Today: Partly cloudy. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning…then slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 90s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Heat index readings 98 to 102. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the southwest after midnight. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 377.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
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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.
Ongoing Early Voting in Flagler County for a slew of local, state and federal offices leading up to the Aug. 30 primary. Early voting is mandated from Aug. 20 through Aug. 27, but county supervisors of election have the discretion to begin sooner. Flagler’s is among 24 counties choosing to do so. Though it is a primary, numerous races appear on the ballot in which all registered voters are eligible to cast a ballot, regardless of party affiliation, including for Palm Coast City Council (if you’re a Palm Coast resident), for judges, for school board and for Supervisor of Elections. Early voting hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day through Saturday, August 27, at the following locations:
1. Flagler County Public Library
At the corner of Belle Terre and Palm Coast Parkway.
2500 Palm Coast Parkway N.W. Palm Coast
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2. Palm Coast Community Center
At the corner of Clubhouse Drive and Palm Coast Parkway.
305 Palm Coast Parkway NE Palm Coast
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3. Supervisor of Elections Office
Located in the Government Services Building.
1769 E. Moody Boulevard, Building 2, Suite 101 Bunnell
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Navy training schedules indicate live bombing will take place at the Pinecastle Range Complex in the Ocala National Forest using live ordinance, starting at 1:30 p.m. until either 3:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. The telephone number for noise complaints is 1-800-874-5059, Fleet Air Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville. For additional information, call (904) 542-2415/5588.
Drug Court: Circuit Judge Matthew Foxman presides, starting at 9 and 10 a.m. in Courtroom 401, Flagler County Courthouse.
Town hall meeting giving the public a chance to weigh in on the Flagler County school district’s strategic plan, the school district’s goals for the next five years, which the district’s Strategic Plan Steering Committee has been working on for the past few months. 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Buddy Taylor Middle School/Wadsworth Elementary School cafeteria, Palm Coast.
Living in bear country: Natalae Almeter of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hosts a presentation on the topic This evening at 6 p.m. at Palm Coast’s City Hall, in the Community Wing. It’s open and free to the public. See the background story.
Free Car Seat Check: 3-5 p.m. at Fire Station #25, 1250 Belle Terre Pkwy. Firefighters who are trained as car seat technicians will check your children’s seats to make sure they are installed properly according to manufacturer’s safety specifications. Please bring your car seat and vehicle manuals with you. Seat checks will be completed through the Station’s drive-through bays.
Moon Rise at the Beach: 7:45 to 8:15 p.m., Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreational Area at Flagler Beach(3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach). Join a ranger for a moon rise at the beach! You will learn fun and interesting facts about the moon and our coastal ecosystem. Bring binoculars for a spectacular view, and a camera for beautiful photo opportunities! We meet at the beachside pavilion, using the boardwalk to stroll the beach and wait for the moon rise. If you prefer, you can view the moon from the overlook. All ages are welcome, minors must be accompanied by an adult. This event is subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. RSVP required at Eventbrite.com.
Program is free with park admission! Park fee is $5.00 per carload of 2-8 people; one person is $4; bicyclist or pedestrian is $2.
Note: Some proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel.
Citizens Insurance rates: The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation will hold a public hearing on proposals that would raise rates for many customers of the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. The Citizens Board of Governors approved the proposed increases in June, pointing to what the insurer describes as a “crisis” in costly water claims. (9 a.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
The “Building Florida’s Future” symposium will focus on transportation, infrastructure and economic-development issues. Speakers are expected to include incoming Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, Senate Transportation Chairman Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, and Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold. (9 a.m., Port Tampa Bay Cruise Terminal 3, 815 Channelside Dr., Tampa.)
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is slated to be the keynote speaker at the Republican Party of Palm Beach County’s annual “Lobsterfest.” (6:30 p.m., Broken Sound Country Club., 2401 Willow Springs Dr., Boca Raton.)
–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
♦ Aug. 19: The latest pre-trial hearing in the case of Florida v. Kimberle Weeks, continued from July 22, is scheduled for 3 p.m. before Circuit Judge Margaret Hudson in Courtroom 402 at the Flagler County Courthouse. Weeks now faces nine third-degree felony counts, down from 12, stemming from allegations that she illegally recorded various individuals in her capacity as supervisor of elections and in her private life. Weeks resigned that post in January 2015.
♦ Aug. 19: Visitations for friends and family of Sophie Zabas, who died Aug. 12 at age 74, held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home, 511 Old Kings Road South, Flagler Beach, where a memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Zabas was Flagler County Commissioner George Hanns’s companion of 23 years.
♦ Aug. 20: International Homeless Animals Day.
♦ Aug. 28: Families Faith Fun Festival at St.Thomas Episcopal Church from 1 to 5 p.m. with free food, family-oriented games, lots of prizes, and raffle drawings. All invited, whether members of the church or not. See the website at stthomaspalmcoast.com.
♦ Sept. 7: The Flagler Youth Orchestra holds its open house for all new or prospective students who’d like to join the county’s largest (and free) music program. The open house is at the Indian Trails Middle School cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. Any Flagler student, including homes chooled students, in grades 3-12, are eligible to enroll (must be 8 years old by Sept. 1, 2016.) Students may elect to play violin, viola, cello or doublebass. One-hour classes are held at Indian Trails Middle School Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3 to 6 p.m., with students enrolled in the hour block appropriate to their skill level and schedule. The first class for first-time students is Sept. 19. (Auditions for returning students start on Aug. 22, the first class for returning students is Aug. 31.)
♦ Sept. 8: Second of two town hall meeting giving the public a chance to weigh in on the Flagler County school district’s strategic plan, the school district’s goals for the next five years, which the district’s Strategic Plan Steering Committee has been working on for the past few months. 5:30 to 7 p.m., Third Floor main conference or training room 3, Government Services Building, Bunnell.
♦ Sept. 10: African Art: Ancient Egypt to the Contemporary World, a pair of presentations by Bertrand Green, former chairman of African American studies at Lehman College, City University of New York. The first session is from 10 a.m. to noon, the second session from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn, Palm Coast. $20 for PCAF members, $25 for general admission. Call 386/225-4394 or email email@example.com to reserve your seat.
♦ Sept. 17-18: Staged Reading of Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two,” at the Flagler Auditorium’s Black Box Theatre, directed by Bruce Heighley, a volunteer production to benefit the auditorium’s the Arts in Education Scholarship Fund and Temple Beth Shalom. Performance times are 7 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2 p.m. on Sept. 18. Tickets: $29 for adults, $18 for students. Call the Flagler Auditorium, 437-7547, for tickets, or go to flaglerauditorium.org.
♦ Feb. 6: The great violinist Itzhak Perlman opens the 2017 season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival with a 7:30 p.m. performance at First Baptist Church, 1600 South 8th Street in Fernandina Beach. Tickets here.
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Fact-Checking the Knaves:
The following is an update of ongoing permitting, construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through July 15 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):
- Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (Complete), Chicago Symphony Orchestra
- Sunflowers: Wynton Marsalis Septet at Jazz in Marciac 2010
- John Williams: Olympic Fanfare and Theme (1984)
- Dvořák’s American Quartet, Performed by Prazak Quartet
- Werner Herzog Narrates Pokémon Go
- Arthur Rubenstein Performs Brahms’s Piano Concerto in D Minor with the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam
- The Last Bookstore
- Agustin Barrios: La Catedral, III
- Mabuhay Singers-Planting Rice-Magtanim Hindi Biro
- Ray Bradbury on Violence, Laughter and Sadness
- Bill Evans Live, ’64, ’75
- Leonard Bernstein Conducts the Boston Symphony in Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor
- The Minnesota Orchestra in Cuba
- Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830, Edward Neeman, Piano
- Festival Next Generation 2015: Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante
- James Baldwin Debates William F. Buckley (1965)
- Philadelphia Orchestra Performs La Marseillaise
- J.S.Bach’s Concerto for Three Violins, BWV 1064, Julia Fischer Leading
- Cremaine Booker Performs Barber’s Adagio for Strings, By Himself in a Four-Cello Arrangement
- Juan Diego Florez: Besame Mucho
- Valentina Lisitsa plays Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
- Aaron Copland Conducts His Own Fanfare For The Common Man, After Leonard Bernstein Gives a Brief Lecture on American Music
- President Warren G. Harding’s Erotica
- Anaïs Nin Reads from her Diary
- Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54, Murray Perahia, Piano
- Carl Maria von Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, op. 74. Anna Paulová at the Clarinet
- Charles Dickens in 10 Minutes
- Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, for Soprano and Alto, With Les Talens Lyriques
- Ben Webster and Oscar Peterson, Together, Live, in 1972
- J.S.Bach’s Fantasia and Fuge in G Minor BWV 542, John Scott at the Organ
- Schubert’s Piano Sonata No 20 D 959 in A major Performed by Alfred Brendel
- Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, Orchestre de Paris, Chen Reiss, Matthias Coerne
- Mozart’s Oboe Concerto, Moscow Virtuosi
- Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 15 in B flat major, K 450, Robert Levin, cond.
- How Disney Cartoons Were Made
- Chopin’s Piano Concerto Nr. 2, Rosalía Gómez Lasheras at the Piano
- Edward MacDowell: To a Wild Rose
- Hilary Hahn plays Ernst’ s Grand Caprice on Schubert’s Der Erlkönig, Op. 26
- Telemann’s Fantasia for Solo Violin in B-Flat Major, Cynthia Freivogel on the Baroque Violin
- John Field: Nocturne No. 10 in E Minor
- Respighi’s Pines of Rome
- Schostakovich’s Best Waltz, for Guitars
- Happy Birthday Ray Charles: Georgia On My Mind
- Eugen d’Albert: Klavierstücke op. 5, Performed by Koji Attwood
- Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light, a Movie on his 93rd Birthday (He Died in 2004)
- Wilhelm Kempff, Schumann’s Papillons Op. 2 Parts 1 and 2
- Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Performed by Evgeni Koroliov