In remembrance of Pearl Harbor, 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 a 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.
For more information, call (386) 255-7859.
University women to meet
The December meeting of the American Association of University Women Daytona Beach Branch will be Saturday, Dec. 8.
A Holiday Social will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Crowne Room of the Island Crowne Condominium, 1900 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.
A $15 donation will benefit the association's local scholarship program. For more information and reservations, call (386) 767-5927.
Run for Hope
The third annual Grassroots Giving Run for Hope 5K will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, 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.
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.
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.
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.
There will be 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.
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.
Caregiver support group planned
The Council on Aging of Volusia County will host a dementia caregiver support group at 9:15 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 10, at United Presbyterian Church
730 Beville Road, Daytona Beach.
Respite Care is provided at all Council on Aging support groups for those in the early to mid-stage of dementia.
Reservations are not required.
For more information, call (386) 253-4700, Ext. 204.
Genealogical society to meet
The Halifax Genealogical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Ormond Beach Library, 30 S. Beach St.
The program will be "Celebrating 20 Years -- Highlighting The Halifax Genealogical Society's 20 Years of Promoting Interest in Genealogical Research."
Installation of officers and directors for 2013 also will take place.
There will be no genealogical class this month.
Visitors are welcome.
For more information, call (386) 672-3806.
Meeting with the manager
The next meeting with the city of Ormond Beach manager will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the Training Room at City Hall, 22 S. Beach St.
Everyone is invited to attend these informal sessions to express his or her ideas, comments and suggestions.
Walk with the Manager
Walking with the Manager will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the entrance to The Casements.
From The Casements, the walk will go east on Casements Drive, then south on South Halifax Drive, and then east on Mulberry and Byron Ellinor Drives to Fire Station 91 on A1A and then return to The Casements. The entire walk is about two miles.
The city's Acting Fire Chief, Bob Mandarino, will be the City Manager's "guest walker" and will answer questions from the group.
Citizens are invited to join the city manager and the acting fire chief for a walk, sharing their comments and suggestions.
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.
Fundraiser benefits animals
Ormond Beach Elks Lodge 285 will celebrate its 7th annual Santa Paws fundraiser to benefit A.R.N.I from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at 285 Wilmette Ave., Ormond Beach.
There will be a buffet and karaoke. For admittance to the event, participants should bring dog or cat food, cat litter, tyoes, treats, bedding or newspaper.
All money raised will go to A.R.N.I. For more inforamtion, call (386) 677-7180.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 is Dec. 15.
Nomination packets are available to download online at www.ucpword.org or by calling Georgeann Luxion, UCP/WORC director of relationships and development, at (386) 523-1398.
Christmas concert slated
A Christmas concert will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Ormond Beach Presbyterian Church.
It will feature the Chancel Choir and Stetson Faculty Brass directed by Director of Music Norris Williams.
A free-will offering will be received. There will be a reception immediately following the concert in the Haddad Fellowship Center.
For information, call (386) 441-0300.
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.
On Dec. 25, there will be a holiday all-you-can-eat buffet and $5 of 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.
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.
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.