Watch a free movie at the Deltona Amphitheater Nov. 30
The Deltona Regional Library will show a free action movie, "The Amazing Spiderman" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the open-air setting of the Deltona Amphitheater, 2150 Eustace Ave.
The film is rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence. Moviegoers may bring snacks and beverages. The concession stand also will be open.
For more information, call (386) 789-7207 or visit www.volusialibrary.org.
City of Deltona seeks parks & recreation advisory committee members
The City of Deltona is currently looking for seven individuals interested in serving on the city's Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee. Individuals appointed to this committee serve one-year terms in a non-paid capacity.
The committee meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Deltona commission chambers and serves in an advisory capacity to make recommendations to the city commission on parks and recreation related projects, programs or activities.
Appointments to this committee are made by the city commission in accordance with the laws and ordinances of the city. Individuals appointed to this committee must be residents.
If interested contact the City Clerk's office for a committee application at (386) 878-8500 or download an application or apply on-line at www.deltonafl.gov. Deadline for receipt of applications is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.
Scrub strolls return to Lyonia Preserve
Due to popular demand, the staff of Lyonia Environmental Center is bringing scrub strolls back to Lyonia Preserve, a 360-acre scrub habitat in Deltona.
Attendees will take a one-hour guided hike through the preserve to learn about the plants and animals that live there. Lyonia Preserve is home to threatened Florida scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other animals.
The free strolls will begin at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Monday and Friday in December. There will also be a stroll at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.
Participants should meet at the Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona, wear closed-toe shoes and hats, and bring water and bug spray.
Reservations are requested and may be made by calling (386) 789-7207.
Manatee forum slated
The Save the Manatee Club and Blue Spring Alliance will sponsor a free public forum to address manatee conservation issues from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.
Wayne Hartley, a former park ranger at Blue Spring State Park, will discuss his 30 years of research on the parks' manatees. Patrick Rose, an aquatic biologist and executive director of the Save the Manatee Club, will discuss the new Blue Spring webcams. Dr. Katie Tripp, the club's director of science and conservation, will address manatee and water conservation issues and give tips on how the public can protect manatees and their habitat.
Reservations are requested and may be made by e-mailing email@example.com or calling (800) 432-5646.
Deltona library to host holiday fair Dec. 1
The Friends of the Library will host a holiday book and craft sale at the Deltona Regional Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.
Crafters are invited to purchase a table for $25.
For more information, call (386) 574-9376.
Arts and craft fair scheduled
Lake Helen's Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival in the Park will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 493 S. Lakeview Drive, Blake Park, Lake Helen. Admission is free. Art and Craft vendors welcome.
For more information, call (386) 228-9957.
A Zumbathon will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at University High School, 1000 W. Rhode Island Ave., Orange City.
There will be 11 local instructors and a special guest coming from Georgia.
General admission is
$20 along with a donation of a non-perishable food item.
Please ensure food donations are not expired.
Admission includes day care for children 5 to 12 years old.
There will be food and drinks provided to the children as well as arts, crafts and face painting.
Proceeds raised will be used to help three needy families have a special holiday.
The three families have been chosen by The Neighborhood Center at 434 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.
Lyonia Environmental Center plans Sunday programs
Lyonia Environmental Center is expanding its schedule by adding educational and entertaining programs on Sundays.
Upcoming programs include:
oRecycling rocks -- holiday style: 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2. Make an ornament with recycled materials during this festive activity. Hot apple cider will be served. The fee is $3 per person.
o Family game day: 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Play board games like Bug Bingo, work on puzzles, investigate specimens under a microscope, and get up close and personal with a hedgehog and albino corn snake. This program is free.
oHoliday parade scrub stroll: 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 16. Dress up in holiday attire and take a guided hike through Lyonia Preserve to look for signs of wildlife, investigate scrub plants, and learn what makes the scrub habitat so special. This program is free.
oPopcorn and a movie: 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 23 -- Learn about the Floridan Aquifer as you watch a free showing of "Water's Journey -- The Hidden Rivers of Florida," which brings to light an impending international crisis. Popcorn is free. Moviegoers can purchase bottled water, candy and chips.
Reservations are requested and may be made by calling (386) 789-7207.
For updates on what's happening at the LEC, visit www.lyoniapreserve.com.
Driver safety course offered
AARP will hold a driver safety course for seniors from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 11, at Deltona Senior Center, 980 Lakeshore Drive, Deltona. Another class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Dec. 11 and 12, at Deltona Memorial Funeral Home, 1295 Saxon Blvd.
The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Reservations with instructors are required.
To register for the one-day class in Deltona, call (407) 314-1798. To register for the two-day class in Orange city, call (201) 682-0997. For more information on additional classes, call (888) 227-7669 or visit www.aarp.org/drive.
DeBary Hall plans a Victorian Christmas
Experience a Victorian Christmas at DeBary Hall Historic Site by touring the 19th-century hunting lodge, listening to Christmas music and making old-fashioned ornaments Saturday, Dec. 8.
The lodge will be decorated for Christmas, and tours will focus on Victorian traditions, the history of the Christmas tree, various Santa Claus stories and how a German family, such as the deBarys, would have celebrated the holidays.
The tours will be available from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for regular admission fees, which are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children 2 and younger.
The Picky Chics, a group of Central Florida musicians, will play dulcimers in the living room from 1 to 2 p.m. Adults and children can make holiday ornaments on the lawn from 1 to 3:30 p.m. for a $3 materials fee.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call (386) 668-3840.
VCSO presents crime prevention seminar
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office will present a Crime Prevention Seminar, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Deltona City Hall commission chambers.
The seminar is open to the public, and begins at 6:30 p.m..
The topics to be discussed are identity theft, sexual offenders and basic crime prevention.
For more information, call (386) 860-7030.
Volusia County plans free outdoor adventures
Residents can ride the Spring-to-Spring Trail, create art from nature, and explore three of Volusia County's conservation lands during free outdoor adventures in December.
o Bike about: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4. Bicycle the paved Spring-to-Spring Trail from DeBary Hall Historic Site to Lake Monroe Park and back. Tour DeBary Hall afterward if you wish. All ages and abilities are welcome. Bike helmets are required. Meet at DeBary Hall, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary.
oGuided hike: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. Hike a beautiful one-mile trail through hardwood hammock and scrub at Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. Meet at 2317 Creek Shore Trail, New Smyrna Beach.
oNature into art -- Christmas style: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 8. After a short hike to collect materials, participants will create several pieces of art from clay, sand, leaves, sticks, seeds and vines. Meet at Bicentennial Youth Park, 3300 New York Ave., DeLand.
Reservations are required. For more information, call (386) 736-5276 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deltona conducts second annual 'Gift of Food' community drive
The City of Deltona is accepting donations of non-perishable food items. These items will be distributed among a network of organizations in the community to provide for those in need this holiday season.
For your convenience, you can drop off donations at the following locations:
oCity Hall, 2345 Providence Blvd.
oDeltona Community Center, 980 Lakeshore Drive.
oDeltona Water, 255 Enterprise Road.
oFire Station No. 61, 1685 Providence Blvd.
oFire Station No. 65, 2983 Howland Blvd.
oWes Crile Park, 1537 Norbert Terrace.
oHarris Saxon Community Center, 2329 California St.
Donations will be accepted through Dec. 14.
Teens can watch free flicks at Deltona Regional Library
Teens can watch free movies at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Deltona Regional Library auditorium:
"Men in Black 3" will be shown Dec. 5.
"The Dark Knight Rises" will be shown Dec. 12.
The films are rated PG-13, and attendees must be 13 or older. Moviegoers may bring snacks and beverages.
The library is open seven days a week at 2150 Eustace Ave. For more information, call (386) 789-7207.
Decorate Your Home for DeltonaTV
The city of Deltona is inviting its residents to send in a picture of their homes that are decorated for the holiday season.
These pictures will be part of the third annual Deltona Holiday Parade of Homes, a photo montage that will air on DeltonaTV/Bright House Cable Channel 199, and be showcased on the City website -- www.deltonafl.gov -- throughout the holidays.
Starting Nov. 26, residents who live in Deltona can send pictures of their "holiday house" to these e-mail addresses: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents should include their name and address, or the area where they live in Deltona. All of the submitted pictures will be reviewed and those selected will be broadcast during the Community Calendar segments of the DTV schedule, and can be seen on a special page on the city website. Anderson's Ace Hardware is joining the city for this holiday event, and is providing a gift certificate for the winning household.
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.