DeLand library shows free movies

Watch popular movies at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., DeLand.

January's free lineup includes:

•"Mary Shelley:" 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. Ben Hardy and Elle Fanning star. Rated PG-13, 120 minutes.

•"The Adventures of Baron Munchausen:" 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. John Neville, Eric Idle, Jonathan Price, Uma Thurman and Robin Williams star. Rated PG, 126 minutes.

For more information, call (386) 822-6430, ext. 20762.

Deltona library hosts ‘bag of books’ sale

Library patrons can buy bags of books at the Friends of Deltona Library’s book sale from Jan. 19 to 27.

The week-long sale will

be in the group’s used book store inside the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.

A wide assortment of paperbacks, hardbacks, magazines and records will

be available. Patrons can fill a plastic grocery bag for $3 or their own recyclable bag for $5. Proceeds will be used to provide library programs.

The book store is open from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (386) 789-7207.

Free movies at Deltona Regional Library

Watch free flicks at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

January’s lineup includes:

•“The Wizard of Oz:” 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Rated PG, 102 minutes.

•“The House with a Clock in its Walls:” 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28. Jack Black, Cate Blanchett and Owen Vaccaro star. Rated PG, 105 minutes.

The movies will be shown in the library’s auditorium. For more information, call (386) 789-7207, option 1, then 4.

Ghost hunters to review haunted sites

TnT Paranormal Investigators will present “Voices from Beyond the Grave” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd.

The team will lead a virtual tour of the most haunted locations in the United States, including some in Florida.

For more information, contact Tracy Mestre at (386) 668-3840 or

Brunch at Deltona center

Sunday Brunch is back at The Center at Deltona from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at 1640 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Brunch is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $8 for children 5 to 9 years old and free for children 4 and younger.

Catering will be by Cocky Rooster. For more information, call (386) 878-8875.

Genealogical society to meet

Roots and Branches Genealogical Society of West Volusia County will meet on Sunday, Jan. 20, at the

DeLand Public Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.

There will be a free class at 1 p.m. in the Classroom with Jane Burr: "The ABCs of Teaching a Class", Always teach what you know, But always Consider something new!

The general meeting and program will be at 2 p.m. in the auditorium with Genealogist, Kathy Stickney: Pass It On: Sharing your Genealogical Research", by writing a family history, making a heritage scrapbook, and posting family information online.

For more information, call (386) 734-2536.

Visitors welcome.

Low-cost pet clinics

There will be three lower-cost pet shot clinics sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Rescue Saturday, Jan. 19.

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 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Luigi's Pizza in the Brandywine Shopping Plaza, 3138 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.

The third clinic will be from 5 to 6 p.m. at 3 Sisters Ice Cream, 101 E. Ohio, Lake Helen.

Heartworm prevention and flea control products will be available to buy. Cash only for the shots, cards accepted for products. Proceeds benefit abandons and abused animals. For more information, call or text (386) 748-8993.

Optimist club to meet

The Four Towns Optimist Club will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.

The club goal is to "Bring Out The best in the Children of Our Communities." The club offers a variety of programs, many with opportunities for scholarships and awards.

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

Audubon meets Jan. 22

The West Volusia Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 865 S. Alabama Ave., DeLand.

There will be a short business meeting at 7 p.m. followed by a program.

Dr. Terry Farrell, a professor of biology at Stetson University, will present "The Behavior of Rattlesnakes."

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (386) 775-4447.

'Tearing Down the Tent'

The documentary "Tearing Down the Tent," about the Clyde Beatty Cole Bros. Circus by producer/director Michael Knox will be shown for free at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the DeLand Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., DeLand.

Mr. Knox is a third generation traveling member of the circus, where I spend my summer vacations riding elephants, working with clowns, helping set up the circus tent, selling concessions and exploring the circus culture.

The movie will feature guest speaker, director Mr. Knox, discussing the movie production and the circus after the screening.

Docent to discuss lighthouses of Florida

John Mann, lead docent for the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, will shed light on Florida’s lighthouses at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.

He will focus on the three major lighthouses of Volusia County: the present Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, the 1835 Mosquito Inlet

Lighthouse, and the 1886 Volusia Bar Lighthouse at the entrance to Lake George.

For more information, call (386) 789-7207, option 1, then 4.

City seeks volunteers for Planning & Zoning Board

The City of Deltona is looking for three individuals interested in serving on the city's Planning & Zoning Board for a thee-year term to expire March 15, 2022.

Individuals appointed to the board serve in a non-paid capacity. The quasi-judicial Board meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month to make recommendations to the City Commission regarding the city’s Comprehensive Plan, land development regulations, rezoning and land use change applications.

Appointments are made by the commission. Appointees must be Deltona residents.

For an application, call (386) 878-8507 or visit

Deltona library plans adult programs

Adults can expand their knowledge with free programs at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

January’s activities include:

•Hatha yoga: 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Certified yoga instructor Daya Devi-Doolin will provide instruction. Call (386) 479-8151 to register.

•Train your brain: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23. Play memory games that will sharpen your mind.

Registration is required only for the hatha yoga program. For more information, call (386) 789-7207, option 1, then 4.

Pick up computer skills at Deltona library

Adults can enhance their computer knowledge with free classes at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

January’s hour-long classes will address these topics:

•Basic internet (in Spanish): 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23

Staff offers basic computer assistance to help patrons search for jobs and complete applications in the e-lab from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Bilingual assistance is available from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays.

For more information, call (386) 789-7207, option 1, then 4.

County offers low-cost pet sterilization

Volusia County’s Animal Care Clinic and mobile Pet Vet Cruiser offer low-cost spay and neuter services to financially eligible owners of dogs and cats in unincorporated areas and the cities of DeLand, South Daytona and Oak Hill.

The Pet Vet Cruiser will be stationed at these locations in January:

•Jan. 29: West Volusia Humane Society, 800 Humane Society Road, DeLand

•Jan. 22: Volusia County Fire Station 23, 1850 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach

Appointments are available at the Animal Care Clinic, 1250 Indian Lake Road, Daytona Beach.

Fees, which range from $15 to $65, are based on income. Pets undergoing sterilization also receive a rabies vaccination and county license. Microchipping is available for an additional $10.

Appointments are required for all services; call Volusia County Animal Control at (386) 323-3575. For more information, visit

LEC plans nature hikes, programs

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

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

January’s programs include:

•Winter wonders scrub hike: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Look for animals and tracks during the hike.

•What’s on the menu? 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Learn about the eating habits of the LEC’s resident animal ambassadors. Staff will explain how they eat, what they eat, and how they avoid being eaten. Afterward, staff will conduct a live feeding demonstration.

•Nature movie: 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. Children and adults can watch “Magic of the Snowy Owl.” Free popcorn will be served. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

•Critter corner: 11 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. Children ages 2 to 8 can learn about alligators, why they shed their skin and how they differ from crocodiles.

•Jay walking: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Meet in the LEC classroom to learn about the threatened Florida scrub jay and their calls. Bring binoculars and a camera.

•Scales and tales: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Learn the differences between venomous and non-venomous reptiles, various species of snakes, and other reptiles that live in Central Florida. Afterward, animal care volunteers will introduce the center’s reptile animal ambassadors.

•Critter corner: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. Meet the LEC’s resident animal ambassadors. Staff will handle the animals and answer questions.

•Scrub strolls: 9 to 10 a.m. every Monday and Friday in January except Jan. 21. Environmental specialists lead these exploratory hikes through Lyonia Preserve.

If you will be walking through Lyonia Preserve, wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on sugar-sand trails.

The LEC is part of the Deltona Regional Library complex at 2150 Eustace Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

For more information, visit

Learn how to meditate

Mark Young, Ph.D., will explain how meditation can bring joy, peace, positivity and relaxation to your life at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Lake Helen Public Library, 221 N. Euclid Ave.

The UCF professor will lead the group in a meditation technique at the end of each program.

For more information, call (386) 228-1152.

Chamber will host senator's mobile office

The West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce will host U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s Mobile Office from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 5, March 5, April 2, May 7 and June 4 at 132 Treemonte Drive, Orange City.

Businesses and citizens may meet Sen. Rubio’s local staff and learn about the services his office can offer in areas such as immigration, Medicare, IRS/banking, military/VA, Social Security and legislative issues.

For more information, call (407) 254-2573 or (866) 630-7106.

Cultural Council schedules workshops for grants

The Cultural Council of Volusia County will conduct two workshops for organizations applying for Volusia County Community Cultural Grants.

A representative of an organization planning to apply must attend one of the workshops for eligibility.

The workshops will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the third-floor conference room of the Volusia County Lifeguard Headquarters, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach; and 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in the first-floor training rooms of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. Monday, April 22. The Cultural Council will review and score the grant applications June 7 to provide recommendations to the Volusia County Council.

For more information, contact Cultural Coordinator Robert Redd at (386) 736-5953, ext. 15872, or

Learn about modern-day dragons

Laura Albert of Lyonia Environmental Center will discuss the behaviors and habitats of some real-life dragons during free programs at four public library branches.

She will bring several live specimens, including a bearded dragon and a blue-tongued skink, along with some of her favorite serpents.

The programs will be at:

•3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.

•2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.

•2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle

•3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Lake Helen Public Library, 221 N. Euclid Ave. (for ages 5 to 18)

For more information, call the LEC at (386) 789-7207, ext. 21028.

The free program is part of the Volusia County Public Library's NEA Big Read, a six-week celebration of “A Wizard of Earthsea,” a 1968 fantasy novel by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Libraries host essential oils seminars

Felicity Van Meggelen, a wellness advocate with doTerra, will discuss the health benefits of essential oils at three branches of the Volusia County Public Library system.

She will present free seminars at:

•6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Edgewater Public Library, 103 W. Indian River Blvd.

•10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the DeLand Regional Library, 30 E. Howry Ave.

•5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Oak Hill Public Library, 125 E. Halifax Ave.

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. They have been used in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits.

Reservations are required only for the DeLand program; call (386) 822-6430, ext. 20762.

Kids Corner returns to DeBary Hall

Children are invited to DeBary Hall Historic Site at 9:30 a.m. the first Saturday of every month, starting Feb. 2, to hear a story and make a craft or play an old-fashioned game.

DeBary Kids Corner is a free story time program designed to teach children about the art of storytelling and expand their knowledge of Florida history. It's designed for preschoolers, but all children are welcome.

Reservations are requested. For more information or a reservation, call Education Coordinator Tracy Mestre at (386) 668-3840.

Deltona library hosts Carpenters tribute concert

Local vocalist Shannon Rae and pianist JJ Speights will perform music that spans The Carpenters’ 14-year music career at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.

The free concert is sponsored by the Friends of Deltona Library. For more information, call (386) 789-7207, option 1, then 4.

DeBary Hall hosts bike tour

Take a free, guided bike tour from DeBary Hall Historic Site to Lake Monroe Park at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

The tour guide will explain the area’s history from the Native Americans who inhabited the region thousands of years ago to the development of Gemini Springs Park. Riders will also learn about the history of DeBary’s namesake.

The nine-mile ride will include several stops along the way.

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

Reservations are required and limited to 20 riders; contact Tracy Mestre at (386) 668-3840 or

County libraries add craft database

Te Volusia County Public Library System now offers Creativebug.

Using Creativebug, a database of Jo-Ann Stores, users can explore 1,000-plus classes, covering such subjects as sewing, art and design,

yarn, home quilting and food decoration. Users can download patterns, templates, recipes and a materials list.

Library cardholders can access the database without charge by visiting

County plans Explore Volusia programs

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

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

Upcoming events include:

•Callalisa Creek paddle: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23. Enjoy a backwater paddle through a maze of mangroves. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 598 S. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach.

•Geocaching: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25. Learn how to use a GPS device to navigate through Wiregrass Prairie Preserve and find caches. Bring your own device or borrow one from the environmental specialist leading the adventure. Meet at 1751 Lopez Road, Osteen.

•Guided hike: 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. Adults can join Master Naturalist and author Roger Fulton on a two-mile nature hike of the Clark Bay Conservation Area, which was reforested in 2006. Dogs are not allowed. Meet the group on Old DeLand Road, just west of the intersection with U.S. 92.

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

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