‘Medicare 101’ offered at Daytona Beach library
As baby boomers sign up for Medicare, they face a bewildering assortment of questions about their health care.

If you’re turning 65 within the next three months, Judy Hahn, SHINE counselor for Volusia County, can help you navigate the system during a free program at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island.

She will explain what is covered under Medicare, how individual parts differ from Medicare Advantage, and how to avoid potential financial penalties if you opt in at a future date. Reservations are not required.

SHINE stands for Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders. Its mission is to provide free, unbiased health insurance counseling through a dedicated network of volunteers, empowering Florida seniors to make informed healthcare choices.

The Daytona Beach Regional 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.

For more information, call Adult Program Coordinator Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.


Teens can ‘alter books’ at Daytona Beach library July 25
Don’t just read a book this summer – learn how to alter a book and turn it into a work of art that reflects your unique style.

Local artist Mary Ann Sumner will lead an “Altered Books” program at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave. She’ll show teens and ‘tweens how to add art and objects to books and create niches, pockets, inserts and windows in the pages. Materials and snacks will be provided.

The free program is part of “Beneath the Surface,” a teen summer series sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

For more information, contact Librarian Kim Dolce at or 386-257-6036, ext. 16315.


Teens can explore ancient Egypt at Daytona Beach library
Teens and ‘tweens can explore the mysteries of the Sphinx, King Tut and the pyramids at 1 p.m.

Thursday, July 18, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.

Librarian Kim Dolce and Library Assistant Kelly Balao will lead the free program, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Snacks will be provided.

The event is part of the library’s summer teen series, “Beneath the Surface.” For more information, contact Dolce at or 386-257-6036, ext. 16315.

The library 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. Learn about other upcoming library events at


Foundation taking applications for indigent care grants
The Community Foundation of East Central Florida is accepting applications for the 2013 Simon J. Peabody Indigent Care Grants. Funds are restricted for indigent care in Volusia County.

There will be four grants, up to $1,000 each awarded for basic needs services in Volusia. Visit to download the grant application.

For more information, contact Nita Schmellick at 386-734-4075 or send email to


Port Orange to treat water system
The Port Orange Utilities Department will perform its annual flushing of the water distribution system beginning July 15. The treatment is done to improve water quality.

The scheduled completion date of the treatment and flushing is no later than Monday, Aug. 26.

During this six-week period, the city will be changing its disinfectant residual to free chlorine.

The water will be safe to drink.  However, some customers may notice a slight difference in the taste of the water.

Besides the Port Orange Distribution System, this treatment will cover Harbor Oaks, Allandale, Ponce Inlet, Wilbur by the Sea, and Daytona Beach Shores down to Thames Avenue.

If you have any questions regarding this procedure, contact the Port Orange Water Treatment Plant at 386-506-5770.

Information on the procedure can be found under the Public Utilities section of the city’s website at


Meeting to address West Volusia business Incubator feasibility study
A public meeting to discuss the Volusia County Council-approved Incubator Feasibility Study will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at the One-Stop Career Center, 846 Saxon Blvd., Orange City. One or more County Council members may be in attendance.

Jim Greenwood of Greenwood Consulting Group will provide a brief overview of the study’s goals, process and desired outcomes. Public participation is welcome.

The consulting firm is conducting a survey of small businesses in West Volusia to determine whether there would be enough interest to justify the creation of a business incubator in that part of the county. The survey can be accessed at, and the survey also will be available at the July 16 meeting.

For more information, call Volusia County’s Economic Development Office at 386-248-8048.


Ormond Beach church to host Prayer and Life Clinic
Emmanuel Church of the Living God has scheduled its Prayer and Life Clinic July 12-14.

Participants are encouraged to bring prayer requests and oil to the altar.

Service will begin at 7 p.m. July 12 and July 13. On July 14, a service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Bishop Dr. Lillie D. Ward is the pastor.

Registration to the weekend event is free and open to the public. The church is at 54 S. Ridgewood Ave., Ormond Beach.

For more information, call Ambassador Phyllis Moten at 386-589-3249 or Deacon George Ward at 386-527-3759.


Gospel show plans Joyful Noise program

A Joyful Noise Gospel Program is scheduled July 14 at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 1407 Enterprise Ave., New Smyrna Beach. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature local choirs and performers.

The program is sponsored by the Praise Factory Gospel Show of WAPN 91.5 FM and 91.7 FM.

For more information, call 386-427-3543.



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