The City of Orange Beach Parks & Recreation Department conducts summer sailing camps. 2013 marks the 10th year for Sail Camp conducted by the City of Orange Beach. The program for junior sailors ages 9 - 14 is held at the city's new Wind & Water Learning Center, located behind the Orange Beach Library at 26233 Canal Road.
The National Flight Academy and Escambia School District are teaming up to give 40 students the chance to attend an Experimental Pilot camp this summer. The deadline to apply is May 31.
The program will take place aboard the USS Ambition at the NFA from July 28-August 2, 2013.
The program will be offered to the top forty student applicants, according to identified criteria, as determined by a committee of district administrators. Applicants must currently be enrolled in the seventh, eighth, or ninth grades. Applicants must have no more than five unexcused absences this year, no serious discipline infractions, and a grade average of at least a "C." The student applicant must submit an official application containing a short essay telling his/her interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education and why attending the NFA AIR program will help him/her in STEM pursuits.
Selectees will be notified by mail on June 14th. If your child is selected, you will be required to complete an online registration form with the National Flight Academy. Additionally, the National Flight Academy will require you to submit proof of insurance, immunization records, etc.
Dollar General announced plans to hire 10,000 new employees this month. They're holding job fairs at 170 locations nationwide, including in Mobile, on Saturday May 18. You can also view available jobs and apply online.
Early voting begins May 4 in the special primary election for the Florida House District 2 Seat. The Escambia Supervisor of Elections has put together some basic information to help you find a polling place.
On October 11, volunteers will tackle dozens of projects around Escambia County to help those in need. Visit United Way Escambia website to learn more about the Day of Caring. You can email them with any questions about getting a project submitted or volunteering to help.
The Florida Dept. of Education has assembled a suggested summer reading list that recommends titles for students of all ages, from kindergarten to 12th grade. The department publishes this list and others to help students continue learning, even when school is not in session.
A mother in the Camelot Park subdivision in Pensacola is spearheading an effort to get the park developed so that families in the area can enjoy it. She's created a Facebook page to announce meetings and plans.
Get a free ticket to the Sea Breeze Jazz Festival when you donate a qualifying musical instrument to LINK. The program cleans and repairs the instruments for use by school children who couldn't otherwise afford one.
"Events Pensacola" is a new non-profit group formed to continue the traditional "Evenings in Olde Seville" concerts downtown. The group is planning to put on 12 concerts between May and August, 2013. You can email for more information about sponsorships and volunteer opportunities.
The Dept. of Children and Families is warning people about ads leading to bogus websites, promising to help you apply for benefits. This link will take you to the state's actual website for benefits assistance.
Florida's Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection concluded that Statute 776 is a good law and should not be overturned. You can read the Task Force's final report on Governor Rick Scott's website.
The Florida Prepaid College program has extended the deadline for enrollment this year. You can enroll through February 28, 2013. The plan allows you to pay for your child's education over time and also locks in today's tuition prices.
In December 2012, the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola hosted a historic "Salute to the Pioneers of Space." Astronauts and mission control specialists from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions shared their memories and their insights into the U.S. space program then and now. The museum is now selling DVDs and Blu-ray disks commemorating the event.
Rebuild Northwest Florida is a non-profit organization founded after Hurricane Ivan in 2004. They help people strengthen their homes to protect them from storm damage. Through grants and donations, they are able to cover 75% of the cost, with the homeowners responsible for the remaining 25%.
Participation is easy and enrollment is available in your local community. Local enrollment is being made possible in partnership with various health care and communityorganizations. Your initial enrollment requires two steps and will involve the following: After scheduling your enrollment appointment, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions to go online and complete your first, most comprehensivesurvey. This survey will ask you questions regarding medications you are taking, family history of cancer, lifestyle and other behaviors. This survey should be completed prior to your appointment time. At your appointment, you will be asked to sign an informed consent form, complete a brief survey, as well as provide a waist circumference measurement and a smallblood sample (similar to a doctors visit). The blood sample will be taken by a certified, trained phlebotomist. Your appointment should last approximately 20 - 30 minutes.
This 327-page report from the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E) reviews and analyzes the results of OT&E conducted for each major DoD acquisition program. Details of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program can be found on pages 29 to 45. This is a large file which will take several minutes to download.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is developing a new plan to give hunters and other interested people more input on deer management issues. This is a pilot program, and if it's successful in the panhandle, it will be expanded stateside.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars organization is expanding it's "Operation Uplink" program, which allows deployed or hospitalized service members to call home for free. The VFW website has more information about Operation Uplink, including a schedule of free call days for 2013.
The website Mashable has compiled links to ten public service announcements warning of the dangers of texting and driving. Some of them use very graphic and emotional images and sounds to get their message across.
The Pensacola Police Department now offers the option to complete a crime report online for incidents that do NOT involve personal injury. The crime must have occurred within the Pensacola City Limits.
The City of Pensacola is offering assistance for some first time homebuyers. The program will help low income families by providing down payment and closing cost assistance of up to $10,000.00 in the form of a forgivable loan.
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Pope Benedict XVI put Catholic Church leaders on notice Thursday, saying social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter aren't a virtual world they can ignore, but rather a very real world they must engage if they want to spread the faith to the next generation.
Christian Singer Coffey Anderson was in for a surprise when he performed at a New Years Eve concert in Irving, Texas. As he was smack-dab in the middle of a song, his young son stormed the stage and began dancing feverishly. The crowd, naturally, loved it.
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