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    Classes

    02/16/2003
    on 2/16/03.

    CHAIR CANING
    The Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts in Barberville will offer classes on chair caning taught by Dave Bishop.
    A chair analysis session will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Participants should bring a chair that they would like to cane so that the need for materials can be determined. Classes are to begin March 3. Tuition is $31.50 for members and $35 for nonmembers, and it does not include the cost of materials.
    Details: 386-749-2959.
    CLOGGING
    The New Wave Cloggers will have dancing classes at 6 p.m. Monday at the Sanford Chamber of Commerce, 400 E. First Street.
    Those enrolling will receive personalized instruction while learning the basic steps of the traditional dance form. Several easy dances will be taught.
    The first class is free. Participants need to wear comfortable, smooth-bottom shoes.
    Details: 386-775-4155 or newwave.clogdancing.com.
    CLUBS
    GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
    The Volusia County Genealogical Society will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Volusia County Library Center at City Island in Daytona Beach.
    June Byrne of the Family History Center will present a program titled "June's Favorite Links -- All New."
    Details: Sharon Yates at 386-253-8924.
    PULASKI CLUB
    The Polish American Pulaski Club, 3621 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, will have a dinner and dance Feb. 23. Dinner will be served at 1 p.m. Music by the Marc Bouchard Orchestra will begin at 2 p.m.
    The cost is $11 for members, $13 for nonmembers or $8 for those wanting to dance only. Dinner reservations are required.
    Reservations or details: 386-258-7059.
    GATOR CLUB
    The Gator Club of Volusia County will meet Thursday at the Deck Down Under, 78 Dunlawton Ave., Port Orange, just under the Port Orange-Dunlawton Bridge.
    Marty Cohen, editor of Gator Bait Magazine, will talk about Gator football recruiting.
    The social hour begins at 5 p.m. and the meeting at 6 p.m. Admission is free to members, $5 for nonmembers.
    Details: 386-451-0719 or 386-756-3912.
    FEBRUARY DANCE
    The Carmen Costa Quartet will set the tune for a dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the City Island Recreation Hall, 110 Orange Ave. in Daytona Beach.
    Jazz, blues, Latin, Glenn Miller tunes and some country favorites will be featured.
    Admission is $5. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Refreshments are included.
    Details: 386-441-0188.
    SOUND ECONOMY CHAPTER
    A local chapter of Citizens for a Sound Economy has been started. Membership is open to all county residents.
    A trip to Tallahassee is planned for early April.
    Meeting dates and location: 386-734-3624.
    GREEN PARTY
    The Green Party of Volusia County will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Port Orange Library, 1005 City Center Circle.
    Details: David LeBlanc at 386-428-5136 or 386-405-5137.
    NAVY LEAGUE
    The Daytona Beach Navy League will sponsor a Coast Guard Appreciation Dinner on Thursday at the Palmetto Club, 1000 Beach St., Daytona Beach.
    The social hour is at 6 p.m., and dinner and the program begin at 7 p.m.
    The guest speaker will be Adm. J.S. Carmichael of the Seventh Coast Guard District.
    All personnel from the Ponce Inlet-New Smyrna Beach Base are expected to attend.
    The cost is $20. Dinner entree choices are prime rib or orange roughie.
    The public is invited. Reservations: Marilyn Harmon at 386-322-9540.
    REPUBLICAN CLUB
    The Ormond Beach Area Republican Club will meet at noon Tuesday at Red Lobster, 2735 N. Atlantic Ave. in Daytona Beach.
    The club president is Bob Dahlen. All Republicans are invited to join. Annual dues are $10.
    Details: 386-441-7878.
    HOPEBUILDERS DINNER
    Millard Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International's founder and president, will be the keynote speaker at the Halifax Habitat for Humanity's HopeBuilders Dinner.
    The public is invited to hear Fuller discuss the need for affordable housing in the Halifax area and the "Build Them by the Dozen" campaign.
    The dinner will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Plaza Resort and Spa, 600 N. Atlantic Ave. in Daytona Beach. Tickets for the dinner are $45.
    Before dinner, Fuller will be the guest of honor at a cocktail party and book signing from 6 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 and include dinner and an autographed copy of Building Materials for Life." Tickets to the cocktail party are limited.
    Reservations or details: 386-257-9950 or halifaxhabitat.org.
    WALKING CLUB
    The Happy Wanderers Walking Club will have a walk at Ravine State Gardens in Palatka on Saturday. The walk may be started at the pavilion between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. and must be finished by 2:30 p.m. Walkers may choose either a 5K or 10K route. Written directions are available. The walk will be within the gardens and through the Palatka Historic District on trails, stone steps, dirt, sidewalks and asphalt. The trail is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers.
    The cost is $3 for all walkers, with a parking fee of $3.25 per car. Lunch is available for $4.50.
    Directions or information: Lois Shannon at 386-788-8430 or Marvin Stokes at 386-788-4026.
    MUSEUMS
    ASIAN DINOSAURS
    Opening Saturday and on display through June 22, "The Great Asian Dinosaurs" will be on exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Sciences.
    The museum is at 1040 Museum Blvd., Daytona Beach. Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Tuesday of each month, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and holidays.
    Admission is $7 for adults, $2 for children and students with identification. Museum admission is free on Tuesdays for Florida residents with proof of residency. Admission is discounted $1 on Saturdays for Volusia County residents with proof of residency.
    Details: 386-255-0285 or moas.org.
    HEALTH
    CARDIAC RISK CHECKS
    The Women's HealthCare Center at Florida Hospital DeLand, is offering a cardiac risk analysis every Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m.
    The screening includes a cholesterol test and a consultation with a registered nurse specializing in cardiac health and wellness. The cost is $10. To apply for a screening, call the center at 386-943-4607.
    HEALTH SCREENINGS
    Florida Hospital DeLand's laboratory department will offer health screenings from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday in Classroom A on the first floor.
    Testing includes prostate screening, $20; cholesterol testing, $6; glucose testing, $6; and cardiac risk profiles, $14.
    Appointments are not necessary. Glucose and cholesterol testing as well as cardiac risk profiles require a 12-hour fast. The hospital is at 701 W. Plymouth Ave. Details: 386-943-4620.
    BLOOD DONATIONS
    The American Red Cross needs blood donors. Anyone at least 17 years old, weighing 110 pounds and in generally good health may be an eligible donor. All donor types are needed. Donations can be made at the following locations:
    Monday, 2 to 7 p.m., The Casements, Riverside Drive at Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach.
    Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Central Florida Career Center, Bank of America Building, North Woodland Boulevard, DeLand.
    The American Red Cross Donor Center, 341 White St., Daytona Beach, is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Walk-in donors will be accommodated at all locations. Appointments: 386-226-1433, Ext. 144.
    LIBRARIES
    'LET'S TALK ABOUT IT'
    The DeLand Area Public Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., is presenting a lecture and discussion series, "Encore! More Books by Award-Winning Authors."
    A winner of the Los Angeles Times book award for fiction and the Mountain and Plains Bookseller Association Award, Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver will be discussed at 10:15 a.m. Friday in the auditorium. The program will be presented by Ellen Smith of Stetson University's English department.
    Details: 386-822-6430.
    PLANT TALK
    Master gardeners will present a free talk on "Soil and pH: Build Your Garden from the Ground Up" from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ormond Beach Public Library, 30 S. Beach St.
    After the presentation, the gardeners will answer questions and accept water and soil samples to be taken to the Volusia County Extension Service for analysis. The cost is $1 for three samples.
    Details: 386-822-5778.
    SUPPORT GROUPS
    ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER
    A support group for parents of children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and related behavioral difficulties will be offered Wednesday at Florida Hospital DeLand.
    Angel R. Epstein, a therapist at Counseling Associates of Ormond Beach, and a parent of two children with ADD, leads the group, which meets from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in Classroom 1A. The cost is $5 per person. Details: 386-672-1776.
    LUPUS
    The Lupus Foundation of America Inc., Volusia/Flagler support group meets from 1 to 3 p.m. at Memorial Hospital Ormond Beach, 875 Sterthaus Ave., on Saturday. The guest speaker will be C.S. Wang, a physical therapist. The meeting will be on the second floor above the Emergency Room entrance and is open to the public. Details: 386-761-0066 or 1-800-684-9276.
    SPINAL CORD INJURY
    The Neuroscience Center at Halifax Medical Center will offer a self-help group for spinal cord injury patients.
    The group will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday in the third-floor conference room of the 201 Building, 201 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., on the Halifax Medical Center main campus in Daytona Beach.
    The facilitators will be Dr. Carolyn Geis, and Candy Clevenger, a registered nurse. The group is open to those who have had a spinal cord injury and their family members.
    Details: 386-947-4641.
    FESTIVALS, SHOWS
    FESTA ITALIANA
    Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 201 University Blvd., Daytona Beach, will present Festa Italiana this week.
    Events include rides, games, prizes, crafts and dancing, as well as a variety of Italian dishes.
    Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday; 5 p.m. to midnight Friday; noon to midnight Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 23.
    Unlimited ride tickets are available in advance for $35. Details or tickets: 386-252-0391 or 386-255-0433.
    STORIES FROM THE HEART
    The Sandcastle Storytellers will present the seventh annual Stories from the Heart at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sands Theater Center, 600 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand.
    The evening will include 10 stories plus a tandem tale and an ensemble story.
    Tickets are $5 for general admission and $4 for senior citizens and children.
    FUND-RAISERS
    RELAY FOR LIFE
    The American Cancer Society is recruiting teams to participate in Relay for Life, a fund-raising walkathon. Last year, more than 2 million Americans participated, and more than 350,000 cancer survivors walked the opening laps.
    Six events are planned for Volusia and Flagler counties this spring. Families, clubs, schools, businesses, churches, service groups, health-care professionals and others may form teams. All money raised will go to cancer research and local patient services.
    Registration has begun. Details: 386-253-1633 in Daytona Beach, 386-734-7836 in west Volusia; or visit cancer.org and click on Florida.
    2003 HEART BALL
    The American Heart Association 2003 Heart Ball "Leather & Lace" will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Adam's Mark Resort, 100 N. Atlantic Ave. in Daytona Beach.
    To recognize his commitment and dedication in developing Volusia County's first open-heart surgery program, the American Heart Association will pay tribute to Dr. Jack E. Arrants.
    The evening includes cocktails, dinner, dancing and an auction. Entertainment will be provided by Derek and the Slammers.
    Tickets are $125. Proceeds will fund cardiovascular research and public education. Last year's event raised more than $40,000.
    Reservations or details: 386-676-0001.
    SENIORS
    CENTER IN ORANGE CITY
    Wava's Hall, the senior center at 200 N. Holly Ave., offers activities and classes to anyone 55 or older. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Membership is $10 a year for Orange City residents and $12 for nonresidents. Details: 386-775-3121.
    DANCES
    The Ormond Beach Senior Center, 351 Andrews St., has dances Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. with a rotating schedule of bands.
    A birthday and anniversary dance is presented once a month.
    The cost is $3. Details: 386-676-3256.
    ARTHRITIS SELF-HELP COURSE
    The Volusia County Health Department and the Arthritis Foundation will offer a free course in arthritis self-help at the Ormond Beach Senior Center beginning Thursday. The six-week course will meet from 10 a.m. to noon through March 27. Participants will learn about basic aspects of arthritis, exercise, nutritional habits and stress management.
    Registration is required. Details: Susan Squires at 386-274-0607.
    OUTDOORS
    SAND SPURS BEEP BASEBALL
    The Florida Sand Spurs Beep Baseball team, sponsored by the Halifax Council for the Blind and the Center for the Visually Impaired is seeking blind and visually impaired players as well as sighted support team members.
    The team will practice weekly and will play in competitive team sports with any group willing to compete. The goal is to compete in the World Series National Beep Baseball Association games.
    Details or registration: 386-677-3995 or 386-253-8879.
    TAX ASSISTANCE
    Counseling sites
    The AARP Tax Aide counseling assistance program has trained volunteers to help prepare tax returns and assist with filing requirements for older taxpayers. Volunteers are scheduled to be at the following locations through April 15:
    DeBary Public Library, 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd., on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    DeLand Lutheran Retirement Center, 450 N. McDonald Ave., the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    DeLand Area Public Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m.
    Taxpayers should bring a copy of their 2002 tax return and Social Security cards for themselves, spouse and dependents. The service is not limited to AARP members.