State park hosts guided kayak tour
DeLeon Springs State Park staff and volunteers will host a guided nature kayak and canoe tour 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 18.
The tour will include Spring Garden Run and Mud Creek, a diverse waterway connecting the St. Johns River to the headspring at the park. A variety of wildlife, such as migrating birds, manatees, alligators, bald eagles and otters, can be seen frequenting the waterways. Canoe and Kayak rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis by contacting the Old Spanish Sugar Mill in the park or calling (386) 985-5644. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own kayaks or canoes if available. Admission is $6 per vehicle of 2-8 people.
For information, visit floridastateparks.org/deleonsprings.
Learn how to grow potatoes Jan. 18
Learn how easy it is to grow different varieties of potatoes at home during a "Saturday Growin's On" program sponsored by the Volusia County Extension Service.
Joe Sewards, an urban and residential horticulturist, will demonstrate and explain the process from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand. He'll also offer tips on avoiding pests and diseases.
Pre-register by sending a $5 check made payable to the Volusia County Extension Fund. Mail it to the Volusia County Extension, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand, FL 32720. The fee includes one free soil test.
For more information, call 386-822-5778.
Sunday Supper for veterans planned
Tau Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority has partnered with the City of Lake Helen to host a Sunday Supper for veterans at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Hopkins Hall, 192 Connecticut Ave., Lake Helen.
A special program and dinner has been planned for veterans, active military members and their families to share a meal and discussion on veterans' issues and challenges.
For more information, call Johnnie Chavis at (386) 747-2814.
DeLand Regional Library closed for renovations
The DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., is closed for renovations until Jan. 27.
Workers will lay new floor covering, paint the inside walls and install a storefront revolving door that will improve temperature and humidity control inside the library.
During the closure, patrons are encouraged to use the public libraries in Orange City and DeBary.
The Friends of the DeLand Library's used-book store will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday while the library is closed. The store's entrance is north of the library's main entrance.
The 25,600-square-foot library opened in 1989 and welcomes more than 1,000 patrons a day.
For more information, call (386) 822-6430.
COAD to meet Jan. 22
Volusia Community Organizations Active in Disaster will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach.
The meeting is open to the public.
The multi-agency group's mission is to organize and deploy community resources in response to the needs of local disaster survivors.
Deanie Lowe and Frank Bruno are the group's acting co-chairs. Membership is open to individuals, faith-based groups, government agencies, civic clubs, volunteer organizations, social service agencies, business people and emergency management personnel.
For more information, contact Ray Parkhurst at email@example.com or (386) 846-4673.
Orchid Society to meet
The Volusia County Orchid Society will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Volusia County Agriculture Center's Auditorium on East State Road 44 just east of Interstate 4, DeLand.
A culture class will be at 6 p.m. on orchid care.
The guest speaker is Bill Thoms, who will speak orchids of Borneo. He will have orchids to sell.
The meeting is free to the public and refreshments will be served. An orchid raffle will also be held at the end of the program.
For information, call Patricia Burkholder at (386) 801-4749.
Cultural Council to meet Jan. 24
The Cultural Council of Volusia County will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the West Volusia Historical Society's Conrad Center, 137 W. Michigan Ave., DeLand.
Members will elect a chair and vice chair for 2014 and discuss the council's ongoing programs and upcoming activities. The public is invited to attend and participate in the meeting.
The Cultural Council advises the Volusia County Council on matters relating to cultural arts and is the state-designated local arts agency for the county.
For more information, contact Cultural Coordinator Mike Fincher at (386) 736-5963, Ext. 15872 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foliage forum planned
A Winter Foliage Forum will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22,
at the Pierson Lions Club, 143 W. First Ave., Pierson.
The program is free and open to the public.
Participants should bring their own coffee.
For more information, call (386) 822-5778.
Voting league meets Jan. 27
The League of Women Voters-Volusia County January open meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at Country Inn & Suites, 5802 Journey's End, Port Orange.
The topic will be "Will the Voting Experience be Different in 2014?"
The speaker will be Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall.
Reservations are required by Jan. 23. The public is welcome.
Cost is $10, includes coffee and cookies.
To make a reservation, contact Jeanne Tanke at (386) 492-3898, or Jeanne622lwvvc@cfl.rr.com.
Cultural Council schedules workshops for grant applicants
The Cultural Council of Volusia County will conduct two workshops in February for organizations wishing to apply for a Volusia County Community Cultural Grant.
The workshops will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in second-floor training room of the Volusia County Historic Courthouse, 125 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand; and 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the third-floor conference room of the Volusia County Lifeguard Headquarters and Administration Center, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.
The Community Cultural Grant provides general operating support to nonprofit organizations in Volusia County that have as their primary mission the delivery of cultural or heritage-based programs to the public. In 2013, more than $600,000 was awarded to 29 organizations.
Applications must submitted online by 5 p.m. Friday, April 11. On June 4, the Cultural Council will review and score the grant applications to provide recommendations to the Volusia County Council.
For more information, call Cultural Coordinator Mike Fincher at (386) 736-5953, Ext. 15872, or email email@example.com.
Pet Vet Cruiser announces January schedule
Volusia County's Pet Vet Cruiser offers low-cost spaying and neutering services to dogs and cats in unincorporated parts of the county and the cities of DeLand and South Daytona.
Here's where the mobile clinic will be in January:
Oakbrook Professional Center, 931 S. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand: Jan. 21 and 30
Fancy Fruit and Produce, 911 S. Volusia Ave., Orange City: Jan. 28
Fire Station 23, 1850 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach: Jan. 22 and 29
Rockin' Ranch, 801 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach: Jan. 27
Fees are based on income. Appointments are required and may be made by calling (386) 323-3575 in Daytona Beach, (386) 626-6643 in DeLand, or (386) 424-6875 in New Smyrna Beach.
For more information, visit volusia.org/petvet.