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Volusia Co.’s Creative Happiness Institute Gets Arts Grant, Attention

A Volusia County cultural grant recipient is raising eyebrows…largely, it seems, because of its whimsical name. The Creative Happiness Institute, Inc – CHI for short – is one of two dozen arts and heritage organizations getting a funding boost of about $2,500 from the county this fiscal year. According to CHI’s website, its motto is “Be creative, be well.” Part of its philosophy is that the arts are a source of happiness. Founder David B. Axelrod says it’s not unusual for an arts organization to have a creative title and an aim to enrich people’s lives. “There isn’t anyone who doesn’t get a kick out of a good joke, or watching a good movie, or hearing some wonderful music, whatever …
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The Miss Vietnam of Florida scholarship pageant is a chance for young Vietnamese-American women to celebrate traditions. Photo: Renata Sago.

Spotlight: Miss Vietnam of Florida pageant boasts high heels and heritage

For fourteen young Vietnamese American women, this weekend is all about ornate gowns, high heels and heritage. The Vietnamese community of Central Florida is in the middle of celebrating its week-long New Year festival, called Tet. On Sunday, a group of high school and college-age girls will showcase their beauty, talent, and cultural knowledge in the Miss Vietnam of Florida scholarship pageant. For the young women, it’s an opportunity to meet other Vietnamese Americans and learn something new about their history. 90.7’s Renata Sago sat in on a rehearsal for the competition and spoke with some of the participants and organizers.
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