Magic Forest Playground renovation delayed
The start of the The Project Renovate Ormond's Magic Forest Playground has been delayed until 2013 because not all the funds. are in place for the project.
For more information, or to volunteer, call (386) 676-3277.
Library's adult section to close for painting and floor covering
The adult section of the Daytona Beach Regional Library-City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave., closed Monday, Sept. 24, and will be closed until Monday, Oct. 15, as workers replace the floor covering and paint the walls.
During the downtime, the children's section will remain open and some adult computers, DVDs and new adult books will be moved into the children's auditorium. Patrons will be able to pick up their reserved items in the children's section.
The John H. Dickerson Heritage Library, 411 S. Keech St., Daytona Beach, will increase its hours during this period. The library will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday until the adult section reopens at the Daytona Beach Regional Library.
For more information, call (386) 257-6036 or (386) 239-6478.
VCHD launches new health survey
The Volusia County Health Department is launching a new health information survey and needs help from the community to make the project successful. The purpose of the survey is to get opinions about community health issues that impact local families in the county. The results will be used to identify major heath concerns to be addressed through community action.
"Hearing our residents' opinions on their health and the health care system in Volusia is very important for us and our community partners to meet their health needs," said Assistant Director for Public Health Celeste Philip. "Every opinion is important as we strive to improve the health of our community."
To participate in this important 10-minute online survey, visit www.volusiahealth.com.
This survey will be open until Sept 28.
Prescription drug take back planned
The Daytona Beach Police Department will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.
Organized by the Drug Enforcement Agency in conjunction with state and local law enforcement, National Prescription Take Back Day is an opportunity to dispose of unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
The Daytona Beach Police Department will have two drop off locations:
Headquarters, 129 Valor Blvd.,
Beachside Precinct, 510 Harvey St.
The Drug Enforcement Agency will then properly dispose of the medication, which protects Florida's water supply, environment and animals.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than 7 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health. In addition, every day, on average, 2,500 teens use them to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Other participants in this initiative include the Partnership for a Drug-Free America; the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the National Association of Attorneys General; the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy; the Federation of State Medical Boards; and the National District Attorneys Association. For more information, visit www.NationalTakeBackDay.com.
Learn about first American woman doctor
Linda Gray Kelly will portray Elizabeth Blackwell, the first American woman doctor, at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, at the Ormond Beach Library, 30 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach.
For more information, call (386) 676-4171.
Garden plots available
The Community Garden at First Presbyterian Church of Daytona Beach, 620 S. Grandview Ave., on the beachside, has a few above ground plots available for the fall growing season.
The fee of $12 for the season includes your own bed, a watering system and water. We are getting ready to get our plants - ranging from vegetables to flowers to herbs - in the ground now.
For more information, call (386) 253-4581 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ECHO Ranger program offered in Ormond Beach
The ECHO Ranger Program "Afternoons in Ormond" will be at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Anderson-Price Memorial Building, 42 N. Beach St. Ormond Beach.
Girls and boys who sign up to become ECHO Rangers may visit scheduled program sites throughout Volusia County to learn about community resources. ECHO Ranger sites include local parks, museums and historical sites.
The program is designed for schoolchildren, homeschoolers, Boy and Girl Scouts, religious groups and others in grades 1-5. The cost is $20 per child per season. Entry fees to all sites for the ECHO Ranger candidate and one adult are included in the $20 fee.
The Ormond Beach program will offer three sites on Saturday, Sept. 29. Activities begin in the morning and continue through the early afternoon. Included are The Casements, former home of John D. Rockefeller, the Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens and the Anderson-Price Memorial Building, home to the Ormond Beach Historical Society.
For more information, call (386) 668-3840 or (386) 677-7005. For more information go to the ECHO Ranger website, www.debaryhall/ranger, or www.ormondhistory.org.
Lecture series covers the Everglades
The Ormond Beach Historical Society will host its Discover Our History Lecture Series at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Anderson-Price Memorial Building, 42 N. Beach St. Ormond Beach.
The topic will be "Unusual Tales of the Everglades."
by James "Zach" Zacharias, curator of history, Daytona Beach Museum of Arts & Sciences.
Participants will Learn how people lived, worked, and died in the Everglades, America's largest wetlands. Unusual stories emerging from this wilderness show the determination of the human spirit. Hear about building the Tamiami Trail, Al Capone's hideout, the Third Seminole War, the 117-year-old "Hermit of Panther Island," the secret nuclear launch base and other fascinating tales of life in the Everglades.
Refreshments will begin at 9:30 a.m. Admission and parking is free. For more information call (386) 677-7005, or click on www.OrmondHistory.org.
Food distribution planned
Hope Lutheran Church will have food pantry distributions from 1 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 29, at 594 N. Williamson Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Participants should bring their SNAP or WIC card, proof of residence (utility bill or rent receipt) and a photo ID.
For more information, call (386) 274-7074.
Surf camp scheduled
Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler and local surfing legend and East Coast Surfing Championship hall-of-famer Mimi Munro will conduct a one-day surf camp from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Harvard Beach approach in Ormond Beach.
The cost is $30 per person and is open to ages 8 and older. Payment is due the day of the event.
For more information or to make a reservation, call (386) 231-2229.
Zumba to end breast cancer
The Party in Pink Movin' to End Breast Cancer Zumbathon will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ICI Center, 600 Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Tickets are $10 each.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call (973) 271-4356.
Free services offered to homeless veterans
A homeless veterans stand down will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, at 250 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach
Free services for veterans include medical care, dental screening, legal aid, haircuts, clothing, counseling, VA benefits, showers, food, shelter information and vocational services
Votran will provide Veterans with a flyer and application free transportation to the event.
For more information, call (386) 677-4902.
The Ormond Beach Elks will host its annual Oktoberfest at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the lodge, 285 Wilmette Ave., Ormond Beach.
Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner with a complete German menu will be served at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by "Paul and Marie."
Tickets are $14 and will be sold in advance only.
For more information, call (386) 615-8291 or (386) 677-7180.
Inpatient rehabilitation caregiver support group planned
Those caring for a loved one undergoing inpatient rehabilitation are invited to join Florida Hospital Oceanside for a caregiver support group at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Florida Hospital Oceanside, 264 S. Atlantic Ave., Ormond Beach, in the third floor conference room.
For more information, call (386) 676-4295.
Mommy-to-Mommy support group scheduled
Join Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center for a free big brother/big sister class at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Medical Office Building, Classroom B, 305 Memorial Medical Parkway, Daytona Beach.
This class offers mom and baby an opportunity to meet new friends, learn more about their baby and be the best mom they can be. Class curriculum is designed to support, sustain and enlighten new moms.
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. To learn more or to register, call (386) 231-BABY (2229).
Native plant tour planned
The Pawpaw Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society is hosting a Native Plant Landscape Tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.
The tour will feature eight selected residential landscapes and will include homes in Ormond Beach, Port Orange, Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna Beach. Participants will have an opportunity to walk and talk with individual homeowners' as they share their success at incorporating native plants in their landscapes.
Tickets can be purchased at the following nurseries: Full Moon Natives- Port Orange, Green Winters- Ormond Beach and Lindley's- New Smyrna Beach.
Tickets are $5.Ticket includes individual homeowners bios, photos and directions.
For more information, e-mail Sande- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fundraiser benefits Children's Advocacy Center
The Children's Advocacy Center will host its 30th annual Pearls & Lilies Fashion Show at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort North Tower, 100 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.
Cost is $55 per person. Fashions will be provided by Dillard's and emcee will be Jim Payne from WESH-TV.
Reservations are requested by Oct. 2.
For more information or to make a reservation, call (386) 238-3830 or visit childrensadvocacy.org.
Lawyers recognized for service
The Volunteer Lawyers Project of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida will host the 28th annual Pro Bono Awards at a breakfast on Oct. 4, at the Halifax River Yacht Club in Daytona Beach.
Each year the Volunteer Lawyers Project honors volunteers who donate their time and services to those who otherwise would not be able to obtain legal help.
The Champion of Justice award will be presented to William "Bill" Bosch, III of Flagler Beach for his outstanding efforts on behalf of clients in need.
Tanner Andrews, Shimene Shepard-Ryan and Donnita Carroll Pritchard will be honored as Advocates of Justice for volunteering more than 100 hours each during the past year.
Susan Fagan and David Rodziewicz will be honored as Guardians of Justice for the record number of hours and cases they completed as pro bono volunteers.
All of them join more than 50 others who have enriched the lives of hundreds of people in need.
Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Inc. is a nonprofit organization providing free legal assistance to eligible low-income persons in civil (non-criminal) matters.
Parent workshop slated
KIDSKO Creative Arts Preschool will host a free parent workshop "Thriving Children Parenting Awareness Hour" with Laurie Moran from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at KIDSKO North Campus, 160 Business Center Drive, behind Hudson Technologies off U.S. 1, Ormond Beach.
KIDSKO will host the workshop in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Thriving Children is a one-hour workshop designed specifically for conscientious parenting. Parents and Caregivers will:
.Be empowered to help children thrive.
.Leave with skillful techniques for staying calm in the midst of chaos and/or crisis.
.Learn new skills or be reminded of the importance of using the following skills with children and your spouse: affirming words, creating safety, teaching feelings, providing comfort and communicating clearly
For more information, visit www.KIDSKO.org or call (386) 672-6460.
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.
Bridge club hires new manager
The Daytona Metropolitan Bridge Club has hired Spike Lay as its new club manager. Mr. Lay is ranked among the top 200 all-time master point winners in North America. He is a platinum life master having achieved more than 15,000 master points. He has won three first place finishes in Florida North American Pairs and two first place finishes in Florida Grand National Teams. Mr. Lay is a former CPA and has two children.
The club, which celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this year, will offer its beginning bridge series to those interested in learning the exciting game. Classes will be at 9 a.m. each Monday beginning Oct. 1, at 600 Driftwood Ave in Daytona Beach next to the Peggy Schnebly Recreational Center.
Morning and afternoon games are offered weekly (www.daytonabridgeclub.org). For more information on classes, call (386) 441-7562.
Senior games slated
The Ormond Beach Senior Games will kick off on Friday, Oct. 19, with events beginning on Saturday, Oct. 20th and running through Saturday, Oct. 27.
The City has hosted this event for more than 20 years. This is the City's 12th year as a qualifier for the Florida Sports Foundation State Senior Games. The games are for seniors 50 years and older.
The event is possible through the tireless efforts of the Ormond Beach Senior Games Board and 30-50 volunteers who are anticipated to provide about 1,500 volunteer hours during the course of the event.
For copies of the registration form, visit the city's website www.ormondbeach.org.
For additional information, call (386) 676-3291, or by email email@example.com.
Pet Vet Cruiser announces October schedule
Volusia County's Pet Vet Cruiser offers low-cost spaying and neutering services to residents of unincorporated parts of the county and the cities of DeLand and South Daytona.
Here's where the mobile clinic will be in October:
.Fire Station 23, 1850 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach: Oct. 1, 9 and 25
.John's Appliance City, 911 S. Volusia Ave., Orange City: Oct. 2, 15 and 23
.Oakbrook Professional Center, 931 S. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand: Oct. 3, 8, 11, 16 and 24
.Rockin' Ranch, 801 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach: Oct. 10, 17 and 22
Fees are based on income. Appointments are required and may be made by calling (386) 323-3575 in Daytona Beach, (386) 626-6643 in DeLand, or (386) 424-6875 in New Smyrna Beach.
For more information, visit www.volusia.org/animalcontrol/cruiser.htm.