Hand Avenue closed
Hand Avenue, from the east end of the 600 Block (about 1,000 feet east of Oak Brook Drive) to Center Street, will close due to construction for the next 5 to 6 months, or until about October. The closure began April 29.
The city is in the process of constructing roadway upgrades and utility improvements. Please use designated detours.
For more information, call (386) 676-3269.
Thrift shop conducts sidewalk sale
St. Vincent de Paul Hand Me-Ups Thrift Shop will conduct a Sidewalk Sale of bed, bath and linens from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at 1100 Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond Beach. All proceeds go to help the mission of feeding the hungry and helping the poor.
Walking with the manager planned
The city of Ormond Beach will host a walking with the city manager session at 8 a.m. Friday, May 3.
"Walking with the Manager" will begin at Cassen Park. The entire walk will be about two miles.
Kevin Gray, Public Works Operations Manager, will be the city manager's "guest walker."
Rained-out silent auction for cancer patient rescheduled for May 4
Not even inclement weather could stop an outpouring of support for a fellow biker on Saturday, April 20, as hundreds turned out to help Sam Leonard, a motorcycle enthusiast who was diagnosed with lung cancer after she crashed her bike and received the revealing medical diagnosis.
While the rainy weather may have postponed the silent auction portion of the event until next month, it didn't dampen the spirit of those participating in the poker ride from Bunnell to Ormond Beach, according to David L. Sweat, whose law firm helped sponsor the fundraiser.
Ms. Leonard, who has been involved with the law firm in numerous benefit poker runs to help others, is facing expensive medical treatment and has no health insurance, Mr. Sweat said.
The silent auction, which originally was scheduled toward the end of the poker run, will begin at 6 p.m. May 4 at the Iron Horse Saloon in Ormond Beach.
For more information, visit www.rueziffra.com or call (386) 788-7700.
Laura Ashland, a certified yoga instructor, is now offering a free yoga workshop from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month.
The free workshop, open to everyone, will be at her studio, Yoga Circle and Dance, 333 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach.
For more information, call (386) 589-9940 or visit YogaCircleAndDance.com.
Space available in early-stage dementia program
The Council on Aging offers a break for 24/7 caregivers by providing a therapeutic, social activity program for loved ones in the early-stage of dementia.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For those who meet criteria, program costs may be covered by a grant.
A face-to-face meeting is required prior to program entry. Respite programs and caregiver support groups are in Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Ormond Beach and Port Orange.
For information, call (386)253-4700, Ext. 204.
Luncheon to feature Jackie Robinson biographer
Jackie Robinson biographer Chris Lamb will be the featured speaker for an author luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 10, at the Halifax River Yacht Club, 331 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
His topic will be "Jackie Robinson, Daytona Beach, and the hero's journey." Mr. Lamb is a former sports writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal and professor at Daytona Beach Community College. In 2004, he chronicled Mr. Robinson's struggles on and off the ball field in "Blackout: The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson's First Spring Training."
In January, Mr. Lamb accepted a position as a journalism professor at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.
Luncheon tickets are $30 each and must be purchased by May 3. They are available at the circulation desk of the Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave. The luncheon is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
For more information, call the library at (386) 257-6036, Ext. 6311.
Licensing On Wheels
The state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has implemented the Florida Licensing On Wheels program.
The program is a standalone mobile office with technology to provide driver license/ID card changes of address, renewals, replacements, and renewals and replacements of vehicle registration and disabled parking permits.
Beginning May 6, the vehicle will be in the City Hall parking lot, 22 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach, from noon until 2 p.m. on the first Monday of every month.
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:
Ormond Beach YMCA, 51 Center St.: 1 to 4 p.m. May 4 and 18 and 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 email@example.com or call (386) 547-0246.
Washing for animals
Sudz-N-Dudz Coin Laundry will host a washathon on Sunday, May 5, at 703 Beville Road, Daytona Beach.
The event will benefit the Halifax Humane Society and ARNI Foundation.
There will be raffles and a yard sale.
For more information, call (386) 760-6658.
Children's Musical Theatre seeks veterans
Children's Musical Theatre Workshop, a not-for-profit educational theatre program for children in Ormond Beach, is seeking U.S. military veterans to volunteer for an upcoming production of "Kilroy Was Here," at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center.
The show takes a lighthearted look at World War II and pays homage to all who have served.
"Kilroy Was Here" will be performed for school children at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 16, and performances for the general public will be at 7 p.m. May 17-19.
To volunteer, call (386) 290-0908 or email MissCindyCMTW@yahoo.com.
Club offers dog training
The Obedience Club of Daytona, a non-profit dog-training club, will start new classes on Tuesday, May 7, with registration at 6:30 p.m.. at Daytona Mall on West International Speedway Boulevard.
Classes offered are Puppy, Novice, Advanced, Rally, and Conformation. Cost for the seven-week class is $60.
For information, call (386) 761-1095 or (386) 677-4528 or visit ocodb.org.
Polish club celebrating Mother's Day
The Polish American Pulaski Club hosts a dinner/dance each Sunday at 3621 U.S. 92 W., Daytona Beach.
Dinner is at 1 p.m. Dance is from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Dinner and dance is $17, dance only is $10.
A Mother's Day Celebration will be on Sunday, May 12.
Reservations are required for dinner. For information, call (386) 258-7059.
Spend afternoon with Florida history
An Afternoon with Florida History will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Museum of Arts & Sciences, 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach.
Celebrating 500 years of Florida history with a virtual tour of local sites and stories of the past.
The event will feature historians and re-enactors Joseph Vetter and special guests Ron and Alice Howell, authors of seven books about Volusia history including their latest, "The Grand Hotel Ormond -125 Year Anniversary"
Advanced tickets are $5 and include presentation and trivia prizes. Tickets are available at the Museum of Arts & Sciences.
For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (386) 214-7232.
Audubon offering St. Augustine trip
The Halifax River Audubon Society will host a field trip Saturday, May 11, to Alligator Farm, 999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine.
Participants should meet at Ormond Towne Square parking lot (corner of Granada Boulevard and Williamson Avenue) near Chick-fil-A at 7:30 a.m. to form carpools.
Participants should bring lunch and beverage.
Group entrance fee is $16.07 per person; bring exact change for collection at the parking lot.
Visitors and guests are welcome. For information, call (386) 788-2630.
The Halifax Historical Society will host an old fashioned Victorian May Day high tea at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Halifax Historical Museum
252 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
Adult tickets are $35 and children 6-12 tickets are $20.
Space is limited. To make a reservation, call (386) 255-6976
Law firm collecting books for pediatrics center
Politis & Matovina, P.A. will be collecting new children's books to donate to Halifax Health-Betty Jane France Center for Pediatrics.
The law firm's offices at 730 Dunlawton Ave., Port Orange, 170 E. Granada Blvd., Suite A, Ormond Beach, and 2730 Enterprise Road, Suite C, Orange City, will be drop off sites from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
The book drive is focused on helping raise awareness of congenital heart defects in children. It is in honor of Tressel Lincoln Scott Meinardi.
Genealogical Society to meet
The Halifax Genealogical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the Ormond Beach Library Auditorium, 30 S. Beach St.
The speaker will be Drew Smith. He will talk bout "Social Networking for Genealogical Researchers -- How Social Networking Tools Add Power and Fun to Your Research."
The public may attend.
For more information, call (386) 672-3806.
Cupcake contest raises funds for council
Recently Dawn Sullivan coordinated a Cupcake Contest at Chris' Lounge in Holly Hill as a fundraiser for the Domestic Abuse Council.
There were 11 contestants who brought 20 dozen cupcakes to the competition. There were volunteer judges and customers of the lounge were able to buy the cupcakes to support the Domestic Abuse Council.
The lounge gave prizes to the first, second and third place winners. A pineapple upside down cupcake took home the grand prize.
In addition to the $248 raised by the bake sale, some patrons donated personal hygiene items for the shelter.
To learn more, visit domesticabusecouncil.com. The Domestic Abuse Hotline is 1-800-500-1119.
Mother's Day celebration slated
Ormond Beach Elks Lodge No. 2193 will host A Mother's Day Tribute at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, in the lodge room, followed by a lunch from 1-4 p.m.; lunch menu consists of ham, scalloped potatoes, veggie, roll and dessert.
Tickets will be sold at the door at a cost of $9 per person. The general public is welcomed to attend.
The lodge is at 285 Wilmette Ave., Ormond Beach.
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.
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 www.foodaddicts.org.
Halifax Urban Ministries and Darden Restaurants partner
Halifax Urban Ministries, providing homeless prevention and assistance to Volusia County residents, has been selected to receive a $3,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc.
The grants program, now in its second year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs.
Darden's Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille and Eddie V's brands participated in the program.
Railroad workers info
Any railroader, active or retired, may get information about up to date railroad retirement benefits and changes from National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees Inc, Daytona Beach Unit No. 70.
For information. call (386) 428-9848 or (386) 767-9086.