Small Steps to Health and Wealth: Take the Challenge

Every January, millions of Americans resolve to get healthier and/or wealthier. With more than one-third of American adults weighing in as obese and an average national credit card debt of $15,000 per household, it’s time to put resolve into action.  Small steps are the key to lasting change and there’s a new online program that can help.  The Small Steps to Health and Wealth Challenge begins on February 2.  Once you join the free challenge, you’ll find 10 daily recommended practices (5 nutrition-related and 5 finance-related) to follow for the next 8 weeks.  Track your activities, collect points for each one you do each day, and qualify to win great prizes. Call 623-3868 or visit and follow the challenges link for more information. If you have a question, please call The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa County, at 623-3868, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.  Extension Service programs are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap or national origin. 


Volunteer coaches needed for Special Olympics

While athletes are at the heart of our organization, volunteers are its backbone. New Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball and Athletics programs are kicking off in Santa Rosa County and our program is in need of volunteer coaches. Knowledge of the sports listed is great but not required. Volunteers commit one to two hours of their time per week for training from February to mid May. This is a great experience for any age group: high school or college students with a desire to earn volunteer hours, professionals who want to share their unique skills, or retirees who have a passion for their community. Our volunteers work directly with our athletes to teach them the skills, spirit and sportsmanship that define a true athlete. Because athletes and their families are never charged a fee to participate in Special Olympics, volunteers play a critical role in showcasing each athlete’s skills as they embrace sports and shatter stereotypes about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. If you have questions or are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email us at or call 232-9275 for more information.

Young Marine Boot Camp Begins March 1

EmeraldCoastYoung Marines youth organization will begin its next Boot Camp on Saturday, March 1.  Boys and girls, ages 8 through high school are eligible. Leadership,  self-discipline, teamwork, physical fitness, drug reduction, and community service are the primary areas of training.  A mandatory Parent/Guardian-YM orientation meeting will be held on Saturday,  Feb. 15, at 1 p.m., at the Crestview Elks Lodge,  at 127 W. Pine,  in Crestview.  For information, email Adjutant Kathy Warren  The Young Marines meet the first and third Saturdays of each month following Boot Camp.

Pace Fire Rescue conducts Picture Fund Drive

The Pace Fire and Rescue District is conducting their annual Picture Fund Drive for 2014.  The proceeds will go toward the Benevolent Fund.  The fund helps citizens and businesses in the local area that have been displaced.  To achieve their goal, Pace Fire and Rescue is asking every household within their service area to support the drive.  The drive will continue through June1.

Line Dancing Classes

Beginning and intermediate line dance classes will be every Thursday evening at 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. for beginners and from 7:15 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. for intermediate class.  No partner is needed, everyone is welcome.  For more information, contact Jeanelle Kingry at 623-4235; 723-4052 or email at

The Pace Area Chamber of Commerce

The Pace Area Chamber of Commerce monthly Networking Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, February 5 at 12 noon  at the Coffee Break Café, 4620 Woodbine Rd. Pace.  The cost is $10.00 at the door.  Door Prizes are always welcome. Please RSVP so that way we have an accurate head count.