Community News

Human Services to host public meeting June 23
Volusia County’s Human Services office will host a public meeting to provide information about services provided, identify gaps in service, and elect a community representative and alternate to serve on the Human Services Advisory Board.

The meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 23, in the fellowship hall of the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 214 N. Myrtle Ave., New Smyrna Beach.

The advisory board assists the Volusia County Council in developing Community Services Block Grant program goals and objectives, identifying community needs, and evaluating program effectiveness.

For more information, contact Myralis Hopgood at or 386-736-5956, ext. 12985.

Tobacco Free Partnership offers presentation June 23
The Tobacco Free Florida – Volusia County Partnership will have an informational session on tobacco use and the Affordable Care Act at its next meeting on Monday, June 23 at 4 p.m. at the Volusia County Health Department, 1845 Holsonback Road, Daytona Beach.

Alyce Shelton from the Health Planning Council of NE Florida will touch on how tobacco use among employees and individuals affects health insurance rates and more.

The partnership is a countywide, locally organized group committed to saving lives and improving the overall health and wellbeing of residents and visitors by reducing and/or eliminating the use of tobacco products.

The partnership is organized to advocate on the local, state and national level for: prevention of the initiation of tobacco use among youth; protection from secondhand smoke; and, promotion of tobacco cessation.

Anyone is welcome to attend this and any of the meetings.

For more information, call Kristen Mialki at 386-274-0601.

ECHO Advisory Committee to meet June 26
Volusia County’s Environmental, Cultural, Historical and Outdoor (ECHO) Advisory Committee will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at the Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts, 1776 Lightfoot Lane, Barberville.

Members will discuss an emergency stabilization application submitted by the settlement. Public participation will be welcomed at the end of the meeting.

For more information, contact ECHO Program Manager Nancy Maddox at or 386-736-5953.

Palm Coast AACS to meet June 28
An African American Cultural Society general membership meeting to close the 2014 fiscal year will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, at the AACS Center, 4422 North US Highway 1.

The African American Cultural Society, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Light breakfast refreshments will be served starting at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

For details, contact Jean Tanner at 386-445-8403.

‘World’s Largest Swimming Lesson’ scheduled June 20
The City of Palm Coast’s Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool is an official participating site for the “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson’’ at 11 a.m. Friday, June 20. Swimmers and those who want to learn to swim should arrive by 10:30 a.m. to sign in and be in the pool when the lesson begins.

Admission is free and all ages are invited to participate. The pool is located at 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast, right behind the Buddy Taylor/Wadsworth School complex.

This is the third year in a row that Palm Coast Parks and Recreation has joined with children and adults at aquatic facilities across the country and around the globe to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson ever conducted.

Led by Recreation Supervisor James Hirst, participants in Palm Coast will follow the “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson’’ curriculum – learning about floating, kicking, jumping in correctly and sun safety.

Last year, 150 people attended the lesson at the Frieda Zamba Pool. Palm Coast can accommodate up to 148 people for the free lesson.

For more information, visit or call the pool at 386-986-4741.

Holly Hill, County Council to meet June 25
The Volusia County Council and the Holly Hill City Commission will have a joint public meeting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, or immediately following the River-to-Sea Transportation Planning Organization, at the Indigo Professional Center, 2570 W. International Speedway Blvd., Suite 100, Daytona Beach.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the city’s proposal to place non-ad valorem assessments for code abatement and remedy on property tax bills.

For more information, call 386-736-5920.

Mt. Bethel celebrating 129th anniversary
Mt. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, 700 S. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd, was created as the first organized religious institution for African-Americans in Daytona Beach on June 22, 1885.

On June 22, the church will celebrate its 129th anniversary. At the 11 a.m. service, the Rev. Dr. Eugene Hudson will give the anniversary theme message “Triumphing in Christ.

The Rev. Dr. L. Ronald Durham and Greater Friendship Baptist Church will be the guests at a 4 p.m. service.

The public is invited to attend.

Call 386-255-6922 for additional information.

The Domestic Abuse Council seeking sponsors for Purple Parade
The Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. is a private nonprofit agency in Volusia County providing temporary emergency shelter for women, children and men who are victims or survivors of domestic violence.

The council is seeking sponsors for its third annual Purple Parade, which is scheduled for Sept. 27 at the Midtown Cultural & Educational Center, 925 George W. Engram Blvd.,Daytona Beach.

Proceeds for this event will support the agency’s shelter programs.

Individuals who fear for their safety and would most likely be homeless if they left their current residence will benefit from the sponsorships.

Last year’s walk included a drum line, anti-bully pledge table and a pinwheel peace sign.

Sponsorship levels
Here are the sponsorship levels for the Purple Parade.

Bronze: ($500) Includes your name on promotional flier and media releases if received by July 1, 2014.  Mention in our quarterly newsletter. Mention on the council’s Facebook page and mention on the corporate website.

Silver: ($1,000) Includes all of the above plus logo on the event marketing fliers, your marketing materials on display at the event and at least two mentions at the podium.

Gold: ($1,500) Includes all of the above and your corporate banner on display at the event.

Contact Lynn Kaiser Conrad for more information at 386-257-2297, ext. 22 or



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