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

HOLIDAY CLOSURES AND SCHEDULE CHANGES: These Santa Rosa County offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 10 in honor of Veterans Day, and Thursday through Friday, Nov. 23 and 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners, including the library system and animal shelter. Santa Rosa County Clerk of the Court Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Santa Rosa County Tax Collector

The Central Landfill will be open Friday, Nov. 10 and Friday, Nov. 24 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Santa Rosa County 9-1-1 dispatch, Lifeguard Ambulance Service and fire departments are open daily.

FOO FOO FESTIVAL WRITER EVENT: Through Nov. 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.

FLORIDA YOUNG DEMOCRATS OF SANTA ROSA COUNTY: Nov. 14, 6 p.m., 4966 Henry St., Milton. Details: Taylor Smith, president, 797-8374 or

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


SANTA ROSA COUNTY MEETINGS: All are held in the County Administrative Center boardroom, 6495 CarolineSt., in Milton, unless otherwise indicated.

Commission Regular/Board Reorganization — Nov. 9, 9 a.m., Tiger Point Community Center, 1370 Tiger Park Lane, Gulf Breeze Zoning Board Meeting — Nov. 9, 6 p.m., Tiger Point Community Center, 1370 Tiger Park Lane, Gulf Breeze Fire Department Executive Group — Nov. 13, 6 p.m., Emergency Operations Center, 4499 Pine Forest Road, Milton Bagdad Architectural Advisory Board — Nov. 22, 8:30 a.m., Public Services Conference Room, 6051 Old Bagdad Highway, Milton Parks and Recreation — Nov. 22, 5:30 p.m.

RIVERFRONT REDEVELOPMENT TEAM: Nov. 9, 4 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall, 6738 Dixon St., Milton.

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.

CARPENTER’S PARK DECISION MAKING GROUP: Nov. 16, 6 p.m. in Conference Room “B,” City Hall, 6738 Dixon St., Milton.