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Your Town: LEAD Children help low-income families connect with services

Also in Your Town: A veterans swim program will soon begin at Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club.
by: Paige Wilson Community Editor

Community Problem Solver group LEAD Children, which stands for Love, Engage and Direct Children, held a Child Fair in February for the third year. Only 50 people attended, project member Julia Hok said, and the group hopes to double that next year.

LEAD Children currently consists of students Hok and Katherine Bereznicki, who founded the event and hosted it for the first time in 2017, partnering with Flagler Schools Student and Community Services and the George Washington Carver Community Center.

This year, 18 organizations participated in the fair, which was an increase from 14 last year.

“We are proud to continue to showcase the variety and abundance of great services offered locally to help those in need,” Hok said.

Low-income families with children ages 0-5 benefited from learning about the free/discounted services under organizations like Early Learning Coalition, Healthy Start, Help Me Grow, Alpha Women's Center and more.

LEAD Children will soon compete for a United Way grant.


Also in Your Town:

Veteran swim program

A new program called “Power in the Pool” will soon benefit veterans, due to a partnership with Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club, Flagler Technical Institute and Ship Shape Water Fitness Specialists LLC Water Fitness Instructors.

The “VETS” program, which stands for Veterans, Exercise, Transformation and Support, will be held at the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club, 73 Patricia Drive, from 3-4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning April 3. The cost is $8 per class and most insurances can provide reimbursement.

The class aims to improve strength, flexibility, balance and endurance, as well as boost energy level, manage proper breathing techniques and positively impact physical and psychological health for veterans.

Call 986-5655 to register.


Fishing tournament winners

Male Angler of the Year for 2018 is Captain Bruce Bachman and the Lady Angler of the Year for 2018 is Karen Dougherty. Photo courtesy of Marketing2Go

The Flagler Sportfishing Club announced the annual winners of its year-long Fishing Tournament. The winners were awarded at the monthly meeting at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8696. The tournament ran from Jan. 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2018.

Male Angler of the Year for 2018 is Captain Bruce Bachman and the Lady Angler of the Year for 2018 is Karen Dougherty. Both anglers accumulated the most points at the end of the year for the 23 species of fish that the club tracks. All fish are turned into designated weigh stations throughout the year and each month the data is gathered and totaled to track the progress. This year, the club awarded 19 species winners with club jackets, shirts or gift certificates (winners’ choice).


‘Flagler Reads Together’

The Friends of the Library is presenting the annual “Flagler Reads Together” program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

A free program entitled “Astronomy for Everyone: Size and Scale of the Universe,” will be presented 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 18, at the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway NW. Kevin Manning, a well-known public speaker and astronomer will present the program.

The series will conclude with an open discussion of the book by Jeffery K. Smith, “The Eagle Has Landed” at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the library.


Flagler County Rotary Club donation spreads smiles

Ruth Bowling, development officer, AdventHealth Global Missions; Cindy Evans, president, Rotary Club of Flagler County; Jeffrey Blydenburgh, president, Rotary Club of Winter Park. Courtesy photo

On Tuesday, March 5, the Rotary Club of Flagler County presented a check for $1,000 to the Rotary Club of Winter Park to support its partnership with AdventHealth's Sharing Smiles program. AdventHealth Sharing Smiles, formerly SHARES International, provides healing and hope to needy children in developing countries. Collaborating with onsite medical professionals and Rotary Clubs ensures these children receive the ongoing care needed to help them do what they do best — smile.  The donation will be matched fifty cents to the dollar, bringing the total contribution to $1,500.


Women artists' work on display

Best of Show – “Bubbles” by Randa Mayers will be on display at FCAL through April 9. Photo courtesy of Tom Verna

The Florida Women’s Arts Association is currently presenting a group exhibition featuring 29 artists, including photographers, sculptors, painters and mixed media creators.

“The World According to Women,” a judged exhibit, will run from March 9 to April 9 at the Flagler County Art League, 160 Cypress Parkway, Suite A208, in City Market Place.

Winners of the judged competition are:

Best of Show – “Bubbles” by Randa Mayers

First Place – “The Light on the Stairs” by Kathleen Pruett

Second Place – “Blooming Bromeliads” by Jill Beecher Matthew

Third Place – “Feels Like Flying” by RoAnn Elias

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