DAR chapter hosts Murder Mystery Dinner

The Sugar Mill Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution will host a Murder Mystery Dinner from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at Grand Coquina Penthouse Clubroom, 3333 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores.

The event is open to the public. Limited tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance. Dress is black tie. For more information or tickets, call (352) 250-7642.

Low-cost pet clinics

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue will host three low-cost pet clinics Sunday, Oct. 17.

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 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 three years. Heartworm prevention and flea control products will be available to buy. Shots must be paid for with cash. Credit cards will be accepted for product purchase.

The clinic is open to everyone, no appointment needed. Proceeds benefit abused animals. For more information, call or text (386) 748-8993 or visit spcavolusia.org.

Wreaths Across America’s Mobile Education Exhibit

Wreaths Across America's Mobile Education Exhibit will be at Rossmeyer Harley Davidson for Biketoberfest weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, and Sunday, Oct. 17, at 1637 N. U.S. 1 in Ormond Beach.

The tours of the MEE are free and open to the public with social distancing, sanitation and Covid-19 safety procedures in place.

For more information, visit https://wreathsacrossamerica.org/mee/.

Bear Creek annual craft fair

Bear Creek will host its annual craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in the community along Airport Road just south of North U.S. 1 in Ormond Beach.

Lots of crafters with lunch and snacks available to buy.

Bulow Creek Mexican Petunia work day

Bulow Creek State Park Mexican Petunia pull work day will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Bulow Creek State Park 3301 Old Dixie Highway Ormond Beach.

Participants will be removing Mexican Petunia from behind the Fairchild Oak in Bulow Creek State Park. Mexican Petunia is an invasive species that can quickly take over ecosystems if left unchecked.

Participants should meet at the Fairchild Oak parking lot, wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, and a hat. Also, remember to pack sunscreen and water. Volunteers younger than 18 must have an adult accompany them at all times,

For more information, contact AmeriCorps at Christopher.Ringue@FloridaDEP.gov or Ibrahim.Sharif@FloridaDEP.gov.

Sons of the American Revolution luncheon

The Daytona-Ormond Sons of the American Revolution will host a luncheon at noon Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Golden Corral, 907 Taylor Road, Port Orange.

Recent events and projects will be discussed as well as the sharing of stories of patriot ancestors. Compatriot Newton White will share the story of his Revolutionary War ancestor.

For a reservation, contact Bill Elder at helder@cfl.rr.com or (386) 956-7558.

Palmetto Club luncheon

Palmetto Club will host a luncheon at noon Thursday, Oct. 21, at 1000 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $20. Reservations and payment are required. Reservations are required.

For reservations call (386) 334-9304 or (386) 788-2574.

DAR chapter meets Oct. 19

The Sugar Mill Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Tuesday, Oct. 19.

The speaker will be State Vice Regent Cindy Addison, whose program will be "It's Not Just Pins, It's Personal."

For more information and meting location, call Regent Cecilia Nunnelley at (386) 212-8709.

Pregnancy center gala

Grace House Pregnancy Center will host is 2021 Children of the King gala from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.

The gala will support the DeLand, New Smyrna Beach and Ormond Beach center locations.

Dress is semi formal. Guest speaker is Dr. Marc Newman.

The adult only event is free. Register at gracehouse4life.org/events.

Vendors needed

Vendors are needed for the The Thin Line Coalition Generations of Heroes Charity Poker Run Nov. 6 at the Cabbage Patch, 560 County Road 415, New Smyrna Beach.

Shopping and craft vendors, are still wanted. Participants must provide their own tent, table and chairs. A 10 by 10 foot space is $20 for entire day. Also, only new, antiques or collectibles allowed.

For more information, call (386) 898-3585 or email laurenpatriotgirl@gmail.com.

New Smyrna Beach Cultural Throw Down

The city will host a New Smyrna Beach Cultural Throw Down and is seeking merchandise vendors and volunteers.

Vendors are charged a set-up fee of $30 and asked to donate a door prize.

The event will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 23, at Pettis Park, 800 Mary Ave., New Smyrna Beach.

The free event will feature live music bands, DJ, spoken word performances, culturally diverse food trucks, merchandise vendors and door prizes.

Musical performances by The Saxman Fuqua, Are Friends Electric and NSB native Eulissa Boyd performing several spoken word poems. The headline act with be The Love Band.

For more information, contact Irma Terry, community resource coordinator, at (386) 314-4849 or iterry@cityofnsb.com.

EdgeFest Fall Festival

Sponsors are needed for the trunk or treat for the annual EdgeFest Fall Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Hawks Park Soccer Complex, 148 W. Turgot Ave.

Sponsorships are open to businesses, clubs, civic organizations and church groups.

For more information, call 424-2400, ext. 1340 or email specialevents@cityofedgewater.org.

Explore Volusia

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

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

Upcoming events include:

•Tomoka River paddle: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19. Meet at High Bridge Park, 39 Highbridge Road, Ormond Beach, to learn about restoration efforts and strategies for restoring mangroves, oysters and salt marsh. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Participants may also bring their fishing gear to test their skills. Ethical angling will be discussed. A Florida saltwater fishing license is required and all regulations must be followed.

•Deep Creek eco-buggy tour: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20. Take a riding tour of this 8,000-acre natural and agricultural land to learn about important plant communities. Participants may see carnivorous plants and the rare Sherman’s fox squirrel. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach.

•Longleaf eco-buggy tour: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27. Take a night ride through Longleaf Pine Preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Participants will look for nocturnal species and observe the night sky with Derek Demeter, director of the Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College. Meet at the east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach.

•Help mark storm drains: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28. Where does the water go? Tag along with Volusia County’s environmental specialists and help them mark storm drains in New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater and Oak Hill. The group will mark the drains with “no dumping” curb markers and learn how fertilizers and other contaminants harm the Indian River Lagoon. Meet in the Hiles Boulevard parking lot, 4516 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach.

Open house workshop

The Town of Ponce Inlet, in collaboration with the East Central Florida Regional

Planning Council, will host a presentation on the results of the Resilient Ponce Inlet Survey and to discuss vulnerabilities and resilience strategies at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Community Center, 4670 S Peninsula Drive.

This interactive workshop will help develop short- and long-term actions to increase

the town’s resilience and adaptability to increasing sea levels over time.

Two or more members of the Town Council and town boards may attend and speak at this meeting.

Port Orange library kicks off youth programs

With the arrival of fall, children’s programs are staging a comeback at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.

Kids and their parents can take part in these free programs:

•Storytime in the park: 10 a.m. every Wednesday. Children can sing, read and learn with librarians at City Center Park. The storytimes are designed for 2 to 5 year olds, but all ages are welcome. The program is made possible through a partnership with the library and the Port Orange Parks and Recreation Department.

•Halloween Week: Oct. 25-31. Children in grades 5 and under can go on a spooky scavenger hunt, pick up take-home activities, and trick or treat at the children’s room desk all week long. Costumes are encouraged.

Registration is not required. For more information, call the Children’s Department at (386) 424-2910, option 5.

Ponce Inlet Programs

The Town of Ponce Inlet will host several programs.

•Painting at the Museum-Halloween Spooks Acrylic Canvas Painting Class for ages 12 and older will meet from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 16, at Ponce Inlet Historical Museum, 143 Beach St., outside on the lawn. No experience necessary. The instructor will guide participants step by step. The cost is $10 per person, all supplies included. Space is limited to 12 people. Pre-payment required at Town Hall by Wednesday, Oct. 13.

•Florida City Government Day will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at Ponce Inlet Community Center, 4670 S. Peninsula Drive. Town staff will explain how the services of each department impact life and community. The program is free.

•The Town of Ponce Inlet will host a Lecture Series- “New Smyrna Museum of History Presents” by Greg Holbrook at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Town Council Chambers at Ponce Inlet Town Hall, 4300 S. Atlantic Ave. The lecture is free. Reservations are required.

•The Ghosts of Ponce Past will be told from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Ponce Inlet Historical Museum and at the Pacetti Cemetery, 143 Beach Street

Come hear spooky tales about Ponce Inlet and take a walking ghost tour of the Pacetti Cemetery. This program is free, but reservations are required.

•A free Children’s Halloween Party will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at Davies Lighthouse Park, 4933 S. Peninsula Drive. Come in costume and have fun with children’s games and haunted hay rides.

For more information or a reservation, email Jfrench@ponce-inlet.org or call (386) 322-6703.

Baron's Ball raises funds for scholarships

The Baron's Ball, A Night In Daytona Beach’ s Golden Age, will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Halifax River Yacht Club, 331 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.

The Yacht Club was founded in 1896 and is the oldest continually operating yacht club in the Eastern United States.

Re-enactors will wear authentic clothing designs from the time frame. Attendees can dress either in clothing from this age or modern evening wear.

The evening will include a champagne reception, live entertainment and gourmet dinner. There also will be a cash bar. The silent auction will have local items as well as some collectors pieces and vacations.

Tickets are $75 each or $130 for a couple. The annual fundraiser supports the Carl & Patti Rang Scholarship Fund, which offers funding assistance to local students.

For more information or tickets, visit thebaronsball.com.

Rotary Club announces Flags for Heroes

Daytona Beach West Rotary Club will display Flags for Heroes during the week of Veteran's Day, Nov. 6-13, at Riverwalk Park, 3459 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange.

Heroes include, but are not limited to, military, first-responders, friends, family members, health professionals, teachers, clergy, or anyone who has been a hero in your life.

Each flag will identify the hero and all heroes will be mailed an official Hero Certificate stating they are a hero to you and the reason why.

Flag sponsorships provide funding that allows the club to continue helping fund local service projects.

To reserve a flag or for a sponsorship, visit http://daytonabeachwestrotary.org/index.php or mail a check payable to York Foundation to P.O. Box 9607, Daytona Beach, FL32120. Deadline is Nov. 1.

Poker run and veterans ceremony

The Thin Line Coalition will host a Generations of Heroes Charity Poker Run at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Cabbage Patch, 560 County Road 415, New Smyrna Beach.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. There will be two stops and return to the Cabbage Patch. Tickets are $20 for single rider or $30 for double rider.

There will a patriotic ceremony featuring veteran representatives from World War 2, Korea, Vietnam, Iraqi Freedom and all other wars/conflicts up to Afghanistan at 4 p.m.

Raffles and awards will be given at 5 p.m. Pasta dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. and is free for poker run riders and guests. The cost is $5 general public.

Joe Reid and Heartland will perform from 6 to 9 p.m.

There is a special gift for the first 500 who register at https://thin-line-coalition.ticketleap.com/tlc.

Affordable housing summit reset to Dec. 7

The Volusia County Council will host an affordable housing summit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.

Following an informational morning session, attendees will split into breakout groups that will focus on different topics concerning affordable housing. After the summit, community work groups will be formed to create an action plan.

The public is invited to attend, participate and provide comments. Lunch will be provided. Registration is available at https://volusiacountyaffordablehousingsummit.eventbrite.com.

Pace Center for Girls accepting applications

Pace Center for Girls is accepting applications for new students.

Pace Center is a gender-responsive, trauma-informed and strength-based program that has been around for more than 25 years.

Any girl struggling academically, has trauma, in need of extra support and a structured environment may email Ishi Bolden at Ishi.Bolden@pacecenter.org or call (386) 944-1111, ext. 1135.

Libraries to offer anti-racism conversation kits

Families and individuals can check out anti-racism conversation kits at any of the 14 branches of the Volusia County Public Library.

The kits were made possible by a grant from Florida Humanities.

The conversation kits are meant to help members in the community start open conversations about race, all in an effort to pull the community together. The kits allow for these conversations to take place in small groups throughout the county, as well as virtually in “Chapter Chat” on Goodreads. The selected titles give participants a compass for asking “How can I become part of the solution?”

Kits are available for the following age groups:

•“The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth About Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations” by Robert Livingston (for adults)

•“Something Happened in Our Town” by Marianne Celano (for pre-K through grade 3)

•“Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You” by Jason Reynolds (for grades 1-5)

•“Harbor Me” by Jacqueline Woodson (for grades 5-9)

•“Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” by Jason Reynolds (for grades 9-12)

The kits will be available to check out until Feb. 28.

For more information, visit volusialibrary.org.

Become a Volunteer in Police Services

The Port Orange Police Department Volunteers in Police Services are looking for volunteers.

The VIPS fulfill a support function by providing uniformed civilian volunteers for services, such as vacation house watch checks, traffic control at accident scenes and at various city functions.

They also act as couriers for the department, do child fingerprinting and perform clerical service for the front office.

Volunteers must be at least 25, possess a valid Florida Drivers License, clear a background check and commit to 16 hours per month.

For more information, call (386) 506-5825. Applications also are available in the lobby of the police station at 4545 Clyde Morris Blvd.

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