Senior citizens, their families and caregivers are invited to participate in Aging Tree’s fourth annual Winter Wellness Festival from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. The event is free and open to the public. The Winter Wellness Festival will be at Aging Tree, 985 Harley Strickland Blvd., Ste 100, Orange City, in the Kohl’s Shopping Plaza.
At the event, local senior-care-related businesses share information about resources available through their organizations. Festival highlights include hourly give-aways; free food and drinks, free blood pressure checks, hearing screenings and; specials on retirement living; 20-percent off select home-medical equipment; and a drawing for a pair of fitted compression socks.
Sponsors of the February 3 event include Florida Health Care Advantage Plans, Advanced Imaging, Central Florida Bone and Joint Institute, Concierge Care, Hearing Healthcare Centers LLC, HealthMed Solutions and VITAS Healthcare.
Aging Tree’s mission is to provide safer and easier access to senior care-related products and services to the families and caregivers of our aging population. Through its network, Aging Tree provides dedicated resources to guide to the families of seniors in our community through screened providers in a one-stop environment to showcase their experience and services. To learn more about Aging Tree, visit www.agingtree.com, www.facebook.com/agingtree or call 386-774-2446.
VP Communications' president, Vickie Pleus, is expanding her agency's mission in 2018.
"Lampstand Media," a project of VP Communications, will focus on inspirational writing, graphics and social media messaging to bring hope to the world. The project's mission is to bring a new voice to spirituality and scripture journaling that will help others deepen their faith and remember how much they are loved.
"I'm excited to begin this new project; I consider it an important part of the legacy I want to leave to my family and friends, and really, whoever needs to feel the light of love and hope," said Pleus. "The name of the project is based on scripture, and its repeated references to the Lord as "light."
This light that lives inside us...I feel compelled to share it with others. Scripture reads that we are not to "light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house." (Matt 5:15). That's my intention for this project.
Pleus currently is penning her first book, "Read. Pray. Live.," and anticipates self-publishing in spring 2019. The book will be comprised of 365 days of scripture journaling, with guidance from the Saints.
For daily doses of spiritual light, visit Lampstand Media's Facebook page.
Kelli J. Marchewka, Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C), has joined The Gynecology Center, Ormond Beach. The Center offers gynecology, surgery, women's imaging and cosmetic enhancement.
Marchewka earned her M.M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies from Nova Southwestern University, Orlando, earlier this year after completing post-baccalaureate studies at Metro State University of Denver and a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida.
Marchewka will work alongside The Gynecology Center's CEO Dr. Whitney Shoemaker. Dr Shoemaker opened her clinic in 2009. She is Board-Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been given the distinguished honor of Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Shoemaker has been a Medical Correspondent for FOX News National, including world-wide appearances on Fox & Friends and Fox Weekend Live.
"I'm thrilled to have Kelli on our team," said Dr. Shoemaker. "Her ambition for women's health and wellness and comprehensive experience are equal to the impressive compassion and care she offers our patients. She's a wonderful asset."
The Gynecological Center offers many gynecological services, urogynecology and cosmetic enhancement, though its most popular offering in 2017 has been vaginal rejuvenation. Treatment options include fractional CO2 laser therapy for vaginal health. The therapy, MonaLisa Touch, alleviates symptoms common in post-menopausal women and requires no anesthesia.
"We have seen a high demand for our vaginal health offerings; it's been incredible," said Dr. Shoemaker. "It's changing the personal lives of women who have had to suffer silently for years."
To learn more about The Gynecology Center, please visit https://drwhitneyshoemaker.weebly.com/.
The Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association will be holding Media Day 2017 from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Media Room in the infield of Daytona International Speedway.
Public relations and communications professionals, business leaders and spokespersons are encouraged to register to attend this special event that provides the opportunity to connect with Central Florida print, television, online and radio reporters and representatives. The event will kick off with media panel discussions, followed by an opportunity to meet directly with media representatives.
Media Day 2017 will include a photo opp in Victory Lane and a hot lap around the world’s most famous speedway! Daytona International Speedway is sponsoring the event, and DIS Director of Public Relations Andrew Booth, longtime member of FPRA Volusia/Flagler, will host the event.
Registration fees are $35 for FPRA members, $50 for non-members and $20 for college students.
RSVP at www.fpravf.org. Space is limited.
For more information, contact Cindi Lane, APR, immediate past president of FPRA Volusia/Flagler, at 386-214-4729.
Comedian Brian Regan announces spring 2018 tour dates for his non-stop theater tour going on sale for The Peabody show in Daytona Beach Friday, October 20, 2017. The spring tour will visit 31 cities from January through the first week of June 2018. Regan visits close to 100 cities each year selling out the most beautiful venues in North America. A list of new tour dates is below. For more information and links to purchase tickets visit www.BrianRegan.com.
On November 21, Regan will star in his first Netflix special, Brian Regan: Nunchucks and Flamethrowers. The special is the first of a two-special deal with Netflix. Regan taped the special on June 23 & 24, 2017 at The Paramount Theatre in Denver.
On October 17, 2017 at 8:30 PM, Regan will be seen in Peter Farrelly’s TV series, Loudermilk, on The Audience Network.
Regan will make his Carnegie Hall debut on November 11, 2017.
A regular on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Regan will make his next appearance with Jimmy on November 8, 2017. Regan made 28 stand-up appearances on The Late Show With David Letterman, the most of any comic in the show’s 22 years on CBS.
Regan’s previous stand-up special, Brian Regan: Live from Radio City Music Hall (2015), was the first-ever live broadcast of a stand-up special in Comedy Central’s history. The special was critically acclaimed with Vanity Fair calling Regan, “The funniest stand-up alive.” He made a scene-stealing cameo in Chris Rock’s film, Top Five, and was a guest on Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
Regan’s previous comedy releases include: Brian Regan: Live From Radio City Music Hall (2015) airing on Comedy Central and is available on CD & DVD and as a video or audio download; All By Myself (2010)
is available on CD and download only through his website; his two previous hour-long Comedy Central specials, The Epitome of Hyperbole (2008), and Brian Regan Standing Up (2007) are available on DVD or as a video or audio download; I Walked on the Moon (2004) is available on DVD or as an audio or video download only through his website and Brian Regan Live (1997) is available on CD.
For more visit www.BrianRegan.com
Twitter - @BrianReganComic
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/BrianReganComedian
As The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia converts former thrift store to housing, local philanthropist offers matching grant of $50,000
The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia has begun converting its former thrift shop, located behind the main agency building at 434. S Woodland Blvd., to a 14-bed housing unit. The transitional housing unit for adult men will provide a safe space to stay while issues that forced them into homelessness are resolved.
The addition of the 14 beds will make The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia the largest nonprofit housing agency in Volusia County.
Philanthropist Ed Lacey, DeLand, has pledged $50,000 to the renovation project, contingent upon the agency raising the same amount.
“Mr. Lacey is a longtime supporter of The Neighborhood Center, and truly cares for the people of our communities,” said Executive Director Susan Clark. “We are confident donors will step up to help us match his gift and make another significant dent in homelessness in West Volusia.”
The renovation, led by JMS Contractors, will include the addition of the beds, common living area, back porch, kitchen and bathrooms/showers. Contractors also will add a newly paved, lighted parking lot in the rear of the building.
Residents and businesses interested in supporting The Neighborhood Center’s housing project are encouraged to give online at www.neighborhoodcenter.org, by arranging a gift by calling 386-734-8120, or by mailing a gift of any amount to The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, attn: Thrift Shop Conversion, 434 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL, 32720.
The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia’s vision is to be an integral part of the collaborative efforts to serve the homeless, to feed the hungry and to prevent homelessness in DeLand and West Volusia County. The Neighborhood Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
Tickets are on sale now at The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia (434 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand) and at The Elusive Grape (133 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand) for “Wine to Water” – a popular fundraiser for The Neighborhood Center, organized by DeLand-area Rotary Clubs and hosted by The Elusive Grape.
Proceeds from each ticket sold will go to The Neighborhood Center to help prevent homelessness. Each ticket pays water bills for two families for a month.
The Wine to Water fundraiser will be from 5 - 7 p.m. Monday, July 31, at the Elusive Grape. A limited number of tickets to the event are available for $100 each, and include food, wine, entertainment and five raffle tickets.
Wine to Water sponsors are Mainstreet Community Bank; Morgan Stanley/Derek S. Mears; LightWork Managed Services; Ann Colwell; Dade Service Corporation; Anne H. Stevenson, CPA, PA; Cohen, Smith & Company, P.A.; Cool Pools by Larry; Terry R. Soule, D.D.S.; Dreggors, Rigsby & Teal, P.A.; Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand; The Elusive Grape; Hill & Hollis; First Congregational UCC Lake Helen; Total Comfort; Rick Broward; Bondesen Automotive; Ed Lacey; Rotary Club of DeLand.
For more information about The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia or the Wine to Water fundraiser, please contact Susan Clark, Executive Director, The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, at 386-734-8120.
Who: The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia Board of Directors and staff, City of DeLand officials, donors and contractors.
What: Grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Neighborhood Center of West Volusia Thrift Store at 428 S. Woodland Blvd. The purpose of the thrift store is to create a sustainable, optimized revenue source for the agency while offering low-cost, quality clothing, furniture and household items to the community. The thrift store is 3,000 square feet and includes offices and a conference room. The project was completed by Marshall B. Bone, Inc., State Certified General Contractor.
When: 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Where: The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia Thrift Store, 428 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand
More about The Neighborhood Center’s thrift store conversion: The thrift store’s former location, behind the main agency building at 434 S. Woodland Blvd., is being converted to a 20-bed “bridge housing” (transitional housing) facility. It’s scheduled to open in fall 2017. The new beds will offer residential shelter for adults and families who need a safe place to stay while issues that forced them into homelessness are resolved. The addition of the 20 beds will make The Neighborhood Center the largest nonprofit housing agency in Volusia County, Florida.
For more information about The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, visit www.neighborhoodcenterwv.org.
Supporters of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia braved the wind and rain to break ground on the agency’s new Thrift Shop in DeLand this morning, Friday, Sept. 2.
Community leaders flung dirt as groundbreaking began for the rebuilt Neighborhood Center Thrift Shop, to be located on Woodland Boulevard. The Thrift Shop will create a sustainable, optimized revenue source for the agency for years to come.
Board President Rev. Will Ridgley commended General Contractor Marshall Bone of Marshall B. Bone, Inc. for Bone’s donation of the labor costs needed to erect the new facility.
Neighborhood Center Executive Director Susan Clark remarked to the crowd, “We believe we can end homelessness in West Volusia; we really believe that. This is one of the steps toward that goal. And in 2017 and 2018, we have even bigger plans.”
Clark added a moment of recognition for Ed Lacey, a local philanthropist whose contributions are making the new project a reality.
“Without Mr. Lacey’s generosity, this project and our ability to increase beds in West Volusia would not be possible.”
As the rain fell, DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar added, “A rainy day like today highlights the importance of taking care of our brothers and sisters who are homeless.”
The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia breaks ground on thrift shop Sept. 2
Upon its completion, the existing Thrift Shop, located behind the main agency building, will be converted to bridge housing (transitional housing) with up to 20 beds. The new beds, to be placed in the to-be-renovated/existing thrift shop, will offer residential shelter for adults and families who need a safe place to stay while issues that forced them into homelessness are resolved.
The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia already is the major resource available for the numerous families who find themselves in homeless situations in the area. But, the need still far exceeds the present availability.
For more information about The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, visit www.neighborhoodcenterwv.org.
Photo cutline: Leaders of The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia break ground on the agency’s new Thrift Shop on Friday, Sept. 2, in DeLand. Building the new shop is the first step toward converting the current one into bridge (transitional) housing for homeless adults and families.
Quality Quickprint, DeLand, has a new owner.
Longtime design and production specialist Steve White has joined owner Bob Allinson in leading the long-standing printing and sign company into its next era of service.
Previous to White’s co-ownership, Allinson owned and managed Quality Quickprint with business partner Paul Hawkins, who retired in 1985.
Quality Quickprint is West Volusia County’s most enduring printing and sign company. The company was founded in 1975 by Hawkins in a 600-square-foot space that accommodated the limited printing needs of the time. Today, the 2,800-square-foot production facility off Amelia Avenue handles digitally based printing and sign services, copying services, bindery services and offers professional design and mailing support.
“We have been honored to serve West Volusia for decades, and I’m very pleased to have Steve as my new business partner to help us usher in another generation of printing and sign services,” said Allinson.
“We have successfully met the industry-wide changes seen in our business over the years, and our dedication to the community and customer service has always been consistent. Steve will be an excellent partner to help Quality Quickprint stay competitive in all those areas and more.”