Learn how to start a small farm
Learn how to establish and market a small farm during the "Innovative Farmers Workshop II" from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand.
Topics include growing to sell at farmers markets, commercial vegetable production, avitourism, microgreens, operating a home-based bakery or food-processing business, and pest control options for the commercial vegetable farm.
Registration is required. The $15 fee includes lunch. Make checks payable to the Volusia County Extension Fund and mail them to the Volusia County Extension, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand, FL 32724.
For more information, call (386) 822-5778 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Democratic party honoring union leaders
The Volusia County Democratic Party will honor the achievements of union leaders Stacy Stepanovich, president of Volusia/Flagler AFL-CIO, and Andrew Spar, president of Volusia Teachers Organization, as the female and male Democrats of the Year at the upcoming Democratic Unity Gala on Aug. 24 at The Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach Shores.
Individuals or organizations wishing to congratulate Ms. Stepanovich or Mr. Spar can pay $100 for an ad, which will be displayed during the gala. Tickets to the gala are $75, which includes dinner and the keynote address by former Gov. Charlie Crist.
A pre-gala VIP reception with Gov. Crist is $25. Tickets, ads and sponsorships can be purchased online at volusiademocraticparty.org or by mailing a check to "Volusia County Democratic Party," P.O. Box 771, DeLand FL 32721.
For more information, call (386) 624-6921.
Low-cost pet clinic slated
There will be a low-cost pet shot clinic, sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at 3 Sisters Ice Cream, 101 E.. Ohio Ave. Lake Helen.
Heartworm prevention and flea control products will be available for purchase. This is a cash only clinic. No appointment is needed. Proceed benefit abused and abandoned animals.
For more information, call (386) 748-8993.
Spring into fall vegetable gardening
Learn how to prepare a yard for a bumper crop of broccoli, carrots, spinach and other cool-weather vegetables.
Joe Sewards, an urban and residential horticulturist with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, will offer tips and advice from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand.
Light refreshments will be served and fact sheets from the University of Florida will be available.
Advance registration and payment are encouraged because space is limited. To reserve a spot, mail a $5 check to the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand, FL 32724. The check should be made payable to the Volusia County Extension Fund.
For more information, call (386) 822-5778.
Peripheral Vascular Disease Seminar at Florida Hospital DeLand
Board certified interventional cardiologist Dr. Janak H. Bhavsar will host a seminar on Peripheral Vascular Disease from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Florida Hospital DeLand.
At this free event, Dr. Bhavsar will provide an update on symptoms and treatment approaches for PVD.
This event includes a complimentary healthy dinner.
To make a reservation, call toll-free (866) 328-6417.
Breast Cancer support group planned
Florida Hospital DeLand will host a breast cancer support group at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at 5 p.m. at the Florida Hospital Deland Cancer Institute, 680 Peachwood Drive in DeLand.
This group provides opportunities for emotional support as well as education about breast cancer related topics.
For more information, call (386) 943-7160.
Human Services to host public meetings
Volusia County's Human Services office will host a public meeting to provide information about services, identify gaps in service, and elect a community representative and alternate to serve on the Human Services Advisory Board.
The meeting will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at John H. Dickerson Heritage Library, Daytona Beach
For more information, contact Pat James at email@example.com or (386) 736-5956.
Ag Center to host pile burner course Sept. 5
Learn how to burn piles legally, safely and efficiently during a certified pile burner course at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand.
The University of Florida/Volusia County Extension and Florida Forest Service will conduct the course from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5.
Topics will include fire weather, smoke management, planning and implementation, open burning regulations, safety and public relations. When the weather is dry, certified pile burners will receive priority for burn authorizations. They also will be allowed to burn up to two hours longer per day and get multiple-day authorizations.
The fee is $50. Space is limited, and registration is required by Aug. 30. Registration forms are available by visiting www.volusia.org/extension and clicking on "agriculture."
For more information, call the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension at (386) 822-5778.
Cooks, sponsors needed
The West Volusia Historical Society and Mainstreet DeLand are looking for Cooks, sponsors and vendors for the 12th annual Great Bowls of Fire Championship Chili Cookoff .
The event will be from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in DeLand.
For information, visit greatbowlsofchilicookoff.com.
Announce your event
Hometown News will once again be publishing the "In Season" special section on Sept. 27.
"In Season" is a master calendar for special events in Volusia County that will take place between October and the end of April. It includes concerts, festivals, sporting events, theater performances, holiday events, art exhibits and others.
Please send details of the events, including name of event; time, day and date; location with address; brief description of event, cost; and a telephone number for the public to call for more information.
Also please list a contact and phone number (not for publication). Deadline for submitting information is Sept. 18.
Send information to firstname.lastname@example.org.