Local author launches fifth book in children's series

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Sarah Beliza Tucker's book series is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Courtesy photo
Sarah Beliza Tucker's book series is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Courtesy photo
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An Ormond-by-the-Sea author has launched her fifth book.

"I'm Not Afraid," by Sarah Beliza Tucker

Now available at Barnes and Nobel and Amazon, Sarah Beliza Tucker's new book is titled, "I'm Not Afraid." It is part of Tucker's fully-illustrated book series for children ages 4-8, the Adventure of Harry and Friends, and this book is all about helping children recognize and overcome irrational fear. 

Tucker's series aims to teach young readers important life lessons in an entertaining fashion, according to an email. Interested parents can join their fan club and receive a free gift at AdventuresofHarryandFriends.com 

New artwork on show

Ocean Art Gallery's featured artist for December is Cherree Mallette, whose art medium is dry brush monochromatic surrealism.

Her work is two-dimensional on acid-free paper, using her digital photography skills as a reference, according to a press release. She's been painting for over 30 years and has received numerous awards with written recognitions. This has led to gallery and museum showings in Florida and New York.

"Jesters go wild," by Cherree Mallette

Upon viewing Mallette’s art, Ocean Art Gallery owner and director Frank Gromling realized immediately that he wanted to showcase her creative work in a major event.

"The intensity and creativity of Mallette’s talent is so powerful I knew I had to dedicate an entire wall of our gallery to introduce it to our clients and guests," said Gromling in the press release. 

Mallette is also a musician and songwriter, and will entertain guests during an opening reception, to be held 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, during the city's Art Walk. She will also be available to discuss her art. Refreshments will be available. CDC guidelines will be in place. Her art will be on display through Dec. 31 at Ocean Art Gallery, located at 197 E. Granada Blvd. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12-5 p.m. on Sundays.

Thrift store reopening

The Pinkadilly Thrift Store, located at 665 S. Nova Road, will reopen on Black Friday, Nov. 27. 

Owned and operated by AdventHealth Daytona Beach Auxiliary, the store is open 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Over $40,000 in grants

Thanks to the generosity of individual and community donors, Women United Volusia was able to award 19 local service agencies with a total of $47,052 in grants during a recent event at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach.

Among the needs that will be supported are hunger, health care, mental health and education, according to a press release. The agencies submitted proposals for needs like meals for children and families, to youth flight training. 

“In a particularly challenging year, we’re thrilled to be able to support the important work of these agencies,” said Rachel Buchanan, president of Women United Volusia, in the press release. “We are especially grateful for having so many committed donors who supported our virtual Power of the Purse event. The spirit of giving is what makes our community grant program possible.”

In the past 17 years, Women United has raised more than $1 million to assist women and children in Volusia County. Thousands of meals to school-aged children and 1,000 pairs of shoes for those in need have also been distribute. 

The 2020 grant recipients include:

  • Avenues 12, Inc.
  • Domestic Abuse Council
  • Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties, Inc.
  • Easterseals Northeast Central Florida
  • Episcopal Counseling Center
  • Family Renew Community
  • Great Kids Learning Center
  • Healthy Start Coalition of Flagler & Volusia Counties
  • The House Next Door
  • Hunger Fight, Inc.
  • PACE Center for Girls Volusia-Flagler
  • Presbyterian Counseling Center
  • Provision Packs
  • Riverside Conservancy
  • Social Services of the Jewish Federation
  • Teens-In-Flight
  • United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties
  • Volusia Flagler Family YMCA


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