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


Tobacco cessation classes

MILTON — Quitting tobacco isn’t easy. Finding help should be. Tobacco Free Florida offers free tools and services to help you get started.

For those 18 years old, if medically appropriate, the Florida Department of Health offers free nicotine replacement patches, lozenges and gum.

The department also offers free community, worksite and clinic groups.

Classes will be available through 2019 on site at the department’s Santa Rosa County location, 5527 Stewart St. in Milton. Quit Smoking Now takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Tools To Quit takes place 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays.

Class schedule:

Quit Smoking Now

Jan. 10 to Feb. 7 March 7 to April 4 April 25 to May 23 May 30 to June 27

Tools to Quit

Nov. 29 Dec. 13

Pre-registration is required for all classes. Call 398-6965 to reserve a spot.

Florida Friendly Landscaping Principles Class

MILTON — It's possible to have a great lawn using Florida-friendly methods. Learn about the right timing and methods for fertilizing and weed control, proper irrigation, and other practices for your lawn from Mary Salinas, residential horticulture agent in the UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Extension Office. This free class will be offered on two different days in both ends of the county; no pre-registration is required: 

Milton: Classes will be held every second Friday from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. beginning Jan. 11. Located at the Santa Rosa County Extension Office at 6263 Dogwood Drive. 

Gulf Breeze: Classes will be held every third Friday from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. beginning Jan. 18. Located at the Gulf Breeze Library at 1060 Shoreline Drive. 

For further information or any type of accommodation call 850-623-3868 or email

Daughters of the American Revolution

BAGDAD — The Three Rivers Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its monthly meeting Feb. 9 at the Bagdad United Methodist Church, located at 4540 Forsyth Street in Bagdad. The plan is to hold a formal tea beginning at 10 a.m., followed by a program featuring Bill and Cara Elder, who are well-known, first-person interpreters of George and Martha Washington. The Elders will be traveling here from Deland, Fla. to present their program entitled "President and ‘Lady’ Washington." 

Members of the Aaron Snowden Chapter Sons of the American Revolution as well as members of area Children of the American Revolution Chapters received invitations to attend this event as well.

The Elders have personally appeared in many venues nationally, as well as internationally via Skype for Education. Their credits include major battle reenactments at Lexington and Concord Mass., the Battle of Charleston SC, the Battle of Brandywine Penn., as well as living-history events at Mt. Vernon, Valley Forge, Colonial Williamsburg, and more. Visit for more information.

AARP Smart Driver Course at SRMC

MILTON — AARP will conduct Smart Driver Classes Feb. 18. Each class will be held in the Locklin Building at Santa Rosa Medical Center, 6002 Berryhill Road, in Milton. The 6-hour Smart Driver course is designed for seniors (over 50), but is open to all drivers. Course completion may help lower participants’ insurance costs. The class costs $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. To register or get further information, call 850-529-1951.