Environmental center offers programs

The Environmental Discovery Center has several activities planned at 601 Division Ave., Ormond Beach.

A free Little Learners program on bears will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11.

Afternoon Winter Walks will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.

A program on animal tracks will be from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 12.

A wake up walk in Central Park will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16.

A program on the St. Johns Water Management District will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18.

For more information, call (386) 615-7081.

Genealogical society community outreach

Meet Halifax Genealogical Society members for one-on-one help with family research from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St., Room 4.

Learn how to access and use free library databases in genealogy research.

For more information call (386) 681-9422.

Travel club to meet

The Port Orange Recreational Travel Club will meet at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the Palmetto Club, 1000 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.

The non-profit, senior service organization is for anyone 55 and older.

For a lunch reservation, call (386) 304-4791.

For more information, call (386) 763-1587.

Charity fashion show

The Palmetto Club will present Putting On The Ritz, a charity fashion show with fashions by Chico's, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at 1000 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.

The cost is $35.

For a reservation, call (386) 760-9476.

War expert to discuss Battle of Verdun

World War I expert Dr. Gaetano Cavallaro will discuss the Battle of Verdun at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St.

The 300-day battle in northeastern France was the longest and bloodiest battle of World War I, causing more than 300,000 deaths. The speaker will also cover the mutinies that took place in the French, British, Italian, Russian and German armies during the conflict.

Dr. Cavallaro, an Ormond Beach resident, is a retired medical doctor and pharmacist. He has lectured on World War I in three languages in Australia, North America and Europe.

The program is free. For information, call (386) 676-4191, option 4.

Low-cost pet clinic

A low-cost pet shot clinic, sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue, will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Ormond Beach Police Department, 170 Granada Blvd.

Heartworm prevention and flea control products will be available to buy. Cash only for the shots. For more information, call (386) 748-8993.

Free movies at Ormond Beach library

Watch free flicks at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 Beach St.

January’s lineup includes these films:

•“Only Yesterday:” 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. Rated PG, 118 minutes.

•“Eragon:” 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. Ed Speleers and Sienna Guillory star. Rated PG, 104 minutes.

•“Stardust:” 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. Charlie Cox, Claire Danes and Sienna Miller star. Rated PG-13, 127 minutes.

For more information, call (386) 676-4191, option 4.

Storytime at The Casements

Once Upon A Storytime will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at The Casements, 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach.

For more information, call (386) 676-3216.

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., from 2 to 3 p.m. on these Thursdays:

•Basic Word: Jan. 17. This class will cover such topics as changing the size, font and color of text as well as highlighting.

•Basic e-resources: Jan. 24. Learn about the electronic databases offered by the Volusia County Public Library system.

•Basic Excel: Jan. 31. Learn how to create spreadsheets and format cells and text.

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. For more information, call (386) 676-4191, option 4.

Learn about coyotes

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will present information on coyotes at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Ormond Beach Senior Center, 351 Andrews Street Building B.

The forum is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (888) 404-3922 or (352) 732-1225.

Genealogical society meets

The Volusia County Genealogical Society will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at at the Daytona Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.

The speaker will be Ann Mohr Osisek, who will present “Legends, Lies and Lineage.” The Volusia County Genealogical Society provides assistance in the genealogy room for individuals researching their heritage.

For more information, call (386) 444-8076 or visit volusiacountygenealogicalsociety.com.

Vietnam vets meet

Vietnam Veterans of America Daytona Beach Chapter 1048 will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at 5810 S. Williamson Blvd., Port Orange.

Social hour starts at 5 p.m. To join the chapter bring your DD214.

For more information, call (386) 690-9553, visit vva1048.com or email cobra101st@gmail.com.

Porch Talk at Gamble Place

The Museum of Arts & Sciences will host a Porch Talk from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Gamble Place, 1819 Taylor Road, Port Orange.

The topic will be “Utopian Societies of Florida” with MOAS Senior Curator of Education and History Zach Zacharias.

Admission is free for museum members and $5 for non-members. For a reservation, call (386)255-0285.

Settlement Centennial Celebration

The Barberville Pioneer Settlement will host a 100 year celebration of the Barberville Central High School 1919-2019 with a Roaring Twenties party on Jan. 19, doors opening at 6 p.m.

Advance tickets are $45 and include two drink tickets and a game ticket and are at pioneersettlement.org.

Plant society meets

The Pawpaw Chapter of Florida Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan 14, at Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Road, South Daytona.

Chris Waltz will present what the backyard gardener needs to know to polish their green thumb and succeed at container gardening with wildflowers.

Meeting is free and open to the public.

Painting party

The Ponce Inlet Historical Museum will host a painting party from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at 143 Beach St.

Learn on the front porch of the museum step-by-step instructions from a local artist on how to paint the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.

The cost is $35, which includes all supplies and light refreshments.

For a reservation, call (386) 236-2163 by Jan. 11.

Master gardeners plan plant clinic

Volusia County’s master gardeners will share winter gardening tips and answer questions from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the 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.

DAR to meet

The Sugar Mill Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Port Orange Christian Church, 904 Taylor Road.

The speaker will be Danielle Ramsey on the "Volusia County Environmental Sustainability Program."

For more information, call (386) 767-0595.

Port Orange library plans free computer classes

Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle will offer free computer classes.

January's classes include:

•Computer Basics II, Intro to Windows and the internet: 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 16

•Advanced Microsoft Word: 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17

•Introduction to iPad: 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22

•Computer Basics III, Intro to file handling and storage: 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 23

Computers are provided, or participants may bring their own laptops or other portable devices. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building.

Space is limited, registration is required; call (386) 322-5152, option 4.

FLOWmobile coming to Ponce Inlet

The “Florida Licensing On Wheels” will be at the Ponce Inlet Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at 4670 S Peninsula Drive. No appointment needed.

Get a drivers license/ID card, change of address, license renewals or replacements, and vehicle registration and disabled parking permits, as well as other needs. FLOW does not provide for the drivers’ license road test.

Before visiting, go to gathergoget.com or call (850) 617-3995 to learn about document requirements.

Italian American Club meets

The Italian American Club of Ormond Beach will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, in the Prince of Peach Church hall, 600 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach. Social time is at 6:30 p.m.

The club is looking for new members. If you are Italian, of Italian decent, married to an Italian or were married to an Italian, you qualify. Dues are $25 per year. The club hosts picnics,dinners, dances, bingo, events and trips.

For more information, call (386) 334-0593.

Republicans meet at Pelican Bay

Greater Daytona Beach Registered Republicans will meet at noon Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Pelican Bay Club, 350 Pelican Bay Drive, Daytona Beach.

Participants should use the east entrance off Beville Road. Be prepared to stop at the security entrance, show ID and get directions to clubhouse.

Lunch is $18 with reservation. For more information, call (386) 308-0073.

Learn navigation

Daytona Beach Sail and Power Squadron is hosting a navigation course on piloting from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, from Jan. 23 to March 20, at the Halifax River Yacht Club Chart Room, 331 S. Beach St.

The cost is $75, which covers materials and text books.

The course is limited to eight students. For a reservation, contact Don Roman, at (386) 453-6456 or andanteroman@mac.com.

Boating safety class

Daytona Beach Sail and Power Squadron is hosting a two-day ABC Boating Safety Class from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, at Halifax River Yacht Club, 331 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.

The course is an introduction to boats, boat handling, navigation basics, rules of the road, aids to navigation and Florida Boating Regulations. It is required for a Florida State operator’s ID and could help with an insurance discount. Course materials are $37.30 per student. Couples can share materials with a 50 percent discount for the second student ($56).

The number of students is limited. For a reservation, contact Don Roman at (386) 453-6456 or andanteroman@mac.com.

Learn about robotics at Ormond library

Adults can learn how to code using Ozobots from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 Beach St.

Ozobots are tiny robots that help users learn about simple code language and deductive reasoning.

Space is limited and registration is required; call (386) 676-4191, option 4.

Violist to perform at NSB library

The Friends of the Library will sponsor a free classical concert with violist David Pedraza at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11.

Mr. Pedraza, a native of Mexico, has a master’s degree in music and a professional performance certificate from Lynn University Conservatory

of Music. He is on the faculty of Palm Beach Atlantic University and is a member of the Vitali Quartet, Symphony of the Americas and Miami

Symphony.

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

Field trip slated

The Southeast Volusia Audubon Society will host a field trip Friday, Jan. 11, to explore the Blue Heron Wetlands west of Titusville.

The Blue Heron wetland area is a popular site for bird watching and photography enthusiasts and is listed in the Great Florida Birding Trail.

Rendezvous at 7:30 a.m. in the Florida Shores Plaza parking lot in Edgewater. Participants can carpool and caravan from there. Bring a lunch and picnic with the society. Free and open to the public. Binoculars and spotting scopes will be available for sharing.

For more information, visit sevolusiaaudubon.org or call (321) 394-6372.

AAUW meets Jan. 12

The American Association of University Women will meet from 11:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Sugar Mill Country Club, 100 Club House Circle, New Smyrna Beach.

“Human Trafficking” will be Angel Epstein’s topic.

Meetings include a chef’s choice lunch for $20. Guests and prospective members are welcome.

Advance reservations are required by calling (386) 423-5278.

Public meeting to address coyotes

A representative from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will offer advice on living with urban coyotes from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach.

Catherine Kennedy will share information about coyote behavior and explain what to do if you see one and how to prevent interactions. FWC and county officials will be available to answer questions following the presentation.

District 3 County Council Member Deb Denys is hosting the free, public event.

Learn more about coyotes at MyFWC.com. For more information, contact MarkSwanson@volusia.org or 386-740-5120, ext.12904.

Public Safety Coordinating Council to meet

The Volusia County Public Safety Coordinating Council will meet at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at the Emergency Operations Center, 3825 Tiger Bay Road, Daytona Beach.

For more information, call Dawn Harridge, Volusia County Public Protection, at (386) 254-1568.

NSB library plans adult programs

The New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, offers a variety of free programs for adults.

Library volunteer Carolyn Carlisle will offer genealogy assistance from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 14 and 28. 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.

The Seasonal Eats Food Club theme will be “Try a New Ingredient” at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14. Bring an appetizer, main dish or dessert, and share your recipe.

Bring your knitting or crochet project to the Stitch in Time Club at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. A skilled knitter will be available to provide assistance. Participants should bring their own supplies.

Make unique jewelry and share tips at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. 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 4.

Speaker sheds light on Amelia Earhart

Irene Curran, a retired language arts teacher from New Jersey, will discuss Amelia Earhart's life, flying achievements and the many theories for her disappearance at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.

The free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more information, call (386) 424-2910, option 4.

NSB library shows free Friday films

Catch a free matinee at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach.

January’s lineup includes:

•Disney’s Christopher Robin:” 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. Ewan McGregor and Hayley Atwell star. Rated PG, 120 minutes.

•“The Equalizer:” 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. Denzel Washington stars. Rated R, 121 minutes.

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

Family movies on tap at NSB library

The New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, will show three family friendly movies in January.

The free movies include:

•“The Sword in the Stone:” 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Rated G, 79 minutes.

For more information, call (386) 424-2910, option 5.

Association offers bingo

The Florida Shores Property Owners Association will host hot ball bingo from 10 a.m. to noon each Monday in January at 2932 Lime Tree Drive.

For more information or a reservation, call (386) 410-6292.

Hand Knee and Foot card game is played at 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. each Thursday in January. For more information, call (386) 402-4402.

There will be a Grand Slam Dinner Dance Fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. Tickets are $25, which includes prize entries. It's $12 for dinner dance only.

A cover dish will be at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. Participants are asked to a dish to share or dessert. For more information, 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.

NSB library offers free computer classes

Adults can improve their computer skills with free classes at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach.

January’s programs, which begin at 10:30 a.m., include:

•E-books and more: Tuesday, Jan. 15

• Internet basics: Wednesday, Jan. 16

•Microsoft Word basics: Wednesday, Jan. 23

Registration is required as seating is limited. Register at volusialibrary.org using the calendar link or by calling (386) 424-2910, option 4.

January lecture looks at future of right whales

The Marine Discovery Center will host a lecture on the future of right whales at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach.

The endangered North Atlantic Right Whale population has declined over the last several years. Julie Albert, who has coordinated the Marine Resources Council’s North Atlantic Right Whale Program for 20 years, will be the guest speaker.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (386) 428-4828.

Boat tour by moonlight

Marine Discovery Center offers full-moon boat and kayak tours.

The next boat tour will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21. A kayak tour will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21.

To book a tour, call (386) 428-4828.

Shriners host fundraiser

New Smyrna Beach Shrine Club will host a Bunco fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, to benefit New Smyrna Beach Hospital Auxiliary and Shriner's Children Hospital.

Win donated prizes for the high score, most buncos, last to hold the travel and lowest score. There is a $5 buy in, live auction. Open to the public.

The New Smyrna Beach Shrine Club is at 1111 S. Orange St., New Smyrna Beach.

For more information, call (386) 424-5268 .

NEA Big Read celebrates ‘A Wizard of Earthsea’

“A Wizard of Earthsea” by author Ursula K. LeGuin is coming to Volusia County in a big way.

The Volusia County Public Library system will celebrate the fantasy novel with nearly 300 programs from Jan. 19 through Feb. 28.

A kick-off program will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave. It will feature children’s games, magic shows, a green screen photo op, and a life-size game designed by staff to celebrate the novel.

The library’s play yard will be transformed into Earthsea with dragon and kite crafts, children’s games, mini-boat building, and animals from 4-H. Dr. John Robbins, an associate professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, will discuss the past, present and future of robotics, interactive technologies, automation and artificial intelligence.

For more information, call (386) 248-1745.

County plans Explore Volusia programs

Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management

practices during free Explore Volusia programs.

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

Upcoming events include:

•Guided hike: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. Take a walk through Longleaf Pine Preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Meet at the west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave., DeLand.

•Eco-buggy tour: 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 16. Florida Forest Service personnel will discuss forest management, recreation, prescribed fire and wildlife management during this riding tour of the Lake George State Forest. Meet at the intersection of St. Johns River Road and Bluffton Road, off State Road 40.

•Bike-about Grand Avenue: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Learn about the local environment and the importance of protecting the water quality of springs as you ride the Spring-to-Spring Trail segment along Grand Avenue. Bring a bicycle and helmet. Meet at Lake Beresford Park, 1991 W. Plymouth Ave., DeLand.

•Callalisa Creek paddle: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23. Enjoy a backwater paddle through a maze of mangroves. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 598 S. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach.

•Geocaching: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25. Learn how to use a GPS device to navigate through Wiregrass Prairie Preserve and find caches. Bring your own device or borrow one from the environmental specialist leading the adventure. Meet at 1751 Lopez Road, Osteen.

•Guided hike: 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. Adults can join Master Naturalist and author Roger Fulton on a two-mile nature hike of the Clark Bay Conservation Area, which was reforested in 2006. Dogs are not allowed. Meet the group on Old DeLand Road, just west of the intersection with U.S. 92.

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

Cultural Council schedules workshops for grants

The Cultural Council of Volusia County will conduct two workshops for organizations applying for Volusia County Community Cultural Grants.

A representative of an organization planning to apply must attend one of the workshops for eligibility.

The workshops will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the third-floor conference room of the Volusia County Lifeguard Headquarters, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach; and 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in the first-floor training rooms of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

In 2018, more than $611,000 was awarded to 31 organizations.

Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. Monday, April 22. The Cultural Council will review and score the grant applications June 7 to provide recommendations to the Volusia County Council.

For more information, contact Cultural Coordinator Robert Redd at (386) 736-5953, ext. 15872, or rredd@volusia.org.

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