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

HOLIDAY CLOSURES: The Santa Rosa County South Service Center Veterans Services office will be closed Christmas week, Dec. 25 through Jan. 1, reopening Jan 2. The Veterans Services office in Milton will be closed Dec. 25 and 26 along with other county offices, reopening Dec. 27.

In addition, these Santa Rosa County offices will be closed Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 for the Christmas 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 Dec. 26 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Santa Rosa County South Service Center Veterans Service office will be closed the week of Christmas and reopen Jan. 2.


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

ESCAMBIA AND SANTA ROSA COUNTY YOUNG DEMOCRATS: Dec. 16, 6 p.m. at 900 Lagoon Drive, Pensacola. All members and interested parties may attend. Details: Taylor Smith, president, 797-8374 or


Sundial Utilities Board of Directors — Executive Session,Jan. 2, 2018, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers of City Hall, 6738 Dixon St.  Community Redevelopment Agency, Jan. 9, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.  Milton Council regular session, Jan. 9, 2018, at 5:45 p.m. in Council Chambers of City Hall.  Milton Committee of the Whole, Jan. 18, 2018, at 3 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

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

Bagdad Architectural Advisory Board, Dec. 27, 8:30 a.m., Public Services Conference Room, 6051 Old Bagdad Highway, Milton  Parks and Recreation, Dec. 27, 5:30 p.m.