Ocean Center presents second annual Light Up Volusia Nights
On Nov. 24, the Ocean Center will present the second annual Light Up Volusia Nights from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. on the east lawn of the Ocean Center and the Ocean Center Ballroom.

The Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and Al Smith Productions will present the Parade of Lights beginning at 5:15 p.m. The parade route will begin on Main Street at the corner of Peninsula Drive and will travel east over A1A, then north onto Ocean Avenue looping back across A1A down Auditorium Blvd., concluding in the parking lot behind Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Blvd.

The Ocean Center ballroom will include cooking demonstrations, caricature artists, balloon art, face painting, magicians, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. A community showcase display area will feature area businesses and attractions. Other events include holiday entertainment featuring New Smyrna Beach’s Beu Sisters and the Surfside Choir.

At 7:15 p.m. the Ocean Center’s Light Up Volusia Nights ceremony will unveil festive holiday lights and decorations at the Ocean Center, Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, Ocean Walk Shoppes and the Bandshell. The Ocean Center will feature a decorated 40-foot holiday tree that will be lit by area dignitaries.

Additional holiday activities include ice skating at the Bandshell through Jan. 6. Located behind Ocean Walk Shoppes, the tent-covered portable ice skating rink features real ice.
For more information, contact Angela Daniels, marketing director at

Seafood event to benefit center for the blind
The fifth annual seafood buffet to benefit the Florida Lions Conklin Center for the Blind will be held Dec. 2 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the River Grille on the Tomoka, 950 N US Hwy 1, Ormond Beach.  The all-you-can eat buffet is $8.99 with coffee or tea included. There will also be drawings for door prizes.

The River Grille donates a portion of each diner’s bill to the Center to support its programs that help children and adults who are blind and have additional disabilities fully develop their potential for independence.

For more information, call Denise Harlow 386-258-3441 or visit

Santa Hustle takes off Dec. 9
Join Adrenaline Sports Management for its first Santa Hustle in Daytona Beach on Dec. 9.

This event is one to be remembered with thousands of “Santas’’ running through the streets of Daytona Beach and along the Atlantic Ocean.

Featuring a half marathon and 5k race, both will begin and end at the Ocean Center, the half marathon and 5k will feature holiday music, cookie and candy stations, and volunteers dressed as elves to encourage the participants and handing out water as well.

“The atmosphere of our Santa Hustle races is sure to put all our participants in the holiday mood” said event director Lauren Stromberg. “We will have festive music playing throughout the course as well as the cookie and candy stations. It’ll be a great time for adults and kids alike.’’

The half marathon begins at 9 a.m.; the 5K walk/run at 9:15.

All race participants will receive a Santa Hustle long sleeved T-shirt, a free Santa hat and beard to wear while running. Customized Santa Hustle medals will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each age group.

Registration is available online at until Dec. 8. The registration fees are $35 for the 5K and $55 for the half marathon.

For more information, call 847-829-4538 or visit

Stewart Memorial to host holiday yard sale Dec. 1
On Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church will host a holiday yard sale in the church’s parking lot.

Items for sale will include clothing for men, women and children, books, a variety of household items, Christmas decorations and more.

The church is at 317 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Daytona Beach.

For more information, call the church at 386-255-7222.

Local Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, awards $8,000 in scholarships
The Gamma Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority this year awarded $8,000 in academic scholarships to Daytona Beach area college-bound students.

Eight $1,000 scholarships were presented to the following Daytona Beach area students: Dymond Anthony, Tyra Fennell, DeAngelo Howard, Jade McCrary, Siarrah Davis, Montre Carson, Ricardo Spencer and Marissa Moss.

“Providing this assistance to the youth of our area so that they may further their education is one of our continuing goals,” said Mae Frances Davis, president of the Gamma Mu Omega Chapter. “We are proud to be able to impact their futures in such a positive way.”

Popular programs presented by the chapter over the years include the Men of Tomorrow, the Debutante Cotillion and Accent on Youth.



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