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Monday Briefing: Library Code of Conduct, Live Bombing, Citizens’ Academy, A Censor’s Confession, Remembering Jacques Loussier

| March 11, 2019

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Twenty-six Palm Coast residents graduated this month from the Palm Coast Citizen’s Academy, a comprehensive program designed to educate interested residents about the operation and workings of their City government. The graduating class – the 45th in the program’s history – spent five weeks learning about City departments and visiting City Hall, the Community Center, main Fire Station 25, and Water Treatment Plant No. 3, and Wastewater Treatment Plant 2. The class also attended a Palm Coast City Council meeting together (and survived). This session’s graduates were Rhonda Barner, Walt Barner Jr., Mark Burda, Daniel Cauley, Patricia Cauley, David Chaney, Sarah Chaney, Candace Covey, Joey Covey, Patricia Devoy, Beth Hagan, Louis Hagan, Cecil Hengeveld, Peggy Hengeveld, Joseph LaMacchia, Marilyn Moreira, Connie Orell, Larry Orell, Scott Pearston, Sharon Petty, Lilian Rodriguez, Diane Scarnecchia, Vickie Taylor, Cynthia Turner, Hugh Turner, and James Zimmerman. Participants in the Citizen’s Academy received an overview on every City department and met City Council members, department directors and many other City employees. Interim City Manager Beau Falgout did a presentation on development projects – both public and private – currently underway in Palm Coast. The Citizen’s Academy meets once a week, usually on Monday evenings, for five straight weeks. The course is free and registration is limited to approximately 30 Palm Coast citizens per session. Registration is now open for two additional sessions this year. Go to www.palmcoastgov.com and search for “Citizen’s Academy.” For residents whose schedules don’t allow for the in-person Citizen’s Academy, the City also offers a Virtual Citizen’s Academy. Visit www.palmcoastgov.com/vca. The Virtual Citizen’s Academy includes an overview of the City government and separate modules on each of the City’s departments. (Palm Coast)

Monday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s. West winds 5 mph shifting to the northeast in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the lower 60s. North winds 5 mph. Details here.
Today’s document from the National Archives and the Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Drought Index: 178
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: Mirandize.
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

a censor confesses

“I would not like to create the impression that there is a definite censor personality. There is no such thing. Some are guided by a peculiar interpretation of ideology; they think that censorship is the best way to protect Socialism and the leading role of the party. Others think that it is a super game. Like chess players. They enjoy getting the best of a journalist. [I place myself] among the most numerous ones–those who take the job with the idea of leaving it in a few years. I have no feeling of a mission or calling. I wanted to be a journalist, and I thought that nothing would train my eyes for that line of work like being a censor. If one has a fairly open mind, work in censorship greatly aids radicalism. Unless one is an extreme cynic. I think I am one-third a cynic.”

-From “A Censor Confesses,” by K-62, The New York Times, Jan. 23, 1982.

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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.

It’s spring break for Flagler County schools all week. No school.



In Court: Andre Edward Watkins, formerly of Selborne Path in Palm Coast, appears before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County Courthouse, for a hearing on his case’s status. He was convicted in 2010 of transmission of harmful materials to minors in a plea deal that dropped charges of attempted lewd and lascivious molestation and cruelty toward children. He violated his sex-offender probation last summer, which was revoked.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The purpose is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. Participants must be age 15 or older. The $200 fee includes a CPR mask and certification fee. Class size is limited, so register early at www.parksandrec.fun/aquatics. The American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class will be offered again from May 31-June 2 and completing on June 8. Friday, the class is from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and then Saturday and Sunday it’s from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Flagler County Library Board of Trustees meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Flagler County Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway NW, Palm Coast. The board will discuss a code of conduct for library patrons, part of discussions prompted by the heightened awareness and concern over the effects of the homeless community around the library on its patrons and staff. Much of the code is standard issue, though it also includes prohibitions on “Inappropriate displays of public affection,” “Sleeping other than the occasional study induced nap,” and “Unreasonable use of rest rooms, including laundering, bathing, shaving, etc.,” measures clearly targeting homeless individuals. See the code here.

The Bunnell City Commission meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 201 West Moody Boulevard, Bunnell.

Monday-Thursday: American Red Cross Basic Swim Instructor Course: The Basic Swim Instructor Course will be March 11-14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The course is designed to train instructor candidates to teach the fundamental Learn-to-Swim courses and water safety presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program. The goal is to help participants to reach water competency and to learn to be safer in and around the water. Instructor candidates will learn to teach Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim Levels 1-3, and private lessons. This course is open to ages 16 and up. The fee is $185. Registration is required (while space available) at www.parksandrec.fun/aquatics. For more information, call Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool at 386-986-4741.

Presbyterian College Chorus Concert - Return VisitA return visit by The Presbyterian College Chorus from Clinton, South Carolina is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 156 Florida Park Drive, Palm Coast. The chorus of 36 members, under the direction of Ron Davis, will be on their spring tour and the concert will include choral music and hand bells. A free-will offering will be taken. Come and enjoy listening to these talented musicians. For more information, leave a message for Carol Corson at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 386-445-4757 and she’ll return your call or email Carol at carolcorson5@gmail.com.

An F/A-18C Super Hornet like the ones used in bombing runs on a range in the Ocala National Forest. (Shawn J. Stewart/US Navy)

An F/A-18C Super Hornet like the ones used in bombing runs on a range in the Ocala National Forest. Click on the image for larger view. (Shawn J. Stewart/US Navy)

Navy Bombing in the Ocala National Forest: Navy training schedules indicate that inert and live bombing will take place at the Pinecastle Range Complex located in the Ocala National Forest this week. Bombings at times can be heard in Flagler-Palm Coast. The bombings are scheduled as follows:

Monday: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Live/Inert
Wednesday: 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Live/Inert

During bombing periods wildlife may be temporarily displaced. Use extra caution when driving through the Ocala National forest and surrounding areas. Secure any items around your residence that could attract wildlife. Always be mindful of larger animals including black bears and practice bearwise <http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/bear/wise/neighborhood/> measures. The telephone number for noise complaints is 1-800-874-5059, Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville, Fla. For additional information, call (904) 542-5588.

COMMUNITY INPUT SOUGHT ON HEALTH ISSUES (closes March 15): Flagler county residents are being asked to speak up and voice their opinion on a variety of health-related topics through an online survey. The input from the community will be used to create health improvement plans to address community concerns and improve quality of life. The survey is online here countyhealthsurvey.com and is available in English and Spanish. Results of the survey provide the foundation of Community Health Needs Assessments, which are a collection of data used to inform communities and develop goals to improve health outcomes. Once the assessments are complete, they will be used to create three-year Community Health Improvement Plans for both Volusia and Flagler counties. The assessments are being conducted in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health in Flagler and Volusia counties, Flagler Cares, local hospitals and Volusia and Flagler county government. Residents, employers and community partners are encouraged to share this link and ask others to take the survey as well. The survey will close February 28, 2019. Please take the survey here.

big red bus scheduleBlood Donations: The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations this week (schedule your donation by going to the website and entering a Palm Coast zip code, then locating one of the venues below):

  • Monday: Chick Fil A, 1000 Palm Coast Parkway, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Flagler Health Department, 301 Dr. Carter Boulevard, Bunnell, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The Windsor Assisted Living, 50 Town Court, Palm Coast, 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Bealls, 1210 Palm Coast Parkway, 2 to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: Palm Coast Seafood Festival in Town Center’s Central Park, 2 to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday: Palm Coast Seafood Festival in Town Center’s Central Park, 2 to 7 p.m.


Jail Bookings and Last 24 Hours' Incidents in Flagler, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Bunnell

flagler beach bunnell palm coast sheriff's police reports
Jail Bookings, August 2-5
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, August 4
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, August 4
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, August 4
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, August 4
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, August 4
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, August 4
Previous and archived reports
Sources: Flagler County Sheriff's Office, Flagler Beach Police Department, Bunnell Police Department. This is Flagler County's only comprehensive, one-stop compilation of all local law enforcement's daily day and night shift commanders' reports.

 

Flagler Beach Is Open For Business: A1A Construction Update:

FlaglerLive is providing weekly updates to year-long construction on and near State Road A1A in Flagler Beach as the Florida Department of Transportation rebuilds a 1.5-mile segment from South 9th Street to South 22nd Street, and builds a sea wall at the north end of town. These updates are provided through DOT or local officials. If you have any relevant information or images, you’re welcome to email them to the editor here.

Segment 2: South 22nd to South 9th Street:

The contractor has begun placing silt fence for erosion control, and will be excavating along Segment 2, from South 22nd Street to South 9th Street.

Property owners who have irrigation lines within the Florida Department of Transportation right of way are advised to cap or relocate those lines.

The right of way is marked by stakes. If you have an irrigation line that sits to the east of the stakes, the irrigation is within the work area.

Dune Walkovers:

The contractor will continue to remove dune walkovers as needed to accommodate construction of the buried seawall. The affected dune walkovers include both public and private walkovers between North 18th Street and Osprey Drive. By contract, all affected dune walkovers will be reconstructed once work is complete to their pre-construction condition. The contractor is carefully removing and storing separately the existing materials for each walkover. Photographs also are being taken to document existing conditions and will be used to assist with reconstruction.

 Please note that the walkovers must remain closed during construction for safety reasons.

The project team has announced that reconstruction of the walkovers is tentatively scheduled to begin in fall 2019. This timeframe is based on the current work schedule. Please note the schedule may be affected by weather or unforeseen circumstances.

The contractor has 300 days to complete the work.

Caution! Flagler Beach police and and Sherriff’s deputies are actively monitoring speed and writing tickets. “I got a warning on north section of A1A before construction actually began so I keep to the 25 limit, but still getting tailgated by cars wanting to go faster,” a reader tells us. 

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The proposed roundabout at the intersection of Old Dixie Highway and U.S. 1 is intended to drastically reduce the number of severe crashes at one of the county's most dangerous intersections. Two other such roundabouts are proposed for other dangerous intersections in Flagler. Click on the image for larger view. (DOT)

The proposed roundabout at the intersection of Old Dixie Highway and U.S. 1 is intended to drastically reduce the number of severe crashes at one of the county’s most dangerous intersections. Two other such roundabouts are proposed for other dangerous intersections in Flagler. Click on the image for larger view.
(DOT)

U.S. 1 and Old Dixie Highway Roundabout Construction Updates:

FlaglerLive is providing weekly updates to the planned 15-month, $4.1 million construction of a roundabout at U.S. 1 and Old Dixie Highway. The project started in late January and is scheduled for completion by spring 2020.

The Florida Department of Transportation will be closing Old Dixie Highway and C.R. 325 at U.S. 1 on Monday night, March 4, from about 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The closure is needed to allow the contractor to make improvements to the crossover at the temporary intersection. U.S. 1 will remain open in both directions.

More details here.

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Announcements:

palm coast logoPalm Coast Parks & Rec offers new adaptive recreation programs for spring: Palm Coast – Palm Coast Parks & Rec is offering two, NEW adaptive recreation programs for spring which are Move to Groove and Chair Zumba. This is the first time Parks & Rec has hosted adaptive sports, recreation and social programs, which are offered to youth and adults with intellectual disabilities. These programs are designed for individuals who can function independently while in a group setting with the supervision of staff. Move to Groove is a free class featuring a Zumba lesson followed by an open dance party to popular songs. Come show off your best moves! It is offered Friday, March 15 from 5-6:30 p.m. for grades 3-8 at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. If you like Zumba, Chair Zumba is a new adaptive recreation program that provides easy movements to increase strength and flexibility in your arms, legs and core muscles. This is offered Friday, April 12 from 9-9:45 a.m. for ages 13+ at the Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool classroom, 339 Parkview Dr. If interested in either class, please register at parksandrec.fun/wellness. For more information, please call Parks & Rec at 386-986-2323.

DSC again ranks among top online bachelor’s degree programs for veterans: Daytona State College continues to place in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings for online bachelor’s programs – this time for military veterans. The publication’s listing of America’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Military Veterans ranked Daytona State No. 25 among over 700 colleges and universities across the nation. It is the fifth consecutive year that the college made the top-tier ranking. “This is another acknowledgement of our commitment to provide a positive college experience for our former servicemen and women,” said DSC President Tom LoBasso. “It reinforces the excellence of our faculty and staff, who are honored to serve our veterans, whether online or in person, and help them to complete their programs successfully.” To be considered for the latest veteran-focused rankings, institutions had to be among the top 50 percent of the 2019 Best Online Bachelor’s Program rankings. In addition, the programs had to belong to institutions that are certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, two federal initiatives that help veterans reduce the cost of school. In January this year, Daytona State also earned a top-tier ranking in the U.S. News overall best online bachelor’s program rankings, coming in at No. 33 overall. It was the sixth straight year Daytona State, the only Florida College System institution in the rankings, placed among the best with its fully online Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. Also in January, Daytona State was named one of the nation’s top schools to earn an online Bachelor of Information Technology degree by CyberDegrees.org, a Washington, D.C.-based company dedicated to providing the most comprehensive information available to aspiring students of cyber security. DSC ranked 8th and was the only state college among a field of universities that placed in the top 20. The CyberDegree rankings were based on criteria that included program-specific accreditation, quality markers and outside rankings. The top schools earned their place based on past and present U.S. News & World Report rankings, program completion rates and ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) program accreditation.

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.

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AT ISSUE: The Joint Select Committee on Collective Bargaining will hold a hearing on issues that remain at impasse. (Monday, 11 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

ANIMAL PROTECTIONS DISCUSSED: Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, and Rep. Sam Killebrew, R-Winter Haven, will host a news conference to discuss legislation aimed at expanding animal protections. (Monday, 11 a.m., fourth floor, the Capitol.)

‘FRACKING’ BAN CONSIDERED: The Senate Agriculture Committee will take up a bill (SPB 7064) aimed at prohibiting the controversial oil- and gas-drilling technique known as “fracking.” (Monday, 1:30 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

MONEY SOUGHT FOR RURAL COUNTIES: The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee will consider a proposal (SB 1162), filed by Sen. George Gainer, R-Panama City, that would create the Northwest Florida Rural Inland Affected Counties Recovery Fund, which would receive a portion of money from a legal settlement with BP that stemmed from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The state Department of Economic Opportunity would provide grants from the fund for infrastructure and workforce projects in Calhoun, Gadsden, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Liberty and Washington counties. (Monday, 1:30 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

SURGERY CENTERS EYED: The Senate Health Policy Committee will take up a bill (SB 732), filed by Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, that would revamp regulations for office surgery centers after news reports highlighted a rash of patient deaths at two Southeast Florida plastic surgery centers. Flores and Rep. Anthony Rodriguez, R-Miami, will later hold a news conference on the issue. (Monday, committee at 1:30 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol. Also, news conference at 3:30 p.m., fourth floor, the Capitol.)

UTILITY BALLOT MEASURE AT ISSUE: The Financial Impact Estimating Conference will discuss a proposed constitutional amendment that would overhaul the state’s electric utility industry. The proposal, backed by the political committee Citizens for Energy Choices, calls for wholesale and retail electricity markets to “be fully competitive so that electricity customers are afforded meaningful choices among a wide variety of competing electricity providers.” It would establish a right for customers to choose electricity providers and would limit the role of investor-owned electric utilities — private companies such as Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric Co. and Gulf Power Co. — to constructing, operating and repairing transmission and distribution systems. (Monday, 8:30 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS RELEASED: The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity will release January unemployment figures. (Monday, 10 a.m.)

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS DUE: State candidates and political committees face a Monday deadline for filing reports showing finance activity through Feb. 28.

 

—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

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

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Aug. 16: GTM's 20th Anniversary Celebration, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Princess Place Preserve, 2500 Princess Place Rd., Palm Coast, and GTM Research Reserve Visitor Center, 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. The celebration will begin with a boat tour from Usina boat ramp in Ponte Vedra Beach ending at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, highlighting several GTM projects along the Guana and Tolomato rivers. After lunch at Princess Place, education and the coastal training program staff will give an overview of plankton samples collected from Pellicer Creek and a visit through the estuary with virtual reality headsets. Afterwards, the research staff will guide you through sediment elevations (SET) sites located in Pellicer Creek Aquatic Preserve. Next, practice using SET techniques in a culinary treat. The event will conclude with a reception and other activities at GTM Research Reserve Visitor Center in Ponte Vedra Beach. To confirm attendance, email Patrician Price at patrician.d.price@FloridaDEP.gov or call 904-823-4506.
Aug. 16: The Flagler school district's Earl Johnson, a senior administrator, throws the first pitch at a Daytona Tortugas baseball game at 7 p.m.
Aug. 17: Bimonthly cleanup of Belle Terre Parkway, from the public library to Banton Lane. If you want to help, please meet in the library parking lot by 7 a.m. -- the side of the parking lot facing Belle Terre. All supplies provided. Wear appropriate clothing (flip flops and open sandals are not a good idea) sun screen, bug spray, a hat -- other clothes are a good idea too. Bagels and coffee afterward at host's house.
Aug. 17: Flagler Pier Fishing Tournament, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. For any questions, please contact the Pier bait shop at 386-517-2436.
Aug. 17: flagler playhouse logoThe first ever evening of Improv fun and games at the Flagler Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. The host for the evening will be Teresa Harris. You may know her as a Playhouse newcomer (The Glass Menagerie, It's a Wonderful Life), but you may not know that Teresa (along with husband Milt) are the founders of The Attention Deficient Players, an almost famous improv troupe from Atlanta. (OK, it was outside the perimeter (OTP), but it was a big deal.) The style of improv for this initial foray will be totally made up by the audience. Guests can choose to participate (by putting their name in a hat) or just sit back and enjoy. Teams will be brought up at random and given suggestions from the audience. Sketches will include favorites from TV such as; Scenes from a Hat, Worlds Worst, Questions Only, Sound Effects, plus a few that Teresa makes up - remember it's IMPROV! The show is in the New Lounge.
Since this show may contain adult comedy, guests must be at least 16 years old. Admission is $5. Cash only or credit cards online. For more info, contact Milt Harris,vicepresident@flaglerplayhouse.com
Aug. 19: The East Flagler Mosquito Control District board meets at 10 a.m. at the district’s offices, 10 Airport Executive Drive (off Belle Terre Boulevard), Palm Coast.
Aug. 20: Palm Coast government hosts a "stakeholder" meeting at the Palm Coast Community Center from 4 to 7 p.m. "to receive input from these stakeholders regarding their business dealings with the City of Palm Coast’s Community Development Department," according to the Homebuilders Association's website. The city is calling it an "open forum." A city spokesperson said the homebuilders are "not co-hosting anything and they shouldn’t have used our logo on their materials without our permission" (see the homebuilders' notice to the right, and the city's informational card here). "They are very much invited as part of the general public," the spokesman said, describing the invitation to the public as an effort to get "feedback from the community regarding our approach to building and development related permitting, process, and customer service. The guidance you provide will help chart a path forward and lead to new innovative approaches to move these divisions forward as a partner and resource for the community. Our primary objective is to listen to you, not for you to hear us." The city will host a related "development forum" on Sept. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. Those unable to attend may contribute their comments by email to planningdivision@palmcoastgov.com or by calling 386-986-3736. (An initial notice in this space, updated on August 10, incorrectly noted that the city had not posted the event on its website. It had done so by Aug. 8.)
Aug. 20: Palm Coast government hosts the second of two informational meetings on its enhanced stormwater management program from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. City staff will share details about the Master Plan now under way, explain the new approach being taken, and discuss immediate priorities for improving the drainage system. Fire Chief Jerry Forte will also briefly highlight hurricane preparedness efforts by the City and share some helpful take-away tips. Refreshments will be provided. The enhanced, comprehensive stormwater management plan to improve the drainage system city-wide launched this past spring, and projects will be ongoing for several years. The plan will address drainage issues resulting from an aging infrastructure and years of growth. The Master Plan takes a big-picture look at the swales, ditches, canals, water control structures, pipes, and drainage basins and how they work together to protect homes and businesses from flooding. New solutions will focus more on the ditches and freshwater canals and will have a greater long-term impact on improving the drainage system across Palm Coast. Attendees may enjoy Food Truck Tuesday in Town Center. Stormwater experts who will be on hand for questions, Customer Service technicians will be available to assist in providing updates to previously made swale requests and educate the public on Palm Coast Connect, the City’s new citizen engagement tool. You can report concerns or access the growing Information Center - or you can register and track the progress of how your concern is handled. Palm Coast Connect is online at www.palmcoastconnect.com - and the free app is now available in both the Apple and Google Play App Stores.
Aug. 20: Food Truck Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave, Palm Coast. Purchase and enjoy delicious cuisine available from food trucks situated along Park Street next to Central Park. Free entertainment is also provided. Proceeds from each Food Truck Tuesday benefit a local organization whose work supports children and families. This month’s beneficiary: Palm Coast Arts Foundation. More info: www.palmcoast.gov.com/foodtruck or call 386-986-2323.
Aug. 21: The Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 N. US HWY 1, Palm Coast (just north of Whiteview Parkway). 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.


Aug. 22: The Flagler Tiger Bay Club invites the community to a wine tasting event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center. The annual event, open to the public, is an opportunity for club members and guests to mingle while sampling private label Flagler Tiger Bay Club wines, enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by Hammock Wine & Cheese and entertainment provided by the Flagler Youth Orchestra. The evening will include a meet and greet with the newly elected board of directors for current and prospective club members, while unveiling the club’s future speakers, and the launch of the Flagler Tiger Bay Club Young Tiger Program in conjunction with Flagler Schools, according to Greg Davis, president of the Flagler Tiger Bay Club. “Flagler Tiger Bay Club has earned a reputation for bringing in top speakers, the likes seldom seen in Flagler County, while presenting and discussing engaging subjects that impact our lives nationally, statewide and locally,” Davis said. “People come together of different political persuasions and engage in civil, thoughtful discussions during our meetings." Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway. Tickets: General Admission, $20. Registration closes August 19. Flagler Tiger Bay Club Private Label Wine Pre-Orders and Tickets at www.flaglertigerbayclub.com
Aug. 22: gary bowles homophobic serial killerThe execution of Gary Ray Bowles is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Florida State Prison in Starke. Bowles murdered six people in 1994. He is serving life sentences in the murders of John Roberts in Daytona Beach and Albert Morris in Nassau County, and is being killed for the murder of Walter Hinton in Jacksonville. See the background story here.
Aug. 23: Friends of Music Celebration: Stetson University's 2019-2020 Season Premiere Concert, Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.
Aug. 23: Rick Shaefer water crossing"Rick Shaefer: The Refugee Trilogy" Exhibit, with an opening, free reception from 6-8 p.m. at Stetson University's Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center, 139 E Michigan Ave, DeLand. In 2018, the number of people who had been forcibly coerced to leave their home and country as a result of persecution, violence or human rights violations worldwide reached 70.8 million, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The number of people displaced increased by 2.3 million people from the previous year, a record high. Artist Rick Shaefer's reaction to the international refugee crisis is featured in his large-scale, charcoal triptych drawings that portray people of ancient times fleeing by land or water and experiencing the conflicts at borders in three thematic, panel scenes. Stetson University's Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center will display 20 of Shaefer's charcoal-and-pencil drawings in "Rick Shaefer: The Refugee Trilogy" exhibit, Aug. 16-Oct. 14, with an opening-night reception on Aug. 23.Exhibits at the Hand Art Center are free and open to the public.
Aug. 26: 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.
Aug. 27: 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.
Aug. 28: palm coast democratic clubThe Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 N. US HWY 1, Palm Coast (just north of Whiteview Parkway). 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.
Aug. 28: 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 www.compassionatefriends.org.
Aug. 28: Faculty Recital: Kathy Thomas, French horn with Sovereign Brass Union. This 12-piece brass ensemble will be a treat to your ears: Gabrieli, Strauss, Bach and more. 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. Free.
Aug. 29: Economic development: the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce hosts a Common Ground breakfast focusing on the county's economic development efforts, with three speakers: County Administrator Jerry Cameron, Tourism Executive Director Amy Lukasik, and Economic Development Executive Director Helga van Eckert. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., breakfast at 8, the event lasts through about 9:15 a.m. Hilton Garden Inn Palm Coast, 55 Town Center Blvd. Palm CoastMembers can preregister for $25, non-members for $35. Contact Melinda Rivera, 386-206-0952 or by Email, melinda@flaglerchamber.org
Aug. 30: Florida Health Care Plans Brunch Club, 9-10:30 a.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. Florida Health Care Plans presents their Blues Brunch Club as well as helpful information on topics that might affect you. Bring your favorite board game or play one provided by FHCP while enjoying brunch! Free, but registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/seniors. More info: 386-986-2323.

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Cultural Coda

Jacques Loussier Trio Plays Bach

Jacques Loussier died last week at age 84. From The Guardian: “When Loussier began applying jazz improvisation and swing to Johann Sebastian Bach’s exquisite symmetries, some jazz pundits and fans dismissed it as a betrayal of an African-American music’s expressive earthiness and blues roots, aimed at an audience that preferred its jazz pretty rather than passionate. And from the classical angle, observers were liable to perceive the young Frenchman’s work as little short of vandalism. The New York Times critic John Rockwell’s review of a Loussier concert at Carnegie Hall in 1975 reflected that distaste when he proclaimed: “There is a certain sort of sensibility that is actively appalled by the very notion of ‘popularising’ Bach – or any classical composer, for that matter. This listener’s sensibility is one of those, and so he found the Tuesday evening performance at a sparsely attended Carnegie Hall by the Jacques Loussier Trio tiresome and offensive.” Nonetheless, the success of concerts and recordings by Loussier and his Play Bach trio (originally formed with the eminent Paris jazz sidemen Pierre Michelot on bass and Christian Garros on drums) took off almost overnight from the group’s first appearances in 1959 – shifting millions of Play Bach recordings in the almost two-decade life of the original band.”

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