Youth social

A youth social with DeLand Pride will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Chisholm Center, 520 S. Clara Ave., DeLand.

For more information, email or visit

Low-cost pet clinics

Due to a recent Dog Kennel Cough Outbreak, pet owners are encouraged to vaccinate their dogs. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue will offer three lowest cost pet shot clinics Sunday, Sept. 25.

The first clinic will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at T-Mobile, 2613 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.

The second clinic will be from noon to 2 p.m. at Marathon Service Station Plaza, 2840 Doyle Road, Deltona.

The third clinic will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Lifepoint Community Church, 1747 W. New York Ave., DeLand.

Rabies shots will cost $5. Heartworm prevention and flea control and products will be available to buy at a discount. Cash accepted for the shots. Credit cards accepted for product purchase. Proceeds benefit abused animals. SPCA is a non profit rescue serving Volusia since 1977. Donations are tax deductible and may be sent to SPCA PO Box 1411 Orange City 32774.

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

Police chaplain honored

DeLand Police Department Chaplain Reggie May was awarded the John A. Price Excellency in Chaplaincy Award by the International Conference of Police Chaplains.

Chaplain May was presented with the award at the ICPC Training Seminar in Orlando.

Established in 1984, the award was named in honor of the late Chaplain John A. “Jack” Price of the Albuquerque Police Department.

Chaplain May has served the DeLand Police since April 2002. He has been a member of the conference since 2004 and serves on the Education Committee. He also was on the Host Committee for the 2022 annual training seminar.

DeLand Regional Library hosts programs

The DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., has a variety of free programs in September.

•Monday Movies: 10 a.m. in the Auditorium, “In the Heights,” Sept. 26.

•Appy Hour Foto Fun: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. During Appy Hour, install free photo editing apps and learn how to alter photos. Free and open to the public.

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

County plans Explore Volusia program

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

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

Upcoming events include:

•Volunteer and learn – National Public Lands Day: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Meet county staff at Longleaf Pine Preserve and learn about the importance of public land for creating a wildlife corridor, water resource protection and habitat conservation. Volunteers will mark the trail and pick up debris. Meet at 3736 E. New York Ave., DeLand.

Volunteers needed to feed the homeless

Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve a midday meal on two Sundays every month at the Bridge Emergency Shelter in DeLand.

For more information or to sign up, call Cory Lancaster at (386) 216-9296.

DeBary Hall plans September events

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

•Tea tasting: 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Enjoy sampling a variety of teas while your hostess, dressed in Victorian clothing, discusses the history of tea and Victorian social customs. Small desserts and finger sandwiches will be served. Guests are encouraged to wear their best Victorian tea outfits. Tickets are $20 each and must be purchased in advance. Seating is limited to 20 guests. For tickets, call (386) 668-3840 or email

County Council members to attend public meetings

Two or more members of the Volusia County Council plan to attend the following community meetings:

•Fundraiser for Museum of Arts & Sciences: 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the museum in Daytona Beach

•River-to-Sea TPO Executive Committee: 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 2570 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach

•Value Adjustment Board special session: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in County Council Chambers, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand

•VCARD icebreaker: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Plaza Resort, 600 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach

For more information, call (386) 736-5920.

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.

September’s lineup:

•Walking sticks: 9:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. The southern two-striped walking stick is a master of chemical warfare. Learn about these amazing sharp shooters during a short walk in Lyonia Preserve.

•Snake-o-rama scavenger hunt: 2 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Learn about Florida’s venomous and non-venomous snake species. Participants can also meet one of LEC’s snake animal ambassadors.

•Nature explorers: 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 25. Join staff on a tour of the LEC pollinator gardens and learn about the plants and pollinators that are visiting. Each participant will go home with a pollinator seed packet.

•Water cycle bracelets: 2 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Children 5 and older and their families can learn about the water cycle while making a take-home bracelet at the outdoor pavilion.

The LEC is part of the Deltona Regional Library complex at 2150 Eustace Ave. Admission is free.

Bravo Duo to perform at DeLand library

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Bravo Duo at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the DeLand Regional Library, 30 E. Howry Ave.

Venezuelan musician and songwriter Adalberto Bravo founded the duo, which performs Latin American and Caribbean songs.

The free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the DeLand Library. For more information, call (386) 822-6430.

City seeking nominations for Volunteer of the Year

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 in the greater DeLand area.

The city also is accepting nominations for DeLand-area volunteers under the age of 40.

Submit nominations by Oct. 7 at or at City Hall.

Extension offers homebuyer classes

The University of Florida/Volusia County Extension offers pre-purchase homebuyer workshops that meet the education requirement for assistance programs.

Extension Agent Lisa Hamilton, a HUD-certified housing counselor and accredited financial counselor, will instruct the virtual classes on Microsoft Teams. The next class is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 23 and 30.

The classes consist of eight hours of education. Participants will receive a certificate of completion that will enable them to apply for a federal down payment and closing cost assistance program available through Volusia County.

The cost is $10 per household. Scholarships are available upon request.

Advance registration is required. Visit or contact Patricia Caradonna at (386) 822-5778 or

Mandatory workshop set for ECHO applicants

The Volusia County Environmental, Cultural, Historical and Outdoor Recreation Grants program is kicking off the fall 2022 grant cycle with a mandatory workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.

All prospective applicants must attend the workshop to be eligible to apply. Applicants may attend in person or virtually. The in-person workshop will be in the second-floor training room of the Volusia County Historic Courthouse, 125 W. New York Ave., DeLand. A link to register and attend virtually is posted at

Technical or first-draft, applications are due Nov. 10. For more information, visit

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