Group Makes Plans To ‘Reimagine Century’ In May

February 11, 2015

An organizational meeting was held Tuesday night to make plans for the second Reimagine Century event on May 16.

Organizer Linda English said the group is on a mission to serve those less fortunate — both  their physical and spiritual needs. “It is an outreach, but it’s also a chance for the body of Christ to come together and reach those in the community,” she said.

The event will include a wide variety of activities, including a 15,000 pound food giveaway, health screenings, AIDS testing, diabetes information, live music, fishing lessons from Mission Fishin’, free manicures, a laundry detergent giveaway, information from community agencies, a clothing giveaway, free lunch, free haircuts, youth and teen activities and sports, a diaper giveaway and more.

About two dozen people, representing a variety of churches, businesses and community groups, attended Tuesday night’s organizational meeting. Interested persons are invited to attend the group’s next meeting on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Century Community Center on West Highway 4.

Pictured top: Volunteers discuss Reimagine Century Tuesday night. Pictured inset: Organizer Linda English. photos, click to enlarge.

Free Computer Classes Begin Thursday At Century Branch Library

February 11, 2015

Two free computer classes are scheduled for February at the Century Branch Library:

Introduction to the Internet – Thursday, February 12, 6 p.m.

Participants will learn the basics of exploring the internet, navigation, browsers and internet safety.

Facebook Basics – Thursday, February 26, 6 p.m.

This workshop is designed for beginners who would like to learn how to create a Facebook profile, add and remove friends, upload photos, share posts and more.

For more information, contact the Century Branch Library, 7991 North Century Boulevard, at (850) 256-6217.

Lipscomb Elementary Holds Gallery Night

February 10, 2015

The hallways of Lipscomb Elementary School were converted into Escambia County’s newest art gallery for a very special night of the arts Monday.

Each student contributed work inspired by lessons about art from different time periods to art inspired by studying well-known masterpieces. Visitors found a variety of art styles from interpretations of Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” to attempts to recreate VanGogh’s “Starry Night.” Also, there was art inspired by history and flights of fancy, like fire breathing flying dragons.

Also during the Lipscomb Gallery Night, the Ransom Middle School Jazz Band and Opera Society held special performances. Local artists also joined in the night’s events to demonstrate their techniques.

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Look Back: Tate Drama Dept. Presents The Addams Family Musical

February 9, 2015

The Tate High School Drama Department presented a three-night run of “The Addams Family: A Musical Comedy”. The production brought the characters of Gomez Addams, Morticia Addams, Uncle Fester, Wednesday Addams, Pugsley Addams, Grandma, Lurch and other to life in an original story with Wednesday falling in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met.

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Byrneville Elementary’s Vocabulary Words On Parade

February 9, 2015

Byrneville Elementary School recently held a Literacy Week Parade. Students dressed as vocabulary words for the celebration.

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Meals On Wheels Makes An Impact On Local Seniors

February 8, 2015

“The meals are delivered straight to my home and I love that.”

Those are the  words of current Meals on Wheels recipient, Frankie Gross. Gross, 81 years young, has been a recipient of Meals on Wheels through Council on Aging of West Florida for almost four years.

“I’m very thankful for Meals on Wheels and its volunteers,” said Gross, “Without them, I would be eating my regular food.” Gross heard about the Meals on Wheels program through friends and family. From there, she was directed to Council on Aging of West Florida, where her case manager suggested Meals on Wheels be the program for her needs.

“I choose to eat these meals over any regular food that I have. Think about it…the meals have delicious mixed vegetables, pasta or some other starch, and a meat. What more could you need?” Gross loves the convenience of the meals being delivered to her home and the health benefits. She does not have to go through the trouble of creating three different dishes every day. Each frozen meal is required to contain 1/3 of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for adults and comply with Florida Department of Elder Affairs guidelines. “Not only do I get my daily nutrition,” said Gross, “But I also enjoy visiting with my volunteers!”

Council on Aging of West Florida’s Meals on Wheels program would not be possible without their loyal volunteers. Almost 60 volunteer drivers deliver meals to clients in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties weekly. Not only are these volunteers assisting in providing nutrition for local seniors, but they also provide a level of socialization that these seniors may not get otherwise. “My little ladies who deliver my meals are absolutely precious,” bragged Gross, “Whenever they are going to be on vacation, they call me and let me know. I can tell that they really care about me and that means a lot.”

The Council on Aging of West Florida’s Meals on Wheels  complies with nutrition standards, provides socialization, and convenience for local seniors. For more information on the Meals on Wheels program, give Council on Aging of West Florida a call at (850) 432-1475.

A Very Special Mardi Gras Parade (With Photo Gallery)

February 7, 2015

A very special Mardi Gras parade was held Friday morning for the special needs students of Escambia Westgate School.

With plenty of beads, Moon Pies, and smiles, the parade rolled through the school parking lot not once, but twice for a little extra fun for 230 students that might not otherwise be able to attend a regular Mardi Gras Parade.

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Tate High Wind Ensemble Performs At Troy State Band Clinic

February 6, 2015

The Tate High School Wind Ensemble performed Thursday night at the the Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic and Honor Bands on the campus of Troy University in Troy, AL. The ensemble was selected from a pool of applicants from across the Southeast and was one just four bands invited to participate. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Tate High Drama’s ‘The Addams Family: A Musical Comedy’ Opens Tonight

February 5, 2015

The Tate High School Drama Department will present “The Addams Family: A Musical Comedy” on the school cafetorium stage  Friday and Saturday  at 7:00 each evening.

The creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky and altogether “ooky” Addams Family story brings the characters of Gomez Addams, Morticia Addams, Uncle Fester, Wednesday Addams, Pugsley Addams, Grandma, Lurch and others onto the stage in an original story with Wednesday falling in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

The Tate Drama Department will also be conducting a silent auction to help raise funds for the state competition. Tickets are $10 for the reserved section and $7 for general admission.

Pictured: The Tate Drama Department’s “The Addams Family: A Musical Comedy”. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Northview Names January Students Of The Month

February 3, 2015

Northview High School has named Students of the Month for January. They are Desiree Elliard, 12th grade, and  David Weber, 10th grade. Submitted photo for, click to enlarge.

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