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New Smyrna Beach community notes
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Posted: 2012 Aug 24 - 00:04

Get a GED

The city of New Smyrna Beach is partnering on two education programs to

make it easier for youth and adults to receive their general education diploma.

Both programs are free and will be offered at the Alonzo "Babe" James Community Center, 201 N. Myrtle Ave., New Smyrna Beach.

The programs are self-paced, which allows students to progress individually. Classes began Aug. 20, but enrollment is continuous.

A GED program is being offered through a partnership with Daytona State College. Residents age 16 or older will receive assistance on basic reading, language, and math skills to earn a GED. The program provides skills to progress into college-level or career-training programs. GED classes will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday.

Youth who left school early also can find additional assistance at the center through a ready-work-work program called TechBridge.

The program provides skill training for employment and prepares students to take the GED test. Lessons include life skills, work readiness skills, resume writing, and mock interviewing. Youth are placed in community jobs and are paid a stipend through the Techbridge program. Techbridge students are required to take a placement test to determine their educational level in preparation for the GED test. Classes will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

For more information on the programs, call 9386) 314-4849 (386) 424-2299.

First-time novelists to speak at NSB library

Two debut novelists will discuss their first books during a "Writers Weekend" program at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 26, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.

Saturday's event features Ken Pelham discussing his thriller, "Brigands Key," published in July by Five Star Publishing. The publisher describes the book as an "edge-of-your-seat roller coaster ride through murder' vengeance' and secrets best left undisturbed."

During Sunday's event, Lois Lamanna will discuss her comic mystery, "Matrimony and Murder," published in December by Avalon Books. The publisher's summary of the novel reads: "Two sisters attend the wedding of a distant cousin hoping to find information about the family tree. What they discover is a body in the church basement, a tactless police officer, a cosmetics case containing $50,000, and a hidden family secret."

A book signing will follow each presentation.

For more information about the program, call (386) 424-2910, Ext. 104, or visit www.volusialibrary.org.

TAX2000 starting at Daytona State

Individual tax laws in the United States can be complicated and detailed. For people who want a better understanding of the latest tax laws, Daytona State College is offering TAX2000 online, starting Aug. 27.

TAX2000 is a three-credit, 15-week introductory course designed to help people prepare their own tax returns or assist their accountants or tax preparers with their returns. The book and software used in the course provide the latest tax information. There is no prerequisite to take the course.

Students will learn how to generate tax returns for individuals and self-employed businesses. Topics covered include gross income and exclusions, business expenses and retirement plans, self-employed and employee expenses, itemized and other deductions, credits and special taxes, depreciation, capital gains and losses, withholding, estimated payments and payroll taxes.

The course is taught by Certified Public Accountant Jerold Braun.

For more information, contact Mr. Braun at braunj@DaytonaState.edu. To register for the course, call (386) 506-3059 or email admissions@DaytonaState.edu.

Edgewater library to host osteoporosis workshop

The Northeast Florida Area Health Education Center will present an educational workshop on osteoporosis at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Edgewater Public Library, 103 W. Indian River Blvd.

The interactive program, Bone Builders, was developed to educate seniors about the risk factors, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling the library at (386) 424-2916.

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