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Destination Archaeology Resource Center Brings Unique Science Café to Pensacola The Destination Archaeology Resource Center (DARC) and the Pensacola Bay Brewery are hosting a new event called Archaeology Pub. On July 18th at 5:30 PM Dr. Terry Prewitt will give a short presentation titled “Holy Goatskins and Sacred Reeds” followed by a discussion. Archaeology Pub is held inside the Pensacola Bay Brewery. It is free and open to the community. Seating is open and unreserved.  Guests are encouraged to support our hosts at the Pensacola Bay Brewery by purchasing drinks. The Pensacola Bay Brewery is located at 225 E Zaragoza St. in downtown Pensacola.
At Archaeology Pub guests can order finely brewed beer and listen to an archaeologist explain some of their cool discoveries in a casual and relaxed environment. No lecture halls; just interesting and inclusive conversation with experts in archaeology, one of the most fascinating scientific fields. Archaeology Pub is inspired by the numerous Science Café’s that have gained enormous popularity in cities across Europe and the United States.                                      
Dr. Terry Prewitt, an anthropologist, will give a short talk titled “Holy Goatskins and Sacred Reeds” after a brief video clip from the Nova ScienceNow episode “Ancient Paper Chase.” A half million 2000 year old papyri fragments now sit packed away in a vault, but many are charred, faded, or stained   beyond legibility.  Can technology help archaeologists finally read what they have to say? Will these documents shed new light on the world’s most important texts such as the Bible? Join us to find out!
The DARC is located at 207 East Main Street in downtown Pensacola inside the Florida Public Archaeology Network headquarters. For more information contact Destination Archaeology Manager Mike Thomin at 850-595-0050 ext. 107.
Destination Archaeology’s featured exhibit “A Roadtrip Through Florida Archaeology” showcases heritage sites open to the public within the eight regions of the Florida Public Archaeology Network and displays artifacts that highlight Florida’s unique history. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 10:00AM-4:00PM. Admission is free.    
This event is hosted by the University of West Florida, the Florida Public Archaeology Network, Destination Archaeology Resource Center, WGBH Science Unit and the Pensacola Bay Brewery.

THINKIN’ PINK An Event to Benefit American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Awareness and Local Patient Services
Hosted by the Santa Rosa Clean Community System, Inc. as part of the 8th Annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour Saturday, October 29, 2011 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On the grounds of Green-Up Santa Rosa Nursery 6758 Park Avenue Milton, Florida. Plants, arts, crafts, food, music, raffles, bra decorating contest and more.
Art/Craft Space:  $20 Bra Decorating Contest:  $10 Entry Fee
For more information or to request applications for vendor space or bra decorating contest email:  THINKINPINKSRCC@aol.com

SAVING EMERALD COAST WILDLIFE Susan Leveille and a special guest will tell us about the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge July 26, 2011, 5:30 p.m. at the Navarre Library, 8484 James M. Harvell Road. Leveille is the Director of Education for the refuge.
The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge was founded in 1994. Since then it has grown exponentially. Education, conservation and rehabilitation for the welfare of Florida’s natural fauna is the mission of the refuge which provides state of the art wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and environmental education outreach to five counties in Northwest Florida.
The program is part of the free Lore, Legends and Learning series at the Library sponsored by the Friends of the Navarre Library. The program is held on the last Tuesday of each month from January through October, presenting a variety of topics to the public. Reservations are not required..
Visit our website:  friendsofnavarrelibrary.org/ for the most current information.

18TH ANNUAL BENEFIT SHOW COMING JULY 15-17 Photographic art lovers don’t want to miss the 18th annual Power of Photography show and product expo in Pensacola, July 15-17.  Over 100 photographers from Florida and Alabama are competing for over $2,000 in prizes in a juried art show that will be the highlight of downtown’s midsummer Gallery Night Weekend.
Free to the public, the event is a benefit for ARC Gateway.  It includes a show of the 300 best POP entries, a member’s photo show, silent auctions, drawings, and product demonstrations.  Coordinated by the Wide Angle Photo Club, last year’s popular show had over 1,500 visitors.
POP 2011 will occur at The Wright Place, 6 E. Wright Street, downtown Pensacola on Friday, 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, noon to 4 pm.  For information, see the club’s website at wideanglephotoclub.org.

Calling All Floridians: Loggerhead Turtle Needs a Name Starting today, Florida residents will get a chance to name an endangered sea turtle as part of the fourth annual Tour de Turtles, an online migration tracking event that follows 14 sea turtles as they travel the world’s oceans.
Tour de Turtles is a fun and educational journey through the science, research and geography of sea turtle migration using satellite telemetry. This year, MeGotta, Inc. has again teamed up with Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) to give Florida residents a turtle to cheer for. 
The “Name That Turtle” contest gives Floridians the chance to name a loggerhead sea turtle that will be outfitted with a satellite-tracking device and released from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne Beach, Florida.
“The Tour de Turtles is one of our favorite events each year because it provides us with an opportunity to share our love of sea turtles with our home state of Florida. We are always amazed at the creativity and passion that the Floridians bring to the naming of our state’s turtle,” said Jim Sparks, President of MeGotta, Inc.
Residents can enter the contest by visiting www.tourdeturtle.org/namingcontest starting today. A panel of judges will select the winning name and announce the winner on the Tour de Turtles website on July 11, 2011. The winner will receive four tickets to attend the Tour de Turtles Kick Off Celebration and Live Sea Turtle Release in Melbourne Beach, along with an sea turtle adoption for their named loggerhead. For more information about the contest, the rules and prizes go to www.tourdeturtle.org/namingcontest.
As well as sponsoring the Name that Turtle contest, MeGotta is providing STC with animations, interactive games, and collaborative web tools to support the Tour de Turtles mission.
No purchase necessary.  All contestants must be legal residents of Florida and meet all eligibility requirements. Entries must be received between July 1, 2011 9:00 A.M. and July 8, 20011 5:00 P.M. The winner will be announced on July 11, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

CELEBRATE JULY! NATIONAL PARKS AND RECREATION MONTH The City of Pensacola is pleased to announce that July is National Park and Recreation Month. Since 1985, Americans have celebrated Park and Recreation Month during the month of July to promote the importance of parks and recreation in establishing and maintaining healthy lifestyles and communities. This year is particularly motivating as there are five weekends in July, giving citizens a record number of opportunities to get out to their local parks and recreations facilities and get active. Play Pensacola, Parks and Recreation inspire people to create a healthy weekend habit by getting out to a local park, playground, swimming pool, natural area or other public space every weekend this July. Don’t let anyone tell you there is nothing to do in Pensacola. Find your passion, get in shape, connect with nature and your family. Appreciate our City – Celebrate Pensacola in July!  For more information please call 436-5670 or visit us at playpensacola.com!

BIKE RODEO AT BAYVIEW PARK Parents, are you looking for a fun filled way to teach your child about bicycle safety? How about joining us for the 2nd Annual Bike Rodeo at Bayview Park on Saturday, July 16th from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.  (bicycle is required to participate) for children ages 5 to 12 years old. Your child will learn all about bicycle safety and get to experience a bicycle safety course from the Pensacola Police Explorers and the Cycle Sports Bicycle Company. For more information please call 436-5190 or visit us at playpensacola.com!

TOUCH A TRUCK Where can children put their imagination into gear and go? Well at the Play Pensacola Touch-A-Truck event kids can get a chance to be behind the wheel and rub elbows with their hometown heroes. Come out and climb on and explore some of your child’s favorite vehicles including fire engines, police cars and construction trucks. This community event will provide families the opportunity to learn about and explore these vehicles and public safety equipment. Each truck will have a driver present to answer questions, help kids sit in the truck, and let kids honk the horn. The first hour of the event will be a silent hour for children with special needs. Admission is FREE to the public with the donation of a non-perishable food item. So come join us at the Roger Scott Athletic Complex Saturday July 23, 2011 from 10am -1pm!There will be hot dogs, chips, and drinks available too! For more information please call 436-5670/494-7360 or visit us at playpensacola.com!

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support  begins at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church,   Tuesday, July 12, 6:00pm, Soundside Campus, Room 2206
Find healing with this group of parents who have lost babies through miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, genetic abnormality, or newborn death up to one year of age. Contact Lori at lori.farmer@uncp.edu.
Softball Team Sign Ups 
We are organizing multiple softball teams.. Games will be played at Shoreline Park; practice will be two days a week. Sign up at the front desk of the Soundside Campus. Watch for more information.
All programs of the church are open to the public .  For more information on these or any other activity of the church, call932-3594, 916-1660, or visit our website at gbumc.org.

Gulf Islands National Seashore Announces Stargazing at Fort PickensGulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown announced that stargazing programs will held on Friday, June 24, July 22, August 19, September 16, and October 21 from sunset to 10:00 p.m. at the Battery Worth Picnic Area at Fort Pickens Area.  Weather permitting, volunteers from the Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will set up several telescopes for public viewing of the stars, planets and constellations. 
Superintendent Brown encourages everyone to visit the Seashore to join us for our stargazing program.  The program is free; however, there is an $8 entrance fee to the Fort Pickens Area.  For additional information about this program or others offered at the Seashore, call the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center at (850) 934-2600 or visit our website at  nps.gov/guis.

Destination Archaeology Resource Center Opens New Exhibit The Destination Archaeology Resource Center (DARC) announces the opening of a new museum exhibit inside the “Roadtrip Through Florida Archaeology” gallery on June 22nd, 2011. The temporary exhibit titled Florida’s Fishing Ranchos: A Legacy of Cuban Trade will be on display throughout the summer. DARC is located at the bottom floor of the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) Coordinating Center at 207 East Main St. in downtown Pensacola next to The Fish House. The exhibit is open Monday-Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is free.

Synopsis of Florida’s Fishing Ranchos exhibit:It was January of 1959 during the second decade of the Cold War. A triumphant revolution led by a lawyer named Fidel Castro and a medical doctor named Ernesto Guevara soon altered the trade relations between Cuba and the United States for the next half century – and nearly brought the Cold War to an abrupt, cataclysmic halt during the Cuban Missile Crisis a mere three years after guerillas stormed the Presidential Palace in Havana.

Yet, before the infamous nuclear standoff and Marxist inspired revolution, trade between Cuba and the land of Florida lasted for hundreds of years. Fishermen from Cuba found the waters on Florida’s southwest coast productive and markets in Havana made trade opportunities between them profitable.   By the 19th century Cuban fishing ranchos on Florida’s Gulf coast were occupied year round and they formed deep connections with other cultural groups living in the state. This exhibit is about this legacy of trade and the fishermen who formed these unique communities.

The exhibit was made possible by the University of West Florida Archaeology Institute, Florida Public Archaeology Network, and the University of South Florida.

For more information please contact Mike Thomin, DARC manager, mthomin@uwf.edu or 850-595-0050, Ext. 107

Gulf Islands National Seashore Announces Archeology Presentations
Superintendent Dan Brown announces a summer program series on archeology presented by archeologists with the University of West Florida and Florida Public Archeology Network. The history and archeology associated with the following topics will be shared through narrative presentation and photos. Programs will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Fort Pickens auditorium. 
Thursday, July 14, Dr. Ramie Gougeon, Native American Cultures of the Southeast and Pensacola
Tuesday, July 19, Norma Harris, Spanish Settlement on Santa Rosa Island, 1722-1752
Thursday, August 4, Dr. William Lees, Civil War in Florida
The programs are free, however, there is an $8 entrance fee to the Fort Pickens Area. For additional information about these programs or other programs offered at the Seashore, call the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center at (850) 934-2600 or visit our website at  HYPERLINK http://www.nps.gov/guis. www.nps.gov/guis.

4-H Camp Fun in the Sun Enjoying nature and the great outdoors: campfires, smores, swimming, archery, kayaking, canoeing, bug collecting, birding, marine science, games, friends and lots of fun. Where can a kid do all that?  At 4-H Camp Timpoochee.

Santa Rosa County Extension 4-H is accepting registrations for 4-H Camp Timpoochee for the week of July 18-22, 2011.  Youth between the ages of 8 and 13 years as of September 1, 2010 are eligible to attend.  While 4-H Club and Afterschool 4-H members are given preference, a child does not have to be a 4-H member to attend 4-H Camp.

The overnight five day camp costs $220, with a $34 discount for children whose family qualifies for the free or reduced lunch program. The camp fee covers all costs for camp including lodging, food, daily canteen, a camp T-shirt and bus transportation from the Santa Rosa County Extension Office in Milton to Camp Timpoochee in Niceville, Florida.

4-H Camp Timpoochee is one of four Florida 4-H residential Camps.  Camp Timpoochee is located on the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay.  Camp Timpoochee has a beach, swimming area and outdoor nature area where kids can relax, learn and have lots of fun.  Camp Timpoochee facilities include air-conditioned log cabins for campers lodging, an auditorium, pavilion, marine science lab, nature lab, dining hall and lots of outdoor space for kids to play.

Space is limited to 110 campers and registrations are accepted on a first come basis as completed registration forms and a deposit or full camp fee is paid.  Deadline for camp registration is Friday, June 24, 2011.

For registration materials and additional information contact the Santa Rosa County Extension 4-H Office at 850 623-3868 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm weekdays.  Hearing impaired individuals may call Santa Rosa County Emergency Management Service at 983-5373 (TDD).

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 morgan@pensacolaopera.com, or visit pensacolaopera.com.

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 santarosa.fl.gov/libraries.

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 santarosa.fl.gov/libraries.

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!

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, raven@pensacolamuseumofart.org or by phone at (850) 432-6247.

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 artelgallery.org 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 nps.gov/guis.

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 jboyd@ci.pensacola.fl.us

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 panhandlebutterflyhouse.org or call 850-623-3868.

BRIGHT START-RIGHT START ART CLASS Inspire your preschooler’s imagination and self-expression with a world of hands-on art activities. In this class we will begin at the beginning and create good foundations in art technique. This will include coloring techniques with crayons, markers and oil pastels. We will also cover some basics of painting using washable and non-toxic paints and proper scissor use too. This class is held on Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. for children between the ages of 4-6 for $5 per class. For more information, please contact 436-5198 or playpensacola.com.

PENSACOLA OPERA ANNOUNCES 2011 OPERA CAMP Pensacola Opera will once again present two weeks of Opera Camp for children ages 8-12 (or entering the eighth grade).

Week One, July 11-15, will include activities and a performance based on Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Week Two, July 25-July 29, will have campers perform in their own version of Guiseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto. Each camp is from 9am-4pm Monday through Thursday, with a final performance for family and friends at 5pm on Friday. All activities are held at the Pensacola Opera Center.

Opera Camp gives children a chance to experience all of the elements of opera production. It culminates in a public performance of an opera created by campers under the guidance of a professional opera director and musical coaches. Campers play music and theatre games that teach them the skills used in operatic performance, and will gain hands-on experience in set, costume, prop, and makeup design. No previous experience or training is necessary for Opera Camp.

Cost is $150 per week – each week is a separate program. Camp fees include lunch, snacks, all materials and a t-shirt. A limited number of camp scholarships are available.

For more information on scholarship opportunities or registration, call the Opera at (850) 433-6737 or visit pensacolaopera.com

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, isorset@uwf.edu 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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GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE FLORIDA DISTRICT SUMMER PROGRAM SCHEDULE, NOW THROUGH AUGUST 13, 2011

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.

SUMMER SERENADE SERIES BEGINS FIFTH SEASON

Who: St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church announces

What: Summer Serenade schedule

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings in June and July

Where: St. Christopher’s Church 3200 N. 12th Avenue

Details: Free. Bring lawn chairs. Concession available for sandwiches, snacks and cold drinks

The fifth season of Summer Serenade will begin Wednesday June 1 and continue each week through July 27. The Summer Serenade series is an outreach function of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church. These free concerts are held on the church lawn, 3200 N. 12th Avenue beginning at 6:30 p.m. Should there be unfavorable weather, the concerts will move inside the parish hall. Attendees are requested to bring lawn chairs. The church provides a concession stand with sandwiches, snacks and sodas. One may bring own food and drink, if desired.

The Rev. Eric Long, minister at St. Christopher’s said, “This has been a successful series and we hope the larger community will join us for these entertaining evenings. We are here for the community and want to get to know you. There is adequate parking on both sides of the church. This is a rain-or-shine event. Attendees will notice new landscaping in the concert area. We are proud of this improvement and we hope it will enhance your enjoyment of these free, musical evenings.

For further information, call Norman Vickers at 850-432-9743, St. Christopher’s at 433-0074 or visit the website www.scpen.org.

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.

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, claird@pensacolastatecollege.edu, and to register go to pensacolastate.edu/continuingeducation.

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.

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 (www.sbdc.uwf.edu) 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 www.sbdc.uwf.edu.

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.

UWF SBDC Offers “The Basics of QuickBooks®” Workshop The SBDC at UWF, Bloomer – Geri & Co., CPA’s and business professionals are collaborating to offer basic and advanced QuickBooks® training via PowerPoint presentations and a workbook.  Training will be conducted at the SBDC Pensacola location only.
QuickBooks® Basic
The Small Business Development Center at the University of West FL (401 E. Chase Street, Suite 100, Pensacola) is holding its “QuickBooks Basic” workshop on Tuesday morning, August 2, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon.  Attendees will learn how QuickBooks® financial software helps you take control of your business finances. Find out which QuickBooks® product is right for you before you buy. Training covers the basics of bookkeeping with the software.  Call 850-595-0063 to register.
Fee:  $50
QuickBooks® Advanced
The Small Business Development Center at University of West Florida (401 E. Chase Street, Suite 100, Pensacola) is holding its “QuickBooks Advanced” workshop on Tuesday afternoon, August 2, 2011 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  See how QuickBooks® simplifies complex tasks such as payroll, sales tax, estimating, and job costing.  Call 850-595-0063 to register.
Fee:  $50

SBDC at UWF Continues Brown-Bag Lunch Series The Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida (401 E. Chase Street, Suite 100) is presenting a Brown-Bag Lunch on Wednesday, August 2, 2011 from Noon – 1:00 p.m. entitled “Limited Liability Company (LLC): Pros & Cons”.  Want to form an LLC?  Before you make your decision, consider the benefits as well as the disadvantages and understand the LLC filing process.  This seminar is free. Since our funding agency requires a minimum number of attendees, we cancel workshops that don’t meet these requirements.  Pre-registration is strongly recommended.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. For further information, or to register call 850-595-0063 or go to our website (.sbdc.uwf.edu).
Presented by: J. D. Smith, ESQ, McDonald, Fleming, Moorhead Attorneys at Law

The SBDC at UWF Presents “Record Keeping in Small Business” The Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida (401 E. Chase Street, Suite 100), is presenting “Record Keeping in Small Business: A Foundation for Business Continuity Planning” in four morning sessions on Tuesdays/Thursdays, August 9, 11, 16, 18, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon.  During this 4-part workshop series, attendees will learn how to keep records, develop financial statements, asset depreciation schedules, understand tax records and plan for business continuity.  Attendance fee for all four sessions is $55 for the public and free for students and faculty members of the University of West Florida who present a Nautilus card.  Attendees are asked to 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.  For further information, or to register, call:  (850-595-0063) or log onto our website at:  www.sbdc.uwf.edu and click on “training”.

The SBDC at UWF Presents “Marketing Matters for Small Business” Workshop The Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida (401 E. Chase Street, Ste. 100, Pensacola) is holding its “Marketing Matters for Small Business” workshop on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Attendees will learn practical, cost-effective strategies for marketing a small business. The fee for attending this workshop is $35 for the public and free for students and faculty members of the University of West Florida who present a Nautilus card.  Since our funding agency requires a minimum number of attendees, we cancel workshops that don’t meet these requirements.  Pre-registration is strongly recommended.  Call to register (850-595-0063).

SBDC at UWF Offers “Business Planning for Success” Workshop The Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida (401 E. Chase Street, Suite 100, Pensacola) is holding its “Business Planning for Success” workshop on Wednesday evening, August 17, 2011 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Attendees will discover the basics of writing a business plan, and will learn how a business plan impacts the lending decision and the success of a business.   The fee for attending this workshop is $40 for the public and free for students and faculty members of the University of West Florida who present a Nautilus card.  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 (www.sbdc.uwf.edu) and click on training.

SBDC at UWF Presents “Starting a Business” The Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida (401 E. Chase Street, Suite 100, Pensacola) is presenting “Starting a Business” on Wednesday morning, August 24, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.  Attendees will learn about taxation, financing, insurance, and legal forms of business. Attendance fee is $35 for the public and free for students and faculty members of the University of West Florida who present a Nautilus card.  Since our funding agency requires a minimum number of attendees, we cancel workshops that don’t meet these requirements.  Pre-registration is strongly recommended.  Call to register. (850-595-0063)

PTAC at UWF Presents “Marketing to Gulf Power” The Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is offering a workshop entitled “Marketing to Gulf Power” on Thursday, August 4, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. – Noon.  The workshop will take place at the Gulf Power Corporate Building, Bayfront Parkway.  Suppliers attending this conference will learn about the requirements of doing business with Gulf Power and have the opportunity to meet and present their capabilities to project managers, buyers and other representatives at Gulf Power.  The workshop is FREE, however, pre-registration is required.  To register, call Diane or Kilty at 850-595-0063.  Visit the PTAC website at fptac.org for more information.
Offered by:  Laura Subel, Procurement Specialist
Presenters:  Representatives from Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi Power Companies plus Southern Nuclear

PTAC at UWF Presents “Woman Owned Small Business Program – Do You Qualify?” The Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), located at 401 E Chase St, Ste 100, is offering a workshop entitled “Woman Owned Small Business Program – Do You Qualify?” on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at two different times (see times below).  Discusses new Federal Setaside Program for Woman Owned Small Businesses qualifications and benefits.  The workshop is FREE, however, pre-registration is recommended.  To register, call 850-595-0063.  Visit the PTAC website at fptac.org for more information.  This workshop will be presented from 10:00 a.m. – Noon and repeated from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Please let us know which time you would like to attend.
Presenter:  Laura Subel, Procurement Specialist

PTAC at UWF Presents “Service Connected Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business – What Do I Do?” The Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), located at 401 E. Chase St., Ste. 100, is offering a workshop entitled “Service Connected Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business – What Do I Do? on Wednesday, August 17h at two separate times (please see times below).  Self-Certification?  Verification?  Certification?  Discusses federal, VA and state policies for SCDV owned businesses.  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 10:00 a.m. – Noon and repeated from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Please let us know which time you would like to attend.
Presenter:  Laura Subel, Procurement Specialist;