Open Books, Open Minds’ conference coming to Daytona
The 30th Annual Florida Literacy Conference will be held at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, May 7-9. Over 500 adult and family literacy practitioners, volunteers and adult learners will attend to network, develop new skills and share promising practices.

“The Florida Literacy Coalition is a strong advocate for adult learners and Daytona Beach is honored to be the backdrop for what is going to be a very educational and energizing conference,” said Sharon Mock, Interim Executive Director, Halifax Area Advertising Authority.

Keynote speakers include Byron Pitts, ABC News Chief National Correspondent and author, and Rob Shindler, author, tutor, and adult education advocate.

Pitts is a multiple Emmy Award-winning journalist who was previously the chief national correspondent for “CBS Evening News” with Katie Couric. Shindler is author of “Hot Dogs & Hamburgers.’’

The Florida Literacy Coalition conference, themed “Open Books, Open Minds,” is a premier literacy event that gathers local, state and national educators to provide attendees with new ideas and hands-on strategies. Interactive sessions will also address a variety of topics related to adult basic education, literacy, ESOL and family literacy.

Stewart Memorial schedules Women’s Day events
Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church is hosting Women’s Day celebration activities at the church, 317 N. Dr. M.L. King, Jr. Blvd., Daytona Beach.

Carol Coffie will be the guest speaker at “Worship in the Yard,” which will include songs of praise, prayers, a brief spiritual message, food and fellowship. The event is May 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. All guests will be given “Stewart Dollars” to make purchases from “Attic Treasures & Antiques of Stewart” on display. Everything is free.

Mothers Day Prayer Brunch
Dr. Gwendolyn Grant, columnist for Essence magazine, will be the May 10 guest speaker at an 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. brunch honoring mothers. The 2014 honorees are women who serve as role models and exemplify service, commitment, and faith.

Women’s Day Worship Service
Daytona Beach City Commissioner Paula Reed will be the May 18 guest speaker at the 10:45 a.m. service. It will include the “Women of Faith Ecumenical Music Ensemble,’’ a melding of voices from the best choirs in the community. The ensemble will provide the music for our 2014 Women’s Day worship service.  Women who serve as Volusia County elected officials will be honored.

For more information about the events, contact Shelia Jackson at 386-255-7222.

Port Orange celebrates Founder’s Day on Friday
The annual Founder’s Day Ceremony hosted by the Port Orange Historical Trust and the City of Port Orange is April 25. Starting at 2 p.m., the ceremony will be held at the Port Orange Historical Trust building, 3431 Ridgewood Ave.

At the ceremony, the Port Orange Trust will showcase the two original Florida East Coast Train Depot “Port Orange” signs donated several years ago by the Nimmo family.

Port Orange was founded on April 26, 1867 at noon when the U.S. Postal Service recognized Port Orange as a community.  Dr. John Milton Hawks and other Union Army officers selected this area as their base of operations for their Florida Land & Lumber Company.  Right after the end of the U.S. Civil War, some 1,500 freed slaves came to Port Orange to fulfill their dreams of freedom and a new life.



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