Palm Coast sets tree lighting, opening of Fantasy Lights for Dec. 1
Kick off the holiday season at the City of Palm Coast’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast. The event is free.

Join Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts in the countdown to the lighting of the tree, being decorated this year with sparkling lights and ornaments made by Girl Scouts from five local troops.

Then see Santa arrive by fire truck to visit with children, enjoy entertainment, refreshments and take a walk through the Fantasy Lights. Parents should bring their own cameras to capture pictures of their children visiting Santa in the Children’s Village area.

Non-perishable food donations will be accepted, as will toys for the annual Toys for Tots drive.
The Rotary Club of Flagler County’s 8th Annual Fantasy Lights display at Central Park will open that night – continuing 6:30-9 p.m. daily through Dec. 30.

Fantasy Lights is a free self-guided walking tour around Central Park featuring 38 light displays, festive live and broadcast music, and holiday snacks and beverages available for purchase. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

This year, Fantasy Lights will feature a North Pole Village, Santa’s Merry Train Ride around the park (nominal fee), Snow in the Park, a Night of Caroling, and Santa Sundays with Mrs. Claus (Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22). 3-D glasses will be available for purchase to enhance enjoyment of the lights. Free golf cart tours available for people with disabilities.

Central Park is located off State Road 100/Bulldog Drive, north of Flagler Palm Coast High School.
For more information about Fantasy Lights, contact Bill Butler at For more information about the Tree Lighting Ceremony, contact Event Coordinator Casey Ryan at the Palm Coast Parks & Recreation Department at 386-986-2323.


No Votran service Thanksgiving Day
Votran will not operate bus service Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, in the Greater Daytona Beach area, Southeast and West Volusia areas, Orlando Express, Route 60 connector routes, and Gold Service. Votran will resume normal service Friday, Nov. 29.

For further information, call 386-761-7700 in Daytona Beach, 386-943-7033 in West Volusia or 386-424-6800 in Southeast Volusia.  Visit Votran online at


Historic Preservation Board to meet Nov. 26
The Volusia County Historic Preservation Board will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, in the Frank T. Bruno Jr. County Council Chambers on the second floor of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

The board will receive updates from staff on current projects. The public is invited to attend and participate in the meeting.

The Historic Preservation Board is appointed by the Volusia County Council to issue certificates of designation for eligible historic resources such as structures, archaeological sites and historic districts; and certificates of appropriateness for demolition, alteration, relocation and new construction.

The board advises the County Council on matters related to historic preservation policy, including use, management and maintenance of county-owned historic resources.

For more information, contact Historic Preservation Officer Julie Adams Scofield at 386-736-5953, ext. 12008, or


Volusia Cultural Council to meet Dec. 6
The Cultural Council of Volusia County will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6,at the Museum of Arts & Sciences, 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach.

Members will discuss the Cultural Council’s programs and upcoming activities. The public is invited to attend and participate in the meeting.

The Cultural Council advises the Volusia County Council on matters relating to cultural arts and is the state-designated local arts agency for the county.

For more information, contact Cultural Coordinator Mike Fincher at 386-736-5963, ext. 15872, or


Make holiday crafts at the Daytona Beach library Dec. 4
Adults can create a Florida-themed tree ornament and a marbleized piece of glassware at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.

The Friends of the Library, which is sponsoring the free program, will provide all materials.

The program is limited to 20 participants. Advance registration is required and may be made by calling Adult Program Coordinator Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.

Learn about other upcoming library events at


County kicks off ‘Seniors on the go’ Dec. 3
Senior citizens can walk for fun and fitness with a free program sponsored by Volusia County’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Division.

Joe Zarbo, the county’s recreation superintendent, will lead “Seniors on the go” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Dec. 3 at Gemini Springs Park, 37 Dirksen Drive, DeBary.

“It’s a great way to meet new people and get back in shape,” he said. “As a recreational program, our main goal is to create a safe cardiovascular program that will help you achieve your goal, promote good health and improve stamina.”

Walkers should meet at pavilion one, next to the playground. Registration is not required.

For more information, contact Zarbo at 386-736-5953, ext. 16702, or



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