Cancer foundation gala

The Childhood Cancer Foundation's 15th Annual Gala will be Saturday, Sept. 11 at The Daytona Hotel at OneDaytona.

The annual Glitter & Gold Gala is the foundation's premier benefit.

Tickets are $100. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, tickets or to sponsor, visit

Free pet vaccinations

Halifax Humane Society will provide free vaccinations for Volusia County pets that are scheduled for a spay/neuter procedure, while vaccine supplies last.

The free vaccines are made possible through Petco Love's new national vaccination initiative, which is providing 1 million free pet vaccines to its animal welfare partners, including Halifax Humane Society, which aims to vaccinate 900 pets.

Parvovirus and distemper in dogs, and panleukopenia in cats, are some of the most prevalent deadly diseases impacting pets that are preventable with a simple vaccine.

Vaccinations are available at the Redinger Spay/Neuter Clinic at 600 Mason Ave., Daytona Beach. The clinic will offer the free vaccines as part of a spay/neuter package for the next three months or until supplies are exhausted.

For an appointment, call (386)310-4935 or visit

County plans Explore Volusia programs

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

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

Upcoming events include:

•Hickory Bluff hike: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. Explore the natural world and compare habitat characteristics during this upland and swamp hike of the St. Johns River watershed. Meet at 598 Guise Road, Osteen.

•Green Springs bike-about: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14. Enjoy nature as you ride part of the Spring-to-Spring Trail from Green Springs to Gemini Springs and back. All ages and abilities are welcome. Bicycle and helmet are required. Meet at Green Springs Park, 994 Enterprise-Osteen Road, Enterprise.

•Kayak clean-up: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17. Paddle to the local islands and help remove debris. Wear closed-toe water shoes and bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at Menard-May Park, 413 S. Riverside Drive, Edgewater.

•International Coastal Cleanup: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. Take part in the Ocean Conservancy’s 36th annual cleanup anywhere along the beach, Halifax River or Indian River Lagoon. Participants are encouraged to use the Ocean Conservancy’s Clean Swell App to track their trash collection. Learn more about the app at

County Council members to attend public events

Two or more members of the Volusia County Council plan to attend the following September events:

•ECFRPC Executive Meeting, 9 a.m., and Council Meeting, 10 a.m. Sept. 15, E.L. Puryear Building, Groveland

•DeBary Hall’s 150th anniversary celebration: 10 a.m. Sept. 15, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary

•Ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Bridge, 10 a.m. Sept. 18, 421 S. Palmetto Ave., DeLand

•River to Sea Board of Directors meeting: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 29, Suite 100, 2570 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach

Meetings are subject to change due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information, call (386) 736-5920.

Dance tickets available

Council On Aging is hosting "Dancing Through The Decades" from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 at the Ocean Center, 1010 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach..

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $45 for people younger than 65and $35 for 65 and older. Event proceeds the Council on Aging.

For tickets, call (386) 253-4700, ext 250 or visit

Kailynne Quartier Memorial Ride Sept. 18

The South Daytona Lions Club, along with the South Daytona Police Department, and Citizens Alert Council will host the 13th annual Kailynne Quartier Memorial Ride, Saturday, Sept. 18.

All types of vehicles are welcome.

Kailynne, a 13-year-old, lost her battle with brain cancer July 16, 2007. She was the daughter of Retired Capt. Doug Quartier, a 35-year veteran of SDPD.

The Lions Club fundraiser benefits numerous local charities, programs and foundations. The picnic lunch is a fundraising event by the South Daytona Citizens Alert Council with proceeds going to support programs for First Responders.

The ride will start at the Police Station at 1672 S. Ridgewood Ave. with pre-ride registration from 8 to 9:45 a.m.

Kickstands up at 10 a.m. Stops will be made at New Smyrna Beach Harley Davidson, DeLand Police Department and Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley Davidson at Destination Daytona. The final stop will be the Piggotte Center at 504 Big Tree Road.

After the ride, a picnic lunch will be served. A $20 donation for each participant is appreciated. Refreshments will be provided at each stop.

To register, call (386) 322-3030 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Annual flushing of water distribution system

The Port Orange Public Utilities Department began the annual flushing and maintenance activities on the water distribution system Wednesday, Sept. 1.

This will involve changing the disinfectant from chloramines to free chlorine. Over a period of six weeks, the free chlorine residual will move out into the distribution system while city staff conducts a thorough flushing of all the water mains.

The water will be of the highest quality and safe to drink, but some customers may notice a slight difference in the taste of the water.

Areas affected by this are the greater Port Orange water distribution system, Harbor Oaks, Allendale, Ponce Inlet, and Daytona Beach Shores north to Thames Avenue.

For more information, call (386) 506-5770 or visit

Palmetto Club luncheon

The Palmetto Club is hosting a luncheon, open to the public on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 1000 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m., lunch will be served at noon.

Reservations are required no later than Sept,16. Tickets are $20.

For more information, call (386) 341-0479.

Bank begins month-long food drive

Axiom Bank is inviting customers and the community to support its on-going hunger relief efforts amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Beginning Friday, Sept. 3, the bank will kick off a month-long initiative to help “Stock the Shelves” for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida in recognition of Hunger Action Month. The community is encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items at any of Axiom’s branches, including one at the Port Orange Walmart Supercenter on Dunlawton Avenue through Oct. 3.

Some of the most needed items include canned or dried fruit, vegetable juice, grains, shelf-stable milk products and canned meats.

EdgeFest on the River

The annual EdgeFest Day on the River will include water fun and safety tips from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Menard May Park, 413 S. Riverside Driver, Edgewater..

Bring a stand up paddle board, kayak or canoe for an excursion along the shoreline. The city will be participating in the International Coastal Clean Up as part of the event.

The International Coastal Clean Up began more than 30 years ago and now volunteers from all over the United States and 100 other countries come together each year to clean up the coastlines.

There is still plenty of room for vendors at the EdgeFest Day on the River.

For information, call (386) 424-2400, ext. 1340 or email

Affordable Housing Summit postponed

Due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases, Volusia County’s Affordable Housing Summit, scheduled for Aug. 27, has been postponed until later this fall.

In the meantime, county staff is scheduling virtual webinars that will continue to build on the knowledge and discussions that have already come out of the county’s Affordable Housing Initiative.

The first webinar, which will begin at noon Friday, Sept. 10, will feature experts from the Florida Housing Coalition.

To register for the webinar, visit A Zoom account is required for registration.

Visit for updates. For more information or questions, contact Sarah Presley at or call (386) 943-7029, ext. 12956.

County Council members to attend TPO meeting

Two or more members of the Volusia County Council plan to attend a meeting of the River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization Board of Directors at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 2570 W. International Speedway Blvd., Suite 100, Daytona Beach.

For more information, contact Debbie Stewart at or call (386) 226-0422, ext. 20425.

Riding lessons available

Marcody Ranch is open for lessons at 3804 Pioneer Trail New Smyrna Beach,

Hope Reins therapeutic riding will remain closed until the first week of October due to excessive heat, increased local Covid-19 infections and some changes in staffing.

For more information, call (386) 424-0123.

Republican Club to meet

The Republican Club of Southeast Volusia County will host its monthly The Gathering will be from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at Hidden Lakes. There is a guest speaker. Snacks, drinks and cash bar will be available. The cafe is open for dinner until 8 p.m. Admission is free and reservations are not required.

For more information, call (386) 576-6180.

Dance party fundraiser

The Hacienda and New Smyrna Beach Dance Clubs will host the Lowdown on the Hoedown, a country western dance party, open to the public, from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Hidden Lakes Golf Club, 35 Fairgreen Ave , New Smyrna Beach.

The Madison County band will play from 5:30 until 9 p.m. The cost is $20 per person, which includes buffet, music, dancing and games.

Participants may dress as their favorite country western star.

For tickets and more information, call (860) 334-3591 or (386) 314-5118.

Openings available on Historic Preservation Board

Two positions are open on Volusia County’s Historic Preservation Board, which are by the Volusia County Council.

The board issues certificates of designation for eligible historic structures, archaeological sites and historic districts as well as certificates of appropriateness for demolition, alteration, relocation or construction.

Applicants should have the expertise necessary to accomplish the board's objectives, a reputation for integrity and community service, and an interest or experience in historic preservation.

For an application or more information, visit

Members sought for human services board

The Volusia County Council is seeking applicants for positions on the county’s Human Services Advisory Board.

Members help county government decide how to use funding from the Community Services Block Grant program

The term for the positions will run from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2023.

Members will be selected by the Volusia County Council. Applications and more information are available at

For more information, contact Deputy Clerk Karissa Green at or (386) 736-5920, ext. 12613.

Volunteers sought for Adopt-A-Drain program

With 6,395 storm drains throughout Daytona Beach, the city is seeking help to maintain them.

City staff maintains the majority of them while about 25% are privately maintained by property owners or homeowners' associations.

But the storm drains flow into the Intracoastal Waterway or Tomoka River and should be kept free of debris, grass, fertilizer and other harmful discharge.

Volunteers are invited to “Adopt-A-Drain.” Neighbors and service, community and faith-based organizations can play a vital role in making sure storm drains are clear of waste, vegetation and other debris.

For more information, call Tracy Shirah at (386) 671-8884.

Mutt Strut on the Beach

Registration is open for the Halifax Humane Society’s 11th annual Mutt Strut fundraiser at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Daytona Beach Bandshell, 70 Boardwalk.

The focus is on "Providing a New Leash on Life" for the animals in the community.

Activities will include live music, vendors, raffles and games.

Purchase raffle tickets and additional limited edition event T-shirts. It's the only day of the year dogs are allowed on the World's Most Famous Beach.

All Access Admission is $25, which includes one drink ticket, one raffle ticket and one limited edition event T-shirt. General Admission is $5. To register, visit

Community services non-profit established

Stone Soup Community Development, a non-profit outreach of Free Spirit Evangelistic Ministries, now offers mental health and other services.

Based in Daytona Beach, services include case management, substance abuse education, life skills groups, motivational spiritual awareness group, batterer intervention program and domestic abuse intervention. It also provides aid and resources to apply for food stamps, Medicaid, Social Security and other benefits.

Stone Soup has seven house for housing men and women, consisting of veterans, Department of Corrections clients and mental health populations. The agency works closely with judicial services and county judges to ensure the success of clients.

Stone Soup Community Development is at 101 Indigo Drive. For more information, call (386) 872-7909.

Crane Lakes Bingo Bash

Tickets are on sale for a Bingo Bash Fundraiser at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Crane Lakes Golf & Country Club, 1850 Crane Lakes Blvd., Port Orange,

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Admission is $10, which includes a boxed lunch.

Proceeds will benefit the Toys for Kids, Holiday Food Drive (sponsored by Port Orange Fire Department), Philanthropic Education Organization scholarship fund and Police Recovery Fund for injured officers.

Tickets will be sold in the clubhouse from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays until Oct. 2 and 5 to 6:15 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 13 to Oct. 4. Admission ticket does not include cost of bingo play.

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