Daytona State to conduct open auditions for the musical “All Shook Up”
The School of Music, Entertainment and Art at Daytona State College will conduct open auditions for “All Shook Up,” a fun rock musical based on the music of Elvis Presley, at 3 p.m. Nov. 7, and at 6 p.m. on Nov. 8. Auditions will be held in the Choir Room, Goddard Performance Hall (Bldg. 230), on the college’s Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.

Call-backs will be held on Nov. 9 at 3 p.m.

The two-act production is based on William Shakespeare’s 1602 play “Twelfth Night,” and features Presley hits such as “All Shook Up,” “Jail House Rock,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Love Me Tender,” and “Blue Suede Shoes.” The audition will include a one-minute prepared rock and roll piece (music from the show is encouraged), dance and read from the script.

Auditions are being held for chorus as well as the following characters:
•  Natalie Haller (early 20s): A mechanic.
•  Chad: A great-looking, motorcycling, guitar-playing, leather-jacketed roustabout.
•  Jim Haller (mid-40s-50s): Natalie’s widowed father.
•  Sylvia (mid-40s): The no-nonsense, African-American owner of Sylvia’s Honky-Tonk.
•  Lorraine: Sylvia’s 16-year-old daughter
•  Dennis: A young, awkward, aspiring dentist.
•  Miss Sandra: The beautiful, intellectual caretaker of the town’s museum.
•  Dean Hyde: Matilda’s 16-year-old son. He has grown up at a military boarding school.
•  Sheriff Earl (mid-40s-50s): the law in town. A man of not many words.

Rehearsals will start in January; production dates for the musical are Feb. 22, 23, 24, March 1 & 2, 2013.

For more information, call 386-226-1903.

Halloween carnival
The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post #100 will hold their annual Halloween carnival on Oct. 27 from 1 p.m. 5 p.m. at 526 Orange Ave. There will be refreshments, candy, activities, music and much more. This event is free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. More information: 386-252-2033.

Strengthening Families, Protective Factors & Café Talk Overview
The Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia announce the Strengthening Families, Protective Factors and Café Talk Overview.  ELCFV has partnered with families, school readiness providers and community social service agencies to increase family involvement and promote favorable outcomes for the children and families of the community.

The overview will be held Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Light snacks, coffee and beverages will be provided.  It’s highly suggested to pack a lunch. The event takes place at the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler/Volusia, 230 North Beach St., 2nd floor conference room. Register at or contact Corey Best at 386-323-2400×162. Continuing Education Units are provided and can be purchased at the time of registration.

Car seat check-up event
Safe Kids Volusia/Flagler will be holding a car seat check-up event at The Chiles Academy, 868 George W. Ingram Blvd. on Oct. 30 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The event will be open for mothers who attend The Chiles Academy from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and to the general public from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be on hand to check your child’s car seat for proper installation and assist you in installing your child’s car seat.

If possible, please have the child whose seat is being checked or installed present with you. If you are an expectant parent we will assist with installation and demonstrate proper harnessing using a doll. Please bring your vehicle manual and car seat manual. New car seats will be available at a discounted rate.

These seats must be installed during the event. Free booster seats will also be available. They must be installed during the event.

For more information, call 386-323-0000.

NAACP hosting workshop to help ex-felons get rights back
Dr. Walter Fordham, chair of the  Daytona Beach NAACP Political Action Activity committee, announced this week that a workshop is scheduled to help felonies restore their rights.

Dr. Walter Fordham

‘In an effort to help end Florida’s voting ban against citizens in Daytona Beach and surrounding communities with past felonies, the NAACP will host a free workshop for individuals with past felony convictions to apply for restoration of their civil rights,’’ Fordham said.

The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the John H. Dickerson Center, 308 South Martin Luther King Blvd., Daytona Beach.

This workshop is free and no appointments are required.  All candidates will be provided with one-on-one assistance to provide information they need to apply for clemency.

“State laws vary when it comes to defining a felony and in determining if people who are no longer incarcerated can vote,”  Fordham explained.

“In taking away the right to vote from thousands of citizens, Florida is completely out of line with the rest on the country.  Felons in Florida are stripped on their right to vote  until they undertake a lengthy application process and granted restoration of their rights by the governor and the cabinet, sitting as the Executive Clemency Board, “ Fordham continued.

For more information, contact the NAACP office at 386-255-3736.

B-CU to host Trunk or Treat Sunday
Bethune-Cookman University is inviting the community to its second annual Trunk or Treat on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

According to a press release, B-CU is providing a safe alternative to trick or treating at the Lee Rhyant Residential Life Center parking lot. There will food, games and other activities. All are welcome for this free event.

For more information, send an email to



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