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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

EMERGING ARTISTS SOUGHT FOR FESTIVAL: The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is Nov. 1-3 in downtown Pensacola's Seville Square.

Applications are open for the GGAF Emerging Artists program. This program, developed in in partnership with Artel Gallery, gives new artists a chance to be a part of the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival and offers them guidance in what is involved in being in an arts festival. 

Applications are open to artists who have limited experience participating in arts festivals and are residents of Escambia or Santa Rosa Counties. Two artists will be chosen to participate in this year’s festival. GGAF will waive fees for the two artists and will provide a booth and mentor to help guide them through the process. 

For more information and an application, visit www.ggaf.org.

ENERGY BILL HELP: Do you  need help paying energy bills? The Tri-County Community Council, Inc. announces the availability of Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds.

These LIHEAP funds are available for assistance with energy obligations, electric or gas, to heat or cool the home for applicants who qualify and have not receive assistance in the past 12 months.

Applicants may apply on Mondays only at 6607 Elva St. in Milton and will need to bring proof of gross household income (wages, Social Security, SSI, child support, pensions, retirement, etc.) for the last 30 days on all household members, electric or gas bill, current picture ID on applicant and social security cards on all household members. Call 981-0036 for further information

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS HIRING BONUS: The Florida Department of Corrections announces $1,000 hiring bonuses for new hires at institutions statewide, including the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in Milton. Applicants who complete their correctional officer certification through either FDC or certain state colleges will be eligible for the bonus. Paid training is available.

For more information regarding a career with the Florida Department of Corrections, visit FLDOCjobs.com.

DRUG ADDICTION HELP: Narconon reminds families that fentanyl overdoses are on the rise in almost every community nationwide. Fentanyl is the strongest synthetic opiate painkiller and is estimated to be 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin. To learn more about fentanyl abuse and how to help your loved one, visit http://www.narconon-suncoast.org/blog/fentanyl-what-you-need-to-know.html or call 877-841-5509.

UPCOMING

NEW LIFE BAPTIST CHURCH CONCERT: New Life Baptist Church will present Dale Kirkland in concert March 10 at 6 p.m. at New Life Baptist, 6380 Bayberry Street. The concert will include popular hymns and refreshments will follow. The concert is free and open to the public. 

AVALON BEACH PROPERTY OWNERS MEETING: 7 p.m. March 12, the Avalon Beach Property Owners Association will meet at the Mulat Fire Station on the corner of Sterling Way and Mulat Road. All residents in the area north of the I-10 and east and west of Avalon Boulevard and south of Cynamid Road are welcome to come discuss any issues of concern. For more information, call 995-7056.

MAIN STREET MILTON, INC. BOARD MEETING: 5:30 p.m. March 13, Main Street Event Center, 5256 Alabama St., Milton. Call Ed Spears, 850-564-1647, for details.

TOBACCO-FREE SANTA ROSA COALITION: 4 p.m. March 21 in the main conference room of the Florida Department of Health, 5527 Stewart St., Milton. Topics will include Assurances of Voluntary Compliance (AVCs), a SWAT update, smoke-free multi-unit housing, Worksite Wellness, guest speaker from ClearCaptions and community events. Contact Vince Nguyen, 850-564-2253, for details.

BAGDAD ELEMENTARY ART SHOW:  Bagdad Elementary School’s 9th Annual Art Show will be on Thursday, April 11 at 5 p.m.  See the individual art displays and the classroom art exhibits.  Enjoy the ambiance provided by the live musicians performing a wide array of musical styles.  There will be photo stations and a scavenger hunt complete with rewards, creation stations and a fluorescent art room. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

RECURRING

MILTON PIECEMAKERS QUILT GUILD Of MILTON: 9:15 a.m. second Monday of the month, the guild meets at the Milton library, 5541 Alabama St. The meeting is open to anyone interested in quilting and joining the guild. This is not a library-sponsored event. Call 382-3952 for details.

AZALEA GARDEN CLUB OF PACE: meets 12:30 to 3 p.m. second Mondays of the month from September to May at the Pace Fire Department conference room, 4773 Pace Patriot Blvd. Meet and greet at 12:30 p.m. and meeting at 1 p.m.  Guests are welcome. Contact Jean, 850-380-2256, or Debbie, 850-736-8629, for more information. The March meeting will host Santa Rosa Bee Keepers Association, C. L. Prater, who will speak about bees.  Tickets for the Annual Tea are sold out.

THE RED SHOE BOOK CLUB: 10 a.m. the third Monday of each month, the club meets to discuss the books they're individually reading about the nation's First Ladies. Each person reads their own selected book then shares interesting facts. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Krafka at kkrafka@hotmail.com.

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: 1-800-932-8677.

MILTON'S POET LAUREATE WORKSHOP: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Guy Thompson Community Center, 5629 Byrom St., Room 113. Milton poet laureate Marc Livanos will host a poetry workshop for teenagers with probing weekly prompts on issues relevant to their daily lives.

MILTON GARDEN CLUB MONTHLY MEETING AND PROGRAM: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Milton Event Center, 5256 Alabama St. the Milton Garden Club's regular meeting is on the second Tuesday of the month. Coffee and socializing starts at 9:30 a.m., program at 10 a.m. and business meeting to follow. Everyone is welcome. It is free and open to the public.

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 in Pace. Visitors are welcome. Call 377-3976 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays for more information.

ALZHEIMER'S/DEMENTIA CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: 1 to 3 p.m. the second Thursday of the month, the Alzheimers/Dementia Caregiver Support Group Meeting take splace at the Guy Thompson Community Center, 5629 Byrom St. in Milton. The next meeting will be March 14.

Caregivers often struggle alone to care for a loved one who is changing physically and mentally away from the person they initially came to love. Who else can understand the fears, the difficult choices to be faced, and the frustrations? Come and meet others who are walking that path and speak your truth.

SANTA ROSA BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION: 6 p.m. potluck dinner, 7 p.m. meeting on the third Thursday at the Santa Rosa County Extension office, 6263 Dogwood Drive, Milton. Visitors are welcome. Details: Clarence Prater, president, 623-776-7018, or Sandy Ashby, vice president, 529-5770.

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: meets monthly on the second Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. call 995-7056 for details and further information.

MILITARY ORDER OF PURPLE HEART: meets third Saturday of every month at 11 a.m. at Hope Church, 3220 Avalon Boulevard, Milton. 

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Need a few credits to earn your high school diploma? Santa Rosa Adult School offers adult high school completion through earned credits. Classes are provided evenings in Milton and Navarre. Tuition is $30 per term. Call 983-5710 for details.

FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION: The Western Gate chapter’s activities are free to participate in except as noted. See more details at www.meetup.com/ftawesterngate/  

SANTA ROSA REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:  meets every third Thursday of the month at Grover T's Restaurant, 5887 U.S. Hwy 90 in Milton. Dnner at 5:30 p.m., meeting at 6:30 p.m.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

MILTON MEETINGS: The following meetings take place at Milton City Hall, council chambers, 6738 Dixon St., unless otherwise indicated. Contact the City Manager’s Office at 983-5411 for more information.

Community Redevelopment Agency: 5:30 p.m. March 12 City Council regular session: 5:45 p.m. March 12 Committee of the whole meeting: 5:30 p.m. March 21 Technical Review Committee, 8 a.m. March 12, conference room A Housing Committee, 6:30 p.m. March 28, conference room B