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Gulf Islands National Seashore Announces 150th Civil War Anniversary Events Candlelight Tours of Fort Barrancas To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, Gulf Islands National Seashore will present “A Candlelight Tour of Fort Barrancas” on Saturdays, January 8 and February 12, 5:00 – 7:15 p.m.  The free tour highlights Pensacola during the Civil War.  In addition, the Fort Barrancas Visitor Center with new museum exhibits, audiovisual programs, and bookstore will be open.  Visitors must call (850) 455-5167 for tour reservations and arrive 15 minutes before their assigned tour time.

Costumed interpreters will present the history of Pensacola during the Civil War at different stations inside Fort Barrancas.  Groups of 30 visitors will depart the Fort Barrancas Visitor Center every 15 minutes for the hour-long tour.  Although the fort will be lighted with candles, flashlights are allowed.  The entrance to the fort includes a steep 90-yard walkway and visitors must use narrow staircases to access different fort levels. Dress appropriately for the evening weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Parking is limited so car-pooling is recommended.  Visitors arriving after 6:00 p.m. should enter the Naval Air Station through the main gate on Navy Boulevard. Dress appropriately for the weather.  Superintendent Brown encourages everyone to enjoy the National Seashore and join us for our ranger-led programs.  For a complete program schedule and more information, call 934-2600 or visit our website at nps.gov/guis.

Artel Hosts Student Mask Show Artel is excited to host its fourth annual mask exhibit by Escambia County Schools students, January 11 – 21, 2011.  An opening reception, catered by Varona’s, will take place on Tuesday, January 11, 5-7 p.m at Artel Gallery, 223 Palafox Place, first floor of the Old Escambia County Courthouse.   Winners from the exhibit will be announced during the award ceremony at the reception.  Coordinator for this exhibit is Patti Wheeler, art teacher at N. B. Cook Elementary School of the Arts.

Artel is a not-for-profit educational gallery and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information call the gallery at 850 432-3080.  Visit Artel’s website at artelgallery.org for more information.

Christmas Tree Disposal Sites Santa Rosa County residents can dispose of their live Christmas trees until Monday, February 28 at five recycling areas throughout the county.  Please place trees in the designated area identified by signage. Do not place trees in front of the recycling containers. The trees will be chipped and offered as free mulch at Clean Community System in Milton at a later date to be announced.

Trees can be disposed at:

Quintette recycle area at the Five Points Intersection

Gulf Power recycle area on East Spencer Field Road

Clean Community System on Park Avenue

Tiger Point recreation area in Gulf Breeze, east of Walmart

Jay Transfer Station, on Transfer Station Road

Street maps for each location can be found at santarosa.fl.gov/recycle

Citizens are urged not to cut up and burn their tree in a home fireplace. Burning evergreens gives off tar and creosol, which can ignite and cause a chimney fire. Residents are also reminded that recycle areas are not disposal areas for furniture or household garbage that is not sorted recyclable material. Santa Rosa County recycle sites accept glass, metal, plastic containers, paper and cardboard.  A list of all of Santa Rosa County’s recycling points and accepted materials can also be found on the county’s website at santarosa.fl.gov/recycle.

$50,000 IN FOUNDATION GRANTS TO BE AWARDED TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS International Paper Pensacola Mill (IP) will award $50,000 in Foundation Grants in 2011. The deadline for all 2011 grant applications is Friday, Jan. 14, 2011.

Grants are awarded by the IP Foundation in Memphis, Tenn., which focuses on environmental education, literacy, employee involvement, and critical community needs. Applicants must be a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, school, or qualifying government entity to apply.

For more information about the Foundation and/or to apply online, interested applicants should visit ipgiving.com.

For more information on the grant process, contact Janice Holmes, communications manager, at 850-968-4203 or e-mail janice.holmes@ipaper.com.

FILL A BOWL FOR MANNA! Come to the table and FILL A BOWL for Manna.  Manna invites the community to the 4th annual fundraiser on Saturday, January 15, 1-3PM at Manna’s main pantry, 116 E. Gonzalez St.

Select a bowl to fill with soups prepared by a dozen of the area’s finest local chefs and take the bowl home as a keepsake.  Choose from more than 500 unique bowls donated by faculty and students from PSC’s Arts Department and some of the area’s most skilled ceramics artisans.

Bid on larger ceramic bowls designed by local artists, as well as other works of art during the silent auction with emcee Mike Wiggins.  Enjoy music by the St. Joseph Catholic Church Gospel choir.  Savor a variety of soups prepared by Bagelheads, Classic City Catering, The Grand Marlin, The Fish House, Angus Steakhouse, Global Grill, Caponi’s Grill, Jerry’s Cajun Café, Portabello Market, Seville Quarter, Apple Market and Nancy’s Haute Affairs.

While filling a bowl with sumptuous soups, you will be helping Manna fill the empty bowls of more than 30,000 people served annually in Northwest Florida.

Cost for the event is $25 per person.  Reservations are encouraged and pre-purchase tickets are available on-line (mannafoodpantries.org/event-bowl.html) or by mail (make checks payable to Manna – FAB, 116 E. Gonzalez St. , Pensacola, FL. 32501).  Walk-ins on the day of the event are welcome, space permitting.

Manna is a non-profit organization that has been fighting hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties since 1983.

For more information, call 432-2053.

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.

Fish, Red Meat, Chicken The new year is here….time to clean out your freezers!  The cold winter weather has made life difficult for our wildlife. The Wildlife Sanctuary’s hospital is full of injured seabirds, birds of prey and various mammals.  The Sanctuary is asking for your help in bringing in donations of fish, red meat, chicken, pine straw and laundry soap that is needed for our extra patients.

The Sanctuary accepts fresh, frozen, whole or filleted fish, as well as any red meats and other supplies seven days a week from 8am to 5pm, located at 105 North “S” Street near the old Gulf Power building. Make your New Years resolution to help area wildlife and drop a donation of supplies by today.

The Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit 501c3 organization taking in over 3000 injured and orphaned animals a year.  All are given a thorough exam, fed foods most resembling their natural wild diet and are monitored to insure adjustment to temporary captivity.  Release back into the wild is always our primary goal.

All donations are appreciated.  A wish list is available on our website pensacolawildlife.com.  For more information call 850-433-9453 Ext 5.

Call for entries for The Magic of Shifting Light  Guidance:  There is a magical time between the realms of full darkness and daytime that provides fleeting, dramatic changes in the quality of light.  These changes play with our senses, stir our emotions and fire our imaginations.  Don’t just bring us sunset or sunrise pictures; study these changes and in new and innovative ways, bring us the emotions and feelings that shifting light instills.

Juror:   Wendy Cresswell is an artist who has shown her prize winning work nationaly in several juried exhibitions.  She received her Bachelor degree in Fine Arts in 1993 and a second Bachelor in Art Education in 1999, both from the University of West Florida.  Wendy has taught art on many levels and is currently an art instructor at Collegiate High at Pensacola State College.

Artists may drop off work at Artel Saturday, January 22, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, January 23, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Each member may submit up to three works in any media.    This show will exhibit from January 25 – March 4, 2011.

An opening reception, catered by Varona’s, will be held on Friday, February 4, from 6-8 p.m. at Artel Gallery, 223 Palafox Place.

For more information, a detailed call for entries or check-in forms, call 850 432-3080 or visit artelgallery.org or the gallery at 505 South Adams Street, Pensacola.

Culinary Productions to sponser community events CPI starts the New Year off with more community involvement.  Please support these CPI sponsored events in January and come enjoy our tasty food!

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida’s “Corks ‘N Canvases”

Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 at the Museum of Art, 6-9pm

*Art auction & wine tasting, live art demo by Ashton Howard, live music, silent auction, heavy hors D’oeuvres, drinks, and more.  Call BBBS at 433 – KIDS.

• Art Party VIII to benefit the National Transplant Assisted Fund in honor of Jef Bond

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at Vinyl Music Hall,

VIP 5-8pm, doors open at 9pm

*Artwork by local and national artists, live music, heavy hors D’oeuvres, live auction, raffle drawings, mobile art, visual art, and more. jefbond.com

Underprivileged African-American high school students to be treated to a performance of The Color Purple Twenty five local African-American high school students will be treated to a performance of The Color Purple, at the Saenger Theater on January 10th courtesy of the Sherri Hemminghaus Children’s Fund (SHCF) and Arts Quest.

Many of these students are from from low-income homes and would not usually have the means to see a broadway play. The SHCF is supported by Friends of the Saenger and will cover the costs of tickets to the show.

Arts Quest, led by retired Escambia County School District teacher Ora Wills, has selected the participating students, arranged for their transportation to the theatre, and provided chaperones for the evening’s event. Together, the SHCF and Arts Quest are giving these 25 deserving students an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy a world-class Broadway show at one of our community’s most elegant and historical venues—for free!