Kwanzaa celebrations are being planned throughout the area this month. The holiday takes place Dec. 26-Jan. 1.(SUN-SENTINEL/MCT)
Kwanzaa celebrations are being planned throughout the area this month. The holiday takes place Dec. 26-Jan. 1.

MLK scholarship application extended
The MLK and Trayvon Martin scholarship application deadline has been extended to Dec. 20 for high school seniors. Students can pick up applications from their high school guidance counselor or visit the website at


Christmas cantata at New St. James
The seniors at New St. James Missionary Baptist Church will present a Christmas Cantata at 6 p.m., Dec. 14, at 418 Laura St. The public is invited to attend.


Church conference at Choice Christian
A prophetic conference will be held at the Choice Christian Worship Center with special guest speaker Gerald Mitchell, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. 327 S. Dr. MLK Blvd.


Kwanzaa celebrations at art museum
The African American Museum of the Arts will host a Kwanzaa celebration titled A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture on Dec. 28 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

A film presentation of the black candle (Unity) will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the Kwanzaa celebration beginning at 6:30 p.m.with the principle of the day: Ujima (collective work and responsibility).

It will be followed by a libation ceremony, candle lighting ceremony and a tasting of traditional Kwanzaa food. Historian Mike Brown will be the guest speaker and local poets will speak. The celebration will be held at the African American Museum of the Arts, 325 S. Clara Avenue in DeLand. Free. More information: 386-736-4004.

Child Care assistance available in Flagler, Volusia
The Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia is calling customers from October’s waiting list. This means the wait period to receive childcare assistance is very minimal right now. This is an income eligible program that requires participants to be working or going to school at least 20 hours/week.

Apply online at, call 386-323-2400 ext. 396, or visit one of the following locations:
Daytona Beach: 135 Executive Circle, Suite 100, Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
DeLand: 1205 S. Woodland Blvd., Suite 1, DeLand, Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Flagler: 800 E. Howe, Bunnell, Monday/Wednesday/Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Palm Coast Starlight event is Saturday
The City of Palm Coast’s Starlight Event & Parade is Saturday, Dec. 14, at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave. (off State Road 100/Bulldog Boulevard behind Flagler Palm Coast High School). Admission is free.

The day kicks off at 2 p.m. with live local entertainment and performances; a 70-foot Snow Slide; arrival of Santa and pictures with Santa; face-painting; sand art; and a Letters to Santa activity. Santa will visit with children until 5:30 p.m., and a photographer will be available for photos. At 6 p.m., the Starlight Parade will get under way.


Crime prevention lecture in Palm Coast
Mark Rutledge of the Crime Prevention Task Force of Florida will give a presentation titled “Helping Citizens Be Aware” during a free Lunch n’ Lecture program offered by the City of Palm Coast’s Parks & Recreation Department, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Topics to be covered include identity theft, fraud and scams, purse snatching, guns and alternative weapons, home safety, carjacking and more.

The lecture will start at 11 a.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE, with lunch immediately following. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Register online at


Kwanzaa celebration in Palm Coast
The African American Cultural Society is announcing that Kwanzaa 2013 will be held on Dec. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the AACS Center, 4422 N. US Highway 1, Palm Coast. This annual free public festivity of vendors, food and entertainment is partly supported by a cultural arts grant from the City of Palm Coast.

Contact Cynthia Bachoo at 386-986-6992 for vendor participation and Vikki Taylor for Kwanzaa event details.


Halifax-Health Holiday Choir announces performance schedule
The Halifax-Health Holiday Choir will be performing at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 14 at Daytona Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1055 Third St., and at 12:30 p.m. at Manor on the Green, 324 Wilder Blvd., Daytona Beach.

In addition, the choir will perform at Halifax-Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach for patients and staff on Dec. 16 and 19 beginning at 4:30 pm.



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