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Editor’s Note Editor’s Editor’s Note Note As I write this editorial, we are less than a week Good morning, Pensacola! What a strange away from Election ourselves Day. Byinthe time you are placeisweitfind this spring. The novel How August already? reading this, most local and state contests will coronavirus COVID-19 hasThese arrived in our How is it still 2020? have two been decided.and, Thealthough Presidential election, community we have so far been questions may seem luckier than many,longer. the fightAlthough to keep it from I hear,contradictory, may take a little but I can assure you spreading continues. went toand print with I’m pretty this We election I feel I aminvested feelinginthem both equally— this issue on March 30. At that time, Escambia strongly that my candidate be the best and I don’t think I would am alone. County had 42 confirmed cases and Santa choice, I’m plainnumbers sick of it all—the Rosaalso had just 30. Those rose quickly once This year is just too much. All of it—the petty squabbling, lies, the election testing was the expanded. Toopotential quickly. The fact is, politics, the pandemic, the pundits. I’m over we from don’t know who might have the and virus or be tampering interests both foreign it. So, this month we chose to focus on a carrying without symptoms. That domestic. As farthe as virus politics all I“P” canword: do is is much relaxing andgo, playful whymore it is essential that we, as a community, stay vote and encourage others vote.inside Beyond Pets.home Whoasdoesn’t all to gooey over much asgohumanly possible--leaving that, an I plan in some effort toI pup? helpthe alleviate adorable kitten oressentials. a playful Only onlyput for absolute like idea, too, somethe immediate needs at the local level. most heartless among us, I suspect. of practicing physical distancing rather than social distancing. We can remain social via

are oninthe rise during the pandemic SinceAdoptions themany COVID-19 pandemic began avenues this modern world—phone and it’s easy to see why. Pets alleviate calls, texts,local videofood calls—and I encourage earlier this year, pantries andthe stress, boredom and loneliness of social distancing everyone to stay connected to feeding their tribe. Weand other organizations that focus on uncertain futures. may be don’t know whatThere tomorrow willmany bring things and the community have seen a 40 percent out we of all ourneed control in connected 2020, buttowesomething can provide to feel increase or in someone need. This comes just as money in order to pet get through a loving home to a sweet and get this. more and volunteer availability has decreased love than we could have imagined in return. On the topic of physical in our and asWhile many aredistancing, dealing theorganizations Pensacola Humane Societywith has had COVID-19 resource guide, you will see that infrastructure damage due to Hurricane great success with adoptions and fostering Pensacola neighborhoods and community groups Sally.this Ashave we holiday season, year,approach thoseseveral whothe love animals know thatways found clever, unique and safe the to shelters arefood never empty. There is always we talked to organizations to see a stayarea connected and to make a difference pet while inare need, so if snuggling up tothey a sweet kitty how they managing and what need practicing physical distancing. I must or playing playful sounds say, very impressed withpup the outpouring to make sureI am nofetch onewith goesa hungry in our likeofa good waysupport to passI some time, check my loveMaybe and havelend seen community. you can aamongst hand? Pensacolians—yeah, out fellow our adoptable pet profilesthe ontoilet pagepaper 34.

hoarding weird, are more than Another area thatwashas seenbut anthere increase We’ve got some stories for our up enough peoplefeel-good giving of pet themselves to make since readers thefor pandemic is child abuse. Locally, as well. Gina Castro met with some it. Can I get a big round of applause for our

organizations have seen a 33 percent increase first responders and hospital workers? Thank in reportsspecial-needs of physical abuse, sexual abuse you for putting yourselves onand the front incredible pets their lines owners and neglect in regard to children. Gulf Coast to keep us as safe asthat possible. big shout and she discovered whileAlso, thesea precious Kid’s House works hard tocare, provide education, out to all the teachers out there scrambling to babies may take a little more the love putgive together onlineislessons to keep our kids to prevention, counseling and legal services they in return worth every second. engaged learning of worrying those whoand have beeninstead affected by childabout abuse. cannot We appreciate you! If things exoticthey animals arecontrol. more your thing, head In this issue, we talk to a childhood abuse on over to the brand spanking new and On that and note,her I encourage to read ourGulf survivor motheryou about how significantly enlarged Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. COVID-19 Resourcehelped Guide, them which survive provides and Coast Kid’s House The new location features all the hands-on, up resources for food, business, community thrive after suchasathe difficult experience. close interaction previous location plus and more. The ever-changing nature of

added attractions, amenities and experiences this crisis necessitates that I mention that Also in this issue,a are profiles on two that willresources make for day out. these may wonderful or may not family be available

new cookbooks hitting the stands just in to you by the time you read this issue. I If hope you’re ina conservation, check time for your holiday shopping. One isout a it interested will provide place to start, some Dakota Parks story on local Panhandle Rooftop fundraiser for PACE center for girls and ideas or some inspiration either way. Nesting Snyder. Through is based Biologist, on their Rebekah annual Men Who Cook You maywith also notice that Florida, we have some nonher work Audubon Snyder helps event. The other is from local culinary related stories inhave this safe issue.nesting We made topandemic ensure local shorebirds power couple James Briscione Brooke the call already plannedand articles that spaces in to aninclude increasingly overpopulated region. might still be enjoyable Parkhurst. In helpful, Flavor relevant for All,orthe couplefor Weahope youwith find useful. Allour ofreaders. this, plus few DIY pet them treat offers weeknight meals lots of flavor. recipes and some good news from the

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Contents WINTERFEST CELEBRATES THE SEASON (SAFELY!) The beloved tradition continues.


FLAVOR FOR ALL A new cookbook from Angelena’s James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst offers flavorful weeknight meals.


FALL EVENTS 18 Seasonal markets and festivals to celebrate the harvest season. SUPPORTING THE GIRLS 21 Pace Center for Girls sells community-inspired cookbooks to raise money. HANNAH'S STORY 25 How one courageous young woman survived and thrived with help from Gulf Coast Kid’s House.



CURBING COMMUNITY FOOD INSECURITY 29 Food insecurity rates have risen 40 percent in the state of Florida. Local organizations share how they have adapted to an increase in need and how the community can support them. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP FIGHT CHILDHOOD CANCER?




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It’s November and you know what that means? Time to take a break from being all consumed by Covid, by hurricanes, by barges and by bridges. Additionally, no talk of diets or health food is permitted this month. We exercise and starve all year so that we can fully enjoy why God gave us November. Thanksgiving dinner. Mom used to get up during the wee hours of the morning to put the gobbler in the oven for a slow roast so that by the time us kids woke up, the entire house smelled like a holiday. Good memories. We usually have a mob scene at our house for this occasion and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The more, the merrier. My husband and I both love to cook so this is our day. Well, HE loves to cook and I make an annual appearance in the kitchen. Both sides of our families come together to share the feast and give thanks for another year, even 2020. However, there is one little detail that has caused some pretty heated debate over the years. And while most family members have learned to at least be civil as the discussion inevitably begins, there will never be agreement. The blending of families means more than just bringing contentious political and football rivalries together. Far more important is…. The dressing. I think I was out of college before I was even aware that dressing could be made from anything other than cornbread. When I was growing up, we could hardly wait to hear my mother announce dinner. We were glued to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade throughout the morning, but what we really wanted was dressing!! And I don’t remember what was on the table other than turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce. The cranberry sauce was not some original gourmet concoction, as my siblings and I would have acted as if we were being poisoned had such a thing appeared. No, we cherished the glob that plopped out of the can. Delicious! It was only surpassed by the absolutely heavenly dish that my mother created from last night’s cornbread. Heavily seasoned with sage, her dressing makes angels sing. I have tried to recreate it and have come close, but I swear she must guard the precious recipe much like Coca Cola does. Every year we would pronounce it the best

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The texture and seasoning are disturbing if you aren’t prepared for it. They are far more cautious now before scooping some of everything available. A cornbread disciple is just not going to change his ways, and why would he?

she had ever made. We would greedily hover around as she crumbled and stirred, hoping to be the one she chose to sample it before it went into the oven. It was no time for democracy as I unsuccessfully tried to exercise my right as eldest child to get the first taste. You see, cake batter is not the only food meant to be licked from the bowl. It is probably nothing short of miraculous that one of us didn’t keel over from salmonella after the taste test preceding cooking. And oh my, when the freshly baked finished product was set out for us little vultures, it was almost a religious moment. Crispy around the edges, moist with all of that rich turkey broth and a back-up pan going in because we sneaked so much out of the bowl when we thought she wasn’t looking. Second helpings for all! So imagine my surprise when I first learned that there are people who prefer their dressing with something other than a cornbread base. Blasphemy! I can accept boutique dressings. You know, the fancy types that are often tried but rarely repeated. They are usually on the cover of Southern Living Magazine, where any dish looks tempting. But an annual bread-based variety just isn’t right. Gooey bread was meant for pudding and bourbon sauce. Cornbread is king, and is the only dressing worthy of taking the spot next to the bird, or in the bird. What kind of Southerner sells out to the north-ofthe-Mason Dixon line philosophy that dressing could possibly be anything else? My own grown children have pretty adventuresome palates, but their manners were truly tested the year they first took a bite of “it.” A fan of the bread-based variety thoughtfully brought a pan for the holiday buffet. I can still recall the shock on their faces and was impressed by the speed at which the napkins hit their mouths.

The great recipes in our family have been passed down mother to daughter for generations. Years ago I did some research in order to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In reviewing old documents hidden in our family Bibles and books, you can’t believe how many hand scrawled recipes I found. I was searching for identity and I found biscuits. Maybe they are actually one and the same. Covid and the bridge mean a smaller gathering at our house this year but my mother will be there with the blessed dish. Her granddaughters are already whining about not having her recipe. Truth is, I don’t think there is a recipe. We all know the ingredients but only Mom knows how much of everything and how to mix it just right. There may only be a pinch of this and that, but I assure you, there is a whole lot of love in that pan. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends, regardless of your choice in dressing. But we all know which is the best. Happy Thanksgiving to you all! NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS 1










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Winterfest Celebrates the Season (Safely!) by Jesse Gann


ensacola Winterfest has been a holiday staple for around two decades, and the cheer doesn’t stop in 2020. This year, things will be a little different due to the pandemic, but the Christmas spirit is expected to remain strong in Pensacola, as residents and visitors come together to celebrate the season. The much-anticipated artificial snow will begin to fall the first night of Winterfest from 5-8:30 pm, and will continue each night through Christmas Eve. Winterfest Pensacola will offer two types of experiences for the whole family to enjoy: the Polar Express tour and the Cajun Christmas Village. Unfortunately, the Elf Parade, fireworks display and traditional performance tours have been canceled this year.

Denise Daughtry, founder and creative genius behind Winterfest, is feeling optimistic about this year’s festival. “We made this decision in June,” Daughtry said of the program changes. “We thought it was better to have a Winterfest that was oriented in a different direction.” Winterfest will also be a bit shorter than usual, with only select dates this season. Each tour will have its own introduction, with festival goers arriving at each station about ten minutes early.

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The Polar Express tour will be an exciting experience this year for the whole family. It will be its own tour and last about 20 minutes. The steam engine will take participants around the festival grounds to experience performances by the muchbeloved hot chocolate tap dancers. The performance will be outside of the open air tram, so you won’t have to miss any part of the show. Warm clothes are recommended and blankets will be allowed on board to accommodate for the weather. All participants over the age of two will be required to wear a mask while on board the steam engine. The Cajun Christmas Experience will be another tour that is available this year. Visitors will board a trolley at the foot of the downtown courthouse with a guide onboard to narrate the wonders of how Christmas is celebrated in Louisiana. After arriving in the Historic Village, visitors will be free to roam around the village to see an abundance of activities. These include a performance by a live jug band, a scavenger hunt and Papa Noel, the Cajun Santa Claus, who will be offering his version of the night before Christmas. “Cajun Santa will have a team of alligators that will conduct tasks. Papa Noel will greet people with a steam whistle.

A real steamboat whistle!” Daughtry said. Santa Claus will be available for picture taking this year, but reservations are required to allow for social distancing. Reservations eliminate waiting in lines and allow you to have control of the night and give you time to plan your adventures. To keep you safe, Dr. Seuss’ Thing 1 and Thing 2 are going to be the “Social Distancing Brigade.” This year, there is also a new set for Santa. Kids will be sitting in front of his sleigh, instead of in it, to allow for proper social distancing. Elves will guide the family to meet Santa, and children will have the opportunity to write their gift lists for Santa. Masks will be required around the Winterfest grounds, but can be removed for the pictures. “Santa will read their lists, and they will receive their list back as a souvenir. The kids won't have to be afraid of Santa, as their parents will be able to be a part of the picture for the first time,” Daughtry noted. Additional information regarding the festival, dates and how to purchase tickets can be found at www.pensacolawinterfest.org. 1




FTER THE SUCCESS of their science based 2018 cookbook, The Flavor Matrix, readers and ambitious home cooks have wondered how and what the couple cooks on a regular night at home. To answer that question, the couple penned Flavor for All, which features 100 creative, weeknight-ready recipes that draw on the principles they crafted in their previous book. The husbandand-wife authors know what it means to be busy: from balancing their work at Angelena’s Ristorante Italiano with James as Executive Chef and Brooke as Wine Director, to filming regular content for the Food Network, to raising their two young children. Now, they’re sharing a compilation of their greatest at-home hits that reflect their simple, thoughtful, and flavorfocused approach to home cooking. From appetizers to cocktails to desserts, these dishes include unexpected pairings like watermelon and tomato, cherries 14 Pensacola Magazine

and olives, and kiwi and jalapeño, and classics such as chocolate and red wine and pork and apple. Using a mix of culinary expertise and science, James and Brooke encourage readers to get creative in the kitchen and customize recipes based on individual taste, ingredient availability, and ease. Here, the couple shares two of their uniquely delicious recipes with their hometown readers. ABOUT THE AUTHORS JAMES BRISCIONE and BROOKE PARKHURST are the husband-and-wife authors of four cookbooks, including The Flavor Matrix. James is a chef and Food Network personality, and formerly the director of culinary research at the Institute of Culinary Education, where he led the school’s collaboration with IBM on their project “Chef Watson.” James and Brooke are also partners in Angelena’s Ristorante Italiano in Downtown Pensacola, and work as Executive Chef and Wine Director, respectively.

FISH WITH BACON AND CREAMY TOMATO FARRO SERVES 4 COMPOUND 2-HEPTANONE AROMA BELL PEPPER, BLUE CHEESE, GREEN, NUT, SPICE Fish goes wonderfully with big toasted aromas. Farro contributes nuttiness, while bacon, tomato, and cream enhance the flavors of the grains and fish. Have fun with this recipe and try it out in different forms—for example, you can omit the bacon and substitute sautéed mushrooms. The farro without the fish makes a fantastic side to just about any protein or can be a satisfying meal all on its own.

INGREDIENTS One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, with their juice UMAMI 2 cups chicken stock 1/4 pound thick-cut bacon, diced FAT, SALT, UMAMI 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed UMAMI 2 cups farro, rinsed and drained BITTER 2 teaspoons kosher salt SALT ½ cup heavy cream FAT Freshly ground black pepper SPICY Four 5-ounce mild or full flavored fish fillets UMAMI 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar SOUR 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil, plus extra leaves for garnish Halved cherry tomatoes, for garnish (optional) SWEET, UMAMI

DIRECTIONS Combine the diced tomatoes and chicken stock in a medium saucepot and bring to a boil. Once the mixture reaches a boil, turn the heat off but leave the pot on the stove. Place a large sauté pan over medium heat, and put the bacon in it with 1 tablespoon water. Cook until the water evaporates and the bacon is browned and crisp. Adding water to the pan will actually make the bacon crisper: The water steams the bacon pieces, allowing them to begin cooking and rendering fat before they begin to brown, meaning more fat can be rendered from the bacon without burning the bacon. Add the garlic and farro to the pan. Sauté for 1 minute, then stir in the

tomato mixture and salt. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to mediumlow. Simmer for 20 minutes or until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Stir in the cream. Simmer 1 minute more, until thickened and creamy. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Re-cover to keep warm while you cook the fish. Cook the fish following the instructions on page 152. Just before serving, reheat the farro mixture if necessary and stir in the vinegar and basil. Spoon the farro into bowls and place the fish on top. Garnish with cherry tomatoes, if using, and basil leaves.

Excerpted from FLAVOR FOR ALL: Everyday Recipes and Creative Pairings © 2020 by James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst. Photography © 2020 by Andrew Purcell. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.



CREAMED KALE AND CARAMELIZED ONION MAC AND CHEESE SERVES 6 COMPOUND DIMETHYL TRISULFIDE AROMAS CABBAGE, FISH, ONION, SULFUR, SWEAT This is a rich and satisfying dish to make for a crowd, full of deep roasted and green aromas. We love it just the way it is, but you can also experiment with seasonal variations— add cut cherry tomatoes or artichokes in summer or diced squash in fall and winter.


INGREDIENTS 4 tablespoons vegetable oil FAT 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced (about 4 cups) ¼ cup all-purpose flour, or a gluten-free alternative 1 tablespoon granulated garlic 4 cups milk FAT 1 pound short tube pasta (such as rigatoni or penne) 1 large bunch kale, stems removed, leaves chopped BITTER 1 teaspoon vinegar-based hot sauce (such as Tabasco or Crystal) SPICY 2 cups grated cheddar or Gruyère cheese UMAMI 1½ cups grated parmesan cheese FAT, SALT, UMAMI

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a Dutch oven over high heat until it begins to lightly smoke around the edges. Add all of the onions at once and stir well. Cook for 30 seconds, then reduce the heat to medium-low and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender and brown, 30 to 40 minutes. If the onions are still light in the center but dark at the edges, reduce the heat further and continue to cook. The goal is to cook them slow and low so that they brown evenly, becoming tender and sweet. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil to the pot and stir in the flour and garlic. Cook for 1 minute, scraping the bottom of the pan and breaking up any lumps. Turn the heat to high and add the milk 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly and taking care to scrape the bottom and the corners of the pot to prevent scorching. Allow each addition to come to a boil before adding the next. When all the milk has been added, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 5 minutes, until the sauce is thick and smooth. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the

pasta al dente according to the package instructions. Drain it well. Stir the kale and hot sauce into the onion sauce and simmer for about 5 minutes more. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the cheddar and 1 cup of the parmesan. Add the drained pasta and stir well to coat. Transfer the mixture to a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. At this point you can let the pasta cool, then refrigerate it for up to 2 days, tightly covered. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Just before baking, top with the remaining 1/2 cup parmesan. Bake until golden brown on top and bubbling, about 15 minutes. If baking directly from the refrigerator, add 10 minutes to cook time. Let cool for about 5 minutes before serving. NOTE Properly caramelizing onions takes time. Be patient and do not try to rush it. If the onions are cooked too quickly they will burn on the outside and remain pungent in the center. When done right, caramelized onions should be creamy and sweet throughout. Adding the milk gradually ensures you will not get lumps in your sauce.

Excerpted from FLAVOR FOR ALL: Everyday Recipes and Creative Pairings © 2020 by James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst. Photography © 2020 by Andrew Purcell. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

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It’s that time of the year again. The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling and you no longer burst into an undeniable sweat the second you step out your front door. That’s right, fall is finally here. It wouldn’t truly be the harvest season without an abundance of fall festivals for you to attend. Fortunately, Pensacola and surrounding areas will be hosting a handful of COVID-19 safe fall-related festivals for all to enjoy this November. So, kick back, make yourself a pumpkin spice latte, put on a jacket and celebrate the season as we ring in these fall festivities. – by Hunter Morrison The 2020 Food Truck Festival Nov. 14, 11 am to 6 pm Foodies beware, the 2020 Food Truck Fest is coming to Community Maritime Park in downtown Pensacola. Hosted by Orange Beach Breeze, this event will showcase numerous vendors from throughout the Pensacola area. “We’re really excited that Pensacola finally let off the restrictions of fifty and under for events,” Christie Sachse, event coordinator for the 2020 Food Truck Fest said. “We’ll probably have around twenty food truck vendors and twenty tent vendors.” In addition to food vendors, the festival will also offer a culinary competition, bounce houses for the kids and live entertainment from The HooDoos and the Chill Beach Band. The 2020 Food Truck Fest will be on Nov. 14 from 11 am to 6 pm. Admission is $2 and kids under 12 get in for free. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to Feeding the Gulf Coast.

Harvest Market at Seville Square

Nov. 28 Harvest Market at Seville Square will be coming to downtown Pensacola on Nov. 28. Also hosted by Orange Beach Breeze, the Harvest Market will feature various activities including pumpkin patch decorating, a bounce house and live entertainment from JDVtheBassist and the Chill Beach Band. Raffle prizes will also be available. “The Harvest 18 Pensacola Magazine

Market will be a simpler event, so we’ll have about five food trucks and the rest will be tent vendors,” Sachse said. The Harvest Market is a free familyfriendly event that will run from 9 am-4 pm. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to the Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information on the Harvest Market or the 2020 Food Truck Fest, visit orangebeachbreeze.com.

Odd Colony Brewing Company Fall Bazaar

Nov. 15, 11 am to 6 pm The first-ever Fall Bazaar is coming to Odd Colony Brewing Company in downtown Pensacola. This event will showcase local vendors that will be selling original art, thrifted items, jewelry and other home good items. A fun fall-themed photo booth will be available and live music from solo artist Hane McLeaish will also be featured at the Fall Bazaar. Pensacola’s very own Volume One Salon will be offering donation-based services to guests. All proceeds from these services will go to charity. Treats from the Le Dough food truck will also be offered from 11 am-3 pm. The Fall Bazaar event will be a combination of an indoor and outdoor function. “We’re trying to be as mindful of COVID as possible,” Beth Schweigert, event coordinator and curator, said. “We’ll have hand sanitizer at every station, and we’ll be cleaning throughout the whole event.” The Fall Bazaar is a free event and will be held on Nov. 15

from 11 am-6 pm. For more information about this event, please email or visit Odd Colony Brewing’s Facebook page.

First City Lights Festival and Winterfest

Nov. 27 – Jan. 16 Experience the wonder of the holiday season this fall and winter at the First City Lights Festival. This event will showcase half a million twinkling lights on historic Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola for all to enjoy. The festivities begin with a lighting ceremony on Nov. 27 and will continue throughout the entire holiday season. “We work with a company to get Christmas lights put up and as many trees as possible up and down Palafox,” Walker Wilson, executive director of the Downtown Improvement Board, said. The festival coincides with Winterfest, which offers a downtown trolley rides with fake snow landscapes and character actors that will immerse you in the story of the Polar Express. The trolley rides will begin on Nov. 27 and 28. All trolley riders must wear a mask during the duration of the tour. Santa Claus will also be at Winterfest starting opening weekend and every weekend leading up to Christmas Day. For more information on the First City Lights Festival, go to visitpensacola.com.

Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival

Nov. 11–15 If you’re a music lover, the Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival may be for you. Known for being the oldest songwriting festival in the country, the Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival honors many unsung heroes of the music business. “The people who end up recording the songs get all of the glory, but a great percentage of the time the guy or gal that wrote the songs are behind the scenes,” Andy Haynes, event coordinator of the festival, said. “We want to bring them out of the shadows and into the spotlight.” The Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival hosts songwriters from all over the world. This year, the festival invited about 100 songwriters who are scheduled to play in numerous venues across the Florida and Alabama Gulf Coast. In Pensacola, the festival plans to have performances

from songwriters at Seville Quarter. The festival is scheduled for Nov. 11-15, and most venues do not charge an entrance fee. For more information about the Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival, visit frankbrownsongwriters.com.

Market Day at Cantonment Mercantile

Nov. 14, 8 am to 2 pm Support small businesses by coming out to Market Day at Cantonment Mercantile on Nov. 14. This event will showcase varying types of vendors including those selling antiques, knick-knacks, handmade goods and so many others. Market Day, which is usually held on the second Saturday of every month, is a great way to kick off the harvest season while supporting the community. “It’s always a lot of fun, and it’s always something different every single month,” Megan Walter, event coordinator of Market

Day, said. “I know that a lot of people stop in just for that and also because it’s supporting other people. It’s communitydriven.” Market Day will take place from 8 am-2 pm at Cantonment Mercantile, located at 406 North Highway 29 in Cantonment. Vendor spaces are still available for this event. For more information, call (850) 679-4832 or visit Cantonment Mercantile’s Facebook page. Whether you’re a shopaholic, a music lover or a foodie, the Pensacola area has an abundance of fall festivals for all to attend and enjoy this November. What better way to celebrate the season than by supporting your local community? With that said, only come out to these events if you are well enough to do so. If you plan on attending any fall festival event, please be sure to do your part to help keep everyone safe. We hope to see you at these fun, and most importantly safe, events this November!

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Pace Center for Girls Pioneers Men Who Cook Cookbook by Gina Castro

Being a girl is certainly not easy. Juggling beauty standards, gender stereotypes and puberty is a feat alone. But that’s not the only issues girls face. Girls are at a higher risk than boys for sexual abuse, domestic violence and sexual assualt. In 2017, 9,700 girls were referred to Florida’s Juvenile Justice System, representing almost 30 percent of the entire juvenile population. It’s clear girls need support. At Pace Center for Girls, that’s their mission. Pace is dedicated to providing girls and young women the opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. With 21 centers and 13 reach programs statewide, Pace helps 3,000 girls each year and changed the lives of more than 40,000 girls since its inception in 1985. Pace Center for Girls Escambia - Santa Rosa has made a world of difference in the community since it opened in 1994. However, a major factor in Pace’s ability to help is funding. Pace has been blessed with donations from local foundations such as The Douglas Family Foundation and The Bear Family Foundation Center for Hope.

Some of Pace’s most rewarding programs are not funded by the state. Pace Center for Girls Escambia - Santa Rosa Executive Director, Laurie Rodgers explained that the GED program is completely funded by Pace’s fundraising efforts. “Several years ago, we discovered we had quite a few girls who were over age and really lacking in

credits,” Rodgers explained. “Instead of just sending them to another GED program, we decided to open one here so they could receive all the other components to our holistic program that helped change their lives. The GED program is 100 percent funded by our fundraising efforts.” Rodgers explained that funding enables Pace to implement programs that can change the trajectory of these girls’ lives. One program that accomplishes this is the Reach Program. This program enables Pace to reach out to hundreds of girls each

year and provide its gender responsive trauma informed and strength based therapy. Like many nonprofits this year, Pace has lost a substantial amount of funding due to COVID-19. Each spring, Pace hosts Men Who Cook. At this exciting banquet, men from all over Escambia and Santa Rosa counties serve their best recipes to attendees. The banquet guests purchase tickets, which directly fund Pace, and the chefs donate the food costs and their time to support Pace.



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“People get excited about being together and tasting the men’s delicious delicacies that they prepare,” Rodgers said. “The chefs get really excited about preparing their food, too. It’s a great time.” Unfortunately, the event was cancelled, but Pace had a brilliant idea up its sleeve. Pace’s board of directors discovered a way for everyone to keep a piece of Men Who Cook all throughout the year: Men Who Cook Cookbook. This exciting new venture binds recipes from dozens of chefs.

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“Our amazingly creative board sat in Zooms from home and tried to think of ways we can still have the participation of our very valued sponsors and our beloved chefs,” Rodgers said. “We reached out to the chefs and most of them sent us a recipe and a photograph. The sponsors have allowed us to keep our funding that they provided us. Their names are on the cookbook. We’re really excited. We’ve already had a lot of presales and the books are not even done yet.” The cookbook is sponsored by The Law Office of J.J. Talbott and Brown Helicopter

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restaurants like Fish House, Union Public House and Five Sisters Blues Café. It features recipes from local sponsors, such as Gulf Power Company and Jewelers Trade Shop. There are even award winning recipes like the Finney’s Fabulous Jambalaya.

The chefs are a wholesome combination of dads, professional chefs, sponsors and members of the Believing in Girls Society (BIGS). In this 160-page cookbook, you’ll find recipes from local

This community inspired cookbook will make an excellent Christmas gift this year. Cookbooks are $40 each. If you buy two, you get the third at half price. To purchase a cookbook, visit www.pacecenter.org/ MWCCookbook. If you’re interested in keeping up with Pace Center for Girls Escambia - Santa Rosa, like them on Facebook @BelievingInGirls.

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Child abuse is on the rise. Prior to the pandemic, Escambia County already had a higher rate of child abuse than most other counties in Florida. Since the pandemic, however, those numbers have increased dramatically. In fact, we’ve seen a 33 percent increase in physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect in just the last three months according to Gulf Coast Kid’s House (GCKH), an area nonprofit that provides counseling and legal services to victims of childhood abuse and their families. Organizations like GCKH provide critically needed counseling, deposition and legal services for victims in a comprehensive, one-stop environment. Having these services under one roof limits the number of strangers a child has to repeat the story of their abuse to, and it makes all of the necessary appointments much more manageable for the family as a whole. Because their clients are children, we rarely hear the personal stories of how GCKH helps victims of abuse. Once grown, many victims understandably do not want to relive their abuse publicly. However, once in a while, a survivor comes forward to share their story in the hopes that it will help another victim and bring awareness to the organization that supported them through their process of surviving childhood abuse. For Hannah, the abuse began at age two. “My mom took me to the doctor because I kept telling her that daddy hurt me,” Hannah said. “She took me to the doctor, and he did an exam. He didn't see anything, which is very common with molestation because there aren’t always visible signs.”

The abuse, which included sexual, physical and verbal abuse, continued in secret until Hannah’s mother, Robin, left her father when Hannah was eight years old. Her father threatened Hannah to keep quiet, and she never said a word. Even so, Robin knew something was off enough that she didn’t trust him alone with Hannah. “He was abusive to me, so whenever I separated, I had suspicions. I was really concerned that if something had not already happened, it very well could,” she remembered. “So, we left, and an investigation was done through Child Services. It was found that he had not done anything, but they still saw him as a risk, so they recommended supervised visits.” For the next few years, Hannah was seeing a therapist and having supervised visits with her father. Around age 13, Hannah wanted a break from the visits. “I decided that I wanted to pause visits for a while because he had gotten on a huge tangent and just threw a yelling, screaming fit in a visit one time, and I wanted a break. So after a couple of months, he scheduled an appointment with the therapist that we had been seeing.

He told her what had happened because he thought that was why I didn't want to see him. “ Assuming Hannah had told her therapist about the abuse, her father confessed to everything. As one can imagine, the therapist was shocked that this had happened to Hannah and no one knew. She was also shocked that the father showed no remorse and attempted to justify his abuse by claiming it came from a place of love. “My therapist just played along with him and got all the information out of him that she could,” Hannah said. “She recorded it and then confirmed with me that it had happened.” For Hannah, the truth coming out sent her world into a tailspin. “All of it was just so confusing,” she said. “I always thought that wrong things had been done to

me, but I never had any kind of perspective as to how bad it was. Once everyone knew, it was hitting me in the face that, ’Oh my God, this is really bad.’ I started using a service dog around that time because I couldn't leave the house.” Hannah found that her friends started to drift away as well. “I definitely had a lot of friends that did not know how to support me. When you are going through something like that, it really is so much effort to pick up the phone, send a text or call somebody. So, people get frustrated that you don't want to text them back or call them.” Hannah advises young people to stick by their friends who may be going through something similar, saying, “Just be there for them. If you haven't heard from them in two days, just let them know you are thinking about them.” Robin remembers that Hannah was “emotionally raw” at that NOVEMBER '20


HANNAH'S STORY point. “She couldn't go outside, and she couldn't be around anyone else because she was so exposed emotionally,” she said. “Some of the best advice I got from counseling was to just let Hannah hurt. Let her hurt and let her express that however she needed to. I tried to listen to her and let her tell me what was going to be helpful for her.” Once the truth had been uncovered, charges were filed, and friends pointed the family in the direction of GCKH. Both Robin and Hannah are grateful for the help and support they received from GCKH, and they don’t know if they would have gotten the outcome they did without the organization. “So we called, and that was just the best thing ever, in a very horrible situation,” Robin said. “Looking back, I don't know how we would have ever navigated through all of the legal process and got the counseling we needed in one place. I couldn't imagine having to go from building to building and office to office and relive the story each time. I can’t imagine Hannah having to meet all these different people—strangers. There's no way that we would have been able to stick with the process.” For Hannah, GCKH provided a safe place where she knew everyone was fighting for her. “I had a therapist, and there were victim’s advocates and things like that along the whole way,” she said. “Every deposition I did, I had someone sitting right there in the room with me that was literally just there to be a comfort to me—to keep me company. At the Kid’s House, everything is in this one building. It's not the sheriff's department. It's not an interrogation. The whole process was a lot less grueling with the help of the Kid's House. It was the same team throughout the process, so I got to know them. The prosecutor was amazing. She was so sweet to us, but you could tell she was just

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an absolute bulldog in court, and she was. I still actually sometimes go back and do the counseling because I can quit or restart for as long as I want, whenever I want.” For Robin, GCKH helped her deal with the grief and the guilt she felt as a parent “Going into counseling— especially the group therapy—was so beneficial for me,” she said. “I wasn't alone. Any caregiver that had a child that had been a victim of abuse, whether it be sexual or physical, they were in there, and it all happened on their watch, so to speak. We all have the same thing in common—how did this happen? How did I not know? I also learned so much about the predator and how they function. One of the things I learned was that it had absolutely nothing to do with me. There was nothing I could have done because they are a predator, and they will find their prey. I might have caught on to some tactics, but then the tactics would have changed. I couldn't have prevented him from being a predator. Bottom line. He was a predator and he preyed. That's the biggest thing I would want a parent or caregiver to know—it's not your fault.” Once the case got to court, Hannah’s father confessed to everything and still maintained that he had done nothing wrong. It took the jury 30 minutes to convict him and he was sentenced to life in prison. “We were fortunate in our situation—we got a conviction, and he's now in prison for life. That wouldn't have happened if we didn’t have GCKH to help us through all the legal processes and encourage us to stick with it. Hannah had to testify in the trial, and it would have just been too traumatic to try to get through that on our own. During the whole trial process, there was counseling, as well as the legal assistance. It's really hard to put in words what they do for families. As a mom, having this happen to your child—the shame and the embarrassment and the guilt is just overwhelming. But

“I definitely had a lot of friends that did not know how to support me. When you are going through something like that, it really is so much effort to pick up the phone, send a text or call somebody. So, people get frustrated that you don't want to text them back or call them. Just be there for them. If you haven't heard from them in two days, just let them know you are thinking about them.” to have a place like GCKH where they are on your side—where you know that they're fighting for you and your child is so amazing. They want a conviction as much as you do. They want to see everything work out. They want to see it through to the end. That's what I felt from day one when we went in there. They directed us every way we needed to go. It was life changing for us. I don't say that flippantly. Hannah is a functioning adult now. I'm thrilled that she's willing to tell her story and put it out

there to help others. Without the counseling and support that we had at the Kids House, her experience would have been a lot different.” Hope & Healing: A Campaign to Support Gulf Coast Kid’s House Since 1998, Gulf Coast Kid’s House (GCKH) has been providing the community child abuse education and prevention. GCKH combines all of the professionals and resources needed for the intervention, investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases under one collaborative roof. Due to COVID-19, all fundraising events in 2020 to raise money for GCKH have been cancelled, prompting the pressing need for the Hope & Healing Campaign. The Hope & Healing Campaign is an online fundraiser that runs through December 31, 2020. All donations go to ensure the continuation of GCKH’s mission to end child abuse and heal families through collaborative intervention, family support and prevention education. To donate to the campaign, businesses and individuals can visit gulfcoastkidshouse.org.




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Curbing Community Food Insecurity by Dakota Parks


s the nation copes with COVID-19 economic instability, massive layoffs and evictions, food insecurity is rising. A recent report from Feeding America estimated that the number of people experiencing food insecurity in the United States could increase by 17 million in 2020, drastically impacted by an increase in poverty rates and unemployment rates. Food insecurity is driven by many factors including income, employment, race/ ethnicity, age, disability and unexpected emergency. As Hurricane Sally ripped its way through the Panhandle, destroying homes, food supplies and even forcing nonprofits, shelters and food pantries to shut down for building repairs, the need has only increased. In the state of Florida, 1 in 8 adults and 1 in 5 children face food insecurity at any given time. Feeding The Gulf Coast, an affiliate of Feeding America has seen a 40 percent increase in food insecurity rates in the state of Florida compared to 2019. Manna Food Pantry has also recorded around a 40 percent increase in food insecurity having served around 600,000 pounds of food to 30,000 people in the 2020 fiscal year compared to 19,499 people served in 2019. Local food organizations have been working around the clock to meet this increase in need while adjusting to CDC guidelines and constant changes like canceling fundraising events, drastically cutting back volunteers, closing retail stores that support their mission, halting food donations, shutting down face-to-face pantries and switching to appointments, drive-thru or delivery networks. Local organizations are crucial to curbing food insecurity rates as 1 in 4 food-insecure families, according to Feeding America, do not qualify for government food assistance and rely on local pantries and nonprofits. Many of the same families and individuals affected by food insecurity also struggle with issues like affordable housing, medical costs and low wages and benefit from the partnerships founded on the local level to connect them with resources like utility assistance, rent assistance and disaster relief.

Manna Food Pantry volunteer, Gene, working the assembly line to package food distribution boxes. Photo by Guy Stevens.

As the holidays inch closer, many of these organizations would typically see an influx of volunteers wanting to give back by serving meals on Thanksgiving or running food and toy drives for the holidays. Though COVID-19 has changed the face and capacity of volunteer work, there are still many ways to give back this holiday season. Pensacola Magazine caught up with six organizations in Pensacola to learn about their responses to COVID-19 and Hurricane Sally as well as the best ways to support the work they do for the community. Âť NOVEMBER '20


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Feeding The Gulf Coast As an affiliate of Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief network in the nation, Feeding The Gulf Coast is one of the 200 food banks in the country that supplies food to a network of 60,000 food pantries and meal programs. Feeding The Gulf Coast operates three branches and partners with 400 agencies in its 24-county service area. “It’s been a really hard year to plan,” Aubrey Grier, community engagement coordinator, explained. “Financially, resource wise, distributions, which counties or neighborhoods need the most food—it’s constantly changing. In past crisis responses, the population has been centralized. That isn’t the case this year and there are so many more people in need.” Grier explained that initial COVID response included altering the childhood nutrition programs to ensure food could still be delivered when schools shut down. As the organization approaches the holidays, Feeding The Gulf Coast is still accepting volunteers in the warehouses to package food following CDC guidelines. Grier also encouraged hosting food drives and food donations for nonperishable items to include in Thanksgiving boxes, as they anticipate an increase in the Thanksgiving distribution.

Manna Food Pantry volunteer, Bill, packaging food.

Manna Food Pantry Over the last 35 years, Manna Food Pantry has been a dedicated local nonprofit serving vulnerable populations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties through its food programs and emergency food pantry services. As the pantry acts as an emergency service, people in need can visit it a maximum three times a year to receive five days worth of groceries. Executive Director DeDe Flounlacker explained how Manna has operated with a closed pantry, temporary ceased food donations and reduced volunteers in the wake of COVID: “It just wasn’t safe for our volunteers to keep the pantry open. There were multiple points of contact at the face-to-face pantry. We tried appointments, a drivethru and around four different ways to make it work, but each way was still using too many resources and exposure. So, we closed the pantry and focused on our partnerships and programs to get food distributed.”

Volunteers working a drive-thru food pantry in partnership with Feeding The Gulf Coast.

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As Flounlacker explained, Manna created ten new partnerships to continue to deliver and distribute food to low-income elderly populations, children and teens in the backpack and afterschool programs and hospitality and restaurant workers facing layoffs. While Manna is not accepting volunteers at this time, monetary donations and healthy food donations are the best way to help. On Nov. 23 and 24, you can help support Manna at Cordova Mall for the annual Fill The Mayflower food drive with nonperishable items.

Waterfront Rescue Mission For the last 70 years, Waterfront Rescue Mission has been a beacon of support for Pensacola’s homeless population and at-risk citizens through its emergency shelter, addiction and recovery programs and day services like laundry, showers and lunch. At the onset of COVID, Waterfront shut its retail doors that financially support its programs and began implementing social distance measures like occupancy limits and temperature checks at the shelter. “We want our mission to be safe and loving place for people. Before we start teaching or helping someone address issues to get them back on track in life, we want them to be in a safe and loving community,” President of Waterfront Rescue Mission Devin Simmons said. “We have so much more than just a shelter. We have classes and counselors on site and resources within the community. We also feed a lot of people. In 2019, we fed over 200,000 meals to around 3,600 people.” Although Waterfront Rescue Mission is currently closed for repairs after Hurricane Sally flooded the building and heavily damaged it, Simmons said they are doing anything they can to help within the community. Waterfront Rescue Mission recently helped clean up the facility at Manna after the hurricane left debris around the building and is working on partnerships to provide a Thanksgiving meal to the community. Until the mission is operational to accept volunteers and food donations, Waterfront is currently accepting monetary donations to best support its work in the community.

Food Not Bombs tabling to provide food at a protest on Pensacola Beach.

Food Not Bombs Since the 1980s, the all-volunteer, independent collective, Food Not Bombs has been providing vegan and vegetarian meals in 1,000 cities across 65 countries in protest to war, poverty, and destruction of the environment. Although previous chapter groups have existed, Pensacola’s current group has been around for the last ten years. The group is dedicated to removing barriers to access food like ID, credit or income checks and hosts a weekly feeding on Friday at MLK Plaza. “A lot of people have tried to get us to move our location, because they think it’s an eyesore for tourists. The city wanted to initiate a Panhandling ban a few years ago that led to an ACLU lawsuit,” Nathan Marona, a volunteer with Pensacola’s Food Not Bombs, explained. “But we have a right to contest and assert the use of public space to feed people in need. The space is accessible and its serving a consistent homeless population.” Marona explained that the group has witnessed a growth in the number of people coming to the weekly feeding, especially after Hurricane Sally led several food and shelter organizations to temporarily close for repairs. Food Not Bombs relies on donated food, local farmers, leftover bread and food from businesses and volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, bring a face mask and a vegan or vegetarian dish to the weekly feeding or message Food Not Bombs on Facebook for more details.



Curbing Community Food Insecurity Samaritan Hands Ministry at First Baptist Church of Pensacola Started in 1984 as a small corner in First Baptist Church of Pensacola, Samaritan Hands Ministry slowly grew until it expanded into its own building. The ministry now provides non-perishable food, clothing, shoes and utility assistance. Although the pantry shut down during COVID, Samaritan Hands kept busy with First Baptist Church in drive-thru food pantries and continued to help residents keep their lights on with its utility assistance program.

The Salvation Army of Pensacola Since 1902, The Salvation Army has been in Pensacola responding to social services, food insecurity and natural disasters. The Pensacola campus adapted to CDC guidelines and remained open by appointment for its food pantry and social services including rent and utility assistance, diapers and toiletries and its homeless shelter open to women and children. Husband and wife duo, Captains Herbert III & JoAnn Frazier, commanding officers for Pensacola explained that one of the biggest influxes in need came after Hurricane Sally. The Salvation Army of Pensacola deployed 14 mobile canteen units and 45 volunteers to deliver over 74,000 hot meals after the hurricane. “We continue to see people in our community that have been stable, living comfortably, never needing assistance just get repeatedly sucker punched this year by job loss, sickness and the hurricane,” Herbert Frazier said. “We didn’t have the resources to make deliveries, but there have been desperate cases where people don’t have transportation or have to quarantine, where we just started loading up our cars to get food out there.”

“The work didn’t stop when the ministry shut down,” Director of Samaritan Hands Ministry Bill Farris said. “Around April we provided Manna Food Pantry with around three tons of food. COVID really affected the food supply and they were having a tough time initially finding food directly from a supplier that hadn’t been donated or touched. Our food came directly from a supplier. Manna has a bigger work force and we knew they could get that food to people in need, so we could focus on utilities.” Up until Hurricane Sally, which heavily damaged both the church building and flooded Samaritan Hands, the ministry was about to increase its utility assistance program to two full days a week and begin easing into normal operations. The utility assistance program has been dedicated to helping locals pay down electricity debt and get back on their feet, helping around twelve people a week. Though the ministry and church are closed for repairs, Farris said they still intend to help people any way they can. The ministry is currently accepting checks to fund the mission and support the utility assistance program.

Currently, Salvation Army of Pensacola has launched its Operation Rescue Christmas and is looking for volunteers for the Red Kettle Bell Ringing as well as its local Angel Tree Program to provide gifts to low income children.

Volunteers helping direct traffic and load vehicles at First Baptist Church drive-thru food pantry.

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What Can You Do To Help Fight Childhood Cancer? By Sarah Poland, Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research

You may be asking yourself how you can get more involved in your community. You may be thinking, “How can I help?” This question has the potential to change everything. At Rally Foundation, we understand the incredible power of a simple question. In 2005, a 17-year-old boy named William was fighting a brain tumor for the second time. Rally Co-founder and CEO, Dean Crowe, asked William’s mother a simple question: “What can I do to help?” Dean understood that the situation was very serious; it was far past the point where she could just make dinner for the family. William’s mother knew her son’s chances after relapse. She knew she needed to help all young cancer fighters—not just those on the same hospital floor and not just those fighting brain tumors. She knew childhood cancer research was severely underfunded on a national level. William’s mother replied, “Raise money for all childhood cancers and fund the best research wherever it may be.” The mission of Rally was born that day in William’s hospital room. Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures. Sadly, William lost his 11-year battle with cancer, but his legacy lives on in everything Rally does. 34 Pensacola Magazine

“Doesn’t the government fund cancer research?” Less than four percent of the National Institute of Health's cancer research budget goes to childhood cancers. This small percentage is then broken down among the various types like bone cancer, brain tumors, soft tissue cancer and leukemia. This lack in funding means that children are still receiving decades-old drugs that were developed for adult cancers. Kids get different cancers than adults, and their growing bodies need better treatments with fewer longterm side effects. Because of the harsh treatments they receive, the majority of childhood cancer survivors will experience complications like heart and lung diseases, learning disabilities, infertility and even secondary cancers.

“How does Rally fund research?” Organizations like Rally exist to help fill the large funding gap for childhood cancer research. Since 2005, Rally has given $20 million to projects across the country and the world. Rally sees itself as a philanthropic seed investor in the next great discovery. Rally invests early and continues to invest as projects make progress. Through a competitive dual peer review process, the Rally Medical Advisory Board— comprised of the top childhood cancer experts in the country—scrutinizes each grant application. The process is rigorous and only the most promising projects qualify for funding. For every dollar Rally receives, 93 cents goes to support our mission, according to audited financials.

“What does Rally do here in Pensacola?” Rally is headquartered in Atlanta, the home of Dean and William. In line with our mission, two empowered volunteers championed the creation of extension cities in both Nashville and Pensacola. Cindi Bear Bonner, now Rally Pensacola’s Director, was first introduced to childhood cancer in May of 2013 when her four-year-old neighbor was diagnosed with a bone cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma. Rally Pensacola became an official extension in 2015. Cindi and two staff members—along with a team of dedicated volunteers, donors, sponsors and community partners—work to raise awareness, support local families with kids fighting cancer and raise funds for childhood cancer research. Collectively, this allows for additional resources to stay local and gives families in our community the ability to receive financial assistance through the Rally Pensacola Family Emergency Fund. Rally-funded research projects are not only making a difference for children all across the country, they are making an impact right here in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group, which is comprised of over 200 hospitals and oncologists working together to share best practices and treatment advances for children


with cancer. This gives local children the opportunity to enroll in clinical trials of new treatments for pediatric cancers without leaving their home hospital. This keeps families together during the most devastating experience of their lives, providing additional comfort and support to the child who is fighting cancer. “So, how can I help?” Along with countless other nonprofit organizations, Rally took a huge financial hit due to COVID-19. We were scheduled to have three major spring events that would have raised more than $1 million. Multiple other fundraising events have been canceled or postponed. School campaigns were put on hold. The Pensacola Family Emergency Fund was exhausted within six months. Now, more than ever, we are incredibly dependent on the generous support of our remarkable community. Rally has many opportunities to get involved, and we are happy to work together on a signature event

or existing campaign. Rally also has a saying that if something is “legal, ethical and moral” we will help you make it happen. If it raises awareness or funds for childhood cancer research, we’re in. We know our Northwest Florida community is extraordinarily supportive, and childhood cancer is a cause that everyone has truly rallied behind. We cannot wait to connect with more local businesses, schools, organizations and individuals who are asking the powerful question, “What can I do to help?” Please join us and be #GOLDSTRONG for brave local cancer fighters!

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Thank you to our community partners and sponsors! On Friday, ovember 13, students, families, faculty, and staff from rinitas hristian chool will take a break from our normal educational routines and go out into the community for full day volunteer service event called Love hy eighbor. We partner with individuals and non-profit organizations in our community in hope that our service will bear fruit for years to come both in our neighborhoods and in the lives of our students. We would like to thank our community partners for allowing us to serve alongside them and our local sponsors for their support of this event.

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Community Events Pensacola Little Theater Presents Switzerland November 1, 5-7

Somewhere in the Swiss Alps, grande dame of crime literature Patricia Highsmith lives with an impressive collection of books, and a somewhat sinister collection of guns and knives. She finds solace in her solitude, her cats, and cigarettes. But when a mysterious international visitor arrives at her perfectly secluded home, her love of fictional murders becomes a dangerous reality. Tickets are available to purchase at pensacolalittletheatre. com and tickets to watch the show virtually are available as well!

41st Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival November 6 - November 8

Savor delicious seafood, enjoy various musical acts and immerse yourself in historic downtown Pensacola during the Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival, produced by Fiesta Pensacola. This festival is one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in northwest Florida with more than 150 artisans and craftsmen who travel from around the country to participate. Join in on the fun with free admission. Festival times: Friday 11 am – 11 pm; Saturday 10 am – 11 pm; Sunday 11 am – 5 pm. Some festival changes include a modified layout to accommodate increased spacing between vendors, more sanitizing stations throughout the parks, and a smaller entertainment stage featuring local bands. Masks are encouraged for vendor transactions.

Pensacola Opera Presents: The Mezzanine – Online Digital Performances & Programming November 8 and November 22

While live, in-person musical performance

will always be at the heart of what Pensacola Opera does, this fall the company will bring digital content that will fill your soul with the opera art form you know and love. From behind the scenes chats to live performances – there’s a little something for every opera lover on The Mezzanine. Settle in for a full length, curated performance by Pensacola Opera stars—all from the comfort of your living room. Every other Sunday at 3:00 PM, tune in and chat along with us, as we provide “behind the scenes” info and special insights from the artists. Tune in on November 8 for Bizhou Chang, soprano and November 22 for Sheila Murphy Dunn, soprano.

over 40 local vendors, taste test some delicious food and treat yourself to live entertainment and band performances. This family friendly event is open to the public with free admission.

Uptown Pensacola Market November 7, 14, 21 and 28

Come out to shop each Saturday at the Uptown Pensacola Market from 9am – 3 pm. Guests can enjoy local food trucks and vendors of every talent. The selection of 50+ vendors is growing each week. The market is held at 7201 N 9th Avenue.

Pensacola Children’s Business Fair: Virtual November 7 and 14

Yoga and Art for Kids! Age 5-12 November 6 and November 20

Presented by First City Art Center, Yoga and Art for kids is offered as a monthly package, including 2 classes per month on the 1st and 3rd Saturday each month from 10 am -12 pm. This class offers children the opportunity to express themselves through art and movement. The teacher will lead the class through playful breathing exercises which promote focus, awareness, and a sense of calm. During the yoga component of the class children will explore fun poses, stretches, games, and mindful activities. Cost is $40 for members/ $35 for non-members, and pre-registration is required as the class has limited space.

Beulah Craft and Sausage Festival November 7

Join the First Baptist Church of Beulah at the annual Beulah Craft and Sausage Festival from 9 am – 3 pm. Peruse

A local non-profit is building future entrepreneurs amidst the pandemic. Kids ages 5 to 17 from all over the greater Pensacola Bay area will bring their startup businesses to the virtual marketplace to get a taste at all of the necessary life skills that go into running a business. Participants’ businesses range from selling slime to babysitting services, graphic tee’s, body scrub’s, vegan dog treats, and everything in between — to create a melting pot of young creativity, building the future entrepreneurs of America. Learn more about the event and register at: pensapreneurkids.org/virtual-fair.

Art Lab- Ages 9-14 November 10 – December 10

Presented by First City Art Center, Art Lab is a hands-on art-making class for age 9-14 home-school, public, and private school students. Art Lab is offered as a 4, or 8-week program. Participants have the option to attend Tuesday and/or Thursday. Elements and principles of design are incorporated through various media and projects. Students have the option of being individually guided through personal NOVEMBER '20


Community Events projects, as well as being encouraged to participate in a variety of group activities.

The 36th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival November 11 - November 15

This annual festival features more than 100 nationally acclaimed songwriters in venues along the Florida / Alabama Gulf Coast. Join in on the opportunity to hear and listen to seasoned and aspiring songwriters and musicians from all over the world and learn the stories behind the lyrics that only the song’s author can express. During this exciting five-day festival, performers will be hosted in over two dozen venues along the FL/AL Gulf Coast including Flora-Bama, Hub Stacey’s and Lulu’s Gulf Shores. Check out the various venues at the website: frankbrownsongwriters.com.

Pensacola Little Theater depARTure Raffle November 12

Join the PLT in a raffle to benefit education programs. Benefit events include complimentary beer, wine, and specialty cocktails, delicious catering, live PLT performances, and premium live auction. Attend benefit online or inperson, though attendance not necessary to win. Grand Prize includes: Experience for two to one of five destinations around the country: Waimea, HI; Lake Tahoe, NV; Newport, RI; Asheville, NC; or Nashville, TN. OR $4,000 cash. Single tickets for the raffle are $60.

Woman's Club of Pensacola Market Place November 13 - November 14

Support local artisans at the Woman’s Club of Pensacola Market Place—the

perfect place to start or finish your holiday shopping! There is something for everyone: ceramics, wreaths, woodwork, kitchen hand towels, gift bags, greeting cards, art and paintings, jewelry, scones, massage, home baked goods, homemade crafts and more! 8 am - 4 pm and free admission.

2020 FOOD TRUCK FEST November 14

Gather round at the Community Maritime Park for fresh air, food and philanthropy. From 11 am – 8 pm, the festival will feature several of the city’s finest food trucks. Vendors will be exhibiting and selling gifts, crafts, jewelry, personal care products and much more! There will be food trucks, vendors, live entertainment, a food truck tasting competition, people’s choice award and a bounce house for the kids. A portion of the proceeds go to Feeding the Gulf Coast.

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Come indulge in fresh raw oysters by the dozen at the Oyster Bash on Saturday, November 14th from 2-4 PM at O'Riley's Irish Pub Downtown! Esprit de Krewe featured cocktail will be available for purchase along with a featured beer to be announced.

Join Odd Colony from 11 am – 6 pm for the first seasonal Bazaar / Makers Market! Local vendors will be selling handmade items, thrifted goods, jewelry, and art! There will be food available from the Le Dough food truck, photobooth by Sarah Coleman Photography and live music by Hane McLeaish!

Winter Brewfest 2020 November 14

O'Riley's Irish Pub presents Winter Brewfest 2020 from 5 - 7 pm. Come sample delicious appetizers from the kitchen and the latest craft beers available this winter season. Beers are to be determined. Mixand-match six packs of craft bottled beer will be available for $15. Decide on your favorites and take them home! This event is 21+ and limited capacity. Tickets are $20 in advance / $25 day of event.

Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow Revue November 17

Join Vinyl Music Hall for a worldrenowned theatrical Rock-N-Roll circus thrill-show. Spectators will experience one of the world’s last authentic circus sideshows with performances using the human anatomy and death-defying stunts and demonstrations of mind over matter, yet with no blood and no pain. You’ve

seen them on AMC’s Freak Show, Ripley’s Believe It Not, Guinness World Records, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, America’s Got Talent and more. Doors open at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Standing room tickets $15, general admission floor seats $25 and balcony tickets $50.

2020 Pensacola Beach Virtual Turkey Trot 5K November 19 - November 26

Hosted along the beautiful Pensacola Beach, Turkey Trot is an annual 5k event held on Thanksgiving Day. Proceeds from this run benefit brain cancer research and the Preston Robert Tisch Tumor Center at Duke University. Annually, the Turkey Trot welcomes more than 1,000 participants from throughout the United States. This year, following CDC guidelines, the 10th annual Turkey Trot 5k is going VIRTUAL! You can run

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An Evening with Joy Harjo (Virtual Event) November 19


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Join the University of West Florida and the Pensacola Museum of Art in welcoming United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo as she performs a reading from her latest collection of poetry, "An American Sunrise." In this stunning volume, Joy Harjo returns to her family’s lands 200 years after the Mvskoke people were forcibly removed and opens a dialogue with history. This virtual event will take place from 6 pm – 7 pm on Zoom. Registration is required. Register online at: uwf.zoom.us/webinar/register/ WN_AEXRgK-rSgiXmMF9fKvGuQ

On A Random Bookcase Book Release November 20

Join Open Books & The Prison Book Project in welcoming local poet Charles McCaskill in a reading and release of his third book of poetry. The collection of poems, On a Random Bookcase in My Mind, are a selection of personal and political writings covering love, joy, grief, and justice. From 5 – 6:30 pm, McCaskill will read select poems from the book, answer questions and officially release the book for sale. Copies of his first two books will also be available to purchase.

First City Lights Festival November 27 – Jan 16

Experience the holidays this year under the magical glow of half a million twinkling white lights along the historic streets of downtown Pensacola. During the First City

Lights Festival, Nov. 27 through Jan. 16, you'll find a diverse, season-long lineup of festive activities. Including live music, shopping, fine dining, art and nightlife, along with a completely reimagined Winterfest holiday program each weekend through December. Also, outdoor holiday shopping at Palafox Market each Saturday from 9am-2pm. Minutes from Pensacola's sugar-white beaches, you can stroll downtown Pensacola's iconic streets on foot, or hop on a Segway, pedicab or horse and carriage to enjoy downtown Pensacola, named "Florida's Greatest Place" by the American Planning Association.

2020 Harvest Market November 28

Join the fun in Seville Square from 9 am – 4 pm to enjoy a handful of different activities for the whole family! The Harvest Market will feature a pumpkin patch, bounce house, vendors, food trucks and live entertainment. A portion of proceeds go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.


Winterfest November 28 - December 24

Join Winterfest in celebrating the holiday season with fun activities for the whole family. Take pictures with Santa and the Grinch. Experience the Polar Express come to life with must-see singing and tap dancing performances and warm cups of hot cocoa. Board a trolley to the Historic Pensacola Village and hear Papa Noel tell the story of The Cajun Night Before Christmas. And more! Purchase tickets and learn more at www.pensacolawinterfest.org.

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Each year, hundreds of people attend EntreCon, and this year, despite the pandemic, even more people are expected to attend. How, you ask? It’s going virtual. In the spirit of its theme Think Beyond, EntreCon's sixth conference will be taking place in the virtual world. EntreCon is an annual conference put on by Studer Community Institute (SCI), a local nonprofit. EntreCon is an opportunity for business owners, entrepreneurs, leaders and employees to have access to national speakers and first class networking without traveling far.

“We are excited because we’re working with Degy World to highlight our conference this year. It’s going to be very different from what people have experienced,” Rachael Gillette, SCI Chief Leadership Development Officer, said. “We know everybody wants to get together in person, and we’re hoping to get back to that next year. But this is the closest thing possible to being in person, whilst making sure that we keep everybody safe.” The virtual event platform, Degy World makes EntreCon just a click away. Attendees from all across the country will create their own personalized avatar and interact as they would in-person. Guests won’t have to worry about Zoom fatigue or COVID-19. To participate in the conference, guests need only Internet connection and a screen. In this virtual conference, attendees can navigate their avatars to and from the virtual exhibit halls, conference rooms, auditoriums and meeting spaces as they would in a real life conference. A major component of EntreCon is networking.

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Through avatars, guests can interact with each other via voice activated technology. Instead of impersonal chat rooms, guests are able to use their microphones to communicate with each other and speakers. Another exciting aspect is attendees will be able to access all content from the conference for up to 30 days after the event. Degy World isn’t the only new component to EntreCon. Local conferences ITEN WIRED and DesignXL are partnering with EntreCon. Both conferences had to make the tough decision to cancel their in-person events due to COVID-19. Created in 2008 by the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, the ITEN WIRED Summit is a cybersecurity and IT conference focused on connecting the community, industry leaders, entrepreneurs and educators on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship topics. This event is the first of its kind in the southeast and is hosted by IT Gulf Coast and Florida West Economic Development Alliance. NOVEMBER '20



“We’re all about making the community a better place,” Jim Rhodes, Director of ITEN WIRED, said. “It’s nice to have partners like Studer Community Institute that want to work together and do the same thing, so it was a no brainer to get involved with EntreCon this year.” One of ITEN WIRED’s planning team members and local entrepreneur, Michael Silver helped establish EntreCon’s partnership with Degy World. ITEN WIRED’s original conference will be back Oct. 6 – 8, 2021.

“2020 has been such a challenge to everybody in one way or another. We’ve curated the content and brought in experts to help people think beyond what’s going on now.”

Beginning in 2019, DesignXL is the first local conference of its kind. This conference educates designers, business professionals and entrepreneurs about the importance of design and how it can impact their business. DesignXL is a product of Pensacola Designers, a nonprofit organization that supports the creative community.

The Futur, and Brad Weaver, Partner/UX Principal at When We Wonder—a creative agency. Do is an Emmy award-winning designer. Weaver is the author of Creative Truth. These speakers will be inspiring attendees to think beyond their standard marketing plan and how to integrate a creative team into their processes. DesignXL’s original conference will be back in 2021.

Co-founder of DesignXL, Rachel Zampino explained that DesignXL hopes to use this partnership as an opportunity to advocate for the local design community.

The structure of the EntreCon conference includes new attributes, too. This two-day

“Our main goal is to teach people about what design is, why it’s valuable and how it can help their business. A common misconception is that design is like art, but it’s really its own separate beast,” Zampino said. “Art is more about self expression, and design is strategic thinking, and predicting the customers’ behavior. Design can make a huge impact on a business.” The DesignXL speakers are Chris Do, CEO & Founder of the online education platform

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event features five content tracks, rather than the conference’s usual three tracks. The five breakout tracks are the following: Business & Leadership Agility, Technology & Innovation, Sales & Marketing, Building a Vibrant Community, and Women in Leadership. DesignXL speakers will be in the Sales & Marketing track, and ITEN WIRED will be the Technology & Innovation track. “2020 has been such a challenge to everybody in one way or another. We’ve curated the content and brought in experts to help people think beyond what’s going on now,” Gillette said. “Because it gets to be very hard when we’re in that situation of the stress and unknown and the constant change, to think beyond the challenges and look at the opportunities. This conference is going to help you do that. Being with the hundreds of other people that are going to be attending the conference is going to really help people get into a new mindset.” EntreCon speakers include a mix of local and national professionals. Pensacola’s Felipe Muñoz, owner of Empathic Practice, will be speaking about his role as a Transformational Mindset Coach. TriHeath Chief Diversity Officer, Mardia Shands’ career has spanned from multinational global corporations to small not-for-profits across North America and Africa. She will be speaking about her knowledge as a multi-disciplinary human resources leader. If you are interested in learning more about EntreCon and its speakers, visit www.entreconpensacola.com.

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Since 2003, the women’s philanthropic group IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area has grown into the largest IMPACT group in the world reaching 1,166 members united to improve the community by funding grants to nonprofit organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. In the last 17 years, IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area has awarded 120 grants to 84 nonprofits totaling $12,830,000. This year, through annual membership pledges, IMPACT 100 was able to award $106,000 each to eleven nonprofit organizations in our community for a total impact of $1,166,000 “It boils down to the community here,” Brigette Brooks, president of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area said. “When we speak to other IMPACT groups or have a global meeting, people are often surprised that we are the largest group in the world. If you're familiar with the demographics of our area, it would not necessarily explain or point to our membership being the largest. But we always tell people that we have a very generous, very philanthropic community, and we’re proud of that.” Each year IMPACT 100 awards grants in the following categories: arts and culture, education, environment, recreation and preservation, family and health and wellness. During the grant cycle, women conduct site visits, join focus groups and come together to vote to select the grant recipients. “We have women who are involved in arts and culture, women who are very passionate about the environment and women who are dedicated to fighting the poverty and food insecurity struggle. Joining focus groups allows them to focus on their areas of interest,” Brooks said. “We are a diverse and dynamic group with different perspectives and areas of expertise, but we come together to ensure that the needs of our community are met in all arenas. A community is best balanced when all areas are equally funded.”

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2020 GRANT RECIPIENTS INCLUDE: Pensacola Little Theatre, Inc. A Stage for all Stages: Restoring the Little Theatre’s Big Rigging will fund the replacement of the entire theatre rigging system used for every performance and community event on the stage.

Pensacola Opera, Inc. IMPACT Opera: In Perfect Harmony will fund the purchase of equipment such as a transport vehicle and sound system to take performances on the road, which will allow the company to expand its outdoor performance schedule significantly.

Every Child a Reader in Escambia, Inc. dba ECARE Get Our Children and Families Ready for Kindergarten will implement a family engagement program for Escambia County families of prekindergarten age children and provide books and literacy-based tips and tools to families and their young children.

Gulf Coast Kid’s House, Inc. Protecting Our Children During a Time of Uncertainty will fund the production of a virtual GCKH child abuse prevention program for grades K-12 and upgrade Safe Kid Zone, GCKH’s successful online adult child abuse prevention training.

Keep Santa Rosa Beautiful, Inc. dba Panhandle Butterfly House & Nature Center Panhandle Butterfly House & Nature Center project will fund the building of a butterfly vivarium on the newly relocated 9-acre property in Milton, which exhibits live butterflies in their natural habitat and teaches visitors about local species.

Veterans Memorial Park Foundation of Pensacola, Inc. Accommodating Veterans Memorial Park Events will fund the purchase and installation of a mobile air-conditioned restroom trailer for the park that can be moved as needed for events or in case of impending natural disaster and will accommodate field trip and guest access to a restroom.

AMR at Pensacola, Inc. The Phoenix Project – Tiny Home Communities will build 168 tiny homes in Escambia County. IMPACT 100 funding will be used to support construction and labor costs of the community center at the initial pilot community at Lillian Highway.

Feeding the Gulf Coast, Inc. Feeding the Florida Panhandle will assist in the building expansion at the Milton facility. IMPACT 100 grant funds will be used to purchase and install racking for food storage and two pit loading dock levelers for safe

unloading and loading of food on refrigerated trucks.

FoodRaising Friends, Inc. FoodRaising Friends Foundational Food for Families will fund the expansion and renovation of the food packaging and distribution building including removing a wall, updating flooring, fixing exterior pavement and purchasing a delivery truck.

Ecomfort, Inc. Food as a Tool: Impacting lives in the Community Mentally, Physically and Spiritually project funds will allow for modifications to meet an increase in need. IMPACT 100 funds will be used for roof reconstruction and the purchase of a new stove, steam table, vent hood, walk in refrigerator, upgraded internet, Ring security system, remote temperature monitoring and a branded van.

Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries, Inc. dba Bright Bridge Ministries Updated Kitchen, Uplifting Lives will improve the well-being of people living in the Pensacola area through updating the kitchen to a functioning, high-capacity space to provide 250 hot, healthy meals daily to those in need.

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This Charming Craftsman style home is located in the Premier Nature Trail Gated Community. Home is located on one of the prime lots that has access to the nature trail. The backyard overlooks the green conservation area. Side entry 3 car garage. The garage is oversized and there is plenty of storage space above in the attic. Spray foam insulation. Utility sink. You will be impressed once entering into the foyer. 12 ft ceilings. There is plenty of room for a dining table in the dining room. The Master Suite has wood like tile floors. Very spacious and there are French doors that lead out to the covered back porch. Master bathroom is equipped with two walk in closets, double vanities, makeup vanity, tiled shower and garden tub. Gourmet kitchen, designed for entertaining, has plenty of cabinets and granite countertops.

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5 Ways to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly An earth-friendly approach to your home isn’t just good for the environment. Making minor adjustments with sustainability in mind can enhance your enjoyment and comfort while reducing expenses related to energy consumption. Harness the sun’s rays. There’s a reason bright rooms with plenty of natural light tend to be warmer: that light carries heat. Although the effect is less in the winter than in the summer months due to the sun’s position in relation to the earth, those rays can help warm a room. Throw back the curtains and let the light stream in. Not only will you capture some natural warmth, a bright, airy room requires less electric light, so you’ll save on electricity, too.

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types of cleaners, such as your laundry detergent. An option like all Free Clear Pure Liquid Detergent is 99% bio-based and provides a plant-based clean. It’s hypo-allergenic, which makes it a good option for sensitive skin, and is from the makers of the No. 1 recommended detergent brand by dermatologists, allergists and pediatricians for sensitive skin. Learn more at all-laundry.com.

Get smart about technology. Not only do smart devices add convenience to your home, they can be highly effective tools for helping manage energy usage. Programmable thermostats are especially useful because you can set them to automatically adjust temperatures when you’re away from home, but other devices like smart lights can also be programmed to recognize motion or adjust at certain times of day to reduce energy consumption in unused spaces.

Manage water usage. Many people don’t realize how much water they’re wasting at home. Consider that

the Environmental Protection Agency estimates about 30% of each household’s water goes to the toilet and chances are good you’re literally flushing away that natural resource. Manage your water usage by only running full loads of dishes and laundry, eliminating leaks, reducing shower times and switching to a low-flow or other eco-friendly toilet.

Improve air quality. It may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to clean air, but your flooring plays an important role in your home’s air quality. In addition to improving ventilation and opening windows for natural air circulation, you can take other steps to naturally boost your air quality without relying on energy-dependent filtration systems. The carpet in your home can contribute to poor air quality, so be sure to vacuum frequently to minimize dust, dander and other allergens. Simple adjustments can make a big impact on the earth and your monthly energy expenses. Start with an audit of your home so you can begin taking steps toward an eco-friendly environment.

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Colorful Kitchen Inspiration 5 impactful, on-trend cabinet stylings The kitchen is the heart of many homes, and careful planning is a necessity when it comes to redesigning this essential living space. Picking out cabinetry – and a color for those cabinets, in particular – can be a challenging process. Everything from the style of your cabinets to the amount of natural light your space receives are key factors to consider when choosing an updated hue. While white cabinets are an everlasting choice, and woodstained cabinetry once held 70% of the market, painted cabinets now account for 70% of sales, signaling a significant shift among homeowners and their preferences. While there are virtually no limitations when it comes to the paint, stain and glaze options available to complement your overall kitchen design, the current stylings reflected in Wellborn Cabinet’s annual color trends provides an opening to a range of impactful colors, such as grays, blues, blacks and wood tones, and a mixture of these on-trend hues. A Gray for Every Mood While gray cabinets have been a popular design choice for several years, much like shades of white, no two grays are exactly alike. Cabinet colors live on a color spectrum that ranges from warm to neutral to dark; warm grays have yellow or brown undertones while cool grays have hushed hues of blue. Neutral gray, or Ash, is a true black and white mixture of colors. However, many homeowners are opting for warmer or cooler shades instead. For example, light gray cabinets can create a chic, modern motif for homeowners looking to liven up their space while avoiding completely white cabinetry. One of the latest gray trends is a warmer gray that can look almost beige, earning the nickname “greige.” Shades of dark gray – whether painted or stained – are also options for making a luxurious, traditional statement that can span ever-changing color trends.


A Sea of Blue One of today’s hottest trends in kitchen cabinetry is the use of shades of blue, which provide calming and restful effects and the feeling of harmony and serenity. Pops of blue can be used as an accent color on islands or on either upper or base cabinets. To balance out these dramatic darks, many homeowners are opting to pair a bold color choice like a navy hue – such as Bleu – with neutral to warm whites, such as wool and bone white, to create a crisp, clean look. Gold hardware can be used on navy cabinetry for an upscale and regal look while silver-tone hardware provides a contemporary finishing touch. While lighter shades of blue, like aqua, are perfect for keeping spaces light and airy, one of the latest colors to emerge is a mid-tone classic blue. A balanced option like Sapphire from Wellborn Cabinet, which is a classic, mid-tone royal blue available in the Premier and Estate Series framed cabinetry, as well as the fullaccess, frameless Aspire Series, can help create energy and inspiration for dining or cooking. Mixed Wood Tones Even with the rise in painted woods, stains are seeing a surge in popularity. The application of stain to natural wood can enhance the character of the cabinetry. Neutral color, dimension, texture and soft luxury can be layered into nearly any space to create a blended balance. Wood grains typically pair well with whites, grays, blues and brass tones – all of which are popular colors in modern kitchens and other localized entertaining areas such as in-home refreshment areas or bars.

Dark Drama Often overlooked as more of an “accent” color, black has become livable, luxe and inviting with textured woods adding rustic, homely charm. For example, Wellborn Cabinet offers a decorative laminate veneer option in matte black. Edgy but classic, black cabinets can pair perfectly with nearly any design element still in its natural wooden state to create a distinct style that is all your own. Multi-Tones and Unexpected Pops of Color While all-white palettes have long reigned supreme in the kitchen for their timelessness and versatility, straying from neutral tones can add an energetic and welcoming feel to nearly any space. Smaller kitchens that once had an all-white look are getting a facelift by adding a burst of bright, bold color on either the upper or base cabinets. Adding colorful retro appliances or using the island as a canvas for an energetic and welcoming pop of color can also make a similar statement and help create a space unique to your style and personality. Many homeowners are even pairing two or more complementary colors to create twoand three-toned looks. For example, lighter gray, Shale or blue can be used for the upper cabinets with darker shades used below for the base cabinetry, or a neutral hue can be used on the uppers with a contrast color on the bottom. In three-toned kitchens, an additional color or material is introduced to create asymmetry in the palette to help define zones or functions and keep the eye moving. Find more on-trend kitchen inspiration and color options at www.welloborn.com.

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5 MUST DO HOME IMPROVEMENTS FOR FALL The average American home has nine DIY jobs that need to be tackled, according to a study conducted by Porch.com. Fall is the perfect time to give your home a little TLC and start checking off projects on your to-do list. Here are five easy fall fixups to get your home ready for the upcoming season: Paint the front door - Nothing gives your home an instant face lift like a freshly painted front door. Painted exterior doors can boost curb appeal, add character and provide a trendy but tasteful first impression of your home. Choose a color that will make your front door pop and improve the look of your home’s exterior in less than an afternoon. Repair holes in the drywall - Whether the damage is small from a picture frame nail or anchor, or as large as doorknob damage, DAP’s new Eclipse™ Rapid Wall Repair Patches make repairing holes in drywall so fast and easy, anyone can do it. DAP’s Eclipse provides a durable, mess-free repair that requires no spackling, sanding or additional tools - simply patch the

damage and it’s ready to paint immediately, allowing projects to be finished in minutes, rather than hours or days. Freshen up the landscaping - Planting new flowers or shrubbery is an easy way to bring pops of fall colors to the front of your home. Keep it simple and pick plants in one or two hues that contrast with the exterior of your home. Regular mowing and tending to weeds will always help your front yard look its best. Seal window and doors - Small gaps and cracks around windows and doors can

allow cold air and rain to make its way inside. Keep your home protected and warm during the fall and winter seasons by replacing worn exterior caulk with DAP Dynaflex Ultra™ Advanced Exterior Sealant. Dynaflex Ultra uses DAP’s exclusive WeatherMax Technology™ to create a waterproof and weatherproof seal that won’t crack or discolor over time. Replace the furnace filter - Dirty filters mean your furnace will likely work harder. Regularly changing the filters in your central air and heating system can significantly improve its efficiency and longevity, while easing the pressure on your wallet. In most homes, filters should be changed monthly during the heating season. You should also have your furnace serviced periodically to make sure it is working properly and to help avoid larger repairs later on when the temperature drops. For more tips to help tackle your fall home improvement checklist, visit DAP.com.


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