MILTON — Here's a look at upcoming events in Santa Rosa County and surrounding areas.


Wanted: Funds for scholarships

Looking for a way to give back to the future of your community this holiday season? Chain Reaction has launched its December Teen Scholarship Drive.

"Supporters like you are influential," a media release from the organization states. "You can create communities that inspire teens to serve the needs of our community! With your gift you will enable teens to be a part of Chain Reaction. They will help reduce illiteracy rates, bring hope to children in crisis, and promote the curiosity of math, engineering and science, and much more."

Residents can support scholarships for current teen memberships at full price ($70) or half-price ($35) by mailing a check to 1000 College Blvd Building 98, Pensacola FL 32504.

Alternatively, they can pay at by clicking the Donate button at the top of the page.


Navarre seniors dance scheduled 

NAVARRE — A New Year’s Eve Dance is set Dec. 31 at the Holley-Navarre Senior Center, just across the street from the Navarre Library. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music plays from 9 p.m. to midnight.

"Dance to the music of Joe Occhipinti’s Band, which plays a variety of music to satisfy everyone’s taste," a senior center media release states.

Attendees can bring packaged snacks for the refreshments table. Soft drinks and party favors will be provided. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Tickets are $15 each, and there is plenty of parking surrounding the center.

For information or directions call 713-819-1980 or 936-1644.


Santa Rosa Art Association offers art grants 

MILTON — The Santa Rosa Art Association Inc. is offering up to $200 art grants to individual classroom teachers in any discipline and up to $300 for teams or grade-level teachers in any discipline in Santa Rosa County for use in the 2017-2018 school term.

The money used must fund art education projects of some kind — whether that involves art creation, history or appreciation — and teachers must produce tangible proof of completion.

Teachers applying for a grant may submit as individuals or as a team, may be assigned to any grade level, and do not have to be art teachers.

Visit or email for an application.


Business offering $55K in scholarships for high school seniors 

GULF BREEZE — Mediacom Communications is offering $55,000 in scholarships to support high school seniors planning to further their education. In its 17th consecutive year, the company's scholarship program will award $1,000 World Class Scholarships to 55 high school seniors.

Scholarship recipients can use the financial award to support educational expenses for higher education or vocational training from any accredited post-secondary institution starting in the fall of 2018. Award selection is based on academic achievement and leadership.

Applications for the company's World Class Scholarships are available at All high schools in the business' served communities received informational cards asking school officials to make seniors aware of the scholarship and encourage submission of applications on or before the Feb. 16, 2018 deadline. 

Applicants do not have to be the company's customers but must live in areas where the business provides broadband, video, phone and other digital communication services.

A complete list of communities in the company's service areas is included with the online application.

Send inquiries to


Holley Navarre Seniors Center offers snowbird activities card 

NAVARRE — The Holley Navarre Seniors Center is offering a Snowbird Activities Card for $25. This will give snowbirds the same privileges, except voting as a full member, until March 31.

Free activities include bridge and other card games, exercise, Greek dancing, yoga, Wii bowling, shuffleboard, corn hole and Thursday game night. Bingo is available at $1 per card and art class is $6.

The center is located at 8476 Gordon Goodin Lane, east of Highway 87 across from the Navarre Library. The office is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.