'Steel Magnolias' stage play to feature Gulf Breeze woman 

FORT WALTON BEACH — Stage Crafters Community Theatre, Inc., Fort Walton Beach’s nonprofit theatre, will present “Steel Magnolias," featuring Gulf Breeze's Jennifer King, in August.

The action is set in Truvy Jones' beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle, the wise-cracking Truvy dispenses hairstyles and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser Boudreaux, an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee Belcher, and the local social leader, M’Lynn Eatenton, whose daughter, Shelby, the prettiest girl in town, is about to marry a “good ole boy.”

The play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky and diabetic Shelby risks pregnancy knowing she may lose her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others but also draws on their underlying strength and love.

Melissa Wolf-Bates directs the play written by Robert Harling.

The cast includes:

•Truvy Jones — Chris LaPorta (Niceville)

•Annelle Dupuy DeSoto — Kerry Duval (Fort Walton Beach)

•Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie — Dee Mann (Niceville)

•M'Lynn Eatenton — Stephani Siberski (Niceville)

•Clairee Belcher — Jennifer King (Gulf Breeze)

•Ouiser Boudreaux — Nancy Kruzek (Fort Walton Beach)

Performances are Aug. 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday with 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday.

Tickets cost $20 and are available at www.StageCraftersFWB.com, by phone at 243-1101, or at the door the night of the performance. Students pay $10 at the door.


Walmart sets back-to-school blood drive


PACE — Select Walmart stores are hosting “Back To School” blood drives. Donors can help stock local hospital shelves with lifesaving blood and receive a $10 Walmart gift card.

The Walmart in Navarre, 9360 Navarre Parkway, will hold blood drives from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 5.

The Walmart in Pace, 4965 Highway 90, will hold blood drives from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 6 and Aug. 7.

Visit oneblood.org/walmart for more information.


Vendors, artists and crafters sought for fair


MILTON — St. Mary’s Episcopal Church seeks artists and crafters for its annual Winter Arts and Crafts Fair.

This event is set noon to 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the historic church on 6849 Oak St., in Milton. The church seeks vendors to showcase their handiwork including custom jewelry, art, woodcrafts and candles.

The Episcopal Church Women will sell food including baked goods, goodies, jams and jellies. The Men’s Group will grill hamburger lunches.

Inside booth space is available for $45 for both days and includes one 6-foot table. Outside booths are $20 for one day and $35 for both. Set-up will be from 9-11:30 a.m. Dec. 1. Space is limited. Use of electricity costs $5.

Contact the church at 623-2905 or stmarysmiltonflorida@gmail.com for a vendor application.