Museum to host Kwanzaa celebration
The African American Museum of the Arts will host a free Kwanzaa event 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.
For more information, call 386-736-4004.


County’s Solid Waste division now providing updates via Twitter
Volusia County’s Solid Waste division is using social media to help keep residents up-to-date on everything from trash pick-up changes to household hazardous waste collection events.

By following Twitter@VCSolidWaste, residents in unincorporated Volusia County will be able to receive news – in 140 characters or less – about the division in a more timely manner compared to traditional media.

“Social networking has become a primary tool for people to receive news and stay updated on the activities of their friends, colleagues and personal interests,” said Lenny Marion, director of the county’s Solid Waste division.

“Social media is an excellent way to reach our residents and for residents to find out more about the services we provide throughout Volusia County.”

Not only will residents of unincorporated areas receive updates but those living within city limits also can find useful information about proper waste disposal and recycling.

To receive Twitter updates, residents must have a Twitter account.

Residents who want to stay in the loop of the latest happenings in Volusia County Government can become followers and/or “like” the county’s complete offering of social media pages.


Healthcare forum scheduled Dec. 21 at Halifax Health
A Health Insurance Marketplace Community Forum will be held Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the France Tower Meting Room E, Halifax Health – Medical Center of Daytona Beach, 303 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach.

Join local healthcare resource providers to learn more about the Affordable Care Act.

Navigators, certified application counselors and the following resource providers will be on hand to answer questions: Coventry Health; Florida Health Care Plans; Halifax Health Community Clinic, Healthy Communities and Patient Assistance; Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida; Mental Health America and Volunteers in Medicine.

This community forum is presented by Halifax Health and F.A.I.T.H. (Fighting Against Injustice Towards Harmony). This is an information session only.  No enrollment opportunities will be available. Light refreshments will be served.


Cultural society to host daylong Kwanzaa event on Dec. 28
The African American Cultural Society has scheduled a Kwanzaa event 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.



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