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

FOO FOO FESTIVAL WRITER EVENT: Nov. 3-12. The West Florida Literary Federation presents “Writing on the Funny Side of Florida” Nov. 9 featuring three authors: Pensacola native Craig Pittman, humor columnist Erik Deckers of Orlando and writer and comedian Leanna Conley of Gulf Breeze. They will teach humor-writing workshops from 2-5 p.m. at the Pensacola Cultural Center. Admission is a nominal fee, which will benefit WLFL’s other missions. The venue will change to the Artel Gallery for free events from 6-9:30 p.m., and festivities will include a musical break with The String Farm Band, writer readings and book signings.

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.

BEER COLLECTIBLE TRADE SHOW: Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the American Legion Post 44, 6781 State Highway 59 in Gulf Shores, Ala. The Brewery Collectibles Club of America presents the Gulf Shores Show, a beer collectibles trade show. Outside beverages or food are allowed. Contact Ray Kynard at 334-272-1823 or or Perry Paxton at 334-285-7569 or for more information.

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE CRAFT FAIR: Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Milton Masonic Lodge, 5158 Pike St., in Milton. The Milton Eastern Star chapter will present a Christmas Village craft fair with booths inside and out for arts, crafts, food, gifts and holiday decorations. There will also be a photo opportunity with Santa Claus. Details: 623-4066.

REPUBLICAN CLUB OF SANTA ROSA COUNTY: Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Club At Hidden Creek, 7030 PGA Blvd., Navarre. Features a Dutch treat dinner (pay as you go). The featured speaker is David Smith, a political activist and vice president of the Republican Club, who will address the proposed half-cent sales tax.

NAVARRE GARDEN CLUB’S ANNUAL SANTA’S WORKSHOP: Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Navarre Conference Center, 8700 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. A variety of artists and craftspeople will offer items. Ye Olde Bake Shop will feature various baked cakes, pies and goodies for your Thanksgiving table. Santa will wait to hear your child’s Christmas requests, and have his picture taken with your child. “This is a great opportunity to offer your craft for sale to the public,” an event spokesperson says. Indoor 9- by 5-foot booths will rent for $40, with a table costing $45; also, a limited number of outside 10- by 10-foot booth spaces are available for $40. Call Dana at 217-1414 or email for more information.


SANTA ROSA ARTS AND CULTURE FOUNDATION BOOK CLUB: 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

MILTON LEAP COMMITTEE: 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in Conference Room “A,” City Hall, 6738 Dixon St., Milton.

MILTON YOUTH COUNCIL: 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in Council Chambers, City Hall, 6738 Dixon St., Milton.

MILTON BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in Council Chambers, City Hall, 6738 Dixon St., Milton.

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Milton’s City Council will meet as the Board of Directors of Sundial Utilities on Monday, Nov. 6, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers of City Hall, 6738 Dixon St.

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY: Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 6738 Dixon St.

MILTON CITY COUNCIL: Nov. 14, 5:45 p.m. in Council Chambers of City Hall, 6738 Dixon St.

MILTON COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE: Nov. 16, 3 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 6738 Dixon St.

HEALTHY START COALITION OF SANTA ROSA COUNTY INC.: The group will not have a board of directors meeting during October. The next regular board meeting will be in November, and there will be notification in ample time. For further information, contact the Healthy Start Coalition at 626-6751.