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Apr 25 Fri
Cast Netting Lesson @ Visitor Center Dock
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

netLearn the skill and grace that goes along with this fun hobby at the Canaveral National Seashore.  If you have a cast net, please feel free to bring it with you (we will provide a few nets).  Bring water and insect repellant.  Meet at the Visitor Center dock.


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.

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.


Port Orange Founder’s Day Ceremony @ Port Orange Historical Trust
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

port orange founders dayThe entire community is invited to attend the annual Founder’s Day Ceremony hosted by the Port Orange Historical Trust and the City of Port Orange.

At the ceremony, the Port Orange Trust will showcase the two original Florida East Coast Train Depot “Port Orange” signs donated several years ago by the Nimmo family.

Port Orange was founded on April 26, 1867 at 12 noon, when the U.S. Postal Service recognized Port Orange as a community.  Dr. John Milton Hawks and other Union Army officers selected this area as their base of operations for their Florida Land & Lumber Company.  Right after the end of the U.S. Civil War, some 1,500 freed slaves came to Port Orange to fulfill their dreams of freedom and a new life.

If you have old photographs and stories about Port Orange and its people, the Trust encourages you to attend.

Children’s Summer Program Fundraiser @ The Home of Patricia James Gray
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Support the Children’s Summer Program @ the Babe James Center. Music provided by Linda Cole. Event will be attended by Mrs. Montez James, widow of Babe James.

Tributes from Coach Reggie Beverly, Mike Williams and others. BabeJames fundraiser

Relay for Life @ Riverside Park
5:00 PM – Saturday @ 8:00 AM

In the fight against cancer, silence is the last thing we need. Your local American Cancer Society Relay For Life event is a great place to take action and make noise. The Relay For Life movement features community and campus events that offer an inspiring opportunity to honor cancer survivors, promote how individuals can reduce their cancer risk, and raise money to help end cancer. Today, with the support of thousands of volunteers, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. And we won’t stop until we finish the fight against cancer!

Click here to register or here to donate.

American Legion Post 286 will post the Colors followed by Gina Cuchetti singing the National Anthem.  Guest speakers will be Steve Harrell, CEO of Bert Fish Medical Center and State Representative Dave Hood.

Cancer survivors will take center stage on Friday, April 25, 2014 when they will be recognized for their personal battle against various cancers during the 14th Annual Southeast Volusia Relay For Life.  As each crosses the stage in Riverside Park in New Smyrna Beach at 6:00 they will receive a medallion provided by local Oncologists, Doctors Gregory Favis and Joyce Battle.  Then all will take the first LAP around the “track” lead by Cancer Survivor Torch Bearer, Terri Pimental.  Survivors and their care-givers will then be treated to a meal, compliments of Settle-Wilder Funeral Home and the Angler’s Yacht Club.

Relay For Life is a n American Cancer Society signature event held annually nationally and internationally with the focus on Cancer Survivors and those who fought the battle bravely.  Luminaries will line the track with the names of many of those individuals.  Forms are available at Bert Fish Oncology Department and will be available at the event where members of Oceanside Woman’s Club will be manning the table and helping with orders.

Following the Survivors’ lap, the fun, games and entertainment continue throughout the night.  Dick Conti will begin the entertainment with lots of “Mardi Gras type music on his trumpet.  Later, Big Tom will take over providing music all night.  Participants will have an opportunity to show off their talent during the talent show.  Lots of games are planned and the themed laps will be Best Mask, Crazy Hat and All That Jazz.  Closing ceremonies begin at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

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Benefit Concert @ St. Gerard's Mission Church
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Latin Dance Night @ The Hub on Canal
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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Salsa and Bachata dance lessons with Kevin Guerra and his dance team. 
Kevin’s dance style is passionate, energetic and fun for everyone.  All ages and ability levels are welcome and no dance partner is required.  $5 per person paid at the door.  No pre-registration required. Refreshments available for donation.
Joel DaSilva & the Midnight Howl @ Om Bar and Chill Lounge
9:00 PM – Saturday @ 1:00 AM

Boogie Woogie Rock and Roll

Happy Hour every day from 11 AM – 7 PM including 2 for 1 well/call drinks, draft beers and house wine, plus $2.50 domestic beer bottles. Live Music from 9 PM – 1 bar april

Apr 26 Sat
Puppetry Extravaganza with Heather Henson @ Atlantic Center for the Arts
Apr 26 – Sunday all-day
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.

Hearts & Hooves Retreat @ Artquest School of Art & Design
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

hearts hooves One of Halifax Health – Hospice’s signature programs, Hearts & Hooves is a camp for families, young children and teens involving expression through art and horses.

During the all-day retreat, trained grief counselors guide participants through artistic activities and allow them healing interaction with horses. These activities give children and teens, who have experienced the death of a loved one, a safe and peaceful outlet for their grief expression. 

The retreat is available for children and teens eight to 18 years of age and their families.

To receive an application to register, or for additional information, call 386.258.5100

The deadline to apply is April 18.


Halifax Oyster and Music Festival @ Manatee Island
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

halifax oyster and music festThe Fifth Annual Halifax Oyster & Music Festival has been expanded to a 2-day event and will take place on Manatee Island in the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown Daytona Beach.

Under the management of Al Smith Productions, the festival has been renamed to include one of Daytona’s favorite pastimes: music! The Halifax Oyster & Music Festival is devoted to supporting oyster reef restoration.

“We’re excited to be expanding this popular event to bring more music, more oysters and more fun to Daytona Beach! We are looking forward to attendees enjoying some of our local seafood treasures while contributing to the Marine Discovery Center’s on-going oyster reef restoration project. Besides lots of oysters (and other food options), there will be an educational and interactive Kids Zone, and two entertainment stages. Nationally known music artists The Outlaws and BlackHawk will perform on Saturday and Victor Wainwright and The Royal Southern Brotherhood will perform on Sunday,” said Al Smith.

The 2-day event will feature a wide variety of oyster dishes prepared by local restaurants, raw, shucked and steamed oysters, as well as a number of other food options, live music, liquid refreshments, and hands-on oyster mat construction lessons. Proceeds will fund the Marine Discovery Center’s mission to restore healthy oyster beds to Volusia County’s Intracoastal Waterway and the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA.

Teresa Rogers, President and CEO of the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA voiced her enthusiasm on the partnership, “We are delighted that Al Smith and the Halifax Oyster & Music Festival have chosen the Y as one of their preferred charities, especially with their focus on family friendly activities. We look forward to assisting them with the expansion of the event to two days and a productive relationship in the future.”

In addition to raw and steamed oysters, attendees will be able to purchase foods from several local restaurants. Participating restaurants include Café Heavenly, JB’s Fish Camp, Gene’s Steak House, Sunshine Café, Backyard BBQ Boys, Stone Concessions, Riptides, Life’s A Beach Surf-N-Turf Café and Chef Papa’s Café.

Advance tickets are available on-line here and the day of the event. Adult tickets are $10/per day, children 7 to 12 are $5/day and children under 7 are FREE.

The 5th Annual Halifax Oyster & Music Festival is sponsored by Costa, Lamar, Bright House Networks, SweetWater, Ocean Deck, Fresh From Florida, LandShark, Volusia Flagler Family YMCA, Southern Stone Communications, Bullseye Direct Marketing and Al Smith Productions.

Honey Bee Biology and Botany @ 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.
Jeff Risinger & Rookie T @ Om Bar and Chill Lounge
1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Part of the Wine Walk

Acoustic Alternative

Happy Hour every day from 11 AM – 7 PM including 2 for 1 well/call drinks, draft beers and house wine, plus $2.50 domestic beer bar april

Wine Walk @ Flagler Avenue
1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

winewalkfinalExplore interesting wines as you walk Flagler Avenue. 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.

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