Acts sought for talent competition
Family Days, the Port Orange block party that in 17 years has grown to be a regional funfest drawing upwards of 75,000 over four days, is looking for area talent to compete for $2,500 in prizes in an Oct. 6 show admittedly ripped off from the popular "America's Got Talent" and other TV shows.
Twelve acts, to be selected through video auditions, will perform on the stage of the Parker Amphitheater in Port Orange City Center starting at 7 pm, Saturday, Oct. 6 in a show that will feature music of New Smyrna Beach based Brickyard Road, a classic rock, country and Southern rock group.
Judges will select the top four acts, which will then repeat their performances with audience reaction determining the results and who gets top dollar.
Acts may be amateur or have professional experience, and may consist of one person to a group, with the criteria for competition being that the content of the act is family friendly and that it will fit on the Amphitheater stage. The top prize winner will receive $1,000 with $750, $500 and $250 being awarded for second to fourth place.
The deadline to submit audition videos is Friday, Sept. 7.
Full information on how to submit an audition video can be found on the Family Days website www.familydays.com.
Coupon class planned
Florida Coupon Savers is offering a free real world couponing class at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Piggotte Center, 504 Big Tree Road, South Daytona.
Their is no charge for this class, and it will be taught by the owners of the website FloridaCouponSavers.com.
Coffee and donuts will be provided as well as a raffle for one lucky attendee. In this class, participants will learn how to match up sales with coupons, and where to find coupons, store policies, coupon lingo and how to make the most of the deals to fit their needs. Immediately following the class, there will be a coupon exchange, so bring any unwanted coupons to trade.
Space is limited for this class. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Embroiderers' Guild to meet
The Sand Dollar Chapter
of the Embroiderers' Guild of America will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at Westminster-By-The-Sea Presbyterian Church, 3221 S. Peninsula Drive, Daytona Beach Shores
The program will be a "Needle Art" video presentation.
Speed stacking planned
The Port Orange Regional Library will host its Speed Read Stackers Club from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 5 and 19. Kids can learn how stack and unstack 12 specially designed plastic cups in predetermined sequences.
For reservations, call (386) 322-5152, Ext. 30.
Internet class set
The Port Orange Regional Library is offering a basic Internet class at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 1005 City Center Circle. Learn how to browse the Internet and stay safe online.
"All about e-mail" will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6. Learn how to set up an account, send photo attachments to family and friends, manage junk mail, avoid e-mail scams, and more during this class for beginners.
Participants are asked to bring fully charged laptops and e-readers and cables. Ten laptops are available for people who don't have one. The library has free Wi-Fi throughout the building.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling (386) 322-5152, Ext. 28.
Shriners to meet
The Greater Daytona Shrine Club will host its regular monthly meeting at noon, Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Daytona Beach Clubhouse Restaurant on Wilder Avenue following an 11:30 a.m. lunch.
Visiting Shriners are welcome to attend.
Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a Shriner, may call (386) 256-7219
Extension offers lawn and landscape workshop
The University of Florida/Volusia County Extension will offer a Green Industries Best Management Practices Workshop from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand.
The workshop is designed to provide training to corporate, governmental, environmental and other training personnel in best management practices for lawns and landscapes. It was developed by the pest control industry and has been endorsed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Participants attending and passing a post-test will receive a certificate of completion and up to two core and two category pesticide continuing education units (CEUs).
Registration is required by Sept. 4 and may be made by sending a registration form and $25 check made payable to "Volusia County Extension Fund" to Volusia County Extension Service, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand, FL 32724. The registration form is available at http://volusia.org/extension/horticulture.htm.The fee includes lunch.
For more information, call (386) 822-5778.
Stetson University to offer political campaign training
Stetson University will host its third annual "Politics 101" conference, a free, one-day crash course on the nuts and bolts of political campaigning from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in the Stetson Room of the Carlton Union Building.
Politics 101 will feature workshops led by campaign operatives, political scholars and community leaders of varied political stripes. Workshop leaders will, among other things, show participants how to build grassroots campaign organizations, create winning campaign strategies, analyze data to make informed decisions, use social media, and fundraise. In addition, area political organizations and campaigns will be present during a networking fair to provide information about their candidates or causes, and to recruit interns and volunteers.
Registration for Politics 101 is open to everyone, and attendance is free. The conference is non-partisan.
For more information about Politics 101 or to register, visit www.stetson.edu/politics101.
Travel club to meet
The Port Orange Recreation Travel Club will meet at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Palmetto Club, 1000 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
This is a non-profit, senior services organization is for anyone 55 and older.
To make a lunch reservation, call (386) 788-4531. For more information, call (386) 322-0786.
Purple Parade planned
The Domestic Abuse Council will host its first ever Purple Parade at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.
The purpose of the parade is to raise awareness and critical funds for prevention of bullying and domestic violence.
The parade is actually a walk and will take place on the sidewalk starting at Riverfront Park on Beach Street in Daytona Beach across the street from the Harley-Davidson Museum. The entire walk is a 2-mile loop. Participants are encouraged to wear purple for a chance to win a Purple Passion Award.
Entry fees for the Purple Parade are $5 per person or $25 for groups of up to 10 people.
Pre-registration and entry fees can be paid online at www.domesticabusecouncil.com. Participants can also register by calling (386) 257-2297, Ext. 27.
Share your books with the 'friends'
The Friends of the Port Orange Regional Library is in need of donations.
Anyone with used books, puzzles, movies and CDs may bring them to the circulation desk at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
The friends will place them in the next sale and use the funds to present future library programs.
The library is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Learn about upcoming programs at Volusia County's public library branches at www.volusialibrary.org.
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3282 in Port Orange needs crafters for its annual craft fair, which will be from 9 to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct.12 and 13.
For more information, call (386) 788-1157 or (386) 492-4691.
Council on Aging to add services
The Council on Aging of Volusia County is adding housekeeping and handyman to its list of services.
Because the council is a designated Lead Agency by the state, all contractors with the council's Housekeeping and Handyman Services must pass Florida Department of Law Enforcement and FBI background checks.
For more information, call (386) 423-5316.
Audubon Society to meet
The Halifax River Audubon Society will host a general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Sica Hall, 1065 Daytona Ave, Holly Hill.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Speaker begins at 7 p.m. Sandy Walters, author and environmental activist, will talk about "The Story of Thornby," how ordinary citizens preserved the historic Thornby property in Enterprise.
Guests and visitors are welcome. This event is free.
For more information, call (386) 673-5332.
The Mainland High School Class of 1962 is having its 50th reunion. Oct. 12-13.
Friday night activities are at the roof of Joe's Crab Shack and all graduates from 1960 thru 1966 are invited.
Saturday night is a dinner and dance at the Halifax River Yacht Club.
More information can be found at www.Mainland1962.com including a class roster.
For more information, call (386) 239-8728.
The Seabreeze High School Class of 1962 will host its 50th reunion Friday, Sept. 21 to Sunday, Sept. 23 at The Shores Resort & Spa, 2637 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118. Cost (exclusive of alcoholic beverages) is $65 per individual for a reception Friday night and dinner Saturday night.
Reservations and checks payable to SHS '62 Reunion should be mailed to Ann Dibble Smith, 489 Pinewood St., Ormond Beach, FL 32176. Room reservations should be made directly with The Shores & Spa, (866) 934-7467. To get the negotiated rates, guests should mention the reunion.
To receive more information and a registration form, contact Ann Dibble Smith at email@example.com or by phone at (386) 235-3957.
FPL energizes STEM education in schools
Florida Power & Light Company is supporting STEM (science, technology, energy and mathematics) education in Florida schools for the 2012 - 2013 academic year.
FPL's commitment to STEM education has led the company to develop tools and programs to help schools provide STEM education to students.
Here is a brief overview of the various programs:
.New traveling school assembly program "Men in Black, The Kilowatt Connection," offered to schools at no charge
.Adopt-a-classroom matching donation
.Teacher grant programs
This is the fourth year FPL has supported the Energy Teacher Grant Program, which has now awarded more than $122,000 for 120 teacher projects across FPL's 35-county service territory. The awards come from the NextEra Energy Foundation, which is funded by shareholders of FPL's parent company, NextEra Energy, Inc.
To schedule a performance of the traveling assembly program, call (800) 858-3999, Ext. 1. To learn about the matching donations, visit www.adoptaclassroom.org. For more information, visit www.FPL.com.