Park friends to meet
The first meeting of the Friends of Melissa Park will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 450 W. Ohio Ave., Lake Helen.
The goal of the meeting is to get ideas and sign up volunteers to help beautify this under-utilized facility.
For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (386) 747-2814.
Park will host kids for cane pole fishing
DeLeon Springs State Park will host a Kid's Cane Pole Fishing Tournament from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at 601 Ponce DeLeon Blvd., DeLeon Springs.
There are three age groups; 1-5, 6-10 and 11-15. Space is limited to the first 100 children.
Bring your own cane pole. Bait will be provided.
For registration, visit the ranger station or call (386) 985-4212.
Quit smoking class offered
A free community quit smoking class will begin Oct. 10 at Daytona State College, 1155 County Road 4139, DeLand.
The six-week class will meet at 5:30 p.m. each Thursday until Nov. 14.
To register, call (877) 784-8486.
World Homeless Day to be commemorated
Volusia Flagler World Homeless Day will be commemorated from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Pavilion at City Island Park, Daytona Beach.
Sponsored by H.O.M.E. of Daytona Beach and Air Occupy, the theme for the event is, "This Is the Year! End Homelessness and Protect the Human Rights We All Share."
The public may enjoy a potluck dinner, music and a program with a number of notable speakers.
Speakers include Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry of Daytona Beach, Volusia County Councilman Josh Wagner, Joni Casillas of the Salvation Army, Lisa Hamilton of the Volusia Flagler Coalition for the Homeless, Reinhold Schlieper of the ACLU and Ginny Kent from the SAVE Docket and Haven Recovery.
Music will be provided by Ima Jackson.
A Homeless Bill of Rights, written and adopted by the H.O.M.E. Board of Directors will be read. Also, the event will have information about the proposed Safe Harbor Emergency Shelter.
The event will be moderated by Tom Truhlar, who serves on the board for the Salvation Army, as well as Brad Carter and Edward Davis of H.O.M.E.
For more information, call (386) 214-9551 or email email@example.com.
Registration open for Promise Keepers
Promise Keepers, a nonprofit Christian organization for men, will host one of its 2013 national men's conferences at the Ocean Center.
The "Awakening the Warrior" conference, set for Oct. 25-26, is expected to draw 5,000 to 7,000 attendees.
Registration is open at PromiseKeepers.org or by calling (866) 776-6473. A single ticket price is $69. Group ticket pricing is $59 each for two-nine tickets; $49 each for 10 or more tickets. Pastors and members of the military can purchase a $49 ticket, which includes lunch.
Children and Families Advisory Board to meet Oct. 8
The Children and Families Advisory Board will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Volusia County Health Department, 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach.
Members will discuss the 2013 annual report and changes to the administrative process for 2014 summer camp.
For more information, (386) 736-5955, ext. 15694, or visit volusia.org/cfab.
DeLand library plans book sale Oct. 11 - 12
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, Oct. 11, and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.
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, Oct. 10.
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.
Learn how to farm for profit
The Volusia County Agricultural Center will host "Growing Farm Profits," a workshop for people who are interested in small-scale or urban agricultural production, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand, next to the Volusia County Fairgrounds.
The course is open to new and aspiring farmers, rural and urban landowners, small farmers, interested residents, and farm families looking for ideas. The goal of the course is to help people develop real-life expectations for their agricultural business.
Topics will include developing a business plan, marketing, financial considerations, and regulations for selling products in Florida.
The workshop is sponsored by Daytona State College, the Small Business Development Center, University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, and Volusia County Economic Development.
The $10 fee includes lunch. Advance registration is required and may be made by calling (386) 822-5778. For information, visit volusia.org/core/fileparse.php/4146/urlt/13_Oct_Growing_Farm_Profits.pdf.