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CHAIRS FOR CHARITY EVENT Sacred Heart Hospital’s Ladies of Charity organization will conduct its 4th Annual Chairs for Charity Auction and Pass-Along Plants Sale on Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cancer Center. The Cancer Center is located on the Sacred Heart Hospital campus in Pensacola, near the corner of Airport Boulevard and College Parkway.
The public is invited to bid on the chairs during the live auction, and door prizes will be given away during the event. Fifty percent of proceeds will be donated to Sacred Heart Cancer Services. Remaining funds will support Ladies of Charity outreach activities in Northwest Florida. Volunteer auctioneer will be Marty Stanovich.
The group invites local artists and crafters to paint and decorate chairs for the event. Chairs may be painted for indoor or outdoor use and may feature everything from whimsical to sports themes. Deadline to donate painted chairs is March 28. For more information or to donate a chair, please call Leslie Lacoy at 416-7116.

GENEALOGY DAY Drop in for help with your genealogy on Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. In lieu of the regular April meeting, the West Florida Genealogical
Society will hold a special event, Family History Assistance Day, a.k.a. “How to Find Out Who You Are.”
This will be a genealogy help day to assist people who have “brick walls” in their research or just need to know where to begin. Seasoned genealogists will be on site to help with census research, birth, marriage and death records research, genealogy software, genealogy basics, online computer research and using the library’s many and varied genealogy resources. Reservations are not necessary, and there is no charge.  Guests should bring whatever information they have in the form of Ancestor Charts, Family Group Sheets, or just on a piece of paper. West Florida Genealogy Library, 5740 N. Ninth Ave.

AUTISM WORKSHOPS Pensacola State College and Autism Pensacola Inc. join forces to offer continuing education workshops for parents and professionals. The workshops are April 9 and April 23 at the Pensacola campus. Cost is $45 per workshop.
The incidence of children diagnosed with autism now exceeds 1 in 110, and as the rate increases, so does the need for practical training for parents and others who work with children on the spectrum. After the shock of diagnosis wears off, parents often find themselves in the “What now?” phase.
The workshops are designed to help parents and professionals who work with ASD kids find answers, locate resources, access information and develop a network that makes the road easier to travel.
Dr. Sandra Hastings is the workshop facilitator. She has been a board certified behavior analyst for 17 years. She is a professional educator who has worked in schools, group homes, community and work settings and local agencies as a trainer and a provider of applied behavior analysis. Her experience includes clients with autism and other developmental disabilities from ages 18 months to 62 years old.
For more information, contact Frances Yeo at 484-2586, fyeo@pensacolastate.edu. Register at any Pensacola State campus or online at pensacolastate.edu/continuingeducation.

PARS FOR PAWS BENEFITING THE HUMANE SOCIETY A three-man scramble at Tiger Point Country Club with proceeds to benefit the Humane Society will take place on Friday, April 8. Paired groups will keep opposing groups’ score and redeem mulligan tickets. Plenty of prizes. Food and drinks prior and during tourney with a crawfish boil following at the Break. Cost $250 per team. Space limited. Call The Islander 932-0911.

GREAT GULFCOAST ARTS FESTIVAL ISSUES CALL FOR ENTRIES The Art Show Committee of the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is issuing a call to artists for this year’s festival, which will be Nov. 4-6 in Seville Square.
Artists’ applications for the juried fine art show will be available March 15 online at ggaf.org. The deadline for submitting an application is May 15. Anyone who does not have access to the application online may request an application form by sending the request and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, P.O. Box 10744, Pensacola, FL 32524-0744.
Jurying for the festival will take place in June and artists will be notified of their acceptance by e-mail the week of July 11. The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival has been in existence for more than 35 years and regularly attracts more than 200 fine artists from all over the United States. It also features a Heritage Arts Show with around 60 artists, a Children’s Arts Festival and a full lineup of music and performing arts. Attendance at the three-day festival averages 150,000 people. For more information, e-mail submit@ggaf.org.

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.
Please call the Booker T. Washington High School Aquatic Center to receive all information. All elementary-aged participants must be ready to swim at registration. 494-5681.

BAYOU HILLS RUN The Bayou Hills Run, a 10K, 5K and Kids Fun Run, will be 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.

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 and 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 Spring into clutter-free spaces with this class that is all about getting a fresh start on Thursday, March 24 at 11:30 a.m. 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 St. $20. You are invited to bring a brown bag lunch if you wish. Register at organizerightnow.com or by phoning 477-2582. Registration deadline is 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 2-6 p.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 Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. for children between the ages of 4-6 for $5 per class. For more information, please contact 436-5198 or playpensacola.com.

RUMMAGE SALE One of the biggest Annual Rummage Sales in Pensacola returns to Trinity Presbyterian Church on 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. 3400 Bayou Blvd. between 12th Avenue and Cervantes Street. Sale is held in the gymnasium. For more information call the church office at 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 locations beginning March 1. Check perdidofootball.com for a participating sponsor list and for more event information.

FOURTH ANNUAL FATHER DAUGHTER BALL The Fourth Annual Father Daughter Ball is Saturday, April 2, from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. 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.
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 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 are available for artists and crafters, food vendors and sponsors, and 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. Spaces are available for $100 per 10×10 space. Hours 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 at 939-3267.

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.

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. Pre-registration 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.