Learn about changes to Oakridge Boulevard
The Florida Department of Transportation will host an open house on proposed plans to change Oakridge Boulevard in Daytona Beach at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, in the Rose Room at Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Blvd.
Participants will be able to review project displays, provide input and watch a presentation video. Project aerials and virtual reality will be used to provide visualization of the proposed improvements, which include:
•Reducing the number of lanes from three to two;
•Adding a 7-foot-wide buffered bike lane; and,
•Milling and resurfacing the existing pavement.
Cardinal Avenue off-beach parking lot open
The Cardinal Avenue off-beach parking lot at 650 S. Atlantic Ave. in Ormond Beach is open for use.
The facility features 124 parking spaces; restrooms are available across the signaled intersection at the beach ramp. A designated space is reserved for ambulances to charge their equipment during standby.
An operations facility on-site is nearing completion. The facility will be used to store maintenance and operational items for the Beach Safety and Coastal Divisions, and will act as a satellite office for Coastal maintenance staff.
Overnight parking between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. is not permitted.
Mandatory workshops set for ECHO grant program
The Volusia County Environmental, Cultural, Historical and Outdoor
Recreation Grants-in-Aid program is starting the 2019-2020 grant cycle with two workshops.
Eligible applicants who wish to apply must attend at least one of these workshops:
•2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, second-floor training room, Volusia County Historic Courthouse, 125 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand
•2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, third-floor training room, C Volusia County Lifeguard Headquarters, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach
The workshops are open to the public.
For more information, visit
Tag and title office closed
Volusia County’s Daytona Beach Tax, Tag and Title Office, which is
temporarily in the Ocean Center, will close at noon Tuesday, Aug. 20, for building maintenance. It will reopen at 8 a.m. the following morning.
Other county-operated Tax, Tag and Title Offices are open five days a week at 2744 Enterprise Road, Orange City; 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand;
and 111 Canal St., New Smyrna Beach.
LPGA Boulevard traffic study workshop
Volusia County will conduct a public workshop to discuss draft findings of a recent LPGA Boulevard area transportation study at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Daytona Beach Police Station community room, 129 Valor Blvd.
Maps and other graphics will be available for viewing, with staff available to answer questions. The study
presentation will begin at 7 p.m.
Conducted by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, the study analyzed existing traffic conditions and transportation demands of new development in the LPGA Boulevard area.
Improvements considered include LPGA Boulevard widening, Williamson Boulevard widening, Tymber Creek Road extension from State Road 40 to LPGA, Tournament Drive extension to State Road 40, Dunn Avenue extension, and Hand Avenue extension.
Low-cost pet clinics slated
There will be two low-cost pet shot clinics sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue on Sunday, Aug. 18.
The first clinic will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at Big Lots, 122 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach.
The second clinic will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Big Lots, 3818 S. Nova Road, Port Orange.
The third clinic will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Big Lots, 1998 State Road 44, New Smyrna Beach.
Heart worm prevention and flea control products will be available to buy. The cash only clinics benefit abused animals.
For more information, call (386) 748-8993.
Republicans meet Aug. 21
The Daytona Beach Republican Club will meet at noon, Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Palmetto Club at 1000 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
Lunch is $20 with a required reservation. For more information, call (386) 308-0073.
DB library plans computer classes
Pick up some new computer skills with free programs at the Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
Library staff will conduct these classes in August:
•Stay safe online: 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. Pick up tips on creating a strong password and password managers.
•E-books and e-audiobooks: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28. Learn how to use your library card to check out free e-books and e-audiobooks.
Registration is requested; visit volusialibrary.org or call
(386) 257-6036, option 4.
Clear the Shelters
Halifax Humane Society will have pets available for adoption at reduced adoption fees from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, during Clear The Shelters .
Cat’s Pride and NBC Universal Owned Television Stations are partners in sponsoring Clear the Shelters for a second year.
There will be discounted adoption fee specials for the day as well as two (one for dogs, one for cats) accessories/food packages available. A package, worth at much as $50, includes food, collar, Weiss Walkie leash, bowl, bed and training crate.
For more information, visit halifaxhumanesociety.org.
Ormond library offers free computer classes
Adults can improve their computer skills with free classes at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St.
Upcoming beginners programs include:
•Basic e-resources: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.
•Basic Excel: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29.
Participants may bring their own laptops. Eight library laptops, which use a Windows 10 operating system, are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Reservations are required, call (386) 676-4191, option 4.
God's Little Angels seeks to save 'soles'
Mary Barrs and her God's Little Angels charity have launched a back-to-school shoe drive to benefit about 300 Head Start children in Volusia County.
Ms. Barrs said donations to help with the project are welcome.
Checks made out to God's Little Angels Inc. can be sent to SunTrust Bank, 200 S. Palmetto Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32114.
Donations of socks, underwear and toiletries also are needed. Donors may call (386) 253-5349 to arrange a drop-off.
Announce your event
Hometown News will again publish “In Season” at the end of September.
“In Season” is a master calendar for special events in Volusia County between Sept. 27 and March 31. It includes concerts, festivals, sporting events, theater performances, holiday events and art exhibits.
Send details of the event, including name of event; time, day and date; address; brief description of event; any cost; and a telephone number or a website to give the the public more information.
Also, list a contact and phone number (not for publication). Deadline for submitting information is Aug. 28.
Daytona Beach library hosts Stargazer Series
Explore the summer sky with Dr. Jason Aufdenberg from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
The program will begin in the library auditorium with basic instruction on how telescopes work, followed by a simulation of the Daytona Beach area sky using Starry Night software. The group will move outside to view celestial objects using the library’s SkyQuest telescope.
The free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Daytona Beach Regional Library. For more information, call (386) 257-6036, option 4.
Democrats meet Aug. 20
The Democratic Club of Northeast Volusia County will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Red Lobster, 2625 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
The meeting room will be available at 5:30 p.m. for those who would like to eat dinner or just socialize.
Quilt show trip
Memory Makers Quilt Guild will host a bus trip to the Jacksonville Quilt Show Sept. 19.
The cost is $35, which includes admission, the cost of the bus and a tip for the driver. Pickup will be at 8 a.m at the Walmart Supercenter on Granada Boulevard in Ormond Beach.
To join, send a check to Memory Makers Quilt Guild, Audrey Purcell, 7 President Lane, Palm Coast, FL 32164.
Trip will be canceled and checks returned if 45 people have not signed up by Sept. 1. No refunds unless trip is canceled.
For more information, email email@example.com.
County plans Explore Volusia programs
Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs in August. Reservations are required; call (386) 736-5927.
The outdoor adventures include:
•Sharks: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20. Shark enthusiast Marilyn Sullivan will share fascinating facts about sharks during a presentation at Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park, 700 Sandpiper St., New Smyrna Beach.
•Blue Spring paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. Learn about wildlife, water quality and the importance of springs during this leisurely paddling trip near Blue Spring State Park. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at the end of West French Avenue, Orange City, about one mile past the park entrance.
•Blue Spring snorkeling program: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28. Bring your snorkel gear to explore the spring habitat at Blue Spring State Park and learn about the importance of springs. Participants must be able to swim. Those under age 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times. The park will charge its regular admission fee. Meet at Blue Spring State Park, 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City.
Daytona Beach library hosts jazz concert
Enjoy some smooth and stylish jazz music from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.
The Howard Post Trio will be joined by vocalist Allison Michele and Tracy Alexander on drums. Mr. Post will play archtop electric guitar with Ron Gilotti on acoustic double bass.
They will perform standards from the Great American Songbook, jazz pieces with original arrangements and several original compositions.
The free concert is part of the monthly jazz in the Library program sponsored by the Friends of the Daytona Beach Regional Library. For more information, call (386) 257-6036, option 4.
So Long Summer – Sip Savor & Stroll
The Ormond Beach Historical Society and Ormond Beach Mainstreet will host So Long Summer – Sip, Savor & Stroll from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.
This will include an afternoon of summer fun with live music and food and beverage samples from local restaurants along New Britain Avenue. Restaurants are 31 Supper Club, Rose Villa Southern Table & Bar, Grind Gastropub & Kona Tiki Bar, 63 Sovereign and Hull’s Seafood Restaurant and Market.
The stroll begins at the Anderson-Price Memorial Building at 42 North Beach Street. Participants may park in the public parking.
Only 300 tickets will be available. The cost is $25 in advance or $30 day of event. The event is a fundraiser for the Ormond Beach Historical Society. Buy tickets at ormondhistory.org or call (386) 677-7005.
Environmental Discovery Center
The Environmental Discovery Center will host programs at 601 Division Ave., Ormond Beach.
A series of puppet shows is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28. The free shows will be nature themed.
For more information, call (386) 615-7081.
Tickets are on sale for Conviva Care Center's Dancing Through The Decades from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.
Tickets are $45 per person or $35 for seniors 65 and older, which includes buffet dinner, raffle prizes, valet parking, photo booth, door prize drawing, music by Mister D.J. Entertainment.
Participants should wear attire from their favorite decade. All proceeds benefit the Council on Aging.
Tickets are at coavolusia.org or call (386) 253-4700, ext 250.
Summer Native Plant Swap Meet
The Pawpaw Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will host a park trip and plant swamp at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Indian River Preserve Park.
The event begins with a guided walk around the preserve followed at 10 a.m. with the native plant swap. Everyone attending can take home native plants. There is no requirement to bring a plant.
The event is free. Participants should meet at the Park at 700 Sandpiper St., New Smyrna Beach.
Adult programs on tap in Oak Hill
The Oak Hill Public Library offers programs for adults at VIA Hall, 126 E. Halifax Ave., Oak Hill.
The free activities are:
•Senior exercise: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. Seniors can take part in low-impact exercises. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and bring a bottle of water.
For more information, call (386) 345-5510.
NSB library plans adult programs
The New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, offers free programs to help adults learn new skills and make new friends.
Library volunteer Carolyn Carlisle will offer genealogy assistance from 1 to 3 p.m. every Monday in August. She will explain how to use the library's free databases, which include Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest, America's Historical Newspapers and Fold 3. Ask for her at the reference desk.
Bring a current knitting or crochet project to stitch away the time with others at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. If you're new to knitting and crocheting, others will show you how to get started.
Create a summer wreath using clothespins and your imagination at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22. Supplies will be provided.
NSB library shows free films
Cool off and catch a free matinee at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.
August's lineup includes:
•"King of Thieves:" 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16. Michael Caine and Michael Gambon star. Rated R, 108 minutes.
•"Glass:" 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. James McAvoy, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson star. Rated PG-13, 110 minutes.
•"Fighting with My Family:" 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. Florence Pugh, Dwayne Johnson and Lena Headey star. Rated PG-13, 107 minutes.
For more information, call (386) 424-2910, option 4.
Family movies on tap at NSB library
Make movie watching a family affair at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.
The free movies include:
•"The LEGO Movie 2:" 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Rated PG, 107 minutes.
•"How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World:" 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. Rated PG, 110 minutes.
For more information, call (386) 424-2910, option 4.
Edgewater library offers e-lab help
Enhance computer skills and get assistance with job searches in the e-lab at the Edgewater Public Library, 103 W. Indian River Blvd.
Staff helps residents from 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday. The e-lab provides internet access for job searches and access to e-governance applications.
Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call (386) 424-2916.
Association offers bingo
The Florida Shores Property Owners Association will host hot ball bingo from 10 a.m. to noon each Monday at 2932 Lime Tree Drive.
Hand Knee and Foot card game is played at 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays.
For more information or a reservation, call (386) 410-6292.
Grief support group
A grief support group will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Ridgewood Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
For more information, call (386) 427-2523 or (386) 872-1336.
Seashore sets activities
Canaveral National Seashore will host Canoe Mosquito Lagoon at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 and 28. Participants must be at least 8 years old to paddle. Participants depart from the Visitor Center at 9:45 a.m., weather permitting. Individuals with their own kayak or canoe may join. Reservations are required and space is limited.
“Endangered Species” will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29. Learn about the endangered animals who call Canaveral National Seashore home. Meet at the Visitor Center at 10 a.m.
The Visitor's Center is at 7611 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
For a reservation, call (386) 428-3384, ext. 0. For more information, visit nps.gov/cana.
Cheeseburger in Paradise
The Rotary Clubs of Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach will host the seventh annual Cheeseburger in Paradise from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday Aug. 24, at the Women’s Club, 403 Lytle Ave., New Smyrna Beach,
Admission includes all-you-can-eat cheeseburgers, desserts and drinks as local restaurants compete to win Best Cheeseburger, Best Specialty Burger and Best Dessert. Live music will be performed by the Caribbean Chillers, a Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band.
Proceeds benefit local youth scholarships and other local youth activities.
The cost is $50.
For more information, visit edgewaterrotary.org.
Club raises funds for Pop Warner
The Brotherhood Riders Club hosted a fundraiser for Pop Warner sports Saturday, Aug. 3, at AmVets Post 2 in Edgewater.
The club raised $1,000 for the Edgewater/New Smyrna Beach Pop Warner League from local businesses donating gift baskets and a Caribbean cruise and many.
Free movies at Port Orange library
The Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle, will show popular movies in July and August
The free lineup includes:
•“Breakthrough:” 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19. Chrissy Metz stars. Rated PG, 116 minutes.
•“A Dog’s Journey:” 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26. Dennis Quaid stars. Rated PG, 109 minutes.
For more information, call (386) 322-5152, option 4.
Plant clinics planned
Volusia County’s master gardeners will share gardening tips and answer questions during plant clinics in August. Residents can bring their plants for a free check-up.
•2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
For more information, call the Volusia County Extension Service at 386-822-5778.
Ice cream for seniors
The Port Orange Parks and Recreation Department will present a free senior citizen day bingo bonanza from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Port Orange Adult Center, 4790 S. Ridgewood Ave.
Light snacks and refreshments will be served.
For more information, call (386) 506-5867.
Museum guy goes ‘off the beaten path’
Zach Zacharias will discuss destinations that are truly off the beaten path from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
Mr. Zacharias, the senior curator of education at the Museum of Arts & Sciences, will share information about natural wonders, scenic drives and historic places in Florida.
For more information about the free program, call (386 322-5152, option 4.
Elder law attorney to speak at Port Orange library
Erica Johnson, a Daytona Beach attorney who specializes in elder law, will kick off a series of legal talks for senior citizens at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
Ms. Johnson, who graduated from Mainland High School and earned her law degree from the University of Florida, will explain how to prepare your legal and financial journey into the golden years.
For more information, call (386) 322-5152, option 4.