Book sale

The Friends of the DeLand Regional Library will host the monthly book sale from from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept, 14, at 130 East Howry Ave.

Sheriff’s Foundation Gala

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Foundation will host its second annual Salute to the Stars Gala, presented by Halifax Health, at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, 100 Atlantic Ave.

The keynote speaker will be U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz.

Proceeds will be used for the foundation's mission to support training, technology and equipment not funded by county tax dollars.

A portion of the proceeds will go to Halifax Health Level II Trauma program and the helicopter Halifax Health and Volusia County share for searches and transports.

The gala will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour and conclude with the band Unkle Funk.

For tickets or more information,visit or call (386) 221-2682.

Students present scenes from 'Blithe Spirit'

DeLand High School students will present Noel Coward's “Blithe Spriit” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Andrew Jackson Davis Educational Building at Cassadaga.

The students adapted “Blithe Spirit” scenes into a one-hour, 15-minute play.

Tickets are $25 with half to the school's theater program and half to Colby Memorial Temple Funds.

There will be raffle tickets for items such as readings, healings and bookstore baskets. Tickets are one for $5 and three for $10. Proceeds will go to Colby Temple fund.

For more information, call (386) 228-2880.

DeBary Public Library hosts book sale

The DeBary Library Association will host its bimonthly book sale from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in the auditorium, 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd.

Gently used books for all ages, music and DVDs will be for sale. Hardbacks start at $1, and small paperbacks are 25 cents each or five for $1.

Proceeds help provide non-budgeted children’s programs and other activities.

For more information, call (386) 668-3835.

Transform your yard into a bird sanctuary

Local author and wildlife lover Marcia Meara will explain how to attract birds to your backyard from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd.

Ms. Meara will offer tips on selecting the right feeder for the birds you want to attract, building your own birdbath and feeder, and choosing supplemental water sources to improve the birds’ health.

For more information about the free program, contact Tracy Mestre at (386) 668-3840 or

Master gardeners plan plant clinics

Volusia County’s master gardeners will share fall gardening tips and answer questions during plant clinics in September. Residents can bring their plants for a free check-up.

•10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave. Howard Jeffries will discuss vegetable gardening and edible landscapes from 11 a.m. to noon.

•11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the DeBary Public Library, 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd.

For more information, call (386) 822-5778.

Genealogical society to meet

Roots and Branches Genealogical Society of West Volusia County will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at the DeLand Public Library, 130 E. Howry Ave, DeLand, Florida.

There will be a free class at 1 p.m. with Ruth Patrignani from the Daughters of the American Revolution. The topic will be “Introduction to DAR: Origin and Purposes of the Organization.”

General meeting and program will be at 2 p.m. in the auditorium with Speaker Ann Osisek. Her topic is “Chronological Logic, Time Lines in Genealogical Research.”

Guests are welcome.

DeBary library hosts environmental series

From composting to supporting pollinators, Megan Martin will share tips to help protect Volusia County’s waterways and native ecosystems while reducing fertilizer use.

Ms. Martin, Volusia County’s Be Floridian Now program coordinator, will present a three-part environmental series at the DeBary Public Library 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd.

•Horton Hears a Who, Do You? 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17.

•Build a pollinator’s paradise: 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

For more information, about the free programs, call (386) 668-3835.

DeBary library hosts essential oils series

Jamie Dundon will demonstrate DIY natural cleaning products using essential oils at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the DeBary Public Library, 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd.

The next class in the series, “Toxin Free Beauty and Personal Care,” is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.

For more information, call (386) 668-3835.

Learn about the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

John Mann will discuss revelations in Ellen Henry’s new book, “Twenty Things You Didn’t Know, and Neither Did We, about the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd.

Mr. Mann is the lead docent and Ms. Henry is the curator of the lighthouse. The book is sold in it’s gift shop.

His presentation is part of the free Lemonade Lectures series sponsored by the Friends of DeBary Hall and Couty of Volusia. Light refreshments and lemonade will be served.

For more information, call Tracy Mestre at (386) 668-3840.

DeBary Hall hosts an ‘iced tea’

Celebrate the end of summer with iced tea samplings and a house tour at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd.

Guests will enjoy iced tea or lemonade served by hostesses dressed in Victorian clothing. They will learn about the namesake of the city of DeBary and the history of iced tea and sweet tea.

Tickets, which are $15 each, include a tour of DeBary Hall, iced tea and sample-size pastries. Seating is limited to 20 persons. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 14; contact DeBary Hall at (386) 668-3840 or

DeLand library shows free movies

Watch popular movies at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.

Free lineup includes:

•“El Jeremias:” 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

•"Cuban America:" 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.

For more information, call (386) 822-6430, ext. 20762.

LEC plans nature hikes, programs

Discover Volusia County's native plants and wildlife during outdoor hikes and indoor programs at Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC), 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

The programs will begin in the center's classroom. All programs are free except the owl pellet dissection lab. Reservations are required; call (386) 789-7207, ext. 21028.

September's programs include:

•Whooo's Who? 2 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.

•Owl pellet dissection lab: 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.

•Creature feature - Fierce foxes: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

•Tiny trekkers: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

•Nature film: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

•Arachnophobia! 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.

Lyonia Environmental Center is at 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

For more information, visit

Optimist club to meet

The Four Towns Optimist Club will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.

New members welcome. For more information, call (386) 774-6233.

Woodcarvers to meet

The Mid-Florida Woodcarvers, serving central Florida communities, will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. each Tuesday at the Church of Nazarene, 1420 Courtland Blvd., Deltona, and from 8:30 to 11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays at Rhonda's Kitchen, 2487 S. Volusia Ave., Orange City.

For more information, visit or call (407) 408-1311 or (386) 985-5805.

DeBary library goes 'around the world’

Children in grades K-5 won't need a passport to travel the world at the DeBary Library, 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd.

Once a month, children are invited to learn about different cultures, sample foods and create a craft from that country. Destinations include Vietnam at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18; and Italy at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.

For more information, call (386) 668-3835.

DeLand library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

Stop by the library for these free programs:

•The Hispanic Presence in Florida: 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Seminole State College Professor Diana Reigelsperger will address the myths, misconceptions and legacies of Hispanic history in Florida.

•“Cuban Roots”: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. Author and attorney Michael Pyle will discuss his historical novel, “Cuban Roots,” which focuses on an 84-year-old Cuban-born lawyer who lives in Miami and relives the good and bad experiences of his youth in his beloved homeland.

Staff will also show two movies that feature Hispanic history and culture:

•“El Jeremias:” 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. Set in Sonora, Mexico, the film tells the story of Jeremias, an 8-year-old who finds out he is a gifted child and initiates a journey of self-discovery. In Spanish with English subtitles. Martin Castro, Karem Momo Ruiz and Paulo Galindo star.

•"Cuban America:" 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. This documentary shows how the Cuban Revolution impacted families and how Cuban exiles have succeeded in a myriad of fields in the United States. Not rated, 96 minutes.

For more information, call (386) 822-6430, ext. 20762.

Kids Corner returns to DeBary Hall

Children are invited to DeBary Hall Historic Site at 11 a.m. on the third Friday of the month from Sept. 20 through Dec. 20 to hear a story and do a related activity.

DeBary Kids Corner is a free story time program designed to teach children about the art of storytelling and expand their knowledge on a variety of subjects. It's designed for preschoolers, but all children are welcome.

Reservations are requested; call (386) 668-3840.

County plans Explore Volusia programs

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

Reservations are required; call (386) 736-5927. The outdoor adventures include:

•Deep Creek eco-buggy tour: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach.

•DeLeon Springs paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. Meet at DeLeon Springs State Park, 601 Ponce de Leon Blvd., DeLeon Springs. There is a fee to enter the park. Participants may rent kayaks from the park.

•International Coastal Cleanup: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Register online at

•Edgewater bike-about: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. Meet in the parking lot on Cow Creek Road, a quarter-mile south of State Road 442.

•Longleaf eco-buggy tour: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. Meet at the preserve’s east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach.

Participants should bring water and insect repellent. They should wear comfortable clothes and hiking or walking shoes.

SKYWARN training

The City of Deltona will offer a free SKYWARN basic spotter training class in cooperation with the National Weather Service from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the City Commission Chambers, 2345 Providence Blvd.

The classes are free, but registration is preferred. The presentations generally last two hours.

Register online at

For more information, contact Scott Spratt at or (321) 255-0212, ext. 223.

COA fundraiser

Tickets are on sale for Conviva Care Center's Dancing Through The Decades from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.

Tickets are $45 per person or $35 for seniors 65 and older, which includes buffet dinner, raffle prizes, valet parking, photo booth, door prize drawing, music by Mister D.J. Entertainment.

Participants should wear attire from their favorite decade. All proceeds benefit the Council on Aging.

Tickets are at or call (386) 253-4700, ext 250.

LEC offers home-school classes

Home-schooled children can learn about nature during outdoor adventures hosted by the staff and volunteers of Lyonia Environmental Center.

Upcoming programs are:

•Mighty mangroves: 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 25.

•Eco-buggy tour: 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 20.

•Gifts from nature: 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 18.

•Super scientists: 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 29.

•Past, present and future: 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 26.

•Cephalopod exploration: 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 22.

The cost is $6 per student. Parents must register their children at least two weeks before each program. Contact Shari Smith at (386) 789-7207, ext. #21026, or; or Sandy Falcon at (386) 789-7207, ext. #21025, or

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