Wounded Warriors gather in DeLand
Complete Parachute Solutions will present Defending Freedom Warrior Weekend from April 18 to 20. The event will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
There will be a meet and greet barbecue at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 18, for wounded warriors and supporters.
Skydive Boogie will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Skydive DeLand. The barbecue begins at noon and is open to the public. A block party will be in downtown DeLand from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For tickets, email email@example.com.
A golf tournament will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Pelican Bay Golf and Country Club.
DeLand library plans book sale April 12-13
The Friends of the Library will have its monthly used-book sale in the DeLand Regional Library auditorium from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday, April 12; and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13.
Hardbacks will be sold for $1 each, large paperbacks for 50 cents, and small paperbacks and magazines for 25 cents. Books will be sold for $3 a bag after 2 p.m. Saturday.
Patrons can purchase books at pre-sale prices from 2:30 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday, April 11.
The DeLand Regional Library is at 130 E. Howry Ave.
For more information, call (386) 822-6430.
Association for Widowed Persons to meet
The Association for Widowed Persons will
meet at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church, 724 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.
The doors will open at 2 p.m.
All widows and widowers are invited to attend.
The program will be the Alpacas of Willow Hill with Launda Soper and two of her young alpacas corralled in the church yard.
Association members and guests plan to dine,
after the meeting, at Cook's Buffett Café Bakery,
704 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.
For more information call (386) 668-4556.
Golf tournament slated
The DeLand Mayor's Golf Tournament will be at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 26, at Victoria Hills Golf Club, 300 Spalding Way, DeLand.
Cost is $85 per person. Registration includes green free, GPS cart, range balls, doughnuts, coffee, barbecue lunch buffet and prizes.
The tournament benefits the MainStreet DeLand Association and Faith Hope & Charity.
For information, go to www.golfinvite.com/delandmayor or call (386) 738-0649.
Politics is the play
The West Volusia Historical Society will present The Volusia Lowdown Power & Political Upheaval Amongst the Palmettos, a play told in semi-documentary style about political intrigue in Volusia County during the 1920s and '30s.
The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 25-27 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Athens Theatre.
The play is produced, directed and adapted by William "Billy" de Silva.
Tickets are $20 for VIP seats, $18 for adults, $16 for seniors older than 62 and $10 for students.
For more information, go to www.AthensDeland.com or call (386) 736-1500.
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.
Master gardener to discuss adaptive gardening at Hopkins Hall April 18
Master Gardener Katie Diehl will address adaptive gardening from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Hopkins Hall, 192 Connecticut Ave., Lake Helen.
Her discussion is designed for people whose gardening is limited by injury or physical disabilities, such as arthritis. She'll explain the tools and techniques that can make gardening enjoyable again.
Ms. Diehl grew up on a dairy farm in Ohio and has lived in Florida for more than 40 years. She is a former elementary school teacher and works at Lindley's Nursery in New Smyrna Beach.
The free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lake Helen Public Library. Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 228-1152.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk registration can also be done online at www.coavolusia.org.
Republican Club to meet
The Republican Club of West Volusia meets the third Tuesday of the month at the Sand Hill Golf Course, 800 E Euclid Ave, DeLand.
Lunch is at 11:30 followed by the meeting at noon.
For more information, call (386)337-8095.
DeLand library offers free computer classes
Adults with little or no computer experience can learn the basics during a series of free classes at the DeLand Regional Library in April and May.
All classes are at 1 p.m. Fridays in the library auditorium. Class dates and topics are:
April 19: Microsoft Office Word, part 1
April 26: Microsoft Office Word, part 2
May 3: Microsoft Office Word, part 3
May 17: Internet
May 24: Google
May 31: Tech-savvy tips
Participants may bring wireless laptops. The library has free Wi-Fi throughout the building.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (387) 822-6430, Ext. 20752.
The library is at 130 E. Howry Ave., DeLand.
Benefit trap shoot set
DeLand FFA Alumni Benefit 50 Target Trap Shoot will be Saturday, April 20, at Volusia County Skeet & Trap Club 4031 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach.
Registration starts at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $20.
Children younger than 18 must have an adult present to shoot
For more information, call (386) 426-3061.
River cleanup slated
The 17th annual St. Johns River Cleanup will be from 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.