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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



Mad Hatter Tea Party

Wiregrass Commons Mall, Center Court 900 Commons Drive Dothan, AL 36303
Wiregrass Commons Mall hosts: Mad Hatter Tea Party

Event to focus on games, crafts and treats for children in the Wiregrass Community
WHAT: A first of its kind Mad Hatter Tea Party will be hosted at center court at Wiregrass Commons Mall on Wednesday, March 25th and Saturday, March 28, 2015 from I I am until 3 pm both days! There will be crafts and other fun activities for the children and store coupons for parents! All activities will be FREE of charge!

WHO: Mothers, Fathers, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles are invited to attend with their young ones.

WHERE: Wiregrass Commons Mall, Center Court
900 Commons Drive
Dothan, AL 36303
(334) 792-7734

WHEN: Wednesday and Saturday, March 251h and 28th from l I. am until 3pm


Call (334) 792-7734


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.


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


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



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





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





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 .


Bay Co. Easter Egg Hunt

H.G. Harder’s Park is located at 8110 John Pitts Rd., Panama City.
Bay County will host a free Easter Egg Hunt from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at H.G. Harder’s Park. Two egg hunting areas will be cordoned off, one for children 5 to 9 years old and a separate toddler section.

The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance at 1 p.m. to pose for photographs, so parents should be certain to pack a camera. Egg hunting begins at 1:30 p.m., with prizes for the child who finds a golden egg in each age group.

The Bay County Pet Adoption Trolley will be on site with animals available for petting and adoption. Refreshments will be available for purchase.


To volunteer at the event or for more information, please call Janie Lucas at 784-4065.


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



Women's Walk of Faith

Pioneer Park to Greater Beulah Baptist Church Family Life Center
Women of all races, faiths, backgrounds, and socio-economic histories will participate in a walk of faith demonstrating unity, strength, and a bond that will make a difference in our community.

Angela B. Underwood, Phone: 334-790-9592


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.