The city of Lake Helen 125th anniversary jubilee will host events in October and November.
"Lake Helen, the Gem of Florida" will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Shoestring Theatre.
The League of Better Living honors the city with a welcome gateway entrance on Main Street at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct 26.
From 2 to 4 p.m. there will be a celebration starting at City Hall and ending at Blake Park, with a 125th birthday proclamation, time capsule, meet and greet with the cast of "Lake Helen, the Gem of Florida," birthday parade, fall festival at the equestrian center, play and fireworks at 9 p.m.
A Celebration of United Program with the United in the Community Choirs will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Blake Park.
Residents and well-wishers may stop by City Hall to sign the birthday card.
Birthday gift contributions may be sent to The City of Lake Helen, c/o 125th Jubilee, City of Lake Helen, P.O. Box 39, Lake Helen, FL 32744.
Zombies will be running
The Volusia County Bar Association Young Lawyers division is hosting a Zombie 5K at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Stetson University Campus in DeLand.
The entry fee is $25 or $30 day of race. Children younger than 13 are $10.
The beneficiary will be the 2014-15 Jewish Federation backpack program.
For more information, call (386) 253-9471 or email run4acause.org/brainchase.
Y having spooky swim
The DeLand Family YMCA will host spooky swim from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. Cost is free for members and $5 for guests.
For more information, call (386) 736-6000.
COA Holiday Food Drive
Each year, in the season of giving, Council on Aging reaches out to the community for help in collecting donations of Thanksgiving Dinner food items for needy seniors here in Volusia County.
From now until Nov. 1, the council will accept bags of food items at all of its senior centers and dining sites as well as at the COA office.
Suggested food items are: canned ham (non-refrigerated), canned green beans, canned peas, canned yams, canned cranberry sauce, canned gravy, instant potatoes and sugar free dessert.
The drop off locations are:
Deltona/Sunshine Senior Center, 980 Lake Shore Dr., Deltona
DeLand Dining Site/Lexington Club, 920 A Hunters Creek Dr., DeLand
Orange City/First Congregational Church, 259 W .University Ave., Orange City
Orange City/WAVA Senior Center, 200 N Holly Ave., Orange City
Items may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. by Nov. 1.
DeLand library introduces book club for teens
Tired of the same old story? Teens can get together and check out great books during a new book club at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.
The Teen Book Club is designed to help students in grades six through 12 share their ideas, meet new people, and explore interesting books.
Teens will explore the bestseller "Divergent" at the first meeting, which begins at 3:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in the library auditorium. The budding book reviewers can register at the children's desk, where they will receive a copy of the novel.
For more information about the book club, call the library at (386) 822-6430.
DeLand library offers intro to tai chi Oct. 28
Practice the ancient Chinese art of tai chi during a free class from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.
Celene Cone, wellness coordinator for Volusia County government, will present "Movement for body and mind," focusing on breathing, body movement, balance and relaxation.
The class is part of "Healthy Living Month at Your Library," which shines a spotlight on wellness with a series of free programs and classes.
For more information, call the library at (386) 822-6430, Ext. 20762.
DeLand library to host Wii dance party Oct. 29
Teens can show off their moves at the "Wii Just Dance Party!" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the DeLand Regional Library auditorium, 130 E. Howry Ave.
Healthy snacks will be served, and teens who come in costume could win a prize.
For more information, call the children's/teen department at (386) 822-6430.
Extension offers pesticide training Oct. 31
The University of Florida/Volusia County Extension will offer six hours of classroom training and the Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance pesticide applicators exam from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand.
Topics will include new pests, insect identification, plant diseases, pesticide safety, environmental concerns and label requirements. The course may also be used to earn up to six continuing education units for limited lawn and ornamental, ornamental and turf, private applicator, and fertilizer licenses.
The $30 fee includes lunch. To register, contact Extension Agent Karen Stauderman at 386-822-5778 or email email@example.com. For more information, visit www.volusia.org/commercial-horticulture.
DeLand High School Multi VE Department is having a garage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 2, at the high school.
Donations are needed. Proceeds from the sale will go toward the purchase of iPads for students with special needs. Table rental is $20 and item donations will be accepted in building 19 on or before the day of the sale.
Worksite wellness education offered
The Fun Coast Worksite Wellness Council will present a quarterly education series on establishing and improving a worksite wellness program.
Organizations from Flagler and Volusia County may attend the education series, featuring nationally acclaimed speaker, Amy Cohen.
Ms. Cohen has more than 17 years of experience in wellness and health-care consumerism. She serves on the Board of Directors for the First Coast Worksite Wellness Council and sits on the Healthy Osprey Committee for the University of North Florida.
The event will take place on Nov. 5 at the Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Medical Office Building, Classrooms A and B.
Registration and breakfast begins at 8 a.m. and the program will last until 11 a.m.
For reservations, contact Swain Strickland at (386) 274-0624 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lori Richards named executive director of Pace Center
Lori Richards has been named executive director of the PACE Center for Girls Volusia-Flagler following a nationwide search.
Practical, Academic, Cultural, Education Center provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. PACE Volusia-Flagler was established in 1996 as an alternative to incarceration or institutionalization for the area's adolescent girls.
The Volusia-Flagler Center serves about 125 girls per year with more than 1,200 girls served statewide.
Ms. Richards has spent all of her career with the Girl Scout Council in Jacksonville, holding a variety of positions. She volunteered with the Non Profit Center of Northeast Florida as a Community Coach, was a member of Leadership Jacksonville and a charter member of the Rotary Club of Orange Park Sunrise.
Ms. Richards is a graduate of Salem College in West Virginia and earned a master's degree in non-profit management from the University of Central Florida.
A native of Long Island, N.Y., Ms. Richards moved to Jacksonville in 1984.