What's Happening in Santa Rosa County

Staff Writer
Santa Rosa Press Gazette

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


SANTA ROSA COUNTY 4-H QUILTING WORKSHOPS: 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: Feb. 10 (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) — cutting the quilt; March 10 (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) — sewing it up; and April 14 (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. Details: Prudence Caskey or Jasmin Bradford at 623-3868.

ROCK PAINTING WORKSHOP: Milton Garden Club will hold a rock painting workshop 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 12 at the Green Up Santa Rosa Nursery, 6758 Park Ave., Milton. Supplies and light refreshments will be available. For details, contact Bill Walter at (269) 369-5867 or anaxortts@yahoo.com

YOUTH BASEBALL, T-BALL, SOFTBALL REGISTRATIONS: Gospel Projects Youth Athletic Club has opened 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 sports@youthathleticclub.org.


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.

MILTON GARDEN CLUB MONTHLY MEETING AND PROGRAM: 9:30-11:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month, September through May at the Milton Event Center, 5256 Alabama St.

Feb. 13 is "All About Soil" presented by Jim Roberts, Public Information Officer of Escambia county.

March 13 is the "Life Cycle of the Dragonfly" presentation by Pam Murfey, SRC Master Gardener.

April 10 is "All About Herbs" presented by Ginny Hinton, Santa Rosa County Family and Consumer Services Agent.

The Spring Luncheon will be in May, date to be announced.

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.

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/  


HEALTHY START COALITION OF SANTA ROSA COUNTY, INC.: These meetings are on Monday, Feb. 12:

  • 3:30 p.m., Executive Committee
  • 4 p.m., Board of Directors

The meetings will take place at the Healthy Start office located at 5505 Stewart St., Milton. 

For further information, contact the Healthy Start Coalition at 626-6751.      

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT CARPENTER’S PARK? Come talk to officials on Monday, Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. during the public open house to share your thoughts on the concept plans for the park. The city of Milton has hired TSW, an Atlanta-based planning, architecture, and landscape architecture firm, and Volkert, Inc., an engineering firm, to work on a master plan for Carpenter’s Park. They have taken your feedback from the survey and first public meeting in fall 2017 to create multiple ideas for the future of the park, and they want to hear what you think. 

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

  • Fire Department Executive Group - February 12, 6:30 p.m., Emergency Operations Center, 4499 Pine Forest Rd, Milton
  • Commission Planning Workshop - February 13, 9:00 a.m.
  • Building Code Board of Adjustments - February 14, 2:30 p.m., Public Services Conference Room, 6051 Old Bagdad Hwy., Milton
  • Joint Workshop with School Board - February 15, 1:30 p.m.
  • Commission Committee  - February 19,  9:00 a.m.
  • Commission Regular - February 22, 9:00 a.m.
  • Commission Special - Rezoning Meeting - February 22, 6:00 p.m.
  • Bagdad Architectural Advisory Board - February 28, 8:30 a.m., Public Services Conference Room, 6051 Old Bagdad Hwy., Milton
  • Parks and Recreation - February 28, 5:30 p.m.

FLORIDA YOUNG DEMOCRATS OF SANTA ROSA COUNTY: 6 p.m., Feb. 13 at 4966 Henry Street, Milton. Details: President Taylor Smith, 797-8374 or email Tsmith.srfyd@gmail.com.

SANTA ROSA COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Feb. 15, 6 p.m., at 4966 Henry St., Milton. All elected precinct members and interested parties are invited to attend. For additional information, contact Sarah Coutu, chair, at 375-2334, or Trish Hansen, Secretary, at 261-5662.


  • Holiday Committee: Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m., Conference Room B of City Hall, 6738 Dixon St. Details: 983-5411.
  • Milton Committee of the Whole: Feb. 22, 3 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 6738 Dixon St.