AARP meets Jan. 11

AARP DeBary Chapter 64 will meet on Friday, Jan. 11, at the Florence K. Little Town Hall, 12 Colomba Road, DeBary.

Social time is 9:30 to 10 a.m. with the meeting starting at 10 a.m. A doctor from Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Orthopedic Department will be the guest speaker. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, call Toni Beiser at (386) 804-8864.

DeBary library hosts book sale

The DeBary Library Association will host its bimonthly book sale from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. The sale will be in the library's auditorium, 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd., DeBary.

Hardbacks start at $1, and small paperbacks are 25 cents each or five for $1. Gently used books for all ages, music and DVDs will be for sale.

Proceeds from the book sales help to provide non-budgeted programs for children and other activities.

For more information, call the library at (386) 668-3835.

Kids Corner returns to DeBary Hall

Children are invited to DeBary Hall Historic Site to hear a story and make a craft or play an old-fashioned game at 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday of every month, beginning Jan. 12.

DeBary Kids Corner is a free storytime 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.

DeBary Hall introduces natural world series

From killer plants to Burmese pythons, Florida has its share of invasive species. Learn about some of them during the new Natural World Series in DeBary Hall Historic Site's stable, 198 Sunrise Blvd.

Master naturalist and author Roger Fulton will kick off the series at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, as he describes the invaders you might find in your backyard. He'll also explain how to get rid of them.

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

DeLand library hosts book sale

The Friends of the DeLand Regional Library will host its monthly book sale from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday,

Jan. 11; and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.

The sale will be in the library’s auditorium, 130 E. Howry Ave. Hardback and large softback books will be $1 each, and small paperback

books will be eight for $1. Children's books will be $2 a bag. On Saturday, all non-children books will be $3 a bag.

The Friends' Book Store will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Proceeds from the book store and monthly book sales help provide non-budgeted programs and special needs activities.

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

Learn how to grow backyard potatoes

Joe Sewards, an urban horticulture agent with the Volusia County Extension Service, will offer tips on growing potatoes from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Chisholm Center, 520 S. Clara Ave., DeLand.

Mr. Sewards will demonstrate the use of hydroponics, containers, raised beds and hay bales to grow backyard potatoes. He will also discuss proper fertilization, disease and insect control, and integrated pest management techniques.

Light refreshments will be served, and handouts will be available. Master gardeners will sell bags of seed potatoes for $5 a bag. They will also have a drawing for a Earth Machine compost maker valued at $119; tickets are $2 each or five for $10.

Reservations are requested; call (386) 822-5778. The $5 program fee can be paid at the door with cash or check.

Master gardeners plan plant clinics

Volusia County’s master gardeners will share winter gardening tips and answer questions during plant clinics in January. Residents can bring their plants for a free check-up.

•10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 12, Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave. Howard Jeffries will explain how to choose the right plant for the right location from 11 a.m. to noon.

•11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 15, DeBary Public Library, 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd.

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

Low-cost pet shot clinics

There will be three low-cost pet shot clinics sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue Sunday, Jan. 13.

The first clinic will be from 9 to 10:30 DeLand Natural Market, 933 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.

The second clinic will be from 1 to 2 p.m. at Marathon Service Station Plaza, 2840 Doyle Road, Deltona.

The third clinic will be from 3 to 4:30p.m. at Rent a Center, 2613 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.

Heartworm prevention and flea control and products will be available to buy. Cash only for the shots. Proceeds benefit abandoned and abused animals.

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

Beat Brothers to perform at DeLand library

Mikey and Danny McCabe (aka The Beat Brothers) will present a brief history of rock 'n' roll from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.

Their presentation will include historical descriptions and musical demonstrations of the sound that shook the world and has influenced millions of listeners since the 1950s. They will perform music from Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix and Van Halen.

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

Free movies at Deltona Regional Library

Watch “Ocean’s 8” and other free flicks at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

January’s lineup includes:

•“Operation Finale:” 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14. Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley and Melanie Laurent star in this historical drama based on a true story. Rated PG-13, 122 minutes.

•“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.

Public Safety Coordinating Council to meet

The Volusia County Public Safety Coordinating Council will meet at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at the Emergency Operations Center, 3825 Tiger Bay Road, Daytona Beach.

For more information, call Dawn Harridge, Volusia County Public Protection, at (386) 254-1568.

Pot luck for seniors

All senior citizens beyond age 50 may attend a pot luck lunch and program at noon Monday, Jan. 14, at the Community United Methodist Church, 41 W. Highbanks Road, DeBary.

The first program for 2019 will be Phyllis Dale, who sings, plays piano and tells stories.

Participants should bring a dish to share and a friend.

For more information, call (386) 775-2766.

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

Learn how to read your dog

Have you ever wondered what dogs are “saying” when they bark, whine or wag their tail?

Tara Houser and Sam Brown of Real Pet Behavior along with their sidekick ABA-Lee will offer tips to understand what your dog is trying to tell you at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.

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

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:

•Anime for adults: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. Enjoy anime shows and enter a drawing for free 30-day premium passes to

•Book club: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. Members and guests are asked to read “Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George.

•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:

• E-books and more: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16

•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. 15 and 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

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.

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.

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.

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:

•“In search of green” hike: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. Hunt for pine needles, moss and other plant life during this guided hike through Lyonia Preserve.

•Who flies there? 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. Learn about migrating birds, what they eat, and how to identify them. Afterward, participants will create a bird treat to take home.

•Caw vs. croak: 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. Ravens, crows and magpies are some of the most intelligent animals in the world; they can solve complex puzzles, use tools and even hold “funerals” for each other. LEC staff will share interesting facts and explain how to tell the difference between thee clever corvids. Participants can make a take-home crow craft.

•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.

NEA Big Read celebrates ‘A Wizard of Earthsea’

“A Wizard of Earthsea” by author Ursula K. LeGuin is coming to Volusia County in a big way.

The Volusia County Public Library system will celebrate the fantasy novel with nearly 300 programs from Jan. 19 through Feb. 28.

A kick-off program will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave. It will feature children’s games, magic shows, a green screen photo op, and a life-size game designed by staff to celebrate the novel.

The library’s play yard will be transformed into Earthsea with dragon and kite crafts, children’s games, mini-boat building, and animals from 4-H. Dr. John Robbins, an associate professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, will discuss the past, present and future of robotics, interactive technologies, automation and artificial intelligence.

For more information, call (386) 248-1745.

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:

•Guided hike: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. Take a walk through Longleaf Pine Preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Meet at the west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave., DeLand.

•Eco-buggy tour: 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 16. Florida Forest Service personnel will discuss forest management, recreation, prescribed fire and wildlife management during this riding tour of the Lake George State Forest. Meet at the intersection of St. Johns River Road and Bluffton Road, off State Road 40.

•Bike-about Grand Avenue: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Learn about the local environment and the importance of protecting the water quality of springs as you ride the Spring-to-Spring Trail segment along Grand Avenue. Bring a bicycle and helmet. Meet at Lake Beresford Park, 1991 W. Plymouth Ave., DeLand.

•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.

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.

In 2018, more than $611,000 was awarded to 31 organizations.

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

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.