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Tobacco Free Florida partnership event set for Sept. 26
The Tobacco Free Florida – Volusia County Partnership will meet at 4 p.m. Sept. 26 to review current tobacco control policies in cities located in Volusia County.

The meeting will be held at the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, 1845 Holsonback Road, Daytona Beach.

The Partnership is a countywide, locally organized group committed to saving lives and improving the overall health and wellbeing of residents and visitors by reducing and/or eliminating the use of tobacco products. It is organized to advocate on the local, state and national level for prevention of the initiation of tobacco use among youth, protection from secondhand smoke, and promotion of tobacco cessation.

The Partnership has been looking at ways tobacco companies market products in local retail outlets, including advertising in convenience stores and other outlets where point of sale promotion is most effective. This includes display racks, counter mats, entrance and exit signs, and signage near candy and snack products frequented by youth.

The meeting will be available via conference call (audio only) at 1-888-670-3525, passcode 917 914 7160.

For more information, contact Kristen Mialki at 386-274-0601 or

Flagler NAACP meets Sept. 27
The Flagler County NAACP will hold its monthly meeting, Sept. 27, 6 p.m. at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 U.S. 1 North, Palm Coast.

A recap of branch activities will be presented, including a discussion on the 73rd Annual Florida State Conference recently held in Orlando.

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

Author to present self-publishing workshop at DeBary Hall
Local author Marcia Meara will present a free workshop titled “Self-publishing for beginners: If I can do it, you can too!” at 1 p.m. Oct. 8 at the DeBary Hall History Site, 210 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary.

The workshop will focus on the basics of self-publishing an e-book on Kindle.

Topics will include editing, choosing a cover, formatting an e-book, formatting a print book for CreateSpace (Amazon’s print-on-demand service), listing a book in the proper category, the benefits of Amazon Select, and running promotions on Amazon.

At age 69, Meara wrote her first novel, “Wake-Robin Ridge” and “Summer Magic: Poems of Life and Love.” Nine months later, she published a second novel, “Swamp Ghosts.’’ Her third novel, “A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2” is available on Kindle.

Reservations are required.

Artist of the Month program
DeBary Hall will celebrate the return of its Artist of the Month program with a wine-and-cheese reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 23.

The free reception will honor local artists who are also DeBary Hall volunteers – Sharon Fithian, Betty Goetzinger and Janet Kennedy. Their paintings will be displayed through Oct. 19.

For more information, call Kayce Looper at 386-668-3840.



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