Spring Hill T.U.R.N. Festival

The 19th annual Spring Hill T.U.R.N. Festival, To Unite, Rebuild and Network, and Dr. Joyce M. Cusack Resource Center ribbon-cutting ceremony wil1 be Saturday, Sept. 11.

The ribbon cutting will be at 11 a.m. at 489 W. Mathis St., DeLand.

The festival will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Spring Hill Park under the entertainment tent at 903 S. Thompson St., DeLand.

There will be exceptional community partner awards, recognition of services, musical tribute, food trucks, vendors and all day festival entertainment, featuring Troy Harris, Just Dance School of the Arts, CeCe Teneal & Soul Kamotion, Niny Skyy and Charles Groover and Oscar the Puppeteer.

Masks are encouraged and social distancing required.

For more information, call (386) 740-0808 or email shresourcenter@gmail.com.

Historic bike tour

Take a free, guided bike tour from DeBary Hall Historic Site to Lake Monroe Park at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10.

The nine-mile ride will include several stops. Participants must bring a bicycle and helmet. Sunscreen and bottled water are recommended. Children older than 12 are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Reservations are required; call (386) 668-3840 or email lperez@volusia.org to register.

Cancer foundation gala

The Childhood Cancer Foundation's 15th annual Glitter & Gold Gala will be Saturday, Sept. 11 at The Daytona Hotel at OneDaytona.

Tickets are $100. For more information or tickets, visit childhoodcancerfoundationinc.org.

County Council members to attend public events

Two or more members of the Volusia County Council plan to attend the following September events:

•ECFRPC Executive Meeting, 9 a.m., and Council Meeting, 10 a.m. Sept. 15, E.L. Puryear Building, Groveland

•DeBary Hall’s 150th anniversary celebration: 10 a.m. Sept. 15, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary

•Ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Bridge, 10 a.m. Sept. 18, 421 S. Palmetto Ave., DeLand

•River to Sea Board of Directors meeting: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 29, Suite 100, 2570 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach

Meetings are subject to change due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information, call (386) 736-5920.

Dance tickets available

Council On Aging is hosting "Dancing Through The Decades" from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 at the Ocean Center, 1010 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach..

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $45 for people younger than 65and $35 for 65 and older. Event proceeds the Council on Aging.

For tickets, call (386) 253-4700, ext 250 or visit coavolusia.org.

City seeking nominations for top volunteers

The City of DeLand is seeking nominations to recognize area residents for their volunteer efforts.

The Volunteer of the Year Award is given annually to a greater DeLand area volunteer, who goes above and beyond the call of duty. The nominee must have been engaged in volunteer activities for a minimum of one year.

The city also is accepting nominations for DeLand area volunteers younger than 40.

Nominations, which may be submitted online at deland.org or at City Hall, will be accepted until Sept. 30.

In lieu of a banquet, the city will publicly recognize all selected nominees at a commission meeting and the winners will have their names memorialized via plaques that will be placed downtown at the corner of Woodland Boulevard and New York Avenue.

For more information, contact Risk/Safety/Events Manager Kieu Moses at (386) 626-7112.

Deltona names deputy city manager

Stacey Kifolo joined the City of Deltona Aug. 23, serving as the deputy city manager.

Ms. Kifolo’s duties include oversight of human resources, finance, information technology, public information and city clerk.

Ms. Kifolo most recently was the chief administrative officer for East Buffalo Township in Pennsylvania for nine years.

She earned a master's degree in business administration from Louisiana State University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She also earned a certificate in business management from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.

Outdoor adventures at LEC

Explore Lyonia Preserve during free guided hikes led by the staff.

The 360-acre preserve adjacent to the LEC and Deltona Regional Library is home to a variety of wildlife, including Florida scrub jays and gopher tortoises.

September’s programs include:

•“Where art thou, scrub jay?” hike: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. Florida scrub jays are busy birds this time of year. Learn more about this unique species and try to observe them preparing for cooler weather.

•A great start in the scrub: 9 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 19. Bring your breakfast and learn some interesting facts about scrub habitat and the unique plants and animals that inhabit this area.

•“Wetlands and wildlife” hike: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Staff will lead a hike to the preserve’s ephemeral wetland, which is a haven for many insects, reptiles, amphibians and birds.

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 (386) 789-7207, ext. 21028. For more information, visit lyoniapreserve.com.

DeBary Hall

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

•Children are invited to Kids Corner, an outdoor story time, at 9:30 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 17, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd. The free program features stories, songs and activities designed for preschoolers, but children of all ages are welcome. Families are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for seating.

•A wildlife lecture on Central Florida’s canids, “Let’s get foxy!” will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. Both gray and red foxes call Florida home. Learn about these canids with local author and wildlife enthusiast Ms. Meara. She will also be available for a book signing after the presentation.

•Learn about different types of palms during a free presentation with Master Gardener Howard Jeffries at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

Light refreshments will be served.

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

Wreaths of Honor Run

American Legion Post 259 fourth annual Wreaths of Honor Run will be Sept. 18.

The Poker run begins and ends at the post at 470 Summerhaven Drive, DeBary.

Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. Kick stands up at 10 a.m. Breakfast will be available for $5.

The cost is $20 per bike, which includes lunch.

There will be poker hand prizes, silent auction and raffles. For more information or to pre-register, call (386) 228-5359.

Learn about affordable housing

Volusia County will present virtual webinars as part of its Affordable Housing Initiative.

The first webinar, which will begin at noon Friday, Sept. 10, will feature experts from the Florida Housing Coalition.

To register, visit https://bit.ly/37U1NQx. A Zoom account is required.

For more information, contact Sarah Presley at spresley@volusia.org or (386) 943-7029, ext. 12956.

County plans Explore Volusia programs

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

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

Upcoming events include:

•Hickory Bluff hike: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. Explore the natural world and compare habitat characteristics during this upland and swamp hike of the St. Johns River watershed. Meet at 598 Guise Road, Osteen.

•Green Springs bike-about: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14. Enjoy nature as you ride part of the Spring-to-Spring Trail from Green Springs to Gemini Springs and back. All ages and abilities are welcome. Bicycle and helmet are required. Meet at Green Springs Park, 994 Enterprise-Osteen Road, Enterprise.

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