Light Up Orange City

Friday, December 3, 2021 at 5:30 pm Location: block of City Hall, 205 E Graves Ave, Orange City Join us at City Hall as we kick off the holiday season in our historic corridor.  Watch the Mayor flip the switch and light the area up! There will be ice skating and other children’s activities for all to enjoy (free admission).  Food trucks will have food available … Continue reading Light Up Orange City

Downtown DeLand Mistletoe March

Nov 22 – Dec 20 Find toy soldiers hiding in shops around Downtown DeLand and enter to win prizes. Pick up a Passport at participating locations . When you spot a Soldier at any one of the businesses listed on the passport, collect a store stamp or signature. When you’ve collected at least 20 different store stamps/signatures bring your Passport to The Muse Book Shop. … Continue reading Downtown DeLand Mistletoe March

Reggae Rise Up Florida

The sixth annual Reggae Rise Up Florida (RRU) music festival was held October 21 – 24, 2021 at Vinoy Park, a waterfront venue in St. Petersburg, Florida. Originally scheduled for March 2020 dates, the music festival was postponed a total of three times during the pandemic. To make up for the postponements, an extra night, Thursday, October 21 was added to the festival schedule. Big … Continue reading Reggae Rise Up Florida

‘Tis the (Camping) Season

All photos and text by Kelsey Walters With our recent taste of cooler weather, Floridians everywhere are flocking to the outdoors. With the promise of days ahead that won’t feel like they’re being spent on the surface of the sun, my family is gearing up for camping season and we kicked it off with a trip to a fun riverside spot for plenty of fresh … Continue reading ‘Tis the (Camping) Season

Building Self Awareness

Last month I ran across a brilliant quote. I think I’ve started to attract them into my life. I love quotes because they offer a small and purposeful way to guide me through the year.  The quote said: Watch your thoughts…for they become words. Watch your words…for they become actions. Watch your actions…for they become habits. Watch your habits…for they become character. Watch your character…for … Continue reading Building Self Awareness

Volusia County Events this Weekend (10/1 – 10/3)

This information is evolving and will be updated as more info and events become available. Information has been provided by the city, county or by individual event pages. If you have any questions, please direct them to the organizers of the events. **EVENT INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY. VISITORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CHECK WITH EVENT ORGANIZERS DIRECTLY FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION.** Follow … Continue reading Volusia County Events this Weekend (10/1 – 10/3)

Marine Discovery Center EcoTours

Everyone is invited to explore one of Florida’s natural treasures with the Marine Discovery Center (MDC) by booking a spot on one of their guided ecotours. You can kayak the waters of New Smyrna Beach, or relax on their pontoon boat tour of the Indian River Lagoon. They also offer walking tours where you can learn about Florida’s local flora and fauna, as well as … Continue reading Marine Discovery Center EcoTours

Virtual and In-Person Outdoor Events with the Lyonia Environmental Center

Due to recent COVID-19 guidance from the County of Volusia the Lyonia Environmental Center has suspended all in-person programs until further notice. All exhibits remain open to the public. Visitors are welcome to explore the Center through self-guided tours. All virtual options remain available. The Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC) offers insights into Volusia County’s fragile ecosystems through hands-on displays and educational programs. It’s part of … Continue reading Virtual and In-Person Outdoor Events with the Lyonia Environmental Center

When Disaster Strikes: Preparedness for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Written by Lena Borrelli, Photo by Ralph W. lambrecht from Pexels If there is anything that 2020 taught us, it is the importance of being prepared. From coronavirus and wildfires to hurricanes and civil unrest, there has been a lot going on globally. While things are looking up in 2021, last year’s losses still weigh heavily on our minds. When disaster strikes, there is often little time to prepare. Losses … Continue reading When Disaster Strikes: Preparedness for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Conservation Science Coordinator Jessy Wayles overlooks the marsh in 2015 during Marsh Madness

Marine Discovery Center’s Restored Salt Marsh Hits Milestone

Text/Photos by Lisa D. Mickey, Marine Discovery Center Earlier this spring, the restored salt marsh at the Marine Discovery Center hit an important milestone. The on-site Mosquito Lagoon Marine Enhancement Center (MEC), a partnership between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), MDC and others, harvested its 20,000th plant from the donor marsh. The new harvest mark was set when Dr. Linda Walters and her … Continue reading Marine Discovery Center’s Restored Salt Marsh Hits Milestone