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 email@example.com.
Pet adoption day Jan. 25
ARK Animal Rescue will host an adoption day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, at "The Funky Mutt Market," 441 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.
Pets vetted and ready for a home. To view all pets visit www.ARKsaves.com.
A variety of cats and dogs will be available for adoption.
Extension offers lawn and landscape workshop Jan. 30
The University of Florida/Volusia County Extension will offer a Green Industries Best Management Practices Workshop from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand.
The workshop is designed to provide training to corporate, governmental, environmental and other training personnel in urban landscape commercial fertilizer application. It was developed by the pest control industry and has been endorsed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Participants attending and passing a post-test will receive a certificate of completion and up to two core and two category pesticide continuing education units.
Registration is required by Jan. 28 and may be made by sending a registration form and $25 check made payable to "Volusia County Extension Fund" to Volusia County Extension, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand, FL 32724.
The registration form is available at volusia.org/extension. The fee includes lunch.
Audubon Society to meet
The West Volusia Audubon Society will meet Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Garden Club of DeLand, 865 S. Alabama Ave.
There will be a meet and mingle at 6:30 p.m. with a brief meeting and then program at 7 p.m.
The program will be on Galapagos Islands.
"The flora and fauna of Darwin fame," a PowerPoint presentation by Roger Fulton, Florida master naturalist and author. He will provide photos and insight into what he found on the Galapagos Islands 177 years after Charles Darwin first visited the islands on the HMS Beagle in 1835.
Wheelchair accessible, free refreshments following meeting. For information, call (386) 626-2726.
Regional FACT fairs planned to support families
The third of four regional FACT (Families and Community Together) Fairs to support the needs of Title I families will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, in the gymnasium at DeLand Middle School, 1400 S. Aquarius Ave., DeLand.
The fair is designed for parents with students in Title I schools; however, parents from all schools in the area may attend. Title I schools in the DeLand area are Blue Lake Elementary, Citrus Grove Elementary, DeLand Middle School, McInnis Elementary, Pierson Elementary, Taylor Middle High School, Starke Elementary and Woodward Elementary.
Volusia County Schools and community organizations are working together to provide parents with information about free resources available to families, including support for legal issues, health concerns, housing, employment, post-secondary education, voluntary pre-kindergarten, and Head Start.
Students will be offered the opportunity to enjoy student entertainment groups and hands-on science through the Marine Discovery Center. Free clothing will be available through Clothes to You.
The first 50 families to sign-in at the fair will receive a free bag of groceries or a backpack filled with school supplies.
Free children's books and hot pizza will be available. Families can receive information on education topics such as math, writing, science, transitioning to middle school, tutoring services, cyber-safety, Title I programs, exceptional student education services, guidance services, mentoring opportunities, graduation requirements, social work services, school psychology services and technology in the schools. The goal of the fair is to provide families with resources to enhance student success and access community resources.
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 the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
County plans outdoor adventures on conservation lands
Get a close-up look at Volusia County's conservation lands during free outdoor adventures in January.
Guided hike of Wiregrass Prairie Preserve: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. Hike the trail to Lake Ashby and learn how land management practices are important to the quality of the lake. Meet at 1751 Lopez Road, Osteen.
Lyonia Preserve: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. Explore the difference between the animals and plants that live in the upland and the ephemeral ponds of Lyonia Preserve, and learn why each is important to the scrub habitat. The preserve's entrance is next to the Deltona Regional Library, 1250 Eustace Ave., Deltona.
Shoreline kayak tour of Lake George: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. Bring your kayak for a tour of the shoreline of Lake George Wildlife Management Area. A land manager will discuss the importance of land management practices, including forestry and prescribed fire, for the quality of Lake George. Several water quality measurement techniques will be demonstrated. A life jacket and whistle are required. Meet at 998 Ninemile Point Road, Pierson. This program is limited to the first 20 registrants.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling (386) 736-5927, Ext. 15897.
Participants are encouraged to bring water and insect spray and wear comfortable clothes and walking or hiking shoes.
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. 30.
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.
Libraries introduce streaming music on Freegal
The Volusia County Public Library system now offers Freegal Music, allowing library cardholders to use a PIN code to stream free music from their home computers, tablets and smart phones.
Patrons can browse through hundreds of thousands of song titles ranging from classical to hip-hop. The content starts streaming immediately for up to three hours a day. Patrons can create and save streaming play lists.
Learn more about the Volusia County Public Library system at www.volusialibrary.org.