Phishing Phone Scam Alert

The DeLand Police Department responded to two incidents recently involving phone scams (Phishing).

During one incident, a subject represented himself as an F.B.I. agent and made threats to arrest the victim and seize their property if they did not release personal information.

In the second incident, the caller stated to the victim he could receive free grant money, but needed to wire $300 in Google gift cards to pay for the processing fees.

If you receive such a phone call, hang up. Do not release private personal information to strangers on the phone.

Christmas in Bloom

West Volusia Historical Society will present Christmas in Bloom from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at 4391 N. State Road 11, DeLeon Springs.

There will be a Makers' Guild Boutique and an old-fashioned bake shop, a People's Choice Awards for the children's Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Contest and holiday photos with a big sock monkey.

Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit

Mitten tree provides warmth and comfort

The Friends of Deltona Library group is sponsoring the ninth annual Mitten Tree to provide help for neighbors who might need a little extra warmth this winter.

The tree will be in the lobby of the Deltona Regional Library throughout November. Residents are asked to donate new socks, hats, scarves, mittens and blankets.

Donations may be dropped off at the circulation desk at 2150 Eustace Ave. For more information, call Claudia Hutchins at (386) 479-3976.

Deltona to present State of the City

The City of Deltona invites the public to attend the 2021 State of the City presentation at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at The Center at Deltona, 1640 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Mayor Heidi Herzberg and the City Commission will showcase accomplishments over the past year and highlight upcoming projects.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the duo Honey Moonshine, and the city will provide free hot dogs.

DeBary Hall plans December events

DeBary Hall Historic Site is planning various events for December at 198 Sunrise Blvd. Upcoming events include:

•The newest and safest bike trails in Central Florida: 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2.

•History of gardening: 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2.

•Get stepping with line dancing lessons: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 2 and 16. There is a $3 charge for each class.

•Story time at DeBary Hall: 9:30 a.m. Fridays, Dec. 3 and 17.

•Santa’s breakfast: 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4: Breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. Santa will tell Christmas tales and pose for photos. Children will also make a holiday craft and sing holiday songs. Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased by Nov. 28. The cost is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 12.

•Backyard beekeeping: 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec.4. This presentation is part of the free Lemonade Lectures series sponsored by Volusia County. Light refreshments and lemonade will be served.

Registration is required, call (386) 668-3840 or email

Orange City holiday lighting contest

Orange City will host its 10th annual holiday lighting contest from Thanksgiving through Dec 13; judging takes place Dec. 15 to 21.

Categories include Clark W. Griswold, Frosty’s Recognition, Traditional, Rookie and Commercial. One winner per category. To register, call (386) 775-5410 or visit

DeBary holiday events

The DeBary Tree Lighting and Chili Cookoff will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Gateway Park, 860 N. U.S. 17/92, DeBary.

Winter Walk of Lights will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 and 12, in Gateway Park. Admission is free.

Free to register, homes will be judged Dec. 9-12. Deadline to register is Friday, Dec. 3. Prizes will be given to the winners.

For more information, call (386) 601-0206 or visit

COA trying to raise $100,000

The Council on Aging of Volusia County is participating in the $100,000 Meals Match Challenge.

From Oct. 1 through the end of the the year, donors can help the COA match each state grant dollar for meals.

The goal of $100,000 will ultimately result in $200,000 or 20,000 meals.

Donations may be made at or by calling (386) 253-4700, ext. 215, or mail a check to 420 Fentress Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

SPCA seeking donations

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals Rescue is conducting a fund drive for medical and pet food programs.

Tax deductible donations can be made to the SPCA at P.O. Box 1411, Orange City, FL 32774. For more information, call or text (386) 748-8993.

Pet food may be dropped off at A Pampered Pooch Grooming, 295 S. Yonge St., Ormond Beach; Best in Show Grooming, 201 Commonwealth Blvd., Port Orange and Keri Kare Grooming, 823 W. New York Ave., DeLand.

The drive will continue through the end of the year.

Kids can receive a postcard from Santa

Santa is making his list and checking it twice at Volusia County’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Division.

As part of an annual tradition, recreation employees will send personalized postcards from Santa to children up to age 12.

Parents can have their children added to Santa’s mailing list by sending the child’s full name and address to by Dec. 13.

Eldercare volunteers needed

The Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program relies on state-certified professional volunteers to advocate for the health, safety, welfare and rights of individuals residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes.

At the request of residents, ombudsmen work with residents, family members, administrators and other to resolve complaints of residents.

More advocates for seniors who are not able to live at home are needed.

For more information, call (888) 831-0404 or email

DeLand Christmas Boat Parade Dec. 11

The Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand will host the 56th annual DeLand Christmas Boat Parade, presented by Mainstreet Community Bank of Florida.

Brightly lit holiday-themed boats will gather at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, on Lake Beresford and cruise north on the St. Johns River towards Ed Stone Park. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood will be Grand Marshall with the Marine Unit.

Entry fee is $35. Register at or for more information, email

Neighborhood Center needs donations

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia is collecting canned goods, non-perishable items, cereals and pastries.

Other items of need include undergarments for adults, baby wipes, diapers especially sizes 4, 5 and 6, baby formula, especially Enfamil in the purple can, cat and dog food, body wash, shampoo, soap, and deodorant, blankets, beanie hats, gloves, twin size sheets, towels, toys and Walmart gift cards.

For more information, contact Debra West, charitable giving coordinator, at (386) 290-8900 or

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