Community Calendar (week ending May 9)


Historical Society to meet
The South Daytona Historical Society will meet May 7 at 6 p.m. at the Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Road. The meeting is Open to the public. Those wishing to share South Daytona memories and memorabilia are encouraged to attend. More information: 386-334-5634.

Daytona Cubs in action
The Daytona Cubs are back in action, aiming to defend their 2011 Florida State League Championship and the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia (ELCFV) is currently selling tickets for the May 12 Cubs game vs. the Brevard County Manatees for $7.  Game starts at 7:05pm.  $3 of every ticket will be donated to the ELCFV and receive a 16:1 match from the state.  These funds will be used to provide quality child care to low income children in Flagler and Volusia. More information: Lynn Kaiser Conrad at or 386-257-2297 ext. 22.

Port Orange continues lecture
Port Orange’s next lecture on local history is scheduled for May 11 at the Adult Center Annex, 3738 Halifax Drive.  The public is invited to attend this lecture that begins at 1:00 p.m.  The topic is the historic Gamble Place property and will feature a visit from James Gamble. More information: Kent Donahue at 386-506-5522 or

Domestic abuse council seeks donations
The Domestic Abuse Council’s emergency shelter programs which provide housing, food, support, and other necessities to victims of domestic abuse from the community are in need of toiletry items such as deodorant, body wash, disposable shaving razors, baby wipes, hair driers, and cosmetics. Donations of any quantity can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the Domestic Abuse Council Thrift Store and Boutique located at 335 Beville Road, South Daytona. More information: 386-761-3166 or to learn more about the programs, call: 386-255-2102.

PACE to host bowling bash
PACE Center for Girls, Inc. will be hosting a bowling bash May 19 from 1 p.m. -3 p.m. at Bellair Lanes, 2575 N. Atlantic Ave. Cost: $20 for adults, which includes two hours of bowling and shoe rental. Children 12 years old and under bowl free with a playing adult. More information: Renee Mcqueen, 386-944-1111 ext. 222.

Church to host May 11 concert
Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Men’s Ministry is having a communitywide 100 Men Mother’s Day Concert May 11 at 7 p.m. Bring your mothers, grandmothers, sisters or aunts who are mothers to this event with some of the community’s most gifted male voices and musicians. Location: 539 George Engram Blvd. Men interested in participating in a choir should call 386-252-0322.

Foundation hosting online auction
The George Washington Carver Foundation is accepting bids on items found on its online auction with all proceeds benefitting the continued improvement and development of the George Washington Carver Community Center in Bunnell. The community has donated over 60 items to bid on, including a trip to Africa, participation in a SWAT Police Training, Golf at Hammock Dunes, gift cards to local restaurants and more. A complete list of auction items can be viewed at The auction concludes on May 17. Bid on-line or call: 386-586-5136.

ECHO meeting now May 9
The Volusia County Environmental, Cultural, Historical and Outdoor Recreation (ECHO) Advisory Committee’s next meeting will be 3 p.m. May 9 in the county council chambers on the second floor of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.  Eligible applicants for ECHO grants are cities of Volusia County, nonprofits incorporated in Florida with a local office and departments of Volusia County Government. Interested applicants should call the ECHO office at 386-740-5210 in DeLand, 386-424-6835 in New Smyrna Beach, or 386-257-6086 in Daytona Beach and ask to be included on the notification list.

Support sought for Down syndrome Association
The Fun Coast Down Syndrome Association has opportunities available for individuals and families to become involved, including social outings, fundraising, event planning, child care, technology and video projects, forming a team for the Buddy Walk in October. More information: visit

Center to offer lesson on owls
The Lyonia Environmental Center is hosting a hands-on lab titled “No bones about it” on May 5 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the center. Participants will examine owl pellets to learn more about what owls eat and attempt to reconstruct a prey skeleton. Cost: $4 per person. Registration required. More information: 386-789-7207, ext. 253.

Family Spring Expo in New Smyrna
The second annual Family Spring Expo, which raises awareness about child safety, teen trafficking, and bullying prevention, will be held May 5 from 9 a. m. to 2 p.m. at the Brannon Center, 105 Riverside Drive in New Smyrna Beach. Expo activities will include entertainment, health and wellness vendors, a kids fun zone, giveaways and raffles. Morning activities also include a walk/bike/run/ skate from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The race begins at the Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Drive and will traverse parts of the New Smyrna Beach Waterfront Loop. Advanced registration is $10 for youth age 17 or younger, $20 for adults, and $50 for a family of four. More information: Kerry-Anne Purkiss at 386-689-4979.

A Homerun for kids Daytona State sets registration
Daytona State College is holding open registration for the summer semester.  Classes start May 21 and July 2. Registration can be completed on campus or online at More information: 386- 506-3059.

Chisholm Center to host ball
The African American Museum of Art is hosting a Black and White Ball at the Chisholm Community Center, 520 South Clara Ave., DeLand. The ball is May 12 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Advance tickets $15; dress is semiformal. Live music, live and silent auction and hors d’oeuvres. More information: 386-736-4004.

Mentor orientation scheduled May 15
Community Partnership for Children is recruiting mentors for teenage children in foster care. The next orientation class will be May 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Community Partnership for Children, 160 North Beach St. To register, contact Susan Hiltz at 386-547-2293 or via e-mail at

Volunteers needed for cleanup
The City of Daytona Beach is co-sponsoring a community cleanup for Midtown on May 5. Volunteers are needed. The event will begin at 9 a.m. at Daisy Stocking Park. Call Charles Bryant at 386-671-8185 or e-mail him at to participate.

Vince Carter’s to host fundraiser
The 138th annual Run for the Roses will be held May 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Vince Carter’s, 1250 LPGA Blvd. The Vince Carter’s Embassy of Hope Foundation will host the Kentucky Derby fundraiser in the restaurant’s Highlight Zone, which will show all Derby races on its 32 high-definition screens. Tickets are $25. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation, which supports local women’s and children’s programs. More information: 386-239-8215.

Jazz social set for May 19
A Jazz Social Soirée will be held May 19 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center 119 W. 5th St. Sanford. The event will feature an evening of networking, fashion on the runway, business exposure, music and door prizes. RSVP to

Art nature pieces on display
This May Arts on Douglas Fine Art and Collectibles in New Smyrna Beach, will be featuring an exhibition that captures the natural splendor of Florida in “Larry Moore: Sensu Naturae.” An opening reception will be held at 123 Douglass St. on May 5 from 4p.m. 7 p.m.  Larry Moore will give an artist’s talk on May 11 at 11 a.m. Both events are free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on display until May 26. More information: 386-428-1133.

Find your roots at DeBary Hall
Genealogist Louise Caccamise will help you learn how to search for your roots at 2 p.m. May 5, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd. The presentation will be in DeBary Hall’s stable, where light refreshments and lemonade will be served. Reservations are not required. More information: Amber Patterson at 386-668-3840 or

Car show proceeds going to hospital
The Ponce Inlet Corvette Club will be hosting the 2012 “Vettes at the Light Car’’ show with proceeds going to the Betty Jane France Center for Pediatrics at Halifax Health. The car show will be held on May 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kay & Ayers Davies Lighthouse Point Park, adjacent to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. Along with the judging of the cars there will be music, food, door prizes and a silent auction. Halifax Humane Society also will receive a portion of the benefits from the raised funds from this event. Registration and information: Rich Ware at 386-767-4251or



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