SANTA ROSA DEMOCRATIC PARTY HEADQUARTERS GRAND OPENING: Nov. 16, 5-8 p.m., 4966 Henry St., Milton. Family friendly event; Refreshments and finger foods will be provided for attendees. Details: Sarah Coutu, Chair, 375-2334, or Trish Hansen, secretary, 261-5662.

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. 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.

CELEBRATE FAITH, HERITAGE: Church on the Circle will host an event celebrating Christian faith and the Creek heritage 4-6 p.m. Nov. 19 at 2017 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise, Alabama. Tribal people will demonstrate various arts and crafts such as primitive tool making, pottery and basket making. Artifacts will be on display. Children can participate in activities such as face painting and bead making. Contact: Vice Chief Nancy Carnley, 334-897-3207,

HOLIDAY CLOSURES: These Santa Rosa County offices will be closed 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 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.


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

TOBACCO FREE SANTA ROSA COALITION: 4 p.m. Nov. 16, in the main conference room of the Florida Department of Health Milton location, 5527 Stewart St.  Topics will include a SWAT update, smoke-free multiunit housing and businesses, community outreach, and the success of the Tobacco Free Santa Rosa Farm Share. Details: Vince Nguyen, tobacco cessation specialist with the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County, 564-2253.

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

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

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.