Astronomer to discuss mission to Mars at DeBary Hall
Discover the history of Mars and the robots that have explored the red planet during a free presentation at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 210 Sunrise Blvd.
Seth Mayo, curator of astronomy at the Museum of Arts & Sciences, will discuss the mission to Mars, focusing on the rovers Spirit and Opportunity, which have traveled farther, seen more and survived longer than anyone imagined possible.
His presentation is part of the free Lemonade Lectures series, which is sponsored by the Enterprise Historical Conservancy and the County of Volusia. The presentation will be in DeBary Hall's stables. Light refreshments and lemonade will be served.
Reservations are not required. For more information call (386) 668-3840.
Fire Department to host open house
The City of Deltona Fire Department will host its 28th annual open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Deltona Fire Station 65 in the Howland Crossings business park, 2983 Howland Blvd.
There will be safety displays and demonstrations, including how the Fire Department frees people who are trapped in a wrecked vehicle. There also will be a bounce house and face painting for the younger visitors. Their parents can get their blood pressure checked and receive fire and life safety information. VITAS Hospice Care will also provide free hot dogs and drinks for the attendees.
For more information, call (386) 575-6921.
Driver safety class planned
AARP will conduct a driver safety class for seniors from 9 :15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Deltona Senior Center, 980 Lakeshore Drive, Deltona. An additional class will be from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 9 and 10, at Deltona Memorial Funeral Home, 1295 Saxon Blvd., Orange City.
Cost is $12 for members and $14 for non-members. Reservations with instructors are required. For more information, call (386) 677-2347 or (386) 451-7453.
Pumpkin patch opens
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Pumpkin Patch has opened at 750 Howland Blvd., Deltona.
Come out to visit and take pictures with the family, go on scavenger hunts, and find the perfect pumpkin. Scheduled events going on each weekend include pony rides, hayrides, face painting and pumpkin painting. Pumpkin patch hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call (407) 321-7510
Low-cost pet clinic slated
There will be a low-cost pet shot clinic sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rescue from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Auto Zone, 2120 Howland Blvd., Deltona.
Donations of dry dog and cat food may be brought to these clinics.
This is a cash only clinic. Proceeds benefit abandoned animals.
For more information, call (386) 748-8993.
Community United Methodist Church will host a potluck luncheon and program at noon Monday, Oct. 8, at the church, 41 W. Highbanks Road, DeBary.
This is a beyond 50s group.
Rev. John Long of Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, will speak about what hospice does to make the lives of those they serve more comfortable.
Participants should bring a dish to share.
For more information, call (385) 775-2766.
City seeks member for scholarship committee
The City of Deltona is looking for an interested individual for appointment to the William S. Harvey Deltona Scholarship Advisory Board.
This seven-member committee provides financial assistance for college/university related expenses to outstanding Deltona students. The William S. Harvey Deltona Scholarship Advisory Board will be responsible for reviewing applications from area students and recommending scholarship awards to the City Commission.
If interested, contact the city clerk's office for a Board application at (386) 878-8500 or download an application or apply online at www.deltonafl.gov.
Children's musician to perform at Deltona library
Children of all ages are invited to sing, hop, wiggle and dance along with the songs of Harley Smith at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.
Mr. Smith, aka "Mr. Harley," is a children's performer who entertains children with classic children's songs and songs from his CDs - "Blue Shirt and Toast and Jelly." His enthusiasm and exuberance encourage participation.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 789-7207.
'Pink Feet' road race and block party set for Oct. 14 at DeBary Hall
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Foundation and Friends of DeBary Hall will present the Pink Feet 10K/5K Road Race and Community Block Party Sunday, Oct. 14, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary.
Registration for the road race, which will be run on a certified course, begins at 6 a.m. and the race will start at 7 a.m. A free children's race will begin at about 8:30 a.m., after all runners are in. Awards will be presented at 9:30 a.m.
Runners can register in advance at https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/85710.
The community block party will open at 10 a.m. with food trucks, children's activities, music, donation drawings, silent auctions and select vendors. Admission to the block party is a suggested $2 donation.
Historians and breast-cancer specialists will give free presentations in DeBary Hall's Imagidome Theater from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Pink lemonade will be served, and attendees will receive a gift.
Throughout the day, the theater will present free screenings of "Why Me?" a documentary about breast-cancer survivor Roxanne Hopkins; and DeBary Hall's feature video, "Into tropical Florida: A trip upon the St. Johns River."
Activities in the stable will include silent auctions and the sale of art bras designed by community members and gift baskets prepared by Braz Cauz.
Proceeds will benefit the Friends of DeBary Hall's educational programs and the Florida Hospital Foundation, which will provide funds for women who need mammograms but cannot afford them.
For more information about Pink Feet, call (386) 668-3840 or the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Foundation at (386) 917-5423.
Fall Festival planned
Deltona Lakes Elementary will host its annual Fall Festival from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at 2022 Adelia Blvd., Deltona.
This event has two purposes to host a fun and affordable evening for families and to raise money for much needed educational supplies.
Tickets (for games and entertainment) may be purchased in advance at four for $1 or at the event at three for $1.
Daytona State's library offers online research guide for elections
The Daytona State College Library has developed an Election 2012 Research Guide that allows users to keep track of political news, issues and activities leading up to state and national elections in November.
Listings for national events, including presidential debates, are drawn from the PBS NewsHour Politics Calendar. The site also features information about political issues, such as the economy, education, foreign policy, abortion and the environment; candidate fact checks; political satire; and a political news feed from a wide variety of sources.
The guide also links to the Florida Division of Elections, where visitors can research state candidates, review proposed Constitutional amendments, learn about political parties and find contact information for state representatives.
The site URL is http://researchguides.daytonastate.edu/elections.
For more information, call (386) 506-3518 or e-mail kohenc@DaytonaState.edu.
Vote for area cuties
Voting is open for the Cutie Calendar Contest at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach.
About 175 children, ages newborn through age 2, have entered the Cutie Calendar Contest.
Each child had photos taken by Meggan Harper Photography and Scott Wayne Photography, the partnering photographers who donated their time and talents for the annual contest.
The photos of the 175 contestants are posted to FloridaHospitalCutieCalendar.com.
The public may vote for their favorite cutie once per day, per computer. Voting lasts until noon Monday, Oct. 8. The top 12 cuties will be announced on FloridaHospitalCutieCalendar.com by Friday, Oct. 12, after parents or guardians of the official winners have been notified.
The Center for Business Excellence seeks public input on five-year plan
The Center for Business Excellence is soliciting public comment for a 30-day review period of its 2012-2016 Regional Workforce Board Strategic and Operating Five Year Local Workforce Service Plan.
The plan may be reviewed at: centerforbusinessexcellence.net/Plans/Plans.html.
Written comments may be e-mailed to the center at firstname.lastname@example.org during the public comment period. Public comments received will be presented to Workforce Florida, Inc. The public comment period will end Oct. 22.
The CBE is the regional workforce development board charged with planning and overseeing the development of One-Stop Career Center operations as well as administering the associated funds and grants.
For more information, call (386) 575-4115