Volunteers needed for air potato round up
Volusia County government will host an Air Potato Round-Up from 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Chuck Lennon Park, 5000 Greenfield Dairy Rd, DeLeon Springs.
Air potato round-ups are a family fun event and children can help, too.
Prizes will be awarded for most collected, the largest, the smallest and the most unusual.
For reservations, email email@example.com.
Birthday tea part of 125th Anniversary Jubilee
A Victorian Tea Party in honor of Helen DeLand's birthday will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Hopkins Hall, North Euclid Avenue, Lake Helen.
For more information or for tickets, call Cathy Tallacksen at (386) 561-9793.
DeLand Women's Organization to host Wine Festival
The 14th Annual Wine Festival of the DeLand Women's Organization will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in downtown DeLand.
Proceeds benefit education for women.
The cost is $25 per person or $30 the day of the event. For tickets or more information, call (386) 740-7475.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month
The city of Lake Helen will have several activities during November for Diabetes Awareness Month.
Diabetes is a serious, life-long condition, which touches every part of our lives. However, there is much you can do to protect your health. You can take charges of the health today and for years to come.
Diabetes can cause several health problems over time. it can hurt your eyes, kidneys and your nerves. It can lead to problems with circulation in your body. It can even cause harm to your teeth and gums. Many of the problems are preventable with the help of a few professionals found in your local community.
For more information, call (386) 747-2814.
Childrens' Grief Center camp begins again
The Lawrence E. Whelan Begin Again Children's Grief Center will have its next camp Nov. 15-17.
The center invites children and teens, ages 6 to 18, who have recently experienced the death of a loved one, to a weekend retreat that offers fun activities combined with sharing times to create an atmosphere where children can express their feelings and know they are not alone in their grief.
The camp is Central Baptist Youth Camp on County Road 42 in DeLand. Camper applications are available through school counselors, by calling the center at (386) 258-5100 or (386) 822-4852, or visit www.hovf.org.
Group offers after school dance lessons
USA Blue Springs Dance Chapter will offer free after school dance lessons at the Chisholm Community Center, 520 S. Clara Ave., DeLand.
Ballroom, Latin and swing lessons for ages 6 to 18 will be at 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays. The children can learn different styles of dancing, build confidence, learn teamwork, exercise and conditioning while having fun. For information and to sign up, call the center at 386-626-7290.
Libraries schedule additional Affordable Care Act workshops
The Volusia County Public Library system has scheduled another round of workshops to help residents navigate the new Health Insurance Marketplace, which was created by the Affordable Care Act. More than 300 residents attended workshops at the libraries in October.
Certified navigators from the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida will conduct information and enrollment-assistance sessions at these times:
Noon to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m. every Monday in November at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.
Noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at the DeBary Public Library, 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd.
Representatives from Northeast Florida Health Services will offer advice and answer questions from 1 to 2 p.m. on:
Dec. 4 at the Deltona Regional Library with computer labs from 2 to 5 p.m.
For information on this and other library services, visit volusialibrary.org.
Thanksgiving pot luck family night
DeLand Family YMCA is having a Thanksgiving pot luck family night on Nov. 21. Cost is $3 for members and $5 for guests.
For more information call (386) 736-6000 or visit vfymca.org.
Volusia County Libraries waive fines for food
Here's a novel way to pay off your library fines.
Volusia County's 13 public library branches will accept food for fines Nov. 17-23.
Patrons with late fees will receive a $1 reduction of overdue fines up to $25 for each undamaged, unexpired boxed or canned non-perishable food item they bring to the library.
The "food for fines" program is part of the third annual Feed the Need food drive spearheaded by Volusia County government.
Last year, the food drive collected more than 67,000 pounds, a record for food drives in Volusia.
For more information, contact your local library.
Low-cost pet shot clinics scheduled
There will be three low-cost pet shot clinics sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Animal Rescue, on Saturday, Nov. 16.
9-11 a.m., Big Lots, 2422 S. Volusia, Orange City.
12:30-2:30 p.m., Prime Car, 2210 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.
3-4:30 p.m. at Whiskers Pet Grooming, 2709 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.
Reduced rate shots available for dogs and cats. All vaccinations are administered by a licensed veterinarian. Cash only for the shots. Proceeds benefit abandoned animals.
For information, call (386)748-8993.
Hospital offers diabetes education
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial will have a free "All About Your Feet" diabetes education seminar from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Summit Building, Suites 211 and 213, 1061 Medical Center Drive, Orange City.
Attendees are asked to bring a pair of sneakers -- either gently used or new -- for men, women and children to support the HBO and Wound Care Center Shoe Drive. The shoes will be donated to the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia to benefit the homeless.
For reservations or more information, call (866) 328-6417.
Society presents USS Indianapolis story
The West Volusia Historical Society will feature Clarence Hershberger, one of 317 survivors of the USS Indianapolis, as speaker at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 137 W. Michigan Ave., DeLand.
The USS Indianapolis, a Navy heavy cruiser, secretly carried the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. On its return to port, the ship sank after being hit by two torpedoes fired by a Japanese submarine.
Mr. Hershberger, who was a Seaman 1st Class, now lives in DeLeon Springs.
For more information, call (386) 740-6813 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Volusia CPAP Support Group will meet
Anyone who currently uses Continuous Positive Airway Pressure for treating sleep apnea is invited to a free support group at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Florida Hospital DeLand, 701 W. Plymouth Ave.
CPAP is the main treatment for sleep apnea and uses air pressure to keep the airway open. Each month the group covers a different topic, such as new products, cleaning and maintaining equipment, sleep ergonomics, diabetes and sleep apnea, and heart disease and sleep apnea
For more information, call (386) 943-4777.
Kids can receive a postcard from Santa
Santa is making his list and checking it twice at Volusia County's Parks, Recreation and Culture Division.
As part of an annual tradition, recreation employees will play the role of Santa's elves, sending personalized postcards from Santa to children up to age 10.
Parents can have their children added to Santa's mailing list by emailing the child's name and address to email@example.com, calling (386) 736-5953 or faxing (386) 943-7012.
Requests will be accepted from through Dec. 6.