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Thursday Briefing: A1A Reconstruction Open House, FPC Thespians, Nancy Soderberg, Palm Coast Yacht Club

| November 2, 2017

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Tonight at the Flagler Auditorium.

Today: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s inland… In the mid 60s coast. North winds 5 to 10 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.
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Today’s jail bookings.

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“Bach provides a sense of order in a world of disorder.”

–Harpsichordist and Holocaust Survivor Zuzana Ruzickova, who died Sept. 27 at age 90.

Previously:

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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.

In Court: L’Darius Smith, 21, of Palm Coast, is on trial on charges he molested two girls, 8 and 9, five years ago. Smith, a former football player at Flagler Palm Coast High School, is accused of holding a gun to one of the children’s head and threatening to harm 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.



A1A Reconstruction in Flagler Beach: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Flagler Audubon Society Monthly Program: in meeting rooms A & B, and start at 6:30 p.m. with a chapter activity update and social session. Formal presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. Programs are open to the public and free to attend. Visitors are welcome. Today’s focus: Microplastics: What’s the Big Deal? Maia McGuire of the University of Florida’s extension service will explain the problem of microplastic pollution in our oceans.

Neighborhood Watch Meeting for Palm Coast’s C Section, at 10 a.m., Elks Club, 53 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.

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

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.

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:

Rotary Requests Volunteer Bands For Fantasy Lights: The Fantasy Lights event at Palm Coast’s Central Park put on by the Rotary Club of Flagler County is looking for bands to entertain in the evening. Fantasy Lights runs the entire month of December and is a popular event with families who come to see the lights display, snow and Santa. Church bands and choirs, school groups and individuals and others are invited to sign up and sing seasonal music for the holidays. Sound equipment is available but groups can also bring their own sound equipment. To sign up, contact music coordinator Carl Laundrie at claundrie@yahoo.com or a member of the Rotary Club of Flagler County with your contact information.

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 Education and Judicial committees of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission will meet. (Thursday, 8:30 a.m., Education, 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol. Also, Judicial, 9 a.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

AP HOLDS PRE-SESSION GATHERING: The Associated Press will hold an annual pre-session event that will include Gov. Rick Scott, legislative leaders and gubernatorial candidates. They will talk about the upcoming legislative session and the 2018 elections. (Thursday, 9 a.m., 22nd floor, the Capitol.)

DEW, BRANDES AT AIF EVENT: Associated Industries of Florida and Port Tampa Bay are scheduled to hold a symposium titled “Building Florida’s Future,” with speakers including Department of Transportation Secretary Michael Dew and Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg. (Thursday, 9 a.m., Port Tampa Bay, Cruise Terminal 2, 651 Channelside Dr., Tampa.)

COLLEGE PRESIDENTS MEET: The Florida College System Council of Presidents will meet. (Thursday, 10 a.m., Innisbrook, 36750 U.S. Highway 19 North, Palm Harbor.)

SUPREME COURT RELEASES OPINIONS: The Florida Supreme Court is expected to release weekly opinions. (Thursday, 11 a.m.)

INSURANCE `SUMMIT’ BEGINS: The Florida Chamber of Commerce will start a two-day insurance “summit.” Speakers Thursday are expected to include state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis; Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange; Citizens Property Insurance CEO Barry Gilway; and Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier. (Thursday, 1:30 p.m., The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, 4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando.)

PENCE SPEAKS AT GOP DINNER: Vice President Mike Pence will be the keynote speaker during the Republican Party of Florida Statesman’s Dinner. (Thursday, 6 p.m., Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, 4401 Floridian Way, Orlando.)

 

—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

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

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Feb. 20: The Flagler County Technical Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room of the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
Feb. 20: The Tourist Development Council meets at 10 a.m. in board chambers at Government Services Building, Bunnell.
Feb. 20: The Flagler County Contractor Review Board meets at 5 p.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
Feb. 20: The Palm Coast Planning Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The board reviews the technicalk site plan for a new assisted living facility, called Azure, consisting of 111 units with 116 beds. The project is proposed for construction on a vacant 5-acre site at 144 Cypress Point Parkway, which is about 400 feet east of Pine Cone Drive on the south side of Cypress Point Parkway and directly west of the City Market Place. This assisted living and memory care facility will be constructed as a three-story building comprising 94,620 square feet. City staff recommends approval.
Feb. 20: The Flagler Beach Economic Development Task Force meets at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St.
Feb. 20: George C. FraseHarlem Renaissance, a program presented by the African American Entrepreneurs Association as part of Black History Month, featuring speaker George Fraser, chairman and CEO of FraserNet, a company he founded over 30 years ago to lead a global networking and economic development movement for people of African descent. He spent 20 years in leadership positions with Procter & Gamble, United Way and Ford Motor Company before starting FraserNet in 1987. He’s written 6 best-selling books. He has been named as one of the best speakers in America and 5 of his speeches have been selected for global distribution by the prestigious Vital Speeches of the Day magazine, a first for any professional speaker in America. In 2016 President Obama awarded Dr. Fraser “The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award.” 6 p.m. at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 N. US HWY 1, Palm Coast (just north of Whiteview Parkway). Members, $25, guests, $35, students, $10. Call 386/234-2014.
Feb. 20: Ribbon Cutting: Hidden Treasure Restaurant: Celebrate Hidden Treasure Restaurant's three-year Anniversary from 5 to 7 p.m. With three locations in Florida our very own Flagler Beach is home to this true Hidden Treasure located in the Intracoastal Waterway under the Highway Bridge 100. They have daily food and drink specials with a tropical atmosphere and live music daily.
Feb. 20: The Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the Fair Trade Cafe at Palm Coast's City Marketplace, 160 Cypress Point Pkwy. 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.
Feb. 21: The Flagler County Commission holds a special meeting to discuss what has turned into a controversial contract for a software upgrade for the administration's bookkeeping and other back-end operations involving various aspects of county government, including other constitutional officers. The county administration and the clerk of court had disagreements about the way the software would be implemented. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bldg. 3 (behind the Government Services Building), Bunnell.
Feb. 21: The Flagler County Commission holds a special meeting to discuss the fate of the Sheriff's Operations Center, at 1 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bldg. 3 (behind the Government Services Building), Bunnell.
Feb. 21: Belle Terre Elementary hosts its third annual African-American Read-In from 9 to 11 a.m., with dozens of community members turning out to read works by African-American authors to every class in the school, as part of African-American History Month. Last year, 90 people did so. Volunteers are sought: anyone willing to participate should contact LaToya Lockhart at lockhartl@flaglerschools.com or Priscilla Campbell at Campbell@flaglerschools.com by Feb. 12. If you are unable to participate, consider making a monetary donation.
Feb. 21: The Flagler Tiger Bay Club hosts a free and open-to-the-public school safety panel at 7 p.m. featuring Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly, Superintendent Jim Tager, Earl Johnson, Executive Director Leadership Development for Flagler County Schools, and Randy Stroud, Director, Domestic and Homeland Security for the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. Space is limited and advance registration is required on The Flagler Tiger Bay website at www.FlaglerTigerBayClub.com. The event will be held at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. The panel discussion includes risk assessments, mitigation, preventative measures and deterrence, security, response, recovery, and community healing with regards to school safety. The panel will also cover how Flagler County is positioned, what plans and programs Flagler County has in place, what have been some of the results, and what local concerns are.
Feb. 21: The Wadsworth Elementary School Advisory Council and PTO meet at 6 p.m. in the school’s media center.
Feb. 21: the inspired micThe Inspired Mic, Palm Coast’s most daring and unpredictable open mic event, is scheduled for its monthly edition at its new venue at the Hidden Treasures Restaurant, 820 Moody Ln, Flagler Beach. Each month some of the most creative, innovative performances a person could ever hope to experience take place at The Inspired Mic. 14 presenters each month pull out slices of talent and genius to entertain the audience. Each presenter gets 7 minutes to present on a very eclectic blend of their genius. Hidden Treasures Restaurant, 820 Moody Ln, Flagler Beach (under the bridge). Doors open at 6 p.m. and presenters begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 advance, available at theinspiredmicus.com, or $15 at the door. The ticket includes one drink and entry into a drawing with a prize of $25 cash or a $50 gift certificate to The Hidden Treasures.
Feb. 21: "Stayin' Alive" at the Flagler Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 21: Science Café at Stetson's Gillespie Museum: Calcite in Florida/Three Florida Geologists, 7-8:30 p.m. Join three of the state’s renowned geologists to discuss Florida calcite and the geological processes, which have created our most common and most beautiful mineral. Tom Scott, Emeritus Geologist and Harley Means, the Assistant State Geologist, both of the Florida Geological Survey, will be joined by Sam Upchurch, Department of Geology, University of South Florida, to discuss their digs, finds and decades of research. All events at the Gillespie Museum are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Stetson University Gillespie Museum, 234 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand. Contact Director Karen Cole, 386-822-7330.
Feb. 21-24: City Repertory Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of "Taming of the Shrew," under the big top tent at the Palm Coast Arts Foundation, 1500 Central Avenue (Town Center). Last year's performances of Macbeth sold out, so get your tickets early: Opening night reception on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m., $60 for the general public, $50 for Palm Coast Arts Foundation members. Feb. 22 and 23, performances are at 7 p.m., $30 for the general public, $25 for foundation members, $10 for students. Feb. 24 performance at 2 p.m. Call 386/225-4394. Or buy tickets online here.
Feb. 21-24: On Stage: "[title of show]" with Music by Jeff Bowen and Book by Hunter Bell, at Stetson's Second Stage Theatre, 600 North Woodland Boulevard, DeLand. Call 386/822-7266. Jeff and Hunter, two self-confessed nobodies in New York, make a pact: They will write an original musical and submit it to a festival. The only catch? The deadline is in three weeks! No worries though. They’ll just write a musical about writing a musical. Frequently hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking, and thoroughly inspiring, [title of show] is a love story celebrating individuality and creativity. All shows 8 pm except for Sunday at 3 p.m.
Feb. 21-May 3: stetson gillespie museumFlorida Calcite: Rare Specimens of a Common Mineral, at Stetson's Gillespie Museum: This exhibit, from the personal collection of Tom Scott, Ph.D., Emeritus Geologist, Florida Geological Survey, provides a unique opportunity to view uncommon specimens of our state’s unofficial mineral, calcite. Scott has collected from quarries, underwater caves and limestone seams during his four decades as a professional geologist. From cave pearls to crystal-filled fossils, these natural formations offer a rare perspective on the state’s geologic history. All events at the Gillespie Museum are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Stetson University Gillespie Museum 234 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand. Contact Director Karen Cole, 386-822-7330.
Feb. 22: The Scenic A1A PRIDE Committee meets at 9 a.m. at the Hammock Community Center, 79 Mala Compra Rd. off A1A.
Feb. 22: The Daytona Beach Symphony Society presents the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with Jeremy Denk, Conductor and Piano, at the Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Boulevard, Daytona Beach. Call 386/671-3462 or book tickets here. Prices $51 to $82. 7 p.m.
Feb. 22: Stetson University Symphonic Band, Douglas Phillips, conductor. The Stetson University Symphonic Band has established a committed tradition of performance excellence and shares the mission of Stetson University through transformative concert experiences presenting inspiring, engaging and exciting performances. Please join the Stetson Symphonic Band for a Friday evening of great musical variety. 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. All concerts are free and open to the public. Call 386/822-8950. Admission: $10 adults, $5 youth and students and free for ages 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or at www.stetson.edu/music-tickets.
Feb. 22, 23, 24: "A Bad Year For Tomatoes," at the Daytona Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. The very funny misfortunes of a famous television actress who seeks to “get away from it all” in a small New England town without much luck given her noisy, omnipresent neighbors. A delightful light-hearted comedy. Directed by Larrie Tiffany. Daytona Playhouse, 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach. Tickets are $20. Book here.
Feb. 23: Yoga on the Beach from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at Old SDalt Park, 200 16th Road in the Hammock. Call 904/514-3598. Every Saturday.
Feb. 23: Flagship/Career and Technical Education Showcase at the Buddy Taylor/Wadsworth Elementary cafeteria starting at 10 a.m.
Feb. 23: First Aid & CPR/AED 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Palm Coast Fire Station 25, 1250 Belle Terre Pkwy. This class is a seven-hour course (one hour for lunch) designed to meet OSHA regulations and teach administering CPR to children and adults, using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), using a mask or barrier device, assisting with bleeding, broken bones. $50/person with pre-registration required by 9 a.m. Feb. 21. Sign up at www.parksandrec.fun/adults. More info: cprcertification@palmcoastgov.com or 386-986-2300.
Feb. 24: AdventHealth Palm Coast Foundation’s 10th Annual Moonlit Gala, a black-tie event to benefit AdventHealth Palm Coast’s Freytag Children’s Rehabilitation Center for pediatric rehabilitation, as well as diabetes education and other community programs. The day starts with golf at Grand Haven Golf Club, 500 Riverfront Dr., then the gala starting at 5 p.m. at Hammock Beach Resort, 200 Ocean Crest Dr., Palm Coast.
Feb. 24: Great Pianists at Stetson series: Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano. Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear this world-renowned artist perform live at Stetson! His program includes works by Scriabin, Scarlatti, Debussy and Mozart. Ignat Aleksandrovich Solzhenitsyn is a Russian-American conductor and pianist. He is the conductor laureate of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the principal guest conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. http://ignatsolzhenitsyn.com 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. All concerts are free and open to the public. Call 386/822-8950.
Feb. 24: “Southside Johnny and the Ashbury Jukes” at the Flagler Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25: florence fruehanFlorence Fruehan, the former Palm Coast physician who surrendered his license following a Department of Health investigation into alleged sexual improprieties with patients, is scheduled for arraignment before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins on two counts of felony battery on persons over 65, mirroring similar claims Fruehan faced during the health department investigation. Fruehan has waived his right to attend all pre-trial conferences. Arraignment is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. See background stories here, here and here. (2018CF001067 and 2018CF001066)
Feb. 25: The Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club meets at 4:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 8696 47 N. Old Kings Road. From 4:30 - 6 p.m. the time is used for buying, selling and trading stamps and coins. The club meeting starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30. 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. The club is the only non-profit Stamp and Coin Club in Flagler County. For more information please visit the club's web site.
Feb. 26: A case-management hearing is scheduled at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse in the civil case of the family of the late Zuheili Rosado--who was gunned down at a Mobil station on State Road 100 in 2013--who is suing the station's owner, claiming that he was aware that Rosado had her life threatened a week before the shooting but did not move her off the night shift, when she worked alone. The civil suit was filed in 2013. (Case 2013CA000632)
Feb. 26: Stetson University Concert Band Douglas Phillips, conductor. Please join the newly established Stetson University Concert Band for a Tuesday evening concert filled with great band music. 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. All concerts are free and open to the public. Call 386/822-8950. Admission: $10 adults, $5 youth and students and free for ages 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or at www.stetson.edu/music-tickets.
Feb. 26: The Daytona State College Foundation’s Wisdom in Senior Education (WISE) program: Advanced Technology College (ATC), 1770 Technology Blvd, Daytona Beach, Multipurpose Room (Rm. 109). My Story: Holocaust Survival. Bea Schemer will tell her story from her birth in Bavaria, Germany and living under the Nazi regime through her family’s escape to South America and finally to the U.S. The Foundation created the WISE program to provide continuing education and cultural enrichment activities to senior members of the community. WISE is open to anyone age 50 or older, for $30 for an individual or $50 per couple per year. Find a complete list of spring presenters at DaytonaState.edu/wise. For more information, contact Suzette Cameron (386) 506-4506, or Suzette.Cameron@DaytonaState.edu.
Feb. 27: The Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the Fair Trade Cafe at Palm Coast's City Marketplace, 160 Cypress Point Pkwy. 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.
Feb. 27: A meeting of the Compassionate Friends is scheduled at the Vitas Office at 4 North Old Kings Road (across from Kentucky Fried Chicken) in Palm Coast. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. The Compassionate Friends, a nonprofit self-help bereavement support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child. The meeting is open to all parents, grandparents, and siblings over age 18 who has suffered the loss of a child of any age. For more information, call John Brady at 610-428-3139. To learn more about The Compassionate Friends, visit their national website at www.compassionatefriends.org.
Feb. 27: Stetson Jazz Ensemble, Patrick Hennessey, director. You can’t beat an evening of great jazz in the charming Athens Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. All concerts are free and open to the public. Call 386/822-8950. Admission: $10 adults, $5 youth and students and free for ages 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or at www.stetson.edu/music-tickets.
Feb. 28: anthonyt armstrongBethune Cookman University is hosting an opening reception for “Patriot,” an art show featuring the paintings of native son Anthony Armstrong at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center / Visual Art Gallery. The show debuts selected paintings from his “Patriot Series.” These 40 works, two years in the making, are a symbolic testament to the continuous struggle of African Americans to shape a greater nation. The show has been on display since Jan. 14 and will run through March 31, 2019 with the reception on February 28 from 6 to 8 pm in the Visual Arts Gallery, at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center, 640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd, Daytona Beach. Admission is free. The Visual Arts Gallery at Bethune Cookman University is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Funding for this gallery space comes, in part, from the County of Volusia ECHO Grants in Aid Program. For more information on this art exhibit or the gallery, please call (386) 481‐2774.


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