The Jewish Federation is collecting funds for Hurricane Sandy victims.
The federation is a 501c3 tax-deductible organization and all participants will receive a thank you note for their contribution.
Anyone who would like to contribute can mail a check to the Jewish Federation, 470 Andalusia Ave., Ormond Beach, FL 32174 and in the memo column put hurricane relief.
Food drive planned
The Town of Ponce Inlet
will participate in 'Hearts of Ponce Inlet,' a food and dry goods drive for soldiers, neighbors in need and four- legged friends, along with a toy drive for children of all ages from Nov. 1 until Dec. 17.
Items for donation may be dropped off in Ponce Inlet at:
'˘Town Hall, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri., 4300 S. Atlantic Ave.
'˘Police Department 8 a.m.-8 p.m., everyday, 4301 S. Peninsula Drive
'˘Fire Department, 4680 S. Peninsula Drive
'˘Community Center when open, 4670 S. Peninsula Drive.
Non-perishable food items, pet food and new and unwrapped toys will be accepted.
A 50 and older singles social potluck lunch will be at noon, Friday, Nov. 16, at the Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Road. Participants should bring a dish to share and bring their own beverage.
If you are unable to bring a dish, you are still welcome to attend.
For more information, call (386) 322-3070.
Flu shots slated
The Church of the Epiphany will host an on-site flu shot clinic following 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Nov. 17, and following 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 201 Lafayette St., Port Orange.
The Knights of Columbus also will serve a breakfast on Sunday. Cost is $5.
CVS will be giving the shots and will accept insurance. Participants must bring insurance card and ID with them. Cash price is $31.99 without insurance.
To pre-register call (386) 256-7064.
Council on Aging conducting holiday drives
The Council on Aging is conducting a holiday food drive.
The council's Santa for Seniors collection will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at four Lohman Funeral Home locations.
'˘935 E. New York Ave., DeLand
'˘168 Providence Blvd. Deltona
'˘733 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach
'˘3751 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange
Participants may drop off a gift of cash, gift card or new unwrapped gifts for a senior.
The council is also collecting for its Angel Tree. To receive a name, call the council and it will be mailed to you. Items should be returned by Dec. 7.
For information, call (386) 253-4700, Ext. 250, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.coavolusia.org.
Maine social group to meet
The social group "Maine Connection II" will meet at noon, Monday, Nov. 19, at Duff's Buffet, 2400 S Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona.
It's a group for all who have connections to the great state of Maine, including snowbirds, family ties and former residents.
There are no dues or formal membership requirements.
For more information, call (386) 236-9681 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
City offices closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday
All city of Port Orange buildings and offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23.
Because of the Thanksgiving Holiday, no garbage collection on Thanksgiving Day. Thursday collections will be on Saturday, Nov. 24. All other garbage schedules will remain the same.
For additional information, call (386) 506-5575 or (386) 492-8855.
Holiday waste collection schedule for unincorporated areas
There will be no garbage, recycling and yard trash collection for residents of unincorporated Volusia County on Thanksgiving day. The makeup day will be Saturday, Nov. 24.
Unincorporated areas are outside city limits.
There also will be no collection on Christmas and New Years days. 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 Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days.
For more information, call (386) 943-7889 or visit www.volusia.org/recycle.
Christmas in the garden planned
Sugar Mill Gardens will celebrate Christmas in the Gardens from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at 950 Old Sugar Mill Road in Port Orange.
There will be many vendors featuring plants, photography, crafts, jelly, and belt buckles.
Music will be provided by Blue Diamond-Larry and Roxi Tomei.
There will be a raffle every hour, free refreshments and admission.
Kids can receive a postcard from Santa
Santa is making his list and checking it twice at Volusia County's Parks, Recreation and Culture Division.
As part of an annual tradition, recreation employees will send personalized postcards from Santa to children up to age 11.
Parents can have their children added to Santa's mailing list by emailing the child's name, address and ZIP code to email@example.com, calling (386) 736-5953 or faxing (386) 943-7012.
Requests will be accepted through Dec. 9.
Librarian offers tips for social studies projects
Volusia County Librarian Kim Dolce will offer tips for preparing social studies projects.
The Social Studies Project Orientation is scheduled for:
'˘ 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St.
'˘ 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle
She will explain the rules, show examples, and offer tips for putting it all together during the free presentations.
Social studies projects are required for most fourth graders and many middle and high school students in Volusia County schools.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16315.
Community Partnership for Children is in need of businesses and families to adopt children for its toy drive and grant their holiday wishes.
For more information or to make a donation, call (386) 566-6935 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Citizen police academy planned
The Port Orange Police Department is preparing for the eighth Citizen's Police Academy class. The program will start on Monday, Jan. 28, and is offered to those who reside within the City of Port Orange. Class size is limited.
The Citizens Police Academy is designed to give citizens a better understanding of law enforcement operations through active participation, communication and cooperation.
There is no cost involved to participants in the program. The class is comprised of a 10-week program, with each session lasting three hours. Sessions are from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and pass a background investigation.
To apply, go to the front desk of the police department or online at port-orange.org/police.
For more information, call (386) 506-5822 or (386) 506-5814.