Fall festival slated
The DeLeon Springs Fall Festival will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Wells Fargo Bank, 5095 N. U.S. 17, DeLeon Springs. There will be arts & crafts, food vendors, music, games, livestock and produce.
For more information, call (386) 490-3079 or (386) 626-3442.
Pet adoption event planned
FloridaWild Veterinary Hospital and ARK Animal Rescue at 441 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, are waiving adoption fees for all dogs more than 40 pounds and for all cats.
This event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.
Animals are fully vetted.
References are mandatory. These animals need to get into loving safe homes. They have been abandoned in DeLand or rescued from shelters the week they were to be exterminated.
Chili cook off planned
The 11th annual Great Bowls of Fire championship Chili cook off will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, on East Avenue in downtown DeLand.
There will be a beer garden, entertainment and a kid's zone.
Cost is $10 for adults and $3 for children 4 to 12, free for children under 4.
Proceeds go to support the West Volusia Historical Society and MainStreet DeLand Association.
For more information, call (386) 740-6813 or (386)738-0649 or visit www.greatbowlsofchilicookoff.com.
Association for Widowed Persons to meet
The Association for Widowed Persons will meet at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church, 724 North Woodland Blvd., DeLand.
The doors will open at 2 p.m.
All widows and widowers are invited to attend as our guests. The entertainment will be The Sandcastle Story Tellers, Peter Giachetti and Ray Gant.
Association members and guests plan to dine after the meeting, at Sonny's (was Friendly's) 1500 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.
For more information call (386) 789-5832.
Mr. Harley to perform at DeLand library Oct. 16
Children ages 3 to 9 can sing and dance to the tunes of Mr. Harley at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.
Mr. Harley is the stage name for professional musician Harley Smith, a jazz/rock drummer who has made children's music his passion for the past nine years. He sings, plays guitar and laughs his way into the hearts of delighted audiences using his own compositions and classic children's songs. He has also recorded two CDs, "Toast & Jelly" and "Blue Shirt."
The performance is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information, call the children's desk at 386-822-6430, ext. 112.
Learn more about Mr. Harley at mrharley.com.
Saxophonist to perform at Hopkins Hall Oct. 18
Recording artist Thom Chambers will play some tunes and explain how he got started in the music business at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Hopkins Hall, 192 Connecticut Ave., Lake Helen.
A retired public school teacher and member of the former jazz group Indigo City, Mr. Chambers now has a solo career as a saxophonist.
The DeLand resident performs original music, traditional jazz and jazz standards with class and clarity.
The free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lake Helen Public Library. Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 228-1152.
Ag Center invites children to Fall Fun Day Oct. 19
Children can expand their knowledge about local agriculture during Fall Fun Day at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand.
The hands-on workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Activities will include applesauce making, roasting pumpkin seeds, a scavenger hunt, small animal exhibit and fall gardening. The children also will learn about the benefits of bats.
The program is limited to 20 children in kindergarten through second grade and 15 children in grades three through five. Registration is required by Oct. 16 and may be made by calling (386) 822-5778. The $20 fee, which includes lunch, also must be received by Oct. 16.
United Way expands to new site for ReadingPals Program in DeLand
The ReadingPals program, which was launched in August, is already expanding to a new site at Head Start in DeLand. The new site will serve about 40 students; teaching the basic joy of reading.
The United Way is recruiting volunteers to mentor students for one hour each week. Potential volunteers can sign up at www.unitedwayvfc.org/readingpals
Volunteers will be trained in the skills-based Educational Experiences Delivery Systems curriculum. Each volunteer will be required to spend at least two 30-minute sessions per week (for a minimum of 25 weeks) with one to three children. Volunteers will be reading a book out loud, guiding the children through literacy actives, and general conversations about the book.
For more information, call (386) 366-9053 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Howard Bailey promoted to deputy chief
Howard Bailey, a 20-year veteran of Volusia County Fire Services, has been promoted to deputy fire chief.
Mr. Bailey started his career with Volusia County Fire Services as a firefighter/emergency medical technician in 1992 and was promoted to division chief in 2004. He has a master's degree in public administration from the University of Central Florida.
After interviewing 62 candidates for the position, Fire Chief Mark Piland said, "Chief Bailey's commitment to Volusia County along with his 20 years of experience make him the right choice. He has worked through every rank of this organization, taken on every new assignment with enthusiasm and a can-do attitude, and built relationships with many agencies outside Volusia County Fire Services."
Volusia County Fire Services employs 163 firefighters and provides fire protection and rescue services throughout the unincorporated areas of the county and in the municipalities of Pierson, Oak Hill and Lake Helen.