Post launches new benefit barbecues to help other organizations
VFW Post 3282 is launching the first of many benefit barbecues to help local veteran/military organizations.
The first Sunday of each month will be designated to as a fundraiser for a specific organization. First will be the Veterans Assistance Coalition.
The inaugural benefit barbecue will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at 5810 S. Williamson Blvd., Port Orange.
The menu will be a half chicken (apple smoked) plus two sides. A minimum $7 donation is suggested and the public is invited.
For more information, call (386) 761-7217.
Tryouts scheduled for Junior Lifeguard Program
Youths between 9 and 15 may try out for the Junior Lifeguard Program beginning May 4.
The program, led by professional lifeguards, offers youths between 9 and 15 a chance to learn about water safety and first-aid techniques during weeklong camps in June and July. Junior lifeguards also will participate in daily team relays involving surfboard paddling, swimming, running and beach flags.
To qualify, junior lifeguards must be able to swim 100 yards within two minutes and 15 seconds, tread water for five minutes and swim underwater 10 feet.
Candidates must pass a physical skills test, which will be offered on these Saturdays:
Port Orange YMCA, 4701 City Center Parkway: 9 a.m. to noon May 4 and 18
Ormond Beach YMCA, 51 Center St.: 1 to 4 p.m. May 4 and 18 and June 1
Southeast Volusia YMCA, 148 W. Turgot Ave., Edgewater: 9 a.m. to noon June 1
Register online at www.volusia.org/beach after passing the physical skills test. Tuition is due upon registration. The cost for a one-week camp is $150. Youths may enroll in one additional week for $125.
Camps will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at these locations:
Ormond Beach's Andy Romano Beachfront Park, 839 S. Atlantic Ave.: June 10 to 14 and July 8 to 12
Frank Rendon Park, 2705 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores: June 17 to 21 and July 15 to 19
New Smyrna Beach lifeguard station, 207 Buenos Aires Ave.: June 24 to 28
For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (386) 547-0246.
Low-cost pet shot clinics planned
There will be two lower cost pet shot clinics sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue on Saturday, May 4.
The clinics will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Best In Show Pet Grooming, 201 Common Wealth Blvd. Port Orange.
The second clinic will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Mr. Petman, 2400 S. Ridgewood South Daytona, at Sunshine Park Mall.
This is a cash only clinic open to everyone, no appointment needed.
For more information, call (386) 748-8993.
Group bicycle ride planned
South Daytona Parks & Recreation Department will host its sixth annual Family & Neighbors Bicycle Ride on Saturday, May 4, at Reed Canal Park, 919 Reed Canal Road.
The event features a four to five mile escorted bicycle ride through South Daytona followed by a picnic-style lunch.
The ride out time is 10 a.m. sharp. Bicycles are not provided, so be sure to bring or ride a bicycle to the event.
Daytona Bicycle Center will be on site to answer any bicycling questions.
Register in advance at the Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Road or at the park by 9:30 a.m.
The cost is $2 per bike/person and includes lunch.
For more information, call (386) 322-3070.
Free films shown at the library
The Port Orange Regional Library shows free films in the auditorium at 1005 City Center Circle.
"Age of Champions" will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5. This award-winning documentary follows five competitors who sprint, leap and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics.
"Lincoln" will be shown at 2 p.m. Monday, May 6. This film chronicles Abraham Lincoln's presidency as he dealt with personal demons and politics during the Civil War. Daniel Day-Lewis received an Academy Award for his portrayal of the president.
Reservations are not required. The movies are funded by the Friends of the Library. Learn more about the friends group at www.portorangefol.org.
South Daytona Historical Society to meet
The South Daytona Historical Society will meet at 5:45 p.m. Monday, May 6, at the Piggotte Community Center on Big Tree Road. Featured speaker will be Fire Commander David Giles.
The presentation is "Light My Fire -- History of the South Daytona Fire Department" and includes the departments' artifacts display.
Comments, questions and a "Meet & Greet" will follow.
Charter memberships through July 31 are available. The meeting is open to the public.
The Historical Society is seeking any and all photos, artifacts and information on South Daytona, formerly called Blake, as well as interested volunteers to help collect, organize and preserve the community's history. Monthly meetings are at 5:45 p.m. every first Monday.
Alzheimer's caregiver workshop scheduled
Haven Hospice will hold a free workshop for Alzheimer's caregivers titled "Living with Alzheimer's" from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday May 7, at Sterling House, 955 Village Trail Drive, Port Orange.
The workshop covers developing a care team, community and relationship issues, legal and financial planning, safety, personal care and end of life issue.
For more information or to register, call (800) 272-3900.
Driver safety class planned
AARP will host a driver safety class for seniors from 9 a.m. to noon May 7-8 at Volusia Memorial Funeral Home Port Orange, 4515 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange.
The cost is $12 for members and $14 for non-members. Reservations with instructors are required.
To register, call (386) 451-7453.
The City of Port Orange will start a new ballroom dance class for beginners and on up, starting May 8.
No partner is necessary.
For more information, call (386) 843-9893.
Historian to discuss Port Orange restaurant and ski show
For a few years in the mid-20th century, the water skiing world wasn't centered on Cypress Gardens. That honor belonged to Gardner's Seafoods, a popular Port Orange restaurant that formed a ski show on the Halifax River in 1958.
Kent Donahue will look back at the restaurant and skiing spectacle during a free presentation at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
Mr. Donahue is a member of the Port Orange Historical Trust and the public information officer for the city. He recently published a nonfiction book titled "The Famous Gardner's Seafoods Ski Show." Proceeds from the book, after printing costs, go to the Port Orange Historical Trust.
Reservations are not required for this free program. For information, call (386) 322-5152.
Travel club to meet
The Port Orange Recreational Travel Club will meet at 11 a.m. Friday, May 10, at the Palmetto Club, 1000 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
This is a nonprofit senior service organization for anyone 55 and older.
To make a lunch reservation, call (386) 788-4531.
For information on the club, call (386) 322-0786.
Railroad association to meet
The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railroad Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Duff's Original Buffet, 2400 S. Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona.
For information, call (386) 428-9848 or (386) 767-9086.
Tea party planned
The Epiphany Council of Catholic Women will host a tea party at noon, Saturday, May 11, at Church of the Epiphany Parish Center, 201 Lafayette Street, Port Orange.
Limited tickets are $10 for the luncheon, prizes and entertainment.
Participants are asked to bring their favorite teacups and wear their prettiest hat.
For information, call (386) 756-6997 or (386) 763-4184.
Program on Medicare
Judy Hawn, Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders coordinator for Volusia County, will SHINE some light on Medicare during a free program at 2 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
Topics will include health plan choices, Medigap policies, eligibility and enrollment.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call the library at (3860 322-5152.
Rotary benefit golf tourney coming up
Rotary Club of Port Orange-South Daytona will hold its 14th annual Golf Tournament at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Daytona Beach Golf Club, North Course, 600 Wilder Blvd. in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The tournament benefits the Rotary Club in its support of community activities, including the High School Scholar Athlete Program, a scholarship program at Daytona State College, The Volusia/Flagler Partnership for Children and other local charities.
This four-person scramble will offer prizes to first, second and third place winners, as well as closest to the hole, longest drive and closest to the line for both men and women participants and a chance to win a $10,000 for a hole-in-one.
Several other games and activities will be offered as well as themed gift baskets and other prizes. Registration fee includes a continental breakfast, range balls and a barbecue.
Several sponsorship levels are available. The fee for an individual golfer is $75 or $280 for a team.
To sponsor or register to play, contact Joyce Borda, at email@example.com or (386) 852-4155 or Georgeann Luxion at firstname.lastname@example.org or (386) 847-4490.
Pet Vet Cruiser announces May 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 May:
Rockin' Ranch, 801 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach: May 15 and 29
Fire Station 23, 1850 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach: May 8 and 22
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.