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American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive cancer patients to their treatment through the Road to Recovery program.

There are many cancer patients in our community that are too ill to drive or have no means of transportation to receive their life saving treatment.  Volunteer drivers donate their time to ensure that patients can receive the life-saving treatments they need.  Drivers are needed all throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa County.

For more information on how to become a volunteer driver, call 850-266-2280.



Free Mammograms


Baptist Health Care is currently offering free mammograms. Generous support from the Bras Across the Bridge event raised funding for this life-saving exam. Learn if you qualify for this free screening mammogram available through Baptist Health Care Foundation. Call 850.469.7500. Appointments are limited.

YMCA Reach & Rise Program


The Reach & Rise mentoring program trains adult volunteers to provide mentoring services to young people ages 6-17 for one year. We aim to help youth develop tools to cope with issues such as low self-esteem, family and peer conflicts, problems at school, and to improve their decision-making skills.

To learn more about becoming a mentor, contact Kimi Lirette at 850.291.7306 or To learn more about the YMCA of Northwest Florida,

Arc Gateway Mardi Gras Beads


If you have unwanted Mardi Gras beads from past parades, DO NOT THROW THEM AWAY!!  Donate your beads to Arc Gateway.  They will sort, package and re-sell them.  By doing this, you will help fund programs at Arc Gateway and provide jobs for adults with developmental disabilities in our community.  

Donations can be made at the following locations:

– The Arc Gateway Administration Office – 3932 N. 10th Avenue
– Pollak Training Center – 1000 E. Fairfield Drive
– Pearl Nelson Center – 916 E. Fairfield Drive
– Pollak Industries – 2313 Truman Avenue

Click HERE for more information on how to donate or purchase beads from Arc Gateway.

National Alliance on Mental Health Support Group Meeting


NAMI Pensacola is starting a new program for adults living with mental illness. As of January, we will offer a bimonthly support group for everyone who is concerned about their mental health. The NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, 6-7:30 pm, at Lakeview Center.

The NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group starts Tuesday, January 3rd, 6:00-7:30pm at Lakeview Center, Building I, 1201 N H Street (between Hernandez & Lakeview). This month, it will also be held on January 17th. For more information, call 850 361-9813.  

Mobile Vet Center Services


Santa Rosa veterans can receive VA services on Jan. 9 without traveling to Pensacola through the department’s Mobile Vet Center (MVC). The MVC will provide counseling and resources such as VA benefits information, applications and referrals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Santa Rosa County Public Services parking lot, 6051 Old Bagdad Hwy. in Milton. 

MVCs focus on services that help veterans make the difficult transition between military and civilian life including counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma, bereavement, marriage and family issues as well as readjustment for veterans who served in combat and their families. For more information, contact Veterans Services, 850-981-7155

Quit Smoking Now


Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola will offer a free, six-week tobacco-cessation program beginning Jan. 19 and Jan. 23 for persons who want to stop smoking or using tobacco. Quit Smoking Now (QSN) provides structured classes in a supportive, stress- free environment. Step by step, tobacco-users will learn how to replace their nicotine habit with healthy alternatives.

The two-hour classes will be offered on Thursday mornings beginning Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) and Monday nights beginning Jan. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Classes will be held in the Carmel Heights Building on the Sacred Heart Hospital campus. The Carmel Heights Building is located at 5225 Carmel Heights Dr. near the Pediatric Care Center. A new series of classes will begin every seven weeks.

To register for tobacco-cessation classes, or for more information, please call 416-7764.

Christmas Tree Recycling

“Treecycle!” Drop your Christmas tree off by Monday, January 16 to be repurposed as mulch through Keep Santa Rosa Beautiful (mulch availability date to be announced). Place trees in the designated area identified by signage. Real trees only, no artificial trees accepted.

Clean Community System/Green-Up Nursery – 6758 Park Ave., Milton
Jay Transfer Station – Transfer Station Road, Jay
Pace Volunteer Fire Department – 4773 Pace Patriot Blvd, Pace
Navarre Beach Boat Ramp Parking Lot Recycle Area – Gulf Blvd., Navarre Beach
Tiger Point Recreation Area – Gulf Breeze, east of Walmart

Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) customers can place their Christmas trees and green wreaths at the curb before 5:30 a.m. on their regular ECUA sanitation collection day. Trees should be free of tinsel, stands, ornaments and other added materials.  

Wreaths must be free of frames, wire, and other non-organic material.The real Christmas trees and wreaths will be collected with the yard trash and composted, while the artificial trees will be a part of the bulk waste collection process.

For additional collection information call ECUA Customer Service at (850) 476-0480, or visit

Cordova Mall Ball

Tickets for the 2017 Cordova Mall Ball are now available! The 22nd Annual Cordova Mall Ball will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, from 8 p.m. to midnight at Cordova Mall in Pensacola to benefit sick and injured children at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. 

Three bands are scheduled for this year’s event. A returnee to the Cordova Mall Ball, Mass Kunfuzion offers a song list encompassing all genres of music, from oldies and classic rock to R & B and pop. Also back by popular demand is Starz, a variety showband offering Top 40, Motown and old-school funk. Newcomer to the event is The Astronauts, known for ‘80s pop/rock and much more.

A New Orleans-style French Market with jazz music is planned as part of the Mardi-Gras style festivities. Face painting and a fortune teller also will be located in the French Market, and novelties available for purchase will include Mardi Gras masks, Tervis tumblers and koozies.  

Approximately 25 restaurants will provide food, and a silent auction will be part of the fun, including a signed guitar, jewelry, art, golf packages and much more. 

For more information, or to purchase Cordova Mall Ball tickets, call Sacred Heart Foundation, 850-416-7415 or visit

Double Bridge Run


February 4th 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the iconic Pensacola race.  The event will feature a new logo and other additions and benefits to the runners.

Runners and walkers are encouraged to register early to secure their spot in the race as both races are expected to sell out – 3,500 in the 15K and 1,500 in the 5K.  The 15K race has sold out the previous four years.

Click HERE to register and get more information.