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Community Outreach 12.9

Pen Women Host Exhibition/Artel Fundraiser The Pensacola Branch of the National League of American Pen Women will host the “Children’s Creative Art Clothesline” exhibition, Saturday, December 11, 2010, 10am – 4pm. An awards ceremony will take place at 2pm.  During the exhibition, a silent art auction to benefit Artel Gallery and holiday art show & sale by the Pen Women artists will also be part of the day’s events.  This event is free and open to the public.

Christmas Spirit in Pensacola Benefits HIV Care Center The HIV Care Center has been given an extraordinary holiday gift!  Sanctuary in the Groves Theatre West has generously donated the Sunday, December 12 evening performance of their holiday production “Greetings!” to benefit the HIV Care Center’s Needy Meds program.

Tickets to this special performance are $30. Each ticket purchased will allow the HIV Care Center to add one uninsured HIV patient into the Needy Meds program for a full year. The Needy Meds program allows healthcare providers to track, monitor and obtain much needed medications for patients, keeping them consistently on their medications and leading to an improved quality of life.

The Christmas season is here and the special performance of  Greetings! will add to your holiday spirit!  The award-winning show written by Tom Dudzick has been described as a comic jewel, stunning and touching. New York Newsday said, “It brings a joyful holiday lift to those who like to believe in miracles.”

The average adult in the U.S. spends nearly $2,000 on gifts, wrapping and shipping each Christmas.  The Board of Directors for the HIV Care Center asks community members to share $30 of their Christmas shopping budget to attend the special performance of Greetings! and at the same time help the HIV Care Center continue its mission to provide quality care for HIV patients in our community.

The special performance benefitting the HIV Care Center will be presented on Sunday, December 12, 2010. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are available at McAlpin Interiors, 900 East Moreno Street, Pensacola, FL 32503. Call (850) 438-8345 to order tickets with a credit card. Tickets can also be purchased by check only at the Center for Prevention and Treatment of Infections (Office of Barbara H. Wade, MD.), 5153 N. Ninth Ave. Suite 305, Pensacola, FL 32504.  (850)-476-3131 x205 (Jennifer)

For more information contact HIV Care Center board member, Gina Maddox, Event Chair at (850) 450-9773 or gina@ginamaddox.com.  For more information about Sanctuary in the Groves Theatre West call 850-912-4087 orsanctuarytheatrewest.com

StoryCorps MobileBooth Returning to Collect Oil Spill Stories The national oral history project, StoryCorps, is returning to Pensacola to collect oil spill stories for preservation at the Library of Congress.  From December 15 – 22, the StoryCorps MobileBooth will be collecting oil spill stories in Pensacola. For reservations call 1.800.850.4406 or link to the StoryCorps reservation system from wuwf.org (under Speical Events drop menu).

Senior Gift Requests Expected to Increase This Holiday as Economic Slump Continues Be a Santa to a Senior®, the popular campaign that has delivered 1.2 million gifts to needy seniors throughout North America in the past six years, is gearing up again this holiday season during a time when seniors may need more of the bare necessities to survive.

The Home Instead Senior Care® office serving Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties has joined local health care partners and area Walmart stores to provide presents to seniors who otherwise might not receive a gift this holiday season.

Program sponsors expect gift requests to be up this year as the economic downturn continues and Social Security benefits fail to keep pace with daily living expenses.

“Most people aren’t aware that there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of seniors in every community who have no family and are alone,” said Carlette Howell, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving the Pensacola area. “What’s more, this holiday season finds many older adults struggling to make ends meet.”

Prior to the holiday season, the participating local non-profit organizations will identify needy and isolated seniors in the community and provide those names to Home Instead Senior Care. Christmas trees, which will go upon Nov. 1 at the Walmart stores below, feature ornaments with the first names only of the seniors and their respective gift requests.

Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. Volunteers will then collect, wrap and deliver the gifts to area seniors.

“Be a Santa to a Senior is a way to show our gratitude to those older adults who have contributed so much to our community,” Howell said.  “We hope to reach out to many with this gesture of holiday cheer and goodwill.”

For more information about the program, call 850-477-1947 or log on to beasantatoasenior.com.

2010 – Give the Coat off Your Back Drive” The “Give the Coat off Your Back Drive” is officially kicked off for the 2010 annual drive.  The Farrar Law Firm and Farrar Family and all of our sponsors and friends encourage those that can, give, please give.  This is the Farrar’s eighteenth (18th) year of conducting the coat and blanket drive.  The demand for cold weather items has increased as we all go through this recession together.  Distributions will be made directly to homeless individuals as in the years past, and we once again ask you to join the efforts of the Farrar’s this year to help those less fortunate be warm  and safe  this winter.  Give the gift of hope and warmth!  Donate any slightly used or new coats and blankets and love the joy of giving.

The Farrar Law Firm is partnering this year with Fast Signs, Southern Style Carpet, Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, Emerald Coast Hospice and Bay Breeze Nursing Home as drop off locations.  Anyone who wishes to donate a coat, blanket, gloves or hats may drop off those items at any of their locations listed below:

• Farrar Law Firm: 109 N Palafox Street

• Fast Signs:  6060 Tippin Avenue

• Southern Style Carpet: 901 North Navy Blvd.

• Uncle Bob’s Self Storage:

#356 – 9113 W. Highway 98

#353 – 1600 9 Mile Road

#53 – 195 E. Fairfield Dr.

#58 – 980 N. Navy Blvd.

#68 – 2807 W. Michigan Ave.

#69 – 801 E. 9 Mile Road

#70 – 2295 W. Michigan Ave.

• Emerald Coast Hospice: 5401 Corporate Woods Dr, Ste 800

• Bay Breeze Nursing Home: 3375 Gulf Breeze Pkwy

For further information, please contact the Gregory P. Farrar at the Farrar Law Firm at 434-8904.

Give wisely this holiday season, Both how you give and what you give important this holiday season The downturn in the economy combined with advances in technology mean charities are getting creative in how they raise money, as are scam charities. Your Better Business Bureau Serving Northwest Florida encourages donors to do their homework and give wisely this holiday season.

“Despite the downturn in the economy, people still want to help those who are less fortunate over the holidays,” said Norman Wright, president and CEO of your BBB|Northwest Florida. “However you decide to give, it’s important to research the charity thoroughly to make sure your donation will be used the way you intend.”

Your BBB evaluates charities against BBB Wise Giving Alliance’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Results of these evaluations are available, free-of-charge, by starting with bbb.org or calling your BBB at 850.429.0002 or 800.729.9226.

How you give, and not just what you give, matters. Your BBB discusses five common ways people can support charities over the holidays and points to consider for each:

Give items: Many organizations solicit for donations over the holidays, including seasonal items such as coats, toys and canned goods. Whatever you’re donating, make sure the items are in good condition and that the recipient charity accepts such items; otherwise you’re just creating more work for an already busy charity.

Give when you shop: Cause-related marketing – when businesses donate a portion of the purchase price of certain items to a charity – is often a success for the business and the charity. Make sure the promotion identifies the actual or anticipated amount of the purchase price the charity will receive. Embedded giving allows businesses such as grocery stores to add a specified amount to your receipt to benefit a charity; make sure the embedded promotion states which charity will receive the collected funds.

Give online: Giving online with a credit or debit card is one of the most efficient ways to support a charity. However, make sure you review the organization’s privacy policy and verify that the organization has appropriate security measures in place before you supply your financial information.

Give via text message: After texting a message to a specified number, your donation is tacked on to your cell phone bill. While quick and easy for a donor, it may take months for the donation to reach the charity. If the need is urgent, consider donating directly to the charity instead.

Give your time: In today’s tight economy, you may not have money, but you can donate your time. And in today’s tight economy, charities are often doing more with less and may appreciate your time even more than usual.

To review charity evaluations and to get additional information and advice you can trust this holiday season, start with bbb.org.
Jazz Society Launches Student Jazz Competition, Takes Jazz Into Schools The Jazz Society of Pensacola has launched a Student Jazz Competition, with the top finalists slated to perform at the 28th Annual Pensacola JazzFest, set for April 2 & 3, 2011.  As part of the Jazz Society mission, JSOP seeks to encourage and assist emerging jazz musicians (vocalists and instrumentalists) during their student years.  The larger jazz community, including musicians and educators, feels that by welcoming students and giving them an opportunity to showcase and develop their talents, we are helping to create the jazz musicians of the future — and thereby fostering the future of jazz.

The competition will be divided into two divisions: College level and High School level.  Residence and school attendance (including homeschooling) in the greater Pensacola area (incuding Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties) is a prerequisite for participation.  The competition is planned to be an annual program.

Applicants will submit recordings of two songs.  The submitted recordings and the live competition performances will be evaluated and critiqued by an impartial panel of judges who are experienced jazz musicians and/or educators.  Deadline for submission of applications is January 15, 2011.

Judging criteria include:

•    Sound: tone quality, appropriate to style

•    Technique: speed, evenness and clarity of execution

•    Time: consistent accuracy and feeling of the pulse

•    Tonal materials: selected chords, scales, emphasized melody notes

•    Spirit/drive: emotional feeling, vitality, conviction

•    Lyricism: melodiousness

There will be five finalists selected for each division, with the finalists announced on February 15, 2011.  The finalists will perform live in the Competition Finals, scheduled for Thursday, March 17, 2011, at the Ashmore Auditorium on the campus of Pensacola State College.  A professional rhythm section will be provided. The live performances will be observed and evaluated by judges as described above, who will then select the first, second, and third place award winners with the awards presentation to follow.  In addition, critiques will be made available to the performers. Admission to this live event is free, and family, friends, teachers and bandmates are encouraged to attend and provide support.

The awards for the winners will be as follows:

• College Division:

First Place: $800 toward educational purposes

Second Place: $600 toward educational purposes

Third Place: $400 toward educational purposes
• High School Division:

First Place: $600 toward educational purposes

Second Place: $400 toward educational purposes

Third Place: $200 toward educational purposes

Monetary awards are to be used for furthering the student’s jazz education, such as tuition assistance in a jazz education program, private instruction with jazz educator, jazz camps, or other music education programs.  Award monies will be paid by JSOP directly to the source(s) identified by the finalist.  The remaining finalists will receive a $100 gift certificate from one of the participating Pensacola music stores.

Students who are interested in participating may call the Jazz Society office at 850-433-8382 or email jsop1@juno.com to request an application, or download a copy atjazzpensacola.com.
Jazz Educators Take Hands-On Presentations into Area Schools

The Jazz Society of Pensacola is taking Jazz into area schools, as part of JSOP’s new Jazz Education Initiatives.  Three programs have been offered to area high school and middle school Jazz Bands: “Rhythm Section Roles and Interaction”, “Jazz Articulation”, and “Introduction to Improvisation”.  Future plans include developing additional presentations, with some geared to general school audiences and elementary schools as well.

A team of jazz musician/educators have presented two of the Rhythm Section programs, one at Pace High School and the other at Tate High School.  The team consisted of pianist David Shelander, drummer Fred Domulot, guitarist Jim Armstrong, and bassist Tom Latenser.  Domulot and Latenser are both directors of the Jazz Ensemble at Northwest Florida State College, and all four perform professionally. Each musician spoke briefly about the role of their instrument in a large band, and then worked individually with the band members who play that instrument.  The students were very attentive and eager to learn, and welcomed the information provided about the Jazz Society and our events. The Jazz Society is actively seeking to involve students in the JSOP organization as a way to expose them to the live jazz music presented at JSOP events, and to help them network with other jazz musicians and listeners.  The presentation also was delivered at Bailey Middle School, with the same personnel except for piano, which was covered by Cynthia Domulot.  A “Jazz Articulation” presentation was delivered at Tate High School by trumpeter Roger Villines, who directs the Jazz Ensemble at Pensacola State College.

The presentations are provided at no cost to the schools, and more are scheduled during the remainder of the school year.  This program, as well as the Student Competition, are made possible through generous donations from individual Jazz Society members and supporters.  JSOP is seeking grant money to further expand and develop our Education programs.  Further information can be obtained by calling the Jazz Society office, 850-433-8382.

The Jazz Society presents jazz events throughout the year  with regular first-Monday Jazz Jam and third-Monday Jazz Gumbo events.  Coming up:

•  The Jazz Society is launching a new event, called “Blue Monday”, at the Five Sisters Blues Café, on Monday December 13, at 6:00 pm. With jazz and blues so closely related, this program will feature the Edmo Lanier quartet focusing on the “blue” side of the style.

• The free annual Pensacola JazzFest is the highlight of the annual program, with the 2011 JazzFest scheduled for April 2-3, 2011 in historic, downtown Seville Square.

• The next Jazz Jam will be held on Monday, January 3, at 6:30 pm at Will Call Sports Grill, 22 S. Palafox Place in downtown Pensacola.

For membership and details, see the website at jazzpensacola.com or call Kathy Lyon, JSOP administrator, at the JSOP office, 850-433-8382.
Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce Presents 2011 Snowbird Roost The Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome our returning guests and announce the 1st Snowbird Roost of 2011. This event will be hosted by the Perdido Bay Community Center, 13660 Innerarity Point Rd.  The Roost will be held on Thursday, January 6th starting at 11:30 am till 1:30 pm.  Lunch will be provided for a $2 donation to the Community Center.

Sponsorships are still needed for this event. Thanks to the Eden Condominium in Perdido Key for their generous donation as a sponsor.

All Snowbirds are invited and asked to RSVP with the Perdido Key Chamber by Monday, January 3rd.  If you would like additional information please contact the Perdido Key Chamber at 850-492-4660 or email chamber@perdidochamber.com.

For more information on the Perdido Key Chamber visit perdidochamber.com or visitperdido.com.