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Daytona library to host Social Security 101 workshop
Did you know Social Security replaces about 40 percent of a person’s pre-retirement income?

That’s why everyone’s retirement plan should begin with Social Security.

Blanca Taylor, a public affairs specialist with the Social Security Administration, will explain the benefits of opening a My Social Security account at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.

Account holders can plan ahead and view personalized estimates based on their earnings.

Registration is not required for the free presentation. For more information, call the library at 386-257-6036, option 4.

For more information about My Social Security, visit

County’s Explore Volusia events underway
Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs. Environmental specialists will lead a variety of outdoor adventures on land and water.

Here’s the schedule for July events. Reservations are required. Call 386-736-5927.

Bird and learn: 10 a.m. to noon Friday, July 7. The raptors of Marine Science Center will travel to Lyonia Environmental Center for an avian learning adventure. Volunteer Coordinator Laura Albert will discuss the birds’ flight, hunting skills and habitats. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

Snorkel and swim adventure: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 12. Learn about marine species and the underwater ecosystem while snorkeling the high slack tide near Ponce Inlet. Participants must bring their own snorkeling equipment and be able to swim. Those under 18 must wear a personal floatation device and be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times. Meet at Lighthouse Point Park, 5000 S. Atlantic Ave., Ponce Inlet.

Highbridge paddle: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 14. Bring a kayak and learn about strategies for restoring mangroves, oyster beds and salt marshes in the Tomoka River and the importance of these habitats. Ethical angling will be discussed. Those who want to fish must bring fishing gear and a Florida saltwater fishing license. Meet at Highbridge Park, 39 Highbridge Road, Ormond Beach.

Blue Spring snorkel program: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 19. Bring your snorkel gear to explore the spring habitat at Blue Spring State Park and learn about the importance of springs. Participants must pay the park entrance fee. The park is at 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City.

Hickory Bluff paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 21. Explore the ecosystems of the St. Johns River during this leisurely paddling trip. Participants will learn about the area’s biodiversity and the wonderful Florida manatee. Bring a life preserver and whistle along with a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard. Meet at 598 Guise Road, Osteen.

Longleaf bike-about: 7:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 22. Learn about the plants and animals of the wetlands during a leisurely ride through Longleaf Pine Preserve’s flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps. Large-tire bikes are recommended; helmets are required. Meet at the east entrance, 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach.

Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division sponsors Explore Volusia to acquaint residents with the county’s diverse natural habitats and land management practices.

Participants should bring water and insect repellent. They should wear comfortable clothes and hiking or walking shoes.


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