County plans Explore Volusia programs

Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs in August. Reservations are required; call 386-736-5927. The outdoor adventures include:

Ponce Inlet snorkeling adventure: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14. Discover the wonders of the underwater ecosystem while snorkeling the high slack tide at Lighthouse Point Park, 5000 S. Atlantic Ave., Ponce Inlet. Participants must bring their own snorkeling gear and be able to swim. Those under age 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times.

Sharks: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20. Shark enthusiast Marilyn Sullivan will share fascinating facts about sharks during a presentation at Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park, 700 Sandpiper St., New Smyrna Beach.

Blue Spring paddle: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. Learn about wildlife, water quality and the importance of springs during this leisurely paddling trip near Blue Spring State Park. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at the end of West French Avenue, Orange City, about 1 mile past the park entrance.

Blue Spring snorkeling program: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28. Bring your snorkel gear to explore the spring habitat at Blue Spring State Park and learn about the importance of springs while enjoying the crystal clear, 72-degree water. Participants must be able to swim. Those under age 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times. The park will charge its regular admission fee. Meet at Blue Spring State Park, 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City.

Educational happy hour

Bliss Wellness, 142 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, will host an educational happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. Learn about LED therapy for the face and body, as well as microcurrent. The free event will feature wine and small bites. Seating is limited; visit to register.

Musicians invited to join Daytona State bands

Local musicians are invited to join Daytona State University’s symphonic band, symphony orchestra or jazz ensemble. Participating is free, except for those seeking college credit.

The Daytona State College Community Symphonic Band, developed in the spirit of the old John Philip Sousa Bands, performs traditional and modern classics as well as marches, Broadway hits and movie selections. The band welcomes community members who can read music and play a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument.

The Daytona Beach Civic Orchestra performs a wide variety of classical and lighter music. All string, wind and percussion players are invited to join.

The Daytona State College Jazz Ensemble is open to community members who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, guitar, drums or assorted percussion instruments. The ensemble focuses on contemporary compositions and arrangements for the big band format.

For information, contact Peter Waidelich at 386-506-4690 or

ElderSource seeks nominations

ElderSource will host its sixth annual A Night with the Stars Oct. 28 and invites the community to nominate professional caregivers working in the aging industry for Luminary Awards.

Last year, more than 40 Luminary nominees were recognized; 20 of whom were honored as Luminary Award winners. These individuals included certified nursing assistants; registered nurses and home health aides; housekeepers and maintenance staff in a senior facility; an elder law attorney; a Silver Sneakers fitness instructor; and many other professionals.

These “leading lights” were nominated because they demonstrated leadership, passion, compassion and dedicated service to the seniors for whom they care.

For nomination information, visit or call 904-391-6679. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23.


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