Orange City getting four-way stop sign

The intersection of Rhode Island and Leavitt Avenues in Orange City will be converted from a two-way stop to a four-way stop to address safety concerns until a permanent improvement is selected and constructed.

The city will be staging two electronic signs to notify drivers of the upcoming four-way intersection. LED stop signs, rumble strips and stop bars will be installed on Rhode Island Avenue Monday, April 12.

Story time at DeBary Hall

Children may attend Kids Corner, an outdoor story time at 9:30 a.m. Fridays, April 9 and 23, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd.

The free story time program features various stories, songs and activities designed for preschoolers, but children of all ages are welcome. Families are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for seating.

Attendance is limited for all programs; advanced registration is required and guests are asked to wear a mask. Programs may be modified at any time as needed. For a reservation call, (386) 668-3840.

Fight the bite; dispose of tires right

Volusia County Mosquito Control will host a tire amnesty event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Osteen Road and Bridge, 200 State Road 415.

Pools of water in old tires are a breeding ground for mosquitos.

Only residential tires will be accepted and there is a limit of 20 tires per person. There is no cost to drop off tires.

For more information, call (386) 424-2920. For more information about mosquito control, visit volusia.org/mosquito.

Enterprise Chili Cook-off

The 2021 Enterprise Chili Cook-Off, presented by the Enterprise Preservation Society, will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the Enterprise Museum at 360 Main St.

There will be music, a classic car display, vendors, crafts and raffles. Tasting bracelets will be $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger.

For more information, visit oldenterprise.org or call (386) 259-5900.

Bread baking demonstration

Master Naturalist Holly Giles will do a live bread baking demonstration at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd.

In this hands-on class Ms. Giles will talk about the history of bread baking in Florida after the Civil War and unique substitutions for flour. She will make a small loaf of whole wheat bread that guests can take home. Bring a dishtowel and a gallon zip top bag.

Attendance is limited for all programs; advanced registration is required and guests are asked to wear a mask. For a reservation call, (386) 668-3840.

Master Gardener presentation

Learn about the varieties of camellias and azaleas, their cultural needs and suggested types to include in landscaping during a free presentation at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in DeBary Hall Historic Site’s stable, 198 Sunrise Blvd.

Howard Jeffries, a master gardener with the Volusia County Extension Service, will explain how to sow and grow colorful blossoms and Florida-friendly plants.

Attendance is limited for all programs; advanced registration is required and guests are asked to wear a mask. For a reservation call, (386) 668-3840.

Low-cost pet clinic

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue will offer three low cost pet shot clinics Sunday April 11.

The first clinic will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Garcia's Mexican Grille, 1498 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.

The second clinic will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ace Hardware, 220 N. Charles Richard Bell Blvd., DeBary.

The third clinic will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Save a Lot Plaza, 1382 Howland Blvd., Deltona.

Heart worm prevention and flea control products will be available to buy at a discount. The clinics are cash only for the shots. Credit cards and cash accepted for products. Proceeds benefit animals.

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

ECHO committee to host listening sessions

The Environmental, Cultural, Historical and Outdoor Committee will host five community listening sessions for Volusia County residents. program’s future.

The sessions are:

•6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.

•6 p.m. Thursday, April 22, second-floor county council chambers, Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

For a virtual connection, visit volusia.org/echo.

The ECHO program, approved by taxpayers in 2000 and renewed in 2020, provides founds for the acquisition or construction of environmental, cultural, historic and outdoor recreation facilities for the public.

For more information, contact Carmen Hall at chall@volusia.org or (386)736-5955, ext. 12044.

One Voice for Volusia

One Voice for Volusia will host a virtual coalition meeting from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 14.

There will be a panel discussion on the observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

To join the meeting, visit global.gotomeeting.com/join/346663989.

Get back to nature at the LEC

Discover Volusia County’s native plants and wildlife during free programs at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

Registration is required; call (386) 789-7207, ext. #21028. Classes offered on site are limited to 10 persons each for social distancing.

Staff will offer:

•Gopher tortoise talk and trek: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10. Learn about the important role the long-lived reptiles play in the scrub ecosystem, how you can help them and how the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tracks them. After the classroom presentation, participants can join staff on a guided hike through Lyonia Preserve.

•Think blue, be green: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17. Get ready for Earth Day with Jennifer Mitchell of the St. Johns River Water Management District. During this virtual program, she will explain ways to reduce water use and save money.

•“Florida’s fabulous frogs” hike: 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 24. Hop on over to the LEC and welcome the arrival of a new season and emerging amphibians.

For more information, visit lyoniapreserve.com.

County requests input from Spring Hill residents

Volusia County is moving forward with plans to improve the Spring Hill area by seeking public input to help identify needs and plan future events.

The county has posted an online survey at volusia.org/springhill asking residents to share their opinions of government services and explain their needs. Paper surveys have been distributed to churches, the Dr. Joyce M. Cusack Resource Center and Spring Hill Resource Center. The deadline for response is April 15.

County plans Explore Volusia programs

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

Each program will be limited to eight persons. Participants must register at least 48 hours before the program. To register, call (386) 736-5927.

Upcoming events include:

•Deep Creek Eco-buggy Tour: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 14. Take a riding tour of 8,000 acres of natural and agricultural land to learn about important plant communities. Meet at Deep Creek Preserve, 964 S. State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach.

•Lake George eco-buggy tour: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 20. Explore the pine flatwoods, cypress swamps and marsh while riding Volusia County’s eco-buggy. Lake George has the second highest population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states, so participants may see one. Meet at 998 Ninemile Point Road, Seville.

Previously Owned Treasures Sale

The City of Deltona will host a Previously Owned Treasures Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 17, at Wes Crile Park

For $5, Parks & Recreation provides a table and chair with space to setup whatever treasures participants would like to sell from their own home. Shoppers should come prepared with cash to bargain with individual sellers.

Setup for sellers can begin as early as 6:30 a.m. For registration and more information, visit deltonafl.gov/parks-recreation-department or call (386) 878-8900.

Bike tour

A cultural bike tour from Green Springs Park to Guise Road will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 17.

Learn about the local history from DeBary Hall Historic Site’s staff during a 15-mile ride along the East Central Regional Rail Trail. The ride will include several stops along the way.

Participants must bring a bicycle and helmet. Sunscreen, snacks and bottled water are recommended. Children older than 12 are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Attendance is limited for all programs; advanced registration is required and guests are asked to wear a mask. Programs may be modified at any time as needed. For a reservation call, (386) 668-3840.

Backyard birds Part 2: the tricky guys

Learn about migratory birds you might spot in your backyard with local author Marcia Meara at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary.

This presentation will feature some of Ms. Meara’s favorite, less common birds that pass through Central Florida yards only during the spring or fall.

Attendance is limited for all programs; advanced registration is required and guests are asked to wear a mask. Programs may be modified at any time as needed. For a reservation call, (386) 668-3840.

Learn basic bike repair at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 18

Attend a free bike repair clinic at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary.

Join Ryan Flesch, manager of JC’s Bike Shop, as he breaks down essential bike tools, repairs and maintenance. He will cover repairs riders can do and demonstrate how to use the bike repair station at DeBary Hall Historic Site on the Spring-to-Spring Trail.

Attendance is limited for all programs; advanced registration is required and guests are asked to wear a mask. Programs may be modified at any time as needed. For a reservation call, (386) 668-3840.

Keep Orange City Beautiful

The City of Orange City is partnering with the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce & Orange City Alliance to organize Keep Orange City Beautiful, a community clean-up event Saturday, April 17.

Teams of families, businesses, churches, groups, agencies or friends will gather to compete in an eco-friendly community-wide clean-up of selected areas within the city for awards, bragging rights and, of course, making a key environmental difference within our region.

Teams can register at delandchamber.org.

A staggered start and end time will encourage social distancing. Prize winners will be announced after the event on social media.

For more information, call (386) 775-5410.

Volusia Forever committee to host listening sessions

The Volusia Forever Advisory Committee will host five community listening sessions to give residents an opportunity to comment about the program’s future.

Listening sessions will be at:

•6 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, second-floor county council chambers, Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand

•6 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, Brannon Center 105 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach

•6 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, second-floor conference room, Beach Safety Headquarters, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach

•6 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, in the city commission chambers, Ormond Beach City Hall, 22 Beach St.

•6 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, in the Deltona Regional Library auditorium, 2150 Eustace Ave.

Volusia Forever staff and advisory board members will be available to answer questions. Members of Volusia County Council are also expected to attend.

Renewed in 2020, Volusia Forever finances the acquisition and improvement of environmentally sensitive, water resource protection and outdoor recreation lands.

For more information, contact Sarah Presley at spresley@volusia.org or (386) 822-5013, ext. 12775, or visit volusia.org/forever.

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