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Weekend Briefing: Pier Open Again, Christmas With a Deputy, Soccer Tryouts, Nutcracker, Boat Parade, Dvorak

| December 15, 2017

After yet another closure for repairs following Hurricane Irma, the Flagler Beach Pier reopened this week to fishermen and lesser beings. In the words of Rick Belhumeur, one of the city's commissioners, it 'makes it feel like the city is whole again.' (© FlaglerLive)

After yet another closure for repairs following Hurricane Irma, the Flagler Beach Pier reopened this week to fishermen and lesser beings. In the words of Rick Belhumeur, one of the city’s commissioners, it ‘makes it feel like the city is whole again.’ (© FlaglerLive)

Weekend: Partly cloudy, mild, highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s to lower 60s. 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 Index32
The OED’s Word of the Day: arride, v..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


dvorak symphony from the new world“The attempt to describe a new musical composition may not be quite so futile as an effort to photograph the perfume of a flower, yet it is an experiment of similar nature. Only an imperfect and perhaps misleading idea of the character of so complex a work of art as a symphony can be conveyed through the medium of cold type; yet, when there is no other way, even that must be tried. Accepting, then, the doubtful premise that music can be treated intelligently In words, no one need look for a more fruitful topic at present than the new symphony made known by the Philharmonic Society at Music Hall on Friday afternoon and repeated last night, to the evident delight of a large audience. This work ls entitled “Z Novecho Sveta,” which is, being translated, “From the New World.” It is dated 1893, and is Opus 95 of Antonin Dvorak, the famous Bohemian master, now a resident of this city.”

–From the New York Times review of Dvorak’s premier of his Symphony From the New World at Carnegie Hall, Dec. 16, 1893.

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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 is off today, the Observer’s Brian McMillan will host, welcoming County Commissioner Dave Sullivan, Supervisor of Elections Kaiti Lenhart and Chamber President Jorge Gutierrez, starting a little after 9 a.m.

Friday: The 10th Annual Christmas with a Deputy is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Chiumento Dwyer Hertel Grant law firm in Town Center. That’s when Flagler County’s poorer children are paired with a cop, handed a $150 gift card, and set loose at Target to buy their Christmas presents, with a deputy tagging along. The children get to ride to Target in a cop car, all lights ablaze.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: The Jacksonville Symphony presents Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet, four performances, under the direction of Deanna Tham. Tickets and times here.

Saturday: Breakfast With Santa at 10 a.m. at Matanzas High School, $5 per person, proceeds to go toward Flagler County Relay For Life.

Saturday: Car Show and Toy Drive for Wolfson Children’s Hospital at Tony’s pizza in Flagler Beach, with a DJ, cool cars, giveaways, an awesome cause, and pizza. For every toy donated you will receive one raffle ticket into the drawing for multiple prizes. You DO NOT have to bring a toy to attend but it is much appreciated if you do. Event starts at 2 p.m., runs until 6 p.m. 428 Beach Village Dr, Flagler Beach. Call 439-9900.

Saturday: 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.

Saturday: palm coast soccerTryouts for the 2018 Season for Palm Coast Soccer are held at Holland Park in Palm Coast from 10 a.m. to noon. Palm Coast Soccer is a recreational tournament club for players ages 10 to 18. The organization is looking for players to fill its teams for the upcoming 2018 Season, which runs from January through August. Contact info@palmcoastsoccer.com or visit the website at palcoastsoccer.com.

Saturday: Now in its 34th year, the Palm Coast Holiday Boat Parade is scheduled for 6 p.m., departing from the Cimmaron Basin. The parade will be escorted by boats from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, Tow Boat U.S., the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Palm Coast Auxiliary of the U.S. Coast Guard. Mayor Milissa Holland will serve as Grand Marshall. Details and registration form here.

Saturday, Sunday: The Jacksonville Symphony presents Handel’s Messiah, two performances only, under the direction of Nathan Aspinall, with the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus, Emily Birsan, soprano, Amanda Crider, mezzo-soprano, Jason Ferrante, tenor, and Craig Irvin, baritone. Tickets and times here.

Sunday: The Saint Augustine Ballet presents its ninth annual production of the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. For more information, call (855) 222-2849 or visit www.saintaugustineballet.com.

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

  • Sunday: Starbucks on Palm Coast Parkway (Island Walk), 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 18: Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway, 11 a.m. to 4 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.

Announcements:

Skip A Week: A Message from the St. Johns Water Management District on Not Mowing Your Lawn: One of the great things about living in Florida is the beautiful weather we have most of the year. A flip side of our year-round warm weather is not remembering that our lawns and landscapes take a winter break and naturally go dormant, reducing their need for irrigation. This year the St. Johns River Water Management District is joining in the Skip a Week campaign developed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District to encourage efficient irrigation practices specific to winter months. This campaign focuses on studies showing that lawns need only about three-quarters of an inch of water every 10 to 14 days during the winter, and less if it has rained. Irrigating every other week during December, January and February (skipping a week) could save more than 1 billion gallons of water in our District alone. That’s a lot of water! Watering too much makes lawns less able to survive dry conditions, encouraging shallow, weak root systems, leading to weeds, pests and diseases. In addition to the Skip a Week campaign, our winter watering restrictions of one-day-per-week on designated days allow sufficient irrigation to maintain healthy lawns. You’ll know if your lawn needs water when blades fold in half, turn blue-gray or leave footprints.

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.

ACCESS TO CIVIL JUSTICE AT ISSUE: The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice, which was created by Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, will meet. (Friday, 1 p.m., Hotel Duval, 415 North Monroe St., Tallahassee.)

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS DUE IN HD 58: Candidates in a Dec. 19 special election in Hillsborough County’s House District 58 face a Friday deadline for filing updated campaign-finance information. The seat became open when former Rep. Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City, resigned. The candidates are Republican Lawrence McClure, Democrat Jose Vazquez, Libertarian Bryan Zemina and no-party candidate Ahmad Hussam Saadaldin.

 

—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

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

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Nov. 20: The Flagler County Commission holds oath of office ceremonies for newly elected Commissioners Greg Hansen and Joe Mullins, at 9:30 a.m. at the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
Nov. 20: The Flagler County Canvassing Board meets at 10 a.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Office, Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Boulevard, Building 2, Suite 101. The agenda: Manual post-audit.
Nov. 20: janet mcdonald live interviewThe Flagler County School Board meets for an information-only workshop at 1 p.m. in Training Room 3 on the third floor of the Government Services Building, Bunnell, when it will hear updates on its use of facilities policy, on the PAL program and its own operations manual, and at 6 p.m., when Board members Janet McDonald, Andy Dance and Trevor Tucker are all sworn-in after winning their re-election bids. The board will then reorganize and appoint a new chair. It will then conduct its regular business.
Nov. 20: The Palm Coast City Council meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The council is expected to approve an agreement with county government resolving a dispute over the Airport Commons development across from Bulldog Drive, and certify the election results that ended with the election of Eddie Branquinho and Jack Howell to the council, who will be taking their oath of office at the end of the meeting. The council will then reorganize its committee assignments.
Nov. 20: The Bunnell Planning and Zoning Board meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 201 West Moody Boulevard, Bunnell.
Nov. 20: The River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization, a regional panel that includes representatives from several Flagler County governments, meets at 1:15 p.m. (Citizens Advisory Committee) and at 3 p.m. (Technical Coordinating Committee) at 2570 W. International Speedway Blvd., Suite 100 (Conference Room), Daytona Beach. Agenda here.
Nov. 20: Stetson Choral Union, Sandra Peter, conductor. Lord Nelson Mass by Joseph Haydn performed by Stetson’s largest choral ensemble with orchestra. 7:30 First Baptist Church, DeLand 725 N Woodland Blvd, DeLand. 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.
Nov. 21: The Flagler County Sheriff's Domestic Violence Task Force gathers for its first follow-up meeting since January to discuss successes, challenges and progress, at 10 a.m. in the jury assembly room on the first floor of the Flagler County courthouse. There will be updates from the Social Services, Mental health and Medical Services, Education, Faith Based Services and the Criminal Justice Committees.
Nov. 21: The Flagler County Technical Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room of the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
Nov. 21: The Flagler County Contractor Review Board meets at 5 p.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
Nov. 21: The Flagler County Value Adjustment Board meets at 10 a.m. at the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
Nov. 22: Get “Huffin’ N Puffin’ before all the Turkey N Stuffin’” at this year’s Thanksgiving Feet to Feast 5K, presented by Palm Coast’s Parks & Recreation on Thanksgiving morning. This event is a Thanksgiving Day tradition, taking runners and walkers along some of Palm Coast’s most beautiful trails and walkways. The race will begin at 7:45 a.m. at the Flagler/Palm Coast Campus of Daytona State College, 3000 Palm Coast Pkwy SE, Palm Coast, and continue down and along the beautiful waterfront path on the Intracoastal Waterway and back through the tree-lined St. Joe Walkway. A free Kids Fun Run for ages 6 and younger will begin at 8:45 a.m. $25 early-bird registration, through Nov. 12; $35 regular registration (Nov. 13-21), $40 day-of-race registration (cash or check only), starting at 6:30 a.m. Nov. 22 at the Flagler/Palm Coast Campus of Daytona State College
$20 for students K-12. Register here: www.palmcoastgov.com/FeettoFeast.
Nov. 23-25: “All things Christmas,” on Black Friday weekend, a fund-raiser for the Nearly New Thrift Store: Holiday table runners, Christmas ornaments and festive items will be on display for sale at the Santa Maria del Mar Church Learning Center on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Learning Center is located at 915 North Central Avenue in Flagler Beach. For more information on the Nearly New Thrift Store, stop by the store or call. 386 439-0071.
Nov. 27: The City of Palm Coast is planning to apply for a grant to fund new walking trails and paths at Long Creek Nature Preserve, and as part of the grant application process, the City will hold a public meeting to receive citizens’ comments on the proposed project. The public is invited to the meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy NE. The City is seeking a Recreational Trails Program Grant for the upcoming phase of improvements to the park, which opened in 2015 at 1050 Palm Harbor Pkwy., Palm Coast. Plans call for a new 8-foot-wide shell path that includes overlooks into Long Creek. For more information, contact Cindi Lane, Communications & Marketing Manager, at clane@palmcoastgov.com and 386-986-3708.
Nov. 27: The Flagler County NAACP will convene at 6 p.m., at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 U.S. 1 North, Palm Coast. The Election Supervisory Committee will supervise the branch election of officers and at-large members for the 2019-2021 Executive Committee. And, because the election is important, the membership is urged to attend. For further details, call the NAACP at 386-446-7822.
Nov. 28-30: Flagler Beach Aviation Days at the Flagler Beach Museum, 207 S. Central Ave, Flagler Beach, three days of free aviation-related events: November 28th is the anniversary date of Charles Lindbergh’s forced landing at the Flagler Beach Airport in 1931. This momentous event, along with the story of Okey & Martha Bevins, famous aviators who operated the beach airport flying school, and the importance of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Coastal Patrol Base 5 in Flagler Beach during 1942-43, will be celebrated during the three-day event. Displays will be set up at the museum and the free events will include: November 28, Charles Lindbergh Day. There will be a walking tour to the site of the airport beacon, now the south lot of the Flagler Beach Community Church, and to Betty Steflick Preserve to view the remains of the runways. November 29, Okey and Martha Bevin’s Day. Becky Moses, cousin of Okey, has offered to share memorabilia for display, and will be available to share some family history and talk with attendees. November 30, CAP Day. Tom Duncan will present and discuss a power point presentation of his book, “Forgotten Flyers and Airfields” in the Commission Chambers at City Hall.
Nov. 28: 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. Brady will have information about special grieve services available from Vitas for anybody who will need help during the holiday time and will talk about a special candle lighting ceremony on December 9.
To learn more about The Compassionate Friends, visit their national website at www.compassionatefriends.org.
Nov. 28: The Flagler Education Foundation leads one of its bi-monthly free tours of the school district's Classroom to Careers Flagship Programs. Each public school offers a unique Flagship Program, which allows students unique opportunities to discover paths that lead them from the classroom to career success. The tours visit one or two schools at a time, with student ambassadors that take the group on a guided tour of their programs. Community members are able to interact with the students, the Education Foundation, and school staff to ask questions about the programs. The goal is to inform the public of the programs students participate in from Kindergarten through high school. There are currently 23 programs spread over all nine traditional public schools. Anyone interested in participating may contact the Education Foundation's Shelley Wheeler at wheelers@flaglerschools.com or 386-437-8929 x1123, for the time and location to meet. Per school safety guidelines everyone will need to bring a picture ID to enter the schools. Today's tours: Flagler Palm Coast High School's aerospace, i3 and teaching academies at 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 28: 2018 Sunshine Seminar Series presented by the First Amendment Foundation, with overviews on the Sunshine Law, discussions of open government and First Amendment and media law, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., $20 for foundation members, $35 for non-members, click here to register, at the Orlando Sentinel, 633 North Orange Avenue, Orlando.
Nov. 28: Chanticleer performs at 7 p.m. at the At the Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Boulevard, Daytona Beach. Call 386/671-3462 or book tickets here. $39 to $69. It's a presentation of the Daytona Beach Symphony Society.
Nov. 29: Jonathan Canales, who was found guilty of attempted first degree murder by a Flagler County jury in October, is sentenced at 1:30 p.m. by Circuit Judge Terence Perkins in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. The judge has no discretion: Canales is to be sentenced to mandatory life without parole.
Nov. 29: Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist and director for research for the Florida Chamber Foundation, is the Common Grounds breakfast speaker at 8 a.m. He will be providing an update on the Florida 2030 research project of the Florida Chamber Foundation, including how the demographics of Florida are changing the state and how that will affect Florida and Flagler County, and on the state's business climate and how to keep the positive momentum. Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Dr., Palm Coast. Registration required by Nov. 26. Members can preregister for $25, Guests and future members can attend for $35.
Nov. 29: 2018 Sunshine Seminar Series presented by the First Amendment Foundation, with overviews on the Sunshine Law, discussions of open government and First Amendment and media law, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., $20 for foundation members, $35 for non-members, click here to register, at the The Florida Times-Union, 1 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville.
Nov. 30, Dec. 2: The Community Chorus of Palm Coast presents its Winter Concert Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Florida Park Drive. Free. Concerts. For additional information contact President Jeff McKay at 386-405-2820 or visit our website. Communitychorusofpalmcoast.com.
Dec. 1: dsc daytona state college logoEnrollment Day at Daytona State College, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at DSC’s Daytona Beach Campus, Wetherell Center, located at 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Students can take advantage of the one-stop event to complete everything from admission to registration and have a chance to win a $350 scholarship from the Daytona State Foundation. How it works: Students start by completing a Daytona State application, then meet with an Admissions Advisor and Financial Aid Counselor, take an assessment test (if applicable), meet with an Academic Advisor, and then lock in their schedule. The Daytona State Financial Aid Office will be open to assist with college education financing and will provide assistance to complete the financial aid applications (FAFSA). Academic Advisors will also be available to talk about unique academic programs such as Honors College and Learning Communities which includes Linked Classes and Daytona State’s award-winning QUANTA program. Enrollment Day event will culminate with a free drawing for a $350 scholarship presented by the Daytona State Foundation; only students registering for classes at the event will be eligible for this drawing.
Dec. 1: Ocean Art Gallery celebrates the Holiday Season with an exciting Art Reception, Sea Turtle Art Raffle Drawing, and an Olive Oil Tasting from 5 – 8 p.m. at its Granada Plaza location in Ormond Beach. The gallery concludes its November-long fundraising project called Turtle Palooza II with the drawing of the winning ticket for “Amazing Grace,” a sea turtle painting donated by watercolorist and gallery co-owner Bibi Gromling. The drawing will be at 7:30 pm. The winner does not have to be present. The gallery will showcase a variety of art from its 33 artists, most of whom are from Central Florida and very well-known throughout the state and the Southeast US. Mediums represented include oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, poured acrylic, photography, sculpture, and sterling silver jewelry. The Reception will have live music provided by the Dr. Cashband and refreshments will be served.
Dec. 2: University Concert Band, Douglas Phillips, conductor: The newly established University Concert Band invites you to celebrate the start of the holiday season. Seasonally themed selections include: Percy Grainger’s beautiful Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol, variants on a Mediaeval Tune (In Dulci Jubilo) by Norman Dello Joio, A Hanukkah Festival to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah, themes from John Williams’ soundtrack to the classic holiday movie franchise “Home Alone,” Alfred Reed’s glorious Russian Christmas Music, and of course, no holiday band concert would be complete without Leroy Anderson’s classic holiday favorite, Sleigh Ride. 3 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, 386-822-8950. Admission: $10 adults, $5 youth and students and free for ages 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door.
audition my name is alice Dec. 3-4: Audition Call: Flagler Playhouse's "A... My Name is Alice": Audition dates/time: Monday and Tuesday @ 6:30 pm at Flagler Playhouse. Looking for 5 talented females to play multiple roles in the musical, "A... My Name is Alice". Voice types needed: 2 sopranos, 3 altos. Ages: 18 and up. Please prepare a song in the Pop genre for the audition. You will also be asked to read prepared selections as part of the audition process. If you are unable to make the scheduled audition dates, please email Michele at moneil50@gmail.com for an alternate date. Performance dates : January 25 through February 10, 2019. Please park in the rear lot and enter through the cast door.
Dec. 4: The Flagler County Commission, the Flagler Beach City Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hold a Joint Workshop to discuss the 6.25 mile Flagler Beach dune restoration project, at 1 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bldg. 3 (behind the Government Services Building), Bunnell.
Dec. 7: Florida House Rep. Paul Renner and Sen. Travis Hutson hold the annual legislative delegation meeting with local officials and organizations from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Flagler County Commission Chambers, 1769 E Moody Blvd., Building 2, Bunnell, to elect a Chair and Vice Chair of the Flagler County Delegation and take public testimony on legislative issues, appropriations, and local bills in the upcoming legislative session. Flagler County Delegation meetings are open to the public.
Dec. 7: Coffee Series at the Palm Coast Community Center, 9 a.m.: Tammy Cornelius, the Cardiology Cath Lab Manager at Florida Hospital Flagler, will help you “Know Your Numbers. They Could Just Save Your Life.” We know a lot of numbers by heart, but do you know the most critical numbers for your heart health? Cornelius will discuss heart health and the important numbers you need to know, as well as signs and symptoms of heart disease and peripheral vascular disease.Coffee Series is sponsored by Florida Hospital Flagler, Parks & Rec’s health and wellness event partner. It is held at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. The coffee and lecture are free, but pre-registration is required: www.parksandrec.fun/seniors.
Dec. 7-8: open records florida transparency barbara peterson 119 sunshine law first amendment foundationThe Flagler Beach Library hosts a two-day holiday book sale, from 10 to 5 on Friday and from 10 to 2 on Saturday, with a sneak peek for cardholders only on Thursday from 10 to 5, 315 South 7th Street, Flagler Beach.
Dec. 7 and 9: The Choral Arts Society marks the Christmas season with a pair of concert at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5400 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast. For more information contact Betty Christian at betty@inthecreek.com or call 407/474-1437. See the website at http://www.casfl.org.
Dec. 7-9: Christmas Classic Radio Show: "It's a Wonderful Life," Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., at The Flagler Playhouse, 301 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. Call the box office at 386-586-0773 or visit the website for tickets here. The Christmas Classic Radio Show, It's a Wonderful Life reworks the classic holiday film starring Jimmy Stewart and is set in a 1940s radio studio with a cast of five actors playing multiple roles and creating sound effects. They tell George Bailey's story of redemption, renewal and rejuvenation. This show is NOT part of our regular subscription season. Tickets for this show are $25.
Dec. 8: The Palm Coast Starlight Parade takes place starting at 7 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center – featuring colorful lighted floats, talented marching bands, and prizes for the top entries. All participants are encouraged to add lighted holiday displays to their floats. The route will begin at the Round-About on Central Avenue (east of Market Avenue) and head east; turning north onto Park Street, east onto Lake Avenue, and south on City Place; then continuing south on Bulldog Drive. Parade entry is free. The judging categories will be: Best of Parade, Best Marching Unit, Best Float and Best Decorated Vehicle. Prior to the Starlight Holiday Parade, the City of Palm Coast's Parks & Recreation Department will host a fun-filled afternoon at Central Park starting at 4 p.m. Visitors will enjoy live entertainment and performances; arrival of Santa and visits with Santa, food and beverages. Santa will visit with children until 6 p.m., and families will be able to take their own photos.
Dec. 9: Holiday in the Garden at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., holiday music, vendors, photos with Santa, children's arts and crafts, free entry with toy or canned good donation.
Dec. 9: Worldwide Candle Lighting, for Children gone too soon, 6 to 9 p.m., Sunsplash Park, 611 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. Organized by The Compassionate Friends of Volusia and Flagler Counties. Contact Carol Fisher (386-793-1779) or Patricia Armor(386-290-8752) with questions or for more information. The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit at 7 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon. Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the 22nd annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. This event started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance and has since swelled in numbers as word has spread throughout the world. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten. https://www.compassionatefriends.org/event/22nd-annual-worldwide-candle-lighting/
You and your family are invited to bring framed pictures, photo albums, special songs, letters or poems (if you’d like). We will have table of love with pictures and momentos. We encourage all to bring flashlights, and dress appropriately for the weather.
Dec. 9: society for crypto judaic studiesDr. Sharonah Fredrick is among the presenters at the 9th Conference of the the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies and the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society at World Golf Village, 500 S Legacy Trail, St Augustine. This unique conference that will explore the lives and challenges faced by Jews and descendants of Jews who traveled to areas of America under the thumb of the Spanish Inquisition. Focusing on those Jews who converted to Christianity or hid their religious heritage, the conference will discuss the lives of these Crypto-Jews or Conversos who settled in America in the early years of the country, specifically in the Southeast. Presentations by scholars and historians will discuss the history of Spanish and Portuguese communities in the colonial period, operation of the Inquisition in the New World and research into crypto-Judaism especially as it pertains to what today is called the Southeastern United States. You can learn more about Dr. Fredrick and register for this important conference by visiting https://scjssajhsconferenc.wixsite.com/onedayconference/presenters . Conference registration including conference attendance, a lunch and keynote speaker and coffee and pastry service in the morning hours is $50. Registration after October 29 will be $65. Registration, which will commence August 15, should be directed to this Pay Pal account or sent to Post Office Box 174, SAJHS Conference, 701 Market Street, Suite 111, St Augustine, FL 32095. Checks and payment should be made payable to “SAJHS Conference.” The conference will end with a performance of “The Secret” by Lee Weaver – a compelling tale of the experience of a crypto-Jew in 16th century St, Augustine, The performance will be at 7 p.m. Sunday evening in the hotel. Tickets for the performance are $20.




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Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

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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The New York Philharmonic in a 2016 Performance of Dvorak’s New World Symphony

The symphony premiered at what became Carnegie Hall 124 years ago Saturday, on Dec. 16, 1893.

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