Walking with the City Manager

The city of Ormond Beach will host “Walking with the Manager” at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Nova Community Center, 440 N. Nova Road.

Participants should meet at the parking area near the Main Trail entrance.

Guest walker will be Robert Carolin, Leisure Services Director. Citizens may join for a walk, ask questions, share comments and offer suggestions.

For a reservation, visit facebook.com/events/487397155313805.

Coffee with a cop

The Ormond Beach Police Department will host Coffee with a Cop from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Starbucks, 247 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach.

Customers may sit down with officers and ask questions or share what is on their minds.

Free coffee provided by Starbucks.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees to meet

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Stonewood's, 100 S. Atlantic Ave., in Ormond Beach. Ellen Spradley, CPA, will discuss tax changes that will affect the filing of 2019 taxes. For more information, call (770) 883-1653.

Manatee Watch volunteers needed

Volusia County is looking for volunteers to participate in Manatee Watch, a program that identifies the presence of manatees in local waterways.

A training sessions will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach.

The program is open to individuals, families, businesses and civic organizations. Participants must be at least 16 years old.

Advance registration is required for the free training. Contact Debbie Wright at ManateeWatch@volusia.org or (386) 736-5927, ext. 12.

County seeks agencies for summer food program

Churches, social service agencies and private nonprofits can help Volusia County’s Community Assistance Division feed children by providing a safe place for them to eat this summer.

Staff is looking for sites to participate in the Summer BreakSpot program, which will run for 11 weeks from June 1 to Aug. 14 an informational meeting will at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Hope Place Public Library, 1310 Wright St., Daytona Beach.

Applications are due by March 13. For more information, contact Human Services Manager Clayton Jackson at (386) 736-5956 or cjackson@volusia.org.

Reel in the Fun

The City of Ormond Beach will host Reel in the Fun free children's fishing tournament from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 15, at Central Park, 601 Fleming Ave., Ormond Beach.

Registration is required. Register at the Ormond Beach Leisure Services Department, 399 U.S. 1, Ormond Beach.

For more information, call (386) 676-3250.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Ormond Beach Department of Leisure Services and Halifax River Audubon Society will present a free community event, The Great Backyard Bird Count, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at The Environmental Discovery Center, 601 Division Ave.

The society will provide guided bird walks through Central Parks’ trails and official counting stations at the Joyce Ebbets Observation Pier and the center. There will be bird-themed games on the lawn, crafts in the classroom and tours inside the facility.

Free parking is available. For more information, call (386) 615-7081.

Sons of the American Revolution will meet

The Daytona-Ormond Sons of the American Revolution will host a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Golden Corral Buffet and Grill, 907 Taylor Road, Port Orange.

Anyone interested in attending and joining the chapter may attend.

The Registrar Richard Lyon also will be available to help research prospective Revolutionary War ancestry. The meeting is free. The cost of the lunch is paid at the door.

The program will be on George Washington: a Jefferson Perspective. John Stewart, a first person re-enactor/presenter/ interpreter from St. Petersburg will be the presenter.

Reservations are required by Monday, Feb. 17. For a reservation call (386) 956-7558, (386) 943-8647 or email helder@cfl.rr.com.

Parent & Community Cafe

One Voice For Volusia will host a parent and community cafe from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Volusia County Health Department, 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach.

Parent Cafés provide an opportunity for parents and caregivers to interact with other parents and caregivers about things that are important to building and maintaining strong, healthy families. The Cafés are “hosted” by parents from the community who have been trained on how to help facilitate the conversation and discussion about Protective Factors. The goals of these Cafes are to help parents help each other.

Free childcare at this location only.

For more information, call (386) 252-4277.

Housing voucher sign up event

One Voice For Volusia will host a housing voucher sign up from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at 211 N Ridgewood Ave., Daytona Beach.

The voucher program provides non elderly, low income families, with disabled members (18-61) the opportunity to reside in affordable housing of their choice. Participants should bring proof of disability

identification card and income information.

Various agencies will be on site to assist with applications and answer questions.

County plans Explore Volusia programs

Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs in February.

Reservations are required; call (386) 736-5927.

Upcoming events include:

•Longleaf Preserve Hike: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Participants will learn about the connections between soils and the plant and animal communities of the wetlands. Meet at the preserve’s west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave., DeLand.

•Eco-buggy ride: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25. Ride through Longleaf Pine Preserve while learning about its scenery and the importance of the land. Bring a bag lunch and beverage for a stop at the pavilion, where you will learn about marine mammals and their importance in the ecosystem. Meet at the preserve’s west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave., DeLand.

•Highbridge paddle and fishing adventure: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. Learn about strategies for restoring mangroves, oysters and salt marsh in areas of the Tomoka River. Ethical angling will be discussed, and participants are encouraged to bring their fishing gear. A Florida saltwater fishing license is required and all regulations must be followed. Participants are not required to fish to participate. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 39 Highbridge Road, Ormond Beach.

Mondays with the Mayor

Share thoughts and ideas with Ormond Beach Mayor Bill Partington at Mondays with the Mayor at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Biggby Coffee Ormond, 1345 W. Granada Blvd

For a reservation, visit facebook.com/events/588124185301982.

Accreditation team invites comments about police

A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation will arrive April 21 to examine all aspects of the Ormond Beach Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

The department has to comply with about 250 standards in order to maintain accredited status.

Agency members and the public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team by emailing flaccreditation@fdle.state.fl.us or writing to CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Fla. 32302.

Support group for foster families

One Voice For Volusia hosts a monthly support group for families involved in the foster care system.

For meeting times and locations, call or text (386) 852-9098 or visit myfamilyunited.com.

Low-cost pet clinics

There will be three lower cost pet shot clinics sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue Sunday, Feb. 16.

The first clinic will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at Big Lots Plaza, 122 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach.

The second clinic will be 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Johns Appliance, 943 Beville Road, South Daytona.

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. Cash only for the shots. Cards accepted for products. The clinic is open to everyone. No appointment needed. Proceeds benefit animals.

For more information, call or text (386) 748-8993.

Rummage sale

The New Smyrna Beach Garden Club will host its annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15, at its clubhouse at 2000 Turnbull Road, New Smyrna Beach.

For more further information, call (386) 427-7794.

Love will be in the air during Cupid’s Challenge

People of all ages may try their hand at solving some of love’s mysteries in a Valentine’s-themed escape challenge Feb. 14 and 15, at the Edgewater Public Library, at 103 W. Indian River Blvd.

Cupid’s Challenge, the encounter will lead participants throughout the library and a series of secrets to unravel and riddles to solve. On average, it will take 25 to 35 minutes to complete.

The challenge will be going on all day.

For more information, call (386) 424-2916.

Bingo Binge is back

The Council on Aging of Volusia County is hosting a Valentine’s-themed Bingo tournament presented by Butler Insurance Services and Complete Health from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in the Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Drive.

The $10 admission includes lunch. The $25 package includes raffle prizes and door prize drawing.

Doors open at noon. Tickets are available at all COA Senior Centers or by calling (386) 253-4700, ext. 240.

After hours

The Southeast Volusia Republican Club will host an after hours from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Springhill Suites on Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach.

The event and parking are free. For a a reservation, email rcsvc@yahoo.com or call (386) 957-7021.

Musical instruments for all children

The Rotary Club of Edgewater and New Smyrna will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, for the new stand-alone instruments for children of all ages at the New Smyrna Beach Sports Complex, 1800 Turnball Bay Road.

Lionfish presentation

Marine Science Center Educational Enrichment will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach.

The program will feature Florida Wildlife & Fisheries Lionfish Programs. The host will be Jessica Valek of the FWC Lionfish Control Team.

Beverages and cookies will be served.

For a reservation, email mscvolunteer@volusia.org.

Volunteers needed

The New Smyrna Beach Area Visitors Bureau is looking for volunteers to work four-hour weekly shifts.

The volunteers will answer phones, greet visitors, provide directions, answer questions, distribute information about local attractions and help at special events.

For more information, call (386) 410-6954 or email suzie@visitnsbfla.com.

Plants of Canaveral lecture

“Plants of Canaveral National Seashore” will be the topic of the Marine Discovery Center’s Public Lecture Series at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at 520 Barracuda Blvd. New Smyrna Beach

Dr. Don Spence, assistant professor in the natural sciences department at Bethune-Cookman University, will be the guest speaker.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call (386) 428-4828.

February adult programs at the NSB library

The New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, has a lineup of free programs in February to help adults learn new skills and make friends.

Upcoming programs include:

•Genealogy assistance: 1 to 3 p.m. every Monday. Library volunteer Carolyn Carlisle will offer assistance on using the library’s free databases.

•Qigong: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Certified instructor Ann Minoff will lead the classes with gentle physical movements, mental focus and meditation.

•Knitting and crocheting: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb 19. Bring a knitting or crochet project to stitch away the time with others.

•Create unique jewelry: 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb 20. Bring your own materials and tools. Jewelry and supplies cannot be sold, but swapping and sharing are encouraged.

For more information, call (386) 424-2910, option 4.

FLOW visits NSB library

The FLOW mobile will be in the library’s parking lot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.

Drivers can get most of their licensing needs, but written and driving tests will not be provided.

For document options and more information, visit gathergoget.com.

Seashore sets activities

Canaveral National Seashore will host Canoe Mosquito Lagoon at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 and 26.

Meet at the Apollo Visitor Center at 7611 S. Atlantic Ave. at 8:45 a.m. Participants must be at least 8 years old. Individuals with their own kayak or canoe may join. Reservations are required as space is limited. Canoe/kayak rentals are $25. Call (386) 428-3384 ext. 0 to reserve a spot. Meet at the Visitor Center at 8:45a.m.

Plants Walk will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday Feb. 26. Meet at parking lot No. 9 at 10 a.m. Feb. 26, to explore Eldora Hammock Loop trail.

Learn about the endangered animals who call Canaveral National Seashore home at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Meet at the Visitor Center.

A Brown Bag Lunch will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19. The topic will be Resources of Canaveral. Meet in the Visitor Center for an hour-long presentation. Then head out to the pavilion for lunch with an open air time for questions and answers. Participants should bring their own lunch.

Birding 101 will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. This birding adventure will begin at the Visitor Center then travel throughout the park. Participants must provide their own transportation. Bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and binoculars.

A beach clean-up will be from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 18. Bring water, sunscreen, bug repellent, work gloves and a hat. Trash bags will be provided. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Learn about Seaglass at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29. Create a piece of jewelry from seaglass found on the seashore. Reservations are required and open one week prior. Class size is limited. All supplies provided. Meet at the Visitor Center.

For more information or a reservation, call (386) 428-3384, ext. 0, or visit nps.gov/cana.

Oak Hill’s history to come alive during Feb. 25

Local Marie Goodrich, a former teacher, newspaper correspondent and avid photographer, who was born and raised in Oak Hill, will share stories about a bygone era and her colorful childhood at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the VIA Hall at 126 E. Halifax Ave..

Sponsored by the Oak Hill Public Library.

For more information, call (386) 345-5510.

Free tax help

AARP Tax-Aide Foundation, the nation's largest volunteer-run income tax preparation service, will provide free services and tax advice for low-and middle-income taxpayers.

Electronic filing also is provided free.

Participants do not have to be a member of AARP or of a certain age to take advantage of this service.

For more information, call (888) 227-7669 or visit aarpfoundation.org/taxaide.

Support group for foster families

One Voice For Volusia hosts a monthly support group for families involved in the foster care system.

For meeting times and locations, call or text (386) 852-9098 or visit myfamilyunited.com.

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) 423-4120.

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.

Port Orange conducts annual citizen survey

The City of Port Orange will conduct its annual Citizen Survey, asking residents for feedback about the programs and services the city provides.

The survey also will serve as a tool for measuring service performance and soliciting input on key budget goals and operating objectives.

For more than 10 years, the city has conducted the survey and from Jan. 31 through March 1, the city will email 17,000 contacts within the city with a link to the survey.

Other methods to access the survey will be available on the city’s website. Respondents will also have the ability to complete the survey on paper, if requested.

Survey results are expected in early summer.

Flapjack fundraiser

The Ponce Inlet Lions Club will host a flapjack fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Applebee's, 1390 Dunlawton Ave., Port Orange.

A stack of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee will be $7.

All proceeds go to Ponce Inlet Lions Charities.

Learn about birds

The Ponce Inlet Historical Museum will host a program on raptor and migratory birds at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at 143 Beach St.

Meet a Marine Science Center trainer and feathered friend.

Admission is free, but reservations are required. For more information, call (386) 761-2408.

Learn about Roosevelts

The Daytona Beach Shores Culture and Entertainment volunteers will host a presentation on Theodore and Edith Roosevelt preformed by Historians William and Sue Wills at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at the Shores Community Center, 3000 Bellemead Drive.

A reception will follow the performance. All visitors and residents may attend. For more information, call (386) 281-3000.

Nomination sought

The deadline for nominating a Ponce Inlet person for the Citizen of the Year or for the Lifetime Achievement Award is Feb. 19.

Nominations should be limited to one page, cite the nominee’s Ponce Inlet related accomplishments and contain the name and contact information of the individual making the nomination.

Send letter to Judy Huggins at judyhuggins@gmail.com or drop it off in the Citizens for Ponce Inlet mailbox in the auxiliary office at the Ponce Inlet Community Center.

Michigan Connection to meet

The Michigan Connection will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday Feb. 19, at the Port Orange Steakhouse, 3851 S. Nova Road, Port Orange.

The meeting will be a time to meet with fellow Michiganders or those with a connection to Michigan for updates, stories and fun.

For a reservation, call (517) 851-2174 or (734) 216-8609 by Feb. 16.

Master gardeners plan plant clinic

Volusia County’s master gardeners will share gardening tips and answer questions during a plant clinic from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.

Residents can bring their plants for a free check-up.

For more information, call the Volusia County Extension Service at (386) 822-5778.

Port Orange 2020 State of the City Address

The City of Port Orange 2020 State of the City Address will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Riverside Pavilion, 3431 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange.

Mayor Donald O. Burnette will present the address, detailing the city’s achievements of 2019 and the city’s future goals.

The State of the City is sponsored by DJ Design Services and Halifax River Partners.

The event is free and open to the public, but limited to the first 115 people who register.

To register or for more information, visit port-orange.org/stateofthecity.

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