Community News

An evening of MazzMuse

150402_dt_community01The African American Museum of the Arts in DeLand hosted a MazzMuse concert at the Athens Theater the evening of March 28 featuring Mazz Swift, right. Swift has engaged audiences all over the world with her violin/vox/freestyle composition that uses a weaving of song, melody and improvisation that she has named “MazzMuse.” She and percussionist Richie Barshay played to a crowd of about 150 people at the DeLand museum. (DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARDNOTTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

Palm Coast city manager to speak at Lunch n’ Lecture
Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon will update the public on the new City Hall, Holland Park renovations, road projects, what the city is seeing in private development and more at the next Parks & Recreation Lunch n’ Lecture, to be held Wednesday, April 15.

The Lunch n’ Lecture will be 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE. The Lunch n’ Lecture is free, but pre-registration is required by 11 a.m. April 13.

Landon’s talk is titled “Making Our Future Together” and will focus on Palm Coast’s bright future in terms of the economy, growth, projects and progress.

The “Making Our Future Together” campaign – highlighted at – celebrates the city’s 15th birthday and invites residents to be ambassadors for Palm Coast.

Landon has been Palm Coast’s city manager for eight years. He holds the credentialed manager designation from the International City/County Management Association. In 2013, he received the Florida City/County Management Association’s Award for career excellence.

Sign up at For more information, call 386-986-2323.

Attorney to discuss scams against seniors
Senior citizens can be easy prey for rip-off artists, who invent new scams, shams and flim-flams every year.

Learn how to avoid being their next victim during a free presentation at 3 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.

Elder law attorney Michael Pyle will explain how to protect yourself from the theft of your money and identity, share tips about how to handle telephone and door-to-door scams, and explain the challenges of protecting yourself as you become more vulnerable with advancing age.

This free Money Smart Week program is sponsored by the Friends of the Daytona Beach Library.

Registration is not required. For more information, call Adult Program Librarian Catherine Relda at 386-257-6036, ext. 16235.

Volunteers needed for St. Johns River Cleanup
Volunteers are needed for the 19th annual St. Johns River Cleanup, which will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18.

Boaters, scouts, civic organizations, environmental groups, businesses and individual volunteers are encouraged to join in the effort to remove trash and debris from the St. Johns River.

Participants should bring water and wear sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, work gloves and comfortable clothing. They may also bring rakes, shovels, trash grabbers, and canoes or boats.

Volunteers can choose from eight starting points:
• Ninemile Point Park at the west end of Ninemile Point Road, Pierson
• Butler Street Boat Ramp at the east end of Butler Street in Astor (Lake County)
• DeLeon Springs State Park, 601 Burts Park Road, DeLeon Springs
• Ed Stone Park, 2990 W. State Road 44, DeLand
• French Avenue boat launch/Starks Landing, where French Avenue meets the St. Johns River, Orange City
• Lake Monroe Park, 975 S. U.S. 17-92, DeBary
• Lemon Bluff boat ramp, 907 Lemon Bluff Road, Osteen
• C.S. Lee Park, 4600 E. State Road 46, Geneva (Seminole County)

The annual cleanup, coordinated by Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division, draws attention to the river’s environmental importance and helps to keep the waterway safe and clean for animals and people who enjoy swimming and water sports.

For more information and a registration form, or call Dale Peterson at 386-736-5927, ext. 12729. Preregistered participants will receive a T-shirt, reusable shopping bag and aluminum sport bottle.

Round Table subcommittee to meet April 7
The transportation subcommittee of the Round Table of Volusia County Elected Officials will meet at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in the first-floor training room of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

Members will discuss a possible local option sales tax for transportation. Beth Rawlings, a governmental consultant who has run several local option sales tax campaigns, will be the guest speaker.

For more information, call Cindy Finney at 386-740-5160.

NARFE to meet April 20
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Ormond Beach Branch 2247, will host its next luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 20.

Kristine Crane of the Ormond Library will be the guest speaker and will tell the attendees “What you Can Find in a Library. The meeting will be in the private dining room at the D.B. Pickles Deli and Bakery. 400 South Nova Road, Ormond Beach.

Members, guests and all present and former federal employees are invited to join for lunch and fellowship.

Learn how to make your plants thrive
Joe Sewards will offer tips on planting and establishing landscape plants from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 18, at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, 3100 W. New York Ave., DeLand.

Sewards, an urban and residential horticulturist with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, will discuss proper planting, watering, fertilizing and mulching of newly planted landscape plants. He also will offer hands-on participation activities.

The $5 program fee can be paid at the door. Light refreshments and handouts will be provided.

Reservations are requested and may be made by calling the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension at 386-822-5778.

Visit the county’s horticulture Facebook page at

Library event to address food choices
Family nutrition educator Rebecca Taylor will present a workshop that focuses on making healthy food choices at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.

Taylor will explain how to cut back on sodium and sugar while increasing food flavor with healthy spices and herbs. She’ll also discuss heart-healthy choices and balancing calories, share recipes, and conduct a food demonstration with samples.

The workshop is part of the “Eat Healthy, Be Active” series offered by the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension.

Reservations are not required for this free program.

For more information, call Adult Program Librarian Catherine Relda at 386-257-6036, ext. 16235.




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