Free events
Author Chris Lamb will discuss his biography, “Blackout: The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Spring Training,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in the auditorium of the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.

The free events are part of the library’s Connecting with the Community series, a two-year program funded in part by a partnership grant from the Florida Humanities Council.

Throughout 2014, the library is sponsoring book talks, dramatizations, panel discussions, films and music programs commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The grant will continue into 2015, when the programming emphasis will change to contemporary issues.

For more information, call Adult Program Coordinator Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.


County to hold workshops for prospective business vendors
Volusia County’s Purchasing and Contracts Division will hold two workshops for vendors who want to learn how to do business with the county.

The workshops will be in the first-floor training rooms of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, and 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5.

County representatives will demonstrate how to register as a vendor; submit bids, proposals and quotes; and discuss state and local ordinances relevant when working with the county. Staff will explain the information channels available to vendors and answer questions.

For more information, call the Volusia County Purchasing and Contracts Division at 386-736-5935, ext. 12490.


Parade of racing vehicles revs up Feb. 15 in Ponce Inlet
During the 2014 Speedweeks, in addition to the roar at Daytona International Speedway, race fans can marvel at some of the legends of racing during a beachside historic race car parade at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 in Ponce Inlet.

Through a cooperative sponsorship between the Volusia County Government, the Town of Ponce Inlet and Racing’s North Turn restaurant, the vintage race cars will once again run down Atlantic Avenue, making the south turn onto the world’s most famous beach, ending at the famed north turn.

These are the sites of the original north and south turns of the early 4.1-mile beach and road course where the Grand National Race ran from 1948 until 1958, when they were relocated to the new Super Speedway, today known as Daytona International Speedway.

Following the parade, Racing’s North Turn restaurant will host autograph sessions and interviews of drivers, including NASCAR Hall of Fame historian Buzz McKim.


Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to meet Feb. 18
Volusia County’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the county’s personnel conference room, Bank of America building, 230 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.

The advisory committee recommends initiatives to the Volusia County Council to facilitate affordable housing in Volusia County.

For more information or accommodation, call Paula Szabo at 386-736-5955, ext. 12308.


Daytona State to host FAFSA assistance day
On Saturday, March 1, Daytona State College will host a College Goal event from noon to 4 p.m. on the Daytona Beach and DeLand campuses. Financial aid specialists will help college-bound students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Students will receive step-by-step instructions for completing and submitting their FAFSA. The FAFSA helps students access billions in federal funds available for higher education. In addition, information about other financial aid resources such as state government, grants, scholarships and loans will be available.

All are welcome to stop by the Daytona Beach Campus, Baker Academic Support Center/computer lab, at 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., or the DeLand Campus, Business Hall, room 115, at 1155 County Road 4139, on Saturday, March 1, from noon to 4 p.m.

Students who attend may be eligible for a drawing for a $250 scholarship provided by CGS!Florida.
For more information, visit or call 386-506-3015.


Grief Center plans Hearts and Hooves retreat this month
Halifax Health – Hospice BeginAgain Children’s Grief Center will present Hearts and Hooves – a camp for families, young children and teens involving expression through art and horses – on Feb. 22.

During the all-day retreat, trained grief counselors will guide participants through artistic activities and allow them healing interaction with horses.  These activities give children and teens, who have experienced the death of a loved one, a safe and peaceful outlet for their grief expression.

The retreat will take place at Artquest School of Art & Design, 571 Leeway Trail, Ormond Beach.  The retreat is available for families, children eight to 12 years of age and teens 13 to 18 years of age.

To receive an application to register or for additional information, call 386-258-5100. The deadline to apply is Feb. 14.


Free HIV testing takes place on Valentine’s Day
Free HIV testing will be available Feb. 14 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach.

Results of the test are available in about 15 minutes.

For more information, call 386-274-0634.


Open house for lifeguards set for Feb. 22
Volusia County’s Beach Safety Division will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Lifeguard Headquarters and Administration Center, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.
Residents can tour the facility and learn about summer lifeguard jobs.

On the third floor, residents can watch a recruitment video, enjoy refreshments and talk to lifeguard instructors.

Lifeguard vehicles, a jet ski and rescue boat will be displayed outside. Volusia Surf Lifeguard Association apparel and novelty items will be available for sale.

For more information, call 386-239-7873.


Professor to enact Hurston story Feb. 15
Dr. Lynn Hawkins, professor of English at Daytona State College, will present an enactment of “Sweat,” a 1928 story by Zora Neale Hurston, at 2 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island.

The audience will be invited to participate in a reading of the story, which is set in an imaginary village near Orlando and portrays a wife’s revenge on her abusive husband. Before the reading, Hawkins will introduce Hurston, her literary achievements and her personal challenges.

This free program is part of the library’s Connecting with the Community series, a two-year program funded in part by a Partnership Grant from the Florida Humanities Council.

For more information, call Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.


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