Halifax Health to present inaugural marathon
On March 29, Halifax Health will present the inaugural Live Your Life Well Tomoka Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K in partnership with Final Mile Race Management and the Ormond Beach Mayor’s Health and Fitness Challenge.

“Halifax Health is pleased to announce this inaugural event.  We think it fits perfectly with our long-term goal of helping our entire community live their life well through exercise and proper nutrition,” said John Guthrie, director of corporate communications for Halifax Health.

A Boston Marathon qualifying race, the Tomoka Marathon is the area’s newest, multi-distance running event.  The race begins at The Casements in Ormond Beach – the historic former home of John D. Rockefeller – and travels along the scenic Tomoka Loop through beautiful Tomoka State Park.  The race event is being held in conjunction with The Casement’s Centennial Celebration.


Mayor touts potential
Tomoka State Park officials are excited to be a part of this inaugural event. “We are proud Tomoka State Park is a part of the marathon route which showcases our natural and cultural resources, including the historic sites of the Mount Oswald Plantation and Timucuan Indian Village of Nocoroco,” said Aggie Armstrong, park services specialist for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Ormond Beach Mayor Ed Kelley is also excited about the upcoming race event and its potential.

“Having this involvement with one of our partners further shows the value that has been created by the Mayor’s Health and Fitness Challenge.  We hope that additional activities may evolve from the events, positively affecting our quality of life,” he added.

Groups and businesses interested in taking part in the race event as either volunteers or sponsors should call 407-314-8583.

To register for the race, visit


Grief Center plans Hearts and Hooves retreat this month
Halifax Health – Hospice BeginAgain Children’s Grief Center will present Hearts and Hooves – a camp for families, young children and teens involving expression through art and horses – on Feb. 22.

During the all-day retreat, 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 retreat will take place at Artquest School of Art & Design, 571 Leeway Trail, Ormond Beach.  The retreat is available for families, children eight to 12 years of age and teens 13 to 18 years of age.

To receive an application to register or for additional information, call 386-258-5100. The deadline to apply is Feb. 14.


Session to focus on ‘Finding the family I never knew’
Adoption and the search for birth parents will be discussed at Lifetree Cafe on Feb. 9 at 9:30 a.m. and on Feb. 12 at 6:15 p.m.

The discussion will be held at 142 Fairview Ave., Daytona Beach (between Ridgewood Avenue and Beach Street.)

Attendees can bring information they have from an agency as it pertains to adoption and the search for birth parents.

For more information, call Sylvia Meincke at 386-451-5223.


Professor to enact Hurston story Feb. 15
Dr. Lynn Hawkins, professor of English at Daytona State College, will present an enactment of “Sweat,” a 1928 story by Zora Neale Hurston, at 2 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island.

The audience will be invited to participate in a reading of the story, which is set in an imaginary village near Orlando and portrays a wife’s revenge on her abusive husband. Before the reading, Hawkins will introduce Hurston, her literary achievements and her personal challenges.

This free program is part of the library’s Connecting with the Community series, a two-year program funded in part by a Partnership Grant from the Florida Humanities Council.

For more information, call Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.


Attorney to discuss estate planning Feb. 12
Daytona Beach Attorney Michael Pyle will discuss basic estate planning at 3 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island.

Pyle will address wills, trusts, probate, and power of attorney and health care designation documents.

For more information, call Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.


Session to focus on accessing ancestry databases
Learn how to get the most out of the Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest electronic databases during a free program at 10 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island.

Genealogy librarian Kim Dolce will cover the essentials of navigating these resources to help you explore your family tree. Reservations are not required.

For more information, call Kim Dolce at 386-257-6036, ext. 16315.



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