County administrative offices, libraries to close New Year's Day
Volusia County administrative offices and libraries will be closed New Year's Day.
On New Year's Eve, administrative offices will be open normal hours and library branches will close at 5 p.m.
No Votran service on New Year's Day
Votran will not operate bus service New Year's Day in the Greater Daytona Beach Area, Southeast and West Volusia County areas.
For more information, call (386) 761-7700 in Daytona Beach, (386) 943-7033 in West Volusia or (386) 424-6800 in Southeast Volusia.
Garbage pick up changed for holiday
There will be no garbage, recycling and yard trash collection for residents of unincorporated Volusia County on New Year's Day.
Unincorporated areas are outside city limits.
Collection days normally scheduled between Dec. 25 and Jan. 4 will be the following day. For instance, Wednesday collections will be on Thursdays.
The Tomoka Landfill and West Volusia Transfer Station will be closed New Year's day.
For more information, call Volusia County's Solid Waste Division at (386) 943-7889 or visit www.volusia.org/recycle.
Fundraiser planned for kids
Ruby Tuesday is hosting its "community gives back program" on Jan. 4.
Present a flyer and 20 percent of your purchase will be donated to Take Stock in Children.
Participating locations are:
o1808 International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
o2695 N. Atlantic Avenue, Bellaire Plaza, Daytona Beach
o1212 Saxon Blvd. Orange City.
To obtain a flyer, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hunter safety courses offered at DeBary Hall
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will offer a free hunter safety course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 5 and 6 at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd. A second course will be offered Feb. 9 and 10.
The courses, which include 12 hours of classroom study and three hours at a shooting range, cover the knowledge, skills and attitude needed to be a safe hunter.
To register, visit www.myfwc.com/hunting/safety-education/courses. For more information about the courses, call (352) 625-2804.
Addiction recovery group to meet
The addiction recovery group Reformers Unanimous will meet at
7 p.m. Friday at Volusia County Baptist Church, 261 S. Orange Ave., Orange City.
For more information, visit www.reformu.com or call (386) 748-8160.
Pet Vet Cruiser announces January schedule
Volusia County's Pet Vet Cruiser offers low-cost spaying and neutering services to residents of unincorporated parts of the county and the cities of DeLand and South Daytona.
Here's where the mobile clinic will be in January:
oOakbrook Professional Center, 931 S. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand: Jan. 3, 8, 15, 17, 22, 29 and 31
oJohn's Appliance City, 911 S. Volusia Ave., Orange City: Jan. 7, 14 and 28
Fees are based on income. Appointments are required and may be made by calling (386) 626-6643.
For more information, visit volusia.org/petvet.
Environmental center plans guided hikes, educational programs
Lyonia Environmental Center will feature guided hikes and programs about manatees, birds and the night sky in January. With the exception of the nature photography workshops, all programs are free.
oScrub strolls: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Monday and Friday. Join LEC staff for guided hikes of Lyonia Preserve. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails.
oTiny trekkers-manatees: 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 5. Children ages 2 through 5 can read a book about manatees, take a hike and make a craft during this program sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center.
oGuided hike: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6. Learn about the importance of scrub habitat and the wildlife that lives there during this guided hike of Lyonia Preserve.
oMigratory bird hike: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9. Observe some of the migratory birds that make a pit stop in Volusia County. Bring your camera and binoculars. Meet at Lake Ashby Park, 4150 Boy Scout Road, New Smyrna Beach.
oFive-star trails: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. Sandra Friends, author of 18 Florida guidebooks, will lead a 2.1-mile hike through Lyonia Preserve at 10 a.m. and discuss her new book, "Five-Star Trails-Orlando," in the LEC classrooms at 2 p.m. Participants can break for lunch on their own at 1 p.m.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling (386) 789-7207, Ext. 253.
Lyonia Environmental Center is at 2150 Eustace Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For updates on what's happening at the LEC, visit www.lyoniapreserve.com.