Orange City donates 100 trees
Orange City’s designation as “Tree City USA” means select residents will receive free trees with an Arbor Day Resident Tree Giveaway from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, April 29 at Coleman Park, 210 Blue Springs Ave.
Each household is eligible to receive a free tree on a first-come, first-served basis. Proof of Orange City residency is required (e.g. driver’s license or utility bill).
For more information, call (386) 775-5410.
Cheap pet clinics
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue will host four low-cost pet clinics.
A clinic will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at Marathon Plaza 2840 Doyle Road, Deltona.
There will be three clinics on Sunday May 1st.
The first clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at T-Mobile, 2605 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.
The second clinic will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ace Hardware, 220 N. Charles Richard Beall Blvd., DeBary.
The third clinic will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1382 Howland Blvd. Deltone.
Rabies shots will cost $5. Heartworm prevention and flea control products will be available for purchase at a reduced price.
Clinics are cash only for injections, cards/cash accepted for purchase of products. The profits go to the animals.
For more information, call or text (386) 748-8993 or visit spcavolusia.org.
Historic bus tour
The West Volusia Historical Society will be hosting a historical bus tour of East DeLand, Lake Helen and Cassadaga at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4.
Participants should meet at 10:00 a.m. Tours depart from the WVHS Conrad Center, 137 W. Michigan Ave, DeLand, at 10:30 a.m. and return around 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $42.50 per person, which includes lunch at Sinatra’s in the historic Cassadaga Hotel
For more information or a reservation, call (386) 740-6813.
DeBary Hall organizes events
The DeBary Hall Historic Site is planning events for April and May. Upcoming events are:
•How nice! A taste of honey (second part): 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30.
• Storytime at DeBary Hall: 9:30 am on Friday, April 29.
•Master gardener: container gardening: 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 5.
• Storytime at DeBary Hall: 9:30 am on Fridays, May 6 and 20.
• Lemonade Lecture: Late 19th Century Astronomy: 1 pm Saturday, May 7. This presentation is part of the free Lemonade Lectures series sponsored by Volusia County. Light refreshments and lemonade will be served.
All events will be held at 198 Sunrise Blvd., Registration is required for all programs; call (386) 668-3840 or email [email protected] to register.
The LEC provides nature walks, programs
Learn about Volusia County’s native plants and wildlife at the Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.
Free programs require reservations by calling (386) 789-7207, ext. #21028. The programs are:
•Hiking “For the birds”: 9:30 am to 10:30 am Saturday 30 April.
• Film on nature: from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. Join the staff for a screening of “Fabulous Frogs”.
•Wet wonders hike: 10 am to 11.30 am Sunday May 1st.
• Mosquitoes: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday May 1st.
• Eco-buggy and initiation brunch: 9am to 11am on Saturday 7 May.
• Walk in the maquis: 9 am to 10 am every Friday in May.
Participants traversing Lyonia Preserve should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on sugar-sand trails.
For more information, call (386) 789-7207, ext. 21028 or visit lyoniapreserve.com.
The West Volusia Historical Society will be hosting a walking tour of the Old Northwest Residential Historic District and Stetson University Historic District at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11.
Participants should meet at 10:15 a.m. at the Conrad Educational and Research Center, 137 W. Michigan Ave., DeLand.
Tickets are $7.50 for members and $10 for non-members.
For more information or a reservation, call (386) 740-6813 or email [email protected]
Funds available for children and community programs
Contingency grant funds of $79,567 for the 2022-2023 fiscal year are available through the Child and Family Advisory Council.
Programs that serve the children and community of Volusia County that do not fit into the following categories may apply:
• Services for people with disabilities
• Services for the elderly
• Youth Development Services (kindergarten to high school graduation)
• Family support and services
First-time applicants must attend a training meeting by May 6. Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on May 13. Applications are available at volusia.org/community_assistance/applications.
For more information or to schedule a training, contact Anslee Holland at [email protected] or (386) 736-5955, ext. 12908.
Extension offers home ownership courses
The University of Florida/Volusia County Extension offers pre-purchase workshops that meet the education requirements for a homeownership program.
Extension worker Lisa Hamilton, a HUD Certified Housing Counselor, will teach the virtual classes on Microsoft Teams.
English lessons will take place at:
• 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 5 and 12
• 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on May 6 and 13
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 3 and 10
• 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 15 and 23
The courses consist of eight hours of instruction. Participants will receive a certificate of completion that will allow them to apply for a federal down payment and closing cost assistance program available through Volusia County and the City of Deltona.
The cost is $10 per household. Scholarships are available upon request.
Prior registration is required. Visit homebuyered.eventbrite.com or contact Patricia Caradonna at (386) 822-5778 or [email protected]
County Maps Explore Volusia Programs
Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs in April and May. Environmental specialists will lead a variety of outdoor adventures and volunteer and learning programs.
Registration is mandatory; call (386) 736-5927.
Upcoming events include:
• Volunteer and Learn – Marking the Trails: 9 am to 11 am on Friday April 29th. Celebrate Arbor Day by setting up trail markers along the Deep Creek Preserve White Trail. Meet at Deep Creek Preserve, 946 State Road 415, New Smyrna Beach.
• Indian River Lagoon Paddling: 9:00 am to 11:00 am Tuesday, May 3. Explore the northern end of the Indian River Lagoon. Bring a canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddle board, plus a life jacket and whistle. Meet at Mary McLeod Bethune Park, 6656 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach.