Legion Riders plan Haven Recovery Run
The American Legion Riders of Post 120 Holly Hill will have a motorcycle run benefiting Haven Recovery Center at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Breakfast will be scrambled eggs, hash browns and a biscuit. Bikes out at 11a.m. Stops are Haven Recovery, DeLand; American Legion Post No. 6, DeLand; Amvets Post No. 113, Bunnell; Dog Pound, Bunnell, and Post No. 120, 461 Walker St., Holly Hill.
Chef Joe will have food and Morgan & Morgan will provide the music.
Poker hands $10. Raffle and 50/50 to follow. For information, call (386) 258-5275.
Homeless veterans sought
American Legion Post 361 is looking for area homeless veterans who may need assistance this holiday season.
The event is call "A Safe and Warm Christmas." Post members hope to help as many as 40 homeless veterans during Christmas.
The post, along with the Bikers For First Amendment Rights, will host a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebration that will include meals, field packs, hair cuts and a two-night hotel stay.
The post also is collecting donations to give to area veterans during the event. Needed items include outdoor gear, non-perishable food, clothing, shoes and toiletries for men and women.
All veterans wanting to attend must be pre-registered and provide proof of an honorable discharge.
Post 361 is at 2648 S. Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona. For more information, call (386) 741-3661 or (386) 589-1179.
The Jerry Doliner Food Bank of the Jewish Federation is in need of donations.
The food bank helps about 500 people a week but the bank is running out of funds to purchase food.
All donated money is used to purchase food for the food bank. Administrative costs are absorbed by the federation.
The food bank is a 501c3 tax-deductible organization.
Donations may be made to: The Jerry Doliner Food Bank, 470 Andalusia Ave., Ormond Beach, FL 32174.
For more information, call (386) 672-0294.
Book sale planned
The Ormond-by-the-Sea Lions Club Book Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Regions Bank parking lot, 1400 Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond Beach.
Donations will benefit the Children's Home Society.
For information, call (386) 441-4421.
Low-cost pet clinic planned
The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will conduct a low-cost pet shot clinic from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25 at Choice Mattress 1501 N. Nova, Holly Hill.
This is a cash only clinic. Proceeds benefit abandoned animals. Donations of dry dog and cat food may be brought to these clinics.
For more information, call (386) 748-8993.
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.
The next mobile clinic will be at Rockin' Ranch, 801 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach on Nov. 28.
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.
W.I.S.E seminar planned
Wisdom In Senior Education will meet at 3:30 Tuesday, Nov. 27, at News-Journal Center at Daytona State College, 221 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach
The program will be "I Can See Inside You," featuring a presentation by Dr. Scott Klioze. Modern imaging techniques using X-Ray, MRI, PET scans and other non-invasive methods now allow doctors to see inside you without invasive procedures to help them diagnose diseases, detect structural problems and monitor how well treatments are progressing. Join us and learn about the latest innovations. Free to WISE members.
For more information, visit www.DaytonaState.edu/foundation/wiseevent.html, e-mail Foundation@DaytonaState.edu or call (386) 506-4425.
Daytona Beach library presents 'Medicare 101'
Are you enrolled in Medicare, or will you qualify within the next few years?
If so, you'll want to hear Ken Cornell's free presentation, "Medicare 101," from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the south auditorium of the Daytona Beach Regional Library - City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
Mr. Cornell, a counselor with Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders will explain what is covered under Medicare, how the individual parts differ from Medicare Advantage, and how to avoid potential financial penalties if you opt in at a future date.
Seniors needing further assistance also may sign up for free individual counseling sessions held from 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday through Dec. 7 in the library's computer lab. Medicare open enrollment runs through Dec. 7.
For more information, call (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16264.
The Casements closure
The Casements will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 29, and Friday, Nov. 30, in preparation for the holiday gala, which begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30.
Workshop to address early detection of Alzheimer's disease
The Alzheimer's Association will present a free workshop to help participants recognize the 10 signs of Alzheimer's from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
The interactive workshop will feature video clips of people with Alzheimer's disease.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 257-6036, Ext. 16264.
Loop group to meet
The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail Corridor Management Entity will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Ormond Beach Public Library, Conference Room 4, 30 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach.
All members and interested members of the public are encouraged to attend.
Let's Move Volusia's Youth Coalition to meet
The next quarterly meeting of the Let's Move Volusia's Youth Coalition will be from 3 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 28, in
Conference Room A at the
Volusia County Health Department, 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach.
Information regarding Let's Move Volusia's Youth can be found by visiting www.letsmovevolusiasyouth.org or e-mail email@example.com.
Grab a Bite for Sight at the River Grille
The 5th annual seafood buffet to benefit Florida Lions Conklin Center for the Blind will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at the River Grille on the Tomoka, 950 N. U.S. 1, Ormond Beach.
The 'All You Can Eat' buffet is $8.99 with coffee or tea included. There also will be drawings for door prizes.
The River Grille donates a portion of each diner's bill to the center to support its programs that help children and adults, who are blind and have additional disabilities, fully develop their potential for independence.
For more information, call (386) 258-3441 or visit www.conklincenter.org.
The Daytona Beach Chapter of Hadassah,
The Women's Zionist Organization of America, will once again have its annual gift-wrapping booth at Volusia Mall, 1700 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
The booth will be inside at the entrance to Macy's Department Store from Nov. 30 to Dec. 24, during mall hours.
Proceeds go to Hadassah Hospital. They treat everyone regardless of ethnicity.
This booth is operated by Volunteer's from Hadassah who have been wrapping gifts at Volusia Mall, at holiday time, for more than 30 years.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.
o935 E. New York Ave., DeLand
o168 Providence Blvd. Deltona
o733 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach
o3751 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.
Former mayor donates duplex to Food Brings Hope
Glenn and Connie Ritchey recently donated a Port Orange duplex to Food Brings Hope.
Founder Forough Hosseini said, "Food Brings Hope could not succeed in its mission of breaking the cycle of poverty for homeless and other economically disadvantaged children enrolled in Volusia County Schools, were it not for the generosity of community members, such as Glenn and Connie Ritchey."
With more than 2,200 homeless students in Volusia County Public Schools, Food Brings Home works in the elementary, middle and high schools to provide an after-school tutoring program that includes nourishing meals, rewards for improvement and opportunities to visit museums and attend cultural and sporting events. Area businesses and local colleges and universities have come forward to form partnerships with the non-profit to mentor and provide programs to over 500 Food Brings Hope students.
For additional information, or to contribute, e-mail Beth@FoodBringsHope.org or visit Food Brings Hope's website at www.FoodBringsHope.org.
Holiday for hounds
Holiday Hound Festival will be from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Daytona Beach Kennel Club, 960 S. Williamson Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Open to the public and all breeds of dogs.
There will be photos with Santa; crafts, pet and gift vendors, dog contests, blessing of the animals, food vendors, 50/50 raffle and silent auction.
For more information, call (386) 239-3647.
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.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority awards scholarships
This year, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Gamma Mu Omega Chapter, awarded $8,000 in academic scholarships to deserving Daytona Beach area college-bound students.
Eight $1,000 scholarships were presented to the following Daytona Beach area students: Dymond Anthony, Tyra Fennell, DeAngelo Howard, Jade McCrary, Siarrah Davis, Montre Carson, Ricardo Spencer and Marissa Moss.