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Azalea Dogwood Trail

7-mile trail through Dothan Garden District
Spring has arrived bringing warm temperatures and beautiful flower blooms. With these delights, the Azalea Dogwood Committee anxiously begins preparation for the 51th Azalea Dogwood Trail scheduled Sunday, March 29th. This annual pilgrimage through some of Dothan’s heaviest azalea and dogwood-populated areas is held each year on the Sunday when the blooms are at their peak.

The 2015 Azalea Dogwood Queen, Princess and Maid of Honor, will join Dothan’s Mayor Mike Schmitz in the ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 1:50 p.m. on the corner of Woodland and Main Street. The Trail draws hundreds of visitors from across the Southeast to view the beauty of spring in Dothan.

Following the ribbon cutting, the Queen and her court will lead the entourage of cars atop their Corvettes provided by the Circle City Corvette Club. Lovely young ladies dressed in antebellum gowns will grace the lawns of the seven-mile winding trail. The Queen and her court will greet visitors at the trail’s end point – the home of Brent and Elizabeth Cook located at 115 Girard Avenue. Anyone is welcome to ride the trail after 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 29th, but please do not turn into the driveway of the Cook’s home at 115 Girard Avenue after 4:20 p.m.

The Azalea Dogwood Festival is sponsored annually by the City of Dothan and the National Peanut Festival.




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.


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.


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


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.


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





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.




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



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


WCSO to Host Basic Civilian Firearm Safety Course

Sheriff’s Office Firing Range located at 752 Triple G Road, Defuniak Springs
Would you like to learn more about the basic fundamentals of operating a firearm in a classroom environment, followed by practical exercises and some shooting? Or have you recently purchased a weapon and want to be more proficient? Then this is the class for you!
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office Basic Civilian Firearms Safety Program is held several times a year and it is a six hour course that details the basic safety and shooting fundamentals for most handguns. Courses are held on Saturdays and is instructed by members of the WCSO Training section. Completion of the course allows participants to apply for their concealed carry permit and packets are provided to course attendees.
The next class will take place on Saturday, April 4th at the Sheriff’s Office Firing Range located at 752 Triple G Road, Defuniak Springs. There is non-refundable course fee of $50 and seats are guaranteed after payment has been received. A complete application is required, and a background check will be conducted prior to acceptance. To register please go to https://wcso.wufoo.com/forms/ruiy5bi0ousokm/ Participants should bring 50 rounds of ammunition for their weapon. Firearms can be provided by the WCSO to attendees so that they can make an educated decision before they buy. If you need to use an agency firearm, please contact with Deputy Chris Strawn at cstrawn@waltonso.org prior to class so arrangements can be made. An Advanced Civilian Firearms Course is available once the basic course has been completed.


For more information please contact the WCSO Training Section at 850.892.8186.


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.