Monday, April 6, 2015

April 2015 Business Briefs / Member News Part 1

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County Introduces Art Classes
The Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) announces a new series of classes, workshops, and camps appealing to all ages. The classes will feature Abrakadoodle mobile art studio and take place at the Bayou Arts Center. All supplies are provided and parents simply need to show up and let their children’s creativity abound. Each class will have a theme, which will provide continuity throughout the sessions. Mommy and Me classes, for ages 20 months- 4 years old, will feature a six week course entitled “Little Fingers, Big Ideas.” The After School Art Classes, for ages 5-12 will feature a six-week course entitled “It’s a Jungle Out There.” The Cultural Kids Camp this summer will include a mix of nature, art, and play for kids ages 4-12. To sign up, call (850) 622-5970 or e-mail Lee Greene at

St. Simon Episcopal Church Helps Children in Crisis
The Episcopal Church Women of St. Simon on the Sound recently helped the kids of Children in Crisis (CIC) by donating a check for $1,000 for food, clothing, and other needed items. Seen here, Ken Hair, CIC president & CEO, receives a donation of $1,000 from Joan Bomar, president of the Episcopal Church Women of St. Simon on the Sound.

BBB® Partners to Combat Identity Theft
Your BBB, along with Gilmore Services, CatCountry 98.7 FM, and WEAR-TV3, are offering individuals an opportunity to shred their sensitive data on Wednesday, April 15. This shredding event is free to the public and will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cordova Mall in Pensacola and Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Esther. In addition to shredding, resources on how to protect your identity will be provided. For additional information on identity theft prevention and advice you can trust, start with

ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals® Participates as Presenting Sponsor of 17th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival®
Wyndham Vacation Rentals® today announced that its ResortQuest brand is again participating as Presenting Sponsor and Official Accommodation Provider of the Seabreeze Jazz Festival®. Taking place from April 22 - 26, at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, this year’s event marks the 14th consecutive year ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals will sponsor the annual festival. To explore lodging options during The Seabreeze Jazz Festival, call (855) 990-0087 or book online.

Emerald Coast Apartment Assoc. Donates Food to Children
The Emerald Coast Apartment Association showed its support toChildren in Crisis (CIC) by donating more than $900 in meat to help feed the children living in the CIC foster homes. Pictured from left to right are Ken Hair, CIC president & CEO; Jackie Foxworth; and Whitney Briones.

Forevermark Trunk Show
See more than 1 million dollars in hand-selected Forevermark diamonds on Saturday, April 4 – Sunday, April 12, at REEDS Jewelers in Destin Commons. For details, call (850) 269-0133.

8th Annual Mattie Kelly Estuary Family Festival
The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) and Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute (MKEI) will jointly host the 8th Annual Mattie Kelly Estuary Family Festival at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park on Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The family-oriented festival offers exhibits and activities that celebrate Choctawhatchee Bay. Festival admission is FREE and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Young at Heart Wellness Classes Now Available at Sacred Heart Hospital
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast has partnered with Blueprint Health Studios to offer Young at Heart Wellness Classes every Tuesday, April 7 – May 19, at 10 a.m. Through Sacred Heart Hospital’s Senior Spirit program, Young at Heart Wellness Classes give seniors the opportunity to stay fit for life. Instructors guide participants through carefully crafted exercises for seniors that help to increase balance, strength, and flexibility. No running or jumping required, the classes focus on slow controlled movements participants can learn to do at home. Diet and nutritional information is also provided, as well as disease specific preventative exercises that can be incorporated into daily life. Canes, walkers, and wheelchairs are welcome. For details, call (850) 278-3600.

Caduceus Society Donates to Children in Crisis
Members of the Caduceus Society of Sacred Heart Hospital presented a donation check for $21,500 to Children in Crisis (CIC). Seen here is CIC president & CEO Ken Hair (center) receiving the check from Caduceus Society members.

Campbell Family Foundation Helps Children
The Campbell Family Foundation presented Children in Crisis (CIC) with a grant of $40,000 to help provide support to the to the Travis Tringas Cottage, the new family foster home under construction at the CIC Neighborhood. Seen here, Ken Hair, CIC president & CEO, receives the check from Don Campbell, Campbell Family Foundation, along with Kitty Johnson, chairman of the CIC board.

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