Veterans presentation planned
Bishop's Glen Retirement Community will hold a special presentation for veterans and veterans Families.
The Veterans History Project, A Project of the American Folk Life Center of the Library of Congress will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at 900 LPGA Blvd., Holly Hill.
Reservations are required. For more information, call (386) 226-9110.
World AIDS Day fundraiser set
The Positive Champions Speakers Bureau will host a fundraising event for World AIDS Day.
The Faces of AIDS dinner and play will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Museum of Arts & Sciences, 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach.
Tickets are $35. For more information, call (386) 323-2046 or (386) 235-6796.
Splash Pad Closure
Beginning on Saturday, Dec. 1, the Splash Pad at the South Ormond Neighborhood Center will close for the winter season and will reopen in the spring.
Homeless veterans sought
American Legion Post 361 is looking for area homeless veterans who may need assistance this holiday season.
The event is called "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.
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.
Lecture series continues
The Ormond Beach Discover Our History Lecture Series will continue at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1,
With "William Bartram in East Florida, 1774"
by Michael Adams, Environmental consultant, researcher and educator.
Mr. Adams presents and interprets the travels of William Bartram, a naturalist, author and artist, as he explored northeast Florida via the St. Johns River in 1774. Bartram documented many native peoples, plants and animals. Many plant specimens were also collected. He published his travels in a book with splendid natural descriptions and art in 1791, that remains popular today.
Sponsored by the Ormond Beach Historical Society at the Anderson-Price Memorial Building, 42 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach.
Admission and parking is free. For more information call (386) 677-7005, or click on www.OrmondHistory.org.
Holiday for hounds
A 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.
Grab a Bite for Sight at the River Grille
The 5th annual seafood buffet to benefit Florida Lions Conklin Center for the Blind will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at the River Grille on the Tomoka, 950 N. U.S. 1, Ormond Beach.
The 'All You Can Eat' buffet is $8.99 with coffee or tea included. There also will be drawings for door prizes.
The River Grille donates a portion of each diner's bill to the center to support its programs that help children and adults, who are blind and have additional disabilities, fully develop their potential for independence.
For more information, call (386) 258-3441 or visit www.conklincenter.org.
Make gifts from your garden
Lisa Brooks will offer ideas on using flowers, herbs, leaves and seeds to make unique Christmas gifts at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Ormond Beach Regional Library auditorium, 30 S. Beach St.
Ms. Brooks is a master gardener with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension.
All ages are welcome to this free presentation, and reservations are not required.
For more information, call (386) 676-4191.
Create a holiday gift at the Daytona Beach library Dec. 5
The Friends of the Library will help adults make holiday crafts from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
Participants may choose from a Florida snowman ornament, a feathered holiday wreath or cookie mix in a mason jar. The program is free, and all materials and printed instructions will be provided.
The workshop is limited to 25 attendees. Registration is required and may be made by calling Adult Program Coordinator Deborah Shafer at (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16264.
Run for Hope
The third annual 'Grassroots Giving Run for Hope 5K' will be at 8 a.m. Dec. 8, at Destination Daytona Coca Cola Pavilion, 1635 N. U.S. 1, Ormond Beach.
Registration will begin at 7 a.m. Cost to register is $20 if made by Dec. 5 and $30 after Dec. 5.
There will be a kid's zone at the run.
For more information, call (386) 323-9916 or register at www.active.com.
Garden club to meet
The Ormond Beach Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at The Casements, 25 Riverside Drive.
There will be a demonstration of Christmas flower arrangements by award-winning members of the club.
Visitors are welcome.
For more information, call (386) 299-0002 to register. A self-pay lunch at Frappes North follows meeting.
Hometown News columnist speaking at museum
The Halifax Historical Museum History at the Halifax lecture series will continue at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at 252 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
Hometown News columnist Dan Smith will speak about writing and fishing in Halifax country.
Coffee will be served at 10 a.m. The lecture will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Admission is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. Reservations are not required.
For more information, call (386) 255-6976.
Ormond Beach library announces December programs
Library patrons can find more than just books at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, which is planning a variety of free programs in December.
oKookie Ukes: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 30 S. Beach St. This musical performance is for children and adults.
oFamily storytime: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. The library staff will stage "Let it snow!" a puppet show and story for the entire family. Refreshments will be served.
oRight whales: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Learn about Marineland's Right Whale Project in which residents are teaming with scientists to protect North Atlantic Right Whales in their calving and wintering waters off the coast of northeastern Florida.
o How to write a business plan: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. A representative from SCORE will explain why you need a business plan, what it should look like, how to build it, and the importance of an executive summary.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386)676-4191.
Self defense class scheduled
A free, simple self-defense for women workshop will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Daytona Beach Police Department, 129 Valor Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Register online at
For more information, call (386) 295-2043.
Items needed for seniors
Cedar Oaks and Highlands Manor are collecting items for its seniors this holiday season.
These are senior citizen apartments that are income based and subsidized by HUD. The majority of the residents do not have local family. All of the residents are on a fixed income and most struggle from month to month.
Needed items include toiletries, gift cards, slippers and pharmacy gift certificates.
Items may be dropped off at Cedar Oaks, 668 LPGA Blvd., Holly Hill, or at Highlands Manor, 956 Derbyshire Road, Daytona Beach.
Holiday parties will be Dec. 18, so items are needed before then.
For more information, call (386) 451-0813.
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.
NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt on display at Daytona State
The Volusia County Health Department and Daytona State College's Gay-Straight Alliance will bring the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt to Daytona State on Thursday, Dec. 6, through Friday, Dec. 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A portion of the quilt, which is dedicated to those who have succumbed to the AIDS virus, will be on display in the Photography Hall (Building 530) atrium located on the Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.
The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt is the largest ongoing community arts project in the world. It is an outgrowth of the original AIDS Memorial Quilt conceived in 1987 in San Francisco to memorialize AIDS victims and create awareness of the deadly virus.
The quilt was first displayed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Over time, panels have been added as the Quilt traveled the U.S. It is now an enormous 1.3 million square feet (50 miles) and weighs 54 tons, making it no longer possible to display in a single location all at once. This past summer the entire 48,000 panels that comprise the Quilt were displayed at more than 60 locations throughout Washington, D.C.
For more information about the display at Daytona State, call (386) 506-4417, or email cookb@DaytonaState.edu.
For more information about the Quilt, visit www.aidsquilt.org.
Pearl Harbor commemoration planned
In remembrance of Pearl Harbor 1941, the Daytona Navy League will feature Sweetwater Elementary Peli-Cans & Chorus at 11 a.m. Friday Dec. 7, at Halifax River Yacht Club, 331 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
There will be music and Toys For Tots collection.
Please bring a new unwrapped toy to be distributed locally by the U.S. Marine Reserve to less fortunate area children. Also the 2013 Daytona Navy League Officers and Board Directors will be sworn in. This event is open to veterans and public.
Lunch reservations are $16 per person and must be received by Tuesday, Dec. 4. Mail check to: A. Brown, P.O. Box 674,
Flagler Beach, FL 32136. Menu choices are complete lunches: Turkey or Vegetarian plate, with beverage and dessert.
For more information, call (386) 255-7859.
Golf women celebrating holidays
The Daytona Beach Chapter of the Executive Women's Golf Association has scheduled a Holiday Golf and Pot Luck Dinner at Victoria Hills Golf Course on Dec. 9, at 300 Spalding Way, DeLand. After play, a potluck dinner will be enjoyed at a member's home.
Unwrapped Toys for Tots will be collected at the golf course as well as donations for pets to benefit the Humane Society of Volusia & Flagler Counties.
The cost is $30 for members, $45 for member spouses and $50 for guests.
Reservations are required by Dec. 5.
To make a reservation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (386) 852-4155.
String quartet to perform
at Daytona Beach library
Ease into the holiday season with a free concert performance by members of the Daytona Solisti Chamber Orchestra from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the auditorium of the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
A string quartet will perform traditional holiday songs along with baroque and classical pieces.
The orchestra, composed of professional musicians from Central and North Florida, was founded in 2005 by Susan Pitard Acree and her husband, Darrell Acree.
For more information, call (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16264.
Community Partnership for Children is in need of business 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
Poker run to benefit Domestic Abuse Council
The second annual Christmas Poker Run to benefit children and adults who receive services from the Domestic Abuse Council will be on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The poker run is sponsored by the Circus Bar 2 at 1700 Ridgewood Ave in Holly Hill.
The event agenda includes several stops with breakfast and sign up at 9: a.m. at the Circus Bar 2 and continue on to Chris' lounge, The Smokehouse Saloon, The Hideout, Babes Blue Room and finishing at Circus Bar 2 for an afternoon meal.
To participate the cost is $10 per biker and $5 for an extra rider. There will be games and activities and prizes along the way.
To register, call (386) 868-8323 or (386) 672-4242.
Vendors needed for Poinsettia festival
On Saturday, Dec. 8, UCP/WORC will host a community Poinsettia Festival to celebrate the winter holidays.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holly Hill Market, 101 Second St., Holly Hill.
The Poinsettia Festival will provide family entertainment, fresh locally grown poinsettias and hand-made holiday ornaments for purchase, food and more. The festival will benefit UCP/WORC, which provides services to youth and adults with disabilities.
Vendor applications for the Poinsettia Festival are now available online at www.ucpworc.org or call (386) 523-1398.
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.
For more information call (386) 258-0610 or visit www.foodaddicts.org.
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 http://www.ucpword.org or by calling Georgeann Luxion, UCP/WORC director of relationships and development, at (386) 523-1398.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority awards scholarships
This year, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Gamma Mu Omega Chapter, awarded $8,000 in academic scholarships to Daytona Beach area college-bound students.
Eight $1,000 scholarships were presented to the following Daytona Beach area students: Dymond Anthony, Tyra Fennell, DeAngelo Howard, Jade McCrary, Siarrah Davis, Montre Carson, Ricardo Spencer and Marissa Moss.
Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/Ocean Walk Village to give thanks to the USO
The Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/Ocean Walk Village is showing gratitude and appreciation this holiday season to all of the USO heroes who risk their lives in the line of duty to protect our country by donating a proceeds of sales from their spa, restaurants and bars.
From November 9 - 12, The Legend's Sports Bar, Doc Bales' Grill, The Pelican Bar, Clocktower Lounge, Atlantic Market and The Spa at the Hilton donated 10 percent of its sales.
On Thanksgiving Day, $5 for every adult and senior meal sold was given to the USO.
On Dec. 25, there will be a holiday all-you-can-eat buffet and again $5 for every adult and senior meal sold will go to the USO.
Reservations are recommended at 386.254.8200, Ext. 8054. Complimentary valet parking will be available. Reservations are recommended at (386) 254.8200 Ext. 8054. Complimentary valet parking will be available.
Also, the hotel will offer its special HEROES rate, which is 50 percent off the best available rate for all active duty, reservist and retired men and women of America's law enforcement, firefighters and armed forces.
For more information, visit daytonahilton.com or call (386) 254-8200.
The Daytona Beach Chapter of Hadassah,
The Women's Zionist Organization of America, will once again have its annual gift-wrapping booth at Volusia Mall, 1700 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
The booth will be inside at the entrance to Macy's Department Store from Nov. 30 to Dec. 24, during mall hours.
Proceeds go to Hadassah Hospital. They treat everyone regardless of ethnicity.
This booth is operated by Volunteer's from Hadassah who have been wrapping gifts at Volusia Mall, at holiday time, for more than 30 years.
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.