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Community Outreach 9.2.10

CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT The Panhandle Charitable Open will be held Oct. 1-2 at the Marcus Pointe Golf Club. The two-man, best-ball tournament has raised thousands of dollars for local charities thanks to the generous support of businesses and individuals like you.

The success in recent years of the PCO enabled the board to donate over $140,000 to charities such as Child Guardians, Inc., Gulf Coast Kid’s House, Council on Aging of West Florida, ARC Gateway, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Independence for the Blind, American Cancer Society and Covenant Hospice. The primary charities this year will be Child Guardians, Inc., Council on Aging of West Florida, and Gulf Coast Kid’s House.

Increasing the number of charities that participate highlights a goal of the PCO to continue to expand the impact and reach of their golf tournament. For more information, contact Doug Gooch at 293-7574 or visit pcogolf.org.

GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE ANNOUNCES STARGAZING AT FORT PICKENS Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown announced that a stargazing program will be held on Friday, Sept. 10 from sunset to 10 p.m. at Langdon Beach Parking Area at Fort Pickens. Weather permitting, volunteers from the Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will set up several telescopes for public viewing of the stars, planets and constellations.

The program is free. However, there is an $8 entrance fee to the Fort Pickens Area. For additional information about this program or others offered at the Seashore, call the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center at 934-2600 or visit nps.gov/guis.

WILDFEST 2010 The Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida will host its annual WILDfest at the Wildlife Sanctuary Sept. 11 from noon-3:30 p.m. There will be two specialty T-shirts sold: one with pelicans and one with a great blue heron, both original works of art by artist Paula Payne.

WILDfest is an opportunity to see what the organization does and also to take part in pelican feedings and other activities. There will be a back sale and gift items sold, as well as children’s games and the Sweet Prospect Celtic Band. For more information, call 433-9453.

BANDS ON THE BEACH AND SOUNDS OF SUMMER Free summer concerts continue to roll through Pensacola Beach in the month of September. Catch Bands on the Beach from 7-9 p.m. each Tuesday evening at the Gulfside Pavilion, and the Sounds of Summer weekend concert series from 6-8 p.m.

The free concerts are provided by the Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA).

• Bands on the Beach

The Kee Creek Band knows how to make great music. The band specializes in creating ear-pleasing music while paying special attention to vocal harmonies. With a personal flair all its own and an extensive song list with everything from Lonestar to Led Zeppelin, the band is sure to “wow” the crowd on Sept. 7. This concert is sponsored by Bank of America.

Local Hero will soar into Bands on the Beach on Sept. 14 with their unique blend of rock, soul, blues and funk to create a sound that reminds you of what music is all about. They put their hearts into their music, which includes a variety of cover songs.

The boys are back and better than ever! The 13th Hourglass, one of Pensacola’s most popular rock bands in the 60s, will rock Pensacola Beach on Sept. 21. Sticking to their roots, the band plays classic songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s, and even a few hits from the 90s.

Wildwood will bring down-home rock ‘n’ roll on Sept. 28 at the Gulfside Pavilion. This crowd-pleasing band will take the stage for a fun-filled night, jamming out to good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll and other favorites including blues, The Beatles covers and reggae.

• Sounds of Summer

Born in Pace, Rusty Whitfield began playing the guitar at the age of 10 and joined the country music scene in 2003 after a visit to Nashville, Tenn. In December of 2008, he recorded his first solo album and has now been picked up by 15 radio stations worldwide. Rusty has developed his own unique acoustic performance, going back to when country music touched the hearts and lives of everyone who listened. He spends as much time as he can playing for the military and charitable organizations and will play Sounds of Summer, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10-11. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to the pavilion area.

No pets are allowed and glass is prohibited. Concerts are provided and organized by the SRIA. For more information, call the SRIA at 932-2257, go to visitpensacolabeach.com or tune in to Cat Country 98.7 for the latest updates.

BRACE ANNOUNCES YOUTH EMERGENCY EXPO On Sept. 25, BRACE (Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies) will host its first Youth Emergency Preparedness Expo—YEP!—at Bayview Park in Pensacola. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

“BRACE knows that kids can save lives too, so this event will focus on educating kids from kindergarten through 12th grade in their roles before, during and after an emergency,” says Greg Strader, executive director of BRACE. “September is National Preparedness Month, so this will be a perfect opportunity to get kids and parents to prepare for emergencies together in an enjoyable and entertaining way.”

Join BRACE for a day of fun activities where the whole family can learn and try new skills. Activities include a full-scale water rescue exercise by the Coast Guard; interactive games from police, fire and HAZMAT trainers; water safety demonstrations; rescue training skills appropriate for all ages; a student talent competition; pet activities and more. A special preschool section will teach parents and caregivers how to prepare for an emergency with infants and young children.

Adults will also learn mitigation techniques as well as tips on preparing for an emergency when you have pets. A special area for domestic pets will also be available at this pet-friendly event. BRACE will be working with area schools and teachers in August and September to publicize the event and prepare students for the activities and contests.

September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsorships and on-site vendor opportunities are now available. For more information on YEP!, contact Stephanie Plancich at 444-7038 or e-mail stephanie@unitedwayescambia.org. To learn more about BRACE and its program of work in Northwest Florida, visit bereadyalliance.org.

TASTE OF THE BEACH Island chefs are preparing to showcase signature dishes at the third annual Taste of the Beach, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18-19 at the Gulfside Pavilion on Pensacola Beach. The Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce invites you to come to the Island to sample island fare, sip a glass of wine and listen to the tunes. The menu includes a Corvette show, free entertainment, People’s Choice awards ceremony, kids’ games and contests.  For more information, call the Pensacola Beach Chamber at 932-1500 or log on to pensacolabeachchamber.com.

PENSACOLA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL SEEKS ARTS AND CRAFTS VENDORS Applications for arts and crafts vendors are still being accepted for the 33rd annual Pensacola Seafood Festival. The festival, held in historic Seville Square, attracts over 100,000 attendees every year and over 180 artists and craftsmen from around the nation participate.

Quality conscious, creative artisans and craftsmen who are local to the area are encouraged to apply. Mediums include pottery, painting, jewelry, mixed media and much more. Applications may be obtained online at fiestaoffiveflags.org and must be submitted along with payment to the Fiesta of Five Flags office located at 2121 W. Intendencia St., Pensacola, FL 32502.

The Pensacola Seafood Festival has been consecutively recognized as one of the top 20 festivals in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. The festival will feature mouthwatering seafood, great entertainment for everyone in the family, exciting activities for children with the Babin House of Party, the Splash Dogs dock jumping competition, and the Energy Services of Pensacola Fiesta Seafood Grille.

For additional information about the Pensacola Seafood Festival, contact the Fiesta of Five Flags office at 433-6512 or log on to fiestaoffiveflags.org.
RECYCLED GLASS FOR SALE The Santa Rosa Clean Community System has announced that “Santa Rosa Sunshine,” the recycled glass being processed in Santa Rosa County, will go on sale starting Friday, Sept. 3. The product, which can be used as mulch, floral design, aquariums, art projects and much more, is collected, processed and distributed entirely in Santa Rosa County. The funds raised through the sale will go toward the maintenance costs of the Andela Glass Pulverizer, which is estimated at $15,000 per year. The purchase of the machine and initial start-up costs were funded by an Impact 100 grant.

The glass is available in several different packaged sizes. Mixed glass pebbles come in a seven-gallon container (approximately 50 pounds) for $15 and a three-gallon container (approximately 25 pounds) for $10. Mixed glass sand can be purchased in the same sizes, with the seven-gallon container priced at $7.50 and the three-gallon container at $5. Separated colors of glass are packaged in gallon containers (approximately 7 pounds) with various prices. In addition, bulk mixed glass pebbles and sand are available as the supply lasts; the pebbles will be $60 per yard and the sand $40 per yard.

HUNTER POOL HOURS Beginning Aug. 30, the Cecil T. Hunter Municipal Pool will only be open for morning lap swim Monday-Friday from 5:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. The cost to lap swim is $2.25. The pool will no longer be open on Saturday and Sunday or during the week for recreational swim.

For more information, contact Kathy VanAlst at 436-5197 or  kvanalst@ci.pensacola.fl.us or visit us at  playpensacola.com.