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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).

Pensacola Women’s Alliance Scholarship Endowment to University of West Florida The Pensacola Women’s Alliance, PWA, is proud to announce a gift of a PWA Scholarship Endowment to the University of West Florida. The PWA Scholarship Endowment is a $20,000.00 self-sustaining scholarship for degree-seeking women in financial need.

“This is what we are about,” said Cecilia Nanni, PWA president, of her organization comprised of professional and business women. “The purpose of PWA is to encourage the advancement of women. The scholarship ties in with our mission to expand opportunities for female students pursuing higher education.”

Gretchen Van Valkenburg, associate director of development at UWF, along with Martha Lee Blodgett, director of development, will accept the endowment on behalf of UWF at the PWA dinner meeting on December 16, 2010. The endowment will be managed by the UWF Foundation.

Working on a five year plan, Nanni noted that the group completed their commitment a full year ahead of schedule.

“We are enhancing women’s lives. That is just what we do.”

The PWA, established in 1982, has also provided a scholarship endowment for deserving women to Pensacola State College and provides an annual scholarship to George Stone Technical School.

For more information on PWA, please contact Cecilia Nanni at 850-444-1692 or visit pensacolawomensalliance.org.
Gulf Islands Volunteer Opportunity Superintendent Daniel R. Brown announced that the Gulf Islands National Seashore is looking for volunteers to assist with operating the Fort Pickens Visitor Centers.  Volunteers are asked to work one day per week to staff the information desk at the visitor center, answer visitor questions and provide sales help in the Eastern National bookstores.

Volunteers are required by Homeland Security Presidential Directive -12 and the National Park Service, Office of the Chief Information Officer policy to have a favorably adjudicated background check.  The Seashore will pay all costs associated with obtaining the background check.  Interested persons should contact Volunteer Coordinator Dick Zani at  934-2654 or District Interpreter Stanley Lawhead at 934-2629 for details.
Aquarium for Pensacola Awareness Festival and Fundraiser Event Join the aquaria hysteria!  Aquarium for Pensacola is having a festival and fundraiser event in Pensacola on the bay front at Bartram Park (south of Seville Park) on December 18th 9:00 – 4:00.  The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the effort to convert the downtown wastewater treatment plant to a world class aquarium and marine research center and to raise funds to conduct and economic impact study.  There will be live music, dance performances, other entertainment, food, door prizes, touch tanks and aquariums, Santa arriving on a fire truck and photo opts, gyro balls, bounce house, gyro balls and art activities for kids, and arts and craft vendors – great for Christmas giving!  Admission is free!  All proceeds go to Aquarium for Pensacola, Inc., a not-for-profit organization.  For more information contact Rodney Rowe at (850) 393-6856.
Partners for Pets Donation Makes a Great Holiday Gift for Animal Lovers Looking for a gift for the animal loving friend or family member this holiday season? Give a Partner for Pets gift donation in their name! Making a gift donation not only shows that you understand and support their love and passion of protecting and caring for animals, but directly helps the quality of life of our local pets. With a donation of any amount, animal services will mail a personalized holiday greeting card with your message to notify them of your gift in their honor. Partners for Pets donations are tax-deductible and unlike national donation plans, 100 percent of all Partners for Pets donations will benefit animals in Santa Rosa County. Gift donations can be made securely online at santarosa.fl.gov/partnersforpets or by requesting a donation form by calling (850) 983-4680.

Santa Rosa County Animal Services Partners for Pets program was established in October 2009 with the goal of finding every adoptable pet a loving, forever home. In the first year $10,573 was donated to the Santa Rosa County shelter. Donations to the program are used to enhance current animal service efforts including creating a low cost spay and neuter voucher program, increasing educational outreach on the benefits of spaying and neutering, and offering more adoption events throughout the county. When combined, these efforts have been proven to make a dramatic difference in local pet populations and in reducing the number of animals that must be humanely euthanized.

Unlike private shelters that can have limitations on the number of animals they accept, Santa Rosa County’s shelter accepts each one with over 8,400 animals passing through their doors in fiscal year 2009/2010. Unfortunately, only an average of 11 percent are adopted, sent to rescue organizations or reunited with their families when found straying from home. Sterilization of pets is the best solution to the overpopulation problem in our county. In addition to the gift donation, many other types and levels of support are available including a supply donations, one time-donations, monthly supporter and memorial gifts.
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.
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.