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Votran to host Triple Crown Roadeo
Votran will host the annual Florida Triple Crown Bus Roadeo April 28 and 29 at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. The roadeo is a statewide skills competitions for bus operators and maintenance technicians.

A bus driving obstacle course will be set up inside the Ocean Center from 3 to 5 p.m. April 27 for invited local media and leaders to test their skills and get a taste of what a bus operator does.

The roadeo competition provides bus operators and mechanics representing various transit agencies throughout the state the opportunity to show off their professional driving and maintenance skills as they challenge themselves and each other for first-place honors.

Operators will participate in a written test and on-course competition, and maintenance technicians will take part in a written test and series of diagnostic tests.

National next
According to the Florida Public Transit Association’s web site, the annual competition contributes to the continued safety and training of bus operators and facilitates camaraderie among transit agencies from across the state. The winners will compete in the National Bus Roadeo, sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association.

The event is a joint effort of the Florida Public Transportation Association, the Florida Rural Transit Assistance Program, the Florida Department of Transportation, and the Florida Association of Coordinated Transit Systems.

Genealogical society to meet
The East Central Florida Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 10 a.m. April 8 at the Bethune-Cookman University Library, Bethune Room, 640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach.

“Free Blacks During the Antebellum Period’’ will be presented by Janice Shaw, a retired administrative assistant in the Florida Senate. The public is invited.

For more information, call 386-295-0676.

Volusia schedules summer camps for kids
Volusia County’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Division will coordinate summer day camps at 16 locations across the county.

The camps will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 5 through July 28.

Staff members will lead supervised activities, indoor and outdoor games, field trips, arts and crafts, and a talent show for children ages 5 to 15. Five-year-olds must have completed kindergarten.

Northeast Volusia sites
•Holly Hill School, 1500 Center St., Holly Hill
•Palm Terrace Elementary School, 1825 Dunn Ave., Daytona Beach
•Pathways Elementary School, 2011 Airport Road, Ormond Beach
•R.J. Longstreet Elementary School, 2745 S. Peninsula Drive, Daytona Beach
•Turie T. Small Elementary School, 800 South St., Daytona Beach

Southeast Volusia sites
•Coronado Beach Elementary School, 3550 Michigan Ave., Edgewater
•Edgewater Public School, 801 S. Old County Road, Edgewater
•Mary DeWees Park, 178 N. Gaines St., Oak Hill

West Volusia sites
•Boy Scout Hut, 716 N. Frankfort Ave., DeLand
•DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary
•Chisholm Community Center, 520 S. Clara Ave., DeLand
•DeLand High School gym, 800 N. Hill Ave., DeLand
•Gemini Springs Park, 37 Dirksen Drive, DeBary
•Orange City Elementary School, 555 E. University Ave., Orange City
•Pride Elementary School, 1100 Learning Lane, Deltona
•T. Dewitt Taylor Middle/High School, 100 E. Washington Ave., Pierson

The cost is $65 per week plus a one-time $15 registration fee. Registration will be from 9 a.m. to noon May 13 and 20 at each site. Parents must pay the registration and first-week fees when they register.

For more information, visit or call 386-736-5953.

Mount Carmel to host youth conference
The annual F.I.Y.A Conference is scheduled April 7-9 at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 703 George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach. F.I.Y.A stands for Fruitful Instruction for Young Adults.

The gospel musician Briana “Bri” Babineaux will perform on April 7 at a 7 p.m. program. Last week, she was named New Artist of the Year at the Stellar Awards.

A panel discussion titled “Raw, Uncut & Uncensored’’ is scheduled at 5 p.m. on April 8.

The conference will conclude at a 10 a.m. service on April 9 with Evangelist Rhonda Brown as the speaker.

For more information, call 386-255-4219 or visit



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