Budget workshop planned
The Port Orange City Council will hold a budget workshop on Saturday, July 28, to complete the city's fiscal year 2012-2013 budget.
The community is invited to attend this workshop that begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Lakeside Community Center, 1999 City Center Circle.
The city council will review the current budget proposal and discuss the millage rate.
They will also review the general fund, golf course fund, water and sewer funds, solid waste fund, drainage utility fund, and internal service funds.
Input made at the workshop will shape the budget according to community and City Council priorities. Following state statutes, the next step in the process is to have the budget and millage rate presented and approved in two public hearings. The budget and millage rate will be approved via an ordinance and resolution, respectively.
The first public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 4, where the budget ordinance and the millage rate resolution will be tentatively adopted. At the second and final public hearing set for Sept. 18, the city council will adopt the final budget ordinance and millage rate resolution.
Both of the September public hearings are subject to change and will be held in the council chambers at city hall, 1000 City Center Circle.
For more information, call (386) 506-5700.
The third annual Inlet Surfers For Autism event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Lighthouse Point Park, 5000 S. Atlantic Ave., Ponce Inlet.
Participants must be at least 4 years old. Participants who cannot swim must wear a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device. The event is free and lunch will be provided. Participants may bring their own snacks.
Registration is required.
For more information and to register, visit surfersforautism.org.
Poker run to benefit children
A poker run to benefit the Children's Home Society of Florida will be held Saturday, July 28, at the Rue & Ziffra P.A. law firm, 640 Dunlawton Ave. in Port Orange.
Registration for the Tri-County Back-to-School Run will begin at 5 p.m. in the Rue & Ziffra parking lot. Kick stands will go up at 6 p.m. Riders will be escorted by local police motorcycle units.
The ride will end at The Original First Turn Lounge, 5236 Ridgewood Ave., where there will be a 50/50 poker contest, raffles and giveaways, a variety of food, and live entertainment by the Chris Hiatt Experience band.
School supplies including backpacks, paper, pencils, and erasers will be accepted from riders and anyone else wanting to donate to the cause.
For details, visit http://www.rueziffra.com/back-to-school-run or call (386) 788-7700.
Candidate forum slated
The annual Citizens for Ponce Inlet Ponce Inlet
Candidates Forum will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Community
Center, 4670 S. Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet.
All candidates for Seats 2 and 4 will be present to make presentations and answer questions.
The forum will be limited to two hours with light refreshments to follow. At this time you can talk to the candidates, ask them questions, or just introduce yourself.
For more information, call (386) 236-2150.
Fundraiser benefits schools
The Daytona Beach Association of Realtors Adopt-a-School committee will hold a fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at Aunt Catfish's on the River, 4009 Halifax Drive, Port Orange.
Tickets are $5 each and available at, 1716 Ridgewood Ave., Holly Hill, or call (386) 677-7131.
The Adopt-A-School program is an initiative of the foundation designed to provide much-needed funds to purchase classroom supplies for one or more schools in the area. The schools are required to submit a request for funds outlining how the money will be used.
For more information, call (386) 677-7131.
Wellness workshop planned
A wellness workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Lakeside Community Center in the City Center in Port Orange.
Topics will be "Stop Counting Sheep and Sleep" and "Bio-identical Hormone Replacement for Men and Women." The speakers will be Dr. Philip Afghani and Dr. Laura Yard.
Admission is free, but reservations are required by Tuesday, July 31.
For more information or to make a reservation, call (386) 492-4881.
Robotics summer camp planned
Academy of Information Technology and Robotics
is sponsoring a robotics summer camp to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 6.
The cost is $200 per participant. Participants should be between the ages 8 to 12 and will learn a variety of skills such as programming and engineering robots, teamwork. Spots are limited.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historical Society to meet
The South Daytona Historical Society will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at the Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Road.
The speaker will be Hyatt Brown. He is a former Florida state representative. He came to South Daytona as a child and will speak on "Growing Up in South Daytona."
The meeting is open to the public.
The historical society is seeking any and all photos, artifacts and information on South Daytona, formerly called Blake, as well as interested volunteers to help collect, organize and preserve the community's history.
For more information, call (386) 761-0463.
Give a haircut to a child in need
Children receiving a back-to-school haircut at Hair Cuttery salons in the Daytona metro area during the first two weeks of August will be giving one back to a disadvantaged child in the community.
Hair Cuttery will launch its 13th annual Share A Haircut event this year, donating one free haircut to a child in need in the community for every haircut purchased for a child 18 or younger from Aug. 1 to 15.
Through partnerships with state and local government and nonprofit social service organizations, vouchers are distributed to local children in need to obtain a free haircut in August.
Purple fabric needed
The Domestic Abuse Council of Volusia County is seeking donations of purple fabric and purple ribbon for National Domestic Violence Awareness month and National Bullying Prevention month.
Student volunteers from both DeLand High School's BETA club and University High School's Drama Club are trying to gather fabric to make ribbons.
The purpose of the ribbon is for businesses to display them in their storefront windows or on their doors to help raise awareness for these movements to create a more peaceful community.
If you want to make the ribbons or donate fabric, please drop off donations to the Domestic Abuse Council Thrift Shop's new location at 949A Beville Road, South Daytona.
To help in distributing the ribbons to businesses, call (386) 257-2297.
National Night Out Against Crime night slated
The Port Orange Police Department will host its seventh annual "National Night Out Against Crime" Block Party from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Port Orange City Center Complex.
National Night Out Against Crime is a crime and drug prevention event designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. In keeping with this traditional event, the Port Orange Police Department will host its annual "Block Party," giving a going away party for drugs and crime.
For more information, call Officer Serena Besuden at (386) 506-5822 or email at email@example.com.
In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 6-9 p.m..
Driver safety class slated
AARP will hold a driver safety class from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Aug. 7, and Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Road, South Daytona.
The cost is $12 for members and $14 for nonmembers.
Reservations with instructors are required.
For more information, call (386) 451-7453.
National Lighthouse Day planned
The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse will participate in National Lighthouse Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 4931 S. Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet.
Family-oriented workshops, activities and demonstrations are planned in air-conditioned buildings. Visitors can see new lighthouse exhibits, and participate in turn-of-the-century children's activities. The costumed lighthouse keeper will describe his duties at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.
This event is included with regular admission. No advance reservations are required.
For more information, call (386) 761-1821, Ext. 18.
Travel club to meet
The Port Orange Travel Club will meet at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the Palmetto Club, 1000 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
This is a nonprofit, senior service organization for anyone 55 and older.
To make a lunch reservation, call (386) 788-4531.
For more information, call (386) 322-0786.
Library needs baskets
The Friends of the Port Orange Library are looking for donations of empty gift and flower baskets.
The baskets are being used to make up both adult and children's book gift baskets as a fundraiser. Please be sure baskets are dust free and have no mildew.
Baskets can be left at the circulation desk during regular business hours.
Anyone interested in purchasing a gift basket, can stop by the reference desk.
All proceeds are used for supplies and free programs/movies within the Port Orange Library.
City flushing water system
The city of Port Orange has begun its annual flushing of the water system.
This will last six weeks, ending on Monday, Aug. 27.
During this time, the water continues to be of the highest quality and is completely safe to drink. However residents might notice a slight different taste or a little chlorine smell.
For more information, call (386) 322-6729.
Junior Achievement of Volusia County needs volunteers for the upcoming fall semester to teach classes in Volusia elementary, middle and high schools.
Junior Achievement representatives educate students about free enterprise, financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship.
Volunteer opportunities are available at three levels and require approximately one hour per week for five to seven sessions, depending on the program. Trainings are scheduled locally as needed.
For more information about volunteer opportunities, call (386) 566-8362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.