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.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about BRACE and its program of work in Northwest Florida, visit bereadyalliance.org.
GULF COAST CHORALE AND FIESTA BARBERSHOP CHORUS Tickets are now available for the Gulf Coast Chorale’s “Oscars, Tonys, and Flags” with special guest the Fiesta Barbershop Chorus. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. located at St. Anne Catholic Church in Gulf Breeze. You’ll enjoy the memories, the romance, and the adventure as the cinema comes alive through this musical performance spanning eight decades of movie magic. Led by artistic director Michael Richardson, this performance features not only movie music, but also Broadway hits and a special precursor to Veterans Day with some powerful patriotic selections.
Joining the Gulf Coast Chorale is the Fiesta Barbershop Chorus with a taste of their very special tribute to Broadway, which recently played to a sold-out crowd at the Pensacola Little Theatre.
For more on the Fiesta Barbershop Chorus, visit fiestachorus.com. Advance tickets are $10, $15 at the door and $5 for students. Free admission for children 10 and under. For more information on tickets, visit gulfcoastchorale.org or e-mail Robert Frommel at email@example.com.
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH LATINO FESTIVAL In celebration of this year’s National Hispanic Heritage Month observance, Latino Media Gulf Coast, Inc. announces the Latino Festival in Pensacola.
The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Bayview Park, 20th Avenue and Blount Street, from 10 a.m. until dark. This year’s sponsors include: Humana, Catholic Charities, Pensacola State College, the University of West Florida, the City of Pensacola and Baptist Healthcare.
The Latino Festival offers a venue for the community to celebrate the rich and festive nature of the Hispanic culture through a diverse program that includes dance performances, live music and games. With a goal to feature local Latino talent, performers including singer Dalena Candel (originally from Ecuador) will offer a music repertoire that varies from tropical Latin rhythms to American best hits.
Dance performances will be provided by a variety of folk dance groups from different Latin countries. One group will perform regional Mexican dances representing the Mexican states of Veracruz and Jalisco. La Danza de los Viejitos (“Dance of the Old Men”), a typical dance from Michoacan, will also be featured as part of the event’s program. Other performances include dances from Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Panama, as well as guitarist Tim Peña and an energizing Zumba demonstration.
Patrons will be able to learn more about Latino cultures, experience Latin flavors not typically found in local restaurants, and have the opportunity to win prizes by playing Loteria, a Mexican version of the popular Bingo game. Don’t forget to bring your pennies to play Penny Pitch, and get ready to grab candy from one of the most popular Hispanic party games: Piñata.
As with any Hispanic celebration, the Latino Festival will offer several food options including items from Puerto Rico, Panama, Spain, Mexico and Honduras. Some of the dishes available for purchase will be: paella, pernil (roasted pork), arroz con pollo (chicken and rice), and pescado frito (fried fish), among other delicious options.
Latino Media Gulf Coast is also organizing the Hispanic Heritage Festival in Ft. Walton Beach scheduled for Oct. 2. In both events, business vendors will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the local Hispanic community and offer their products and services. Businesses that are interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor at the Latino Festival in Pensacola may contact Grace Resendez McCaffery at 494-7899 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Latino Festival is a free event. For more information, please visit lacostalatina.com or call 494-7899.
GULF POWER ECONOMIC SYMPOSIUM The 14th annual Gulf Power Company Economic Symposium, a conference focusing on information to stimulate our businesses and economic development initiatives, will be hosted at the Baytowne Conference Center in Sandestin Oct. 4-5. This year’s theme, “Northwest Florida: Built to Grow,” brings together civic, government and business leaders to share views on developing an economically-competitive region.
Speakers at this year’s event include Daniel Burrus, entrepreneur and author of “Technotrends”; Dale Brill, president of the Florida Chamber Foundation; Stephanie Kopelousos, Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation; Dr. Henry H. Fishkind, Fishkind & Associates; and Simon Bailey, consultant and author.
Sponsors include PBS&J, Whitney Bank and PowerSouth Energy Cooperative.
The deadline to register is Sept. 17. Conference materials, continental breakfast, breaks, lunch and Monday’s reception are included with registration. There is a separate fee for golf on Monday, Oct. 4.
The public can register by visiting gulfpower.com/symposium, printing out the registration form and faxing the material to the number indicated. For more information, please call toll-free 877-262-0598 or e-mail email@example.com. Visit Gulf Power on Facebook at “14th annual Gulf Power Economic Symposium.”
DANCING WITH THE CLASSICS BIG BAND Every fourth Saturday at Bayview Senior Center is dance night. The next date is Sept. 25. Dance to Latin, Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing, Rock, Polka and everything in between. 2000 E. Lloyd St., $10 admission. Call 436-5190 for more information.