Pensacola, Florida
Wednesday January 16th 2019


Community Outreach 4/07/11

FRIENDS OF PENSACOLA PUBLIC LIBRARY SPRING BOOK SALE It’s time to stock up on summer reading material, and the Friends of the Pensacola Public Library Spring Book Sale is the place to do so at a reasonable price.
The Book Sale will be April 29-May 1 at First United Methodist Church Wright Place, 80 E. Wright St., and will offer thousands of gently used hardcover and paperback books, CDs and DVDs. Most range in price from 25 cents to $3. It also will feature a “Collectors’ Corner and silent auction to showcase the more valuable books, Chairwoman Meredith McCarthy said.
The preview sale will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 29 for members. Non-members can attend for a $5 admission fee. Non-members can join that night with their admission fee going toward their membership fee.
On Saturday, April 30, hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, May 1, hours are noon to 3 p.m. No admission is charged those days. On May 1, a bag of books can be purchased for $5.
All proceeds from the sale go to support the West Florida Public Library system.
Details: Call Meredith McCarthy at 341-1434.

DOCUMENTARY ‘ON THESE SHOULDERS WE STAND’ COMING TO PENSACOLA Historical Preservationist, Glenne McElhinney, brings her documentary ‘On These Shoulders We Stand’ to Pensacola  Not everything began with Stonewall. On These Shoulders We Stand provides an illuminating historical account of early gay life and activism in Los Angeles told by the people who lived it.  The film shows postwar Los Angeles to be a city of startling contrasts. In this tale of two cities, there is the one, a city with a substantial, vibrant gay community, and the other, a city obsessed with rendering that community invisible, kept in the closet or locked in its jails.
Elder members of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community in Los Angeles chronicle gay life from the 1950s into the early 1980s. The documentary brings to light Los Angeles’ significant, yet hidden, role in U.S. gay history by interweaving first-person accounts with narration and seldom-seen archival materials. Among those featured are LGBT activist Ivy Bottini, the Rev. Troy Perry and L.A. Times film critic Kevin Thomas.
On These Shoulders We Stand chronicles the lives of eleven elders, from their earliest years to their coming out to their groundbreaking activism for the rights of all LGBT people. Countering the popular belief that the early gay rights movement was confined to New York City and San Francisco, the film profiles several Angelinos who helped pioneer the LGBT struggle, statewide and nationally. Viewers will learn the lasting impact the L.A. gay community has wielded on early homophile efforts and publications, the entertainment industry and the civil rights movement. On These Shoulders We Stand brings the unsung and neglected history of Los Angeles’ LGBT community to a new generation of American audiences.
The documentary will be shown Sunday April 10th, 2pm at the Bowden Building, 120 Church Street. This event is free and open to the public.
After the screening of the documentary, filmmaker Glenne McElhinney will give a brief talk and take questions.  Gay Grassroots of Northwest Florida will present their 1st Annual LGBT Cultivator Award in recognition of tireless work to cultivate understanding, respect, equality, and inclusion of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender persons living in northwest Florida.  This event will also include the kick-off of a greater Pensacola LGBT history project who’s name will be revealed at the conclusion of the event.
This event is co-sponsored by Gay Grassroots of Northwest Florida, The Panhandle Chapter of the ACLU, and the UWF Gay Straight Alliance.  For more information please contact Gay Grassroots of Northwest Florida by e-mail or call (850) 429-7551.
BASKIN-ROBBINS IS SCOOPING UP THANKS FOR FIREFIGHTERS Baskin-Robbins stores in the Gulf Breeze area, members of the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, invite customers to celebrate the fifth annual 31 Cent Scoop Night on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at one of the local stores listed below and at Baskin-Robbins shops nationwide. During the event, Baskin-Robbins is thanking its customers by reducing prices of its 2.5 oz. ice cream scoops to 31 cents. The iconic brand is also “Scooping up Thanks for Our Firefighters” with a $100,000 donation to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). During 31 Cent Scoop Night last year Baskin-Robbins scooped more than 5 million ice cream cups and cones!
* Baskin-Robbins in Gulf Breeze at 205 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
*  Baskin-Robbins in Pensacola at 4350 Bayou Blvd
As part of 31 Cent Scoop Night’s annual celebration, The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation is once again making a $100,000 donation to support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The NFFF, founded in 1992, honors America’s fallen fire heroes and their families by developing and expanding programs to recognize fallen heroes and assist their families and co-workers.  In addition, to encourage consumers to support NFFF programs, this year, ice cream enthusiasts will be able to donate via text messaging. Consumers can text 6333 (NFFF) to 50555 to make a personal $5.00 donation.* Consumers will receive a text message to their phone almost immediately asking them to reply with YES to confirm the donation.  Any donations that are not confirmed with YES will not be complete.  Baskin-Robbins consumers who make a text donation will receive a message thanking them for their support. All proceeds of the donations go to help fallen firefighters’ families through extremely difficult times.
Throughout the month of April, ice cream aficionados can also enjoy Baskin-Robbins’ newest flavor, Firehouse 31, created in honor of 31 Cent Scoop Night.  This delicious flavor, which will serve as April’s Flavor of the Month, is the perfect blend of hot and cold—a crunchy atomic fireball ribbon laced throughout with hot cinnamon and packed with red hot candy pieces in vanilla ice cream.  During 31 Cent Scoop Night customers can choose any flavor of ice cream and pay only 31 cents.
“Our fifth annual 31 Cent Scoop Night is going to be a red hot event,” said Brian O’Mara, Vice President of Marketing for Baskin-Robbins.  “This annual tradition provides Baskin-Robbins with an opportunity to thank our loyal customers by offering 31 cent ice cream scoops but also to honor our partner, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.  This year we wanted to create an opportunity for consumers to also donate to the NFFF through a mobile platform.”
In addition, participating neighborhood Baskin-Robbins shops will support their local fire heroes by hosting hometown fire departments during 31 Cent Scoop Night.  During the event, local firefighters will collect donations for their firehouses while joining the community and scooping ice cream for fun!  Families will also have an opportunity to take pictures with their local heroes on a fire truck or talk with them about fire safety.
“We are honored to partner with Baskin-Robbins again for its 31 Cent Scoop Night,” said Chief Ronald Siornacki, Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. “Local fire departments throughout the nation enjoy participating in this fun community event because it is great for local communities to come together and enjoy ice cream and the perfect opportunity to raise fire prevention awareness, which will help decrease the amount of preventable fires.”
Baskin-Robbins lovers can follow @BaskinRobbins on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook for exclusive updates about 31 Cent Scoop Night.
For more information about 31 Cent Scoop Night go to the Baskin-Robbins Facebook event page or

EIGHTH ANNUAL ‘EXCEPTIONAL SATURDAY’ The ESE (Exceptional Student Education) Parent Liaisons are sponsoring the Eighth Annual “Exceptional Saturday” at Booker T. Washington High School.  This event is a community resource fair to assist families with special needs in Escambia County, Florida.  There will be free food, games, face painting, entertainment provided by Boogie, Inc., Bounce-n-Fun and Tiger Taekwondo.  For additional information, contact Slyvie Shields ( or Debra Cobb (, at 469-5318.

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

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,; or Brittany Bailey at (850) 607-8738,

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.
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.

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, Register at any Pensacola State campus or online at

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 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

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, or Margaret Porter 255-9795,

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

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
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 Other vendor forms may be downloaded from the Navarre Chamber website. For general information about Fun Fest, call the Navarre Chamber at 939-3267.

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.

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.

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

HELP LIFT SOMEONE OUT OF POVERTY AS A BASIC MONEY MANAGEMENT VOLUNTEER/TRAINER United Way of Escambia County’s Financial Stability Coalition will host a free “Train the Trainer” workshop this April. Train the Trainer workshops provide instruction and strategies for teaching basic financial literacy education concepts.
Train the Trainer workshops are free and open to anyone interested. The next Train the Trainer will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday April 13 at United Cerebral Palsy, 2912 N. E St., Pensacola. A light dinner will be provided. An RSVP is required by April 11 to Brittney Goodman at 444-7142 or
All participants will receive materials to teach the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s acclaimed MoneySmart curriculum. MoneySmart includes a series of modules that are adaptable depending on the financial knowledge/experience level of class participants. The curriculum touches on basic money management topics such as creating spending plans, understanding loans and credit, planning and saving for unexpected or large expenses, and avoiding the money trap of predatory lending. In addition to learning about the curriculum, Train the Trainer workshop participants will learn key adult learning techniques that allow more effective instruction of the curriculum.
For more details, visit

NATIVE PLANT SALE BENEFITS GARDENING PROJECTS The UF/IFAS Santa Rosa Master Gardeners will be showcasing native perennials and shrubs, blueberries and a variety of herbs at the 14th Emerald Coast Flower and Garden Festival to be held at the Pensacola State College (PSC) Milton campus.  The plant sale will be April 8th from 12pm to 5 pm, April 9th from 10 am to 5 pm and April 10th from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.
Master Gardeners will be on hand to share their knowledge on plants and answer your questions.  In addition to plants, a variety of merchandise will be available for sell. Funds raised will help support UF/IFAS Extension community programs.
Master Gardeners are a volunteer 501c3 organization, which operates under the UF/IFAS Cooperative Extension Service educating citizens with research based information enabling them to make informed gardening and environmental decisions.

PENSACOLA OPERA ANNOUNCES 2011 OPERA CAMP Pensacola Opera will once again present two weeks of Opera Camp for children ages 8-12 (or entering the eighth grade).
Week One, July 11-15, will include activities and a performance based on Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Week Two, July 25-July 29, will have campers perform in their own version of Guiseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto.   Each camp is from 9am-4pm Monday through Thursday, with a final performance for family and friends at 5pm on Friday. All activities are held at the Pensacola Opera Center.
Opera Camp gives children a chance to experience all of the elements of opera production.   It culminates in a public performance of an opera created by campers under the guidance of a professional opera director and musical coaches.  Campers play music and theatre games that teach them the skills used in operatic performance, and will gain hands-on experience in set, costume, prop, and makeup design.  No previous experience or training is necessary for Opera Camp.
Cost is $150 per week – each week is a separate program. Camp fees include lunch, snacks, all materials and a t-shirt. A limited number of camp scholarships are available.
For more information on scholarship opportunities or registration, call the Opera at (850) 433-6737 or visit

YOUNG AMERICANS’  POLITICAL ROUNDTABLE The Pensacola State College Philosophy Club invites the community to a Young Americans’ Political Roundtable.
The free event is 2 p.m. April 11 in Building 14, Room 1444, on the Pensacola campus.
Roundtable moderator Mike Gilbert, Pensacola State professor of history and political science, says U.S. presidents have encouraged citizens to debate and discuss issues of the day; it’s one of the great strengths of a free and democratic society. He refers to John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.
Encouraging citizens to take a more active role in the betterment of American society, President Kennedy said: “The efforts of the government alone will never be enough. In the end, the people must choose and the people must help themselves.”
And speaking directly about young people, President Reagan remarked: “Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.”
For more information, contact Philosophy Club adviser John Holder at 484-2542,

‘CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS PERFORMANCE’ The Pensacola State College Music and Theatre Department presents the third annual “Celebration of the Arts Performance.”
The free event is 7:30 p.m. April 15 at the Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, Building 8, on the Pensacola campus.
The production combines the talents of Pensacola State faculty members and students in music, dance, theatre and visual arts. This year’s show features performances by student vocalists Tiffany Castillo and Nathaniel Williams; solo student pianists Rebecca Palmer and Matt Dailey; solo student trombone player Jackson Willis; and an original student composition for guitar by Ben Parson. The production also presents original dance performances by Pensacola State students and members of SWERVE Dance company; a 10-minute comedy written by theatre student Kip Hayes; and other artists.
“We started this event to allow the public to view in one performance the vast array of creative arts that is created each year by our award-winning faculty and student body,” says Robert Gandrup, technical director of the Music and Theatre Department. “Our goal is to promote the craft of each performing art discipline by promoting original work, music compositions, unique performances and new media performances to the general public, while helping to raise scholarship funds for music and theatre arts students attending Pensacola State College.”
While the event is free, tickets are required. Donations accepted.
For tickets, call (850) 484-1847.

YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS TO PERFORM FOR MUSIC STUDY CLUB APRIL 13 Winners of the Music Study Club Youth Scholarship Auditions will perform for the Music Study Club at their regular second-Wednesday meeting on April 13 at Pleitz Chapel, First Baptist Church, 500 N. Palafox St. The public is cordially invited to this free event.
The Pensacola Music Study Club held Youth Music Scholarship Auditions in March.
Winners were as follows:
G. Bolton Ellenberg, Jr.-Doris Jean Kahn Scholarship for Piano Seniors (Ages
Geoffrey Stemen-Ihns Family Scholarship for Piano Juniors (ages 14-16)
Brittany Enders (French Horn) Doris Jean Kahn Scholarship for Woodwind/Brass
Ramel Price (Violin) Ihns Family Scholarship for Strings
Each scholarship award amounts to one thousand dollars toward further musical education. Both piano awardees are home schooled.  Brittany Enders attends Pensacola Christian Academy and Ramel Price attends Pine Forest High School.
There is one more musical program for the current season.  Regular second-Wednesday programs will resume in  October.
On May 11 various Music Study Club members will entertain with light-hearted music and a musical quiz.  This will include a luncheon meeting.
The Pensacola Music Study Club was formed in 1919 and has continuously supported music participation and scholarship by presenting informative programs and making yearly scholarship awards for deserving students.  The public is cordially invited to these second-Wednesday meetings.  For membership and information, call President Vivian Lamont at 850-458-6080 or visit website

AUDITIONS FOR NOEL COWARD’S ‘PRESENT LAUGHTER’ Pensacola State College invites area actors to show off their talent by auditioning for “Present Laughter.”
Auditions for Noel Coward’s uproarious comedy of manners are 7 p.m. April 11-12 at the Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, Building 8, on the Pensacola campus.
Do a monologue or cold reading.
The story: In New York City, 1949, international star of the stage Garry Essendine is visited by a young admirer, Daphne Stillington, who manages to convince him to allow her to stay the night. The next day, after she meets all three of his employees, Garry manages to convince her to leave. His ex-wife, Liz Essendine, with whom he is still in contact, suspects that his manager, Morris Dixon, is having an affair with Joanna, the wife of Garry’s producer, Harry Lyppiatt. When she tries to talk to Garry about it, young playwright, Roland Maule comes in to have his play critiqued by Garry. The stage is set for romance and intrigue, and hilarity ensues!
The play runs May 20-22, 27-29.
For more information, contact Director of Theatre Rodney Whatley at (850) 484-1807,