‘Bridge the Gap’ meeting in DeLand on Jan. 12
A public meeting to “Bridge the Gap’’ in the community will be held at the Chisholm Center in DeLand on Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to hear from community partners, including the Volusia County Health Department, The House Next Door, The DeLand Community Assistance Division, CareerSource of Volusia/Flagler, Votran and others. The center is located at 520 South Clara Ave.

Dance academy offering free classes this month
Royal Pointe Dance Academy is offering free dance classes from Jan. 20-23 in Volusia County. The academy holds classes at several community centers in the area, including the Schnebly Recreation Center, Yvonne-Scarlett Golden Cultural Center and the Dickerson Center.

There also is a ballet class at Bethune-Cookman University on Fridays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Chaleak Grier, owner of the academy, believes that age has no bearing on the potential of a dancer. With that mindset, she accepts youth of all ages to learn the techniques of ballet, jazz and modern at their own pace. There is an even a co-ed step team that meets at the Dickerson Center in the activity building on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

After the free dance classes, dancers will be encouraged to come back every week to improve their technique and prepare for the recital for a fee. For more information on the program and for a complete list of classes and locations, visit or call 904-352-5671.

Votran fare increase takes effect Feb. 2
Beginning Feb. 2, Votran riders will face a modest fare increase, the second of a two-part phased fare hike. The first phase of the rate increase became effective in February 2014.

Votran is increasing fares to help offset substantially higher operating costs. Even with the increase, Votran fares remain below the average of other Florida transit systems, according to Steve Sherrer, Votran general manager.

“We have a strong commitment to our riders and their transportation needs,” said Sherrer. “This increase is necessary to continue our commitment to maintain a high level of service. We are proud to say that Votran fares remain very comparable with Florida’s other transit systems.”

$1.75 for one way
With the new fare schedule, a one-way fare will cost $1.75, an increase of 25 cents; the reduced fare for senior citizens, disabled and youths will be 85 cents, an increase of 10 cents; and a daily pass will be $3.75, an increase of 25 cents.

The Votran Gold fare for paratransit users remains $3. Passes purchased prior to the fare increase will be accepted on Votran buses with no additional purchase required. Riders have the option to purchase passes at the 2014 fare prices any time prior to Feb. 2 for use after the fare increase takes effect.

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