Legal advice provided at ‘Ask-A-Lawyer’ events
The American Bar Association has designated October as National Pro Bono Month. Volunteer lawyers across the state will hold free public “Ask-A-Lawyer” events.

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF), with the help of local volunteer attorneys and the Volusia County Bar Association, will be hosting a Walk In Legal Advice Clinic on Oct. 10 from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Community Legal Service’s office, 128 Orange Ave., Daytona Beach.

CLSMF is a nonprofit organization providing free legal assistance to eligible low-income persons in civil (non-criminal) matters. The mission of CLSMF is to provide access to justice through high quality legal assistance to low-income people.

Volunteer lawyers will assist people by providing legal advice and or pro se assistance in civil legal matters.

Attorneys interested in volunteering for this event can contact Mike Speranza at 386- 255-6573 ext. 2445 or by email at

For more information on National Pro Bono week, visit

Learn about mosquito control efforts in Volusia County
Learn what Volusia County is doing to reduce mosquito populations and how you can help during free presentations at two Volusia County libraries.

Jim McNelly and Paul Minshew will discuss “Everything you never wanted to know about mosquitoes” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.

McNelly is Volusia County’s mosquito control director and Minshew is environmental manager for the Volusia County Health Department.

McNelly will explain the county’s integrated pest management plan, types of mosquitoes, how to request service, and what you can do to reduce the mosquito population around your home.

Minshew will provide a West Nile virus update, explain the symptoms of mosquito-borne illnesses, and offer tips to protect yourself from mosquito bites.

Reservations are not required. For more information, call Volusia County Mosquito Control at 386-424-2920 in New Smyrna Beach or 386-239-6516 in Daytona Beach.

Learn how to make your garden grow
Whether you’re new to Florida gardening or you’ve been at it awhile, the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension has tips to help your garden grow.

Learn about biochar, a charcoal that can increase crop yields, during a free lecture from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand.

Speakers will include Wae Nelson of Florida Gardening Magazine, John Rogers of the Brevard Rare Fruits Council, and Master Gardener Mike Davis.

Master Gardener Lisa Brooks will teach you how to design a garden with curb appeal during free presentations from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 20, at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St.; and from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 29, during the Gathering on the Green at Victoria Park Village Center, 1431 Orange Camp Road, DeLand. The programs are free, and reservations are not required.

For more information, call the extension office at 386-822-5778.

County to host beach and river cleanup
Residents and visitors are encouraged to play a role in preserving Volusia County’s coastal waterways by participating in the International Coastal and Halifax/Indian River Cleanup Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Volunteers can participate in the cleanup at locations along the Halifax River, Indian River Lagoon and beaches from Ormond by the Sea south to Bethune Beach and Oak Hill. Those who pre-register online will receive a Coastal Cleanup memento at the end of the event.

Participants are encouraged to bring buckets or used, plastic shopping bags to separate recyclables from trash; garden gloves to reduce the trash generated by the use of plastic gloves; and drinking water.

They should also wear sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen and comfortable clothing and footwear.

Visit to view all Volusia County locations and clean-up event details. More information: 386- 238-4716 or



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