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Tuesday Briefing: Manager Decision Time in Palm Coast, Peyton Lescher’s Win, A1A Construction Update, DSC’s Veterans

| March 12, 2019

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Four musicians competed Sunday in the final round of a 1st time competition known as Stars Over the Hammock. One was chosen for a spot to sing as a highlight at the Flagler County Seafood Festival next weekend. The competition featured many local singers, professional and amateur alike, over several rounds. Peyton Lescher won. Taking 4th place was Wayne Reynolds, 3rd place Adrian McDowell, 2nd place Heather Morin. Hammock Wine & Cheese and Thomas Media Solutions raised $250 to support the Flagler Technical Institute Scholarship Fund which assists students at the Flagler district’s technical school. If you would like to set up a fundraiser or donate to the FTI Scholarship Fund, which helps students in Flagler County with Adult Education and Career-Ready Training, contact Travis Thomas (386) 447-4345 ext-1206. (Joyce E Connolly Photography)

Monday: Not as warm. Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Ton ihgt: Partly cloudy. Lows around 60. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.Details here.
Today’s document from the National Archives and the Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Drought Index: 187
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: newspeak.
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“The gun rights movement was tightly bound to anti-immigrant animus. The NRA turned itself from a sporting and hunting association into a powerhouse political interest group during the very years that hostility against immigration was on the rise.”

–Jill Lepore, from “These Truths: A History of the United States” (2018).

Previously:

 

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In Flagler and Palm Coast:

Note: all government meetings noticed below are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Many can be heard or seen live through each agency’s website.

The Sheriff’s daily incident reports and jail bookings are posted here.

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



In Court: Michael Cummings, accused of first-degree murder in the death of his wife Faith Cummings at their Point Pleasant home in 2018, and Keith Johansen, accused of second-degree murder in the death of his wife Brandi Celenza at their home on Palm Coast’s Felter Lane, are scheduled for a pre-trial at 8:30 a.m. before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. (2018CF000058 and 2018CF000426)

Palm Coast Manager: The Palm Coast City Council meets in special session at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The council is expected to make its choice on a new city manager, from among four. See the background story here.

The Palm Coast City Council meets in workshop immediately after its 9 a.m. special meeting. The council will discuss an agreement with Grand Haven to provide code enforcement services as they apply to hazardous trees within Grand Haven.

The Palm Coast Leisure Services Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center.

The Flagler County Affordable Housing Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. in the Financial Services Conference Room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, Third Floor, Bunnell.

The Flagler County Planning and Development Board meets at 6 p.m. in Board Chambers at the Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, first floor, Bunnell.

Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins hosts a Community Outreach Meeting to share information and discuss community issues at Haw Creek Community Center, 9257 County Road 304, Bunnell, 6 p.m.

The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board meets after holding committee meetings starting at 10 a.m., 4049 Reid St., Palatka.

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:

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):

  • 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, March 14-15
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, March 14
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, March 14
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, March 14
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, March 14
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, March 14
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, March 14
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.

ANTI-SEMITISM TARGETED: The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 741), filed by Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, and Rep. Mike Caruso, R-Delray Beach, that would make a series of changes in state law to try to combat anti-Semitism. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

CHEAPER PRESCRIPTION DRUGS SOUGHT: The House Health Quality Subcommittee will consider a proposal (HB 19), filed by Rep. Tom Leek, R-Ormond Beach, that would create a program aimed at importing cheaper prescription drugs from Canada. The bill comes after Gov. Ron DeSantis announced support for such a program. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

LOCAL TAXES EYED: The House Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 15), filed by Rep. Colleen Burton, R-Lakeland, that would seek to increase “transparency” about local taxes, including requiring additional public meetings and notices before local officials could vote on tax increases or issuing debt. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

CRAFT DISTILLERIES ON AGENDA: The House Business & Professions Subcommittee will consider three bills that deal with regulation of alcoholic beverages, including a proposal (HB 1229), filed by Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, that would revamp regulations for craft distilleries. (Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

SCHOOL BOARD TERM LIMITS DEBATED: The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee will take up a proposal (SJR 274), filed by Chairman Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, that seeks to impose eight-year term limits on county school board members. The measure is a proposed constitutional amendment that would ask voters in 2020 to approve the term limits. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

SANCTUARY CITIES AT ISSUE: The Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee will consider a bill (SB 168), filed by Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, that would seek to block so-called sanctuary cities in Florida. The proposal seeks to ensure local governments comply with requests from federal immigration authorities. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

MEDICAL MARIJUANA CONFERENCE HELD: The Medical Marijuana Business Association of Florida is scheduled to hold a day-long conference on medical marijuana issues. Speakers are expected to include Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., Florida State University, Turnbull Conference Center, 555 West Pensacola St., Tallahassee.)

RIGHTS RESTORATION ON TABLE: The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, which led efforts to pass a constitutional amendment in November, will hold a news conference as part of an advocacy day at the Capitol. The constitutional amendment called for automatically restoring the rights of most felons who have fulfilled terms of their sentences. (Tuesday, 11 a.m., third-floor rotunda, 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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March 21: the inspired micThe Inspired Mic, Palm Coast’s most daring and unpredictable open mic event, is scheduled for its monthly edition at its new venue at the Hidden Treasures Restaurant, 820 Moody Ln, Flagler Beach. Each month some of the most creative, innovative performances a person could ever hope to experience take place at The Inspired Mic. 14 presenters each month pull out slices of talent and genius to entertain the audience. Each presenter gets 7 minutes to present on a very eclectic blend of their genius. Hidden Treasures Restaurant, 820 Moody Ln, Flagler Beach (under the bridge). Doors open at 6 p.m. and presenters begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 advance, available at theinspiredmicus.com, or $15 at the door. The ticket includes one drink and entry into a drawing with a prize of $25 cash or a $50 gift certificate to The Hidden Treasures.
March 21: "The Modern Gentlemen," live in concert at 7:30 p.m. the Flagler Auditorium, 5500 East Hwy 100, Palm Coast, call 386-437-7547. These 4 amazing voices have, and continue to be, the background vocals and choreography for the last 12 years alongside rock and roll icon, Frankie Valli. Their own signature sound blends modern voices together in four part, harmonic perfection with high energy & tight dance moves performing the classic hits of Motown, Pop, Rock Doo-Wop and of course, The Four Seasons! The Modern Gentlemen have toured the world performing on the biggest stages from Royal Albert Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra, to Broadway, Asia, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and alongside artists such as The Beach Boys, The Manhattan Transfer, Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson. Available with tracks or their 5 piece band, they’re not a tribute, but the real thing. Adult $39.90, Students $35.90.
March 21: Stetson University Community Education Project (CEP) is launching Rethinking Incarceration, an initiative designed to promote dialogue on mass incarceration, prison reform, human rights, political engagement and systemic oppression. The first event of this initiative, “Florida Gathering,” will be a panel discussion from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the duPont-Ball Library, Room 25L, 134 E. Minnesota Ave., DeLand. Panelists include representatives from Exchange for Change, the Florida Prison Education Project, Writers with Conviction and ESUBA (Abuse, spelled backwards) as well as Mark Inch, Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections. The event is free and open to the public.
March 21: The Conklin Center for the Blind hosts world-renowned classical pianist Aldo Ragone from Rome, Italy in a one-night only performance from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach St. Ragone is an Alexander Scriabin Scholar. He holds a doctoral degree in piano performance. Tickets are $50 per person for this once-in-a-lifetime concert and can be purchased by visiting www.conklincenter.org or calling (386)-258-3441. All proceeds benefit The Conklin Center.
March 21: A brand new production of "The Sound of Music" at the Peabody Auditorium. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. 7:30 p.m. At the Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Boulevard, Daytona Beach. Call 386/671-3462 or book tickets here.


March 22: The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce hosts a business town hall at 9 a.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy., to discuss fiber and other infrastructure needs that can ensure our local businesses success. Expected participants include Helga van Eckert, the director of Flagler County's economic development department, city officials from Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and Bunnell, and County Commissioner Joe Mullins, among others. The event is Free and open to the public, though RSVPs are highly encouraged, to Heather Edwards at the Chamber, who can be reached by email here.
March 22: Teacher work day in Flagler county schools. No school for students.
March 22: The Scenic A1A PRIDE Committee meets at 9 a.m. at the Hammock Community Center, 79 Mala Compra Rd. off A1A.
March 22: Flagler Surf Series #11, 7 a.m. south of the Flagler Beach Pier.
March 22: Stetson University Opera Theatre and Orchestra Contemporary One-Act Operas, featuring L’enfant et les sortilèges by Maurice Ravel, Russell Franks, director, Anthony Hose, conductor. 7:30 p.m., DeLand High School Theater Center, 800 N. Hill Ave., DeLand. 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.
March 22-24: Tennessee Williams's "The Glass Menagerie," at the Flagler Playhouse. "The Glass Menagerie" is a memory play, its action drawn from the memories of the narrator, Tom Wingfield. The play is set in St. Louis in 1937. He is an aspiring poet who toils in a shoe warehouse to support his mother, Amanda, and his sister, Laura. Mr. Wingfield, Tom and Laura’s father, ran off years ago and, except for one postcard, has not been heard from since. The play is strongly autobiographical. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. The Flagler Playhouse, 301 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. Call the box office at 386-586-0773 or visit the website for tickets here.
March 22-24: st augustine seafood festivalThe St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival celebrates its 38th year with a return to Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine. A St. Augustine tradition since 1981, the Seafood Festival is the largest, oldest and most family-oriented festival in the Ancient City. With more than 20,000 people expected to attend, the Festival is a cornerstone of the St. Augustine Lions fundraising mission to help those in need. Francis Field is located at 25 W. Castillo Drive in downtown St. Augustine. Festival hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 22; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 23; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 24. The Arts & Crafts village closes at sundown. Admission is $5 for adults; children under 15 are free. Active duty military with ID are also free. Food prices are not included with admission. On Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, free parking with a shuttle to the Seafood Festival will be available. Parking and shuttle are based at the St. Johns County Health Department, located at 200 San Sebastian View, and at the north San Marco lot at 301 San Marco Ave. Shuttles will pick up and drop off visitors at these two locations during Festival hours on Saturday and Sunday only. Look for “shuttle” signs directing you to these locations. More information on the parking and shuttle are on the website.
March 23: Flagler County Fire Rescue Station 16 – Halifax/Plantation Bay Open House, at 3935 Old Dixie Hwy, Ormond Beach, 9 a.m. to noon. Meet with your local Fire Rescue personnel and tour Fire Station #16. Additionally, Flagler County Emergency Management will be available to assist residents in signing up for the ALERTFlagler emergency notifications, and Special Needs Sheltering programs.
March 23: The University of Florida Flagler County Extension holds its annual Spring Open House and Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Flagler County Extension Office, 150 Sawgrass Rd., Bunnell. There will be Demonstration Garden Talks and Tours on Florida-Friendly Landscaping; Maia’s Homemade Reusable Bee’s Wax Wrappers; Raised Bed Gardens, Self-Watering Planters and Vertical Towers; and Palm Basics. Master Gardeners will be offering Plant Clinics and giving free advice on lawn and garden issues. The public is encouraged to bring in samples or pictures of sick plants or unknown insects. Gently used garden tools and plants will be on sale. The event is open to the public and parking is free. For more information contact 386-437-7464 or flagler@ifas.ufl.edu
March 23: Yoga on the Beach from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at Old SDalt Park, 200 16th Road in the Hammock. Call 904/514-3598. Every Saturday.
March 23: motown madnessThe George Washington Carver Foundation's annual Motown Madness evening, a fund-raiser for the Carver Gym in Bunnell, starts at 6 p.m., featuring the band Traces of Gold, dinner and moire for $50 per person. The Carver Center is a recreational facility that also offers tutoring, after school study, internet access and also serves the community with GED classes, employment counseling and other services. It supports the Road to Success program, the AIM summer camp and numerous athletic tournaments. For tickets, email butlerjordan@flaglerschools.com or call Jordan Butler at 386/437-7540, extension 3159.
March 23: Children and teens ages 6-16 are invited to participate in a free NCCAA Youth Sports Clinic from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Youth will choose a clinic from one of the five sports offered, learning new skills and practicing the sport. Instruction will be provided by National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) collegiate athletes and their professional coaches. Check-in will be at 9 a.m., with the sports clinics beginning at 9:30 a.m. The golf sports clinic will be held at the City of Palm Coast’s Palm Harbor Golf Club, 20 Palm Harbor Drive, and all other sports at Indian Trails Sports Complex, 5455 Belle Terre Pkwy. The free sports clinic is being offered by Palm Coast Parks & Recreation. Space is limited and spots are filling fast. Advance registration is required at www.parksandrec.fun/events. On-site registration will be available on March 23 only if space is still available. For more information, call Parks & Recreation at 386-986-2323.
March 23: 2nd Annual Strawberry Fest, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Central Park in Palm Coast's Town Center. Family Fun & Festivities, Delicious Food, Plant City Strawberries, Art & Crafts, Free Bounce Houses, Strawberry Shortcake, Live Entertainment, Classic Cars, Free Rock Painting, Strawberry Fudge, Pie Eating Contest,Pony Rides, Strawberry Wine Slush Mixes, Face Painting, Free Hula Hoop Contest, Strawberry Ice Cream, Free Petting Zoo, Berry Cute Baby Contest, Free Sack Races, Train Rides, Free Bean Bag Toss, Yummy Treats & Much More! Admission $6, Kids 2 & Under Free $1 OFF ADMISSION! Visit our website for coupon or bring a canned good for discount. Benefits Grace Community Food Pantry.
March 23: Salvo Art Project hosts its monthly open house at 6 p.m. with Paul Beaulieu’s Paintings, as well as the works of his students, featured in the Schreiner Memorial Room. "We will also be spotlighting the work of our studio artist Andy Sovia in the classroom. All studios will be open to guests," JJ Graham says. Admission is $10 to help cover food, beverages, and live entertainment in the back parking lot. Overflow parking alongside Peach Street and across Moody Blvd. Feel free to be fancy or casual. 802 East Moody Blvd. Bunnell.
March 24: Stetson University Opera Theatre and Orchestra Contemporary One-Act Operas, featuring L’enfant et les sortilèges by Maurice Ravel, Russell Franks, director, Anthony Hose, conductor. 3 p.m., DeLand High School Theater Center, 800 N. Hill Ave., DeLand. 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.
March 25: The Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club meets at 4:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 8696 47 N. Old Kings Road. From 4:30 - 6 p.m. the time is used for buying, selling and trading stamps and coins. The club meeting starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30. There is a live auction of stamps and coins at the end of the meeting. The club is open for members, the general public, and all who are interested in stamp and coin collecting and investing. Free stamps and coin evaluations at all our meetings. The club is the only non-profit Stamp and Coin Club in Flagler County. For more information please visit the club's web site.
March 25: The "L" Word Identity Group, 6 p.m. at UNF-Jacksonville's John A. Delaney Student Union, Building 58E Room 1111. The L Word is a peer-led discussion group that allows female/feminine and lesbian spectrum identified individuals to meet and discuss a wide range of topics on coming out, relationships, labels, family dynamics, etc. The discussion group is open to all individuals falling on the female/feminine spectrum, including but not limited to: nonbinary, gender nonconforming and trans, bisexual women, queer folks, and questioning.
March 26: The Gargiulo Art Foundation and Palm Coast government unveil the inaugural sculpture of what will be a sculpture garden in Palm Coast's Central Park in Town Center, near City Hall, at 9 a.m. See details here.
March 26: FlaglerCares, the county-wide initiative to expand the safety net for citizens in need, meets at 1 p.m. in training room 3 on the third floor of the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
March 26: Great Organists at Stetson series, Boyd Jones, Stetson University Price Professor of Organ and University Organist. 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. All concerts are free and open to the public. Call 386/822-8950.
March 26: The Daytona State College Foundation’s Wisdom in Senior Education (WISE) program: Advanced Technology College (ATC), 1770 Technology Blvd, Daytona Beach, Multipurpose Room (Rm. 109), All About the Embry-Riddle Research Park. Dr. Stephanie Miller is executive director of Technology Transfer and Research Park Initiatives at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The research park is home to the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex, (the MicaPlex), the Wind Tunnel Laboratory and coming in 2019, the Applied Aviation and Engineering Research Hanger. The MicaPlex houses Embry-Riddle’s Tech Business Incubator, tenant flex space, collaborative workspaces, cutting-edge laboratories and business support services, co-located to ensure that technology-focused startups will have every advantage for success. The Foundation created the WISE program to provide continuing education and cultural enrichment activities to senior members of the community. WISE is open to anyone age 50 or older, for $30 for an individual or $50 per couple per year. Find a complete list of spring presenters at DaytonaState.edu/wise. For more information, contact Suzette Cameron (386) 506-4506, or Suzette.Cameron@DaytonaState.edu.
March 26: NuMIX Ensemble Concert, Dr. Erin Bodnar and Dr. Andrea Venet, directors. 7:30 p.m., UNF's Fine Arts Center, Building 45, Room 1200. Free admission.
March 26: Coffee and Conversation: Talking Religion with Civility. Join the Interfaith Center to discuss the challenges of talking religion with each other, and learn skills to navigate conflict and disagreement. Coffee and tea served. At UNF's Founders Hall, Building 2, Room 1400. Contact Matt Hartley m.hartley@unf.edu (904) 620-5715.
March 26: Trans Talks, 4 p.m. at UNF's LGBT Resource Center Building, 1 UNF Drive, 58 East, Room 1111. Trans Talks is a peer led discussion group that allows transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming individuals to meet and discuss a wide range of topics associated with being transgender. This group is open to all individuals under the Transgender Spectrum including but not limited to: Transgender, Genderqueer, Genderfluid, and Agender. Please note that Trans Talks is a peer discussion group and that there is no mental health counselor or other accredited professional available at these events.
March 27: A final hearing is scheduled before a judge of workers compensation claims in the more than two dozen cases of Flagler County Sheriff's employees' claims related to what they believe to be the sick building, or Sheriff's Operations Center, evacuated last June. The 10 a.m. hearing is before Judge Wilbur Anderson at the Daytona Beach Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims, 444 Seabreeze Boulevard, Suite 450, Daytona Beach.
March 27: The Flagler Humane Society hosts a happy hour fundraiser at Uncaged on Oceanshore, 3468 Oceanshore Blvd, Flagler Beach, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, available here.
March 27: A meeting of the Compassionate Friends is scheduled at the Vitas Office at 4 North Old Kings Road (across from Kentucky Fried Chicken) in Palm Coast. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. The Compassionate Friends, a nonprofit self-help bereavement support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child. The meeting is open to all parents, grandparents, and siblings over age 18 who has suffered the loss of a child of any age. For more information, call John Brady at 610-428-3139. To learn more about The Compassionate Friends, visit their national website at www.compassionatefriends.org.
March 27: The Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Music Series presents Hagihara Violin & Piano Duo, 7:30 p.m. at UNF's Fine Arts Center, Building 45, Room 1200. ♦ March 28: Bunnell City Manager Alvin Jackson is the keynote speaker at the 34th Drug Court graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County Courthouse, before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins.
March 31: Daytona Solisti's Concert Series features "Mozartiana," an all-Mozart program with Michael Rickman, piano, Sue Cryan, violin, and Joe Corporon, cello. On the program: Mozart's Piano Sonata Nr. 9 in D Major K 311, Church Sonatas K 245 and K328, and the Piano Trio in G Major, K 496. 3:30 p.m. At First Presbyterian Church, 620 South Grandview Avenue, Daytona Beach. A $15 contribution is requested.
March 31: Lawson Ensemble Concert featuring music by Bach and Dohnanyi, Dr. Nick Curry, cello; Clinton Dewing, violin and viola; Aurica Duca, violin with guest Ellen Olson, viola. free admission, 3 p.m. at UNF's Fine Arts Center, Building 45, Room 1200.

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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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