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39th Annual City Track Meet

Dothan High School Track
Dothan Leisure Services announces the 39th Annual City Track Meet, Saturday April 11,
2015 at Dothan High School Track. Registration is from 9:00-9:45am. Girls & boys ages
7-14 who are residents in Houston County may participate. Door prizes will be given, and
first 150 participants will receive t-shirts.


For more information, please contact Matt Barefield (334-615-3720) or Dothan Leisure
Services (334-615-3700).



Chipola Feather Fest

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
http://www.cvent.com/d/m4q6tf


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Admission Price: $15.00

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Two Toe Tom Festival

John Clark Park in Esto, Florida
Festival to honor Two Toe Tom an alligator from the swamps over 20 ft long. Free festival with entertainers all day long. Shane Owens, Josh Cobb, Mt Zion Gospel, Johnny G & Southern Love Rhythm , Jimmy Harris and Lance Grantham. Horseshoes, car show, inflatables, cake walk and much more

Darlene Madden 850-263-3201


A Youth Community Explosion Weekend

Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Headland, AL
The churches of the Headland Community empowering the youth in our city by providing activities to celebrate and showcase their God given talents. Activities include Christian bands, choirs, dance teams, speakers from local churches with games and food.

Rev. Marlon Vickers, (334) 796-3629, marlonvickers@yahoo.com


Washington Co. Special Olympics Torch Run

The run will begin at the Washington County Court House and end at Peoples South Bank, in Chipley, FL.
Please join us for the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 @ 9:00AM!
The run will begin at the Washington County Court House and end at Peoples South Bank, in Chipley, FL.
For more information or to purchase your SOFL apparel, contact Sergeant Jessica Hawkins, (850)773-6100.
We encourage everyone to come out and support this great cause!!

For more information or to purchase your SOFL apparel, contact Sergeant Jessica Hawkins, (850)773-6100.


Dothan Coffee With a Cop

The Bistro Express 1188 N. Range Street Dothan, Alabama
JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORS AND POLICE OFFICERS FOR COFFEE AND CONVERSATION!
No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood!

For more information call 793-0230


Weevil City Cruiser 19th Annual Car Show

Enterprise State Community College Enterprise, AL
Weevil City Cruisers 19th Annual Car Show on Saturday April 11, 2015. Registration starts at 8am and costs $25 per vehicle to show or $10 for the Car Corral. There will be Goody Bags for the first 100 entrants. This event is held in conjunction with Piney Woods Festival at the Enterprise State Community College in Enterprise, AL Check out our web site at www.weevilcitycruisers.com or our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WeevilCityCruisers?fref=ts If you have any questions call Geoff Whittington at 334-477-6806. Come and enjoy some family fun, food and fellowship.
Rain date is April 12, 2015 from 8am to 3pm.

Geoff Whittington 334-477-6806


2015 Seabreeze Jazz Festival

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


Rocky Ridge Baptist Church Gospel Sing

Rocky Ridge Baptist Church 4 mi. north of Donalsonville, Ga. on Ga.hiway 39N
Gospel Sing to be held at Rocky Ridge Baptist Church 4 mi. north of Donalsonville, Ga. on Ga.hiway 39N on Sat. April 11,2015 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Featured Groups will be The Harper Trio, Tom Hayes, and The Rocky Ridge Trio. No adm. but a Love Offering will be received. You are invited.




Victory's Emerald Coast All-star Nationals

Apr 25, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015 9am to 6:30pm

Fort Walton Beach, FL at the Emerald Coast Convention Center
All-star Cheer & Dance competition

Brian Grossman 601-955-2936, Brian@VAspirit.com


Musical Echoes Native American Flute & Art Festival

Apr 24, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015 April 24 - 26, 2015 starting 3pm - 9p on Friday, 10a-9p Sat & 10a-4p Sun.

The Landing in Fort Walton Beach, FL
Experience Native American musical performances on stage during the entire festival, enjoy delicious Fry Bread and other food, explore the many vendors selling Native American flute, jewelry, baskets, art, and more.

Tisha Maraj- 850-685-4428, www.musicalechoes.org


Headland’s Daylily Art & Garden Festival

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.


Grandparents as Caregivers Conference

Living Waters, located at 2130 County Road 125, Headland, Ala.
SARCOA and Living Waters Counseling have partnered to present a training for grandparents acting as caregivers. This mini-conference will focus on communicating effectively, establishing boundaries, administering discipline, and connecting with resources in the community. Conference will be held April 16 from 9 - 11:30 a.m. at Living Waters, located at 2130 County Road 125, Headland, Ala.

SARCOA is the aging and disability resource center serving seven counties in southeast Alabama. Living Waters Counseling is a comprehensive community mental health facility based on biblical values.


For more information or to register, call SARCOA at 334-793-6843.


American Legions Riders State Wide Legacy Run

American Legion Cook Clements Post 73 Enterprise, AL
Post73 will host the first leg of the American Legions Riders State Wide Legacy Run. Members and others from across the state will meet at Post 73, enjoy breakfast and start off the first Leg of the 5 day Ride Across the State of Alabama. (Leaving at 10 AM.) You may register on line or the day of the event. You may ride any portion of the ride. Preregistration is recommended. See alabamaalr.org

The Legacy Foundation provides scholarships to children of deceased Service Members who have died since 9-11. You are invited to come out and help send them off.


For more information go to alabamaalr.org or call Max Roberts 347-1426


SARCOA Older Americans Day

National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in Dothan
SARCOA Older Americans Day Celebration

SARCOA’s annual Older Americans Day celebration will be held May 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in Dothan. Tickets for the event are free, but must be ordered by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 6. Attendees must be 60 years or older to qualify for the free lunch and prizes.

Older Americans Day features entertainment, food, prizes and sponsor booths. This year’s theme is “Flower Power.” Talent show participants must pre-register. Event t-shirts are available for purchase.



For the latest event updates, visit www.sarcoa.org.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call SARCOA at 334-793-6843 or 800-239-3507



National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Coffee County Department of Human Resources Offices
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Coffee County Department of Human Resources encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Coffee County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities. April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children. Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to build and promote the protective factors, in every interaction with children and families, is the best thing our community can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development.

This year Coffee County Department of Human Resources will be holding a Proclamation Day to raise awareness for Child Abuse. The event will take place on April 1, 2015 at 3:00pm here at Coffee County DHR office.

Coffee County Department of Human Resources
(334) 348-3028



39th Dothan/Houston Co. Special Olympics

Dothan High School
The 39th Annual Dothan/Houston County Special Olympics will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Dothan High School beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The games will kick-off with the parade of athletes and shortly following this, the flame will be run onto the field by local law enforcement personnel who tracked 10 miles beginning at Rotary Miracle Field to signify the Opening of the 39th annual games.

Following Opening Ceremonies, athletes will compete in several track and field events to include 50 M Dash, 100 M Dash, 100 M Race/Walk, Softball Throw, Standing Long Jump, Wheelchair Races, Bike Races and Motor Activities.

The public is invited to come out and cheer on local Special Olympic athletes as they compete with bravery, skill, and courage in demonstrating the true meaning of sportsmanship and competition.


For more information, please contact Angie Lowe at 334-615-4743 or email at alowe@dothan.org.


Walk in History

Apr 11, 2015 April 11, 2015 at 4:30 pm-7:00 pm

Columbia Cemetery
Walks are sponsored by Columbia Historical Society.
Adults $10.00 Children and students--no charge.




Grand Ridge Spring Festival and Egg Hunt

John Thomas Porter Park located at 6951 Florida St, Grand Ridge, FL 32442
Grand Ridge 3rd Annual Spring Festival and Easter Egg Hunt
April 4, 2015

The Town of Grand Ridge is gearing up for its 3rd Annual Spring Festival and Easter Egg Hunt and we are inviting vendors to participate.

The Spring Festival and Easter Egg Hunt is set for Saturday, April 4th at John Thomas Porter Recreation Complex in Grand Ridge. The Recreation Complex is located next to Grand Ridge School on Florida St.

It features an Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. with 3 different age divisions having a total of 12 golden eggs worth $25.00 each.

It opens to the public on Saturday, April 4th at 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

There will be something for everyone such as arts, crafts, food vendors, children’s games and activities, live bunny photos from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a coloring contest with prizes. Any vendors that wish to participate are encouraged to contact Cindy Millard at 850-272-1134.

There are a variety of activities for children and adults, T-shirts, homemade jellies, candles, handmade crafts, jewelry, a great variety of carnival foods, a train ride, slides, bouncy house, and more.

The Spring Festival and Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Town of Grand Ridge and the East Jackson County Economic Development Council. For more information, please call Town Hall at 850-592-4621.

Vendor spaces are $25 each with proceeds going to Sneads High School Project Graduation 2015. Admission to this event is free, but there are small fees for the kids’ activities. There will be no charge for the egg hunt.


Amanda Nunn, 850-592-4621, togradmin@embarqmail.com


Fort Rucker Easter Sunrise Service

Fort Rucker, Wings Chapel, Bldg. 6036
Please come and join us at the Post-wide Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, 5 April 2015, 0630-0730, on the Flight Landing Strip behind Wings Chapel (Bldg 6036, Andrews Avenue). Chaplain (COL) John L. Kallerson, USAACE/Garrison Chaplain, will deliver the Easter Message. The service will involve people of the Fort Rucker and neighboring civilian communities. All are invited to attend.

Frances Turner, 334-255-2989


Passion Play 2015

Apr 3, 2015 - Apr 5, 2015 Friday, April 3& 5, 7:00 P.M. Saturday, April 4 5:00 P.M. and 7:30 P.M.

First Baptist Church, Bonifay
We would like to invite you to celebrate the Easter season with us through these special presentations. We have free early-seating tickets available through the First Baptist Church officeDoors will be opened one hour prior to each performance to ticket holders. Non-ticket holders will be seated beginning thirty minutes prior to each performance. We look forward to seeing you there.
Doors will be opened one hour prior to each performance to ticket holders. Non-ticket holders will be seated beginning thirty minutes prior to each performance. We look forward to seeing you there.

. You may call us at (850) 547-2420 or fax us at (850) 547-9821 to reserve tickets in your name for a specific presentation. You can also email us at robin@fbcbonifay.com.



A Walk to the Cross

Apr 3, 2015 - Apr 4, 2015 April 3rd 6-9 & April 4th 4-8

Cowarts Baptist Church Family Life Center in Cowarts, Al
A walk though event that allows you to first hand experience the last moments in the life of Jesus.

334-794-2424 or awalktothecross@gmail.com
we are also on Facebook



Just the Facts: Marriage

Apr 14, 2015 - Apr 28, 2015 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Head Start, 900 West Powell St., Dothan
Marriage is more than just a wedding. The road to happily ever after is paved with love, forgiveness, gratitude and trust. The Just the Facts: Marriage workshop on April 14, 21 and 28 from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. at Head Start (900 West Powell St., Dothan) will help couples and individuals discover the secrets to a healthy and lasting relationship. Call 334-671-7774 to register.

According to research, marriage binds couples together in a network of affection, mutual aid, and mutual obligation, and is the outward, visible sign of a couple’s desire to create a lasting love and provide the bastion of support necessary for the growth of healthy children. Healthy marriages protect adults as well as children, mothers as well as fathers. Research indicates that people in healthy relationships experience more physical and emotional health, financial stability, are less likely to be victims of or to commit violent crimes, have decreased risk of drug and alcohol abuse, are less likely to contract STDs, and are more likely to have better relationships with their children. Mounting scientific evidence confirms that the best environment for children to flourish is being raised by parents in healthy marriages and this evidence indicates that in such healthy marriages, children are less likely to engage in high risk behaviors, are more likely to succeed academically, are physically and emotionally healthier, have a better relationship with their parents, are less likely to be raised in poverty and have a decreased chance of divorcing if they get married.

Healthy You Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit formed in 2010 in Dothan. The mission of Healthy You, Inc. is to enhance quality of life for citizens of Alabama through educational health initiatives and public awareness campaigns teaching personal responsibility when making lifestyle choices.


Healthy You, 671-7774
For more information, please call visit www.jtfstraighttalk.com.



Wiregrass Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale

Apr 10, 2015 - Apr 11, 2015 April10th 9 - 5 April 11 9 - 2

Master Gardener Nursery at Dothan Area Botanical Gardens, 5130 Headland Avenue, Dothan, AL 36303
Wiregrass Master Gardeners are having their 19th Annual Spring Plant Sale. Plants include: Shrubs, Perennials, Trees, Succulents, Vegetables, Bulbs, Ground Covers, Ivy and Grasses, Annuals, House and Porch Plants, Ferns, Herbs. Every plant is lovingly grown by a master gardener and we will be happy to answer any gardening questions you may have. Our prices are very reasonable and we have many hard to find plants. Cash or check only please.

Cheryl Hatcher
jhatcher@graceba.net
334-798-1034



Community Meeting w/Mayor Schmitz

Apr 8, 2015 11:30 am

WRC - Rotary Hall; Dothan, AL
Join the Dothan Community Relations Group for our quarterly Community Meeting w/the Mayor. These meetings are free and include lunch. For more information about the Dothan Community Relations Group visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/DothanCRG

Precious Freeman, 324-655-2535, dothancrg@gmail.com


City of Dothan’s FREE Business Workshop

City Commission Chambers located on the 2nd floor of the Dothan Civic Center
The City of Dothan will conduct a free business workshop, “How to do Business with the City of Dothan,” on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Those interested in networking should arrive at 5:30pm, with the workshop to follow at 6:00pm. The workshop will be held in the City Commission Chambers located on the 2nd floor of the Dothan Civic Center.

This free workshop is open to all companies. Topics to be covered include: business license, planning & zoning, equal opportunity, professional services, supplies & services used by the city, Alabama Immigration Act, purchasing bidders, and accounts payable vendors. Space is limited.


Call (334) 615-3154 or email purchasing@dothan.org for reservations.


Dothan 101-Citizen Government Class

Classes will meet at various locations throughout the City
Program Goal: To enhance citizen awareness and understanding of Dothan City Government’s role in the community

• Free to participants; space is limited
• Adult educational program giving an inside look at the City of Dothan and its employees
• Consists of 9-week instruction on the basics of government
• Hands-on experience with City services ranging from water treatment facilities to law enforcement training
• Sessions will include presentations, tours and Q/A period
• Class date and time: Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
• Great for any Dothan resident; committee members; public officials; media, etc...
• Program Coordinator: Anita Robertson, Administration Department
• Instructors: Department Heads/Supervisors/City Manager
• Evaluations given at the end of each session
• Applications available on-line at www.dothan.org or can be picked up at the Dothan Civic Center in Administration (located on the second floor)

For questions regarding Dothan 101, call Anita Robertson at (334) 615-3128 or e-mail at jarobertso@dothan.org


Cystic Fibrosis BBQ Plate Fundraiser

DOTHAN VFW 1426 TAYLOR RD DOTHAN AL
$9.00 PER PLATE PORK OR CHICKEN, POTATO SALAD, BEANS, BREAD & SLICE OF POUND CAKE

DEE DAY 791-3353
JENNIFER SMITH 803-3953
DOTHAN VFW 793-7312



Jelly Making Class

Panhandle Pioneer Settlement 17869 NW Pioneer Settlement Rd. Blountstown, FL 32424
Everyone like jams & jellies especially when they are homemade. Come learn how to make them the ole fashioned way. The cost of the class is $15.00 ($10.00 deposit) and all supplies are furnished. For reservations please call 850-674-2777 or email lisa@panhandlepioneer.org.

Lisa 850-674-2777


Backyard GROWceries Gardening Workshop

Hartford AL
Come learn about vegetable gardening basics, soils and plant nutrition, raised bed gardening, herb gardening, and garden pests.

Gavin Mauldin
Geneva County Extension Office
334-684-2484



Circle City Dramateers: Theatre Games Class

Where: Patti Rutland Jazz Studios 1077 W. Main Street Dothan, Alabama
What: A Theatre Games Class
Cost: $80 Per Student
How To Register: Call Or Email For A
Registration Form.
Teacher: Sharon Lewis-Saliba

No Experience Necessary. For Ages 6-18.
You Must Register And Pay For Class By April 1, 2015.

Please make checks to Sharon Lewis-Saliba
Mail checks to 300 Virginia Drive Dothan, AL 36301 334-701-5449





Easter Egg Stravaganza

Apr 4, 2015 2:30-4;00 PM

Kinsey Baptist Church 6745 Walden Dr. Kinsey , AL
Egg Hunt: one to toddler--4 years & for 5 years -5th grade
Dingo Dig, Pie in the Face, Cross Toss, Twister, Balloon Darts, Popcorn, Bunny Ring Toss, Flower Power, Hair Paint, Bucker ball, Face Paint, Cotton Candy Limbo, Pick Up Ducks, Photo Booth, Bouncy Balls Relay, Egg in Spoon Relay, Javelin Throw, Tattoos.




Autism Walk

Abbeville Elementary School
We will be holding our second annual autism walk on April 2nd, Which is World Autism Awareness day. Our event will take place at Abbeville Elementary School.
The walk will begin at 1:00.

If you have any questions, please call 334-618-8465.


2015 Gulf Coast Salute

Tyndall Air Force Base
On behalf of the more than 5,000 Airmen of Team Tyndall, it is my pleasure to invite you to the 2015 Gulf Coast Salute open house and air show on April 11 and 12. The base gates will open at 9:00 am each day; admission and parking are both absolutely free.

Tyndall is the “Home of Air Dominance,” and after watching the air show, you will know exactly how and why we got our name. For this year’s show we’ve pulled out all the stops and will feature performances by the Thunderbirds, the F-22 demonstration team, the Golden Knights and many more.

Our goal for the Gulf Coast Salute is that you and your families leave with an experience of a lifetime and with a better understanding of Tyndall, our mission and the Airmen who make it happen every day.

We look forward to showing you, and all our community partners, how much we appreciate your friendship and support. Without you, we could not accomplish our mission to “train and project unrivaled combat air power.”

I look forward to seeing you at the show!

Colonel Derek France
Commander, 325th Fighter Wing





United Way 2-1-1 Raffle

Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 - 4
Want one of those Big Green Egg Smoker Grills for just $10?

Wiregrass United Way 2-1-1 is selling tickets for a lucky person to win a LARGE Green Egg Grill/Smoker package. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25 and currently on sale by calling 334-836-1963 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 - 4. You can also purchase your tickets at the 2-1-1 booth at the Tri-State BBQ Festival April 10th and 11th which will take place at the Houston County Farm Center where the Green Egg Grill will be on display. The winning ticket will be drawn at the BBQ Festival April 11th. You do not have to be present to win.

100% of the proceeds go to Wiregrass United Way 2-1-1 which connects people with critical Health and Human Services information and referrals for residents in 7 Southeast Alabama counties 24/7. Thank you Wiregrass for supporting our 2-1-1 program, we appreciate you!

For more information about Wiregrass United Way 2-1-1, visit www.Wiregrass211.com or call 334-836-1963.



April Tours in Columbia

Apr 4, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 April 4th & 18th 10:AM until 1 PM

Old Bank bldg. Mail street
Historic guided downtown walks & presentations. No charge
Walks led by locals with experience and stories.

Walks are sponsored by Columbia Historical Society.


5th Annual Marvel of Flight

DeFuniak Springs Municipal Airport on Hwy 90 West
The City of DeFuniak Springs is proud to announce and celebrate our fifth annual fly-in/aviation festival, “Marvel of Flight”. Event times are Friday, April 10th from 5 pm to 10 pm and on Saturday, April 11 from 9 am to 4 pm at DeFuniak Springs Municipal Airport on Hwy 90 West. Come experience history at the DeFuniak Springs Airport. The theme of the 2015 Marvel of Flight is “Rising Above Adversity”, honoring the Tuskegee Airmen of WWII. The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit offers spectators a unique insight into the lives of the Tuskegee Airmen and also features a fully restored P-51 Mustang static display. In addition, a featured attraction will be the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation Wiregrass Chapter with their Huey and Cobra Helicopters.

“The City of DeFuniak Springs is proud to host the 5th annual Marvel of Flight celebration. This event not only highlights our airport but it also educates the general public about aviation. We are particularly proud to have the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit at this year’s event to further educate people not only about aviation but also about a part of our country’s history and the extraordinary contributions made by the Tuskegee Airmen,” said Sara Bowers, City Manager.

Marvel of Flight was created as the 2010/2011 class project of Leadership Walton, a program of the Walton Area Chamber. The class was challenged with bringing alternate forms of tourism throughout the county, while promoting economic development.

Marvel of Flight events attracts 5,000-7,000 spectators and will showcase a multitude of aircraft displays, flight demonstrations, career exploration exhibits, pilot workshops, concerts, free kids activities, food/aviation/art/crafts vendors, and lots of thrills for adults and children of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy. For more information on the schedule of activities go to http://www.marvelofflight.com.

“The City of DeFuniak Springs is delighted to host the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit as it makes its way across the United States touring air shows and other major public venues,” said Event Coordinator Ryan Adams. “This is an outstanding way to kick-off Marvel of Flight’s 5th year at DeFuniak Springs Municipal Airport.”

The array of events include: aircraft judging, helicopter rides in a Vietnam Era Huey and Cobra, bi-plane rides, the RE/MAX Balloon team program by RE/MAX Agency One - Crestview, pilot seminars, live entertainment, an aviation themed interactive exhibit and displays by NASA Kennedy Space Center, arts & crafts, free kids activities, car show, model rockets, RC planes, great food and much more! This is an alcohol-free day of “hometown” fun for the entire family.

Friday afternoon the campgrounds open at 5 pm for pilots. Early evening events include the Healthmark Regional Medical Center 5k Walk/Run as well as food/live entertainment. In addition, Monarch Aviation is hosting an opportunity for participants to meet Sonny Everett, an American aviator, author and broadcaster as well as a model rocket build and launch program for kids, pilots’ dinner and a movie.
Marvel of Flight is a brought to you by the City of DeFuniak Springs. Community Partners include the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce, DFS Police Department., Walton County Sheriff’s Office, DFS Fire Department, Boy Scouts of America, and many others.
The Marvel of Flight would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Presenting Sponsors are Visit South Walton, Walmart and Monarch Aviation. Associate Sponsors are Bight House Networks, CHELCO, COPE Center, CH2M HILL, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Gulf Power Company, Healthmark Regional Medical Center, Best Western Crossroads Inn, WZEP AM 1460, 4C’s BBQ. Supporting Sponsors include: Army Aviation Heritage Foundation Wiregrass Chapter, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, DeFuniak Herald, Preble-Rish, Inc., Triangle Chevrolet-Buick, Inc., Smith’s Signs and Printing, Shell Aviation and Southern LINC Wireless
For more information, call the airport staff at 850-892-2000 or visit our website at http://www.marvelofflight.com.

Event Admission Fee: Please join us in a donation of one jar of peanut butter or jelly to benefit the Matrix Community Center food bank.

2015 Exhibits:
1. NASA Kennedy Space Center-Space and Aviation
2. Southeast Alabama Rocketry Society-Model Rockets
3. Eglin Aero Modellers-RC planes
4. Aviation Art by Russell Ferris
5. Dixie Division Military Vehicle Club
6. Florida Forestry Aviation fire prevention exhibit featuring a UH-1H “Super Huey” and Cessna 182
7. 4-H Youth Development Tech Wizards Program Exhibit
8. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Unmanned Aerial System (drone) Exhibit
9. Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic Instruction Extra 300 Aircraft Exhibit
10. Walton High School Tuskegee Airmen Display





EOCC South Pacific

Enterprise Performing Arts Center
Tickets $10 and can be purchased at Enterprise Community College or at the door.




Wiregrass Master Gardener's Lunch and Learn

Apr 7, 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm

Community Room Houston-Love Memorial Library 445 North Oates Street Dothan, AL
The Wiregrass Master Gardener's are hosting a "Lunch and Learn" gardening series. Each month will focus on a specific topic pertaining to home gardening. April's session will focus on the home vegetable gardening. Bring your lunch, friends, and questions. All Lunch and Learn programs are free to the public!

Lucy Edwards
LEE0003@aces.edu 334-774-2329



Enterprise Semi-Pro Baseball Team Need Players

Peavey Park, 805 Bellwood Rd. Enterprise, AL


Joe Jackson 334.464.1729


Samson Gospel Musical Explosion

Apr 25, 2015 4:00 pm

One Church For All Worship Center. 414 West Washington St. Samson, Al 36477.
Welcoming: Praise Teams, Choirs, Gospel Groups, Comedians, Gospel Rapper, Mime Dancers, Soloist and more. If you're a Gospel performer, We're looking for you to join us here in Samson, Al. For
this great celebration. Free Event & Food.

Minister James Ruttlen Jr. @ 334-1125 or 334-898-1139.


FURfest

Apr 18, 2015 9 to 2

2187 S Brannon Stand Rd, Dothan, AL
FURfest is an outdoor festival with vendors selling art, collectibles, home made goodies and much more. It is the fundraiser to raise money for Felines Under Rescue (FUR) for the spay/neuter of cats and dogs.

Barbara Seaman, 693-5277


The Matrix Jail And Bail

Triangle Chevrolet Buick in DeFuniak Springs
Please help us, help our Community, by joining us for the 3rd Annual Jail and Bail fundraiser on April 24th, 2015 from 9AM to 4PM at Triangle Chevrolet Buick in DeFuniak Springs. Proceeds to be used for our community.

One of the many missions of the City of DeFuniak Springs and local law enforcement agencies is to partner with those in our community whose efforts make DeFuniak Springs and Walton County a safer, stronger, and healthier community.

The Matrix Community Outreach Center has been providing the community with a number of services that implements a “Hand Up not a Hand Out” mentality since 2011. The Matrix continues to strive to expand its programs and offerings to this community to help those less fortunate and in crisis.

In order for the Matrix to meet their mission and provide for those in need in our community, they rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. Without the assistance of community-minded individuals just like you, they would not be able to serve the men, women, and children in need in our community.

On April 24th, 2015, members from the City of DeFuniak Springs, DeFuniak Springs Police, Walton County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Corrections and other local law enforcement agencies will partner with The Matrix Community Outreach Center to host their 3rd Annual Jail and Bail fundraising drive to be held at Triangle Chevrolet Buick, 850 U.S. Highway 331 S. in DeFuniak Springs. Their goal again this year is to raise $15,000.00. We encourage you to participate by having someone mock arrested for charges such as “aging too well,” “impersonating a golfer,” or the most committed violation of “wearing unfashionable clothing.” There are so many other phony charges that can be made for the mock arrest of your boss, co-worker, family member, friend or even volunteer yourself to be a jail bird. Even if you can’t participate, donations are always accepted and appreciated! Your generosity during this fun time will make a difference in our community and allow them to continue this much needed program.

For further information on how you can donate or volunteer, please contact:
Candy Nowling Managing Director The Matrix Community Outreach Center 37 N. 9th Street DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433 850-892-1090 Email: thematrix@matrixcoc.org Web Site: www.matrixcoc.org



3rd Annual 5K Superhero Run

Westgate Tennis Center
MIKE SCHMITZ AUTOMOTIVE GROUP PRESENTS the 3rd ANNUAL 5K SUPERHERO RUN
To Benefit the Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention

Mike Schmitz Automotive Group presents the 3rd Annual 5K SuperHero Run to benefit the Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention on Saturday, April 11, at Westgate Tennis Center. The run will begin at 8:00 a.m. and a Kids 1 Mile Fun Run will immediately follow. We will also have games, inflatables and face painting for the kids. Come join us for an exciting day of Family Fun! You may even see your favorite SuperHero!

Registration will also be available the day of the event.

EVERY CHILD DESERVES A HERO, BUT ABUSED CHILDREN NEED A SUPERHERO!

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Pre-register today by visiting www.exchangecap.org or by contacting Cindy Watt at (334) 671-1966 .


Ozark Car & Bike Show

Ozark Municipal Complex, 275 N. Union Avenue 1 Block from the 9th Annual Ozark Crawdad & Music Festival Fundraiser
2nd Annual Ozark Car & Bike Show
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO SUPPORT THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

Registration begins @ 9:00 a.m. Judging begins @ 11:30 a.m. Awards @ 2:00 p.m.

$25 first vehicle & $10 each additional per registrant.

AWARDS FOR EACH CATEGORY: AUTOMOBILE AND MOTORCYCLE
Judge’s Choice , People’s Choice And ONE OVERALL “Best in Show”

Hosted by the Ozark Police Department.

For more information contact us at 334-774-2644 or opd@ozarkalabama.us


Alzheimer’s – A Faith Perspective

New Hall at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 123 Health St, in Enterprise
Alzheimer’s – A Faith Perspective is a support and education program to help family members, caregivers and others understand and cope with the effects of Alzheimer’s and other dementia diseases.

The thirteen-week program will meet every 1st and 3rd Thursday beginning on Thursday, March 19, and continuing through September. The meetings will be at 7:00 pm in the New Hall at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 123 Health St, in Enterprise. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Using faith as the foundation for helping those dealing with Alzheimer’s, the sessions will include themes such as managing fear and pain, finding purpose, asking for help, and living in the present moment.

For more information or to register, contact the group facilitator, Larry Hitchcock, at (334) 709-4033.


Walk for Autism 2015

Kiwanis Park at Westgate
The Walk for Autism is the single most powerful fundraising event in April that unifies thousands of participants statewide in support of the mission and projects of the Autism Society. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S., and affects over 50,000 people in Alabama alone.

Autism Society of Alabama
Attn: Lauren Reid
(205) 951-1364



Rock Angel Book Signing with author Jeanne Bogino

Barnes & Noble, 4601 Montgomery Hwy #100, Dothan
Author Jeanne Bogino will sign copies of her book, Rock Angel, published in September 2014 by Prashanti Press. Rock Angel is the story of a young, talented heroin addict who embarks on a rocky rise to guitar goddess stardom in the 1990s.

Jeanne Bogino
413-822-1149



Wild About Wildlife Fundraiser

All About Art Enterprise, Al.
Silent Wildlife Art Auction where 100 % of proceeds go to fund Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary with medical, food, sanctuary supplies and emergency vet care for local Alabama wildlife that has been injured or abandoned.

Dianna Hauf 334-494-0962


29th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Destin, FL
Uncork Some Fun in the Sun at the 29th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival, April 16-19 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the #1 resort on the Emerald Coast. The Sandestin Wine Festival, voted Best Annual Event in Destin, is a picture-perfect event, complete with white tents, flowing wine, food, ladies strolling in hats and live music. Affectionately called the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals,” attendees will enjoy wine tastings showcasing hundreds of domestic and international wines. The event is one of the best of the year and draws thousands of people to the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin.
Sandestin offers nearly 1,300 accommodations from the beach to the bay. The resort features a winning combination of accommodations, events, activities, dining and shopping, unmatched by any other vacation destination. To thoroughly enjoy the events surrounding the Sandestin Wine Festival, stay steps or a simple tram ride away when you book at Sandestin. Save up to 25% off accommodations & even more on your ticket with promo code WINE15. Don't miss this very popular event April 16-19. Plan your spring getaway today! Visit www.sandestinwinefestival.com for details or call 866.91.BEACH.

April 16-19, 2015
Wine Dinners – Thursday evening
Grand Wine Tasting – Friday 5-8 p.m. Saturday 1-5 p.m.
Mind. Body. Beach. – Saturday 7 a.m.
Retail Tent – Friday 2-9 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Brunch on the Bay – 10 a.m.-2 p.m

866.912.3224


Staying Cody Strong 5K

Ashford Depot
SGA's 2nd Annual 5K in memory of Cody Hayes will be held on April 11, 2015 at the Ashford Depot.
Early registration will be held 2/2 - 3/20 (fee includes shirt or tank);
Registration will be held 3/21 - 4/10 (fee does NOT include shirt or tank).

Laurie McWaters at Ashford HS (334-899-5411; mcwaters.laurie@hcboe.us; http://www.ahssga.eventbrite.com)


Miss Angel Pageant

Jun 14, 2015 .

Dothan Opera House Dothan, Al
Join us in our 10th year celebrating sisterhood and service!

We crown representatives and raise money for the Wiregrass Angel House. Wiregrass Angel House is a non profit organization based in Dothan, Al that advocates for victims rights and services for victims of violent crime, provides direct services to victims and their families, and provides public education and awareness.

Ashley Thomas
401-855-5488
http://calendarbeauties.tripod.com



Calling All Teens! Creative Writing Workshops with Local Author

Sep 8, 2014 1st Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m- 5:00 pm

Dothan-Houston County Library's Board Room 445 North Oates Street, Dothan, AL 36303
Join local author Danielle Wallace at the Dothan-Houston County Library for fun, inspirational creative writing workshops. Teens will be able to express themselves using different genres of writing, ranging from poetry to fiction. These workshops are free, so grab your pen, notepad, and your imagination to make a difference in the world around you. If you know a teen that would love to attend, share this information with them.

Place: Dothan-Houston County Library's Board Room

Date: Every 1st Monday of each month

Time: 4:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m

Contact Danielle Wallace at lyrically.spoken.publishing@gmail.com if you have any questions.