MILTON — Upcoming Santa Rosa County events and activities are as follows. 

SANTA ROSA COUNTY LABOR DAY OFFICE CLOSURES: The following Santa Rosa County offices will be closed Sept. 4: Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners, including the library system and animal shelter, clerk of court, property appraiser, supervisor of elections and tax collector. Normal hours of operation will resume Sept. 5. The Central Landfill will be open Sept. 4 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lifeguard Ambulance Service, 911 dispatch and fire departments are open daily.

REPUBLICAN CLUB OF SANTA ROSA COUNTY: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Club at Hidden Creek, 7030 PGA Blvd., Navarre. The featured speaker is Heritage Foundation Assistant Regional Manager Michael Warner of Washington, D.C. Details: 939-2409.

PACE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MONTHLY NETWORKING LUNCHEON: 12 p.m. Sept. 6 at Grover T's BBQ, 5887 U.S. 90, Milton. Each person will order off the menu and pay the server afterward. Door prizes are always welcome. RSVP to 994-9633.

SEPT. 11 MEMORIAL: 8 a.m. Sept. 11 at Pace Assembly of God, 3948 Highway 90, Pace. Presented by the American Legion Post 78 of Milton. The event will begin with a reading of the timeline of the attacks. Email the American Legion at to submit the name of a friend or relative lost in the attacks. There will be approximately 300 American flags placed at the event, each representing 10 of the roughly 2,977 victims. Email Legion Post 78 at or call Legionnaire Norman Garrett at 293-4957 for more information.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE EMERALD COAST’S 4TH ANNUAL STEAK & STAKE FUNDRAISING DINNER: Six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee will serve as the guest speaker for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast’s 4th Annual Steak & Stake fundraising dinner. The general admission seating will begin at 6 p.m. with the program to follow at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21. VIP tickets are still available which will grant access to the VIP suite at 5 p.m. The Steak & Stake Dinner provides an opportunity for every guest, including donors, community partners and volunteers, to meet with and hear from the direct beneficiaries of their efforts — the club members. Youths sit at every table and have the chance to share their story of why Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast has a positive impact on their lives and what the Club means to them. 


5 p.m. Sept. 29: Tailgate party at Tanglewood Country Club, 5916 Tanglewood Drive, Milton.  Football game afterward at Milton High.

10 a.m. Sept. 30: Tour of the new school facilities; meet at the school bus ramp.

6 p.m. Sept. 30: Reunion dinner at Tanglewood Country Club. Cost is $30 per person; casual dress. Deadline for payment is Sept. 15. Make checks payable to Karen Young, Class of ’72 and mail to Class of 72, 5624 Russell Drive, Milton, FL 32570.

Write to this same address, text 450-6999, or email with questions.

FALL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Oct. 27-28; Point Washington United Methodist Church Woman’s Ministries will have their annual Fall/Christmas Bazaar. Craft vendors who want to reserve a table for the event need to contact Kathy Carpenter by Sept. 1 at 231- 2706 or Six-by-3 tables are $20 for both days.

VENDORS WANTED: The Milton Eastern Star Chapter seeks vendors for a Christmas Village craft fair set Nov. 4. The event will be held on the grounds of the Santa Rosa Masonic Lodge on Highway 90 in Milton. Food, craft and other vendors are invited to apply. Details: 623-4066.

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL’S CLASS OF 1998: Group seeks classmates for whom they have no contact information. Email the class committee at or contact Rachel (Willis) Hamm, 982-5773, to help.

SANTA ROSA ADULT SCHOOL CLASSES AVAILABLE: Adult education classes include adult high school completion, adult basic education and GED preparation.  For $30 per term, students may select from classes offered in Milton and Navarre. Both day and evening classes are provided in Milton, and night classes are offered in Navarre. Classes are open enrollment so students can begin at any time. Call 983-5710 for details.

SANTA ROSA ADULT SCHOOL OFFERS ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES FOR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS: The ESOL class is designed to prepare English learners for working and living in local communities. Daytime English classes are provided in Milton and night classes are offered in Navarre. Students can begin at any time. Tuition is $30 per term. Call 983-5710 for details.



SANTA ROSA ARTS AND CULTURE FOUNDATION BOOK CLUB: Usually meets 7 p.m. every second Monday at the Dragonfly Gallery on Caroline Street in Milton. Refreshments are available; participants must purchase their own books.

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY: TOPS meets Tuesdays at 4709 Keyser Lane, Pace. Weigh in 8:30-9:45 a.m. Meet 10-11 a.m. Details: 983-0178.

SANTA ROSA COUNTY WRITER’S GUILD: 3:45-5:45 p.m. Tuesdays at the Guy Thompson Community Center, 5629 Byrom St. Milton Poet Laureate Marc Livanos’ poetry night includes open-mic, free verse workshops, poetry contests with prizes, author events and refreshments.

CENTRAL SANTA ROSA REPUBLICAN CLUB: 5:30 p.m. meal and 6:30 p.m. meeting first Thursdays at Grover T’s Restaurant, Highway 90, Pace. Visitors are welcome. Call 377-3976 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays for more information.

SANTA ROSA BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION: 7 p.m. third Thursdays at the Bay Area Vineyard Church, 5163 Dogwood Drive, Milton. Visitors are welcome. Details: Bill Blankenship, president, 232-6005, or Clarence Prater, vice president, 623-776-7018.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. second and fourth Fridays at the Navarre Library, 8484 James M. Harvell Road. All materials are provided; there’s no charge to attend.

GULF COAST CALLIGRAPHY GUILD: 9:30 a.m. second Saturdays at the Courts of Praise Church on the corner of Johnson Avenue and Davis Highway, Pensacola. A presentation and practice follow each meeting. Details: 995-7056.

FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION: The Western Gate chapter’s activities are free to participate in except as noted. See more details at


Public Meetings


BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF SUNDIAL UTILITIES, EXECUTIVE SESSION: 5:30 p.m., Sept. 5 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 6738 Dixon St.

COUNTY MEETINGS: All Santa Rosa County Board of County Commission meetings and other county department meetings are held in the County Administrative Center boardroom, 6495 Caroline St., in Milton, unless otherwise indicated.

Here’s September’s schedule:

Public Hearing on FY17/18 tentative budget — Sept. 5, 6 p.m.
Law Library board meeting — Sept. 7, 12 p.m., Santa Rosa County Courthouse, Room M9, Milton
Commission Committee — Sept. 11, 9 a.m.
Fire Department Executive Group — Sept. 11, 5:30 p.m., Emergency Operations Center, 4499 Pine Forest Road, Milton
Commission regular — Sept. 14, 9 a.m.
Flood Mitigation Plan Task Force — Sept. 14, 1:30 p.m., Public Services Conference Room, 6051 Old Bagdad Highway, Milton
Zoning board meeting — Sept. 14, 6 p.m.
Final public hearing on FY17/18 tentative budget — Sept. 19, 6 p.m.
Commission Committee — Sept. 25, 9 a.m.
Bagdad Architectural Advisory Board — Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m., Public Services Conference Room, 6051 Old Bagdad Highway, Milton
Parks and Recreation — Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m.
Commission regular — Sept. 28, 9 a.m.
Commission special — rezoning meeting, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.

HEALTHY START COALITION OF SANTA ROSA COUNTY INC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: 4 p.m. Sept. 11, Santa Rosa County Extension Office, 6263 Dogwood Drive, Milton.   

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY: 5:30 p.m., Sept. 12 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 6738 Dixon St.

MILTON CITY COUNCIL REGULAR SESSION: 5:45 p.m., Sept. 12 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 6738 Dixon St.

MILTON CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE: 3 p.m., Sept. 21 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 6738 Dixon St.

MILTON CITY COUNCIL RECONVENED SESSION: 5:30 p.m., Sept. 26 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 6738 Dixon St. Purpose: adopt a budget and millage rate for fiscal year 2017-18.