What's Happening in Santa Rosa County

Staff Writer
Santa Rosa Press Gazette

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



TALLAHASSEE — Volunteer Florida, the state's lead agency for mobilizing volunteers and coordinating donations before, during and after disasters, is promoting donations to the Florida Disaster Fund to support the thousands of Floridians affected by Hurricane Michael.

The Florida Disaster Fund is Florida's private fund established to assist statewide communities as they recover during times of emergency. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, Volunteer Florida distributes the Florida Disaster Fund to voluntary organizations, such as the Salvation Army and Florida Baptist Disaster Relief, that are actively engaged in food delivery and repairing and rebuilding homes, while offering financial assistance and other recovery-related services.

"Right now, so many people are watching the news, seeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael and asking what they can do," said David Mica, Jr., CEO of Volunteer Florida. "This is what they can do – donate to the Florida Disaster Fund and provide both immediate relief and long-term recovery for their friends, neighbors and affected Floridians."

To donate to the Florida Disaster Fund, visit www.volunteerflorida.org.

FLU SHOTS: The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County is now offering flu shots by appointment at the Milton location at 5527 Stewart Street. 

The fee is $32 and is covered by Medicare, for those who are eligible, as well as some other insurance plans. Vaccine is also available free of charge for children 6 months through 18 years of age through the Vaccines for Children Program. The quadrivalent vaccine offers protection against four strains of the flu. To make an appointment, call 983-5200, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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.

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.


MILTON CHRISTMAS PARADE: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 1.  Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce will host event. Event lineup will begin at 4 p.m. at Guy Thompson Center parking lot with parade starting at 6 p.m. 

AZALEA GARDEN CLUB OF PACE: The Azalea Garden Club of Pace meets on the second Monday of the month from September to May from 12:30-3 p.m. at the Pace Fire Department conference room, 4773 Pace Patriot Blvd. Call Jean at 380-2256 or Debbie at 736-8629 for information. The monthly meeting for December, 2018 is cancelled.  Meetings will resume in January, 2019.

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.

THE MILTON GARDEN CLUB CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dec. 1 and 2. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door on the days of the tour at Milton Garden Club for $10 per person. Call 850-626-2003 for additional information. Tickets are available at Blackwater Antiques on Berryhill and at the office of the Main Street Event Center.

HEALTHY START COALITION OF SANTA ROSA COUNTY: The Healthy Start Coalition of Santa Rosa County, Inc. will have the following meeting on Dec. 10: 

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

All meetings are open to the public and take place at the Healthy Start office located at 5505 Stewart Street, Milton. For further information, contact the Healthy Start Coalition at 850-626-6751.

CAPSTONE ACADEMY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: 12:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Capstone Academy, 5308 Stewart St in Milton the Capstone Academy Milton Charter School board of directors meeting will take place.

ST. MARY'S EPISCOPAL WINTER ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR: noon to 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 1. located at 6849 Oak Street, Milton. Products will include handmade wallets, wreaths, knitted crafts, crochet, nail polish strips, ornaments, Uniquely Yours Boutique, Young Living Oils, boutique clothes, scentsy, quilts, Lipsense, jewelry, fashion barrettes, ornaments, tumblers, sewing, Pink Zebra fragrance, bath salts, Christmas gifts, bows, shirts, bags, wooden puzzles, succulents, hot sauce and salsa, hand painted art, clothing, resin paintings, birdhouses, jewelry boxes, sewing and vinyl crafts, canned items, knives, Paparazzi Accessories, books, chiropractic medicine information, home improvements, Lula Roe, Usborne books for kids, doll clothes, jewelry boxes, monogrammed items, sewing embroidery, bath & body goods, Tupperware, woodworking, Diamond Art, Nerd Life 53, home décor/ door hangings, quilts and more. Face painting will be available for kids and an artist will be doing caricature drawings. Saturday enjoy live music by Larry Jarman and Friends Southern Gospel Band from 10:30 a.m. to noon.  The Episcopal Church Women will be selling homemade turkey gumbo, baked goods, goodies, jams, jellies and other canned goods, and the Men’s Group will be grilling hamburgers.

Contact the church at 850.623.2905 or stmarysmiltonflorida@gmail.com for more information. Also visit the Facebook events page St. Mary's Winter Arts & Craft Festival for vendor updates.


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.

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. The Republican Club of Santa Rosa County will meet with a pay as you go dinner at Vinnie R's at 6 PM on Tuesday Dec.

Vinnie R's is Located at 7552 Navarre Parkway Suite #14 Navarre, in Harvest Village Complex on the NORTH side of Hwy 98 - 2 miles WEST of the Hwy 87 intersection.

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.

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.

MILITARY ORDER OF PURPLE HEART: meets 3rd Saturday of every month at 11 a.m. at Hope Church, 3220 Avalon Boulevard, Milton. 

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.

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. On Nov. 19, the club will be discussing First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.


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

  • LEAP Committee: 3:30 p.m. Nov. 29 in conference room "A"
  • Housing Work Group: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 in conference room "B"
  • Milton Police Pension Board: 8:30 a.m. Dec. 3
  • Council Meeting: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 
  • Council Meeting: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11
  • Riverfront Development: 4 p.m. Dec. 13 
  • Historic Preservation Board: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13

SANTA ROSA MEETINGS: The following meetings take place at Santa Rosa County Administrative Center Board Room, 6495 Caroline Street, unless otherwise noted.

  • Bagdad Architectural Advisory Board: 8:30 a.m. Nov. 28 Public Service Conference Room, 6051 Old Bagdad Hwy, Milton
  • Parks and Recreation: 5:30 p.m. Nov. 28