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Senior citizens can be easy prey for rip-off artists. From phony investment schemes to telemarketing scams and health insurance fraud, scammers and flimflammers have come up with dozens of ways to defraud seniors. To help seniors stay one step ahead of the con artists, Daytona Beach elder law attorney Michael Pyle will present “Scams, shams and flimflams” at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island. Pyle will explain how seniors can protect themselves from credit damage and theft of money and identity. He'll share tips for handling telephone and door-to-door sales scams. He will also discuss seniors' challenges in protecting themselves as they become more vulnerable with advanced age. Reservations are not required for this free program, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Daytona Beach Library. For more information, contact Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036, ext. 16264. The Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave., is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014
Source: Volusia County News
The Friends of the Library will have its monthly used-book sale in the DeLand Regional Library auditorium from 2 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday, May 8; 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday, May 9; and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10. Hard covers and large paperbacks will be sold for 50 cents each, and small paperbacks will be eight for $1. The DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call the library at 386-822-6430.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014
Source: Volusia County News
The Alzheimer's Association of Central and North Florida will present an Alzheimer's/ dementia workshop for caregivers from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island. The workshop will provide answers to questions that arise in the early and middle stages of these diseases. Participants will hear from those directly affected and learn what they need to know, what they need to plan for, and what they can do at each stage. The free workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the Daytona Beach Library. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Alzheimer's Association at 800-272-3900. The library is open seven days a week at 105 E. Magnolia Ave. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014
Source: Volusia County News
Volusia County's Pet Vet Cruiser offers low-cost spaying and neutering services to dogs and cats in unincorporated parts of the county and the cities of DeLand and South Daytona. Here's where the mobile clinic will be in May: Rockin' Ranch, 801 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach: May 1, 15 and 29 Fancy Fruit and Produce, 911 S. Volusia Ave., Orange City: May 5, 12, 19 and 26 Oakbrook Professional Center, 931 S. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand: May 6, 13, 20 and 27 Fire Station 23, 1850 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach: May 7, 14, 21 and 28 Fees are based on income. Appointments are required and may be made by calling 386-323-3575 in Daytona Beach, 386-626-6643 in DeLand, or 386-424-6875 in New Smyrna Beach. For more information, visit www.volusia.org/petvet.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014
Source: Volusia County News
Beat the high price of movies at the DeLand Regional Library, which presents free matinees on the first Sunday of each month. May's movie, “The Secret Life of Water Mitty,” will be shown at 1:15 p.m. May 4. Ben Stiller directs and stars in this classic story of a daydreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a fantasy world filled with heroism, romance and adventure. When his job, along with that of a co-worker (played by Kristen Wiig), is threatened, Walter takes action in the real world. The PG movie lasts 115 minutes. The library is open seven days a week at 130 E. Howry Ave., DeLand. For more information, call 386-822-6430, ext. 20763.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014
Source: Volusia County News
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Volusia County's Environmental Management Division is planning free outdoor adventures to acquaint residents with the county's conservation lands and land management practices. May's events include: Guided hike of Hickory Bluff Preserve: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3. Walk the shoreline of a natural section of the St. Johns River and experience diverse Florida habitats including pine flatwoods, oak hammock, cypress dome and swamp. Meet at Hickory Bluff Preserve, 598 Guise Road, Osteen. Guided hike of Heart Island: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 8. Take a guided hike through a section of Heart Island Conservation Area, which is co-owned by the St. Johns River Water Management District and Volusia County. Explore this sandhill plant community and learn about the area's agricultural history and restoration. Meet at 6348 Lake Winona Road, DeLeon Springs. Bike about: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 15. Bicycle the first segment of the East Central Florida Regional Rail Trail and learn about the Floridan aquifer and Green Springs. Participants will ride the paved trail from Green Springs Park to State Road 415 and back – an 11-mile round trip. All ages and abilities are welcome. Bicycle helmets are required. Meet at Green Springs Park, 994 Enterprise-Osteen Road, Enterprise. Lake Ashby paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 21. Bring your canoe or kayak for a leisurely paddling trip from Lake Ashby to Wiregrass Prairie Preserve. The guide will explain how land management is important for the lake's water quality. Meet at the Lake Ashby Road boat ramp, Samsula. Life jacket and whistle are required. Eco-buggy tour of Longleaf Pine Preserve: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 22. Experience pine flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps on a riding tour with exploratory stops to discuss wetlands and their importance in natural habitats. Meet at the preserve's east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, Samsula. Eco-buggy tour of Deep Creek Preserve: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 29. Take a riding tour of Volusia County's newest conservation land and learn about the 8,000-acre site's forestry, agricultural history and plant communities. Meet at 964 S. State Road 415, Samsula. Reading skulls and bones: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 31. Naturalist Gregg Thompson will explain how to read skull characteristics to determine the type of animal. He'll share his extensive skull collection and identify participants' skull and bone specimens. Afterward, he'll lead a hike to look for evidence of wildlife. Meet at Deep Creek Preserve, 964 S. State Road 415, Samsula. Wear comfortable clothes that match the weather and hiking or walking shoes. Bring water to drink. Space is limited, please register.
Wed, Apr 16, 2014
Source: Volusia County News
The staff at Lyonia Environmental Center will offer a variety of learning adventures ranging from naked astronomy to an outdoor scavenger hunt. Environmental specialists will present a Butterflies and Blooms Workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18, in the LEC classroom. Participants will construct rearing cages, learn how to raise monarch butterflies at home, and take home a starter milkweed plant. This workshop, which is limited to 10 participants, is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center. The fee is $10. Free programs include: Tiny trekkers: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3. Children ages 2 to 5 can read “Are You My Mother?,” take a short hike, and make a take-home craft. Naked astronomy: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3. Robert Vogel, the “naked astronomer,” will lead a classroom tour of the spring constellations. He'll point out space objects while sharing information about the history and mythology of the stars. Florida archaeology shells workshop: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4. Ryan Harke of the Florida Public Archaeology Network will share fascinating facts about Florida gastropods and bivalves during this classroom presentation. He'll describe how they were used by Native Americans and how archaeologists use them today to learn about the past. The workshop will include activities and games. Scavenger hunt hike at Gemini Springs: 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 9. Learn how to geocache during this outdoor scavenger hunt, which begins at the spring house of Gemini Springs Park, 37 Dirksen Drive, DeBary. Participants will take a guided hike through the 210-acre county park as they search for hidden cache. This introduction to geocaching is limited to 15 participants ages 10 and up. Paleontology through anthropology: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10. Valerie First, a volunteer at the Central Florida Zoo, will talk about past and present animals, including saber tooth cats and mammoths, during this classroom presentation. She'll go through time from synapsids to diapsids to humans. “Pollination in action” hike: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday May 10. Join LEC staff on this exploratory hike through Lyonia Preserve to learn what pollinators are out and about in the spring. “Memorable Mother's Day” hike: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 11. Bring your mom or someone special to celebrate Mother's Day in Lyonia Preserve. LEC education staff will lead a guided hike, and participants will receive a keepsake photo. Light refreshments will be served after the hike. Kids and nature: 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May. 14. Jacqueline Bodnar, a Florida master naturalist, will explain the many benefits of getting kids out into nature. She'll also provide a list of natural places for kids to explore in Volusia County. Super sharks: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17. Do sharks sleep? How many species are there? Florida Master Naturalist Rich Colesanti will answer these questions and more during this classroom presentation. He'll also discuss how long sharks have been swimming in the oceans and offer tips for shark protection. Moss mania: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17. Learn about the lichens of Lyonia Preserve during an indoor classroom workshop, then take a short hike to collect a few species to take back to the classroom and examine under microscopes. Popcorn and a movie: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 24. Meet in the LEC classroom for a showing of Disney's “Finding Nemo.” The Friends of Lyonia Environmental Center will offer free popcorn, and snacks will be available for purchase. Following the movie, kids can create a sea creature craft to take home. Edible Florida: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday May 24. Don Philpott will lead a classroom exploration of some of the 1,700 Central Florida plants that have culinary or medicinal uses. Philpott is a certified interpretive guide and instructor with the University of Florida's Master Naturalist Program. Hurricane preparedness: 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 25. Hurricane season starts June 1. Are you ready? Join News 13 meteorologist Maureen McCann in the LEC classroom to learn about severe weather, hurricanes and how to get prepared. Tiny trekkers: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31. Children ages 2 to 5 can read “Under One Rock: Bugs, Slugs and other Ughs,” take a short hike, and make a take-home craft. Whose scat is that?: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31. Find out what animals leave behind during this classroom exploration. Learn how animals use scat to build homes, attract partners and send messages. Scrub strolls: Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve at 9 a.m. every Monday and Friday. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21028. Lyonia Environmental Center offers an insight into Volusia County's fragile ecosystems through hands-on displays and computer-based learning modules. It's part of the Deltona Regional Library complex at 2150 Eustace Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Learn what's happening at the LEC at www.lyoniapreserve.com.
Wed, Apr 16, 2014
Source: Volusia County News
Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport continues its upward climb. Passenger traffic rose from 61,062 last March to 63,146 this March, an increase of 3 percent. For the year ending March 31, traffic is up 4 percent -- from 582,925 to 609,108. Unlike February when flight operations were interrupted by storms in the southeast that forced flight cancellations, the airport experienced no flight cancellations during March, according to Rick Karl, the airport's director. The airport's main carriers – Delta and USAir -- reported 94 percent of the available seats were filled during the month. This is an increase of 2 percent from March a year ago. “The airport is pleased with traffic results in March which continue to reflect the upward momentum that started several years ago as the economy began to improve,” said Karl. Airport officials are continuing efforts to attract new or expanded air service options in 2014. For further information contact: Stephen J. Cooke, Director of Business Development at 386-248-8030, extension 18309 Click here for the latest traffic report.
Wed, Apr 16, 2014
Source: Volusia County News
Two environmental groups are looking for volunteers to search for rare shrubs and threatened Florida scrub jays. The Pawpaw Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society is calling for volunteers to participate in the third annual Rugel's Roundup to look for Rugel's pawpaw, a small, rare shrub found only in Volusia County. It can be identified reliably only when it blooms in May. Volunteers will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Tiger Bay State Forest headquarters, 4316 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach. They'll form six teams and head for Longleaf Pine Preserve, Deep Creek Preserve and other areas where the shrub has been spotted. Volunteers can expect a hot day in the field. They should bring a sack lunch, plenty of water, insect repellent and weather protection. Long pants and sturdy shoes or boots are recommended. To sign up for the Rugel's Roundup, contact Sonya Guidry at guidry.sonya@gmail.com. Volusia County's Environmental Management Division will conduct Jay Watch volunteer training from 8 a.m. to noon May 10 at Lyonia Preserve, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Volunteers will learn about the Florida scrub jay and be trained to record information about them from June 15 through July 15 on several public lands in Volusia, Lake and Flagler counties. The information they gather will help biologists and land managers protect the future of this federally threatened species. For more information about the Jay Watch Program, contact Bonnie Cary at bcary@volusia.org or Jacqui Sulek at jsulek@audubon.org.
Wed, Apr 16, 2014
Source: Volusia County News
SunRail commuter trains start running through Volusia, Seminole and Orange counties May 1. For the county's Votran public transit system that means new service to the SunRail station in DeBary. This week, Volusia Magazine, the county's weekly public information television program, focuses on how Votran will serve SunRail riders. The in-depth interview guest is Steve Sherrer, Votran's general manager. The program also includes county news of the week, information segments, and actions by the Volusia County Council. Volusia Magazine airs Sunday (April 20) at 5 p.m. and repeats Monday (April 21) at 7:30 p.m. on WDSC-TV15. To watch Channel 15, turn your television to UHF channel 15 or consult your cable television listings. All cable television stations in Volusia County carry WDSC TV-15.
Wed, Apr 16, 2014
Source: Volusia County News
Local author Shireen Violett will read from her book of poetry, “I Am in My Right Mind,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd. Shireen is a metaphysical poet who writes about the mystical life of humans' spiritual, physical, mental and emotional journey in today's world. Her presentation is part of the free Lemonade Lectures series, which is sponsored by the Enterprise Historical Conservancy and Volusia County. Light refreshments and lemonade will be served. Reservations are not required. For more information, call Amber Patterson at 386-668-3840. DeBary Hall Historic Site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is owned by the State of Florida and managed by the county's Parks, Recreation and Culture Division. Attendees may tour DeBary Hall, an 1871 hunting lodge, for regular admission prices, which are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children 2 and younger. For information about DeBary Hall and other upcoming events, visit www.debaryhall.com.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014
Source: Volusia County News
Staff from Volusia County's Personnel Division will meet with the Teamsters Local 385, which represents sheriff's deputies, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16. The negotiations meeting will be in the Volusia County Sheriff's Office fourth-floor conference room, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand. Notice under the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title II) In accordance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Volusia County will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs and activities. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service or activity of the county, should contact the county's ADA Title II coordinator, George Baker, at 386-248-1760 at least two business days before the scheduled event or meeting. This notice also applies to written requests by a physically handicapped person needing a special accommodation to attend a public meeting in accordance with section 286.26, Florida Statutes. A copy of the county's Notice under the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title II) can be obtained at www.volusia.org/ada or by calling 386-248-1760.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014
Source: Volusia County News