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Ormond Beach Observer Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019 1 year ago

Calendar: Celebrate the Persian New Year at the Nowruz Festival

What to do this week in Ormond Beach.
by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Thursday, March 14

Tomoka State Park welcomes bikers

When: March 14-17

Where: Tomoka State Park, 2099 N. Beach St.

Details: For bike week, Tomoka State Park will lower its entry fee for motorcycles to $2. Tomoka Outpost is also advertising "Riverfront Beer and Peanuts," where any beverage purchase comes with a free tray of shelled peanuts. Call 676-4050.

Saturday, March 16

Seaside Decorative Painters

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Unity Church, 908 Ridgewood Ave.

Details: RSVP by calling Lee Fasnacht at 597-3020. All levels of painters welcome. Visit

Shining S.T.A.R.S. 2019 Pageant

When: 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Where: Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center, 399 N. U.S. 1

Details: Watch this showcase of talent and beauty by the special needs community. Presented by the city's special populations division. Tickets cost $5. Call 676-3252.

St. Patrick's Day Craft Program

When: 2-3 p.m.

Where: Environmental Discovery Center, 601 Division Ave.

Details: Free program for kids. Presented by the city's Department of Leisure Services. Call 615-7081 to reserve a spot.

Sunday, March 17

Fifth-annual Nowruz Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: The Casements, 25 Riverside Drive

Details: Celebrate the beginning of spring and the Persian New Year at this traditional Iranian festival, featuring the Vancouver Pars National Ballet, live music and cultural programs. There will also be a kids zone, and various vendors selling Iranian and Middle Eastern foods and desserts. Free and open to the public. Presented by the Iranian American Society of Daytona Beach.

Monday, March 18

Halifax River Audubon meeting

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Sica Hall, 1065 Daytona Ave.

Details: Come listen to Laurilee Thompson tell her experience of growing up on land that became part of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Doors open at 6:30. Open to the public. Visit

Tuesday, March 19

Halifax Genealogical Society

When: 1:30 p.m.

Where: Ormond Beach Library Auditorium, 30 S. Beach St.

Details: Join the society for "Do's - Don'ts - Surprises: Lessons Learned While Researching in Europe," an interactive presentation with Bill Meister. DNA Special Interest Group will follow the program. Visitors welcome. Call 676-3806.

Wednesday, March 20

Friends of Tomoka Basin State Parks meeting

When: 6-7:30 p.m.

Where: Tomoka State Park Recreation Hall, 2099 N. Beach St.

Details: Join this citizen support organization created to support the local state parks. Learn about the group and how you can become part of it. Meeting is open to all, and will include refreshments. Call 676-4050.

Thursday, March 21

Ormond Historical Bus Tour

When: 9:45-11:45 a.m.

Where: The Casements, 25 Riverside Drive

Details: See much of the history and scenery of Ormond Beach via the Ormond Beach Historical Society's bus tour. Beginning at The Casements, the tour includes the Loop, the Three Chimneys Sugar Mill Ruins and a visit to see the Fairchild Oak. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the MacDonald House, located at 38 E. Granada Blvd. Tickets cost $22 for adults, $20 for Historical Society members and $7 for ages 5-12. Tour takes about two hours. Call 677-7005.

Conklin Center for the Blind's 40th-anniversary Gala

When: 6-9 p.m

Where: News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach St.

Details: Italian classical pianist Aldo Ragone will be performing for the center's 40th-anniversary gala. Tickets cost $50. Event is open to the public. Ragone is also offering a masterclass at Daytona State College at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, in the Gillespy Theater to select students. Visit or call 258-3441.

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