What's Happening in Santa Rosa County

Staff Writer
Santa Rosa Press Gazette

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


FENTANYL ADDICTION: 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


Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 877-841-5509.

ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTER NOW ACCEPTS CIGNA INSURANCE: The Friary at Lakeview Center is now accepting Cigna Insurance for services. The Friary accepts many other health insurance plans including TriCare, and authorization for services is based on medical necessity.

Addiction treatment is not something that an individual or family should ignore. The Friary admissions team is striving to help the community by working with clients to determine their coverages and offer options when insurance won’t fully cover treatment.

A confidential assessment can be arranged at any time by calling 850-932-9375 or toll free 800-332-2271. Visit www.TheFriary.org to learn more about services.


The Pace Area Chamber of Commerce monthly Networking Luncheon will be on 12 p.m. August 1 at The Cutting Board.

Each person will order off the menu and pay the waitress after lunch. Door Prizes are always welcome. Please RSVP so that way we have an accurate head count.

The Azalea Garden Club of Pace is having their Welcome Back Party on August 13 at 12 p.m. at 4773 Pace Patriot Boulevard, Pace. Dinner will be dogs, all trimmings, dessert and beverages.  Guests are welcome. There will be a lecture on the best way to grow tomatoes.  For more information please call 850-380-2256 or 850-736-8629.

SACRED HEART FREE SEMINARS FOR SENIORS: During August, Sacred Heart Senior Services will offer three free "Healthy Living" seminars at locations in Northwest Florida. These seminars are designed for people ages 55 and older. Call 850-416-1620 or toll-free at 1-877-416-1620, or visit www.sacred-heart.org/seniorspirit to register.

"Why am I saving that? How to let it go!" will take place 12 to 1 p.m. Aug. 9 at Pace Medical Park Rehabilitation Center, first floor, 3754 Hwy. 90 in Pace. Sharon Davis will speak, a certified professional organizer with Efficient Home Organizing.

"Do You Know What’s in Your Medicine Cabinet?" will take place 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola Conference Center, Greenhut Auditorium, 5151 N. 9th Ave., Pensacola. Suzanne Kelley will speak, a pharmacist with Covenant Care. Valet parking is available at the hospital front entrance.

"Aging in Place and in the Community" will take place 12 to 1 p.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, Chapel Conference Room, 100 Daniel Dr., Gulf Breeze. Lauren Meadors will speak, development coordinator with the Council on Aging of West Florida, Inc.

SHORT COURSE NORTH: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 9 and 10, Short Course North, a Florida Federation of Garden Clubs sponsored event, will teach gardening and environmental issues at the Escambia County Extension 4-H Building, 3740 Stefani Rd, Cantonment. Discover how to plant and maintain ornamental grasses, pollinator and native plants, shade and rain gardening, and alternatives to turf. The cost is $65 for non club members and $50 for garden club members. Lunch is included. Visit FFGC.org to download the registration form or call 850-293-4902.


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.

SANTA ROSA COUNTY WRITER’S GUILD: 3:45-5:45 p.m. Tuesdays at the Guy Thompson Community Center, 5629 Byrom Street 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.

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

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: 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/  

MILTON PIECEMAKERS QUILD GUILD Of MILTON: 9:15 a.m. second Monday of the month, the guild will meet 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.


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

  • Tourist Development Council Board: 8:30 a.m. Aug. 2, Tiger Point Community Center, 1370 Tiger Park Lane, Gulf Breeze
  • Commission Committee: 9 a.m. Aug. 6
  • Blackwater Soil and Water Conservation District: 7:30 a.m. Aug. 7, Jay Service Center, 3927 Highway 4, Suite 102, Jay
  • Marine Advisory: 5 p.m. Aug. 7
  • Building Code Board of Adjustments: CANCELLED
  • Commission Regular: 9 a.m. Aug. 9, Tiger Point Community Center, 1370 Tiger Park Lane, Gulf Breeze
  • Zoning Board: 6 p.m. Aug. 9, Tiger Point Community Center, 1370 Tiger Park Lane, Gulf Breeze
  • Fire Department Executive Group: CANCELLED
  • Commission Committee: 9 a.m. Aug. 20    
  • Bagdad Architectural Advisory Board: 8:30 a.m. Aug. 22, Public Services Conference Room, 6051 Old Bagdad Highway, Milton
  • Parks and Recreation: 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22
  • Commission Regular: 9 a.m. Aug. 23
  • Commission Special Rezoning: 6 p.m. Aug. 23
  • MSBU Public Hearing: 6 p.m. Aug. 29     

MILTON MEETINGS: The following meetings take place at Milton City Hall, 6738 Dixon St., unless otherwise indicated.

  • Board of Directors of Sundial Utilities: 5:30 p.m. Aug. 6 in council chambers
  • Executive Session: 5:30 p.m. Aug. 6 in council chambers
  • Community Redevelopment Agency: 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in council chambers
  • Regul session: 5:45 p.m. Aug. 14 in council chambers