Feed our neighbors
Gateway Center for the Arts has responded to the need to help "Feed Our Neighbors," a hunger call to action by being a drop-off center for donations.
Members and friends are asked to participate in this food drive to feed local families by dropping off canned and boxed foods at the Gateway Center, 880 N. US Highway 17-92, DeBary.
Financial donations may be made by checks written to Community Foundation of East Center Florida.
Food and funds will be distributed through agencies such as Second Harvest Food Bank.
Deadline approaching for livestock show
Youths planning to show livestock during the Nov. 1-11 Volusia County Fair & Youth Show are reminded to register their livestock at the Fairgrounds by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.
Entry forms must have an attached bill of sale, a notarized waiver and a livestock-owner certificate. Incomplete and late entry forms will not be accepted; photocopying is not available at the Fair office and all documents should be completed in advance.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the Fair office at (386) 734-9514 with questions regarding livestock entries.
Folklorist to address family stories at DeBary Hall Sept. 1
Folklorist Barbara Allen Bogart will hold "Discovering the Truth in Family Stories," at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd.
Dr. Bogart, a folklorist and oral historian for more than 35 years, has recorded her own family stories. After receiving a doctorate in Folklore and Mythology from the University of California at Los Angeles, she taught American Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
She now lives in Vero Beach, where she is a member of the Indian River County Historical Society board.
Light refreshments and lemonade will be served.
Reservations are not required.
For more information, call (386) 668-3840.
Learn to line dance
The Deltona lodge of The Sons and Daughters of Italy hold line-dancing lessons from 3 to 4 p.m. each Wednesday, at the lodge, 1270 Doyle Road.
The lessons are open to the public. Admission is $3 per person.
A pasta dinner and dancing is held from 4:30 to 8 p.m. each Wednesday. Cost is $8.
For more information or to make a reservation, call (386) 574-1939 or (386) 574-1122.
Volusia County Conservation Lands has many opportunities for Eagle Scout projects including birdhouses, bat houses, plantings, benches and boardwalks.
For more information, call Bonnie Cary, naturalist with Volusia County Land Acquisition and Management (386) 736-5276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lyonia Environmental Center to hold classes
Discover natural treasures during environmental programs. Take a hike and discover some of Florida's natural treasures during educational programs at Lyonia Environmental Center.
Upcoming classes include:
. Tiny trekkers: All in a nutshell from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. Children ages 2 to 5 are invited to learn how acorns turn into oak trees, take a short hike in Lyonia Preserve, and make a craft to take home. The fee is $3 per child. One adult per child will be admitted free.
.The Wekiwa story from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Join Park Ranger Dennis Parsons as he discusses the history and management of Wekiwa Springs State Park. This program is free.
. Scrub stroll from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Take a guided hike through Lyonia Preserve, look for signs of wildlife, investigate the plants that make up this scrub habitat, and learn what makes the habitat so unique. This program is free.
. Eating local, eating seasonal from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. What does it mean to be a "locavore" or to "eat seasonal?" An environmental specialist will discuss the benefits and common misconceptions of eating locally grown and seasonally produced food during this free program.
. Community-based farming from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Join Josh Joslin from Common Ground Farm as he describes the fundamentals of community gardening and what it entails to start and maintain one. Learn how you can become involved and get some helpful tips on starting your own garden.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling (386) 789-7207.
Docents needed for Smithsonian exhibit
Gateway Center for the Arts needs docents to assist with "Journey Stories," a Smithsonian Exhibit to be on display from Sept. 1 to Oct. 13.
The grand opening of the event is Sept. 8.
There will be a pre-event docent meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the center for all interested participants.
At the meeting, participants will receive direction and materials to prepare them for the exhibit.
A follow-up walk through of the exhibit will take place at 4 p.m. Aug. 29.
For more information or to make a reservation, call (386) 668-5553.
The Deltona lodge of The Sons and Daughters of Italy will hold a San Gennaro Festival at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at 1270 Doyle Road, Deltona.
The public may attend. Music will be provided by Musical Expressions. Donation is $15, if made by Thursday, Aug. 28 or $18 if may by Saturday, Sept. 1.
For more information, call (386) 535-2734 or (386) 789-0562.
The Deltona Lodge of The Sons and Daughters of Italy will hold a marketplace bazaar featuring trash, treasures, antiques and collectibles from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29, at 1270 Doyle Road, Deltona.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
For more information, call (386) 473-9022.