A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: DRESS DRIVE BENEFIT This annual fundraiser benefits one local area resident who has sustained a brain and/or spinal cord injury. This year the funds raised will go toward the recovery efforts of Gulf Breeze resident Anna Pope, 25, who sustained a brain injury after a car accident in October 2010.
In 2004, Anna graduated from Gulf Breeze High School. In 2009, she graduated from the University of North Florida with a bachelor of arts in Finance and Real Estate. She enjoys her job at the Hilton on Pensacola Beach and has also been an active member at the Gulf Breeze Recreation Center where she participates in the 4-Shore-Fit boot camp fitness class.
UWF students Kerri Wright and Samantha Rodzwicz are collecting new and gently used formal and semi-formal gowns to be sold at the first annual A Night to Remember: Dress Drive Benefit. The event will feature a raffle, silent auction and refreshments along with the dress sale, and will be held March 20 at the Hilton on Pensacola Beach from 2-6 p.m.
If you have formal or semi-formal gowns that you would like to contribute, contact Kerri Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org or 346-5158. Donations will be greatly appreciated by both Anna’s family and friends.
BRIGHT START – RIGHT START ART CLASS Inspire your preschooler’s imagination and self-expression with a world of hands-on art activities. The class will include coloring techniques with crayons, markers and oil pastels. They will also cover some basics of painting using washable and non-toxic paints and proper scissor use too. This class is held on Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. for children between the ages of 4-6 with a low cost of $5 per class. For more information, please contact 436-5198 or playpensacola.com.
SEE EXPRESS CLYDESDALES Express Employment Professionals and Pensacola Cordova Rotary are teaming up to raise funds for Gulf Coast Kid’s House by offering the community a unique opportunity to see and ride beautiful Clydesdale horses. The Express Clydesdales will be on display for viewing and rides at Gulf Coast Kid’s House, 3401 N. 12th Ave., 3-6 p.m. Friday, March 4.
GIVE KIDS A SMILE DAY About 600 youth are served each year during Give Kids a Smile Day, a community service that provides free dental treatments to underserved children. The event is March 12 at the dental hygiene clinic on the Warrington campus of Pensacola State College. It’s a big volunteer effort by area dentists, dental hygiene students and faculty. This year, pre-screenings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday, March 11, and Give Kids a Smile Day is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 12, on the ground floor of Building 3100, of the Warrington campus. For more information, contact: Linda Lambert, 206-6733, email@example.com.
RUMMAGE SALE One of the biggest Annual Rummage Sales in Pensacola returns to Trinity Presbyterian Church, Saturday, March 19, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Eager shoppers wanting first pick can come to Preview Night on Friday, March 18, from 5-8 p.m., with everything sold at 50-percent mark-up. Everything is well sorted and priced. Proceeds support the youth programs, including Lightshine Choir, with a portion going directly to local charities.
The sale will be held at 3400 Bayou Blvd., between Twelfth Avenue and Cervantes streets. Sale is held in the gymnasium. For more information call 432-3505.
PILOT CLUB PANCAKES The Pilot Club of Pensacola will host the 31st Pancake Festival on Saturday, March 5, from 7 a.m.-noon, at Cokesbury United Methodist Church. The club has served more than 60,000 pancakes over 30 years to raise money for brain-related disorders, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting Northwest Florida. Cokesbury United Methodist Church in the Asbury Place, 5725 N. Ninth Ave. $6 for adults, $3 for kids. 458-6548.
PERDIDO SPRINGFEST The 1st Annual Perdido Springfest & Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 22 on Saturday, March 26 from 3-10 p.m. daily on the grounds of Liberty Church, 2221 S. Blue Angel Parkway. Sponsored by Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce, Perdido Springfest & Fair will have full-blown carnival rides by James Gang Amusements, games, concessions, live entertainment and vendors. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit Perdido’s new football league.
Admission is free. Tickets for the rides and unlimited ride wristbands will be sold at the event. $2 coupons off the price of the unlimited ride wristband will be available at sponsor locations beginning March 1. Check perdidofootball.com for participating sponsor list and for more event information.
FOURTH ANNUAL FATHER DAUGHTER BALL Calling all princesses and distinguished gentlemen! The Fourth Annual Father Daughter Ball is Saturday, April 2, from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. at Pensacola Country Club, located at 1500 Bayshore Drive.
Destined to be a magical night of dancing, memories, food and fun, please join us to celebrate the special relationship between fathers and daughters. Get ready to twirl your princess around the dance floor as a DJ plays her favorite tunes, enjoy a dinner buffet and dessert. You can make her a princess for the night
The Father Daughter Ball is a gala fundraiser benefiting Creative Learning Academy and Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. This event is open to the public and to all women and their father or father-figure. Suggested dress is formal. Tickets are available now for $75 per father/daughter couple and $20 per additional daughter. A limited number of tickets are available, so call today. Picture packages are also available for purchase. For more information and ticket sales, please contact Sacred Heart Foundation at 416-4661 or Creative Learning Academy at 432-1768.
FUN FEST IN NAVARRE SEEKING ARTISTS, CRAFTERS, VENDORS The Navarre Area Chamber of Commerce presents their 27th Annual Fun Fest on Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at Navarre Beach. The family two-day event is sponsored in part by Santa Rosa Medical Center. Application forms for Artists & Crafters, Food Vendors and Sponsors are located on the Navarre Chamber website at navarrechamber.com.
During the event, up to 50 artists and crafters can showcase and sell their products. The Chamber is seeking painters, potters, stain glass artists, beach arts and all types of crafts welcomed. Spaces are available for $100 per 10×10 space. Hours for this show are Friday, April 29, from 4-10 p.m. and Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Any artist or crafter seeking application forms or information may contact Connie Jones at 939-7964 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Other vendor forms may be downloaded from the Navarre Chamber website. For general information about Fun Fest, call the Navarre Chamber at 939-3267.
STARTING A BUSINESS The Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida, 401 E. Chase Street, Suite 100, Pensacola, is presenting “Starting a Business” on Thursday morning, March 10 from 9 a.m.-noon. Attendees will learn about taxation, financing, insurance, and legal forms of business. Attendance fee is $35 for the public and free for students and faculty members of the University of West Florida who present a Nautilus card. Since their funding agency requires a minimum number of attendees, they cancel workshops that don’t meet these requirements. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Call to register. 595-0063.
NAVIGATING BUSINESS IN CHALLENGING TIMES This is the theme of the annual Gulf Coast Women’s Business Conference, taking place Friday, March 11 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Pensacola Civic Center. The $59 registration fee gives attendees access to the entire conference, luncheon and the exhibitors. Limited exhibitors’ space is available for an additional $50.
Dr. Judith Bense, President of University of West Florida, will motivate the crowd with her presentation, Find the Silver Lining. Other conference topics and speakers include: Borrowing During Challenging Times (Borrego Springs Bank, Navy Federal, SunTrust); Getting Back Up When Life Knocks You Down (Michelle Colon Johnson); Hot Businesses & Trends (Larry Strain); Online Social Media Accounts After Death (Kristen Marks, ESQ); Tips to Generating Endless Referrals (Kolleen Edwards); and Tips & Traps in Social Media (Jay Massey).
The event is sponsored by the Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida and co-sponsored by Borrego Springs Bank, Navy Federal Credit Union, Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce and SunTrust Bank.
For more information, contact the Small Business Development Center at UWF at 595-0063 or visit sbdc.uwf.edu for more details and registration.
PERDIDO KEY RELAY FOR LIFE The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Perdido Key is just around the corner. Register your team today by visiting perdidorelay.com or contacting Team Development Chair Sarah Morrell at 529-8642. This “Celebration of Life” brings the community together in a unified effort to fight cancer.
Former and current cancer patients, their families, businesses, civic organizations and the public are invited to take part in this exciting team event. Relay for Life takes place at Escambia High school, April 2-3, beginning at 12 p.m.
Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s version of an athletic relay, but with a new twist. Relay for Life is a family-oriented event where participants enjoy the camaraderie of a team and also raise funds to support the activities of the American Cancer Society. Participants camp out at the relay site, and when they are not taking their turn walking, they take part in fun activities and enjoy the local entertainment. This year the Mammogram Unit will also be at the site from 12-4 p.m. to help join the fight against cancer.
Teams from companies, churches, organizations, hospitals and schools collect donations and can win individual and team prizes for their efforts.
Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life is available from the American Cancer Society at (800) ACS-2345, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit cancer.org.
ART IN BLOOM 2011 This floral inspired, multi-day fundraising event is where the region’s best floral artists compete to create floral sculptures or arrangements, this year inspired by Baltimore painter Rob Vander Zee’s Visions of Paradise along with the 2nd Annual Private Walls: Pensacola Collects II, an exhibition drawing from the fine artworks of local collectors’ homes. New this year will be an “Art in Bloom 2011” nature-themed juried and judged photography exhibition open to amateur and professional photographers. Please visit pensacolamuseumofart.org for detailed entry information including the 2011 Photography Entry Form. An entry fee of $25 per photograph must accompany submissions. All entries must be submitted to the PMA by March 14.
BBB FOUNDATION ETHICS AWARDS Less that a month remains until the application deadline for your Better Business Bureau® Foundation of Northwest Florida’s sixth annual Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, Customer Service Excellence Award and Student Ethics Scholarship.
The Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics recognizes businesses and charities that insist on exceptionally high standards of behavior in dealing with customers, vendors and employees. BBB Accreditation is not required to enter. However, applicants must be physically located within BBB Northwest Florida’s 14-county service area.
Along with the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, BBB is also accepting nominations and entries for the Customer Service Excellence Award and Student Ethics Scholarship.
The Customer Service Excellence Award recognizes individual employees who go above and beyond in their customer service activities. This is an excellent opportunity for employers to recognize outstanding employees and for customers to nominate individuals who demonstrate fantastic customer service.
The Student Ethics Scholarship recognizes nine high school students who will receive a $1,000 scholarship for their commitment to ethical behavior and personal integrity. High school juniors and seniors within BBB Northwest Florida’s service area may apply for the scholarship.
The application deadline for all awards is March 18. Award recipients will be recognized at a series of luncheons to be held in May. For entry forms and suggestions for completing an entry or nomination for the awards, please visit nwfl.bbb.org/torchaward or call 429-0002 or (800) 729-9226.
THE PRINCESS AND PIRATES BALL Domestic Violence Center presents The Princess and Pirate Ball on March 12 from 5-8 p.m. at Linkside, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Your entire family is invited to wear their best princess and pirate costumes for an evening of dinner, dancing, treasure hunts and character pictures.
A special children’s costume contest will be held and the Grand Prize is a ride on the Billy Bowlegs float this June with Captain Billy. Each Pirate and Princess will be judged on their overall character including the following elements: authenticity of the costume, creativity of the costume design, and originality of the character’s name. Winners will be announced at the Princess and Pirate Ball.
Ticket prices are $99 for a family of 4, or $20 for children and $50 for adults. Tickets can be purchased online at shelterhousenwfl.org or by calling the Shelter House office at (850) 243-1201.
FLORIDA MAGNET SCHOOL APPLICATIONS N.B. Cook Elementary School of the Arts is accepting applications at the school through April 1. All applicants will be notified by mail at the end of April as to whether or not they were chosen in the lottery.
Brentwood Elementary Magnet School of Technology is accepting applications at the school through April 1. All applicants will be notified by mail at the end of April as to whether or not they were chosen in the lottery.
Brown Barge Middle School is accepting applications electronically at escambia.k12.fl.us/schscnts/brobm/home.asp through March 1.
At all other middle school career academies, applications are being taken electronically at career.escambia.k12.fl.us/careeracademy/index.asp through April 1. Parents will be notified through mail of acceptance.
At high school career academies, applications are being taken electronically at career.escambia.k12.fl.us/careeracademy/index.asp through March 1. Parents will be notified through mail of acceptance.
MEDICAL CAREER EXPO AT PENSACOLA STATE COLLEGE Learn about health career choices at the annual Medical Career Expo at Pensacola State College. The event is 5-7 p.m. March 8 at Student Affairs, Building 3600, on the Warrington campus, 5555 W. Highway 98.
Explore the fields of radiography, sonography, surgical technology, phlebotomy, dental hygiene, nursing, medical assisting, massage therapy, health information management and more.
Students of all ages are invited. Meet faculty and students, and learn first-hand about financial aid, veterans’ benefits, scholarships and more. For more information, call 484-2230 or 484-2270.
GULF BREEZE CELEBRATES THE ARTS 2011 Gulf Breeze Arts, Inc., a non-profit organization, and the city of Gulf Breeze will conduct one of the nation’s premium art festivals, the 17th Annual Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts 2011. The family two-day event will be held on Saturday March 12 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday March 13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday in the Gulf Breeze High School parking lot on Gulf Breeze Parkway. No pets will be allowed in the event.
Proceeds from the festival are used to help produce the event, for scholarship awards to area schools and to students attending Pensacola State College who exhibit talents in the arts. To date, over $60,000 has been contributed to the PSC scholarship fund and in 2010 $6,000 was contributed to Gulf Breeze Area School Art Programs.