Lake Helen Mayoral Candidate Forum

Lake Helen Villa, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Volusia County, will host a Lake Helen Mayoral Candidate Forum from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at 711 Lemon Ave.

The forum is free and open to the public. It will follow the League's nonpartisan policy, which endorses neither candidates nor political parties. The goal is to provide candidates with a forum where area voters can learn about their positions on the issues and ask questions.

Questions may be submitted to prior to Monday, July 26.

For more information, contact Ann Smith at (386) 235-3957 or

DeBary Hall

Master Gardener Howard Jeffries will present a free program on container gardening at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary.

Learn how to enjoy plants with limited space. Light refreshments will be served.

Advance registration is requested for the presentations by calling (386) 668-3840 or email

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

Duke Energy gives COA emergency radios

Duke Energy Foundation gave 2520 weather radios to the Council on Aging of Volusia County recently for COA clients.

The emergency radios feature solar power; power backup; hand crank charging; WB (Weather Band), AM and FM frequencies; USB charging ports and cables; and flashlights.

Other items to consider for an emergency kit for your family include medicines, water, non-perishable food and supplies that might be hard to find after a storm. For more information, visit

Back to School Fair

Deltona Fire & Rescue will host a Back to School Fair from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, at The Center at Deltona at 1640 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.

The event will provide students in pre-kindergarten through12th grade and families with free supplies and resources to prepare for the upcoming school year.

Community agencies and businesses will showcase their services. The child must be present to receive supplies.

For more information, email or call (386) 575-6906.

Wine to Water fundraiser

The Neighborhood Center will host its ninth annual Wine to Water fundraiser at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, at The Elusive Grape, 129 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.

Tickets are $100 per person and will be available Tuesday, July 15.

For more information, visit

Volunteers needed

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia is looking for volunteers to drive clients from the Bridge to scheduled appointments.

A clean driving record is required. For more information or to apply, contact Terri Christie, volunteer coordination, (386) 734-8120 ext 205.

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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