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by: Jarleene Almenas Senior Editor

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, the Ormond Beach Police Department received free meals from Wild Rabbit Bistro and Lewis Heaster to show

Ormond Beach Police Lt. Thomas Elkins and Lewis Heaster. Courtesy photo

gratitude for keeping the community safe. 

Junior League helps Pace

A group of 10 Junior League of Daytona Beach members spent Saturday, Sept. 12, preparing an outdoor learning space for the Pace Center for Girls in Ormond Beach, as part of the organization's Done in a Day project, a press release announced. 

This new addition to Pace is the result of planning between the two entities, which began in late 2019 when JLDB leaders learned that Pace needed the space, the release explained. Volunteers planned to implement the project during spring break in March but were delayed due to COVID-19.

Because of the pandemic, the outdoor learning space took on new urgency and the JLDB reached out to partners for donations to develop the space, including Big League Nursery in Ormond Beach which donated plants, shade sails and landscaping expertise. Another donor supplied the privacy fencing. 

The Junior League of Daytona Beach sets up a new outdoor learning area for the Pace Center for Girls. Courtesy photo

“The new, outdoor learning space is perfect for our girls, who sometimes need a change of scenery and to take a break from being inside,” said Kerrie Sagrani, program director for Pace, in the press release. “We all enjoy the natural benefits of sunshine and fresh air and our girls will love this. It was wonderful to have the Junior League volunteers helping at our Center. Everyone worked so hard on Saturday and we are so appreciative for the partnership in creating this beautiful, new amenity for our girls.”

The JLDB is an organization of women that began in 1934. 

“We were thrilled to work together with Pace to provide an outdoor education space at their center.  It is great to know we are making a direct contribution to the positive experience provided for girls who attend Pace," said Amy Vaughan Deahl, President of the JLDBm according to the press release. “It was very satisfying to get a small group of our members together to continue the important work of the League, improving the lives of women and children in our community.”

Wreaths Across America

The Capt. James Ormond Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be laying over 200 wreaths at Hillside Cemetery for National Wreaths Across America Day on Dec. 19.

The chapter will be working with Wreaths Across America and local officials to be able to host the event safely, according to a press release. This year, over 2,200 locations have registered to host ceremonies. In 2019, 2.2 million wreaths were placed on veteran graves in honor of their service. 

Want to help? You can sponsor a $15 wreath by visiting 

Local coach builds online fitness platform

Back in March, when Volusia County Schools closed due to the pandemic, Father Lopez coach Larissa Maloney had to figure out how to teach her physical education students. 

Father Lopez coach Larissa Maloney. Courtesy photo

She decided to stream workouts every morning Monday-Friday and her YouTube channel, Active Kids 2.0, was born. According to an email to the Observer, Maloney ended up reaching over 50,000 families and decided to make a full online platform for her workouts.

"Active Kids 2.0 is now a thriving online fitness and wellness platform that is now serving not only families, but now over 250 schools all around the world," Maloney said. "I've hired elite certified coaches from across the country and have added in specialty classes. So Active Kids isn't just me doing cardio and strength exercises, it is now composed of karate, yoga, boxing, toddler time, ballet, hip-hop dance, cheer, gymnastics, jazz and of course cardio and strength." 

Active Kids 2.0 will also be adding a nutrition and health section to the program, and it caters to ages 3-18. 

"PE teachers have said that this program is a lifesaver due to all of the strict social distancing guidelines," Maloney said. "The program also fulfills the PE requirement for homeschool families."

Guitars on display

The Museum of Arts and Sciences is premiering a new exhibition titled, "Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the GUITAR," a press release announced. 

The exhibit celebrates the artistic development of the guitar, and was developed by the National GUITAR Museum. It features 40 objects spanning centuries of design and craftsmanship.

The "Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the GUITAR" exhibition will be on display at MOAS through Jan. 20, 2021. Courtesy photo

“We are so excited to be hosting this exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Sciences and have been looking forward to its arrival for a long time now,” said Andrew Sandall, MOAS executive director in the press release. “As a guitarist myself for over 30 years, I cannot wait for people to be able to see all of these instruments displayed together, and to see how modern guitars still share their DNA with the medieval instruments on display, despite being able to make some very different noises. I think people will also enjoy seeing how fashion and function have come together to drive guitar design in the last 70 years, producing instruments we have all heard on records or see on stage, but may never have looked at this closely.”

The exhibit also includes life-size photorealistic illustrations of historically-important guitar designs from artist Gerard Huerta and 20 photographs of musicians by concert photographer Neil Zlozower. It will be on display through Jan. 20, 2021.

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