Run for the toys
The 35th annual Toys for 'OUR KIDS' Toy Run will be Saturday, Nov. 17, and presented by the Daytona 200 Motorcycle Club.
Registration is $10 per person from 9:30 to 11 a.m. am, at the clubhouse, 3602 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Coffee and doughnuts will be provided by Krispy Kreme.
Lunch is included with price of registration.
All proceeds go to benefit children at The Children's Home Society of Volusia, Flagler and Putnam counties.
Participants should bring a new unwrapped toy, clothes, pajamas or shoes of all sizes.
Last bike in at 2:30 p.m. at Roadside Tavern 3400 S. Nova Road, Port Orange.
For those not on the ride, the meal is $5.
For more information, call (386) 717-1888 or (386) 763-1151 or visit www.daytona200mc.com.
Child and babysitting safety training offered
The Ormond Beach Fire Department will be offering the citizens of Ormond Beach a Child And Babysitting Safety training program through the American Safety & Health Institute.
The department will offer a course from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the training room in Fire Station No. 92, 189 S. Nova Road.
The course will provide young people with basic skill training and information necessary in caring for infants and children. The program is designed for young people (ages 11-16) who will be babysitting or providing child and infant care. Participants will receive a card upon successful completion of the course.
The cost of the training will be $10 per person and participants will receive a Child and Babysitting Safety packet. Class size is limited. Please contact Fire Administration at (386) 676-3255 for information on registration.
Participants may bring lunch, or may purchase lunch at eateries nearby. School dress code will apply.
Association of University Women to meet
The next meeting of the American Association of University Women Daytona Beach branch will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Palmetto Club, 1000 Beach St., Daytona Beach.
Stacy Barksdale will speak on "Trades of Hope." Lunch and a general meeting will follow. Cost of lunch is $13. The public is invited.
For more information and lunch reservations, call (386) 767-5927.
History talk slated
Author Dan Walsh will speak at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Halifax Historical Museum, 252 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
Cost is $5 for members and $6 for non-members.
Reservations are not required.
For more information, call (386) 255-6976.
Grief seminar set
Central Baptist Church will host a grief share seminar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at 142 Fairview Ave., Daytona Beach.
For more information, call (386) 255-2588 or (386) 677-8962.
Donations need for Hurricane Sandy victims
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 contributing.
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.
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.
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 e-mailing 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.
Items needed for seniors
Cedar Oaks and Highlands Manor are collecting items for its seniors this holiday season.
These are senior citizen apartments that are income based and subsidized by HUD. The majority of the residents do not have local family. All of the residents are on a fixed income and most struggle from month to month.Â
Needed items include toiletries, gift cards, slippers and pharmacy gift certificates.
Items may be dropped off at Cedar Oaks, 668 LPGA Blvd., Holly Hill, or at Highlands Manor, 956 Derbyshire Road, Daytona Beach.
Holiday parties will be Dec. 18, so items are needed before then.
For more information, call (386) 451-0813.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.coavolusia.org.
Who do you think you are?
The U.S. Daughters of 1812 are sponsoring a "Who do you think you are" genealogy lecture from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at City Island Library, Daytona Beach.
Representatives will be available from the U.S. Daughters of 1812, Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Colonists, Huguenot Society, Mayflower, U.S. Daughters of the Confederacy, Southeast Volusia Genealogical Society, New England Women Colonial Dames of the 17th Century.
Come and meet Librarian Kim Dolce who will talk about the genealogy collection.
For more information, call (386) 304-0387 or e-mail email@example.com.
Federal employees to meet
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 2247 will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov.19, at the Rivergrille Restaurant, N. U.S. 1, Ormond Beach.
The featured speaker will be Diane Thompson, who will talk about the upcoming changes to the Blue Cross/Blue Shield 2013 Insurance Program.
For more information, call (386) 441-9250.
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.
caregiver support group slated
Those caring for a loved one undergoing inpatient rehabilitation are invited to join Florida Hospital Oceanside for a Caregiver Support Group at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at, 264 S. Atlantic Ave., Ormond Beach, in the third floor conference room.
For more information, call (386) 676-4295.
Pet Vet Cruiser schedule released
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 November:
'¢Oakbrook Professional Center, 931 S. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand: Nov. 19 and 27.
'¢Fire Station 23, 1850 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach: Nov. 20.
'¢Rockin' Ranch, 801 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach: Nov. 28.
'¢John's Appliance City, 911 S. Volusia Ave., Orange City: Nov. 26.
Fees are based on income. Appointments are required and may be made by calling (386) 323-3575 in Daytona Beach, (386) 626-6643 in DeLand, or (386) 424-6875 in New Smyrna Beach.
For more information, visit volusia.org/petvet.
Daytona Beach library offers e-reader class
Learn how to download free books onto your e-reader during a workshop at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island.
Bring your e-reader, mobile phone or tablet. Free WiFi is available in the library.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16166.
Tips for dealing with grief during the holidays
Anyone who has had a loved one pass away and finds the holidays difficult is welcome to join Florida Hospital HospiceCare for a community presentation on how to handle grief during the holidays at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov.19, at the Church of the Holy Child, 1225 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach.
Registration is required. For more information, call (386) 671-4767.
Craft making event planned
Bishop's Glen Retirement Community will host 'Arts, Crafts & Laughs - A Christmas Craft Making Event' at 11 a.m. Nov. 21, at 900 LPGA Blvd., Holly Hill.
All craft material will be provided.
For more information or to make a reservation, call (386) 226-9110.
Thanksgiving dinner will be served
Hope Lutheran Church will host a Thanksgiving dinner at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, at 594 N. Williamson Blvd., Daytona Beach, for anyone who is alone or new families to the area.
Reservations are not required but are suggested, so the staff can prepare enough food.
For more information or to make a reservation, call (386) 274-7074 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Community Partnership for Children is in need of business 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
Andy Romano Beachfront Park to be featured in magazine
Even before its anticipated opening early next year, Ormond Beach's Andy Romano Beachfront Park, is making the news. The park will be featured in the December issue of the Parks & Rec Business Magazine.
Voters approved a referendum in the fall of 2010 for a beachfront park and the city bought the site at 839 S. Atlantic Ave. shortly thereafter. Local engineering firm Zev Cohen & Associates designed the park and local contractor Saboungi Construction is building it. It will open in early 2013.
Vendors needed for Poinsettia festival
On Saturday, Dec. 8, UCP/WORC will host a community Poinsettia Festival to celebrate the winter holidays.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holly Hill Market, 101 Second St., Holly Hill.
The Poinsettia Festival will provide family entertainment, fresh locally grown poinsettias and hand-made holiday ornaments for purchase, food and more. The festival will benefit UCP/WORC which provides services to youth and adults with disabilities.
Vendor applications for the Poinsettia Festival are now available online at www.ucpworc.org or call (386) 523-1398.
Food Addicts in Recovery to meet
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is available to those who suffer from food obsession, overeating, undereating and bulimia. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins at meetings. There are six meetings in Volusia County.
For more information call (386) 258-0610 or visit www.foodaddicts.org.
Community service award nominations sought
UCP/WORC is accepting nominations for the Schwartz Family Community Service Award. The award is named for Vance and Geraldine "Jerry" Schwartz, who opened the Work Oriented Rehabilitation Center in 1969.
The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a commitment and dedication to assisting people with disabilities.
The deadline to submit nominations is Dec. 15.
Nomination packets are available to download online at http://www.ucpword.org or by calling Georgeann Luxion, UCP/WORC director of relationships and development, at (386) 523-1398.