Daytona GOP headquarters party takes place Monday
The “Grand Opening Party” (GOP) of the new 2012 Daytona GOP campaign headquarters will take place on Monday, May 14 at 11 a.m.

The event will take place at Suite 118, 661 Beville Road in South Daytona, in the Contemporary Plaza between US 1 and Nova Road.

For further information, call Lynda Kroeger at 386-846-5697 or 386-767-7287 or visit the website at

Leesburg Missionary Society hosting retreat in Daytona
The Women’s Missionary Society of Mount Olive AME Church in Leesburg will be heading to Daytona Beach this weekend for the third annual Women’s Retreat.

The theme this year is “Amazing Women of God Reflecting on the Inward Beauty of God’s Love.” All events will take place at the Plaza Resort and Spa, 600 N. Atlantic Ave.

The event kicks off Friday with a “greet, meet and eat” beginning at 7 p.m., according to Cynthia Bradley, organizer and wife of the pastor, the Rev. David E. Bradley Sr.

A number of speakers and activities are scheduled Saturday. One of the highlights from last year’s event was a fashion show featuring casual and church attire, the organizer said.

“This year we are asking participants to bring or sponsor a young lady between the ages of 12 and 25,” said Cynthia Bradley. “It is our mission to lift up and encourage ourselves and others in the body of Christ and especially our young ladies.”

Registration fee for the retreat, which is open to all women, is $40 for Friday and Saturday and $35 for Saturday only.

For more information, call 386-255-7372.

Take Stock in Children seeking  mentors
Take Stock in Children in Volusia County is seeking mentors. Participants are asked to support a student with his/her goals at least 30 minutes per week at a Volusia school.

The program was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides an opportunity for low-income and at-risk students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education.

Take Stock in Children provides college scholarships and volunteer mentors with the hope of providing students with a better life.

Two-hour training classes will be held for mentors. Training is offered once a month in Daytona Beach. A mentor is matched with a student after training.

For more information, contact Sheila Rees at 386-947-8788 x50724 or via e-mail at

Port Orange seeking student entries for film festival
The deadline for the Fifth Annual Port Orange Government TV (pogTV) Film Festival is just weeks away.  The festival is open to high school and college students from Volusia County and Seminole County.  Entries are due May 18 by 4 p.m.

Filmmakers must submit four DVDs along with the pogTV Film Festival entry form to Kent Donahue, City of Port Orange, 1000 City Center Circle, Port Orange, FL 32129.  The form is found on the city’s web site under pogTV at

The goal of the festival is to enhance and encourage the educational experience of the participants by providing a real world educational opportunity beyond the classroom.

Students from Daytona State College, Bethune-Cookman University, University of Central Florida, Stetson University, Seminole State College, Full Sail University and Flagler College are eligible to submit films. Entries will be separated into two groups – high school and college.

There is no fee associated with the entries and there are no individual categories such as drama or animation.  Judging criteria will focus on, but is not limited to concept, overall production, technical talent and creativity.

For questions, contact Kent Donahue, Special Assistant to the City Manager, at 386-506-5522 or

Domestic Abuse Council seeks donations
The Domestic Abuse Council’s emergency shelter programs, which provides housing, food, support and other necessities to victims of domestic abuse from the community, is seeking toiletry items such as deodorant, body wash, disposable shaving razors, baby wipes, hair driers, and cosmetics.

Donations of any quantity can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the Domestic Abuse Council Thrift Store and Boutique located at 335 Beville Road, South Daytona.
For more information about the donations, call 386-761-3166. To learn more about the programs, call 386-255-2102.

Technicians to check child car seats
Kids Volusia/Flagler will be holding a car seat check-up event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 12 at the New Smyrna Beach Wal-Mart, 3155 State Road 44. Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand to check car seats for proper installation and can assist parents with installing a car seat. If possible, have the child whose seat is being checked or installed present.

If you are an expectant parent, the technicians will assist with installation and demonstrate proper harnessing using a doll. Bring a vehicle manual and car seat manual. New car seats may be purchased at the event for $30. Purchased seats must be installed during the event. Free backless booster seats and high back boosters also will be available.

More information: 386-323-0000.

Children and Families Advisory Board seeks members
Volusia County is seeking applicants to fill four positions on the Children and Families Advisory Board.
The advisory board, which meets at least four times a year, assesses and evaluates children and community needs and develops strategies to meet those needs. Members also make recommendations to the Volusia County Council on children and family issues and funding for several service categories.

Applicants must be at least 18, have a reputation for integrity and community service, and have an interest or experience in children and family issues. County council members will review applications.
Applications are available in the county manager’s office and online at

For more information about the Children and Families Advisory Board, call Peggy Johnson at 386-736-5955, ext. 15694, or visit



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