"Women Build" starts Saturday in Orange City
Southwest Volusia Habitat for Humanity is participating in National Women Build Week sponsored by Lowe's and Habitat for Humanity International.
The Habitat chapter will build a house at 1665 19th St. in Orange City during the week of May 4 through May 12, the week leading up to Mother's Day.
Opening day will be at the Orange City Lowe's parking lot where 30 women from Trinity Assembly of God will be building the interior frame walls for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home for a single mother with three young daughters. Lowe's will provide build clinics on several evenings before the build. Over 130 women have registered to participate and hope to raise more than $10,000 towards the build.
Local dignitaries will be present and Orange City Mayor Tom Laputka will read a Women Build proclamation during the opening ceremony at 9 a.m. May 4. At 10 a.m., the ladies will be building.
Low-cost pet clinic and dog wash planned
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will conduct low-cost pet shot clinics and a dog wash on Sunday May 5.
The Youth S.P.C.A. will do the dog wash at the Orange City Dog Park at 11 a.m., before the pet shot clinic.
Dogs will be washed for a donation to the organization, nail trims and ear care will be offered for $5. The newly organized youth group also will be collecting pet food donations for the S.P.C.A. Pet Food Bank.
The low-cost pet shot clinic will be from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the dog park on South Leavitt Avenue and from 2 to 4 p.m. at Save a Lot Plaza, 1382 Howland Blvd., Deltona.
Call (386)748-8993 for questions. Proceeds benefit abandoned animals, donations may be brought to these clinics.
Get in touch with nature at Lyonia Environmental Center
Learning comes naturally at Lyonia Environmental Center, which will offer a variety of free hikes and educational programs in May. Upcoming programs include:
Tiny trekkers: "Are you my mother?" 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4. Children ages 2 through 5 can read a book about a lost bird, take a hike and make a craft to take home.
Ecosystem gardening: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Ginny Stibolt, author of "Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida," will explain how native plants and natural habitats can improve the success and productivity of edible gardens.
Popcorn and a movie: 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Watch "Crane Song" to see how 80 percent of the world's sandhill cranes make their way through a 75-mile stretch of Nebraska's Platte River Valley on their spring migration. Popcorn will be provided. Bottled water and snacks will be available for purchase.
Family game day: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 12. 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.
All programs are free except the butterflies and blooms workshop. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (386) 789-7207, Ext. 21028. Lyonia Environmental Center is part of the Deltona Regional Library complex at 2150 Eustace Ave.
For updates on what's happening at the LEC, visit www.lyoniapreserve.com.
Deltona library offers seniors exercise program
Are you over 60 and feeling your age? Do you want to start exercising, but don't know where to begin?
The Deltona Regional Library will offer a free program to inspire you and get you started on the road to fitness from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 8.
Library staff will show the documentary, "Age of Champions," an inspirational story about a 100-year-old tennis champion, an 86-year-old pole-vaulter and a team of basketball-playing grandmothers. Afterward, Wes Heese, the "Silver Sneakers" instructor at the Four Townes Family YMCA, will lead an exercise class for seniors.
If you want to participate in the exercise portion of the program, bring water and come dressed for physical activity.
Reservations are not required. For information, call (386) 789-7207.
Live jazz at the Deltona Amphitheater May 10
La Lucha, a jazz trio featuring vocalist Jun Bustamante, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Deltona Amphitheater, 2150 Eustace Ave.
The Tampa Bay-based trio plays a mixture of jazz standards, Latin inspired rhythms and original compositions. Their debut album, "A Cup of Fuzzy Water," was released in 2009. Their second album, "La Lucha," featured Bustamante and was released in 2012.
In the case of inclement weather, the event will move to the Deltona Regional Library auditorium.
For more information, call (386) 789-7207.
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:
Oakbrook Professional Center, 931 S. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand: May 7, 14, 16, 21, 28 and 30
Fancy Fruit and Produce, 911 S. Volusia Ave., Orange City: May 6, 13 and 20
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.
Deltona seeking resident for firefighters pension plan/board of trustees
The city of Deltona is looking for an individual interested in serving on the Firefighters' Pension Plan, Board of Trustees. The citizen member will be a full voting member appointed by the City Commission.
Individuals appointed to this Board serve four-year terms in a non-paid capacity.
If interested, contact the City Clerk's Office for an application at (386) 878-8500, download an application or apply at www.deltonafl.gov. Applications deadline is June 6.