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Foster parents forums scheduled this month
The state is facing a critical shortage of foster parents. One area non-profit is trying to help them solve the problem.

Open Hearts Family Services of Volusia and Flagler Counties is a program operated by the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Deltona. The non-profit is actively recruiting foster parents who want to make a difference in the lives of children and will hold these two forums.

Current foster parents and children will be at the forums, so those interested can see firsthand what it is like to be a foster parent, as well as ask questions.

The two forums will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the following locations and times:
• DeLand YMCA, 761 E. International Speedway Blvd.,  10 a.m.
• Port Orange YMCA, 4701 City Center Parkway, 3 p.m.
If you are able to attend either session, call Open Hearts Family Services at 386-738-3663, ext. 2227 and leave a message for which session you hope to attend.
If you are unable to attend and are interested in fostering, you can contact Open Hearts at the number listed above.

Counselor-minister to share tips on coping with holidays
The holidays revive memories of the past – some happy, some sad. These memories can crash into the present and bring on “the blues” while everyone else is feeling full of holiday cheer.

Mark Spivey, a professional counselor and ordained minister, will offer tips to cope with the holiday blues at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.

The program is designed to show participants how to keep the blues at bay and leave them with a sense of well-being and purpose this holiday season.

Spivey has master’s degrees in theology, existential philosophy and clinical social work. He serves the Volusia/Flagler community and has more than 30 years of experience coaching people through life’s problems, unexpected changes and losses.

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

For more information, call Adult Program Coordinator Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.

Palm Coast preparing for seafood festival
The fourth annual Palm Coast Seafood Festival will be presented Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 and 3, at Central Park in Town Center, featuring a variety of fresh seafood, live entertainment, a 3-D Chalk Art demonstration, and a Kids Zone.

Presented by the City of Palm Coast and Beach 92.7, this year’s festival will be open noon to 5 p.m. both days. Central Park is located at 975 Central Ave. (off State Road 100/Bulldog Drive behind Flagler Palm Coast High School). Admission and parking are free.

In addition to showcasing the delights of the sea from local and regional restaurants, the weekend of fun will include Capt. Nick, magic shows, exhibitors, stilt-walking, balloon fun, The Wildlife Tree with “Animals of the World,” car displays, strolling musicians, and arts and crafts by Bella Gifts and Celestial Sky’s. The Kids Zone will include a mechanical surfboard, obstacle course and a bounce house.

Restaurant and food vendors will include the Golden Lion Café, Marco’s Seafood Express, Golden Gate, the Big Easy Café, T.R. Thornton, Mugshots, the Greek Corner, and Galactic Freeze. Two bars will feature a variety of beer, wine and margaritas. In addition to seafood, non-seafood options will be available, and many menus are kid-friendly.

In addition to being presented by the City and Beach 92.7, sponsors for this year’s festival include Aveo Engineering, Marineland, the Palm Coast Observer and Bright House Networks.

For more information, call Palm Coast Parks & Recreation at 386-986-2323 or visit



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