Volusia seeks Citizens Academy recruits
Applications are being accepted for Volusia County’s Citizens Academy, a hands-on awareness program designed to educate citizens about county government operations.

Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays from Aug. 27 through Nov. 5. The final class is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11. There is no charge for the program, but applicants are asked to commit to attending all 12 classes.

Members will meet at various county facilities including the Sheriff’s Communications and Emergency Operations Center, Tomoka Landfill, Volusia County Branch Jail, Marine Science Center, Ocean Center and Daytona Beach International Airport. They also will tour county construction projects.

Aug. 6 deadline
Topics will include growth management, community services, public protection, property assessments and budgets.

Participants must be residents of Volusia County and at least 21 years old. Basic knowledge of computers is helpful as class materials are posted online and email is used to communicate with class members.

Applications are available online at and must be turned in to the county manager’s office by Aug. 6. The program is limited to 25 participants.
For information, contact Cindy Finney, program administrator, at 386-740-5160.

DeBary Hall to host historical play featuring Black commodore
Lani Friend, a local historian and writer, will present a shortened version of her play, “A Grand Tour Upriver with Jacob Brock and Commodore Rose,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd.

Friend’s play tells the story of Rose, an African-American woman at the helm of the Darlington, Jacob Brock’s steamboat. The play, based on historical research, is staged on the Enterprise dock where Brock’s boat landed after bringing passengers up the St. Johns River.

Friend describes the production as “a rollicking trip up the St. Johns River based on Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1871 journey aboard the steamboat.”

Reservations are not required. For more information, call Amber Patterson at 386-668-3840 or visit

Volunteers needed at BeginAgain Children’s Grief Center
The BeginAgain Children’s Grief Center, a program of Halifax Health – Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, is looking for compassionate individuals to volunteer to facilitate groups for grieving children and their families.

A free comprehensive training program will be offered by a licensed professional that will include the skills needed to work in this healing environment.  The center’s supportive, experiential approach has proven to make a difference for children and their families during the grieving process.

The BeginAgain Center needs volunteers in Daytona Beach, Flagler Beach, and New Smyrna Beach.  An orientation meeting will be held at the Daytona Beach office, 655 North Clyde Morris Blvd., at 5:30 pm on Aug. 5

The volunteer working opportunities will be in the evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. twice a month.  If you are interested in becoming a part of this rewarding volunteer experience, call Karen Grant, LCSW, at 386-258-5100.

Human Services Advisory Board to meet Aug. 6
The Human Services Advisory Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the United Way office, 3747 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.

The board will discuss the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) quarterly reports and review the 2013-2014 CSBG grant application packet.

The advisory board assists the Volusia County Council in developing CSBG program goals and objectives, identifying community needs, and evaluating program effectiveness.

For more information, call Pat James at 386-736-5956, ext.12980.



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