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Matanzas High School Chorale performs for Kiwanis Club

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Also in Your Town: Environmental scholarships for students, Flagler departments plan outreach events, Community Chorus seeks new members
by: Joey Pellegrino Staff Writer

MHS Chorale highlight of Kiwanis dinner

Matanzas High School Chorale enlightened the members and guests at the Kiwanis Flagler County Club's Christmas dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn Dec. 16, 2019. Orchestrated by Matanzas Choral Director Lens Oliva, the group of talented sopranos, altos, tenors and basses provided a heartfelt variety of Christmas carols for the diners. Many students are also involved with the Kiwanis-sponsored MHS Key Club as well.

Look for their upcoming performance on April 16-18.

Environmental scholarship for Flagler students

Beaches Go Green is awarding two $2,500 scholarships to current high school seniors and higher education students (trade school, college, or university students) in the First Coast area for continuing education. Scholarships are awarded to qualified students who have demonstrated significant commitment to preserving, improving or providing education on environmental issues.

The basic qualifications are:

·     Current enrollment as a high school senior or at a higher education institution

·     Future enrollment in higher education in the 2020 - 2021 school year (trade school, college or university) 

·     Live in one of the following counties: Baker, Flagler, St. Johns, Duval, Nassau, Clay and Putnam

·     Volunteer at least 100 hours for organizations focused on improving, preserving or educating on environmental, wildlife or sustainability issues. (Volunteering with domestic animals does not apply.)

Applications are accepted from Jan. 1, to March 31 at 11:59 p.m. Scholarship winners will be announced on or before April 15. Winners must be available to accept the scholarship award in person at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at the Beaches Go Green monthly meeting. Location to be decided..

Fire rescue, emergency management, growth management departments set community outreach dates 

Flagler County’s departments of fire rescue, emergency management and growth management are hosting six community outreach events in 2020 to provide information about the various programs and services available to residents. Representatives from the Florida Forest Service will also attend to discuss wildfire mitigation and fuel reduction.

The first open house-style event in the series will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Fire Station 41, 5593 N. Oceanshore Blvd. 

“This community outreach is designed to give residents the opportunity to meet Fire Rescue firefighters working at their neighborhood firehouses,” said fire marshal Jerry Smith. “Our crews are very proud of their firehouses.”

Residents can also see the equipment used by the Florida Forest Service. Flagler County Emergency Management will provide storm and disaster preparedness information, and register attendees for AlertFlagler notifications. Growth management staff will provide information about flood zone construction and permitting requirements.

“Of course, I will provide information about home fire safety inspections, and smoke detector battery exchange,” Smith said. “We will also answer questions about community paramedicine.”

Additional 2020 outreach dates are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as follows:

March 14 at Old Dixie Station 16, 3935 Old Dixie Highway, Ormond Beach

May 9 at Airport Station 92, 130 Airport Road, Palm Coast

July 11 at Bunnell Station 62, 1601 Old Moody Blvd., Bunnell

Sept. 12 at Espanola Station 51, 3055 County Road 13, Bunnell

Nov. 14 at St. Johns Park Station 71, 99 E. County Road 2006, Bunnell

Community Chorus of Palm Coast seeks new singers

The Community Chorus of Palm Coast is seeking more voices in every vocal section.  They are holding an open house meet-and-greet for new and current members at 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 156 Florida Park Drive, Palm Coast. 

Rehearsals for the first concert begin Tuesday, January 21, at Trinity Presbyterian Church.  New members should arrive at 6 p.m.  Rehearsal begins at 6:30 p.m.  Some choral experience (church choir, high school or college choir, community chorus, etc.) is preferred. Visit communitychorusofpalmcoast.com for more information.  

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