BY JAMES HARPER
About 30 vendors will be participating in the Light Up Midtown Health Fair on Dec. 1 at Daisy Stocking Park in Daytona Beach. It will kick off a series of events scheduled every Saturday in December.
Charles Bryant, who works for the Daytona Beach Redevelopment Department, said the Light Up Midtown events were created to provide Christmas activities in the Midtown Redevelopment District of the city.
A Christmas parade is scheduled for Dec. 8 on Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard.
Bryant said the response for the health fair has been excellent but more entrants are needed for the parade and a step show planned for Dec. 5.
Among those participating in the parade will be Mar’lene Jasmine Ann Brooks, who was recently chosen as the 2012-2013 Homecoming Queen for Seabreeze High School.
She is the vice president of the youth choir at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and plans on going to the Marines after she graduates.
Festival of lights
Bryant said having the word “light” in the name of their month long celebration was very important.
“Light is an important element in many holidays and festivals throughout the world. It is the symbol of the divine and bringing light into the world. Light also has meaning related to the religious or cultural background of different countries,” Bryan explained.
Bryant said Daisy Stocking Park will have a decorated Christmas tree with lights. Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard will be decorated for the holidays.
Bryant said merchants on Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and on International Speedway Boulevard have been encouraged to remain open for activities taking place on Saturdays during this month.
“These events provide an opportunity to attract people to the area who might not ordinary visit this area and boast sales for the merchants,” Bryant noted.
Added Suzanne Grubbs, environmental health specialist with the Volusia County Health Department, “We are delighted to partner with the City of Daytona Beach to provide a health fair where citizens can come out and get valuable health information on a number of topics. This event is a great opportunity to enjoy the holiday light displays while participating in a family oriented health fair.’’
Planning meeting scheduled Nov. 29
Light Up Midtown festivities will be held on Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22. All events will be held in the Midtown community and three of the four will be held at the Daisy Stocking Park, 550 Third Ave., Daytona Beach.
The next Light Up Midtown committee meeting is Nov. 29 at the Peninsula Club, 415 South Peninsula Drive, Daytona Beach. It’s scheduled to convene from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Contact Bryant at 386-671-8185 or 386- 214-2586 for entry forms.