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Manna Food Pantries and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) of Northwest Florida present the 7th Annual CAN-struction design and build event to be held during downtown Pensacola's Gallery Night celebration on September 19.  All structures will be located at Artel Gallery.

For the first time, builds will include teams from the general public led by an AIA member.  So far, seven teams have signed up for the event.  They include:  Bay Design with Sam Marshall Architects, DAG Architects and SMP Architecture, Dalrymple | Sallis Architecture, Navy Federal Credit Union, Sesco Lighting, Team AmeriCAN (Pensacola SAME Post), and West Florida High School with Artisan's Architecture.  Anyone interested in having a team can call Christopher Kariher with AIA at 850.432.1912 or 850.206.5070.

While we've always appreciated the support of AIA, CAN-struction 2014 is especially important because of the April flooding that destroyed our entire food inventory.  This event will help us replenish our shelves, which is important since over 2,000 people in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties have been helped since we reopened for service just six weeks ago. said DeDe Flounlacker, MANNA Executive Director.  Over the years, CANstruction has raised over 58,000 pounds of food for those in need.  Events like this help raise much needed donated food for the hungry.

The Peoples Choice Awards will once again be an important part of CAN-struction.  With these awards, the public votes for their favorite sculpture with dollars.  The firm whose sculpture raises the most cash on Gallery Night wins.  One hundred percent of all funds raised in Peoples Choice is used to purchase food to fill the shelves of Manna Food Pantries.

CAN-struction is an annual nation-wide event sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in which architecture and engineering firms design and build a large sculpture made strictly from canned food items. The AIA of Northwest Florida designates all event food items used to construct the sculptures presented at the Pensacola event to Manna Food Pantries to feed hungry families in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Last year, MANNA provided food to 41,116 people.



Coastal Vascular & Interventional and Coastal Vein Institute, in collaboration with Legs for Life, will be offering three, free varicose vein and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) screenings in recognition of September as National PAD Awareness Month.  The goal is to raise awareness for vascular disease and the available treatment options.  The dates and locations for these events are:

Niceville - Friday, September 19th, 2 to 4 PM, Call (850) 424-7911 to register

Pensacola - Wednesday, September 24th, 2 to 6 PM, Call (850) 912-8843 to register

An estimated 25 million people in the United States have varicose veins.  A leading cause of varicose veins is venous reflux disease caused by incompetent or leaky valves in the greater saphenous vein running from ankle to groin in each leg. In addition to varicose veins, other symptoms may include leg pain, fatigue, swelling and skin ulceration.  This condition can be progressive if left untreated and symptoms may worsen with time.

  • It is estimated that in America, 72% of women and 42% of men will experience varicose veins by the time they are in their 60s. 
  • Peak incidence of venous insufficiency occurs in women aged 40 - 49 years and in men aged 70 - 79 years.
  • Common risk factors for varicose veins and venous reflux include multiple pregnancies, family history, obesity, and standing professions.

One in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 has Peripheral Arterial Disease.
  • PAD affects 8 to 12 million people in the U.S.
  • Individuals with PAD suffer a five-fold increased relative risk of a cardiovascular ischemic event and total mortality that is two-three fold greater than those without PAD.
Coastal Vascular and Interventional is hosting these free screenings in order to educate the community about venous and arterial disease, risk factors, prevention, and treatment options.  Peripheral vascular disease frequently force people to dramatically change their lifestyles, especially when they have standing professions and can no longer tolerate being on their feet all day. 

Multiple treatment options are available for these conditions. The physicians at the Coastal Vascular & Interventional use the most advanced treatment options available today.  Screenings for vascular disease include a limited ultrasound and Ankle Brachial Index (ABI). The screenings are free, quick and painless.

Those interested in attending one of these free screenings should call to register at the location most convenient for them. Space is limited and registration is required.

20th ANNUAL BIG COMMUNITY COOKOUT “Reclaiming Our Peaceful Community”
We, the Pensacola Community Arts and Recreation Association (PCARA) and the Pensacola Neighborhood Services would like to invite the entire Pensacola and surrounding areas to its 21st  Annual Big Community Cookout, Reclaiming Our Peaceful Community, Saturday, October 11th,  at the Fricker Community Center, 900 North F Street from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m

There will be free food!  Yes free food and good entertainment by recording artists, groups and soloists. So please come out and help us replace violence and drug abuse in our community with God First, Unity, Love and Respect. 

It is time for all of us to reclaim our peaceful community.   Please bring your entire family, friends, and a good appetite. For more information call Leroy Williams at 293-5345.



The Second Annual 2014 Pensacola Mud Run
, presented by Wind Creek Hotel and Casino - Atmore, will take place Saturday, October 11th in Cantonment.  

Here's another chance to climb over it, crawl under it, wade through it and get super muddy to support Pathways for Change.  We promise to deliver another fun filled event. Participants can expect excitement, laughter and camaraderie - as well as lots of music, refreshments, and two complimentary drinks. This years race will have 20 obstacles (eight more than last year); offer a competitive heat, optional bag check, better team registration, and much more! 

This is a non-timed event so come out and challenge your own limits on Saturday, October 11th.  From start to finish, the Pensacola Mud Run will be an unforgettable event and an incredible team-building experience.

Get dirty for a good cause:  Pathways for Change (PFC), a not for profit organization, is committed to changing lives, reducing crime and building futures.  We are in the business of human transformation. PFC saves people from the shattering lifestyle often sustained by poverty, substance abuse, lack of education and vocational training.

We help those without hope realize they have an opportunity to live as law-abiding citizens.  They do not need to hang with a gang, give up their dreams or settle for a life that is not what God intended for them.
Join us on Saturday, October 11th for the Pensacola Mud Run!  Come and get muddy for Pathways for Change.  Help us change and rebuild lives!
3047 County Hwy. 95A Cantonment, FL 32533 (Next to St. Matthews Baptist Church)

Visit our website at for start times and cost.

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