Open house planned
at new fire station
The Edgewater Fire Rescue Department will hold an open house at its newly completed Fire Station 55 at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, at 1605 S. Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater.
Tours will be given. Light refreshments will be served.
Award-winning author to speak at library
O. Henry Award-winning author Karen Brown will discuss her new short-story collection, "Little Sinners and Other Stories," at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.
Ms. Brown's first collection of short stories, "Pins and Needles," won the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, and her work has appeared in "The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories," in "The Best American Short Stories 2008," The New York Times, Good Housekeeping and in many literary journals.
Her first novel, "The Lost Girl," will be published by Atria/Simon and Schuster.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386)424-2910, Ext. 104, or visit www.volusialibrary.org.
National Senior Center month celebrated
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.
Humane society to host annual meeting
The Southeast Volusia Humane Society will host its annual meeting at 5:45 p.m., Thursday. Sept. 27, at the Southeast Volusia Humane Society, 1200 S. Glencoe Road, New Smyrna Beach.
Bingo night back
at Sacred Heart
Bingo is back at Sacred Heart.
Each Monday Bingo will be conducted in the social hall of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, on U.S. 1, (998 Father Donlon Drive) in New Smyrna Beach.
Doors open at 5 p.m., kitchen at 5:30 p.m., early bird play at 6:30 p.m. and regular play at 7 p.m.
There are three $250 jackpots every Monday, with all proceeds going to support Sacred Heart School.
For more information, call (386) 428-6426.
First-time homebuyer workshop planned
First-time homebuyers may find help planning the purchase of their first home at a free workshop at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Alonzo "Babe" James Community Center, 201 N. Myrtle Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
The workshop will cover incentive programs, loans, insurance and other related topics. Deborah Parker, TD Bank assistant bank manager, will facilitate.
Advanced registration is suggested, but not required.
To register or for more information, call (386) 314-4849, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Help make Viva Florida 500 quilt at area libraries
Stop by one of the following libraries to make a quilt square for the Viva Florida 500 celebration.
.Deltona Regional Library: 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. Call the library at (386) 789-7207, Ext. 236, for reservations.
.New Smyrna Beach Regional Library: 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2. Call Linda Fisher at (386) 424-2910, Ext. 111, for more information.
.DeLand Regional Library: 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 12. Call Susan Fichter at (386)822-6430, Ext. 109, for reservations.
Craft materials and stencils will be provided, but quilters may bring their own craft and decorating materials if they prefer.
The squares will later be sewn into a larger quilt that will be displayed in the rotunda of the Volusia County Historic Courthouse from Jan. 9 to 25 and then go on a tour of all the Volusia County library branches.
Viva Florida 500 is a yearlong, statewide grassroots effort to recognize Ponce de Leon's exploration of Florida in 1513 and celebrate the state's rich heritage.
New historical, genealogical databases available
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.