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“A First Hand View of the Gulf Oil Spill” with David Mattingly of CNN
AAF Pensacola, the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), is inviting the public to attend a luncheon featuring CNN veteran correspondent David Mattingly. As oil began washing up onshore across the Gulf Coast, Mattingly actively reported throughout the spill and initial “cleanup” efforts. He created dozens of reports that detailed the unfolding events and people involved, and conducted the first cable news interview with BP CEO, Tony Hayward. At the AAF luncheon, Mattingly will share his observations and reflect on his reporting from the Gulf Coast during the crisis. AAF Pensacola asks that guests RSVP by March 21.

WHEN: 11:30 a.m.—1 p.m. Wednesday, March 26
WHERE: New World Landing, 600 S. Palafox
COST: $15 for students and AAF/FPRA members, $25 for non-members
DETAILS: aafpensacola.com

RESTORE Act Advisory Committee Meetings
Once the fine amount BP will pay under the Clean Water Act is settled, a process currently ongoing in federal court in New Orleans, the money will be distributed through the RESTORE Act. A percentage of the funds are allocated to affected counties across the Gulf Coast. The Escambia County RESTORE Act Advisory Committee is tasked with eventually assessing projects and determining which to recommend to the county commissioners to receive RESTORE funding. The RESTORE committee meets at 4 p.m. on the first Monday of each month. The committee’s nine members hear from local experts in the fields of environmental science, economic development, public health, and developments related to the RESTORE Act itself as part of their meetings. The committee’s meetings are open to the public, but if you are unable to attend, the meetings can be viewed at MyEscambia.com/ECTV.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Monday, April 7
WHERE: Board of County Commissioners Chambers, Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building, 221 S. Palafox
COST: Free
DETAILS: myescambia.com/restore
Earth Day Pensacola
While not specific to the 2010 BP disaster per se, Earth Day Pensacola offers an opportunity to learn about numerous issues related to the environment. Vendors and speakers include local organizations and individuals well versed in all things related to a more green and sustainable lifestyle. Live music, food, and a fashion show featuring creations made entirely of recycled materials are all part of this annual event held the weekend before Earth Day itself, which is April 22.

WHEN: 10 a.m.—4 p.m. Saturday, April 19
WHERE: Bayview Park, 2000 E. Lloyd St.
COST: Free
DETAILS: earthdaypensacola.org
Hands Across the Sand
Seaside restaurateur Dave Rauschkolb founded Hands Across the Sand (HATS) in 2009 after the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill to lift the ban on near shore drilling. The first event took place on Feb. 13, 2010, a little over two months before the BP disaster. On June 26, 2010, HATS became a truly global movement with gatherings in all 50 states and 42 countries outside the U.S. HATS has occurred annually since 2010, with people across the globe joining hands for 15 minutes on the beach, or wherever they happen to be, to form a literal line in the sand. The 2014 HATS on Pensacola Beach will mark the third year 350 Pensacola is organizing the event. Time and specific event location to be announced.

WHEN: Saturday, May 17
WHERE: Pensacola Beach
COST: Free
DETAILS: facebook.com/350pensacola and handsacrossthesand.com