ECHO Advisory Committee to meet May 20
The Volusia County Environmental, Cultural, Historical and Outdoor (ECHO) Advisory Committee will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

Members will finalize proposed changes to the ECHO grant application and guidelines. Public participation will be welcomed at the end of the meeting.

For more information, contact ECHO Program Manager Nancy Maddox at or 386-736-5953.

Learn water safety, have fun at Pool Safety Day in Palm Coast
Have fun and learn about water safety at the same time at Pool Safety Day at the City of Palm Coast’s Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool from 1 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17. The pool is located at 339 Parkview Drive, off Belle Terre Parkway.

Certified pool staff will lead activities that teach safety in and around the pool. Activities will include pool games, mini learn to swim classes, water safety information and basic first aid. Life safety staff will demonstrate a water rescue.

The day’s schedule is:
• 1 p.m. – Life Jacket Lesson
• 1:30 p.m. – Relay Game
• 2 p.m. – Life Saving (Ring Buoy) Lesson
• 2:30 p.m. – Ring Toss Game
• 3 p.m. – General Water Safety
• 3:30 p.m. – Lifeguard Recue Demonstration
• 4 p.m. – Scavenger Hunt

“Water safety is a major issue in Florida, where we’re surrounded by water and so many opportunities for swimming, surfing and boating,” said Palm Coast Director of Parks & Recreation Luanne Santangelo. “As we head into summer, the City would like to encourage all families to get educated on water safety.”

The pool will have reduced admission for Pool Safety Day: $1 admission for youth 17 & under and $2 admission for adults/seniors.

For more information, call 386-986-4741.

Cultural Council to review grant applications June 4
The Cultural Council of Volusia County will hold a special meeting to review applications for the fiscal year 2014-2015 Community Cultural Grant program. The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 4, in the third-floor meeting room of the Volusia County Lifeguard Headquarters and Administration Center, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. The meeting is open to the public.

Thirty-six nonprofit organizations will present their applications for funding. Each organization will be given a brief opportunity to update Cultural Council members about their programs and respond to members’ questions. Applications will be reviewed in reverse alphabetical order.

Grant scores will be announced, but recommended award amounts will be determined after the county’s budgeting process is completed. Final approval rests with the Volusia County Council.

Funding for this grant program comes from the Volusia County Government’s general fund allocation for cultural and heritage programs.

Palm Coast accepting entries for photo contest
Entries are due by May 31 for the City of Palm Coast’s Find Your Florida 2014 Photography Contest.

Prizes will be awarded, and photographs submitted for the contest will be used by the city for marketing, promotional and public relations purposes.

The theme of the contest is “Find Your Florida in Palm Coast.”

Photographers may submit up to 20 entries. It is free to enter. Entries must be submitted no later than midnight May 31.

Photographs submitted for the contest must be taken in the City of Palm Coast. The photographs will be used by the city for marketing, promotional and public relations purposes such as publications, videos and websites to promote the City of Palm Coast. All submissions will become the property of the City of Palm Coast.

For complete guidelines and an online entry form, visit

Easter Seals hosts ‘Signing Saturdays’
Signing Saturdays are available for children 5 years old to 12 years who sign, are learning to sign or would like to learn American Sign Language (ASL). It’s also available for siblings and parents.  For more information, visit RSVP for emails via email at or call 386-944-7828.

Flagler-Palm Coast students raising money for homeless
The Future Business Leaders of America at Flagler-Palm Coast High School is raising money and supplies to provide necessities to the students in the community who are homeless. For more details, contact Katelyn Hatley at 386-262-2700.

New mom support group
New moms are invited to join Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center for a free Mommy to Mommy Support Group on May 28 at 11 a.m. The class curriculum is designed to support and enlighten new moms and provide more information about newborns.

This free class meets in the hospital’s Cafeteria Annex located at 305 Memorial Medical Parkway in Daytona Beach.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. To learn more or to register, visit or call 386-231-3152.

Free smoking cessation program
Join Florida Hospital Oceanside for a free five-week program designed to meet the needs of smokers who want to quit.

The program begins May 27 and meets each Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. until June 24. Participants are encouraged to get support by attending as many programs as they want, and can attend over and over until they are confident about being smoke-free.

Participants are provided a book and other helpful tools along the way to make the process easier.

The program, which was designed by an ex-smoker and is led by a trained facilitator, will guide participants through the many issues related to quitting smoking, including coping with anger, sleep problems and cravings, managing stress, how physical activity and healthy food choices make quitting smoking easier, how to prevent relapse and what to do when friends and family smoke around you.

Classes are held at Florida Hospital Oceanside, 264 S. Atlantic Ave. in Ormond Beach. Registration is required. Call 1-877-784-8486.

Self-defense workshop
Community members are invited to join Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center for a free self-defense workshop on May 19 at 5 p.m. During this workshop, Villaris Martial Arts will provide tips for avoiding situations and defending oneself with easy-to-learn methods such as escapes and vital-area striking.

This class meets at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center’s first floor classroom at 305 Memorial Medical Parkway, Daytona Beach. Space is limited. RSVP is required. Call 386-231-2229.


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