Pensacola, Florida
Saturday May 26th 2018


Community Outreach 5/5/11

PERDIDO KEY CELEBRATES THE LATE ROSAMOND JOHNSON, JR., KOREAN WAR HERO, WITH CEREMONY AT JOHNSON’S BEACH The Perdido Key Chamber will host a celebration in honor of African-American War Hero Private Rosamond Johnson Saturday, May 7th beginning at 9 a.m. at the Star Pavilion on Johnson’s Beach in Perdido Key. Keynote speaker and Pensacola mayor Ashton Hayward will speak in commemoration of Private Johnson’s heroism during the Korean War. The celebration is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. After joining the military when he was just 15 years old, Private Rosamond Johnson, Jr. was killed on July 26, 1950 at the age of 17 during the Korean Conflict. Having carried two wounded men to safety under enemy fire, he was killed going back to save a third, becoming the first Escambia County resident to die in the conflict. Johnson posthumously received the Purple Heart on August 21, 1950, and veteran groups continue their efforts to this day to seek additional military honors for him. Segregation was a common practice in our area during the Korean War era, and it extended to the local beaches. Among the few beaches open to African-Americans during that time was Rosamond Johnson Beach on Perdido Key, now a part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. A permanent monument in Johnson’s honor was erected at Johnson Beach on June 10, 1996. Guest speaker, retired Army Maj. Gen. Mike Ferguson of Pensacola and the Veterans of Under Aged Military Service, said the real heroes of the war—those who make the ultimate sacrifice—can never receive enough recognition. “There is no medal that signifies hero. You couldn’t invent a medal to signify hero,” he said. The contributions and experiences of African-Americans in Pensacola are a bigger part of our history than many suspect. Theirs is a remarkable tale of contributions and successes in the face of constant struggles and overwhelming obstacles. To help commemorate the life of Rosamond Johnson and to celebrate the event, Local artist Sonja Griffin Evans, owner of Gumbo Gallery in historic Belmont and Devilliers near downtown Pensacola, created a commemorative painting to honor Private Rosamond Johnson.

JAMEY JONES READING AND BOOK SIGNING On Friday, May 13th at 7pm, Artel Gallery and Open Books are honored to host a reading and book signing featuring Pensacola poet Jamey Jones. At this event, Jamey Jones will read from his most recent book “Blue Rain Morning.” Afterward, Jones will answer questions and sign copies of his book. This event will be held at Artel Gallery, located at 223 Palafox Place in the heart of downtown Pensacola and is free and open to the public. Published in April 2011 by Farfalla, McMillan, and Parrish, “Blue Rain Morning” is already being called a major literary achievement. Legendary “Beat Generation” poet and co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Anne Waldman describes “Blue Rain Morning as “one of the best books of the season.” Author Bernadette Mayer said, “Jamey Jones communicates the truth in poetry.” Jamey Jones, a native of Pensacola, earned his Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Long Island University. Locally, Jones has hosted poetry workshops, organized readings, and helped establish the “Langston Hughes Dream Flag Project” at Ferry Pass Middle School where he is currently employed as an educator. Jones is the author of numerous collections of poetry, has contributed poetry to countless journals, and has edited several poetry publications over recent years. “Blue Rain Morning” is the most important collection of Jones’ work to date.

ESCAMBIA HIGH PROGRAMS HIGHLIGHTED AT THE CENTENNIAL OF NAVY AVIATION CELEBRATION The Escambia High School NJROTC Drill Team, under the leadership of Captain Judy Miller, will perform at the Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration at Pensacola Yacht Club this Saturday, May 7, 2011, 1 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Also performing is Escambia High School’s Jazz Ensemble led by Band Director, Doug Holsworth. The event is free and open to the public.

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 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 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,

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 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,; LaVonne French,; (850) 484-1956;

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 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

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 or the gallery at 223 Palafox Place, Pensacola.

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 or our local blog

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.

‘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

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 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

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

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

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 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 for more information. Offered by: Laura Subel, Procurement Specialist; Speaker: Edward Phillips, SBA Jacksonville District Office

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, FLORIDA STUDENTS TAKE TOP AWARDS IN THE FLORIDA HISTORY FAIR Nine hundred and fifty students participated in the state history fair and out of the 950 students, 560 entries in five different categories were submitted for competition for the top honor. Escambia County students have a tradition of success in the National History Day program and this year’s results are no different. Escambia County students have brought home 3 first place entries, 5 second place entries, 2 third place entries and 6 special prizes. The first and second place entries will advance to National competition this June in College Park, Maryland. The winners include: EXHIBIT BOARDS: Nick Gupta (PHS) – 1st place Senior Individual Exhibit “Dire Straits: The 1956 Suez Crisis” Asia Cravens and Maya Crosby (Tate HS) – 1st place Senior Group Exhibit and Outstanding County Award “Jackie Robinson and the Debate of his Acceptance into Major League Baseball” Jalen Benson (PHS) – 2nd place Senior Individual Exhibit “Suffrage Debates: Poll tax, Grandfather Clause, and Literacy Test” Joanna Deng (Bellview MS) – 2nd place Junior Individual Exhibit “The Stamp Act Crisis” WEBSITES Robert Mines (West Florida Technical HS) – 1st place Senior Individual Website “The Cuba Missile Crisis” Nick Krostag (Ransom MS) – 3rd place Junior Individual Website “Tinkering with Students’ Freedom of Speech: Disruption vs. Expression” HISTORICAL PAPERS Brianna Leatherwood (Bellview MS) – 2nd place Junior Individual paper and the Frederick Cubberly Award Florida History Award “Fl Territorial Rights & Border Controversies: Successes, Failures, and Consequences of the US and Spain’s Diplomatic Negotiation” HISTORICAL PERFORMANCES Kael Madison (Woodham MS) – 2nd place Junior Individual Performance and the Space Heritage Award “Doubt is the Father of Invention- Galileo takes on the Pigeon League” Amanda Patton, (PHS) – 2nd place Senior Individual Performance “Image Replaced the Printed Word: The Successes and Failures of The 1960 Kennedy -Nixon Debate” Tyler Bryant, Anthony Dickup and Anthony Miller (West Florida Technical HS) – 3rd place Senior Group Performance “The Indian Remove Act and Andrew Jackson’s Gun Boat Diplomacy” Other Special Awards were distributed to the following: The Hispanic Heritage Award was awarded to Maggie Byrd (Bellview MS)- for her documentary, “The Spanish-American War: Debate and Diplomacy of 1898.” The Military Heritage Award went to Randolph Gibson and Matthew Alliss (St. Paul’s Catholic School) for their exhibit, “Nuclear War Averted Kennedy’s Diplomatic Success to End the Cuban Missile Crisis.” The Sports Heritage Award was awarded to Jacob Sullivan and Daniel Dziadon (Catholic HS) for their exhibit, “The Ping Heard Around the World: Nixon’s 1972 Visit to China.” For further information, please contact Cherie Arnette, Social Studies Specialist, at 469-5392, or at U.S. AIR

FORCE RESERVE JAZZ ENSEMBLE SCHEDULED TO PERFORM The Saenger Theatre is proud to host the U.S. Air Force Reserve Jazz Ensemble called Full Spectrum. This Emmy nominated band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve will perform at the Saenger Theatre on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. This concert is free and open to the public. Full Spectrum is a nationally acclaimed musical group, noted for its distinctive sound and entertaining blend of musical styles. Composed of 18 musicians, each member brings remarkable expertise and flair to this versatile group. They delight audiences around the world with an enticing mixture of selections, ranging from original compositions by today’s most esteemed composers to the familiar sounds of the Big Band era. This jazz ensemble continually broadens its repertoire with arrangements tailored specifically for the group’s unique instrumentation. This highly-charged group has performed throughout the United States and overseas including Puerto Rico, Russia, Italy, Germany, Spain, Macedonia, Panama, Japan and Korea. The band has also performed at several major jazz festivals including Jacksonville, Clearwater, and Hollywood in Florida and the Savannah Jazz Festival and Atlanta-Montreaux Music Festival in Georgia. The group has performed with such noted artists as composer Rob McConnell, Saxophonist and educator Jerry Coker, tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts, alto saxophonist Mike Smith, baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola, arranger and composer Gordon Goodwin, and trumpeters Jon Faddis, Bobby Shew and Marvin Stamm. All members of the U.S. Air Force Reserve Jazz Ensemble are full-time professional Air Force musicians working in support of Air Force and Air Force Reserve recruiting and community relations objectives. For more information on the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve visit For more information on upcoming events at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre visit our website at The Pensacola Saenger Theatre is managed by SMG through a management agreement with the City of Pensacola. Since 1977, SMG has provided facility management services to over 219 public assembly facilities including arenas, stadiums, theatres and performing arts centers, and convention, congress and exhibition centers. With facilities across the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Europe and the Middle East, SMG manages more than 11 million square feet of exhibition space and over 1.5 million entertainment seats worldwide. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides construction and design consulting, pre-opening services, venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through an in-house catering company, Savor…Catering by SMG, currently servicing 117 accounts worldwide. For additional company information, visit

PELICANS TRAINING ACADEMY CHEVY YOUTH CLINIC FREE CAMP FOR THE YOUTH OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA The Pelicans Training Academy has teamed up with Chevy Youth Baseball to provide a free baseball camp for youth in the Northwest Florida area. The camp will take place at Pelican Park on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. – noon and Sunday, May 8 from 1 – 4 p.m. Supervised by an experienced staff, youth league members will rotate through various stations such as fielding, hitting and pitching. Family members are invited to tag along for a fun day in the sun! All participation is free of charge. The Pelican Training Academy is a first class baseball and softball training facility. Visit or call 850-332-6274 to find out more about camps and private instruction. For more information about the Chevy Youth Clinic, visit Select: Mobile/Pensacola Your RSVP log in password: playball

BBB® FOUNDATION ISSUES INVITATION TO CELEBRATE ETHICS Your BBB Foundation Serving Northwest Florida will hold its sixth annual Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics luncheon for District I at New World Landing on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Winners in several categories will be recognized at the annual ceremony created to recognize those who exemplify ethics, integrity and outstanding customer service. The Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics recognizes businesses and charities that insist on exceptionally high standards of behavior in dealing with customers, vendors and employees. The Customer Service Excellence Award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond in their customer service activities. And the Student Ethics Scholarship, open to high school juniors and seniors, recognizes students who demonstrate leadership, community service and overall personal integrity. Business leaders are invited to attend and celebrate ethics in the marketplace. Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid on a variety of goods and services in a silent auction to benefit your BBB Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports your BBB’s vision of an ethical marketplace, where buyers and sellers can trust each other. Details: District I 11 a.m. – Networking, registration and Tuesday, May 17 silent auction New World Landing 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Program 600 S. Palafox St. 1 p.m. – Bidding closes on silent auction Pensacola, FL 32501 items Cost is $20 per person. For more information or to reserve a table, please contact 850.429.0002 or toll-free 1.800.729.9226, or by May 10.

FUNDRAISER HELD BY RED LOBSTER CREW When: Saturday, May 28th Where: Red Lobster parking lot Time: 9 am – 2 p.m.

HUMANE SOCIETY WISH LIST FOR THE DOGS & PUPPIES Purina dog chow, purina puppy chow, canned pedigree(adult & puppy),canned alpo (chopped),***medium or larger: kuranda dog beds: Website – Kuranda.Com FOR THE CATS AND KITTENS Purina kitten chow, purina cat chow,canned fancy feast(no fishy flavors please) Canned kitten (science diet or friskies), cat litter, covered litter pans (petmate jumbo covered pan),carpeted scratching posts Corrugated cardboard scratching pads Office/maintenance/cleaning 44 Cent postage stamps (urgent!), Paper towels Copy paper – 20#, white, laundry detergent Pine sol, bleach, 30 gallon garbage bags

ROGER SCOTT SWIMMING POOL The Roger Scott Swimming Pool will be open to the public for recreation swim starting this Saturday, May 7th. The pool will be open every weekend (Saturday – Sunday) for the last two sessions until the pool opens for full-time on Memorial Day Weekend. The Roger Scott Pool will also be open for early morning lap swimming only starting Monday, May 9th from 5:30a.m. – 8:30a.m. and for evening lap swimming from 3:30p.m. – 6:30p.m. (Monday – Friday). Roger Scott Pool Schedule Saturday, May 7th Session I 12:30p.m. – 3:30p.m. / Session II 4:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. Sunday, May 8th Session I 12:30p.m. – 3:30p.m. / Session II 4:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. Saturday, May 14th Session I 12:30p.m. – 3:30p.m. / Session II 4:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. Sunday, May 15th Session I 12:30p.m. – 3:30p.m. / Session II 4:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. Saturday, May 21st Session I 12:30p.m. – 3:30p.m. / Session II 4:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. Sunday, May 22nd Session I 12:30p.m. – 3:30p.m. / Session II 4:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. Saturday, May 28th – OPENS FOR FULL TIME RECREATION SWIM (ALL THREE SESSION TIMES, MONDAY – SUNDAY) For more information on rates and hours of operation, please visit or contact us at 850-436-5670.

FLORIDA LEGISLATURE HONORS LADY PIRATES With a record-breaking 35-1 basketball season behind the Pensacola State College Lady Pirates basketball team, honors continue to roll in. The Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate recently passed resolutions honoring the team and coaches for representing Florida in the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament in Kansas. Sen. Don Gaetz sponsored Senate Resolution 2178, with Sen. Greg Evers as a co-sponsor, commending the team for its outstanding season and phenomenal record of 35 wins and 1 loss. Rep. Clay Ingram sponsored HR 9119, which also congratulates the team for its season. Reps. Clay Ford and Doug Broxson were co-sponsors. “As a former college athlete, I know how difficult it is to attain such a near-perfect record,” Ingram said. “I congratulate Coach Chanda Rigby and the entire Pensacola Sate College Lady Pirates team for winning the Panhandle Conference championship and the Florida State championship and for representing Florida in the national tournament. To finish third in the nation is a remarkable achievement.” Copies of the resolutions will be presented to the players and coaches at an upcoming Pensacola State Board of Trustees meeting, said Pensacola State President Ed Meadows. For more information, contact Larry Bracken at (850) 982-4607.

NAVARRE TOWN CENTER INFORMATIONAL MEETING SCHEDULED The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and the Navarre Area Board of Realtors will host an informational meeting on the Navarre Town Center on Tuesday, May 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Navarre Community Center located at 1917 Navarre School Road in Navarre. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an overview of the plan and allow the public an opportunity to ask questions on how the current plan works. The Navarre Town Center Plan was directed and developed by the public and adopted by the board of commissioners in 2004 as a response to growth demands in the area. The purpose of the plan was to develop a vision for the future of Navarre, determine how and where growth and development can and should occur, establish guidelines for development, recommend priorities and financing alternatives.

SUMMER ARCHAEOLOGY LAB VOLUNTEER PROGRAM Looking for something new to do this summer? Come experience history and volunteer in an archaeology lab. The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) has announced its summer schedule for the Archaeology Lab Volunteer Program. FPAN is seeking enthusiastic volunteers of all ages to help rough sort artifacts recovered from local archaeological sites. Volunteers work inside our air-conditioned lab to rough sort artifacts recovered from local archaeological sites. Volunteers work with small screens, trays, brushes, magnets and other lab tools to clean and sort artifacts. Once artifacts have been cleaned, they are sorted into groups of like materials (i.e. brick, class, shell, ceramics, stone, etc.) No experience is needed, but all volunteers are given a brief orientation by a professional archaeologist their first day. The FPAN Lab summer schedule is most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting Tuesday, May 10 and ending Tuesday, Aug. 30. The lab is located inside the FPAN Coordinating Center at 207 E. Main St. in downtown Pensacola, next to The Fish House. The volunteer program is perfect for students who need volunteer hours for scholarships, individuals and groups interested in a unique way to experience local history and archaeology, as well as all of those who have dreamed of getting their hands dirty participating in real archaeological work. All ages are encouraged to participate; however, anyone under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Individuals, families and groups as large as 12 can be accommodated. Contact Irina Sorset, FPAN outreach coordinator, or 850-595-0050, Ext. 103 to volunteer and arrange a day and time. Volunteers are not required to commit to more than one day at a time. Tuesday, May 10 Thursday, May 12 Tuesday, May 17 Thursday, May 19 Tuesday, May 24 Thursday, May 26 Tuesday, May 31 Thursday, June 2 Tuesday, June 7 Thursday, June 9 Tuesday, June 28 Thursday, June 30 Tuesday, July 5 Thursday, July 7 Tuesday, July 19 Thursday, July 21 Tuesday, July 26 Thursday, July 28 Tuesday, Aug. 2 Thursday, Aug. 4 Tuesday, Aug. 9 Thursday, Aug. 11 Tuesday, Aug. 16 Thursday, Aug. 18 Tuesday, Aug. 23 Thursday, Aug. 25 Tuesday, Aug. 30

GULF COAST SCIENCE CAFÉ Gulf Coast Science Café will kick off its monthly Science Café series on May 16, 2011, 6:00pm at Goat Lips Deli, 2811 Copter Road, Pensacola. Dr. Jane Caffrey, Associate Professor in the Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation at the University of West Florida will be speaking on Mercury in the Environment. Dr. Jane Caffrey is an Associate Professor in the Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation at the University of West Florida. She has been funded by EPA and EPRI to measure atmospheric deposition of mercury and trace metals to the Pensacola Bay watershed. She also works on Pensacola Bay water quality issues with local and state agencies. Gulf Coast Science Café serves the scientific interests of our local community… and around Pensacola. The Café is a place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology, over a cup of coffee, tea or a glass of beer, outside a traditional academic setting. The Café is a forum for debating science issues in an informal setting where relaxed conversation and an exchange of ideas is possible. The Café is committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accessible to all. The Café Scientifique movement started in England in 1998 as an informal discussion forum giving everyone the opportunity to gather to discuss great topics in science. The Café meetings are designed to promote group discussion: the evening is led by an invited speaker, who talks briefly, then the topic is thrown open to debate and everyone is encouraged to join the discussion. What: Science Café: Mercury in the Environment, with Dr. Jane Caffrey When: Monday, May 16, 2011, 6:00 PM Where: Goat Lips Deli, 2811 Copter Road, Pensacola Co-sponsored by: The Pensacola Section of the American Chemical Society For more information: 474-1495,,

PENSACOLA PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL ANNOUNCES NAME THE TEAM FINALISTS Fans will vote on the top six monikers to name the new team The Pensacola Professional Baseball team has selected the top six finalists for the club’s Name the Team contest. The six finalists were selected out of a field of over 1,700 entries. In no particular order, the finalists, with descriptions, are: · Redbones o Combining our new affiliation with the Cincinnati Reds with that loyal, strong Hounddog. The Redbone celebrates baseball’s “dog days of summer” and the “doggone fun” time fans can expect at Maritime Park next year. · Salty Dogs o The Salty Dogs pays tribute to those expert Pensacola sailors who have made the sea their home. Navigating the inlets of the Emerald Coast these rough, tough, sea-tested Sea Dogs have got bite than bark! · Aviators o Home of the “The Cradle of Naval Aviation,” Pensacola is the primary training base for America’s Navy, Marine and Coast Guard aviators, as well as the Navy’s precision-flying team, the Blue Angels. The Aviators honors the brave pilots who call Pensacola home. · Loggerheads o Found in Pensacola’s shallow waters, the Loggerhead sea turtle is a local endangered species. Known for its nesting on Pensacola beaches, this gentle giant is the state saltwater reptile of Florida. · Mullets o Mullets are one of Pensacola’s most popular fish, as well as a fun, wacky team name Minor League Baseball is known for. Mullets stand for the fun, off-the-wall entertainment fans can expect at Maritime Park next season and beyond. · Blue Wahoos o Named for the explosive way they pull out of the water, Wahoos are a tough hometown fish that means business. Celebrating the fun of Minor League Baseball, “Wahoo!” is the sound of our brand of family fun entertainment. Fans may vote for their favorite name at now through May 14, 2011. The winning name will be announced on May 23, 2011. The six finalists for the Name the Team contest were chosen through a random selection. Each contestant listed selected one of the final six team names listed above. The fan who submitted the winning entry will receive four 2012 box seat season tickets, a personalized team jersey and hat, four VIP section tickets for opening day at Maritime Park and the opportunity to throw out the first pitch during the 2012 season. Complete rules are available at or pick up a printed copy at the Pensacola News Journal. · Ann McIntosh, Cantonment · Shelley Yates, Pensacola · Greg Thomas, Pensacola · Sherry White, Pensacola · Duane Leifur, Gulf Breeze · Jack N. Stoakes, Pensacola The Pensacola Professional Baseball team is the future home for the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The team will begin play in April 2012 at Maritime Park. 2012 season tickets are on sale at or (850) 934-8444. Follow the team at, or Contact: Jonathan Griffith, (850) 934-8444 or

THE SANTA ROSA DEMOCRATS LUAU The Santa Rosa Democrats will hold their annual Luau on Saturday, May 14, 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. The event will take place in the Black Skimmer Pavillion in Navarre Beach Park at 8704 Gulf Blvd Navarre Beach, FL 3256. The featured speaker will be a member of the Florida Legislature and Judy Mount, Vice Chair of the Florida Democratic Party, will also be in attendance. Local Democratic Committeewoman, Susan Frishkorn, will serve as emcee. Entertainment will be provided by Ted Pabo, and a barbeque dinner will be served. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, 12 and under free. Contact Pat Swanson, 936-8704, for additional information and for tickets.

GREEN-UP MOTHER’S DAY ART, CRAFTS AND PLANT SHOW Green-Up Santa Rosa will be hosting it’s 10th Annual Mother’s Day Art, Crafts and Plant show on Saturday, May 7 from 9 am through 3 pm. The show has always been a great place to take the special lady in your life to stroll and look around and sample the products offered by the exhibitors tucked throughout the nursery. The nursery will also have plenty of hanging flower baskets, ferns, potted flowers and a wide variety of all types of plants for sale. Green-Up is a program of the Santa Rosa Clean Community System, and the proceeds go toward environmental and beautification projects within Santa Rosa County. Anyone who needs more information may call 623-1930.

GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE FLORIDA DISTRICT SUMMER PROGRAM SCHEDULE, JUNE 12 TO AUGUST 13, 2011 Program Descriptions Fort Pickens Guided Tours-daily at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Meet at the entrance to the fort. 45 minutes. Fort Barrancas Guided Tours-Sundays through Fridays, at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm and Saturdays at 2:00 pm. Meet at the fort visitor center. 45 minutes. Advanced Redoubt Guided Tours-Saturdays at 11:00 am. Meet at the parking lot at Advanced Redoubt. 45 minutes. Nature photography-Sundays, June 12-Aug. 7, 8:30 -10:30 am. Meet at the trailhead for the Florida National Scenic Trail. The program introduces the tools of creative picture making and encourages appreciation of the natural environment. Bring your camera and learn techniques to increase your awareness of the photographic process. 2 hours. Battery Cooper-Sundays, June 12-Aug. 7, 10:00 am and Tuesday, June 14-Aug. 9, 3:30 pm. The battery is open for 1 hour to view the site, the gun, and watch a short video about the weapons used. Antebellum Pensacola-Sundays, June 12, 19, 26, July 17, 24, 31, Aug. 7, 1:00 pm and Thursdays, June 16-July 28, 3:30 pm at Fort Pickens Auditorium. Explore the cultural character of the old south in antebellum Pensacola. This program reflects on the life and times of the people of Pensacola before the Civil War. 45 minutes. The War of 1812-Sundays and Saturdays, June 12-Aug. 13, 2:00 pm at Naval Live Oaks Auditorium. Discover the events in Pensacola during the War of 1812. 1 hour. What in the World-Sundays, June 12, 19, 26, July 17, 24, 31, 3:00 pm and Saturdays, June 18, 25, July 16, 23, and Aug. 6, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. What’s in your net? This roving ranger will answer all you questions between the campgrounds and the beach. Pensacola Prisoners-Sundays, June 12-Aug. 7, 3:30 pm at the Fort Pickens Auditorium. The story of prisoners during the Civil War and Apache POWS from Arizona held at Fort Pickens. 45 minutes. The Civil War in Pensacola-Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, June 13-Aug. 12, 10:00 am at Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center, 45 minutes. Island Treasures-Monday, June 13-Aug. 8, 10:00 am, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, June 15-Aug. 13, 2:00 pm at Langdon Beach. Discover the treasures of the Gulf of Mexico at this beachcombers program. 1 hour. Tour Battery Worth-Mondays, June 13-Aug. 8, 10:00 am. Tour the interior of this 1899 battery that housed 8 12-inch mortars and the Harbor Entrance Control Post and Harbor Defense Command Post. 1 hour. Snorkeling-Mondays, June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 8, 3:00 pm at Naval Live Oaks Picnic Area, Thursdays and Saturdays, June 16-Aug. 13, 10:00 am at Battery Worth Picnic Area. Discover the underwater world of the National Seashore and the interesting plants and animals that live there. Masks and snorkels provided. 2 hours. Slavery, States Rights and the Civil War-Mondays, June 13-Aug. 8, 3:30 pm at Fort Pickens Auditorium. Explore the multiple causes of the Civil War. 1 hour. Junior Ranger and Sea Star Day Camps-Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, these day camps introduce children to the wonders of the Seashore through age appropriate activities, storytelling, songs, crafts, and interactive games. Locations and topics vary and reservations are required. For Sea Stars ages 3-5 and Junior Ranger ages 6-8 call Ranger Beckie at (850) 934-2631 and for Junior Ranger ages 9-11 call Ranger Amanda at (850) 916-3001. Junior Ranger Celebration Campfire Program Saturday, August 20, 7:00 pm at the parade ground inside historic Fort Pickens. 1 hour. Ranger Walk on Blackbird Marsh Nature Trail-Tuesday, June 14-Aug. 9, 9:00 am. Meet at Fort Pickens Campground Loop A bulletin board. Discover the dunes and marsh habitats on this ranger led nature walk. 1 hour. Children’s Discovery-Wednesdays, June 22-July 20, 3:30 pm. Meet at Battery Worth Picnic Area. Each week children discover a different Seashore habitat through hands-on activities. Large groups should contact Ranger Amanda Carrigan-Grissom at 850-916-3001 before attending the program. Ages 5-11. 1 hour. Fort McRee-Wednesday, June 15-Aug. 10, 3:30 pm at Fort Pickens Auditorium. Learn about the lost fort that provide coast defense at the entrance to Pensacola Bay. 45 minutes. Seeing Sealife-Thursdays, June 16-Aug. 11, 2:00 pm at Johnsons Beach, Perdido Key Area. Discover the sealife of the sound by pulling a seine net. 1 hour. Barrier Island Experience-Fridays, June 17-Aug. 12, 9:00 am. Meet at Battery Worth Picnic Area. Discover the plants and animals of the barrier island habitats. 1 hour. Battery 234 tour-Fridays, June 17-Aug. 12, 10:00 am. Experience the spectacular view of the barrier island habitats from this gunfire control tower. 1 hour. Civil War Soldier-Fridays, June 17-Aug. 12, 3:30 pm. Meet at historic Fort Pickens. Discover the life and times and weapons of the Civil War soldier in Pensacola from 1861-1865. 30-45 minutes. Sunset Sea-wall Beach Walk-Fridays, June 17, July 1, 15, 29, Aug. 5, 12 at 7:00 pm. Meet at the Fort Pickens Auditorium. Walk along the seawall out to the beach to enjoy the sunset with at ranger. Stargazing-Fridays, June 24 and July 22, sunset to 10:00 pm at Battery Worth Picnic Area. Join volunteers from the Escambia Amateurs Astronomy Association for an evening of stargazing. Beach Walk Safety Talks with a Lifeguard-Saturdays, May 28-Sept. 3. 10:30 am. Meet at Langdon Beach, Johnson Beach, or Opal Beach. Cara the Sea Turtle-Saturdays, June 18, 25, July 2, 16, 30, Aug. 6. 1:00 pm at Fort Pickens Auditorium. Cool down in our auditorium with an award winning movie that follows a young sea turtle as she makes her way through her watery world from hatchling to adult. 30 minutes. Gulf Islands Almanac-Saturdays, June 18-Aug. 13 at 3:30 pm at Fort Pickens Auditorium. Learn about the seasonal and environmental changes on Santa Rosa Island. Campfire at historic Fort Pickens-Saturdays, June 18, 25, July 2, 16, 23, 30, Aug. 13, 8:00 pm Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the United States Civil War. Hear the stories and events about the war in Pensacola. Wearing shoes and using insect repellent are suggested for this program. 1.5 hours. Public Archeology Network Programs, Join archeologist from the Florida Public Archeology Network for the following programs at Fort Pickens Auditorium. The 16th century Emanuel Point Shipwrecks Thursday, June 30, 6:00 pm Shipwrecks of Pensacola Bay Tuesday, July 5, 6:00 pm Native American Cultures of the Southeast and Pensacola Thursday, July 14, 6:00 pm Spanish Settlement on Santa Rosa Island, 1722 to 1752 Tuesday, July 19, 6:00 pm The Civil War in Florida Thursday, Aug. 4, 6:00 pm Fort Pickens Museum: Hurricane Ivan destroyed the museum exhibits in 2004. New exhibits are to be installed in the fall of 2011. The building is open with a 25-minute orientation movie about the Seashore. ENSLEY

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S FOURTH GRADE TEACHERS RECEIVE A $700 TARGET FIELD TRIP GRANT Shireen Darbyshire, Heather Miller, and Regina Smolensky, 4th grade teachers at Ensley Elementary School were awarded a $700 Target Field Trip Grant designed to help bring learning to life for students. The teachers were selected from more than 140,000 applicants from across the country. They plan to use the grant to take their students to Tallahassee, Florida to see the Historic Capitol Building, the New Capitol Building, and the Museum of Florida History on Friday, May 6, 2011. The Target Field Trip Grants Program, which launched in September 2006, distributed 5,000 grants totaling $4 million in funds this year to education professionals so that teachers may continue using the valuable experiential learning gained from field trips to enhance students’ classroom studies. PERMANENT ART COLLECTION MARKS 40TH ANNIVERSARY The Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts at Pensacola State College presents the 40th anniversary exhibition of its permanent art collection May 23 through July 21. The community is invited to a reception 6 to 8 p.m. May 26 at the Visual Arts Gallery. Founded in 1970, the Pensacola State College permanent art collection contains about 500 pieces of artwork – including contemporary American art, photography, ceramics, drawings, prints, glass, sculpture, graphic design, jewelry and textiles. The collection also has interesting historical pieces including pre-Columbian vessels, biblical manuscripts and works from art history greats such as Picasso and Henri Matisse. In addition, the gallery is a depository of gifts of art from local collectors. The Visual Arts Gallery is in Building 15 on the Pensacola campus. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Tours are available with prior arrangements. Admission is free. For more information, call (850) 484-2550.

WEAR CHANNEL 3 AND CAT COUNTRY HELPED YOUR RED CROSS TO RAISE $22,000 FOR DISASTER RELIEF At the Channel station on Thursday and at the Cordova Mall Friday Sue Straughn , Brent and Danna and the other Cat Country 98.7 personalities along with Wendy, Copper and the other AM 1620 personalities raised $22,000. On behalf of the many neighbors in Alabama affected by the tornados this week Your American Red Cross would like to thank Cat Country and channel 3 along with the many generous members of community that came and donated. Is not too Late to donate . Red Cross has sheltered and provided food for thousands of people this week as heavy rains, floods, and tornadoes forced them from their homes. This is the third week of deadly weather from North Dakota to the East Coast. Red Cross disaster teams are working around the clock in the affected areas, providing people with shelter, meals, counseling and supplies to help with clean-up efforts. The Red Cross will be there in the weeks to come, providing help and hope. Red Cross Disaster assistance is free. The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help in times of disaster. Please consider making a donation today to help thousands of people who have been affected by these disasters. Donations can be made by calling 1-800-773-7620 or online at You can also donate $10 by texting REDCROSS to 90999. We really need volunteers! Red Cross Volunteers are provided the necessary training for the many positions they provide service in. So, today the help we send is limited to our active trained volunteers. We encourage everyone to volunteer now, get the training they need and be ready to help with the next disaster. Besides the American Red Cross of Northwest Florida responding to numerous disasters in the last year such as floods, tornadoes, and wild fires, we are also facing a challenging hurricane season with a predicted 17 named storms, 9 hurricanes, and 5 major hurricanes. Last calendar year we responded 245 local disasters (mostly house fires) and just in the month of March we responded to 32. You can see from the numbers we really need volunteers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please consider signing up now at ABOUT THE AMERICAN RED CROSS: Governed by volunteers and supported by community donations, the American Red Cross is a nationwide network of over 2,000 locations and dedicated to saving lives. The Red Cross provides shelter, food, comfort and hope to survivors of nearly 70,000 disasters each year. Helping prepare communities for emergencies, the Red Cross is the largest supplier of blood and blood products to more than 3,000 hospitals across the nation and also assists victims of international disasters and conflicts at locations worldwide. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

USIC STUDY CLUB ENTERTAINMENT WEDNESDAY MAY 11 Who: Music Study Club plans What: Entertaining musical luncheon When: Wednesday May 11 at 10:30 a. m. Where: First Baptist Church. 500 N. Palafox Street, downtown Pensacola Details: public cordially invited. Luncheon will be a part of the program. Cost $8. Call MSC President Ann Mitchell 850-261-7715 or Norman Vickers 850-432-973 for further information. Traditionally, the May meeting of the Music Study Club is entertainment by its own members. This year’s program on Wednesday May 11 will feature a musical quiz by some members. There will be “mystery tunes” and a fun, “test your musical knowledge” portion of the quiz. During the luncheon portion of the program background music will be performed by the two Bova sisters, both of whom study at Indiana University and were recipients of Music Study Club scholarships. At the previous meeting the following officers were elected for the coming year: Ann Mitchell, president; Deborah Davidson, vice-president; Don Knudson, treasurer; and Dorie Korecky, secretary. Ann Mitchell said, “We hope the interested public will join us for this fun event. Valuable prizes will be given to some lucky winners of the musical quiz. This program will be the conclusion for summer recess until we resume our regular second-Wednesday meetings in October.” 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 Ann Mitchell at 850-261-7715 or visit website

SUMMER SERENADE SERIES BEGINS FIFTH SEASON Who: St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church announces What: Summer Serenade schedule When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings in June and July Where: St. Christopher’s Church 3200 N. 12th Avenue Details: Free. Bring lawn chairs. Concession available for sandwiches, snacks and cold drinks The fifth season of Summer Serenade will begin Wednesday June 1 and continue each week through July 27. The Summer Serenade series is an outreach function of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church. These free concerts are held on the church lawn, 3200 N. 12th Avenue beginning at 6:30 p.m. Should there be unfavorable weather, the concerts will move inside the parish hall. Attendees are requested to bring lawn chairs. The church provides a concession stand with sandwiches, snacks and sodas. One may bring own food and drink, if desired. The Rev. Eric Long, minister at St. Christopher’s said, “This has been a successful series and we hope the larger community will join us for these entertaining evenings. We are here for the community and want to get to know you. There is adequate parking on both sides of the church. This is a rain-or-shine event. Attendees will notice new landscaping in the concert area. We are proud of this improvement and we hope it will enhance your enjoyment of these free, musical evenings. For further information, call Norman Vickers at 850-432-9743, St. Christopher’s at 433-0074 or visit the website Featured performers for the season are: June 1 Al Martin Group (Jazz Standards) June 8 Kathy Lyon Group (vocals and jazz standards) June 15 One Drop Band (Reggae) June 22 Reunion Band (Classic Rock) June 29 13th Hourglass (Country-rock) July 6 Armstrong-Powers-Spivey (Jazz & vocal) July 13 Sawmill Band from Farmers Opry (classic country) July 20 Blenders Group (Jazz & Soft Rock) July 27 Swingin’ Dick Tracys Band (Jazz-Rock-Pop) In addition to St. Christopher’s Church, sponsors for the concerts these concerts include Gulf Coast Community Bank, NSPA, Ooh La La Jewelry/ Jessie Drossos, Dan & Connie Wendleton, Jim & Norma Johnson, Harriet Major and Elizabeth & Norman Vickers.

DRUNK-DRIVING DOCUMENTARY SHOWS DEVASTATING, LASTING IMPACT OF GULF BREEZE MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND TRAGEDY Mother’s Day weekend. Two young women killed; one young man imprisoned for 22 years. All because of drunk driving. A new, 15 minute, mini-documentary, “Choices,” produced in Gulf Breeze and to be used nationally by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) recounts the story of a 2002 drunk driving accident and the ensuing trial that shocked and saddened a community. On May 11, 2002, Megan Napier, 20, and Lisa Dickson, 20, were driving on Highway 98 in Gulf Breeze, Florida, when their car was struck by a drunk driver in the north bound lane. Their car spun out of control before hitting a tree in the median a block south of the Three-Mile Bridge. Both girls were killed instantly. On October 3, 2003, Eric Smallridge, 24, the driver that hit Napier and Dickson – was sentenced to 22 years in state prison for DUI manslaughter – 11 years consecutively for each of the girl’s deaths. But neither story nor the repercussions ended with the sentence. In 2010, Pensacola attorney Kerry Anne Schultz Spitzer contacted Dave Mungai of Choice Video Productions about creating a DUI prevention piece to be used nationally by MADD and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), as well as the Florida Bar’s state-wide high school tours. Spitzer had lost a close friend to a drunk driving accident and she felt driven to become a part of the organizations’ anti-drunk driving mission. Spitzer had shot some preliminary interview footage with Eric in prison using a legal videographer. Mungai saw the footage, and a bigger picture. “I wanted to tell the story of how one choice can run us, our families and people we’ve never met through a horrendous, emotional gauntlet,” Mungai said. When Mungai told friend and fellow producer Dane MacKendrick of dane digital vision + graphix about the project, MacKendrick immediately offered to get involved. “I wanted to tell their story for some time, and this project presented the perfect opportunity,” said MacKendrick, whose family is close friends with the Napiers. “Many people were aware of the story from the news, but the story had never been told in a way that allowed viewers to become emotionally invested in these people’s lives.” The team shot more than 12 hours of interview footage with nearly everyone involved in the case: judges, the state attorney, siblings, parents and even Smallridge himself, conducted in prison under tight security. Narration was provided by MacKendrick’s wife, Lisa MacKendrick, a professional vocalist, narrator, and longtime friend of the Napier family. This production deals with the first half of the story: the lives of Napier and Smallridge, the social pressures to drive while intoxicated, and the horrific tragedy that followed from Smallridge’s terrible choice to drive home “buzzed.” As Smallridge says in the documentary, “…I honestly thought I was OK enough to drive…” The second half of the story, which is in pre-production, is about the choice to forgive and to accept forgiveness – which is the truly remarkable part of this whole tragic situation. “We believe telling this story could save lives,” MacKendrick said. “It was really a labor of love.” The video is available for viewing at For more information, contact Dave Mungai 850.934.9907,, or Dane MacKendrick 850.602.1345,, Kerry Anne Schultz Spitzer is an attorney with Fountain, Schultz & Associates, P.L., 850.939-3535.

DISCOVER PENSACOLA STATE COLLEGE AT CORDOVA MALL Explore college and career opportunities at Discover Pensacola State College Day May 14 at Cordova Mall. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the mall, meet faculty, staff and students from Pensacola State’s academic, work force and continuing education programs – everything from nursing to astronomy to computer science to cosmetology to carpentry to art, music and theatre. Stop by Center Court to learn all about registration, financial aid and scholarships. With more than 100 academic programs, including five new baccalaureate programs, Pensacola State has options for everyone. Fill out a brief information card and get a free T-shirt. Everyone who signs up is entered to win a beach chair. Make sure to pick up Pensacola State giveaways including bracelets, pennants, pens, Pirates tattoos and more. Enjoy the music on stage in Food Court and meet Pirates athletes, cheerleaders and dancers. Take your kids to WSRE TV’s exhibit for fun activities and to pick up literacy information for parents. Don’t miss this great one-stop opportunity to learn about Pensacola State College. For more information, visit

DESTINATION ARCHAEOLOGY! RESOURCE CENTER FEATURES ARTIST FOR GALLERY NIGHT The Destination Archaeology Resource Center (DARC) will feature artist John Jansen for Gallery Night in downtown Pensacola on May 20 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. He will display, sell and be available to discuss his artwork during Gallery Night inside the Destination Archaeology exhibit. 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. Guests are welcome to view the Destination Archaeology exhibit while they visit for the evening. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Artist Bio: John Jansen was born in Fort Walton Beach in 1958.The young John was constantly discovering pottery and arrowheads on his family property. He soon learned that the area was a trash dump used by the prehistoric people living there thousands of years ago. John’s interest in the past was born, but he found it nearly impossible to get pottery pieces large enough to study their manufacture. At the age of thirteen, John began making pottery vessels to add to his collection. For many of his pieces John combines archaeology and his artistic intuition for working the clay to create finely made pieces of art. His interest in archaeology has grown over the years. He visits museums, studies and reads extensively to make accurate replicas of ancient southeastern Native American ceramics. Generally his ideas for reproduction pieces come from books, but books cannot always fill in the construction details. That is where John’s experience and artistry make a difference. John signs and numbers each piece. His goal is to make genuine looking pieces using the tools prehistoric potters would have had available. This includes collecting his own clay from the local area, using the same construction techniques and pit firing his pieces instead of using a modern kiln. Sometimes he must use modern means to achieve the desired result – bone tools made from old ivory knitting needles or cow bone purchased from a slaughterhouse instead of bison or deer. Gallery Night is an event coordinated by the Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board. Seven times a year, more than 10,000 people stroll through the charming brick walkways of downtown Pensacola to experience an eclectic array of music, art and cuisine. Galleries and businesses feature the works of dozens of local artists, the aromas of local cuisine fill the streets, and the sounds of local musicians dance through the evening air. The Florida Public Archaeology Network, Destination Archaeology Resource Center and the University of West Florida are participating in this event. For more information please contact Mike Thomin, DARC manager, or 850-595-0050, Ext. 107

HISTORIC PENSACOLA VILLAGE TO HOST A DINNER TO CELEBRATE THE 230TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF PENSACOLA What: The public is invited to purchase tickets for a dinner and enjoy a meal with re-enactors, learning about the significance of Spain’s role during the American Revolution. When: Friday, June 3 at 7:15 p.m. Where: Historic Barkley House and Gardens, 410 S. Florida Blanca Street, Pensacola, Fla. Why: Historic Pensacola Village is celebrating the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Pensacola. For additional details about this event, contact Living History Coordinator, Jim McMillen at Tickets are required for the dinner and are now on sale for $12. For tickets, please contact Wendi Davis at 850-595-5985, ext.-111, email, or mail $12 per person to: Supper with Soldiers, WFHPI, Post Office Box 12866, Pensacola, FL 32591.

HISTORIC PENSACOLA VILLAGE TOCELEBRATE THE 230TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF PENSACOLA WITH AN OPEN HOUSE What: Historic Pensacola Village will host our 20th Open House. This free event will highlight the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Pensacola, incorporating a battle scrimmage, tours, living history, kid’s activities, museum exhibits and more! When: Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Historic Pensacola Village, 205 E. Zaragoza St., Pensacola, Fla. Why: Historic Pensacola Village is celebrating the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Pensacola with an Open House and military living history interpretation. For additional details about this event, contact Living History Coordinator, Jim McMillen at

HISTORIC PENSACOLA VILLAGE TO HOST LECTURE ON THE 230TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF PENSACOLA What: Re-enactor and educator, Hector Diaz, to deliver a public lecture on the role Spain played as an American ally during the American Revolutionary War. When: Friday, June 3 at 6 p.m. Where: Old Christ Church, 405 S. Adams Street, Pensacola, Fla. Why: Historic Pensacola Village is celebrating the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Pensacola with a free public lecture. For additional details about this event, contact Living History Coordinator, Jim McMillen at