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Easter Seals plans Autism Resource Fair on April 2
Easter Seals of Volusia and Flagler Counties is hosting an Autism Resource Fair in recognition of World Autism Day on April 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. The event will offer activities, learning opportunities and refreshments. It will be held at 1219 Dunn Ave., Daytona Beach,

At the event, guests can test their knowledge of autism, create awareness art, and learn more about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – a serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact. All guests are invited to join staff and volunteers in wearing blue in support of World Autism Day.

Easter Seals experts will be available at the event to answer questions about autism. According to – the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization – an estimated on out of 42 boys and one in 189 girls have been diagnosed with autism in the United States.

Easter Seals of Volusia and Flagler Counties annually serves more than 500 children who have been diagnosed with ASD and operates the Autism Center of Excellence – a one-stop center for diagnosis, interventions and case management for children who were referred by their physician for evaluation of ASD.

To learn more about Easter Seals’ autism services, visit For more information about the Autism Resource Fair, call Dorothy Lefford, occupational therapist and clinical director of pediatric therapy at Easter Seals, at 386-944-7856 or email

Church to host ‘Afternoon of Music’ on April 12
The Fellowship Hospitality Committee of United Presbyterian Church will host its fourth annual “Afternoon of Music with Casey & Friends & Family on April 12 at 4 p.m., 730 Beville Road, Daytona Beach.

The afternoon will feature an array of talented performers from around the city who will sing, play, dance, offering something for everyone who attends.

This afternoon concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken since the event is a fundraiser for the church. Dr. Robert Anderson is pastor.

For further information, call 386-253-2324 or contact Casey Baker at 386-257-2480. Email:

Cultural Council to meet March 27
The Cultural Council of Volusia County will meet at 9 a.m. March 27 at the Art League of Daytona Beach, 433 S. Palmetto Ave., Daytona Beach.

Members will discuss the council’s ongoing programs and upcoming activities. The public is invited to attend and participate in the meeting.

The Cultural Council advises the Volusia County Council on matters relating to cultural arts and is the state-designated local arts agency for the county.

For more information, contact Cultural Coordinator Mike Fincher at 386-736-5963, ext. 15872, or

AKAs to feature men who cook
The Gamma Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will present its Third Annual Male Cook-Off event at the Daytona Beach Resort and Conference Center, 2700 N. Atlantic Ave.

The culinary competition takes place from 3 to 5 p.m.

The cook-off will feature appetizers, entrees and desserts prepared by men of the community who range from culinary hobbyists to professionals. Proceeds from the event will go toward scholarships for Volusia County students who desire to attend college.

The event will also feature music, door prizes and a silent auction.

For ticket information, contact Patricia James at 386-299-8331 or

Neuropsychologist to discuss Parkinson’s, Lewy body disease
Dr. Tanis Ferman will compare Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body disease during a free program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.

The Mayo Clinic neuropsychologist will describe the types of dementia seen in each disease and how they interfere with day-to-day functioning.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition characterized by motor problems including slowness of movement, rigidity and tremor. The lesser-known Lewy body disease is the second-most common cause of dementia following Alzheimer’s disease; it causes cognitive problems similar to those seen in Alzheimer’s disease and motor problems like those in Parkinson’s.

The free program is sponsored by the Parkinson Association of Greater Daytona Beach and the Friends of the Daytona Beach Library.

Reservations are required. Call 386-676-6375 by noon March 20.

City of Deltona hosting egg hunt on March 28
Bring your baskets and join Mr. Bunny for West Volusia’s Eggstravaganza 2015. The annual egg hunt begins promptly at 10 a.m. March 28 at the Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex.

The egg hunt is for children ages 2 to10. “Hunters” will be divided into three age categories and should bring their own baskets for gathering eggs. Eggs will be loaded with candy, small toys and some will include mini tickets good for additional prizes.

The event also features a magic show at 10:30 a.m., bounce houses, games, face painting, a bike give-away, and a chance to hop on board a City of Deltona fire truck.

More information: 386-878-8900.

Palm Coast’s egg hunt is April 4
An Egg’ Stravaganza egg hunt is Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast.

Children ages 2-12 will search for over 10,000 candy- and toy-filled eggs. The free event will include magic shows, balloon art, food, refreshments and pictures with the Easter Bunny, presented by Palm Coast Parks & Recreation.

More details: 386-986-2323.

Student exhibit still open at Ormond museum
“Volusia Students Create,’’ an exhibit of artwork from students throughout Volusia County, will be open through April 16 at the Ormond Memorial Art Museum, 78 East Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach.
The presentation is funded in part by the City of Ormond Beach and Volusia County Government.

More information: Call Kathy Kelly at 386-676-3347.



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