Port Orange invites the community to its monthly lecture on the history of the famous Gardner's Seafood restaurant and Ski Show. The lecture starts at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Adult Center Annex, 3738 Halifax Drive.
Gardner's Seafood 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.
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.
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 band students traveling to Dublin, Ireland, for a St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in 2013.
For more information, call (386) 756-7200, Ext. 37754.
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.
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.
Santa will be making his annual visit to Ponce Inlet on Dec. 17 and 18 this year.
The Dec. 17 visit will cover the north side of town, stopping at Harbour Village, and the Dec. 18 visit will cover the south end of town. Santa will start his trip at 5:30 p.m. each day.
Let all your kids (big and small) know to be on the lookout.
For more information, call (386) 322-6720 or e-mail
Low-cost pet clinic planned
A low-cost pet shot clinic sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. at Big Lots 3818 S. Nova Rd. Port Orange. This is a cash only clinic.
Proceeds benefit abused animals.
For more information, call (386) 748-8993.
Library to show movies
The Port Orange Regional Library will show free movies throughout December.
All movies begin at 2pm unless otherwise noted.
The French film "Joyeux Noel will be shown Dec. 16. This film has subtitles.
"The Dark Knight Rises" will be shown Dec. 17.
The 1938 film "Christmas Carol" will be shown at 5 p.m. Dec. 20.
"Brave" will be shown Dec. 24.
"The Bourne Legacy" will be shown Dec. 31.
The Port Orange Regional Library is at 1005 City Center Circle. For more information, call (386) 322-5152.
Children's CPR course offered
An adult, child and infant CPR course for children ages 11 to 15 will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Java Jungle Coffee House, 4604 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange.
This course will include basic principles of first aid, choking, rescue breathing, adult, child and infant life saving techniques. Also, basic childcare babysitting lessons. Learn how to react as a first responder in case of an emergency. This course is presented in an entertaining and interactive manner. Each student will receive an American Heart Association certification good for two years. Class is limited to 10 students. First come first serve.
The cost is $35 per student.
For more information, call Second Wind CPR at (386) 299-4425.
Driver's safety class planned
AARP will conduct a driver safety class for seniors from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Jan. 8 and Wednesday, Jan 9, at the Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, 4515 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange.
The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Reservations with instructors are required.
To make a reservation, call (386) 451-7453.
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.
Meet and greet slated
A meet and greet for singles older than 55 is held monthly in Port Orange.
To find out the date and location of the next meeting call, (386) 761-8837.
Flu shots available at health department
The Volusia County Health Department is offering flu vaccines at its health centers in Daytona Beach, DeLand, New Smyrna Beach and Deltona.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people get vaccinated against influenza as soon as 2012-2013 flu season vaccines becomes available in their community.
The prices are $25 for flu, $45 for high-dose flu zone (65 and older) and $65 for pneumonia. Medicare Part B, non-HMO, is accepted.
Health Department locations are:
oDaytona Beach, 1845 Holsonback Drive
oNew Smyrna Beach, 7171 W. Canal St.
oDeLand, 935 N. Spring Garden Ave.
oDeltona- 3151 Howland Blvd.
For more information, visit volusiahealth.com.
DAR to meet
The Sugar Mill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 7 p.m., Dec. 18, at the Port Orange Christian Church, 904 Taylor Road, Port Orange.
The topic will be "Dolley Madison and her red velvet gown & other 1812 stories."
For more information, call (386) 760-9921.
Railroad employees to meet
The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railroad Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 9, at Duff's Original Buffet at 2400 S. Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona.
For more information, call (386) 428-9848 or (386) 767-9086.
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.
Food addicts support group to meet
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous can help those who suffer from food obsession, overeating, undereating and bulimia. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins at FA meetings. There are six weekly meetings in Volusia County.
For more information call (386) 258-0610 or visit www.foodaddicts.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.
Volusia law firm launches new website to help streamline community giving
The Port Orange-based law firm of Rue & Ziffra recently launched a new website to simplify charitable donations, both for those giving and for those on the receiving end.
The new site -- www.rzcares.com -- is intended as a "know-all, share-all" Internet space that offers charitable organizations and community partners an easy way to give or receive, according to Jessica Eckelbarger, marketing director for the personal-injury law firm.
The new user-friendly site contains an events calendar, photo and video galleries of previous charity events, as well as a list of local charities and community partners. A feature is an area where those seeking funds, as well as those looking to donate, can register.
For more information, call (386) 788-7700 or visit www.rzcares.com.
No Votran service on Christmas Day or New Year's Day
Votran will not operate bus service Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, and New Year's Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, in the Greater Daytona Beach Area, Southeast and West Volusia County areas.
Votran night service will close two hours early Christmas Eve, at approximately 10 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24.
For more information, call (386) 761-7700 in Daytona Beach, (386) 943-7033 in West Volusia or (386) 424-6800 in Southeast Volusia.