Pine Ridge band hosts Breakfast with Santa
The Pine Ridge High School Band will host its annual Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 8, at 926 Howland Blvd.
Tickets are $7 at the door, children 2 and younger are free.
In addition to a pancake breakfast, there will be crafts, a puppet show, face painting and a photo-op with Santa.
DeBary Hall plans a Victorian Christmas
Experience a Victorian Christmas at DeBary Hall Historic Site by touring the 19th-century hunting lodge, listening to Christmas music and making old-fashioned ornaments Saturday, Dec. 8.
The lodge will be decorated for Christmas, and tours will focus on Victorian traditions, the history of the Christmas tree, various Santa Claus stories and how a German family, such as the deBarys, would have celebrated the holidays.
The tours will be available from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for regular admission fees, which are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children 2 and younger.
The Picky Chics, a group of Central Florida musicians, will play dulcimers in the living room from 1 to 2 p.m. Adults and children can make holiday ornaments on the lawn from 1 to 3:30 p.m. for a $3 materials fee.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 668-3840.
Driver safety course offered
AARP will conduct a driver safety course for seniors from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Deltona Senior Center, 980 Lakeshore Drive, Deltona. Another class will be from 9 a.m. to noon, Dec. 11 and 12, at Deltona Memorial Funeral Home, 1295 Saxon Blvd.
The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Reservations with instructors are required.
To register for the one-day class in Deltona, call (407) 314-1798. For more information on classes, call (888) 227-7669 or visit www.aarp.org/drive.
Senior potluck planned
Seniors older than 50 are invited to a Christmas potluck luncheon on Monday, Dec. 10, at the Community United Methodist Church, 41 W. Highbanks Road, DeBary.
Ham will be provided.
Come early at 11:30 a.m. for the pre-school children's annual Christmas program. Potluck will follow with a program by Patti Race, sharing her experiences from her Haiti mission.
Participants should bring a dish to share. For more information, call (386) 775-2766.
Board members needed
The City of Deltona is looking for two individuals interested in serving on the Firefighters' Pension Plan, Board of Trustees.
The two citizen members will be full voting members appointed by the City Commission.
Individuals appointed to this board serve four-year terms in a non-paid capacity
The Firefighters' Pension Plan, Board of Trustees meets on an as needed monthly basis at 5 p.m., and quarterly, at 3 p.m. The meetings are in the City Hall second floor conference room, 2345 Providence Blvd.
Individuals appointed to this board must be residents of the city of Deltona.
Deadline for receipt of applications is Dec. 28.
If interested, contact the city clerk's office for a board application at (386) 878-8500, or download an application or apply online at www.deltonafl.gov.
Learn how to download free e-books
E-readers are selling like hot cakes, but many people aren't using them to their full advantage. Did you know you can download free library e-books, audio books and music onto your e-reader?
Learn how to get started during two free 90-minute workshops Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave. Classes will focus on Nooks at 1 p.m. and Kindles at 3 p.m.
Participants are asked to bring fully charged e-readers or laptops. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the library.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call library at (386) 789-7207.
Cut your own Charlie Brown Christmas tree at Lyonia Preserve
Enjoy a green Christmas by cutting your own tree at Lyonia Preserve in Deltona. You'll not only get a unique tree, you'll help to maintain habitat for Florida scrub jays.
Residents can select their favorite sand pines from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16. Bring a saw and park along the road near the back entrance to Deltona Lakes Elementary School.
While they are not traditional Christmas trees, sand pines have been popular among Floridians for decades.
These native trees have been likened to Charlie Brown Christmas trees because they're sparse and sometimes lopsided. Two or three can be tied together to make a fuller tree, and many people decorate them and leave them outside for wildlife. Most of the trees are 4 to 5 feet tall, but they can grow up to 20 feet.
Lyonia Preserve is adjacent to the Deltona Regional Library at 2150 Eustace Ave. The preserve is a 360-acre scrub habitat that has three nature trails.
Donations are requested, and proceeds will be used by the Friends of the Library to purchase Florida habitat books for the library.
For more information, call (386) 804-0437.
Lyonia Environmental Center plans Sunday programs
Lyonia Environmental Center is expanding its schedule by adding educational and entertaining programs on Sundays.
Upcoming programs include:
o Family game day: 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Play board games like Bug Bingo, work on puzzles, investigate specimens under a microscope, and get up close and personal with a hedgehog and albino corn snake. This program is free.
oHoliday parade scrub stroll: 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 16. Dress up in holiday attire and take a guided hike through Lyonia Preserve to look for signs of wildlife, investigate scrub plants, and learn what makes the scrub habitat so special. This program is free.
oPopcorn and a movie: 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 23 -- Learn about the Floridan Aquifer as you watch a free showing of "Water's Journey -- The Hidden Rivers of Florida," which brings to light an impending international crisis. Popcorn is free. Moviegoers can purchase bottled water, candy and chips.
Reservations are requested and may be made by calling (386) 789-7207.
For updates on what's happening at the LEC, visit www.lyoniapreserve.com.
Christmas celebration planned
Saxon Crossings holiday celebration will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19. at the LA Fitness Plaza, at 2621 Enterprise Road, Orange City.
There will be train rides, balloons, giveaways and a chance to meet Santa.
Deltona conducts second annual 'Gift of Food' community drive
The City of Deltona is accepting donations of non-perishable food items. These items will be distributed among a network of organizations in the community to provide for those in need this holiday season.
For your convenience, you can drop off donations at the following locations:
oCity Hall, 2345 Providence Blvd.
oDeltona Community Center, 980 Lakeshore Drive.
oDeltona Water, 255 Enterprise Road.
oFire Station No. 61, 1685 Providence Blvd.
oFire Station No. 65, 2983 Howland Blvd.
oWes Crile Park, 1537 Norbert Terrace.
oHarris Saxon Community Center, 2329 California St.
Donations will be accepted through Dec. 14.
Organizations that would like to receive these food items can register with the city before Dec. 12. Proof of non-profit status, days and hours of operations as well as contract information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (386) 878-8850.
Decorate Your Home for DeltonaTV
The city of Deltona is inviting its residents to send in a picture of their homes that are decorated for the holiday season.
These pictures will be part of the third annual Deltona Holiday Parade of Homes, a photo montage that will air on DeltonaTV/Bright House Cable Channel 199, and be showcased on the City website -- deltonafl.gov -- throughout the holidays.
Deltona residents can send pictures of their "holiday house" to these e-mail addresses: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents should include their name and address, or the area where they live in Deltona. All of the submitted pictures will be reviewed and those selected will be broadcast during the Community Calendar segments of the DTV schedule, and can be seen on a special page on the city website. Anderson's Ace Hardware is joining the city for this holiday event, and is providing a gift certificate for the winning household.
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.