a free program at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in the stable at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd.
"Alligator Pool" is the first in a series of mystery suspense novels set in Florida. Ms. Hartwig is working on the second novel, "Where Dolphins Play," which is set in the Florida Keys.
The author has a bachelor's degree in journalism, a master's degree in English and a doctorate in English literature. She taught at Florida State University and the University of Kentucky before retiring to write fiction.
Light refreshments and lemonade will be served.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 668-3840.
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 in 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.