Deltona & Waste Pro announce Christmas Trash Collection

Waste Pro will have three sites available for residents to discard large item container boxes, through the Christmas holidays.

After Dec 21, dumpsters will be located at Vann Park at 675 Elgrove Drive in southwest Deltona, Keysville Dog Park at 2641 Keysville Avenue in north Deltona, Lake Butler Skate Park at 301 Courtland Blvd. in southeast Deltona, and at Deltona City Hall at 2345 Providence Blvd.

Waste Pro is providing this service, to help prevent residential burglaries. During the gift-giving season, criminals can target homes that have discarded electronics and techware shipping boxes left on the curbs. Residents are asked not to dispose of regular household and bulk trash in these dumpsters, and to reserve them for those oversize boxes. These dumpsters will be at the four locations through Jan. 7.

For more information call (386) 878-8723.

Neighborhood Center opens more beds

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, Volusia County Government and City of DeLand opened more beds for West Volusia’s homeless on Dec. 15.

Home Grant House will provide housing for five adults who are transitioning from emergency housing with the goal of permanent housing and independence. The home has five bedrooms and baths with a communal cooking and eating area.

For more information about The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, visit www.neighborhoodcenterwv.org.

Learn about Kwanzaa at DeLand library

A representative from the African American Museum of Arts will explain

the history and principles of Kwanzaa from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec.

27, at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.

Kwanzaa, which is celebrated from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, is a nonreligious holiday that honors African-American culture. It is

symbolized by the kinara, which holds seven candles – one black, three red and three green – that represent the people, the struggle and the future. Each day is dedicated to seven principles: unity,

self-determination, collective responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

Registration is not required for this free program. For moreinformation, call (386) 822-6430, ext. 20762.

Environmental center

Discover Volusia County’s native plants and wildlife during indoor classes and outdoor hikes at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

Programs begin in the center’s classroom. Reservations are required; call (386) 789-7207, ext. 21028. With the exception of the kids’ holiday countdown, the programs are free.

December’s programs:

•A reptile’s winter: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. Learn what turtles, lizards, alligators and other native reptiles do to survive the colder months. Participants will meet the center’s reptilian animal ambassadors.

•Popcorn and a movie: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. Watch “Polar Express,” a modern-day classic about a boy who takes a train ride to

the North Pole. Free popcorn and hot cocoa will be served. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

•Jay walking: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29. Learn about Florida scrub jays and practice their calls in the LEC classroom. The group will walk through Lyonia Preserve to look for the charismatic birds. Bring binoculars and a camera if you have them.

•What’s on the menu? 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29. Meet the center’s animal ambassadors and learn how, who and what they eat, and how they avoid being eaten. The presentation includes a live feeding demonstration.

•Scrub strolls: 9 to 10 a.m. every Monday and Friday except Dec. 24 and 31. For walking through the preserve, wear closed-toe shoes, bring water and be prepared to hike on sugar-sand trails.

Admission to the LEC is free. For more information, visit lyoniapreserve.com.

Flow mobile to meet

The FLOWmobile will be at Deltona City Hall from 9 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, in the Commission Chambers at 2345 Providence Blvd. FLOWmobile is able to process/replace Vehicle Registrations in addition to Driver’s License and ID Cards.

For more information, call Janet Day in the City Clerk’s office at (386) 878-8500.

Gardener offers landscaping tips

Howard Jeffries will present "Welcome to Florida - We Do Landscaping Differently Here" at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, in DeBary Hall Historic Site's stable, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary.

Mr. Jeffries, a volunteer with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, will explain how to deal with Florida's subtropical climate and soil when planning a home landscape.

Reservations are not required for this free presentation. For more information, call DeBary Hall at (386) 668-3840.

County seeks summer camp providers

Volusia County’s Community Assistance Division has funds for nonprofit organizations, cities, schools and churches to provide summer camp services.

A mandatory application workshop will be conducted for all interested applicants at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, in the first-floor training rooms of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

Participating agencies must operate a camp from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for at least six weeks this summer during the seven-week scholarship program. Services should include supervised playground activities, sports, crafts and field trips for children ages 5 through 12. Five-year-olds must have completed kindergarten, and 12-year-olds must be entering sixth grade. Camps serving primarily special needs children may accept applicants up to age 17. Camps are encouraged to provide opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.

Applicants must have proven administrative capacity and at least one year of successful experience in providing summer camp programs.

Funding will be provided from June 10 to July 26 through scholarships to children whose families are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. providers will be paid per child at a portion of the weekly rate, not to exceed the weekly rate established by the Community Assistance Division.

Applications are available online at www.volusia.org/community_assistance/applications or by calling Jill Marcum at (386) 736-5955, ext. 15593. Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. Jan. 18.

The Children and Families Advisory Board will recommend qualified agencies to the Volusia County Council for final approval.

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