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MARINE DISCOVERY CENTER LECTURE – OCEAN FRIENDLY GARDENS

WHAT:
The Ocean Friendly Gardens Program was developed by the Surfrider
Foundation to minimize the impacts of runoff and non-point source
pollution on our nation’s waters. Its aims are to decrease such pollution
through water wise and water capture gardening techniques to conserve,
retain onsite and filter water.
Ryan Mahler, Chair of the Executive Committee of the local Volusia/Flagler
Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will be the speaker.

WHERE: Marine Discovery Center
520 Barracuda Blvd, New Smyrna Beach, Fl. 32169

WHEN: Thursday, March 20 6 – 8:00 p.m.

COST: No charge, No reservations required

CONTACT: mark@marinediscoverycenter.org or call 386-428-4828

The Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation was founded in
2008 and spans the entire coastline of Volusia and Flagler counties in
Florida. Its mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and
beaches through a powerful activist network.


Boy welcomed as honorary NSB firefighter

Six-year old cancer patient sworn in as honorary firefighter

On Tuesday, the New Smyrna Beach Fire and Rescue Department welcomed a new crew member – and he’s only six years old. Cameron Fulling was sworn in as an honorary firefighter at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 11, at the City Commission meeting at New Smyrna Beach City Hall, 210 Sams Avenue.

The pint-sized honorary rescuer is suffering from ependymoma, a malignant brain and spinal cord cancer. To help with travel expenses and medical treatment, New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater and Port Orange fire unions also have donated $1,700 to the family.

“Kids like Cameron and their families are the real heroes,” said New Smyrna Beach Fire Chief David McCallister. “We are just privileged to be part of Cameron’s passion for helping other people by serving as firefighters. We welcome him to our team.”

McCallister and New Smyrna Beach Battalion Chief Chris Dymond presented Cameron his own helmet, badge and plaque in recognition of his honorary firefighter status. After the ceremony Cameron rode in a fire engine and was treated to ice cream by City firefighters.

Cameron made his department debut last year when he rode in the City’s Christmas Parade with his mother Melissa Fulling. The boy has inspired firefighters by showing his courage and strength throughout his battle with cancer.

Anyone who would like to donate funds to assist Cameron and his family may send a donation to the New Smyrna Beach Professional Firefighters, P.O. Box 126, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Checks should be made to Melissa Fulling.


“Art; The First Language” Elementary School Exhibit at ArtHaus

“Art; The First Language” An Art Exhibit of Elementary School artworks from 12 Volusia County Schools will open Thursday, March 6 in the ArtHaus Gallery

A student art exhibit “Art; The First Language” will go on display in the ArtHaus Gallery showcasing artwork from 12 Volusia County schools beginning March 6 through April 4, 2014.

This impressive and delightful selection of artworks from 12 area elementary schools is an inspiring display of young artists’ talent and creativity. This exhibit displays the budding skills of children from grade 1 through grade 5 which will equally amaze one-and-all.

Light refreshments will be served at the opening reception which will be held Thursday, March 7 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at 3840 S. Ridgewood Avenue, Port Orange in the ArtHaus Gallery. ArtHaus welcomes the community and admission is free. Call 386.767.0076 for more information.


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the NSB Dance Club

New Smyrna Beach Dance Club

proudly presents

ST. PATRICK’S DAY DANCE

Saturday, March 15, 2014
B. Y. O. B.
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Music by “LENNY & SYD”

Admission $10 per person
Reserve your ticket by calling JoAnn, 352-430-5101

Fundraiser to Benefit United Church of Christ
Corner of Washinton and Faulkner Avenue

Light refreshments served by United Church of Christ with many thanks.
Drawings for: Super St. Parick’s Day Gift Basket
including a 2-night Stay at the Beach

50/50 Drawing

Come one, Come All!!!
Dance Lessons Every Monday Evening 7:00 PM
Call ‘Dancin’ Don’ Hendricks for more information
386-843-9893


Canal Street Gateway Mini Park ground breaking ceremony March 14

A ground breaking ceremony to create an attractive front door to the Canal Street Historic District will be held next week. Landscaping of the Canal Street Gateway Mini Park will be launched at 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 14, at the site on the southwest corner of Canal Street and U.S. 1, New Smyrna Beach.

When complete, the landscaping project will feature majestic date palms, native shrubbery and grasses. The Friends of Historic Canal Street non-profit organization is spearheading the project and is working to raise funds to match a $15,000 City of New Smyrna Beach Community Redevelopment Agency grant. 

A reception will follow on the second floor studio of 421 Canal Street less than two blocks east of the park.

The public is encouraged to attend. For additional information please call Flare Elliot at (386) 423-2184. 


Pink fire truck dedicated in memory of Paul Winkler

On Saturday, February , the New Smyrna Beach Fire and Rescue Department dedicated its pink fire engine in memory of the Paul Winkler.  The dedication was held at Fire Station 51, 151 Williams Road, New Smyrna Beach.

“The purpose of this pink truck is to build cancer awareness among the community as crews respond to calls,” said New Smyrna Beach Fire Chief David McCallister. “By dedicating it to Paul, we not only are remembering him, but we’re also continuing to build that awareness while thanking him for his inspiration.”

Winkler was diagnosed with brain cancer February 19,, 2013.  He fought courageously against the disease and inspired others with his faithand positivity, McCallister added.  Winkler lost his battle against the disease December 12.

The pink fire engine program began two years ago and was spearheaded by Driver Engineer Tom Bull. Originally intended to raise breastcancer awareness, the program has evolved into total cancer awareness. Citizens may sign the vehicle to honor anyone who has been impactedby the disease.

Over the past two years, the City has partnered with the New Smyrna Beach Professional Firefighters Local 2271 to transform this truck into a rolling monument. Thousands of names of survivors and lost loved ones cover the truck, McCallister said.

Winkler’s wife, Sandy, is a City employee. McCallister decided to honor a member of the City family by dedicating the engine to Winkler.

“Paul would be proud to have his name on the truck,” Sandy said. “He would be very happy.”

Bull was on hand to present the engine to the Winklers and many family members in attendance. “I’m sorry for their loss, but it sure was nice to see the family smiling about the honor and memory of Paul Winkler.”


New Smyrna Beach 52nd Annual Art Fiesta

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Edgewater Animal Shelter Celebrates 2013 Adoptions

The Edgewater Animal Shelter had a successful year in 2013!  There were a total of 112 dogs and 113 cats adopted from the shelter.   Click here to visit the shelter’s facebook page.  ‘Like’ the page to receive information from them through facebook.
On February 22nd, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the shelter will be open for a shot clinic.  You can also purchase heartworm prevention and flea prevention items from them.
The shelter is always looking for food, cleaning supplies, blankets, etc. for the animals.  If you are able, please consider a donation.
For more information, please call the shelter at (386) 957-3994 or email them at volusiasociety@yahoo.com.

As always, special thanks to all those at the shelter and especially to the people who adopted animals!


The Little Theatre – Man of La Mancha

The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach will stage Man of La Mancha February 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 and March 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9, at the theatre, 726 East 3rd Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Based on The Adventures of Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra, Man of La Mancha is a comic tragedy of mankind’s struggle to better the world in which he lives. All performances are at 8 p.m. except the Sunday shows, which are at 2 p.m. For more information, please call the theatre at 386.423.1246 or log on to www.nsbplayers.org.


NSB – LOOP Events

Art Walk on Flagler February 22

Artists will be on Flagler Avenue from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, February 22.   Sponsored by The Gallery Group of Flagler Avenue, the event has been a part of the community for more than six years. For more information, please call (386) 428-1770.

Flagler Avenue Wine Walk February 22

Explore interesting wines as you walk Flagler Avenue from 1-7 p.m., Saturday, February 22.  During the progressive event, taste your choice of more than 100 showcased wines. Wine tasting passports are $25 and are available at 113 Flagler, at the tent at Flagler Avenue and Cooper Street, or at the corner of S. Atlantic and Flagler Avenue. Passports include 20 tasting tickets and a keepsake wine glass. Some locations feature both one- and multi-ticket wines to sample. Those who want to share their 20 tasting tickets with a friend may get an additional wine glass for $5. For more information on the progressive wine tasting, please log on to www.partyonflagler.com .

1st annual NSB Mardi Gras Ball February 27

Kick off Mardi Gras at the 1st annual NSB Mardi Gras Ball from 7 p.m. – midnight, Thursday, February 27, at the Woman’s Club of New Smyrna Beach, 403 Magnolia Street, New Smyrna Beach. During the black-tie masked gala, award-winning Piano Man Victor Wainright and his band will play authentic New Orleans-style music on the main stage. Festive food and drinks will be served surrounded by live entertainment and a chance to win a trip to the Big Easy. Tickets are $60. Proceeds will benefit Easter Seals Volusia & Flagler Counties. For more information, please visithttp://partyonflagler.com.


The New Smyrna Beach Surf Film Fest March 22, 23 2014

The New Smyrna Beach Surf Film Fest March 22, 23 2014, is proud to announce being selected as the only Film Festival in Florida to screen the 50th Anniversary 1964 film, digitally remastered into HD, “ENDLESS SUMMER”  which also includes personal moments with the film maker Bruce Brown, and the actors, Mike Hynson and Robert August. The Film Fest showing as well as a silent auction is a benefit for the NSB Museum of East Coast Surfing, which is opening in february 2014 at 424 Canal St. New Smyrna Beach, with the generousity of Nicole Srikudlar and Honey Church, above the Thai Mango Restaurant.

More Films are on being added as well as special musical guests… and please check our website www.NewSmyrnaBeachSurfFilmFest.com as well as the Museums websitewww.NSBMuseumofEastCoastSurfing.com.

Subject: silent auction items for NSB Museum of East Coast Surfing Benefit march 22, 23

Dear friends, supporters, As you may have heard, we in New Smyrna Beach are being one of the first Cities in Florida and all of the East Coast with a Museum dedicated to Surfing. There are many groups that are also trying, but we are actually opening, with the kind generousity of the Thai Mango Restaurant, a temporary location for our Museum at 424 Canal St.(above the Thai Mango)  We are asking for some support of the community for our silent auction to be held at the New Smyrna Beach Surf Film Fest, march 22, 23 2014 at the Women’s Club Magnolia st. NSB 32168.

If you have any items you believe would help us raise funds please donate to us for our silent auction. Including gift certificates to your business, surfboards, posters, etc. We so deeply thank you in advance for your generousity in bringing this Museum to fruition as we move on to preserving our culture for future generations to view and appreciate.www.NSBMuseumofEastCoastSurfing.com 501(3)c applied for

www.NewSmyrnaBeachSurfFilmFest.com

Joel Paige, Producer of New Smyrna Beach Surf Film Fest


Valentine’s Day 1.2 ton food drive for Edgewater food pantry

New Smyrna Beach, FL – The members of the Rotary Club of New Smyrna Beach along with many in the community prepared 67 food boxes each weighing an average of 35 pounds to feed hungry children on Valentine’s Day. The boxes were collected at the New Smyrna Yacht Club and transported by the New Smyrna Beach Fire Department to the Gifts of Love Coalition Food Pantry in Edgewater.

The food pantry is one of five organizations serving the Southeast Volusia community and will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on April 1, 2014.

The project known as Rotary Has Heart used Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2014) as the target date for the drive. Rotarians brought the food boxes to its regular luncheon meeting at the New Smyrna Yacht Club from where they were transported to the Gifts of Love Community Coalition.

The New Smyrna Beach Fire Department transported the food boxes to the food pantry located at the Elks Club on Park Avenue in Edgewater employing a non-service fire truck which is used for civic events around the community.

John Thompson, member of the Rotary club and long time resident of Southeast Volusia who spearheaded the project stated “the pantry feeds upwards of 180 families each week and our club’s donation today will be helping more than 60 families.” He continued, “I am proud of our members because they put their heart into this food drive to make a difference for those who could go hungry this Valentine’s Day.”

Rotary club president Tammy Owens along with John Thompson presented the food boxes to representatives of the Gifts of Love Coalition at a ceremony during the luncheon meeting.


Downtown Music Fest

Canal Street Historic District Association and Marc Monteson Promotions present

DOWNTOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL

New Smyrna Beach Historic District

Saturday March 2, 2013

In conjunction with 1st Saturday
Art Stroll and Gallery Walk

SPONSOR LEVELS

GOLD $ 500 OR MORE

  1. Presenter for one concert
  2. Your banner at one location
  3. Two tickets to separate Big Band Show Sunday
  4. Commemorative gift (framed poster)
  5. logo on posters and web page, listing on flyers
  6. free booth space for sponsor

 

SILVER $ 250

  1. Listing as sponsor for one concert.
  2. One suitable for framing poster
  3. Listing on web page and flyers

 

BRONZE $ 125

  1. Listing on web page and flyers

DONATIONS $ 100 and under, no listing

 

For more information: Marc Monteson Promotions marcmonte5@aol.com 386.423.9760 Reserve by January 31, checks due by February 15, payable CSHD. PO Box 641, New Smyrna Beach, Fl. 32170-0641


LOCAL SCHOOL TO HOLD ANNUAL BENEFIT AUCTION

New Smyrna Beach, FL – Sacred Heart Catholic School is busy preparing for its annual fundraiser dinner auction.  The event is being held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach.  It is open to the public and attendees will be treated to a delicious meal and great music.  All proceeds from the auction will be used to help support need-based scholarships, technology enhancements, and the overall school’s building fund.  

On September 10, 1961, Sacred Heart Catholic School opened its doors to its first 88 students.  Today, there are more than 200 students attending the school and receive high-quality religious and academic education. 
Sacred Heart Catholic School is currently soliciting corporate sponsorships for the event.  If you would like to contribute or attend the auction, please contact Luz Rodriguez, Auction Chair at 386-689-0573 or Sacred Heart School at (386) 428-4732.


Spring Sidewalk Sale

Flagler Avenue will host its annual Spring Sidewalk Sale from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, March 15, along Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach.

Stroll along the seaside district and peruse sales outside the shops.

For more information, please log on to www.flaglerave.comor call 386.427.2256.


NSB prepares to ‘chart its course

It’s all hands on deck for the next few months in New Smyrna Beach. As the city embarks on a quest to develop a 25-year vision, community members are needed to help to develop the plan to sail into the future. Dubbed “Charting our Course: NSB 2039,” a key component of the initiative includes using public input as a rudder to steer the planning process.

“The City stays quite busy dealing with projects and day-to-day operations,” said New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer. “We need to plan ahead – far ahead – to position ourselves for opportunities to come. To have a successful and well rounded approach to our future, we need a wide-range of public input.” 

The City will launch its initiative from 8:30 a.m. – noon, Saturday, February 1, at the Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach.

“During the first public meeting, citizens will be asked to rank and provide input on future city-wide priorities and identify issues of broad concern,” said Pam Brangaccio, New Smyrna Beach city manager. Residents also will help to prepare the community for opportunities and challenges that may occur in the next 25 years.

To ensure all residents of the City have a voice, City staff will hit the streets beginning this month to survey citizens on their priorities, Brangaccio added. The first survey will be conducted at the Home Show and Business Expo January 18 along Canal Street. Staff also will survey attendees at the Black Heritage Festival February 7-9 in Pettis Park. Additional survey opportunities are being scheduled.

Once survey response trends have been identified, topics will be narrowed for a more focused discussion from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, March 22, at the Brannon Center. Rebecca Ryan, nationally-renowned futurist will lead the forum and subject matter experts will work with break out groups to draft a course for the City.

“We’re starting with a handful of major community issues ranging from financial strategy to environmental protection to economic development, to name a few,” Brangaccio said. “The community will help us to trim and prioritize the list.”

The visioning plan will be drafted using survey and public input following the March 22 meeting. The community’s suggested course will be presented at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, April 12, at the Brannon Center.  City Commission workshops to discuss the next steps could follow in May, Brangaccio said.

For more information on the City’s visioning initiative, please contact the New Smyrna Beach Planning Department at (386) 424-2132 or planning@cityofnsb.com.  


MARINE DISCOVERY CENTER OPEN HOUSE

WHEN: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1st. 12-3 PM
A day to celebrate Florida’s coastal ecosystems with family and friends.

This is an opportunity for the Marine Discovery Center to give back to the
community which helps support it throughout the year. There will be free
activities for kids and adults.

• Walk through our 50 foot inflatable whale!
• Kids Arts, Crafts & Face Painting
• Get your picture with our Mermaid!
• Live Raptors – hawks and owls
• Marine Touch Tanks
• Free Kayak Clinic
• Archery
• Win a Boat Trip!
• Free Stuff

WHERE: 520 BARRACUDA BLVD. NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL 32169

COST: No charge – Open to the public

CONTACT: mark@marinediscoverycenter.org or call the Welcome Desk for more
information at 386-428-4828


News release: Annual Indian River Open golf tourney January 31-February 2

New Smyrna Beach’s longest-running sport tournament will begin at the end of January. The annual Indian River Open (IRO) will be January 31-February 2 at the New Smyrna Golf Club, 1000 Wayne Ave., New Smyrna Beach.

As many as 140 professional golfers are expected to play February 1-2, according to Gary Wintz, New Smyrna Beach golf pro.

Registration is open for pros and amateurs who will team for the January 31 round. Teams will include one professional and three amateurs. Ready-made teams are welcome. The pro shop will pair individual golfers as needed, Wintz said. The cost is $35 for members and $45 for non-members and includes greens fees and a cart.

The fan-friendly IRO is the second oldest event on the North Florida Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour. All events are free for spectators. Bleachers will be on the first tee and 18th green.

During the tourney, the course will be closed to outside play. However, the pro shop, driving range and restaurant will remain open for normal operations.

For more information, please call the New Smyrna Golf Club pro shop at 386.424.2190.


Marine Discovery Center Starts Oyster Project

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 24, 2014 - The Marine Discovery Center (MDC) kicked off its “Shuck and Share” oyster-recycling project earlier this month. The 2014 project will recycle oyster shells from area restaurants, which will be used to help restore impacted oyster habitats on the Indian River Lagoon (IRL).

With a pickup truck donated by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, as well as grant monies awarded by the St. John’s River Water Management District and the National Estuary Program, the nonprofit center launched the new oyster-recycling project in early January. The project’s initial goal will be to construct 500 oyster mats and 2,500 oyster bags by September 30.

“The Marine Discovery Center is excited to restart our efforts restoring oyster habitats and shorelines,” said Chad Truxall, executive director at the MDC. “We want to become the local resource for community-based shoreline restoration programs.”

To help start the oyster restoration project, Al Smith Productions of Daytona Beach, Fla., awarded the center $6,000 from Halifax Oyster Festival proceeds, while a grant award allotted additional funding to restart the program. The MDC ran a program that was initially launched in 2007 and funded by grants through 2012.

“This initiative is important because we are currently seeing negative impacts and eco-system disruptions throughout the Indian River Lagoon,” added Truxall. “Some of this is due to loss of habitat, so a big part of our mission is to restore shoreline habitat.”

The project will work to restore Eastern Oyster habitats by recycling oyster shells collected from Volusia County businesses. Area restaurants, including JB’s Fish Camp, Off the Hook, PJ’s Sea Shack, McKenna’s Place, Brigadoon Fish Camp, Hidden Treasure (Rose Bay and Ponce Inlet), and the First Turn, will collect discarded shells from diners. The Halifax Oyster Festival also contributed shells from oysters that were consumed during the 2013 festival.

In addition, Waste Pro is donating to the project and has committed to provide collection bins for the restaurants to store the shells. Waste Pro also plans to help transport the shells from restaurants to the MDC.

“We are extremely grateful to have Waste Pro as a partner on the project,” said Annie Morgan, program coordinator. “They will provide much-needed logistical support.”

With volunteer labor, the center will oversee using the discarded oyster shells to construct artificial reefs. Embryonic oysters in the lagoon attach to the constructed reefs to create new colonies of oysters, replacing lost habitation.

Oyster mats and bags also help stabilize sediment in the lagoon. Once constructed, both will be deployed to strategic locations in the IRL with the assistance of volunteers, where artificial reefs will help restore the shoreline habitat.

A similar program in Ponte Vedra (Fla.) collected more than 126,000 pounds of oyster shells locally and from area restaurants since May 2012. Oyster mats and bags made from those recycled shells were used to restore 1,075 feet of shoreline within the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve.

The Marine Discovery Center will host open oyster mat-making sessions on the first and third Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., enabling both individuals and groups to participate in a community effort to restore shorelines in Volusia County and surrounding areas.

For more information, visit www.marinediscoverycenter.org


The Little Theatre presents “Steel Magnolias”

“Steel Magnolias” will be presented by the Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach January 10 through the 19, 2014. Written by Robert Harling, this classic story of friendship and trust serves up a southern view of life that’s as warm and comforting as a slice of sweet potato pie. The title suggests the “female characters are as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel.”

Annelle Dupuy-Desoto (Kara Riley), a recent beauty school graduate, is hired by Truvy Jones (Jeanna Carley) to work in her home-based beauty salon. M’Lynn Eatenton ( Karin Jenkins), a good friend of Truvy’s, and her daughter, Shelby (Krystina Hatcher), arrive at Truvy’s to prepare
for Shelby’s wedding, which is taking place later that day.
Also arriving at the salon are Ouiser Boudreaux (Barbara O’Connell), a grouchy, two-time widow (who claims that she is not crazy, she’s just been in a very bad mood for 40 years), and Clairee Belcher (Karen Poulsen), also a widow, who is cheerful and enjoys taking cracks at Ouiser whenever possible. From weddings to divorces, babies to funerals, new beginnings and happy endings, they share moments in their lives with grace, grit and perfectly coiffed hair. When tragedy strikes, it is in the comfort of the salon where they seek the consolation and support that carries them through.
The production is directed by Janie Hale, with Malissa McDonald as assistant director/production manager, Paula Montcalm as stage manager and Jack Hale as assistant stage manager. Shows are presented on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.
For ticket information, call the Little Theatre box office at 386-423-1246 or visit nsbplayers.org. The box office is open 1-4 p.m. weekdays and two hours before each performance. The theater is at 726 Third Ave., New Smyrna Beach. For more information visit http://www.nsbplayers.org.