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Washington County Council on Aging

CHIPLEY - Washington County Council on Aging provides facility-based help to caregivers who provide care for elder recipients 60 and older who are functionally impaired. Facility hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Recipients in Holmes, Jackson & Washington counties may qualify. For eligibility determination and enrollment, please call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-963-5337.


First Friday Fish Fry

BONIFAY - Knights of Columbus Council 10513 is hosting a Fish Fry from 4 to 7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month at the Blessed Trinity Parish Center. "All You Can Eat" cost is $10 with carry-out costing $7. Meal includes both catfish fish and white - either baked or fried - and sides. Blessed Trinity Parish Center is located at 2331 Highway 177-A in Bonifay.


Kid safety expo

LYNN HAVEN/CHIPLEY - Kid Safety Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays: at the Chipley Walmart September 16 at the Lynn Haven Walmart September 30; at the Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7; in the Chipley Homecoming parade October 13; at the Graceville Harvest Festival October 14 and at trunk or treat at Pals Park October 28.


Rodeo pageant

BONIFAY - The Holmes County High School Blue Pride Band Boosters will host the 2017 Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo Pageant Saturday, September 16. Tiny Miss through Little King pageants will be at 4 p.m. and Little Miss through Miss Rodeo will be at 6 p.m. There is a $50 entry fee per contestant. Registration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 5 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 9. Online registration and credit card payment will be available Tuesday, August 20 through Saturday, September 9 at www. HCHSBLUEPRIDE.com/Pageant. Late registration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 12 there will be a $10 fee added for all late registrations. Rehearsals will take place during registrations. Admission to the pageant will be $5 for ages 10 and up and $@ from ages 9 and under. For more information call 850-766-7569 or email pageant@hchsbluepride.com


Rose Gardening Symposium

CHIPLEY - The Washington County UF / IFAS Extension Office will host a rose gardening workshop for gardeners across the Panhandle from 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, September 16, at the Washington County Agricultural Center. Many roses are hard to grow in the Florida Panhandle without investing considerable time and energy into spraying for insect and disease problems. This workshop will teach attendees how to select and sustainably grow roses adapted to the hot-humid conditions of the Southern Gulf Coast. There will be opportunities for outdoor learning and hands-on activities. Topics include: Selection of disease resistant rose cultivars adapted to the lower South, Resources to obtain hard to find easy care rose cultivars, Soil and Nutrient Management, Disease and insect management, Irrigation, Rose Propagation. Participants will be given the opportunity to propagate their own rose and take home their own propagation assembly to grow their own roses from scratch. Refreshments will be provided. and a door prize will be available. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Nikki or Cynthia at 850-638-6180, email Matthew Orwat at mjorwat@ufl.edu, or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/northwest-florida-rose-symposium-tickets-37285965326


Senior Health Fair

CHIPLEY – Northwest Florida Community Hospital will host a senior health fair from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 19, in the Education Auditorium in the NFCH Specialty Center. The event is for individuals ages 55 and older. There will be free health screenings, vision checkups, vaccination, information of healthy eating habits and testing and care for diabetes. Vaccines will include pneumonia vaccine, Zostavax (shingles) vaccination for $199 and the flu shot. For the flu shot insurance/Medicare will be billed the out of pocket cost will not exceed $15. The hospital is located at 1360 Brickyard Road in Chipley. For more information, call 850-638-1610.


'Mix it up!' convenience mix class

CHIPLEY - The UF/IFAS Extension Office will host a 'Mix it up!' convenience mix class from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 19, at the Washington County Ag Center, located 1424 Jackson Ave., Chipley. The class will cover new mixes and also some of the basic mixes including multi-purpose baking mix, cream of whatever soup, ranch dressing and more. The cost of the class is $5 and includes recipes and samples. Learn how to make your own baking mix, one-dish meal-type mix, and plus many others. Pre-registration is required by contacting the Washington County Extension Office at 850-638-6265, or the Holmes County Extension Office at 850-547-1108. The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution. Persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations are asked to contact 850-547-1108 (TDD, via Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771) at least five working days prior to the class so that proper consideration may be given to the request.


PPLCS to meet

MARIANNA - The Panhandle Public Library Cooperative System (PPLCS) will hold a budget meeting at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 20, followed by the regular PPLCS board meeting at 10 a.m. These meetings are open to the public. PPLCS is located at 2862 Madison Street in Marianna.


Early Learning Coalition Executive Committee

PANAMA CITY - The Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida Executive Committee will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 20, at the coalition's conference room, located at 703 W. 15th Street in Panama City. This meeting is for the purpose of reviewing and making decisions regarding coalition business, but it is open to the public. Conference call capability is available by using call in number 888-670-3525 and code number 8771125425#. For more information on this meeting, contact Suzan Gage at 850-693-0808.


8th annual 'Walk in My Shoes'

PANAMA CITY - Help raise awareness about sexual abuse by participating in the 8th annual 'Walk in My Shoes' event. This event runs from Key West to Tallahassee, with registration for the local leg of the walk beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday, September 21, at the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center, located at 210 E. 11th Street in Panama City. Walk Segments will be 4.2 miles in honor of the 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse in the U.S. Register online at LaurensKids.org/Walk


Tucker Art on display

MARIANNA — Original works by watercolor artist Cassie Tucker will be on display in the Chipola Center for the Arts Gallery beginning Sept. 21. The opening will coincide with the Artist Series performance of Derik Nelson and Family. Cassie and her husband, Richard Tucker, live in his family’s old Wakulla homestead. Beyond painting she shares her enthusiasm for art through teaching students Drawing, Painting and Art History at

Wakulla High School. Local landmarks in Apalachicola, where broken bricks stack against peeling stucco completes the circle of searching embedded in Cassie’s watercolors. The show is open through Oct. 29, Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon.



ALFORD - Alford Community Health Clinic (ACHC) will be open from 10 A.M. until the last patient is seen, Saturday, September 23. ACHC is a free clinic for patients who do not have medical insurance and who meet federal income guidelines. The clinic is staffed by qualified physicians, nurses and courteous assistants dedicated to providing quality health care to those with short-term illnesses, as well as chronic conditions, and walk-ins are always welcome. New patients should telephone 850-209-5501 for instructions and more information. All patients are urged to sign-in before 11 a.m. Alford Community Health Clinic is located two blocks east of Hwy 231 in Alford, at 1770 Carolina Street.



Scarecrow Festival

CHIPLEY - The Chipley Garden Club and the Washington County Historical Society will host the 6th annual Scarecrow Building Contest and Craft Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 23 on the lawn of the Washington County Historical Society in Chipley. The festival’s main event is the scarecrow building contest showcasing life-size scarecrows. The public, individuals, groups, businesses and clubs are invited to get “crafty” and build a scarecrow for the contest. Visitors will also enjoy live entertainment, refreshments, photo ops, and free crafts for kids. The Farmers Market will be open and the museum’s victrola will be on display. If you are a vendor or crafter and would like to participate in the festival, contact Museum Director Dorothy Odom at 850-638-0358 to reserve a space. Scarecrow entry forms and rules are available at the Washington County Historical Society or by contacting Chipley Garden Club Secretary Gweneth Collins at 850-260- 4049.


Constitution Week Luncheon

MARIANNA - A Constitution Week Luncheon will be hosted by Chipola Chapter DAR, Blue Springs Society C.A.R, & William Dunaway Chapter SAR at 11 a.m. in MacKinnon Hall of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Marianna. Dale Cox of Two Egg TV will be the keynote speaker. Sonny's Bar-B-Q will cater the Dutch treat meal, with adults and youth over 12 years old prices being $12 and children's plates costing $8. Make reservations by contacting Mary Robbins at 850-209-4066 or bluespringscar@yahoo.com. Robbins will confirm telephone & email messages.


Alzheimer’s Walk

PANAMA CITY - There will be an Alzheimer’s Walk Saturday, September 16 in the Sweet Bay Community (the old airport) in Panama City. Registration will be at 8 a.m. with a ceremony at 8:45 a.m. and the walk beginning at 9 a.m. The walk is about two miles long. It is a “nature walk” as it winds off road through some trees, out to the bay, and back again. The Sweet Bay Community is located at 3204 Heartleaf Ave. East, Panama City. For more information call A.J. Plummer at 850-225-0680 or by email at asplummer@alz.org.


Swindle reunion

CARYVILLE – The Swindle reunion will be held beginning at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 30, at Lakeview Methodist Church. Bring a coved dish to the reunion. The church is located on the corner of Lakeview Road and Pate Pond Road in Caryville. For more information, call 850-535-2312.


Bull Run

BONIFAY - The Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo will host a 5K Bull Run and a Kids Fun Run Saturday, September 30 at Middlebrooks Park in Bonifay. All runners registered by Friday, September 15 will be guaranteed a T-shirt. Registration for the 5K will be at 8 a.m. and the cost is $20. The Fun Run is designed for kids 12 and under. Registration will be at 9 a.m. and the cost is $15 without a shirt or $20 with a shirt. All proceeds will go to benefit the backpack program food for kids. Peanut butter donations will also be accepted at this time. For more information or to register call Miranda at 850-373-5003 or visit www.boniaykiwanisrodeo.com


Kent-Collins family reunion

BLACK, ALABAMA - Relatives and friends of the late W.A. Collins, Sr. and Laura Lee Kent will host the 91st annual Kent-Collins family reunion at 10 a.m. Sunday, October 1, at the Black Community Center in Black, Alabama. Bring a covered dish or dishes to share at lunch and any photos or other mementos. Lunch will be served at noon. The center is located beside the water tower. For more information, call Betty Ruth Collins Paulding at 334-692-3375

2017 Caverns Cultural Celebration

MARIANNA - Everyone is invited to the 2017 Caverns Cultural Celebration at Florida Caverns State Park, on Friday October 6th for the school day and Saturday October 7th for the general public. The event presents the way of life and the life and times of people who have used the land that is now the Florida Caverns Park, from the Native Americans who hunted, fished, and utilized the area caves, to the CCC and WPA who developed the park during the New Deal Era. There will be first-person demonstrations and rural life exhibits as well as children’s games and food vendors. This annual event is made possible through the work of the volunteers of the Friends of Florida Caverns State Park and the kind support and donations from businesses and individuals in the community. Information on how to get involved with the Friends Park Support organization can be found at the website FriendsOfFloridaCaverns.org/membership.html


A Walk to Remember

DOTHAN, ALABAMA - The 25th annual Alzheimer’s Resource Center’s “A Walk to Remember” will be held Saturday, October 7, at Westgate Park in Dothan, Alabama. This event is the primary fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Resource Center which covers southeast Alabama and part of the panhandle of Florida. It is not part of a national walk. The walk raises awareness of the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease and provides financial support for educational and support services for families, caregivers and victims of Alzheimer’s disease. All funds raised stay local. The registration fee is $15 without a shirt and $25 with a shirt. There is no registration fee for children four years and younger. A walk t-shirt is guaranteed for everyone who has paid $25 and who has pre-registered prior to Friday, September 15. Refreshments will be provided before, during and after the walk. On the day of the walk, registration and team photos will begin at 7:30 a.m., opening ceremonies will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the walk will begin at approximately 8:45 a.m. There will be one-mile, three-mile and five-mile walks to enable people of all ages to participate. You can also pre-register by calling 334-702-2273 or going by the ARC office located at 1314 Westgate Parkway-Suite 2.


CHS Class of 1957 celebrates 60 years

CHIPLEY - Chipley High School's Class of 1957 will have a float in the 2017 CHS Homecoming Parade Friday, October 13, to commemorate the class' 60-year milestone. For more information - or to join the class - call Annie Merle Toole at 850-638-1030 or Delores Baxley at 850-638-0427.


Rock the Falls

CHIPLEY - Falling Waters State Park and the Washington County Tourist Development Council will host Rock the Falls Music Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 21. The cost to get into the park for the festival is $5 per car load. Visitors will see new music from regional and local groups as well as some returning acts. This year’s band line-up includes The Dwellers, Ruff Water Band, Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet and Cypress Spring. There will be food, crafts and a Kid's Zone. Check the event out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RocktheFallsMusic/ or call the park office at 850-638-6130 for more information.