School supplies needed

The Daytona Beach Police Department is accepting donations of school supplies to benefit underprivileged students attending Daytona Beach schools until July 30.

Items may be dropped off at 129 Valor Blvd. in Daytona Beach.

For more information, call (386) 671-5102 or email

Historic society fundraiser

The Holly Hill Historic Society Resale Shop will have a sale from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at the Museum, 1066 Ridgewood Ave., Holly Hill.

Youth can participate in beach safety camp

Youth can learn how to swim and surf at a free beach safety camp July 26-30.

Open to youth ages 12-15, the camp will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at the Cypress Aquatic Center and includes hands-on activities at the beach and the city’s Oceanfront Breakers Park. Transportation to the beach will be provided for camp participants, which is limited to 12 campers.

To register, stop by the Cypress Aquatic Center at 981 George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach.

For more information, call Terry Johnson at (386) 671-8393.

Ponce Inlet Candidates Forum July 28

Citizens for Ponce Inlet will present a Candidates Forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, at the Ponce Inlet Community Center, 4670 S. Peninsula Drive.

The candidates are Lois Paritsky and Tony Goudie for mayor, and Elizabeth Caswell and David Loh for town council.

After the candidates answer questions posed by Citizens for Ponce Inlet, there will be refreshments and residents can introduce themselves to the candidates.

Vendors needed

The Port Orange Community Trust is accepting vendor registration for Port Orange Family Days scheduled for Sept. 23-26 at City Center.

The community expo will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26.

Food vendors should email for application and hours.

For more information or to reserve a Family Days special vendor rate, call (386) 760-0101. Application may be found at

Cultural Council to meet July 23

The Cultural Council of Volusia County will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, July 23, in the Volusia County Council Chambers at the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

Members will review and score grant applications.

For more information, contact Cultural Coordinator Robert Redd at (386) 736-5953, ext. 15872, or

Habitat seeks volunteers

Southeast Volusia Habitat For Humanity is looking for volunteers.

Habitat for Humanity offers a path to homeownership to people willing to join in building their home. Homes are built using volunteer labor and Habitat makes no profit on the sales.

For more information, call (386) 428-5010 or email

County Council members to attend TPO meeting

Two or more members of the Volusia County Council plan to attend a special meeting of the River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization at 9 a.m. Friday, July 23, at 2570 W. International Speedway Blvd., Suite 100, Daytona Beach.

For more information, contact Debbie Stewart at or (386)226-0422, ext. 20425.

Foundation hosted record summer 'Empty the Shelters'

Halifax Humane Society participated in the quarterly nationwide “Empty the Shelters” event supported by BISSELL Pet Foundation with more than 100 adoptions, part of a record-breaking 5,833 adoptions through the four-day event.

This brings the total number of pets adopted through “Empty the Shelters” to 11,000 in 2021 and almost 60,000 pets since its inception in 2016.

Halifax Humane Society participated July 7-11 and offered many animals for a waived adoption fee, including dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

For more information, visit as well as

Council plans coronavirus funding workshop

The Volusia County Council will discuss the allocation of $107,468,931 received from the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provided under the American Rescue Plan Act during a workshop at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, in the first-floor training room of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

For more information, call the county manager’s office at (386) 736-5920.

Low-cost pet shot clinics

There will be three lower cost pet shot clinics sponsored by the S.P.C.A. Saturday, July 24, and Sunday, July 25.

The first Saturday clinic will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Pick of the Litter Pet Grooming, 4031 S. Nova Road, Port Orange.

The second Saturday clinic will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at A Pampered Pooch Groomer, 295 S. Yonge St., Ormond Beach.

The third Saturday clinic will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at American Legion at 619 Canal St., New Smyrna Beach.

The Sunday clinics will have $3 rabies shots.

The first Sunday clinic will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at Advance America, 1846 S. Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater.

The second Sunday clinic will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Best in Show Pet Groomer, 201 Commonwealth Blvd., Port Orange.

The third clinic will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Big Lots 1998 State Road 44, New Smyrna Beach.

Heartworm prevention and flea control products will be available to buy at a discount.

Clinic is open to everyone, no appointment needed. Proceeds benefit animals.

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

District to conduct public workshop on springs plan

The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting public workshops to discuss the draft Central Springs/East Coast Regional Water Supply Plan and to take public comments.

The draft plan can be reviewed at and is open for public comment through Aug. 27.

The Volusia County sub-region meeting will be at 5:30 p.m., Monday, July 26, at Frank T. Bruno Jr. County Council Chambers, Room 204, Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

A technical methods workshop will be at 5:05 p.m., Wednesday, July 21, at district headquarters, Governing Board Room, 4049 Reid St., Palatka, or virtually through GoToWebinar. This more detailed, scientific presentation also is open to the public. If attending the free workshop by webinar, register at

Billie Wheeler named TPO chair

Billie Wheeler, Volusia County Council vice chair and district 2 representative, has been named chair of the River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization.

Ms. Wheeler has served on the TPO’s board since 2010 and held the offices of secretary/treasurer and first vice chair.

The TPO sets the priorities for allocating state and federal funding for the designated planning area of Volusia and eastern Flagler counties.

Ms. Wheeler has served on the County Council since January 2017 and was elected vice chair in January. She is also secretary of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and co-chaired the 2020 Volusia County Complete Count Committee. She served on the Daytona Beach Shores City Council from 2010 to 2016 and is a former president of the Volusia League of Cities.

Affordable housing summit set for Aug. 27

The Volusia County Council will host an affordable housing summit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.

After an informational morning session, attendees will split into breakout groups that will focus on different topics concerning affordable housing. The public may attend, participate and provide comments. Lunch will be provided. Registration is available at

Because of the high level of interest in this event, each organization is asked to limit attendance to two persons. If they wish to include additional persons, they may contact Sarah Presley at or (386) 943-7029 and ask to be placed on the waiting list.

Openings available on Historic Preservation Board

If history’s your thing, you might want to apply for one of five open positions on Volusia County’s Historic Preservation Board.

Members are appointed by the Volusia County Council to issue certificates of designation for eligible historic structures, archaeological sites and historic districts, as well as certificates of appropriateness for demolition, alteration, relocation and new construction.

Applications and more information are available at

For information about the duties and responsibilities, contact Deputy Clerk Karissa Green at or (386) 736-5920, ext. 12613.

County Council members to attend EOC training

Two or more members of the Volusia County Council plan to attend an emergency management training course for public officials at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, at the Emergency Operations Center, 3825 Tiger Bay Road, Daytona Beach.

For more information about the training course, contact Jill Hemmerlein at

Sponsors needed

Council On Aging is looking for sponsors for "Dancing Through The Decades" scheduled for Sept. 17.

Tickets go on sale Aug. 1. If interested, call (386) 253-4700 or email

Explore Volusia

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

Environmental specialists will lead a variety of outdoor adventures. Registration is required; call (386) 736-5927.

Upcoming events include:

•Volunteer and learn: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 30. Cultivate your green thumb by doing basic garden maintenance in the raised garden beds and pollinator garden at Lyonia Environmental Center. Call (386) 736-5927 to register. Contact with questions.

•DeLeon Springs bike and swim: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4. Ride the Spring-to-Spring Trail along Grand Avenue, then cool off with a snorkel and swim at DeLeon Springs State Park while learning about the importance of springs and the area’s history. The park will charge its normal entrance fees. Bring a bicycle, helmet, snorkel and mask. Meet at 1991 W. Plymouth Ave., DeLand.

•Indian River Lagoon paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6. Explore the northern end of the Indian River Lagoon while paddling from Riverbreeze Park to surrounding areas. Participants may see manatees, dolphins and many bird species. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet 250 H.H. Burch Road, Oak Hill.

Planning group seeking executive director

The River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization is searching for a new executive director after Lois Bollenback announced she is stepping down as of July 30.

Colleen Nicoulin, TPO’s manager of operations and planning, will take the helm on an interim basis.

Ms. Bollenback has been with River to Sea TPO since 2009, serving as executive director since 2012.

The River to Sea TPO is a local transportation planning organization that sets the priorities for allocating state and federal funding for the designated planning area of Volusia and eastern Flagler Counties.

Members sought for human services board

The Volusia County Council is seeking applicants for positions on the county’s Human Services Advisory Board.

Members help county government decide how to use funding from the Community Services Block Grant program

The term for the positions will run from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2023.

Members will be selected by the Volusia County Council. Applications and more information are available at

For more information, contact Deputy Clerk Karissa Green at or (386) 736-5920, ext. 12613.

Cancer foundation gala

Sponsors are needed for the Childhood Cancer Foundation's 15th Annual Gala scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 11 at The Daytona Hotel at OneDaytona.

The annual Glitter & Gold Gala is the foundation's premier benefit.

Tickets are $100 and on sale now. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, tickets or to sponsor, visit

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