A debate between candidates for Volusia County chair
Carl Persis and Jason Davis will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct 20, at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 56 N. Halifax Drive, Ormond Beach.
The forum will be moderated by The League of Women Voters.
New WIC office opens in Pierson
The Volusia County Health Department has partnered with the Family Health Source Medical Centers of Northeast Florida Health Services Inc. to open a new Special Supplemental Women, Infants and Children Nutrition program office in Pierson. The office began seeing clients Oct. 3.
The WIC program provides nutritious foods, nutrition education (including breastfeeding promotion and support), and referrals to health and other social services to participants at no charge. WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and
infants and children up to age five who are at nutrition risk.
In Volusia County, the WIC Program serves more than 10,000 clients a month at six locations. In addition to Pierson, WIC has offices in Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, DeLand, Deltona and DeLeon Springs.
The Pierson WIC office, which is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, is in the Family Health Source Medical Centers facility at 216 N. Frederick St.
For more information about the WIC program, please call 1-866-942-3663 or visit volusiahealth.com.
For more information about Family Health Source Medical Centers, visit familyhealthsource.org.
Food truck bazaar coming to town
The City of DeLand Parks and Recreation Department presents the Food Truck Bazaar from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at DeLand's Earl Brown Park. The Food Truck Bazaar is Central Florida's original traveling food truck event. Enjoy an outdoor, nighttime, community dinner atmosphere, sit in a favorite lawn chair and eat delicious gourmet treats, burgers, barbecue and desserts. Entertainment also will be available.
For more information, call (386) 740-5800.
Fashion show planned
Join Florida Hospital DeLand for the 15th annual Breast Cancer Fashion Show at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Athens Theatre, 124 N. Florida Ave., DeLand.
Seven local breast cancer survivors will model clothes from Belk at The Pavilion at Port Orange and Stetson Flower and Wedding Boutique in DeLand.
Tickets for the event range from $25 to $40, with proceeds benefiting the Florida Hospital DeLand Victoria Women's Center at Victoria Medical Park.
For more information and tickets, call (386) 943-4487 or visit foundation.fhdeland.org.
Dog training seminar offered
FloridaWild Veterinary Hospital and ARK Animal Rescue offers seminar on dog training from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Stetson University's Gillespie Museum Rinker Environmental Center, 234 E. Michigan Ave, DeLand
The fee is $5 per participant and includes notebook, pen and practice worksheets.
For more information, call (386) 717-9991 or visit www.ARKsaves.com.
ARK Animal Rescue is in need of volunteers.
Volunteers are needed to help write a monthly newsletter, transfer adoption parents' e-mails into a database for the newsletter, organize transportation from other shelters, organize transportation to the vet hospitals for pets receiving medical treatment, organize fundraisers and for entertaining at fundraisers.
The rescue is at 441 S. Woodland Ave., DeLand.
For more information, call (386) 717-9991 or visit www.ARKsaves.com.
Police officer to address scams at DeLand library Oct. 24
Con artists are becoming more prolific and cunning. Learn how to avoid falling victim to them during a free presentation at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.
DeLand Police Officer Rod Hancock will discuss "Identity theft, fraud and con games" and offer tips that will prevent you from being scammed.
Reservations are not required.
For more information, call (386) 822-6430, Ext. 109.
Stetson to host intergenerational dialog on elections
Stetson University will host an Intergenerational Dialog on Issues in the National Elections, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 in the Stetson Room, second floor of the Carlton Union Building, 131 E. Minnesota Ave., DeLand.
The event will consist of moderated and structured dialog, in a person-to-person conversation on the key issues being debated in our national elections, but not on candidates or parties.
Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring someone of a different generation with you.
Light refreshments will be served. This is a free event, but seating is limited, so please register at:
http://www.stetson.edu/artsci/political-science/dialog.php, or call (386) 822-7570.
Foliage forum slated
A fall foliage forum will be at 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Pierson Lions Club, 143 W. First Ave., Pierson.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, call (386) 822-5778.
Free IDs available
IDignity DeLand will provide free identification cards for those in need from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the First Baptist Church of DeLand, 725 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.
Through collaboration with government agencies and churches, IDignity DeLand is operated by more than 80 volunteers and assists those in need of navigating the complexities of obtaining legal identification documents, including birth certificates, state ID, and Social Security cards - all essential to accessing education, employment, healthcare, housing and benefits. IDignity DeLand helps more than 500 individuals annually at no cost to clients.
For more information about becoming a client or volunteer, call (386) 320-3033 or visit idignity.org.
Prescription Drug Abuse Forum Oct. 25
The Substance Abuse Task Force for Volusia and Flagler Counties will conduct a Prescription Drug Abuse Community Forum and Panel Discussion from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at New Smyrna Beach High School Auditorium, 1015 10th St., New Smyrna Beach.
It is organized this year by the New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange and Edgewater Police Departments. Members of the public may attend. The workshop is to educate and inform the community about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and efforts to combat this growing problem.
For more information, call (386) 226-0422 or (
Coupon class planned
Weight Watchers DeLand will host a free real world couponing class at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 1697 N. Woodland Blvd., Ste. 109D, DeLand.
The class will be taught by the owners of Floridacouponsavers.com.
In this class, not only will you learn how to find match-ups for sales, you will also learn coupon lingo, where to find coupons, how to stack coupons and store policies. Space is limited for this class, to register e-mail your name to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Duvall Home hosts fundraiser
The Duvall Home's annual fall fundraiser known as the $10,000 draw down will be 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Spring Garden Ranch, DeLeon Springs.
"We have done what we set out to do - to kick it up a notch or two," said Debra West, Duvall Home's chief development officer.
There are several new happenings on tap for this year: A poker run featuring a stop at the Duvall Home's main campus and the Hemby Brothers Band will perform. There is VIP motorcycle parking, a classic car show, the traditional games of bingo and poker, a 50/50, food and drinks, and the $10,000 draw down.
The draw down works like a reverse raffle. A maximum of 500 tickets are offered at $100 each. At the time of purchase, participants must indicate on the ticket if they are willing to "split" or "no split" the winnings if they end up in the final five. Throughout the four-hour event specialized computer software randomly removes ticket numbers until they have "drawn down" to only 20 remaining. At that point a switch is made to a manual drawing live on the stage until there are only five tickets left. If all five ticket holders have agreed to split, the game is over. If any of the final five said "no split," another ticket is drawn and the same procedure applies to the final four, three and two tickets. Last year five ticket numbers won $2,000 each.
Tickets are available now and can be purchased in person at the Duvall Home or online at www.duvallhome.org. VIP and draw-down tickets must be purchased in advance and are $125 and $100 and include entry into the $10,000 draw down, food and two beverages.
Poker run and general admission tickets are $25 per person in advance or $30 at the event. All tickets include food at the event.
Proceeds from the event enable the Duvall Home to continue to fulfill its mission of providing the highest quality of care and greatest level of independence for 140 adults with developmental disabilities.