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


Sacred Heart sets free heart-health screenings

MILTON — During January, Sacred Heart Health System will provide free heart-health screenings at locations in Pensacola, Milton and Century for adults who are poor, elderly or uninsured.

Here is the schedule for early-January adult screenings:

•Jan. 3 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Bagdad Senior Center, 6860 Pooley St., Milton.

•Jan. 6 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Greater Bethlehem AME Church, 5299 Richburg St., Milton.

•Jan. 9 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Gull Point Community Center, 7000 Spanish Trail Road, Pensacola.

•Jan. 10 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Century Senior Center, 6025 Industrial Blvd., Century.

More screening dates and locations will be released in early January.

Heart-health screenings will measure blood pressure, blood sugar and total cholesterol, and can detect anemia.

The screenings are helpful in diagnosing conditions that put people at high risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and other health problems.

Call 416-7826 for more information about Sacred Heart's ''Mission in Motion'' community-health screenings.


Navarre Park restrooms to close for floor replacement 

NAVARRE — The Navarre Park restroom facility, located on the west end of the park, will be closed soon for floor replacement.

Closures take effect Jan. 8-19 at the 8513 Navarre Parkway location.

Additional restrooms in the Santa Rosa County Visitor Information Center will be available to park visitors.


Pace garden club to focus on feng shui 

PACE — Azalea Garden Club starts a busy year with a monthly meeting Jan. 8, 12:30 p.m., at the Pace Fire Department Conference Room, 4773 Pace Patriot Blvd.

Jean and Margie will present, "Feng Shui Gardening." Guests and prospective members are welcome.

The club’s 2018 schedule brings another Old English Tea fundraiser and new activities for children.

For more information, call Jean at 380-2256.


Santa Rosa County 4-H sets quilting workshops

MILTON — Santa Rosa County 4-H will offer a "Past, Present & Future 4-H Quilting Class" workshop series for current, former or prospective 4-Hers as well as adults.

The series, in partnership with the Home & Community Educator volunteers, will teach the basics of quilting and prepare students for quilting projects. The cost is $10 per class ($40 total).

Here is the schedule:

•Jan. 13, 2018 (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) — picking the pattern

•Feb. 10, 2018 (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) — cutting the quilt

•March 10, 2018 (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) — sewing it up

•April 14, 2018 (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) — putting it all together

All classes are held at the Santa Rosa County Extension Office, 6263 Dogwood Drive in Milton.

For more information, contact Prudence Caskey or Jasmin Bradford at 623-3868.


Christmas ‘treecycle’ service available  

MILTON — The Christmas season ends soon and, when it does, Santa Rosa County's environmental department encourages residents to "treecycle."

Area residents can drop their natural Christmas trees off at one of several locations by Monday, Jan. 15. The trees will be repurposed as mulch through Keep Santa Rosa Beautiful.

•Residents can place trees in one of these designated areas:

•Clean Community System/Green-Up Nursery — 6758 Park Ave., Milton

•Jay Transfer Station — Transfer Station Road, Jay

•Pace Volunteer Fire Department — 4773 Pace Patriot Blvd, Pace

•Navarre Beach Boat Ramp Parking Lot Recycle Area — Gulf Boulevard, Navarre Beach

•Tiger Point Recreation Area — Gulf Breeze, east of Walmart

Only real trees are eligible for the program; no artificial trees will be accepted. The mulch availability date will be announced later.

Contact the Santa Rosa County Environmental Department, 981-7135, for more information.


Youth baseball, T-ball, softball registrations open 

MILTON — Gospel Projects Youth Athletic Club will open baseball, T-ball and girls softball registrations.

Parents can register their children for these sports from Tuesday, Jan. 16 through Saturday, Feb. 17.

Gospel Projects provides programs for players ages 3 ½ to 16 for girls and ages 3 ½ to 14 for boys.

If you are interested in coaching, sponsoring a team or becoming a program sponsor, contact Tod Brainard at 623-4671 or email


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.


Jazz Pensacola seeks arts and crafts exhibitors 

PENSACOLA — Jazz Pensacola seeks arts and crafts exhibitors to submit applications for the 2018 JazzFest.

The event takes place April 7-8 at Seville Square in historic downtown Pensacola.

Applications are available at Just original art and handmade crafts or products will be accepted. No commercial products are allowed for submission. 

All entries cost $150, for a 10-by-10-foot canopy or smaller.

For more information, call Jazz Pensacola Administrator Alice Crann Good at 433-8382.

Call between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit