Cinematique to host civil rights film festival March 8 and 9
The Friends of the Daytona Beach Library and Cinematique will present a two-day film festival featuring three films that dramatize events from America’s civil rights and post civil rights eras. The films will be shown at the Cinematique Theater, 242 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.

They include:
• Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”: 7:30 p.m. March 8. The 2013 film is based on the true story of Cecil Gaines, a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades.

• “Selma, Lord, Selma”: 2:30 p.m. March 9. Based on true events, this film tells the story of “Bloody Sunday” through the eyes of an 11-year-old African-American girl named Sheyann Webb.

“Fruitvale Station’’ starring Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant will be shown on March 9.
“Fruitvale Station’’ starring Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant will be shown on March 9.

• “Fruitvale Station”: 5:30 p.m. March 9. This film logs a day in the life of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old San Francisco Bay area resident who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family and strangers on the last day of 2008.

Following each film, Ben Trotter will lead a discussion of the film and its background.

Trotter, a library assistant at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island.

There is no charge for the movies, but tickets are required. To obtain tickets, contact Deborah Shafer at or 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.

Halifax Health offering free support to caregivers
Halifax Health is now offering a free Caregiver Support Line.  Sponsored by the Halifax Health – Center for Transplant Services, the hotline offers information and uplifting support to residents who are currently providing long-term care for loved ones.

“Families are the major provider of long-term care.  Research shows that caregiving places a heavy emotional, physical and financial toll on caregivers, so many issues arise.

They are compounded when caregivers, many of whom also work, experience conflicts between their work and caregiving schedules,” explained Christi Gorgans, MSW, psychosocial program coordinator for Halifax Health. “Hopefully caregivers in Volusia and Flagler counties will find this support line informative as well as a comfort.”

Facilitators for the support line include Gorgans and Jenn Watley, LCSW, psychosocial program coordinator for Halifax Health.  The support line is open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Calls received Friday, Saturday and Sunday or after hours will be returned within 48 hours.

Caregivers are encouraged to call 386-947-4652 to reach the Caregiver Support Line.

Workshop for prospective vendors starts March 4
Volusia County’s Purchasing and Contracts Division will hold two workshops for vendors who want to learn how to do business with the county.

The workshops will be in the first-floor training rooms of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, and 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5.

County representatives will demonstrate how to register as a vendor; submit bids, proposals and quotes; and discuss state and local ordinances relevant when working with the county. Staff will explain the information channels available to vendors and answer questions.

For more information, call the Volusia County Purchasing and Contracts Division at 386-736-5935, ext. 12490.

Daytona State to provide financial aid application help on Saturday Daytona State College will host a College Goal event from noon to 4 p.m. on March 1 at the Daytona Beach and DeLand campuses. Financial aid specialists will help college-bound students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

For assistance, visit the Daytona Beach Campus, Baker Academic Support Center/computer lab, at 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., or the DeLand Campus, Business Hall, room 115, at 1155 County Road 4139.

For more information, visit or call 386-506-3015.

Harvest Time seeking volunteers
Harvest Time International’s Volunteer Services Department has many volunteer positions available.

Individual volunteers and group volunteers are essential in helping with the local community assistance program.

Volunteer opportunities consist of sorting or stocking of relief products such as household goods, and food for distribution in the Community Hope Center. The center in Port Orange provides immediate assistance upon qualification.  Families in need are able to receive same day assistance after qualifying through the client services office.
If interested, email Maria Delgado at

Allen Chapel A.M.E. to celebrate 104th year
Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, 580 George W. Engram Blvd. will celebrate its 104th anniversary March 9 at 10 a.m. The church is under the leadership of Pastor Nathan M. Mugala.

Co-chairs for the anniversary are Bettye Ivey and Jackie Mole.  The theme is “Standing on Faith – 104 Years.”  The community is invited to attend.

The men of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church will host its annual “A Taste of Allen” Food Feast from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1 on the church parking lot, 580 George W. Engram Blvd.

For more information, call the church office Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 255-1195.

Discover your roots in historical newspapers
Learn how to explore America’s past and your personal roots using a historical newspaper database from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island.

Genealogy librarian Kim Dolce will offer an introduction to America’s Historical Newspapers, a collection of digital books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government documents and ephemera printed in America from 1690 to 1922.

Reservations are not required. For more information, call Kim Dolce at 386-257-6036, ext. 16315. Learn about other upcoming library events at

County launches beach safety mentoring program for 16-year-olds Volusia County’s Beach Safety Division is launching a Lifeguard Trainee Mentoring Program for 16-year-olds who want to prepare for jobs as tower guards.

Trainees will shadow and assist seasoned tower guards, but will not assist in water rescues, according to Beach Safety Director Mark Swanson.

Swim tryouts for 16-year-olds will be on these dates:
• Saturday, March 8: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the DeLand YMCA, 761 International Speedway Blvd.; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ormond Beach YMCA
• Saturday, March 15: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ormond Beach YMCA
Applicants must be at least 16 by March 24 and be able to swim 500 meters in under 10 minutes, swim 50 yards in under 30 seconds, and run a half-mile in under 3 minutes, 15 seconds. Candidates considered for hiring will undergo a background check, physical and drug screening.

Those who meet the swim requirements must pass a stringent selection process, attend an orientation and training class, and complete a 40-hour first responder/CPR.

Starting pay is $8.51 an hour. A $500 bonus will be given to new hires who work specified hours and days.

For more information, visit or call Beach Safety Ocean Rescue at 386-239-6414.



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