Events: Taste of Ormond returns to Rockefeller Gardens

What to do this week in Ormond Beach and Palm Coast.

Stephen Chicca, of Sovereign 63, prepares Korean pear and Asian plum marinated short rib bao buns during Taste of Ormond on Sunday, March 5. Photo by Jarleene Almenas
Stephen Chicca, of Sovereign 63, prepares Korean pear and Asian plum marinated short rib bao buns during Taste of Ormond on Sunday, March 5. Photo by Jarleene Almenas
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Thursday, May 16

Swing into Spring

When: 6:30-8 p.m.

Where: The Casements, 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach

Details: Celebrate the start of spring with free concerts at The Casements' north lawn. This concert will feature Savannah Savino.

Ormond Beach Area Democratic Club meeting

When: 7 p.m.

Where: 56 N. Halifax Drive, Ormond Beach

Details: The Ormond Beach Area Democratic Club's May meeting will feature Volusia County School Board member Carl Persis as its guest speaker. Check-in and socializing begins at 6:30 p.m. Activities to prepare for the August and November elections will be discussed.  Like minded nonmembers are welcome to attend as guests.  Club information can be found at

Friday, May 17

Garden Club of Palm Coast yard sale

When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 17; and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 18

Where: 180 Westhampton Drive, Palm Coast

Details: The Garden Club of Palm Coast is hosting a yard sale with mixed items. No furniture.

Saturday, May 18

Flagler County Master Gardener annual plant sale

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Flagler County Fairgrounds, 150 Sawgrass Road, Bunnell

Details: Join the Flagler County Master Gardeners for their annual plant sale. Free admission.

History of the Civil War in Florida

When: 9:30-11 a.m.

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

Details: Author Robert Redd will speak at this free presentation, hosted by the Ormond Beach Historical Society. He will speak of the lesser-known aspects of Florida in the Civil War.

VFW Post 8696 fundraiser

When: 5:30-9 p.m.

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

Details: Help VFW Post 8696 of Palm Coast raise funds with a pasta buffet diner. Jack Berrios will perform a tribute show to Neil Diamond. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $30 per person. Visit

Sunday, May 19

Low-cost pet shot clinic

When: 9-11 a.m.

Where: Big Lots plaza, 122 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach

Details: Get your pet vaccinated at a lower cost. Rabies shots will cost $5 for 1-year vaccinations. Other shots offered include dog distemper/parvo combo, dog flu, cat distemper combo, feline leukemia and more. Heartworm prevention and flea control products will be available for purchase. All vaccinations are administered with a licensed veterinarian. No appointment needed. Clinic is open to everyone. Proceeds benefit abused animals. Call or text 748-899


When: 12-4 p.m.

Where: Port Orange City Center, 1000 City Center Circle, Port Orange

Details: Attend this event presented by the Junior League of Daytona Beach. There will be free books, a craft tent, inflatables, balloon art, food trucks, a scavenger hunt, and first responder vehicles, of course. Free event.

Music in the Gardens

When: 2:30-5:30 p.m.

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

Details: Spend a jazzy afternoon at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. See the Mainland High School Jazz Band perform, along with Bennie Yarbrough on saxophone, Jeanine McAdams on keys and Phil Reed on drums. There will be food trucks and a kid zone. Bring a blanket or chair to sit. Entrance into the park costs $5 per vehicle. The event is presented by the Ormond Beach Jazz Society, the Friends of the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center and the friends of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.

Choral Arts Society presents 'Music from the Stage'

When: 3-4:30 p.m.

Where: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5400 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast

Details: See the Choral Arts Society perform some musical favorites and join their 25th anniversary celebration. Free, but donations are accepted to help provide scholarships to high school seniors. Visit

Taste of Ormond

When: 4-7 p.m.

Where: Rockefeller Gardens, 26 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach

Details: Enjoy samples from two dozen of Ormond Beach’s best restaurants along with craft beer and wine at this foodie event. Ticket holders may sample as many restaurants as they like, and there is no additional charge for each food item. S.R. Perrott will offer a tasting area with wines and craft beers. Each table also receives two bottles of wine to share. Additional wine and beer is available for sale. Single tickets cost $75 per person, with VIP seating available at $85 per person. Tables seat up to 10 and can be purchased for $700 for regular seating or $800 for a VIP table. Visit

Monday, May 20

NARFE Chapter 2247

When: 11:30 a.m.

Where: Houligan’s, 1643 U.S. 1, Ormond Beach

Details: The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 2247 of Ormond Beach will meet for lunch. The program will be on astrology. For more information, email [email protected]

Tuesday, May 21

Food Truck Tuesday

When: 5-8 p.m.

Where: Central Park, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast

Details: Food Truck Tuesday is back. Order appetizers, main dishes, side dishes and desserts. Registration is not required. Presented in partnership with the Observer. 

Thursday, May 23

16th annual Meet the Mayors 

When: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Flagler County Association of Realtors, 4101 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell

Details: Meet representatives from the town of Beverly Beach, city of Bunnell, city of Flagler Beach, town of Marineland, city of Palm Coast and the Flagler County Commission. The forum format will include updates from all city, town and county representatives, including a Q&A, if time permits. Lunch is provided. The event is open to the public but registration is required. Visit

Friday, May 24

Puppy Pals Live

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center, 5500 E. Highway 100, Palm Coast

Details: See Puppy Pals Live, as seen on America's Got Talent. Tickets cost $10; kids under 12 are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


'The Joy of Color'

When: May 11-31

Where: The Casements, 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach

Details: See this exhibit by the Florida Women's Arts Association, featuring almost 50 local artists. Free. Visit

BAM Senior Fitness Class

When: 9:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays

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

Details: Join this Balance and Motion class and develop strength and endurance, core stability and balance. Taught by senior fitness specialist Artie G, the class is open to all fitness levels and free with most insurances. A donation is accepted for those without coverage. See full schedule at or call 386-931-3485.

Women's book club

When: 12:30-2 p.m. every Tuesday, beginning Jan. 9

Where: Central Baptist Church, 152 Fairview Ave., Daytona Beach

Details: Join this book club, which will study "Love Stories of the Bible Speak" by Shannon Bream. The book club will meet in the Marchman Building, room 117. Contact Sylvia Meincke at 386-451-5223.

Moms of Pre Schoolers

When: 9:30-11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Friday of the month

Where: Central Baptist Church, 152 Fairview Ave., Daytona Beach

Details: Moms of Pre Schoolers is a free faith-based program for moms, moms-to-be and their preschoolers for support and encouragement. Breakfast is provided, as well as a video with discussion and crafts. Playtime offered for children, with adult supervision. Call 386-255-2588.

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: "Tide Pools: Exploring Coastal Communities" ; "Waves & Reels: An Ocean Story through Photography Waves & Reels: An Ocean Story through Photography" ; "The Lure of Florida Fishing" ; and "Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived."


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