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STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE COMBATS LOCAL HUNGER On Saturday, May 14th, the National Association of Letter Carriers invites you to help provide assistance to the 1 in 6 Americans who are struggling with hunger. Place non-perishable food items in a bag in or around your mailbox on May 14th and your letter carrier will pick them up and deliver them to local food banks and pantries.
Now in its 19th year, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. In 2010, local community members donated over 220,000 pounds of food.
For 19 years, letter carriers around the nation have demonstrated a commitment to helping hungry families during the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. In Escambia County, many letter carriers consider the food drive to be one of the highlights of their job.
“Food drive day is the best day of the year to be a letter carrier,” said Glenn Corbett, a letter carrier with the Warrington Post Office. “Year after year, it brings out the best in people.”
The National Association of Letter Carriers partners with Feeding America, Valpak, United States Postal Service, Campbell’s Soup Co., United Way, Uncle Bob’s Storage and the AFL-CIO to conduct the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive yearly on the second Saturday in May. The drive is held in more than 10,000 communities across America.
“I want everyone to realize that a few cans of food at each mailbox adds up to a phenomenal amount of food,” Corbett said. “Some people choose to leave more, but we appreciate every donation. You don’t have to donate a lot, because if everyone donates one or two items, we’ll fill the food banks up to the ceiling.”
For more information visit helpstampouthunger.com or our local blog stampouthungerescambia.tumblr.com.

BALLET PENSACOLA TO HOST BOURBON, BARBECUE AND BALLET, A KENTUCKY DERBY EVENT Ballet Pensacola will host Bourbon, Barbecue and Ballet, a Kentucky Derby Event, May 7, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the home of Bradley Schild, 9600 Pine Cone Drive, Cantonment, Fla. Guests are invited to join in the excitement leading up to the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby with refreshing mint juleps and the vibrant sounds of bluegrass music.
“This event provides the opportunity to enjoy the festive atmosphere of the ‘most exciting two minutes in sports’ while supporting the arts locally,” said Richard Steinert, artistic director of Ballet Pensacola.
In addition to enjoying the horses on the property, guests may relax at the cigar lounge, or try their chance to win with their favorite horses. It’s the biggest event of the season, so DeeDee Ritchie will be on hand to select the best hat.
Belles are invited to wear sundresses and their best hats. Beaus are invited to wear seersucker, linen or other appropriate haberdashery.
Proceeds from the event benefit Ballet Pensacola’s numerous programs and performances, including Discover Dance performances in area schools and the Dance Chance Scholarship Program, awarding more than $12,000 annually to deserving young dancers.
The event is made possible by the generous donations of Kent’s Special Events, Phil’s Jazzy Barbecue, and Tinder Box.
Tickets to the event are $75. For tickets, call Ballet Pensacola at 850-432-9546.

GREEN-UP BUTTERFLY AND HUMMINGBIRD PLANT SALE Green-Up Santa Rosa wants to help people attract butterflies and hummingbirds to their homes by planting the things that attract them. All perennials, normally priced at $5.99, are now $4.99 through the end of April. In additions, shrubs that help attract wild life are on sale. Bottlebrush, viburnum, confederate jasmine are all in bloom and favorites of wild life. Hanging baskets of wave petunias and other flowers, regularly $14.99, are discounted to $12.50. The nursery sits on over two acres and has thousands of plants available.
Green-Up is a program of the Santa Rosa Clean Community System. Proceeds from sales go toward public plantings and in support of environmental programs throughout the county. It is located at 6758 Park Avenue in Milton. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am till 5 pm. For more information, call the Clean Community System at 623-1930 or visit our web site at srclean.org.

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.

EVER’MAN NATURAL FOODS CHOOSES NEW GENERAL MANAGER Approximately nine months ago, the Ever’man Board of Directors embarked upon a search for a General Manager, one who could lead the co-op in the direction sought by our members, Board of Directors, employees, and our community.
After reviewing several applicants, and speaking with members and employees, the board is pleased to officially announce that William Rolfs, acting Interim General Manager has been selected as the new General Manager of Ever’man Natural Foods Co-op.
Please lend your cooperative support to William in his new role as General Manager, and thank you for your patience during our search.

‘BROADWAY SINGS THE BARD’ Look beyond the title of many great Broadway show tunes and you are likely to see William Shakespeare looking back at you.
Broadway performer Gerry McIntyre will sing several Shakespeare-inspired favorites next month at “Broadway Sings the Bard” — a unique dinner and concert event benefitting the Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, at The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1212 East Moreno Street with a dinner served by our friends at Appetite For Life.
McIntyre has been seen by Broadway audiences in!“Anything Goes”!with Patty LuPone, the original production of!“Once On This Island,” and!“Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” as well as the Madison Square Garden’s production of!“A Christmas Carol”!as the Ghost of Christmas Present.! He was also in the international tour of!“Chicago”!with legends Chita Rivera and Ben Vereen and the filmed version of!“Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”!with Donny Osmond.! He recently finished a production of!“Urinetown”!with Andrea McArdle, the original star of!“Annie.”!!
Tickets for “Broadway Sings the Bard” are on sale now and can be purchased on the Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre website pensacolashakespearetheatre.org.

“A YEAR AND A DAY LATER” EARTH DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL The festival will be held April 23, from 3-9 pm, in the outside Pavilion at the Best Western Navarre on Hwy 98, and is being organized by the “Navarre Haywire Disaster Choir” group, in association with the Greater Navarre Beach Arts Association, Inc.
“We are doing this for the youth community of the Navarre area to interact with one another and begin organizing real changes to our coast,” said Joshua Carroll.  “A community has begun to form, and we have started working with other groups to create a larger presence in NW Florida to start new dialog about the importance of art and music education and promote new music venues.”
This event will present different musical groups from 3-9 pm, and feature these bands:  Cosmonaut Ploy (rock group from Pensacola), Slumberjack (Punk jam band from Cantonement)’ Untitled (rock/techno band from Pace), Oh!Yes! (Dance DJ’s from Gulf Breeze), Indigo City (acoustic folk duo from Navarre), Sam Eskridge (acoustic solo from Gulf Breeze) and more. For new bands  added, check Haywire Disaster Choir on Facebook.
This Earth Day Music Festival is taking place “a year and a day” after the BP oil spill that so adversely affected the NW Florida area.  This is just one of many upcoming concerts that the Choir will be organizing throughout the summer.  Sponsors for the event are:  Best Western Hotel, Navarre; Higher Ground Coffee & Tea Company, and GNBAA, Inc. (501c3 charitable organization).
As this is an outdoor venue and on private property, no alcohol is allowed, however, all age groups are welcome.  If you have interest in music, want to be a sponsor, or can volunteer to help out on April 23, please contact Joshua Carroll at: joshdylancarroll@gmail.com

BASKIN-ROBBINS IS SCOOPING UP THANKS FOR FIREFIGHTERS Baskin-Robbins is Scooping Up Thanks for Firefighters on Wednesday, April 27th at its Fifth Annual ‘31 Cent Scoop Night’ 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 visitbaskinrobbins.com.

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 are available 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.

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.

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.

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 pensacolaopera.com

UWF DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC PRESENT “LIGHTS, CAMERA, MUSICALS!” The UWF Music Department will present the symphonic band concert “Lights, Camera, Musicals!” on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will take place at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts’ Mainstage Theatre, Bldg. 82 on the main campus
The film music concert is one of the most popular concerts at the University each year, featuring a multimedia event from some of your favorite movie musicals. Joining the symphonic band onstage will be students and faculty from the Theatre Department.
The performance is free and open to the public. Reservations are highly recommended due to limited seating. For more information or to reserve tickets, please contact the CFPA Box Office at 850-857-6285.

PTAC AT UWF PRESENTS “HUBZONE PROGRAM – WHAT IS IT?” The Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), located at 401 E. Chase St., Ste. 100, is offering a workshop entitled “HUBZONE Program – What Is It?” on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Find out what HUBZONEs are, qualifications, and benefits.  The workshop is FREE, however, pre-registration is recommended.  To register, call Diane or Kilty at 850-595-0063.  Visit the PTAC website at www.fptac.org for more information.
Offered by:  Laura Subel, Procurement Specialist; Speaker: Edward Phillips, SBA Jacksonville District Office

PTAC AT UWF PRESENTS “8(A) NEW RULES FOR QUALIFICATION” The Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), located at 401 E. Chase St., Ste. 100, is offering a workshop entitled “8(a) New Rules for Qualification” on Wednesday, May 11 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  This workshop presents an overview of the 8(a) program and the new rules for qualification.  The workshop is FREE, however, pre-registration is recommended.  To register, call Diane Miller at 850-595-0063.  Visit the PTAC website at fptac.org for more information.
Offered by:  Laura Subel, Procurement Specialist; Speaker: Edward Phillips, SBA Jacksonville District Office

LOCAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER COLLECTS ITEMS FOR MOTHER’S DAY DRIVE Shelter House, a local domestic violence center serving Okaloosa and Walton counties, is collecting items for Mothers Day. In order to build the self confidence of mothers who are victims of domestic violence Shelter House would like to shower their participants with Mothers Day gift bags full of pampering goodies.
The community can help celebrate the women by donating the following items for the Mothers Day bags: nail polish, make up, manicure/pedicure gift certificates, massage gift certificates, hair salon gift certificates, chocolate, bubble bath, paper back books, blank diaries, manicure kit, lotions, perfumes, magazines, bags, tissue paper, etc.
All donations will be accepted at the Shelter House administration office located at 102 Buck Drive in Fort Walton Beach. The deadline for donations is Monday, May 2. Please contact info@shelterhousenwfl.org or call 243-1201 if you are interested in volunteering for the basket assembly days.

COMMUNITIES IN MOTION EVENT The community is invited to attend the 1st Annual Communities in Motion event. This event is being held to educate ourselves and others about ways in which we can improve our community. Participating vendors are from the health, transportation, environmental, and educational profession. A kid’s section will also be available.
The date for this year’s event is Friday, April 29, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and will be held at the West Florida Regional Planning Council at 4081 E. Olive Road, Suite A, Pensacola, Florida 32514.
For more information about the event or to become a vendor, please contact Mary Gutierrez at (850) 332-7976 x. 226 or e-mail mary.gutierrez@wfrpc.org. If you’re interested in being a sponsor for this worthwhile event, please contact Dan Deanda at (850) 332-7976 x 226 or email dan.deanda@wfrpc.org