Low-cost pet clinic

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue will host three low-cost pet clinics Saturday, Jan. 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 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Brandywine Plaza, 3138 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.

The third clinic will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Save a Lot Plaza, 1382 Howland Blvd. Deltona.

Rabies shots will cost $5. Heartworm prevention and flea control and products will be available to buy at a discount. Cash will be accepted for the shots. Credit cards will be accepted for product purchase. Proceeds benefit abused animals.

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

Free movies slated at Deltona library

The Deltona Regional Library is offering free movies at 2150 Eustace Ave..

Adults can watch popular PG-13 movies at 11 a.m. Mondays in the library’s auditorium. The lineup includes “Monsters,” Jan. 24, and “Black Widow,” Jan. 31.

For more information, visit volusialibrary.org or call (386) 789-7207, option 1, then 1.

Food drop

A free community food drop with Sherry & Tim Houses of Hope and Farm Share of America will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 20, at 1640 E. Voohis Ave., DeLand.

For more information, call (386) 956-7663.

LEC outdoor adventures

Join Lyonia Environmental Center staff for a variety of indoor programs and outdoor hikes in January.

Registration is required; call (386) 789-7207, ext. #21028. Meet at the LEC, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

January’s programs include:

•Scrub 101 hike:10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. Learn the basics of Florida’s unique scrub habitat on a guided hike. Staff will discuss the flora and fauna that depend on this habitat to survive.

•Hats off to the birds: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. Celebrate National Hat Day in the LEC classroom by learning about the life and influence of John James Audubon. The ornithologist, naturalist and painter is well known for his collection of 435 life-size bird prints titled “The Birds of America.” Staff will teach you how to make your own unique bird feather-themed, up-cycled hat from newspaper. Decorations will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own.

•Beat those winter blues” hike: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 16. During a 1.5-mile, guided hike along Lyonia’s blue trail, staff will explain the differences between the Florida scrub jay and the blue jay. Participants who wear something blue will be entered in a prize drawing.

•Banding together: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16. Bird banding data is useful in management and conservation projects as well as scientific research. Learn about the banding process and what the various types of bands signify on Florida scrub jays. Children can create their own personalized, “banded” bracelet to take home.

DeBary Hall

DeBary Hall Historic Site is offering several activities at 198 Sunrise Blvd.

•Historic bike tour along the East Central Regional Rail Trail: 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14: Take a free, guided bike tour from Green Springs Park at 994 Enterprise Osteen Road, Deltona, to Guise Road. The ride will include several stops. Participants must bring a bicycle and helmet. Sunscreen, snacks and bottled water are recommended. Children over 12 are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

•The Overseas Railroad Cuba connection: 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. Learn how Havana and Cuba’s countryside were primary destinations for American tourists during the first half of the 20th century and how the Overseas Railroad facilitated travel to the region.

•Story time at DeBary Hall: 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21. Children are invited to Kids Corner, an outdoor story time.

•Central Florida’s canids: “Let’s get foxy!” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. Gray and red foxes call Florida home. During this free presentation, learn fascinating facts about these canids with local author and wildlife enthusiast Marcia Meara.

Registration is requested by calling (386) or 668-3840 or email lperez@volusia.org.

Lake Helen library offers storytime

The Lake Helen Public Library will offer Little Readers Storytime at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at 221 N. Euclid Ave.

Children ages 18 months to 5 years old can take part with their parents or caregivers. Registration is not required.

Empty Bowls

Sponsorships are available for Empty Bowls, a fundraiser for the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at DeLand High School Cafeteria, 800 N. Hill Ave.

Soups are donated by local restaurants.

Each ticket provides a handmade bowl, soup, bread, dessert, water/tea and a raffle ticket. Admission is $20 for ages 12 and older or six for $100. Child age 6 to 11 are admitted to $10. Children 5 and young eat free.

For more information, call Debra West at (386)734-8120, ext. 209.

Library plans programs for adults with disabilities

The Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., has introduced “We are CapABLE” programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Participants should be accompanied by a family member or caregiver.

We are CapABLE coloring club will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 28. All supplies will be provided for this creative coloring session.

For more information, call (386) 789-7207, option 1, then 1.

County Council members to attend public meetings

Two or more members of the Volusia County Council plan to attend the following community meetings:

•Septic to sewer groundbreaking: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Indian River Harbor Estates, Oak Hill

•Florida Association of Counties Legislative Day and Innovation Day: 8:30 a.m. Jan. 19 and 20, in Leon County

•Team Volusia Economic Development Corp. meeting: 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, Mori Hosseini Center, Daytona State College

•Ribbon cutting for Spring-to-Spring Trail segment: 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, Rob Sullivan Park, 200 W. Highbanks Road

•River-to-Sea TPO Board of Directors: 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2570 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach

•Volusia County Association for Responsible Development awards and installation banquet: 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, Hard Rock Hotel, 918 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach

Volunteers Needed: 2022 Point-in-Time Count

Volunteers are needed for the the 2022 Point-in-Time Count of the homeless in the community.

The PIT Count allows the Commission on Homelessness and Housing to better serve the community's homeless population, by helping identify service needs and secure funding.

Volunteers are needed Tuesday, Jan. 25, and Wednesday, Jan. 26, at different sites across Volusia and Flagler counties.

To sign up to volunteer, complete the survey at https://forms.gle/wLsy3xPNsDUhN6Q87.

For more information, call Chris Thomas at (386) 279-0029, email cthomas@vfcch.org@vfcch.org or visit vfcch.org

Explore Volusia

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

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

Upcoming events include:

•Bike-about Lake Beresford: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14. Ride the Lake Beresford Park trail and a segment of the Spring-to-Spring Trail. Participants will enter Blue Spring State Park to learn about the importance of protecting the water quality of springs and the springs’ importance to manatees during winter. A helmet and bicycle are required. There will be a $2 fee for entry into the park. Meet at Beresford Park, 2100 Fatio Road, DeLand.

•Deep Creek eco-buggy tour: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. Learn about important plant communities during the riding tour of the 8,000-acre natural and agricultural land preserve. Participants may see carnivorous plants and the rare Sherman’s fox squirrel. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach.

•Hickory Bluff hike: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19. Explore the natural world and compare habitat characteristics during this upland and swamp hike of the St. Johns River watershed. Participants can use the iNaturalist app for a nature-based scavenger hunt through the preserve. Meet at 598 Guise Road, Osteen.

•Indian River Lagoon paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 20. View wildlife and natural Florida scenery during a leisurely paddling trip. Leave from Mary McLeod Bethune Park. Participants may encounter manatees and dolphins. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 6656 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach.

•Mark trails at Deep Creek Preserve: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21. Join environmental specialists for trail marking. Participants will mark the yellow trail with new signs and arrows while learning about dome swamps, basin swamps, and wet and mesic flatwoods. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach.

•Clark Bay hike:1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. Join this guided hike through a wildlife corridor that includes uplands and pine mesic flatlands. Meet at the Clark Bay Conservation Area on Old DeLand Road, just west of where it intersects with U.S. 92.

Participants should bring water and insect repellent, and wear comfortable clothes and hiking or walking shoes.

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