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What is Really Important?

I looked up last years’ January title of my article, and found it very thought provoking: “Will 2020 Give You the Gift of Sight?” Like everyone else, I had no idea what 2020 had in mind for our world and for every person in it.  What Did 2020 Give You? Just one issue from a long list of terrifying situations would have been hard enough … Continue reading What is Really Important?

Florida’s Winter Tourists: Manatees

Photos by Kelsey Walters  When the beginning of the year rolls around, you probably aren’t thinking about a trip to one of Florida’s many natural springs, of which there are over 700. The chilly water is a great way to cool off in the sweltering summer, but not exactly a winter warm up. There is, however, one group spending their winter vacation in the cool … Continue reading Florida’s Winter Tourists: Manatees

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort  Article and Photos by: Kelsey Walters  After this dumpster fire of a year, many people are looking to the holidays to instill some joy back into 2020 as we close it out. Many have begun celebrating earlier than ever (I’ve even spotted some Christmas trees up before Halloween!) and are on the hunt for some seasonal fun. As usual, the … Continue reading The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Kids can receive a postcard from Santa

Santa is making his list and checking it twice at Volusia County’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Division. As part of an annual tradition, recreation employees will send personalized postcards from Santa to children up to age 12. Parents can have their children added to Santa’s mailing list by sending the child’s full name and address to elves@volusia.org by Dec. 11. Continue reading Kids can receive a postcard from Santa

Daytona Cars & Coffee

The last Saturday of the month from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM @ ONE Daytona Daytona Cars & Coffee is a monthly event for car enthusiasts alike, old and new!  Daytona Cars and Coffee is presented by Hot Rods For Heroes and is held at ONE DAYTONA the last Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  This is an event that the … Continue reading Daytona Cars & Coffee

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A Magical Tour: Magic of Lights @ Daytona International Speedway

This article was originally published in December 2017. Some aspects of this attraction, including pricing and times, are subject to change. In November, Daytona International Speedway opens the gates to the county’s annual holiday attraction, Magic of Lights. The first of its kind for this area, Magic of Lights offers a drive-through light display experience that’s sure to delight the whole family. In addition to … Continue reading A Magical Tour: Magic of Lights @ Daytona International Speedway

New Grandparents in 2020

My grandson, David Banks, was born in June. A total of five grandparents, with great excitement and anticipation for their children, who were about to be first-time new parents, was at an all-time high.  Due to COVID-19, it was very difficult for me and the other grandparents, and one excited aunt, to be forbidden inside the hospital at all. This little guy was my fourth … Continue reading New Grandparents in 2020

Volunteers Needed to Fill Grocery Bags for People in Need

When the COVID-19 pandemic reached Volusia County and thousands of residents lost their jobs, Halifax Urban Ministries (HUM) saw its requests for food assistance skyrocket. Staff and volunteers from the faith-based nonprofit stepped up to the plate and expanded the agency’s Feed-a-Family program by coordinating a massive food distribution initiative. For the past two months, they have been gathering at Volusia County’s Ocean Center to … Continue reading Volunteers Needed to Fill Grocery Bags for People in Need