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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.

“HAYSTACKULAR” HAY MAZE S. S. Dixon Elementary, 4560 Highway 90, will host its first “Haystackular” Hay Maze Oct. 1-3. The event will be held from 4-9 p.m. on Friday and from noon-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and will feature a hay maze constructed with 4,000 bales of local hay. There will also be food, fun, and festivities for the entire family.

The school is pleased to be partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central and Northern Florida to help children facing life-threatening medical conditions. The event will continue each weekend in October, with the last day being Oct. 29. For more details, visit haystackular.com or call 982-8499.

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.

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 will 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 info@latinomediainc.com.
The Latino Festival is a free event. For more information, please visit lacostalatina.com or call 494-7899.

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 information about 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 robertfrommel@bellsouth.net.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING SCHEDULED IN SANTA ROSA The Santa Rosa Clean Community System will be celebrating “America Recycles Day” by sponsoring an electronics recycling day on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 8 a.m. through 1 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Administrative Complex on Highway 90 in Milton (behind McDonald’s). All types of electronics will be accepted on that day, including computers, printers, cell phones and many other electronic items. There will be a $10 fee for each television because of the hazardous material that must be handled. In addition, the public may see examples of “Santa Rosa Sunshine” recycled glass and a new venture that involves using old plastic grocery bags to make new items.

This event will be Santa Rosa’s celebration of “America Recycles Day”—a time to remind everyone about the benefits and need to recycle. With the popularity of the new HD televisions, there has been a sharp increase in the amount of electronics being disposed of, and this allows people to dispose of them in an environmentally-friendly manner. For more information, call the Clean Community System at 623-1930 or visit srclean.org.

GRANTS FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL RELIEF FUND Earlier in the year, in response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Greater Escambia Community Foundation (GECF) opened the Environmental Relief Fund to support local non-profit organizations who are engaged in providing assistance to individuals and families who demonstrate financial need as a result of this disaster.

Through the generous support of the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation and other donors, the GECF is now prepared to receive grant requests.

Grant applications will be accepted from non-profit organizations who are addressing the needs of individuals and families impacted by the oil spill. Grants will be awarded in amounts of $5,000 or less following a review by the board of directors of the GECF. All grant applications must be received no later than Dec. 1, 2010. The grants will be awarded during the first quarter of 2011.

Applicants may obtain an application by visiting the GECF website at gecfoundation.org.

FLORIDA FOUNDATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION NAMES 2010 EXCEL AWARD WINNERS The Florida Foundation for Excellence in Education has officially announced that Dorice Brennan, Pine Meadow Elementary School, and Carolyn Gambles, Warrington Elementary School, are the recipients of the 2010 Excel Award.

This award is based upon an analysis of data provided by the Florida Department of Education indicating that students in these classes made the greatest gains on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) in Math for three consecutive years among students in families with low incomes, among students who are below grade level, and among students with disabilities.

Brennan and Gambles are two of only 76 educators in Florida to receive this award. These teachers will be honored at the Celebration of Teaching event on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Peabody in Orlando.