Prints for safety
A Lifeprint next generation child safety event will be from 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Hyundai of DeLand, 2308 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.
There will be free FBI certified biometric palm prints and 10 digit fingerprints, digital photography of each child and a child safety journal. No database is made. After each child goes through the line, a CD is made and the information is given to parents to take home.
For more information, visit www.lifeprintevent.com.
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 this project successful. The purpose of the survey is to get opinions about community health issues that impact local families in Volusia 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 County 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.
Pancake breakfast set
The DeLand Elks Lodge No. 1463 will host a pancake breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Southwestern Middle School, 605 W. New Hampshire Ave., DeLand.
It is all-you-can-eat for $5. Proceeds will benefit Southwestern Middle School Tigers Against Bullies and the Volusia School Counselor Association.
Pumpkin patch opens
Lake Helen United Methodist Church, at the corner of Lakeview and West Delaware avenues, will host a Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival during October.
The pumpkins will arrive around 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, and volunteers are needed to assist with unloading and setting up the patch.
The fundraiser will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays until Oct. 31 Volunteers are needed to handle sales and meet/greet the public in two-hour shifts. Toddler through elementary school-age children are welcome to come to the pumpkin patch where they can purchase small pumpkins for painting/decorating. Special areas will be available for photo opportunities.
To volunteer or to schedule groups of 10 children or more, call (386) 747-9843.
For more information visit the church website at www.lakehelenumc.net or call (386) 747-9843.
Volusia Honor Air to take final flight
Volusia Honor Air will take its final flight on Saturday, 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.
Stetson and West Volusia celebrate Smithsonian Museum Day
Stetson University and six other cultural museums throughout West Volusia will celebrate the Smithsonian Magazine's National Museum Day on Saturday, Sept. 29.
All participating local museums will be open to the public on Sept. 29, free of charge, with a ticket, reflecting the spirit of the Smithsonian Magazine, which emulates the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington, D.C.-based properties. To receive your free Museum Day Live! Ticket for two people only, visit smithsonian.com/museumday, complete the online form, and your ticket will be e-mailed to you, or register for free passes on the event day at any of the participating museums.
Never before in the eight-year history of the annual Smithsonian Museum Day event, has West Volusia had as many participating venues. Stetson University alone has three sites on the DeLand campus, joining in the celebration, including the Gillespie Museum of Minerals, the Hand Art Center and the Natural History Museum inside Sage Science Center. All the exhibits will open at 10 a.m.
For more information, call (386) 822-7330, or visit www.stetson.edu/gillespie.
Celiac Disease support group planned
The Florida Hospital DeLand Celiac Disease Support Group is for individuals suffering from celiac and family, friends or anyone interested in learning about celiac.
Celiac is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine that occurs in genetically predisposed people of all ages from middle infancy on up. It is caused by a reaction to gliadin, a gluten protein found in wheat, barley and rye. A lifelong gluten-free diet is the only cure.
The group meets at 5 p.m. Oct. 3, at Florida Hospital DeLand, 701 W. Plymouth Avenue, Classroom C, DeLand.
Learn how to check out library books with an e-reader
Want to learn how to borrow e-books from the public library to read on a Nook or Kindle?
Come to one of the free classes taught by librarians Susan Fichter and Char Purdy at the DeLand Regional Library Friday, Oct. 5. Sessions will focus on Kindles from 2:15 to 3 p.m., and Nooks from 3:15 to 4 p.m. at 130 E. Howry Ave.,
Participants may bring their e-readers and laptops. They also are asked to bring their current Volusia County library card and personal identification number for online access to the library website; both may be obtained in person at the library's circulation desk.
Because the focus of these classes will be on how to borrow and download library e-books, a basic understanding of how your e-reader device works will be helpful.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling (386) 822-6430, Ext. 115 or 116. Kindle owners also must pre-register their devices with Amazon.com and bring their current Amazon account identification and password.
Cemetery preservation workshop set for Oct. 5
Local historians and preservationists can learn how to preserve historic cemeteries and human burial sites during a workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Volusia County Historic Courthouse, 125 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.
The cemetery resource-training workshop is presented by the Florida Public Archaeology Network, Volusia County Historic Preservation Board and West Volusia Historical Society.
Attendees will explore cemeteries as historical resources, laws that protect them, conserving headstones and markers, and managing cemetery landscapes. Hands-on training in headstone cleaning will be provided.
Seating is limited to 25 attendees, and the cost of the program is $15 per person. To register, call (904) 819-6498 or (386) 736-5953, Ext. 12008.
Learn how to maintain your septic system
Albert Royster, an environmental specialist with the Volusia County Health Department, will lead a free workshop on septic tank care from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the DeLand Regional Library, 120 E. Howry Ave.
He will offer maintenance tips, discuss 26 common septic crashers, and explain the importance of having septic tanks serviced regularly.
Reservations are not required. For more information about the program, call (386) 736-5444.
Chubby Checker benefit concert planned
Tickets are now available for legendary singer and performer, Chubby Checker's "Twisting Thru the Decades" concert at the Athens Theatre, 124 N. Florida Ave., downtown DeLand, at; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11.
Tickets for reserved seating, which includes orchestra center rows one through five and balcony center rows one and two, are $80. Tickets for general admission seating are $65. There are only 450 tickets available.
Proceeds will benefit Florida Hospital DeLand Foundation, which helps raise funds to enhance and expand the facilities and services at the hospital. The Athens Theatre Box Office is open 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and tickets also can be purchased online at www.fhdeland50.org.
For more information regarding Florida Hospital DeLand's 50th anniversary, visit www.fhdeland50.org.