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Summer finale party set for Aug. 15 at DeLand YMCA
The DeLand Family YMCA is hosting the Best Summer Ever Finale Party on Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All children 9-13 who were registered in the Best Summer Ever program are welcome to attend for free T-shirts, food, fun and fitness. Activities provided by the YMCA will include Family Zumba, Family Yoga, Family Circuit Training, Kickball, Tumbling demonstrations, Martial Arts demonstrations and community swim.

There also will be a balloon toss, blood pressure screenings, bicycle and bike helmet giveaways, balloon artist, DJ and healthy cooking demonstrations.

The Best Summer Ever program started April 25  to encourage youth to seek out opportunities in Volusia County for fun and physical activity.  The finale party is sponsored by the XPlex Paintball, Florida Hospital and Molina Healthcare.

The DeLand Family YMCA is located at 761 E. International Speedway Blvd.

For more information, contact Jessica Sznapstajler at or call 386-274-0593.

NAACP, sorority to present College Prep Boot Camp
The Flagler County NAACP and Chi Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority are sponsoring a free College Prep Boot Camp seminar on Aug. 22 and Aug. 29, 10 a.m. to noon, at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 U.S. 1 North, Palm Coast.

It is designed for grades 9 through 12 and will provide information and strategies to successfully pursue and complete a college education with emphasis on the college admissions process and funding.

Sessions will be facilitated by a retired college professor. College recruiters will be available at the Aug. 29 session. Parents are invited to participate at both sessions.

Pre-registration is not required, but students must arrive 30 minutes earlier to sign in at each session.

For further information, contact the NAACP at 386-446-7822.

Flagler NAACP schedules Freedom Fund Banquet
The Flagler County NAACP will host its annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Ocean Ballroom of the Hammock Beach Resort, 200 Ocean Crest Drive, Palm Coast.

150813_dt_community02The guest speaker will be Dr. Amir Whitaker, an attorney and educator for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Music will be provided by Darnel Butler & Xpression.

The Community Service Award will be presented to the Rev. Edwin Coffie, pastor, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.

For more information, contact Chairman Donald Matthews at 646-220-9600 or the NAACP at 386-446-7822.

Hospice seeks volunteers for Port Orange center  
Halifax Health – Hospice is seeking volunteers to provide assistance at its Port Orange Care Center, 3800 Woodbriar Trail.

At Halifax Health – Hospice Care Centers, volunteer support roles can be tailored to one’s interest. Volunteers can choose to help prepare meals; socialize with patients and families; or serve as a receptionist answering phones and greeting visitors.  Those who can sew and quilt are needed as well, along with those who can assist with clerical duties, including data entry.

Halifax Health – Hospice also seeks volunteers who can visit patient and nursing homes or assisted living facilities to socialize and provide respite for caregivers.

Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to attend the next volunteer orientations on Aug. 20 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Halifax Health – Hospice Volunteer Services Coordinator Diane Adams at 386-322-4701 ext. 6400 or

Horticulturist to give fall vegetable garden tips
Horticulturist Joe Sewards will offer tips on getting ready for the fall vegetable season from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 15, 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 explain which vegetables grow well in Central Florida, when to plant them, and how to prepare the soil.

“Fall is a great time to grow a wide assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables,” Sewards noted.

“Temperatures are cooler, and we have fewer pests and weeds to contend with.”

Light refreshments and handouts will be provided.

Reservations are requested and may be made by calling the extension office at 386-822-5778. The $5 program fee can be paid at the door.

Support group forming for wheelchair users
DisAbility Solutions for Independent Living in Daytona Beach is organizing a support group for persons who use a wheelchair for mobility.

If anyone is interested in joining the group, contact Ann Gentile at 386-255-1812, ext.  303 or via email at



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