Sunshine House tour set for March 2
The Children’s Home Society of Florida, North Coastal Division, will host a tour of the Sunshine House on Wednesday, March 2, at noon. Sunshine House provides services to siblings and children with special needs within the foster care system.

During the tour, guests can:
•Check out the newly installed computer lab
•Learn more about the services offered by Children’s Home Society
•Hear inspiring success stories
•Find out how to volunteer and get involved to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth

The tours typically take 30-45 minutes and are located in DeLand.

RSVP to Diane Olsen to get the confidential address. Call 386-304-7600 ext. 227 or email

Funds available for sickle cell services
Volusia County has received $25,000 to provide sickle cell disease services in fiscal year 2015-1016.

Children and family organizations may apply for funds. They must be incorporated in the State of Florida and registered with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as a nonprofit tax-exempt organization and be able to demonstrate a minimum of one year of successful service delivery. Additional criteria regarding eligible services, agency capacity, and financial stability are also applicable.

Services to be provided include, but are not limited to, education, counseling, case management, electrophoresis and supportive services.

Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. Feb. 19. They are available at or by contacting Children and Families Program Coordinator Brittany Scott at or 386-736-5955, ext. 12959.

Stetson students preparing tax returns
Stetson University students who have been specially trained are preparing income tax returns for individuals and families as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Student volunteers will prepare returns on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m., now through April 14 in Room 318 of Stetson’s Lynn Business Center in the School of Business Administration, 345 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand. Returns will not be prepared during the students’ spring break, Feb. 29-March 4.

Returns are prepared by appointment only. To make an appointment, call the United Way by dialing 211 and then selecting option 2; wait for an operator to answer.

To have a return prepared, clients must bring photo IDs, their social security card (not just the number), their tax forms, information about health insurance coverage and other information.

If filing jointly, both spouses must be present. Returns are generally filed electronically and refunds should be received within approximately 21 days. VITA volunteers do not prepare returns involving rental properties or income earned abroad.

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ talks scheduled
Dr. Andrew Gordon and Mary Jane Henderson will share insights into “To Kill a Mockingbird” as part of the Volusia County Public Library system’s Big Read program.

Gordon, a professor emeritus of English at the University of Florida, will speak at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle, Port Orange. He will point out the similarities and differences between the movie and the novel, explore the novel’s meaning and societal impact, and discuss post-slavery segregation and racial conciliation.

Henderson, a local attorney and former judge, will explain how criminal justice in the South has changed since the 1930s during a presentation at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., DeLand.

Reservations are not required for the free programs.

The presentations are part of the Volusia County Public Library system’s Big Read program, which is celebrating “To Kill a Mockingbird” to Feb. 29. For a complete list of programs, visit

For more information, call Karen Poulsen at 386-248-1745.

Volunteer Fest in DeLand on Feb. 27
Volunteers for Community Impact (VCI) will host its annual Volunteer Fest on Feb. 27. It will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Volusia County Extension (next to the fairgrounds) in DeLand.

Volunteer Fest will showcase volunteer opportunities available throughout Volusia County while providing a family-friendly atmosphere that includes music, Zumba, food, face painting, balloon animals, moon bounce, children’s activities and door prizes.

Admission is free and a complimentary lunch will be provided by the Cabot Cheese Community Tour 2016.

For more information, call 386-334-7826, ext. 116 or email

Library to show ‘Carmen Jones’
The 1954 classic movie “Carmen Jones,’’ starring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte, will be shown Feb. 23 at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave., Daytona Beach.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Daytona Beach Library.

More information: Call 386-257-6036, ext. 16235.



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