Backpack giveaway slated
The DeLand Police Department and DeLand Walmart will be giving away free backpacks to young people from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 3, in the Walmart parking lot.
The Citizens Police Academy Alumni will be there, and there will be music and dancing.
The Police Explorers will be involved and there is a surprise planned.
Celiac Disease support group planned
The Florida Hospital DeLand Celiac Disease Support Group is for individuals suffering from celiac and family, friends or anyone interested in learning about celiac.
Celiac is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine that occurs in genetically predisposed people of all ages from middle infancy on up. It is caused by a reaction to gliadin, a gluten protein found in wheat, barley and rye. A lifelong gluten-free diet is the only cure.
The group meets at noon, Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 701 W. Plymouth Ave., Classroom 3A, DeLand.
To learn more, call (386) 943-4805.
Learn about history of DeLeon Springs
Brian Polk, park manager, will discuss DeLeon Springs State Park's history during a free presentation at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd.
Through the centuries the springs have been used by Native Americans, Spanish and British colonizers, plantation owners, and 19th century tourists looking for a fountain of youth. Today, locals and visitors flock to the cooling water with their flippers, picnic baskets, canoes and kayaks.
Reservations are not required. For information, call (386) 668-3840 or visit debaryhall.com.
DeLand library plans book sale Aug. 9-10
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, Aug. 9; and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.
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 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8.
The DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
For more information, call (386) 822-6430.
Volunteers Needed at BeginAgain Children's Grief Center
The BeginAgain Children's Grief Center, a program of Halifax Health-Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, is looking for compassionate individuals to volunteer to facilitate groups for grieving children and their families.
A free comprehensive training program will be offered by a licensed professional that will include the skills needed to work in this healing environment.
The BeginAgain Center needs volunteers in Daytona Beach, Flagler Beach, and New Smyrna Beach.
An orientation meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at the Daytona Beach office, 655 North Clyde Morris Blvd.
The volunteer working opportunities will be in the evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. twice a month.
For more information, call (386) 258-5100.
County seeks citizens academy recruits
Applications are being accepted for Volusia County's Citizens Academy, a hands-on awareness program designed to educate citizens about county government operations.
Classes will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays from Aug. 27 through Nov. 5. The final class is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11. There is no charge for the program, but applicants are asked to commit to attending all 12 classes.
Members will meet at various county facilities including the Sheriff's Communications and Emergency Operations Center, Tomoka Landfill, Volusia County Branch Jail, Marine Science Center, Ocean Center and Daytona Beach International Airport. They also will tour county construction projects.
Topics will include growth management, community services, public protection, property assessments and budgets.
Participants must be residents of Volusia County and at least 21 years old. Basic knowledge of computers is helpful as class materials are posted online and email is used to communicate with class members.
Applications are at volusia.org/government/citizens-academy and must be turned in to the county manager's office by Aug. 6. The program is limited to 25 participants.