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Community Outreach 3/24/11

Join the Million Challenge  Belk Department Store at Cordova Mall partners with American Diabetes Association to offer free blood glucose screenings and other health assessments.
At the end of 2010, the American Diabetes Association surpassed their goal of inspiring one million Americans to be a part of the American Diabetes Association’s movement to Stop Diabetes®.  To continue this momentum, the Association is asking the public to “Join the Million Challenge” by rallying one million people to take the Diabetes Risk Test and finding out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes beginning on Diabetes Alert Day on March 22, 2011 through April 22, 2011.
The Northwest Florida/South Alabama American Diabetes Association and Belk Department Store at Cordova Mall have partnered together to offer free Blood Glucose and Blood Pressure Screenings on Friday. March 25 from 10 AM to 2 PM and Saturday, March 26 from 10 AM to 4 PM in front of Belf Department Store in Cordova Mall.  Physicians Weight Loss Centers will provide a free detailed weight analysis which includes a total Body Composition Analysis and BMI (Body Mass Index).

Bridges to Circles Families moving out of poverty in need of volunteers! The Bridges to Circles poverty initiative is working with families moving out of poverty toward self-sufficiency 365 days of the year.  The only limit on the number of families that can be helped is the number of community volunteers who commit their time to serve as allies.
Bridges to Circles matches people living in poverty who have a strong desire to improve their lives with allies who provide emotional support and assist with life issues. You can help these families in 2011 by volunteering to serve as an ally!
BRIDGES OUT OF POVERTY training helps people understand the issues of generational poverty and the causes of poverty within Escambia County.  This research has an impact on businesses, social service agencies, individuals, and those seeking to become an ally.
ALLY TRAINING is for people who would like to build an intentional friendship with an individual or family working on his or her plan for becoming self-sufficient.
If you are interested in volunteering please attend the Bridges Out of Poverty workshop on Thursday, April 14, 2011 and Hands-On ally training, Thursday, April 28, 2011.  All training is conducted from 6-8 pm at the Catholic Charities Outreach Center, 1815 N. Sixth Avenue.  For more information, contact Haley Richards, Bridges to Circles community organizer, at 429-7296, ext. 17 or email richardsh@cc.ptdiocese.org.

ENERGIZE JOB SEARCH AT 2011 SPRING CAREER FAIR Pensacola State College and Workforce Escarosa invite the community to the 2011 Spring Career Fair.
The free event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 8 at the Hartsell Arena, Building 3, on the Pensacola campus, 1000 College Boulevard.
Meet with area employers searching for talented individuals to fill current openings. Come dressed for success, and bring your resume.
Participating employers include Army National Guard, Baptist Medical Group, Cat Country 98.7, Coast Bank & Trust, Escambia County Sherriff’s Department, Florida Fish & Wildlife, Global Business Solutions, Landrum Staffing, Maxim Staffing, Mediacom, Northwest Florida Blood Services and many others.
For more information, contact Gil Bixel at (850) 484-1653, gbixel@pensacolastate.edu; or Brittany Bailey at (850) 607-8738, bbailey@escarosa.org.

11th Annual Seagrass Awareness Celebration  Seagrass Awareness is an annual family event held March 26, 2011 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at Shoreline Park South in Gulf Breeze, Florida. This year activities will include live marine life in touch tanks, “eat a seagrass bed,” make a shark tooth necklace, seining, games, fishing, marine creatures, sharks, arts and crafts, displays, explore a seagrass bed, boating safety, fishing, kayaking, scallop gardening and more!
Bring your family and friends, water, sunscreen, hat, water shoes, lunch, lawn chairs and join us for a fun filled day!
For more information contact Chris Verlinde at 623-3868 or chrismv@ufl.edu.

Pensacola Opera presents Opera for the Entire Family Pensacola Opera will present two free performances of its two educational operas for young audiences, Pinocchio by John Davies and (Your) Opera in a Trunk by David Charles on March 26 & 27, 2011 at the University of West Florida.  Performances will be held in the Music Hall at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at the University of West Florida on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Pinocchio is an adaptation of the original folk-tale using the music of Donzetti, Mozart, Offenbach and Rossini and is age-appropriate for children in grades K-5. This performance is intended to bring opera to children in a way that they can understand and appreciate. (Your) Opera in a Trunk is an improvisational opera that teaches opera vocabulary and form using suggestions from the audience; it is age-appropriate for children in grades 6+. Both performances are 55 minutes long, with Pinocchio performed first on each day.  Punch and cookies will be served at the intermission.  A question-and-answer session with the cast will follow the final performance of (Your) Opera in a Trunk.
For more information, call (850) 433-6737 or visit pensacolaopera.com.

EASTER EGG HUNT AND CARNIVAL Don’t miss all the fun at this year’s Play Pensacola Easter Egg Hunt and Carnival held at the Roger Scott Athletics Complex (2130 Summit Boulevard). This year we are adding carnival games, a stationary photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny, concessions, and 2 bounce houses to our traditional youth Easter egg hunts. The event is free to the public with a donation of a non-perishable food item to Manna Food Pantries. The event will be held on Saturday April 16, 2011 at 10:00a to 1:00p. Please call 912-4056 for more information. Don’t forget your camera for the Easter Bunny and a basket for the eggs.

EGG HUNT SCHEDULE
10:30 am              Stroller to 2 year olds (half field)
3 to 4 year olds (half field)
11:00 am              5-7 year olds
11:45 am              8-10 year olds
12:15 pm              11-12 year olds.

This event is sponsored by Home Depot, Publix, Wal-Mart, Beach Community Bank, Cat Country and 1620AM Pensacola News Radio, Dalton Brothers General Contractors, and Family Ice, Inc.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pulitzer-prize winning author Tony Horwitz to speak in Pensacola Pulitzer-prize winning writer Tony Horwitz will speak about history and remembrance and how journalism informs his approach to the past on Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Pensacola Little Theatre in downtown Pensacola.  Horwitz’s presentation is in conjunction with the annual meeting of the National Council on Public History. The event is free and open to the public. Conference registration is not required.
Horwitz’s current book project on John Brown and his 1859 raid falls at the intersection of efforts to mark the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the 10th  anniversary of 9/11.  Horwitz is the author of several bestselling books, including Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War (1998) and A Voyage Long and Strange: On the Trail of Vikings, Conquistadors, Lost Colonists, and Other Adventurers in Early America (2008). He worked for many years as a reporter, including a decade overseas as correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.

UWF Festival on the Green The University of West Florida announces the 11th Edition of the Festival On the Green, Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd.  This year’s festival will feature over 20 venues with events such as, Time Portal to the Past, Time Portal to your Future (Including UWF Showcase and Open House at the New Science & Engineering Building), the International Village, NCAA division II Men’s and Women’s events including baseball and softball matches.  We will also have exhibition rugby championship match and a Triathlon (Short course). We are also very proud to present several “Off the Green” events including: the Theatre production of “Brigadoon” with shows in April and teasers during the festival on our Entertainment stage, and the National Phillips Jazz Piano competition taking place at the Sanger Theatre Friday, April 1, and Radio Live (Downtown at the Museum of Commerce).   We will once again welcome thousands new guest and visitors to our premiere community relations event.
We are proud to welcome back all our community favorite venues including Fine Arts Show, Crafts Show, Student Art Gallery & Show, Dog Agility and Fly ball, Run with  your dog benefit event, Society for Creative Anachronism village, Regional Motor Cycle show, Children’s Fair; 3 stages (Music Entertainment Windows Open Air, and International) Pace Library book sale, Student Life Expo (over 30 exhibits), Senior Fest event, Alumni Awards Dinner Program, UWF Honors Convocation, and our festival dinning partners.
The festival has something for everyone from children to seniors, with events for those who enjoy casual pace to the excitement of sports competition.  Our team will work all year to prepare to welcome our community to the ‘Festival On the Green’ April 1st (Starting at 12:00 Noon) and April 2nd (Starting at 10:00am) on the beautiful campus of the University of West Florida in Pensacola.  The main Festival is free and everyone is welcomed.
Visit Our Web page at uwf.edu/festival  or call 850-474-3000 for more information.

Gull Point Neighborhood Flea Market It’s time for the Gull Point Neighborhood Flea Market!  Tables will be available for vendors to set up and display merchandise to sell to the public at Gull Point Community Center. The Market will be held every 2nd Saturday of the month from 8:00am – 12:00pm beginning on April 9th.
Items for sale include household items, homemade canned goods, baked goods, clothing, toys and much more!
If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please call Jessica Boyd at 494-7360 or e-mail jboyd@ci.pensacola.fl.us

West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc. reports progress in the preservation of Civil War-era flag West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc. seeks the public’s help in the preservation of a unique piece of local history  and to commemorate the upcoming 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.  The First National Confederate Battle Flag, carried during the Battle of Santa Rosa Island on Oct. 9, 1861, is currently receiving preservation treatments by a textile conservator in New Orleans.
A campaign to raise $13,500 has secured almost $3,000 from generous donors.  Funds raised since November have allowed the conservation process of the 40”x 66” hand-made flag to begin.
“The flag has been wet cleaned and air dried,” said  Lynne Robertson, chief curator. “However, the cotton fabrics comprising the familiar blue background and white stars design were found to be too fragile to be stabilized by stitching.  Instead, tears in the cotton fabric caused by stress and dry rot have been repaired by using a neutral-Ph, heat-activated, adhesive applied to the back of the flag.  Underlay fabrics stitched behind the flag have been dyed to blend with the colors of the flag, filling in holes and replace missing fabric at the fly end. ”
The red bars of the flag are made of thicker and stronger wool and can be stabilized with stitchery.  Eventually the repaired flag will be hand-stitched throughout onto a fabric covered stretcher and framed for display.  Before and after photographs show how the treatment has improved the appearance of the flag.
“The flag will be on display in the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum beginning in April for the Sesquicentennial celebration of the Civil War,” said Richard Brosnaham, executive director. “ A reception for all donors will take place at that time to thank them for their investment in this tangible part of our heritage.”
Fundraising efforts to save this unique, irreplaceable piece of local history have been extended.  Donations continue to arrive, but much more is needed.
For more information, call 850-595-5985, ext. 106. Contributions may be mailed to:
West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc. Flag Fund
P.O. Box 12866
Pensacola, FL  32591