56th Annual Halifax Art Festival

Daytona Beach, Florida, September 16, 2018- The 56th Halifax Art Festival, November 3 and 4, 2018, has risen in attendance and reputation to become one of the most prestigious festivals in the Central Florida area. It is the second oldest continual festival in Florida. It’s known for its elegance of venue staged on Daytona’s Historic Beach Street between the Riverfront Shops and the Halifax River.

This year, the Festival was voted “Best Outdoor Art Festival” by the readers of Daytona’s Hometown News and “Best Art Festival” by the readers of the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

The Festival features a unique blend of fine arts, fine crafts, music, food, and fun attracting over 30,000 people each year from all over Florida and the United States. It’s free to the public with plenty of convenient free parking.

The Festival features juried local, regional, and national original works of art from over 250 artists offering affordable art work for the established as well as the beginning collector.

The Student Art Exhibit and Competition features art students from kindergarten through twelfth grade from the Volusia County public school system as well as area private schools. The student art will be on display during Festival hours. After Sunday’s Awards Ceremony, sponsored by The Wessel Foundation, the winning art will be available for viewing at Daytona’s Museum of Arts & Sciences, 352 South Nova Road, Daytona Beach, Florida, for one week.

Children, Pre-K to 5 years old, are invited to create their own masterpieces under the “Little Van Gogh” tent while friends and family watch. All art supplies free to each child.

Live music will be featured both Saturday and Sunday. Plenty of seating will be available in Riverfront Park to enjoy the music or a snack. Shoppers can choose from good, old-fashion festival food or the many fine bistros and restaurants along Beach Street.

The 56th Annual Halifax Art Festival is presented and produced by the Guild of the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Partnership with Bank of America and sponsored in part by Maserati Alfa Romeo of Daytona, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Spectrum Cable Networks, Southern Stone Radio/WLOV FM, Hometown News, Gage Publishing, The Helen Wessel Foundation, Halifax Area Advertising Authority, City of Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the Riverfront Shops of Daytona Beach, Ponce Inlet Women’s Club, Hot Action Sportswear, Diana Minotti Fine Art, Zappi’s Italian Garden, Wine Me, Donnie’s Donuts, and Lamar Outdoor.
For information: www.HalifaxArtFestival.org

The Festival is the Guild’s major fundraiser for the Museum of Arts & Sciences and also benefits its Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum and the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. The Museum of Arts & Sciences is a designated 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization. Pursuant to Chapter 212, Florida Statues. Florida Registration #CH-1851.


This Event is a MUST SEE for Kids and Adults

Interactive Displays by
Science Centers, the U.S. Military, Museums,
Area Colleges, Universities and High Schools
National & Local Corporations


CASH PRIZES for STEM Competitions

Solar Car & Robot Battle competitions



SEPT 23rd:

8:00 am – 7:00 pm: Load-in & Set up

3:00 pm – 7:00: Special Event
Special reception for exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers,
registered students and special guests.

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Resume builder workshop
Dress to Impress Fashion Show

SEPT 24th:

9:00 am –2:00 pm: Open for K-12 Field Trips
2:00 pm – 7:00 : Open for the General Public

SEPT 25th:

9:00 am– 2:00 pm: Open for K-12 Field Trips
2:00 pm – 7:00: Open for the General Public


3917 LPGA Blvd,

Daytona Beach, FL 32124

Day for Kops and Kids - Edgewater Boys & Grils Club, Saturday 9/15/18

Day for Kops & Kids Scheduled for Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties

Naming Ceremony of Edgewater Club to Jeep Beach/Edgewater Club to take place
immediately following Day for Kops & Kids


DeLand, FL, September 10, 2018 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties is gearing up to celebrate its annual Day for Kops & Kids to highlight the critical needs of kids and teens in the community. Today, too many youth are facing serious issues that can deprive them of happy, healthy childhoods and in turn, negatively impact their futures. Local police officers will  be joining the Boys & Girls Clubs for a fun-filled day as a way to advocate for youth. 


In addition to Day for Kops & Kids, we will be having a celebration to rename the Edgewater Club as Jeep Beach/Edgewater Club.  Jeep Beach has been a tremendous supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties.  Over the past seven years, they have donated over $400,000 to Club operations and sponsored many of our events including the State Youth of the Year trip, Honor Roll Banquet, and our kids Christmas party.


This year’s Day for Kops & Kids and Jeep Beach/Edgewater Club naming will be enjoyed by over 200 Boys & Girls Club kids, their parents, friends, several local law enforcement agencies, and our friends from Jeep Beach. 


Where:  Edgewater Boys & Girls Club, 211 N. Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater, FL  32132

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Time:  10:00am – 12:00pm


“At Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties, we change the opportunity equation for kids in our community, enabling them to achieve a great future,” says Joe Sullivan, Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties. “Day for Kops & Kids is a fun way for not only adults to relive their childhood, but for kids to have fun and foster stronger relationships with caring mentors. Day for Kops & Kids is just one example of the amazing work we do each day to enable kids and teens to reach their full potential by staying on track to graduate, demonstrating good character and citizenship and practicing healthy lifestyles.”

Veteran Educator to Lead Flagler Palm Coast High School

Thursday morning Superintendent James Tager announced Bob Wallace as the next principal of Flagler Palm Coast High School. “Bob has a reputation for empowering teachers and staff and is one of the best in the profession,” says Superintendent Tager. “I’m confident Bob will continue the FPC reputation of building leaders within our District.”

Mr. Wallace spent 13 years as principal of Seabreeze High School in Ormond Beach, which was one of Volusia County’s strongest academically performing high schools. He retired in 2015 after spending 35 years in education. When asked about his newest challenge Mr. Wallace says “I look forward to the opportunity to maintain the standard of excellence that Mr. Sims has in place.”

Wallace earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary in 1973. He was awarded a Masters in Physical Education from Eastern Illinois University in 1977. Additionally, he completed the Principal Certification program at Stetson University. He succeeds Dusty Sims, who leaves Flagler Schools for a position within the State Department of Education.

“This school year is off to a successful start and it was important to get an established, proven leader into Flagler Palm Coast High School, “ adds Supt. Tager. “I know Bob is going to hit the ground running and continue to grow the strong foundation which already exists on the FPC campus.”

Classroom Angels Back to School Supply Drive

Celebrate Summer’s End with

Classroom Angels Back to School Supply Drive

July 8 – August 3, 2018


Southern Stone Event Group is again hosting Classroom Angels - the community's Back to School Supply Drive July 8th through August 3rd.


School supply drop off locations are located citywide. The supplies compliment the backpacks distributed by the City of Daytona Beach's Mayor's Backpack Giveaway.

Supplies needed for these backpacks are pocket folders, 3 ring binders, loose leaf paper, notebooks and colored pencils.


Locations to drop these items off include Rue and Ziffra, Metro PCS, Southern Stone Communications (radio stations), the City of Daytona Beach (first floor), Politis and Matovina, Geico and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company (see below). Approximately ten more locations will be added in the coming week. Call 386-944-7718 for all collection locations and further information.


Southern Stone Event Group thanks you in advance for helping kids in this community acquire the items they need to make the 2018-2019 school year the best one yet!


Bubba Gump Shrimp Company is collecting school supplies the entire month of July for this project through its volunteer group Shrimp Possibles.


The Mayor's Backpack Giveaway

Celebrate Summer’s End with

The Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway

July 7, 14, 28 and August 4, 12 2018


Daytona Beach, FL – June 26, 2017… The City of Daytona is offering four FREE Mayor’s Backpack Giveaways that will include school supplies, food, community and health information and more Saturday, July 7, Saturday, July 14, Saturday, July 28, and Saturday, August 4. The Mayor’s Backpack Giveaways are for Daytona Beach residents’ children ages 5 to 18.


July 7, 2018:   Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway #1 from 9 a.m. – noon (or until supplies

last) Sunnyland Recreation Center, 825 Washington Street


July 14, 2018: Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway #2 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (or until supplies

                        last) Schnebly Recreation Center – 1101 N. Atlantic Avenue


July 28, 2018: Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway #3 from 9 a.m. – noon (or until supplies last)

                        Yvonne Scarlet Golden Cultural & Educational Center, 1000 Vine Street 


Aug. 4, 2018:  Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway #4 from 9am to noon (or until supplies

                        last) Daisy Stocking Park – 550 Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd. (This         

                        event will move to The Dickerson Center if it rains, 308 S MLK Drive.)


“The Mayor’s Backpack Giveaways give local families items that will be used throughout the year at area schools, and it brings people together through their passion for education and a desire to make positive changes in their schools and communities,” said Mayor Derrick Henry. “We appreciate our community sponsors who help us make these events a success.”

The Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway is sponsored by the City of Daytona Beach, Southern Stone Event Group, WLOV Radio, WHOG Radio, HOT Radio, WNDB Radio, VIBE Radio, Coast Country Radio, Tijuana Flats, Rue & Ziffra, Florida Health Care Plans, Daytona International Speedway, Walmart, Healthy Schools, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Protechs, VyStar Credit Union, U-Stop, Kiwanis Club of Daytona Beach, MetroPCS, Target and Politis & Matovina.


Parent Magazine, which publishes editions in Flagler, St Johns and Volusia Counties, is being acquired by TouchPoint Innovative Solutions, Inc. formerly know as The Holley Group.  TouchPoint is a marketing and communications firm that provides communication solutions for community colleges, public school districts, associations and other non-profits. In Florida, TouchPoint publishes magazines for Pasco-Hernando State College, North Florida Community College and Daytona  Regional Chamber of Commerce.


Charlene (Charlie) Michaux who founded Parent Magazine in XXXX says, “We have built a strong brand over the last 10 years, Touchpoint has a history of managing quality publications and I know Parent will be in good hands.” Howard Holley, Chair and CEO of TouchPoint, is very enthusiastic about the acquisition. “Parent Magazine rounds out our portfolio of publications in Flagler, St. Johns and Volusia counties, it provides an attractive base to advertisers and expands our readership across households.”


Parent Magazine is distributed through elementary students to their parents and is the premier family magazine for Flagler, St Johns and Volusia Counties published 11 months a year. Parent Magazine works with experts to provide insight into the most important job in the world - parenting. Our solution-oriented articles address the issues parents face today. From discipline and child development, to education, safety concerns and fun, each issue is designed to be supportive of the difficult role we have….as parents. It is the first place parents’ look to for local events, opportunities, products, and services focused on parents.


The new editor of Parent Magazine will be Dr. Barbara Holley. Dr. Holley is a former elementary school principal in California, Connecticut and Virginia and has a passion about elementary education and parenting. Dr. Holley says, “Parents face so many pressures raising children today, our mission at Parent Magazine is to be a trusted resource in support of happy, healthy, community minded families.”


The City of Daytona’s Leisure Services are proud to present SUMMER READING KICKOFF

Daytona Beach, FL, June 13, 2018…Summer Reading Kickoff is this week at the Dickerson Community Center, Midtown Cultural & Educational Center and Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Center and will continue through the 2018 summer.

Summer is no time to let your skills slide! More importantly, it is the best time to let your imagination take control and get lost in a good book. This week, the City of Daytona will begin a Summer Reading Kickoff with the installation of several Little Free Libraries (LFL) outside of recreational centers throughout the city. The concept behind the LFL is exactly as it sounds; bring a book, take a book. Read it and return it or read it and cherish it forever.

“As an educator, I see firsthand the importance of literacy for our youth,” stated Mayor Derrick Henry. “It is a crucial indicator of a student’s future success.  For all school-age youth, summer is no time to let reading skills slide! That’s why I support the new Little Free Libraries popping up outside of the city’s most popular community and recreation centers. It’s a valuable resource for all residents.”

These Little Free Libraries are a joint project between Agnes Ingram and Alycia Severson, instructors at Seabreeze High School. There was a grant from the Futures Foundation of Volusia County that provided the funding. Control of the libraries have been given to a Steward who keeps them full and looking good. The Steward for these libraries is Mr. Vincent Terry who works for the Cultural & Leisure Services department at the City of Daytona Beach.

With some help from the SHS Construction Department headed by Mr. Ray Grimmard, local carpenter John F. Eaton, and materials provided by local Motorcycle Club Daytona Beach Sunchasers, the Little Free Libraries were built. They were delivered to art teachers Amanda Roig at Westside Elementary and Toni Roberts at Palm Terrace Elementary. Their students painted the units with colorful, fun designs and messages.

Student Carmen Odio from Westside Elementary said she is excited to see the libraries in the park. She and several friends stayed after school to paint two of the libraries with their art teacher at Westside, Ms. Roig. On one side is a worm popping out of a book with the words “Be a Bookworm” painted beside it. The message is to encourage students and adults to read more as a leisure activity.

The nationwide registry of Little Free Libraries can be found at www.littlefreelibrary.com. The newest additions in Daytona Beach can be found there. Plans are to build pedestals for the LFLs at Midtown Cultural and Educational Center, the Dickerson Center and the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Center. More libraries will be added over time.

If you want to donate books to keep these libraries full, please contact Mr. Vincent Terry at 386-671-5830. You may also take them to Seabreeze High School’s Main Office Monday thru Thursday from 8 AM to 2 PM throughout the summer.

It’s time to grab a book and let your imaginations soar!


BACKPACK BASH 2018 - JULY 28, 2018

PAYIT4WARD presents Backyard Bash 2018 on July 28, 2018 at Buffalo Wild Wings.  Help supply 1,000 Volusia County youth with school supplies this upcoming school year.

Accepting donations now - new backpacks, paper, pens, pencils, folders, notebooks, glue, crayons, markers, colored pencils, erasers, scissors and gift cards.

For more information or to donate online, go to www.payit4ward.xyz or call 386-588-9285.