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Snow in Rockefeller Gardens, 'Chriskwanzukkah,' and four other things you can't miss this week

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by: Emily Blackwood News Editor

THURSDAY, DEC. 15

Destination Daytona’s After Hours Christmas Party and Toys for Tots Fundraiser 

5 to 8 p.m. at Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson, 1637 N. U.S. 1. Donate a new unwrapped toy and get a free H-D Poker Chip while supplies last. Free gift wrapping and a scavenger hunt. Santa from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Holidays at The Casements

6 to 8 p.m. at The Casements. "The Moonlighters Orchestra" starts at 7 p.m. Free. 

SATURDAY, DEC. 17

Inaugural Chuck Strasser Memorial Candy Cane 5K

8 a.m. at Destination Daytona, 1637 N. U.S. 1. A memorial fundraiser for Chuck Strasser, a member of the Daytona Beach-area community who passed away Jan. 1, 2015, after a battle with cancer. Proceeds will go to missions that aid people in need all over the world. Hosted by Tomoka Christian Church. Christmas-themed costumes are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded. Online registration is available at 5k.tomoka.cc.

Wreaths Across America 

Noon at Volusia Memorial Park, 550 N. Nova Road. Join Sherman Burres and Rolling Thunder, Veterans Assistance Coalition as they place 300 wreaths on veterans graves in Eastern Volusia County. Any company wishing to sponsor wreaths should call 677-7398 or send donations to P.O. Box 2573, Ormond Beach, Florida 32175. 

A Snowy Christmas @ Rockefeller Gardens

3 to 8 p.m. at Rockefeller Gardens, 26 Riverside Drive. Food trucks, Christmas music, a special Christmas story and snow for the kids to play in. Hosted by Salty Church. 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21

Chriskwanzukkah Festival at The Casements 

4 to 7 p.m. at The Casements, 25 Riverside Drive. The Creative Happiness Institute, Tomoka Poets, and the Ormond Beach Arts District joined together to create a novel event that includes a Winter Solstice ceremony, music, songs, poetry, and prizes with an open mic for anyone who wishes to present a holiday-themed message. Free with funding in part from the Cultural Council of Volusia County. Free sweets. Light refreshments for sale. 

Executive Director of OBAD Julia Truilo is singing a song, Tomoka Poets President Mary-Ann Westbrook is hosting an open poetry reading, and local singers/songwriters Roger Duvernoy and Mike Dorn will perform and invite others with an instrument to join. Dr. David B. Axelrod, a Volusia County Poet Laureate and director of CHI, is performing the solstice ceremony at 5:44 p.m.

“We want to honor as many traditions as we can,” says Dr. Axelrod, who promises to do so “with a light heart.”

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