Garden Club to meet
The Volusia Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the William Finney Memorial Garden Center, 837 N. Oleander Ave., Daytona Beach.
Social time will begin at 9:30 a. m. followed by meeting at 10 a. m. The subject of this meeting will be "Arts and Crafts."
The public is welcome and it is free.
For more information, call (386) 672-0688.
Magic Forest Playground renovation to start
The Project Renovate Ormond's Magic Forest Playground Committee is seeking local volunteers and financial donors to assist in the renovation of the Magic Forest Playground at Nova Community Center, 440 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach, which begins Sept. 25.
Volunteers who are willing to work on the project itself are needed. There will be three shifts per day to choose from with 80 workers per shift. You can work as many or as few hours as you'd like. The playground company has advised that workers as young as 14 can work on the build if accompanied by a parent. Sept. 26 will be "Contractors' Day." If a contractor provides workers, they may post their company's advertising sign on the premises for that day.
For more information, or to volunteer, call (386) 676-3277.
Mosquito experts to speak at Dickerson Center Sept. 25
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about mosquitoes during a free presentation at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the John H. Dickerson Community Center, 308 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Jim McNelly, Volusia County's mosquito control director, will discuss the county's integrated pest management plan, types of mosquitoes, how to request service, and what you can do to reduce the mosquito population around your home.
Paul Minshew, environmental manager with the Volusia County Health Department, will provide a West Nile virus update, explain the symptoms of mosquito-borne illnesses, and offer tips to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call Volusia County Mosquito Control at (386) 424-2920 in New Smyrna Beach or (386) 239-6516 in Daytona Beach.
Loop group to meet
The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail Corridor Management Entity will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Ormond Beach Public Library, Conference Room 4, 30 S. Beach St, Ormond Beach.
All members and interested members of the public are encouraged to attend.
Ride for Sight poker run planned
The Conklin Center for the Blind is hosting the 10th anniversary Ride for Sight on Sept. 30. Sign up starts at 10:30 a.m. at 405 White St., Daytona Beach.
Stops are the Smokehouse Lounge, Dirty Harry's, First Turn Steakhouse, Cabbage Patch and the Iron Horse Saloon.
For $15 each participants gets one hand, a free event T-shirt, refreshments at the Center, door prizes, a free barbeque at the Iron Horse Saloon where Big Engine will be playing.
For more information, call (386) 258-3441.
September is National Senior Center month
In celebration of National Senior Center Month, Council On Aging is encouraging adults in Volusia County, who have never visited a senior center, to stop by their local center and check it out.
The council manages five senior centers in Volusia County: Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach, Sica Hall in Holly Hill, Ormond Beach Senior Center, Deltona Sunshine Senior Center and Wava's Hall in Orange City.
The centers are a hub of activity daily offering educational, informational, socialization and wellness activities. Although each center offers different activities some of the most common activities include computer instruction, exercise classes, dances, board and card games including bingo, brain games, foreign languages, creative writing, social groups, and trips.
Seminars and classes focusing on health and wellness and information on issues important to our members are key, also. These feature blood pressure checks, flu shot information, seminars on balance and chronic diseases, driver safety programs, medication management, Medicare and insurance choices, life long learning classes and planning for the future.
For more information call (386) 253-4700 or visit www.coavolusia.org.
Parkinson Association to meet
The Parkinson Association of Greater Daytona Beach will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Bishop's Glen Retirement Center (auditorium) at 900 LPGA Blvd. in Holly Hill.
Representatives of My Angels with Paws Service Dog Organization will talk about their services. The organization is based in DeLand and trains and places service dogs primarily with people who have mobility disabilities, such as people with Parkinson's disease.
Participants of this program will be able to interact with a trained service dog and a puppy "in training" while they learn about how these animals are trained and how they assist their human partners. The presenters for this program are Pat Chesley and Marilyn Kudlets.
Seating is limited - reservations for this event are required by calling (386) 676-6375.
For more information on this or other upcoming Parkinson Association events, call (386) 676-6375.
Dance event slated
Absolutely Ballroom presents "Mission Dance Possible In Search of the Daytona Diamond," a Dancing Tribute to all of our favorite spies on and off the silver screen.
This event will be at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30, at The Ballroom, 465 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach,
For more information or ticket information, call (386) 492-6399.
Volusia Honor Air to take final flight
Volusia Honor Air will take its final flight on Sept. 29.
Since 2007, The Volusia Honor Air flights have taken World War II veterans on one-day trips to Washington, D.C., to see the memorial that opened in 2004. Nine flights have been completed and more than $800,000 raised.
Once flight No. 10 is completed, more than 1,000 veterans will have been taken to see the memorial and this will complete the mission of the Volusia Honor Air - "to extend appreciation and gratefulness to World War II heroes for this bravery and sacrifice."
The public is invited to welcome the veterans back to Volusia County at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at Daytona Beach International Airport.
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.
New historical and genealogical databases available at Volusia County public libraries
The Volusia County Public Library has added Fold3 History and Genealogy Archives Plus and Fold3 Holocaust Archives to its online eResources.
Fold3 combines an unprecedented collection of original historical documents and personal histories including convenient access to U.S. military records.
The history and genealogy database offers access to several special collections, including the African American Archives, American Revolution Archives, Native American Archives, U.S. Bureau of Investigation Case File Archives, and World War II Archives.
The Holocaust Archives, a partnership between the National Archives and Fold3, includes scanned and indexed records that tell the story of the Holocaust. Library patrons can explore everything from Holocaust assets to death camp records and interrogation reports to the Nuremburg trials.
Library-card holders can access these and other databases at www.volusialibrary.org/VCPLeresources.html.
Learn more about the library system at www.volusialibrary.org, or by contacting your local branch.