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winners BILL REYNOLDS Former Pensacola city administrator has been cleared of a noncriminal public records violation for not fulfilling a public request last year for the city’s new logo. Escambia County Judge Thomas Johnson cleared Reynolds of the charge in a written decision issued on Sept. 13. The mayor’s former press secretary, Derek Cosson, had pleaded no contest to the charge in July and was fined $350. COLLIER MERRILL Developer and restaurant owner Collier Merrill made his last meeting as the chairman of the Community Maritime Park Associates a memorable one. Flanked by most of her athletic leadership team, University of West Florida President Dr. Judy Bense announced that the school’s first football team will play its inaugural season at the maritime park. Merrill has served since 2006 on the board and its chairman since 2011. He deserves kudos for his service. HELEN WALKER TOLAR The Gulf Breeze native has been named chief of staff for Arkansas U.S. Sen. John Boozman. Tolar currently serves as staff director and chief counsel of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. She'll join Boozman's staff at the end of the month. Before working for the Veterans Affairs committee, Tolar worked for U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller. She received her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

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losers MALCOLM THOMAS A Pensacola High

School student was shot to death a few blocks away from his high school on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 19. Less than 24 hours later, the PHS Tigers football team played a home game against the Milton High Panthers. The PHS administration had spent the day making sure the campus was safe and counseling the students. Cancelling the football game would have sent a powerful message about street violence and the value of life.

MARGIE WILCOX The owner of Pensacola Bay Transportation is under fire—pun intended—after one of her vans went up in flames last May. She may lose her paratransit contracts with the state and county over her alleged scheduling and safety issues. Wilcox is based in Mobile, Ala. where she owns Yellow Cab of Mobile. She is also a candidate for the Alabama House of Representatives, District 104. You can bet there are no photos of the charred van on her website. FDLE The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has proposed that police can arrest members of the public who don’t leave the Capitol building by 5 p.m. each weekday or within a half hour of the end of a public meeting. Their goal appears to be preventing another sit-in like the monthlong one held by Dream Defenders in July.












by Rick Outzen

BEING LOCAL MATTERS Are local businesses at a disadvantage when bidding for city of Pensacola contracts? The latest controversy of whether the Pensacola International Airport should give its food services to national franchises or to restaurants that have a decidedly Pensacola flavor has brought that question to the forefront again. Mayor Ashton Hayward came into office three years ago with a commitment to rebidding city contracts that have been held by the same vendors for years. Advertising was given to Tallahassee-based firm, The Zimmerman Agency. Auditing has been awarded to Mauldin & Jenkins of Atlanta, Ga. Now Airport Director Greg Donovan, with the mayor’s approval, has recommended that food services be awarded to the OHM Concessions Group that includes Chick-fil-A, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Corona Beach House and Surf City Squeeze. The out-of-town group beat out the Creative Food Group that joined together the Pensacola-based Varona’s, The Fish House, Bagelheads and Pensacola Bay Brewery. I like Robert de Varona’s quote in the daily newspaper, “When you are in an airport and see a Chick-fil-A, where are you? If you see a Fish House, you are in Pensacola. When you see a Bagelheads, you’re in Pensacola.” But there is a bigger issue that the request for proposals and selection commit-

tees don’t take into account when they make their recommendations—the impact that local businesses have on their communities. EW Bullock, the former marketing firm for the city, has spent countless hours helping non-profits like Pathways for Change, BRACE Youth Emergency Preparedness initiative and Gulf Coast Kids House. How much of the million dollars it was paid by the city did The Zimmerman Agency commit to help local charities? None. The city’s former auditor, Saltmarsh Cleaveland & Gund, has staff and partners on the boards of many of the non-profits in this community— Pensacola Sports Association, Baptist Health Care Foundation and Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100. How many partners at Mauldin & Jenkins serve on local boards? None. If you have participated in any of the local charity races, you have probably eaten bagels donated by Bagelheads. If you have attended a cultural event here, look at the program and you will most likely find the Varonas listed as supporters. The Fish House has helped not only local charities, but has helped market Pensacola nationally in Washington, DC and New York City. The selection process needs to include in its grading system the commitment a business makes or is willing to make to the community. Otherwise, we may be saving a dollar, but hurting ourselves in the long run. {in}

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Transportation for Disadvantaged in Disarray

by Rick Outzen

Janet Clayburg struggled to make it to the podium on Sept. 16 to speak before the Escambia County Commission. She isn’t a well person. To breathe, Clayburg needs to be attached to an oxygen tank. The walk to the podium was one that others made in a matter of seconds. For Clayburg, the walk took nearly a full minute. Each step was difficult to watch as she struggled to get air into her lungs. Once at the podium, she took a full minute to compose herself, breathing in the oxygen from her tank. Clayburg wanted to convince the commissioners not to extend the ADA contract with Pensacola Bay Transportation (PBT), the Mobile, Ala.-based company that has handled since 2001 transportation for those who are elderly, disabled or low-income in the county. Her voice was a part of litany of complaints against PBT. Clients, their families, drivers and union representatives spoke against the condition of the company’s 28 vehicles, the long delays in picking up clients and the unsafe conditions for the drivers and the passengers. Their goal was to get the county or Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT) to take over the service. “As a client, I have experienced waiting three or four hours for my ride to come,” said Clayburg. “I have watched dialysis patients wait three or four hours to get their ride home.” 66


Vicki Snow also complained about the delays. She takes care of her daughter who had an accident several years ago and is wheelchair-bound. “Half the time she can’t get to her doctors’ appointments because she’s late,” Snow told the commissioners. “Most of the time I have to cancel and reschedule.” She said that to get her daughter to a 9 a.m. appointment she schedules with Pensacola Bay Transportation to pick her up at 5:30 a.m. “She may make it, she may not,” said Snow. “If we do get to the appointment on time, we just hope that we’re picked up on time for the ride home. Six hours have gone by, where she’s sitting in a wheelchair waiting for 10:45 pickup [at the doctor’s office] and it’s 4:45 in the afternoon when that ride shows up, if it does.” Complaints about scheduling aren’t new. Minutes of the Escambia County Transportation Disadvantage Coordinating Board, comprised of state agency and community representatives of the transportation disadvantaged population that meets quarterly to identify local service needs, reflect complaints as early as 2011 and more people have stepped forward recently. At the board’s June meeting, Wendy Perry, who works for Fresenius Medical Care, a dialysis company in the Pensacola area, talked about the impact of the delays on her company

Rusty van floor / photo courtesy Betty Henderson and patients, of which approximately 40 percent use Pensacola Bay Area Transportation. “We have patients that are waiting three to three and one-half hours for a ride home, after enduring four-hour dialysis,” said Perry. “We are talking about people that are in wheelchairs that are amputees. They are stuck in the chair three and one-half hours.” Perry said there were also problems with patients arriving on time for their appointments. She said, “We have had trouble lately with them bringing the patients late. Patients due on the machine at 11, they don't bring them until 2. We have schedules for our nursing personnel, and we are now experiencing a lot of overtime cost to us because of the ineffectiveness of community transportation.”

“We have patients that are waiting three to three and one-half hours for a ride home, after enduring four-hour dialysis.” Wendy Perry


On May 16, a Ford E-450 van owned by PBT dropped off its last passenger in the Molino area and headed southbound on Highway 29. The driver noticed a lot of heat coming from under his dashboard. Earlier in the day, another driver, Charles Lyons, had complained of the same thing. The afternoon driver pulled over and jumped out of the van just minutes before it became completely engulfed in flames. According to the Escambia County Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan (TDSP) FY 2013/2014, the van had 288,308 miles on its odometer. Of the remaining 28

vehicles that the transit company operates for the disadvantaged, 10 have more mileage, one, a Ford E-350, has 458,199 miles and 14 are at least 10 years old. Michelle Sellers, a dialysis patient for 19 years, told the commissioners about the interior conditions of the vans. “You have to tie yourself into some of the seats,” said Sellers. “Some of the backs are broken, some of them have something sticking in your butt.” Snow said that the rubber flooring has buckled and split in some of the vans, making it difficult for wheelchairs to roll. The wheelchair lifts have broken down. Snow told the commissioners that she had trouble finding a seat in a van that had a working seat belt to secure her grandson’s car seat. “It’s not acceptable.”


Janice Grisby, the former human resource manager who was made general manager about 33 days ago, defended her owner, Margie Wilcox and Pensacola Bay Transportation. She told the board that the company had put an action plan in place. “I believe we have done a lot of improvement in the last 45 days,” said Grisby. “We’re listening to our customers’ complaints, taking action on those complaints. We plan to do that on a long-term basis.” She said the PBT, which also handles the disadvantaged transportation for Santa Rosa County, was installing auto-scheduling software to reduce delays. Grisby said the owner had bought six used vans and the company was getting more new ones through grants. Betty Henderson, a wheelchair-bound client of the service since 2007, was not convinced that her transportation would get any better if it remains under PBT.

She told the IN, “Last week, I was supposed to be picked up at my doctor’s office at 3:30. I didn’t get picked up until 7 p.m. I had another appointment that they didn’t have me in the computer for and they never picked me up.” Henderson said that she has complained to owner Margie Wilcox. “I have her direct line. She says, ‘I’m so sorry, so sorry. Thank you for calling us. We wouldn’t learn these things if you didn’t call us.’ But nothing changes.” She was also not impressed with used vans purchased by Wilcox. She provided the newspaper with photos she said were of rusty chair tie-downs and seats. Henderson said, “They look like they were from New Jersey and went through Hurricane Sandy.”


The county commissioners were clearly upset by the complaints. “Anyone running this should not have let this fall into such disarray, where it took so many citizens to have to come here,”


30 people braved the rain at Plaza de Luna on Saturday, Sept. 21 to participate in 350. org’s “Draw the Line on Keystone XL” event. Saturday was a National Day of Action led locally by 350 Pensacola, a chapter of 350. org. The now-international environmental group organized last February’s “Forward on Climate” rally in Washington, D.C., the largest rally on climate change to date. Local citizens gathered to demonstrate solidarity against permitting of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which as proposed would extend from Alberta, Canada through the American Midwest to Houston, and would transport Canadian tar sands crude to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico. Last week marked the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Department of State receiving the Keystone XL project’s application for a cross-border permit. The Keystone XL project has met with opposition from environmentalists, residents of refinery towns, and Native American groups and rural landowners whose property the pipeline would cross. Pensacola was one of over 200 locations in the U.S. and Canada that held gatherings as part of the “Draw the Line” event. 350 Pensacola leader Elaine Sargent announced that the group will join with Earth Ethics to hold a meeting on October 19 at the West Florida Public Library as part of the second annual Global Frackdown Day, an international initiative working to ban fracking and promote renewable energy.


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said Chairman Gene Valentino. “I’m very disappointed in the program. I can’t tell the commissioners how anxious I would like to see this wrapped into First Transit [the management company for ECAT].” However, the county doesn’t have the 30 vehicles to run the service and there are aspects that fall under state contracts that don’t expire until June 2014. The commission voted to extend the ADA contract an additional 90 days to give Assistant County Administrator Larry Newsom time to get with the state and First Transit and develop a plan for taking over the services. “Our ultimate goal is to solve the problem,” Newsom told the IN. “The county is working with Pensacola Bay Transportation on a day-to-day basis, looking at the fleet and tracking complaints and the follow-up.” For Betty Henderson and the other clients that were at the commission meeting, the changeover cannot happen fast enough. “I don’t understand what’s wrong,” she said. “We depend on this service. These are our lives they are messing with.” {in}


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voted to approve World of Beer’s request to expand the sidewalk just outside of Blend Lounge. The problem? The sidewalk expansion will eliminate four parking spaces on the south side of Intendencia Street, which runs between World of Beer (WOB) and the Saenger Theatre. The proposed sidewalk expansion would accommodate outdoor seating at Blend Lounge and is the primary source of controversy for citizens and neighboring business owners. Other Palafox business owners expressed concern over the loss of the four parking spaces on the south side of Intendencia Street for delivery/loading and customer parking purposes. Poor drainage and ADA compliance issues are among the challenges in that location that both WOB and the city would like to improve. The sidewalk extension is just one part of an extensive expansion WOB has planned. In March, the popular beer establishment purchased the adjoining parking lot to the south and the building housing the Grand Reserve Cigar & Smoke Shop and the Christian Science Reading Room, which has already relocated. Prior to the Special Meeting, the DIB’s Parking & Traffic Committee Meeting met, heard from the public and WOB owners, but made no recommendation to the board; however, after more public comment and discussion, the board approved the motion to expand the sidewalk and sent WOB on their way to the City Planning Board and City Council, which will make the final decision on WOB’s proposal. {in} ▶ For the whole story everyday check out

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Guide to Pensacola's Most Popular and Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods Editorial by SKM & Design by JLP After a long week at work, what 30-something, young professional doesn’t want to wake up on a Saturday morning, walk out their front door in East Hill, and take a leisurely bike ride to yard sale after yard sale, then follow it up with a trip down to Bayview with their dog in tow? And what married with children super-duo doesn’t want to be basking in the sunshine of their fenced-in backyard in Cordova Park while watching their kids do cannon balls off the diving board and into the pool? When it comes to the ’hood you choose to call home, let’s face it—it’s all about perception. And while your ’hood may not define you, it certainly defines your experience living within whatever city you choose to inhabit, whether you are passing through for a brief chapter, or settling down for the long haul.

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Despite paling in comparison to the number of ’hoods represented in urban super-cities like New York City, the reality is, Pensacola is home to a collection of bustling boroughs—each boasting their own unique selling points and defining charm. And so, after careful deliberation, we present to you what we have handpicked as the cream of the crop when it comes to our local ’hoods—at least the ones in safe biking proximity to and from downtown. Of course each ’hood boasts its more obvious appeals, what we deem “signs of life”—notable retail shops, restaurants, etc. But it doesn’t stop there. While we will leave you to your own interrogative devices when it comes to crime stats, we have included some more quantitative data, such as what public school your hypothetical child would most likely be attending, or private school options if you so choose. And thanks to help from local realtor Preston Murphy,

we’ve presented some ballpark figures of just how many buckaroos each hood might demand of you depending on whether you are looking to rent or own. Last, but certainly not least, since you shouldn’t just take our word for it—although the majority of our staff lives in one of the ’hoods represented—we even gave longtime residents a chance to sound off on why they love calling their ’hood home. Ultimately, we hope that for current residents, our ’hood guide will not only make you smile from ear to ear, it will make you even more proud of your hood than you already were. For those itching to relocate, may this offer you some helpful or at least entertaining insight. {Please note: We realize this isn’t an exhaustive list of neighborhoods in our area and we took it upon ourselves to loosely define our own borders. And so, while we encourage you to take it seriously, we also suggest you take this lightly and don’t sweat the small stuff.} 9


Situated just to the East of Bayou Texar is the well-known and well-established Cordova Park, where for nearly every house—there is a swimming pool. If you don’t believe us, just go ahead and Google image search “Cordova Park” and note the first image that pops up. This can also be confirmed when taking off from or landing at the Pensacola International Airport situated practically next door. On the off chance you don’t end up with your own swimming pool, Roger Scott Athletic Complex is just down the way. Coined by the IN as Mid-City, Cordova Park is merely a short drive from the center of restaurant and shopping madness, yet far enough removed so that you don’t have to smell exhaust fumes, or hear the car horns blaring—the best of both worlds.

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aka Cordova Park Average Price of Single Family Home Sold in last 2 years*: $210,726 Average Monthly Rent in last 2 years*: $1,221 (Although good luck finding one, because last time we checked, there weren’t any!) Primary Public Schools: Elementary: Cordova Park, Suter; Middle: Workman; High: Washington Standout Park/Center: Roger Scott Athletic Complex—Home to community center, ball fields, pools, a dog park, and the recent addition of the LEAP trail. IN’s Opinion—Why Move Here: It’s family-friendly, has one of the best ranked public elementary schools in town and is a retiree’s laid back dreamboat.


“Cordova Park Elementary is a big draw for the area. And the park on McClellan/Connell/Baisden, with basketball hoops, a soccer field, and playground is great for children. The neighborhood is very family friendly.” —Polly Beard, resident for 29 years


Bordering Cordova Park is East Pensacola Heights, where you can chow down on just about any ethnicity of food you can dream up. While what some like to refer to as EPH, is in many ways up-andcoming, it is in actuality, far from being a new kid on the block. In fact, many residents have been calling this quaint and quiet area home for years. Since a large percentage of this hood is a mix of waterfront and water view properties facing the bay or bayou, home prices within EPH vary distinctly based on size and location. Thanks to the amount of multi-unit condos and apartments in the area, it’s becoming more accessible for a younger demographic to move in and take advantage of the ’hood’s laid back atmosphere, yet prime, centralized location— just across the Bayou from the outskirts of East Hill. In addition to supporting longstanding establishments like Sir Richards, Jerry’s Drive In, and New Yorker Deli, and family operations such as Apple Market and Running Wild, this hood has opened its arms to welcome in newer additions that already feel like they’ve been there forever—including The Magnolia, Hopjacks Filling Station and My Favorite Things.

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aka EPH Average Price of Single Family Homes for Sale as of Sept. 2013*: $192,740 Average Monthly Rent*: Residential-Attached: mid $700s; Single Family: $850 Public Schools: Elementary: Suter; Middle: Workman; High: Pensacola/Washington Standout Private Schools: Elementary/Middle (pre-kindergarten – 8th grade): St. Paul Catholic, Creative Learning Center Standout Parks/Centers: Exchange Park IN’s Opinion—Why Move Here: It’s a three way tie between EPH’s proximity to East Hill and downtown, the water views, and getting to walk home from Sir Richards Karaoke in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Plus, there’s Nob Hill. Nothing says fun quite like walking or driving up to a window to purchase a dusty bottle of liquor.


“We were initially drawn to the Heights by the beautiful Bayou Texar and the moss covered trees. It doesn't hurt that it is centrally located. EPH is close enough for my husband Ross to ride his bike downtown to work. It has been a great place to live and we have enjoyed our neighborhood restaurants. Of course, you have to include Apple Market. That is where you see your neighbors! There is even a neighborhood billboard outside.” —Leigh Mitchell, resident for 26 years 11


“I live in East Hill.” Depending on who you are talking to, this statement could mean a lot of things, and cover a number of different precise locations. As it goes with most things in life, the more people who flock to something, the more everyone wants to be a part of it, even the Mayor. But can you blame them? Not only is East Hill home to the premier dog park in town, its primarily grid-like structure is lined with block after block of colorful, quaint houses of all shapes and sizes. These blocks are sprinkled with parks and yard sales, followed by more parks and more yard sales. Did we say parks and yard sales? Plus, where else can you eat tamales and pizza and get a facial all in one historic hospital building? Yes, Old Sacred Heart Hospital Building it is. And where else can you wash down a smoked BBQ sandwich with some cookies that your grandmother would be jealous of? Yes, we are talking City Grocery and J’s Pastry Shop. East Hill truly is a humble hood as those who have called it their home for years upon years don’t necessarily see what all the fuss is about—they just know they don’t ever want to leave.

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Average Price of Single Family Homes for Sale as of Sept. 2013*: $300,608 Estimated Monthly Rent*: Single Family (without updates): $850; (with updates): $1000-$1300 Primary Public Schools: Elementary: Suter, OJ Semmes; Middle: Workman; High: Pensacola/Washington Standout Magnet School: N.B. Cook Elementary School of the Arts Private Schools: East Hill Christian (pre-kindergarten through 12th), Sacred Heart Cathedral School (Elementary), Pensacola Private School of Liberal Arts (7th through 12th), The Montessori School of Pensacola (pre-kindergarten through middle) Standout Parks/Centers: Bayview Park and Community Center IN’s Opinion—Why Move Here: Some of us remember when The Yard was Madison’s. And at least one of us even remembers when Madison’s was Strega Nona’s. Others are simply suckers for dogs, parks, yard sales and the neighborhood grub. We can all agree, it is pretty much the land of (non-dairy) milk and honey.


“We knew we would live in East Hill someday! It's the trees, the parks and that all the houses are different—not cookie cutter. Porches should be the focal point of the house, not a big garage, in our humble opinion. Plus, once you live in a house with real hardwood floors and 12 foot ceilings, it's hard to go back to 8 feet." —Rachel and Doug Mahone, residents for 25 years

WHERE ALL THE LIGHTS ARE BRIGHT Ah, Downtown Pensacola. What once was very ghostlike and forsaken is now the heart of the action with music venues, bars, coffee, food and independent retailers galore. And there’s more and more springing up every time you turn around. There are art shows, baseball games, outdoor dining options, and even pedicabs and segways so you can take a load off, if your legs get tired from walking about. When it comes to living in downtown, it’s a much less diverse story. While some who carry the larger wallets might be able to afford to live loft-style, or near the bay in newer areas such as Aragon Court, others who prefer a more removed experience may shift their sights to Old East Hill. Situated just to the Northeast of downtown, this area offers the close proximity to downtown while incorporating characteristics of both East Hill and North Hill, including several brick streets remaining exposed.

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REPRESENT YOUR 'HOOD: Average Price of Single Family Homes for Sale as of Sept. 2013*: $551,333 (Aragon Court), $270,320 (Old East Hill) Estimated Monthly Rent*: $1500 a month can land you a loft on Bayfront with a waterview, $1595 a condo on Tarragona. Primary Public Schools: Elementary: Global Learning Academy, Suter; Middle: Workman/Woodham/Warrington; High: Washington Standout Parks: Veteran’s Memorial, Seville Square, Plaza Ferdinand VII IN’s Opinion—Why Move Here: Eh, don’t. Just kidding! We support your decision to relocate to Old East Hill. But seriously, you should probably only move downtown if you've got a good real estate lead because housing is limited. And don't even get us started on "affordable" housing options…

“I moved into one of my downtown apartments when my daughter Devan was 11 years old. On parade days, our balcony overlooking Palafox was a favorite of her Episcopal Day School classmates. Devan was able to walk to school and both of us enjoyed living amidst 450 years of history. There is never a lack of something to do downtown, from riding our bikes along Bayfront Parkway, to walking to events and festivals, and of course, we never have to walk too far to get a great meal.” —Deborah Dunlap, resident for 9 years 13


Let’s be real. Downtown-ish, or Downtown Adjacent, as we also like to call it in conversation, is where the majority of us really live if we say we live downtown. The beauty of Downtown-ish is that it offers a truly livable, breathable downtown experience that keeps you in close proximity to every bar, restaurant and baseball game that you ever imagine frequenting. Close enough that in some cases, like Belmont-DeVilliers you are in walking distance, and others, like North Hill, you can simply coast down the hill by bike and end up at your destination in a matter of minutes. Whether you are seeking to invest in a historic mansion, or are hoping to land a deal on a shotgun rental in the West Side Garden District, the beauty of the Downtown-ish area is that no block looks the same as the next—for better or worse. And while it may take a bit of effort to find the right block for you, there is undoubtedly a block with your name on it. Trust us. We found ours.

Average Price of Single Family Homes for Sale as of Sept. 2013*: $314,832 (North Hill), $64,933 (Belmont-Devilliers), $46,654 (West Side Garden District) Estimated Monthly Rent*: $650 (3 bed, 1 bath in West Side Garden District), $750 (1950s rancher), $2000 - $4000 (Historic North Hill charmer) Primary Public Schools: Elementary: Global Learning Academy, Suter; Middle: Workman; High: Pensacola Standout Private School: Episcopal Day School (infant - 8th) Standout Parks/Centers: Pensacola Public Library (BelmontDeVilliers), First City Arts Center (Long Hollow), Maritime Park (Waterfront), Long Hollow Park (Long Hollow) IN’s Opinion—Why Move Here: Because it’s the best of all worlds combined and suitable whether you are a generation-y’er struggling to make ends meets, or a baby boomer seeking to retire in a historic mansion.


“What other neighborhood offers such an easy walk to the Main Library, Ever'man's, the Community Maritime Park, Gallery Night and to the parades? Friendly dog walkers, runners, bicyclists and moms with toddlers populate our streets and sidewalks. I will tell you a secret: All the best reasons for living in Pensacola are right here!” —Ann Hill, Belmont-Devilliers resident for 22 years

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THE RUN AROUND by Sarah McCartan

photo by Davis House Photography

Getting Started:

Running 101 There’s perhaps no better time of the year to take up running—or walking, jogging or any outdoor-centered exercise endeavor for that matter—than Fall. At least as far as the Sunshine State is concerned. Any runner will gladly tell you that aside from the more overstated physical benefits of this cardiovascular exercise, such as getting in shape, increased energy, and disease prevention, running offers something that runs even deeper—community. Thanks to the ongoing commitment from local running store, Running Wild, this close-knit sense of community that abounds locally continues to flourish and grow increasingly accessible to the masses. “Our mission since our opening day in August of 2000 has been to build and serve the runners, walkers and endurance sport athletes in our community,” said Paul Epstein, owner of Running Wild. Together with his wife Cherie and dedicated staff, they’ve been carrying out their mission since day one. 616 1

“That mission and commitment has grown to being fully supportive of the personal and group goals of all types of athletes and fitness enthusiasts in our community,” he said. On top of supporting hundreds of local athletic events both financially and physically, Running Wild extends numerous programs and group opportunities— inviting and encouraging individuals to get involved, get started, and get running. “Not only is running extremely important to me,” said Epstein, “I love to help and observe others reach their goals. Fitting someone correctly in a pair of shoes, helping them run a 5k, showing them an exercise or giving advice on overcoming an injury are the things that drive me daily.” For individuals just starting out, to get you off on the right foot, and so you don’t do too much too soon, Epstein recommends the following. First thing’s first—gearing up. “Get fit in the correct gear on day one,” said Epstein. “Everyone is different; get the right gear for you.”  Second is taking it in stride. “Start slower than you think you should,” he said. “Most start out too fast and are injured in a few weeks.” Third comes safety, and accountability. Epstein explained, “Find a friend to start with. Not only will they keep you accountable, and vice versa, but going out on the roads with another is much safer than being alone.”

Paul Epstein at Running Wild / photo by Samantha Crooke

"Shoes are where the rubber meets the road—literally.” Paul Epstein GEARING UP

Before you dart off to the nearest store and buy the first pair of walking or running shoes that catch your eye because they are a) on sale b) your favorite color c) a brand you find especially attractive d) all of the above, you should check yourself before you wreck yourself—or potentially wreck your body. “Shoes are where the rubber meets the road—literally,” said Epstein. “There are so many choices in shoes today and so much information about which is best for you, that it is overwhelming.”   Thanks to Epstein and the educated and dedicated staff at Running Wild, you aren’t alone on making this important,

worthwhile investment. And it doesn’t have to break your bank. Running Wild stocks a wide selection of shoes starting around $100 that are designed for both running and walking. Chances are they have the right shoe for your body, and your budget. “We are all educated and have a passion for running. This makes people feel better about what they are buying,” said Shannon Kohler, seasoned marathoner and Running Wild staff member. Kohler affirms this investment is one you are making for the safety of your body. Purchasing a quality pair of shoes that is the right fit for you will help you avoid common injuries such as shin splints or planter fasciitis.

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Running Wild's "My First 5K" participant completing the Bayou Hills Run / photo by Davis House Photography “When someone starts out running and they're in the wrong shoe, the chance of getting injured is much greater,” agreed Epstein. “When a newer runner has to stop running it becomes very discouraging for them.  We are committed to keeping people running and reaching their goals through proper fit and advice.” Prior to bringing out shoes for you to try on, the Running Wild staff will ask you to “walk it out,” meaning they will watch you place one foot in front of the other and walk so they can visually assess your gait—to see if you tend to roll in, or out. This allows them to determine the level and type of stability needed in a shoe. “A gait analysis tells us if your arch collapses in or out—if you over pronate versus under pronate,” explained Kohler. Equally important, is size—specifically, going a size up. “People may think they wear a size eight, but in actuality they probably wear a nine. You want to have a thumb width of space,” said Kohler. This increase in size for running shoes allows you to have the extra space needed for your feet to sweat and swell, and avoid battling blisters or other painful issues. Depending on the mileage you are putting on them, most shoe purchases will last between six and eight months. Running

Wild offers loyalty points to take some burden off when it does come time for your next purchase. On top of the right pair of shoes, for women, Kohler notes equally important are purchases of sports bra, and for both male and female, synthetic socks and breathable, non-cotton attire. Once you are geared up, to keep you on your feet, Running Wild offers free running form clinics twice a month where they watch you run and offer helpful tips for both performance and safety. They also offer free trigger point classes. “Correct shoes are obviously very important, but beyond that, keeping one's muscles elastic and flexible through massage, trigger point therapy and specific stretching is the key to long term healthy running,” said Epstein.

"In the 5k class, you meet people, form a bond and want to finish the race [together]." Shannon Kohler

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After you are dressed and ready, then comes actually, well, getting out there. Once again, you are not in it alone—in fact you are far from it. “You have all these programs and apps,” said Kohler, “But what makes it successful is coming in and doing it as a group.” On top of co-ed group runs such as the bi-weekly six at six, or the women only

10/5 7:00 a.m. Habitrot 10/5 8:00 a.m. Heart of Champions 5K 10/5 8:30 a.m. NHS Grand Staff 5K Run/ Walk 10/5 2:00 p.m. Zombie Run for your life fun run 10/5 5:00 p.m. Riverwalk Run 5K 10/6 8:00 a.m. I Pink I Can Run 10/12 8:00 a.m. Coastline 5K 10/19 7:30 a.m. Wicked Triple Fun Run 10/19 8:00 a.m. Brain Tumor Run for Research 10/19 9:30 a.m. Gulf Breeze Rotary 5K Pigskin Classic 10/26 7:00 a.m. Blackwater Trail Series 50K Ultra & Relay 10/26 8:00 a.m. Margaritaville Beach Hotel 5K Sand and SUP Races 10/26 8:00 a.m. Prodisee Pantry’s 4th Annual Turkey Trot

phenomenon that is Phat Girlz Fridays, Running Wild offers multiple training classes—including “My First 5K.” “In the 5k class, you meet people, form a bond and want to finish the race [together],” said Kohler. Culminating with a 5k race, this 12-week program eases participants into running, guiding them every step of the way. The program includes personal coaching, a nutrition plan, seminars and more. Plus the group atmosphere allows for increased accountability. “There are many advantages to the ‘My First 5K’ class,” said Nicki Brask, coach and Running Wild staff member. “Accountability and safety are the biggest advantages. Staying accountable is a big challenge when you are starting a new fitness program. We slowly introduce running to each participant’s life after fitting them in the correct shoes.”

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11/02 8:00 a.m. 29th Annual Great Pumpkin Race 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run 11/02 8:00 a.m. Footprints to a Forever Family 11/10 6:30 a.m. Pensacola Marathon 11/16 7:30 a.m. 3rd Annual Corry Station CPOA Crime Stoppers 5K 11/16 8:00 a.m. In Hot Pursuit 11/23 8:00 a.m. Seville Quarter Wild Turkey Trot 11/30 8:00 a.m. Jingle Bell Run/ Walk for Arthritis Pensacola Beach


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Speaking of shoes, since gearing up is the first step in the process, included in the sign up fee for the class is a complimentary pair of fitted shoes, and proper attire. The “My First 5K” class kicked off this week and finishes with the Ho Ho Hustle 5K in December. It’s not too late to sign up and jump on board for the current class, or make plans for one of the upcoming classes starting later this Fall. “We also offer Personal Coaching so if a class time doesn’t work for a participant, they can pick and choose their own services, times and races. We guide them through the training process by equipping them with all the tools they need to succeed,” said Brask. “Our goal is to create a habit for the individual and help them determine a ‘road map’ for fitness for the rest of their lives.” {in} For more information on training programs and more, visit werunwild. com. 17

Get Muddy | Help Someone Get Clean In the spirit of adventure, adventure race series have quickly been on the rise with more out of the box options springing up each year—spanning all the way from mud to chocolate. Yes, I said chocolate. This October, you don’t have to travel out of town for adventure. Thanks to area non-profit, Pathways for Change, those seeking adventure get to have their fill of fun, and mud, at the Pensacola Mud Run, while helping someone else get clean in the process. “It is going to be a spectacular event, a huge party and lots of fun. I love the tag line—get muddy to help someone get clean!” exclaimed Connie Bookman, executive director of Pathways for Change. “The proceeds of this run will support all Pathways for Change programming, which will help diversify our funding which is

critical, as we are very dependent on just a few grants and contributions to sustain our mission.” Pathways for Change’s mission is changing lives, reducing crime and building futures, by providing literal pathways for individuals to do so, through a variety of programs. This includes Men's Residential Treatment program, The Family Center, Morris Court Recovery Village, as well as other transition services. “The Pathways for Change Board of Directors has encouraged a signature fundraiser event for several years, but we could never come up with something that we could relate to, until Tom Allen, the Treasurer of the Board suggested a Mud Run. We all loved the idea and have recruited a stellar committee who is working diligently,” said Bookman.

"It is going to be a spectacular event, a huge party and lots of fun." Connie Bookman

Running is tough enough as it is, why would you want to throw in the extra challenge of crawling through mud, darting away from zombies, balancing on logs, or navigating through electric shock ropes?

A skeptic might ask. For others this may seem like a no brainer. After all, who doesn’t love a little bit of an adventure? “Life is either an adventure or nothing.” Right? So why not choose adventure?


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running shoes that aren’t your Sunday best, or your go-to racers. In the spirit of adventure, and team building, this shouldn’t be viewed as a race, but rather, an event, an experience, something that provides a challenge, yet is accessible for the masses to come out and enjoy. To ensure that individuals aren’t trampling all over each other while attempting to navigate obstacles, the race is separated into three different start times—7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. It’s recommended to sign up with friends as these groups will be broken down into further subsets. Once you’ve completed the course, there will be fire trucks post-finish line to cleanse you of the mud, or you can choose to stay dirty all day. For the adults, the race will include an after party. And for the kids, there is muddy fun to be had in the form of a one-mile fun run at 1:30 p.m., followed by a bounce activity space. Spectators are invited to attend the event, and welcome at various points of the course. {in}

While it’s fun to leave a bit to the imagination, and course visionaries have even kept a couple of chilling grand finale surprises under wraps, in an effort to clearly preview the course, I was able to trek out to the woods and take an up close and personal look for myself—one that included some balancing, net rolling, and tube diving. Personally I found the three-mile course to be most similar to a Warrior Dash in nature—and there’s a good chance that’s because that just so happens to be the adventure race I’ve previously completed. What I mean is, the course includes a healthy blend of running and obstacle battling. Tires, hay, rope nets and log carrying, log balancing and hopping, is just a sample of what is in WHEN: 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. Saturstore, and of course, mud, mud and day, Oct. 12 more mud. It only took me testing WHERE: St. Matthews Baptist Church, 3047 out one obstacle, which happened County Highway 95A, Cantonment to be diving through a giant tunnel COST: $70, (Kids run: $35) filled with mud and water, before DETAILS: my shoes were soaked in mud. That said, it’s best to wear a pair of


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Play it Safe Running Reminders

While fluorescent clothing, headlamps, and other accessories exist to make you visible to cars in dim lighting, darkness isn’t the only threat to safety this season. Here are a few reminders to help you play it safe on the road this fall— safety reminders even the most seasoned of athletes tend to forget.


First thing’s first—facing up to traffic— literally speaking. Since unlike a bicycle, you are not a moving vehicle, it’s key to remember to run against traffic, rather than with. Not only is this a rule of the road, it increases your visibility to drivers. That said, even when facing traffic, it’s always best to assume that a driver doesn’t see you—be it due to lack of lighting, morning dew on the windshield, the fact that they may be texting or otherwise distracted, or because you just so happen to be in their dreaded blind spot. For this reason,

always be aware of sidewalks, shoulders, sells personalized, enand grass patches so that you can readily graved identification bracelets and allows jump onto safe ground if a car is approachyou to sync this information with an app on ing you within an unsafe distance. When your phone. Speaking of cellular devices, if present, sidewalks and pathways provide you run with a phone in hand, or on body— an off-road option, just be sure to watch and even if you don’t—it is pertinent to for uneven ground or concrete that label an emergency contact as ICE, can provide added discomfort so that “in case of emergency,” or result in potential injury. the appropriate contact can When you are coming be readily notified by a third up to an intersection, while party. no one is a fan of losing momentum or feeling forced to jog in place, prior to dartOnce you decide to plug Road ID ing across, be sure to look in in, and run with music for the bracelet all directions—multiple times. first time, it can quickly became Unfortunately, one can’t expect that habitual and a steadfast ritual. While this someone speeding up to a stoplight to stop idea of “tuning out” is inviting after a long just long enough to turn right on red, may day, or to power through difficult runs, it do a double take. Of course, if traffic is too can become a safety concern—especially much for you to navigate, trail running alif running solo. Tuning out, blocks you from lows you the opportunity to step away from hearing important sounds, including but the street, ignore traffic all together, and be not limited to dog barks, car horns, and yellgreeted with a whole new set of obstacles. ing—all possibly telling of imminent harm. Rather than tuning out, try tuning in this season to listen to your breathing, focus on each step and have heightened For the very same reason every responsituational awareness. If you select not to sible pet owner should put visible identificabreak away from your tunes completely, tion on a pet, every runner, or person for try removing one bud first and turning the that matter, should carry the same visible volume down. identification, strapped to the body.




It seems simple, but it’s amazing how easily we get set in routines that are just that—too convenient and too easy. Plain and simply put, it makes it far too easy for someone to track your pattern. Don’t invite trouble. So seriously, take it seriously, and mix it up. Running at the same time, same place, and for the same distance everyday not only isn’t the greatest for your safety, it isn’t the greatest for your psyche, and it doesn’t necessarily promote improvement.


Running solo can be empowering, freeing, liberating, motivating, and any other synonym for the greatest thing ever that you can dream up—especially if you want to just be alone with yourself and your surroundings. That said, there are many instances in which it’s really not okay to run alone. Be it an isolated, dimly lit location, or even a high traffic area. Not only is picking a partner prime for training and goal setting purposes and constant motivation, it is key for safety. If you can’t decide on a single partner or have yet to convince your close group of friends how magical running can be, Running Wild can direct you to all the countless group runs in town—and plays host to quite a few of their own. {in}

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Pensacola Seafood Festival photos courtesy Fiesta of Five Flags The Fiesta of Five Flags Pensacola Seafood Festival has become a local tradition and something that thousands of people attend and look forward to year after year. This will be the 36th annual festival, and although some things about the event are to be expected—like the plethora of shrimp, oysters, crab cakes and fresh fish—there’s always a little something new that’s been added to the weekend. “We’ll be featuring a beer garden in Fountain Park, which is something we’ve never done before,” Mallory Wilson, seafood fest event coordinator said. “We’ll have a couple TVs on with sports games during the day, and lots of umbrellas and tables for people to hang out at.” The beer garden will be featuring Miller draft products and in addition to regular Miller Lite, will also offer Batch 19 and a couple different Leinenkugel Beers. “The beer garden will just be a nice, casual place for people to hang out and cool off,” Wilson said. The festival will also be featuring the Seafood Grille, an area presented by Pensacola Energy that highlights local chefs and gives them the opportunity to share some of their favorite recipes and cooking secrets with festival-goers. Take a peek at the schedule and see if one of your favorite restaurants is participating—you might be able to snag a recipe from a dish you’ve loved for years. Or if you don’t care so much about recreating your favorite dish and you just want to enjoy eating it, the Gulf to Table area will be your spot. You’ll be able to find tapas-sized September 26, 2013

Copious amounts of seafood, secret chef recipes, hours of live music, a quick run, and giant hamster balls for the kiddos— what more could you want?

portions of signature dishes from a handful of restaurants in town. The portions and prices are on a smaller scale, so you can try a little of everything without straining your stomach or your wallet. Although the seafood is the main attraction, the festival always does a good job of providing a little entertainment while guests peruse the booths and vendors. Live music is scheduled over the course of the entire weekend and ranges from several unknown artists to much loved local cover bands. Sol Driven Train, a band new to the festival lineup, has been traveling around the country in an airport shuttle bus, and is really excited to show Pensacola a little bit of what they’ve got. “We don’t usually roll into town, go straight to the hotel, to the venue, then right back to the hotel,” bassist and vocalist Rusty Cole said. “We all try and spend as much time outdoors as we can, so we’ll get to a place early, just to take a hike or go kayaking or something.” Sol Driven Train, from Charleston, S.C. has a down-home twang to their lighthearted songs, with a little saxophone mixed in there. The guys are all about having fun and enjoying life, which comes through easily in their music. One of the members occasionally brings out their rollerblades, which is when the real fun begins.

“We were at the Roots festival in Bristol, Tenn., and it was huge and all spread out around downtown, and Russell decided to take it to another level and rollerblade all through the festival, to see as much as possible in a short time, and he did,” Cole said. “He has been known to rollerblade and do saxophone solos on stage though.” In case you just can’t get enough, Sol Driven Train will be touring all throughout the southeastern part of the country this fall. Rollerblades and all. Aside from musical entertainment, the festival will also be offering their children’s area again this year, with face painting, arts and crafts, and giant hamster balls that the kids will be able to get in. “We’ll also have a little racetrack with remote control cars, and New York Vice will be there, making little ID baseball cards,” Wilson said. The Pensacola Runner’s Association will be sponsoring a 5k walk/run on Saturday, beginning at 7:30 P.M. at Seville Quarter and then continuing along a course through downtown. A little walk along the streets might be just the perfect thing to keep you going all through the Seafood Fest weekend. Copious amounts of seafood, secret chef recipes, hours of live music, a quick run, and giant hamster balls for the kiddos—what more could you want for a weekend in September, or any other time of year? {in}

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ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE Friday, Sept. 27 5 – 6:30 P.M.

Sons of Fathers

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Brothers Osborne

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Wes Loper Band

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Eric Erdman Trio

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Sol Driven Train

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Ears & Fingers by Jason Leger

words trying to write out what I thought about their music the first time. I knew that I really loved it, and wanted to express that on the page so other people could as well, but it was a real uphill battle for me. I’m pretty certain that no one was happy with the product (hah!). So as I was in this living room in this house with these other people watching Jpegasus, I realized that maybe this is music that is best left experienced. Maybe this is something you have to see and listen to on your own, because my words might never be able to do it justice. I can lead you to the water, but as always, the drinking is up to you. I have had Jpeg’s new EP, “Popular,” for over a month now and have had ample time to digest it. Three songs, just about 8 minutes long, “Popular” is the perfect introduction to a band that are as cohesive as they are confusing. The irony of the title is blaring as these guys are clearly more concerned with doing what they wish artistically than their popularity or ability to be easily categorized. Obviously, I highly recommend getting this EP and letting it sink in, but you really don’t experience Jpegasus until you see them live. It’s more easily understandable when the live show is witnessed. I assume it’s similar to watching a young Devo, in their formative years. If these kids stick it out, I see a bright future for them. “Popular” is out now, download it at jpegasus.bandcamp. com, and be sure to catch them at The Space in Fort Walton Beach this Friday night, Sept. 27. You’ll thank me.


The Great Book of John

“Open up your heart, and show us what you know.” I have always had great respect for Birmingham musicians. There is a specific brand of honesty that bleeds from the music bred in the city in the northern

Obviously, I highly recommend getting this EP and letting it sink in, but you really don’t experience Jpegasus until you see them live.

Jpegasus – ‘POPULAR’

It’s not often that I am made speechless or brought to a loss of words while watching a band perform. And in moments where this has happened in the past, it’s even less often that it is due to the fact that whatever I’m watching or listening to is impressing the hell out of me and I just can’t seem to mold it into words. Maybe even finding the words would be doing a disservice to the musicians. I have found myself here a few times though. The first time I heard Alt-J, I couldn’t necessarily wrap my head around it, but I knew that I loved what I was hearing. Tune-Yards were the same way, as was James Blake. A week or so ago, I found myself in a small living room, surrounded by about 15 to 20 other people. Jpegasus were playing and sounded amazing in this tight room through a small PA. I have tried to write about these guys in the past, as they are friends and I’ve seen them a few times before throughout different phases of their band. I remembered struggling for

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section of Alabama. Two artists usually come to mind for me: One is Jesse Payne, a folk rock troubadour, and the other is the now-defunct Wild Sweet Orange. Rising

from the ashes of the latter and carrying on the tradition of distinct Birmingham talent is The Great Book of John. The four piece stitches together romantically ethereal rhythms and deeply introspective ideas to make music that is overtly passionate and dutifully sincere. Connections can be made to early Radiohead, The Fire Theft and Dr. Dog’s more insightful side. The group already has two full length albums under their belt and are rapidly approaching the release of a third. Earlier this year, GBOJ gave us a taste of what’s to come by releasing the song “Dark Star,” which is a hypnotic, raw mashing of guitars, keys, tasteful drumming and lyrics filled with longing. I’ll be keeping a close eye on these cats, as they’ve already impressed me and are certain to have plenty of great things on deck. You can catch The Great Book of John playing with Pensacola’s own Kent Stanton and Imaginary Air Show at Sluggos, this Saturday, September 28. {in}

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RUNNING: SIX AT SIX 6 a.m. Running Wild, 3012 E Cervantes St. 435-9222 or VIVA FLORIDA 500 ‘ARTIFACTS ’ 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. weekdays. The exhibition celebrates 500 years of Florida’s history – its people, places and cultural achievements. Exhibit on display through Sept. 28. First City Art Center Studios and Gallery, 1060 N. Guillemard St. 429-1222 or ARTEL GALLERY 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. “Experimental Art with a Lens,” “Beyond the Frame” and “Branching Out” currently on display through Oct. 4. 223 Palafox, Old County Courthouse. 432-3080 or DRAGONFLY GALLERY 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. “All the Little People” features one of a kind creations by gourd artist, Harvey Davis, including whimsical figures and Native American ceremonial masks made with gourds. Exhibit on display through Oct. 11. 5188 Escambia St., Milton. 981-1100 or QUAYSIDE ART GALLERY 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. “Interpretations: Florida's Forgotten Coast” exhibit features artists Connie Boussom, Lynn Parker and Nikki Strahota. Exhibit on display through Oct. 7. 17 E. Zaragoza St, 438-2363 or BLUE MORNING GALLERY 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. "East Meets West, Through Asian Art," features the art of the Far East reflected through Western eyes. Exhibit on display through Sept. 28. 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or PENSACOLA MUSEUM OF ART 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For the first time at the PMA, the exhibition “24 Hours in Pensacola” celebrates the diverse places, spaces, and people that make up our community—from the community's perspective. Exhibit on display through Oct. 12. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or MESS HALL 2 – 5 p.m. The Pensacola MESS Hall (Math, Engineering, Science & Stuff) offers weekly themes, special activities and workshops that captivate curious minds of all ages and inspire a lifetime of discovery. 116 N. Tarragona St. 877-937-6377 or WINE TASTING AT AWM 5 p.m. Aragon Wine Market, 27 S. Ninth Ave. 433-9463 or WINE & GLIDE SEGWAY TOUR 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. This one-hour Segway tour includes a stop at SeSeptember 26, 2013

ville Quarter or Aragon Wine Market for a wine tasting. Emerald Coast Tours, 701 S. Palafox. $45. 417-9292 or

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LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 6 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or THE DAVENPORTS 6 p.m. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or JAMES AND FRIENDS 7 p.m. Hub Stacey's Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or DUELLING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’ Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 8:30 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or


VIVA FLORIDA 500 ‘ARTIFACTS’ 9 a.m. Exhibit on display through Sept. 28. First City Art Center Studios and Gallery, 1060 N. Guillemard St. 429-1222 or ARTEL GALLERY 10 a.m. 223 Palafox, Old County Courthouse. 432-3080 or DRAGONFLY GALLERY 10 a.m. 5188 Escambia St., Milton. 981-1100 or QUAYSIDE ART GALLERY 10 a.m. 17 E. Zaragoza St, 438-2363 or BLUE MORNING GALLERY 10 a.m. 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or . PENSACOLA MUSEUM OF ART 10 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or 36th ANNUAL PENSACOLA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sample a variety of mouthwatering seafood dishes and enjoy continuous entertainment in Fountain Park. Over 150 arts and crafts vendors will be displaying their unique wares, many items reflective of our area’s unique Gulf Coast lifestyle. A children’s area is filled with activities for all ages. The Fiesta Seafood Grille offers cooking demonstrations where you can watch area chefs prepare regional delicacies. Free Admission. Seville Square, Fountain Park and Bartram Park, Alcaniz and Bayfront Pkwy., 433-6512 or WINE TASTING AT SEVILLE QUARTER 5 p.m. Palace Café at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or

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Joining forces with the local acts for this evening’s affair are out-of-towners, The Great Book of John. Recently applauded as one of “12 Alabama bands you should listen to now” by Paste Magazine and the “Best Band in BirmingWHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday Sept. 28 ham” according to WHERE: Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant, 101 Birmingham Magazine readers, S. Jefferson St. The Great Book of John has two COST: $5 albums to date and a third in the DETAILS: Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant on works. In case you haven’t heard Facebook or 791-6501 for yourself and need a little extra convincing, turn back to page 22.


WINE TASTING AT CITY GROCERY 5:15 p.m. City Grocery, 2050 N. 12th Ave. 469-8100. WINE TASTING AT EAST HILL MARKET 5:30 p.m. 1216 N. Ninth Ave. WINE & GLIDE SEGWAY TOUR 5:30-7:30 p.m. This one-hour Segway tour includes a stop at Seville Quarter or Aragon Wine Market for a wine tasting. Emerald Coast Tours, 701 S. Palafox. $45. 417-9292 or GROUP RUN AT PLAY 5:30 p.m. All abilities welcome. A casual run with fun partner exercises. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or HEROES AMONG US 6 p.m. A helicopter pilot who flew 600 combat missions in Vietnam will discuss his experiences at as part of the “Heroes Among Us” series. Veterans Memorial Park, 200 South 10th Ave. 982-8585.

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LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 5 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or VINYL MUSIC HALL PRESENTS – LOCAL SHOWCASE 8 p.m. Heavy Kid, lowelectric, Elyse Therose, The Grey. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. 435-9849 or DUELLING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’ Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or DJ MR. LAO 8 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or NIKKI FORGIONE 8:30 p.m. The Tin Cow, 102 South Palafox, 466-2103 or THE BLENDERS 8:30 p.m. Hub Stacey's Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or

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A FLOCK OF SEA MONKEYS 9 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or SCHOFIELD 9 p.m. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or

PALAFOX MARKET 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, N. Palafox St. SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: DON MCCLOSKEY 5K 7:30 a.m. One of the most competitive 5K runs in the area, sponsored by the Pensacola Runners Association. Registration $30 - $40. Seville Quarter, 130 East Government St. 433- 6512 or 36th ANNUAL PENSACOLA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Free Admission. Seville Square, Fountain Park and Bartram Park, Alcaniz and Bayfront Pkwy. 433-6512 or MUSEUM DAY LIVE 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Historic Pensacola Village will open its doors free of charge as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution. Historic Pensacola Village, 205 E. Zaragoza St. 595-5993.

ARTEL GALLERY 10 a.m. 223 Palafox, Old County Courthouse. 432-3080 or DRAGONFLY GALLERY 10 a.m. 5188 Escambia St., Milton. 981-1100 or QUAYSIDE ART GALLERY 10 a.m. 17 E. Zaragoza St, 438-2363 or BLUE MORNING GALLERY 10 a.m. 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or PENSACOLA MUSEUM OF ART 12 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or BAYOU TEXAR TORCHLIGHT TOUR 7 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 26. Pensacola Paddle Sport Rentals offers an evening of exploring the waters of Bayou Texar guided by torch, under the light of the moon. Tour leaves from the beach next to the fishing pier at Bayview Park, 2001 E. Lloyd St. $10 for single kayaks; $15 for tandem kayaks. 255-5423 or THE SOUND OF MUSIC 7 p.m. Saenger Classic Movie Series presents “The Sound of Music.” Saenger Theatre, 118 South Palafox. $5 all seats. 595-3880 or VINYL MUSIC HALL PRESENTS – BIG DEAL BURLESQUE 8 p.m. $10 - $14. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. 435-9849 or vinylmusichall.

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BLENDERS 8 p.m. Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 Belmont St. 912-4856 or fi DJ MR. LAO 8 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or DUELLING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’ Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or CHARLIE AND JESI 8:30 p.m. The Tin Cow, 102

South Palafox, 466-2103 or KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 9 p.m. Hub Stacey’s Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 4691001 or A FLOCK OF SEA MONKEYS 9 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or SCHOFIELD 9 p.m. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or KNEE DEEP BAND 9:30 p.m. Hopjacks, 10 South Palafox, 497-6076 or


BUBBLES & BRUNCH 9 a.m. Enjoy Gourmet Brunch Trios for $12. You pick the three delicious items to build your perfect brunch. Bottomless Champagne & Mimosas for $5. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or THE FISH HOUSE BRUNCH 10:30 a.m. Delicious Sunday brunch on the Pensacola Bay. The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or SEVILLE QUARTER SUNDAY BRUNCH 11 a.m. Whether it’s a special occasion, an opportunity for friends to catch up, or a pleasant start to a lazy Sunday, brunch at Seville Quarter’s is a great way to treat your family every Sunday. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or END OF THE LINE BRUNCH 11 a.m. This vegan café offers its unique brunch every Sunday. 610 E. Wright St. $12. 429-0336 or FIVE SISTERS 11 a.m. A southern blend of southern flavors and soulful music featuring Clarence Bell. Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 Belmont St. 912-4856 or


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happenings RECKLESS 7 p.m. The Pretty Reckless with Heaven’s Basement, Louna Sun. $14 - $50. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. 435-9849 or KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 8:30 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or BROOKS HUBBERT 9 p.m. McGuire's Irish Pub, 600 E. Gregory St. 433-2849 or


QUAYSIDE ART GALLERY 10 a.m. 17 E. Zaragoza St, 438-2363 or BLUE MORNING GALLERY 10 a.m. 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or SEVILLE QUARTER MILERS CLUB 5 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or OYSTER NIGHT AT ATLAS 5 p.m. First dozen are 25 cents apiece and $2 Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra drafts until close. Atlas Oyster House, 600 S. BAR BINGO WITH BUCK AND THE SEVILLE GIRLS 8 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or

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MONDAY NIGHT BLUES 8 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or

The Pretty Reckless / press photo 36th ANNUAL PENSACOLA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free Admission. Seville Square, Fountain Park and Bartram Park, Alcaniz and Bayfront Pkwy., 433-6512 or BLUE MORNING GALLERY 12 :30 p.m. 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or


QUAYSIDE ART GALLERY 1 p.m. 17 E. Zaragoza St, 438-2363 or

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RUNNING: SIX AT SIX 6 a.m. Running Wild, 3012 E Cervantes St. 435-9222 or VIVA FLORIDA 500 ‘ARTIFACTS’ 9 a.m. First City Art Center Studios and Gallery, 1060 N. Guillemard St. 429-1222 or


MESS HALL 10 a.m. 116 N. Tarragona St. 877937-6377 or ARTEL GALLERY 10 a.m. 223 Palafox, Old County Courthouse. 432-3080 or DRAGONFLY GALLERY 10 a.m. 5188 Escambia St., Milton. 981-1100 or QUAYSIDE ART GALLERY 10 a.m. 17 E. Zaragoza St, 438-2363 or BLUE MORNING GALLERY 10 a.m. 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or PENSACOLA MUSEUM OF ART 10 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or PENSACOLA OPERA OPEN HOUSE 4 – 6 p.m. Pensacola Opera invites members of the public to attend one of several upcoming Opera Open House Events at the Pensacola Opera Center. Guests will have the opportunity to subscribe for the very best seats available for this season’s productions, at exclusive Open House prices! Guests can also learn more about volunteer and membership opportunities, and as a special feature, opera singers will perform musical highlights from “Carmen.” Pensacola Opera Center, 75 S. Tarragona St. 433-6737 or HALF-PRICE SUSHI 5 p.m. Atlas, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or TWO FOR ONE 5 p.m. 2 for 1 Tuesday Nights features 2 for 1 house Wines, 2 for 1 Domestic Beers and 2 for 1 Ice cream Scoops All Night. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or PRIME TIME TUESDAYS 5:30 p.m. Jackson’s, 400 S. Palafox. 469-9898 or jacksons.



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YOGA AT EVER’MAN 6 p.m. $2 for non-members. Ever’man Natural Foods, 315 W. Garden St. 438-0402 or MCGUIRE'S RUNNING CLUB 6 p.m. McGuire's Irish Pub, 600 E Gregory St. STRUT YOUR MUTT 6:45 p.m. Join fellow dog owners for a 45-minute leisurely stroll in East Hill. Dogs must be leashed and well-behaved. Owners should be prepared to pick up after the pets. Meet at the entrance of Bayview Park, 20th Ave. and East Mallory St. 291-7658.

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LIVE JAZZ: KITT & FRIENDS 5 p.m. opens for drinks and dinner, 6 p.m. show. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 5 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or BANDS ON THE BEACH 7 – 9 p.m. Southern Soul performs. Bring your lawn chair and join us this summer for hot music, smooth grooves and a whole lot of good times. Concert Series runs every Tuesday night until October 1. Free admission. Gulfside Pavilion, 735 Pensacola Beach Blvd.

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MESS HALL 10 a.m. 116 N. Tarragona St. 877937-6377 or ARTEL GALLERY 10 a.m. 223 Palafox, Old County Courthouse. 432-3080 or DRAGONFLY GALLERY 10 a.m. 5188 Escambia St., Milton. 981-1100 or QUAYSIDE ART GALLERY 10 a.m. 17 E. Zaragoza St, 438-2363 or BLUE MORNING GALLERY 10 a.m. 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or PENSACOLA MUSEUM OF ART 10 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or BLUE ANGELS MEET AND GREET 11:30 a.m. Although the Blue Angels 2013 air shows and practices have been cancelled, the team will continue to hold meet 7 greet autograph sessions for our Museum visitors each Wednesday. Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd. BODACIOUS HANDS-ON COOKING CLASS 12 p.m and 2 p.m. Appetizer Medley Lunch. $25. The Bodacious Olive, 407-D.S. Palafox. 4336505 or IN MARTINI NIGHT 5 p.m. The Global Grill, 27 S. Palafox. 469-9966. WINE DOWN WEDNESDAYS 5 p.m. All bottled wines are 50 percent off. Jackson’s, 400 S. Barracks St. 469-9898 or RUN4WINE 5:30 p.m. The Wine Bar. 16 S. Palafox. WINE DOWN WEDNESDAYS 6:30 p.m. Halfpriced bottles of wine and live jazz. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or PUB TRIVIA NIGHT 7:30 to 9:30 General trivia, pop-culture, sports, and more. Goat Lips Beer Garden, 2811 Copter Road. 474-1919. 

live music

LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 5 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or FOLK MUSIC NIGHT 7 p.m. End of the Line Café, 610 E. Wright St. 429-0336 or DUELLING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’ Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or

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Wedding Crashers “Even if brides don’t think they’re cre“I’ve had so many clients who ative, we hope that after the event they’ll have gone to bridal sows and learn to trust our vendors and use the become so overwhelmed by the hundreds of vendors,” Gillianne said. talent we have,” she said. “They just need to see it.” “They’ll just come back with stacks The wedding community is a strong and stacks of business cards.” one. Much of the event excitement for the The idea for the Double-Take vendors is getting to boast about friends, Event was inspired by some local Gillianne said. wedding vendors “itching to do Perhaps the best part about the something spectacular,” Gilwedding community is its willlianne said. ingness to contribute to the “I feel like there local area. Through the are so many Pensacola Block Party great wedding Head to the source of a wedding Wedding, a couple vendors that planner’s inspirations before you go to in love is gifted aren’t being the Double-Take Event to get the creative with a free, unique used to juices going. Here are a few of Gillianne’s wedding, which their fullest favorite websites and blogs: includes photogpotential,” *Style Me Pretty — raphy, flowers, a she said. *Seven Weddings — private reception, Like any DJ and more. At the good wedding * Etsy — Double-Take Event, planner, Gil*Every Last Detail — a portion of the ticket lianne regularly proceeds will go toward looks at blogs and Truth for Youth, a local magazines for design organization dedicated to the inspiration, but not all of prevention of juvenile delinquency, her ideas are readily embraced. violence, crime and abuse. “When I suggest ideas like a blush or No matter if the wedding is real or fake, gold wedding dresses or grass centerpieces Gillianne hopes to make an impact and they look at me like I’m crazy,” she said. “I help people. just want that crazy stuff you see in bigger “And it’s great to give back in the procities to be here.” cess,” she said. {in} The beauty of the Double-Take Event for the vendors is that there are no restrictions to their creativity. “They can do whatever they want,” Gillianne said. “All of the vendors are excited at the chance WHEN: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 to show off without having to talk WHERE: First City Art Center, 401 N. Reus St. about budgets.” COST: $20 for single tickets, $30 for couples Instead of succumbing to the DETAILS: 291-6502, doubletakeevent-es2. overuse of “Butterfly Kisses,” tulle or bubbles, Gillianne hopes to inTakeEvent troduce the “wedding guests” with some new ideas.

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Have you ever wanted to crash a wedding and scrutinize every detail? Maybe you already do that on a regular basis, but at next month’s Double-Take Event, you have an open invitation to do so. From the creator of the Pensacola Block Party Wedding, along with Chloe Lawry of Supposey Wedding Florals, comes an event that brings the best of the area’s wedding vendors together to show just how spectacular a wedding can be. It’s like seeing your Pinterest boards come alive. “We want to present future brides with things we would like to see more often in weddings,” said Sara Gillianne, of Sara Gillianne Weddings and Events. “We’ve been hearing the same songs and seeing the same dresses, we want to present some ideas for the bride that still wants

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a traditional wedding, but also wants to branch out.” Instead of the traditional bridal show thrown in a crowded convention center, The Double-Take Event is a mock wedding — complete with a bride and groom — which you’re invited to. “You’ll get to watch the bridal party getting their makeup done, watch the ceremony, sit down and taste the food and see the flowers and dance to Nicki Minaj during a confetti party at the reception,” Gillianne said. “We’ll have three vendors in each category and they’re basically the best in the area.” The problem with the typical bridal shows is that they provide almost too much information. But at the mock wedding, you’ll be witnessing the talents of a curated group of vendors.




Pensacola Young Professionals would like to salute the seven graduates of the 2013 Internship Pensacola program. The seven college students who participated in and completed this summer's IP program are: Brittney Aeschliman-Gilliam (IHMC), Macy Aldridge (IdeaWorks), Rachel Gavin (Realty Masters of FL), Kandiss Glidden (IMS Expert Services), Kaylie Poplin (Rob Brooks Realty), Patrick Stepina (Overgroup), Hannah Weinstein (ProHealth) Internship Pensacola, created in 2007, is a PYP-led initiative that seeks to attract and retain young talent in the Pensacola Bay Area. IP accomplishes this goal by partnering with local businesses who agree to create full- or part-time summer internships that are then offered to senior- or graduate-level students at UWF and other universities. In its seven years of existence, Internship Pensacola has proven an immensely useful tool for local businesses who seek fresh young talent, and for area students who are nearing graduation and seeking their place in our local workforce. At the conclusion of this summer's IP program, six of our seven interns were hired on permanently by their companies: an amazing 85% retention rate! PYP's IP program is helping to stem the exodus of young talent that has been hurting our area for many years. It is the goal of IP to reverse that trend and establish the Pensacola Bay Area as the premier place for young people to live, work, and play along the Gulf Coast. Special thanks to the companies who partnered with Internship Pensacola this summer. Participating companies are listed above next to the names of the interns who were employed there. For more information on the IP program, please contact PYP board member Jonathan Thompson at administration@


Pensacola Young Professionals is committed to supporting our members and helping them become true leaders in our community, both now and in the future. That is why PYP has allocated funds in this year’s budget to help our members with leadership training and professional development. If you are a PYP member and are planning to attend a leadership event such as Leadercast, Global Leadership Summit, United Way’s Non-Profit Training Series, or a similar program, you are eligible to apply for scholarship funds through PYP! Simply

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PYP Volunteering – Pensacola Mud Run Quintette Park 6:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

October 14 Board of Directors Meeting IMS Expert Services 5:15-6:30 Crystal Barrett is PYP’s leader of the month for her absolutely tireless work as chair of the Quality of Life Team. Each month, PYP’s QOL Team participates in at least two or three volunteer events, giving dozens of hours of service to better our community. Under Crystal’s guidance, the team has partnered with many other excellent non-profits, including Catholic Charities, the Humane Society, and Habitat for Humanity. Crystal has particularly focused the team’s efforts on helping our area’s children: she led PYP’s efforts to sponsor four children in the Bay Area Food Bank’s “Backpack Program,” and she is currently organizing a large field-day event in conjunction with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Crystal is the epitome of selflessness, and her willingness to give so much of herself to our community’s less fortunate is an inspiration to everyone else in PYP.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS October 3 PYP’s Seminar Series – Government 201: Florida’s Legislative Process Pensacola State College Library - Room 2051 5:30-7:00

October 5

Melissa Dandridge has been selected as our PYP Member of the Month. Melissa joined the PYP Marketing team about six months ago and has stepped right up to the plate. She provides all of our members with the PYP e-blast every Monday morning, covering our weekly events. Melissa has also helped keep our members up to date with the once-a-month PYP Highlights newsletter. With a career in the marketing world, Melissa’s shared knowledge and eagerness to market our organization has made her a great asset to the PYP Marketing Team! Thank you Melissa for all of your hard work!

PYP Volunteering – United Way Day of Caring PSC Pensacola Campus 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

October 12


Each year, the United Way hosts this national event dubbed “A Day of Caring”. Last year in our country alone, 1,302 volunteers participated in over 100 projects to benefit over 60 different agencies and schools. This year, PYP has been partnered with Campfire USA to help fill in their children’s play area and level out specified areas with sand. Camp Fire values children and youth and recognizes them as contributors to society by honoring their journey from birth to adulthood, fostering their development from dependence to independence to interdependence, and recognizing and supporting the roles of family and community in the youth development process. The event will be held at PSC Pensacola Campus on October 11th from 9:30-1:00, all volunteers are welcome. If you are interested in volunteering for this nationwide event, please email Crystal Barrett at

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October 15 PPDI Team Meeting Apple Annie's in Seville Quarter 12:00-1:00

October 21 PYP’s No Obligation Happy Hour Book Club 5 ½ Bar 6:00-7:00

October 24 Networking Night – Trivia is Back! Mellow Mushroom 5:30-8:00

October 29 PYP Volunteering – Circles Northwest Florida Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Parish Hall 4:00-6:30

October 30 Quality of Life Team Meeting Fish House 5:15-6:30


PYP Volunteering – Walk to End Alzheimer’s Bayview Park 6:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

October 8 Economic Development and Government Affairs Teams Meeting CAVU at the Crowne Plaza 5:30-6:30

October 10 Membership & Networking Teams Meeting Bonefish Grill 5:30-6:30

news of the weird HOME SWEET HOME "With its neatly cut lawns and luscious tropical vegetation," wrote a BBC News reporter in July, Miracle Village, Fla., is an "idyllic rural community" of 200 residents -- about half of whom are registered sex offenders, attracted to the settlement near Lake Okeechobee because laws and ordinances elsewhere in Florida harshly restrict where they can live (e.g., not within a half-mile of a school or park). Incumbent residents might have been apprehensive in 2009 when a pastor started the local rehabilitation ministry (one even called it a "nightmare on Elm Street"), but since then, no one could recall a single impropriety involving an offender, and lately, 10 to 20 more applications arrive each week (screened to keep out diagnosed pedophiles and those with a history of drugs or violence). CAN'T POSSIBLY BE TRUE Dana Carter's debut as principal of Calimesa Elementary School in California's San Bernardino County was quite inauspicious, as parents quickly objected to his August policy of requiring kids to drop to one knee when addressing him. One parent said her daughter was forced to kneel while awaiting his attention and then to rise only when he lifted his arms. Carter said he would discontinue the policy and insisted he had instituted it for "safety" and not because he imagined himself as royalty. • Many consumers already distrust food imports from China, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture nonetheless announced recently (and "quietly," according to NPR) that it would exempt four Chinese companies altogether from USDA inspections of their processed chicken exports. The changes are part of the department's money-saving streamlining that also cuts back domestic regulation -- proposals that have already drawn criticism from the Government Accountability Office because they would replace many on-site USDA inspectors with employees of the foodprocessing plants themselves. • It was a tough sell for performance artists Doug Melnyk and Ian Mozdzen to defend their controversial show at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival in July. (Wrote one reviewer: "What I saw (on the stage) were not one, not two, but three mayonnaise enemas. (I) do not need to see any more mayonnaise enemas for the rest of my lifetime.") Explained Melnyk, to a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reporter in July, if all you're trying to do is "figure out what people want and you make it for them, that's not art. ... (Y)ou're just a shoemaker." UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT In August, the Mother Nature Network website showcased an array of camping gear seemingly designed for the daintiest of those ostensibly "roughing" it. The Blofield outdoor couch inflates in minutes to produce a facsimile of a Las Vegas lounge sofa. The Rolla Roaster's 42-inch-long steel fork assures elegance (and evenness) in marshmallow-roasting. For fashion-conscious

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backwoods women, Teva makes high-heeled hiking sandals ($330). The mother of all Swiss army knives, by Wenga, has so many gadgets that it suggests a parody of a Swiss army knife. To be a camper is to sleep in a tent, though, and why not the trailer-mounted Opera tent, including hardwood floors and a wine cooler? • A July direct-mail campaign by Canada's Conservative Party, intended to show concern for the disabled population, might have fallen short, according to a Toronto Star report. The first wave of brochures, "Supporting Jobs for All Canadians" (meaning the disabled as well), featured the well-known wheelchair symbol and a message in a series of Braille dots. However, the brochure was useless to blind recipients, who could neither see the dots nor read them, as the dots were printed on a flat surface. • By her own admission, Joan Hoyt, 61, of St. Louis, has difficulty writing, is easily distracted, needs frequent breaks, and "reads about 2 1/2 times slower than her peers" -yet wants to be a lawyer. She filed a lawsuit recently against the Law School Admission Council for special accommodations to take the standardized admissions test after the council offered to grant her "only" 156 extra minutes for the exam. She also demanded a room by herself with a "white noise" machine and the ability to bring a computer and food and drinks to the exam. (States have made similar accommodations for bar exams -- but those applicants have already successfully endured the intellectual rigors of law school.) INEXPLICABLE Is oral sex permitted in Orthodox Judaism? If so, must any lubricant used be kosher (or is kosher required only for substances ingested into the body)? These questions were not answered by California's Trigg Laboratories, which decided recently to vie for a kosher label for eight lines of Ecstasy lubricant under its Wet label -- and, following an inspection by the Rabbinical Council of California, was granted it. Many authorities believe that nonkosher products can be used if, like lipstick, they are "applied" but not ingested. • Because We Can, That's Why: Two onetime roommates at the University of Michigan announced in August that they have developed a smartphone app to accommodate the questionable number of people who seek an easy way to share leftover food on restaurant plates (to save it from wasteful discarding). Using smartphones' location service, one diner could offer to clean another's plate or have a stranger rush to his own table for scraps. "We're not gonna make millions," one of the developers told NPR in July. {in}

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