Jefferson H. Ridgdill Memorial Run to the Sun will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Riverside Park in New Smyrna Beach.
It is a timed, four-mile run that travels from Riverside Park over the largest bridge in town towards the beach and then back over the drawbridge at the North Causeway heading back to Riverside Park.
Race registration begins at 7:30 a.m. This year's race will benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Stand up for Hope event planned
The Southeast Volusia Relay for Life team will host Stand up for Hope from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Flagler Avenue Boardwalk in new Smyrna Beach.
Participants will be forming the word "hope."
For more information, call (386) 320-2804 or (386) 334-2128.
Fair housing workshop planned
Renters and potential homeowners are encouraged to learn their fair housing rights during a free workshop at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Alonzo "Babe" James Community Center, 201 N. Myrtle Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
Karen Curry, Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida program manager, will facilitate. Fair lending rights and rental and lending discrimination as defined by the Fair Housing Act of 1968 will be discussed.
Advanced registration is suggested.
To register or for more information, call (386) 314-4849 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional fairs planned to support families
The first of four regional FACT (Families and Community Together) Fairs to support the needs of Title I families in poverty and encourage parents to become more involved in their child's education will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the gymnasium at New Smyrna Beach Middle School, 1200 S. Myrtle Ave.
The fair is designed for parents with students in Title I schools, but parents from all schools in the area may attend.
Title I schools in the southeast Volusia area are Chisholm Elementary, Edgewater Public, Read-Pattillo Elementary and New Smyrna Beach Middle.
Free books, food, flu shots and clothing will be available.
Edgewater Fire-Rescue is in need of donations for its Operation Caring program.
Donations of new clothes, gift cards for teens and new, unwrapped toys are being accepted at Station 55, 1605 S. Ridgewood Ave.; Station 57, 2628 Hibiscus Drive; and City Hall, 104 N. Riverside Drive.
There also is a need for non-perishable food and personal care items. Monetary donations are accepted as well. Checks can be written to Edgewater Fire-Rescue Association. Donations of food, toys and money will be accepted without deadline.
All of these items will be distributed to people in the Edgewater area.
Sign-ups for assistance will be from noon to 2 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. Nov.29 and Dec. 5 at the Edgewater Fire Rescue Association Fire Hall, 2616 Hibiscus Drive.
Applicants must provide for children a birth certificate and Social Security card and for adults a Social Security card, picture ID, proof of income and proof of residence. In order to be eligible to receive assistance, the applicant/family must reside in Edgewater.
For more information, call (386) 424-2445.
Tree lighting slated
The Bert Fish Medical Center Foundation will host Lights of Love tree lighting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Schildecker lobby of Bert Fish Medical Center.
Each light on the tree will glow in honor or memory of a loved one.
Food and refreshments will be provided. Santa will be at the event for the children.
For more information, call (386) 424-5015.
Sponsors are needed for the Southeast Volusia Golfin' 4 Homeless Prevention Fundraiser on Dec. 1 at the Preserve at Turnbull Bay. The event includes a raffle, lunch and $10,000 for a hole-in-one.
All funds raised will support Halifax Urban Ministries Feed a Family Services now serving the Southeast Volusia Community at five locations from New Smyrna Beach to Oak Hill.
For sponsor information or an entry form, visit www.halifaxurbanministries.org.
NSB library plans computer class
The New Smyrna Beach Regional Library will conduct an e-mail and attachments class at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.
Learn how to get a free address, compose messages, and add pictures and documents.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling (386) 424-2910, Ext. 104.
Children's program offered
There will be an after-school program at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Oak Hill Library, 125 E. Halifax Ave.
The program will include games, and snacks for school-age children.
For more information, call (386) 345-5510.
Council on Aging conducting holiday drives
The Council on Aging is conducting a holiday food drive.
The council's Santa for Seniors collection will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at four Lohman Funeral Home locations.
o935 E. New York Ave., DeLand
o168 Providence Blvd. Deltona
o733 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach
o3751 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange
Participants may drop off a gift of cash, gift card or new unwrapped gifts for a senior.
The council is also collecting for its Angel Tree. To receive a name, call the council and it will be mailed to you. Items should be returned by Dec. 7.
For information, call (386) 253-4700, Ext. 250, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.coavolusia.org.
39th annual Ed Root Memorial 10K/5K Run
The annual 29th Ed Root Memorial 5K/10K Run will be Saturday, Dec. 1, in the NSB Waterfront LOOP.
The race begins at 8 a.m. at the corner of Flagler Avenue and Pine Street, New Smyrna Beach.
Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Coronado Civic Center, 223 Flagler Avenue.
Race-day registration is $30 for adults and $20 for students. Pre-registration is $25 and closes at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28. T-shirts only are guaranteed for racers who register in advance.
As a charter member of the Daytona Area Grand Prix Series, both timed races count for Grand Prix points.
For more information or a registration form, call (386) 424-2175 or log on to www.cityofnsb.com.
Sign up children for Imagination Library
The Friends of the New Smyrna Beach Library are proud to be an affiliate of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and will be hosting its first ever Registration Drive from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1001 South Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach.
The goal of this event is to introduce the community to the program, and to register any children who are under 5 years of age, and who reside in ZIP codes 32168 and 32169.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library was started by the singer in 1996 in her home state of Tennessee to foster a love of reading among her county's preschool children by providing them a specially selected book each month. Today this international literacy program provides a monthly book to more than 668,000 children.
Parents may register their children at the event or fill out a registration form online.
A complete set of books will be available for review, and refreshments will be served. The goal of the Imagination Library is to help children dream more, learn more, care more, and be more through reading.
For more information, visit folnewsmyrna.org and click on Imagination Library.
Belong to meet
The New Smyrna Beach Women's Community Outreach Group Belong will meet from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Venetian Bay Clubhouse, 63 N. Airport Road, New Smyrna Beach.
This will be the Christmas candlelight and snowflake luncheon. The Holiday Merry Melodies and the Harmony Soundwaves will perform. Cost is $14.
Participants are asked to bring an ornament for the gift exchange. Donations of nonperishable food items will be collected for area food pantries.
Reservations are required by Thursday, Dec. 6.
To make a reservation or for more information, call (386) 663-4593 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chisholm Alumni donate to elementary school
The Chisholm Alumni Association presented $500 to Chisholm Elementary School.
The funds were donated by alumni of the former Chisholm High School (1924-1969), who gathered in New Smyrna Beach for the celebration of their 13th reunion.
The donation was received by Principal Kelly Carter to be used as she and her staff determines there is a need to foster student success.
See the Jaguars
On Dec. 23, the Knights of Columbus is taking a double decker bus to Jacksonville, to see the Patriots vs. the Jaguars.
The bus will leave Knights of Columbus hall, 516 S. Orange Ave., New Smyrna Beach, at 9:30 a.m.
Only 55 tickets are available at $90 per person, food and libations included.
For more information, call (386) 576-6662 or at (386) 428-7161.
Kids can receive a postcard from Santa
Santa is making his list and checking it twice at Volusia County's Parks, Recreation and Culture Division.
As part of an annual tradition, recreation employees will send personalized postcards from Santa to children up to age 11.
Parents can have their children added to Santa's mailing list by e-mailing the child's name, address and ZIP code to email@example.com, calling (386) 736-5953 or faxing (386) 943-7012. Requests will be accepted through Dec. 9.