Learn about available community resources
A Southeast Volusia community resource event will be held from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, at Rotary Park in Edgewater.
The holidays are approaching and this event will let families know what resources are available for assistance.
There will be information, door prizes, food, children's games and music.
The event is sponsored by the WORD Center and the Charity Arms Care Center.
For more information, call (386) 423-5355.
Thanksgiving Day dinner planned
The 10th annual Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner will be held from 11:30 a.m, to 3 p.m., Nov. 25, at First United Methodist Church Hollister Hall, 215 Palmetto St., New Smyrna Beach.
An invitation is extended to all residents to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner.
There is no charge for the dinner, but donations will be accepted to help the sponsoring churches in their cost to provide this community service.
The full course "sit down and be served dinner" will consist of roast turkey, dressing and gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, Waldorf salad, sweet potato soufflé, cranberry sauce, rolls and butter, assorted pies, tea and coffee.
For more information and/or to register, please call (386) 428-4371 between 9 a.m. and noon, Monday through Friday.
County to collect household hazardous waste
Volusia County's Solid Waste Division will hold a household hazardous waste collection from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, at the New Smyrna Beach Public Works
Department, 124 W. Industrial Park.
Residents may drop off materials such as paint, used oils, pesticides,
fluorescent lamps, car batteries and cleaning chemicals without charge.
These materials could contaminate ground water if disposed of improperly
or pose a threat to the owner if kept too long.
Only non-mixed household hazardous waste will be accepted. Insulin needles will be accepted in approved containers; the containers will not be returned. Businesses are not eligible for free disposal during this collection event. Obsolete electronics and tires also will not be accepted.
Year-round recycling of obsolete electronics and paint and disposal of household hazardous waste is available without charge at the Tomoka Landfill in Port Orange and the West Volusia Transfer Station in DeLand.
Tires may be disposed at the sites for a nominal fee, and paint is collected and made available to residents through a free paint exchange program.
For more information, call (386) 423-3862.
Cupcake sale benefits EFOF
The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida is trying to sell 360,000 cupcakes, at $1 apiece, by the end of the year.
There are approximately 360,000 Floridians who suffer from epilepsy and seizure disorders.
In Volusia County, the foundation will hold a Family Fun Day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, at the New Smyrna Motors, 1829 S. Ridgewood Ave., in Edgewater.
There will be a bake sale, car wash, yard sale and games for the kids.
For more information, visit www.efof.org
or call (386) 766-8809.
Hospice presents Tree of Remembrance
For more than two decades, the Halifax Health - Hospice of Volusia/Flagler's Tree of Remembrance has honored or memorialized loved ones with commemorative ornaments.
This year the 21st annual Tree of Remembrance will be available Nov. 13 through Dec. 24, in the center court at the Volusia Mall, W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
During the holiday season, ornaments may be purchased at the tree, by mail, or online at hovf.org/tor. In recognition of each donation, the loved one's name will be placed on the tree with a signature memory tag.
The Tree of Remembrance's traditional holiday collection includes donation opportunities for various ornaments ranging from $15-500.
Proceeds benefit the Charity Care program at Halifax Health - Hospice, which provides compassionate, end-of-life care to all Volusia/Flagler patients regardless of their ability to pay.
For information on the Tree of Remembrance or to make a donation, call (386) 322-4701 or visit hovf.org/tor.
Patriotic program planned
First United Methodist Church will hold a program titled "Homeland" - America, Sweet Land of Liberty at 11 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 14, at the church, located at the corner of Palmetto and Douglas Streets, New Smyrna Beach.
Military veterans, their families, and the public are invited to hear the choir's presentation of a patriotic, DVD enhanced, musical program.
Low-cost pet clinic planned
The Pet Vet Cruiser will be at Volusia County Fire Station 23, 1850 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16.
Appointments are required.
The Pet Vet Cruiser is a state-of-the-art mobile clinic that offers free and low-cost spay and neuter services for pets in the unincorporated areas of Volusia County.
The qualifications for service are based on income and have a sliding-fee scale.
For more information, call (386) 424-6875.
Audubon Society to meet
The Southeast Volusia Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the Edgewater Public Library.
The guest speaker will be Dr. Terence Farrel from Stetson University.
He will discuss the relationship between reptiles and birds.
On Saturday Nov. 20, there will be a field trip to the Lake Woodruff N.W.R
Participants should meet at the Market Square parking lot in Edgewater between Dunkin Donuts and Chick-Fil-A at 7 a.m. and bring binoculars, water, lunch and insect repellent.
Both events are open to the public.
For more information, visit www.sevolsiaaudubon.org or call (386) 428-0447.
Craft fair planned
A craft fair/flea market will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 20
at the Southeast Volusia Family YMCA, 148 W. Turgot Ave., Edgewater.
Vendors are invited to participate. Spaces are available to rent for $10 for Y members and $20 for community participants. Tables and electric are also available to rent.
For more information or to rent a space, call (386) 409-9622.
Run benefits children
Operation Changing Lives first ever 5K run/walk will be held at 8 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Ponce Inlet lighthouse.
Operation Changing Lives is raising money for those suffering from facial deformities.
The entry fee is $25 or $15 plus an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl.
The group is collecting Christmas toys as part of the entry fee for underprivileged children in the community.
To register by mail, make checks payable to Operation Changing Lives and mail to Florida Oral & Facial Surgical Associates, 549 Health Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114.
Registration forms are available on-line at www.cherises.com, www.FloridaOralFacial.com or www.fullcirclebootcamp.com.
Day of the event registration will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at the lighthouse.
Runners receive free entry to the lighthouse on the day of race.
For more information, call (386) 760-2035, (386) 383-2686, (386) 239-3573 or (386) 566-7047 or e-mail OCL5Krunwalk@gmail.com.
Low-cost pet shot clinic scheduled
A low-cost pet shot clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Nov. 21, at Kitty's Kritters, 624 N. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach.
For more Information, call (386) 760-6330, (386) 316-8105 or 386-852-2737 or visit www.ccfaw.org.
Garden club holds
'Festival of Trees'
The New Smyrna Beach Garden Club will hold its annual "Festival of Trees," pre-lit and decorated Christmas tree and wreath sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 20, at 2000 Turnbull Bay Road, New Smryna Beach.
There will also be a bake goods and gift sale.
For more information, call (386) 427-7794.
5K run planned
The second annual Salt Spray 5K run & walk will be held on Sunday, Nov. 28, at the beach in New Smyrna Beach.
Parking is available at the Flagler Avenue Beach access.
Early registration is $20. Registration fee is $25 from Nov. 23 to race day.
Participants may register online at hovf.org/salt5k.
For more information, call (386) 322-4701.
Veterans groups show documentary
The Veterans For Peace and the American Gulf War Veterans Association will show the documentary "Beyond Treason."
The document will be show three times in November from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on each day.
The shows will be at the Daytona Beach Public Library at City Island on Sunday, Nov. 14; New Smyrna Beach Public Library on Sunday, Nov 21; and in Ormond Beach Public Library on Sunday Nov. 28.
The showing will be followed by a community discussion.
For more information, call (386) 788-2918 or e-mail CentralFlaVFP@aol.com.
Santa to send letters
Santa is making his list and checking it twice at Volusia County's Parks, Recreation and Culture Division.
As part of an annual tradition, the division will send personalized postcards from Santa to children up to age 11.
Parents can have their children added to Santa's mailing list by calling (386) 736-5952 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, faxing
386) 943-7012, or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The request should include the child's name and address.
Requests will be accepted through Dec. 10.
Senior gifts needed
"Be a Santa to a Senior" is gearing up again this holiday season.
The Home Instead Senior Care office serving Volusia County has joined area community groups, senior organizations, local area businesses and retailers to provide presents to seniors who otherwise might not receive a gift this holiday season.
Program sponsors expect gift requests to be up this year as the economic downturn continues and Social Security benefits fail to keep pace with daily living expenses.
Christmas trees, which feature ornaments with the senior's first names and gift requests are located at:
.State Farm, 148 S. Ridgewood Ave., Daytona Beach
.Belk's Department Store, The Pavilion, 5519 S. Williamson Blvd., Port Orange
.Ramada Inn Speedway, 1794 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach
.The Clubhouse Restaurant, 600 Wilder Blvd., Daytona Beach
.Southern Commerce Bank (inside Walmart), 1101 Beville Road, Daytona Beach
Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. Volunteers will then collect, wrap and deliver the gifts to area seniors.
For more information about the program, call (386) 255-0645 or visit to www.beasantatoasenior.com.
Volusia County is seeking submissions from organizations interested in
exhibiting in the Ocean Center's ECHO Gallery in Daytona Beach. Organizations are invited to submit proposals to the selection committee
for consideration for the next round of available openings.
The ECHO Gallery, inside the Ocean Center, is an 8,500-square-foot
enue used to promote the county's environmental, cultural, historical
and outdoor recreational assets. Exhibitions will be selected that feature one or more of the ECHO disciplines and will be displayed for about 20 consecutive weeks.
Proposals will be accepted from organizations that meet the ECHO
guidelines. Applicants may be not-for-profit organizations, civic
associations, educational institutions or governmental entities.
Commercial businesses wishing to sponsor an exhibit also may submit, but the proposed content must be generic and not product-specific.
The deadline for submission is Nov. 29. Submission requirements can be found at www.celebratingculture.com or www.oceancenter.com or by calling (386) 736-5963, Ext. 5872,or e-mailing email@example.com.
Registration open for 'Run for Hope'
"Grassroots Giving Run for Hope" and fitness expo, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Dec. 4.
The three races in one day will be held at Destination Daytona's Coca Cola Pavilion, 1635 N. U.S. Highway 1, Ormond Beach.
Registration fee includes:
."Run for Hope": Early on-line registration is $35 and $40 for day of event
."5K Fran" (Experienced CrossFit members only): Early on-line registration is $35 and $40 for day of event
."Hope for Kids Dash" registration is $5
Registration fee includes: Event T-shirt, free give-a-ways, one free beer ticket and discount lunch ticket. Winners will receive medals and trophies.
Register online by visiting either www.active.com and entering keyword "grassroots giving" or www.runforhope.info.
The after party will include a fitness expo, live music, beer and food catered by Destination Cafe.