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BAYVIEW PARK FLEA MARKET Vendors will have their products for sale in Bayview Park at Blount St. and 20th Ave. every first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. Items for sale will include clothing, pottery, jewelry, baked goods and more. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or would like more information, call 436-5190, e-mail aquina@ci.pensacola.fl.us, or visit playpensacola.com.

GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE ANNOUNCES ANNIVERSARY EVENT To commemorate the 94th anniversary of the National Park Service, Gulf Islands National Seashore will present an encore presentation of the WSRE-produced National Public Broadcasting documentary of “Gulf Islands National Seashore: The Treasure of the Gulf Coast.” The film will be shown in the Naval Live Oaks Auditorium on Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns narrates this extraordinary visual journey through the National Seashore. Interwoven with aerial and underwater footage, as well as a colorful past that traces back to America’s earliest origins, this documentary highlights the history, culture and beauty of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The award-winning “Treasures of the Gulf Coast” is a one-hour presentation and companion to the 12-hour Ken Burns documentary, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” which premiered nationwide on Sept. 27, 2009 on Public Broadcasting Service.

For a complete program schedule and more information, call 934-2600 or visit nps.gov/guis.

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.

CITY AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS It’s time to put the “play” back in Pensacola. Parents, are you looking for a fun and exciting After School Program for your child at an affordable price? The City of Pensacola has the programs for you. The goal is to offer play to children ages 5-12 through homework assistance, crafts, indoor and outdoor play, themed activities, a healthy snack, and so much more. Children get the opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones. Each location has a unique way of getting children active in a variety of ways. Please take the time to speak with the staff in order to choose the program that will best fit your child’s needs. Register today at the location of your choice:

– Cobb Community Center, 601 E. Mallory St., 436-5192

– Fricker Community Center, 900 N. F St., 436-5195

– Gull Point Community Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, 494-7360

– Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Community Center, 913 S. I St., 436-5198

– Vickrey Community Center, 2130 Summit Blvd., 912-4056

For more information on hours and cost please contact the center of your choice or visit us at playpensacola.com.

VETERANS BENEFITS University Pines retirement community, located at 8991 University Parkway in Pensacola, is hosting a free veterans benefits seminar on Aug. 21, from 10-11 a.m.

The seminar at University Pines, led by Veteran Support Center volunteer Jon Dion, will shed light on the little-known Veterans Administration Aid & Attendance pension program, which provides eligible wartime veterans and surviving spouses up to $2,582 per month, tax free.

Thousands of veterans or surviving spouses are eligible to receive these benefits, but very few are aware of this opportunity.

To meet eligibility, a veteran must have served at least 90 days with one day during a declared war, among other requirements. This seminar is designed to both educate veterans and families as well as help them navigate the sometimes difficult application process.

The public is invited and refreshments will be served. To RSVP, or to learn more, call University Pines at 476-6333.

UNITED WAY’S EMERGING LEADERS SOCIETY TO HOST ANNUAL PARTY United Way of Escambia County donors ages 18-40 invite their peers to attend the Emerging Leaders Society Annual Party on Thursday, Aug. 26 at 5:30 p.m. The party is a chance for young philanthropists to meet, network and learn about United Way.

The free event is sponsored by Blazzues Blues and Jazz Club, 200 S. Palafox St. All residents ages 18-40 are invited to attend.

For more details or to RSVP, call Brandy Gottlieb at 444-7147 or e-mail emergingleaders@unitedwayescambia.org. RSVPs appreciated by Aug. 23.

FOUR LOCAL BOY SCOUTS TO RECEIVE EAGLE AWARDS Four scouts from Boy Scout Troop 425 have earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts: the Eagle Scout Award.

The Scouts will be recognized in a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, August 22 at the National Naval Aviation Museum in the Blue Angels Atrium.
The Eagle Scouts are:

Brian Hagerott — upcoming junior, Pensacola High School, IB Program
Shaun Hagerott — upcoming sophomore, Pensacola High School, IB Program
Jake Hartnett — upcoming sophomore, Pensacola Catholic High School
Phillip Masterson — upcoming sophomore, Pensacola Catholic High School

These Scouts are among the approximately 4 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank. Each candidate must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges and successfully complete a service project for a non-profit organization to earn his Eagle.

The service projects chosen included:

Hagerott, B. — Constructed synthetic wood table and benches for the Northwest Florida Wildlife Sanctuary for their educational programs.

Hagerott, S. — Constructed wildlife release cage for birds and small mammals rehabilitated by the Northwest Florida Wildlife Sanctuary.

Hartnett — Built three bat houses and installed them on 20-foot-tall posts in Tarkiln Bayou State Park.

Masterson — Built a recycling bin for the Alpha Center. The cans collected bring in extra money for the center.

These scouts have developed the qualities of exceptional leaders over their years in scouting by serving as Senior Patrol Leaders, Troop Guides, Quartermasters and Patrol Leaders in their troop. They have honed their outdoor skills by attending weeklong Boy Scout camps as well as many weekend ventures.

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 HYPERLINK “mailto:Stephanie@unitedwayescambia.org”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 HYPERLINK “http://www.fiestaoffiveflags.org/”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.