Dogs will compete at Fairgrounds
The West Volusia Kennel Club is hosting an all-breed dog show Sept. 21-22 at the Volusia County Fairgrounds at State Road 44 and Interstate 4 in DeLand.
Judging starts at 8am on both days. Admission is free and parking is $5.
Also, there will be a Dog Show tour at 1:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The tour will explain dog shows to the public and take observers "behind the scenes" of the dog show. There will be more than 1,300 dogs each day, representing 147 different breeds.
There also will be Junior Handling, Best Puppy in Show, Best Bred by Exhibitor in Show and Best Owner Handler in Show. There is an eye clinic and a heart clinic plus free well checks. There are also vendors offering specialty dog items, such as beds, toys, food, jewelry and more.
For more information, call Mark Driggers at (386) 562-6293 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Volusia Audubon Society to meet
The West Volusia Audubon Society will meet Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Garden Club of DeLand, 865 S. Alabama Ave, DeLand.
The society opens its 2013-2014 year with a presentation by Terence Farrell , professor of biology at Stetson University.
Professor Farrell will share "Herpetology for the Ornithologist." His presentation will give insight into many features of bird life and reptile-bird interactions.
Mix and mingle will begin at 6:30 p.m. The meeting and program will start at 7 p.m. Refreshments following program. Wheelchair accessible. Public is welcome.
For more information, call (386) 626-2726.
Breast Cancer support group planned
Florida Hospital DeLand will host a breast cancer support group at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept.23, at the Florida Hospital Deland Cancer Institute, 680 Peachwood Drive in DeLand.
The group provides opportunities for emotional support as well as education about breast cancer related topics.
For more information, call (386) 943-7160.
Ankle Brachial Index Screening scheduled
Florida Hospital DeLand will host a free Ankle Brachial Index screening from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 701 W. Plymouth Ave.
An ABI is a fast and painless test used to determine whether peripheral vascular disease is restricting blood flow in the legs.
To make a reservation, call toll-free (866) 328-6417.
ID card help offered
IDignity DeLand will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at First Presbyterian Church of DeLand, 724 N. Woodland Blvd.
IDignity DeLand provides assistance in obtaining Florida ID cards and licenses, birth certificates, Social Security cards, replacement immigration records and other documents.
Email IDignityDeLand@IDignity.org for specifics regarding proof of identity, Social Security number and proof of residency.
For more information, visit www.IDignity.org.
National Public Lands Day slated
The Friends of DeLeon Springs State Park and Assistant Park Manager Dave Garcia need help in support of National Public Lands Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 28, at 601 Ponce De Leon Blvd., DeLeon Springs.
People are needed to help potting up 500 Long-leaf pine seedlings for use in restoration of disturbed Pine Flatwood Habitats in the park's natural areas.
While participants work, they will learn about the importance of restoring Florida's dominant pine species in these habitats. Join in the long-term effort to return a pastureland into what the first Europeans exploring Central Florida saw.
Participants should wear appropriate clothing, such as long trousers and closed-toed shoes as well as bring water and bug spray to use if needed.
For more information, call (386) 3985-4212.
Learn to grow strawberries
Growing Strawberries in the Home Garden will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Volusia County Extension Office auditorium, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand.
The speaker will be Joe Sewards, urban/residential horticulture extension agent.
For more information, call (386) 822-5778.
Pet Vet Cruiser announces September schedule
Volusia County's Pet Vet Cruiser offers low-cost spaying and neutering services to dogs and cats that belong to residents of unincorporated parts of the county and the cities of DeLand and South Daytona.
The cruiser will be at Oakbrook Professional Center, 931 S. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand on Sept. 24 and 26.
Fees are based on income. Appointments are required and may be made by calling (386) 626-6643.
For more information, visit volusia.org/petvet.
League of Women Voters of Volusia County to meet
The League of Women Voters of Volusia County will meet at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Holiday Inn, 137 Auto Mall Circle, Daytona Beach.
The topic will be "Thornby, Lessons for Natural Resources Advocacy."
Sandra Walters, award- winning author and environmental advocate, will share lessons learned from the successful effort to save a beautiful Volusia County park from development.
The public is welcome. Registration is requested by Sept. 24.
The buffet meal is $17 for members and $20 for non-members.
To make a reservation, call (386) 492-3898, email email@example.com.
For more information, call www.lwvvc.org.
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 www.greatbowlsofchilicookoff.com.
Explore nature during free outdoor adventures
Experience the wonders of Florida's nature during free outdoor adventures led by Volusia County's Environmental Management Division. Upcoming programs include:
Guided hike of Wiregrass Prairie Preserve: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Learn about the preserve's plants and animals during a three-mile guided hike. Meet at the end of Rudman Road, Osteen.
Eco-buggy tour of Deep Creek Preserve: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. Sit back and enjoy the ride as you learn about the forestry, agricultural history and plant communities that make up this 4,800-acre site. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, Samsula.
Bike-about through Longleaf: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27. Take a leisurely six-mile bike ride through Longleaf Pine Preserve with a few stops to explore. The trail is mostly hard-packed and grassy road with occasionally muddy areas. Off-road tires or tread tires are recommended. Bring water and a snack to eat at the lake. Meet at the preserve's west entrance, 3736 E. New York Ave., DeLand.
Wildflowers of the fall: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Join botanist Dr. Bill Gray on a stroll through scrub and pine flatwood habitats. He'll point out and discuss Florida's autumn wildflowers. Meet at Longleaf Pine Preserve's service entrance, which is 1.8 miles southwest of State Road 415 in Samsula.
Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Bonnie Cary at 386-736-5276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants are encouraged to bring water and insect spray and wear comfortable clothes and walking or hiking shoes.