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Apr 18 Fri
Pontoon Boat Cruise: The Backwaters of Mosquito Lagoon @ Canaveral Visitor Center
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

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Take a leisurely cruise to the places that lend character to this vital estuary.

We’ll see lots of wildlife and enjoy some of the same views as river steamer passengers saw in the 19th century.

Our comfortable pontoon boat, Tortuga del Sol, and our licensed captains and experienced mates are trained to provide you with a memorable and safe tour.

Join us as we depart from the Visitor Center, weather permitting.  RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and SPACE IS LIMITED.  A cost recovery fee of $20.00 per person is charged. There is a 50% discount for each holder of Senior or Access passes.  Children 15 and under are free.


PLEASE NOTE: all programs are subject to cancellation and/or rescheduling due to staff limitations, weather conditions, or other factors. Some programs require reservations, a minimum age, or a cost-recovery fee.  Call 386-428-3384 ext. 0 for program information during operating hours (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.),  Entrance fees apply to all interpretive program participants.  All programs meet the requirements for the Canaveral National Seashore Junior Ranger program.


Apr 19 Sat
Free National Park Entrance Days
Apr 19 – Sunday all-day

national park serviceAll national parks will provide free entrance during Easter weekend.  Canaveral National Seashore is included.

Farmers Market @ Old Fort Park and City Hall
7:00 AM – 12:30 PM

farmers marketEach Saturday, vendors take their place in front of Old Fort Park in the Canal Street Historic District. Local farmers offer fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers, plants, juices, dairy, seafood and grass-fed meats.

Organic and pesticide-free produce are available. Quality handcrafted items and baked goods also are offered.

Classic Car Cruise-In @ American Legion Post 285
9:00 AM

american legion classic car cruiseThe 3rd Saturday of every month is a classic car cruise-in at the American Legion Post 285.

$5 breakfast includes

  • scrambled eggs
  • bacon
  • sausage
  • biscuits and sausage gravy
  • home fries with and without onions
  • pancakes and/or cinnamon sticks
  • your choice of any or all with $2.00 Bloody Marys served till noon
  • Beverages also available in the canteen

Door prizes and 50/50 to be drawn around 11:30 a.m.

If you do not have a vehicle to bring you are still welcome to stop in (must show up with a car to get a door prize ticket).

Junior Ranger Day @ Canveral Visitors Center
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

JrRangerPatch_1By participating in planned programs, children may become a Junior Ranger on completion.

Completing one set of programs and picking up a bag of litter will allow you to complete Canaveral National Seashore’s Junior Ranger Program.

Junior Ranger patch and certificate will be awarded when the assigned activities are completed.

 PLEASE NOTE: all programs are subject to cancellation and/or rescheduling due to staff limitations, weather conditions, or other factors. Some programs require reservations, a minimum age, or a cost-recovery fee.  Call 386-428-3384 ext. 0 for program information during operating hours (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.),  Entrance fees apply to all interpretive program participants.  All programs meet the requirements for the Canaveral National Seashore Junior Ranger program.


Easter Egg Hunt @ Old Fort Park
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 11.38.53 AMChildren may get an early start on their annual search for eggs.

The hunt will be divided into four age groups: 2-3, 4-5, 6-9, 10-12. The event is free.

Children should bring a basket.

Free hot dogs, drinks and activities also will be offered.

The event is hosted by the City of New Smyrna Beach, the Canal Street Special Events Team, and the New Smyrna Lodge No. 149 Free and Accepted Masons of Florida.

Beekeeping for Beginners @ Edgewater Public Library
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Edgewater Public LibraryEdgewater Public Library is partnering with Master Beekeeper Marlin Athearn to offer three educational programs in April and May for those who are just starting out in the hobby of beekeeping.

There is no charge and each class will last about an hour. The course is limited to 75 participants and reservations are required. Please call Edgewater Public Library to reserve a place.

 The first session is Beekeeping for Beginners,” offering general information for new beekeepers. The second class will focus onHoney Bee Biology and Botany,” including what kinds of plants bees prefer. The final session in May is called How to Attract Florida Native Bees to Your Garden.” For this class, Athearn will discuss different types of bees in the state and explain how to provide the right habitat for them.
Athearn is a physical education teacher at River Springs Middle School in Orange City, and also owns South Of The Mouth Dive Services in New Smyrna Beach. He and his wife, Donna, sell honey and related products from Athearn’s own bee hives each Saturday, 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in their booth at the New Smyrna Beach Farmers Market.
Athearn earned the title of Master Beekeeper in March this year after he successfully completed the University of Florida’s Certified Master Beekeeper program at the UF Bee College located at Whitney Laboratory, Marineland. He is one of only 21 people in Florida to gain this beekeeper certification.
The Bee College was organized and created seven years ago by Dr. Jamie Ellis, Director of the University of Florida Honey Bee Extension Laboratory. Course requirements to become certified as a Master Beekeeper include serving for one year as a registered beekeeper with the state, passing a two-hour written exam and successfully completing a two-hour, hands-on practical exam to first become an Apprentice Beekeeper.
Next, Athearn completed another two years as a state-registered beekeeper, earned more public service credits for special events relating to beekeeping, and passed additional testing and practical demonstrations to qualify for the Bee College title of Advanced Beekeeper of The Year. Successfully finishing a higher level of course work earned him the Master Beekeeper certification. Now, Athearn intends to continue working toward earning the Bee College’s top level of certification as a Master Craftsman in Beekeeping.
Open Mic Poetry Festival @ New Smyrna Beach Regional Library
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

new smyrna beach libraryExperience the power of poetry during the sixth annual Open Mic Poetry Festival at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library.

Poets of all styles are invited to perform their original works. Participants must be 18 or older to read. To register to perform, call or sign up at the library’s reference desk.

The festival is hosted by the Poet’s Corner Poetry Workshop and sponsored by the Friends of the Library in recognition of National Poetry Month.

The New Smyrna Beach Regional Library is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Teen Bass @ Babe James Center
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Apr 21 Mon
Open Mic Night w/ Greggy Gregg @ Flagler Tavern
8:00 PM – Tuesday @ 12:00 AM
Apr 22 Tue
Preschool Story Time @ New Smyrna Beach Library
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

new smyrna beach libraryChildren from 18 months to 5 years old can enjoy books, music, flannel board activities and crafts.

Groundbreaking Ceremony @ Dunkin’ Donuts “Green” Construction Site
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

groundbreakingDunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, is breaking ground for its third LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified restaurant. 

To commemorate the event, city officials will participate in a ground breaking ceremony at the construction site complete with hard hats, shovels and a sampling tent with hot and iced coffee and donuts.

The new restaurant is the third green Dunkin’ Donuts in the country – all of which are in Florida – and will be designed and constructed to meet LEED Certification standards. The new restaurant, which will be relocated from the existing Dunkin’ Donuts location in the same shopping center, will feature numerous green attributes including energy efficient LED lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, healthy interior finishes, a rainwater harvesting system and many other features focused on improving the building efficiency, providing a healthy indoor air environment for customers and employees, and reducing its environmental impact.

LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is widely recognized as the standard for “green” construction in the United States. The certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

After School Art Program @ Artists' Workshop
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Colon Health Lecture @ Bert Fish Medical Center Schildecker Lobby
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

bertfishThe public is invited to attend a free educational lecture on colon health.

Gastroenterologist Antonio DeCarli, M.D., will speak and discuss the importance of colonoscopy screening, irritable bowel syndrome and other colon issues.

Refreshments will be served.

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