Pensacola, Florida
Sunday April 22nd 2018


Community Outreach 6/09/11

Take the First Step – Join the Marrow Registry! The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) will participate in the 4th Annual Northwest Florida Boricuas Ausentes Latin Salsa Festival scheduled for Saturday, 25 June from 10am – 7pm at the Fort Walton Beach Landing.  The event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Representatives from NMDP will have informational material and will also have Be the Match Registry® kits for those individuals that are interested in being a part of the donor registry.
When you join the Registry, you become part of every patient’s search for a donor.  You have the power to heal, the power to save a life!
For more info, call Krista, (850) 835-2941 or David, (850) 368-3505, or go to:

Destination Archaeology! Resource Center to Participate in Blue Star Museums Destination Archaeology Resource Center (DARC) announced today the launch of Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families and more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011.
Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at 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. – 4 p.m. Admission is free.
“While admission to the Destination Archaeology Resource Center exhibit is always free to our visitors, we are honored to show our support for the Blue Star Museums Initiative by participating and by helping our local military families become aware of it,” said Destination Archaeology Resource Center Manager Mike Thomin.
“Blue Star Museums may be the program at the NEA of which I am proudest,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “Blue Star Museums recognizes and thanks our military families for all they are doing for our country, and simultaneously begins young people on a path to becoming life-long museum goers.”
“Last year the success of the inaugural year of the Blue Star Museums program showed that partnerships between the nation’s museum and military communities are a natural,” said Blue Star Families Chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet. “We are thrilled that 300,000 military family members visited our partner museums in the summer of 2010. We hope to exceed that number this year as the military community takes advantage of the rich cultural heritage they defend and protect every day. We appreciate the NEA and the nation’s museums who chose to partner with us. We also are grateful to our friends at the MetLife Foundation, the lead supporter of the Blue Star Museums outreach initiative, whose generous donation helps make our work possible.”
This year, more than 1,324 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 500 new museums this year. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. The effort to recruit museums has involved the partnership efforts of The American Association of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, and the American Association of State and Local History. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and 70 children’s museums. Participants include The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine in Portland, Maine, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa, the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles, California, the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, and the Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.
About Blue Star Museums
Blue Star Museums runs from Memorial Day, May 30, 2011 through to Labor Day, September 5, 2011. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find out which museums are participating, visit The site includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning.
Museums that wish to participate in Blue Star Museums may contact, or Wendy Clark at 202-682-5451.
This is the latest NEA program to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans and their families. Other NEA programs for the military have included Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience; Great American Voices Military Base Tour; and Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour.

SUMMER VOLUNTARY PRE-KINDERGARTEN Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) is a developmentally appropriate early learning program that prepares children to be ready for kindergarten.  Eligible children are those who will be 4 years of age on or before September 1, 2010, who will enter kindergarten in the fall of 2011 and who have not attended a VPK Program during the 2010-2011 school year.
The program begins on Monday, June 13, 2011 through Friday, August 5, 2011.  The program will operate Monday through Thursday, except during the week beginning Monday, August 1, when the program will be held Monday through Friday, August, 5, 2011.
The program will be offered at Ensley Elementary School, Longleaf Elementary School, Myrtle Grove Elementary School, Scenic Heights Elementary School and Weis Elementary School.
For additional information, please view the attached flyer or call the school.

Going the Distance TEAM Santa Rosa Economic Development Council, Enterprise Florida, and the United States Department of Commerce will be hosting an international workshop to be held June 15, 2011 at the TEAM Santa Rosa office conference room located at 6491 Caroline St. Suite 4, Milton, FL, 32570.
Representatives from the U.S. Commercial Service and the International Trade Division of Enterprise Florida will provide an overview of exporting basics, to include logistics, international marketing and trade financing.
Another portion of the program will examine the Top Markets for Florida Exporters.  Special opportunities in Brazil that include Brazil as the future host of both the 2012 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics will be discussed.
Finally, a panel of current Northwest Florida exporters from the manufacturing and service sectors will discuss best practices, and relate discoveries and obstacles encountered in their international sales efforts.
The workshop will start at 9:00 a.m. and ends with a working lunch at 11:30 a.m.  There is no cost but seating is limited, so call or email today to reserve your spot.
For more information or to RSVP contact Tina Stewart ( 850.623.0174.

ESCAMBIA COUNTY COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES ANNOUNCES EDUCATORS OF THE YEARThe Escambia County Council for the Social Studies announces the Social Studies Teacher of the Year in the middle school and high school division.  Recipients were announced at the recently held Third Annual Regional Social Studies Workshop and were honored at their schools this week.
Social Studies Educators of the Year include:
Hayley Close
Bellview Middle School
Middle School Division
J.W. Novotny
West Florida High School of Advanced Technology
High School Division

Registration Open for One World, Many Stories at Your Library – Area Children Invited to Participate Calling world travelers! Hop on board for your Santa Rosa County Library’s summer reading program, “One World, Many Stories,” featuring wacky tales, magic, pirate and ghost stories, Native American legends, and even fairy tales – from around the world.
Stop in at your local library and pick up a flyer of summer events and a reading calendar. On June 5, start reading at least 15 minutes each day for great prizes! Minutes read by parents to pre-schoolers may be counted. Online registration is now open at
Explore the world at our programs from June 13 – July 22 at 11 a.m. for 3 to 5-year-olds (who are able to attend without a caregiver) and at 1 p.m. for those in K-5th grades during the last school year: Mondays at Jay Library, Tuesdays at Navarre Library, Wednesdays at Milton Library, Thursdays at Gulf Breeze Library, and Fridays at Pace Library. Program details can be found at the Children’s Events Calendar. All activities are free and open to the public.
Presenters in the weekly library programs are sponsored by Friends of the Milton Library, Friends of the Navarre Library, Friends of the Gulf Breeze Library, and Friends of the Pace Library. Featured programs include “Witty, Wiley & Wicked Stories” by Pat Nease, “Magic around the World” by Beau Broomall, “Music & Dance” by Melinda Mills, “Storyville” by the Jacksonville University Children’s Theater, and “Pirates & Ghosts” by Paul Morrell and Leslie Weil.
Special thanks to Linda Holt for donating her time and talents in presenting the program, “Native American Tales-Creek Indians” and also to Pat Easterwood and the Cherokee Storytellers and Dancers for donating their time and talents in presenting the program, “Native American Tales-Cherokee Indians.”
Prizes and awards are sponsored by many community sponsors:  the Ridge Cinema 8, Oops Alley, Baskin Robbins – Gulf Breeze Parkway, Baskin Robbins – Pace, Naval Aviation Museum, Chick-fil-A at the Ridge, and Texas Roadhouse. If your business is interested in providing prizes for this program, please contact Margaret Chatraw, Youth Services Coordinator at (850) 623-2043.
The Santa Rosa County Library System is a department of the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners.  Libraries are located in Gulf Breeze, Jay, Milton, Navarre, and Pace. Find additional information at

Movement For Change Honors LeRoy Boyd at Annual Banquet, Pays Tribute to Community Leader and Activist LeRoy Boyd was a tireless community activist and always a
leader in the pursuit of justice and fairness in the local community. His work and achievements will be honored at Movement For Change 11th Annual “Freedom Is Not Free” Banquet, Friday, June 17, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. The banquet will be held at The New World Landing, 600 S. Palafox St, Pensacola, Florida. The theme of the banquet is “Speak Truth to Power, A Change is Gonna Come.”
LeRoy Boyd was one of the founders and had been the only president of Movement For Change at the time of his untimely death. Movement For Change was founded as a grassroots organization whose focus is to increase knowledge and awareness in the community of issues which affect local citizens and to provide advocacy to citizens who have been deprived of fair and equitable treatment in the community. Mr. Boyd worked tirelessly to achieve the goals of Movement For Change. Movement For Change, Inc continues to carry out the vision of Mr. Boyd and to promote social justice in Northwest Florida.
For more information or if you would like to attend the banquet, contact Jeanne Boyd or the Movement for Change  Center for Social Justice at (850)432-4411 for details.  Tickets may be purchased at the Movement For Change office or from any active member.

Local Couple Finalists in National Proposal ContestNewlyweds Elena and Erik Lautier, married in Pensacola in October 2010, are finalists in the Ultimate Proposal Contest, a nationwide search for the ultimate proposal story, sponsored by JIC (Jewelry Information Center).
Over 700 stories were entered, and the couple is among the top ten selected. The grand prize winner will receive a 7-night Caribbean cruise for two on Norwegian Cruise Line and a platinum-and-diamond ring set from MaeVona valued at $7,000.
The entrants whose proposal stories are chosen as the Top 10 Finalists will receive a graduated freshwater cultured pearl necklace from Imperial valued at $350.
Erik wrote the story of his proposal to Elena on the Place de l’Opéra in Montpellier, France, presenting her a ring created using his grandmother’s engagement ring. Erik’s parents met on that same spot in 1968.
To read and cast your vote for Elena and Erik’s story visit You may vote once per day through June 20.
Erik is a native of Gulf Breeze and is the son of Robert and Eloise de Varona. He is Director of Ecommerce for Lacoste in New York City. Elena is Administrative and Operations Coordinator for Ralph Lauren Watch and Jewelry Company in New York City.
Founded in 1946, Jewelry Information Center is considered  to be the objective authority on fine jewelry and watches. provides consumers with information about fine jewelry, savvy shopping tips, care and cleaning information, jewelry history and fashion trends.

2011 Disaster Preparedness Guide Now Available Santa Rosa County Division of Emergency Management’s latest all-hazards disaster guide is now available.  This annual 48-page guide provides preparation information not only for hurricanes, but floods, tornados, pandemics, wildfires, and hazardous chemical accidents as well. Starting next week, residents can pick up a free copy of the guide at county offices and libraries, local chambers of commerce, and local retailers including Walmart, Winn Dixie and Publix, or download an electronic version from the county’s website today at  Additionally, each seventh grader in the Santa Rosa County School District will receive a copy to take home. Churches, civic groups, and businesses may also request multiple copies for distribution as supplies allow by calling Santa Rosa County Emergency Management at (850) 983-5360.
With hurricane season beginning Wednesday, June 1, emergency management would like to remind residents that hurricane evacuation zones changed in the spring of 2010. Hurricane evacuation zones are now identified using the letters A-E. Storms will still be classified according to wind speeds of categories 1-5, but evacuation orders will be issued using zones A-E to better account for deadly storm surge. To see how the changes affect you, see page 23 of the guide or enter your home or business address on the interactive map found at  In order to implement your plans in a timely and effective manner, it is important to become familiar with these changes before a disaster strikes.
Santa Rosa County Emergency Management issues the annual guide as a general guideline to follow when preparing for disasters.  As seen in the past, hurricanes are not the only disasters that face residents.  Santa Rosa County Emergency Management urges citizens to be prepared and have a plan for all potential disasters.  The disaster guide is funded by an Emergency Management Preparedness and Assistance Base Grant for public awareness and education.

Pensacola Opera Guild to Host Luncheon At 11:30 am, Thursday, June 16, the Pensacola Opera Guild will host a Luncheon at Heritage Hall in Seville Quarter.
The luncheon is open to members of the Opera Guild and those interested in joining this special group of dedicated opera patrons.  This will be a full-service lunch and entertainment will be provided by sopranos Ann Ferguson and Hanan Tarabay. The cost to attend is $25 per-person. Registration and payment is required in advance by Monday, June 13 and can be completed by calling 433.6737 or at the Pensacola Opera Center at 75 S. Tarragona Street.

TEAM Santa Rosa will be partnering with UWF’s Career Services department to hold a workforce development workshop. The workshop will be held at the TEAM office in Milton on July, 22, from 11:30 to 1:30.  Lunch will be provided. Contact us here at the office at 850.623.0174 for more information or for registration assistance.
Cindy Anderson, Executive Director and Pete Gandy, Military Affairs Consultant for TEAM Santa Rosa recently participated in a delegation trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with officials from the Pentagon about the region’s efforts and Santa Rosa County’s work with military personnel at NAS Whiting Field.  These meetings were very positive and reinforced the value and importance of our relationships with our military.  A full report of this effort will be available in the summer edition of the TEAM Newsletter which will drop in July.
TEAM Santa Rosa is currently working on developing a workforce development tool in the form of an online database that will help industries identify mechanisms for employee training.  It will include a detailed listing of specific certification programs and degrees available in the three county region. Please contact Ildi at TEAM if you would like to propose any suggestions regarding information that should be included in the final version of this resource.
Staff at TEAM Santa Rosa have been working hard recently with the board to increase our investor base.  Every board member of TEAM will be asked to help us recruit one investor per year in order to help us reach our goal of doubling our current investor base.  More details on this initiative are forthcoming.
The second annual Career Academy Awards Luncheon was held on May 18.  TEAM Santa Rosa, in partnership with the Santa Rosa and Escambia County school districts and the Next Generation Learning Community, presented the event with help from signature sponsor Pen Air Federal Credit Union. The awards served to honor students, teachers, and business partners in the region who have achieved excellence within the dual county career academy movement.

You Can’t Spell CAMP without PMA!
Summer Art Camps are available June 6th – August 19th. Ages 5-13 years. Camps include drawing, printmaking, 3-D design, paper-making, bookmaking, comics/illustration, storybook art, mixed media and more!
Download Summer Art Camp Program
Choose a class, a week or all summer!
Advanced registration is required. Camp sizes are limited. All fees must be paid in full upon registration.
Weekly Pricing: Full Day Camp (8am – 5pm): $150 members/$165 non-members. Per class: $50 members/$60 non-members.
For further information please contact Raven McBride, Curator of Education and Outreach, or by phone at (850) 432-6247.

US Naval Sea Cadets to Conduct Public Flag Retirement Ceremony The Independence Division of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps will be conducting a public Flag Retirement Ceremony Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Veteranʼs Memorial Park-The South Wall on Bayfront Parkway, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The collection of old flags to be retired began Friday night at the Military Appreciation Show at Seville Quarter. Buck Mitchell, Marketing Director for Seville Quarter and a member of the Navy League board, offered to include the Cadets in the event after learning of their plans for the flag retirement ceremony. He presented them a flag for retirement during the evening. The Cadets received a prime location at the event and several Cadets, in their dress whites, enjoyed speaking with the patrons, especially the veteranʼs who had a story to share.
The USNSCC – Independence Division is chartered by The Pensacola Council Navy League. It is a youth organization open to ages 11-17 that promotes interest and skill in seamanship. Cadets follow the US Navy and Coast Guard military bearing, protocol, and traditions, but a commitment to join those organizations is not required. Cadets drill once a month on NAS Pensacola. Drills include focus on physical readiness, swim qualifications, uniform and appearance standards and marching. Additional training includes Color Guard duties, special events such as the Flag Retirement Ceremony and rotating through training provided by commands located on area bases.
Old U.S. flags that need to be retired can be dropped off at any of the following locations in the area during their normal business hours: Beggs & Lane at 501 Commendencia St.; PenAir FCU at 60 Industrial Blvd. in Car City and their branch on NAS Pensacola; Zaxbyʼs at 2640 Creighton Road and Highway 98 in Gulf Breeze. Additional locations that display a sign designating them as a drop off location for USNSCC-Independence Division are participating as well. Donations for the Sea Cadets, a non-profit organization, are also being accepted at these locations. Those donations will directly support the unitʼs ability to purchase uniforms, supplies, equipment and provide meaningful training. While donations are accepted and appreciated, all flags collected will be retired on June 12 with the proper respect and protocol regardless of whether a donation has been made. The Cadets have been preparing over the last few drills for the Flag Retirement Ceremony and hope the public comes out to see this very respectful and moving ceremony. For more information about the Ceremony contact Jennifer OʼBrien, USNSCC-Parent Auxiliary, 850-473-8119. Additional information about Sea Cadets can be found at

Baptist Hospital Offers Free Walk-in Pregnancy Testing Program Do you think you are pregnant? It’s important that you know as early as possible so that you can receive necessary prenatal care to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and safe childbirth.
Maybe Baby Fridays is a new program, starting on Fri., June 10, that offers women free and convenient access to a pregnancy test in a safe, compassionate environment. The program offers women access to prenatal and medical care information as well as pregnancy resources available throughout the community.  Women who test positive for pregnancy and do not have insurance also can sign up for pregnancy Medicaid – a state-wide program that provides coverage for prenatal care and other pregnancy-related health services.
Free Pregnancy Testing Available Every Friday
8:30 a.m. to noon
Friendship Missionary Administrative Offices – 1630 North F St. on the Baptist Hospital Campus
Maybe Baby Fridays is a community service of Baptist Hospital in partnership with Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

Gulf Islands National Seashore Announces Summer Day Camps Superintendent Dan Brown announced today that reservations are now being accepted for the summer Sea Star and Junior Ranger Day Camps at the National Seashore.  Children ages
3-11 are invited to join park rangers for these fun-filled day camps that introduce children to the wonders of the seashore through age appropriate activities, storytelling, songs, crafts and interactive games.  Locations and topics may vary and reservations are required.  For Sea Stars ages 3-5 and Junior Rangers ages 6-8 call Ranger Beckie at (850) 934-2631 and for Junior Rangers ages 9-11, call Ranger Amanda at (850) 916-3001.  For a complete summer program schedule, visit our website at

CLA STUDENTS EXCEL IN 2011 NATIONAL SPANISH EXAMINATIONS UNDER THE TUTELAGE OF SPANISH TEACHERS PAULETTE DRASUTIS AND MAUREEN LECCESE Students from Creative Learning Academy excelled in the 2011 National Spanish Examinations, earning nine gold, eleven silver, and three bronze medals to go with seven honorable mentions. Administered online and sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portugeuse, the National Spanish Exams are the largest of their kind in the U.S. with 140,373 students, grades 6-12, participating in 2011. “Attaining a medal or honorable mention on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious for any student,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, the program’s National Director.
Academic achievement at this level does not happen by accident. For CLA, it is a credit to the tireless dedication exhibited by Spanish teachers Paulette Drasutis, who teaches the preprimary through fourth grade classes, and Maureen Leccese, who teaches the middle school classes.
A native of Shreveport, LA, Drasutis moved to Pensacola 35 years ago and has been teaching at CLA for 32 years.
“I love teaching and seeing children blossom,” Drasutis said. “My background is Mexican and CLA is my favorite place to share both my culture and the language. I love the freedom here at CLA. If I’m teaching a lesson and a child wants to go in a new direction, I’m free to leave the curriculum and pursue it. I’ll always go back to the curriculum, but I’m free to do whatever I want and the school supports me one hundred percent. I have a beautiful classroom and everything is at my disposal. My children are able to create things and show them off. The children can see, touch, taste, learn and experience, and feel as if they are totally immersed when they get to my class.”
A native of Scranton, PA, Leccese moved to Pensacola seven years ago and has been teaching at CLA for five years.
“I’m first generation American; my father was born in Spain and my mother was born in Italy,” Leccese said. “Teaching Spanish was a way for me to break down communication barriers, and now with the world becoming smaller and smaller I love being able to educate my students globally.”
Leccese describes an overall learning experience that incorporates speaking, writing and movement. The children dance, play games, go on field trips, and have activities centered around the festivals and ceremonies of the Spanish culture—what both of the CLA Spanish teachers describe as a total learning experience.
And there is not mistaking the respect these two veteran teachers have for one another.
“I’ve taught with many Spanish teachers and it is an absolute privilege to work with a teacher of Maureen’s caliber,” Drasutis said. “She inspires and encourages me, and she is a fount of knowledge.”
“Paulette and I are a beautiful match,” Leccese said. “I’m able to bring the European culture and Paulette brings the culture from Latin America. I don’t think we could ever replace her, the love that she has for the school and the children. She instills a beautiful accent in the students and when I get them they are birds with their wings and the cage door is open and they just soar. We both believe very strongly in educating the whole child.”
About Creative Learning Academy (CLA)
CLA is a co-educational, college-preparatory independent day school located in Pensacola, Florida that serves students in Preprimary (3 years old) through eighth grade. CLA is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS-CASI), the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) and the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC). The school is also an affiliate member of the American Montessori Association and National Association of Independent Schools. The CLA core curriculum is advanced, comprehensive and enriched with music, art, technology, library science, physical education, and Spanish. For more information, please contact Mrs. Laura Thompson at 850-432-1768 or email her at

PLAY PENSACOLA PRESENTS: AN NWTF JAKE’S EVENT The City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department is inviting you to come out and join us to one of our newest signature events presented by the National Wild Turkey Federation called Jake’s on June 18th from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Roger Scott Athletic Complex / Vickrey Community Center. This will be a fun-filled day of outdoor activities for children ages 5-17 with parental supervision. Cost will be $10 per child, with lunch included. So parent’s bring out your kids to meet local outdoorsmen Zac Cooper and Kenneth Weiss Jr. You and your child will learn all about animal classification from local FWC Officers, hunting and fishing information and skills practice, archery and taxidermy displays. The first 200 kids will receive a FREE Jake’s Membership!  Don’t miss out on all the fun at this year’s Jake’s Event! For more information, please call 912-4056 or visit!

Pelicans Training Academy Announces Upcoming Summer Clinics – Academy offers softball and baseball skills camps The Pelicans Training Academy will offer a series of softball and baseball skills camps this summer. Led by experienced professionals, both camps teach on and off-the-field fundamentals, proper training methods and sportsmanship. The camp schedule is as follows:

Advanced Summer Softball Camp:                                        June 20-23
Advanced Summer Baseball Camp and Competition:           June 27-30
Advanced Summer Baseball Camp and Competition:           July 18-21
Advanced Summer Baseball Camp and Competition:           August 1-4
All camps are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.

The Advanced Summer Softball Camp is led by Charity Butler and Area College and high school coaches. The camp for ages 9-18 focuses on hitting, pitching, defense, speed and agility as well as mental preparation and nutrition. Training will be held at the Pelicans Training Academy and the UWF softball fields.
The Advanced Summer Baseball Camp and Competition is open to players ages 8 to 15 years old. The camp includes hitting, fielding, throwing, pitching, base running, team fundamentals and speed training instruction. The athletes will also participate in simulated games and receive an individual evaluation. The camps will be held at the Pelicans Training Academy and the UWF baseball fields.
The four day camps are $300 per athlete and include a t-shirt and lunch each day. Call (850) 332-6274 or e-mail to sign up. A $50 deposit is required to register.
The Pelicans Training Academy is a first class baseball and softball training facility located at 4920 North Davis Highway in Pensacola. Visit or call 850-332-6274 to find out more about these camps and private instruction.
Contact:  Jonathan Griffith, (850) 934-8444 or

Who:  Coffee Party, Pensacola Chapter presents
What:  David Stafford to speak on election law changes
When:  Monday June 13, 7:00 p.m.
Where:  Tryon Branch Library, 1200 Langley Ave.
Details:  Free.  Public cordially invited
Mr. David H. Stafford, Escambia County Supervisor of Elections, will speak at 7:00 p.m. at the Tryon Branch Library, 1200 Langley Avenue.  The meeting is free and the interested public is cordially invited.  Mr. Stafford will speak about the election law changes recently enacted by the Florida Legislature.  Some of these changes will reduce the number of days for early voting.
The meeting is sponsored by the Pensacola Chapter of the Coffee party, a non-partisan organization which promotes a forum for exchange of ideas and non-confrontational discussion of current political issues.   The general public is invited to attend this event and become better informed about the changes that will have an impact on the election process.
For further information, contact Ray Hudkins at or
Elizabeth Vickers, or 850-432-9743.

Pensacola Business Expo 2011 Annual Pensacola Business Expo 2011. “Bringing Business to the People!”.
The Expo will be held inside the Pensacola Interstate Fair Grounds June 11 and 12, 2011 (10:00 AM – 6:00 PM). The Pensacola Business Expo will be sponsored by a partnership of local businesses and media outlets. The Expo will have over 100 exhibitors, speakers, free workshops, door prizes, non profits, and have family a centered environment. The Event will provide  business leaders  products, services, and resources needed to remain competitive, gain market share, and move their companies to the next level. The Conference also  provides Entrepreneurs community resources that can make their business dreams a reality. Non Business owners are welcomed.  Free long distance cards (domestic and international worth 1 hour of talk) to the first 300 that
enter the door. The Event is free to the public.
When: June 11 and 12 (10 AM to 6 PM)
Where: Pensacola Fair Grounds Conference Building
6655 Mobile Hwy
Pensacola, FL, US, 32504
Phone: (850) 941 4321
Cost: Free to the Public

PLAY PENSACOLA PRESENTS: AN NWTF JAKE’S EVENT The City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department is inviting you to come out and join us to one of our newest signature events presented by the National Wild Turkey Federation called Jake’s on June 18th from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Roger Scott Athletic Complex / Vickrey Community Center. This will be a fun-filled day of outdoor activities for children ages 5-17 with parental supervision. Cost will be $10 per child, with lunch included. So parent’s bring out your kids to meet local outdoorsmen Zac Cooper and Kenneth Weiss Jr. You and your child will learn all about animal classification from local FWC Officers, hunting and fishing information and skills practice, archery and taxidermy displays. The first 200 kids will receive a FREE Jake’s Membership!  Don’t miss out on all the fun at this year’s Jake’s Event! For more information, please call 912-4056 or visit!

A silent auction featuring Award-Winning Artists: Deborah Andress, Valerie Aune, Bill Eshelman, Nina Fritz, Sandy Ford, Cheryl Greene, Kenworthy, Trish Macks, Heather Mitchell, Paula Payne, Chip Sloan, Sunny Smith, Tommy Vogel, Betsy Walker, Jim Wilson.
WHEN: Friday, June 24, 2011 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm
WHERE: Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government Street, Pensacola, Florida 32502
WHY:  To benefit The Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida and our local wildlife.
For more information, check out the attached postcard!
Event Sponsors: Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union, TMT Printing & Mailing, Three Hoots Wine, Cabana Lounge, Earth Products, Renfroe Pecan, Perdido Bay Country Club, Plant Depot, Publix #1296, Seville Quarter.

Celebrating 40 Years Back almost forty years ago an event that was designed to celebrate shrimp and attract tourist during the off season was born.  It was the last Saturday in October, and the year was 1971.  Through donations and devoted volunteers, the 1st Shrimp Festival, a then one day event, was held on the sandy white beaches of Gulf Shores.  For years the Festival has evolved and grown into a grand four day event.  The Festival attracts thousands of visitors from across the country and to some, it is an annual tradition.
To celebrate the 40th year anniversary, the Annual National Shrimp Festival is holding a “Best of the Fest” contest which will award three 2-night stays at the beach!  The contest will run now through August 15, 2011.  Entering is easy, just forward your best photo, best story or best shrimp recipe, from one of your visits to the Shrimp Festival to or Shrimp Festival, PO Box 3869 Gulf Shores, AL 36547.  Winners will be announced September 1, 2011.  For full details, please visit .
Prize packages compliments of Holiday Inn Express Orange Beach-On the Beach, Stay at Joe’s, Mandoki Hospitality,, Shore Shooters Beach Photography, Blue Reef Watersports, Gulf Shores Golf Club, Art Warehouse, Cotton’s Restaurant, McDonald’s, Sea-N-Suds, Hope’s Cheesecake, Live Bait, Nibble’s Gourmet Market & Deli, Aji Sai Asian Cuisine, Blue Girl Beading, Dizzy Bean Coffee Shop & Pub, and artist Steven Dark.

Historic Barkley House renovation wins state award The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation  honored West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc. (WFHPI), for its 2010 renovation of the Historic Barkley House and Gardens Education Center on May 20 as an example of outstanding work in the field of restoration and rehabilitation.
This state-wide honor was bestowed by a jury panel of historic preservation professionals.  WFHPI staff members were presented the award at the Florida Trust’s 2011 Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.
“Within preservation circles, there has been a desire to see this project completed for more than 20 years,” said J. Earle Bowden, president of the WFHPI board of directors.  “The renovation/reconstruction project was completed as a public/private partnership between West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc., the State Division of Historical Resources, the University of West Florida, the City of Pensacola and Escambia County,” said Bowden.
The Historic Barkley House and Gardens, located at 410 S. Florida Blanca St., reopened to the public for tours and as a special events facility last year.
“We are greatly pleased with this honor,” said Richard Brosnaham, executive director of WFHPI. “It acknowledges the drive and commitment of this community toward historic preservation and recognizes the hard work of our staff during this renovation, led by Pat Paterson, facilities manager.”
Anyone interested in holding a wedding, reception, or party at the site is encouraged to contact Casey Campbell at 850-595-5985 at Ext.107.
Tours of the Barkley House and Gardens are offered daily at 2 p.m.  For tickets and information, please visit the Tivoli High House Gift Shop at 205 East Zaragoza St., or visit the website at

Ronald McDonald House now accepting registrations for Firecracker 5K Run, Walk and Wheelchair Race Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida is now accepting registrations for their annual Firecracker 5K Run, Walk and Wheelchair Race. The event will be held on Saturday, July 2nd at 7:30 a.m. beginning at Seville Quarter in downtown Pensacola. Registration through June 10th is $20, June 11th-July 1st is $25 and Race Day Registration is $30. Individuals who register together in groups of 10 or more before race day receive a $5 discount per entry.   Sponsorship opportunities are also available for as little as $100.
Race Packet Pick-Up is available July 1st from 4-6 p.m. at Seville Quarter and on July 2nd from 6-7 a.m. at Seville Quarter. The Firecracker 5K After-Race Party will include free refreshments, rejuvenation station, race awards and prizes. Register online at or download an entry form at Entry forms must be received by the Ronald McDonald House by June 30th.
100% of proceeds from the Firecracker 5K go to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida to provide a Home-Away-From-Home for families of children suffering a medical crisis. For more information, contact the Ronald McDonald House at 850-477-2273 or

600 SOUTH ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING OF ITALIAN RESTAURANT AT NEW WORLD LANDING 600 South at New World Landing has evolved from a wine and tapas bar into a full service Italian restaurant, 600 South Italian Eatery & Wine Bar. The transition, inspired by Chef Nick Farkas’ background in Italian cuisine and flair for reinventing Italian classics, has introduced a new dinner venue to downtown Pensacola, complete with low-key live jazz. 600 South is located at New World Landing at 600 South Palafox and is open for dinner Tuesday-Thursday evenings from 5-10:00 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 5-11 p.m. Brunch is available on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with courtyard and inside seating.
Chef Nick Farkas graduated from the New York Restaurant School in New York City in 1995. His culinary background spans more than 22 years including ownership of a gourmet catering business and working at noted restaurants and resorts in New Jersey and New York.
For 600 South, Farkas created a selection of unique, Italian-inspired recipes as well as his own variations on classic Italian favorites—Italian style Beef Wellington, pork tenderloin Marsala, panko and herb crusted grouper and a number of other dishes are featured. If choosing just one main course is difficult, many selections are available in smaller portions, called “small plates.” The “Spicy Meatballs” appetizer is a combination of pork and beef in a spicy marina cream sauce. For dessert, there’s traditional tiramisu and Chef Nick’s own creation,” Chocolate Shock!”
Changing to a full scale Italian restaurant at 600 South was the brainchild of New World Landing owner, developer Jim Homyak. “It was our goal to provide a world-class dining experience for Pensacola locals and visitors, in an elegant atmosphere and at a price more affordable than what you’d expect for upscale dining,” said Homyak.

THE PMA IS SHOWING OFF ITS MEMBERS… AGAIN. Its time to begin preparations for the 2011 Member’s Juried Exhibition at the pensacola museum of art!
This wonderful exhibition has been a tradition at the Museum for over 51 years and gets better with every year. Read the entry rules below to find out how you can take part in this anticipated annual exhibition!
2011 Members’ Juried Exhibition Entry Rules
Exhibition will run from July 1st – August 14th.
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held Friday, July 1st from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Awards for Best of Show, 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be presented at the reception.
If you are a former member NOW is the time to RENEW so you’re eligible to enter!
If you are a former member, this is the time to renew so you’re eligible to enter. Call Hillary Turner, Manager of Patrons’ Services at (850) 432-6247 to reactivate your membership. For general questions regarding this exhibition or upcoming events at the Museum please phone Assistant to the Director, Lindsay O’Rourke.

22ND ANNUAL BONNIE & CLIFF JERNIGAN MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT Proceeds support Escambia Christian School. Saturday, June 11, 2011, Tiger Point Golf Club. $65.00 per player. 4 man/lady scramble. Registration @7:30 AM.; 8:30 AM Tee Time, Shotgun Start. For reservations, call 288-1263. Holes-In-One: $10,000.00 Cash + 3 other major prizes and much more. Awards and Lunch to follow play. For Tee sign sponsorships, call 456-5045.

Over $2,000 in prizes and dozens of ribbons will be awarded to those photographic images which are juried into the 18th annual Power of Photography Show.
The Wide Angle Photo Club, Inc. is again hosting their annual benefit show to help ARC Gateway.  Entries are being accepted now from photographers living anywhere in Northwest Florida and south Alabama.
Set for Gallery Night Weekend, July 15-17, at the Wright Place, downtown Pensacola, the POP show is open to anyone of any age who has an entry to submit.  Entry fees are $10 per image and are being accepted May 28 through June 18 in Pensacola and Mobile.
Photos must be no smaller in size than 8”x10” (or its equivalent) and no larger than 16”x20.”  Photos must mounted on a firm backing board and have matted front edges.  See the web site for all rules, information, locations, and entry forms (one per photo needed).  Early entry drop-off is May 28-June 11 at three photo store locations in Pensacola and Mobile.  Final entry drop-off is June 25 at ARC Gateway, 10th Ave., Pensacola.
The top 300 scoring entries will be awarded a show corner ribbon and displayed for three days in July, including the popular mid-summer Gallery Night.  Over 1500 people view this art show annually, which also includes a product expo, demonstrations, silent auctions, photo sales, vendor displays, and drawings for door prizes.  This family friendly event is a benefit for ARC Gateway, which serves over 800 disabled children and adults in our area.
Photos from Youth photographers (under age 16) may compete in that category only against other children or entered into other categories, competing against photographers of any age.  See the entry form for a list of awards and categories (by subject matter) of competition.
For more information, see the club’s website –

Pensacola State College and Workforce Escarosa invite the community to the 2011 Santa Rosa Summer Career Fair.
The free event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 15 at the Bo Johnson Life Center, Building 4000, on the Milton campus, 5988 Highway 90.
Meet with area employers searching for individuals to fill current openings. Come dressed for success, and bring your resume.
Participating employers include Advantage Staffing, Cat Country 98.7, Covenant Hospice, DZ Atlantic, Express Employment Professionals, Florida Army National Guard, Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, Granny Nannies, Global Business Solutions, Local Edge Media, Lowe’s, Synergy Solutions, Veterans Administration and United Cerebral Palsy.
For more information, contact Gil Bixel at (850) 484-1653,

GREAT GULFCOAST ARTS FESTIVAL POSTER DESIGN CONTEST Each year, the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival sponsors a design competition to select the official GGAF poster. The winning artist receives a $1,000 cash award. Creative artists of all ages are encouraged to submit their designs. Entries should be appropriate for replication for posters, T-shirts and other GGAF promotional items. The posters have become a regional collector’s item.

The deadline for applications is June 30, 2011. More information is available

COVENANT HOSPICE BENEFIT TO FEATURE CAST MEMBERS OF TV’S DANCING WITH THE STARS Fred Astaire Dance Studio owners Victor Luna and Dawn Westberry present a star-studded evening of dance featuring local celebrities and cast members of ABC’s hit television series Dancing with the Stars.
The third annual Life’s a Dance benefiting Covenant Hospice will take center stage at the Pensacola Saenger Theater on Friday, June 17, 2011, from 7 to 9 p.m. WEAR TV-3 news anchor Sue Straughn will emcee the event. Don’t miss this stellar showcase by award-winning professional dancers Maksim “Maks” Chmerkovskiy, Kym Johnson, Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Dariya “Dasha” Chesnokova, Dmitry Chaplin, Lacy Schwimmer and Tony Dovolani.
Performing a variety of dances from the tango to the two-step, studio instructors will partner with local celebrities including Cat Country’s Radio Personality Dana Cervantes; community philanthropist Alice Hall; WEAR TV-3 Lena DeFlores; Medical Center Clinic Neurosurgeon Dr. Christopher Neumann; Former University of Florida quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel and his wife Jessica; Trees Plus owner and president Rob Williamson; Pensacola’s own Andrew Scarbrough; CEO of Carlan Consulting and Market President of GulfSouth Private Bank Carol Carlan; local philanthropist Teri Levin; and in memory of her brother Ian Lockwood, Alyssa Lockwood.
Following the show, VIP ticket holders will be invited to an exclusive casting party that will take place in the Saenger’s beautiful mezzanine and ballroom, where they will eat, drink and mingle with the stars.
Tickets are available in three price levels for $35, $50 and $75. A limited number of VIP seats will be sold for $150. Tickets may be purchased at the Pensacola Saenger Box Office at (850) 595-3880 or online at
Enter a special “You Be The Star!” prize drawing for your chance to win dinner for two before the show begins. Feel like a celebrity when you step out of a limousine which will pick you up and be waiting to take you home at the end of the night. Tickets are one for $5, five for $20 or ten for $40. To purchase tickets call Angie Schlosser, development manager, at (850) 438-9714.
Dancing is a true celebration of life. Proceeds from this event support Covenant Hospice’s mission to add life to days when days no longer can be added to life.
For more information, contact Leah Harrison, senior development manager, at (850) 208-7122 or via email at <mailto:leah.harrison@covena. Visit the /Life’s a Dance/ web site at

GULL POINT NEIGHBORHOOD FLEA MARKET It’s time for the Gull Point Neighborhood Flea Market! Tables will be available for vendors to set up and display merchandise to sell to the public at Gull Point Community Center. The Market will be held every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 8:00am – 12:00pm.
Items for sale include household items, homemade canned goods, baked goods, clothing and much more!
If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please call Jessica Boyd at 494-7360 or e-mail
Gull Point Community Center,7000 Spanish Trail, (corner of Creighton and Spanish)

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.

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.

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

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, June 28
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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 near historic Fort Pickens. 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 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 is in your net? The roving ranger between the campground and the beach will answer all you questions.
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, interactive games and outdoor skills. 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. Join Park Rangers for a traditional campfire program at the parade ground inside historic Fort Pickens. Wear shoes and insect repellant. 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, 3:00 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 provided 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. Try your hand at pulling a seine net and discover some of the creatures that live in Big Lagoon. 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 a 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. 45 minutes
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. Learn about the events in Pensacola during the war. Wearing shoes and using insect repellent are suggested. 1.5 hours.
Public Archeology Network Programs, Join archeologist from the Florida Public Archeology Network for the following programs at Fort Pickens Auditorium: 45 minutes to 1 hour
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.

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.


WHEN: June 8 through July 19
WHERE: Quayside Art Gallery, 17 E. Zaragoza St.
COST: Free
DETAILS: 438-2363 or 932-4642.
Quayside Art Gallery will open their latest exhibit, “The 5th Dimension,” on June 8 featuring Virginia Branchcomb, Tommy Lardy, Barbara Hagenbucher, Nancy Lockwood and Richard Roselli.
“The Door” was a painting by Roselli inspired by the doors of Christ Church, a simple piece featuring the zoomed in look at the doorknob and faceplate.
Clardy’s paintings are acrylic on canvas. He says, “The abstracts along with the flower paintings are bold in design using bright and vivid colors.”
“My latest work involves using colored slip on thrown plates and slab plates,” says Lockwood. Her work will feature functional and decorative pottery.
Hagenbucher work will be in oils and acrylics. She also makes paper cuts using the cut space to show off color to compliment the scene.
Bronze sculptures will be offered by Branchcomb. Two will be of egrets and another a 20s flapper girl. She will also have other clay works.
Quayside Gallery is located at 17 E. Zaragoza Street. Hours of operation are: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Details: 438-2363.

Hayward Appoints Pension Advisory Committee To Fix Pension Funds As part of Mayor Ashton Hayward’s 20 Solutions for 2011 campaign platform to address lingering pension problems with the City’s various employee pension funds, today the Mayor announced a seven-member Pension Advisory Committee to evaluate each pension fund and make specific recommendations for improving the long-term financial health of the pension funds, and reducing the burden on City taxpayers to fund the plans.
“Like many cities, states, and countries around the world, Pensacola is facing a revenue challenge.  Markets are down, people are living longer, and pension plans are becoming a real challenge for local governments everywhere,” said Hayward.  “This committee will be charged with evaluating each pension fund and recommending specific changes to our pension and retirement benefits plans to keep the City, the pensions, and our City employees and retirees on sound financial footing,” Hayward continued.
Hayward said the committee would be comprised of community business leaders as well as employee pension fund representatives.  Of the seven-member committee, Hayward appointed four members, and each pension fund and employee group (Police, Fire, and General Employees) appointed one member also.  Hayward noted this committee makeup would allow for a business-oriented approach to the pension fund challenges but still provide access and input by affected employee groups.
“The pension issue is one that our City has been facing for a long time.  We won’t solve it overnight, and it is very personal for many of our city employees,” said Hayward.  “But by involving employee groups on the committee, we are able to engage those most affected by any potential pension changes – our employees – and still look for ways to save the taxpayers money.  Let’s face it – the citizens don’t want to be stuck footing the bill, and the employees don’t want the pension funds to go bankrupt.  This committee will work together to minimize the risk to both the taxpayers and the employees,” said Hayward.
The goals of the committee focus on two key components.  First, the committee members will assess each of the three CIty pension funds – general employees, police, and fire.  For each of the pension funds, the committee will review and assess the current financial position, cost to taxpayers, cost per employee, and long-term financial health.  The committee will also compare the current benefit plans to the Florida Retirement System plans, and private-sector retirement benefit plans.
Following the review and verification of the fiscal position of the funds, the committee will then identify, evaluate, and recommend potential reforms to the city pension plans to preserve the long-term financial health of the funds and reduce or eliminate the unfunded liabilities for the funds, which are currently being covered by taxpayers.  The committee will look for alternatives to the current pension plans, given legal and state requirements governing the funds, and will recommend specific actions to the Mayor for his consideration to reform the pension plans and protect the taxpayers from further unfunded liabilities.
Hayward said this committee was another step in completing his 20 Solutions campaign pledge.
“I promised the voters that I would work to create jobs, restore confidence in city government, improve neighborhoods and take action on lingering problems.  This pension issue has been a challenge for the City well before I was elected, and for several reasons.  But I’m hopeful that this committee of committed citizens and employees will be able to help us find new solutions to this problem, and I thank them for their service,” said Hayward.

Members of the committee include:
Dave Penzone – Business Consultant and Former Southeast Managing Tax Partner, Deloitte Private Client Tax Advisors
Bill Rankin – Attorney and Partner, Law Firm of Kerrigan, Estes, Rankin, McLeod and Thompson
Rick Fountain – Attorney and Business Law Instructor, UWF
John Peacock – Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Rodney Eagerton – Pensacola Police Department and Chair, Police Pension Board
Richard Grover – Pensacola Fire Fighter, member of Fire Pension Board
Kim Aguiar – City of Pensacola employee, head of local AFSCME union, representing General Employees
The committee will be subject to all Florida Sunshine Laws, and the first meeting will be announced next week.  The committee will have 90 days to complete its work and submit a written report to the Mayor.

Pension Advisory Committee Objectives
The scope of work for the Pension Advisory Committee is to review, evaluate, and recommend a course of action for the City’s defined benefit plans.  In reviewing the plans the committee is to determine the integrity of the facts that have been presented, state if there is or is not a problem with the current plans. and provide specific cost reductions, if there are any, for consideration.
The City staff will provide a history of each plan
What has been done
What has been presented that can be done
Evaluate the financial viability of each pension fund (police, fire, general).
Identify any unfunded pension liabilities for each fund.
Quantify the annual taxpayer contribution to each pension fund, including any unfunded liabilities.
Quantify the annual average cost per employee for each pension fund.
Compare this data to similar private-sector retirement benefit plans.
Evaluate the future economic impact to the City and taxpayers under the current pension contribution and actuarial models for each pension fund.  Provide a 3, 5, and 10 year projection for each.
Comparison of the city’s plans to the Florida Retirement System.
Review what can be done legally as long as the City receives the State Insurance Proceeds for Fire and Police Plans.
Recommend specific policy or management reforms to reduce the future unfunded mandates and taxpayer costs for all pension funds.  Including but not limited to the following:
Leaving the plans as they are currently
Recommend benefit reductions that would save taxpayer money
Closing the plans and moving to FRS
Closing the plans and starting a 401A defined contribution plan
Evaluate the city pension plan so we can continue the current level of essential services that we all expect for policing, firefighting, emergency response, garbage pickup, etc.

PANHANDLE FRESH MARKET ONLINE FARMER’S MARKET Panhandle Fresh Marketing Association is excited to announce the launch of the Panhandle Fresh Market – an online farmer’s market. This market brings farmers and community members together for fresh, local produce. On Mondays, the available produce from local farmers will be posted on the Market website, then Market Members can purchase exactly what produce they would like through the end of business on Tuesday. Each Friday, farmers will deliver their produce directly into a refrigerated truck at the Bay Area Food Bank in Milton. On Saturday, the driver will deliver to locations in Navarre, Gulf Breeze, Pensacola, West Pensacola and Pace. Exact delivery locations and times are still being confirmed.
Panhandle Fresh responded to your requests for a program that will allow you more flexibility to order what you want each week and still have delivery in multiple locations close to your home. We will need a minimum of 125 members to confirm membership by May 18th. The membership fee is $25 per household, per season. The first season will run a total of eight weeks from May 23rd to July 16th, 2011. We will evaluate the success of the first season before committing to a second season in the fall. To become a member, please go to our Market homepage and buy your membership. If we do not have the minimum number of members, your credit card will be refunded. Your support and purchasing of produce each week will determine if the market will continue in the future.
To pick up your order, bring your produce receipt and pickup your produce directly from the truck in the parking lot of the drop off locations. All deliveries will be made on Saturdays. You will need to bring your own bags or containers to pick up your produce. The Market will be available for eight weeks beginning the week of May 23 and continuing through July 16, 2011.