Cemetery walk

The West Volusia Historical Society will host an Historic Oakdale Cemetery Walk named “Building the Athens of Florida” Oct. 7-8.

Historical re-enactors will tell stories of prominent figures in the development of DeLand.

Tickets are $15 for members; $20 for non-members. For a reservation, call (386) 740-6813.

Know Thyself

The African American Museum of the Arts will host a Know Thyself Lecture with local historian Mike Brown from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at 325 S. Clara Ave. DeLand.

The topic will be the U.S. Constitution, importance of Black Lives Matter and solutions to police brutality.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call (386) 736-4004.

Low-cost pet shot clinics

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue will offer three low cost pet shot clinics Sunday, Oct. 9.

The first clinic will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at T-Mobile, 2605 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.

The second clinic will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ace Hardware, 220 N. Charles Richard Bell Blvd., DeBary.

The third clinic will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Marathon Plaza, 2840 Doyle Road, Deltona.

Rabies shots will cost $5. Heartworm prevention and flea control products will be available to buy at a discount. Cash for the shots, cards/cash accepted for product purchase.

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

Deltona Regional Library plans adult programs

The Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., offers a variety of free programs.

October’s programs include:

•Plant clinic and lecture: 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Bring your sick plants for a free checkup by Master Gardener Howard Jeffries.

•Crafting at the library: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11. Turn a tin can into a beautiful fall decoration. Supplies will be provided.

•Diet of indigenous Latin Americans: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11. Stetson University Professor Dr. Nicole Mottier will discuss the food history and diet of the indigenous people of Latin America.

•Ghost hunters: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. The American Ghost Adventures crew will share scary stories and explain the equipment they use.

•Crafting at the library: 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Make a butterfly out of clothespins. Supplies will be provided.

•Fantastic archaeology: 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Learn what archaeology is and is not, along with famous hoaxes in history.

•Brain games: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. Play memory games that can sharpen your mind.

For more information, call (386) 789-7207.

History Seekers

A West Volusia Historical Society History Seekers workshop will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Conrad Center, 137 W. Michigan Ave., DeLand.

See antique samplers and how children in the past learned to embroider. Children, ages 10 to 16, will learn some simple but useful stitches and then create a colorful pin to add to a backpack, hat, or anyplace they want.

The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

For a reservation, call (386) 740-6813.

Become a Climate Smart Floridian

Learn how to reduce your environmental impact during the free, six-part series, Become a Climate Smart Floridian, Oct. 1 to 29.

The group will meet for in-person field trips from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays:

•Oct. 29: Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. The class will cover renewable energy and consumption.

Virtual programs will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays:

•Oct. 12: Transportation

•Oct. 19: Water and yards

•Oct. 26: Food and waste

Participants must attend both in-person classes and at least three virtual classes to receive a certificate of completion. Makeup dates are available for virtual programs.

The series is hosted by Green Volusia, the LEC and University of Florida/Volusia County Extension.

Registration is required by contacting Sandy Falcon at sfalcon@volusia.org or (386) 789-7207, ext. 21025.

Walk of Terror returns to DeLand library

Visit the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., for a variety of Halloween themed programs in October.

The seventh annual Walk of Terror will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and will include themed crafts and activities and a “poisonous garden,” where Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Gothic short story “Rappacini’s Daughter” will be featured. The garden, which may be too spooky for young children, will be open during library hours until Sunday, Oct. 30.

Other spooky programs are:

•DIY mini bog garden: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. Learn what a mini bog garden is and receive all the elements. Registration is required.

•Tales from the haunted Ocala National Forest: Noon Saturday, Oct. 22. Christopher Balzono will share weird first-hand accounts and urban legends.

For registration or more information, call (386) 822-6430.

DeBary Hall plans October events

DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., is planning various events for October, including:

•Story time at DeBary Hall: 9:30 a.m. Fridays, Oct. 7 and 21.

•Get stepping with line dancing lessons: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 13 and 27.There is a $3 charge for each class.

•Historic bike tour: 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19. Take a free, guided bike tour from Green Springs Park, 994 Enterprise Osteen Road, Deltona, to Guise Road and back. Reservations are required.

•Creepy candlelight tours:7 and 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22. Reservations are required, and space is limited per tour; call 386-668-3840 to make a reservation. Admission is $10 per person. Children younger than 12 will not be admitted.

•Wildlife talk, Owls:1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.

•Guided bike tour: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. Take a 9-mile guided ride along the Spring-to-Spring Trail from DeBary Hall Historic Site to Lake Monroe Park and back.

•Trail Talk: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. Maggie Ardito will discuss the Volusia Trail Master Plan, trail work in progress, the DeLand Black Heritage trail project and more.

•Lemonade Lecture: The Timucua of Volusia County: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Assistant Curator Felipe De Paula of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse & Museum will discuss the history of the Timucua people. This presentation is part of the free Lemonade Lectures series sponsored by Volusia County. Light refreshments and lemonade will be served.

For registration, call (386) 668-3840 or email lperez@volusia.org to sign up.

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.

Here’s October’s lineup:

•Lyonia Photography Club: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.

•Environmental Earth Keepers: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Children ages 6 to 12 can learn about photosynthesis and fall leaves.

•Fall wreath workshop: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.

•Fabulous fungi hike: 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. Learn how to identify the various fungi that grow in Volusia County.

•Diving into the past: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. Join scuba diver Derek Demeter as he describes some prehistoric animals.

•Nature film: 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 15. Watch “Winged Migration.” Popcorn will be provided.

•Radical reptiles: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. The center’s reptile ambassadors include species from Florida and around the world.

•Critter corner:10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. Explore the LEC and meet the center’s animal ambassadors.

•Saltwater tank feeding: 2 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. Join employees at the saltwater aquarium as they feed the center’s marine animal ambassadors.

•Family game day: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Bring the whole family for environmentally themed board games.

•Sea urchins:10 to 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.

•Acorn art:10:30 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.

•Nature film: 2 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. Celebrate World Rivers Day by watching “A Day on the River.”

•Halloween treat bags: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Decorate trick or treat bags using upcycled materials.

•Halloween science: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Children ages 6 and up can make fake blood, slime and bubbling potions.

•Halloween among the trees: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.

•Gardening for bats: 2 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.

•Wildlife Wednesday walks: 9 to 10 a.m. every Wednesday in October.

Lyonia Environmental Center is part of the Deltona Regional Library complex at 2150 Eustace Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Neighborhood Center awards breakfast

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia will host its fourth annual awards breakfast, Robed in Love, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the Sanborn Center, 815 S. Alabama Ave., DeLand.

Tickets are $25. Guests are invited to wear their favorite cozy robe (over business attire) to symbolize the need for everyone to access a safe and secure place to call home.

Guests attending the event will enjoy a catered breakfast and speakers include Rajni Shankar-Brown, president of the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Permanent Housing for Domestic Violence Survivors. For more information, visit nhcwv.org.

County plans Explore Volusia programs

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

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

Upcoming events include:

•Scrub Oak hike: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Learn about the importance of scrub habitat, water recharge zones and keystone species while hiking through Scrub Oak Preserve. Meet at 1495 McGregor Road, DeLand.

•Jetty ambassadors: 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 11. Spend the morning on the Ponce Inlet jetty informing visitors and anglers about the underwater cleanup happening just off the jetty. While there, volunteers can pick up trash and fishing line from the paved jetty or the rocks. When the underwater team returns, volunteers can assist with separating the lead weights from line for recycling. Meet at the jetty in Lighthouse Point Park, 5000 S. Atlantic Ave, Ponce Inlet.

•Callalisa Creek paddle: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. Navigate oyster beds, learn about mosquito canals and see a variety of birds during this 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.

•Highbridge paddle and fishing adventure: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. Learn about restoration in areas of the Tomoka River and strategies for restoring mangroves, oysters and salt marsh. Participants are encouraged to bring their fishing gear. A Florida saltwater fishing license is required, and all regulations must be followed. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at Highbridge Park, 39 Highbridge Road, Ormond Beach.

•Hickory Bluff challenge: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Hike the trails at Hickory Bluff Preserve while following an iNaturalist challenge. A guide will help participants navigate the app. Meet at 598 Guise Road, Osteen.

•Deep Creek eco-buggy tour: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Learn about important plant communities during this riding tour of Deep Creek Preserve. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach.

•Volunteer and learn – Bat house installation: 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24. Help environmental specialists install additional bat houses at Hickory Bluff Preserve. Meet at Hickory Bluff Preserve, 598 Guise Road, Osteen.

•Longleaf eco-buggy night tour: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. See Longleaf Pine Preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps during this nocturnal ride. Meet at the preserve’s east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach.

 

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