Grief center schedules retreats for kids and teens


In September, Halifax Health – Hospice BeginAgain Children’s Grief Center will present Hearts and Hooves – grief camps for families, young children and teens involving expression through art and horses.

During the retreats, trained grief counselors will guide participants through artistic activities and allow them healing interaction with horses.  These activities give children and teens, who have experienced the death of a loved one, a safe and peaceful outlet for their grief expression.

The retreats will take place at Artquest School of Art & Design, 571 Leeway Trail, Ormond Beach. Retreats are available for families, children eight to 12 years of age and teens 13 to 18 years of age.

Retreat dates and times are as follows:
• The Family Retreat: Saturday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m. to noon.
• Children’s Retreat (ages 8 to 12), Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to noon.
• Teen Retreat, (ages 13 to 18), Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. to noon.

To receive an application to register for any of these retreats, or for additional information, call 386-258-5100.

Hospitals offering free vascular disease screenings
In the United States, more than eight million Americans suffer from Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), which is the hardening of the arteries – also known as “atherosclerosis” – in the limbs, often the legs.  One in 20 Americans over the age of 50 has PVD, and many of those with PVD do not experience symptoms.  PVD can reduce mobility and increase the risk for heart attack and stroke, and if left untreated, PVD can be fatal.

PVD is a serious disease that is on the rise among midlife and older Americans and is caused by the same risk factors that lead to heart disease. It is a common and treatable disease.

Because vascular disease develops over time, it is important to lead a healthy lifestyle through awareness, prevention and risk reduction through healthy living are important. That’s why the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties are offering free screenings to help determine an individual’s risk of PVD.

The screenings are:
• Sept. 1 at Florida Hospital DeLand
• Sept. 4 at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City
• Sept. 15 at Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast
• Sept. 16-20 at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach

Appointments are required and space is limited. To be qualified for the screening, participants must take a free online PVD risk assessment at After completing the risk assessment, those who are identified as moderate or high risk will be able to register for the free PVD screening.

Jacksonville minister to speak at First Church of Palm Coast
“Christian Women Moving Forward” reflects the glory of Christ while highlighting a theme for the Women’s Day Service at 10 a.m. on Sept. 8 at First Church.

The Rev. Patricia McGeathey will the Women’s Day guest speaker. She is the associate minister of St. Stephens A.M.E. Church in Jacksonville, as well as a marriage and Christian counselor.

She’s also a registered nurse at the University of Florida Shands Hospital.

The Rev. Cheryl Daniels of the First Church ministerial staff will speak at the 8 a.m. service. A repast will take place following the 10 a.m. service.

First Church is at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.

For more information, call 386-446-5759.

Halifax Health – Hospice to host annual run, walk
Join Halifax Health – Hospice of Volusia/Flagler and presenting sponsor Glenn Yarbrough, senior vice president of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management at Halifax Health-Hospital of Volusia/Flagler’s 12th annual 5K Run & Walk on Sunday, Sept. 8.

The event takes off at the Kenneth W. Parker Amphitheater, Port Orange City Center Circle. Register at

More information: Sheri Robbins at 386-322-4747 or

Lecture to focus on Silver Sands
The history of the Silver Sands Bridle Club is the next Port Orange history lesson. The lecture is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Adult Center Annex, 3738 Halifax Drive.

Now located west of town off Tomoka Farms Road, the Silver Sands Bridle Club’s arena and racetrack was originally located in Port Orange starting in the 1960s.

For more information, call 386-506-5522.

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