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Weekend Briefing: Kitten Adoption, Home For the Holidays, Ethics Commission, Starlight Parade, Circus

| December 8, 2017

Meet Renfro: neutered, tested and vaccinated, and looking for a home.  The cat and many others will be at Petsmart in Palm Coast Saturday from 10 - 3 as part of an adoption event. See more details below. (Community Cats of Palm Coast)

Meet Renfro: neutered, tested and vaccinated, and looking for a home. The cat and many others will be at Petsmart in Palm Coast Saturday from 10 – 3 as part of an adoption event. See more details below. (Community Cats of Palm Coast)

Weekend: Cloudy Friday and Saturday with periods of rain, highs in the 60s Friday, 50s Saturday and Sunday. Sunny Sunday. Lows in the mid-040s Friday night, when it’ll certainly rain, in the mid to lower 30s Saturday and Sunday night. Details here.
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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 on WNZF: Host David Ayres welcomes Florida Hospital Flagler CEO Ron Jimenez to discuss the future of health care in Flagler, and the Free Clinic, starting a little after 9 a.m. with a commentary by FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam on the gay wedding cake case the Supreme Court heard this week.

Friday: In Court: A trial before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig is scheduled in the case of George Wood, 31, a resident of 15 Pineland Lane in Palm Coast, who faces charges of armed burglary, escape, grand theft and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, in an incident alleged to have happened during the Hurricane Matthew emergency, on Utility Drive in Palm Coast. If convicted, Wood faces up to 30 years in prison. Wood has served three different stints in Florida state prison for grand theft and fleeing from police, theft, trafficking in stolen property and other charges. He was last released in February 2014. He’s been at the county jail awaiting trial since his March arrest. Assistant State Attorney Joe LeDonne is prosecuting the case. Wood is represented by Assistant Public Defender Regina Nunnally, in Courtroom 401 starting at 9 a.m., Flagler County Courthouse.

Friday: In Court: Former state Rep. Dwayne Taylor, a democrat from Daytona Beach who had also served as a city councilman there, will be sentenced after being convicted on wire-fraud charges stemming from allegations that he improperly used campaign money. 9 a.m., U.S. Courthouse, 401 West Central Blvd., Orlando.

Friday: The Florida Commission on Ethics will consider, among a series of issues, five Flagler County cases involving complaints regarding four county commissioners and the county attorney, Al Hadeed, who are seeking repayment of attorneys’ fees spent defending against complaints against them that the ethics commission deemed frivolous. An administrative law judge in a series of five orders last fall recommended that former Flagler County Supervisor of Elections Kimberle Weeks and two acolytes who’d filed numerous frivolous formal complaints against those county officials pay a combined $312,000. (See the background story here.) 8:30 a.m., 1st District Court of Appeal, 2000 Drayton Dr., Tallahassee.

Friday, Saturday: Community Chorus of Palm Coast Holiday Concert: Under the direction of Community Chorus of Palm Coast’s new Choral Director, Jens Oliva, the CCPC members will be performing the Magnificat by Pergolesi with an instrumental ensemble and other festive music. This delightful program is certain to entertain everyone. Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m., at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 156 N. Florida Park Drive in Palm Coast. Donations are welcome. Phone 386-986-8899 or go to for more information.

flagler playhouseFriday, Saturday: Every Christmas Story Ever Told, and Then Some, the annual Flagler Playhouse fundraiser, starring Playhouse favorites, Bruce Popielarski and Rich Lacey, and newcomer Steve Andrews, the show is about three actors who decide to perform a mash-up of every Christmas story ever told – plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, AND every Christmas carol ever sung. Their hilarious antics will get you in the Christmas spirit, AND you’ll be helping us to provide quality theatrical entertainment at Flagler’s own Community Theatre. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Book online at, or call the box office at 386-586-0773.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Cirque Italia: Cirque Italia, the first traveling Water Circus, introduces a second unit, the Gold Unit: a luxurious experience where technology and preforming arts are mixed to create a one-of-a-kind show. This new performance will feature an ultra-modern water curtain that controls every droplet of water meticulously. Cirque Italia is ready to provide a breathtaking experience. This new stage by itself is enough to amaze the most demanding audience, and synchronized with the most creative display of superhuman talent – the result is simply out of this world. Whether it’s a futuristic laser act or mesmerizing aerial performances, the show has something for all tastes and expectations. One thing Cirque Italia sets out to accomplish is to create a type of world-class entertainment suitable for all age groups. This new second unit also follows the same strict animal-free policy that makes the Water Circus stand out from other circus entertainment shows. At: Town Center – across from Epic Theatres of Palm Coast. You can purchase tickets through our website ( or by phone: (941) 704-8572. Ticket prices range from $10 to $50 per person. Shows:
· Friday: 7:30pm
· Saturday: 1:30pm, 4:30pm & 7:30pm
· Sunday: 1:30pm & 4:30pm

Saturday: Kitten Adoption from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at PetSmart in the Target shopping center, Palm Coast. The adoption event is organized by Community Cats of Palm Coast. “All have been rescued, raised in foster homes, vaccinated, tested and spay/neutered. If you think you may want to adopt, consider contacting us to be pre-approved,” organizers say. See their Facebook page here.

Saturday: Live Like Cameron Foundation presents Holiday of Hope: The Live Like Cameron Foundation will hold its first fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Florida Agricultural Museum. The craft fair will include games, barbecue, raffles and photos with Santa. There will also be toy collections for Sadie’s Stockings Toy Drive, and monetary donations will be accepted for another child’s local blanket drive. Florida Agricultural Museum, 7900 N Old Kings Road Palm Coast.

ugly sweater contextSaturday: Ugly Christmas Sweater Paw-Ty! 1 to 3 p.m., hosted by Bed & Biscuit Inn, 711 John Anderson Hwy., Flagler Beach. Best Pet and Human “Ugly” Holiday Sweater Contest at 2:30. $10 first dog, $2 each additional dog, Humans FREE! Raffles, Refreshments, & Snacks for ALL! Pictures with Santa, Inflatable Bouncers for Kids, Dog Swimming and Bone Hunt. Proceeds to benefit Save a Furry Friend Animal Rescue, Inc. (SAFFARI) vet expenses. SAFFARI is a nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue based on volunteer fostering until adoption.

Saturday, Sunday: “The Messiah” Presented at the First Church of Palm Coast, 4 to 6 p.m. The First Church Ensemble will perform the oratorio at the First Church of Palm Coast, pastored by the Rev. Gillard S. Glover. “The Messiah” will be conducted by Dr. Samuel Shingles, director of Choral Activities at the Paxon School for Advanced Studies. Dr. Shingles is formerly dean of Arts and Sciences, department chair of Music, and choir director at Edward Waters College. The performance will begin 4 p.m.. A suggested $20 donation per person will defray the cost of the production. First Church, located at 91 North Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, can be contacted at 386-446-5759.

Saturday, Sunday: Home for the Holidays: The Flagler County Association of REALTORS invites you to the third annual Home for the Holidays. This event will be held Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. This is an open house weekend event that will feature available homes throughout Flagler County decorated with heartwarming ornaments and delicious holiday treats to get you in the holiday spirit. Join us and enter drawings with lots of great prizes. The more homes you visit the more chances to win. For more information go to our website and find yourself a ho-ho-home for the holidays.

Saturday: Flagler Art & Wine Shuttle: The shuttle will run between Flagler Beach and Palm Coast’s Hammock between noon and 6 p.m. , allowing registered guests to visit different art venues along the 15-mile route. Everyone will be able to get on and off the vans at designated stops. Riders can always take the next van as it comes by. What a great way to spend a December afternoon! Art, wine, snacks, music, and great people. Save the date and stay tuned for updates. Tickets are $25 each at Ocean Art Gallery, 206 Moody Blvd. (SR 100), Flagler Beach. visit the following eight art venues: Ocean Art Gallery, Gallery of Local Art, SeaCasas, The Baliker Gallery, Art LaMary Studio, Hammock Wine & Cheese, Grand Living Realty Design Center and Daytona State College Art Center. or call 386-693-4882.

Saturday: Palm Coast’s Starlight Parade in Central Park, with events starting at 4 p.m. with the pre-parade Starlight Event, until close to 7 p.m. That pre-parade event features live entertainment, including music and games by DJ Vern, music by students from Old Kings Elementary School and the Flagler Palm Coast High School Formality Singers, and the VertiFit Aerial Arts Show, an acrobatic performance from the ground up. There will be visits with Santa (bring your own camera for photos) and free children’s activities, including Letters to Santa, a kid’s coloring table, and a Christmas wish list station. A sand art craft will be available for a small fee. Parks & Recreation will offer an Expo with a tennis demonstration, a mini-nature/fitness walk around the lake, and a Teddy Bear Picnic story. The parade itself gets under way at 7 p.m.

Saturday: Harlem Globetrotters World Tour comes to the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach at 4 p.m. A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to experience the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Prepare to be amazed as the Globetrotters showcase basketball’s first 4-point line, located 30 feet from the basket – 6 feet, 3 inches beyond the top of the NBA’s current 3-point line. You won’t want your family to miss it! Experiencing the Globetrotters is even better live. The best seats sell out fast; buy your tickets now. Tickets range from $18 to $75. For more information, visit

Sunday: Holiday in the Gardens at Washington Oaks Garden State Park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission with an unwrapped toy or canned good donation leads you to live entertainment, photos with Santa, children’s arts and crafts, tea with Mrs. Claus (ask her why the sexism: why is Mr. Claus still the one with all the gifts?) There’s also a plant sale, holiday vendors and other goodies. Contact 386/446-6783.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: The Jacksonville Symphony’s Holiday Pops Concert featuring the talents of the Symphony, Symphony Chorus, guest singers, dancers, and the area’s only guaranteed snow fall. At Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall 300 Water St Jacksonville. Tickets and concert times here.

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

  • Friday: Lowe’s, 315 Cypress Edge Drive, Palm Coast, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Epic Theaters, 1185 Central Avenue, Palm Coast, from noon to 6 p.m.

Ongoing: the 12th Annual Fantasy Lights Festival at Central Park in Palm Coast’s Town Center, hosted by the Rotary Club of Flagler County: 6:30-9 p.m. each night. Fantasy Lights is a free, self-guided walking tour around Central Park with 40 large animated light displays, festive live and broadcast holiday music, holiday snacks and beverages. A favorite for the kids is Santa’s Village with a collection of elf houses festively painted and nestled among the lights, warm fire to roast marshmallows or create s’mores, and encircling the village is Santa’s Merry Train Ride.



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.

REVENUE ESTIMATING CONFERENCE MEETS: The Revenue Estimating Conference will hold what is known as an “impact” conference. (Friday, 9 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

MORGAN SPEAKS AT ORLANDO TIGER BAY: Orlando attorney John Morgan, who led an effort last year that broadly legalized medical marijuana in Florida, will speak to the Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida. (Friday, noon, Country Club of Orlando, 1601 Country Club Dr., Orlando.)

FINANCIAL AID AT ISSUE: The Education Estimating Conference will analyze issues related to student financial aid. (Friday, 2 p.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)


—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive


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

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June 19: The Flagler County Technical Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room of the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
June 19: The Tourist Development Council meets at 10 a.m. in board chambers at Government Services Building, Bunnell.
June 19: The Flagler County Contractor Review Board meets at 5 p.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
June 19: Rhonda Harvey, Chief Operating Officer for SMA Healthcare, is the speaker at the Flagler Tiger Bay Club meeting starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Hammock Dunes Club in Palm Coast. Harvey will discuss navigating the landscape of behavioral healthcare, addiction and recovery and suicide prevention. Under her direction, SMA served over 26,000 clients in 2018 at fourteen locations in the four county area. $40 for non-members.
June 19: The Flagler Chamber of Commerce and Flagler Beach businesses meet to address short and long-term concerns and solutions to the A1A construction project at 8 a.m at the city commission room, 105 South 2nd Street.
June 19: The Flagler Beach Economic Development Task Force meets at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St.
June 19: Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins hosts a Community Outreach Meeting at 6 p.m. at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 N US Hwy 1, Palm Coast.
June 20: 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, 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.
June 21: Urban Surf 4 Kids Surf Camp, South 6th Street on the beach, Flagler Beach, starting at 9 a.m.
June 21: Senior Summer Celebration Cookout (Senior Special Event), 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. Celebrate the first day of summer with a cookout at the Community Center. Hot dogs, hamburgers and fixings will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a side dish. Sign up at the front desk with the dish you are bringing. $5/person with pre-registration required at More info: 386-986-2323.
June 21: Dive-in Movies, 8 p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. Just bring your swimsuit and enjoy the show! Dive-in movie nights at the Palm Coast Aquatics Center provides a unique outdoor movie viewing experience for the entire family. Be sure to grab your favorite snack, sit back and enjoy the show! Food and snacks will be available for purchase. This month features “Hotel Transylvania 3” (PG). $1/seniors & youth and $2/adults. More info: 386-986-4741 and
June 22: New works by JJ Graham fill the gallery walls for the gallery's monthly event. Celebrate with us during JJ’s birthday month. A gourmet taco bar and drinks are included with the purchase of admission. Our live musical guest is Jake Cox. 6 p.m., 802 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. Admission: $15. Parking: Overflow parking is across the street at the sheriff's operations office.
June 22: Watson Realty Corp. hosts its annual summer kick-off and family fun day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1410 Palm Coast Parkway, with firefighters, sheriff's deputies offering safety tips, games, food and music.
June 23: Bow Wow Bingo to benefit the Flagler Humane Society, $25 cost includes a fish fry, 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 53 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast.
June 24-27: Golf Summer Camp – Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m-1 p.m. at Palm Harbor Golf Club, 20 Palm Harbor Drive, Palm Coast. Learn the game of golf during these fun-filled days of short game, full swing, putting, golf etiquette, sportsmanship, and friendly competition. Open to all skill levels. Lunch, snacks, & drinks included. For ages 6-16 years. $150/week. Deadline to register is June 17. Registration required at More info: 386-986-2323.
June 24-27: Tennis Summer Camp (Session 2) – Monday-Friday, 9 a.m-4pm. at Belle Terre Park, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. Tennis and so much more! Please come with athletic clothes and shoes, swimsuit (for the pool), water bottle, sunscreen, lunch, snacks and drinks. For ages 6-13 years. $175/week. Registration required at More info: 386-986-2323.
June 24: Nar-Anon offers hope and help for families and friends of addicts. Every Monday, 6 p.m., St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, Palm Coast, Fellowship Hall Entrance. See the website,, or call (800) 477-6291.
June 24: 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.
June 25: The Flagler County Opioid Task Force meets at 6 p.m. at the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway. The task force will meet the fourth Tuesday of every month at the library through November.
June 26: A meeting of Facing Grief Together, formerly known as 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. Facing Grief Together, 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 Facing Grief Together, visit their national website at
June 29: First Aid and CPR/AED 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fire Station 25, 1250 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast. 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 registration required by 9 a.m. June 27. Register at More info: 386-986-2300 and
June 29-20: Jr. Lifeguard Camp, 8 a.m-12p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. The Junior Lifeguard Camp offers step-by-step lifeguarding skill development. Learn water safety, lifeguard rescues, and First Aid CPR/AED in a weekend camp. Class attendees will receive a CPR mask, Red Cross whistle and T-shirt. For ages 11-15 years. $70/session. Registration required at More info: 386-986-2323.
July 1: Nar-Anon offers hope and help for families and friends of addicts. Every Monday, 6 p.m., St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, Palm Coast, Fellowship Hall Entrance. See the website,, or call (800) 477-6291.
July 3: Fireworks in the Park: Kick off your Independence Day celebration one day early July 3. Pack your picnic basket and bring your blanket and chairs to watch the free colorful display at Central Park at Town Center, 975 Central Ave, beginning at 9 p.m. Entertainment and food vendors will begin at 6 p.m. A patriotic ceremony starts at 7 p.m.
July 5: First Friday Garden and Butterfly Walk at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., 10 a.m. Join a ranger at 10am 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.
July 5-7: midsummer madness"A Midsummer Night's Madness," a summer workshop production at Palm Coast's City Repertory Theatre. Tickets are $15, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Book here.

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