State of Daytona Beach Jan. 19

The public may attend Daytona Beach’s annual State of the City address, delivered by Mayor Derrick Henry, at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 301 S. Ridgewood Ave.

A brief video and comments from Mayor Henry will be broadcast on the city’s website at and on Spectrum Channel 490.

Sons of the American Revolution Luncheon

The Daytona-Ormond Sons of the American Revolution will host a luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at Red Lobster, 3162 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores.

A special program will be presented by historian Brian Jensen of the Brevard SAR, on Ancestry Search.

Anyone with an interest in the Revolutionary War may attend and bring a friend. SAR is a genealogy society and works to keep the story of its patriots alive. Reservations are required.

For more information, contact Bill Elder at or (386) 956-7558.

Fundraiser luncheon

The Palmetto Club will host a scholarship fundraiser at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at 1000 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.

Deadline for paid reservations is Saturday, Jan. 8. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. The menu includes chicken noodle soup and a chicken salad sandwich on a croissant. The cost is $25.

For reservations or more information, call (386) 265-0105.

Officer Jason Raynor Scholarship Fund

A scholarship fund established in honor of fallen Daytona Beach Police Officer Jason Raynor will assist future sworn members of the Daytona Beach Police Department in paying for their education and training.

A bank account for that fund was created with money donated to Officer Raynor and his family soon after he was shot in the line of duty on the evening of June 23.

Certain requirements must be met before that money is distributed. To apply for the scholarship, contact the Recruiting Office at or (386) 671-5407.

To donate to the fund, mail a check or money order (payable to the "Officer Jason Raynor Scholarship Fund") to Daytona Beach Police Department, Attention: Office of the Chief, 129 Valor Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

Eagles Auxiliary aiding Humane Society

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 4242 will be raise money and collect food and items for the Southeast Volusia Humane Society.

Each Friday starting at 5 p.m. until gone a fundraising dinner will be served. Menu includes: Jan. 14, shepherd's pie; Jan. 21, open-faced turkey; and Jan. 28, spaghetti.

Take-out will be available. There will be raffle baskets, 50/50s and live music.

A pet adoption day will be Sunday, Jan. 16.

The Eagles are at 132 W. Park Ave., Edgewater. For more information, call (386) 427-9944.

Low-cost pet clinic

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue will host three low-cost pet shot clinics Sunday Jan. 16.

The first clinic will be from 9 to11 a.m. at Big Lots Plaza, 122 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach. The clinic will be set up in front of KD Vape Shop.

The second clinic will be 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at John's 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.

Rabies shots will cost $5 for 1 year and $12 for 3 years. Heartworm prevention and lea control products will be available to buy. The clinic is open to everyone, no appointment needed. Proceeds benefit abused animals. Donations are tax deductible.

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

Oak Hill to break ground on septic-to-sewer project

The City of Oak Hill and partners will break ground at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, to convert septic systems in Indian Harbor Estates to a more environmentally friendly central sewage collection system at the corner of East Ariel Road and U.S. 1.

The collaborative project, which includes Volusia County, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Indian River Lagoon Council and the St. Johns River Water Management District will improve Mosquito Lagoon’s water quality by converting about 285 residential septic systems near the lagoon to a central sewage collection system.

NSB library plans adult programs

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

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

•Create unique jewelry:10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 20. Create unique jewelry and share tips. Participants should bring their own materials and tools. Jewelry and supplies cannot be sold, but swapping and sharing are encouraged.

For more information, call (386)424-2910, option 3.

Tax aid volunteers sought

AARP Tax-Aide is looking for Volunteers to serve the Southeast Volusia County community with free tax preparation.

For more information, call (888) 227-7669 or visit

Port Orange will host Town Hall

Port Orange Mayor Donald O. Burnette and the City Council, will host a Town Hall meeting Thursday, Jan. 20, at Lakeside Community Center, 1999 City Center Circle.

Residents will have an opportunity to learn about what is happening in the city and ask questions. They may arrive at anytime between 6:30 to 7 p.m. to see displays.

The mayor's presentation will be at 7 p.m. followed by Q&A with him and the City Council.

Master gardener to dish the dirt

Learn how to care for your houseplants with Volusia County Master Gardener Evelyn Shapiro from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.

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

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

Troubadours to perform at Port Orange library

Friction Farm, a husband-and-wife team of internationally traveling troubadours, will perform modern folk music at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.

Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay combine storytelling and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes and quirky observations. From ballads to anthems, each song is filled with harmony and hope.

The free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Port Orange Library. For more information, call (386) 322-5152, option 4.

Soup & Salad Night

The Ponce Inlet Community Center will host its annual Soup & Salad Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 4670 S. Peninsula Drive.

Tickets are $8 each and on sale at the office from 9 a.m. to noon Monday to Friday.

If you would like to donate a soup, sign-up at the office or call (386) 760-0615. Donations are appreciated. Also, participants should bring a copy of their recipe for a recipe book.

The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with soup set-up and bring your own beverage/appetizers.

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Social distancing, masks, gloves and extra servers will be utilized.

Docent sheds light on famous lighthouses

Through photographs and discussion, John Mann will lead a 3,000-year journey to some of the world’s most noteworthy lighthouses in a free program at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.

An inveterate pharologist (one who studies lighthouses), Mr. Mann is the lead docent at the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse.

For more information, call (386)322-5152, option 4.

Port Orange library hosts book sale Jan. 22

The Friends of the Port Orange Regional Library will host a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, in the library auditorium, 1005 City Center Circle, Port Orange.

Gently used books for all ages, music, DVDs, puzzles and other items will be for sale.

Proceeds will be used to fund programs and crafts for adults, children and teens. For more information, call (386) 322-5152, option 4.

County Council members to attend public meetings

Two or more members of the Volusia County Council plan to attend the following community meetings:

•Septic to sewer groundbreaking: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Indian River Harbor Estates, Oak Hill

•Florida Association of Counties Legislative Day and Innovation Day: 8:30 a.m. Jan. 19 and 20, in Leon County

•Team Volusia Economic Development Corp. meeting: 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, Mori Hosseini Center, Daytona State College

•Ribbon cutting for Spring-to-Spring Trail segment: 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, Rob Sullivan Park, 200 W. Highbanks Road

•River-to-Sea TPO Board of Directors: 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2570 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach

•Volusia County Association for Responsible Development awards and installation banquet: 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, Hard Rock Hotel, 918 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach

Volunteers Needed: 2022 Point-in-Time Count

Volunteers are needed for the the 2022 Point-in-Time Count of the homeless in the community.

The PIT Count allows the Commission on Homelessness and Housing to better serve the community's homeless population, by helping identify service needs and secure funding.

Volunteers are needed Tuesday, Jan. 25, and Wednesday, Jan. 26, at different sites across Volusia and Flagler counties.

To sign up to volunteer, complete the survey at

For more information, call Chris Thomas at (386) 279-0029, email or visit

Explore Volusia

Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs in January. Environmental specialists will lead a variety of outdoor adventures and volunteer and learn programs.

Registration is required; call (386) 736-5927.

Upcoming events include:

•Bike-about Lake Beresford: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14. Ride the Lake Beresford Park trail and a segment of the Spring-to-Spring Trail. Participants will enter Blue Spring State Park to learn about the importance of protecting the water quality of springs and the springs’ importance to manatees during winter. A helmet and bicycle are required. There will be a $2 fee for entry into the park. Meet at Beresford Park, 2100 Fatio Road, DeLand.

•Deep Creek eco-buggy tour: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. Learn about important plant communities during the riding tour of the 8,000-acre natural and agricultural land preserve. Participants may see carnivorous plants and the rare Sherman’s fox squirrel. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach.

•Hickory Bluff hike: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19. Explore the natural world and compare habitat characteristics during this upland and swamp hike of the St. Johns River watershed. Participants can use the iNaturalist app for a nature-based scavenger hunt through the preserve. Meet at 598 Guise Road, Osteen.

•Indian River Lagoon paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 20. View wildlife and natural Florida scenery during a leisurely paddling trip. Leave from Mary McLeod Bethune Park. Participants may encounter manatees and dolphins. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 6656 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach.

•Mark trails at Deep Creek Preserve: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21. Join environmental specialists for trail marking. Participants will mark the yellow trail with new signs and arrows while learning about dome swamps, basin swamps, and wet and mesic flatwoods. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach.

•Clark Bay hike:1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. Join this guided hike through a wildlife corridor that includes uplands and pine mesic flatlands. Meet at the Clark Bay Conservation Area on Old DeLand Road, just west of where it intersects with U.S. 92.

Participants should bring water and insect repellent, and wear comfortable clothes and hiking or walking shoes.

Seashore activities

Canaveral National Seashore has several activities at 7611 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach.

For more information, call (386) 428-3384 ext. 0 or visit Entrance fees apply. All programs meet the requirements of the Junior Ranger program.

•Plant Walk: Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Identify the plants and find out how they have been used over the years. Each walk is led by an experienced volunteer and covers a different part of the park. (2 hours) The walks in January will be as follows:

• Jan 19 -- The loop trail on Eldora Road. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at parking lot number 9.

•Jan. 26 -- Castle Windy. Meet at 9:45a.m. at parking lot number 3 (ocean side)

Participants should bring water for hydration and wear shoes for trail walking.

•Canoe Mosquito Lagoon at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25. Reservations will be accepted a week before the canoe date. Some experience is preferred. Participants must be at least 8 years old and able to paddle. Participants must wear completely enclosed shoes (no sandals or flip-flops). Bring water, sunscreen and a hat. Dress to get wet. There is a $25 canoe rental fee. For a reservation, call (386) 428-3384 ext. 0 to reserve your spot. Meet at the Visitor Center. (2 hours)

•Brown Bag Lunch will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18. Bring a lunch to share after the presentation. The program, presented by volunteer Joyce Dykes, will be “The Crafts of the Timucuan People.” Ms. Dykes is a history buff and avid crafter. Everyone will have the opportunity to make cordage just as the Timucuan people would have done. Meet at the pavilion behind the Visitor Center. (1 hour)

•Life and Influence of Doris Leeper will be discussed at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20. Ms. Leeper was a visionary artist and sculptor, who made her home at Eldora, now part of Canaveral National Seashore. Meet at parking lot number 8. (1 hour).

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