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Edgewater Expo, Inc. Foundation Presents $500 Grant

The Edgewater Expo, Inc. board of directors will present a $500 grant to Trey Harshaw & Associates at the Edgewater City Council meeting on Monday, June 2, 2014.  The City Council meeting starts at 6 p.m. and takes place in the Council chambers at 104 N. Riverside Drive.

The Edgewater Expo, Inc. is a non-profit organization of local business owners, residents and City representatives dedicated to promoting Edgewater as a family-friendly, business-friendly community located on the beautiful Indian River.  The organization hosts the annual RiverFest in Edgewater which includes a business expo, a carnival, river-related activities and free concerts.

The $500 grant to Trey Harshaw & Associates is to be used towards either marketing expenses or employee training.  “We randomly selected one of the participants of our recent business expo to receive the grant,” said Edgewater Expo, Inc. President Steve Holmes.  “We had a very successful RiverFest event in March and wanted to keep that positive momentum going by recognizing one of our expo participants and providing some financial assistance,” Holmes said.

President Holmes said the organization will be providing additional support to the business community in the near future.  “The Expo board has established and funded a foundation committee who will be recommending to the board additional programs to support local businesses.  We hope to raise additional funds through our RiverFest and other events that can be put back into the Edgewater community to assist our businesses and their employees,” Holmes said.

Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency #153

EVENTS / OUTREACHES / INsideOUT (The below events are free / public invited)

Friday, May 23, 5 – 7 PM
Opening reception for the 25th Annual University Student Exhibition, and to welcome the artists in-residence

Pabst Visitor Center & Gallery, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach, 32168
For more information call 386-427-6975

Tuesday, May 27, 7 PM
Patricia Smith – Master Artist Outreach: Reading/Q & A, and book signing

presented by The Creative Happiness Institute, Inc. in association with Tomoka Poets and the 2014 Daytona Beach Poetry Series in cooperation with Daytona Beach Mayor Derick Henry
Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave. Daytona Beach
Free and open to the public. For more information call, 386-337-4567

May 28, 7:30 PM
Stephen Petronio – Master Artist Outreach: Illustrated Talk/Q & A

ACA Joan James Harris Theater, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach, 32168
For more information call 386-427-6975
Support for Stephen Petronio’s residency comes from Helene B. Roberson

Thursday, May 29, 7:30 PM
Mildred Howard – Master Artist Outreach: Illustrated Talk followed by Q&A

Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N Mills Ave., Orlando 32803
For more information call 407-896-4231
Sponsored in part by United Arts of Central Florida

Friday, June 6, 7 PM
INsideOUT — Closing reception and informal studio visits with Artists-in-Residence

ACA Joan James Harris Theater and artists’ studios, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach, 32168
For more information call 386-427-6975

About the Master Artists:

Patricia Smith – poet
Patricia Smith is the author of six critically-acknowledged volumes of poetry, including Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, winner of the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy American Poets and finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America; Blood Dazzler, a National Book Award finalist; Teahouse of the Almighty, a National Poetry Series winner (all from Coffee House Press); Close to Death and Big Towns, Big Talk (both from Zoland Books), and Life According to Motown, just released in a special 20th anniversary edition (Tia Chucha Press). She also edited the crime fiction anthology Staten Island Noir. Her contribution to the anthology, the story “When They Are Done With Us,” won an award from Mystery Writers of America and was published inBest American Mystery Stories. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, Granta, Tin House, TriQuarterly, Gulf Coast and many other journals, and in dozens of groundbreaking anthologies—including Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, Villanelles, The Incredibly Sestina Anthology and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African-American Poetry. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, for her poems “The Way Pilots Walk” and “Laugh Your Troubles Away!”  She is a Cave Canem faculty member, a professor of English at CUNY/College of Staten Island and a faculty member of the Sierra Nevada MFA program.

Mildred Howard – visual artist
Berkeley-based artist, activist, teacher, Mildred Howard has taught in nearly every major university and art institution in the San Francisco Bay Area and has conducted programs and exhibitions internationally in locales ranging from England to Latin America, Egypt, Ghana, and Morocco. Howard has created numerous works of highly visible public art in the Bay Area and her art works are included in the collections of major museums including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the M.H. de Young Museum, and the San Jose Museum of Art. Her numerous awards include an Anonymous Was a Woman Fellowship; the Joan Mitchell Fellowship; the Reader’s Digest Traveling Fellowship to Oaxaca, Mexico; two Rockefeller Artists Fellowships to Bellagio, Italy; and an NEA Grant in Sculpture. in 2011, the City of Berkeley proclaimed March 29th “Mildred Howard Day”; in 2012, Howard was inducted into the Alameda County Hall of Fame and received San Francisco’s prestigious Silver SPUR Award. This year, Howard was selected to receive the Distinguished Woman Award for 2014 by Fresno, California’s Council of 100. Howard continues to work and exhibit internationally; in 2013 her sculpture “Parenthetically Speaking” appeared at the Arsenal Venezia in Venice, where Howard was a finalist for the Arte Laguna Prize. She is represented, in San Francisco by Gallery Paule Anglim. To learn more, visit

Stephen Petronio – choreographer
Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Petronio is widely regarded as one of the leading dance-makers of his generation. New music, visual art, and fashion collide in his dances, producing powerfully modern landscapes for the senses. He has built a body of work with some of the most talented and provocative artists in the world, including composers Valgeir Sigurðsson, Nico Muhly, Fischerspooner, Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Son Lux, James Lavelle, Michael Nyman, Sheila Chandra, Diamanda Galás, Andy Teirstein, Wire, Peter Gordon, Lenny Pickett, and David Linton; visual artists Janine Antoni, Cindy Sherman, Anish Kapoor, Donald Baechler, Stephen Hannock, Tal Yarden, Arnaldo Ferrara, and Justin Terzi III; fashion designers John Bartlett, Jillian Lewis, Adam Kimmel, Benjamin Cho, Michael Angel, Tony Cohen, Rachel Roy, Tara Subkoff, Tanya Sarne/Ghost, Leigh Bowery, Paul Compitus, Manolo, Yonson Pak, and H. Petal; and Resident Lighting Designer Ken Tabachnick. Founded in 1984, Stephen Petronio Company has performed in 26 countries throughout the world, including over 35 New York City engagements with 17 seasons at The Joyce Theater. The Company has been commissioned by Dance Umbrella Festival/London, Hebbel Theater/Berlin, Theater Scene National de Sceaux/France, Festival d’Automne a Paris, CNDC Angers/ France, The Holland Festival, Festival International Montpellier-Danse, Danceworks UK Ltd, International Cannes Danse Festival, and in the US by San Francisco Performances, The Joyce Theater, UCSB Arts & Lectures, Wexner Center for the Arts, Walker Art Center, and White Bird, among others. Over the past year, the Company performed at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC; in Irvine, CA; Dallas and Houston, TX; and Chicago, IL. The Company looks forward to upcoming engagements in Vancouver, Canada; Boston, MA; Davis and San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR; and Scottsdale, AZ.  To learn more, visit

Mother’s Day Grand Prize

We had a very tense, squeaker of game for our post-Mother’s Day Grand Prize on the sponsored NSB BINGO Monday night.
It was the fifth and final game of the night. Up for grabs was a grand prize valued at $550. We had several hundred people online playing bingo and vying for the prize that included a 3 day & 2 night stay at Oceania Beach Club, a beautiful resort on the beach in New Smyrna; a portrait session & 16×20 canvas print from Artistic Grafix; plus gift certificates from Down the Hatch, a favorite seafood restaurant in Ponce Inlet and from Nest NSB, which is an eclectic gift shop full of many unique items as well as superbly revitalized furniture items, and it is a wine bar & wine shop, which is a great place to go to get away from the grind or just pick up your favorite bottle of vino.
The game seemed to go on for ever. The players’ usual playful comments, which would normally be visible on the bingo site via the chat box, were uncharacteristically absent. All players chose instead to concentrate on their bingo cards and the numbers being called.
In the end two players called “BINGO!” a split second apart. I’m talking milliseconds. The first one to announce “BINGO!” goes by the screen name BinkyDog and will collect the Grand Prize. The second person to call “BINGO!’ goes by the screen name of Marge, and will receive a consolation prize, a gift certificate to Looks Family Hair Care.
Whew! What a night. I never realized how exciting bingo could be.

The Little Theatre announces “Butterflies Are Free”

The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach announces our upcoming show “Butterflies Are Free” which will open on Friday, May 16 and run for two weekends.
Performances are Thursday May 22 at 8 pm, Fridays May 16 and 23 at 8 pm, Saturdays May 17 and 24 at 8 pm and Sundays May 18 and 25 at 2 pm.
“Butterflies Are Free” is written by Leonard Gershe and directed by Harriet Winokur.
This touching and funny show is the story of Don Baker (played by Xander Burns) who has been blind since birth and his overprotective mother (Ida Bailey).
When Don moves into his own apartment in Manhattan to pursue his songwriting ambitions, he meets kooky neighbor, sexy actress Jill (Avalon Marut) setting off Mrs. Baker’s controlling instincts! John Peters also joins the cast as Ralph Austin.
Ticket prices are $16 adults, $15 seniors and $8 for students under 18. Information is available by calling the box office at (386) 423-1246.

Join us for National Trails Day!

June 7, 2014 at 150 Julia Street, Just South of City Hall
Downtown New Smyrna Beach,
9 AM to 11:30 AM

Join us for National Trails Day!

For the tenth year in a row, Volusia County Parks, Recreation & Culture will be hosting National
Trails Day. This event is a celebration of our trails and the health and other benefits derived
from Volusia County’s growing trails system. The theme for this year’s Trails Day Event is
“Trails Benefit Us All”. We want to promote the health, recreational, conservation and
economic benefits that we all can receive from our trails

Our National Trails Day celebration will be held June 7, 2014 at 150 Julia Street,
Just South of City Hall. The event will run from 9 am to 11:30 am and
will feature information booths, children’s activities, a nature hike, a walking tour, bicycle helmet
giveaways and more.

Please join us and the American Hiking Association to celebrate National Trails Day. We have
spaces available free of charge. Bring your own tent, table, and chairs to the event and
promote your business or club. Let me know if you will have give away items or want to offer
information, or classes, or product demonstrations.

If you would like to participate; please contact Bruce Piatek, Trails
Coordinator, at (386) 736-5953, extension 12663 or via email at by May 18, 2014 to reserve your space. Happy Trails
and I hope to see you there!

The Little Theatre announces auditions for “Into the Woods”

One of Stephen Sondheim’s most popular works, INTO THE WOODS is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy.

The Brothers Grimm comes to The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach with an epic fairy tale where worlds collide. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them all together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic. Into the Woods will be directed by Michael Funaro with musical direction by Melissa Cargile.

There are 17 roles for men, women and teens in all age groups. All roles are open. Please be prepared to sing 32 bars from a Broadway show that best features your vocal ability. Bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be available. Tracks are acceptable but not preferred. Dress comfortably as you may be asked to demonstrate some movement skills. Bring head shots and resumes if you have them.

Auditions will be held Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 1 pm to 4 pm and Sunday, May 25, 2014 from 5 pm to 8 pm. Callbacks, if needed, will be held Monday, May 26, 2014 at 7 pm.

Auditions will be held at The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach, FL, 726 Third Ave, (located directly across from Publix, Beachside).

Show dates are: July 18 through the 27th, 2014.

For more information, contact the box office at (386) 423-1246.

Sail Camp begins June 9 in the LOOP; registration open

Skipper wannabes may learn to tack and jib at the annual summer Sail Camp hosted by the New Smyrna Beach Parks and Recreation Department. Weeklong sessions are offered from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., June 9-13 and June 23-27, at the Smyrna Yacht Club, 1201 S. Riverside Drive.

Yacht Club members will teach students age 12 – 20 to sail without assistance. Lessons include hands on training on the water, terminology, sailing techniques, wind, currents, safety precautions and more.

The cost to participate is $150 for New Smyrna Beach residents and $155 for non-residents.

Class size is limited to 12 students. All students must bring their lunch, drinks, sunscreen, sunglasses, sneakers or boat shoes and swimwear. Each student also must have a type 3 life jacket and training manual. Manuals are $25.

Students may register online at or at the Recreation Department, 1000 Live Oak Street.

For more information, please call (386) 424-2175.

Indian River Elementary School Chorus Presents: ‘Singing for Soldiers USA’

The Indian River Elementary School PTA invites you to enjoy an evening of patriotic music on Thursday, May 15th, at 6 p.m.
The event is being held to honor our Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps veterans. The music will be sung by the school’s chorus.  Light refreshments will be served.
The Indian River Elementary School PTA hopes that the community will come out to support the concert and show gratitude to our veterans.  Veterans are especially welcome.
For more information, please contact the Indian River Elementary School’s music teacher, Cynthia Turner, at (386) 341-0092 or

Sign Up for the Edgewater Professional Firefighters’ 19th Annual Golf Tournament

The Edgewater Professional Firefighters’ Association will host its 19th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 21st, at the Hidden Lakes Golf Course in New Smyrna Beach.  The tournament has an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start, best ball format.  The cost is $55 per person or $220 per team.  Click here to download an application.

All proceeds from the golf tournament  go towards paying for the Edgewater  4th of July fireworks.

The event includes door prizes and  goodie bags, longest drive and closest  to the pin competitions, a bunker gear  tee shot challenge, and a double your  money hole ($5-$20).  Lunch is also  provided.

For more information, please contact Brandon Hudson at (386) 366-0065 or


Daytona Beach, FL:

Representative Dave Hood, District 25, Florida House of Representatives, will hold a series of four
town hall meetings to discuss the 2014 Legislative Session and to hear comments and suggestions from his constituents.

Monday, May 19, 2014 Wednesday, May 21, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m.
New Smyrna Beach Port Orange
City Hall City Center
210 Sams Avenue 1000 City Center Circle
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 Port Orange, FL 32129

Monday, June 9, 2014 Wednesday, June 11, 2014
6:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m 6:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m
Daytona Beach Shores Ormond Beach
City Hall City Hall
3048 S. Atlantic Avenue 22 S. Beach Street
Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118 Ormond Beach, FL 32174

For more information, contact Lacy Page at (386) 239-6285.

The Little Theatre announces “Butterflies Are Free”

The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach is in production for our upcoming show “Butterflies Are Free” which will open on Friday, May 16 and run for two weekends.
Performances are Thursday May 22 at 8 pm, Fridays May 16 and 23 at 8 pm, Saturdays May 17 and 24 at 8 pm and Sundays May 18 and 25 at 2 pm.
“Butterflies Are Free” is written by Leonard Gershe and directed by Harriet Winokur.
This touching and funny show is the story of Don Baker (played by Xander Burns) who has been blind since birth and his overprotective mother (Bobbie Fouts).
When Don moves into his own apartment in Manhattan to pursue his songwriting ambitions, he meets kooky neighbor, sexy actress Jill (Avalon Marut) setting off Mrs. Baker’s controlling instincts! John Peters also joins the cast as Ralph Austin.
Ticket prices are $16 adults, $15 seniors and $8 for students under 18. Information is available by calling the box office at (386) 423-1246.

Oak Hill River Fest

The Oak Hill River Fest will be held Saturday, May 10th in Mary Dewees Park (178 N. Gaines Street, Oak Hill) from 9am to 4pm.

There will be live music, food, arts and crafts, kids zone and MORE!

For more information call: 386.314.4522


Presented By
BJ’S Flower And Plants
Lunch & Program $14.00
Tuesday May 13, 2014   11:30-1:30
Venetian Bay Golf Club
 63 N. Airport Road, New Smyrna Beach
Reservations are essential by May 8, 2014
Call 386-427-0527 or Email:

Sheri McHenry Encore Performance

It was very exciting to be invited to repeat this concert, though I’ve changed it up a bit. Hope you can come Friday night and please do bring friends!


Photo Galleries – NSB Easter Egg Hunt and the NSB Food Festival

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New Smyrna Beach Food Festival 

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New Smyrna Beach Easter Egg Hunt 2014 

Proposed Charter School Seeks Board Members

A local group is working toward a public charter school for southeast Volusia County.  True Learning Cooperative plans to serve 282 students in K-12, offering parents of larger families one location and faculty. TLC plans to open in September of 2015 with an approximate staff of 20-25 certified educators utilizing co-teaching teams.

The innovative education plan will offer a self-paced, literature based, arts and drama focused curriculum utilizing Chronological Study. Literature, Drama and Writing will emphasize the fictional writings of the time period while World Studies will present non-fiction writings and primary sources. Science will be integrated with Literature and World Studies emphasizing topics from the time period being studied.

Revolutionary educational methodologies will include Collaborative/Peer Learning, Tiered Instruction, Literature Circles, Socratic Seminars, Inquiry and Guided Discussion, Project Based Learning and Young Writers Workshops.

TLC will provide an alternative for high school students in the area. Homeschoolers will be given the opportunity to earn high school diplomas from Volusia County Schools by completing their senior year at TLC.

The founding group is seeking those with interest in serving as board members, especially an attorney and those with educational experience.

TLC is planning food service with choices of fresh healthy foods and is also seeking counsel regarding meeting the NSLP requirements.

Arts on Douglas May Exhibition

Mollie Doctrow

––Seasonal Crossings

Opening reception: Saturday, May 3, 4 – 7pm

Exhibition dates: May 3-31, 2014

New Smyrna Beach, FL –– Arts on Douglas presents, Seasonal Crossings, a solo exhibition featuring woodblock prints by artist and printmaker Mollie Doctrow. The exhibition will be on view from May 3, 2014 through May 31, 2014 with an opening reception on Saturday, May 3 from 4-7 pm. The opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Seasonal Crossings features exquisite black and white woodblock prints of native habitats and plant species found in Central and South Florida, Big Cypress, and the Everglades. Mollie Doctrow slogs through swamp lands, weeds, and brush to capture the drama of the environment. Her process begins “on site” with field sketches where she spends time observing and reacting to the details and nuisances of that particular location. She then carves the imagery onto woodblocks, which are later hand-pulled through a printing press with water-based ink on Japanese kozo paper. “Through this artwork I connect to the natural world and hope to bring attention to these fragile environments,” explains Doctrow.

Influenced by East Asian printmaking and Western landscape traditions, Doctrow’s goal is to achieve a balance between the black and white areas, or carved and uncarved areas of the woodblock imagery. To do this the artist explains: “The carving demands spontaneity, letting go, and following the movement or feeling for the form. The carved marks are visual shorthand for simplifying complex images to express rhythm, texture, form, and space,” explains Doctrow.

Mollie Doctrow holds a B.A. in philosophy and an M.F.A. in printmaking from California State University, Northridge. As a professional artist, Doctrow has participated in solo and group exhibitions in California, Hawaii, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida. She has received numerous cultural arts fellowships, awards, and grants. Doctrow has held art residencies at Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park and Archbold Biological Station. These residencies provided access to remote and pristine areas in Florida, inspiring much of her recent work. She is currently the curator at the South Florida Community College Museum of Florida Art & Culture in Avon Park, Florida.

2014 Ceramics Art Exhibition, Spruce Creek High School Opening Reception at ArtHaus Gallery

ArtHaus’ 2014 Ceramics Art Exhibition will open on April 17, 2014 and run through May 9, 2014.  This exhibit will present selected ceramic artworks by students of Art Teacher Heather Alexander from Spruce Creek High School.  It is created and curated by the students!  You will be truly amazed at the creativity and artistic expression that these young artists have achieved.  The opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 5-7 PM in the ArtHaus Gallery located at 3840 Ridgewood Ave. in Port Orange.  As always, this event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.  We encourage everyone to come show their support for these students.  For information call 386-767-0076 or go to

FREE Remote Control Boat Show by Port Orange Ship Modelers – May 24th, 2014

On Saturday, May 24th, 2014 ~ 9:00 am to 12:00 NOON

The Annual Ship Modelers Remote Control Regatta Show consisting of 2 FOOT TO 8 FOOT MODELS – IN THE WATER, you will get to see tug boats, WWII Navy replicas, as well as steam boats in action.

Come see some of our ships that were displayed at the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Science in the SHIPS OF GLORY exhibit. These beautiful models were held over by demand at the Museum for an extended period. You have the opportunity to see “new models” never before shown in public.  This is a FREE show, open to all ages! 

Hot Dogs and sodas available but on a limited basis – so come early!

Father Francis Browne, C.Ss.R. Memorial Dedication Ceremony

Click To View “Father Brown Prayer Garden” Video