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CRA grants applications accepted through noon, November 18

 With the final year of the City’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) underway, the New Smyrna Beach CRA has funds available in three grant programs. Applications are online at .           

The deadline for applications is noon, November 18. Completed applications should be delivered before the deadline to the CRA office, Old Fort Park, 210 Sams Ave., New Smyrna Beach.

Applications now are being accepted for the Combined Grant Program, Residential Improvement Grant Program, and Small Scale Improvement Program.

Eligible projects must be within the CRA. A map of the New Smyrna Beach CRA district is online at .

For more information, please contact New Smyrna Beach CRA/Economic Development Director Tony Otte at 386.424.2265 or

Hangar Hootenanny November 8 to benefit NSB Police Athletic League

Sounds of contemporary country music and southern rock will fill a hangar at the New Smyrna Beach Airport next month.  The New Smyrna Beach Police Athletic League (PAL) will host Hangar Hootenanny 2014 – a country-themed fundraiser – from 6-10 p.m., Saturday, November 8, in an American Aero Services hangar at the intersection of Airway Circle and United Drive, New Smyrna Beach.

The popular band, Saloonatix, will return to play at the 2nd annual event.  The event includes dancing, electronic bull rides, a silent and live auction, barbecue and drinks. Tickets are $50 each or two for $75 and are available at the New Smyrna Beach Police Department, 246 Industrial Park Drive, and online at

The event is presented by Sharon M. Adams and Daytona Toyota. Event proceeds will benefit New Smyrna Beach PAL youth programs. New Smyrna Beach PAL is a 501(c)3 organization that involves youth in athletic, after-school, mentoring, self-esteem building and leadership programs. Youth from Oak Hill, Samsula, Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach participate in programs. Students range in age from 7-17.

NSB Multi-use Trail to open Oct. 28; Ribbon cutting Nov. 21

The City of New Smyrna Beach will open a multi-use trail October 28. The more than two-mile trail was constructed in an existing utility corridor between West Pine Avenue and Sugar Mill Drive.

            Walkers, runners and riders soon will have a new path to blaze in New Smyrna Beach. The City’s Pedestrian Trail is scheduled to open for use October 28.
The trail spans 2.2 miles from West Pine Avenue just north of S.R. 44 off Mission Road to Sugar Mill Drive. The 12-foot-wide, multi-use trail has been constructed in an existing utility corridor, according the New Smyrna Beach Engineer Kyle Fegley.  The eastern trail head is on West Pine Avenue between Jungle Road and Pioneer Trail. The western end is next to Geiger-Glencoe Cemetery on Sugar Mill Drive. Parking is available at both ends. Along the trail, users cross a 125-foot bridge over Turnbull Creek with intermittent benches and trash receptacles.

“This trail runs from the Sugar Mill area to the edge of the city’s downtown area,” Fegley said. “This is just the first segment of the City’s trail plans. More segments will be added to create a longer trail that eventually will reach from I-95 to the City’s downtown and also connect with the Cross Volusia Trail,” Fegley said. “It is an easy walk, run or bike to Canal Street then over the North Causeway to Flagler Avenue.”

Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trail, Fegley added.       

             Construction on the $1.8-million project began March 5 and is funded jointly by the Volusia ECHO Program, the Florida Department of Transportation-Transportation and Planning Organization, and the City of New Smyrna Beach. 

            An official ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for 9:30 a.m., November 21, at the eastern trailhead on West Pine Avenue.


The local chapter of P.E.O. (which supports women’s’ education in a variety of ways, such as scholarships, grants, and loans) is hosting our annual fund raiser.

It is a unique event with FREE ADMISSION and will be held at the Brannon Center on November 1st from 10:00 – 4:00.

Public reception for Mayor Barringer October 28

 Just before his final meeting as New Smyrna Beach Mayor, Adam Barringer will be honored at a public reception from 5-6:15 p.m., Tuesday, October 28, at the Chamber of Commerce, 115 Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach.

            The public is invited to attend this free event.

            “The Mayor has placed the City as the top ‘go-to’ location in Volusia County,” said New Smyrna Beach City Manager Pam Brangaccio.  “We have weathered difficult budget times while accomplishing many goals as a team. He leaves the dais with a lot to be proud of in terms of New Smyrna Beach in 2014.”

            Barringer will preside over his final City Commission meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. in City Commission Chambers at New Smyrna Beach City Hall, 210 Sam Avenue.

            Like many municipalities, the City has weathered the economic storm and continues to be a leader in the recovery, Brangaccio added. Barringer helped to direct progress in commercial and economic development and nearly 30 capital improvement projects.

 A New Smyrna Beach High School graduate, Barringer has served as mayor since 2009. He has represented New Smyrna Beach as a member of the Volusia Council of Governments and is an active participant of the Volusia and Florida leagues of cities.

            He holds a masters of business administration degree in entrepreneurial ventures and a doctor of philosophy degree in leadership of organizations.

            New Smyrna Beach residents will elect a new mayor November 4 with the swearing in at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 11.  

            For more information, please contact the New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department at 386.424.21

NSB Sand Art Festival set for Oct 25th

The New Smyrna Beach Sand Art Festival will take place Oct 25th beachside at the Flagler Avenue Beach Approach. Registration opens at 8:00am and the contest begins at 9:00am. The festival also features a Halloween at the Beach theme, with amateur competitors creating their own sand sculptures in 10’ X 10’ plots of cordoned beach. The contest allows friends and family alike to compete in a friendly environment using everyone’s favorite building material- sand! Prizes will be awarded for individual child, young adult, adult, and team categories, judged by both professionals and local celebrity judges.
Sand art professionals will create magnificent sculptures for the viewing of the public, showing off one of our area’s most valued natural resources! Internationally known master sand artist Rich Varano will be on hand to give advice and to create the festival’s centerpiece sculpture.
Attendees not competing in the contest can admire the works of art and even vote for their favorite. There is a “People’s Choice Award” for the public to pick the most popular sculpture on the beach. Each person will have one vote and they can cast their ballot at the event booth from 11:00am until 2:00pm. The winner will be announced around 2:30pm along with the rest of the categories.
Parking is plentiful in the area and the festival is completely free to the public. Event organizers anticipate spaces for the contest to fill up quickly so early registration is highly recommended. Spaces can be reserved by filling out the application on and sending it to 126 W. International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114.
Smyrna Beach Sand Art Festival is part of Fall Beach Weeks in the New Smyrna Beach area – 40 days of festivals in eight weeks from Sept 26th through Nov 29th. The New Smyrna Beach Sand Art Festival is presented by New Smyrna Chevrolet and sponsored by Riverside Clinical Research, Sultans of Sand Worldwide, Fun 4 Daytona Kids, and the New Smyrna Beach Visitor’s Center. For more festival information and special Beach Weeks/Sand Art Festival accommodations call the New Smyrna Beach Visitors Center at 1-800-541-9621. Those with a smart phone can text “beachweeks” to 71441 to receive more event information and a full Beach Weeks schedule.


While there are so many things to be taken care of when a loved one dies, dealing with their digital assets is something most do not plan for. What happens to your digital assets, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, cloud databases, email, and online financial accounts? These accounts contain much information but cannot be accessed without user IDs and passwords and legally should only be accessed by the original user of the account. Family and friends are breaking the law if they access these accounts even just to save family photos or emails. Worse yet, some with ID and password information can compromise accounts or post inappropriate information to social media.

Senator Dorothy L. Hukill (R-Port Orange) is filing legislation for the 2015 Legislative Session that will address these issues by providing access and control of these digital assets to the personal representative of the estate. The personal representative can then obtain information necessary to handle the deceased’s final affairs.  Furthermore, the legislation will provide similar authority for a trustee, guardian or agent.

Account administrators are now often faced with competing requests for access while attempting to develop oftentimes competing policies to protect the deceased’s digital assets. While some of these accounts might be of actual monetary value such as online investments or bank accounts, there are other accounts that hold items of priceless value as family photos. Being able to access these irreplaceable digital assets is important to the loved ones left behind.

“As we become more dependent on technology in our lives from social media to paying our bills online, it is important to consider who will be able to access these accounts,” said Senator Hukill,  “this is an increasingly important aspect of estate planning.”

40th annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest in the LOOP October 31

Friendly ghosts and goblins will saunter alongside pumpkins and princesses during the 40th annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest in the NSB Waterfront LOOP. The parade will beginat 4 p.m., Friday, October 31, at the intersection of Orange and Canal streets, New Smyrna Beach. Participants are encouraged to be in place by 3:45 p.m.  The procession will continue four blocks tothe historic Chamber of Commerce building.

A costume contest immediately will follow the parade. Judging numbers will be distributed as each contestant enters the stage.

Only original costumes are eligible for judging. Prizes will be awarded in six groups: Age four and under, 5 - 7 years old, 8 - 11 years old, 12 - 17 years old, 18 and over. A group costume prize also will be awarded. First through fourth place and best recycled costume prizes may be won in all groups.

Trick or treaters also are encouraged to visit participating merchants on the historic street.

The event is free. For more information, please call New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department at 386.424.2175.

3rd annual Economic Development Summit November 1

        Sources of capital funding for new or expanding businesses will be the featured topic next month at the 3rd annual Economic Development Summit hosted by the City of New Smyrna Beach. The summit will be from 8:30 a.m. – noon, Saturday, November 1, at the Coronado Civic Center, 223 Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach.

            The summit is free and open to the public.

“Now that the economy has begun to pick up, a lot of businesses are looking to grow,” said Tony Otte, City economic development director. “To do that, they need capital. There are a variety of potential funding sources that can help new or existing businesses.”

The Florida Department of Financial Services has reported that the top three issues small businesses face are access to capital, development and expansion of markets/revenues, and access to business intelligence and advisors. The Economic Development Summit will address two of those needs, Otte said.

 The featured speaker is Van Canada of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Daytona State College.  Canada will discuss sources of capital for small businesses. Prior to joining the SBDC, Van was a senior market executive in commercial banking for more than 35 years, mostly in Volusia County.

In addition, representatives of small business resource agencies serving Volusia County will introduce themselves and their agencies to attendees, Otte added.  Agencies include the SBDC, SCORE, Career Source Flagler/Volusia, and the CEO Business Alliance.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is encouraged. To register or for more information, please contact Tony Otte at 386.424.2265 or

Night at the Museum – New Smyrna Beach

On Friday, October 24, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:30 the New Smyrna Museum of History will be turned into a fun haven known as Margaritaville!

Join in the festivities with food provided by South of the Mouth Café and Sweet Boutique. Drinks will be provided by New Smyrna Beach Brewing Company, Clancy’s Cantina and SoNapa Grille. Entertainment will be by Dr. Cyndi Frasier and a special appearance by a Jimmy Buffett impersonator. Be sure to limber up and join in the limbo competition! Also, be sure to participate in our live auction. There are some great items that will be available to the highest bidder.

Tickets are $30 and available from any Board member or at the front desk of the museum. Walk ups are also welcome.

Thanks are sent to our main sponsor for this event Robert Alonzo from Edward Jones Financial.

New Smyrna Museum of History
120 Sams Avenue
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

Meet the Candidates at Chamber Hob Nob

2014 HOB NOB

Meet Your Candidates – Know the Issues!

Non-partisan event with candidates for local, county and state offices.

Thursday, October 23rd, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Brannon Center,

105 S Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach.

Questions for candidates can be submitted to the Chamber of Commerce prior to October 15th by email to

Sponsored by Bright House Networks, The Daytona Beach News Journal, New Smyrna Beach Board of Realtors, Hometown News and Rice & Rose Law Firm.

For more information call: 386-428-2449.

NSB DANCE CLUB – Announcing The “Kick Off” of our New Home!

GOOD NEWS! Announcing The “Kick Off” of our New Home!
Location: Coronado Civic Center on Flagler Ave.
Date: November 15, 2014
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 PM
All are WELCOME Couples, Singles, Anyone who loves to dance!
Club Members: FREE Guests $10.00
Line Dance Class every Wednesday at 6:30 by Audie and Sandie Ruscoe.
Practice what you learn and meet great friends.
Call Jo Ann Forman 352-430-5101 for more information!

Medical marijuana zoning to be discussed during mock City Commission meeting Oct. 23

High school students to conduct mock City Commission meeting
October 23, New Smyrna Beach

When the gavel bangsThursday morning, it will start an hour-long mock City Commission meeting. A row of social studies students from New Smyrna Beach High School will fill the dais. Onlyone issue is on the agenda and is expected to spark lively discussion – possible zoning regulations for the distribution of medical marijuana if Resolution 2 passes in November.

The mock meeting will begin at 1 p.m., October 23, in City Commission Chambers, 210 Sams Avenue, New Smyrna Beach.

The public is encouraged to attend to add realism to the exercise.

The mock meeting is held in celebration of Government Week, sponsored by the Florida League of Cities.

Citizens For Smart Growth – Hear Candidates Positionns on Issues









14th Annual New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival

The 14th Annual New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival September 26th-28th was a success thanks to good weather. With rain and flooding all around us, venues for the event were crowded with jazz fans all weekend.
The kick-off party at Clancy’s Cantina was well attended as ticket holders were treated to a delicious buffet and great jazz from the Ray “Poster Boy” Guiser Quartet.
Jazz could be heard all day Saturday up and down Flagler Avenue plus events in the downtown Canal Street Historic District. The scene shifted to 3rd Avenue and the North Causeway on Sunday with six more shows.
Thanks to the 70 sponsors both businesses and individuals, venue sponsors and host hotels. Special thanks to the Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority. Plans are underway for the 15th Annual event to be held September 25th to the 27th, 2015.
Jazz merchandise is still available at the Wicker Basket Boutique, 401 Flagler Avenue featuring posters and t-shirts designed by local artist Pamela Ramey Tatum.

Click Here to View the Jazz Festival Photo Gallery

“Capture the Magic” – Volusia County Fair & Youth Show – November 6-16

“Capture the Magic” and be a kid again at The 2014 Volusia County Fair & Youth Show. The Fair opens for the 70th year on November 6 and runs through Sunday November 16.
November 6th, opening night, features FREE admission for everyone thanks to Duke Energy and Bright House Networks. The Volusia County Fair & Youth Show has an opening night Ceremony inside the Tommy Lawrence Arena at 7PM and then at 7:30pm it’s the Annual Miss Volusia County Fair Competition.
The Volusia County Fair headline entertainment this year is young Country’s Parmalee (“Carolina” and their follow up “Close Your Eyes”) on Saturday, November 8th at 8pm. On Senior’s Day Tuesday, November 11th it’s the Rockin’ 60’s Party Tour featuring Paul Revere’s Raiders and Mitch Ryder with shows at 4 & 7pm. Saturday, November 15th Cole Swindell (“Chillin’ It” & his current Hit ”Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” ) is in Concert at 8pm. ALL headline entertainment is FREE with paid Fair gate admission and is inside the Tommy Lawrence Arena.
Tuesday, November 11th Veteran’s Day is sponsored by Florida Public Utilities featuring the singing of our National Anthem at 5pm with a fly over of vintage aircraft and the Gaggle group out of Spruce Creek. All Military with ID are admitted FREE on this day.
The Entertainment continues all day with the Dennis Lee Band and Josh Knotts & Extreme Illusions on the DG Meyer/Volusia Recycles Circle Stage. James Dean with Spotlight Productions will be emceeing, DJ and Karaoke on this stage. Gascar (racing exotic animals), Sea Lion Splash Show, Kids can fish too, Florida Dairy Farmer’s Association’s Ag Village, Ag Venture Land and Goat Mountain are all in the area of the Fairgrounds across from the Townsend Livestock Pavilion. There is the Great American petting Zoo, Kandu Magic Show, Sally Ann (America’s Darlin’), Rust & Flames Blacksmith Shop, Model Railroad Display, Jessie the Fair Pig Mascot (get your picture taken with Jessie).

Advance ride and gate admission tickets are available at participating Walgreens through Friday, November 7. Advance unlimited ride bracelets are only $15 and good any day except Tuesday, November 11 which is $1/ride day. Advance gate tickets are $4 for children ages 6-12 and $8 for adults 13+. Locations of participating Walgreens can be found on our web site at the top of the home page by clicking on Tickets and Deals.
Admission to the Fair is $10 for Adults ages 13 and older, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 and Children 5 and under are FREE with paying adult. Seniors age 55 and over get in on Senior’s Day Tuesday November 11th for only $8.00 sponsored by Aging Tree.
Our Concessionaires are offering discount coupons that have their booth numbers on them which makes it much easier for our guests to locate the concession stands offering the discounts. The coupons are also available on line at under Fair Partners where the drop down menu shows Special Discount Offers.
We have stream lined the admission Gate lines and Ride Bracelet lines this year for anyone holding the Walgreens Advance Gate and/or Ride Tickets so that they will not have to wait in long lines.
Deggeller Attractions will be bringing in new and exciting rides again this year.
If you enjoy history visit the Old Plantation, Antique Tractors (Antique Tractor Parade is on each Saturday and Sunday at 3:45 PM) and the Old Gas Station as well as the Rust and Flames Blacksmith.
Livestock shows each night in the barn. The Livestock Market Auction with Steer, Swine and Lambs is on Thursday, November 13 and starts at 6:00PM inside the Townsend Livestock Pavilion.
This year we move small animals (Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Poultry & Fowl) to the Talton Exhibit Hall as the Small Animal Barn. We also now have a brand new Horticulture Hall which is adjacent to the Talton Exhibit Hall. We lost the original Hort Hall during a tornado in 2007.
The Volusia County Fair gave away $12,000 in Scholarships last year and is taking applications through Oct 7 for the 2014 Scholarships. The Volusia County Fair also supports Second Harvest each year by having a food donation day (Monday, November 10, bring in three cans of food and get into the Fair for ½ price.) The Fair supports the local FFA and 4H Chapters each year by helping them go to National Competitions.
The economic impact of the Volusia County Fair to Volusia County is estimated to be 8.6 million Dollars. The Volusia County Fair is not affiliated with the County of Volusia, it is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
The Volusia County Fair & Youth Show, founded in 1930, provides a place for youth to learn and show their livestock products; residents of Volusia County are encouraged to participate in art, photography, music, agriculture, horticulture, home and craft projects. The Fair gives students an opportunity to showcase their talents while competing for awards.
“Capture the Magic” and become a kid again at the 70th Edition of the Volusia County Fair & Youth Show, the South’s Greatest County Fair…A Family Affair.

4th Annual San Gennaro Italian Festival

the garlic presents
4th Annual San Gennaro Italian Festival
Sunday October 12, 2014
4-7:30 pm
All You Can Eat Buffet  4:30–6:00 pm
music  5-7:30 by
The Marc Montesano Quartet
special guests
The Dynamic Detroit Duo
Dick Cuchetti and Sid Blair
and the garlic’s own Peter Puzzo
RESERVATIONS  386.424.6660  OR 795.0161
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October happenings in the NSB Waterfront LOOP

Bob Thames Saltwater Soul October 4

Music lovers may enjoy a free concert in Christmas Park from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, October 4, in the Canal Street Historic District’s Christmas Park. Singer/keyboardist Bob Thames will play saltwater soul music. Christmas Park is on the corner of Live Oak and Canal streets in New Smyrna Beach.  Bring a lawn chair. For information on monthly performers, please call Marc Monteson at 386.423.9760.

 Taste of New Smyrna Beach October 4

Restaurants from around New Smyrna Beach will take over the Canal Street Historic District Saturday, October 4, as part of the Taste of New Smyrna Beach.  Along with live music, restaurants will offer sample plates from 4-8 p.m. along Canal Street.  Samples prices range from $5-10. For more information, please call Mark Parkinson at 386.409.7881.

 1st Saturday Art Stroll/Gallery Walk October 4

Stroll the Canal Street Historic District Saturday, October 4, during the monthly 1st Saturday Art Stroll and Gallery Walk in the NSB Waterfront LOOP. On the first Saturday of the month, artistic vendors set up along the historic street from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A free concert also is scheduled from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Christmas Park. Galleries feature solo and group exhibitions and artist talks in the Douglas Avenue area of the district from 4-7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please log on to the Canal Street Historic District website at or call Lola Duckworth 386.690.8666.

 25th annual Senior Games through October 9

The 25th annual Senior Games continue through October 9 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at various New Smyrna Beach venues. Activities include shuffleboard, basketball, track and field, card games, bowling and much more. People age 50 and older are encouraged to participate. For more information, please contact the City of New Smyrna Beach Parks and Recreation Department at 386.424.2175.

 5th annual Canaveral Seashore Plein Air Paint Out in the LOOP October 6-11

The 2014 Canaveral Seashore Plein Air Paint Out makes its way to the NSB Waterfront LOOP October 6-11. As part of the annual event, artists paint from dawn to dusk and host demonstrations at various LOOP locations. For a complete schedule of events, please log on to .

 Canal Street Cruise October 11

The Canal Street Cruise will be from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, October 11, along historic Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach. Sponsored by the East Coast Cruisers, the family-friendly classic car show offers food and entertainment in a historic setting. For more information, please call Pat Teehan at 386.547.7319.

 Project Pink October 17 – 19

The 3rd annual Project Pink runs October 17-19 and includes a Bra’s for Ta-Tas Breast Cancer fundraiser and silent auction. Two additional events on Saturday, October 19, include a Chili Cook-Off with proceeds benefitting breast cancer charities and a Craft Beer Festival offering a taste of more than 100 craft beers. Tickets for both events are $10. For more information, please visit . 

 ‘Island Education’ on Audubon birding October 22

 The New Smyrna Beach Island Education series continues October 22 with a class on Audubon birding. The class begins at 9 a.m. at Esther Street Beachfront Park, one block north of Flagler Avenue. The one-hour class is part of a free educational series on the City’s barrier island.  Classes run through November 19 and are open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, please call 386.424.2175 or log on

 5th annual Night at the Museum October 24

The 5th annual Night at the Museum is from 6:30-8:30 p.m, Friday, October 24, at the New Smyrna Museum of History, 120 Sams Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Tickets are $30 and include food, beverage, live auction and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the New Smyrna Museum of History. For more information, please call 386.478.0052.

 Art Walk on Flagler October 25

Artists will be on Flagler Avenue from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, October 25.   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 October 25

Explore interesting wines as you walk Flagler Avenue from 1-7 p.m., Saturday, October 25.  During the progressive event, taste your choice of more than 100 showcased wines. Wine tasting passports are $25 and are available at the corner of Flagler Avenue and Peninsula Avenue, at the corner of 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 .

 Under the Sea Mermaid Costume Contest October 25

Mermaids age 15 and under will school by the ocean from 4-6 p.m., October 25, for the Under the Sea Mermaid Costume Contest. Judging starts at 4:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Flagler Avenue. Prizes will be awarded for best youth, individual, and homemade costumes and for best mermaid tail. The contest is free. Judging begins at 4:30 p.m. For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department at (386) 424-2175.

 Smyrna Surfari Spooktacular Paddle Battle October 25-26

Costume-clad surfers will ride the LOOP’s waves Halloween weekend during the Smyrna Surfari Spooktacular Paddle Battle. The event is October 25-26 on the beach near the Flagler Avenue beach approach, New Smyrna Beach.  There is no entry fee for costumed surfers.  Winners receive $100 and are judged on their costumes and must ride at least one wave during the heat. For more information, please log on to .

 ‘Island Education’ plant identification October 29

Plant identification and selection will be covered during the October 29 Island Education class. The class begins at 9 a.m. at Esther Street Beachfront Park, one block north of Flagler Avenue. The one-hour class is part of a free educational series on the City’s barrier island.  Classes run through November 19 and are open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, please call 386.424.2175 or log on

 History Mystery Tour October 30

History Mystery Tours are returning to New Smyrna Beach.  Tours begin at 6 p.m., Thursday, October 30, at the New Smyrna Museum of History, 120 Sams Avenue, in the NSB Waterfront LOOPHear stories from famous New Smyrnians of the past and other ghostly stories as you stroll the Canal Street Historic District of New Smyrna Beach. One-hour tours are $8 per person. For more information, please call the Museum at 386.478.0052.

 40th annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest October 31

The 40th Annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest begins at 4 p.m., Friday, October 31, on Canal Street just east of U.S. 1 and will proceed east on Canal Street to the Chamber of Commerce parking lot.  The costume contest for children and adults begins immediately following the parade. Only homemade costumes will be judged.  No pre-registration is required.  For more information, please call the City of New Smyrna Beach at 386.424.2175.

 7th annual New Smyrna-Ween Creepy Crawl October 31

Pretend ghouls and goblins will head to Flagler Avenue for the biggest creepy bash in the LOOP. The 7th annual New Smyna-Ween Creepy Crawl will be from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m., Friday, October 31, and will include more than 10 adult costume contests with prizes and specials.  For more information, please visit .

31st annual Ed Root Memorial 10K/5K Run December 6

The annual 31st annual Ed Root Memorial 5K/10K Run will be Saturday, December 6, in the NSB Waterfront LOOP. Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. at Coronado Civic Center, 223 Flagler Avenue, at the corner of Pine Street and Flagler Avenue. The race begins at 8 a.m.

The 10k is a scenic route that takes runners across the Inlet Dunes boardwalk and the residential streets of the north beach. Each year, more than 300 people participate in the holiday race, according to Liz Yancey, New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events manager.

The race is a charter member of the Daytona Area Grand Prix. Race-day registration is $40 for the 10k and $30 for the 5k. Pre-registration closes at 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 3.

Online registration is available at .

For more information, please contact the New Smyrna Beach Recreation Office, 1000 Live Oak Street, 386.424.2175, or log on to

New Girls’ Night Out Events to be Held in Port Orange

September 15, 2014 – Grab your girlfriends and head to Girls’ Night Out Volusia. The first event takes place Thursday, October 2, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Port Orange VFW located at 5830 S. Williamson Boulevard. Registration is $15 and covers all activities, food and entertainment.

Girls’ Night Out Volusia is a little bit of everything women love: sharing good times with friends, meeting new friends, sampling delicious food, participating in fun activities, enjoying unique entertainment and shopping. And it’s all under one roof in a night set aside just for women!

“Girls’ Night Out Volusia offers the opportunity for women to have a night each month to focus on fun and friends. The events will also include a vendor boutique where women can shop for unique items and services,” said Kimberly Yaney, Media Strategist/CEO of Klein-Yaney Media. “Whether women just want some ‘me time’ or want to network in a comfortable environment, these events will help to build new relationships,” Yaney said.

Yaney is co-creator of the event series along with Janet Shira. The two women met when Shira was the city of Edgewater’s economic development coordinator. Yaney’s business is located in Edgewater and is also part of the UCF Business Incubator located at the Daytona airport. Shira left her city position in July and she and her husband are currently preparing to launch a new Intracoastal Waterway boutique cruising business called Real Florida Adventures. It will be operated out of the Halifax Harbor Marina in Daytona.

“Being relatively new to the area, I am looking forward to meeting new friends through Girls’ Night Out,” Shira commented. “I hope these events will strengthen relationships and build new ones. It will be an enjoyable, relaxed atmosphere. We’ll have lots of activities focusing on health, beauty, family, community and fun,” she said.

The events are sponsored by Bert Fish Medical Center, Michael’s of Port Orange and the Buddy Davenport State Farm Insurance Agency. Girls’ Night Out Volusia will take place the first Thursday of the month. For more information or to register to attend, visit