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  March+April 2013

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The Bag Lunch Makeover

Here are a few ways to change things up and get healthier along the way.

Rats are social and intelligent. They’re reliably friendly and affectionate, as well as playful, and they thrive on human companionship.

36 Take Out the Trash

Family Fun Guide Calendar of Events


Get to know the people, places and things that make this coast special!

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Discover the benefits of chores, how to set them up and the encouragement you’ll need to help with responding to complaints.

Family Builders



Families are important. Spend time enjoying life together at home and on the go.

The Family Chatter Challenge���������������������������������� 14 Teach Your Kids Something New���������������������������� 16 Show Her You Care, Show Him You Care�������������� 17 Snacks—Recipes for Tasty Get-Togethers����������� 19, 27 Crafts—Get Creative with Your Kids������������������� 23, 31 That’s Good to Know!—Information You Can Use�����34

Resource Directory


Community resources offer a wide range of information and services for you and your family!

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This is your magazine! Welcome to Emerald Coast Parent magazine. We like to consider this your magazine. We look forward to hearing from local readers like you on a regular basis. Let us know how we might be able to participate in the continued improvement of this beautiful area where we all live and work. As busy parents ourselves, we place a high value on spending quality time with our children and are always looking for fun crafts, recipes, events and outing opportunities to add to our family calendars. If you have fun, easy and cost effective ideas that you'd like to share with our community of readers, please feel free to email them to us at info@itsyourmagazine. com. Your ideas might just end up being featured in an upcoming issue! Here's a list of things we'd love to receive from you: • Personal stories and pictures of you and your family out and about, enjoying a favorite local attraction, restaurant or event • Recommendations and endorsements of local stores, services, and restaurants • Ideas for fun crafts • Your family’s favorite recipes Let’s make this a great local magazine, together! Thanks, The EC Parent Team

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Makeover! 10 Ways to Go Greener, Healthier and Cheaper B y J o a n n a Nesbit

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You’ve been making your kids’ lunches (or they have) since September, but June is still a couple months away, and, let’s face it, everyone’s a little bored with your kitchen’s lunch fare. Here are a few ways to change things up and get healthier along the way. Just a few tweaks can make all the difference—to your child and to your landfill.

1. Heat It Up

Invest in a quality thermos to send hot items in place of a sandwich (try shopthermos.com). Thermoses have revolutionized our lunches because my son doesn’t like sandwiches, but even kids who do like them will appreciate a change of menu. Try hearty soup, pasta with cheese or marinara sauce, or rice and black beans. For an extra fiber boost, send whole wheat pasta or brown rice. Tips: The shorter, squattier thermos shape is easier for spooning up lunch. Confirm that your child can open the thermos before you commit him to it.

2. Skip the Sandwich Bread

Try wrapping cream cheese and a turkey slice in a flour tortilla, or sending a quesadilla with refried beans and cheddar cheese (kids don’t mind that it’s cold by lunchtime).

4. Try Dipping

Pack vegetables, such as carrot sticks, celery, cherry tomatoes, or sliced green pepper, and include a little container of favorite salad dressing or hummus for dipping. Kids love veggies they can dip.

5. Send Fresh Fruit

Browned apple slices may not be your child’s cup of tea. Try my new trick of slicing and coring an apple, putting it back together, and wrapping it standing up in wax paper. The slices don’t brown, and my kids eat a whole apple or pear. Alternatively, send a banana, orange slices, kiwi slices, or frozen berries. For extra protein, include a container of peanut butter for that banana (before sending peanut butter, check on allergy policies in your school).

6. Add Some Crunch

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are required to supply their own snack in the classroom, and a container of tamari almonds will serve them better than fried chips.

7. Bake It

Make your own cookies or bars for treats or enlist an older child’s help (my 11 and 14-year-old kids love baking). Weekends are a great time to try out new recipes, get your kids involved, and stock up for the week. You’ll cut down on processed treats and extra packaging, and save money in the process (processed foods cost more).

8. Buy in Bulk

As tempting as those individual packets of Annie’s crackers are, they cost you more than a single larger box that you can parcel out into kid-sized containers. Pre-packaged snacks also may be wasted if not consumed entirely, or may contribute to your child eating more of a product than he would normally eat. Buying in bulk allows you to tailor the amount you send.

9. Pack a Sippy

Send water, milk, or 100 percent fruit juice as a beverage in a re-usable sippy container. Water is best. Kids need to rehydrate to avoid afternoon fatigue, but if your child is like mine, he’ll refuse water in favor of milk. Skip the packaged drinks to cut down on unnecessary sugar and extra waste. Best trick, send a water bottle with your child that she can use all year in her classroom.

10. Box It Up—Simply

Some folks love Bento boxes, but I find that any lunch box able to accommodate a thermos serves us just fine (plus I get frustrated fitting puzzle-like containers all together). Invest in a stack of tiny Tupperware containers to cut down on throwing out plastic baggies, and you’ll avoid spending more than you intended on a fancy lunch kit.

Worried about plastic? You can learn more about Tupperware products at order.tupperware.com in the “Help” section, where you’ll find a list of their products’ plastics content. Our family has also moved to wax paper and wax paper bags to cut down on plastic. Wax paper bags can be difficult to find—try your local natural food store for the popular brand, Nature Value, that’s not coated in petroleum-based wax. The natural bags are biodegradable and can be composted.

Bio: Joanna Nesbit is ready for her kids to start packing their own lunches, but they say they eat more when they’re surprised. Apparently she’s a sucker—she’s still packing lunches.

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Rats are reliably friendly, affectionate, as well as playful. When my daughter turned 8, my husband and I decided she was old enough to take care of her own pet. Leah had been requesting a pet for a while, preferably a dog, but together we settled on a smaller species that didn’t require daily walks and poop scoops. After exploring the pros and cons of hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, and rats, we all agreed. Rats. As in, they were the winner, not “Oh, no!” Many kids aged 8 and up are ready for pet care responsibilities (with reminders) and can play gently with small animals unsupervised. If you can get over rats’ bald tails, and I wondered if I would (I did), they make fantastic pets for kids. In fact, I think they’re the best. Experts agree. Here’s why.

Rats are social and intelligent.

They’re reliably friendly and affectionate, as well as playful, and they thrive on human companionship. Given the right care, they will bond with their human in much the same way a dog does (this was a major selling point with me) and will happily ride on

your shoulder. They’re also smart enough to learn tricks and learn their name. Start with a baby or young rat and handle them often to help them bond with you.

Rats almost never bite.

In the small animal world, they’re known for this trait. They might lick you or nibble your fingers if they smell food, but they won’t bite unless frightened. This is an important trait to me as a parent—I didn’t want my child worried about putting her hand in the cage. Midge, Leah’s pet rat, got upset just once when Leah tried to take a sugary candy wrapper away from her, but even then, Midge only squeaked her annoyance.

Rats are clean.

Rats are fastidious groomers, and so long as you do your part to keep the cage clean, it won’t take on any kind of barnyard aroma. That said, males do tend to mark with urine, and they also have rather, ahem, distracting anatomy. But as far as whether a male or female makes a better pet, it’s a wash. Both are good.

Rats are quiet.

Although they’re nocturnal, rats don’t use a wheel as hamsters do (no squeaking through the night). They’ll also habituate themselves to your child’s schedule. Leah often played with Midge before school and every evening before she went to bed. Midge greeted Leah by waiting in the corner of her cage.

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Considerations Before Committing to a Rat Companionship and exercise outside the cage are critical to a rat. Half an hour a day or more is ideal—so evaluate whether your family can meet this need. Without companionship, rats can become depressed, and some rat experts recommend getting two same-sex rats to keep boredom and loneliness at bay. However, two males may fight, says Dr. Tye Wood, small-animal veterinarian, so consider female pairs or a single.

Cages should be cleaned every week. Unless you plan to be the primary caretaker, consider whether your child is ready to consistently take on this chore. Even older children need help dumping bedding from the cage, so you’ll likely be involved at some level. Consider, too, whether you’re prepared to take over pet chores in the event your child loses interest in ownership, says zoologist Dr. Heidi Junger, who has rescued many pet rats over the years. If not, a pocket pet may not be right for your family.

Rat Care Rats love to climb so we bought a double decker house—a glass aquarium topped with a wire “high rise” with ramps. Check out martinscages.com. A hidey-hole is a must—try a cardboard tube designed for small pets. Avoid plastic, whether a food dish or a pet house, as rats will chew on it and may ingest plastic shreds. Pine and cedar shavings are toxic to rats. Try pulp bedding, such as CareFRESH. Change it once a week and wash the cage out once a month. Rats eat commercial seed mixes (check out onestaorganics.com) and also like additional fruits and vegetables. Rats love sugar but please don’t feed it to them. A water bottle with fresh water is a must.

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Builders Families Are Dynamic!

As parents, sometimes our biggest goal for the day is to simply survive our hectic schedules. Somewhere between school, homework, work, sports and all the other “opportunities” presented to us, we’re supposed to find fun and creative ways to make life more interesting for our families. Here are some easy ways to help you fulfill that last goal—because you need more fun in your life! Our Family Builders section is full of fun snacks, crafts, conversation starters and more! Pick and choose the activities that are best for you and your family and enjoy!

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FamilyChatter Challenge

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Years ago, as I was about to become a new father, my mother gave me one particular word of advice that has always stuck with me: “Eat at the dinner table as often as possible.” This section is dedicated to my mother—whose advice at the time seemed like such a simple “no-brainer.” Nevertheless, as time went on (and our lives began to get scary busy), I realized that her words of wisdom were starting to look more like a challenge than simple advice. My wife and I decided to accept her challenge and do our best to carry on the “simple” time-honored tradition of eating dinner at the family

Keep track of which questions you and your family have answered by marking them off as you go.

If you could spend your time doing only one activity, what would that activity be? Why?

At what age is a person an adult? Why do you think so? When was a time that you felt lucky?

table. So how have we done? Well, I have to admit that sometimes our family calendar blows away any and all attempts of establishing a “normal” dinner time and routine. In fact, just a few weeks ago, as the family all sat down for dinner, it dawned on my wife and me that it was nearing 9:00 at night! Was it a little later than normal? Sure, but we still took the time to talk to each other about our day and ask a few probing questions like the ones on this page. Take the challenge and try them at your dinner table. Enjoy!

What is the most amazing thing about you?

If you could spend your time doing only one activity, what would that activity be? Why?

What is your earliest memory?

Where is your favorite place in the world?

How has your life been different than what you’d imagined?

What was the happiest moment of your life?

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Would you cheat on a test if you knew you would not get caught? Why or why not?

(Kids ask an Adult)

How has being a parent changed you?

What would you do if you won the lottery—the BIG one?

What is your first memory of me?

What kind of student are/ were you?

Are you a good friend? Why do you think so?

Where will you be in 10 years? 20 years?

Chatter Challenge Tips: Here are a number of places you can use these questions to spur on great conversations with your family! At the Kitchen Table In the Family Room During Commercials In the Back Yard On Road Trips in the Car Yell them out loud—out of the blue—just for fun!

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?

Do you think any of our neighbors are scary? (Kids ask an Adult)

What was your childhood like?

Tell me about your favorite toy when you were little?

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Teach Your Kids Something New!

As a parent, you have the unique pleasure of teaching your children so many life lessons. Sometimes these life lessons are truly life-changing, while at other times . . . well, they’re just plain silly— which is okay. Teaching your children to have fun is one of the most important lessons you can pass on to them as they grow.

tongue stays just behind their front teeth without actually touching them. • Have your children tighten their lips a little more as they repeat these steps. • Have them experiment with slower and quicker breaths. • Encourage them to practice and try to make different tones.

Teaching your child to have fun is one the most important the Family Car lessons you can teach them! Wash Kids love to play with water, so mix in some carwash soap and So here are a few fun things you can teach your child. These may be a little random, but life itself is often random. Almost anything you do can be turned into a teachable moment. Most of these ideas come from just living life and taking the time to not just “do” but also slow down a little and “teach.”

Teach Your Child to . . . Whistle You might regret teaching your children this if you are successful. That being said, seeing the smile on their faces will make it all worthwhile. • Have your children say the word “poo” in front of a mirror so they can see their reflection. Ask them to remember the small circle shape of their lips and the slight curl of their tongue. Explain to them that this is the shape their lips should make when they try to whistle. • Have your children retain the O shape of their lips while sucking in air. Now have them softly blow out the air through their pursed lips. Ask them to remember how the tip of their

you’ve got the recipe for a little fun! Don’t worry about getting wet and just have a blast. Not only will you teach your children a valuable lesson about taking care of their belongings, but you will also teach them they can have fun doing it. Sure, there are “proper” steps to washing a car, but don’t pass up the chance to throw a wet sponge at them or blast them with the hose. And remember, what goes around comes around! When it’s all done, you’ll have a clean car and a happy kid!

Have fun with your children. Just remember, what goes around comes around! Write a Thank-You Letter Writing a thank-you letter is becoming a lost art, but teaching your children to express their gratitude is a skill all kids need to learn. Most people don’t expect to receive a thank-you letter, so it’s especially nice to know their letter will put a smile on someone’s face. So, when your children receive a special gift or treat of some kind, have them take a moment to share their gratitude. They can draw a picture, write a note expressing how much fun they had, or share how thankful they are for what they received. Then, you get to teach them how to mail the letter! Continued on page 22

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Cut out this page. Then, cut it down the middle. He takes his half, she takes her half. Now it’s time for you both to do your part. Keep it simple. Don’t keep score. Just enjoy life and each other—as often as you remember!

Let’s face it. Most of us could use a little jump-start now and then when it comes to relationships. That’s why we’ve included this section. Simple acts of kindness are a great way to say “I care about you.” Date nights are great, but when life gets busy, sometimes all that’s necessary are little reminders!

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R E H y u care Text message her out of the blue to say you’re thinking about her. Express to her that you need and value her. Show interest in things she values as important in her life. Brag about her to others. (Both in front of her and when she is not with you.) Do the “fix-it” jobs she wants done around the house. Go on romantic outings. Let her take a bubble bath while you do the dishes. Do little things for her— an unexpected kiss, coffee in bed.

Challenge yourself to complete all 10 ideas each issue. Don’t just focus on the easy ones!

Tell her you love her often. Give her special time alone with her friends. Put the Seat Down! And before you leave the bathroom, tidy it up a little if it needs it.

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Cut out this page. Then, cut it down the middle. He takes his half, she takes her half. Now it’s time for you both to do your part. Keep it simple. Don’t keep score. Just enjoy life and each other—as often as you remember!

Let’s face it. Most of us could use a little jump-start now and then when it comes to relationships. That’s why we’ve included this section. Simple acts of kindness are a great way to say “I care about you.” Date nights are great, but when life gets busy, sometimes all that’s necessary are little reminders!

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M I H y u care Leave him an “I love you” post or message on Facebook. Praise his good decisions; minimize your criticism of the bad ones. Surprise him with a long kiss when he gets home from work. Brag about him to others. (Both in front of him and when he’s is not with you.) Thank him for just being himself. Let your loved one sleep in and serve him breakfast in bed. Talk to him about fond childhood memories. Go for an adventure together— somewhere unexpected.

Challenge yourself to complete all 10 ideas each issue. Don’t just focus on the easy ones!

Cook his favorite dish. That old saying about the way to a man’s heart is true! When he’s least expecting it, initiate a pillow fight. Start a hobby together. Hobbies can be a great bonding experience.

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Recipes for Tasty Get-togethers

We’ve gathered a few fun and tasty springtime recipes that will hopefully entice your taste buds into the kitchen for a little fun with your kids. Children love to touch and smell things. They also love to use their imaginations. Enjoy making a small mess and have a little fun—you’ll be creating memories to cherish for years to come.

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Rainbow Treats Ingredients • 6 Cups Crispy Rice Cereal • Food Coloring • 1 Bag of Marshmallows • 4 Tbsp. Butter • Cooking Spray • 4 Bowls for Mixing Directions • In a large microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 2 minutes, stir, heat for an additional minute (microwave cooking times may vary). Stir until smooth. • Divvy up the melted marshmallows into 4 bowls. • Add food coloring to each bowl and mix well. • Add 1-1/2 cups of cereal into each bowl of colored marshmallows. • Work fast before the mixture hardens. • Put one color at a time into a sprayed 9×13 pan. • Let harden for a bit. Tips: Spray the bowl, spatula, and your hands with cooking spray. Pat each color down with the back of the spatula! Caution: Be sure your child doesn’t touch the hot, sticky marshmallow mixture with their bare hands.

Leprechaun Pretzel Rods Ingredients • 1 (12 oz.) Bag White or Cocoa Melting Chocolate • 24 Pretzel Rods • Green Food Coloring • Green, White and Chocolate Sprinkles • 2 Spatulas • Waxed Paper • 2 Tall (Microwave Safe) Glasses Directions • Divide melting chocolates into 3 separate glasses. (One chocolate, 2 white chocolate—add green food coloring to one of the white chocolates for a green option.) • Melt in the microwave according to directions on package. Stir until smooth. • Dip pretzels into chocolate, using the spatula to spread evenly. • Lay on waxed paper to dry. • Sprinkle desired combination of sprinkles over the melted chocolate to create the design of your choice. Work quickly before chocolate hardens.

This is a great treat to make with younger children and a little supervision.

To add a little extra variety, you can also use semi-sweet chocolate. Or try yogurt as a chocolate alternative.

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Green Velvet Mini Whoopie Pies Ingredients • 2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour • 2 Cups Sugar • 1 Tablespoon Cocoa • 1 Teaspoon Salt • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda • 2 Eggs • 1 Cup Oil

If you don’t have a whoopie pie tin, try filling a standard muffin tin just a little under half full.

• 1 Cup Buttermilk • 1 Tablespoon Vinegar • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla • 1 oz. Green Food Coloring • Cream Cheese Frosting • Green and White Sprinkles • Whoopie Pie Tins

Directions • Preheat oven to 350º. • Grease tins. • Stir eggs in a medium bowl with whisk. Add all remaining liquid ingredients. Whisk until blended. Set aside. • Thoroughly mix all dry ingredients together. • Pour wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and mix on medium-high until well mixed. • Bake for around 12 minutes. • Remove from tins and let cool slightly. • Spread a generous amount of frosting onto the bottom of one whoopie pie and then press together with another. • Add decorative sprinkles.

Rainbow Pudding Ingredients • 2  Packages Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding • Red, Yellow, Blue and Green Food Coloring • 6 Disposable Plastic Pastry Bags (or one and wash out bag between colors) • Clear Plastic Cups Directions • Prepare vanilla pudding as directed on box. • Separate into six bowls for mixing. • Add desired amount of food coloring into each bowl to create all six colors of the rainbow and mix well. • Transfer pudding into pastry bags. • Pipe pudding into clear cups in rainbow order.

For an extra little treat, try hiding chocolate gold coins at the “end of the rainbow” for your children to discover!

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Balance a Spoon on Their Nose This is one of our family’s favorites. It’s actually quite interesting to see who can do this. Believe it or not, lots of people just aren’t cut out for such important tasks in life. (Note: Watch for cheaters. It’s amazing how this little trick will cause people to try all sorts of “creative tactics” . . . otherwise known as cheating.)

Grocery Shop

Before you set out on your shopping adventure, teach your children the value of making a shopping list, and then show them that having this list will help save time and money. If you’re making spaghetti, ask them what might go well with it. Stress the value of a balanced meal (go to

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ to learn about MyPlate, which recently replaced the old food pyramid). Teach them that temptations are around every corner and that attractive packaging can sometimes cause them to buy something they weren’t planning to buy. Explain to your kids why going shopping with an empty stomach is not wise and that hunger can make it difficult to stick to your shopping list. (Everything starts looking really good—even if it’s not on their list!) If you have older children, show them how to carefully read the price tags and explain how these price tags help them make better choices.

Don’t Go Shopping on an Empty Stomach! Putt a Golf Ball Are you a golf lover? Next time you go to the practice green, take your children along. Teach them the fine art of the stroke and how to hold the club properly. They’ll have a blast, and they just may turn out to be your golfing partner someday. At the very least, they’re sure to improve their miniature-golf game.

Grow a Plant from Seed

If you love to garden, share this passion with your children. Show them how to grow a plant from seed. (You don’t have to wait for it to be a science project.) Start with a simple plant that has a high success rate—perhaps even one that can go from the garden to your kitchen table (such as tomatoes, squash, lettuce, peas or beans). This is a great way to help your children acquire a taste for vegetables. Teach them about the different types of plants (perennials, annuals) and get them out in the garden with you next time you’re there. Show them the importance of weeding. Gardening is a great hobby, and it helps your children learn nurturing skills that will aid them in life.

Make Play Dough

Play dough is easy to make at home and it’s fun for kids of all ages. Search online for “How to Make Play Dough” for some easy-to-follow instructions. Try out different colors and fragrances. Instructables.com has a great recipe (see http://www. instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Playdough-Play-doh/).

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Time to Get Creative with Your Kids!

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Crafts Glue, paint, glitter and time with your children— what could be better?

Spending time with your children is something we all love to do and crafts offer a fun, exciting way to express our creative sides. Another great thing about crafts is how easy they are on the family budget—a little glue and paint go a long way. Crafts are also a good way to hone your child’s eye for detail and small motor skills. Let your child choose one of these crafts to do with you and have some fun!

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Rainbow Pot O’Gold Materials • Acrylic Craft Paint in All 6 Rainbow Colors • Clear Acrylic Spray • Small Clay Planting Pot and Base • Gold-Foil Wrapped Chocolates (Coins or Chunks) Instructions • (Optional) Prespray your pot and base with clear acrylic spray. Doing so helps seal the pot so the paint covers more evenly. • Start by painting the top of the pot red. Then set it aside to dry so that you can handle the red section while painting the rest of the pot. • While you’re waiting for the red paint to dry, paint the base green and set it aside as well. • Paint the rest of the colors once you’re able to handle the red section without leaving finger marks. (Some colors may need multiple coats.) • Once dry, you can spray on a clear coat to protect the paint and bring out the colors.

You can spray on a clear coat to protect the paint and bring out the colors .

Stained Glue Window Shamrock Materials • Green Yarn • Thread • Needle • Waxed Paper

• White Glue • Paper Cup • Green Paint (Watercolor )

• Paint Brush • Scissors • (Optional) Glitter • Tape

Instructions • Draw out a four-leaf clover. Tape your drawing to the table and then tape a piece of waxed paper over your drawing. • Measure and cut each section of string based on your template. Overlapping string just a bit will increase the overall strength of your craft piece when finished. • Soak each piece of string in white glue. Pull the string out of the glue, removing excess glue using your thumb and forefinger. • Lay down your string according to the lines of your template. Placing a touch of glue on the strings where they come together will help create a stronger bond. • Let dry overnight or until thoroughly dry. • Now fill in each section with a solid layer of glue. Then, before moving onto the next section, paint in a small amount of color. • Repeat the last step for each section then let dry 24 to 48 hours. When completely dry, carefully remove the waxed paper. Be careful not to bend or break the joints. • Using a needle, pierce a piece of thread through the glue at the top near the yarn long enough to make a hanging loop.

Optional—After all the sections have been filled in with white glue and you have painted in the green paint, you can sprinkle on a small amount of glitter to enhance the look of your shamrock.

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Pop Up Rainbow Materials • 6 11 to 12-Inch Paper Strips (Rainbow Colors) • 20 2-Inch White Circles Made from Cardstock • Adhesive Dots and Adhesive Foam Dots • 1 Piece of White Cardstock for Backing • 16” Piece of Gold String • Small Hole Punch Instructions • Cut cardstock into a 7” x 4” oval. Punch two small holes at the top about 3” apart and tie both ends of the gold string together for hanging. • Adhere circles to the oval using adhesive dots for the bottom layer of circles. Then attach the top layers moving toward the center of the cloud using adhesive foam dots. • Attach the paper strips to the back of the oval or cloud using adhesive dots.

Very simple craft—perfect for the youngest of crafters!

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Chocolate Donut Easter Baskets Ingredients • Chocolate Mini Donuts • Peanut Butter • Green and Yellow Food Coloring • Shredded Coconut • Egg Candies • Red Licorice Directions • Spread a generous amount of peanut butter on top of the chocolate donut. • Push three egg candies into the peanut butter. • Place the shredded coconut into a plastic bag. Add green and yellow food coloring into the bag of coconut and shake until green like grass. Sprinkle the green coconut grass onto the peanut butter. • Use a toothpick to poke holes into the sides of the donut to insert the licorice. • Cut licorice strings in half vertically and to desired length. Push the ends into the sides of the donut.







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Marshmallow Bunnies Ingredients • Large and Small Marshmallows • White Frosting • Shredded Coconut • Confetti Cupcake Sprinkles (for the eyes) • Long Cupcake Sprinkles (for the whiskers) • Pink Frosting (for the nose) Directions • Frost a marshmallow with white frosting and roll it in shredded coconut. • Attach mini marshmallows with frosting for the hands and feet. • Decorate the eyes, nose, and whiskers with pink frosting and sprinkles. • Use kitchen shears to cut strips from the top edge of a large marshmallow for ear and attach them with frosting.

This cute little craft looks quick and easy, but some fine skill is needed to attach the ears and whiskers. Tip: Tweezers can be used to attach the eyes and whiskers.

Make these fun and tasty treats with your children for a bit of springtime fun!

Chocolate Easter Cookie Pizza Ingredients • 1  (20 oz.) Roll Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough • 1 (16 oz.) Can Chocolate Frosting • 1/4 Cup Shredded Coconut • Green and Yellow Food Coloring • 1 1/2 Cups Jelly Beans Directions • Cut cookie dough into 1/4-inch slices, then press dough onto a greased 13-inch pizza stone. • Bake dough at 350º for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely. • Spread frosting over cooled cookie. • Place the shredded coconut into a plastic bag. Add green and yellow food coloring into the bag of coconut and shake until green like grass. • Sprinkle tinted coconut and jelly beans over frosting. • Store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Chocolate Nested Easter Eggs Ingredients • 1 Package Crunchy Chow Mein Noodles • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips • Egg-shaped candies of your choice • Waxed Paper Directions • Melt chocolate chips in bowl in the microwave. • Stir noodles into melted chocolate. • Set desired amount on waxed paper and use your hands to form nest shapes with a hollow space for eggs. • Place a few eggs in the center of each nest. • Let dry.

A tasty, yet simple snack inspired by nature!

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Chocolate Covered, Cotton-Tailed Peeps® Ingredients • Lollipop sticks • Bunny Peeps® • Your Favorite Brand of Melting Chocolate • Mini Marshmallows Directions • Cut the mini marshmallows in halves for the tails. • Push a lollipop stick into each bunny about one inch. • Line a pan with waxed paper. • Dip bunnies into melting chocolate (see package for melting directions). • Lay bunny pops onto lined pan. • Put bunny tails into place before chocolate sets.

One of Easter’s tastiest treats just got even better!

Semi-sweet chocolate chips can be substituted for melting chocolate. Tip: Try adding a bit of vegetable shortening to thin out the chocolate.

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Time to Get Creative with Your Kids!

Spring & Easter

Crafts Here are some great springtime crafts to help you and your children hop into spring.

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Easter Grass Materials • Potting Soil • Wheat Grass Seed • Spray Bottle for Watering • Bottom Section of an Average Clay Pot to Hold Your Easter Grass (or something similar) • Decorative Items of Your Choice • A Warm Sunny Spot Instructions • Prepare the potting soil—pour desired amount of soil into a large bowl. Wet the potting soil thoroughly (being careful not to use too much water). • Fill your Easter container to three quarters full (but do not use all of your soil). Smooth the surface just a little by lightly patting it down. • Place a medium to heavy layer of wheat grass seeds onto the surface of the soil and then sprinkle on another layer of potting soil to cover the seeds. • Place in a warm sunny spot and water as needed. • Once grass has sprouted, decorate to your liking.

Decorate your Easter grass by creating flowers from toothpicks and construction paper, felt or colored foam. You can also hide any type of decorative eggs in your Easter grass.

Paper Plate Easter Basket Materials • Three Standard White Paper Plates • Pink and White Pom-poms • White, Black and Pink Contruction Paper or Foam • White Glue • Easter Colored Ribbon and Tissue Paper of Your Choice • Scissors and a Stapler Instructions • Decorate the bottom side of your first paper plate with pompoms for the nose and cheeks and paper for the eyes and teeth. Set aside until dry. • Cut two ear-shaped pieces out of your second paper plate. • Cut pink ear-shapes and glue to ears. • Cut an arched section out of your third paper plate for the back opening of your Easter basket (see photo). • Attach the ears and back to the front plate with a stapler. Add a little tissue filler and put some candy into your basket for the finishing touch. This is a great craft to work on with younger children.

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Coffee Filter Easter Eggs Materials • Coffee Filters • Small Drinking Glasses or Other Small Containers (one for each color you plan to make) • Food Coloring • Waxed Paper • Drinking Straws Instructions • Lay out a layer of waxed paper over your work area to protect your table surface. • Cut your coffee filters into egg-shaped ovals and lay on waxed paper. • Prepare your colors by pouring 1/4 cup of water into each cup and then adding food coloring until you get your desired color (the darker the better). • Use your drinking straw to add color to each of your eggs. Do this by dipping it into the desired color while covering the end of the straw with your finger so the colored water stays in the tip of the straw. Then hold your straw over your egg where you want to add color and remove your finger. • Repeat as desired to create a number of unique and beautiful egg designs. Then set them aside to fully dry. • Display your eggs by hanging them in a window or adhere them to a folded piece of paper to create your own card. Be careful to add just a little color at a time until you get used to how much of an effect each drop of color adds to your egg craft. Experiment with different amounts in order to create different effects. Tip: Use an iron to flatten out your eggs once they’re dry. (Protect your iron and ironing board by first placing your craft between two paper towels and then iron on medium heat.)

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That’s Good to Know! Information You Can Use! This Edition:

PetSmarts You can’t learn everything you need to know about being a pet owner from books or talking to friends. Pet ownership is a lot like having children. Prepare the best you can, then learn the rest as you go. That being said, a little knowledge can go a long way towards enjoying your pets and giving them a good home.

Pets love human interaction. Spend time with them!

Pet photos are by Tyler (Age 14). On the left is our cat, Summer, on the right is our red-eared slider, Sally, and on the bottom is our chocolate lab, Sydney.

If you’re contemplating getting a pet, make sure you and your child have a conversation about animal care first. Smart animal care begins with knowing what kind of pet owner you’ll be. Try this—take out your calendar and review your family schedule for the last month or so. Then, think about some of the following as you consider what type of pet owner you’re capable of being.

fuzzy play toys to keep a cat happy. Dogs on the other hand need a little more attention—a good game of “Fetch” or a nice long walk will benefit your dog greatly. Grooming is another task you’ll need to learn. Cats and dogs with long hair need to be brushed often. Dogs also enjoy a nice warm bath—just be careful not to wash them too often, as doing so can lead to dry itchy skin disorders. Dogs also need nail trimming regularly and it’s a good idea to brush their teeth every once in a while as well!

Where to Get Your Pet


Adopt your pet from a reputable pet store, animal shelter or breeder that offers to spay or neuter their animals before sending them home with you. Create a “Pet Parenting Plan” and stick to it. If being the owner of a large litter of kittens or puppies sounds like a lot of work—that’s because it is. Learn to be a loving, responsible pet owner before you decide to venture into breeding.

Pets Need Exercise, Love and Grooming

Pets thrive when their owners love on them, care for them properly and even spoil them now and then. Cats and dogs are like you and me—they flourish with a little exercise and love. Sometimes all you need is some string, a laser pointer or a couple

Make sure the pet you’re planning to adopt fits your family’s busy lifestyle. Evaluate your family activity level. Are you indoors a lot? Away from home most days? So busy that you can’t imagine adding more chores to your already hectic life? Dogs need daily walking. Even if you have a big yard, walking your dog daily is important. Walking your dog is not just about doo-doo duty, dogs crave interaction with their owners. Think you’re a cat person? You may be—especially if you don’t think you’ll have time to entertain the daily needs of a dog. Cats do well inside or out and as long as you’re home often enough, trust me, cats will find you and ask for the attention they’re looking for. Just remember, no matter what animal you choose, most pets love human interaction!

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People Friendly Pets

If you’re adopting a pet, especially a young pet, train them early to enjoy petting and human handling. Pet them often and help them to become familiar with other people as well. Socializing your pet will help ensure their safety and happiness as well as others.

Identification Tags and Microchips

Kid’s love to pick out just the right tag for their pet—let them. Most of your pets should have ID tags. If your pet gets loose, their ID tags may be the only thing standing between you and your lost pet. Some animals don’t care for collars—luckily, microchip tagging is also available. Talk to your vet about what the best option might be for your pet.

Pets and Vets

Speaking of vets. There’s no avoiding the vet. Regular check-ups should be part of your family’s calendar. Like oil changes with your car, maintenance will save you a lot of grief and money in the long run and vets can be a great source of information.

Regular checkups keep your pets healthy!

Life Expectancy

The friendly staff at your local pet store can be a wealth of information regarding length of life expectancy for all types of pets. Before adopting a pet, consider the time commitment. Some pets like rats, fish or hamsters have a much shorter life span than others. If you choose a dog or cat, you’re accepting responsibility of that pet for the next 10 to 20 years. A lot can change over that much time. Decide in advance what you’re willing to commit to.

Diet Makes a Difference

High quality food is essential to your pet’s health and physical well-being. Discuss with your vet or local pet food supplier what the best type of food for your pet is. While you don’t necessarily have to purchase the most expensive, top-of-the-line brands,

choosing the wrong food could possibly lead to unfortunate health ailments. Take the time to learn what’s best for your pet.

Training Is Essential

Train your pets using positive reinforcement. Punishing pets doesn’t work. Actively look for good behavior and reward your pet with treats and praise. Training classes are also available and can be a fun way to bond with your pet. Some pets develop bad habits regardless of your efforts, and these bad habits, if not addressed, can often lead to owners giving up their pets out of frustration. Before giving your pet away, contact a professional trainer. Sometimes, a little experience can make all the difference when it comes to training animals.

Pet Proof Your House

When you adopt a pet, you adopt many possibilities along with it. Like the possibility that your child’s favorite toy will get chewed past the point of recognition, or that your new couch will become your cat’s favorite scratching post. Luckily, there are many ways to avoid these types of mishaps. Dogs, especially young puppies, have a huge amount of energy—exercising them often can reduce the amount of destructive energy they have while in the house or even outside. Providing a number of chew toys for them to

Pets love human interaction. Spend time with them! chew on can also help. Sometimes, crate-training is an option you might consider as well. If you’re worried about your couch or other furniture, a few strategically placed scratching posts can make all the difference. Patience, training and a little grace go hand in hand with being a pet owner—no matter how old or young your pet is.

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Take Out the

Discover the benefits of chores, how to set them up, and the encouragement you’ll need to help with responding to complaints. B y J a n U dl o ck

Ashley checked the over-flowing trash can, again. “Jon, you need to empty the trash. How many times do I have to tell you?” Does this scenario sound familiar? As parents, having your kids learn and complete chores is not always easy, but it is an important dynamic for raising healthy kids. There are a variety of chores and tasks that have to be done to run a family household. Teaching and assigning your kids to complete chores has many benefits. “Kids learn responsibility, follow through, and a work ethic from chores,” says Tina Tessina, Ph.D., psychotherapist and author of Money, Sex and Kids; Stop Fighting about the Three things That Can Ruin Your Marriage.

Younger Children Can Help Small children love to work with their parents. When you are doing dishes, push a chair up to the sink and allow your child to stand next to you and help. A young child can help wash dishes, or dry plastic dishes or pots and pans. As you are doing the chore, tell him how important his work is to the entire family. Young children can help tidy up. They can fold towels and wash cloths. They can carry their clothes to their room and may need some help to put away their clothes.“This is often more complicated than doing it yourself but it’s a great time to give the kids the idea that they are part of helping the house to run,” says Tessina. Consider the age of the child when assigning chores. You do not want to frustrate them by giving them too difficult of a chore. However, most children can do more than their parents expect them to. 36 • Emerald Coast Parent Magazine March+Apr. 2013 • ItsYourMagazine.com

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Small children love to work with their parents! Make Assignments When a child is learning a new chore, it is important for a parent to walk step by step through each part of the chore. For example, to teach a child to empty the trash, divide the chore into small incremental steps. Have your child pull out the trash bag as you stand next to her. Instruct her to tie up the trash bag and show her how to put a new trash bag in the trash can. Ask her why she thinks you need to put in another trash bag. Walk out to the garage and help her put the full trash bag inside the garbage can. You may have to stand alongside your child more than one time. Consider it time well invested in your child and in her future.

Talk about why it’s important to have a clean house! A family chore system can be as simple as assigning daily and weekly chores to each child to an elaborate chore chart. Certain chores, such as sweeping floors, vacuuming or feeding pets, can be rotated on a weekly or monthly basis to cut down on the monotony of doing them. Have a family meeting and discuss the importance of family team work and how each chore is an integral part of family life. You and your spouse can make a list of the different chores and have your kids select chores they would like to perform. Some chores can be directly assigned to a specific child. You can also determine if there are any chores above and beyond the daily chores that your child can do to get paid. Keep a list of them around for a motivated child. Your family can set up a reward system or have allowance connected to completed

chores. Some parents explain that they don’t get paid if they don’t work. If chores are completed, more privileges are given, such as staying up later or having more computer time.

Talk about Chores “Family chores are a clear demonstration of everyone’s responsibility to help the family function,” says Tessina. Talk about how important it is to have a clean house. When a room is clean and picked up, it is calmer and less stressful for everyone. While you and your child are making a salad, discuss cooking and how healthy meals are to help bodies grow. If you have an older child, explain to them that while some chores are just plain hard or boring, they are still a necessary part of life.

Parents’ Reminder

constantly complains about a certain chore, determine if the chore is too difficult or if the child is trying to get out of the responsibility.

Tell your child you appreciate their help! Initially, training kids to do chores seems like more work than it is worth. However, as Tessina reminds, “chores prepare them for living in a college dorm, with a roommate, alone or with a future mate.” Eventually, your child will thank you for it.

Bio: Jan Udlock is a mom of 5 and a freelance writer. She loves both jobs most of the time.

One of the hardest parts of teaching kids chores is the fact that parents need to check the chore and how complete the chore was done. This is difficult because you would like to think your child will complete the task promptly and completely but that is not always the case. Studies have continuously shown that positive reinforcement changes behavior faster than negative reinforcement. Congratulate your child on how well she unloaded the dishwasher. Let her know that you appreciate the work she does around the house to help the family.

Excuses, Excuses You will hear many different excuses. You can remind your child that if you or your husband didn’t cook dinner, then the rest of the family would go hungry. You can say, when you finish your dishes, then you can go outside and play. When you wipe the bathroom counters, you can go play your electronic game. If a child

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Fun Guide Calendar of Events Welcome to a More Exciting Life! No matter how busy you find yourself these days, you might want to make your to-do lists in pencil rather than pen. With the Emerald Coast’s year-round sunshine and laid-back lifestyle, the stage has been set once again for an abundant year of festivals, concerts and special events. We live on a beautiful coast that has so much to offer, and we’re here to make sure you know what’s going on in your own backyard. Don’t miss out on life just because you didn’t know what was happening. Enjoy!

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Destin Cobia Tournament HarborWalk Marina Sat., Mar. 2, (7 p.m.) - Emerald Grande

The 16th Annual Destin Cobia Tournament presented by HarborWalk Marina is a month long event that attracts hundreds of anglers from Northwest Florida. With a nickname like, “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” great fishing tournaments and Destin naturally go hand in hand. The tournament provides anglers with a great fishing experience and excellent payout. Last year more than $35,000 in cash and prizes were awarded. All proceeds from the event go towards the Miss Destin Scholarship Fund. For more information contact Frances Montalvo, Tournament Director at 850-837-2343 or email at fmontalvo@ harborwalkfishing.com

St. Paddy’s Day Delight

Sun., Mar. 17, (6-9 p.m.) - Baytowne Wharf Celebrate the luck of the Irish with this Free event at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Henri’s Notions will provide traditional Celtic music in the Events Plaza from 6-9 p.m. Don’t miss a one of a kind performance by the Drake Irish Dancers! Come enjoy jubilant entertainment and celebrate St. Patty’s Day Village- style!

Irish Street Fest & Grogg March

Sun., Mar. 17, (12-11 p.m.) - HarborWalk Village

Easter Explosion

Sat., Mar. 30, (12-3 p.m.) - Baytowne Wharf Enjoy face painting, crafts and an inflatable fun zone all afternoon long! Visit the stilt walker for a surprise, and most importantly, don’t forget to visit the Easter Bunny! Skip, hop, or jump your way to the Village this Easter for a Free explosion of fun! 

This full day of Irish fun kicks off at noon with kid’s crafts, face painting, stilt walkers, jugglers and excitement for all ages! The Emerald Coast Irish Dancers will be entertaining throughout the day and providing lessons so everyone can dance along in the streets of HarborWalk Village. Starting at 4 p.m. guests can “Sham-Rock” throughout HarborWalk Village on an Irish pub crawl. Get your St. Patty’s Day passport stamped at each stop along the way for a chance to win a special prize at the end of the night!

Easter Explosion

Sat., Mar. 30, (12-3 p.m.) - Baytowne Wharf See highlighted area for details.

Easter Egg Hunt

Sun., Mar. 31, (9-12 p.m.) - Morgan Sports Center Join us for this very special family event. Bring the whole family; there will be

something for everyone. Egg hunt is open to all youth 12 and under with a Special egg hunting zone for crawlers and toddlers. See your old friends and make some new ones. For more information, call 850-650-1241 or 850-654-5184.

Visit with Easter Bunny and Brunch

Sun., Mar. 31, (10-4 p.m.) - HarborWalk Village Enjoy an Easter brunch in the HarborView room from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Then hop to HarborWalk Village for free kids’ activities and pictures with the Easter Bunny from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.! For brunch reservations please call the Emerald Grande concierge at 850-424-0613

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Sounds Fun For information,visit womenonwellness.org  or call 850-729-6880. Registration is $20.

Emerald Coast Volleyball Week

Wed. - Sun., Apr. 17 - 21, - The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island

Roll, Drop, Bounce: The Science of Motion Emerald Coast Science Center

On display until March 31. See page 4.

Multi-Chamber Business Expo & Taste of Okaloosa County Tues., Mar. 5, (4-7 p.m.) Emerald Coast Convention Center

For the sixth year, the chambers of commerce in Okaloosa County are partnering to bring their members the biggest marketing and networking opportunity around – the Multi-Chamber Business Expo & Taste of Okaloosa County. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Suzy Nicholson Hunt at suzyhunt@ DestinChamber.com or 850-837-2711 x2. 

30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach Sat. & Sun., Mar. 9 & 10, 10 a.m.

The 2nd Annual 30A Wine Festival returns to the beautiful surroundings of Alys Beach and is a showcase of premiere wine producers and local culinary favorites. This intimate, two-day event features wine tasting seminars, a walkabout, grand tasting and a band party at nightfall. Tickets are $300 per person and proceeds from the event benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network. For more information visit 30AWineFestival.com

Water Media with Mary McShane Workshop Thurs. & Fri., Mar. 14 & 15, (9:30-3:30 p.m.) Emerald Coast Convention Center

Mary McShane, mixed media artist with works in galleries throughout Florida and Alabama, will present her two-day workshop, Water Media with Mary, at the Arts and Design Society. For further information visit the ADSO website at artsdesignsociety.org or call 850-244-1271 during office hours (TuesdayFriday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.).  

2013 Triple B Blackwater, 9th Annual Bluegrass & BBQ Cookoff

Sat., Apr. 6, (10-6 p.m.) Main Street Crestview See highlighted area for details.

Women on Wellness One-Day Symposium Fri., Apr. 12, (8-4 p.m.) - Costa leadership Institute at Northwest Florida State College

Join us for a one-day educational and energizing conference to help women achieve balance and success in life, work and health.

Get “set” for one of the largest four-player beach volleyball tournaments in the United States. More than 1,200 players bump and spike on the sugar white shores as supporters casually cheer on players and sunbathe from the sidelines. For more Information call 850-243-2555 or visit EmeraldCoastVolleyBall.com

27th Sandestin Wine Festival

Thurs. - Sun., Apr. 18 - 21, - Baytowne Wharf Four days of unique events open up a wide range of experiences from attending wine dinners with celebrity chefs, participating in preview events throughout the year, and taking part in wine tastings that showcase an unprecedented 800 wines. Enjoy live music, interactive experiences at the Culinary Pavilion and the Village of Baytowne Wharf. For more Information visit sandestinwinefestival.com

Laurel Hill Spring Arts Festival

Sat., Apr. 20, (11-3 p.m.) - Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church

7th Annual Earth Day / Arbor Day

Sat., Apr. 27, (10-4 p.m.) - The Landing at 139 Brooks Street The Earth Day Celebration features art, educational displays, hands on demonstrations, giveaways, and other activities for all to enjoy! For more information visit fwb.org or contact Ginger Shirah at 850-833-9927 or email at vshirah@fwb.org.

Area artists, musicians, singers and art lovers converge on the spacious grounds of the historic Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church, 8115 Fourth Street, for this annual celebration of local arts. Enjoy live performances, refreshments and dazzling visual arts. For more information contact Mark Broadhead at 850- 682-6750. 

Annual Saturday in the Park

Sat., Apr. 20, (8-4 p.m.) - Perrine Park This Fundraiser for The Heritage Museum of NW Florida is a 37 year tradition! This Event includes a 5K road race, car show, Kid’s Zone, live reenactments, artisans creating traditional arts & crafts and food vendors. The museum will be open to the public at no charge. For more information call the museum at 850-678-2615.

Destin Charity Wine Auction

Thurs. - Sun., Apr. 25 - 28, - Grand Boulevard Benefiting Children in Need. With two Grand Tastings, with more than 800 wines, and including boutique, specialty vintners and wine celebrities. For more information visit sowalwine.com or call  850-654-5929.

7th Annual Earth Day / Arbor Day

Sat., Apr. 27, (10-4 p.m.) - The Landing at 139 Brooks Street See highlighted area for details.

2013 Triple B Blackwater, 9th Annual Bluegrass & BBQ Cookoff

Sat., Apr. 6, (10-6 p.m.) Main Street Crestview The Triple B is the area’s premier BBQ Festival & Cook-off. Thousands attend each year to enjoy mouth watering BBQ, live music & shop with local vendors. The Triple B is held in Historic Downtown Crestview each Spring. Last Year, an estimated 10,000 people attended. For information contact the Crestview Chamber of Commerce at 850-682-3212 or info@crestviewchamber.com

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Runs, Walks & More Relay For Life of Crestview

Fri. & Sat., Apr. 26-27, (6 p.m.) - Spanish Trail Park For more information contact: Shelly Nightengale at 850-244-3813.

Relay For Life of Defuniak Springs

Fri., Apr. 26, (6 p.m.) - Walton High School For more information contact: Kim Castriotta, Kim.Castriotta@cancer.org, 850-244-3813.

7th Annual Children’s Neighborhood Charity Golf Classic

Fri., Mar. 1, (11-6 p.m.) - FWB Golf Course (Pine’s Course)

The Boggy Bayou Golf Classic

Fri., Apr. 27, (12-5 p.m.) - Rocky Bayou Country Club

All proceeds will help feed, clothe and care for the at-risk children of our Neighborhood. Lunch, drinks and snacks will be provided. Noon shot-gun and cost is $100 per player or $400 a foursome. To sign up or for more information please call Natalie at 850-864-4242 or email natalierodriguez@ childrenincrisisfl.org.

Annual Golf outing offering the opportunity to highlight your business and network with community members. There will be a HoleIn-One Prize of $10,000 cash—courtesy of Niceville Insurance Agency. Soft spikes only. Check-in time 11:00 a.m., Tee Time 12:00 p.m. For more Information contact: Events@ NicevilleChamber.com, or call 850-678-2323. 1055 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578

Eglin AFA Fisher House 5K

Sat., Mar. 2, (8:30 a.m.) - The Landing at 139 Brooks Street A 5K Run, 5K Walk, and 1-mile fun run for kids. Wheelchair athletes are invited to attend.  The race will be followed by an after party and awards ceremony at the Magnolia Grill, conveniently located on Brooks Street.  On-line registration is at imathlete.com/ events/EglinAFAFisherHouse 5K.

Bark for Life

Sat., Mar. 2, (10-2 p.m.) Bring your furry friend, and children, for a fun day of games, food, bounce house, train rides, and more. At the Baker Recreation Center off Hwy 4. Pre-register at Southside Animal Hospital - current proof of rabies required. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society!

13th Annual Run with the Dogs 5K

Sat., Mar. 16, (9-11 a.m.) - Morgan Sports Center, Destin Pre Register by March 1st $20. Register between March 2nd—March 15th $25. Registration day of race 7:30 a.m.—8:30 a.m. $30. You can register online at active.com until March 15th @ 11 p.m. Dogs are welcome. There will be prizes for Biggest Dog, Smallest Dog, Irish Costume, and Irish Dog Costume. Dogs must be on a short leash and wear their current rabies tag. For more information call: 850-650-1241

Baker Band Swing for Music Charity 2nd Annual Golf Tournament Sat., Apr. 6, (8-11 a.m.) Foxwood Country Club, Crestview

This tournament will provide funds to supplement the band program’s school board funding providing opportunities for students to fully develop their musical talents and participate in events and

competitions that the funded budget doesn’t include. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Sparkman, 850-758-7689, Email:  slsparkman@hughes.net

Run for Science

Sat., Apr. 13, (7:30 a.m.) - Emerald Coast Science Center Begins on Apr. 13 at 7:30 a.m. with a 5k and 10k. Then, at 9:30 a.m. there is a “Lil’ Scientist 100m Dash” followed by a 1-mile run for elementary and middle school students. After the races, several businesses will be hosting activity and information booths. For more information visit us online at ecscience.org or call us at 850-664-1261. 139 Brooks Street, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.

Relay For Life of Niceville / Valparaiso

Fri., Apr. 19, (6 p.m.) - Niceville High School For more information contact: Brittany Wade, Brittany.Wade@cancer.org, 850-244-3813 x 3556

Mayors Walk For Child Abuse Prevention Sat., Apr. 20, (8:30-11 a.m.) - Bob Sikes Elementary School

Second Mayor’s Walk for Child Abuse Prevention - 5K walk. Hosted by Exchange Club of Crestview. For more Information contact: Sharlene Cox; cactus60@embarqmail.com

Relay For Life of Fort Walton Beach Fri., Apr. 26, (6 p.m.) - Choctawhatchee High School

Relay For Life of Fort Walton Beach Fri., Apr. 26, (6 p.m.) - Choctawhatchee High School

The journey to end cancer starts with a single step. The American Cancer Society invites you to take that step with us by joining the global Relay For Life movement. When you walk to end cancer at a Relay event, it’s your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost, but also to raise awareness about what we can do to stay well from cancer and raise money to help fuel the world’s largest walk to end cancer. For more information contact: Michelle Wright, Michelle.Wright@cancer. org, 850-244-3813x3554

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Sat. & Sun., Mar. 9 & 10, (7:30 p.m. Friday & 2:30 p.m. Saturday) - Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College

Th e Arts Art Exhibits: Arnie Hart Juried Student Exhibition

Thurs., February 28 - Fri., Apr. 5, (10-4 p.m.) Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College The galleries at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College will present two new Free exhibitions February 28 through Apr. 5, 2013: the annual Arnie Hart Juried Student Exhibition and the NWFSC Faculty Exhibition. Each year the finest student works are juried by an art professional for the Arnie Hart show. This year’s field of applicants promises a competitive selection process and an exciting exhibition in the McIlroy Gallery. Student works in a variety of two- and three-dimensional media, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, ceramics, computer-generated imagery, and video installation, comprise the exhibition. Art produced by faculty of the Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts Division of NWFSC will be on display in the Holzhauer Gallery. For more information visit mattiekellyartscenter.org or call 850-729-5382.

New Directions Veterans Choir

Sat., Mar. 2, (7:30 p.m.) - Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College The New Directions Veterans Choir is an award winning a cappella group that sings renditions of doo-wop, soul, traditional gospel and popular music. The Choir is comprised primarily of men and women who have served proudly in the United States Military. Following their service to our country, they became homeless. New Directions gave them hope and direction. For more information visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org or newdirectionsinc.org or call 850-729-5382.

Midsummer Night’s Dream - Ballet

The mischievous Puck leads the way through the magical forest in this whimsical ballet set to the music of Felix Mendelssohn. Based on William Shakespeare’s comedy about the romantic misadventures of a set of mortal lovers and the King and Queen of the Fairies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been a favorite with audiences since its first staging in 1962. For more information visit nfballet.org or call 850-664-7787

Sat. & Sun., Mar. 9 & 10, (7:30 p.m. Fri. & 2:30 p.m. Sat.) - Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College See highlighted area for details.

NWFSC Spring Theatrical Production: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Mon. - Sat., Mar. 11 - 16, (7 p.m.) - Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College March 11 & 12, 2013 Student Nights – Exclusive student ID nights -Free to NWFSC students and high school students with an ID. March 13–16, 2013 Public Performances – Purchase of ticket required. Northwest Florida State College brings one of Shakespeare’s most complicated and entertaining comedies – A Midsummer Night’s Dream - to the stage in the Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts

Center. This spring theatrical production is presented by the NWFSC Fine & Performing Arts Division. Tickets are $15 adults and $10 for youth age 18 or younger. The Box Office will open at 6:00 p.m. March 13 to 16 for any remaining tickets, subject to availability. The college will also host special Student Nights exclusively for NWFSC students or area high school students who will be admitted free of charge by showing a current student ID on March 11 and 12 only. Student nights are on a first-come basis and seating is limited. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. on Student Nights. Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College, 100 College Blvd., Niceville, Fl. Box Office: 850-729-6000 or mattiekellyartscenter.org

NFSO Guest Recital: Yue Chu, Gold Medal Winning Pianist Sat., Mar. 16, (7:30 p.m.) - Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College

Pianist Yue Chu, the featured guest soloist at the NFSO’s 25th anniversary Celebration and Transfiguration concert in September, returns for a private recital on March 16, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Admission for this special event is $20. Yue is noted for his extraordinary skill as the 2011 Gold Medal winner of the prestigious Wideman International Piano Competition in Shreveport, Louisiana, and has, in his short career, won numerous awards.

Rock of Ages

Mon., Apr. 1, (7:30 p.m.) - Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College Party to some of the greatest songs of the ‘80s with Rock of Ages – the five-time Tony nominated Broadway hit that’s rockin’ its way across the USA on national tour – just as a new movie based on the show also hits the screen. Rock of Ages is a hilarious, feel-good, rock-n-roll love story told through the hits of Journey, STYX, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister, Poison, and many more. Featuring 28 classic rock tunes including “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “We Built This City,” “Here I Go Again,” “Renegade” and “I Want to Know What Love Is,” Rock of Ages, told through the hit songs of music icons, follows a small town girl and a big-city dreamer. Tickets are $45 each.

Dance Facets 2013

Fri. & Sat., Apr. 12 & 13, (7:30 p.m.) - Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College The stellar dance students at Northwest Florida State College present their annual dance concert, Dance Facets 2013, featuring original works and choreography, stunning talent and more at 7:30 p.m. on Apr. 12 and

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The Performing Arts Division Honors recital is held at the end of each semester to showcase the most successful Northwest Florida State College student performances of the semester. The recital is free of charge and open to the public. For information contact the NWFSC Fine Arts Office at 850-729-5382.

Soundsations Showchoir and Jazz Ensemble Concert

Mon., Apr. 29, (7:30 p.m.) - Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College

13 on the Mainstage Theater of the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Dancers will perform original dance presentations featuring: classical ballet, contemporary, and modern. Dance Facets will be enhanced by special lighting effects designed by NWFSC students and staff. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth, age 18 and younger. NWF State College students may obtain one free admission per ID, in person from the Box Office. Call the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at 850-729-6000 or purchase online at mattiekellyartscenter.org. Box Office phone and in-person hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each event.

Musical Echoes Native American Flute, Art and Cultural Festival Fri. - Sun., Apr. 19 - 21, - The Landing at 139 Brooks Street

The largest Native American Flute and Art Festival in America. We feature stage performances by award winning musicians and traditional dancers. Visit the many vendors offering their crafts, jewelry, art, and other items, most of which is handmade. Enjoy fry bread, Indian Tacos and other delicious foods. Interact with Native American Craftsmen, watch demonstrations, take a free beginners flute playing class, and enjoy a variety of great music and dance.  Musical Echoes is an alcohol-free, family-friendly event. For more information about Musical Echoes visit musicalechoes.org or call Robin Horne at 850-243-2609.

Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Presents “Fate and Triumph”

Sat., Apr. 20, (7:30 p.m.) Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College

The NFSO raises the roof with two of the finest composers of the 19th century, Brahms and Beethoven. Brahms’ Song of Destiny describes the happiness of the gods alongside the sufferings of mankind. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 is an iconic expression of universal love and brotherhood and offers the opportunity to bring together multiple choruses from the college and Niceville High School to sing Schiller’s inspirational Ode to Joy.

The Soundsations Showchoir and the Jazz Ensemble of Northwest Florida State College join together to present a spectacular endof-year concert on Apr. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. The lively variety show will include song, dance, and a great line-up of jazz favorites. Tickets are $15 adults and $10 youth 18 and younger. NWFSC students may obtain one free admission per ID, in person from the Box Office. Purchase tickets from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at 850-729-6000 or at mattiekellyartscenter. org. Box Office phone and in-person hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to the concert.

ADSO 21st Southeast Regional Juried Fine Arts Exhibition

Sun., Apr. 21 - Fri., May 31, - Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College

The Arts and Design Society, Inc., of Fort Walton Beach presents their 21st regional juried exhibition. This event is Free to the public.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie & Other Story Books

Mon., Apr. 22, (9:45 & 11:30 a.m.) - Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College Based on the story by Laura Joffe Numeroff and several other stories. Run time: 1 hour. Teacher information: theatreworksusa.org. For reservations contact: Delores Merrill 850-729-6065 or merrilld@nwfsc.edu.

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Wednesday Night Concert Series

Wed. - Mar. 6, 13, 20 & 27, (6-8 p.m.) We are excited to welcome back the Free Wednesday Night Concert Series. We’ll be tantalizing your musical taste buds with musicians to entertain all of our guests throughout the month of March! Baytowne Wharf

Twin Hills Drum Circle

Sun. - Mar. 3, 17 & Apr. 7, 21, (4-6 p.m.) See highlighted area for details.


Tues. - Mar. 12 & Apr. 9, (6-7:45 p.m.) Poets and musicians are invited to bring their work and instruments to a free-form open-mic poetry reading and jam session. To find out more information; Contact: Esther 850-682-4432 or Rick 850-585-6399

Stargazing Basics

Tues. - Mar. 19 & Apr. 16, (6:30-8 p.m.)

Twin Hills Drum Circle

Sun. - Mar. 3, 17 & Apr. 7, 21, (4-6 p.m.) This is a fun music-filled group for the community out at the park every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. It is a great chance to break out the drums and feel the beat or sit and relax and take a load off your feet! We play all types of percussion from hand drums, to djembes, to wooden sticks to buckets. Free Event, All are welcome, including the kids. To find out more information, contact: drum circle leader, Tiffany, at 772-323-6029 or co-director, Keila, attwinhillsdrumcircle@gmail.com

Tom Haugh with the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will be at the Crestview Public Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every third Tuesday to answer astronomy questions and help beginners get started stargazing. The library is located at 1445 Commerce Drive behind the Post Office in north Crestview. For more information visit nwfastro.org  The library also has a telescope available for one-week checkout thanks to an NFAA donation. For library information call 850-682-4432 or go to cityofcrestview.org/ library.php

Chair Caning Workshop

Tues. - Mar. 5, 12 & 19, (6-7:45 p.m.) Do you have a chair that needs re-caning? Sign-up for our Do-It-Yourself Chair Caning Workshop. To find out more information; contact the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Avenue, Valparaiso, FL 32580, 850-678-2615, heritagemuseum@co.okaloosa.fl.us

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Annual Earth Day Beach Cleanup

Sat., Apr. 20, (8-10 a.m.) - Okaloosa Island - Beasley Park, Beach Walk East of Surfdweller & Henderson Beach State Park Apr.’s Earth Day Beach Cleanup is part of an annual community cleanup event organized by the Okaloosa Environmental Council; sponsored by the Tourist Development Council and Okaloosa County Commission; and supported by local businesses. “Free to volunteers while supplies last: T-shirt, Soda, Snacks. All Volunteers: Please wear closed shoes, gloves, cap and sunscreen. Citizen Okaloosa Environmental Council members organize a spring and fall beach cleanup each year. The Council also maintains an Adopt-A-County Road and Adopt-A-Dune litter control program. Join us at the following beach cleanup locations: Okaloosa Island - Beasley Park (Hwy 98 East of Brooks Bridge), Beach Walk East of Surfdweller (Santa Rosa Blvd.) & Henderson Beach State Park (Hwy 98 East of Destin). Questions? Email: nhussong@co.okaloosa.fl.us or phone 850-651-7131.

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Directory Planes, trains & automobiles . . . and everything else in between! The Emerald Coast has a wealth of attractions for all those who visit or call the coast home. It's amazing just how much there is to do if you embrace your adventurous spirit and simply explore your own backyard. Whether you're looking to plan a field trip or just a fun family outing, there's always something to look forward to on the Emerald Coast. Here are just a few ideas for places to visit. And don’t forget to send us your favorites! info@itsyourmagazine.com

Wesley Mansion Welcome to Eden Gardens State Park The focal point of this 161-acre park is the beautifully renovated, two-story Wesley house with its elegant white columns and wrap-around porch. The moss-draped live oaks and ornamental gardens inspire visions of hoop skirts and landed gentry. Named after a wealthy Florida timber family, the park is part of the family's estate. The house holds the second largest known collection of Louis XVI furniture in the United States. Visitors can also take a stroll along the grounds and enjoy the picnic area. 181 Eden Gardens Road Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459 850-267-8320 www.floridastateparks.org/ EdenGardens/

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Emergency Numbers Sheriff & Police Okaloosa County Sheriff�������������������� 850-651-7400 www.sheriff-okaloosa.org

Walton County Sheriff������������������������� 850-892-8186 www.waltonso.org

Bay County Sheriff���������������������������������850-747-4700 www.bayso.org

Escambia County Sheriff�������������������� 850-436-9580 www.escambiaso.com

Santa Rosa County Sheriff����������������� 850-983-1100 www.santarosasheriff.org

Ft. Walton Beach Police���������������������� 850-833-9546 www.fwb.org

Panama City Beach Police����������������� 850-233-5000 www.beachpolice.org

Florida HWY Patrol������������������������������ 800-665-2794 www.flhsmv.gov/fhp

Florida Poison Control������������������������ 800-222-1222 www.fpicn.org

US Coast Guard���������������������������������������850-244-7147 www.uscg.mil/d8/stadestin

Fire Department Destin���������������������������������������������������������850-837-8413 www.destinfire.com

Ft. Walton Beach����������������������������������� 850-833-9565 www.fwb.org/fire

South Walton�������������������������������������������850-267-1298 www.swfd.org

Navarre����������������������������������������������������� 850-939-5236 www.hnfd.org

Niceville����������������������������������������������������850-897-3689 www.northbayfd.org

Crestview������������������������������������������������� 850-682-6121 www.crestviewfl.org

Panama City Beach������������������������������ 850-872-3053 www.pcbfire.com

Medical Centers & Hospitals Destin Emergency Care�����������������������850-837-9194 www.fwbmc.com/our-services/destinemergency-care-center.dot

Ft. Walton Beach Medical������������������ 850-863-7610 www.fwbmc.com

N. Okaloosa Medical Center�������������� 850-689-8100 www.northokaloosa.com

Libraries Destin���������������������������������������������������������850-837-8572 www.readokaloosa.org/details_destin.html

Ft. Walton Beach����������������������������������� 850-833-9590 www.readokaloosa.org/details_destin.html

Walton��������������������������������������������������������850-267-2809 www.focbl.com or www1.youseemore.com/ walton/about.asp?p=22

Navarre����������������������������������������������������� 850-981-7323 www.santarosa.fl.gov/libraries

Crestview������������������������������������������������� 850-682-4432 www.cityofcrestview.org/library.htm

Niceville��������������������������������������������������� 850-279-4863 www.cityofniceville.org/library.html

Chambers of Commerce Destin���������������������������������������������������������850-837-6241 www.destinchamber.com

Navarre������������������������������������������������������850-939-3267 www.navarrechamber.com

Ft. Walton Beach����������������������������������� 850-244-8191 www.fwbchamber.org

Walton County����������������������������������������850-267-0683 www.waltonareachamber.com

Niceville��������������������������������������������������� 850-678-2323 www.nicevillechamber.com

Crestview������������������������������������������������� 850-682-3212 www.crestviewchamber.com

Pensacola������������������������������������������������� 850-438-4081 www.pensacolachamber.com

Panama City Beach������������������������������ 850-235-1159 www.pcbeach.org

Museums Air Force Armament����������������������������� 850-651-1808 www.afarmamentmuseum.com

Destin History & Fishing��������������������850-837-6611 www.destinhistoryandfishingmuseum.org

Indian Temple Mound Museum����������� 850-833-9595 www.trailoffloridasindianheritage.org

Heritage Museum of NW FL�������������� 850-678-2615 www.heritage-museum.org

Walton County Heritage����������������������850-951-2127 www.waltoncountyheritage.org

Wesley Mansion������������������������������������� 850-231-4214

White Wilson Medical-Destin������������850-837-3848 White Wilson Medical-Ft. Walton��������� 850-863-8100

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Sacred Heart������������������������������������������� 850-278-3000 www.sacredheartemerald.org

Emerald Coast Urgent Care��������������� 850-654-8878 www.emeraldcoasturgentcare.com

Niceville Twin Cities���������������������������� 850-678-4131 tchospital.com

Navarre Baptist�������������������������������������� 850-939-4888 www.ebaptisthealthcare.org/BMPNavarre

Experience the feeling of swimming in the Gulf of Mexico with award winning exhibit of fish caught in Destin. View a large collection of antique fishing rods and reels, the most unique is constructed of split bamboo with an original Penn Reel, that belonged to Ernest Hemingway. Enjoy vintage photographs of early Destin settlers, boat captains and much more. Tuesday  10:00 am – 4:00 pm Wednesday  10:00 am – 4:00 pm Thursday  10:00 am – 4:00 pm Friday  10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday   10:00 am – 4:00 pm Admission Costs: Adult $5 Seniors & Military $4 Children $3; Children under 6 are Free Destin History & Fishing Museum 108 Stahlman Ave Destin, FL 32541 850-837-6611 www.destinhistoryand fishingmuseum.org


Emerald Coast Science Center��������� 850-644-1261


Destin History & Fishing



Destin���������������������������������������������������������850-837-6312 Ft. Walton Beach����������������������������������� 850-244-2625 South Walton������������������������������������������ 850-269-1186 Navarre����������������������������������������������������� 850-939-0381 Niceville��������������������������������������������������� 850-678-2021 Crestview������������������������������������������������� 850-682-2634

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Public Transportation

Delta���������������������������������������������������������� 800-221-1212

Okaloosa County Transit���������������������850-833-9168 www.rideoct.org

Mid Bay Bridge���������������������������������������850-833-7562 www.mid-bay.com

United Airlines��������������������������������������� 800-864-8331

Movie Theaters

AMC Destin Commons 14�������������������850-650-4579 At the Destin Commons Mall

Cinema Plus���������������������������������������������850-302-0129 Downtown FWB

Lively 10���������������������������������������������������850-654-2992 Off of Hwy 98 in Destin

Regal Sun Plaza�������������������������������������850-244-4252

Air Force Armament Experience the aviation warfare armament from the early days of World War I right through to today's high tech planes and bombs. Inside, you'll find an extensive collection of weaponry and interactive displays that will amaze and intrigue. Outside displays include vintage military aircraft including the fastest plane ever built - the SR-71 Blackbird! Admission is FREE and all are welcome! Monday  9:30 am – 4:30 pm Tuesday  9:30 am – 4:30 pm Wednesday  9:30 am – 4:30 pm Thursday  9:30 am – 4:30 pm Friday  9:30 am – 4:30 pm Saturday   9:30 am – 4:30 pm Sunday Closed Air Force Armament Museum 100 Museum Dr Eglin AFB, FL 32542 850-651-1808 www.afarmamentmuseum.com

www.delta.com Service may be provided by Delta or a Delta Connection carrier. Provides nonstop service daily to Atlanta, GA (ATL).

Mary Esther Cutoff

UA Santa Rosa 10����������������������������������850-243-5260 At the Santa Rosa Mall in FWB

Radio Stations 1120 AM – Progressive Talk 1260 AM – Fox News Talk 1340 AM – ESPN Sports 91.1 FM – Contemporary Christian 92.1 FM – Oldies 93.3 FM – Adult Contemporary 95.3 FM – Talk Radio – Local Crestview 98.1 FM – Country 99.5 FM – Rock 102.1 FM – Classic Rock 103.1 FM – Adult Contemporary 105.5 FM – Country 106.3 FM – Smooth Jazz 107.3 FM – Classic Rock

www.united.com Express Jet provides nonstop service to Houston, TX (IAH).

US Airways���������������������������������������������� 800-428-4322 www.usairways.com Provides non-stop daily service to Charlotte, NC (CLT) and Washington, DC (DCA).

Southwest���������� 1-800-I-FLY-SWA / 800-435-9792 www.southwest.com Provides non-stop flights daily to and from Baltimore, MD (BWI), Houston, TX (HOU), Nashville, TN (BNA), and Orlando, FL (MCO) with connecting service to international destinations.

AirTran��������������������������800-Air-Tran / 800-247-8726 www.airtran.com 3 Daily Flights to Atlanta with 351 seats.

Rental Cars

Avis�������������������������������������������������������������800-331-1212 Enterprise�������������������������������������������������800-261-7331 National���������������������������������������������������� 877-222-9058 Budget������������������������������������������������������� 800-527-0700 Hertz�����������������������������������������������������������800-654-3131

Airports NW Florida Regional Airport – VPS�����850-651-7160 www.flyvps.com

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport–Panama City Beach���������������850-763-6751 www.iflybeaches.com

Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional���������850-436-5000 www.flypensacola.com

Destin Airport������������������������������������������850-651-7160 www.flydts.com

Crestview Airport – Bob Sikes�����������850-651-7160 www.flycew.com

Airlines American Eagle��������������������������������������800-433-7300 www.aa.com Provides non-stop service to Dallas, TX (DFW).

It’s our goal to make this guide as useful and complete as possible. If we have omitted any resource you feel could be useful to our community of readers, please feel free to send us your recommendations at: info@itsyourmagazine.com

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Profile for Rob Williams

Emerald Coast Parent Magazine March+April 2013  

Emerald Coast residents truly enjoy a lifestyle that is the envy of the rest of our country. Our beautiful, clean and uncluttered beaches ar...

Emerald Coast Parent Magazine March+April 2013  

Emerald Coast residents truly enjoy a lifestyle that is the envy of the rest of our country. Our beautiful, clean and uncluttered beaches ar...