Also in Your Town: Sculpture Garden's first piece dedicated in Town Center.
The newest turtle sculpture on the Public Sculpture Turtle Trail, “Marc-Sea,” was dedicated Monday, March 25, at the Village Center of the residential community of Grand Haven. Inspired by the Marc Chagall Peace Windows at the United Nations building in New York, sponsor Dr. Mark Vogel chose this theme of peace. Artist Paul Beaulieu beautifully recreated these stained glass works onto the turtle now named “Marc-Sea.” Dr. Steve Davidson, president of the CDD accepted this sculpture on behalf of Grand Haven which is the first residential community to have a turtle.
Other turtles on the trail include “Claude,” a Monet inspired turtle that is located in front of the outdoor stage at the Palm Coast Arts Foundation and “Tiff,” inspired by stained glass art nouveau artist Louis Comfort Tiffany that can be found at the Long Creek Nature Preserve.
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Sculpture dedication in Town Center
The Palm Coast City Council, the city of Palm Coast’s Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee, the Arts Commission and the Gargiulo Art Foundation dedicated the first piece of the Sculpture Garden — a nearly 10-foot-tall, cast bronze sculpture “Burro with Bird on Shoulder” — next to the lake at a public ceremony 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Central Park, 975 Central Ave.
American Legion celebrates 100 years
The American Legion Post 115 celebrated the American Legion’s centennial with the post’s 12th-annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, March 30 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8696. Over 150 members and guests joined in the celebration, according to a press release.
The annual fundraising event had a special significance this year honoring the 100th birthday of The American Legion. Members of the American Expeditionary Force convened in Paris for the first American Legion Caucus March 15-17, 1919. Volunteers from Matanzas High School JROTC assisted serving food.
Matanzas High School JROTC serve food at the American Legion’s Spaghetti Dinner. Photo courtesy by Cheryl Mangels
Women United Flagler celebrates 10 years
The Women United Flagler is celebrating 10 years serving the Flagler County community. The chapter was launched in 2009 by a group of local women concerned with the welfare of women and children in need in Flagler County.
The group’s mission is to create positive, measurable, long-term change in the lives of women and children by focusing on root causes and pooling resources to increase impact. They are most well known in the community for their “Chicks with Cans” program initiative. It is estimated the group has collected approximately 60,000 pounds (30 tons) of food since its inception. With the help of over 40 volunteers and Publix Supermarkets, the women were able to bring in and donate over $15,428 worth of food in 2018.
In 2018, the group distributed $34,182 in food and grants to local agencies, such as; the Family Life Center, Family Promise, Samaritan Ministries, Early Learning Coalition, Reading Pals, The Flagler Education Foundation, Teens-In-Flight, Children's Home Society, Christmas Come True, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Early Learning Coalition of Flagler-Volusia, Feed Flagler, Sally's Safe Haven, as well as provided high school scholarships to both Flagler Palm Coast High School and Matanzas High School students.
Rymfire students cast votes for favorite books
It's Sunshine State Young Readers Association election time at Rymfire Elementary school. About 100 students participating in the program were able to cast their vote on their very favorite book from this year's list.
The purpose of the SSYRA Program is to encourage students to read independently for pleasure and to read books that are on, above and below their reading level in order to improve their reading fluency.
Flagler County Supervisor of Elections Kaiti Lenhart and her team helped to set up the election process by providing an online balloting software system to be used at the voting booths. The Elections Office also provided each student with a unique voter ID and an "I Voted!" sticker.
The winning books for each category for the whole state will be announced on April 15, and shortly following, the new book titles for next year will be revealed.