Volusia County's Solid Waste Division will host a free collection event for household hazardous materials from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the New Smyrna Beach Public Works office, 124 Industrial Park Ave.
Residents may drop off old paint, solvents, automobile and household batteries, pool chemicals, pesticides, motor oil, gasoline, other household chemicals, and up to 10 fluorescent lamps.
Only unmixed 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.
Residents also may bring their household hazardous waste to the Tomoka Landfill in Port Orange or the West Volusia Transfer Station in DeLand year-round for free disposal. The landfill is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The transfer station is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Both facilities provide free paint exchange programs and electronic waste recycling.
For more information, call Volusia County's Solid Waste Division at (386)947-2952.
First ever Volusia Pride Festival planned
Volusia Pride's first-ever Volusia Pride Festival will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the United Church of Christ at Washington and Faulkner Streets in New Smyrna Beach.
There will be live entertainment, local vendors, food and hundreds of dollars worth of prize drawings and giveaways.
Volusia County Councilman Josh Wagner will kick off the festivities at 1 p.m. with a proclamation of Volusia Pride Day from the County Council.
The county also will have a domestic partnership registration booth at the festival.
Emcee and musician Katherine Archer will lead off the entertainment. Mid-afternoon, there will be a drag performance. Then later in the afternoon, festival attendees will be treated to the music of the Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Color Guard leading a Sidewalk Pride Walk.
Participants are asked to bring blankets and lawn chairs. No coolers, please.
The Festival Expo will have a children's activities area, and more than 20 arts and crafts, business and educational vendor booths including: Macy's, Old Navy, SunTrust, Volusia County Health Department, the Stewart Marchman ACT Prevention on the Move Mobile HIV Testing Unit, Jewelry by Lisa and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care. Food vendors will also be on the premises.
Volusia Pride is a community organization dedicated to promoting LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) solidarity and acceptance within Volusia County and the surrounding areas. Originally formed by a small group of local students in early 2012, it is working to provide an entertaining and educational environment for the diverse community of Volusia County, and to raise awareness about important LGBTQ issues.
Drawing benefits scholarship fund
OneDaytona is conducting a drawing for an untitled abstract oil painting by the late chef and artist Aurelia Esposito.
The painting will be given away in a drawing benefiting the 2013 OneDaytona GLBT Scholarship Fund.
Tickets are $1 each and will be sold at the Volusia Pride Festival at 203 Washington St., New Smyrna Beach.
The drawing will take place at 4 p.m.
The painting, mostly in shades of blue and green, is on display at the church. Some viewers may consider it akin to Picasso's cubist shapes. Others might liken it to Georgia O'Keefe's floral abstracts.
For the past three years, OneDaytona has offered a scholarship to GLBT students attending college or vocational schools in the Volusia-Flagler area.
OneDaytona is a non-profit coalition of individuals working for gay solidarity and equality through support of youth programs, educational and historical projects, and social events. Membership, with dues of $10 a year for 2012-13 is open to anyone friendly to the GLBT community. Tax-deductible donations to the scholarship fund can be mailed to OneDaytona, P.O. Box 1936, Daytona Beach, FL. 32115.
For more information, e-mail OneDaytona chairperson Susan McDaniels at email@example.com
22nd annual Flamingo Follies: A Holiday Art Show
in the LOOP Nov. 10-11
More than 125 artists and crafters from around the state will head to the LOOP's Flagler Avenue Nov. 10-11 for the 22nd annual Flamingo Follies: A Holiday Art Show.
The seaside event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Artists and crafters will sell their work and compete for nearly $5,000 in prizes. Many merchants also will offer sales and promotions during the popular show that primes LOOP-goers for the upcoming holiday season.
A variety of festival foods will be available. Musicians will perform throughout the weekend.
Booths will line the Avenue from Peninsula Avenue to Buenos Aires Street. Flagler Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.
The event is free. An entertainment schedule is online at www.nsbwaterfrontloop.com/events.
For more information, call (386) 424-2175.
16th annual holiday charity ball
The 16th annual Holiday Charity Ball will take place from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Brannon Center, 105 Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach.
Tickets to attend are $60 per person. Proceeds benefit: Habitat for Humanity, Council on Aging Meals on Wheels and the NSB CAPS Scholarship Fund.
The evening will include dancing, entertainment, raffles, gourmet food provided by area restaurants, an open bar and a silent auction. Music is provided by DJ BIG Tom and formal or semi-formal attire is expected. Valet parking is available.
For more information, call (386) 424-2280 or (386) 423-4384 or check online at holidaycharityball.com.
University women to meet
The New Smyrna Beach chapter of the American Association of University Women will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Smyrna Yacht Club.
This month's speaker will be Cindy Jones, co-owner of Southern Trends Home Furnishings and also president of the Canal Street Historic District Assoc.
She will speak about the redevelopment of the downtown historical district of New Smyrna Beach.
For more information, call (386) 423-5278.
Holiday dinner planned
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 285
Edgewater is sponsoring a ham dinner at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at 4497 S. U.S. 1.
The cost is $8 and includes scalloped potatoes, beans, rolls and dessert. Cost is $8.
'Sunday in the Park' planned
Sunday in the Park,
sponsored by Bella Vista Baptist Church, will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Whistle Stop Park on Roberts Road in Edgewater.
There will be games, music, bounce house and door prizes. A softball game will begin at 2 p.m.
For more information, call (386) 428-4747.
Festival of Trees scheduled
The New Smyrna Beach Garden Club will host its annual Festival of Trees & Wreaths from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2000 Turnbull Bay Road.
The event will feature decorated Christmas trees and wreaths for silent auction, raffle prizes, a Golden Elephant Boutique, plant and bake sale.
Food trucks return
A popular gourmet convoy will return to the NSB Waterfront LOOP Thursday, Nov. 15.
The Food Truck Bazaar will line Flagler Avenue on the beachside from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Mobile cafes will serve an array of gourmet food, including barbecue, ethnic delicacies, sandwiches, seafood and desserts.
The event is sponsored by the City of New Smyrna Beach and the Flagler Avenue Merchants Association.
For more information, call (386) 424-2175.
Genealogical Society meets
The Genealogical Society of Southeast Volusia County will meet from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach. The meeting is open to the public.
Bernardette Zappala, an expert in Irish Genealogy, will discuss "Irish Genealogy Research in the USA and in Ireland."
"How to use the DAR Website to find an Ancestor" will be presented by members of the Jane Sheldon Chapter, NSDAR.
Volunteers are available in the library from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday afternoons to help with research.
For more information, call (386) 428-2507.
Learn to be a whale watcher
Do you want to be a whale watcher?
Julie Albert, a coordinator with the Marine Resources Council Northern Right Whale Sighting Network, will speak from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd.
At this lecture, you will be trained to monitor this area for whales. Living in a high rise is a plus.
Ultimately, the whales' survival depends on caring and committed citizens.
Ms. Albert will provide information and educational materials that will enable residents to serve as the eyes, ears, and voice for right whales in coastal waters of Florida.
Edgewater Fire-Rescue is in need of donations for its Operation Caring program.
Donations of new clothes, gift cards for teens and new, unwrapped toys are being accepted at Station 55 (1605 S. Ridgewood Ave.), Station 57 (2628 Hibiscus Drive) and City Hall (104 N. Riverside Drive).
There is also a need for non-perishable food and personal care items. Monetary donations are accepted as well. Checks can be written to Edgewater Fire-Rescue Association. Donations of food, toys and money will be accepted without deadline.
All of these items will be distributed to people in the Edgewater area.
Signups for assistance will be from noon to 2 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. Nov.14, Nov.29 and Dec. 5, at the Edgewater Fire Rescue Association Fire Hall (2616 Hibiscus Drive).
Applicants must provide for children a birth certificate and Social Security card and for adults a Social Security card, picture ID, proof of income and proof of residence. In order to be eligible to receive assistance, the applicant/family must reside in Edgewater.
For more information, call (386)424-2445.
Card party slated
Knights of Columbus No. 4939 will host a card party at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at its clubhouse, 516 S. Orange Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
Cost is $5. Participants should bring their own cards.
Lunch will be available for purchase. All proceeds go toward the club's charity fund.
For more information or to buy tickets, call (386) 690-6219.
Tickets will also be available at the door.
Chisholm Alumni donate to elementary school
The Chisholm Alumni Association presented $500 to Chisholm Elementary School.
The funds were donated by alumni of the former Chisholm High School (1924-1969), who gathered in New Smyrna Beach for the celebration of their 13th Reunion.
The donation was received by Principal Kelly Carter to be used as she and her staff determines there is a need to foster student success.
See the Jaguars
On Dec. 23, the Knights of Columbus is taking a double decker bus to Jacksonville, to see the Patriots vs. the Jaguars.
The bus will leave Knights of Columbus hall, 516 S. Orange Ave., New Smyrna Beach, at 9:30 a.m.
Only 55 tickets are available at $90 per person, food and libations included.
For more information, call (386) 576-6662 or at (386) 428-7161.