Pet shot clinics planned
There will be three low- cost pet shot clinics sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue on Saturday, Dec. 15.
The first clinic will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at Big Lots 2412 S. Volusia Ave., Orange City. The second clinic will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Pets 4 Less, 2235 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. The third clinic will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at Tractor Supply, 2300 N. Woodland Ave., DeLand.
These are cash only clinics.
Proceeds will benefit abandoned animals.
For more information, call (386) 748-8993.
The city of Deltona will host the city's second annual night time Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.
The theme for this year's Parade is a "Storybook Christmas."
The parade will start at Fort Smith and Provide boulevards and proceed north on Providence to Deltona City Hall.
The Grand Marshall for the parade will be a player and the mascot, Bimbo, of the Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer Team. The Union will conduct its pre-season activities and training sessions at the city's Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex from Feb. 8 to 24.
The parade announcer is Saul Saenz, Central Florida News 13's Volusia County Reporter.
Parade entrants will have the opportunity for first, second and third place awards, with one overall winner.
There also will be Food Trucks at the parade.
To find out about becoming an entrant and more information, visit www.deltonafl.gov.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Lyonia Environmental Center plans Sunday programs
Lyonia Environmental Center is expanding its schedule by adding educational and entertaining programs on Sundays.
Upcoming programs include:
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.
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.
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.
Drivers safety class planned
AARP will conduct a driver safety class for seniors from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Jan. 15, and Wednesday, Jan 16, at the Deltona Senior Center, 980 Lakeshore Drive, Deltona.
The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Reservations with instructors are required.
To make a reservation, call (386) 314-1798.