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Weekend Briefing: First Friday in Flagler Beach, Access Flagler, Maze Dayz, NAACP Freedom Fund Awards, Turtle Palooza

| October 6, 2017

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From NASA: “Why is there a large ice ring around Fomalhaut? This interesting star — easily visible in the night sky — lies only about 25 light-years away and is known to be orbited by at least one planet, Dagon, as well as several inner dust disks. More intriguing, perhaps, is an outer ring, first discovered about 20 years ago, that has an unusually sharp inner boundary. The featured recent image by the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) shows this outer ring with complete and unprecedented detail — in pink — superposed on a Hubble image of the Fomalhaut system in blue. A leading theory holds that this ring resulted from numerous violent collisions involving icy comets andplanetesimals, the component objects of planets, while the ring boundaries are caused by the gravity of yet unseen planets. If correct, any interior planets in the Fomalhaut system are likely being continually pelted by large meteors and comets — an onslaught last seen in our own planetary system four billion years ago in an episode called the Late Heavy Bombardment.”

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In Flagler and Palm Coast:

Note: all government meetings noticed below are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Many can be heard or seen live through each agency’s website.

The Sheriff’s daily incident reports and jail bookings are posted here.

wnzfFree For All Fridays: Brian McMillan sits in for David Ayres and welcomes Carl Laundrie, the former county government spokesman, who’ll speak about flooding at Princess Place (which caused the postponement of the Creekside Festival, which had been scheduled for this weekend), John Subers, executive director of the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation, will speak about this year’s launch of the Pink Army for breast-cancer awareness and fund-raising, and Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon will talk drainage and tax increase, all starting with a commentary by FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam, a little after 9 a.m.

Friday: Access Flagler First, noon to 3 p.m., the county’s monthly, free open house of social services for those in need, Flagler County Fairground, Cattlemen’s Hall, 150 Sawgrass Road, Bunnell. Contact Pastor Charles Silano (386) 586-2653 or Janet Nickels (386) 586-2324.

First Friday at Flagler Beach’s Veterans Park, with vendors, games, food, music and other delights, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Friday: Turtle Palooza Art Gala Reception at Ocean Art Gallery, 206 Moody Blvd. (SR 100), Flagler Beach, 5 to 8 p.m. Sea turtle nesting season ends October 31 and Ocean Art Gallery is celebrating sea turtles the entire month of October with an art gala, art raffles, and an update about nest hatching results. All of this will take place during what gallery owner Frank Gromling calls a “Turtle Palooza!” All events will take place at the gallery’s 206 Moody Blvd. (SR 100) location in downtown Flagler Beach. The gallery will start the activities on October 6 with a gala art gathering from 5 – 8 pm with the showing of sea turtle art by nine artists, accompanied by live music, light refreshments and fun. This gala coincides with Flagler Beach’s “First Friday” music event at Veterans Park across from the gallery.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Florida Pokemon Regional Championship. New to the Ocean Center. Tickets are available in $5 increments, and the public is invited to come and watch the trading card and video game action. Players will compete for prizes and to earn championship points for the 2018 world event, which will bring together players from more than 40 counties. For more information, visit

Saturday: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: A fun event where men don high heels and literally walk a mile in her shoes to stand against domestic violence and sexual assault, 8 to 11 a.m. at Veterans Park, Flagler Beach.

Saturday: Flagler Wagler Deputy Dog 2K Beach Run, Flagler Beach, on the beach across from the Beach Front Grille, 244 S. Ocean Shore Boulevard. This run is for all the furry human loving dogs that want to come run on the beach! Yup, they get to run on the same beautiful hard-packed sand as their human counterpart for a short and fun 2K. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday: Corvettes at the Beach Car Show: The Flagler County Corvette Club presents our 16th annual “Corvettes at the Beach” car show on Sunday, October 8, 2017. The show is located at the intersection of Route 100 and A1A, Flagler Beach. Day of Show Registration is $35 and is Display Class Only. Show registration is from 7:30am until 10:00am. Show hours are 10:00am to 3:00pm. The event is free to spectators and will take place rain or shine. Door prizes, gift baskets, food, music, and 50/50 raffle! Visit the website below for more details.

Saturday: Founding of the Castillo Celebration and Re-enactment: Join National Park Service rangers and 17th-century Spanish re-enactors as St. Augustine celebrates the history of the Castillo de San Marcos. Established on Oct. 2, 1672, the fort was the guardian of colonial San Agustín. Today, this National Park Monument is the oldest masonry fortress in the continental United States. On its anniversary, families can participate in activities and watch a historical re-enactment from Florida Living History of the fort’s groundbreaking on the Castillo lawn for free. Admission inside the Castillo is $10 for adults and free for children under 15. Location: 1 S Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. For more information, email or visit

Saturday: Maze Dayz, the fall festival featuring corn maze, hayride, pumpkin patch and much more, Cowart Ranch and Farms, 8185 W. Highway 100, Bunnell, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

naacpSaturday: NAACP Freedom Fund Awards, Italian American Social Club (45 Old Kings Road North), noon to 4 p.m. The National Office of the NAACP is committed to moving the organization forward. And, since the Flagler branch is equally committed to upholding the mission and purpose of the oldest civil rights organization, the branch has selected three individuals for awards in celebrating their achievements. They are: For “Outstanding Service to the Community,” Shelley Ragsdale, President of the African American Mentoring Program; For “Outstanding Service to the Branch,” Orlando Johnson, Chair of the Economic Development Committee for the branch; For “The President’s Award,” Eric Josey, Chair of the Legal Redress Committee for the branch. Music will be provided for everyone’s listening pleasure. Tickets are $50 per person and available through members of the Executive Committee, or by calling the branch at 386-446-7822.



In Florida and in State Government:

Note: Some proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel. Most legislative proceedings can be followed through the Senate or House websites.

HUKILL SPEAKS TO PROPERTY APPRAISERS: Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, is slated to speak about legislative issues during an annual conference of the Property Appraisers’ Association of Florida. (Friday, 10 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott Cocoa Beach Cape Canaveral, 3435 North Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach.)

FINANCE REPORTS DUE IN HD 44, HD 58: Campaign-finance reports are due for candidates in special elections in state House District 44 and House District 58. Former Rep. Eric Eisnaugle, R-Orlando, left the District 44 seat this spring after being appointed a judge on the 5th District Court of Appeal. The candidates in an Oct. 10 special general election are Republican Bobby Olszewski and Democrat Eddy Dominguez. Former Rep. Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City, resigned from the District 58 seat because of health issues. Republicans Yvonne Fry and Lawrence McClure are battling in an Oct. 10 GOP primary, with the winner advancing to a Dec. 19 general election.

MCAULIFFE SPEAKS TO PALM BEACH DEMS: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to be the keynote speaker during the Palm Beach County Democratic Party’s Truman-Kennedy-Johnson Dinner. (Saturday, 6:30 p.m., West Palm Beach Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.)

In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and the Occasional Beyond:

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May 23: The Flagler Chamber's Common Ground Breakfast features a 2019 Legislative Update with Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Paul Renner at the Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Dr., Palm Coast, Checkin begins at 7:30, breakfast starts promptly at 8.
May 23: Flagler Lifeline, a volunteer committee and Flagler Cares affiliate established to broaden conversation and awareness of suicide, will host a public town hall event at 6 p.m.  at the Flagler County Association of Realtors building, 4101 East Moody Blvd. in Bunnell. The Town Hall will feature presentations by mental health experts, suicide survivors and others who have been touched by suicide, and will be facilitated by Colleen Conklin, the long-time school board member and one of Flagler Lifeline’s founders. For the past several years Conklin has hosted periodic events, including electronic town halls, to bring awareness to bullying and suicide prevention. The May 23 town hall, like Flagler Lifeline's emergence, is partly a result of Flagler County's place in 2017 as the county with the leading suicide rate in the state, proportional to its population. See the background story here.
May 23: The Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 105 South Second Street. Commissioners will consider making the city a member of the American Flood Coalition.
May 23: The Palm Coast Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. An agenda had not been posted online as of May 18.
May 23: The Wadsworth Elementary School Advisory Council and PTO meet at 6 p.m. in the school’s media center.
May 23: Palm Coast Artist and 2011 Flagler County Artist of the Year Weldon Ryan hosts a meet and great at the Bronze Kingdom African Art Gallery, 3201 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wine and cheese, 15 percent off on all of Weldon's works.
May 23-26: "Southern Fried Funeral," a play at the Daytona Playhouse, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Adults $20, Seniors 55 and up, $18, Youths 18 and under $8. Address: 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach, or see directions here. Buy tickets online here. Box office: 386-255-2431.
May 24: Flagler County Emergency Management chief Jonathan Lord hosts a media roundtable at noon on the upcoming hurricane season, at the Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bldg. 3 (behind the Government Services Building), Bunnell.
May 24: Butterfly Walk at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., 10 a.m. Join a ranger at 2 p.m. for a walk through our historical gardens. Learn about the history of our park while exploring the beauty of the formal gardens, with an emphasis on butterflies. The walk is approximately 1 hour. Please bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Meet in the garden parking lot. Garden walk included with park entry. No registration required.
May 25: Pool Safety Day at Palm Coast's Freeda Zamba pool, 339 Parkview Drive, open to all ages, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is designed to teach the importance and seriousness of safety, but while having fun and participating in activities that children will remember. Florida is one of two states that lead the nation with at least 21 fatal child drownings last summer, according to a report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and USA Swimming Foundation. About ten people die every day from unintentional drowning and of these, two will be children age 14 or younger, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fee is $1 for seniors and youth age 17 and under. It is $2 for adults.
May 27: Memorial Day, 8 a.m. start time at Heroes Memorial Park, 2860 Palm Coast Pkwy. The City of Palm Coast welcomes the community to share a meaningful Memorial Day tribute to those who have lost their lives while serving their country. U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, who represents District 6, will speak. Rain Location: Fire Station 21 at 9 Corporate Drive Free and no registration required. More info: 386-986-2300.
May 28: The Flagler County Opioid Task Force meets at 6 p.m. in the first-floor conference room at the Government Services Building
May 29: The Blue Power 2020 forum, hosted by Mike Cocchiola, who heads the Flagler County Democratic Party, meets at 12:30 p.m. at the Democrats' office, 2 Office Park Drive, Suite D, all welcome. The weekly forum is intended to discuss local, state and national issues and to develop action plans to influence policy.
May 30: Flagler Palm Coast High School and Matanzas High School hold graduation ceremonies at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center. Matanzas High School’s ceremony begins at 4 p.m. and Flagler Palm Coast High School’s starts at 7. Doors to the Ocean Center open one hour before the start of each ceremony. The student procession begins approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Tickets for the ceremonies are free. However, both schools have a 10-ticket limit per student. There may be opportunities for additional tickets. Students will be notified and information is located on each school’s website. Parking passes are also available for pre-purchase. Parking is $5. security measures instituted last year will be in place this year. Please take note and be prepared before you head to the Ocean Center. There will be security checks before ticket holders are allowed entry into the ceremony. Watch livestreams of the ceremonies: Matanzas here, and FPC here.
May 31-June 1, 2 and 8: American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class – May 31-June 2 and June 8, Friday 5-6:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. The American Red Cross Lifeguarding course provides entry-level knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. For ages 15 and up. Cost is $200 (includes CPR mask and certification fee). Registration required at More info: 386-986-4741.
June 1: The Palm Coast Arts Foundation hosts its First Saturday Creative Bazaar, an arts and crafts flea market. at 1500 Central Avenue in Town center. Arts foundation members and other vendors will have booths of goods for sale. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
June 1: 2nd Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Golf Benefit for Homeless Animals: Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a local group of business professionals coming together to raise money for the Halifax Humane Society. Join us for 18-holes of premiere golf at the legendary LPGA International Golf Club. Shot gun start at 8 a.m. Registration at 7. 1000 Champions Drive Daytona Beach. To download entry form, visit and then scroll down to the golf outing listing. Hole Sponsorship $100. Single Player $125. Lunch Provided. For more information contact Gus Schutt (386) 233-5302.
June 4: Daytona Tortugas Youth Baseball Clinic, 8:30 a.m-12 p.m. at Indian Trails Sports Complex, 5455 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast. The Daytona Tortugas will be teaching kids, ages 7-13, skills to improve their ball game in this coed baseball clinic. Grab your glove and bat and learn from the pros! Participants will receive a free ticket to a Daytona Tortugas game. $37/person. Registration required at More info: 386-986-2323.
June 4: The Hammock Community Association meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Hammock Community Center on MalaCompra Road, with County Attorney Al Hadeed as speaker, who will present a History of the Hammock Part II.
June 5: palm coast democratic clubThe Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the Democrats' office, 2 Office Park Drive, Suite D. Come and join other progressive Democrats to discuss local, state and national issues, and propose actions to influence elected leaders. The Forum is open and informal and all opinions and ideas are welcomed. This is your opportunity to meet and lend your voice and knowledge to people who share your values. For more information, contact Mike Cocchiola, The Blue Power forum meets every Wednesday.
For events beyond this date, see the fuller Coming Days here.
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