Walk the Talk for Epilepsy will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at Mary MacLeod Bethune Park, 6656 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
Registration will open at 8 a.m. The walk begins on the beach.
There will be food, prizes, raffles for airline tickets and other gifts, and silent auction featuring gifts from local shops.
It is estimated that more than 375,000 people in Florida suffer from epilepsy and seizures. Benefits the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, which provides clinical services, counseling programs to individuals and training for health-care, education, community organizations and corporate professionals.
For more information, call (386) 274-0648 or visit www.EpilepsyFLA.org.
Police to hold prescription drug take back
The New Smyrna Beach Police Department will hold a prescription take back from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the police department, 246 Industrial Park Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
Expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs will be accepted.
This is a free and anonymous service.
Library to host 'open mic' poetry event April 28
The New Smyrna Beach Regional Library will host an "open mic" poetry event from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at 1001 S. Dixie Freeway,.
The event will celebrate National Poetry Month and the 10th anniversary of the Poet's Corner poetry workshop in New Smyrna Beach. Light refreshments will be served.
Material is limited to poetry, and participants must be 18 or older. For more information or to register to perform, call (386) 424-2910, option 4.
Next steps to increase downtown residents topic of second Infill Housing Workshop
When the City of New Smyrna Beach hosts its second Infill Housing Workshop Monday, April 30, participants will be asked to weigh in on the best way to increase the downtown residential population within the Canal Street Historic District.
The workshop will be held at 6 p.m., at the Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Dr., New Smyrna Beach. Residents, developers and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend.
Discussion topics include density limits, residential parcel locations, boundaries, and design requirements.
Two or more members of the New Smyrna Beach City Commission, Planning and Zoning Board and/or Community Redevelopment agency may attend.
For more information, call (386) 424-2265.
Freedom Fund Banquet planned
The Southeast Volusia NAACP will host its annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Hidden Lakes Golf Club, New Smyrna Beach.
The annual Freedom Fund Banquet is celebrating the 2012 theme "Affirming Education in America." Guest speaker will be Shawn Joseph, Ed.D., the newly appointed Superintendent of the Seaford School District in Seaford, Del. Dr. Joseph has just finished publishing his first book, "The Principals Guide to the First 100 Days of the School Year: Creating Instructional Momentum." Tickets for the banquet are $40 for adults and $15 for youth (16 and younger).
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police department to hold citizens workshops
The Edgewater Police Department, in conjunction with the Children's Advocacy Center, is sponsoring weekly workshops for citizens.
The workshops will be held on Thursday nights from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Community Center, 1167 River Road, Edgewater.
.May 3 - Creating Structure In The Home
.May 10 - Effective Discipline - Creating Positive, Internally Motivated Behaviors
.May 17 - Healthy Communication - How to get your point across without the arguing
.May 24 - Finding Peace in Parenting - Calgon Take Me Away
.May 31 - Healthy Relationships
For more information, call (386) 424-2498
Rummage sale to benefit needy
First Adventist Church will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, May 4, at, 1910 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach.
All proceeds will go to help feed the needy.
Caregiver support group to meet
The Council on Aging will hold a caregiver support group at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Coronado United Methodist Church, 201 S. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
Respite Care is provided at all Council on Aging Support Groups for those in the early to mid-stage of dementia.
For more information, call (386) 253-4700, Ext. 204.
Parenting conference planned
Bella Vista Baptist Church in Edgewater, is hosting a free parenting conference called "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Raising kids and Teenagers in the 21st Century."
This event will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 4 and 5, 3232 S. Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater.
All parents/guardians are invited to attend. There will be door prizes and free resources available for attendants to take home and a discussion forum will be facilitated by guest speaker Jeffory Brown, who has worked as a juvenile prison guard, hair stylist, evangelist and parent.
For more information e-mail email@example.com or call (386) 428-4747.
Pet Vet Cruiser announces May schedule
Volusia County's Pet Vet Cruiser offers low-cost spaying and neutering services to residents of unincorporated parts of the county and the cities of DeLand and South Daytona.
The cruiser will be at the Fire Station 23, 1850 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach on May 3, 10 and 22
Fees are based on income. Appointments are required and may be made by calling (386) 424-6875.
For more information, visit www.volusia.org/animalcontrol/cruiser.htm.
Tryouts scheduled for junior lifeguard program
Youths between 9 and 15 may try out for the Junior Lifeguard Program.
The program, led by professional lifeguards, offers youths a chance to learn about water safety and first-aid techniques during week-long camps in June and July.
Junior lifeguards also will participate in daily team relays involving surfboard paddling, swimming, running and beach flags.
To qualify, junior lifeguards must be able to swim 100 yards within two minutes and 15 seconds, tread water for five minutes, and swim under water 10 feet.
Enrollment is limited, and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Before taking the physical skills test, candidates must apply at the Lifeguard Headquarters and Administration Center, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, at one of these times:
.9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, May 5, 12 and 19
.10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, May 8, 15 and 22
.10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays, May 10, 17 and 24
Candidates must pass a physical skills test, which will be offered at these times:
.Port Orange YMCA, 4701 City Center Parkway: 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, May 5 and 19
.Ormond Beach YMCA, 51 Center St.: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, May 5 and 19
.DeLand YMCA, 761 International Speedway Blvd.: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 12
.Deltona YMCA, 280 Wolf Pack Run: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12
.Southeast Volusia YMCA, 148 W. Turgot Ave., Edgewater: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 26
Tuition is due upon completion of the physical skills test. The cost for a one-week camp is $150. Youths may enroll in one additional week for $125.
Junior Lifeguard camps will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at these locations:
.Frank Rendon Park, 2705 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores: June 11 to 15, June 18 to 22, July 9 to 13 and July 16 to 20
.New Smyrna Beach lifeguard station, 207 Buenos Aires Ave.: June 25 to 29
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (386) 547-0246.
Belong to hold luncheon
Belong, a New Smyrna Beach Women's Community Outreach Group, will hold a luncheon from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at Venetian Bay Clubhouse, 63 N. Airport Road, New Smyrna Beach.
Speaker will be Marcya Wantuch, accredited cruise counselor group tour specialist from Royal Coach Tours & Cruises.
Cost is $13. Reservations are required and must be made by Thursday, May 3.
For more information, call (386) 663-4593 or e-mail email@example.com.
Promotional grants available for LOOP events
Businesses and organizations planning events in the NSB Waterfront LOOP may benefit from a grant program established by the New Smyrna Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.
The "Grants and Aids Program" offers funds for marketing events that generate positive regional publicity for the NSB Waterfront LOOP.
Grant-eligible events must be held within the CRA district Oct. 1, 2012-Sept. 30, 2013.
Funds are limited and will be allocated on a first-come basis and on the merit of each event.
The deadline to submit an application is Friday, June 1.
For additional information on eligibility and funding requirements, visit www.cityofnsb.com. Interested applicants also may call (386) 424-2265 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computer classes offered
The Council on Aging will hold introductory computer classes each month at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach.
Classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m., starting May 7 for four weeks. Cost is $25. Small classes.
For more information, call (386) 424-2280 to register.
Garden Club to meet
The New Smyrna Beach Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. May 5, at 2000 Turnbull Bay Road.
Lisa Roberts, Executive Director of the Florida Wildflower Foundation, will be the guest speaker.
Social time will begin at 10 a.m. Buisness meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by a catered lunch $10.
Meetings are open to the public. F
or lunch reservations and/or membership information please call (386) 409-7912.
Walk/Bike/Run/Skate will do the LOOP May 5
The second annual Family Spring Expo will feature a Walk/Bike/Run/Skate 4 Child Safety race from 8 to 10 a.m., Saturday, May 5, at the Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Dr., New Smyrna Beach and will traverse parts of the NSB Waterfront LOOP.
Participants will travel waterfront routes including the North Causeway, Peninsula Drive and the South Causeway before returning to the Canal Street Historic District.
Runners and bikers will be timed for prizes. All who place in the top three in their category and age group will be recognized.
Advanced registration is $10 for youth age 17 or younger, $20 for adults, and $50 for a family of four.
The race will be held in conjunction with the Family Spring Expo that focuses on child safety, trafficking and bullying prevention. Expo activities run from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and will include vendors, entertainment, health and wellness, a kids fun zone, and more.
For more information, (386) 689-4979.