Entries for the Positively! Ponce T-shirt design contest are due Friday, Nov. 30. Current full- or part-time Ponce Inlet residents of all ages are eligible, as well as employees of businesses in Ponce Inlet.
The contest theme is: Celebrating all that is positive about Ponce Inlet, in commemoration of the Town's 50th year of incorporation.
Original artwork and a completed official entry form should be delivered by 4 p.m. to Town Hall, Planning & Development Department, 4300 S. Atlantic Ave.
The winner will be notified by Jan. 3.
For more information, visit www.ponce-inlet.org.
Holiday for hounds
Holiday Hound Festival will be from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Daytona Beach Kennel Club, 960 S. Williamson Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Open to the public and all breeds of dogs.
There will be photos with Santa; crafts, pet and gift vendors; Dog contests; blessing of the animals; food vendors; 50/50 raffle; and silent auction.
For more information, call (386) 239-3647.
Ladies night at the lighthouse planned
Ladies Night at the Lighthouse will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at 4931 S. Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet.
Women can join the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Society for an evening of history and shopping "like its 1887." Discover what it was like to be a Lighthouse keeper's wife in the 1800s. Come and enjoy light refreshments on the porch, climb the lighthouse with the lighthouse keeper, and view the moon from the tallest lighthouse in Florida. Participants will receive a discount of 18.87 percent on purchases, excluding sale items, in the gift shop. Tickets are $20 for society members and $25 for non-members. For more information or to make a reservation, call (386) 761-1821 Ext. 18.
Port Orange library plans book sale
The Friends of the Library will sponsor a "jingle bell" book sale at the Port Orange Regional Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.
Hardcover and paperback books, children's books, audio books, puzzles, magazines and movies will be available for sale.
The friends group welcomes donations of reading materials, puzzles and multimedia items. Donations may be left at the circulation desk.
The library is open seven days a week at 1005 City Center Circle.
Learn more about the Friends of the Library at www.portorangefol.org.
Light up our community for the holidays
The Spruce Creek High School Bands and Orchestra would like all of Port Orange and surrounding communities to create a glowing unity of the season on Christmas Eve in order to "Light Up the Community."
On Saturday, Dec. 1, and Dec. 8, the Spruce Creek High School Bands and Orchestra will be conducting their annual luminaria sale.
The students will be walking door to door in full uniform from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to solicit the community for their support.
Each luminaria kit contains 10 candles, 10 bags, sand and instructions. Donations are $6 per kit.
"Due to the budget cuts from the state, we are in a very tight situation with supporting our music students," said Andrew Kidd, director of music. All proceeds from this sale will be used to support the Spruce Creek High School music program to purchase new instruments, music, bus transportation and replacement of uniforms. Donations are tax deductible.
The band students assemble each kit by hand, just in time for the holiday rush.
The luminaries line the driveways and sidewalks and are lit on Christmas Eve. The rain date is Christmas Night.
For more information call the music office at (386) 756-7200 Ext. 37754.
Dinner benefits band
The Eagles Club No. 4089 will hold a holiday dinner and big band dance from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 5130 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange.
Dinners of chicken and fixin's are $8 each.
Spruce Creek High School's three jazz bands will perform music.
Proceeds will benefit the benefit Spruce Creek High School traveling to Dublin, Ireland for St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in 2013.
Law firm to help out with motorcycle run and parade
Staffers from the Port Orange-based law firm of Rue, Ziffra & Caldwell will conduct a motorcycle run for holiday food on Dec. 1 and offer free food at the Christmas parade on Dec. 2.
The "2nd Annual Volusia County Grub Run" -- an escorted motorcycle tour along scenic Volusia roadways -- will begin with registration at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the firm's parking lot at 640 Dunlawton Ave., Port Orange, and end at the First Turn Steakhouse & Sports Lounge, 5236 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange. The cost is $10 or the donation of non-perishable food.
The "36th annual Port Orange Christmas Parade," a two-hour, 1.5-mile-long event with floats, marching bands, horses, fire trucks, dancers, beauty queens and Santa Claus, will begin at 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at Nova Road and Dunlawton Avenue.
Several Rue, Ziffra & Caldwell employees will be on hand at each event by assisting with food collection or riding in the bike run on Saturday, or giving away hot dogs and hamburgers along the parade route on Sunday.
Highlights for the motorcycle run will be live bands, raffles, food and giveaways, including $100 prizes for the most pounds of food collected.
The Grub Run will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank and the Children's Home Society.
For anyone who can't make it to the Grub Run, there will be donation boxes set up at the Port Orange offices at 632 and 640 Dunlawton Ave.
For details or to register for the ride, call (386-788-7700 or visit rueziffra.com/volusia.county.grub.run.
Driver safety course offered
AARP will conduct a driver safety course for seniors from 9 a.m. to noon, Dec. 4 and 5, at Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Road, South Daytona.
The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Reservations with instructors are required.
To register, call (386) 451-7453. For more information on additional classes, call (888) 227-7669 or visit www.aarp.org/drive.
Self defense class planned
The Ponce Inlet Police Department will conduct a Self Defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Ponce Inlet Community Center, 4670 S. Peninsula.
Space is limited. To register, call (386) 236-2160.
Learn how to 'birdscape'
Learn how to develop a bird sanctuary using Florida native plants during a free presentation at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
Marvette and Kevin Bagwell, owners of the Full Moon Natives Nursery, will lead this free how-to class in the library's auditorium. They'll offer tips on using bird-friendly trees, shrubs and plants that provide natural sources for food, shelter and nesting.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 322-5152.
Movie planned at library
"The Amazing Spiderman" will be shown at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
Movies are free and open to the public.
For more information, call (386) 322-5152.
Historical society to meet
The South Daytona Historical Society will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at the Piggotte Community Center on Big Tree Road.
The featured speaker will be Ramona Jones Hall, member of an area five-generation family.
Title of the Presentation is "Growing Up on Reed Canal Road."
The meeting is open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.
The Historical Society is seeking any and all photos, artifacts and information on South Daytona, formerly called Blake, as well as interested volunteers to help collect, organize and preserve the community's history. Meetings are at 6 p.m. every first Monday.
E-reader classes offered at Port Orange library
Learn how to download free library e-books, audio books and music onto your e-reader during free workshops at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
The two-hour workshops will focus on Kindles at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3; Nooks at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14; and Apples and Androids at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27.
Participants are asked to bring fully charged e-readers and laptops. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the library.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling (386) 322-5152, Ext. 28.
Irish-American Club to host Christmas party
The Irish-American Club of Greater Daytona will host a Christmas party at 1 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Eagles Club at 5130 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange. Non-members are welcome.
Advanced purchase tickets are $19 and include three-course meal with a choice of stuffed chicken or halibut. Johnny "Snags" Norton will entertain Irish style.
For more information, call (386) 788-1588 or (386) 265-4076.
Homeless veterans sought
American Legion Post 361 is looking for area homeless veterans who may need assistance this holiday season.
The event is call "A Safe and Warm Christmas." Post members hope to help as many as 40 homeless veterans during Christmas.
The post, along with the Bikers For First Amendment Rights, will host a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebration that will include meals, field packs, hair cuts and a two-night hotel stay.
The post also is collecting donations to give to area veterans during the event. Needed items include outdoor gear, non-perishable food, clothing, shoes, and toiletries for men and women.
All veterans wanting to attend must be pre-registered and provide proof of an honorable discharge.
Post 361 is at 2648 S. Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona. For more information, call (386) 741-3661 or (386) 589-1179.
Halifax River Audubon to host field trips
The Halifax River Audubon Society will host a field trip to the Viera Wetlands in Brevard County on Friday, Dec. 7.
Participants should meet at 7 a.m. at the Super Target parking lot, east of Interstate 95 on Dunlawton Avenue, to form carpools.
There will be little or easy walking and participants should bring lunch and beverage.
Visitors and guests are welcome to this free event.
For more information, call (386) 788-2630.
The Jerry Doliner Food Bank of the Jewish Federation is in need of donations.
The food bank helps about 500 people a week but the bank is running out of funds to purchase food.
All donated money is used to purchase food for the food bank. Administrative costs are absorbed by the federation.
The food bank is a 501c3 tax-deductible organization.
Donations may be made to: The Jerry Doliner Food Bank, 470 Andalusia Ave., Ormond Beach, FL 32174.
For more information, call (386) 672-0294.
Crime reporter to speak at Port Orange library
Journalist Robyn Walensky will discuss the Casey Anthony trial and other high-profile cases she has covered during a free program at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
Ms. Walensky has been covering crime, terrorism, politics and breaking news in radio and television for more than 20 years. She covered the Casey Anthony trial for WDBO Radio and was a frequent guest on CNN's Nancy Grace Show. She also reported extensively on the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the JonBenet Ramsey and Natalee Holloway cases.
Reservations are not required.
For more information, call (386) 322-5152, Ext. 28.
Food drive planned
The Town of Ponce Inlet will participate in "Hearts of Ponce Inlet," a food and dry goods drive for soldiers, neighbors in need and four- legged friends, along with a toy drive for children of all ages until Dec. 17.
Items for donation may be dropped off in Ponce Inlet at:
oTown Hall, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri., 4300 S. Atlantic Ave.
oPolice Department 8 a.m.-8 p.m., everyday, 4301 S. Peninsula Drive.
oFire Department, 4680 S. Peninsula Drive.
oCommunity Center when open, 4670 S. Peninsula Drive.
Non-perishable food items, pet food and new and unwrapped toys will be accepted.
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 Lohman Funeral Home:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.coavolusia.org.
Community Partnership for Children is in need of businesses and families to adopt children for its toy drive and grant their holiday wishes.
For more information or to make a donation, call (386) 566-6935 or e-mail email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, calling (386) 736-5953 or faxing (386) 943-7012. Requests will be accepted through Dec. 9.
Community service award nominations sought
UCP/WORC is accepting nominations for the Schwartz Family Community Service Award. The award is named for Vance and Geraldine "Jerry" Schwartz, who opened the Work Oriented Rehabilitation Center in 1969.
The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a commitment and dedication to assisting people with disabilities.
The deadline to submit nominations is Dec. 15.
Nomination packets are available to download online at ucpword.org or by calling Georgeann Luxion, UCP/WORC director of relationships and development, at (386) 523-1398.
Travel club to meet
The Port Orange Recreational Travel Club will meet at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Palmetto Club, 100 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
This nonprofit, senior service organization is for anyone 55 and older.
To make a lunch reservation, call (386) 788-4531. For more information, call (386) 322-0786.
CPR class offered
There will be an American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR class at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Java Jungle, 4604 Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange.
The class includes adult, infant and children CPR, automatic external defibrillation and stopping choking.
The cost is $30 per student. Group rates are available.
For more information, call (386) 299-4425.
Food Addicts in Recovery to meet
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is available to those who suffer from food obsession, overeating, undereating and bulimia. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins at meetings. There are six meetings in Volusia County.
The Port Orange area meeting is at 11 a.m. Fridays at Covenant United Methodist Church at 3701 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. Room 101.
For information call (231) 736-9955 or (321)-231-0868 or visit Foodaddictsanonymous.org
Citizen police academy planned
The Port Orange Police Department is preparing for the eighth Citizen's Police Academy class. The program will start on Monday, Jan. 28, and is offered to those who reside within the City of Port Orange. Class size is limited.
The Citizens Police Academy is designed to give citizens a better understanding of law enforcement operations through active participation, communication and cooperation.
There is no cost and the class is a 10-week program, with each session lasting three hours. Sessions are from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and pass a background investigation.
To apply, go to the front desk of the police department or online at port-orange.org/police.
For more information, call (386) 506-5822 or (386) 506-5814.