Fundraiser for cancer victim planned
A fundraising event for cancer victim Eva Byard will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 21, at Cassadaga Spirtualist Camp Bookstore, 1112 Stephens St., Cassadaga.
There will be 15-minute readings. All funds will go to Ms. Byard.
For more information, call (386) 228-2880.
Playwright to discuss 'Paradise' at DeLand library
Ann Magaha, a playwright and former Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University humanities instructor, will offer insight into Toni Morrison's novel, "Paradise," at 10:15 a.m. Friday, March 21, at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.
"Paradise" is the final installment of a trilogy written by Morrison, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993.
The free discussion is part of the "Let's Talk About It" series sponsored by the Friends of the DeLand Regional Library.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 822-6430, Ext. 20763.
Human potential group meets
DeLand IONS group will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at the DeLand Library, 130 E Howry Ave., DeLand.
Former astronaut Edgar Mitchell founded the Institute of Noetic Science. The group meets to share and discuss noetic experiences and human potential.
Facilitator is Nick Sourant. For more information, email NSourant@gmail.com
Low-cost pet clinic planned
A low cost pet shot clinic will be sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue on Saturday, March 22.
The clinic will be at 3 Sisters Ice Cream from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at 101 E.. Ohio Ave. Lake Helen.
Heartworm prevention and flea control products will be available for purchase.
This is a cash only clinic. No appointment needed.
Proceeds benefit abused and abandoned animals.
For more information, call (386) 748-8993
Animals available for adoption
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Volusia has many cats and kittens available for adoption.
Some include a Blue Russian female cat and her four kittens, a Long-Haired Dachshund, neutered male four years and a female Boxer Mix, 9 months.
The pets may be seen at adoption events. Call the S.P.C.A. at (386)748-8993 for information.
Also needed are volunteers to work in the thrift store on Enterprise Road and at adoption events.
Famed author to address ACLU Meeting
The author of a heralded book detailing civil rights efforts in the 1960s headlines the annual American Civil Liberties Union of Florida Volusia/Flagler Chapter dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Grant Bly House, 842 E. New York Ave., DeLand.
Dr. Raymond Arsenault, a University of South Florida professor, will talk about his 2007 book, "Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice," which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
His book was named a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. Dr. Arsenault, 66, also won awards for his previous book, "The Wild Ass of the Ozarks: Jeff Davis and the Social Bases of Southern Politics."
The dinner is open to the public. Cost is $25 for ACLU members and $35 for nonmembers.
For information and reservations, call (386) 492-3898 or email email@example.com. Checks should be mailed to Volusia/Flagler ACLU, P.O. Box 4207, Enterprise, FL 32725. Seating is limited.
ACLU members who wish to attend the meeting only, not the dinner, may arrive at 7:30 and vote. There is no charge for attending the meeting only.
Breast cancer support group planned
Florida Hospital DeLand will host a free breast cancer support group at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at the hospital's Cancer Institute, 680 Peachwood Drive, DeLand.
The group is facilitated by Ann DeCarr, hospital patient care navigator, registered nurse and oncology certified nurse, and Diana DePaolo, hospital oncology social worker, and provides emotional support as well as education about breast cancer related topics.
For more information, call (386) 943-7160.
Heart Healthy Cooking Demo
Florida Hospital DeLand will host a free cooking demonstration focused on heart healthy foods at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the hospital's Education Center, 701 W. Plymouth Avenue, DeLand.
During the free cooking demonstration, participants will learn about ingredients that are heart-healthy and delicious.
For more information or reservations, call (866) 328-6417.
Birding presentation slated
David Baker will give a power point presentation, "Birds of North Dakota" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the Garden Club of DeLand
865 S. Alabama Ave.
He and his wife are "snow birds" spending four months out of the year in Central Florida and the rest of the time in the Hudson Valley, N.Y. He taught earth and environmental science for 32 years at the high school level as well as teaching as an adjunct at St. Thomas Aquinas College. Since retirement in 2001, the Bakers have devoted a lot of their time to birding and photographing nature throughout the U.S.
Meet and mingle begins at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, call (386) 626-2726.
West Volusia State of the Region scheduled
The Greater Deland, West Volusia Regional and Volusia Hispanic chambers of commerce will host a lunch/forum to address helping business growth in West Volusia County.
The program will feature questions and answers from mayors from DeLand, DeBary, Orange City, Lake Helen, Deltona and Pierson.
The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at the DeBary Golf & Country Club 300 Plantation Club Drive.
Tickets are $20 per person. No tickets will be sold at the door.
For more information, call (386) 490-4606.
Florida Wildflower & Garden Festival
children's coloring contest
As part of the 8th Annual Florida Wildflower and Garden Festival on March 29, the MainStreet DeLand Association is offering kids a fun chance to get involved with the festival and learn about Florida Native Wildflowers with a children's coloring contest.
The winner of the contest will receive $50 of MainStreet Money to spend in the downtown DeLand stores and restaurants.
The coloring contest page features a Pine Lily, a native Florida wildflower. Children younger than age 12 are invited to color the page and bring it and the completed entry slip to the festival information booth. The winner will be chosen by random drawing at the end of the festival.
While at the festival, children can get their hands dirty with a gardening activity presented by the Volusia County Master Gardeners. There also will be a make and take art activity presented by the Museum of Art-DeLand. The Central Florida Zoo will have some of their animals there.
Coloring contest pages and an event schedule can be downloaded from the festival website at floridawildflowerfestival.com or picked up at the MainStreet DeLand Association office at 100 N. Woodland Blvd., Suite 4, DeLand.
Cancer relay committee meeting
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life Stetson Committee meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 26.
Call Sherri Monroe for location and more information at (386) 274-3274 ext. 5857.
Pet Vet Cruiser announces March 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 March:
Fancy Fruit and Produce, 911 S. Volusia Ave., Orange City: March 24 and 31
Oakbrook Professional Center, 931 S. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand: March 25
Fire Station 23, 1850 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach: March 26
Rockin' Ranch, 801 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach: March 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.
Rotary Club sets annual gala
The sixth annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Historic Stetson Mansion, 1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand.
Tickets are $100 per person and benefit the Bill Duff Scholarship Fund and the Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand Charities.
Tickets are available at Elusive Grape, 133 N. Woodland Blvd.; Page Insurance Agency, 500 E. New York Ave.; or from any Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand member.
Tickets on sale for salute to veterans
Tickets are on sale now for the April 26-27 "Salute to Wounded Veterans" Garden Tour presented by Garden Club of DeLand.
This year's tour includes six distinctive gardens, and the gardens and clubhouse of the Garden Club of DeLand at 865 S. Alabama Ave., DeLand. The tour, themed "A Garden Salute to Wounded Veterans," will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are at Funky Trunk Treasures, 222 N. Woodland Blvd., Wolfe's Gallery, 119 N. Woodland Blvd., and DeBary Nursery, 61 S. Charles Richard Beall Blvd., and are $15 in advance or $20 on tour days.
A portion of funds raised will benefit wounded veterans projects offering mental, physical and spiritual therapy though gardening.
For information contact Tour Chair Karen Marusin at (386) 717-9243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sen. Hukill's bill banning biometrics moves to Senate floor
Senate Bill 188, proposed by state Sen. Dorothy L. Hukill, R-Port Orange, protecting students' education data privacy has passed the Judiciary committee with unanimous support.
The purpose of the legislation is to ensure students' personal information and identity are not compromised in the desire to use new technology for efficiency.
Parents and students will receive an annual notification of their rights. Schools will transition from using students' Social Security numbers to a unique Florida Student Identification number.
Free symposium offered for family service professionals and others
The District 7 State Attorney's Office is partnering with the Domestic Abuse Council of Volusia County to present the first public symposium geared toward anyone who serves families.
The free event, "A Brighter Future: Healthy Families, Community Support & Safety," will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday April 4, at Bethune-Cookman University's Center for Civic Engagement in the President's Banquet Room.
Topics will include "Computers -- are your children safe?" and "Civil Aspects of Family Law," focusing on pro-se divorces, injunctions, domestic violence and aggressive teens.
The keynote speaker is Deb Cheslow, an author, international speaker and trainer.
Florida Hospital Memorial and Volusia County Sheriff's Department are sponsoring this inaugural event.
Lunch will be provided, but seating is limited. Registration deadline is March 31.
For more information or to register, call (386) 239-7710 ext. 14740 or email email@example.com.