Deltona Community gardens opening day

Deltona Community Gardens will host Opening Day, "Come Grow With Us," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, at Vann Park, 675 Elgrove Drive.

There will be a plant sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and garden dedication at noon.

There will also be gardening demonstrations and same-day garden bed sign-ups. Master Gardeners will be available to answer gardening questions. Children will receive a gardening gift. Those in attendance can register to win a custom starter garden package

This event is hosted by Deltona Strong.

To help those affected by Covid-19, attendees are asked to bring two canned, non-perishable food donations. Donors will receive a $1 ticket towards a plant purchase. All donations go to the Neighbors Helping Neighbors food pantry.

For more information, visit https://www.deltonafl.gov/home/events/37921.

Low-cost pet clinics

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue will host three low-cost pet clinics Saturday, Oct. 16.

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 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Luigi's Pizza in Brandywine Plaza, 3138 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand

The third clinic will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Save a Lot Plaza, 1382 Howland Blvd. Deltona.

Rabies shots will cost $5 for 1 year and 12 for three years. Heartworm prevention and flea control products will be available to buy. Shots must be paid for with cash. Credit cards accepted for product purchase. The clinic is open to everyone, no appointment needed. Proceeds benefit abused animals. For more information, call or text (386) 748-8993 or visit spcavolusia.org.

Programs at DeBary Hall

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

Children may attend Kids Corner, an outdoor story time, at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15. The free program features various stories, songs and activities designed for preschoolers, but children of all ages are welcome. Families are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for seating.

Local author Marcia Meara will talk about the vulture species native to Florida at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Ms. Meara also will discuss a less familiar bird that often performs similar functions yet manages to look a lot more attractive while doing so.

Lemonade Lecture: A free presentation on Lighthouses of Volusia County with John Mann will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. Learn about all three lighthouses along Volusia County’s coast, including one of Volusia’s best-kept historical secrets, during a free presentation.

Creepy Candlelight tours of DeBary Hall Historic Site will be at 7 and 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23. Children younger than 12 will not be admitted.

Advance registration is requested, and guests are asked to wear a mask. For a reservation, call (386) 668-3840 or email lperez@volusia.org.

DeLand PIO earns accreditation

Chris Graham, DeLand’s community information manager and a board member of the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association, has earned Accreditation in Public Relations.

Mr. Graham served as president of FPRA Volusia/Flagler for two years and is immediate past president and vice president for programs. He also is serving on the FPRA State Executive Committee as vice president of digital media.

He has been with the city since 2016 and was recently promoted to community information manager.

The West Volusia Historical Society

Let's Play in Your Yard - Intermediate Sewing for ages 10 to 16 will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 16, at Conrad Center, 137 W. Michigan Ave., DeLand.

Each child will bring their own yard of fabric and will choose what to make.

The cost is $10 for WVHS members and $20 for non-members.

Reservations are required. For more information or a reservation, call (386) 740-6813.

Craft and yard sale

The local Order of the Amaranth Court will host a craft and yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at St. John's Masonic Lodge at 2557 N. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand.

Proceeds of table sales benefit the court's general fund. All proceeds from the raffle sales goes to the American Diabetes Association.

For more information, call (860) 994-3739.

DeLand Fire Department receives grant

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation recently provided a $33,180 critical grant award to the DeLand Fire Department.

The funding will be applied to the purchase of vehicle extraction tools.

Blankets needed

American Legion Post 259 is collecting gently used blankets, quilts and throws for homeless and needy families until Nov. 1 at 470 Summerhaven Drive, DeBary.

For more information, call (386) 753-1492.

Robed in Love Awards

The third annual Robed in Love awards breakfast will be at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at the Sanborn Center, 815 S. Alabama Ave., DeLand.

Tickets are $50. Proceeds benefit affordable housing for the homeless community.

The Love Locals Awards: Michael Pleus and Tanna Gartside; the Humble Heart Awards: the Journey (church) and Marily Wilber; and the Ed Lacey Big Heart Award: Michael and Nancy Shayseson.

Seating is limited. Table sponsorships and tickets are available by call Debra West at (386) 734-8120 ext. 209.

DeLand 0.5K Micro-Marathon

The Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand will host the zany DeLand 0.5K Micro-Marathon, the run for the rest of us, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at 230 N Woodland Blvd., DeLand.

Who loves getting access to free beer, wine, food, swag, and helping great causes in the community.

Come early and enjoy lunch and various shops through Downtown or stay after the event and continue the party. All proceeds go to community organizations, such as The Neighborhood Bridge Center and Parachute for Patriots.

Tickets are $40 and limited, and may be purchase at ddrotary.org or visit Downtown DeLand Rotary post.

LEC outdoor adventures

Explore the untamed habitat of Lyonia Preserve during free guided hikes led by the staff of Lyonia Environmental Center.

October’s outdoor programs include:

•Camouflage in nature: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Learn about the different types of camouflage animals use during a hike of the preserve.

•Wetland hike: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. The preserve is home to two ephemeral wetlands that hold water temporarily after heavy rains. Staff will explain the importance of wetlands in Volusia County’s conservation lands.

•Plug into nature: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. Earn badges while learning about Volusia County’s wildlife. Staff will introduce participants to iNaturalist, a free app used globally to discover and document wild plants and animals.

•Sunday soundwalk:11 a.m. to noon Oct. 24. Listen to the environment as staff from the Atlantic Center for the Arts leads a walk through Lyonia Preserve.

•Scrub strolls: 9 to 10 a.m. every Monday in October. Volunteers will lead these exploratory hikes through Lyonia Preserve.

Participants should wear closed toe shoes, bring water and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar sand trails.

Participants are asked to practice social distancing. Registration is required; call (385) 789-7207, ext. 21028. Learn about other upcoming events at lyoniapreserve.com.

Explore Volusia

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

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

Upcoming events include:

•Deep Creek eco-buggy tour: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20. Take a riding tour of this 8,000-acre natural and agricultural land to learn about important plant communities. Participants may see carnivorous plants and the rare Sherman’s fox squirrel. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach.

•Scrub Oak hike: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26. Learn about the importance of scrub habitat, water recharge zones and keystone species while hiking through the beautiful Scrub Oak Preserve. Participants will hike about one mile of trails and get an up-close look at the land management practices of the conservation area. Meet at 1495 McGregor Road, DeLand.

Libraries to offer anti-racism conversation kits

Families and individuals can check out anti-racism conversation kits at any of the 14 branches of the Volusia County Public Library.

The kits were made possible by a grant from Florida Humanities.

The conversation kits are meant to help members in the community start open conversations about race, all in an effort to pull the community together. The kits allow for these conversations to take place in small groups throughout the county, as well as virtually in “Chapter Chat” on Goodreads. The selected titles give participants a compass for asking “How can I become part of the solution?”

Kits are available for the following age groups:

•“The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth About Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations” by Robert Livingston (for adults)

•“Something Happened in Our Town” by Marianne Celano (for pre-K through grade 3)

•“Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You” by Jason Reynolds (for grades 1-5)

•“Harbor Me” by Jacqueline Woodson (for grades 5-9)

•“Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” by Jason Reynolds (for grades 9-12)

The kits will be available to check out until Feb. 28.

For more information, visit volusialibrary.org.

Affordable housing summit reset to Dec. 7

The Volusia County Council will host an affordable housing summit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.

Following an informational morning session, attendees will split into breakout groups that will focus on different topics concerning affordable housing. After the summit, community work groups will be formed to create an action plan.

The public is invited to attend, participate and provide comments. Lunch will be provided. Registration is available at https://volusiacountyaffordablehousingsummit.eventbrite.com.

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