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9TH ANNUAL ART OF FASHION
Covenant Hospice, in conjunction with local artists and fashion retailers, presents the 9th Annual Art of Fashion event, to be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 at New World Landing. This Kentucky Derby themed luncheon hosted by Cat Pack Morning Show's Brent Lane, features a runway fashion show, silent auction, derby hat contest and prize drawings.
The derby theme plays throughout the event where women show off their finest hat and gentleman throw on their best bow tie. The focus continues to be on Pensacola's businesses and bright artistic community in an effort to invigorate the local economy. The Art of Fashion Spring Preview runway show will feature the latest looks from Chico's of Pensacola, Lee Tracy, Intracoastal Outfitters, The Bridal Loft, Don Alan's and Randall's Formal Wear.
The silent auction showcases health, beauty, fashion and will continue the tradition of art in all mediums by Pensacola's finest artists. Tickets for Art of Fashion are only $35 per person prior to March 12, and $40 day of the show. The tickets were sold out prior to event day in 2013, so get your tickets soon.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the unfunded and non-reimbursed programs offered by Covenant Hospice, including children's support, bereavement counseling and indigent care. Enter for your chance to win a stunning 14k Yellow Gold custom handmade .52 carat total weight diamond butterfly pendant on a 24k 1mm wheat chain, valued at $1929, donated by Pensacola Jewelers. Tickets for the drawing are a suggested donation of $10 for 1 or $25 for 3. The drawing will take place at 12:45pm on March 12 at New World Landing in Downtown Pensacola. No purchase or contribution necessary. You do not need to be present to win.
For more information about the event and sponsorship opportunities, to purchase tickets or donate an auction item, please contact Covenant Hospice Development Department at 438-9714 or visit www.eventsatcovenant.org/artoffashion.
Covenant Hospice is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate services to patients and loved ones during times of life-limiting illnesses. The mission of Covenant Hospice is to enable its patients to live as fully and comfortably as possible, to provide dignified palliative care and to assist loved ones in coping with end-of-life issues.
BAYOU HILLS RUN 10K/5K/KIDS RUN
Creative Learning Academy (CLA) is hosting the Bayou Hills Run on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Bayview Park at 7:30 am. The event features a one mile Kids Run, 5K run, and 10K run that begins and ends at Bayview Park. The run continues to grow each year with close to 1,000 participants last year and hopefully more runners in this year's event. Once again Running Wild, a race partner for 5 years with the Bayou Hills Run, has agreed to team up with CLA for race management services.Following the race, there will be an awards ceremony and post-race party.
This year will mark the 5th year of the return of this wonderful community event that started in 1978. The Bayou Hills Run was established with the mission to engage our students and families to develop a healthy lifestyle through running. Since then, the success of the run has enabled us to expand our mission to inspire, encourage, and involve all families of the community around an event that promotes health and fitness through recreational running and walking.
For more information or to register, go to www.bayouhillsrun.com . In person registrations may be done at Running Wild, 3012 E Cervantes St, Pensacola, FL 32503. Packet pickup is Friday, March 14 at Running Wild, 2:00 - 6:00 pm and Saturday, March 15 at Bayview Park 6:00 - 7:00 am. For more information contact Vicky Wonders at 850-432-1768 or email@example.com .
“HOT GLASS, COLD BREW” SPRING FLING
First City Art Center (FCAC) is excited to hold its HOT GLASS, COLD BREW (HGCB) Spring Fling event on Friday, March 21st, from 5pm to 9pm at 1060 N. Guillemard St. (the corner of Guillemard and Gonzalez Streets). This event is a fundraiser that directly supports First City Art Center and its programs. There is a suggested donation of $25 for non-members and $20 for members. Guests can choose to bring a cup from a previous HGCB and get $5 off. For those who sign up for a new FCAC membership on that evening, your entry will be free! While supplies last, guests will receive a hand-blown glass or hand-thrown pottery cup. These collector glasses and cups are limited and go fast so come early " doors open at 5 p.m., no sooner! Patrons will also enjoy brew courtesy of Pensacola Bay Brewery and Escambia Bay Homebrewers; alcoholic* and non-alcoholic beverages, live music by Continuum and raffles. As a special treat, Dan Dunn, Executive Chef at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, will prepare special, complimentary pork tacos. There will also be live glass and pottery demos.
Take part once again in Pensacolas first 'Before I Die' project. This is an interactive public art project that invites people to share their personal aspirations in a public space. There are over 400 'Before I Die' walls in over 60 countries, in over 25 languages.
In addition, our pottery and glass guilds will have their annual Spring Fling Art Sale in the FCAC classroom building and our innovative studio artists will present a new show, "Inspiration", in the Gallery at First City Art Center.
Bring the whole family! There will be children's activities taking place al fresco, under a tent. Small art workshops for ages 4-11 will be taught by FCAC and the Gulf Coast Kids House. The workshop takes place during the HGCB event and each child will create a fun project to take home! Children will be supervised while parents enjoy the event. FCAC will also be collecting baby items, such as diapers and wipes, for the Gulf Coast Kids House.
For more information, call 429-1222 or visit www.FirstCityArt.org.
*Please drink responsibly. Valid ID required for consumption of alcoholic beverages.
11TH ANNUAL RIDING FOR A REASON
BeulahFest, March 21 & 22, 2014, presented by Budweiser, has once again partnered with The Sacred Heart Foundation for the 11th Annual Riding for a Reason Bike Ride on Saturday, March 22.
The ride will be sponsored by the Florida Blue Knights, Panhandle Chapter XXVI, and the Beulah Fire Department. All proceeds from the bike ride event will benefit Sacred Hearts Miracle Camp, a retreat for children and adults who are battling life-threatening and chronic illnesses, including cancer, arthritis and asthma.
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at Harley-Davidson of Pensacola and the ride will begin at 11:30 a.m. and proceed to the entrance of BeulahFest at the Pensacola Fairgrounds. The entrance fee is $20 per motorcycle and $5 per additional rider, which includes admission to BeulahFest, and one free sausage sandwich and soda. Special Riding for a Reason lapel pins will be given to the first 300 riders who register.
The Miracle Camp's mission is as follows: "To provide a premier camp and retreat center for children and adults with chronic and life-threatening illnesses, as well as individuals who are physically and/or emotionally challenged, regardless of financial barriers or physical concerns. BeulahFest has been providing quality family entertainment for over 27 years.
BeulahFest is operated by the members of the Beulah Volunteer Fire Dept., Inc. and managed by The Beulah Firefighters Community Improvement Association, Inc., a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. BeulahFest raises moneys for select local charities and community based nonprofit organizations. For more information please visit www.beulahfest.com
FREE INCOME TAX PREPARATION
United Way of Escambia County - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
VITA volunteers are offering free tax preparation help at Pensacola State College (PSC) from 10am to 4pm in building 96 through tax season.
United Way will also offer MyFreeTaxes, a free online tax tool for self-preparation. Eligible residents, with a household adjusted gross income of $58,000 or less, can utilize the free step-by-step online tool at www.myfreetaxes.com/unitedwayESCAROSA. IRS-certified specialists are currently available to answer tax-related questions at 1-855-698-9435, Monday-Saturday, 8am-9pm.
Financial literacy and VITA programs help alleviate future shortfalls in family budgets. Last year, VITA volunteers assisted 2,040 local families in returning $2,800,000 in refunds. If these families had used payday lenders, refund anticipation loans, or refund anticipation checks they would have lost an estimated $280,000 from their refunds.
For additional VITA site times and locations, or questions about the VITA or MyFreeTaxes programs, dial 2-1-1 or call United Way of Escambia County at 850-434-3157.
VITA Volunteers are still needed and are encouraged to sign up today. VITA volunteers receive IRS training and certification and are asked to commit a minimum of one hour per week through April 15. For more information, please contact Lyndi Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-434-3157.
VITA is generously funded through grants awarded to United Way of Escambia County from United Way Worldwide, Wal-Mart, Bank of America, and Regions.
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