The family and friends of Laurel Rogers will have a candlelight vigil for her at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, on the third anniversary of her disappearance.
The vigil will be ay the Port Orange City Center amphitheater.
At the time of her disappearance from her Port Orange home, Ms. Rogers was described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighed about 150 pounds. She has blue eyes and sandy blonde hair. She is now 31 years old and suffers from lupus.
Anyone with information about Laurel Rogers, should call Crimestoppers at (888) 277-8477.
Give Kids a Smile
The Volusia County Dental Society is conducting its annual Give Kids a Smile on Feb.1.
This is a one-day event where dentists and their staff volunteer their time to provide free dental care to low-income and disadvantaged children.
Children from ages 2-18 will receive an oral exam, X-ray, cleaning, fluoride treatment and possibly other services will be provided.
For a list of locations, visit http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1107467178312-112/Free+Dental+Care+Locations.pdf
Low-cost pet clinic planned
A low-cost pet shot clinic,
to benefit Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare, will be 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 2, at Bit Bucket Computers, 4082 S. Ridgewood Ave. Port Orange.
All cats must be in a carrier and dogs must be on a leash.
A donation of pet food would be appreciated.
For more information, call (386) 760-6330 or (386) 316-8103 or (386) 760-2324 or visit www.ccfaw.org.
Ponce Inlet to host community day
Ponce Inlet Community Day will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Ponce Inlet Community Center, 4670 S. Peninsula Drive.
This is a chance to learn about town government, clubs, restaurants, churches, Harbour Village, the Marine Science Center and more.
Port Orange library plans book sale Feb. 1-2
The Friends of the Library will sponsor a "hearts and flowers" book sale at the Port Orange Regional Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.
Hardcover and paperback books, children's books, audio books, puzzles, magazines and movies will be available for sale.
The friends group welcomes donations of reading materials, puzzles and multimedia items. Donations may be left at the circulation desk.
The library is open seven days a week at 1005 City Center Circle.
Right to Life to host fundraiser
Volusia County Right To Life will host its annual fundraising banquet at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at
Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 201 University Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
An Individual ticket is $30.
For more information, call (386) 868-8671.
Volusia County Right To Life conducts monthly meetings at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at the St. Paul's Basilica at the corner of Mullally Street and Ridgewood Avenue, Daytona Beach.
Low-cost pet clinics planned
There will be two low-cost pet shot clinics sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Saturday, Feb. 2.
The clinics will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Best In Show Pet Grooming, 201 Commonwealth Blvd., Port Orange, and from 3 to 5 p.m. at Mr. Petman, 2400 S. Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona, in the Sunshine Park Mall.
This is a cash-only clinic open to everyone, no appointment needed. For more information, call (386) 748-8993.
Stitch in Public Day slated
The Sand Dollar Chapter of The Embroiderers' Guild of America will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Westminister-By-The-Sea Presbyterian Church, 3221 S. Peninsula Drive, Daytona Beach Shores
Guests are welcome.
Stitch in Public Day will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Hobby Lobby, 2455 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Spaghetti dinner planned
Post 270 American Legion Riders will host a spaghetti and meatball dinner with salad, roll and dessert for $6 from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 , at 119 Howes St., Port Orange.
Music will be provided by B&B.
For more information, call (386) 767-3620.
Super Bowl party planned
The American Legion Post 270 will host a Super Bowl party on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 119 Howes St., Port Orange. Watch the game on big screen TVs and enjoy free food and trivia. For more information, call (386) 788-6800
Historical society to meet
The South Daytona Historical Society will meet at 6 pm Monday, Feb. 4, at the Piggotte Community Center on Big Tree Road.
Featured speaker will be Billie Coursen. Title of the Presentation is "Raising My Family on the Halifax!" The presentation is open to the public and follows the general meeting at 5:30 pm.
The Historical Society is seeking any and all photos, artifacts and information on South Daytona, formerly called Blake, as well as interested volunteers to help collect, organize and preserve the community's history. Monthly meetings are at 6 pm every first Monday.
Catch a free flick at the Port Orange library
The movie "Brave" will be shown at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at 1005 City Center Circle.
Granted one wish, Princess Merida must rely on her bravery and archery skills to undo a beastly curse in this Pixar film.
The movies are funded by the Friends of the Library. Learn more about the friends group at www.portorangefol.org.
Pancake Day benefits children
IHOP's National Pancake Day will be Tuesday, Feb. 5, and will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Children's Miracle Network.
The restaurant chain hopes to raise $3 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
More than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary stack of pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. They will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the Children's Miracle Network or local charities.
The area IHOP is at 3200 S. Atlantic Blvd, Daytona Beach Shores.
Swing lessons slated
The Greater Daytona Chapter USA Dance No. 6026 will sponsor beginning East Coast Swing lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. on four consecutive Tuesdays beginning Feb. 5 at Lighthouse Pointe Clubhouse, 155 Spring Drive, Port Orange.
Instructor will be Marta Pascale.
Cost is $24 for all four lessons, no refunds.
For information, call (385) 562-0590 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wellness workshop planned
Dr. Philip A. Afghani of Atlantic Chiropractic and Wellness Center will present a wellness workshop, "New Solutions for Eliminating Back Pain and Sciatica" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Tuscan Village Shoppes, 3510 S. Nova Road in Port Orange.
The workshop will educate you on effective natural solutions that can help get rid of lower back pain and sciatica.
Attendance is free.
To make a reservation, call (386) 492-4881.
Library plans programs for homeschoolers
The Port Orange Regional Library will offer two programs for homeschoolers in kindergarten through fifth grade in February.
oHands-on art: noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4. Children can explore art by making hearts.
oWorld War II: Noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18. The class will discover the past with a project, game, activity and recipe.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling (386) 322-5152, Ext. 30.
The library is open seven days a week at 1005 City Center Circle.
Travel club to meet
The Port Orange Travel Club will meet at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the Palmetto Club, 1001 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
Lunch will cost $11.75.
The club is for anyone 55 or older. Day trips, cruises and longer trips in and outside the United States are offered.
For more information, call (386) 322-0786.
To make a lunch reservation, call (386) 788-4531.
Actress to portray Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell
Linda Gray Kelley will portray Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell during a one-woman play at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
The play, "A Lady Alone," depicts the life of America's first female doctor. When Elizabeth Blackwell applied to medical schools in 1847, she received 17 rejections. After being accepted by Geneva Medical School in New York, she went on to graduate at the top of her class. She founded the New York Infirmary of Women and Children when other hospitals would not accept her as a doctor. In 1869, she moved to England and helped establish the London Medical Center for Women.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386)322-5152.
ECHO grant workshop set for Feb. 8
The Volusia County Council has extended the application deadline for the 2012-13 Environmental, Cultural, Historical and Outdoor Recreation grants program to May 1.
This extension will provide organizations the opportunity to apply for a new grant and/or reapply with a grant that previously was deemed deficient or ineligible.
Organizations that did not attend a workshop in August must attend a workshop from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 8, in third-floor training room of the Volusia County Lifeguard Administration Center, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.
The workshop is free and open to the public.
A copy of the ECHO grant guides and applications is at www.volusia.org/echo. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call (386) 736-5953.
Port Orange's monthly history lecture series continues
The city of Port Orange's next history lecture will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the Adult Center Annex, 3738 Halifax Drive.
The lecture will discuss Mary Elizabeth (McDonald) Johnson. She operated the Palmetto Hat Shop in the late 1890s that specialized in small souvenirs and fashionable hats. The hats were all the rage and in high demand with visiting tourists.
For more information call (386) 506-5522.
Run for mended hearts
Mended Little Hearts of Volusia County will host its first annual Congenital Heart Defects Awareness 5K Run/Walk at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Port Orange City Center.
Registration starts at 9 a.m. Preregistration online at www.tinyurl.com/mlhofvolusiacounty or mail completed registration form
and payment to: Mended Little Hearts of Volusia County, P.O. Box 291464, Port Orange, FL 32129-1464
Cost is $25 before Jan 31, $30 day of race, $10 ages 12-18 before Jan 31 and $15 ages 12-18 day of race
For information on becoming a vendor at this event or for general questions, (386) 681-7790 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Author to discuss 'Adventures in Autism"
Best-selling author Peter LaPorta will discuss his heartwarming book, "Adventures in Autism," from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
Mr. LaPorta will share the stories of many incredible people, including his son, who have lived healthy and productive lives with autism.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 322-5152, Ext. 28.
Pasta dinner scheduled
The Epiphany Council of Catholic Women will host a pasta dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Church of the Epiphany Social Hall, 201 Lafayette St., Port Orange.
Pasta dinner includes Pasta, meatballs, salad, bread, drink and dessert.
Admission is $7. Proceeds benefit church seminarian, Daytona Beach Pregnancy Crisis Center and homeless school children.
For tickets, call (386) 233 3233.
Woodworkers club to meet
The Woodworkers Club will meet the first Thursday of each month at 5961 Broken Bow Lane, Port Orange.
New members are welcome.
The club shares project ideas, woodworking skills, and stories of woodworking success and failures. The club is open to novices and experts alike. Some club members have substantial home workshops, while others have just a few tools and limited space in a garage or shed for woodworking.
The club is eclectic: wood carvers, wood turners, craft makers, furniture makers, and general woodworking enthusiasts may join.
For more information, call (386) 492-6650 or e-mail
Cancer support group to meet
Halifax Health/American Cancer Society Man to Man Support Group meets from 7 to 8 p.m. the second Thursday of every month in the Halifax Health Medical Center of Port Orange cafeteria, 1041 Dunlawton Ave., Port Orange.
For more information, call (386) 761.7130.
Valentine's Dinner planned
The Port Orange Elks will host a Valentine's Day Dinner at the lodge, 5207 S. Ridgewood Ave.
Dinner will consist of Cornish hen, salad, mashed potatoes, vegetable, dessert and champagne. Music will be provided by "Peter J." Reservations are required. Tickets are $15 per person.
For more information, call (386) 767-8572.
PAL fundraiser underway
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 purchased by calling (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.
Board members needed
The town of Ponce Inlet has vacancies on the Planning Board, Parks, Recreation and Tree Advisory Board, and The Code Enforcement Board. Volunteers are also needed at the Ponce Inlet Historical Museum at 143 Beach St.
The Planning Board will be reviewing phase 3 revisions to the town's land use and development code this year.
The Parks, Recreation and Tree Board reviews tree removal applications and makes recommendations to the Town Council regarding tree and native vegetation regulations.
Code Enforcement Board reviews and makes determinations on code enforcement violations.
For more information, call (386) 236-2181.
The Port Orange Volunteers in Police Services are looking for volunteers. The volunteers fulfill an important support function to the Port Orange Police Department by providing uniformed civilians to serve related functions, such as vacation house watch checks, traffic control at accidents and city functions.
In addition, they provide other services, such as distribution of animal traps, bicycle registration and child fingerprinting. They also provide clerical and courier services for the Police Department.
Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and hold a valid drivers license. If interested in becoming a VIP or for additional information, contact the VIPS office at (386) 506-5825.
Applications are also available in the lobby of the Port Orange Police Dept., 4545 Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange.
As part of the Four Chaplains Memorial week, at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb 10, at the DAV Chapter, 605 Eighth St, Holly Hill, Chapel Director Larry Babitts of Ormond Beach will present the prestigious "Bronze Medallion of the Legion of Honor" to three clergymen, including Rabbi Howard Schwartz, Chaplain of the Haven Hospice in DeLand. Two other local citizens will receive the title "Humanitarian of the Chapel" and three others will be named to and listed on the Chapel's rolls as "Legionnaires of the Chapel."
This event is open to the public.
For more information, call (386) 265-5084.
Families kicks off tax season
Low to moderate income families in Volusia and Flagler Counties could have up to $5,600 additional income this year by taking advantage of the earned income tax credit, but they may not know they're eligible.
Free tax preparation help is available that will register eligible families for the tax credit through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. IRS certified volunteers identify taxpayer's eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and to help them file accurate tax returns.
The tax season runs through April 15. The 15 sites are located in Daytona Beach, DeLand, Deltona, Port Orange, Pierson, South Daytona and Seville.
To locate the nearest site, call (386) 253-0564 or 2-1-1, or go online to http://www.unitedwayvfc.org/taxes/.