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| November 1, 2017

Today is the Day of the Dead--Dia de los Muertos--in Mexico. (© FlaglerLive)

Today is the Day of the Dead–Dia de los Muertos–in Mexico. (© FlaglerLive)

Today:Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Northeast winds 5 mph. Details here.
Today’s document from the National Archives and the Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Drought Index58
The OED’s Word of the Day: fedifragous, adj. (and n.).
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


octavio paz“Thanks to the fiesta the Mexican opens out, participates, communes with his fellows and with the values that give meaning to his religious or political existence. And it is significant that a country as sorrowful as ours should have so many and such joyous fiestas. Their frequency, their brilliance and excitement, the enthusiasm with which we take part, all suggest that without them we would explode. They freed us, if only momentarily, from the thwarted impulses, the inflammable desires that we carry within us.”

–Octavio Paz, from “The Labyrinth of Solitude” (1961).

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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.

The Palm Coast Code Enforcement Board meets at 10 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center.



The Flagler Auditorium kicks off its 26th Season with a free Open House. Join Auditorium Director Lisa McDevitt, Governing Board members and Auditorium staff for a Pre-Season Reception and Open House. Doors will open to the general public from 6 to 8 p.m. Stop in to get a free tour of our facility, view a video montage of the upcoming season and get all the latest info on the Auditorium. In the spirit of the holidays, the auditorium will also have the unveiling of its 2017 Deck the Walls and Halls trees and wreaths.

The Bio-d-GREAT-able Ribbon Cutting ceremony at Old Kings Elementary‘s cafeteria is at 10:30 a.m. Students with i3 New Tech Academy began working with Old Kings students a couple of years ago to reduce styrofoam use though such things as alternate lunch tray products, which are now in use at the school. Hosted by Old Kings Elementary School & Flagler County Schools Food Services. 301 Old Kings Road South, Flagler Beach.

Old Kings Elementary School Advisory Council meeting at 4 p.m., PTO meeting at 5 p.m., in the media center.

Belle Terre Elementary PTO meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the media center.

Blood Donations: The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations this week:

  • Wednesday: Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Avenue, Town Center, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: Sandvik, 1 Commerce Boulevard, Palm Coast, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday: St Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church and Christian Day School, 303 Palm Coast Parkway NE, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Farmers’ Market at European Village, 101 Palm Harbor Parkway, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 6: Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Announcements:

Deadline Extended to Register for Federal Disaster Assistance in Florida: Floridians impacted by Hurricane Irma have until Nov. 24 to apply for federal disaster assistance that may cover temporary housing, essential home repairs and serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. Disaster assistance is available to eligible individuals and households in the 48 disaster-designated counties with storm-related damages between Sept. 4 through Oct. 18, 2017. Damage resulting from Hurricane Irma and its aftermath after the closing date will not be covered by the disaster declaration. To date, more than 2.5 million people have applied for assistance. Hurricane survivors should register for assistance even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled. Applying for disaster assistance is a two-step process that ensures consideration for all FEMA programs and the U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans. First, register with FEMA. Then complete and return the SBA loan application, if referred to the SBA. The quickest way to apply for federal assistance is online at www.disasterassistance.gov. Survivors may also apply by phone at 800-621-3362 (Voice, 711 or VRS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Due to high demand, lines may be busy during the day. Try calling in the morning or evening when call volume may be lower. The FEMA Helpline numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (ET), seven days a week until further notice. FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.

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.

CONSTITUTION PANELS MEET: The Ethics and Elections, Declaration of Rights and Rules and Administration committees of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission will meet. (Wednesday, Ethics and Elections, 8:15 a.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol. Also, Declaration of Rights, 1 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol. Also, Rules and Administration, 5:15 p.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

SUPREME COURT PICKS DEBATED: The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in four cases, including a battle about whether Gov. Rick Scott — or his successor — will have the power to appoint as many as three new justices in January 2019. Justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince will have to leave the court in January 2019 because of a mandatory retirement age. The legal issue is whether Scott, who also will leave office in January 2019, will have the appointment power. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)

CABINET AIDES MEET: Aides to Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis will meet to discuss issues in advance of a Nov. 7 Cabinet meeting. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Cabinet meeting room, the Capitol.)

PAROLE ISSUES DISCUSSED: The Florida Commission on Offender Review is scheduled to meet and discuss numerous parole cases related to crimes committed in the 1970s and 1980s. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)

LEVINE MAKES ANNOUNCEMENT: Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, a potential Democratic candidate for governor, will hold a news conference to make what supporters say is an “important” announcement. (Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., 2215 N.W. First Place, Miami.)

MEDICAID ISSUES DISCUSSED: The Medical Care Advisory Committee, which works on Medicaid issues, will meet after holding subcommittee meetings. (Wednesday, subcommittee meetings start at 1 p.m. with full meeting at 2 p.m., Agency for Health Care Administration, 2727 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee.)

 

—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

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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 www.parksandrec.fun/aquatics. 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 https://www.halifaxhumanesociety.org/events/index 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 www.parksandrec.fun/camps. 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, palmcoastdemocraticclub@gmail.com. The Blue Power forum meets every Wednesday.
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Updates of ongoing permitting, construction and development projects in Palm Coast usually run here, along with a link to the city’s Week in Review. But the Week in Review, under the guise of being modernized, has become flashier and power-point like while becoming less substantive and dumbed down. We may or may not link to it in future. Here’s a summary of the latest developments as of Oct. 6

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Nov. 1: The Bio-d-GREAT-able Ribbon Cutting ceremony at Old Kings Elementary’s cafeteria is at 10:30 a.m. Students with i3 New Tech Academy began working with Old Kings students a couple of years ago to reduce styrofoam use though such things as alternate lunch tray products, which are now in use at the school. Hosted by Old Kings Elementary School & Flagler County Schools Food Services. 301 Old Kings Road South, Flagler Beach.
Nov. 2: In Court: L’Darius Smith, 21, of Palm Coast, is on trial on charges he molested two girls, 8 and 9, five years ago, when he was dating the alleged victims’ mother and had recently moved in with her. Smith, a former football player at Flagler Palm Coast High School, is accused of holding a gun and threatening to harm one of the children’s mother if the child did not masturbate him. The alleged victims were 8 and 9 at the time of the encounters, 12 and 13 at the time they were interviewed by the Child Protection Team. The trial started with jury selection Monday before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig, with opening arguments today at 1 p.m. Smith is represented by attorney Peyton Quarles.
Nov. 2: The Florida Department of Transportation holds a public hearing to introduce a multi-million dollar repair project of State Road A1A in Flagler Beach to the public. The department begins construction of road and sea walls on a stretch of A1A from South 22nd to South 9th Street in the summer of 2018 (the sea walls would be buried under dunes). The hearing starts with an open house at 5:30 p.m. and a formal presentation at 6 p.m. at the Flagler Beach Methodist Church, 1520 South Daytona Avenue, Flagler Beach. Questions or more information, contact Project Manager Ty Garner at ty.garner@dot.state.fl.us or call him at 386/943-5299.
Nov. 2: Nancy Soderberg, a Democratic candidate for the 6th Congressional District, which includes all of Flagler County, speaks to the Palm Coast Democratic Club at the African American Cultural Society Center at 7 p.m. 4422 N. US HWY 1, Palm Coast.
Nov. 2-4: one acts fpc thespiansFlagler Palm Coast High School’s Thespian Troupe 5023 presents An Evening of One Acts, staging two plays, “Check, Please!” by Jonathan Rand and “Cut!” by Ed Monk, directed by Kelly Rivera. Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. $10 for adults, $6 for students, at the Flagler Auditorium on FPC’s campus.
Nov. 2-5: plaza suite“Plaza Suite,” the Neil Simon comedy, at the Flagler Playhouse for the second of three weekends. Three couples successively occupy Suite 719 at the Plaza Hotel, New York City. A wry tale of a marriage in tatters, followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer looking for sexual diversion, and finally, a couple fighting to persuade their nervous daughter to leave the safety of the bathroom and go to the hotel’s ballroom to get married. This funny yet thought provoking show has become a classic. To book tickets, go online (flaglerplayhouse.org) or call the Box Office (386-586-0773) while tickets are still available. Nov. 2, 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 5 at 2 p.m., Nov. 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. The playhouse is at 301 E Moody Blvd, Bunnell.
Nov. 2: Town hall meeting featuring Flagler County School Board member Andy Dance, Superintendent James Tager and County Commissioner Nate McLaughlin, who will be joined by the Sheriff’s Office’s Sgt. Lutz, at 5:30 p.m. at the Hidden Trails Community Center, 6108 Mahogany Blvd., Bunnell.
Nov. 2: The newly-formed Palm Coast Model Yacht Club meets at Palm Coast’s Central Park pond in Town Center at 2 p.m. to race its sailing boats, which vary in length from 3 to 5 feet. The club meets every Thursday at 2 p,m. at the pond, welcomes new members–there are no dues–or spectators, who can have a go at piloting the sail boats as well. To join or for further inquiries, contact Otto Pope at 248/444-0115, or by email at opope32@yahoo.com.
Nov. 2: Neighborhood Watch Meeting for Palm Coast’s C Section, at 10 a.m., Elks Club, 53 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.
Nov. 2: Critic’s Choice Dinner Club, 5:30 p.m. This monthly club visits a new restaurant, chosen by the group, to spend time with friends enjoying a casual dinner while rating food and service. New members welcome. This month’s location is D.B. Pickles, 400 South Nova Road in Ormond Beach. Food and transportation are the participant’s responsibility. Pre-register by 5 p.m. Sept. 5: www.palmcoastgov.com/register. More info: 386-986-2323.
Nov. 3: First Friday Art Walk in St. Augustine: From 5 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, the Art Galleries of St. Augustine feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries. The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org
Nov. 4: The 10th Annual Intracoastal Waterway Cleanup has been rescheduled for Nov. 4 – and the cleanup is needed more than ever as we recover from Hurricane Irma and other recent rainstorms. Everyone’s assistance is needed to help clean and protect our community’s treasured waterways and adjacent trails! Citizens who had already registered for the cleanup before it was postponed can simply show up on cleanup day. Those who had previously registered but cannot attend the Nov. 4 makeup date are asked to notify Cleanup Coordinator Denise Bevan at dbevan@palmcoastgov.com or 386-986-2458. Those who had not already registered but would like to volunteer on Nov. 4 can sign up at www.palmcoastgov.com/icwc. Registration is available online until Nov. 2. Volunteers can also sign up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Ave, and at Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. Registration is also welcome on event day at Holland Park, but supplies are limited.
Nov. 4: Southern Gothic, an exhibit featuring new work by JJ Graham of Salvo Arthouse, opens at 6 p.m. with a reception at the Berkshire Hathaway Gallery, 101 Palm Harbor Parkway, #145, in Palm Coast. The exhibit is sponsored by Victoria Harper and curated by Paul Beaulieu and Thomas Anastasio.
Nov. 4-5: FreedomFest at the Flagler Executive Airport, featuring military aircraft, fly-bys, military exhibits, a stinger missile simulation, live music featuring tribute bands to Donna Summer and Fleetwood Mac, with fireworks Saturday night. Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Concert chairs welcomed, but coolers and pets are not allowed. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate, children under 10 get in for $5, with free re-entry Sunday once you have paid admission on Saturday.
Nov. 4: PBS’s Antiques Roadshow Appraiser Nicholas Dawes to give Appraisal Demonstration at 11 a.m. as part of the Dressing Downton exhibit at the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine, and is the second part of Dawes’s visit to town. He will be demonstrating his appraisal methods and appraising one small object for special ticket holders. Location: Flagler College, 74 King Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084. For more information, call (904) 824-2874 or email communications@lightnermuseum.org Buy tickets here.
Nov. 9: The newly-formed Palm Coast Model Yacht Club meets at Palm Coast’s Central Park pond in Town Center at 2 p.m. to race its sailing boats, which vary in length from 3 to 5 feet. The club meets every Thursday at 2 p,m. at the pond, welcomes new members–there are no dues–or spectators, who can have a go at piloting the sail boats as well. To join or for further inquiries, contact Otto Pope at 248/444-0115, or by email at opope32@yahoo.com.
Nov. 9: Evenings at Whitney: The Ever Evolving Menace of Mosquitoes: Emerging Pathogens and New Technological Control Strategies. The guest speaker is Paul Linser, professor of anatomy and cell biology, neuroscience, microbiology and cell science, entomology, and biology at Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience. Lectures and parking are free and registration or reservations are not necessary. The event is at 7 p.m. at Center for Marine Studies, Lohman Auditorium, 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine, Florida. For further details, call (904) 461-4000.
Nov. 10: John Bolton, who briefly served as U.S. Ambassador during the second Bush administration, is the keynote speaker at the Flagler County Republican Executive Committee Lincoln Day Dinner, at the Hammock Beach Resort, 200 Ocean Crest Drive, Palm Coast, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 10: Soul Fire performs at the Columbian Club of Flagler County from 7 to 10 p.m. $10 per person. For reservations call the club at 446-5632. At the Knights of Columbus Hall, 51 N Old Kings Rd, Palm Coast.
Nov. 10: Dine and Dance on the Deck: from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Oceanside Bar and Grill’s upper deck in Flagler Beach, tickets are $40. It’s a fund-raiser for the Flagler Beach Museum. Contact Denise at 386/283-0530 or see the museum’s website.
Nov. 10-12: plaza suite“Plaza Suite,” the Neil Simon comedy, at the Flagler Playhouse. Three couples successively occupy Suite 719 at the Plaza Hotel, New York City. A wry tale of a marriage in tatters, followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer looking for sexual diversion, and finally, a couple fighting to persuade their nervous daughter to leave the safety of the bathroom and go to the hotel’s ballroom to get married. This funny yet thought provoking show has become a classic. To book tickets, go online (flaglerplayhouse.org) or call the Box Office (386-586-0773) while tickets are still available. Nov. 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. The playhouse is at 301 E Moody Blvd, Bunnell.
Nov. 11: Palm Coast marks Veterans Day in a ceremony at 8 a.m. at Heroes Memorial Park, 2860 Palm Coast Pkwy. NW, Palm Coast (1/2 mile west of the Flagler County Library). Speakers include U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, who represents District 6 and is exploring a run for governor; Col. Jack Howell of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 808; Edward Beier of American Legion Post 115; and Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland. Tributes to members of the armed forces will include a presentation of wreaths by local veteran organizations, with World War II veterans 1st Sgt. Michael “Mickey” Owens (U.S. Army) and Corp. Hal Mettee (U.S. Army Air Corps) as special guests participating in this year’s wreath ceremony.
Nov. 11-12: The annual Creekside Festival at Princess Place Preserve, sponsored by the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce (the event is its annual fund-raiser), $7 per carload, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. (Note: the festival was rescheduled from Oct. 7-8).
Nov. 13: Paul Dykes, the man accused of dozens of counts of child-sex crimes, including rape and child-porn production, transmission and possession, goes on trial on some of the charges, including child rape, with jury selections set for today before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig starting at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. Dykes was arrested in 2015. He is defended by public defender Bill Bookhammer. See the background story.
Nov. 15: The Flagler Youth Orchestra’s five ensembles are all in concert at the Flagler Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for those 18 and older. Younger people pay $1. $1 of each adult ticket goes toward the auditorium’s Arts in Education fund.
Nov. 16: The newly-formed Palm Coast Model Yacht Club meets at Palm Coast’s Central Park pond in Town Center at 2 p.m. to race its sailing boats, which vary in length from 3 to 5 feet. The club meets every Thursday at 2 p,m. at the pond, welcomes new members–there are no dues–or spectators, who can have a go at piloting the sail boats as well. To join or for further inquiries, contact Otto Pope at 248/444-0115, or by email at opope32@yahoo.com.
Kimberle Weeks: no deal so far. (© FlaglerLive)Nov. 17: A 1 p.m. hearing before Circuit Judge Margaret Hudson is scheduled in the felony case against Kimberle Weeks, the former elections supervisor accused of illegally recording certain conversations. This hearing is to hear arguments from the defense to suppress the search warrant that led to the evidence in the case, likely the last maneuver by either side which, if not granted by the judge, will lead to a trial tentatively set for December. See a background story here.
Nov. 17: AARP Driver Safety Program, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Frieda Zamba Pool Classroom, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. The nation’s first and largest classroom course for motorists ages 50 and older. This one-day course identifies ways that older drivers can compensate for the physical changes that occur as they age and helps older drivers update their driving knowledge and skills. Fees are $20/session ($15/session for AARP members). To register, contact AARP representative Karen Zimmerman at 386-585-4116.
Nov. 17: Lunch N’ Lecture Series, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Ave. This month: “The Battle of Britain” with Dr. Leo Murphy The lecture and lunch are free, but pre-registration is required (while space available) at www.palmcoastgov.com/register. More info: 386-986-2323.
Nov. 21: Flagler County historian Bill Ryan, still touring after all these years. See below. (© FlaglerLive)The Flagler County Historical Society hosts its monthly bus trip, journey and adventure through Flagler County history, with host and historian Bill Ryan. The bus leaves from the Holden House, 204 East Moody Boulevard in Bunnell at 10 a.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per person which does not include lunch at The Bull Creek Fish Comp. To make reservations please call 386-439-5003.
Nov. 29: A pre-trial hearing is scheduled in the case of Phillip Haire Jr., who is accused of attempted murder in a shooting incident in the direction of his parents and a sheriff’s sergeant. 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 401 before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig.
Nov. 29: maria howell molestation chargesMaria Howell, the 20-year-old Palm Coast woman accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl, is scheduled for a plea and sentencing before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. Craig on Oct. 31 rejected a plea deal that would have allowed Howell to avoid prison time, telling the defense and prosecution to return with “some” prison time.
Dec. 1: david snelgroveA hearing is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 401 before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig on two new issues relating to the scheduled re-sentencing of convicted double-murderer David Snelgrove, who killed Glyn Fowler, 84, and his wife, Vivian, 79, on Bannbury Lane in Palm Coast in late June 2000. The Supreme Court has ordered Snelgrove-re-sentenced because twice before, non-unanimous juries recommended that he be killed. That was deemed unconstitutional. Juries must now be unanimous. Before getting to that stage, a hearing must determine a) whether Craig has a conflict of interest as a sitting judge, since he was working in the State Attorney’s office at the time Snelgrove was originally prosecuted (though not in the homicide division), and b) whether Snelgrove should have an evidentiary hearing about his mental capacities to be even eligible for the death penalty. The hearing will decide whether that evidentiary hearing is due. Snelgrove is expected to be present. At the Flagler County courthouse.
Dec. 1: First Friday Art Walk in St. Augustine: From 5 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, the Art Galleries of St. Augustine feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries. The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org
Dec. 5: AARP Driver Safety Program, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Frieda Zamba Pool Classroom, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. The nation’s first and largest classroom course for motorists ages 50 and older. This one-day course identifies ways that older drivers can compensate for the physical changes that occur as they age and helps older drivers update their driving knowledge and skills. Fees are $20/session ($15/session for AARP members). To register, contact AARP representative Karen Zimmerman at 386-585-4116.
Dec. 7: Critic’s Choice Dinner Club, 5:30 p.m. This monthly club visits a new restaurant, chosen by the group, to spend time with friends enjoying a casual dinner while rating food and service. New members welcome. This month’s location is Bayne’s Barbeque, 301 Moody Blvd, Flagler Beach. Food and transportation are the participant’s responsibility. Pre-register by 5 p.m. Sept. 5: www.palmcoastgov.com/register. More info: 386-986-2323.
Bobby Earl Gore arriving in court this morning. (© FlaglerLive)Dec. 11: Bobby Earl Gore, who pleaded guilty on Oct. 10 to murdering his son at their Flagler Beach home on April 30, 2017, is sentenced by Circuit Judge Dennis Craig at the Flagler County courthouse, Courtroom 401, at 9 a.m. Gore, 74, in a plea deal, pleaded no contest to manslaughter, a first degree felony, and faces eight to 15 years in prison.
Dec. 16: Abundant Life Ministries-Hope House’s Humanitarian of the Year is announced. The award will be presented during the “Christmas to Remember” celebration for children in foster care and other children under the dependency court system. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Flagler County Fairgrounds, 150 Sawgrass Road, Bunnell.
Jan. 5: First Friday Art Walk in St. Augustine: From 5 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, the Art Galleries of St. Augustine feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries. The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org
Jan. 6: Chart-topping comedian Ron White comes to The Peabody at 7:30 p.m., where guests can expect an all new standup comedy show intended for mature audiences. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 6, 2017 at 10 a.m. They call him “Tater Salad.” Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, but now as a chart-topping Grammy-nominated comedian and a feature film actor, Ron White has established himself as a star in his own right. Tickets ($65 and $45 plus applicable charges) will go on sale to the general public at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 6, 2017 at PeabodyDaytona.com, 800-982-ARTS or The Peabody box office. For mature audiences.
Jan. 7: Florida Chamber Music Concerts. Join the Florida Chamber Music Project for a remarkable fifth season of the finest chamber music at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. General Admission Seating, $25 a ticket. Contact: 904/209-0399. Time of the concert: 3 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m. Today’s concert program: Boccherini’s Quartet “Opus 58”, No. 4 G245 in B minor, Puccini’s “Crisantemi”, Nino Rota’s String Quartet and Wolf’s Italian Serenade.
Jan. 19: The Flagler Youth Orchestra’s Harmony Chamber Orchestra, the top ensemble, performs at Salvo Art House at 6 p.m., at 802 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell.
Jan. 22: The Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club holds it monthly meeting. Doors open at 4:30 pm. From 4:30 – 6 pm this time is used for buying, selling and trading stamps and coins. Meeting starts at 6 pm and ends at 7:30 pm. There is a live auction of stamps and coins at the end of the meeting. The club is open for members, the general public, and all who are interested in stamp and coin collecting and investing. Free stamps and coin evaluations at all our meetings FCS&CC is the only non-profit Stamp and Coin Club, Inc., in Flagler County. Come join us for a fun filled evening. For more information please visit the club’s web site http://www.stampandcoinclub.com.
Feb. 12: The Flagler Youth Orchestra’s five ensembles are all in concert at the Flagler Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for those 18 and older. Younger people pay $1. $1 of each adult ticket goes toward the auditorium’s Arts in Education fund.
April 8: Florida Chamber Music Concerts. Join the Florida Chamber Music Project for a remarkable fifth season of the finest chamber music at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. General Admission Seating, $25 a ticket. Contact: 904/209-0399. Time of the concert: 3 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m. Today’s concert program: Schubert’s String Trio in B flat, D. 471 and Quintet for Piano and Strings in A, D. 667 “The Trout” with guest artists Hyunsoon Whang, piano and Jason Lindsay, double bass.
May 2: The Flagler Youth Orchestra’s five ensembles are all in concert at the Flagler Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for those 18 and older. Younger people pay $1. $1 of each adult ticket goes toward the auditorium’s Arts in Education fund.
May 6: Florida Chamber Music Concerts. Join the Florida Chamber Music Project for a remarkable fifth season of the finest chamber music at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. General Admission Seating, $25 a ticket. Contact: 904/209-0399. Time of the concert: 3 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m. Today’s concert program: Mozart’s String Quartet in A Major, K. 464 and Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, “From My Life.”

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