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Headland’s Daylily Art & Garden Festival

Date(s): 5/16/2015

Saturday, May 16, 10am-3pm

on the square in downtown Headland
The event is set for Saturday, May 16, 10am-3pm on the square in downtown Headland.

The festival features an art show inside the park with farmer’s market and garden-related vendors around the square. Entertainment, children’s art activities and gardening demonstrations are planned. Local daylily growers Bush Gardens will also conduct garden tours that day.
Artists and vendors can download an application at www.headlandal.com, or contact Rhonda Harrison, (334)693-3303, headlandalchamber@gmail.com.

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Houston County Farm Center, Dothan
The 4th annual Oktoberfest and barbecue competition, PorktoberQue, will again be held the last weekend of September at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan. The event features BBQ teams competing for $7700.00 in prize money under KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society) sanctioning and also promotes a German-style Oktoberfest. There are two stages featuring both polka music and contemporary music, an indoor biergarten, a "man cave" with TV’s for watching your favorite football games, a cornhole tournament, free bounce houses for the kids to play on, shopping with vendors and many food-related activities. For more information please visit our website www.PorktoberQue.com or call (334) 699-1475.
Kerry, 334-699-1475

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Touch A Truck at Landmark Park!

Date(s): 5/2/2015

On May 2 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Landmark Park on U.S. Highway 431 North in Dothan, Ala.
Calling all kids! On May 2 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Landmark Park will host the annual Touch A Truck, featuring dozens of trucks for kids and adults to touch, explore and learn about their uses.

Thanks to several business, many trucks will be featured at the event. Some of the equipment that will be present includes a bomb squad vehicle, university football truck, ice-cream truck, forklift, bobcat, TV and radio broadcast trucks and more. A "quiet hour" will take place from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. for kids who are afraid of loud noises.

Landmark Park is also hosting Touch A Truck birthday parties on the day of the event. For $250, you will receive 12 guest tickets that admit one child and one adult each, three reserved tables in the Stokes Activity Barn, custom invitations and envelopes, a construction themed birthday cake. Plates, napkins, forks, tablecloths, favor bags and one VIP parking space. Only a limited number of parties are available. Call 334-794-3452 for details.

Admission to Touch A Truck is $5 for kids, $7 for adults and free for park members and children 2 and under. This event is sponsored by Alabama Power, Holland Crane, WDHN and The Joy 94.3 FM.

Concessions will also be available.

Landmark Park is a 135-acre historical and natural science park located on U.S. Highway 431 North in Dothan, Ala.
For more information, contact the park at 334-794-3452 or visit www.landmarkparkdothan.com.

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Brian Brackin Memorial Blue Ribbon Ride

Date(s): 5/9/2015

May 9th 9:00-2:00 (Family Activities start at 11)

Harley Davidson of Dothan
3rd annual Brian Brackin Memorial Blue Ribbon Ride
May 9th 9:00-2:00 (Family Activities start at 11)
Harley Davidson of Dothan

$25/bike & $10/rider (includes lunch &t-shirt); family activities free with lunch for donations

www.southeastcac.org / FB: Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center

All bikers and clubs invited; car clubs, jeep clubs also encouraged to participate; door prizes tickets for riders; face painting, inflatables, karaoke for the family

The 3rd annual Brian Brackin Memorial Blue Ribbon Ride will be held Saturday, May 9th at Harley Davidson in Dothan. Registration starts at 9:00 and FBO at 10:00. Family activities start at 11 and include face painting, inflatable fun, bake sale, karaoke, hamburgers, and hot dogs. All bikers/clubs invited to attend as well as jeep clubs and car clubs. Anyone can come and participate in free family day activities; donations will be taken for lunch if not participating in the ride.

The ride is held to raise funds for the CAC and in memory of Brian Brackin, retired from the Dothan PD and long-time CAC Board Member who cooridinated the ride for years. He saw how the CAC benefits abused children and their families. From an investigator point of view, it helps to have the CAC offer a child friendly facility and trained professionals to talk to children during a difficult time. Working as a team with the CAC ensures the child's case receieves the attention necessary to help them cope with what is going on while also bringing guilty individuals to justice.

District Attorneys Doug Valeska and Kirke Adams support the event that is being held in partnership with Henry, Houston, Dale, and Geneva County Sheriff's Offices and the Wiregrass Harley Owner Group (HOG). Thanks to all the sponsors and Harley Davidson of Dothan for your support!
www.southeastcac.org / FB: Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center

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40th Annual Fishing Rodeo

Date(s): 5/15/2015, 5/16/2015, 5/17/2015

May 15-17

Shoreline Park South in Gulf Breeze
Gulf Breeze Optimist Club reaches milestone: their 40th Annual Fishing Rodeo
Spear fishers and hook and line anglers can enter to win $1,000

Forty years ago, Gulf Breeze Optimist Club launched a fundraiser that not only taught children to fish, but also offered a multitude of categories in which nearly every fish could be a prize winning catch. The popularity of the event increased each year and it raised money for the youth programs of the Gulf Breeze area.

This year, on May 15-17, the GBOC Fishing Rodeo returns to Shoreline Park South in Gulf Breeze, filled with fun, fishing, food and the chance for each entrant to win $1,000 in prize money. The Gulf Breeze Optimist Fishing Rodeo is unique because it is open to both shore and pier anglers as well as those on board private and fishing vessels. This year, spear fishers get their own category, and they are especially encouraged to target the invasive Lionfish species. The boat that turns in the most lionfish will win an award valued at $500.

The spear fishing tournament starts at sunrise on Friday, May 15 and ends Sunday, May 17 at 5 p.m. to coincide with the Lionfish tournament sponsored by the Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition and the FWC. This year, spear fishers can enter two tournaments with the same fish! The hook-and-line tournament starts on Saturday, May 16 at 6 a.m. and goes through Sunday, May 18 at 5 p.m. One day fishing constitutes a complete tournament. Weigh-in is on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Awards will be presented at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. A free fish fry will be served by the Optimists to all participants and sponsors during the weigh-in periods. Entrants must select either the spear fishing or hook and line division.

The entry fee of $25 is waived for all children 9 and under who have an adult registered for the event. A silent auction will offer bidders a chance to win an original painting by local artist Steve Zieman, two half day charter fishing trips from Hot Spots, two wine dinners for 8 from Carrabba’s, a stainless steel prop from Yamaha, a premium cooler from Gander Mountain as well as an array of other items.

Anglers can purchase tickets at Gulf Breeze Bait & Tackle, Hot Spots Bait & Tackle, Dizzy Lizzy Bait & Tackle, Half Hitch Bait & Tackle in Navarre; Dive Pros, Scuba Shack, MBT Divers and Bay Breeze Aquatics & Dive Center or Gulf Breeze News. Ticket sales for the spear fishing division end Friday morning and ticket sales for the hook and line division end Saturday morning.

The grand prize to be awarded is $1,000 cash, which will be chosen from a drawing containing the top winners in each of the 21 categories of fish in the hook and line division and five in the spear fishing division. Each category will have $100, $50 and $25 gift certificates for First, Second and Third Place prizes.

In previous tournaments, nearly 400 anglers of all ages competed in the Gulf Breeze Optimist Fishing Rodeo, and prizes were awarded in 21 categories. For 2015, the 21 hook-and-line categories include Amberjack, Bluefish, Bonito, Croaker, Dolphin, Flounder, Grouper, King Mackerel, Lady Fish, Ling/Cobia, Mingo Snapper, other Legal Snapper, Pompano, Redfish, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Speckled Trout, Tuna, Wahoo, White Trout and Whiting. The five spear fishing categories are Amberjack, Flounder, Gray Snapper, Lionfish and Scamp.

The Gulf Breeze Optimist Club returns all proceeds from its fund raising events back into the community, specifically helping the youth. Potential members are welcome to attend breakfast each Friday at 6:45 a.m. at Gulf Breeze Hospital Cafeteria. Gulf Breeze Optimist Club is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible.
For further information, please call Verne Rhodes at (850) 261-3731 or visit online at facebook/Gulf Breeze Optimist Club.

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Panhandle Watermelon Festival

Date(s): 6/26/2015, 6/27/2015

June 26 & 27

Chipley, FL
Panhandle Watermelon Festival has once again lined up a group of performers to ensure this year’s festival will continue to offer thousands a jam packed two day music and family experience like no other locally.

The 59th Panhandle Watermelon Festival proudly welcomes legendary country music acts Mark Wills, Exile and Daryle Singletary to grace the stage for the Friday night concert event.

“Holding to tradition, Panhandle Watermelon Festival consistently spotlights legendary music acts coupled with family oriented activities making this two day festival unlike any other offered in the area,” states Chairman Colby Peel, “Our goal remains to bring the highest quality entertainment to this community while ensuring this event is free to everyone who attends.”

Made possible in large part by presenting sponsors, McDonalds, Community South Credit Union, Tobacco Free Florida, Northwest Florida Community Hospital, GAC Contractors and JRA Architects, Inc., visitors can experience this year’s Friday night music acts while kids participate in one of the many kid centered activities located on the festival grounds including rock wall, race mania interactive rides, bounce house and slide sponsored by longtime supporter, Community South Credit Union and the traditional watermelon contests hosted by our own Northwest Florida Community Hospital all of which will be conveniently located at Pal’s Park.

Come hungry and feast on fare that goes hand in hand with Friday night Watermelon including hamburgers and hotdogs prepared by the Chipley Fire Department.

Saturday’s events commence early with the annual 5,000 meter Hot Trot Run at the Florida Panhandle Technical College. At the same time, spectators can head over to the Shrine Club for the traditional Pancake Breakfast.The family favorite Watermelon Parade is scheduled for 10am. Participants will organize at the Chipley High School Football Stadium and continue east on Hwy 90 through downtown to the delight of hundreds of eager faces.

Festivities will begin immediately following the parade at the Ag Center with gospel group The Thompsons kicking off another talented lineup of musicians. The time-honored introduction of queens and the watermelon contest and auction, hosted by Auctioneer David Corbin, round out the lunchtime activities. The Fine Arts Show, hosted by the Washington County Arts Council will be on display in the east wing of the Ag Center. This show will feature artwork from local artists as well as noted artists from the Northwest Florida region.

Member of the legendary Statler Brothers for 21 years, CMA (Country Music Association) Hall of Fame and GMA (Gospel Music Association) Hall of Fame member, Jimmy Fortune, will cap off Saturday’s musical lineup.

Numerous food and arts and crafts vendors will be scattered throughout the Ag Center grounds and visitors can drop by the Kiwanis table and pick up a complimentary slice of Watermelon (while supplies last).
For more details on the 59th Annual PWF visit our home online at panhandlewatermelon.com

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Chipola Feather Fest

Date(s): 4/24/2015, 4/25/2015, 4/26/2015

April 24-26, 2015

Marianna, Florida
April 1st- register today and receive 25% discount, today only.

Chipola Feather Fest offers an opportunity to view an exciting number of birds unique to Jackson County and surrounding area. A variety of field trips are planned for three mornings at various hot spots in the area. Lunch at food trucks and then afternoon workshops at Chipola College and evening guest speakers and entertainment. Mark your calendar for the three day event April 24-26, 2015.

Enjoy the beautiful Florida Panhandle, home to the world's largest population of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. There are many other sought after birds, animals and plants in the area such as Bachman's Sparrow, Swallow-tailed Kite, Mississippi Kite, Swainson's Warbler, Least Bittern, Purple Gallinule, Gopher Tortoise, Fox Squirrel, American Alligator, and endangered pitcher plants.

Chipola Feather Fest is sponsored by The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail's and TDC. List below is the field trips:
Friday, April 24, 2015
6:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Apalachicola National Forest (Field Trip) ($25)
Field Trip Leader: Greg Schrott

6:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Sam Atkins Park & Blountstown Greenway (Field Trip) ($15)

6:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Wings Over Florida: Apalachee WMA (Field Trip) ($15)
Speakers: Andy Wraithmell

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Florida Caverns State Park (Field Trip) ($15)

Saturday, April 25, 2015
6:45 AM - 12:00 PM
eBirding at Apalachee WMA (Field Trip) ($15)
Speakers: Andy Wraithmell

6:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Lake Seminole Hotspots (Field Trip) ($15)
Field Trip Leader: Greg Schrott

7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Falling Waters State Park (Field Trip) ($25)

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Florida Caverns State Park (Field Trip) ($15)
Sunday, April 26, 2015
6:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Chipola River Greenway: Hinson Conservation Area (Field Trip) ($15)

6:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Natural History of Apalachee WMA (Field Trip) ($15)
Field Trip Leader: Greg Schrott

6:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Upper Chipola River WMA: Bellamy Bridge Trail (Field Trip) ($25)
Speakers: Andy Wraithmel
For detailed information on each field trip go to

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Admission Price: $15.00

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2015 Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Date(s): 4/22/2015, 4/23/2015, 4/24/2015, 4/25/2015, 4/26/2015

April 22-26th

Panama City, FL ... Main performances will take place at the Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater adjacent to Pier Park, with nightly After-Party All-Star Jam Shows at two venues at adjacent Pier Park.
Multi-Grammy winners George Benson, David Sanborn, and Al Jarreau headline the "Ultimate Weekend of Smooth Jazz" amidst Northwest Florida’s stunning beaches and natural setting. The 17th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival® returns to Panama City Beach with over 20 stellar performances of top national contemporary jazz talent April 22-26th. The event has become an annual celebration for jazz-minded adults where the allure of great beaches, exciting shopping, world-class restaurants along with a plethora of activities like golf and fishing, all combine for a true vacation getaway.

Panama City Beach provides the perfect backdrop for the “ultimate” jazz beach weekend with the festival attracting attendees from 42 U.S. states and over seven countries, plus also being named “Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA” by JazzIZ Magazine. Smooth jazz blowing gently in the coastal breezes is just one unique feature at one of the nation’s fastest growing “destination music festivals” on the Gulf Coast.

Artists to perform include multi-Grammy winners George Benson, David Sanborn, and Al Jarreau – along with chart-topping smooth jazz musicians Brian Culbertson, The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Euge Groove, BwB featuring Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, and Rick Braun, Down To The Bone, The Sax Pack featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, and Kim Waters, Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers, Ken Ford, Acoustic Alchemy, Jazz Funk Soul featuring Chuck Loeb, Jeff Lorber, and Everette Harp, Chris Standring, Eric Darius, Four 80 East, Matt Marshak, Marcus Anderson, Josh Vietti, The Urban Jazz Coalition featuring Althea Rene, Rob Tardik, and Seabreeze Rising Star performer Ryan Montano.

Main performances will take place at the Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater adjacent to Pier Park, with nightly After-Party All-Star Jam Shows at two venues at adjacent Pier Park. To further showcase the beauty of Panama City Beach, a Dinner and Lunch Smooth Jazz Cruise aboard “The Solaris” dinner yacht is set departing the Lighthouse Marina cruising picturesque St. Andrews Bay—each with a live jazz performance on board.

Smooth Jazz fans have a unique and intimate connection to the festival’s music and core artists base. The “smooth jazz lifestyle” is the secret to the success of The Seabreeze Jazz Festival® – where the R & B based smooth contemporary jazz literally creates a synergy for the whole weekend. The licks of the funky bass lines and pop-friendly musical hooks keep the crowds moving to the beat….almost like the tempo of the swaying palm trees around beautiful Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater at Pier Park, on the west end of Panama City Beach.

Smooth jazz is the epitome of “The Good Life” – laid back yet upscale at the same time, relaxing and familiar as a pair of your most comfortable beach sandals. It’s this uniqueness that appeals to a truly upscale college-educated professional adult demographic, primarily a 35-55 year old audience with high amounts of discretionary income. Many economist call this very desirable demographic group “Alpha Baby Boomers” –attributing to the $14.2 million impact the Seabreeze Jazz Festival® besieges on the Northwest Florida economy.

The event hosts close to 28,000 for the weekend, with a large percentage of fans traveling hundreds if not thousands of miles away to attend. 60% of the festival’s tickets are sold outside the State of Florida, making it a true destination festival. The alluring appeal of Pier Park and the new resort-style architecture along with west end of Panama City Beach beckons even the most cosmopolitan city-dweller to join in on the fun, and get their toes in the sands.

“We are thrilled to partner, once again, with festival founders, Mark and Renee’ Carter and to sponsor this exciting event,” said Lino Maldonado, vice president of operations, Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Gulf Region—Presenting Sponsor of the event. “The Seabreeze Jazz Festival® continues to attract an international audience attended by guests from 42 states and 7 countries to Northwest Florida’s white sand beaches for the ultimate weekend of music. Our multi-year sponsorship agreement for the Seabreeze Jazz Festival® demonstrates our commitment to strengthening tourism in Panama City Beach and across Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast.”

The successful melding appeal of Pier Park with the Seabreeze Jazz Festival® on site is all about complimenting distractions. Pier Park (a Simon Mall property) sports over 160 retail stores, a 16-screen stadium-seating cinema, numerous eateries, nightclubs, even a small amusement park to pacify all of the family’s pastimes, while the parents enjoy the live smooth jazz entertainment from the nation’s top jazz artists. The newly completed City Pier across the street from the festival stage and miles of white-sand beaches and emerald-green waters also provides a nearby escape from the live entertainment. That is if you muster up enough to pull away from the star-studded contemporary jazz lineup.

The Seabreeze Jazz Festival® will make history in 2015 as the first event on the Gulf Coast to implement a new innovative RFID armband system from Intellitix for both entry and all festival purchases, essentially making the entire event both “ticketless” and “cashless”. In 2014, over 40 events in 10 countries have used this exciting new system developed by Intellitix, named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies” for live events in 2014.

For the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, even these cool innovative armbands will take on a jazz theme as festival organizers will be calling them “JazzBands”. The imbedded RFID chip inside the armband will not only be the patron’s ticket for entry into the event through an electronic portal, but also their wallet for all purchases inside the venue. Attendees can either “load” funds via their credit card in advance of the event online, or on site with credit or cash at several jazz festival “Top Up” stations throughout the event. All it takes is a quick swipe for any purchase in front of a tablet-size screen, and fans are back to the music and smooth jazz fun, with easy access to their “JazzBand” account via their smartphone. No need to worry about losing cash or credit cards with Intellitix’s exciting new system for fast entry and quick purchasing, dramatically reducing time spent at entry gates and in queue lines for merchandise, food, and beverages. Any unspent funds on the wristbands are refunded back to the user’s credit card immediately following the event, and the “JazzBand” simply becomes an event souvenir.

Tickets are available for single and multi-day admission. Thursday only tickets are $90 each, Friday only tickets are $100 each, Saturday only tickets are $120 each, and Sunday only tickets are $100 each. Patrons save money on multi-day tickets with a Weekend Pass good for Friday-Sunday priced at $200, and the all-inclusive Four Day Pass $250 each for all performances Thursday through Sunday at the main stage.

In addition, a new reserved section called Gold Reserve is available for 2015. Gold Reserved seating includes on-site parking, early entry, fixed reserved seating behind the VIP section, dedicated air-conditioned restrooms, and four beverages per day. The Four Day Gold Reserve ticket is $450 each and limited. VIP Tickets and VIP Tables sold out for the event last summer.
In addition, tickets for nightly All-Star After Party Jam Shows, a dinner and lunch cruise, as well as a special Sax Pack CD Release Party are available online and limited.

To celebrate the conclusion of the jazz festival and to cap off the weekend of stellar entertainment, a free All-Star After-Party Jam Show will be held on Sunday, April 26th beginning at 10:30pm at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at Pier Park hosted by Four 80 East, Matt Marshak, Marcus Anderson and special guests. Admission is free with full restaurant menu and bar available.

Seabreeze Jazz Festival® tickets are available by phone at 800-595-4849 or online at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.

In addition, several local outlets offer single day and multi-day passes.
Panama City Beach: Florida House Fashions and Pompano Joe’s at Pier Park (cash and credit cards)
Destin: ResortQuest Sales Office –Highway 98 across from Bass Pro Shops (cash and credit cards)
Ft. Walton Beach: Playground Music Center – Eglin Parkway at Uptown Station (cash only)
Pensacola: Deluna Coffee Company –across from Pensacola State College (cash only)

Tickets with a military discount are available at the Tickets and Travel/MWR Offices at Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City NSA, Eglin Air Force Base, The Pensacola Naval Air Station, and Fort Rucker.

The Seabreeze Jazz Festival® is again offering a free Four-Day Pass (a $250 value) for each good used band instrument donated to the L.I.N.K.S. of Northwest Florida program. “Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids” is a local non-profit organization that takes previously used band instruments, provides the needed repairs, and then put them into the hands of needy kids whose families usually wouldn’t be able to participate in local elementary, middle, or high school band. Last year, over 100 instruments were donated in return for jazz festival tickets and put into the hands of deserving music students in Northwest Florida. Playground Music Center in Ft. Walton Beach is collecting all the band instruments for the program. For more information, contact Tony Leonard at (850)-243-2514.

Special hotel accommodation packages are also available through the festival's supportive hotel sponsors. Presenting Sponsor and featured festival accommodations partner ResortQuest® By Wyndham Vacation Rentals is offering free shuttle service from select Panama City Beach properties for the best jazz festival experience ever. Call 855-990-0087 and use group code “JAZ5” for reservations or see the entire listing of hotels and special offers www.seabreezejazzfestival.com

A toll-free information hotline is available for details at 800-653-7519. Complete lineup, tickets, and schedule information is online at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com with weekly updates on Facebook.

General Admission seating is lawn seating so attendees need to bring a lawn chair or a blanket as event is festival seating. No coolers, outside food, or liquids allowed. Bring an empty water or sports bottle for complimentary water inside the venue. Bottled water will be on sale inside the venue for $1 a bottle. A cash bar will be available inside the venue for beer and wine sales along with an expanded Food Court area featuring gourmet food trucks from around the southeast showcasing a wide variety of cuisine. See the website for a complete list of rules and additional restrictions.

The 2015 Seabreeze Jazz Festival® presented by ResortQuest® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals. Other sponsors include The Panama City Beach Visitor's and Convention Bureau, Pier Park, JazzRadio.com, Knology, Viamedia, Sterling Resorts, Counts-Oaks Resort Properties, Lake Town Wharf, Royal American Beach Getaways, The Panama City News Herald, The Northwest Florida Daily News, Epiphone Guitars, SoWal.com, Concord Music Group, and WSBZ Radio The Seabreeze 106.3FM.
For more information, contact Mark Carter at 850-267-3279 or info@seabreezejazzfestival.com

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