Calendar: Attend the 9th annual Granada Grand Festival of the Arts

What to do this week in and around Ormond Beach.

Katie Widdison takes part in the chalk art competition at the eight annual Granada Grand Festival of the Arts. File photo by Michele Meyers
Katie Widdison takes part in the chalk art competition at the eight annual Granada Grand Festival of the Arts. File photo by Michele Meyers
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Thursday, Feb. 2

Our Lady of Lourdes annual Italian Festival

When: 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 and Friday, Feb. 3; 12-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4

Where: Our Lady of Lourdes Church Pavilion, 1014 N. Halifax Ave., Daytona Beach

Details: Join Our Lady of Lourdes for its annual Italian Festival. Enjoy authentic Italian foods including the church's famous pizza and desserts, drinks, live entertainment and dancing. There will also be bounce houses and games. 

Commemorating the recognition of Ormond Beach's African-American WWII veterans

When: 6-7:30 p.m.

Where: Anderson-Price Memorial Building, 42 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach

Details: Attend this Black History Month lecture by Master Sgt. Thomas James Johnson Jr. to honor the 77 African-American World War II veterans of Ormond Beach. They were commemorated along with their fellow white veterans with a plaque unveiled in a 1999 city ceremony, replacing the one at the Ormond Memorial Art Museum that previously only contained the names of white veterans. Free lecture hosted by the Ormond Beach Historical Society.

Friday, Feb. 3

First Friday Garden Walk

When: 10-11 a.m.

Where: Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast

Details: Come out the first Friday of the month to learn more about the gardens and history of Washington Oaks. No registration necessary; the walk is included with the park's entry fees. Meet at the garden parking lot at 10 a.m. and wear comfortable walking shoes. Tours last one hour.

Free Family Art Night

When: 5:30-7 p.m.

Where: Ormond Memorial Art Museum, 78 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach

Details: Decorate a box to store special Valentines or other treasures during OMAM's Free Family Art Night. Adults may drop in to the museum with their children to create this art project together, under the direction of Linda King. All art supplies provided. This monthly program is sponsored in part by the Women United Volusia Chapter. Learn more at

Movies on the Halifax

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Rockefeller Gardens, 26 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach

Details: Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a showing of "Grease," rated PG. Movies are weather-sensitive. Call 386-676-3216 for rainout information.

Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac tribute

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Flagler Auditorium, 5500 State Route 100, Palm Coast

Details: See this group — composed of Mekenzie Jackson, Denny Hanson, Alex Thrift, Adrienne Cottrell, Nick Whitson and Daniel Morrison — recreate the signature harmonies and sound of Fleetwood Mac. Tickets cost $40-$50. Visit

Saturday, Feb. 4

Second annual Tunnel to Towers 5K

When: 8-11 a.m.

Where: Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast

Details: Take part in this run and walk event, which benefits the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, created in honor of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter who died on 9/11. Registration costs $40 for adults; $25 for military and first responders; $20 for children 13-17 years old and $15 for children 12 and under. Visit

9th annual Granada Grand Festival of the Arts

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: New Britain Avenue from Beach Street to Ridgewood, Ormond Beach

Details: This festival is returning to Ormond Beach on New Britain Avenue for a day of art, crafts, a chalk art competition, music, food, beer and wine. There will be over 80 artists and crafters in attendance, and the “Pop-up Plaza” will host live music. The chalk art competition is sponsored by ArtHaus. You can also get creative at the “Youth Art Tent” or at the Ormond Beach Library tent,  with hands-on family-friendly activities. Bring your ukulele for the festival's afternoon “Ukes in the Street” jam session, led by Beachside Music. Visit

Art Battle Ormond Beach

When: 4 p.m.

Where: 31 Supper Club, 1 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach

Details: See 12 artists compete live in three rounds during this art battle event. All artwork will be available for action. Tickets cost $25. Visit

Four Chaplains' Memorial Service

When: 2:30 p.m.

Where: VFW Post 8696, 47 N. Old Kings Road, Palm Coast

Details: American Post 115, in coordination with other veterans organizations, will host a memorial service dedicated to four World War II chaplains who sacrificed their lives to save others on the USAT Dorchester in 1943. Visit or to learn more about the chaplains. 

Art walk

When: 3-7 p.m.

Where: Ormond Beach MainStreet Arts District, 128 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach

Details: Join Ocean Art Gallery, Frame of Mind, Art Spotlight, The Studio by Artist Angel Lowden, the Ormond Memorial Art Museum and more on the first Saturday of each month for art openings and art events.

Knights of Columbus Italian Festival

When: 5-9 p.m.

Where: St. Brendan Catholic Church Social Hall, 1000 Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond Beach.

Details: The Father Eamonn Gill Council 13018 Knights of Columbus invites the community to attend its annual Italian Festival Dinner and Dance. Proceeds go to the St. Brendan Catholic School scholarship fund. The $25 dinner includes homemade lasagna, meatballs, sausage, salad, dessert and a beverage. Dinner will be served between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The Moonlighters will play from 6-9 p.m. Reservations are required. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets are available for purchase before and after Sunday mass, weekdays in the church and school offices, or by calling Vince at 486-441-4713.

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Watercolor workshop with Bibi Gromling

When: 1-4 p.m.

Where: Ocean Art Gallery, 197 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach

Details: Join Ocean Art Gallery for a watercolor workshop with local artist Bibi Gromling. Learn how to paint a flamingo-themed piece. Costs $75 per students. All supplies included. Call 386-317-9400 to reserve a spot.

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Two-day acrylic workshop with Scott Hiestand

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Ocean Art Gallery, 197 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach

Details: Learn how to paint acrylic landscapes with local painter Scott Hiestand. Costs $100. Supplies are an additional $20, if needed. Call 386-317-9400 to reserve a spot.

Thursday, Feb. 9

Winter Bird Walks with Joan Tague

When: 8 a.m.

Where: Ormond Beach Environmental Discovery Center, 601 Division Ave., Ormond Beach

Details: Join Master Naturalist Joan Tague of the Halifax River Audubon for a casual bird walk along the trails of Central Park. Bring water. Walking shoes and sunscreen are recommended. Visit

Panel on book banning

When: 6 p.m.

Where: African American Cultural Society, 4422 N. U.S. 1, Palm Coast

Details: The Palm Coast Democratic Club will host a panel discussion with the Atlantic Coast Chapter of Americans United for Separations of Church and State on the issue of book banning. The evening will begin with a social hour, followed by a brief business meeting at 7 p.m. before the panel discussion begins. The panel will conclude with an opportunity for questions and answers. The meeting is open to all and is free. For more information, call Merrill Shapiro at 804-914-4460.

Ormond Beach Area Democratic Club meeting

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: 56 N. Halifax Drive, Ormond Beach

Details: Join the Ormond Beach Area Democratic Club for its February meeting, to be held in-person and on Zoom. Social visiting will begin at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will start at 7 p.m.  Federal, state, and local legislation and policies will be reviewed and discussed, and responses developed. Applications for precinct captains will be accepted. Nominations for some club offices will be accepted for the March election. Like-minded non-members are welcome to attend as guests. Visit  

Saturday, Feb. 11

Mayor's Health and Fitness Challenge kick-off

When: 9 a.m. to noon

Where: South Ormond Neighborhood Center, 176 Division Ave., Ormond Beach

Details: The Mayor’s Health and Fitness Challenge will begin on Saturday, Feb. 11, with a kickoff event and weigh-in. The eight-week challenge is open to all city residents, employees and their families. The challenge costs $35 per person; or $70 for a family with up to three children 18 and under. Participants are encouraged to pre-register prior to the kickoff event, but registration will also be available the day of.Visit

Sunday, Feb. 12

Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast

When: 8 a.m. to noon

Where: Social Hall at St. Brendan Catholic Church, 1000 Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond Beach

Details: The Father Eamonn Gill Council 13018 Knights of Columbus will serve its famous pancake breakfast in the Social Hall. The meal includes all the pancakes you can eat, scrambled eggs, a sausage link, orange juice and endless coffee. The breakfast costs $6 for adults; children under 12 eat free. All are welcome.



When: 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3, 4; 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5

Where: Flagler Playhouse, 301 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell

Details: Set in the East Village of New York City, this award-winning musical is loosely based on Puccini's "La Boheme." It follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create. Tickets cost $30 for adults; $25 for students. Visit

Exercises for the maturing body

When: 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays

Where: First Baptist Church Of Palm Coast, 6050 Palm Coast Parkway, Palm Coast

Details: Presented by Synergy Senior Fitness, attend upbeat classes with Senior Fitness Specialist Artie Gardella. Classes are ongoing. Insurances that cover fitness accepted or a donation for those with no coverage. Visit

MOAS exhibitions

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Museum of Arts and Sciences, 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach

Details: Want to spend a day looking at fine art? The Museum of Arts and Sciences has the following shows on display: "Every Girl Deserves Flowers" ; "Minor Masterpieces: Porcelain Painted Scenes from the Collection" ; "Magical: The Art of Susan Zukowsky" ; "Selections from the MOAS Contemporary Art Collection" ; "A Beautiful Mess: Weavers & Knotters of the Vanguard."


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