The annual 29th Ed Root Memorial 5K/10K Run will be Saturday, Dec. 1, in the NSB Waterfront LOOP.
The race begins at 8 a.m. at the corner of Flagler Avenue and Pine Street, New Smyrna Beach.
Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Coronado Civic Center, 223 Flagler Avenue.
Race-day registration is $30 for adults and $20 for students. Pre-registration is $25 and closes at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28. T-shirts only are guaranteed for racers who register in advance.
As a charter member of the Daytona Area Grand Prix Series, both timed races count for Grand Prix points.
For more information or a registration form, call (386) 424-2175 or log on to www.cityofnsb.com.
Yard sale planned
A community yard sale will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Indian River Self Storage, 3515 S. Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater.
Seller spaces are available. Ten percent of proceeds benefit breast cancer research.
For more information, call (386) 428-1377.
Community forum series to explore issues of sexual orientation and Christianity
The second in a series of community forums hosted by the United Church of Christ in New Smyrna Beach is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 203 Washington St., New Smyrna Beach.
This month's subject is "Intolerance, Sexual Orientation and Christianity."
The Rev. Michael Fronk, chaplain of Stetson University, will speak and lead the forum. Marriage equality and homosexuality in the Bible will be among the subjects discussed, and the audience will be invited to participate in a moderated question and answer period.
Coffee and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (386) 690-9295.
Open house slated
American Legion Post 285 will host an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4497 S. U.S. 1, Edgewater.
The post will be open to the public and especially those who have family in the military and to those who have served the country in the past along with their families.
There will be a pig roast with all the fixin's for the cost of $6 along with entertainment, fun and games.
Holiday craft fair planned
The Samsula Woman's Club will host a holiday craft fair on Saturday, Dec. 1.
The fair will feature crafts, collectables, gifts, raffles, and a bake sale.
The Samsula Woman's Club Cookbook will be available for purchase.
Breakfast will be served 8 to 9 a.m., Lunch from 11a.m. to 1 p.m.
Come shop from lots of local crafters and support the Samsula Woman's Club scholarship fund.
The fair will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SNPJ Lodge, 421 Samsula Drive, Samsula. Vendors please contact Grace Daniels at 386-426-2841 or email@example.com.
Sign up children for Imagination Library
The Friends of the New Smyrna Beach Library are proud to be an affiliate of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and will host its first registration drive from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach.
The goal of the event is to introduce the community to the program, and to register any children who are under 5 years of age, and who reside in ZIP codes 32168 and 32169.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library was started by the singer in 1996 in her home state of Tennessee to foster a love of reading among preschool children by providing them a specially selected book each month. Today this international literacy program provides a monthly book to more than 668,000 children.
Parents may register their children at the event or fill out a registration form online.
A complete set of books will be available for review, and refreshments will be served. The goal of the Imagination Library is to help children dream more, learn more, care more and be more through reading.
For more information, visit folnewsmyrna.org and click on Imagination Library.
Driver safety course offered
AARP will conduct a driver safety course for seniors from 9 a.m. to noon, Dec. 3 and 4, at 201 S. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Reservations with instructors are required.
To register, call (386) 427-7373. For more information on additional classes, call (888) 227-7669 or visit www.aarp.org/drive.
Caregiver support group planned
The Council on Aging of Volusia County will host a dementia caregiver support group at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Coronado United Methodist Church, 201 S. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
Respite care is provided at all Council on Aging support groups for those in the early to mid-stage of dementia.
Reservations are not required.
For more information, call (386) 253-4700, Ext. 204.
Belong to meet
The New Smyrna Beach Women's Community Outreach Group Belong will meet from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Venetian Bay Clubhouse, 63 N. Airport Road, New Smyrna Beach.
This will be the Christmas candlelight and snowflake luncheon. The Holiday Merry Melodies and the Harmony Soundwaves will perform. Cost is $14.
Participants are asked to bring an ornament for the gift exchange. Donations of nonperishable food items will be collected for area food pantries.
Reservations are required by Thursday, Dec. 6.
To make a reservation or for more information, call (386) 663-4593 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garden Club to meet
The New Smyrna Beach Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2000 Turnbull Bay Road.
An introduction to design class is being offered by club members Sally Flanagan (Master Judge) and Diana Burgess (Judge).
A catered lunch will be offered after the meeting. Meetings are open to the public, but reservations are required for lunch.
For more information or to make a reservation, call (386) 409-7912.
DAR to meet
Daughters of the American Revolution, Jane Sheldon Chapter, New Smyrna Beach, will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Cuda Café, New Smyrna Beach High School. The school's culinary department will prepare the Christmas luncheon.
The program "When Puritans Banned Christmas" will be presented by Norma Hoehndorf, DAR Units Overseas Chairman.
Women whose ancestors participated in the American Revolution and desire membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution are invited to call (386) 428-2507 for additional information.
Santa to stop Toys for Tots Train Dec. 8 in the LOOP
Few things are more exciting to young children at the holidays than Santa Claus and choo-choo trains. Life-sized versions of both will make a stop in the NSB Waterfront LOOP Saturday, Dec. 8.
Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. Santa Claus will arrive at 10:15 a.m. on a nearly 900-foot Florida East Coast Railroad train at the railroad tracks at Canal Street and U.S. 1. During the 20-minute stop, the big guy and Mrs. Claus will provide 1,000 toys to the local Toys for Tots program and will greet local children and families.
Children attending the stop also may donate to the Toys for Tots drive.
For more information, call (386) 423-2184.
LOOP to offer free holiday light tours in December
LOOP-goers may sit back and let someone else do the driving to view holiday luminaries next month. Holiday light lovers may do the LOOP on a holiday light tour from 6:30-9:30 p.m., December 8, 15, and 22, in New Smyrna Beach.
'Lights on the LOOP' tours will begin at Christmas Park on the corner of Live Oak and Canal street. The 30-minute tours will take in the lighted displays in the area's downtown business districts.
Tours are free, but seating is limited. Reservations are required.
For reservations or more information, call (386) 424-2175.
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.
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.
Book signing scheduled
Author Tim Dorsey is will have a book signing at 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at Book Rack of Edgewater, 108 W. Indian River Blvd.
Mr. Dorsey was born in Indiana, moved to Florida at the age of 1, and grew up in a small town about an hour north of Miami called Riviera Beach.
He graduated from Auburn University in 1983. While at Auburn, he was editor of the student newspaper, The Plainsman.
From 1983 to 1987, he was a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal, the now-defunct evening newspaper in Montgomery. He joined The Tampa Tribune in 1987 as a general assignment reporter. He also worked as a political reporter in the Tribune's Tallahassee bureau and a copy desk editor. From 1994 to 1999, he was the Tribune's night metro editor. He left the paper in August 1999 to write full time.
Mr. Dorsey has since published 15 novels in several languages: "Florida Roadkill," "Hammerhead Ranch Motel," "Orange Crush," "Triggerfish Twist," "The Stingray Shuffle," "Cadillac Beach," "Torpedo Juice," "The Big Bamboo" "Hurricane Punch," "Atomic Lobster," "Nuclear Jellyfish," "Gator A-Go-Go," "Electric Barracuda," "When Elves Attack" and "Pineapple Grenade."
He lives in Tampa with his family.
For more information, call (386) 423-1190.
Veterans to be remembered
On Saturday, Dec. 15, members of the Southeast Volusia community will gather to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day.
The Civil Air Patrol has volunteered to conduct the Wreaths Across America ceremony this year at noon, Dec. 15, at the Edgewater/New Smyrna Cemetery, 700. S. Ridgewood Ave.
Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember all soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who served, honor their sacrifices, and teach younger generations about the high cost of our freedoms.
Specially designated wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and POW/MIA will be placed on memorials during a ceremony that will be coordinated simultaneously at more than 750 participating locations all across the country.
For more information, call (386) 405-2359.
Santa returns to Historic Canal Street
Jolly Ol' St. Nick will pose for photographs and make a note of the holiday wishes of children in Southeast Volusia County through Dec. 17.
To accommodate busy parents, Santa will open his doors for daytime and evening visits. His schedule is:
oFriday, Nov. 30, 5-8 p.m.
oSaturday, Dec. 1, 1-4 p.m.
oFriday, Dec. 7, 6-8 p.m.
oSaturday, Dec. 8, 1-4 p.m.
oFriday, Dec. 14, 6-8 p.m.
oSaturday, Dec. 15, 1-4 p.m.
For more information, contact the New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at (386) 424-2175.
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 also is 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.
Sign-ups for assistance will be from noon to 2 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.coavolusia.org.
Early New Year's Eve party fundraiser scheduled
An early New Year's Eve party is planned from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach.
There will be a buffet and dancing on the large dance floor to the music of the Marc Monteson Quartet.
For those who hate going out late at night for New Year's Eve parties, this is the event for you.
When guests arrive, the party will be on the same time as Helsinki, Finland; Istanbul, Turkey; and Athens, Greece of 8 p.m., thus the midnight hour will happen at 5 p.m. New Smyrna Beach time.
Pre-sale ticket price is $25 per person and $30 the day of the event. Tickets are available at Gone Bonkers, 314 Flagler Ave.; Southern Trends, 334 Canal St.; The Pennysaver, 223 Canal St.; and TUI Pack 'n Ship, 1321 Saxon Blvd. (near Publix).
Partial proceeds of the event will benefit The New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival and the Mayor's Golf Tournament Fund.
For more information, call (386) 423-9760.