Environmental center to host Women’s Day celebration
Women can learn about yoga, nutrition, business etiquette and more during a Women’s Day celebration scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9 at the Lyonia Environmental Center.

Free events include:

• Guided hikes: 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Environmental specialists will lead leisurely tours through the scrub habitat of Lyonia Preserve.

• Gentle yoga workshop: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saundra Emerson from the Bamboo Arts Center in DeLeon Springs will demonstrate gentle yoga for women who have not exercised before or have taken a break from regular exercise. Bring a yoga mat, strap and block. Space is limited to 20 participants.

• Nutritional needs of women: 11 a.m. to noon. Certified nutritionist Ivy Stirling will focus on the nutrients women need in their everyday diet.

• Massage therapy: 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Felicia Cruz of “Felicia’s Massage on the Go” and Deanna Cline of the Deltona Advanced Wellness Center will provide free chair massages.

• Stand up and impress: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Aida Plontke will lead a workshop focusing on business etiquette and how to present yourself professionally.

Plontke founded Poise and Posture and organizes Central Florida Business Women.

• Balancing your budget: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Financial adviser Katy Tibedon will offer advice on managing your investments and everyday finances.

• The housing market: Watson Realty real estate agent Barbara Girtman will offer one-on-one consultations throughout the day.

Registration is required and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 253.

Daytona State to conduct open auditions for ‘Summer and Smoke’
The Mike Curb College of Music, Entertainment and Art at Daytona State College will conduct open auditions for “Summer and Smoke,’’ a provocative love story about a spinster, Alma, who is infatuated with her handsome neighbor, Dr. John Buchanan.

The auditions for the play – one of Tennessee Williams’ most poignant, will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 23 and at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Callbacks (if necessary) will be held Feb. 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Auditions will be held in the Gillespy Theater in the News-Journal Center 221 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach.

Participants should prepare a one-minute monologue and may also be asked to do cold readings from the script. Rehearsals will be held in the evening two to four times a week from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays. Bring pencil/pen, list of conflicts, class schedule, headshots and resumes.

Production dates for the play are: May 1-2, 7:30 p.m.; May 4, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; May 5, 2:30 p.m. – all held in the Gillespy Theater.

For more information, call 386-226-4607.

Free movies at Deltona Amphitheater
The Deltona Regional Library will present three films over three Saturdays in the open-air setting of the Deltona Amphitheater, 2150 Eustace Ave., starting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23, March 2 and 9.

Moviegoers may bring snacks, beverages, folding chairs and seat cushions. The concession stand will be open during the movies. The films are new DVD releases and intended for teen and adult audiences.

Because of the agreement that allows the library to show the movies for free, the titles can’t be published, but library staff can release them over the phone. Call the library at 386-789-7207 or visit

Mt. Bethel to host Gospel Explosion
In celebration of Mt. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church’s 54th Tribes’ Day, the tribes of Dan and Reuben and Mt. Bethel are hosting a Gospel Explosion March 2 at 2 p.m., 700 S. Martin Luther King Blvd.

The church is soliciting participation from churches in the Central Florida area.  Each church is asked to send a choir prepared to sing two of their favorite gospel songs.

Morning Star Baptist Church Pastor Evans Smith will be the Master of Ceremonies.

To register and obtain a registration form, contact Bernard Thomas at 386-299-8573 or Andrew Moore at 386-316-5231 or email

SCSEP accepting applications
The Experience Works Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is accepting applications.

Program applicants must be age 55 or older, unemployed, live in Volusia County, and have incomes of $13,964 per year or less for a family of one ($18,913 for family of two).

“In this difficult economy, many older Floridians are finding it necessary to find work,” says Jo Rinehart, Experience Works interim Florida state director.

“Unfortunately, finding a job can be especially difficult for older workers who have not looked for employment for some time or for those who been unsuccessful in their job hunt. Our program is a steppingstone for people desperate for work. We can provide immediate assistance and wages.”

Sponsored by Experience Works and the State of Florida, Department of Elder Affairs, SCSEP is available at no cost to people who meet eligibility criteria.

The program provides paid community service assignments at local public and non-profit organizations, training, referral to needed services and job search assistance. With updated skills, participants use their community service training as a springboard to permanent jobs with local employers.

For more information call toll-free 888-859-1051 or visit

County expands online services
Volusia County has expanded its online permit, development and contractor information services.

Registered contractors can apply online for licenses, demolition permits and certain types of residential permits at as well as schedule inspections, make payments, and check the status of applications online.

Connect Live Permits, launched in September 2012, also allows residents to submit complaints about potential code violations and research permits, developments, complaints and contractor licenses from their computers 24/7.



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