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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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. 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.
The Academy of Information Technology at Spruce Creek High School will host its annual RobotFest from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the gymnasium and the Freshman Atrium.
RobotFest is a competition hosted by The Academy of Information Technology and run by FIRST Robotics. At RobotFest, teams from both the First Technical Challenge and First Lego League compete to place for state competition.
The public is welcome, admission is free and refreshments will be sold at a snack bar.
Reestablishment of the Port Orange Coalition of Homeowners Associations
A group of Port Orange community homeowner associations plan to reestablish the Coalition of Homeowners Associations.
Interested parties are may attend a meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec.10, at Port Orange City Hall Council Chambers, 1000 City Center Circle.
For information, call (386) 506-5522.
Catch a movie at the library
The Port Orange Library will show "Men in Black 3" for free at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at 1005 City Center Circle.
The MIB duo of Agent Jay and Agent Kay are back in action. When the world is threatened by an evil alien, Agent Jay travels back in time to 1969, where he teams up with the younger Agent Kay to stop an evil villain named Boris from destroying the world.
For more information, call (386) 322-5152.
The Spruce Creek High School Old- Fashioned Holiday Concert will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the school auditorium 801 Taylor Road, Port Orange
The concert will feature the Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.
The event is free. For more information, call (386)
756-7200 Ext. 37754.
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.
The city of Port Orange will be having its last series of ballroom dance classes of the year beginning Dec. 12.
This class is for beginners to advanced dancers.
Gift certificates are available.
For more information, call (386) 843-9893.
History lecture series continues
Port Orange invites the community to its monthly lecture on the history of the famous Gardner's Seafoods restaurant and Ski Show. The lecture starts at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Adult Center Annex, 3738 Halifax Drive.
Gardner's Seafoods was established in 1938 and began a tradition of not just good seafood, but the best seafood cuisine in the entire Halifax area. It was a mainstay in Port Orange right on the Halifax River.
The restaurant formed a ski show in 1958 that garnered the attention of the water skiing world. A small group of friends, cousins and an attorney crafted a show that would rival the decades-old Cypress Gardens tourist attraction.
For more information call (385) 506-5522.
Community Christmas giveaway
White Chapel Church will host a community Christmas giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15, at White Chapel Church, 1730 S. Ridgewood Ave. (next door to Warner Christian Academy) South Daytona.
Registration is not required. Participants should bring child's ID.
For more information, call (386) 767-5470.
Singers to perform holiday favorites
Local vocalists Linda Flynn and Julie Baker will perform holiday favorites at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 322-5152.
PAL fundraiser scheduled
The Port Orange Police Athletic League 17th annual motorcycle fundraiser is in progress.
Participants can win a 2013 Harley Davidson Street Glide or $14,000 cash.
There will also be five $200 winners. Only 3,000 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchase by phone (386) 506-5877 with a Visa/Master Card or at the front desk at the Port Orange Police Department.
The drawing will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the Cabbage Patch.
Winner need not be present to win.
Dinner benefits high school band
The Elks Lodge No. 2723 will host a Christmas dinner and big band dance on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 5702 Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange.
Music will be provided by the Spruce Creek 12 O'Clock Jazz Band and Combos.
Dinner is $12. Proceeds will benefit Spruce Creek High School traveling to Dublin, Ireland, for a St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in 2013.
For more information, call (386) 756-7200, Ext. 37754.
Maximize your savings with coupons
Learn how to cut your grocery bill by clipping coupons during a free presentation at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
Jen Rodgers of Florida Coupon Savers will discuss coupon lingo, how to stack coupons, store policies, where to get coupons, and more.
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 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.
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.
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.
St. Vincent de Paul Orlando welcomes vehicle donations
Whether it's a late-model sedan or an old clunker -- or anything in between -- St. Vincent de Paul Orlando welcomes any vehicle donation.
All proceeds from local donations are used to support the charity work of St. Vincent de Paul in Central Florida.
Donating any used car, truck, motorcycle, boat, or recreational vehicle -- working or non-working -- is completely hassle-free and can be easily scheduled by calling (800) 322.8284 or visiting svdpusacars.com.
All donations are tax deductible and a tax receipt can be issued, if necessary.
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.