BY JAMES HARPER
For the first time, there will be a Christmas tree lighting in Daisy Stocking Park.
The tree was delivered Wednesday to the park with a lighting service planned Saturday, Dec. 1, as part of the Light Up Midtown Health Fair. The fair kicks off a series of events in the area every Saturday during December.
Clark Sales Display, the vendor who is doing the tree, delivered the 25-foot tree with a star and green metallic garlands.
The Volusia County Health Department and a number of health partners are participating in the free health fair from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the park, 550 Third St., Daytona Beach. So far, 30 vendors have signed up to participate in the fair.
Lighting of the tree takes place at 5:30 p.m.
Doctors to attend
In recognition of World AIDS Day, there will be a special dedication to those impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Features of Saturday’s health fair will include free HIV testing provided by Stewart Marchman’s Prevention on the Move program; blood pressure screenings; vision testing by Walmart; healthy cooking demonstrations; and information on a number of health topics, including nutrition, diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS and breast cancer.
There will also be an “Ask the Doctor” table where residents can privately ask Daytona Beach resident and physician Dr. Delicia M. Haynes health-related questions.
Local business owners and residents also have been asked to decorate their establishments and homes in the holiday spirit using guidelines set by a list of judges, according to a representative from Daytona Beach’s Redevelopment Department.
Winners will receive recognition and awards at the Dec. 19 city commission meeting.
Other Light Up Midtown events will include a Christmas parade on Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The staging area for the parade will be behind the Daytona Mall. The parade route will continue down Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard, cross Nova Road and end at Charles Street and Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard.
The parade will consist of area bands, churches, community organizations with floats, marching units, cars, etc.
The Daytona Beach Community Band, which consists of alumni band members from Bethune Cookman University, has agreed to assist with the organization of the parade.
Applications for the parade are still being accepted. Participation in the parade is free.
A step show is scheduled Dec. 15 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Daisy Stocking Park.
This event will highlight local Greek sororities and fraternities as well as local high school and community talent. Local vendors will be invited to set up in the park to provide a variety of cultural food and merchandise.
The local chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Greek Sororities and Fraternities is assisting with this event, which is open to the public for free.
‘Christmas in Songs’
The “Christmas in Songs’’ event will culminate a month of special activities with a gospel extravaganza.
It’s Dec. 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Daisy Stocking Park. The event will host local choirs and other talents geared toward the holiday spirit.
Applications are being accepted for this event. There is no charge to participate or attend.
For more information, call 386-671-8185 or 386-214-2586.