Jazz and blues singer to perform at NSB library
Jazz and blues vocalist Sybil Gage will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.

Her performance will include pre-war blues, vaudeville, traditional jazz and original compositions.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Gage had front-row schooling in jazz and blues. She has released two CDs of original material, has performed on Bourbon Street, and is a regular at the New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival and the Noble “Thin Man” Watts Festival in DeLand.

Reservations are not required. For more information, call 386-424-2910.

Open Mic Poetry Festival set for April 19
Experience the power of poetry during the sixth annual Open Mic Poetry Festival at 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 19 at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.

Poets of all styles are invited to perform their original works. Participants must be 18 or older to read. To register to perform, call 386-424-2910 or sign up at the library’s reference desk.

The festival is hosted by the Poet’s Corner Poetry Workshop and sponsored by the Friends of the Library in recognition of National Poetry Month.

Free smoking cessation class starts April 8
A free, six-week program designed to meet the needs of smokers who want to quit will be held at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, 301 Memorial Medical Parkway, Daytona Beach. The program begins April 8 and meets each Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. until May 13.

Participants are encouraged to get support by attending as many programs as they want and can attend over and over until they are confident about being smoke-free.

Participants will be provided a book and other helpful tools along the way to make the process easier. The program, which was designed by an ex-smoker and is led by a trained facilitator, will guide participants through the many issues related to quitting smoking, including coping with anger, sleep problems and cravings, managing stress, how physical activity and healthy food choices make quitting smoking easier, how to prevent relapse and what to do when friends and family smoke around you.
Registration is required; call 1-877-784-8486.

Church to offer session for men
Jesus People Covenant Church in South Daytona will host an informational awareness session for The Men Advance (No Man Left Behind) on March 29. The session will inform men of the various resources available to them in the community. The session is 9 a.m. to noon March at the church, 1801 S. Nova Road, Suite 308.

For more information, contact Pastor Ricarrdo Spencer at 386-675-6927. The website is

FAMU Alumni Association meets March 28
The Volusia County chapter of the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Alumni Association will meet at 6 p.m. March 28 at Stewart Memorial Methodist Church, 300 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

For more information, call 386-236-9518.



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