City seeks volunteers for Planning & Zoning Board

The City of Deltona is looking for three individuals interested in serving on the city's Planning & Zoning Board for a thee-year term to expire March 15, 2022.

Individuals appointed to the board serve in a non-paid capacity. The quasi-judicial Board meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month to make recommendations to the City Commission regarding the city’s Comprehensive Plan, land development regulations, rezoning and land use change applications.

Appointments are made by the commission. Appointees must be Deltona residents.

For an application, call (386) 878-8507 or visit

Pick up computer skills at Deltona library

Adults can enhance their computer knowledge with free classes at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

January’s hour-long classes will address these topics:

•Basic computer: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9

• E-books and more: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16

•Basic internet (in Spanish): 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23

Staff offers basic computer assistance to help patrons search for jobs and complete applications in the e-lab from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Bilingual assistance is available from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays.

For more information, call (386) 789-7207, option 1, then 4.

Low-cost pet shot clinics

There will be three low-cost pet shot clinics sponsored by the Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue Sunday, Jan. 6.

The first clinic will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at Garcia's Mexican Grille, 1498 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 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Save a Lot Plaza, 1382 Howland Blvd., Deltona,

Heart worm prevention and flea control products will be available to buy. Cash only for the shots. For more information, call or text (386) 748-8993. Proceeds benefit animals.

DeLand library hosts book sale

The Friends of the DeLand Regional Library will host its monthly book sale from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday,

Jan. 11; and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.

The sale will be in the library’s auditorium, 130 E. Howry Ave. Hardback and large softback books will be $1 each, and small paperback

books will be eight for $1. Children's books will be $2 a bag. On Saturday, all non-children books will be $3 a bag.

The Friends' Book Store will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Proceeds from the book store and monthly book sales help provide non-budgeted programs and special needs activities.

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

AARP meets Jan. 11

AARP DeBary Chapter 64 will meet on Friday, Jan. 11, at the Florence K. Little Town Hall, 12 Colomba Road, DeBary.

Social time is 9:30 to 10 a.m. with the meeting starting at 10 a.m. A doctor from Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Orthopedic Department will be the guest speaker. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, call Toni Beiser at (386) 804-8864.

State of the County address set for Jan. 15

Volusia County Chair Ed Kelley and other members of the Volusia County Council will deliver the annual State of the County address at noon Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the Ocean Center ballroom, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.

The free event is open to the public. Lunch will be served, but seating is limited. For reservations, call (386) 943-7026 or email by Monday, Jan. 7.

Learn how to grow backyard potatoes

Joe Sewards, an urban horticulture agent with the Volusia County Extension Service, will offer tips on growing potatoes from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Chisholm Center, 520 S. Clara Ave., DeLand.

Mr. Sewards will demonstrate the use of hydroponics, containers, raised beds and hay bales to grow backyard potatoes. He will also discuss proper fertilization, disease and insect control, and integrated pest management techniques.

Light refreshments will be served, and handouts will be available. Master gardeners will sell bags of seed potatoes for $5 a bag. They will also have a drawing for a Earth Machine compost maker valued at $119; tickets are $2 each or five for $10.

Reservations are requested; call (386) 822-5778. The $5 program fee can be paid at the door with cash or check.

County offers low-cost pet sterilization

Volusia County’s Animal Care Clinic and mobile Pet Vet Cruiser offer low-cost spay and neuter services to financially eligible owners of dogs and cats in unincorporated areas and the cities of DeLand, South Daytona and Oak Hill.

The Pet Vet Cruiser will be stationed at these locations in January:

•Jan. 8, 15 and 29: West Volusia Humane Society, 800 Humane Society Road, DeLand

•Jan. 22: Volusia County Fire Station 23, 1850 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach

Appointments are available at the Animal Care Clinic, 1250 Indian Lake Road, Daytona Beach.

Fees, which range from $15 to $65, are based on income. Pets undergoing sterilization also receive a rabies vaccination and county license. Microchipping is available for an additional $10.

Appointments are required for all services; call Volusia County Animal Control at (386) 323-3575. For more information, visit

DeBary Hall introduces natural world series

From killer plants to Burmese pythons, Florida has its share of invasive species. Learn about some of them during the new Natural World Series in DeBary Hall Historic Site's stable, 198 Sunrise Blvd.

Master naturalist and author Roger Fulton will kick off the series at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, as he describes the invaders you might find in your backyard. He'll also explain how to get rid of them.

For more information, contact Tracy Mestre at (386) 668-3840 or

Beat Brothers to perform at DeLand library

Mikey and Danny McCabe (aka The Beat Brothers) will present a brief history of rock 'n' roll from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.

Their presentation will include historical descriptions and musical demonstrations of the sound that shook the world and has influenced millions of listeners since the 1950s. They will perform music from Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix and Van Halen.

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

DeBary library introduces Baby Tales

Parents and other caregivers can bring their babies to a new storytime program at the DeBary Public Library, 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd.

Baby Tales is designed for children from birth to 18 months. It will offer a gentle introduction to rhyme, stories, songs, fingerplays and other babies at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 8.

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

'Sisters For Life'

The “Sisters For Life” Breast Cancer Awareness Group will meet 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, 1286 Saxon Blvd., Orange City.

For more information or to join the group, call Helen Dicks at (386) 532-5897.

Free movies at Deltona Regional Library

Watch “Ocean’s 8” and other free flicks at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

January’s lineup includes these Hollywood films:

•“Ocean’s 8:” 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7. Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway star. Rated PG-13, 110 minutes.

•“Operation Finale:” 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14. Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley and Melanie Laurent star in this historical drama that is based on a true story. Rated PG-13, 122 minutes.

•“The Wizard of Oz:” 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Rated PG, 102 minutes.

•“The House with a Clock in its Walls:” 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28. Jack Black, Cate Blanchett and Owen Vaccaro star. Rated PG, 105 minutes.

The movies will be shown in the library’s auditorium. For more information, call (386) 789-7207, option 1, then 4.

Learn how to cut the cable cord

Library Associate Lisa Perez will explain what you need to start streaming television from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.

She will describe the different streaming services and explain what devices you will need and the benefits of cutting the cord. Ms. Perez also will describe the free streaming services available with a library card.

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

Kids Corner returns to DeBary Hall

Children are invited to DeBary Hall Historic Site to hear a story and make a craft or play an old-fashioned game at 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday of every month, beginning Jan. 12.

DeBary Kids Corner is a free storytime program designed to teach children about the art of storytelling and expand their knowledge of Florida history. It's designed for preschoolers, but all children are welcome.

Reservations are requested. For more information or to make reservations, call Education Coordinator Tracy Mestre at 386-668-3840.

DeLand library shows free movies

Watch "Crazy Rich Asians" and other popular movies at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., DeLand.

January's free lineup includes:

•"Book Club:" 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4. Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen star. Rated PG-13, 104 minutes.

•"Crazy Rich Asians:" 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6. Constance Wu and Henry Golding star. Rated PG-13, 120 minutes.

•"Mary Shelley:" 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. Ben Hardy and Elle Fanning star. Rated PG-13, 120 minutes.

•"The Adventures of Baron Munchausen:" 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. John Neville, Eric Idle, Jonathan Price, Uma Thurman and Robin Williams star. Rated PG, 126 minutes.

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

DeBary book club reviews 'The Flight Attendant'

The Adult Book Club will discuss Chris Bohjalian's 'The Flight Attendant' at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the DeBary Public Library, 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd., DeBary.

This 2018 thriller is a powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night. The book is available for check-out in multiple formats, including print, audiobook and e-book.

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

County Council members may attend Roundtable

Two or more members of the Volusia County Council may attend a meeting of the Roundtable of Volusia County Elected Officials at noon Monday, Jan. 7, in the second-floor Dennis R. McGee Room at the Daytona Beach International Airport, 700 Catalina Drive.

Roundtable members will discuss a possible half-cent sales tax.

For more information, call (386) 740-5160.

County plans Explore Volusia programs

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

Environmental specialists will lead hikes, paddling trips, eco-buggy tours and bike-abouts.

Reservations are required; call (386) 736-5927.

Upcoming events include:

•Bike-about Spruce Creek: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4. Ride a segment of Martin Dairy Trails in Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve while learning about the local ecosystem. Moderate skill is preferred due to rough terrain, hills and soft sand. Bicycle and helmet are required. Meet in the dirt parking lot on Martin Dairy Road, New Smyrna Beach.

•Eco-buggy tour: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8. Learn about the Florida scrub habitat and the gopher tortoise as you ride through the uplands of Longleaf Pine Preserve. Participants will travel from scrub to wet flatwoods and compare the biodiversity during the transition. Meet near 4201 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach.

•Indian River Lagoon paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. Explore the northern end of the Indian River Lagoon while paddling from Riverbreeze Park to surrounding areas. Participants may see manatees, dolphins and a variety of birds. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 250 H.H. Burch Rd, Oak Hill.

•Guided hike: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. Take a walk through Longleaf Pine Preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Participants will learn about the connections between soils and the plant and animal communities of the wetlands. Meet at the west entrance, 3637 E. New York Ave., DeLand.

•Eco-buggy tour: 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 16. Florida Forest Service personnel will discuss forest management, recreation, prescribed fire and wildlife management during this riding tour of the Lake George State Forest. Meet at the intersection of St. Johns River Road and Bluffton Road, off State Road 40.

•Bike-about Grand Avenue: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Learn about the local environment and the importance of protecting the water quality of our springs as you ride the Spring-to-Spring Trail segment along Grand Avenue. The emphasis will be on the connectivity of local water bodies. Bring a bicycle and helmet. Meet at Lake Beresford Park, 1991 W. Plymouth Ave., DeLand.

•Callalisa Creek paddle: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23. Enjoy a backwater paddle through a maze of mangroves. Participants will navigate oyster beds, learn about mosquito canals and see a variety of birds. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 598 S. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach.

•Geocaching: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25. Learn how to use a GPS device to navigate through Wiregrass Prairie Preserve and find caches. Bring your own device or borrow one from the environmental specialist who will be leading the adventure. Meet at 1751 Lopez Road, Osteen.

•Guided hike: 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. Adults can join Master Naturalist and author Roger Fulton on a two-mile nature hike of the Clark Bay Conservation Area, which was reforested in 2006. Dogs are not allowed. Meet the group on Old DeLand Road, just west of the intersection with U.S. 92.

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

Optimist club to meet

The Four Towns Optimist Club will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.

The club goal is to "Bring Out The best in the Children of Our Communities." The club offers a variety of programs, many with opportunities for scholarships and awards.

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

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