Book sale

The Friends of the DeLand Regional Library are sponsoring their monthly books sale on Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., DeLand.

The sale will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Fiction and nonfiction hardback books and large softback books are $1 in the auditorium sale. Special prices during the sale are: Small pocket paperback books, eight for $1; children and young adult books, $2 a bag throughout the sale; on Saturday all other books are $3 a bag.

Proceeds from the book sales provide quality programs and equipment for the DeLand Public Library not included in the Library's annual budget.

Parent & Community Cafe

One Voice For Volusia will host a parent and community cafe from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at The Lion’s Club of Deland

400 North Garfield Ave., DeLand.

Parent Cafés provide an opportunity for parents and caregivers to interact with other parents and caregivers about things that are important to building and maintaining strong, healthy families.

The Cafés are “hosted” by parents from the community who have been trained on how to help facilitate the conversation and discussion about protective factors. The goals of these Cafes are to help parents help each other.

A light meal will be provided. For more information, call (386) 252-4277.

City needs economic development adviser

The City of Deltona is looking for a resident interested in serving on the Economic Development Advisory Board for a term that will expire May 31, 2021.

Individuals appointed to the board serve in a non-paid capacity. Seven members are full voting members and four members will be alternate members. The board meets at 3:30 p.m., the second Friday of each month to advise the City Commission on issues and programs involving economic development and explore funding sources for economic development.

Anyone interested, should call the City Clerk’s Office for application information at (386) 878-8506 or apply online at deltonafl.gov/city-clerk/webforms/citizen-boardcommittee-application. This position is open until filled.

Community yard sale

The Terra Alta Homeowners Association will host a community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15, at the clubhouse at 17 Maplehouse Ave., DeBary.

Food and baked goods will be available.

Diaper drive

The DeLand Fire Department is partnering with the Junior Service League of DeLand to collect diapers for DeLand foster babies in emergency placement situations.

Unopened diaper packs of any size or brand may be dropped off at the Downtown DeLand fire station, 201 W. Howry Ave., through Saturday, Feb. 15.

Low-cost pet clinics

There will be three low- cost pet shot clinics sponsored by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue Saturday, Feb. 15.

The first clinic will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at Royal Oak Professional Plaza, 124 Treemonte Drive, Orange City.

The second clinic will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Luigi's Pizza in Brandywine Plaza 3138 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.

The third clinic will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Save a Lot Plaza, 1382 Howland Blvd., Deltona.

Heart worm prevention and flea control products will be available to buy. Cash only for the shots. Cards accepted for products. The clinic is open to everyone. No appointment needed. Proceeds benefit abandoned and abused animals.

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

Get ready for spring vegetable gardening

Learn how to grow backyard vegetables from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand.

Joe Sewards, an urban and residential horticulturist with the Volusia County Extension, Service will explain how to use traditional and nontraditional gardening methods. Some of these methods work for people who have limited space.

The $8 fee includes one soil sample test and one door prize ticket. Additional tickets can be purchased for $2 each.

Register and pay online by noon Feb. 14 at eventbrite.com.

For more information, call the extension service at (386) 822-5778.

Orchid Society to meet

The Volusia County Orchid Society will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Volusia County Agriculture Center’s Auditorium on East State Road 44, just east of I-4, DeLand.

A culture class will be at 6 p.m.

The speaker this month is Glen Gross of Gross Orchids, who will be talking about backyard greenhouse design and construction.

Plants will be available for sale. The meeting is free to the public. Refreshments will be served. An orchid raffle will be held at the end of the program.

For more information, call Jennifer Reinoso at (386) 738-7543.

DeBary Hall hosts cultural bike tour

Take a free, guided bike tour from DeBary Hall Historic Site to Lake Monroe Park at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20.

The tour guide will explain the area’s history. The nine-mile ride will include several stops along the way.

Participants must bring a bicycle and helmet. Sunscreen and bottled water also are recommended.

Children older than 12 are welcome if accompanied by an adult. The ride is limited to 20 participants. Reservations are required; contact Education Coordinator Lisa Perez at (386) 668-3840 or lperez@volusia.org.

Manatee Watch volunteers needed

Volusia County is looking for volunteers to participate in Manatee Watch, a program that identifies the presence of manatees in local waterways.

A training session will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach.

The program is open to individuals, families, businesses and civic organizations. Participants must be at least 16 years old.

Advance registration is required for the free training. Contact Debbie Wright at ManateeWatch@volusia.org or (386) 736-5927, ext. 12.

County seeks agencies for summer food program

Churches, social service agencies and private nonprofits can help Volusia County’s Community Assistance Division feed children by providing a safe place for them to eat this summer.

Staff is looking for sites to participate in the Summer BreakSpot program, which will run for 11 weeks from June 1 to Aug. 14 an informational meeting will at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Hope Place Public Library, 1310 Wright St., Daytona Beach.

Applications are due by March 13. For more information, contact Human Services Manager Clayton Jackson at (386) 736-5956 or cjackson@volusia.org.

Housing voucher sign up event

One Voice For Volusia will host a housing voucher sign up from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at 211 N Ridgewood Ave., Daytona Beach.

The voucher program provides non elderly, low income families, with disabled members (18-61) the opportunity to reside in affordable housing of their choice. Participants should bring proof of disability

identification card and income information.

Various agencies will be on site to assist with applications and answer questions.

Republican Club of West Volusia to meet

The Republican Club of West Volusia will host a luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Elks Lodge, 614 S. Alabama Ave., DeLand.

The meeting will have a forum with candidates for House District 27, Webster Barnaby, Erika Benfield and Zenaida Denizac, as guests.

For more information, call (386) 337-8095.

Stormwater volunteers sought

Deltona’s Stormwater Division is looking for volunteers to help mark storm drains.

Marking storm drains creates awareness of where the drains are located and the importance of not letting pollutants run into them.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 9:30 a.m., Feb. 15, at Wes Crile Park, 1537 Norbert Terrace. This year’s focus will be on the inlets of Fort Smith Boulevard between Marlow Street and Providence Boulevards. Volunteers should be done by 11 a.m.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Dan O’Hanlon at dohanlon@deltonafl.gov or call (386) 878-8962.

Optimist club to meet

The Four Towns Optimist Club will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.

New members welcome. For more information, call (386) 774-6233.

Master gardeners plan plant clinic

Volusia County’s master gardeners will share gardening tips and answer questions at a plant clinic from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the DeBary Public Library, 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd.

Residents can bring their plants for a free check-up.

For more information, call the Volusia County Extension Service at (386) 822-5778.

Author to host luncheon at DeBary Hall

Local author Marcia Meara will host a spring tea and luncheon, along with a book signing, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary.

The $25 charge includes lunch, Ms. Meara’s custom-blended teas, a reading from one of her novels, and a signed copy of one of her books.

Reservations are required; contact Education Coordinator Lisa Perez at (386) 668-3840 or lperez@volusia.org.

DeLand receives Tree Cities designation

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations along with the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized DeLand with the Tree Cities of the World designation.

The international program celebrates cities across all continents that meet core standards for the care and planning of urban trees and forests.

LEC plans nature hikes, programs

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

The free programs begin in the center’s classroom. Reservations are required; call (386 789-7207, ext. 21028.

February’s programs are:

•Tiny trekkers: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Children ages 2 to 5 can take a short hike, make a take-home craft, and listen to the book “Snowy Valentine.”

•Florida’s felines: 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Lauren Barth of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will share information about bobcats and panthers.

•“Love is in the Air” hike: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Many bird species call Florida home during the winter, then journey back to their northern homes. On a guided hike in Lyonia Preserve, learn about some of the Florida “snowbirds.”

•Creature feature: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. Bobcats are stealth hunters and can catch prey larger than themselves. Join an animal care volunteer to learn more. The program is designed for ages 2-8.

•Jay walking: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Learn the calls of the Florida scrub jay and discover some fascinating facts about this threatened species. Afterward, participants will stroll into Lyonia Preserve to immerse themselves in the birds’ habitat and look for them

in the scrub. Participants should bring binoculars and a camera if they have them.

•Blueberry bonanza: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Lyonia Preserve is home to four types of native blueberry plants. Take a 1.5-mile guided hike along the preserve’s blue trail to look for and learn about blueberries. Participants who wear something blue will have their name entered into a prize drawing.

•Upcycled family friendly Mardi Gras: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. Get ready for “Fat Tuesday” by upcycling corks into a Mardi Gras themed take-home craft. Participants who wear green, gold (or yellow) and purple will be entered into a prize drawing. Pre-registration is required as space and materials are limited

•Scrub strolls: 9 to 10 a.m. every Monday and Friday in February. Environmental specialists lead the hikes through Lyonia Preserve.

For more information, visit lyoniapreserve.com.

County plans Explore Volusia programs

Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs in February.

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

Upcoming events include:

•Longleaf Preserve Hike: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Participants will learn about the connections between soils and the plant and animal communities of the wetlands. Meet at the preserve’s west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave., DeLand.

•Eco-buggy ride: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25. Ride through Longleaf Pine Preserve while learning about its scenery and the importance of the land. Bring a bag lunch and beverage for a stop at the pavilion, where you will learn about marine mammals and their importance in the ecosystem. Meet at the preserve’s west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave., DeLand.

•Highbridge paddle and fishing adventure: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. Learn about strategies for restoring mangroves, oysters and salt marsh in areas of the Tomoka River. Ethical angling will be discussed, and participants are encouraged to bring their fishing gear. A Florida saltwater fishing license is required and all regulations must be followed. Participants are not required to fish to participate. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 39 Highbridge Road, Ormond Beach.

Stress, metaphysically

Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp will host a lecture on the metaphysical dimensions of stress and how to make stress work for you from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Spiritualist Camp, Andrew Jackson Davis Building, 1112 Stevens St,, Cassadaga,

The speaker will be Rev. Dr. Don Zanghi. Admission is $20 per member and $25 per non-member.

Support group for foster families

One Voice For Volusia hosts a monthly support group for families involved in the foster care system. For meeting times and locations, call or text (386) 852-9098 or visit myfamilyunited.com.

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