ACT-SO workshops for teens under way in Flagler

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Jeroline McCarthyThe Afro-Academic Cultural Technological Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) has made its mark as a Flagler County NAACP enrichment program, encouraging high academic and cultural achievement among underserved minority high school students.

The arts outreach for Summer 2013 is a supportive collaboration by the Flagler Police Athletic League (PAL), the Flagler School District, and the Flagler Sheriff’s Office to produce a Summer Internship Program (SIP) in the Arts and Humanities for ages 13-18.

The NAACP initiative, in its sophomore year, is a seven-week project of presenting teens with an extended study program of Humanities and the Performing and Fine Arts. Demographics are such that because of low registration fees and targeted outreach, the program has attracted families that receive state income assistance and, therefore, are eligible for participation at minimum registration fees ($15-$25).

Workshops will end with a performance presentation that will include sculpting, writing, drama, vocal, dance, drawing, painting, theater arts, and photography. Instructors, visiting lecturers, and established artists/teachers have all committed their time and talent to this successful effort.

The workshops are housed at Buddy Taylor Middle School, 4500 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast. The workshops have begun and will end Aug. 2. The four-day week covers Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is served 12:30 to 1 p.m., and the Humanities workshops pick up from 1 to 2 p.m.

This is an alternative for teens opting for summer employment, or impacting upon school budgets or phased-out arts curricula.

Applications are available by logging on to www.flaglercntynaacp.org or www.flaglercountypal.org. For additional details, call ACT-SO Director Stephanie Ecklin at 386-675-3774.

The registration is $100, yet scholarships are available for those meeting eligibility on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Cultural Society to host Juneteenth celebration
The cornerstone of celebrating Juneteenth evolves from Juneteenth becoming a holiday because the former slaves of East Texas celebrated freedom two years following the Emancipation Proclamation. The ex-slaves did not receive word that they had been freed until some time during June 1865.

The African American Cultural Society will celebrate Juneteenth on June 15 at the cultural center, 4422 U.S. 1 North, Palm Coast.

Vendors will have ethnic food for sale and a variety of goods. The vendors will set up shop at 10:30 a.m. The program will begin at 1 p.m. with the “call to assemble” to honor the ancestors with song, dance, dramatic performance and recitation. The performance will end 4 p.m.

During the “call to assemble,” the guest speaker will be the Hon. Jon Netts, mayor of Palm Coast.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children for the educational experience. This is a free cultural event, but donations will gratefully be appreciated.

For further details, call the center at 386-447-7030.

Crawford to perform at jazz, barbecue event
Enjoy soaring vocals in rhythm sung by chanteuse Jan Crawford at the Jazz Jam & Barbecue.

Crawford performs June 21, 4 to 7 p.m., with other musicians invited at Hammock Community Center, 66 Malacompra Road, off A1A, Palm Coast. The event is sponsored by the North East Florida Jazz Association (NEFJA).

Crawford has returned since performing aboard cruise ships. The venue is a BYOB (bring your own bag) and includes door prizes and a 50/50 raffle drawing. The ticket price is $20.

To reserve a ticket, call Aimee’s Hallmark Shop, 386-445-0985; Barbara Gomez, 386-437-1005; Muriel McCoy, 386-445-1329; or log on NEFJA.org.

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