Pensacola, Florida
Sunday April 22nd 2018


Community Outreach 6/16/11

Restore 2020: The Boys and Men Project “Restore 2020: The Boys and Men Project” is sponsoring in conjunction with Believer’s Life Center a workshop for males between the ages of 16 to 25.
The event will be held at Believer’s Life Center (3300 Pace Blvd., Pensacola, Florida 32505) on
Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.   The workshop is designed to assist in connecting young men with positive, male role models while encouraging them to attain goals and pursue dreams.  There will be
guest speakers, vendors, door prizes and food.  For additional information contact Nielah Spears at 850-595-8345 or

The Northwest Florida Re-Entry Task Force Makes Positive Impact on Community A community partnership in Northwest Florida has helped improve services to offenders who are released from prison with the ultimate goal of increasing public safety and strengthening families by reducing recidivism. The Re-Entry Task Force of Northwest Florida began as a pilot project in 2009 and includes community members from the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Corrections, local law enforcement, behavioral and mental health facilities, faith-based organizations and veterans.
“Nearly two-thirds of released state prisoners are expected to be rearrested for a felony or serious misdemeanor within three years of release,” said Connie Bookman Chairperson of the Re-Entry Task Force and Executive Director of Pathways For Change. “The Task Force was created to prevent ex-offenders from returning to criminal activity and increase the likelihood that they will become productive citizens who can make a positive contribution in our Northwest Florida communities.”
The task force has made significant strides to help returning offenders overcome the challenges of joblessness, lack of marketable job skills, issues of homelessness, illiteracy, substance use or mental health problems.  Recently the group created a “Job Readiness” curriculum that will be packaged and freely given to all state and local correctional facilities for use with offenders 100 days prior to release and hosted a Job Fair for 80 re-entering ex-offenders with mock interviews by employers such as Walmart, Waffle House, Cox Communications and other local businesses.
A Family Ties event was also hosted to train 100 law enforcement officers, lawyers, counselors, teachers and other professionals on positive ways to interact with children of incarcerated parents. The children and families component of the task force is especially important because of the great impact on children of incarcerated parents.
“It weakens ties among family members,” said Janice Thomas Circuit 1 Administrator for the Department of Children and Families. “The long term generational effects on families where imprisonment is the norm and law-abiding role models are absent are difficult to measure but undoubtedly exist.”
The task force meets the third Thursday of every month from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the M.C. Blanchard Judicial Center on the corner of Palafox and Baylen Street. The task force will continue working on effective measures to lower the recidivism rate in Northwest Florida and strengthen families affected and we need an army to do so. Please join us in this important endeavor.

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:

WORKFORCE ESCAROSA AND PENSACOLA STATE COLLEGE JOIN FORCES TO HOST SUMMER CAREER FAIR IN SANTA ROSA COUNTY Area non-profit employment and training agency, Workforce Escarosa, has joined forces with Pensacola State College to host the Santa Rosa Summer Career Fair on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Bo Johnson L.I.F.E. Center, Building 4000, on the Pensacola State College Milton Campus.
The Santa Rosa Summer Career Fair will offer job seekers an opportunity to meet with over 40 area employers who are actively looking for talented individuals to fill their current openings. Attendees should come dressed for success and bring copies of their resume.
Among the 42 attending employers, local in-bound call center, TaTa Business Support Services, recently announced they are now hiring for 60 new positions at their Milton location. Virginia-based company, DZ Atlantic, plans to hire as many as 200 individuals for an upcoming construction project in Pace, FL. Both companies will be actively recruiting and have representatives on-site at the upcoming event.
All attending employers are currently hiring and represent a wide range of industries including; healthcare, communications, retail, education, construction, hospitality, accounting, electrical, correctional, marketing, restaurants, armed forces and aerospace. To view a complete list of attending employers, log on to .
This no-cost event is open to the public. For more information, contact Workforce Escarosa at 850-607-8700 or visit

Pensacola Opera Announces 2011 Jukebox Gala On Saturday, Sept. 19, 2011 at 6:00 p.m., Pensacola Opera will host its seventh annual Jukebox Gala at New World Landing. Jukebox Gala is the Opera’s signature fundraising event where over a gourmet wine dinner, opera stars serenade guests tableside. The evening’s entertainment is determined by guests as they bid on popular selections from opera and musical theatre to be performed for them course by course.
Tickets for this one-of-a-kind event are $100 per person. Dress for the evening is cocktail attire. This is a limited seating event. RSVP by Monday, September 12th to the Pensacola Opera Center at (850) 433-6737.
“Nowhere else can you hear this many amazing voices in such an intimate setting. It’s just a wonderful evening, perfect both as a treat for opera aficionados or new comers  looking for a great night out,” said Erin Sammis, Business Manager for Pensacola Opera.
All proceeds from this event will support Pensacola Opera’s mission to enrich the culture of Northwest Florida by producing professional opera performances, educational programs and other opera-related community events for people of all ages, interests and backgrounds.
Table sponsorships are now available – for more information contact Morgan Cole, Special Events Manager, at, or visit

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.

Gulf Coast Science Café presents: 50 Years of Progress in Astronomy with Dr. Wayne Wooten.
Dr. Wayne Wooten, chief astronomy professor at Pensacola State College, has had an extraordinary career peering at the heavens and sharing his knowledge with those of us on Earth.
Monday, June 20, 2011, 6:00 PM
Monterrey’s Mexican Grill, 5030 Bayou Blvd., Pensacola
For more information: 474-1495 or

Reduced Cost CPR Training The American Red Cross is offering reduced cost CPR training in Pensacola on June 25, 2011
at Redeemer Lutheran Church – 333 Commerce Street. Register today and learn lifesaving skills that will better prepare you and your family for emergencies. Call the Red Cross office at 850-432-7601 for registration or more information.
Session I       8:30  – 11:00
Session II    11:30  -   2:00
Session III     2:00   -   4:30

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

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 now through 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.

Artel Exhibits “Clashes of Culture” Artel Gallery presents ”Clashes of Culture”, a juried exhibit, June 7 – July 15, 2011. An opening reception and award ceremony will take place on Friday, June 17, from 6 – 8 p. m. with delicious catering by Varona’s.  Announcements and award ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Winners selected by juror Lyda Toy are: Best of Show, Le Milford; First Place, Brooke Bosso; Second Place, Michael Netherton; Third Place, Sandy Ford; Edgiest, Kathleen McClintock; Honorable Mentions, Sandy Ford, Robert Parrish and Donna O’Neal. This exhibit is sponsored by Southern Wine and Spirits and Varona’s Catering.
Artel Gallery also introduces the Winner’s Alcove.  Duncan Stewart, Best of Show winner from the Quote Show, is showing his work in the Northwest corner of the gallery, June 7 – July 15, 2011.  This is Artel’s newest exhibition addition.  Best of Show winners from the previous show will be invited to exhibit their works in the Winner’s Alcove.
Artel is a not-for-profit educational gallery located at 223 Palafox Place, 1st floor of the Old Escambia County Courthouse and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call the gallery at 850 432-3080 or visit Artel’s website at

Call for entries for Unexpected Tales: The Other Side Of The Coin Things are not always as they seem. Look beyond everyday life and you may discover exciting hidden treasures. What do you find? Dark and seedy secrets? Skeletons in the closet? Intriguing wonders of the world? Show us your discoveries and get edgy while exploring the other side of the coin.
Paul William Richelson received his Ph.D. in 1974 and his M.F.Ain 1967 at Princeton University, and received his B.A. at Yale University in 1961. Dr. Richelson taught Art History,  was Chief Curator at Trisolini Gallery of Ohio University and the Grand Rapids Art Museum; Curator of American Art at Mobile Museum of Art; Assistant Director/ Chief Curator at the Mobile Museum of Art; and is currently Chief Curator at the Mobile Museum of Art. Dr. Richelson also holds an extensive résumé of publications, research activities, grants and awards.
Artists may drop off work at Artel Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 17, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Each member may submit up to three works in any media.    This show will exhibit from July 19 – August 26, 2011.
An opening reception, catered by Varona’s, will be held on Friday, July 29, 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.

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 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

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

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.

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

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.

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 –

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.
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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 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.

SERVING VOLLEYBALL CAMPS THIS SUMMER Keep your children active this summer with a Pensacola State College volleyball camp at the Hartsell Arena, Building 3, on the Pensacola campus.
You have several selections:
Beginner Volleyball Camp, fourth to sixth grade, July 11–13, 9 a.m. to noon, $60, helps players gain knowledge in all aspects of the sport including building individual and team skills.
Skills Volleyball Camp, seventh to ninth grade, July 11–13, 1 to 4 p.m., $75, geared for beginner and intermediate players to gain knowledge in all aspects of the sport.
Setting and Hitting Volleyball Camp, ninth to 12th grade, July 11–13, 6 to 9 p.m., $75, for intermediate to advanced players to learn advanced techniques for setting and hitting to build individual skills.
For more information, contact Chris Laird at (850) 484-1303,, and to register go to

Congratulations to Former Pirate Paul Davis The Pensacola State Athletic Department would like to congratulate former Pirate Paul Davis (09-10) on being selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 17th Round of the 2011 MLB Draft. Davis, the Florida Atlantic University ace this season went 10-1 on the mound with a 2.87 era. Davis first got the attention of scouts while at Pensacola with his 90-94 mph fastball and plus command which led him to be a 25th round selection by the Boston Red Sox in the 2010 MLB Draft.

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.

Old Firehouse to be Transformed Into Recycling Station The Milton City Council has approved plans submitted by the Santa Rosa Clean Community System to turn the old City Fire House into a recycling station. The City water well will occupy the middle part of the property, located on the corner of Bruner Street and Berryhill Road, and the building will be fenced. Recycling Centers, managed by the Recycle Santa Rosa Program, will be located at the south-end of the property and a recycling innovation station will be where the small park is on the north-end. (plan attached)
The recycling innovation station will have recycled plastic benches, as well as examples of the recycled glass end-product. Kiosks will be placed at the station giving information about recycling in Santa Rosa. The purchase of the benches and kiosks will be funded by a grant given through Keep America Beautiful and funded by UPS. In addition, the grant provides funds to purchase a new collection center to separate glass by color.
“”Both the innovation station and the center to separate glass by color are an extension of our 2009 Impact 100 grant to implement a glass recycling program”, said John Tonkin, Director of the Clean Community System. “People really want the colors separated and it was outlined in our 5 year plan to Impact. The innovation station was also in the plan and will allow us to educate and have the public participate in recycling initiatives.” The area will be named Fireman’s Recycling Station, and the history of the fire station will be highlighted on a kiosk near the old water pump and the original marker for the fire house. It is anticipated that the project should be complete by winter.

LOCAL DIGNITARIES ON HAND FOR PRESS CONFERENCE THAT CULMINATES IN SIGNING OF HISTORIC AGREEMENT BETWEEN CLA AND UWF On Friday, May 27th, Creative Learning Academy (CLA) and the University of West Florida (UWF) signed a formal “Alliance Agreement” that initiates a historic partnership between the two schools to develop a model technology classroom at CLA.
Dignitaries on hand for the press conference and signing, which were conducted on the grounds of the CLA campus, included:
·         Megan Pratt, Pensacola City Council
·         James Hizer, President/CEO of the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
·         Collier Merrill, Chairman of the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
·         UWF President, Dr. Judy Bense
·         Dr. Pam Northrup, Interim Dean of UWF’s College of Professional Studies and Associate Provost of Academic Innovation
·         Dr. Chula King, UWF Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
·         Lewis Bear, President and CEO of The Lewis Bear Company and Vice Chair of UWF’s Board of Trustees
·         Laura Thompson, CLA Head of School
Following a welcome by Thompson, Dr. Bense spoke about how CLA and UWF were coming together to make an investment in the future. “Technology is the way human culture survives,” Bense said. “It allows us to accomplish our goals and become bigger than our smaller, frail selves. The seeds are being planted today at CLA, helping to prepare these children for a lifetime of learning.”
Dr. Northrup expressed optimism that what CLA and UWF learn together can become a model for the city, the state, and the nation. “The world truly is open,” Northrup said, referring to modern information technology, “and we need it to be open to these children. The possibilities for this partnership are truly limitless.”
Lewis Bear, whose three children attended CLA and whose granddaughter is now a preprimary student at the school, spoke of how the teachers at CLA believe in educating the whole child and imparting knowledge that is global in its scope. “This partnership can only broaden the educational excellence of both schools,” Bear said.
Early in the press conference, CLA students, under the direction of music teacher Christina Helms, sang “We Go Together” from the musical “Grease” to entertain the crowd in attendance. This lively tune perfectly symbolizes the close working relationship that has been initiated between CLA and UWF. Later, CLA seventh-grader Austin Rothfeder addressed the audience, praising the strong technology offerings already in place at the school.
The press conference culminated with the Dr. Bense and Ms. Thompson affixing their signatures to the “Alliance Agreement.”

United Way reports 2010-11 activities and reflects on future hopes The United Way of Escambia County celebrated success efforts to improve community resources and positive impacts in education, financial stability and health at the an Annual Meeting held  June 9, 2011. Andrea Farage, the new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for United Way of Escambia County, made her first public address at the annual meeting. More than 350 public, business and non-profit officials were present at the meeting, sponsored by Baptist Health Care, Cox, and Publix.
United Way of Escambia County’s Board of Directors introduced Andrea Farage, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Florida as their new President/CEO last month. Andrea was selected for her solid business approach to service and her track record of success in leading and growing community relationships. She noted that her priority is to continue building the strong relationships which resulted in this year’s distribution of over 1.2 million dollars to local non-profit programs chosen for their successful focus on direct services that result in community-wide improvements in education, financial stability and health care needs.
“It is exciting to see the dedication of our community in the form of volunteers, non-profit staff and donors who raised over two million dollars to help meet area needs” said Andrea.
During the Annual Meeting, awards were presented to three individuals and one partner non-profit agency for exemplary support of the United Way mission:
·         Rayell Irish “Color a Brighter World” Award:  Presented to Stacey Davis, United Cerebral Palsy Community Service Manager, for her dedication to children, youth and young adults with disabilities. This award is in memory of Rayell Irish, a former United Way employee and active philanthropist.
·         Partner Agency of the Year: Presented to Covenant Hospice for outstanding partnership supporting the United Way initiatives and leadership.
·         United Way Service Award: Presented to Bob McLaughlin, for his   outstanding service and leadership in assuming the role as Interim President/CEO of United Way of Escambia County during the transition while searching for a permanent replacement.
·         Distinguished Community Service Award: Presented to Dr. Mary Ellen Spears, a retired academic dean of the Behavioral Sciences Department at Pensacola State College, for her dedication to the community and persistent advocacy through United Way’s work over many years. The Distinguished Community Service Award is the highest honor the United Way of Escambia County Board of Directors can bestow.
Doris Young, Vice President of Cox Media was commended on her leadership as the United Way Board of Directors Chair for 2010-2011 and Kathy Anthony, O’Sullivan Creel, LLC was introduced as the incoming Chair. Kathy challenged all in attendance to step up their efforts and become year-round ambassadors for United Way and its partner agencies. To get involved with United Way or learn more, call 434-3157 or e-mail

The SBDC at UWF offers the workshop “Understanding Your Financial & Cash Flow Statements” The University of West Florida Small Business Development Center (401 E. Chase Street, Suite 100, Pensacola) is holding its “Understanding Your Financial & Cash Flow Statements” workshop on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, July 12 & 14, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon.  Attendees will learn how to create and use profit and loss statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements to manage a small business. The fee for this 2-day workshop is $45 for the public and free for students and faculty members of the University of West Florida who present a Nautilus card.  Bring a calculator.  Since our funding agency requires a minimum number of attendees, we cancel workshops that don’t meet these requirements.  Pre-registration is strongly recommended.  To register, call (850-595-0063) or go to our website ( and click on “training”.
SBDC workshops, seminars, and conferences provide practical, up-to-date information on business topics ranging from the basics to more advanced business management skills. Instructors include SBDC Certified Business Analysts, faculty from higher education, government experts, and private-sector professionals.  To view the current UWF SBDC Workshop Schedule, please see
The University of West Florida Small Business Development Center is a partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration and is a member of the Florida Small Business Development Center Network, a non-profit network of college and university-based centers.   The organization provides high quality management counseling, entrepreneurial training, and information access and transfer to area business people, enabling them to maximize their businesses’ growth, competitiveness, and profitability.
PTAC at UWF Presents “Proposal Development” The Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), located at 401 E. Chase St., Ste. 100, is offering a workshop entitled “Proposal Development” on Wednesday, July 6th at two separate times (please see times below).  This workshop covers the following topics: searching for opportunities, breaking down the solicitation, developing a proposal preparation outline, coordinating for customer reference letters, coordinating proposal subparts for completion, writing the technical volume, writing the past performance volume, completing the costing volume, pulling the proposal together, & reviewing and discussing the final product.  The workshop is FREE, however, pre-registration is recommended.  To register, call Diane or Kilty at 850-595-0063.  This workshop will be presented from 8:00 a.m. – Noon and repeated from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Please let us know which time you would like to attend.
Offered by:  Laura Subel, Procurement Specialist;
Speaker: Jerry Ellison, Staff Services, Inc.
PTAC at UWF Presents “Proposal Development” The Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), located at NWFSC, 1170 MLK Jr Blvd, Bldg 1, Room 126, Fort Walton Beach, is offering a workshop entitled “Proposal Development” on Wednesday, July 7, 2011 at two different times during the day (see times below).  This workshop covers the following topics: searching for opportunities, breaking down the solicitation, developing a proposal preparation outline, coordinating for customer reference letters, coordinating proposal subparts for completion, writing the technical volume, writing the past performance volume, completing the costing volume, pulling the proposal together, & reviewing and discussing the final product.  The workshop is FREE, however, pre-registration is recommended.  To register, call 850-833-9400 or 850-595-0063.  Visit the PTAC website at for more information.  This workshop will be presented from 8:00 a.m. – Noon and repeated from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Please let us know which time you prefer to attend.
Offered by:  Laura Subel, Procurement Specialist;
Speaker: Jerry Ellison, Staff Services, Inc.
The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Program is funded through federal and state agencies to provide counseling and technical assistance to Florida firms interested in the local, state and federal markets.