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Halifax hosting free wellness forums for women
Halifax Health Medical Center physicians will host interactive health forums covering topics important to women of all ages on July 12 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  at the France Tower Mezzanine, 303 N. Clyde Morris Blvd.

Topics include incontinence, menopause, weight loss and bariatrics and cardiovascular health. Vendors will be present at the event. This free event will also feature giveaways and chance drawings. Light food and refreshments will be served.

To RSVP, call 877-842-5432.

West Volusia center wrapping up pet-food collection campaign with July 12 event
Earlier this summer, The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia kicked off its inaugural “Pounds for Hounds” food-raiser for families with pets who receive assistance from the center.

The Pounds for Hounds campaign is culminating with a pet-friendly event at The Neighborhood Center from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 12 (434 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand). Pets and people are welcome to attend.

Dry pet food has been collected since early June at the Neighborhood Center’s Thrift Shoppe, with the goal of collecting 2,000 pounds of dry cat and dog food. Dry pet food donations will be accepted during the event. To date, more than 2,000 pounds have been collected, exceeding the campaign goal, with several days remaining in the campaign.

The July 12 Pounds for Hounds wrap-up and celebration event will include:
•Free pet health exams by the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
•Pet adoptions by ASPCA
•Information by Journey’s End animal sanctuary
•Dog wash by Frontier Communications Community Engagement Team
•Live DJ music
•Free pet photos by the Kohl’s Community Team
•Free sandwiches donated by Free Wil BBQ
•Pet art for sale

For more information, contact Susan Clark or Patty Rivera at 386-734-8120.

Mason Avenue, S. Peninsula Drive to be overhauled
Residents are invited to learn about roadway improvements for Mason Avene and S. Peninsula Drive at an open house on Tuesday.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will host a public information open house to introduce two proposed roadway projects in Daytona Beach. The open house is July 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the El Caribe Resort & Conference Center, 2125 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.

The proposed state roads are Mason Avenue/Seabreeze Boulevard, from Mulberry Street to A1A, and South Peninsula Drive, from south of Silver Beach Avenue to International Speedway Boulevard. Both projects are funded for construction in June 2015. In addition to milling and resurfacing, both road projects include the addition of bike lanes, curb ramps and signalization upgrades.

Throughout the two-hour open house, residents can view display boards and watch an automated presentation. FDOT staff and the consulting team will be available to discuss the project and answer any questions.

Group meets July 16 about disaster response
Community Organizations Active in Disaster will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, in room 516-C of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach. The meeting is open to the public.

The multi-agency group assists local governments in organizing and deploying volunteers and resources in response to the unmet needs of local disaster survivors.

Membership is open to individuals, faith-based groups, government agencies, civic clubs, volunteer organizations, social service agencies, business people and emergency management personnel.

For more information, visit www.volusiacoad.org or contact Ray Parkhurst at rparkhurst@volusiacoad.org or 386-846-4673.

Cultural Arts Grant workshop set for July 16 in Palm Coast
The City of Palm Coast offers a Cultural Arts Financial Assistance Matching Grant program to provide funding for cultural arts programs and/or events that are conducted within the City of Palm Coast by Palm Coast-based non-profit organizations.

Grant applications will be distributed at the annual Grant Workshop, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE.

Hosted by the Palm Coast Parks and Recreation Department and the Leisure Services Advisory Committee, the workshop will focus on the grant submittal process and timeline; completion of the grant application and the required information/documentation; the event and organization budget form; and provide general information about grant writing and grant funders.

Beginning July 17, the grant application can be downloaded from the Parks and Recreation webpage at www.palmcoastgov.com/government/parks-recreation.
For more information, call 386-986-2323.

College plans free bachelor’s degree workshop on July 22
Since transitioning from a community college to a four-year-degree-granting state college, almost 2,000 graduates have earned a bachelor’s degree from Daytona State College. With fall classes just around the corner, the Bachelor’s Degree Workshop is the ideal opportunity to learn about advancing or changing careers.

The free workshop is set for Tuesday, July 22, at 5:30 p.m., in the Hosseini Center, on the college’s Daytona Beach Campus at 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.

Daytona State offers 11 career-focused baccalaureate degrees: Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management (BAS), seven degrees in Education, Engineering Technology, Information Technology, and Nursing. Daytona State faculty, academic advisors and student-services staff will be on hand to answer questions about programs, admissions, financial aid, scholarships and more.

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management (BAS) degree is designed for students who already have an associate degree, many of whom are working in their field and looking for advancement. Salaries range from approximately $46,000 to upward of $100,000 (U.S. Department of Labor).

The Bachelor of Science in Education (BSED) degree is designed for students who already have an Associate of Arts degree and want to teach in the k-12 system. Daytona State offers bachelor’s degrees in seven education fields. Salaries range from approximately $34,000 to $53,000.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (BSET) degree, which offers a concentration in Electrical Engineering Technology, is designed for students who already have an associate degree. Salaries range from approximately $51,000 to $78,000.

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) degree, designed for students who already have an Associate of Science degree, is offered online and at Daytona State’s Advanced Technology College. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates IT-related job growth to expand by more than 50 percent through 2018, with salaries for experienced B.S. graduates averaging in the $70,000 range.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree offers a traditional face-to-face method requiring 48 credit hours, building upon the 72 credit hours already earned in the Associate Degree in Nursing program.

For more information, e-mail Admissions@DaytonaState.edu or call 386-506-4471.

Human Services Advisory Board meets July 22
Volusia County’s Human Services Advisory Board will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at the United Way office, 3747 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.

Members will discuss upcoming community meetings, review the Community Services Block Grant third-quarter reports, discuss the status of the grant application for fiscal year 2015, approve a new board member, and appoint a Planning and Development Committee.

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

For more information, call Myralis Hopgood at mhopgood@volusia.org or 386-736-5956, ext. 12985.

Historic Preservation Board to discuss Cassadaga district
The Volusia County Historic Preservation Board will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, in the Frank T. Bruno Jr. County Council Chambers on the second floor of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

The board will consider a request for designation of a historic district in Cassadaga and receive updates from staff on current projects. The public is invited to attend and participate in the meeting.

The Historic Preservation Board is appointed by the Volusia County Council to issue certificates of designation for eligible historic resources such as structures, archaeological sites and historic districts; and certificates of appropriateness for demolition, alteration, relocation and new construction.

The board advises the County Council on matters related to historic preservation policy, including use, management and maintenance of county-owned historic resources.

For more information, contact Historic Preservation Officer Julie Adams Scofield at 386-736-5953, ext. 12008, or jscofield@volusia.org.

Volusia accepting grant applications
Volusia County anticipates the award of an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in the amount of $163,427, of which the county will retain $16,342 for planning, evaluation and administration. The amount available for countywide distribution is $147,085.

Applications are being accepted until noon July 25. Eligible programs include law enforcement programs; prosecution and court programs; prevention and education programs; corrections and community corrections programs; drug treatment programs; crime victim and witness programs; and planning, evaluation and technology improvement programs.

The county’s Substance Abuse Policy Advisory Board has established funding priorities in the area of behavioral treatment services for substance abuse and mental health problems to score the applications and make funding recommendations. Final approval for funding will be made by the Volusia County Council.

Applications are available online at www.volusia.org/community_assistance/applications or by calling Myra Gaziano at 386-736-5956 in DeLand, 386-254-4648 in Daytona Beach, or 386-423-3375 in New Smyrna Beach extension 12880.

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