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Contents May 2017

14 features

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Enrich Your Child’s Summer Schedule


Take a Dude Ranch Vacation


Disney Springs® Hotels


Summer Camp Directory



Poolside Fashion


Grad Gifts

departments health


Healthy Start: Steps to a Healthier Me!



Dealing With Meltdowns

Top 10 Resort Pools


Volusia School News

Hammock Beach Resort


2017-2018 School Calendar

National Pet Week

every issue


11 Secrets of Happy Moms


May 2017 Calendar of Events


Mother’s Day Gift Ideas


Reel Life with Jane


What Kind of Mom Are You?


Volusia County Libraries

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Early Learning Coalition of Flagler & Volusia

Next Issue: June/July Education/College Edition Plus: Romantic Getaways, Children’s Dental Health Special Directories: Private Schools, Pre-Schools, After School Programs & Dentists 4 MAY 2017 (386) 437-0300

Reader Services Calendar Submissions: We publish information about family events within and surrounding our county. We would love to hear from you! If you have a family event, fundraiser or childrens activity/program please send your information to Deadline for submitting information is approximately one month prior to the month in which the event will occur. Subscriptions We now have subscription service direct to your home. We are offering these services for only $10 per year for 11 issues of Flagler Parent Magazine. You can also subscribe for FREE to our digital edition for your iPad, iPhone, NOOK, Kindle Fire, or Android Device. Visit our website and click SUBSCRIBE. Feedback: We Welcome Your Feedback & Thoughts. In our continuous effort to improve our publications, we look forward to your thoughts, questions and feedback on how we can better tailor information to your families needs. Please feel free to send me an email at Charlie@

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What’s New in Print & Online

Volusia Parent

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Parent to Parent Publisher / Editor

Charlene Michaux 386-547-0161

Associate Editor

Deb Wind 386-299-6684

Charlene Michaux Publisher/Editor Dear Parents, As a momprenuer, I’m often asked how I manage a small business, mom-life and raising an 8 year old. And my reply is always, PASSION! I simply love what I do. It’s been 9 years since I published my first magazine, Flagler Parent and since then I’ve published two more titles: Volusia Parent and St. Johns Parent. Currently I am hard at work developing our newest publications, Special Child and Florida Baby. Little did I know how popular the publications would become in such a short time, and that’s because of the continued community support and readers like you. The goal starting out was to create a community-based parenting magazine that would be a “go-to” resource for families when planning a night out, a family vacation, or just a fun filled weekend... and according to our parent feedback, we have succeeded in doing just that! Starting this month, we are doing our part to reduce our carbon footprint by opting to print on recyclable paper! Our readers will continue to be able to find us in the places they play, work, and live, and advertisers will find our rates even more affordable for businesses of any size. And don’t forget about our our digital apps. Download and read your favorite parent magazine today on any device, anytime, anywhere! In this month’s issue, we celebrate pet month! It was so much fun picking out covers featuring family pets. We have included a list of pet-related businesses for you and your 4-legged family members this month. We also have a last-minute list of summer camps for those of you (like me) that haven’t secured their child’s summer camp schedule yet. Plus, Check out our our top ten favorite resort poolson Page 24. I have had the chance to visit some of these awesome resorts in the past month, and WOW! talk about the ultimate family vacation right here is our own backyard! For those of you who want to travel a little further, we recommend, Hawks Cay Resort in the beautiful Florida Keys. This one may take a little more planning, but well worth the $$$. For the Disney bound families, we have seven resorts in the Disney Springs area that provide transportation to the parks and are affordable for any budget. Also, in our schools news section, we added the 2017-18 calendar for your fridge so you can get a jump start on planning your 2018 year! Lastly, I’d like to wish all of you Moms, Grandmothers and super Aunts out there a great Mother’s Day!

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Graphic Artist Stephen Savidge


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Contributing Writers Deb Wind Christina Katz Christa Melnyk Hines

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Dealing with

Meltdowns Your 3-year-old is playing with a friend and suddenly picks up a toy truck and throws it at him. You tell him to play nicely and he throws a toy car at you! Instead of listening to you, he has a temper tantrum and his friend begins to cry. In less than five minutes, a pleasant play date has turned into a disaster. You start to think either something is wrong with your child or you are not a good parent. You are not alone. In her book The Top 10 Preschool Parenting Problems, Rosalyn Duffy ranks meltdowns as the #3 preschool parenting problem. She separates them into two categories – frustra¬tions and tantrums. Typical 3-year-olds become frustrated and have tantrums when they get angry. He may not have the words to explain what happened to make him angry and does not yet have the social skills to find a way to seek help from others. Anger and frustration are physical and emotional responses. When we’re angry, our body sends blood to our brain with chemicals that make it hard to think rationally. So, instead of your child telling you he is angry because his friend took his favorite toy truck and won’t give it back, he throws the truck at his friend, the car at you and 10 MAY 2017

begins to cry. You can help him calm down and restore normal blood flow to his brain! Use a soft, soothing voice. In place of yelling, “Stop crying! Be quiet and sit down!” whisper, “What’s upsetting you; why are you angry?” Gently rub your child’s shoulders, neck or face. Ask him to take deep breaths and slowly blow each one out, like smelling a flower and blowing bubbles. Once your child is calm, you can talk about what happened and ask how he could solve the problem. Suggest a solution, for example; “Perhaps you could take turns playing with the truck or find another truck for your friend.” When your child is calm, practice what he should do when he feels angry or frustrated. Take deep breaths and slowly blow them out together, then help him find ways to suggest solutions on his own. It will also help to practice proactive parenting. Talk to your child about situa¬tions where she has had a tantrum in the past. Try asking “Remember when we visited your friend and you were upset when it was time to leave? What could we do to keep you from getting so upset?” Ask her what she needs and plan what you will do to help her leave without getting upset. Talk to her about expectations for leaving the friends

house then role-play leaving her friend’s house. She may enjoy playing the part of the mother while you play the part of the child or use a doll or a stuffed animal as the child and let her be the mom. Role-play both acceptable and unacceptable behavior and what the child and the mom do in each situation. Our children learn by watching and listening to the adults in their lives and model what they see so it is important to act and talk the way you want your child to act and talk when they’re upset. Planning ahead, practicing deep, calm breathing and problem solving will help minimize frustration and tantrums. Adapted from Parents’ Pages, Office of Early Learning parents_pages.aspx For more information, contact the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia

The Early Learning Coalition of Flagler & Volusia (ELCFV) administers subsidized School Readiness early learning child care programs for children birth to age five and the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program for four-year olds. For information about ELCFV programs and services, call 386 323-2400 or toll free 877 352-0065 or visit Follow the ELCFV on Facebook: search ELCFV.

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Enrich Your Child’s

Summer Schedule with Local Activities & Save A Bundle by Christina Katz

Sleep-away camp can be an exciting, empowering adventure for kids who are mature enough to handle the expectations. However, there are plenty of good reasons why overnight camp may not be a perfect fit for your family this year. Don’t feel like you have to apologize if you want to take a more customized approach to summer fun to meet the needs of your kids locally. Chances are good you can find day camps, classes and activities in your area that will keep smiles on your kids’ faces all summer long. The primary reason we don’t send our teenage daughter away to camp is because it would be challenging to find a camp that would meet all of her needs in one experience. We can better satisfy her desires, and spend a lot less money, by making the most of opportunities in our area. True, we end up driving miles in multiple directions and juggling a variety of schedules, but somehow the activities we’ve chosen end up complimenting each other nicely. And we always make sure to

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take a few weeks off, usually at the end of summer, to rest, relax, and regroup before school starts back up again. When it comes to stringing together local experiences, imagine the beads that would go on a charm bracelet for each of your kids. Which beads best represent your child’s interests? A soccer ball, a book and pair of hiking boots? Or perhaps a fairy wand, ballet slippers and a teacup? No matter what the collection of interests, gather up some regional guides, hop online and conduct searches, and ask friends what they have planned for their kids. You are going on a summer activity hunt. Who says summer can’t be educational and fun? Customizing a summer schedule for each child in the family is an eye-opening adventure in and of itself. If you want a peaceful summer, help your kids stretch their wings beyond the usual, school-year routine. Turn your child’s summer into weeks of entertaining growth by thoughtfully scheduling activities each year.

Ink Year-round Commitments

You may already have school year activities that extend into summer like scouting or 4-H. Be sure to get these commitments on your child’s schedule first, so you don’t inadvertently overbook. If your child participates in a sport or another competitive activity, training camps are often required during summer. When I was a kid, I often envied teammates who rejoined the team playing on a higher level than the season before thanks to attending summer training camp.

Ask For Referrals

Chances are good that parents who have lived in your area for several years have the 411 on the best day camps and summer classes. Poll your friends individually or post a poll on social media to gather information. Be sure to specify all your kids’ interests to attract the most relevant recommendations.

Don’t Overlook Summer School

Since the summer before high school, we sign our daughter up to take a wellness course in the summer. Getting a jump on these pre-requisites allows her to take an extra art elective during the school year, which provides a welcome break during her school day. Ask your child’s school counselor if taking summer school courses might benefit your child’s schedule next year. Some districts even allow online learning or swapping summer athletic training for physical education requirements.

Check Local Resources

Schools, libraries, and community centers are great resources for finding summer activities. Be sure to ask for any printed or online guides they may offer. Also check towns near where you live to see if they offer additional programs that may interest your child. By driving one town over, at the beginning of each summer, we found a community theater production our daughter can participate in inexpensively. Now that’s worth a ten-minute drive.

Consider Your Child’s Needs

Be mindful of how much structure and supervision each offering includes. Some kids are more self-motivated than others. Sometimes a kid-centric focus is part of an activity’s allure. But if you know your child flourishes in a structured environment with adult leadership, trust your instincts. Consider scaffolding more leadership into your child’s summer experiences over time. If your child is reticent about trying new activities or making new friends, see if any school friends wish to try a new activity together. This can also allow for carpooling.

Go Your Own Way

You may want your child to benefit from the experience of trying a new experience without school friends. If so, enroll in activities where enthusiasm for the topic will trump any firstday butterflies. Do not bend to social pressure if all of the other kids are doing an activity that is not a good match for your child. If the program focus isn’t a fit, the experience isn’t going to be enriching no matter how many friends are in attendance. Make timely, age-appropriate choices for your children, and when religion is a focus, make sure it suits your family’s values.

Don’t Overlook A Summer Reading Challenge

If your child has a busy summer schedule, you might be concerned about not enough down time. Signing your child up for a summer reading challenge at the beginning of summer is a great way to build downtime into any type of schedule. On busy days, reading will provide a welcome reprieve from social activity. And on lazy days, having a daily book-reading commitment can get an unscheduled day off to a good start.

Budget For Sleep-away Camp

As you are putting your children through the paces of overcoming fears about new experiences with fresh faces, you may be thinking that this is all great preparation for sleep-away camp in the future. And that’s true. Why not start a conversation now about the possibility of sleep-away camp down the road? Consider opening a savings account to make overnight camp as positive of an experience as possible when the time comes. Encourage your child to pitch in and help save money with you. Then, when the time to register arrives, you’ll both have buy-in and the flexibility of choice you crave.

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re you looking for an alternative to long lines, overcrowded parks and high expenses, that leave no time for genuine family bonding? While amusement and theme parks are an easy, go-to solution for family vacations, there are other magical travel options that can offer exposure to new activities, interaction with nature, and discovery of culture and history outside of most families’ normal comfort zones. As the original all-inclusive destination for families, a dude or guest ranch vacation guarantees plenty of time to bond and spend time as a family, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Dude ranches give families the opportunity to challenge and revive their bodies, minds and spirits in some of the most breathtaking areas in the U.S., with a myriad of outdoor adventures such as rock climbing, cattle roping, horseback riding, zip lines, ATV riding and whitewater rafting. No matter which ranch you choose to visit, the Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) can help you select the perfect guest ranch for your family, with more than 100 DRA-accredited dude ranches in North America. Here are 5 reasons for a dude ranch vacation:

Explore, play and more – Located along the banks of the North Platte River in the heart of southern Wyoming’s Medicine Bow Mountains, A Bar A Guest Ranch is one of the oldest and largest dude ranches in the country, with nearly 100,000 acres for guests to explore. The ranch is a paradise for children, with activities including horseback riding, fishing, soccer, arts and crafts, music and drama, swimming, tennis, and educational games, such as cork boat and sack races. Teenagers can enjoy inner tubing down the river and golf before settling down with their family to enjoy dinner cooked outside over an open fire. Reconnect with nature on horseback – Rustic yet replete with all the modern amenities you’ll ever need, Rainbow Trout Ranch caters to children of all ages. Located near several historic Spanish land grants in Antonito, Colo., Rainbow Trout is surrounded by the spectacular San Juan Mountains. Ride horses, catch some trout, hike to an overlook with your kids, relax and more. Kids ages six and older – fondly known on the ranch as “Cowpokes” – are given their own horse for the week, and “Buckaroos” – children ages three to five – are led on short rides by ranch counselors. Learn to work as a team – Drowsy Water Ranch, situated 90 miles west of Denver, Colo., has programs for children of all ages, from infants to teenagers, along with plenty of activities for parents and grandparents. Ditch technology for outside activities like obstacle courses, zip lining, swimming, hiking, archery and rafting. Afterward, head to the main 14 MAY 2017

lodge to enjoy playing cards, browsing the library or just visiting with new friends while drinking lemonade.

Relax, rejuvenate and reconnect in style – Mountain Sky Guest Ranch sits on over 10,000 operational acres of unspoiled wilderness in the heart of Yellowstone Country in Emigrant, Mont. The ranch combines outdoor adventure for the entire family and the comforts of an upscale resort in the region’s most spectacular location. There’s no doubt your family will enjoy the breathtaking views, fine dining and luxury environment. From a crisp morning hike, to rafting down the Yellowstone River, to horseback rides through acres of meadows, there’s something for every member of the family. End the day with a mealtime horseback ride, where you’ll be treated to tasty barbecue, learn to dance with the wranglers and sing your favorite western songs around the campfire.

One-of-a-kind fishing adventures – 4UR Ranch provides an all-inclusive family vacation adventure in Mineral County, Colo. Try your hand at fly fishing with access to some of the finest waters around, including one of the only entirely private tailwater trout streams in the American West, trophy ponds, and both sides of the legendary Rio Grande River. Whether you’re a family of anglers or not, no one will be bored on this vacation. Here, kids and adults can enjoy their own level of adventure. The ranch’s staff sees to the kids’ needs while the parents are off hiking, horseback riding or fishing. From nature explorations, to soaking in the hot springs, to a round of golf at the nearby Rio Grande Club – there’s plenty of adventure to suit everyone’s tastes.

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Special “Spring into Summer” Rates Available at Seven Disney Springs® Hotels If you have not been to the Walt Disney World® Resort recently, now is a terrific time to visit. You can experience the Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival and the 2017 Garden Rocks Concert Series at Epcot® through May 29th. Plus, the incredible Pandora – World of Avatar® opens at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® on May 27th. Among the offerings at the all-new, awe-inspiring land will be Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, and Valley of Mo’ara (featuring picturesque floating mountains and glowing fauna and flora). Plus, visiting enables you to experience the dramatically transformed and significantly expanded Disney Springs® area, offering an impressive variety of 150 shops and dining establishments across its four neighborhoods. A great way to visit is by taking advantage of the special “Spring into Summer Rates” that are being offered by the seven Disney Springs® Resort Area Hotels for stays through July 31, 2017. In addition to having an ideal location with an easy walk to Disney Springs®, the seven hotels also provide shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, two water parks, and at night to the Disney Springs® area. Plus, as a bonus, guests at these hotels receive the new 2017 “Disney Springs® Passport” booklet that features exclusive discounts and specials from Disney Springs® merchants on entertainment, shopping and dining. Among the establishments extending special offers are House of Blues® Restaurant, Rainforest Café®, T-REXTM, Ghirardelli® Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop, Wolfgang Puck® Express, American Threads, and Sephora. The Disney Springs® Resort Area Hotels’ “Spring into Summer Rates” for stays through July 31, 2017, are: • B Resort & Spa – Disney Springs® Resort Area (pictured) – rates from $89 per room, per night. The stylish resort opened in June 2014 with 394 newly renovated guest rooms, and offers the full-service B Indulged® AVEDA Spa, complimentary Wi-Fi in the entire hotel, courtesy guest iPads, and the American Kitchen Bar & Grill. • Best Western Lake Buena Vista – rates from $79 per room, per night • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – rates from $139 per suite, per night • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – rates from $134 per room, per night 16 MAY 2017

• Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – rates from $116 per room, per night • Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs® Area – rates from $95 per room, per night • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista – rates from $82 per room, per night. For information, visit, specifically (or http://bit. ly/DDSRAH17 ). The special rates are available for stays through July 31, 2017, based on availability. Some blackout dates may apply, and availability may be limited. The rates do not include the Resort Services Fee or daily parking fee (if applicable), taxes or gratuities. With nearly 30 dining options and an array of amenities, the Disney Springs® Resort Area Hotels offer something to please every guest. Located in the heart of the Disney Springs® area, these hotels are within an easy walk of exceptional shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Visit

OUTDOOR-ADVENTURE CAMPS Gnarly Charley Surf Series Summer Overnight Surf Camps Weeks Offered: June 13th-17th / July 11th-15th Cost: $850 27th Avenue South, New Smyrna Beach 386-690-SURF; Gnarly Charley Surf Series Summer Day Surf Camps Weeks Offered: July 18th – 22nd 9am – 2pm Cost: $400 27th Avenue South, New Smyrna Beach 386-690-SURF; Florida Agricultural Museum Summer Horse Camp Summer Camp is one of our most popular programs at the Florida Agricultural Museum. Your child will learn Horse safety and behavior, Grooming, Daily Riding, games and crafts...FUN! Enrollment is extremely limited to ensure a quality experience. We encourage you to sign up as soon as possible. Ages: 8-16 Cost: $250 Hours: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday- Friday 7900 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, FL 32136 386-446-7630 or

Marcody Ranch Summer Horse Camp During a typical camp day, the children will ride horses, participate in ground-work activities, do arts and crafts, swim in our pool and play games. The riding segments include instruction, mounted games and trail rides. Ground-work includes horse handling and training, grooming, bathing, and other aspects of horse-care and management. Weeks Offered: 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24 Hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Mon - Fri Ages: 5 and Up Cost: $325wk 3804 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach 386-424-0123 Marine Discovery Center Loggerhead Camp Weeks Offered: June 5-9, June 26-30, July 10-14, July 24-28, Aug 7-11 Hours: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Ages 4-7 Cost: $215 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach 386-428-4828, Marine Discovery Center Leatherback Camp Weeks Offered: June 12-16, June 19-23, July 3-7*, July 17-21, July 31- Aug 4 (Closed July 4th) Hours: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Ages 7-10 Cost: $230/$184 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach 386-428-4828,

SUMMER CAMPS ACADEMIC CAMPS Odyssey Adventure Club STEM Camp Robotics and Coding - build, create, and compete with Lego Mindstorms, EV3, Dash and Dot, Ozobot robots; MakerSpace - creating, tinkering, building, become a Young Engineer! Weeks of July 24 and 31 Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Ages: 9 - 12 Cost: $225wk Pine Trail Elementary 386-871-0469 Stetson University STEM Camps - Minecraft Ages: 9 - 18 Weeks Offered: June 12 – 16, June 19 – 23, June 26 – 30, July 17 - 21 Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Cost: $495 per person**Lunch and supplies included 386-822-7500 or Stetson University STEM Camps – Videography Ages: 9 - 18 Cost: $495 per person Weeks Offered: June 12 – 16, June 19 – 23, June 26 – 30, July 17 - 21 Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 386-822-7500 or

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SUMMER CAMPS ACADEMIC CAMPS Stetson University STEM Camps – Robotics Ages: 9 - 18 Cost: $495 per person Weeks Offered: June 12 – 16, June 19 – 23, June 26 – 30, July 17 - 21 Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 386-822-7500 or Integral Academy Summer Math/Reading/Science Camp Hours: 9:00 am - 12 pm or 3:00 - 6:00 pm Grades: Elementary, Middle & High School Cost: $60 per week, per program 2 Pine Lakes Parkway North, Suite 1, Palm Coast, Florida 32137 (386) 302-5710 website: email: Museum of Arts & Sciences 2017 Summer Learning Institute Focusing on art, science and history, with many integrated learning experiences for students. All classes are taught by education professionals with many years of teaching experience. Weeks Offered: June 12-June 16, June 19-June 23, June 26-June 30, July 10-July 14, July 17-July 21, July 24-July 28, July 31-August 4

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Integral Academy Summer Math/Reading/Science Camp Hours: 9:00 am - 12 pm or 3:00 - 6:00 pm Grades: Elementary, Middle & High School Cost: $60 per week, per program 2 Pine Lakes Parkway North, Suite 1 Palm Coast, Florida 32137 (386) 302-5710 website: email: Museum of Arts & Sciences 2017 Summer Learning Institute Focusing on art, science and history, with many integrated learning experiences for students. All classes are taught by education professionals with many years of teaching experience. Weeks Offered: June 12-June 16, June 19-June 23, June 26-June 30, July 10-July 14, July 17-July 21, July 24-July 28, July 31-August 4 Hours/Days: Monday through Friday 9am12pm, 1pm-4pm, or 9am-4pm (class time varies with age group) Grades/Ages: 4-13 years old Cost: Prices Vary from $80/$90 per class, to $160/$180 per class based on membership and class type 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 386-255-0285

ART CAMPS Atlantic Center for the Arts Summer Art Camp Ages: 6-12 Weeks Offered: June 6 - August 4, 2017 Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 9 AM - 2 PM Cost: $105 for ACA members; $130 nonmembers, Scholarships are available for each session 123 Douglas Street at the Yurick Studios, ACA Downtown 386-423-1753 Camp Create The Museum of Art - DeLand’s Camp Create weekly sessions provide a great platform for kids to explore ideas, study art, learn art vocabulary, and make connections between art and literacy through a variety of art media taught by professional Volusia County teachers. Ages: 6-12 Hours: 9:00 am -4:00 pm, Monday-Friday Cost: $160 per Week for Members $185 for Non-Members Museum Of Florida Art 600 North Woodland Blvd., Deland 386-734-4371

Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center Children’s Musical Theater Summer Camps 399 N. US1, Ormond Beach Dance Camp & Theatre Camp 386-295-4101, Stetson University Musical Theater Production Camp Ages: High School Juniors & Seniors, Incoming College Freshmen Dates: July 10 - August 13, 2017 Hours: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Monday through Friday Cost: $400 per person *Box dinner included Stetson University Musical Theater Production Camp Ages: High School Juniors & Seniors, Incoming College Freshmen Dates: June 12 - 16, 2017 Hours: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Monday through Friday Cost: $250 per person *Box dinner included Arts Transforming Our Tomorrow This summer camp will be a performing and visual arts camp from the hours of 7am-6pm. Students will be in a cast for an original musical depicting how the arts transforms lives in many areas of life. Students can choose to sing, dance, act, play an instrument, draw/paint and take photographs and videos. They will gain an appreciation in all areas, but choose one main study to perform in the musical. Hours: 8:00 am- 4:00 pm (before and after care available) Ages- K-6 Cost-$75/week ($300/month) 227 & 237 2nd Street, Holly Hill, FL 32117 386-227-7391

DANCE CAMPS European School of Performing Arts Each intensive offers approximately 18 - 20 hours of dance per week focusing on Classical Ballet Technique, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop and Musical Theater Dance. Summer Intensive Session 1: June 12 - 15 (Ages 8+) - $195.00 Summer Intensive Session 2: June 26 - 29 (Ages 8+) - $195.00 Summer Intensive Session 3: July 31 - August 3 (Ages 8+) - $195.00 360 Tomoka Avenue, Ormond Beach, FL 32174 386-677-6316 *Times vary by level for Summer Intensive Sessions. Gotta Dance Day Camp (Half or Full Day): July 31 - August 4 (Ages 7+) Half Day (9 - 12 or 1 - 4) $165, Full Day (9 - 4) $285 Includes Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap and Lyrical with mini showcase on Friday Ballet Bootcamp: June 19 - 23 (2.5 hrs/day of ballet technique, including pointe, for Intermediate/Advanced Dancers) - $105 Fairytale Dance Camp: June 19 -23 (Ages 3 - 6) - $120 360 Tomoka Avenue, Ormond Beach, FL 32174 386-677-6316

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Art Rageous DANCE Camp Port Orange Dance Hours: 9am-2pm, Monday-Friday Cost: $265 per session Port Orange Dance and Art Rageous are teaming up to bring you a summer full of dance classes, mixed media, fused glass, paint your own pottery, and canvas painting. 4649 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. #601, Port Orange, Florida 386- 295-2610, ACE Gymnastics Summer Dance Camp Join us for the most AMAZING summer camp in the Volusia county area! A great mix of fun, friends, arts & crafts with physical fitness and gymnastics!!! Weeks Offered: May 29th – August 7th Hours: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm Mon - Fri Grades: Preschool, Elementary, Middle School Cost: from $45 4431 Eastport Parkway, Port Orange, FL, 32127 (386) 760-1445

FAITH BASED CAMP All Saints Lutheran Church We provide a safe and loving setting in which all children are given the opportunity for personal growth and the development of self-esteem. Weeks Offered: May 30- August 04, 2017. Hours: 7:30 am - 5:45 pm Grades: K-5 Cost: $50.00 reg fee, $900.00 Camp fee 751 Dunlawton Avenue, Port Orange, FL, 32129 (386) 846-1150 United Methodist Christian School Summer Camp Can-Do Ages: Preschool to 5th grade 5200 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast Hours: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm, Monday – Friday 386-445-2344;; Esformes Hebrew Academy Camp Gan Israel of Volusia County (Call or email for details) 1079 W. Granada Blvd. Ormond Beach 386.672.9300; Warner Christian Academy Elementary Summer Day Camp 1730 South Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona Call for updated summer programs 386-767-5451; Central Baptist Church Vacation Bible School 142 Fairview Ave., Daytona Beach Call for updated summer programs 386-255-2588; Ormond Beach Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School 105 Amsden Road, Ormond Beach Call for updated summer programs 386-441-0300;

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GENERAL SUMMER CAMPS Kid City USA Join Kid City USA for an interactive, fun-filled Summer Camp Program A place “Where Kids Can BEE Kids”. We will spend the summer exploring, learning and growing with hands-on activities at each of our beautiful Central Florida locations. We will travel on exciting field trips to the zoo, the movies, Orlando Science Center, Sea World, the Crayola Experience, bowling, and many more! Stop by and tour our facilities or visit us online at Weeks Offered: May 29th – Aug 11th Ages: K-6th / 5 to 12 Years Old Hours: 6:00 am - 6:30 pm Cost: $130 a week Spaces are limited, reserve your spot today!

Locations: Port Orange: 3911 S. Nova Road, (386) 763-2002 712 Reed Canal Rd. South Daytona FL 32119, (386)322-0103 Ormond Beach: 362 Hand Avenue, (386) 673-2339 50 Coolidge Ave. Ormond Beach FL 32174, (386)673-2339 Edgewater: 12311 S. Ridgewood Ave Edgewater FL 32141, (386) 410-2924 West Volusia: 404 N. Orange Ave DeLand FL 32720, (386)736-0000 1382 Howland Blvd Deltona FL 32738, (386)860-7979 1859 Providence Blvd. Deltona FL 3273, (386)8960-7628

Flagler County Youth Center Summer Camp Weeks Offered: June 5th - TBA Hours: Check website after March 1st Cost: $160 / $125 siblings 386-437-7540, ext. 5101 5510 East State Road 100, Palm Coast Flagler Schools Community Education Summer Camp Summer Camp provides a safe and enriching environment for children from Kindergarten through 8th grade while their parents work. Weeks Offered: June 5th – July 28th Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Mon – Fri Before & After Care Available at no add’l cost Grades: K-8 Cost: from $85wk $20 reg fee Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Trips & Supplies Wadworth Elementary – Buddy Taylor Middle (386) 446-6717 Roma Court Academy Summer Camp Program Our Summer Camp is a popular pick for area parents looking to make sure their child’s summer break is well balanced with fun, discovery and learning. Ages: 5-12 Hours: 6:30 am – 6:00pm Cost: $100Wk / $25 Day 515 Palm Coast Parkway SW Suite 27, Palm Coast 386-445-0834,

Sunshine Academy Summer Camp Program Sunshine Academy Summer Camp Teachers Develop Lesson Plans Based Upon Our Themes. From These Themes, We Plan Our Weekly Field Trips to Ensure That Our Program Is Simultaneously Fun & Educational. 1230 Palm Coast Pkwy. Palm Coast 386-445-2822, 170 Old Kings Road South, Flagler Beach 386-439-9985, Sunshine Academy of Flagler A summer to remember with hands-on learning activities and field trips. Most Field Trips included in Price. Weeks Offered: May 30 - Last Friday before school starts Hours/ Days: Monday - Friday 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM (up to 10 hours per day) Grades/Ages: Kindergarten - 4th Grade Cost: $125 Full Time / $30 scheduled / $35 Drop In (Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Provided) 170 Old Kings Rd. South Flagler Beach, FL 32136 386-439-9985 Website: Volusia Flagler Family YMCA Best Summer Ever – Day Camp Summer camp at the Y (for kids age 5 - 12) focuses on nurturing the potential of children and helping them grow in spirit, mind and body. We encourage fun and friendship and provide the opportunity for young people to build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills and make lasting memories. Summer camp also provides kids with the things they need to succeed in school by providing engaging, hands-on education-based activities that help kids avoid summer learning loss. Arts & Crafts, Field Trips Games & Sports, Team Building , Making friends, Swimming, And so much more ... Weeks Offered: M-F Hours/ Days: 7am-6pm Grades/Ages: 5-12 Cost: Member $85, Community Participant $100

Locations: DeLand Family YMCA Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm 386.736.6000 Four Townes Family YMCA Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm 386.532.9622 Port Orange Family YMCA Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm 386.760.9622 Ormond Beach Family YMCA Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm 386.673.9622 Southeast Volusia Family YMCA Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm 386.409.9622

GENERAL SUMMER CAMPS YMCA Camp Winona Summer Camp Live the Experience At Camp Winona. We teach every camper Respect, Honesty, Responsibility, and Caring, the same values taught throughout the Y. While learning valuable social skills, campers also learn and engage in many adventurous outdoor skill programs that are sure to spark their interest. You can swim, jump the Blob, ride down the Wet Willie Slide, paddle in our canoes, paddle boards, or kayaks, enjoy the gaga pit, campfires, hiking, archery, and so much more! Weeks Offered: June 4th – July 14th Cost: $550 Ages: 6-15 YMCA Camp Winona Teen Camp Weeks Offered: June 4-9 Cost: $550 Ages: 13-16 YMCA Camp Winona Mini Camps- Boys Weeks Offered: June 11th -13th Cost: $195 Ages: 6-8 YMCA Camp Winona Mini Camps- Girls Weeks Offered: June 11th -13th Cost: $195 Ages: 6-8 898 Camp Winona Road, DeLeon Springs, FL 32130 Phone: 386.985.4544 Website:

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CITY / COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION City of Ormond Beach Summer Program Camp T-Rec A camp for children with special needs ages 7-19 years old. Planned activities include sports, playground activities, arts/crafts, gym play, field trip to YMCA per week plus two fun field trips to area locations. Weeks Offered: 2 sessions available: Session 1 June 12-June 30, Session 2 July 3-July 21 (No camp July 4) Hours/ Days: Monday-Friday 8:30am-2:30pm Grades/Ages: 7-19 years old with special needs Cost: Resident $239.00 per 3wk session, Non-residents $358.00 per 3wk session 440 N Nova Road, Ormond Beach, FL 32174 (386) 676-3252 City of Ormond Beach Summer Program Enviro Camp Enviro camp uses games, crafts, and activities to teach kids about the environment, nature, history, science and more! Weeks Offered: June 5-August 4 (No camp scheduled July 3rd- July 7th) Hours/ Days: Mon. thru Fri. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Grades/Ages: 7-10 Cost: $103.00 per week Environmental Discovery Center 601 Division Ave. Ormond Beach, FL 32174 386-676-3216 or

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CITY / COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION City of Ormond Beach Summer Program Summer Connection Day Camp Planned activities include sports, splash pad, playground activities, arts/crafts, tutoring, gym play, computer lab, 1 local field trip per week. Weeks Offered: (2) 4wk sessions ~Session 1: 6/5/17 – 6/30/17, Session 2: 7/3/17 – 7/28/17 (closed July 4th) Hours/ Days: Mon. thru Fri. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Grades/Ages: 6 thru 13 Age as of 9/1/17 Cost: City of Ormond Beach Residents $218 per 4-week Session Non-city Residents $327 per 4-week Session City of Ormond Beach Residents $66 per week Non-city Residents $ 99 per week So. Ormond Neighborhood Center 176 Division Avenue, Ormond Beach 32174 676-3250 Palm Coast Parks & Recreation Fun in the Sun Summer Camp Frieda Zamba Pool Monday-Friday, June 5 – August 4th 7:30 am - 4:30 pm After care available Grades: K - 6 $80 week 386-986-2323
 Palm Coast Parks & Recreation Fire Fighters Camp Campers will visit a fire station and use regulation fire equipment. They will learn firefighting techniques, the concept of CPR and first aid, home and fire safety and how to properly use a fire extinguisher. Monday-Friday, June 19 - 23 8:30 - 11:30 am Grades: 3 – 5 $60 week 386-986-2323
 City of South Daytona Summer Camp Weeks Offered: June 9-August 15 (no camp July 4) Hours: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Ages: 1-5 Cost: $85.00 wk (includes trips), $60.00 wk (no trips) $5.00 more per week for non-city residents 1700 James St., South Daytona Registrations begin May 1 at the Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Road (386) 322-3070

OUTDOOR-ADVENTURE CAMPS Gnarly Charley Surf Series Summer Overnight Surf Camps Weeks Offered: June 13th-17th / July 11th-15th Cost: $850 27th Avenue South, New Smyrna Beach 386-690-SURF; Gnarly Charley Surf Series Summer Day Surf Camps Weeks Offered: July 18th – 22nd 9am – 2pm Cost $400 27th Avenue South, New Smyrna Beach 386-690-SURF; Florida Agricultural Museum Summer Horse Camp Your child will learn Horse safety and behavior, Grooming, Daily Riding, games and crafts...FUN! Enrollment is extremely limited to ensure a quality experience. Ages: 8-16 Cost: $250 Hours: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday- Friday 7900 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, FL 32136 386-446-7630 or

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Marcody Ranch Summer Horse Camp During a typical camp day, the children will ride horses, participate in ground-work activities, do arts and crafts, swim in our pool and play games. The riding segments include instruction, mounted games and trail rides. Ground-work includes horse handling and training, grooming, bathing, and other aspects of horse-care and management. Weeks Offered: 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24 Hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Mon - Fri Ages: 5 and Up Cost: $325wk 3804 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach 386-424-0123 Marineland Dolphin Adventure Seaside Eco-Adventures (S.E.A.) Camp I & II Join our S.E.A. Camp crew for a fun-filled week of science, activities, exploration, beachcombing and of course, dolphins! Campers will spend their days outside enjoying the beach and exploring the intracoastal hammock ecosystem. Science experiments, conservation projects and animal observations are all included in this one-of-kind day camp experience. Weeks Offered: June 5 – August 11 Ages: 7-9, S.E.A. Camp I, Ages 10 – 12, S.E.A. Camp II Cost: $550 Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.*Friday will be a half-day 9600 Oceanshore Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080 904-460-1330,

St. Augustine Alligator Farm & Zoological Park Summer Camp Weeks Offered: June 5th – August 4th Hours: 9am – 4pm Grades: For students entering 1st – 6th grade Cost: $210/members or $230/non-members (price for the week) 999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32080 904-824-3337 ext. 29, Volusia County Junior Lifeguard Camps Weeks Offered: June 5th – Aug 11th Week 1 -Andy Romano Beachfront Park 839 S. Atlantic Ave, Ormond Beach Week 2 -Frank Rendon Park 2705 S. Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach Shores Week 3 -207 Buenos Aires Ave, New Smyrna Beach Week 4 -Andy Romano Beachfront Park 839 S. Atlantic Ave, Ormond Beach

SPORTS CAMPS Academy of Martial Arts 1 Fun Place All Year Come Join us for fun exciting Structured activities, Martial Arts Classes, and Bully Prevention and Resolution training. Hours / Days: 8am-545pm / Monday thru Friday Dates: May 29 thru August 11th Grades/Ages: (Must be going into Kindergarden in Fall) 4 -14 years old Cost: As low as 79 dollars a week!

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Hawks Cay Resort

Top 10 Resort Pools

At Hawks Cay, each of our five Florida Keys pools was designed for more than just taking a swim. Each provides an oasis where you can cool off and read a good book, offers exciting activities to enjoy with your family, and embraces the ambiance of the islands with spectacular views and lush tropical settings. In other words, we wont blame you if you don’t want to get out of the water.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

With its very own pool, a dive tower-themed water slide, the poolside Atomic Tonic™ bar, cabanas for rent, shaded picnic tables and a large fire pit, the Cabana Courtyard offers fun for the whole family. With its very own pool, a dive tower-themed water slide, the poolside Atomic Tonic™ bar, cabanas for rent, shaded picnic tables and a large fire pit.

Catch currents in an expansive sand-bottomed pool. From atop the mast of a life-sized shipwreck replica, zip down a 230-foot-long waterslide. Float down the lazy river on an inner tube, unwind in one of 3 whirlpool spas or simply relax on the elevated tanning deck. Children can wade into the main pool from the gently sloping, sandy beach and cool off in the Shipwreck Pool—complete with a miniature waterslide.

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Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center An exclusive amenity for our Kissimmee resort guests, Cypress Springs Water Park will thrill your whole family. Our water park features a zero-entry swimming pool, multi-level tree house playground, racing slides, a drop slide and a double FlowRider. Exciting new experiences splashed into Cypress Springs Water Park. • Complete with a 35-foot free-fall and flatline loop, a plunge down the Florida Free Fall drop slide ends in a centrifugal force final splashdown.

Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa Swimming beside a pirate ship may be a dream of yours. If so, you’ll be happy to hear that Lake Buena Vista features a Pirate’s Plunge Pool, along with its Relaxation Pool. The Pirate Shipwreck that sits in the pool has shooting water cannons, a water slide, hot tubs, tumbling waterfalls, poolside loungers and hammocks. You can also grab a drink at Lani’s Luau, the poolside tiki bar. Guests at the hotel can bring friends and family to use the pool as well.

Reunion Resort Reunion Resort has a multi-acre water park. Here you can float in an inner tube down the lazy river or slide down a twisting water slide. Grab a cool drink at the onsite Broadwalk restaurant and even play volleyball. There is an entrance fee payable at the gate of $18 each for adults (18+) and $12 each for children (2-17), which is payable at the entrance of the water park. The water park is open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (Weather Permitting).

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Nickelodeon Suites Resort Only at Nick Live Poolside will you see pies fly through the air as Team Nick hosts messy interactive games and contests for all ages. The Nick Hotel’s Lagoon Pool is a four-story interactive water tower that has seven slides, flumes, climbing nets and a 400-gallon tank that dumps water or slime. And if you can make it till 4:45 p.m., you can experience a mass sliming before your eyes. You can even grab a bite with poolside dining at either Lagoon Grill & Bar or Oasis Pool Snack Shop & Bar. Although you have to be a guest at the hotel to have access to the pool, the fun is included in your stay.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort A lagoon-style pool is only one feature that makes the pool at this resort unique. You can swim underneath rock caves in this 800,000-gallon, half-acre pool, which has 12 waterfalls, a water slide tower pavilion, a water jet splash zone and two whirlpools. Within the rockwork are seats and paths that lead to rock-climbing stations.

Hammock Beach Resort Float down the lazy river, ride our twisting water slide or build a poolside sandcastle; all with full food and beverage service, colorful tropical landscaping, and both sunny and shaded lounge areas. There is truly something for the entire family. With separate upper and lower level pools, an adult pool, a swimming pool sized spa, a zero-entry beach pool, beach volleyball, poolside bar and more.

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World Center Marriott Resort The World Center Marriott packs on the thrills at its pools, with two winding, 200-foot water slides and a 90-foot super fast speed slide. But if the thought of hurtling full-speed into a body of water makes a little queasy, there’s plenty of opportunities for relaxing, stationary fun at the hotel’s oasis pool and hot tub grotto nestled under a rocky waterfall.

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THE HAMMOCK BEACH STORY: Overlooking two miles of pristine Atlantic shoreline in seemingly undiscovered Palm Coast, the AAA Four Diamond rated Hammock Beach Resort is an unspoiled haven beckoning to be explored. Presenting true luxury nestled among nature, Hammock Beach Resort offers an upscale escape surrounded by scenes of old Florida. Engulfed in the traditions and history of the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine, just 30 minutes to the north, and the birthplace of speed, Daytona Beach, 30 minutes to the south, Hammock Beach is in the center of the action yet just far enough away. The resort offers all the comforts of home and more with 330 beautifully ornate and spacious villas and suites ranging from one-, two-, and three-bedroom options, each with private balconies and sweeping ocean views. Hammock Beach is home to two world-class golf courses, offering a distinctive style of play surrounded by spectacular views of the natural landscape. A Jack Nicklaus Signature design, the Ocean Course is Florida’s first oceanfront course since the 1920’s and offers a perfect blend of fun and challenge for players of all levels. The Ocean Course is one of Nicklaus’ most challenging designs boasting six holes overlooking the ocean. A masterpiece by Tom Watson, The Conservatory Course is currently ranked among the longest and hardest courses in the state. The links style course is comprised of 140 acres of dramatic elevation and undulating greens not commonly found in Florida. Aside from championship golf, the amenity-rich resort offers storybook experiences with a rejuvenating ocean-inspired 10,000 square-foot spa and fitness center, multiple restaurants and bars, a 6.5-acre multi-level pool complex with a lazy river, twisting water slide, sandy beach pool, kids and adult only pools and heated indoor lap pool. Rounding out the amenities, the resort boasts a 200-slip marina, tennis center, 9-hole putting course and over 55,000 square-feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, and one of the most relaxing, unspoiled, coquina-laden beaches in the state. The award-winning Hammock Beach has been recognized as one of the premium oceanfront golf resorts on the east coast, and provides the ideal setting for corporate incentives, meetings, retreats and conferences. 28 MAY 2017

Hammock Beach Resort Hammock Beach 200 Ocean Crest Drive Palm Coast, FL 32137

(866) 841-0287

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National Pet Week May 7th - May 13th We celebrate pet week by providing this local directory to assist you in caring for all your furry friends Animal House Pet Grooming 15 Old Kings Rd., Suite 5 Palm Coast, FL 32137 (386) 445-7387

Community Animal Clinic 15 Old Kinds Rd. N. Palm Coast, FL 32137 (386) 445-1822

Banfield Pet Hospital 5270 East Highway 100 Palm Coast, FL 32164 (386) 437-7017

Community Cats of Palm Coast 18 Mahoe Dr. N. Palm Coast, FL 32137 (386) 237-7690

Bed and Biscuit Inn 711 John Anderson Hwy Flagler Beach, FL 32136 (386) 43-4006

Dixie Commons Animal Hospital 32 Caroline Street Bunnell, FL 32110 (386) 437-6075

Bonnie’s Pet Perfection 502 N. State St. Bunnell, FL 32110 (386) 437-3165 30 MAY 2017

Doggies Land Grooming 5845 E. Hwy 100 Palm Coast, FL 3214 (386) 437-9114

Flagler Animal Hospital 130 Old Kings Rd S Flagler Beach, FL 32136 (386) 439-1606 Flagler Cats 2405 Moody Blvd. Suite 502 Bunnell, FL 32110 (386) 503-4250 Flagler Humane Society 1 Shelter Drive Palm Coast, FL 32137 (386) 445-1814 Flagler Integrative Veterinary Center 208 N 2nd St Flagler Beach, FL 32136 (386) 439-2200

PetSmart 5270 East Highway 100 Palm Coast, FL 32164 (36) 437-7131 Pet Supermarket 1040 Palm Coast Pkwy NW Palm Coast, FL 32164 (386) 447-4357 Pet Stylez Grooming 25 Palm Harbor Village Way Palm Coast, FL 32137 (386) 585-4078 Pine Lakes Animal Hospital 2 N. Pine Lakes Parkway Palm Coast, FL (386) 473-7381 Home Care House & Pet Sitters 41 Woodhollow Ln Palm Coast, FL 32164 (386) 447-7561

Pet Paradise 23 Enterprise Drive Bunnell, FL 32110 (386) 446-8443

Jacky’s Dog Grooming (386) 586-0918

Safe Haven Veterinary Hospital 30 Lupi Court Palm Coast, FL 32137 (386) 446-9099

Kritters Incorporated Palm Coast, FL 32137 (386) 237-4642

Saffari Rescue PO Box 651 Flagler Beach, FL 32136 (386) 445-6840

Lily Loves Pets, LLC Flagler Beach, FL 32136 (386) 589-6930 Palm Coast Pet Grooming 4996 Palm Coast Pkwy. NW Palm Coast, FL 32137 (386) 446-1400 Palm Coast Pet Clinic 5 Utility Drive, Suite 8 Palm Coast, FL 32137 (386) 597-2905 Palm Coast Pet & Spa 5 Utility Drive Palm Coast, FL 32137 (386) 445-4738 Pet Grooming by Raina LLC 2405 E. Moody Blvd. Bunnell, FL 32110 (386) 263-2978

Sassy Paws 209 Forsyth St. Bunnell, FL 32110 (386) 206-9994 Second Chance Rescue 110 Bimini Lane Bunnell, FL 32110 Shelton Veterinary Clinic 2 Pine Lakes Pkwy N Palm Coast, FL 32137 (386) 447-7381 Shelton Veterinary Clinic 1108 S State St Unit 100 Bunnell, FL 32110 (386) 586-3000

Happy Animal Hospital Resort and Day Spa 1300 E Moody Blvd Bunnell, FL 32110 (386) 313-8376 The Bark Spot 406 Beach Village Drive Flagler Beach, FL 32136 (386) 439-5425 Veterinarians by Surname

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10 “Painting with the Colors of the Rainbow” youth 8 years and up Wednesdays from 5:00 – 6:30PM

9 Adventures in Art Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5:00PM ArtHaus The cost is $80 with art


Salt Air Farmer’s Market Marineland Marina hosts the Salt Air Farmers Market 10AM - 2PM


Art in the Park The Casements and at Fortunato Park 25 Riverside Drive

Social Ballroom Dancing Join Gold Star Ballroom every Tuesday night to dance to a ballroom mix of Latin, smooth and swing music by a DJ. 3100 South Ridgewood Ave. Unit 150 South Daytona, 386-315-4258

Adventures in Art Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5:00PM ArtHaus The cost is $80 with art supplies included. Please call to register. 386-767-0076 or email


Spa Social Location: Daytona Beach Spa & Wellness Center 211 E. International Speedway Daytona Beach (386) 243-9644 Cost $25

Salt Air Farmer’s Market Marineland Marina hosts the Salt Air Farmers Market 10AM - 2PM 101 Tolstoy Lane, St. Augustine (904) 814-9886



“The Art of Drawing” Cost for the three classes is $45 which includes the art supplies. Pre-registration is required.


Italian Festival Our Lady of Lourdes 1014 N Halifax Av. Daytona Beach, 386-255-0433

Guys & Dolls The Athens Theatre 124 N Florida Avenue, DeLand

“The Art of Drawing” Cost for the three classes is $45 which includes the art supplies. Pre-registration is required. Call (386) 767-0076 or email

Healthy Start Parent Café at The Lion’s Club (2nd Friday of each Month) 6-7:30 PM


Flagler Beach Farmer’s Market 8AM - 12PM Shop to Find the Freshest Florida Produce, Seafood, Plants, Honey, Baked Goods , Handcrafted Work & More for Over 33 years. Sunrise to Early AfternoonEvery Friday and Saturday Year Round Rain or Shine!

Daytona Tortugas Play ball! Enjoy a home game of the Daytona Tortugas baseball season April through September at historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark on City Island. Jackie Robinson Ballpark, visit jsp?sid=t450 for full schedule of home games.

Flagler Beach Farmer’s Market 8AM - 12PM


Arbor Day Annual Event 9AM-2PM (386) 986-3722

Art in the Park The Casements and at Fortunato Park 25 Riverside Drive Ormond Beach Phone: (386) 676-3216

6 City of Flagler Beach First Friday 6PM – 9PM Veterans Park, Flagler Beach


Salt Air Farmer’s Market Marineland Marina hosts the Salt Air Farmers Market 10AM - 2PM 101 Tolstoy Lane, St. Augustine (904) 814-9886

Downtown Daytona Farmers Market 7AM-12PM City Island, Daytona Beach


Mother’s Day Memorial Butterfly Release Daytona Memorial Park 1425 Bellevue Ave. Daytona Beach mothers-day-butterfly-release.html

Memorial Day Remembrance Service Rockefeller Gardens 25 Riverside Dr., Ormond Beach (386) 676-3241

Remembering American Heroes 8AM-9AM 2860 Palm Coast Pkwy. (386) 986-2300

Palm Coast Farmers Market 12PM-4PM European Village 101 Palm Harbor Pkwy. Palm Coast


Palm Coast Farmers Market 12PM-4PM European Village 101 Palm Harbor Pkwy. Palm Coast


Downtown Daytona Farmers Market 7AM-12PM City Island, Daytona Beach

Salt Air Farmer’s Market 10AM - 2PM 101 Tolstoy Lane, St. Augustine (904) 814-9886




“Painting with the Colors of the Rainbow” youth 8 years and up Wednesdays from 5:00 – 6:30PM The 4 class series cost is $80 with art supplies included. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. (386) 767-0076 or email


“Painting with the Colors of the Rainbow” youth 8 years and up Wednesdays from 5:00 – 6:30PM The 4 class series cost is $80 with art supplies included. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. (386) 767-0076 or email

Downtown Daytona Farmers Market 7AM-12PM City Island, Daytona Beach


23 Adventures in Art Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5:00PM ArtHaus The cost is $80 with art supplies included. Please call to register. (386) 767-0076 or email

“Painting with the Colors of the Rainbow” youth 8 years and up Wednesdays from 5:00 – 6:30PM The 4 class series cost is $80 with art supplies included. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. (386) 767-0076 or email


Halifax Human Society’s Yappy Hour 5:30PM-7:30PM Fairway Bar & Grille at Holiday Inn LPGA 137 Automall Circle Daytona Beach (386) 274-4703 ext. 328

(386) 767-0076 or email

Salt Air Farmer’s Market Marineland Marina hosts the Salt Air Farmers Market 10AM - 2PM 101 Tolstoy Lane, St. Augustine (904) 814-9886

Palm Coast Food Truck Tuesday 5PM-8PM Central Park, Town Center 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast (386) 986-2323

Adventures in Art Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5:00PM ArtHaus The cost is $80 with art supplies included. Please call to register. (386) 767-0076 or email


supplies included. Please call to register. (386) 767-0076 or email




Palm Coast Farmers Market 12PM-4PM European Village 101 Palm Harbor Pkwy. Palm Coast

Downtown Daytona Farmers Market 7AM-12PM City Island, Daytona Beach

101 Tolstoy Lane, St. Augustine (904) 814-9886

Picnic & Pops 6:30PM Palm Coast Town Center

Ormond Beach Phone: (386) 676-3216 Palm Coast Farmers Market 12PM-4PM European Village 101 Palm Harbor Pkwy. Palm Coast


May 26-29 Blue Crab Festival Downtown Palatka

May 26-28 Country 500 Great American Music Fest


Movie Nights By The Surf Cut Throat Island 5PM-9PM Veteran’s Park, Flagler Beach (386) 449-8355

The Healthy Start Family Place Parent & Community Cafe!!! (3rd Friday of each Month) 6-7:30 PM 868 George W. Engram Blvd.-Upstairs Room #216-W Daytona Beach, FL 32114 FOOD & CHILDCARE Provided! 386-252-4277


Movies in the Park Zootopia 8:20PM (386) 986-2323

400 North Garfield Avenue Deland, FL 32724 Meal Provided! (386) 252-4277

Bob Seger Tribute & Fireworks 7:15PM Daytona Beach Bandshell 70 Boardwalk, Daytona Beach


Flagler Beach Farmer’s Market 8AM - 12PM Shop to Find the Freshest Florida Produce, Seafood, Plants, Honey, Baked Goods , Handcrafted Work & More for Over 33 years. Sunrise to Early AfternoonEvery Friday and Saturday Year Round Rain or Shine!

The Florida Boat Show Halifax Harbor Marina 450 Basin Street, Daytona Beach

Dock Jam Seafood Music Festival Halifax Harbor Marina 450 Basin Street, Daytona Beach

Flagler Beach Pirate Invasion 11AM Veteran’s Park, Flagler Beach

Flagler Beach Farmer’s Market 8AM - 12PM


Endangered Species Day Central Florida Zoo Event included with admission.

Pool Safety Day 9AM-1PM Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool 339 Parkview Dr., Palm Coast (386)986-4741

To submit an event, send your information by the 10th of the preceding month to: or mail to: 800 Belle Terre Pkwy., Ste. 200-207 Palm Coast, FL 32164

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“The Art of Drawing” Cost for the three classes is $45 which includes the art supplies. Pre-registration is required. Call (386) 767-0076 or email


New Smyrna Beach Blues Festival Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach

Pre-registration is required. Call (386) 767-0076 or email

feature Lean on community Several moms polled for this article agreed that moms' night outs with their friends help them feel more optimistic. And science proves it. Studies find that time spent bonding with friends boosts a woman's level of oxytocin, a natural hormone that reduces stress. Check out mothers' groups in your area if you are struggling to build a support network.

Commit to healthy living

Women who make time to care for their bodies, enjoy a stronger self-image and feel more self-confident and energetic. Exercise, try to get adequate sleep, schedule regular massages and make healthy food choices to feel your best. "I know that when I am reasonably well-rested and happy, I am absolutely more patient, energetic and empathetic to everyone in my household," says Erica Wilson, a mom of one.

Take time for personal pursuits Whether you like surfing Pinterest, training for a 5K or simply taking a warm bubble bath, moments stolen throughout the week contribute to our overall sense of well-being. "I try to take at least a few minutes a day outside. I close me eyes, take deep breaths, and listen to the sounds," says Melanie Werner, a mom of one.

Nourish yourself During the rush of the week, most of us throw meals together just to get our hungry crew fed. If you enjoy cooking, find a day when you can slow down and relish the preparation. The process of chopping and measuring ingredients is meditative and soothing. Create a feast to delight all of the senses by serving your meal on a table laid out with your favorite dishes and cheerful flowers.

Follow a spiritual practice by Christa Melnyk Hines

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” — Dalai Lama We know that happiness is an emotion that can come and go. But how do we recapture that bubbly feeling amid the challenges and stresses of parenthood? Here are a few tips from moms for staying positive and feeling good.


Family life can be funny. Kids say hilarious things. Pay attention and write those gems down. Next time you need a lift, read them. Need more ideas? Look at funny family videos or photos, hang out with lighthearted friends, watch a silly movie or read a humorous book.

Get a groove on

Whether she participates in a Jazzercise class or switches on upbeat dance tunes in her kitchen, Jessie Mallicoat, a mom of three, says, “If I’m in a bad mood, I put on some ‘dancy’ music and it usually helps.” In fact, studies find that dancing boosts the body’s feel-good endorphins. Dancing has even been found to reverse depression and increase self-confidence.

Set boundaries Moms who are happier make conscious decisions on a daily basis about who and what is allowed into their lives. Switching to this way of thinking is empowering. You don’t have to be harsh or hurtful to accomplish this goal. Politely decline invitations that don’t fit with your priorities and limit interactions with negative individuals. 34 MAY 2017

Studies find that people who lean on an inner belief system are happier. You don't have to be religious to be spiritual. You can feel a connection to spirituality through helping others, nature, yoga, music, art, personal meditation or journaling. Michelle Hovick, a mom of one, says the "Elevation" church app is one of her favorite spiritual gateways to a mood shift.

Practice gratitude In a gratitude study at Eastern Washington University, researchers found a positive correlation between gratitude and happiness. "We have found that grateful individuals tend to be happy individuals and that grateful thinking improves mood," the researchers report. Try writing down three things you are thankful for each day.

Access good childcare

Seek reliable childcare in order to feel secure pursuing personal interests, maintaining routine health check-ups and for date nights with your partner. A positive marriage contributes to the overall emotional health and happiness of your family. Having trouble finding a sitter? Check out, and ask other parents for references.

Avoid comparison

Parenting philosophies that work well in one family, may not work well in another. Thanks to the influx of information at our fingertips, parents have no shortage of advice. Decide which strategies make sense for your family. And beware of spending too much time on social media if you’re starting to feel like you don’t measure up. “Being happy with yourself and how you parent is key to accepting other moms and how they parent, which creates a more supportive parenting community all around,” says Mandy Yokim, mom of two.

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OMG Mom Tea Towel It’s her day, so go ahead and give Mom a little ego boost by validating all that wise advice she’s given you over the years. This graphic tea towel is black and white, so it will match her kitchen, no matter the color scheme. To buy: $8,

Terry Beach Reader Beach season is (finally!) just around the corner. Get Mom ready for those lazy sun-and-water days with this colorful terry-cloth tablet and e-reader case. Thanks to a water-repellent polyester lining and zip enclosure—not to mention a terry handle for easy toting—she can make a splash without damaging her tech. To buy: $25,

Shoulda Woulda Coulda Calendar

Is Mom the type who calls to say she’s just around the corner, only to show up 15 minutes later? This quirky calendar is just right for her. With the words “shoulda, woulda, coulda” in bold letters at the top, this desktop calendar acknowledges the fact that everything on this busy woman’s calendar is subject to change. To buy: $13

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Beehive Measuring Cups This buzz-worthy cooking tool is sure to bring a dose of spring cheer to a kitchen shelf. The set has four measuring cups with a different colored bee on the handle. These measuring cups stack to make a beehive. They were designed for use with dry ingredients. Hand washing is recommended. 4 cups each ( 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, 1 cup) To buy: $32,

You Can Do It! Planner Pad

Consider this Mom’s daily pep talk: Covered with colorful variations on the phrase “You can do it!” this undated weekly planner—you can start on any day—is both whimsical and motivational, amping up both her schedule and her attitude. Bonus: It can also be used as a mouse pad. To buy: $12,

Family Tree Print

If you’ve exhausted the obvious gifts (flowers, candles, chocolates), branch out with this framed custom family tree, featuring leaves representing different family members. (Available in 38 different colors.) You can even add a quote—a family motto, favorite tradition, or poem— along the bottom to further personalize the print. To buy: $45,

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What Kind of Mom Are You? by Christa Melnyk Hines

Aren’t we all a little guilty of labeling other moms? Sure, we all share the common goal of nurturing a happy, healthy family, and we make different choices to get there. But just for fun, have you ever considered what “mom”category you most likely fall into? 1. It is a busy school night. What is for dinner?

2. A vacation for your family looks like:

a. Tofu stir-fry

a. Camping.

b. Pizza

b. Relaxing at a beach-side resort.

c. Crockpot meal

c. Disney World.

d. Hotdogs

d. Wherever my child's tournament is also being played.

e. Mac and cheese

e. A leisurely drive to your destination with stops at historical landmarks.

f. One of your wholesome pre-made meals from the freezer

f. Family lake house.

3. Your family pet is a:

4. You relax by:

a. Rescue dog or cat

a. Making homemade soaps and gardening.

b. Cat or purse-sized puppy

b. Shopping and a spa day.

c. Golden retriever or a labrador

c. Relax? What?

d. A boxer or German shepherd

d. Cheering on your favorite team.

e. Dogs, cats, fish, gerbils...we have a houseful

e. Sleeping in and watching old movies.

f. Zhu Zhu Pet

f. Cleaning and organizing.

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5. How many extracurricular activities is each of your children in? a. 0-2 b. 2-3 c. 4-5 d. 6+ e. I don't have a clue.

6. Your friend invites you to join her for a manicure. You say: a. Come over! I'll show you how to do an inexpensive, all-natural mani that you'll love. b. Sure, I could use a little pampering. c. I'd love to and then post a photo of the two of you enjoying your time on Facebook. d. Absolutely! I wonder if they can put a baseball design on my nails? e. Fun! Let's have lunch, too! f. Hmmm. Does this place clean their tools between clients?

7. Your favorite work-out is: a. Omg! Yoga all the way. b. Tennis. c. Jazzercize.

11. Y  our 13-year-old daughter is begging for the latest cellphone. You say:

d. Running. Walking is for whiners.

a. No way. You can use a flip phone when you need to reach me.

e. Chasing my kids.

b. Yes, let’s go shopping!

f. Weights and cardio with a personal trainer.

c. Okay, but first we are going to draw up a contract together and discuss the rules and responsibilities of owning a smartphone.

8. Your car: a. Has a picture of the earth on it. b. Is detailed at least once a month. c. Has your website on the rear windshield. d. Features decals of your kids’ names and the sports they play. e. Is littered with crumbs, sippy cups and toys. f. Is meticulously clean.

9. You organize your family by: a. Using an old-fashioned day-planner. b. Hiring a virtual assistant.

d. Well, I don’t want you to be the only one of your friends who doesn’t have one.e. Sure, whatever. Let’s add you to the family plan. f. Are you kidding? A phone will expose your developing brain to harmful radiation.

12. Y  our child has an early morning soccer game. You are most likely to wear: a. Yoga pants and an organic cotton t-shirt. b. Designer jeans, Ugg boots, hip jacket and a cute hat.

c. Plugging everything into your smartphone.

c. Comfy jeans and your favorite t-shirt. d. Team shirt, capris and a great attitude.

d. Recording all activities on the family wall calendar, color-coded according to the family member.

e. Oops, forgot to do laundry. Pull on something relatively clean.

e. Taking a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants approach. It will all work out.

f. Soccer causes concussions. My kids don’t play soccer.

f. Each person has a folder.

10. Y  our kids want to go to an amusement park with friends. You:

13. On the first day of school. You: a. Sadly drop your child off and start researching how to home school.

a. Say okay, but with strict instructions that they are not to eat anything with artificial colors.

b. Skip through the morning routine singing “It’s the most wonderful day of the year!”

b. Warn them not to ruin those jeans you got them. They cost a fortune.

c. Post Instagram photos of your kids dressed for the first day in Pinterest-inspired poses.

c. Look online to see if there are any coupon deals.

d. Give your kids a pep talk before dropping them off.

d. Insist on going, too. You are never too old for roller coasters! e. Say no problem and offer to drive.

e. Weep at the passing of another summer.

f. Agree, but secretly begin agonizing about the safety of the rides.

f. Deliver an extra supply of disinfectant wipes to the teacher.

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14. Y  our kids are performing in the school musical. You:

a. P  repare a healthy dinner before performance time. Good food will help them focus. b. Work with the music teacher to ensure the costume designs are just right. c. Arrive an hour and half before performance time. How else are you going to visit with friends and get a good seat for your YouTube recording? d. Rehearse daily with your kids. You would be mortified if they screwed up. e. Remind your kids to practice their lines and assume they have it under control.

15. Your toddler has a melt-down at the store. You: a. Hand him homemade fruit leather you stashed in your purse. He is quickly appeased. b. Are surprised. This undesirable behavior clearly runs on your husband’s side. c. Take a photo of your screaming tot and post it to Facebook with the breezy status “Another day in paradise!” Your friends quickly commiserate. d. Annoyed, you pick him up, abandon the cart and flee the store. e. Allow him to carry on. He’s only embarrassing himself. f. Get worried and wonder if he is acting out because he is coming down with something.

f. Stay awake worrying the night before.

If most of your answers were: A - Crunchy Mama From food to cleansers, you take an all-natural approach to life. You are committed to a healthy lifestyle and to feeding your family wholesome, unprocessed foods. You either belong to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) for locally sourced foods or you grow your own. You typically shop at places like Whole Foods and Sprouts with your cloth bags in hand. If you wear makeup, you keep it simple. You opted for a natural birth with your children, hired a doula and had a birth plan in place when you were pregnant. You have a “breast is best” philosophy for feeding your babies. You may have opted to homeschool your kids. What others admire about you: Your commitment to living a more holistic, simpler life.

B - Butterfly Mama You rarely have a hair out of place and other moms are constantly wondering how you manage to look so classy and put together all of the time. You have a quiet confidence and own your fashionable style. You not only care about how you look, you also have the attitude that selfcare is important to being a better mother. Your home further reflects your creativity and is a show stopper that is as comfortable as it is stylish. Whether you shop at garage sales or high-end department stores, you always know what looks good and your kids generally share your sense of style. What others admire about you: Your charming personality and fashion sense.

C - Connected Mama Social media has created a perfect storm of connection for you. You not only get to chat daily with friends and family from afar, you can share entertaining bits and pieces of your daily life with friends who may be right around the corner. Networking comes with ease and you manage to find friends where ever you go. You frequently organize moms night outs, get togethers and events. Your smart phone is your favorite device. Of all the moms listed, you are probably the most sleep deprived. But you thrive on busyness and tend to be exceptionally organized. What others admire about you: Your vast network and your resourcefulness.

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D - Sports Mama You love sports as much as your kids. Your competitive nature can get you a little riled up during games. You push your children to always do their best whether in school, sports or life. You typically wear your hair in a pony tail, sporting a sun visor and a t-shirt that says “Baseball/Soccer/Football Mom.” You come to games prepared with a cooler full of healthy snacks, bottled water, blankets, an umbrella and a comfortable bleacher chair. Your favorite mode of transportation is your SUV or minivan to accommodate the sports equipment, random water bottles and any team members who need rides. As something of a mother hen, you carry a first-aid kit and can always be depended on to offer praise and encouragement to every player. What others admire about you: Your can-do, up-beat and playful personality.

E - Free Spirit Mama You tend to take a go-with-the-flow approach to life and prefer to live for the present. Your favorite outfit is whatever is clean and ready to throw on first thing in the morning. You don’t let a screaming child rush you into decisions you aren’t comfortable with. You aren’t one to hurry to urgent care the minute your child sneezes, falls or nibbles on some sand. You don’t worry too much about the daily messes and chaos of life. Your attitude is that inconveniences and frustrations will sort themselves out eventually. For now, you say, let’s celebrate the moments and embrace the journey. What others admire about you: Your reliable, even-keeled sense of calm.

F - Mama Bear Committed to the health and wellness of the family, you are an avid reader of medical news and child development books. You tend to worry about your family frequently and pay close attention to any sniffles or complaints of body aches. You frequently evaluate if your kids’ behavior is due to illness, allergy or some other disorder and you aren’t shy about consulting with the pediatrician.Your kids knew about stranger danger and how germs spread before any other kid on the block. You keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in the car, the house and in your purse. You are happiest in a clean, well-organized environment. What others admire about you: Your nurturing, fiercely protective spirit.

For this Mother’s Day – Show Your Love! Mothering is a balancing act. We may feel stretched thin as we juggle caring for our kids, managing a career, and running a household. Somewhere in there, we can show our love best in how we care for ourselves. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the Show Your Love! campaign. As part of the campaign, they developed an awesome toolkit for busy moms that supports creating a plan for strong physical and mental health. Check it out at The toolkit encourages you to choose 2-3 goals that you can manage. Then it has a checklist to help you set your plan in motion. There are some essential checklists provided that also help us consider areas that might need our attention. 1. Prevent unplanned pregnancies – make informed decisions with the help of a qualified health provider. 2. Eat healthy foods – plan ahead by making a list before we shop, shopping on the edge of the store where the healthier foods are, and making sure there’s plenty of fruits and veggies! 3. Be active – setting aside a time for regular physical activity – even if it’s only in 10 minute increments throughout the day. 4. Take folic acid – it’s good for your health and if you plan on future pregnancies, it helps to prevent birth defects of the brain and spine. Take a multivitamin every day! 5. Prevent getting sexually transmitted infections – to get the facts on exposure to STI’s go to healthcomm/the-facts.htm. 6. Avoid harmful chemicals, metals, and other toxic substances around the home and in the workplace – for more information about preventing environmental exposure to harmful substances go to http:/ 7. Make sure your vaccinations are up to date – vaccinations are our best defense against many diseases, some of which can cause serious problems. Check out the vaccination schedule before you see your doctor. http:/ schedules/easyto-readadult.html 8. Manage and reduce stress and get mentally healthy – be aware of things that cause stress and make a plan to reduce it such as getting enough rest, exercise to lift mood, and limiting alcohol, cigarettes and other drugs, and have a strong support system. 9. If you smoke – stop now! If you don’t – stay away from those who are smoking. For help, talk to your doctor or call the quit line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). 10. Don’t use other people’s prescription medicine or use street drugs – taking drugs may provide temporary relief for stress or anxiety but eventually they become the source for many consequences. If you think you need help, talk with your doctor or ask a trusted friend for help. Narcotics Anonymous 24 Hour Helpline: 1-844-344-3155 or 11. Reduce alcohol intake and if you think you are pregnant, stop drinking immediately and make an appointment to see your doctor. Alcohol can cause serious birth defects. 12. Stop partner violence – abuse can be emotional, physical, or sexual. No-one deserves to be abused. Love shouldn’t ever hurt. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 10800-799-SAFE or 800-787-3224 (TDD). 13. Manage health conditions – such as asthma, obesity, diabetes. Learn as much as you can about your health condition(s), talk with your doctor, and link to support to help manage. 14. Learn about family’s health history – this can help determine which problems I might need to look for and help with prevention or management. 15. Get regular check-ups – put your doctors name and number in your cell phone and make sure to put a reminder in to make your next appointment! Make a list of questions to ask your doctor next visit. SHOW YOUR LOVE- MAKE CHOICES THAT SUPPORT YOUR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING! YOU’RE WORTH IT!!!!

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JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it. Two Reels – Coulda been a contender Three Reels – Something to talk about. Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick! Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters and home entertainment this month. Note that release dates are subject to change.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES Not yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 5/26 | Ok for Kids 12+ | Disney

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 2 Not yet rated; likely PG-13 | Ok for Kids 12+ | In Theaters 5/5 | Disney, Marvel

Reel Preview:

Reel Preview: Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand. KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, some suggestive content and brief strong language | In Theaters 5/12 | Ok for kids 13+ | Warner Bros. Reel Preview: Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne. When Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy, whether he likes it or not.

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Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning. The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazer (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea – especially Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has never faced. Also stars Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom and Stephen Graham.


Dapper Koala Buster Moon presides over a oncegrand theater that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine. Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Jennifer Saunders

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GRAD GIFTS key2Bme: Give the recent grad a constant reminder of how much they mean to you with key2Bme. These stylish, meaningful keys come with an inspiring mini quote card in an organized gift bag. Choose from “Amazing” - “You are Even More Amazing Than you Wish You Were” or “Be Happy” – “The Purpose of our Lives is to Be Happy”or “Change the World”. More than 20 designs and special sayings to choose from. Easy to attach to a keychain, backpack or purse. Website: and Price Point: $6.99

The Happiness Planner: The 52-Week Happiness Planner Journal is unlike any other. It is perfect for those who don’t want to write or journal every day, but still want to set weekly goals. It comes with a weekly goal setting, weekly overview and weekly reflection pages, instead of the daily and monthly pages. Instead of focusing on productivity; it focuses on the individuals’ happiness. Website: Point:$38

Rogue Industry Wallets: Grads who are already making travel plans to spend a year or more abroad, or will be looking at a long commute in the upcoming year, will appreciate having an ultra cool wallet to carry their cards and cash in! Rogue wallets are slim, lightweight and specially curved to perfectly fit in a front pocket. The line comes with RFID-blocking WalletGuard stitched directly into the lining too which offers protection from cyberbandits as well. Website: Point: Starts at $25 and goes up

Talelight: The World’s First Electronic Bumper Sticker. Talelight can hold up to 25 images and the graduate gets to choose how – and when – their stickers display. Talelight is a 2”x 8” high-resolution color LCD display that mounts on the rear of a car with industrial-strength adhesive strips. It is powered through a USB connection inside the car and communicates via secure Bluetooth connectivity. The Talelight is small enough to be mounted on the rear of most any car. 15 foot USB power cable included. Talelight goes dark when the car is parked. Website: Point:$130

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Volusia County Selects Outstanding School Volunteers Zilliah C. Gould Wins State-Level Award The 2016-2017 Outstanding School Volunteer Award winners have been selected and will be honored during a School Board recognition event on April 25. Zilliah C. Gould, Volusia County’s Outstanding School Volunteer in the senior category, was named the Outstanding School Volunteer in the same category by the Florida Department of Education for Region III (Central Florida). Mrs. Gould, a retired Volusia County teacher, began volunteering in 1994. In 2005, she and Donna Adams — the kindergarten teachers she currently volunteers for — were selected as Volusia County Schools elementary Teacher/Volunteer Team of the Year. She works with several kindergarten teachers at Read-Pattillo Elementary and approximately 50 to 75 students each year. Kindergarten teachers often need a second person in classrooms to help with learning centers or practice necessary reading and math skills in which children are not secure, and that is where Mrs. Gould is utilized. She gives one-on-one support and encouragement to children who have no one to help them at home and contributes many ideas for the students to ponder. At 84 years young, she continues to share things that she did as a little girl — each year, she buys between 80 and 100 t-shirts so the children can make reindeer shirts, and also gives about 60 teachers and staff members a homemade jar of strawberry fig jam. The quality of her service is exceptional and benefits the developmental growth of the young children at Read-Pattillo Elementary. Hannah Arieti, a sophomore at New Smyrna Beach High School, won the Outstanding School Volunteer Award in the youth category. Hannah has been serving Chisholm Elementary for approximately five years, and has played a pivotal role in transforming the media center into an engaging space for learning focused on a love of literature and reading. Under the direction of the school’s Media Specialist Nicole McDonald, Hannah has created a Reading Counts tree to provide students with an engaging visual to track their progress. As a result of her efforts, approximately 85 percent of the student population is now engaged in the program. Her work in the media center has also involved the creation of a “reading boat,” where students have an opportunity to escape from the traditional desk and chairs and enjoy reading in a small boat, allowing for a sense of adventure and possibility. Hannah is a valuable asset to Chisholm Elementary and its community. Her ability to create fabulous bulletin boards and eye-catching documents works to create a love of reading throughout the campus and provides a creative resource for teachers and staff. John Sutherland, an exceptional school volunteer at Freedom Elementary, won the Outstanding School Volunteer Award in the adult category. Mr. Sutherland has been a School Advisory Council member for seven years. He has also been the school’s District Advisory Council (DAC) representative for six of those 48 MAY 2017

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Hannah Arieti years. He provides valuable input to SAC and takes a lead in problem-solving and collaboration for many important school issues. Mr. Sutherland also secured a donation of plants from a local nursery and maintains ongoing landscape labor around campus, making the school a beautiful place for students and teachers to spend their time each day. Lastly, Mr. Sutherland spends time directly involved with students, assists teachers with class projects and celebrations, and is always willing to go the extra mile to support teachers with anything they need to be successful in the classroom. Marla Griffin, guidance counselor, and Fran Dyer, volunteer, were selected to receive the Teacher/Volunteer Team Award at the elementary level. The team was nominated by Chisholm Elementary for their work in providing food to students through the Hi Five Weekend Snack Program. If it were not for the Hi Five Program many students would not have access to food in the pantry over the

chorus program. Thanks to this team, the choir program has grown from 80 to 143 students. They also raise scholarship funds to help the students attend events and competitions. Teaching students how to give back to the community by involving them in different drives and activities sets this team apart from the rest. For more information on volunteering with Volusia County Schools, contact Annette Hood, facilitator for volunteers/partnerships programs, at (386) 255-6475, extension 38381. Fran Dryer & Marla Griffin weekend and this team ensures students receive the nutrition they need. Amanda El Shemi, teacher, and Randi Parsell, volunteer, were selected to receive the Teacher/ Volunteer Team Award at the secondary level. The team was nominated by Creekside Middle for their continued efforts in helping the school’s chorus program. Thanks to this team, the choir program has grown from 80 to 143 students. They also raise scholarship funds to help the students attend events and competitions. Teaching students how to give back to the community by involving them in different drives and activities sets this team apart from the rest. For more information on volunteering with Volusia County Schools, contact Annette Hood, facilitator for volunteers/partnerships programs, at (386) 255-6475, extension 38381.

Register Kindergartners Starting April 24 Volusia County schools will begin registering students for kindergarten the week of April 24. Exact dates and times are different for each school. For details, parents should call the elementary school closest to them or visit the district’s website at http:// [Click on the Parents icon, then in the Toolbox, then click Kindergarten Information.] To register a child for kindergarten, the child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2017. Parents or guardians must provide a birth certificate or other legal evidence of date of birth; immunization records signed by a physician; a record of a recent health examination conducted by a Florida physician; and two proofs of residence. Families who have a summer 2017 VPK certificate may also register their incoming kindergartner to attend VPK this summer when registering for kindergarten. To obtain a summer 2017 VPK certificate from the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia County, families may call (386) 323-2400 or (386) 736-5010. When the school year begins on August 14, kindergarten students will have the opportunity to get to know their teacher and new routine in a small group setting on their first day. Each of Volusia’s 46 elementary schools will implement a “staggered start” for kindergartners on the first three days of school. With the staggered start, students will receive individualized attention, enabling them to become familiar with their surroundings and school procedures. Approximately one-third of the class will attend on Monday, August 14, one-third on Tuesday, August 15, and one-third on Wednesday, August 16. All kindergarten students will begin attending classes together on Thursday, August 17. Parents will be notified by their school regarding which day their student will attend. For more information, call the support services center of Volusia County Schools at (386) 734-7190, 255-6475, 427-5223 or 860-3322, extension 20000, or the K-12 Curriculum office at extension 20571.

Volusia Launches School Bus Wi-Fi Pilot for Anytime, Anywhere Learning Students on bus route 131 will have the opportunity for mobile learning during their commute to and from school starting Monday, April 3. Approximately 80 students who attend Pine Trail Elementary, Hinson Middle and Mainland High will be the first students in Volusia to be able to access to digital classroom materials and complete assignments online through the BYOT network while on the school bus. The Wi-Fi network will be accessible on any device while on the school bus thereby providing free Wi-Fi for students’ personal devices. Bus rules for student use of technology on route 131: 1. Students must use their own technology. No sharing or passing around devices. 2. S tudents must use their own earbuds/earphones for any online activity that has sound. 3. S tudents must not be engaged in any bullying behavior that involves the technology. The impact of this pilot program will be measured through the collection monthly information on bus-related behavior referral data, number of students accessing the network, student completion of digital assignments and timeon-task for students accessing digital curriculum. Five additional bus routes will be added later this spring. By providing a structured roll-out of Wi-Fi on school buses, the district will be able to extend learning beyond the classroom walls and close the “homework gap” that is present for students who do not have access to Wi-Fi at home. Many students endure a commute of up to 60 minutes one way, and those hours add up over the year. Students end up spending hundreds of hours on the school bus during the school year. In addition to daily commutes, educational Wi-Fi on buses provides an opportunity for student athletes traveling to away games or students on field trips to take advantage of travel time and extend learning beyond the classroom.

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