Cultural Council meeting canceled
The Cultural Council of Volusia County meeting originally scheduled for Friday, July 27 has been canceled.
The next meeting is set for 9 a.m. Friday, Sep. 28, at the Florida Museum for Women Artists in DeLand.
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, call (386) 736-5963, Ext. 15872, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volusia County churches host County Council debates
A church in each of the five Volusia County Council districts will host a debate featuring County Council candidates and candidates for County Council chairman.
Each debate will be followed by a meet and greet.
Debates in West Volusia County will be held:
.District 1: Aug. 3, 7 -9 p.m., First Baptist Church, DeLeon Springs. Co-sponsored by the DeLeon Springs Community Association
.District 5: July 28, 2 to 4 p.m., Deltona Lakes Baptist Church, Deltona.
The public is welcome.
For more information, call (386) 717-1524 or email email@example.com.
Senior lunch offered
The Salvation Army holds a senior lunch at noon each Thursday, at 1240 S. High St., DeLand. Admission is free.
For more information, call (386) 738-2406, Ext. 105.
Photography class scheduled
The city of DeLand Parks and Recreation will be teaming up with Pilster Photography, offering a "Back To Basics" class focusing on composition, camera function, depth of field, and file organization.
Class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Sanborn Center at Earl Brown Park in DeLand.
Instructor will be Chad Pilster.
The cost is $40 per person.
For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2012back2basics2 or call (487) 809-5260 Ext. 1 or (386) 740-5800.
Food summit slated
The public may attend a local "Food Summit" on Wednesday, Aug. 1.
There will be two summits:
.10 a.m., at the Volusia County Health Department, 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach
.2 p.m. at the Deland Conference Center, 1301 W. International Drive, DeLand
The Community Foundation of East Central Florida and a coalition of local agencies are working together to bring groups and resources together to
maximize the ability to provide food for families in need.
One in six people, which includes one in five children in the country, are facing hunger.
For more information or to register, visit firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Learn how to manage septic tanks
The Volusia County Health Department will present a free public workshop on septic-system care from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.
Environmental Health Specialist Albert Royster will offer maintenance tips for septic systems, discuss 26 common septic crashers, and explain the importance of having septic tanks serviced regularly.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling (386) 822-6430, Ext. 109.
School supply drive starts
The "Help Us Help Others" annual backpack and school supply drive has begun.
Donations may be made at 306 S. Woodland Blvd. Suite A, DeLand.
For more information, call (386) 943-3645.
Skydive jump benefits Toys for Tots
The Marine Corps. League DeLand Detachment No. 1144 will hold its fourth annual skydive challenge for Toys for Tots at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Skydive DeLand at the DeLand Municipal Airport, 1600 Flightlight Blvd., DeLand.
The cost to jump is approximately $175 per person.
Tax deductive donations, may be made to Toys for Tots, P.O. Box 3068, DeLand FL 32721.
For more information, call (386) 740-7117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
County fair wins state award
At the annual convention of the Florida Federation of Fairs in St. Augustine recently, the Volusia County Fair & Youth Show was once again named a "Blue Ribbon Fair."
This designation shows the Volusia County fair is a top fair in the state that excels in a rigorous judging process.
The fair has received this award annually since 2001.
For more information about the award of the Florida Federation of Fairs, call (386) 734-9515.
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.