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DINE OUT FOR UNITED WAY PLANNED FOR OCT. 8-22 The second annual Dine Out for United Way is bigger and better this year with 29 participating restaurants in the Pensacola Bay Area and one in Fort Walton Beach. Participating restaurants will donate 10 percent or more of proceeds to United Way on participating days Oct. 8-22.

Of the participating restaurants, three have elected to make a higher contribution than the requested minimum (10 percent): Cactus Flower Café, Happy Pig Café and Nancy’s Haute Affairs will donate 15 percent. Additionally, several restaurants have chosen to participate on multiple days: Beef O’ Brady’s (Pace location only), Cajun Specialty Meats, Chili’s (Pensacola and Pace locations), Famous Dave’s Pensacola, Figaro’s Pizza, Happy Pig Café, Nancy’s Haute Affairs, Ollie’s Neighborhood Grill, Texas Road House, and Tropical Smoothie Café (Navarre location only).

Other participating restaurants include: 3 Fries, Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, New York Nick’s, Nippon Sushi & Grill, Ozone Pizza Pub, Seville Quarter, Shrimp Basket (Milton location only), The Club at Hidden Creek, The Grand Marlin, The Native Café, Tijuana Flats, Times Grill, and Wintzell’s Oyster House.

Dine Out for United Way is a fun and easy way for restaurants and restaurant patrons to help raise funds for their community and support the local restaurant community. To learn more details, including each restaurant’s date(s) of participation, visit UnitedWayEscambia.org or UnitedWaySRC.org. Limitations may apply.
CAREER COACH AND WORLD CHAMPION SPEAKER FINALIST VISITS PANHANDLE Career Coach Lisa Panarello, co-author of Unleash the Leader Within You! and producer of The Power of A Smile DVD,  will be the guest speaker for the Toastmasters International District 77, on Friday, Oct. 15 for a career coaching and leadership development session open to the public. The event is free and will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church, 110 St. Mary Ave. S.W., Fort Walton Beach.

During the program, Panerello will share practical strategies and tactics to help audience members sharpen focus on the important step of planning when it comes to achieving career and life dreams. There will be an extensive Q and A session.

A motivational speaker and career coach since 2001, Panarello is the founder and CEO of Careers Advance, a center of professional development. She has created more than 2,000 client resumes and has coached more than 550,000 students, parents and professionals in thousands of presentations, workshops and seminars across the U.S.A.

For more details, visit toastmasters77.org or call 377-5136.
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 HYPERLINK “mailto:info@latinomediainc.com”info@latinomediainc.com.

The Latino Festival is a free event. For more information, please visit lacostalatina.com or call 494-7899.
CANDIDATES CONFIRMED FOR LOCAL ELECTION FORUM “RALLY 2010”  WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, has confirmed the candidates participating in “Rally 2010,” a televised primary and general election candidate forum. The second installment of “Rally 2010” will air on WSRE Monday, Oct.18 and Tuesday, Oct.19 at 7 p.m. The focus will be on the Nov. 2 general election featuring local candidates from races in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties as well as the races for U.S. House, Florida House, Circuit Court Judge and Mayor of Pensacola. The program will be moderated by Dee Dee Sharp, journalist and on-air host of WSRE and Pensacola State College’s “AWARE”; Lloyd Patterson, on-air host of WSRE’s “Connecting the Community”; and Sandra Averhart, WUWF News Director. Individual episodes will be available to watch on WSRE’s website wsre.org/rally within 48 hours after the program airs.

Questions from local citizens are being sought. To submit a question for consideration on the program, send an email to questions@wsre.org or mail them to WSRE, Attention: Rally 2010, 1000 College Boulevard, Pensacola, Florida 32504. All questions must be received by Wednesday. Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. CDT and must include your name and city of residence to be considered.

“Rally 2010” is co-sponsored by WSRE and the League of Women Voters of the Pensacola Bay Area and Okaloosa County. The purpose of “Rally 2010” is to give citizens an unbiased look at the candidates vying to represent them and learn where they stand on the important issues that affect them. WSRE provides the program as a public service and encourages all citizens to participate in exercising their constitutional right to vote.

“Rally 2010” is scheduled to include the following races/candidates (confirmed as of October 8, 2010):

Monday, October 18 – 7 p.m.

· United States Representative, Florida District 1 – Joe Cantrell, John Krause, Jeff Miller

· State Representative, District 1 – Douglas Broxson, Mathias Venditto

· State Representative, District 3 – Claudia Brown-Curry, Clay Ford

· Circuit Court Judge, Group 3 – Michael Flowers, Alishia McDonald

· Esc. Co. Commissioners Dist. 2 – Myra Simmons

· Esc. Co. Commissioners Dist. 4 – Danny Lewis, Grover Robinson

· Santa Rosa Co. Commissioners Dist. 2 – Prudence Caskey, Bob Cole

Tuesday, October 19 – 7 p.m.

· City of Pensacola Mayor – Ashton Hayward, Mike Wiggins

· ECUA Dist. 2 – Lois Benson, Dave Carlson

· ECUA Dist. 4 – Dale Perkins, Scott Schroeder

· Okaloosa County Sheriff – Larry Ashley, Cesar Morales, Brian Sparling, Robert Thacker

· Okaloosa County Commissioner Dist. 2 – David Parisot, Tom Tona

· Okaloosa County Commissioner Dist. 4 – Don Amunds, Dick Reinlie

“Rally 2010” is co-sponsored by WSRE and the League of Women Voters of the Pensacola Bay Area and Okaloosa County. The purpose of “Rally 2010” is to give citizens an unbiased look at the candidates vying to represent them and learn where they stand on the important issues that affect them. WSRE provides the program as a public service and encourages all citizens to participate in exercising their constitutional right to vote.
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.
DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT BOARD ANNOUNCES 2010 AWARD RECIPIENTS The Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) awarded the 2010 Golden Brick Award to the Pensacola Saenger Theatre of 118 South Palafox Place at its monthly board meeting this morning.   In addition, six businesses received Silver Certificates in recognition of the physical enhancements they provided to Downtown Pensacola during the past year.  The DIB also presented Longevity Awards to Reynalds Music House of 36 East Garden Street for 100 years of business and Old City Building, Inc. of 201 East Government Street to celebrate 50 years in downtown Pensacola.

DIB Chairman Burney Merrill bestowed awards as follows:

Golden Brick Award:

· Pensacola Saenger Theatre

Silver Certificate Recipients:

· 600 South Palafox of Pensacola, LLC for the Courtyard at 600 South Palafox Street

· Garden Street Firehouse, LLC for 109 East Garden Street

· Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom for 10 Palafox Place

· Masonic Holdings, LLC for Vinyl Music Hall at 2 Palafox Place

· Overby Enterprises, Inc. for DeLuna’s Alley at 201 South Jefferson Street

· Sugarland, Inc. for 286 North Palafox Street

Longevity Awards:

· Reynalds Music House of 36 East Garden Street for 100 years of business

· Old City Building, Inc. of 201 East Government Street to celebrate 50 years in downtown Pensacola

The DIB presents the Golden Brick Award and Silver Certificates once a year to businesses that most noticeably enhanced the appearance and vitality of Downtown Pensacola through significant physical improvements (i.e. brick & mortar) during the preceding year.  Improvement projects must meet several criteria, such as being easily visible to the public, going beyond scheduled maintenance or minimal remodeling, and being completed within the last year.