Head Start taking applications for 2014-15 school year
Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. Head Start program is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year.

Head Start is a federally funded preschool program that promotes the school readiness of children ages three to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Children must be three or four years old on or before September 1 and meet low-income guidelines.

Parents of children with disabilities are also encouraged to apply, regardless of income eligibility. Head Start welcomes children with medical conditions, children who are homeless, and second language learners.

VPK classes are also available.

For more information, call 386-736-1325.

Stetson museum to host Earth Day
As part of its Science Saturday series, the Gillespie Museum has partnered with the Stetson Environmental Coalition to host the 2014 Earth Day: Keeping It Green at Stetson, on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Museum and the adjacent Rinker Environmental Learning Center.

This annual event showcases the ongoing work of a range of student organizations with an environmental mission, including Hatter Harvest, Stetson Cycles, Team Sandhill, the Stetson Environmental Club and the Stetson Scrappers. This year’s event introduces two new projects, the hives of Stetson Beekeepers and a newly developed Seed Library.

Along with information booths about these organizations and their work on campus and in the community, there will be Earth-friendly activities in and around the museum, including a rock swap, a recycled art corner, a natural plant tie-dye station, a walk through the organic garden, and some planting in the pollination garden.

Stetson’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity will hold its second annual birdhouse building contest, and Oxfam Stetson will make a presentation on starting community gardens. Students in the University’s Honors Program will present a series of demonstrations, on starting seeds (co-sponsored by Pauline’s Lucky Market Garden), urban wick gardening, and seed exchanges. Community partners include the DeLand Gem and Mineral Club, and Estrog: Fair Trade.

This event is free and open to the public. The Gillespie Museum is located on the southeast corner of the Stetson campus, at 234 East Michigan Avenue.

For more information, contact the Museum at 386-822-7330 or visit

Jazz and blues singer to perform at NSB library
Jazz and blues vocalist Sybil Gage will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.

Her performance will include pre-war blues, vaudeville, traditional jazz and original compositions.

Reservations are not required.

For more information, call 386-424-2910.

Huger golf tournament set for April 19
The Beta Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will present its third annual Jimmy Huger Scholarship Golf Tournament April 19 with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Huger is a longtime member of the fraternity.  The tournament will be held at the Daytona Beach Golf Club, 600 Wilder Blvd.

Proceeds from the event will fund scholarships for local high school seniors attending college as freshmen in the fall of 2014.

For more information, contact John Huger at 386-566-8393.

Open Mic Poetry Festival set for April 19
Experience the power of poetry during the sixth annual Open Mic Poetry Festival at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.

Poets of all styles are invited to perform their original works. Participants must be 18 or older to read. To register to perform, call 386-424-2910 or sign up at the library’s reference desk.

The festival is hosted by the Poet’s Corner Poetry Workshop and sponsored by the Friends of the Library in recognition of National Poetry Month.

County to collect hazardous waste in DeBary, Ormond
Volusia County’s Solid Waste Division will host free collection events for household hazardous materials April 11 and 12. Residents may drop off old paint, solvents, automobile and household batteries, pool chemicals, pesticides, motor oil, gasoline, other household chemicals, and up to 10 fluorescent lamps at these locations:

• Ormond Beach Public Works, 501 N. Orchard St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 11
• DeBary City Hall, 16 Columba Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12

Only unmixed household hazardous waste will be accepted. Insulin needles will be accepted in approved containers; the containers will not be returned. Businesses are not eligible for free disposal.

Residents also may bring their household hazardous waste to the Tomoka Landfill in Port Orange or the West Volusia Transfer Station in DeLand year-round for free disposal. The landfill is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The transfer station is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Both facilities provide free paint exchange programs and electronic waste recycling.

For more information, call Volusia County’s Solid Waste Division at 386-947-2952.


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