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| February 2, 2018

The Flagler Youth Orchestra's top ensemble is in concert at Palm Coast's Methodist Church Saturday. See below for details. (© FlaglerLive)

The Flagler Youth Orchestra’s top ensemble is in concert at Palm Coast’s Methodist Church Saturday. See below for details. (© FlaglerLive)

Weekend: Friday and Saturday in the 60s, Sunday possibly rainy, high in the 70s, low in the 40s Friday, in the 50s the rest of the weekend. 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 Index8
The OED’s Word of the Day: quomodocunquizing, adj..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“A religion is, at its heart, a way of denying the authority of the rest of the world; it is a way of saying to fellow human beings and to the state those fellow humans have erected, ‘No, I will not accede to your will.’ This is a radically destabilizing proposition, central not only to the civil resistance of Martin Luther King Jr., and Mohandas Gandhi, but also to Operation Rescue, the activist anti-abortion group whose confrontational tactics are rejected by such moderate pro-life groups as the National Right to Life Committee.”

–Stephen Carter, from “The Culture of Disbelief” (1993).


Malcolm X | Dead bodies | 17th Century Nature | Imperfect mother | One’s stupidity | Third World | Tramps’ necessity | Stock market folly | Sunrise on America | Migrants through time | Mother tongues | Roth on age | Baudrillard’s reality | Madame de Sévigné’s fever | Public opinion | Wealth and art | Pascal’s world | Wheelies | Knausgaard on writing | Bach’s grace | Suffragette fury | Donna Tartt | Regrettable intercourse | Glory’s obscenity | Atheism v. Bach | Describing music | Dostoevsky’s truth | Clemenceau on artists | Henry Cabot Lodge | John Lennon | Homesteaders | Cakes and discrimination | Civil liberties | Nuance in America | Careless supremacy | Orange sentence | Ephemeral present | E.O. Wilson on atheism | Ponce de Leon | Bill Kristol’s liberalism | Life’s evening | Male friendships | Solzhenitsyn’s power | Voltaire on tolerance | McMurtry on Hemingway | Under arrest | LBJ’s white trash | Lewd plant names | Nabokov’s trains | Mass shootings


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 a trio of tourism officials: Matt Dunn, who heads Flagler County’s tourism bureau, Georgia Turner, who used to head it but now heads West Volusia’s, amd Lori Campbell baker, who heads Volusia’s, all starting a little after 9 a.m. with a commentary by FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam on restoring voting rights to felons who’ve served their time.

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

First Friday Garden Walk at Washington Oaks Garden State Park at 10 a.m. Join a Ranger on the first Friday of the month at 10am for a walk through our historical gardens. Learn about the history of our park while exploring the beauty of the formal gardens. 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. Call 386-446-6783 for more information.

Friday: The Sixties Spectacular is at the Peabody Auditorium (600 Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39 and with the best seats in the house costing only $59. Many of the artists will be available to meet and greet fans and sign autographs in the lobby after the show. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Peabody box office, on-line by visiting or by phone by calling 386-671-3460.

'Smokey Joe's Cafe,' at the Flagler Playhouse all weekend. See below for details. Friday, Saturday, Sunday: “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” at the Flagler Playhouse: The show highlights the best rock ’n roll tunes of the legendary songwriting duo of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. This musical revue showcases such numbers as Yackety Yak, Charlie Brown, Jailhouse Rock, Hound Dog, Love Potion #9, Stand By Me and many more. So bring a date and come to the greatest singalong that Flagler Playhouse has ever seen, featuring nearly 40 of the best songs ever recorded. Adult and Senior: $25.00, Student: $20.00 (age 21 and younger with a student ID). Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Flagler Playhouse, 301 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. Book tickets here.

Friday: The Christiania Piano Quartet, led by cellist Christopher Rex, the AICMF’s general and artistic director, will perform music of Mozart, Korngold, Bériot, Halvorsen and Schumann on February 2 as part of the seventeenth season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. This performance is scheduled for 7:30 PM at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach. Tickets for this concert and the entire 2018 season are available at or by calling the Festival office at 904-261-1779.

Friday: Pauly & the Goodfellas at the Flagler Auditorium. The show will take you back to the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, recreating the look and sound of the most memorable music and styles of the era. Pauly & the Goodfellas take the audience on a trip through the best of the decades with their fifties tribute to Sha na na, into the sixties Motown era of the Temptations, Miracles and Four Tops. 7:30 p.m. Adult $29.95, Youth $19.95. Call 386/437-7547.

Friday: Free Film Friday at the Museum of Art DeLand, museum of art deland logofeaturing “The Life and Works of M. C. Escher,” from 7-8:30 p.m. The Life and Works of M. C. Escher takes an in-depth look at the artist and traces his career path and personal life, from the early years in Italy to his move to Switzerland and subsequent turn inward for inspiration. 100 N Woodland Blvd, DeLand.

Saturday: 4th Annual Polar Plunge in Flagler Beach. Registration starts in Veterans Park at 9 a.m. and the actual Plunge into the Atlantic is set for 10:15 a.m. The purpose of the Polar Plunge is to bring together and unite community members toward the common goals of having fun while raising money for our local Special Olympics athletes. Read the full release and details here.

Saturday: HCA A1A clean-up: Please pickup your vest, bags, and gloves and assignments at the North pavilion at Bings Landing starting at 7:30 a.m. Please drop off filled bags at the N/E corner of 16th Road and A1A. When finished, please return your vest and join us for refreshments at the North pavilion. For information, call Barbara & John Harper at 386/447-5805 or email here.

child fairSaturday: Flagler Palm Coast High School‘s Community Problem Solvers in collaboration with various community agencies are organizing a child fair for parents with children from age 0 to age 5, at the G.W. Carver Community Center, 201 East Drain Street in Bunnell, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See the website here.

dsc daytona state college logo Saturday: Daytona State College’s College-Funding Saturday events at its Daytona Beach and Flagler/Palm Coast campuses will help ease students’ fear of the FAFSA process, making for a smooth transition from ‘applicant’ to ‘awarded.’ Students applying to any higher education institution are welcome to attend the free events. Participants also can enter a $500 DSC scholarship drawing provided by the DSC Foundation; and refreshments will be available. Experts from DSC’s Financial Aid Services office will be on hand during a four-hour window at the Palm Coast campuses: DSC Flagler/Palm Coast Campus, James Gardner Center, Bldg. 2, Rm 100, 3000 Palm Coast Parkway S.E., Palm Coast, from 1 to 5 p.m.

flagler youth orchestraSaturday: The Flagler Youth Orchestra’s top ensemble performs in the Palm Coast United Methodist Church’s Concert Series at 4 p.m. Sue Cryan will conduct the Flagler Youth Orchestra’s Harmony Chamber Orchestra with a program featuring music by Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Joplin, Grieg, and much more. The concert will be held in the sanctuary of Palm Coast United Methodist Church at 5200 Belle Terre Parkway. A freewill donation is encouraged. A reception with the members of the orchestra will follow the concert. For more information about the Concert Series, call (386) 445-1600.

Saturday: Mozart Orchestra of New York: Under the guidance of its famous Music Director, Gerard Schwarz, the Mozart Orchestra of New York will perform Mozart’s great last three symphonies, Nrs. 39, 40 and 41, at 7:30 p.m. Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada Street, St. Augustine, opposite the Lightner Museum. $40 per ticket. This is part of the Winter Orchestral Series. Book tickets online here, or Call (904) 797-2800 for tickets or contact us by e-mail at

Saturday at the Agricultural Museum: A western themed scholarship fundraiser sponsored by University Women of Flagler 501 (c) (3) Sheriff Longmire creator, author Craig Johnson will be the featured guest. Enjoy a chuck wagon lunch, then listen to Craig share insights into his widely popular books and Netflix series. There will also be a book signing, western themed vendors and line dancing to the band UpTUIT! Don’t forget to wear your boots, belts and hats as West meets East in Palm Coast. Florida Agricultural Museum, 7900 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, noon to 5 p.m.

Saturday: florida scrub-jaysFlorida scrub-jays are in the spotlight at the Florida Scrub-Jay and Wildlife Festival at the Lyonia Preserve in Deltona. The free festival in Volusia County offers an 8 a.m. early-bird hike, and continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with eco-buggy rides, guided hikes, wildlife exhibits and presentations, and activities for kids. Florida scrub-jays play a starring role among the many birds you see in Florida. They are the only bird species that lives exclusively in this state. You won’t find them anywhere else.

Saturday: “Myra Breckenridge,” the Gore Vidal novel that brought transexualism out of the closet, turns 50 today. The New York Times called it “repulsive both in graphic detail and in the exploitive snicker one detects at some real-life hang-ups,” but also adding that the novel “is a genuinely, brutally witty book, a parody on Hollywood, pop intellectualism, pornography and just about anything else you could name.” Buy the book here.

Sunday: Cirquesco at the Flagler Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. The mystical artistry of a European circus combines with the flirtatious camp of cabaret to create an evening of sheer magic. Cirquesco is a unique combination of song, dance, acrobatics, and humor, and a perfect example of what the multi-talented and extremely creative producer/director/choreographer Kevin Black brings to Flagler Auditorium. Contemporary choreography, an electrifying score, and elaborate and beautiful costuming – all created, arranged, and assembled by Black – combine to make Circquesco a “feast for the eyes, the ears, and the soul.” Adult $39.95 Youth $29.95. Call 386.437.7547.

big red bus scheduleBlood Donations: The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations this week:

  • Saturday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Palm Coast Farmer’s Market at European Village, 101 Palm Harbor Parkway, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Bunnell Street Paving: Bunnell will be resurfacing a few streets during the hours of 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM beginning Monday, February 5, 2018 through Saturday, February 10, 2018 (weather permitting). The following streets will be impacted by paving crews:

N. Chapel St (from E. Woodland St. to E. Howe St.)
N. Orange St (from E. Howe St to E. Moody Blvd.)
N. Lemon St. (from Howe St. to E. Moody Blvd.)
N. Fig St. (from Howe St. to E. Moody Blvd.)
N. Peach St. (from E. Lambert St. to E. Moody Blvd.)
E. Woodland St. from US 1 to SR 100 W

Access to the roads being worked on will be limited during the vendor’s regular working hours of 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Residents along scheduled streets are asked; to ensure no vehicles, boats, trailers, etc. are left in the roadway during these hours. Prior to the resurfacing, please refrain from placing debris in the roadway for City pickup. Also make sure your sprinklers are turned off from 2:00 am to 7:00 pm. The day after the road is surfaced, these items can return to normal. Questions about this project or the schedule should be directed to the City of Bunnell Public Works Department at 386-437-7515.

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.

SCOTT, PATRONIS, BONDI AT FEDERALIST SOCIETY EVENT: Gov. Rick Scott, state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Attorney General Pam Bondi are expected to be among the speakers at The Federalist Society’s annual Florida Chapters Conference. (Friday, event starts at 3 p.m., Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort, 1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista.)

PUTNAM, ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATES AT FEDERALIST SOCIETY EVENT: Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and candidates for Florida attorney general are expected to be among the speakers at The Federalist Society’s annual Florida Chapters Conference. (Saturday, event starts at 9 a.m., Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort, 1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista.)


—-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 25: The Palm Coast City Commission meets in workshop at 9 a.m. at City Hall. The workshop is focused on the city's 2019-20 budget, with a discussion on taxes.
June 25: Flagler County's housing division presents a Renter's Rights Workshop at 5:30 p.m. at the Government Services Building 2, Room 3 (3rd Floor), 1769 East Moody Blvd, Bunnell. Learn about Landlord-Tenant and Fair Housing laws. Attorneys from Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida will present Rights and Responsibilities as a Renter at this free, educational event. The workshop will not include individual legal consultations. For additional information contact Flagler County SHIP Housing Administrator Ralston Reodica:, (386) 313-4037 extension 5. The workshop is open to all at no charge.
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: Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins hosts a "business town hall" meeting for Flagler Beach businesses to, in his words, "unify businesses to have a strong voice" and "combine marketing efforts." The meeting is at 3 p.m. at Key West Eats, 1112 South Oceanshore Boulevard, Flagler Beach.
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 27: The Palm Coast Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The committee will discuss climat change and sea level rise.
June 27: The Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 105 South Second Street. The commission will get the annual update from the Flagler County Health Department's Gretchen Smith, and will consider a resolution providing for a temporary limited exception to the prohibition against signs being placed within public rights of way within designated areas of the city uniquely impacted by the SR A1A project. The commission will also discuss amendments to its murals ordinance, and an ordinance increasing Municipal Business Tax rates by not more than five percent.
June 27: pabloAnother unveiling of the latest turtle sculpture to be added to the Turtle Trail: "PABLO" has been a work in progress this school year by the Flagler Palm Coast High School art club in collaboration with students from Old Kings Elementary School, the Marine Sciences flagship school for Flagler County. It will be unveiled at 1 p.m. at Old Kings Elementary School, 301 Old Kings Road South. Pablo's sponsor is Palm Coast Arts Foundation Trustee G. Lindsey Florence.
June 28: The Scenic A1A PRIDE Committee meets at 9 a.m. at the Hammock Community Center, 79 Mala Compra Rd. off A1A. See the full agenda here.
June 28: The Flagler County School Board meets in a special session to financially close out the year at 9 a.m. at the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
June 28: Urban Surf 4 Kids Surf Camp, starting at 9 a.m., South 6th Street on the Beach.
June 28: "Opry Reunion" debuts. This family style variety show features cast members of Daytona Opry, Downtown Opry and a few new entertainers. Linda Cole, Firecrackers, Michael Leone (Elvis), Eddie Davis, Kaitlyn Kent and Michele Marie will return. Each show will also feature a special guest or two. Bring your family to this high energy variety show, similar to the shows in Branson and Myrtle Beach. This show features classic standards from Gospel, Country, R&B, Motown & much more. Opry Reunion is at Oceanside Inn 1909 South Atlantic Avenue in Daytona Beach Shores. Showtime is 8 PM and doors open at 7:30 PM. Reserved tickets are $20. A VIP table (comfortably seats 8) is $150. Call (386) 307-0922 for ticket information.
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.
June 29: trish vevera"Transitions: The Art of Trish Vevera, Past and Present," opens at Berkshire Hathaway with a free reception at 6 p.m. The show is curated by Paul Beaulieu and Thomas Anastasio. At 101 Palm Coast Parkway, European Village. Vevera is the reigning Flagler County Artist of the Year.
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 2: The Flagler Beach Planning and Architecture (or PAR) Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St. The board will consider a new ordinance relating to the protection of gopher tortoises, with new regulations applicable during development activities.
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.
July 6: 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.
July 6: World Cup Finals Watch Party: The women's soccer World Cup is here again. Join fellow residents at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, as they watch the finals match to see which country is crowned the best in the world July 7. There will be snacks, giveaways and activities for kids. The event costs $1 per person. The final's kickoff is 11 a.m.
July 8: 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.

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