The City of Ormond Beach will use the CodeRED Emergency Notification System on Friday, Dec. 14, to call the community.
The calls will begin in the morning and continue until the entire database has been attempted. The call will give city personnel the chance to operate the system as if there had been a community wide disaster. The message directs recipients to the city's website to add contact numbers, and it also asks recipients spread the word by mentioning the system to family, friends and neighbors.
It is suggested all individuals and businesses visit the city's website and add contact information, including cell phones and other non-traditional phones as well as e-mail and text addresses. In particular, businesses should register, as well as individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number recently or those who use a cell phone exclusively or have VoIP phones (such as Vonage) as their primary numbers.
For more information, call (386) 677-0311 or visit www.ormondbeach.org.
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, toys, treats, bedding or newspaper.
All money raised will go to A.R.N.I. For more information, call (386) 677-7180.
Holiday tea scheduled
Bishop's Glen Retirement Community will host its holiday tea from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at 900 LPGA Blvd., Holly Hill.
Red Hat attire is optional.
A caregiver support group will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19.
A lecture on laughter will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 2.
All events are free, but reservations are required.
For more information or to make a reservation, call (386) 226-9110.
Toy drive planned
The Daytona Beach Fire Department will collect unwrapped toys for the 2012 holiday season on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots program.
The Toy Drive will take place through Dec. 20.
Decorated boxes will be in each of the seven fire stations in the city of Daytona Beach.
For more information, call (386) 671-4006.
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 conducted 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.
Audubon society to meet
The Halifax River Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Sica Hall, 1065 Daytona Avenue, Holly Hill.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
James "Zach" Zacharias will present "Unusual Stories of the Everglades." Guests and visitors welcome.
For more information, call (386) 673-5332.
The Christmas Bird Count will be at 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. Participants should meet at the Publix parking lot at Williamson and Granada boulevards in Ormond Beach to form carpools.
For more information or to get a team assignment, call (386) 788-2630.
Letters to Santa
Ormond Beach residents may drop off their letters to Santa at the Nova Community Center, 440 N. Nova Road, and The Casements, 25 Riverside Drive.
There are red mailboxes to leave letters to Santa at both locations.
Letters may be dropped off until Dec. 19.
Make sure to include a wish list and home address so Santa has all the information he needs for his visit.
Lap-Band information session slated
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center weight loss professionals will conduct a 90-minute information session on the Lap-Band procedure at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18
The class is at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Medical Office Building, Classroom A, 305 Memorial Medical Parkway, Daytona Beach. Registration is required. For more information, call (386) 231-3550.
Infant CPR class planned
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center will conduct an infant CPR class at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Medical Office Building, Classroom B, 305 Memorial Medical Parkway, Daytona Beach.
This demonstration class teaches participants vital information in preparation of a life-threatening emergency, such as a choking baby or a baby that isn't moving or breathing due to a fall or a near drowning.
Cost is $6 and registration is required. To learn more or to register, call (386) 231-2229.
Low-cost pet clinic planned
A low-cost pet shot clinic sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Big Lots 122 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach. This is a cash only clinic.
Proceeds benefit abused animals.
For more information, call (386) 748-8993.
Guns and Hoses blood drive scheduled
The Guns and Hoses blood drive competition among law enforcement and firefighters to see who can donate the most blood will be from Dec. 17, through Jan. 13.
Donations during the blood drive will help boost the blood supply during the holidays so the ultimate winners will be the patients in our local hospitals.
For more information or to donate, call (888) 936-6283.
Genealogical society to meet
The Volusia County Genealogical Society will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20, at City Island Library, Daytona Beach.
Election of officers will be held followed by the Christmas social.
Members will share a Christmas tradition or memory.
For more information, call (386) 257-7828.
Grief support group slated
A grief support group is being formed for those who lost someone to an addiction.
It is an opportunity to meet with others who have experienced a loss and receive support.
Sponsored by the Healing Hearts Program of Haven Hospice
There is no cost, but please register by calling (904) 733-9818
Daytona Beach library offers e-reader class Dec. 17
The Daytona Beach Regional Library will host an e-reader introductory class at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the City Island Library, 105 E Magnolia Ave.
Librarians will explain how you can download free library books onto a Kindle, Nook, mobile phone or tablet.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 257-6037, Ext. 16166.
Laughter is the best medicine
Learn how laughter can transform your life during a free presentation at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
Diane Bumgarner Trask, community relations manager at Bishop's Glen Retirement Community, will lead a free program titled "Laughter is the best medicine." Participants will learn laughter exercises, simple ways to create a positive mood, and facts about the physiological benefits of laughter.
Registration is not required. For more information, call (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16264
Keep the wreath green
The Daytona Beach Fire Department is joining departments across the country in the "Keep The Wreath Green" national campaign by displaying a Christmas wreath at Fire Station 1/Administration Building , 301 S. Beach St., through Jan. 2.
Each time there is a structure fire in the city, a green light will be replaced with a red light.
A white bulb represents fallen firefighters
The visual effect of the wreath is to make the public aware of the need for good fire safety during the holidays. The holiday season is typically a time to be extra cautious with the use of decorations, home heating, candles, and cooking.
For more information on fire safety, call (386) 671-4006.
Drivers safety class scheduled
AARP will conduct a driver safety class for seniors from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Dec. 18, and Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, 548 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach. An additional class will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center office building, 301 Memorial Medical Parkway, Daytona Beach.
The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Reservations with instructors are required.
To make a reservation for the December class, call (386) 451-7453 or for the January class, call (386) 615-4334.
Donations benefit hospice
Halifax Health-Hospice of Volusia/Flagler is once again set up for the 23rd Annual Tree of Remembrance program in Center Court at the Volusia Mall through Dec. 24.
Proceeds will help ensure compassionate, end-of-life care can be provided to hospice patients in Volusia and Flagler counties regardless of their ability to pay.
This Tree of Remembrance program's traditional holiday collection of ornaments includes an 18-inch Angel of Hope Figurine ($200 donation), "A Reminder of Life's Beauty" platinum clip on butterfly ($20 donation), "Always in our Hearts" ornament ($20 donation), Halifax Health-Hospice signature Dove ornament ($15 donation) and Teddy Bear ($25), which can also be donated to the BeginAgain Children's Grief Centers, a program of Halifax Health-Hospice. An 18.5-inch angel tree topper, of which 6 are available, also is offered for a $500 sponsorship donation.
With a donation to this program donors can hang their ornament on one of the Trees of Remembrance on display at Volusia Mall, 1700 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, from now until Monday, Dec 24. Ornaments can also be purchased online at www.hovf.org/tor
For information on the Tree of Remembrance or to make a donation, call (386) 322-4747.
Elks to host Christmas party
The annual Ormond Beach Elks children's Christmas party will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Elks Lodge, 285 Wilmette Ave.
The lodge is collecting donations for local underprivileged children.
For more information, call (386) 766-7180.
The Father John Washington Post 1944 of the Catholic War Veterans of the U.S. A is looking for members .
The group meets at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of the month in the gold room at Prince of Peace Church 600 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach.
The group serves coffee and doughnuts every Wednesday morning at the Emory L Bennet Veterans Nursing Home Daytona Beach
They send grocery coupons to the men and women and their families in the Armed Forces all over the world.
For more information, call (386) 255 -3814 or e-mail email@example.com
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.
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.
Learn about being foster parents
Open Hearts Family Services (a ministry of the Florida United Methodist Children's Home in Enterprise) will host a "Q&A: Pondering Foster Care" informational session for those interested in becoming foster parents at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Tomoka Christian Church, 1151 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL. 32174 in their Café.
It will be an informational gathering, for those wishing to explore all that is involved. There will be a panel of "experts," folks from all aspects of foster care, who will be present to answer all your questions.
For more information, call (386) 386-299-8142 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.