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Wausau Baseball Sign-ups

WAUSAU - The Town of Wausau is will holding baseball, softball, and t-ball sign-ups through February at the Wausau Town Hall. For more information, call 850-638-1781.


Guardian ad Litem Seeks Volunteers

Florida’s Guardian ad Litem Program is looking for stable adults to advocate in court for children who have been removed from their homes because of allegations of abuse or neglect. These children are living in Holmes and Washington Counties. Courtroom advocacy is a team effort. Our attorney, professional staff and trained volunteer represent the best interest of these children. An application, background check and training is required. There are no costs involved in training or background checks to become a certified Guardian ad Litem volunteer. Training is scheduled to begin in February. For more information, please visit our website atwww.guardianadlitem14.com or call the Panama City office at 850-747-5180.


Fish Fry

ESTO - The Esto Volunteer Fire Department will host a fish fry at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 3, at John Clark Park in Esto. Plates are $6 and will include fried mullet or chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, cheese grits, hush puppies and iced tea. For more information call 850-768-0607.


Benefit for Joy Fountain

PITTMAN COMMUNITY - A benefit will be held for Joy fountain from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Pittman Volunteer Fire Department to benefit Holmes County resident Joy Fountain. Fountain's home was totally destroyed by a fire between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and two weeks later, her husband passed away. Fountain's friends and family have joined together for this benefit to help her with expenses. Any donations or help with this event would be greatly appreciated. Contact Alfred or Heather Sellers at 850-768-3235 or Jesse Hobson at 850-768-3505 to donate items for the event. There is also an auction and singing planned for this event, as well as fish and chicken plates for $7. Pittman Volunteer Fire Department is located at 2294 Highway 2 in Bonifay


'Ring of Fire' returns to HCHS

BONIFAY - Due to the popularity of last year’s musical, Ring of Fire, Holmes County High School Drama will host a special performance of Ring of Fire at 6 p.m. Saturday February 3, at the HCHS Auditorium. Doors will open at 5 p.m. A cast slideshow and Johnny Cash videos will be played before the show. The original HCHS cast and band will be back for this special performance. From the songbook of Johnny Cash comes a musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. More than two dozen classic hits—including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Jackson,” “Ragged Old Flag,” “Far Side Banks of Jordan,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” and the title tune— paint a musical portrait of The Man in Black. Though he is never impersonated in the show, Johnny Cash’s remarkable life story is told through his music, climaxing in a concert. Tickets are $7 Advance and $10 at the door and can be purchased now at Holmes County High School. For more information call HCHS at 547- 9000. Ring of Fire is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.theatricalrights.com


Free Tax-Aide

CHIPLEY - The AARP Tax-Aide Program and Washington County Council on Aging will provide free income tax assistance, tax counseling and electronic filing for 2017 tax returns. Special attention is provided to filers 60 and older, but AARP membership is not required. These services will be available Tuesday, February 6 through Tuesday, April 10 on Tuesdays, by appointment at the Council on Aging, located at 1348 South Blvd. in Chipley. Individuals seeking assistance need to fill out an interview sheet, available at the Council on Aging, and bring all their 2017 tax documents including; Social security card; driver’s license or photo ID; copy of last year’s tax return; a check for bank information; 1095-A Form if you bought insurance from Marketplace/exchange; SSA-1099 Social security benefits; 1099-R pensions, retirement, and annuities; 1099-INT interest; 1099-DIV dividends; and 1099-B stock sale; W-2s; 1099-MISC other income; 1099-G unemployment; Any document showing you paid Federal Income Tax; 1099-S sale of home, land, or timber; W-2G gambling winnings; 1098-E student loan interest; 1098-T tuition payments; Information needed to itemize: medical expenses, medical miles driven, contributions, home mortgage interest, and real estate taxes. The service will not prepare Schedule F – Farms, Schedule E – Rental Property, Schedule C – Business income with expenses that exceed $25,000, multiple Schedule Cs for one individual, Clergy, or Form 3903 – Moving expenses. These are considered “Out of Scope." For more information call 850-638-6216.


Baby Bees

CHIPLEY - The Washington County Public Library will host Baby Bees at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 7, Wednesday, March 7, Wednesday, April 11 and Wednesday, May 2. Baby Bees will be an hour of stories, music, sing-a-longs and activities designed just for baby. Each month will have a new theme. For more information call 850-638-1314.


Walton Master Gardeners Lecture Series: What on Earth is That?

SANTA ROSA BEACH - Anyone who has gardened for any length of time has seen some strange things in their lawns and landscapes. The Walton County Master Gardeners invites anyone curious about garden oddities to attend “What on Earth is That? The Lowdown on Weird Occurrences in the Landscape!”, the latest installment of the Walton County Master Gardeners Lecture Series. The lecture will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, February 7, at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Coastal Branch, 70 Logan Lane, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. This workshop will feature Walton County Master Gardener Andrea Schnapp and will discuss all manner of interesting landscape occurrences from fairy rings, to witches’ brooms and beyond. Participants will get the lowdown on all the weirdness of these happenings complete with identifications, explanations and even debunking a few superstitions. Seating is limited, so call (850)-892-8172 or haneyc@ufl.edu to reserve your spot. Cost of the program is $5 (cash or check only please; payable at the door) and will include presentation handouts, educational publications, and light refreshments. Master Gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions and help with soil samples. This program is presented through UF/IFAS Walton County Extension.


Cast Iron Cookware Basics

BONIFAY - There will be a Cast Iron Cookware Basics class from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 8, at the Holmes County Agriculture Center. Participants will learn the basics of cast iron and Dutch ovens. The class will cover seasoning new pans, cleaning after cooking, proper storage, restoring a rusted piece, open fire cooking tips and more. Recipes specifically for cooking in cast iron will also be given. The cost of the class is $5 and includes course materials. Seating in limited and per-registration is requires. For more information, or to register, call the Washington County Extension Office at 850-638-6265 or the Holmes County Extension Office at 850-547-1108


Mushroom growing workshop

MARIANNA - Jackson County Master Gardeners will host a mushroom growing workshop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, February 10, at the Jackson County Agriculture Center. The class will cover rowing shiitake mushrooms on logs, mushroom nutrition, an inoculated mushroom log to take home and a home cooked lunch. Pr-register on or before Wednesday, February 7, space is limited. Registration is $20 per participant. For more information or to register, call the Extension Service at 850-482-9620. or email s.farr@ufl.edu.


FTRI Phone Representative

CHIPLEY - A representative with Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI) will be at Washington County Council on Aging (WCCOA) at 9 a.m. on Feb. 15. This program offers free amplified phones for the hearing and visually impaired. To make an appointment, call 850-638-6216. WCCOA is located at 1348 South Blvd. in Chipley.


Teacher Workshop at Chipola College

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Future Educators Club will host its 11th Annual Teacher Workshop, Saturday, Feb. 17, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Teachers and students interested in a career in education are invited to attend. The Keynote Speaker will be Tammy Jerkins, the 2018 Florida Teacher of the Year. Chipola Teacher Education students with the assistance of the education faculty, staff, and education graduates will present the free workshop. The day will include sessions for elementary, middle, and high school teachers in Math, Science, Reading, English, ESOL and ESE. Students will present hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom along with samples for teachers to use in their own classrooms. There will also be drawings for door prizes. Guest sessions will include: Meaningful, Standards-Driven Bell Ringers (5-12) —Anna Beth and Troy Rackley; Implementing Small Groups With Success-Reading and Math (2-5) — Kaylor Collins; Why I Am a Teacher! – All Areas (K-12) — JaJuan Clark; Garden to Table/Get Ready, Get Set, GROW! (K-5); A Strategic Approach to Addition and Subtraction/ Multiplication and Division/Supporting Success in Solving Problems-Math-(K-5) — Origo Math Company; Pi Day!-Math (6-12) Stephanie Ward; Choose Your Path! Parallel and Series Circuits & More!—Science (3-5) Dr. Amanda Clark; Tomorrow's Teachers: A Classroom is Waiting (for high school or college students) Mackenzie Johnson. Other session topics include: Minute to Stem It! (K-6); Math Fun with Games (5-9); Manipulating Math (ESE Math, K-6); Teaching Fractions with Food (Math, Grade 3); Sprout House (Grades 2-4) and Art is Everywhere (Grades K-6). The workshop will be held in the Literature/Language (Building Z) on the Chipola campus. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the first session at 8:30 a.m. To ensure that sufficient materials are available, please RSVP to FEC Sponsor Casey Dowgul at dowgulc@chipola.edu or phone 850-718-2449.


PPLCS Board to Meet

MARIANNA - The Panhandle Public Library Cooperative System (PPLCS) Board will meet at 10 a.m., Wednesday, February 21 at the PPLCS meeting room located at 2862 Madison Street in Marianna.


FL Peanut Producers 43rd annual membership meeting

MARIANNA - The Florida Peanut Producers Association will hold the 43rd Annual Membership Meeting Thursday, February 22, at the Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center, located at 2741 Penn Avenue in Marianna. This year's program will include a variety of updates on association activities funded by your check-off dollars. All members and spouses are invited to attend. Registration will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the traditional smoked steak dinner at 6:30 p.m. Florida Peanut Producers Association continues to work for and represent Florida's peanut growers in research, promotion and education.


Womanless Beauty Pageant

VERNON - Vernon High School Class of 2018 will host a womanless beauty pageant at 6 p.m. Saturday, February 24, at the Vernon Community Center. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. There will be a special performance by Dana Douglas. For more information or to sign up contact 2018VHSprojectgraduation@gmail.com or Paula McDonald at 850-527-0834


Chipola announces ‘The Little Mermaid’ events

 MARIANNA—The Chipola College Theater production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” runs March. 1-4. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under and go on sale to the general public on Feb. 14. Members of the ACT Fund are invited to a Meet the Mermaids reception, before the Thursday, March 1 show, at 5:30 p.m. Guests are invited to bring a camera and have photos with the mermaids. There is still time to join the ACT Fund to enjoy this unique opportunity. Show tickets are available for ACT Fund members on Feb. 7. The ACT Fund offers five levels: Sponsor, Patron, Benefactor, Angel and Corporate Angel, with VIP seating available at all levels. A portion of the ACT Fund membership is tax-deductible. ACT Fund memberships may be purchased now at the Box Office or online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice. A Dinner Theatre for all patrons is Friday, March 2, at 5:30 p.m. Limited seating is available by reservation only. Tickets (including dinner and show) - $30 - will be available at the Box Office on Feb 7. For more information, contact the Box Office at 718-2420 or www.chipola.edu/boxoffice. Visit the Chipola Theatre at www.facebook.com or www.chipola.edu/theatre


PDLHS Veterans Day Program

PONCE DE LEON - Ponce de Leon High School is inviting everyone to attend its Veterans Day Program, scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the high school.


Services Available For Caregivers

CHIPLEY - Caregiving is at once an act of love and a physical, emotional and financial challenge. The National Family Caregiver Support Program recognizes these challenges and seeks to provide support for the caregiver. Funds are currently available to provide group respite services (periods of relief from care giving responsibilities), including socialization, activities, and supervision for individuals over 60 who need assistance and/or supervision to age in place in the community. Eligible persons must have a caregiver who provides assistance on a regular basis to qualify. For more information or to access the services provided under the National Family Caregiver Support Program, through the Washington County Council on Aging, please contact the Elder Helpline at 1-800-963-5337.