County libraries plan ‘Earthsea’ art show

As part of the 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program, the Volusia County Public Library system will sponsor an art

show based on the 1968 fantasy novel “A Wizard of Earthsea” by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Emerging and professional artists ages 18 and over are invited to submit up to three works by Dec. 31 for possible inclusion in “Transition

Earthsea,” a juried exhibit overseen by a committee of local art experts.

Selected works will be displayed Jan. 22 to Feb. 21 in the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

Artwork must clearly reflect the novel or the theme of growing from childhood to adulthood. Artists must provide a written statement expressing how each of their works connects with the book. All media, except video, will be accepted.

Prizes will be awarded as gift certificates with $150 for first place, $100 for second place, and $75 for third place.

For information, email Margaret Schnebly Hodge at

Kwanzaa Celebration

African American Museum of the Arts annual Kwanzaa Celebration will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at African American Museum of the Arts, 325 S. Clara Ave. DeLand.

Free and open to the public

For more information, call (386) 736-4004.

Artists to meet

West Volusia Artists Inc, will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at the Sanborn Center, 815 S. Alabama Ave., DeLand. Artists of all levels are welcome. Participants should bring art supplies. For more information, call (386) 738-5515.

Writing and quilting at Schnebly Center

Daytona Beach Cultural & Leisure Services Department is offering new programs at the Peggy Schnebly Recreation Center at 1101 N. Atlantic Ave.

A free writers group meets from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. Class members discuss and critique each other's work.

The Fantastic Quilters meet from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. This is a self-paced program that encourages creativity and cultural expression, including sewing, weaving and crocheting. The cost is 50 cents.

For more information or to register, call (386) 671-3560 or visit

Book club sets sights on ‘The Radium Girls’

The Oak Hill Book Club will take on “The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women” at 10:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the Oak Hill Public Library, 125 E. Halifax Ave.

The 2017 book by Kate Moore sheds light on the women who worked in American radium factories in the early 20th century.

The public may attend. For more information, call (386) 345-5510.

Hub on Canal

The Hub on Canal has several activities in December.

The Gallery of Gifts will be open until Dec. 30. Unique gift ideas created by more than 70 local artists offering fine art, apparel, jewelry, photography, sculpture, glass works, and home décor are available.

Talk Art! Artist Demonstration and Talk featuring Cindy Dennis with Express Yourself Through Art will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22.

Talk Art! Artist Demonstration and Talk featuring Bill & Patty Colby with The Potter’s Art of Function and Form will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29.

For more information or to register, call (386) 957-3924 or visit

The Hub on Canal offers free therapeutic art classes for seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease and their caregivers

The Hub on Canal Inc., will be offering free therapeutic art classes at 10:30 on Wednesdays beginning on Jan. 9, 2019 at The Hub on Canal.

The free classes are part of a cooperative effort between The Hub on Canal and the Alzheimer’s Association. A kick off event for caregivers will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Jan. 9, at The Hub on Canal.

Memories in the Making is a free art program that provides people experiencing early-stage Alzheimer’s and dementia with a forum to express themselves through watercolor painting and drawing. The primary focus in this outreach program is to provide students with a calm, carefree and fun class in a safe environment. Caregivers are welcome to attend and participate. No art experience is needed. Interested families should contact Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 to enroll. Space is limited.

The kickoff event for caregivers will provide an overview of how Alzheimer’s affects a person’s ability to communicate, how to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and strategies to help you connect and communicate at each state of the disease. After the presentation, caregivers will be able to join the painting class.

For more information, visit

The Hub on Canal Sponsors “A Night in Havana”

The Hub on Canal will present the second annual Affair of the HeART Gala, A Night In Havana on March 9.

Guests will take a step back in time to Cuba’s playground of the rich, famous, and infamous, immersing themselves in the spirit of 1950s Havana.

Tickets for the event will go on sale on Jan. 2 for members and Jan. 7 for the public.

Tickets can be purchased for $125 for individuals and $225 for couples. To purchase tickets, stop by The Hub on Canal or call (386) 957-3924.

For one night only, The Smyrna Yacht Club will be transformed into an iconic Cuban romantic nightclub complete with dancing, dining, drinking, dominos, rum tasting and Cuban cigars. Listen to the sounds of Latin music, taste some rum and enjoy an exhilarating evening of fun and fantasy.

Proceeds from the event will be used to fund The Hub on Canal’s educational events and programming. If you are interested in sponsoring the event,contact Richard England at or call (386) 957-3924.

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