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DESTINATION ARCHAEOLOGY RESOURCE CENTER OFFERS VISITORS SMARTPHONE SCAVENGER HUNT The Destination Archaeology Resource Center (DARC) announces a new digital scavenger hunt inside “A Roadtrip Through Florida Archaeology” exhibit.
Using a free smartphone app called SCVNGR, iPhone and Android users can explore the museum exhibit in a new and exciting way by completing several DARC museum-based scavenger hunt challenges.
To participate, smartphone users must download the free SCVNGR app and select the Florida Public Archaeology Network as the place to play the game. Once they visit the exhibit, users can complete the challenges.
DARC is located at the bottom floor of the FPAN Coordinating Center at 207 East Main St. in downtown Pensacola next to The Fish House. The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
SCVNGR is a location-based game focused on completing different challenges and unlocking rewards. Playing is simple: “Go places. Do challenges. Earn points and unlock rewards.”
The DARC has created several challenges by exploring different parts of the “A Roadtrip Through Florida Archaeology” exhibit using the SCVNGR app. Completion of these quick and fun challenges earns participants points. Earn enough points from completing the digital scavenger hunt challenges and choose from a variety of prizes provided by the Florida Public Archaeology Network.
To learn more about how this unique smartphone app works go to scvngr.com.
For more information please contact Mike Thomin, DARC manager, mthomin@uwf.edu or 850-595-0050, Ext. 107.

THE PANHANDLE BUTTERFLY HOUSE Around the world, butterfly species are in trouble. Climate change and habitat destruction are just a couple of factors causing numbers of some species to drop as much as 90% in some regions.  It’s getting harder to see and appreciate butterflies in the wild.  Treat your family to a rare glimpse of Florida butterflies by visiting the Panhandle Butterfly House.
The Panhandle Butterfly House is now open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until Labor Day. Located at 8581 Navarre Parkway on Highway 98, it is an integral part of Navarre Park which includes picnic facilities, a playground and a splash pad for the kids.
Special tours for groups of 10 or more are available Monday through Wednesday, but must be scheduled.  Request a tour by visiting our website.
This seasonal exhibit offers the opportunity to observe several native butterfly species in all stages of their life cycles in addition to viewing their host and nectar plants.  This year, other types of insects will be on display.
The Panhandle Butterfly House is totally funded through donations and grants.  The ongoing operation depends totally on the generosity of visitors, community and business donations.  All donations are greatly appreciated but admission is free.
For more information, visit panhandlebutterflyhouse.org or call 850-623-3868.

SPICE UP YOUR LIFE BY ADDING HERBS TO YOUR LANDSCAPE AND YOUR MENU Herbs are plants which are grown for the special flavor and aroma of their various parts. They are used mainly to season, enrich, or otherwise improve the taste or smell of certain foods. Since they are not primary dishes, they are not classified as vegetables.   However, most herbs will grow satisfactorily under the same conditions of sunlight and soil, and with similar cultural techniques as are used for vegetables.
An herb workshop will be held at the Santa Rosa County Extension Office on Saturday, May 7, from 9am to noon.  Extension Agents Ginny Hinton and Theresa Friday will discuss successful ways to grow, cook and preserve herbs.
The Santa Rosa County Master Gardeners will have herbs plants for sale beginning at noon.  A wide selection will be available.
This workshop is free and open to the public.   The Extension Office is located at 6263 Dogwood Drive, Milton, FL.  Preregistration is required and space is limited.  For registration information go online at http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu or call 850-623-3868 for more information.

TEENS EXPLORE MATH BEHIND CODEBREAKING The Pensacola State College Mathematics Department offers “Breaking the Code: Theory and Practice,” a part of the prestigious State of Florida Governor’s Summer Program, for high school students in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.
The free, three-week math camp is 8 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, June 13-30. The deadline to register is May 20.
Students study the mathematics behind codebreaking – number theory, matrix theory and algebraic systems; solve challenging codes and challenge others with codes; collect and analyze data; work with professional mathematicians in mathematical modeling.
“Breaking the Code: Theory and Practice” offers dual-enrollment credit courses in mathematics. It is open to high-achieving or gifted students; students entering grades 11 or 12; students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students earn 3 hours of college credit as a mathematics elective.
Tuition and supplies are completely funded by the Governor’s Summer Program. Transportation is available in Escambia County.
For more information, contact Vicki Schell at 484-1128, vschell@pensacolastate.edu.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS TO HOST RENOWNED OIL SPILL AUTHOR DR. RIKI OTT The League of Women Voters of the Pensacola Bay Area invites the public to attend its May 7 luncheon featuring Dr. Riki Ott, author of the book “Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$:  The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.”
The author will speak on “Changing the Endgame:  the Real Gulf Story and America’s Consequences of our Oil Addiction.”
Dr. Ott will share her views on the BP oil spill in the Gulf and then place the story within the larger perspective of America’s energy future and the consequences of our oil addiction, including privatization, globalization, militarization, the climate crisis and corporate personhood.  She’ll also share practical remedies from people who are creating self-reliant, sustainable communities.
The May 7 luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. at New World Landing in Pensacola.
Tickets cost $17 per plate.  It follows the League’s annual business meeting, which starts at 10 a.m.  League members may register for the business meeting at 9:45.
Riki Ott, PhD, is a community activist and has a degree in marine toxicology with a specialty in oil pollution.  She experienced firsthand the devastating effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.  Dr. Ott lives in Cordova, Alaska.
For more information or to reserve a seat, contact the League of Women Voters at 937-7769.

PIANO ENSEMBLE CONCERT HONORS THE LATE ROBERT SHERWOOD The Pensacola State College Piano Ensemble, under the direction of Kadisha Onalbayeva, performs a free concert 7:30 p.m. May 1 at the Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, Building 8, on the Pensacola campus.
The spring concert is dedicated to the memory Robert Sherwood (1933-2010), a professor of piano at Pensacola State College from 1972 to 1998. He was married for more than 50 years to Pensacola State voice instructor Trudie Sherwood.
The concert program features original works and arrangements by Robert Sherwood and other works by a variety of composers including Albeniz, Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg, Joplin, Moszkowski, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and von Weber.
Performers include student and faculty members.
A reception follows the concert.
For more information, call (850) 484-1847.

CELEBRATING DECADES OF DANCE! REGISTER FOR 30TH ANNUAL SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOP Pensacola State College presents its 30th annual Summer Dance Workshop June 21-25 on the Pensacola campus.
Pensacola State’s Summer Dance Workshop is a prestigious program that draws hundreds of dancers nationwide. Top dance instructors teach classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced dancers in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary/lyrical, improvisation/choreography, theatre dance and school dance team.
Faculty: La Rita Carter, Keith Cross, Kristen Mettes-Hambidge, Karen Hebert, Bethany Hooks, Larry Lavender, Dorothy Daniels Lister and Anthony LoCascio.
To register by mail, a form is available online at pensacolastate.edu/danceworkshops. Mail-in registration accepted April 25 through June 7.
Walk-in registration accepted 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday April 27 through June 22 at the Bursar’s Office, Building 2, on the Pensacola campus.
Students may earn college credit and audition for scholarships.
Cost varies depending on class selection, number of classes selected and residency. Pay fees with Visa, MasterCard, money order or check. Make checks payable to Pensacola State College.
For more information: Dianne Robbins, drobbins@pensacolastate.edu; LaVonne French, lfrench@pensacolastate.edu; (850) 484-1956; pensacolastate.edu/danceworkshops.

LOCAL TEENS TO HIKE AROUND PERDIDO KEY FOR CHARITY For the fourth year in a row, a group of local kids will circumnavigate the soft sands of Perdido Key…on foot. But trudging 33-miles around the Key is not just a Spring Break fling. These 15-year-olds are on a mission to raise money to buy wheelchairs for disabled children.
The Walk for Wheelchair began in 2008, when best friends, Teal Garth and Chandler Morales, made the trek around the Key in three days. Since then they have enticed more friends to walk with them and have raised more than $20,000 for Bayside Medical Missions of Fairhope, Alabama. The non-profit organization transports wheelchairs to children in Ecuador who have cerebral palsy and other debilitating diseases.
“These kids spend their entire lives in the back room of the house,” said Dr. Fellers, an orthopedic surgeon, who started the organization. “Now they can get out of the house, go to school, and be a part of society.”
While many kids are focused on Spring Break fun, Teal and Chandler will be circling Perdido Key for the fourth time. The walk begins at the Florida/Alabama state line on the morning of April 25 and ends there the evening of April 27. A celebration will ensue at the Flora-Bama Restaurant & Bar.
This year, the two freshmen at West Florida High School, have enticed a growing group of friends to participate.
“Some of them have done the walk before,” Teal said, “but we have a few who are trying it for the first time. It’s hard but I’m sure they can make it.”
“There was a huge rain storm the first night last year,” Chandler said, “and our campsite at Fort McRee got totally flooded. The weather got better the next day and we were able to walk.”
While they have not visited the children in Ecuador, they plan to travel to South America this year to help deliver the chairs themselves.
“We were invited to Ecuador,” Teal said, “but we couldn’t go last year. I really want to go this time so we can get to know the kids we’re helping.”
Those interested in donating can email blairgarth@cox.net and a pledge form will be sent back to you.  Or call 850-492-6805. All donations are tax deductible.
For more information and a news report from WEAR TV, Google the term “Teal Garth WEAR” or go to YouTube.com and search “Walk Around Perdido Key” for some video clips from past years.

GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR FORT PICKENS VISITOR CENTERS Superintendent Dan Brown announced today that the Gulf Islands National Seashore is looking for volunteers to assist with operating the Fort Pickens Visitor Center.  Volunteers are asked to work one day per week to staff the information desk at the visitor center, answer visitor questions and provide sales help in the Eastern National bookstores.  Interested persons should contact Volunteer Coordinator Dick Zani at 934-2654 or District Interpreter Stanley Lawhead at 934-2629 for details.

SUMMER OF COOL CLASSES AND CAMPS AT 21ST ANNUAL KIDS’ COLLEGE It’s time for parents to check out the offerings at Kids’ College, a Pensacola State College summer program that features fun classes and specialized camps on the Pensacola and Warrington campuses.
Kids’ College runs June 6 to Aug. 12 and is geared for children 6 years old and up. Courses are offered between 8 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday in separate age groups. Cost varies, depending on selections.
Classes include Math Games, Spanish 101, Book Club, Digital Photography, Art Around the World, Drawing Studio, Fashion Design, Games Inside/Outside, Newspaper Reporter, Film/TV Commercial, Swimming, Sports Sampler, Sign Language, Lego World, Private I Sleuth, Pop Culture for Kids and much more.
Camps include Flag Football Camp, Soccer Camp, Boys’ Basketball Camp, Girls’ Basketball Camp, Science Camp, Environmental Camp, Health and Fitness Camp, Simulation Camp and more.
For more information about cost, selections and registration, go topensacolastate.edu/continuingeducation.edu or call (850) 484-1797.

WALK-A-THON FOR EPILEPSY FOUNDATION OF FLORIDA The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida’s (EFOF) Pensacola office, in collaboration with the Epilepsy Society of Northwest Florida, is hosting its first annual Walk-a-thon on Saturday, May 21st.  The purpose of the Walk-a-thon is to raise awareness and funds for a wide variety of services for area residents suffering from epilepsy and other seizure disorders.
The EFOF is seeking corporate sponsorships and teams, along with individuals, to participate in the organization’s largest fund-raising event of the year.
The proceeds support EFOF services, such as direct medical and neuropsychological services, advocacy and counseling, education and prevention and more.
More than 375,000 Floridians suffer from epilepsy and seizure disorders, and about 42,000 people die every year nationally due to seizures and other related causes.
“We anticipate large numbers of residents will come out to our Walk-a-thon to help friends and families that are struggling with seizure disorders,” said Judy Copeland, EFOF community resource specialist who is based in the EFOF’s Pensacola office.  “We hope many individuals, corporate sponsors and teams support us in raising money and awareness for this great cause at our first walk in Pensacola.”
The Walk-a-thon will begin with registration at 8:00 am at Cordova Square, 4400 Bayou Boulevard, on Saturday, May 21st, 2011.
For more information on the event and/or EFOF services, call 850-472-0456 or visit EpilepsyFLA.org.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG ROUND-UP For years we were taught to dispose of unused medicines by flushing them. Little did we know, this practice would have a devastating impact on water quality nationwide, especially for those communities who get their drinking water from surface waters (thankfully not an issue for us here in NWFL!).
However, our area has been impacted by this historical practice as wastewater treatment facilities are not set up to remove these chemicals during treatment and our surface waters still receive an unknown amount of them from treated wastewater. Also, those sent to the landfill ultimately end up in leachate water which is sent to the wastewater treatment facility; either way, ultimately these substances end up in our rivers, bays and other coastal waterways.
Emerald Coastkeeper is teaming up with ECUA, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and Walgreens to help educate folks about proper disposal of unused medicines and to significantly reduce those which enter our waterways. A kickoff event is scheduled for this Saturday, April 30th at several locations throughout Escambia County. We are also working on creating an ongoing program available year round; if you would like to help please contact us.
The “Prescription Drug Round-Up” is a one-day effort to provide the public a site to voluntarily surrender expired, unwanted, unused pharmaceutically controlled substances, and other medications for proper destruction.
The April 30 event will feature ten locations with deputies from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and officials from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection providing information on the environmental benefits and proper ways citizens should dispose of prescription drugs.

Walgreens Locations:
20 West Nine Mile Rd
2237 West Nine Mile Rd
4497 Mobile Hwy
5995 Mobile Hwy
870 E Cervantes
6314 North 9th Ave

Precinct 1, Pensacola Beach
43 Fort Pickens Road
Pensacola Beach32561

Precinct 2, Big Lagoon
12950 Gulf Beach Highway
Pensacola, Florida 32507

Precinct 5, Cantonment
5844 North Hwy 29
Molino, Florida 32577

Precinct 6, Century
7995 North Century Blvd.
Century, Florida 32532
For more information concerning the event, contact us at (850) 429-822, or the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office (850) 436-9277 or ECUA (850) 476-0480.

RESTAURANT TO HELP SUPPORT PANHANDLE BUTTERFLY HOUSE Alphy’s Catfish House, at 1900 Highway 87 in Sand Dollar Plaza in Navarre, is sponsoring a fundraiser on Tuesday, May 10 from 11 a.m-8 p.m. A portion of the day’s proceeds will be donated to the Panhandle Butterfly House located in Navarre Park.
Come out and enjoy baskets of fried catfish, mullet and shrimp. An assortment of sandwiches and sides will fill you up. Alphy’s Catfish House is famous for their coleslaw and hush puppies.
Owners Al and Phyllis Smith are long-time Navarre residents and supporters of the community. Their contribution will support the butterflies, gardens and educational program at the Panhandle Butterfly House. More than 13,000 people from 47 states and 14 countries visited the facility in 2010.
The Panhandle Butterfly House is a program of the Santa Rosa Clean Community System, Inc., University of Florida/IFAS Cooperative Extension Service, and the Florida Master Gardeners.

CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR CLASHES OF CULTURE EXHIBITION “Explore the human spirit” and show us your interpretation of the  human culture.  The diversity of cultures around the world is fascinating and ever-changing.  Capture how you view one or several and show us just how edgy you can be.  Cash Prizes will be awarded to placement winners!
Juror Lyda Toy has been teaching printmaking, painting and drawing at the University of West Florida since 2002.  Lyda received her MFA in studio arts from Florida State University School of Visual Arts and Dance.
Artists may drop off work at Artel Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, June 5, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Each member may submit up to three works in any media.    This show will exhibit from June 7 – July 15, 2011.
An opening reception, catered by Varona’s, will be held on Friday, June 17, from 6-8 p.m. at Artel Gallery, 223 Palafox Place in the old Escambia County courthouse.
For more information, a detailed call for entries or check-in forms, call 850 432-3080 or visit artelgallery.org or the gallery at 223 Palafox Place, Pensacola.

PATS CENTER STUDENTS EXCEL IN ODYSSEY OF THE MIND COMPETITION The students at the PATS Center competed in their first Odyssey of the Mind competition in Orlando,  Florida, by sending three teams.
The Unhinged Structure team placed 8th in the State. The team members were Kenneth Burrell, Daron Byrd, Jacob Craney, Doug Floyd and Tyler Werkeiser.
The Extreme Mouse Mobiles team placed 14th in the state.  The team members were Christopher Cloud, Joey Jordan, Wesley Malecki, Joseph McCormack, and Quandarius Wilson.
The Full Circle team placed 17th in the State.  The team members were Brendan Hall, Kailai Han, Ashton Hill, William Kane, Samantha Warren, and Tessa Wichtol.
In addition, though not separately given awards, the students excelled in the spontaneous portion of the competition.  The Mouse Mobile team received the highest score; the Full Circle team received the second highest score; the Unhinged Structure team received the third highest score in their category in this portion.

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.

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.

‘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.
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.

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

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