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SACRED HEART CATHDRAL SCHOOL HOSTS TRIVIA NIGHT Trivia buffs will have a chance to prove their command of random bits of knowledge at Sacred Heart Cathedral School’s first ever Trivia Game Night on Saturday, March 12.
Teams of eight will compete in six rounds of trivia for cash and prizes. Categories are Sports, History, Geography, Arts & Literature, Film & TV and the 1980s. Prizes will be awarded to winners of each round, plus the event will offer bonus contests between rounds. Entry fee is just $15/person and includes heavy hors d’oeurves. Beer and wine will be offered for a suggested $1/glass donation. Prize for best theme/decorations for a team will also be awarded. Form your own team of eight, or enter as individuals and event organizers will help you create a team.  Advance registration encouraged, but registrations will be accepted at the door, space permitting. Proceeds will benefit the school.
To register, or for more information, contact Nancy Young at nyoung@ewbullock.com or call the school office at 436-6440.

AQUATIC CENTER FREE AND FUN SWIM PROGRAM The Booker T. Washington High School Aquatic Center is offering a “free and fun swim program” for elementary aged students in Escambia County. This program is a fun introduction to competitive swimming and diving and is coached by Randy Sanderson. These are not swim lessons and students will be required to swim 40 feet unassisted at registration.
Session 1 registration will be March 14 and 15 from 4-8 p.m. These classes will begin March 16 and end on April 15. Session 2 registration will be April 18 and 19 from 4-8 p.m. These classes will begin on April 20 and end on May 27.
Elementary Schools will not be able to help with further information, but calling the Booker T. Washington High School Aquatic Center will be the place and number to call to receive all information.  All elementary aged participants must be ready to swim at registration. 494-5681

BAYOU HILLS RUN Runners and athletes put on your running shoes and come out for the Bayou Hills Run, a 10k, 5k and Kids Fun Run being held on March 19 at 7:30 a.m. The race features two challenging courses that starts and ends at Bayview Park and winds through Pensacola’s beautiful East Hill neighborhood. The Bayou Hills Run began in 1978 and was a tradition for many years. Creative Learning Academy resumed this popular annual race last year. Registration for the Bayou Hills Run is as follows:
Postmarked after March 6- 10k $30, 5k $25, Kids Fun Run $10; Race Day 10k $35, 5k $30, Kids Fun Run $10. To register online or download the race application, go to bayouhillsrun.com . For more information contact Vicky Wonders at 432-1768.
GULF BREEZE HOSPITAL AUXILIARY Saint Patrick’s Day card/game party is set March 11, 10 a.m.-3p.m. You can play bridge, bunco, dominoes, monopoly orwhatever you like. Lunch will be provided by New World landing. There will be door prizes, raffles and a pot of gold. Tickets are sold in Gulf Breeze hospital gift shop for $20 each. Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church, 100 Andrew Jackson Trail.

PACE ROTARY 12TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT The Pace Rotary Club will hold its 12th annual golf tournament at Stonebrook Country Club on Thursday, April 21.  Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Cost to play is $400 for a team of four or $100 for an individual and includes lunch, fish fry dinner, cart & greens fees, range balls prior to start, soft drinks/water, two drink tickets, two mulligans and one tee buster. To register or for more information about $100 tax deductible sponsorships, please contact Wendell Hall 304-1823, whall@srso.net or Margaret Porter 255-9795,  margaretins@bellsouth.net

LUNCH AND LEARN: SPRING INTO ORGANIZING CLASS  11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 24 Spring into clutter-free spaces with this class that is all about getting a fresh start. Learn how to let go of the excuses that keep you cluttered as well as letting go of the clutter in this class with Professional Organizer Lea Schneider. A nationally recognized organizing expert, her advice has been found in many places from Family Circle to Woman’s Day, ThisOldHouse.com, and Better Homes and Gardens’ magazines. You’ll leave this class with a clear goal and a step-by-step plan for your organizing project or room. Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Community Center, 913 South I Street. $20. You are invited to bring a brown bag lunch if you wish. Register at organizerightnow.com or by phoning 477-2582. Registration deadline: March 23.

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, age 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 2-6p.m.
If you have formal or semi-formal gowns that you would like to contribute, contact Kerri Wright at anight2remember.dressbenefit@gmail.com 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. In this class we will begin at the beginning and create good foundations in art technique. This will include coloring techniques with crayons, markers, and oil pastels. We will also cover some basics of painting using washable and non-toxic paints and proper scissor use too. This class is held on Wednesday’s from 4-5p.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.

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, llambert@pensacolastate.edu.

RUMMAGE SALE One of the biggest Annual Rummage Sales in Pensacola returns to Trinity Presbyterian Church, Saturday, March 19,  8 a.m.-2 p.m.) Eager shoppers wanting first pick can come to Preview Night on Friday, March 18, 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.
3400 Bayou Blvd., between 12th Ave & Cervantes. Sale is held in the gymnasium. More information: Church Office 432-3505.

PERDIDO SPRINGFEST  Join us for the 1st Annual Perdido Springfest & Fair Tuesday March 22–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 our sponsor’s locations beginning March 1st.  Check perdidofootball.com for our 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. Pensacola Country Club located at 1500 Bayshore Dr.
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, dessert and smile for the paparazzi as they capture this moment. 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 age girls and their father or father-figure.  Suggested dress is formal. Tickets are available now; purchase price is $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. We are 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 clsjones08@gmail.com.  Other vendor forms may be downloaded from the Navarre Chamber website. For general information about Fun Fest, call the Navarre Chamber: 939-3267.

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, 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.

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.

7TH ANNUAL WIENER DOG RACES Pleasant Grove Motor Sports & T-Tours Productions proudly present the 7th Annual Wiener Dog Races on April 9. Gates open at noon and races start at 1 p.m. All proceeds benefit Florida Dachshund Rescue, Inc., a non-profit organization providing love, rescuing, fostering and adoption of dachshunds. Pleasant Grove Motor Sport Track, 9221 S. Loop Road. wienerdograces.net.

GROW GREAT TOMATOES A tomato workshop will be held at the Santa Rosa County Extension Office on April 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Extension Agents Dan Mullins and Theresa Friday will discuss successful ways to grow and care for garden tomatoes in this area. Plant selection, growing methods, conditions and care of plants will be covered. Dr. Johanna Welch will be discussing and demonstrating the technique of “grafting” tomatoes.
Grafting is widely used in horticulture for a variety of reasons. In fruit trees like apple, dwarfing rootstock are used to control the size and vigor of the tree. With field- grown vegetables, grafting is used to increase resistance to soil-borne diseases. Increasingly, tomato growers are using grafting to both decrease susceptibility to root diseases and to increase fruit production through increased plant vigor.
The Santa Rosa County Master Gardeners will have tomato plants for sale. A wide selection will be available including an heirloom variety, disease resistant varieties and small fruited varieties in addition to some proven garden varieties.
This workshop is free and open to the public. The Extension Office is located at 6263 Dogwood Drive, Milton. Preregistration is required. Please register online at eventbrite.com/event/1313780553 or call 623-3868 for more information.

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.