Learn about air potatoes, grab some bugs

A representative from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will talk about air potato vines, an invasive plant, and the beetle that eats it (and only it) during a programs from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, July 12, at DeBary Public Library, 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd.

For a form, visit volusia.org/horticulture or call (386) 822-5778.

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, July 12, and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13.

The sale will be in the library’s auditorium, 130 E. Howry Ave., DeLand.

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.

Local author takes a look a backyard birds

Learn how to identify the “usual suspects” as local author Marcia Meara kicks off a three-part Backyard Birds series at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd.

Ms. Meara will offer tips on identifying common and uncommon feathered visitors. A Q&A session will follow her free presentation.

For more information, contact Tracy Mestre at (386) 668-3840 or tmestre@volusia.org.

Master gardeners plan plant clinics

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

•10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 13, Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave. Master Gardener Howard Jeffries will discuss basic and natural pest control from 11 a.m. to noon.

•11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 16, DeBary Public Library, 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd.

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

DeBary Public Library hosts book sale

The DeBary Library Association will host its bimonthly book sale from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13.

The sale will be in the library's auditorium, 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd., DeBary.

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

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

Low-cost pet clinics slated

There will be two low cost pet shot clinics sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue Sunday, July 14.

The first clinic will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at DeLand Natural Market, 933 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.

The second clinic will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Marathon Plaza, 2840 Doyle Road, Deltona.

The third clinic will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Rent a Center, 2613 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.

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

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

Optimist club to meet

The Four Towns Optimist Club will meet Tuesday, July 16, 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.

Free early learning offered

Head Start is hosting open enrollment for the 2019-20 year.

The program, providing comprehensive early childhood services, enhances the lives of children and families to foster school readiness and self-sufficiency.

The programs are open to low-income families with children newborn to age 5 years, providing a variety of services, including no-cost childcare and early learning, health screenings and referral services.

To apply, call (888) 227-0010 or visit midfloridaheadstart.com.

Deltona library plans adult programs

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

July’s activities include:

•Book club: 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 17. Members and guests are asked to read “Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers” by Sara Ackerman.

•Brain games: 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 24. Play memory games that

will sharpen your mind.

Get crafty at the Deltona library

Adults can color, sew and make crafts during free programs at the

Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace St.

July’s free activities include:

•Open paper crafts lab: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday in July. Bring a project or use the library’s Cricut Explore One.

•Crafting: 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18. Make a T-shirt apron and hot mess canvas. Supplies will be provided. Registration is required; call 386-789-7207, option 1, then 4.

•Adult coloring: 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Meet new people and have fun coloring.

Free movies at Deltona Regional Library

Watch “Mary Poppins Returns” and other free flicks at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.

July’s lineup includes these films:

•“A Madea Family Funeral:” 11 a.m. Monday, July 15. Rated PG-13, 109 minutes.

•“The Sting:” 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Rated PG, 149 minutes.

•“Five Feet Apart:” 11 a.m. Monday, July 22. Rated PG-13, 116 minutes.

•“Best of Enemies:” 11 a.m. Monday, July 29. Rated PG-13, 133 minutes.

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.

July’s hour-long classes will address:

•Lynda.com: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 17

•Basic internet (in Spanish): 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 24

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 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.

Learn about the red planet

Derek Demeter will discuss the history and future of Mars during a free program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.

Demeter is director of the Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College

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

County plans Explore Volusia programs

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

Reservations are required; call (386) 736-5927. The outdoor adventures include:

•Guided hike: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 12. Learn about the importance of estuaries while hiking through Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. Wear closed-toe shoes. Meet at 3251 N. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach.

•Bike-about: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 23. Ride the Lake Beresford Park trail and a segment of the Spring-to-Spring Trail. Wear a helmet and bring a bicycle. Meet at Lake Beresford Park, 2100 Fatio Road, DeLand.

•Blue Spring snorkeling program: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 30. Bring snorkel gear to explore the spring habitat. Participants must be able to swim. Those younger age 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times. The park will charge its regular admittance fee. Meet at Blue Spring State Park, 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City.

Woodcarvers meeting

The Deltona Woodcarvers Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Church of Nazarene 1420 Courtland Blvd., Deltona.

A breakfast carvefest is at Rhonda's Kitchen 2387 S. Volusia Ave., Orange City, at 8:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturday each month at 8:30 a.m. Visitors are welcome.

For more information, call (386) 985-5805 or visit deltonawoodcarversclub.com.

Veterans Services offices expand outreach

With the addition of new claims management software, Volusia County’s Veterans Services Division has improved its ability to submit claims electronically and expedite decisions from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

VetraSpec allows veterans service counselors to access data from any computer with internet access because it stores data in one centralized, secure location.

The county has Veterans Services offices at 123 W. Indiana Ave., Room 100, DeLand, and 775 Harley Strickland Blvd., Orange City, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For an appointment, call (386) 740-5102.

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

July’s programs include:

•“Eyewitness: Insect”: 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13. Explore the creepy, crawly world of beetles, butterflies and more during this nature film. Afterward, participants can create an “insect” to take home. Snacks and drinks will be available to buy.

•Pollinator power: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14. Explore pollination and the animals that make it happen through games, crafts and a pollinator themed snack. This family fun event, which is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center, is recommended for children ages 7 and older.

• Tiny trekkers: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20. Children ages 2 to 5 can take a short hike, make a take-home craft, and listen to the book “Once Upon a Time.”

•Invertebrate encounters: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20. During this touch-tank experience, learn about the LEC’s sea urchins, sea cucumbers and sea stars and their connection to the ancient beach of Lyonia Preserve.

•“Bees: Tales from the Hive:” 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 21. See things you never imagined about bees, hear things only bees hear, and discover facts about their strange and complex lives during this film. Snacks and drinks will available to buy.

•Backyard butterflies: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27. Laura Cash, a 4-H agent at the Volusia County Extension Service, will share information about Florida’s native butterflies, their host plants and how to create a wildlife friendly yard.

•The Nature of Things – Oyster restoration in Florida: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Jessy Wayles, conservation science coordinator for the Marine Discovery Center, will discuss the importance of oysters as a keystone species and ecosystem engineer. This program is appropriate for adults and teens.

•“Who’s who?” 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 28. Test your wildlife knowledge during this animal match game for the entire family.

LEC 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 lyoniapreserve.com.

DeLand PD to host open house recruitment days

The DeLand Police Department will host an open house recruitment day at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27.

This will streamline the hiring process.

During the open house, candidates will complete a short pre-employment screening application. All candidates who come out to the Recruitment Days should bring a valid driver’s license and be dressed in appropriate workout clothing to complete the physical agility test.

For more information, contact Sgt. Josh Santos at DPDrecruiting@deland.org or (386) 626-7470.

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