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Newman-Dailey Continues in the Top 10% of Real Estate Agencies
For 2013, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties remained in the top 10% of real estate agencies on the Emerald Coast.

“For over 28 years, clients have relied on Newman-Dailey’s stability and vision to turn their real estate expectations into realities,” said Jeanne Dailey, Founder & CEO/Broker of Newman-Dailey. “In addition, I’m happy to announce that Trent Clark is our top sales agent for the first quarter. And Mark DeSalvo is the company’s top listing agent for the first quarter of 2014!”

For more sales information, call 800-225-7652, (850) 837-1071 or visit online at DestinSales.com.

Nathan Abbott Earns Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist Designation
Nathan Abbott of ResortQuest Real Estate® recently earned the prestigious Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist® (CLHMS) and Million Dollar Guild® designations through the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing®. Those who hold the designation have documented performance in the top 10% of their markets and have successfully demonstrated their expertise in the luxury home and estate market. The CLHMS designation assures affluent buyers and sellers that sales associates who have earned this title have the knowledge, experience, competence, and confidence they require. To contact Abbott, call (850) 803-7653, e-mail Nathan@NathanAbbottTeam.com, or visit NathanAbbottTeam.com.

Wyndham Vacation Rentals Managed Property Named a Top Family-Friendly Resort
Wyndham Vacation Rentals announced ConventionSouth magazine has selected TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort as one of the “South’s Top Family-Friendly Resorts for Groups.” Editors for ConventionSouth magazine, a national multimedia resource for planning events held within the South, selected Tops’l Beach and Racquet Resort because of its ability to provide fun activities for all ages and because it is ideal for meetings where attendees can bring their families and tack on some rest, relaxation, and vacation time. For details about the property, visit WyndhamVacationRentals.com/vacation-rentals/florida/northwest-florida/destination/resort/topsl-beach-racquet-resort.

Bud & Alley’s Hosts ‘Down South’ Dinner Featuring Chef Donald Link
Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant, located on Scenic Highway 30A in Seaside, will host a special pre-fixe wine dinner on Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m., featuring a menu especially prepared by celebrity chef and author Donald Link of New Orleans. The four-course dinner served “family style” puts a delicious twist on classic Southern cuisine. Select wines will be thoughtfully paired with each course. Tickets for the event are $125 per person, including tax and gratuity. Proceeds from the event will benefit Food for Thought (foodforthoughtfl.org), a charity based in Santa Rosa Beach, to help fight local childhood hunger. Only a limited number of tickets will be sold. Email Elijah Shelly at elijah@budandalleys.com or call (850) 231-5900.

Heroes Honored At Red, White & Blue Celebration
The Red, White & Blue Hero Celebration is held weekly at HarborWalk Village starting Thursday, May 29 through Labor Day weekend. HarborWalk Village is seeking nominations of individuals who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate heroism within their community. Nominations may come from family, personal, or professional contacts by simply filling out a nomination at HarborWalkDestin.com. The Red, White & Blue Celebration features an honoring of the hero, live entertainment, kid's activities, a WWII vintage air show, and a spectacular finale of fireworks over the Destin Harbor. Sponsored by Coca-Cola, Miller Lite, Jim Beam and Big Kahuna's. For more information on how to participate, visit HarborWalkDestin.com or follow Facebook.com/HarborWalkVillageDestin.

Legendary Marine to Open New Expanded Sales Facility
Legendary Marine is expanding with a new waterfront sales and wet slip facility on Highway 98. While Legendary Marine will continue to occupy and manage the Brooks Bridge Marina facility, it is in process of moving its sales operation to a new location at 14 Miracle Strip Parkway Southwest, near the intersection of Beal and Highway 98 in Fort Walton Beach. This new expanded sales lot will offer a large mix of new and premium pre-owned boats, brokerage and consignment sales, and more than 50 available wet slips. For more information, visit LegendaryMarine.com.

Boys & Girls Clubs Cut Ribbon on New Club
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast invites you to the Grand Opening of its South Walton Club on April 22. Enjoy a sneak preview tour at 4:30 p.m., with the ribbon cutting and gym dedication at 5:30 p.m. Additional tours will be offered at 7 p.m. The new club is located at 427 Greenway trail in Santa Rosa Beach. For details, call (850) 622-0602 or visit bgcec.com.

Glow Run 5K 4 CIC Children in Need
On Friday, May 16, Children In Crisis (CIC) and Mary Esther United Methodist Church are holding a Glow Run 4 Children. The dance party begins at 6:30 p.m., at Fort Walton Beach High School track with a Glow Run beginning at 7:30 p.m. Search “Glow Run 4 Children in need” on Active.com to register.

Seen in this photo, Ken Hair, CIC president and CEO, receives a $1,000 donation and a mountain of paper products from Paul McShane, Niceville Exchange Club president. This is an annual donation from the club, which qualifies them as members of the CIC Kid’s Club. To learn more about CIC, visit ChildrenInCrisisfl.org, or call (850) 864-4242.

Destin Library Honored during Library Appreciation Month
April is Library Appreciation Month, and the Destin Library was honored with a proclamation at the April 7 Destin City Council meeting for its commitment to excellence and dedication to the Destin community. Mayor Mel Ponder presented Library Director Jurate Burns with the proclamation at the meeting. The Destin Library is located at 150 Sibert Ave. Its hours of operation are Monday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Wednesday from 1 – 5 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, call (850) 837-8572.

Habitat Rx: Five Steps to a Healthy Watershed
The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) in collaboration with UF/IFAS Extension & Florida Sea Grant will host a public workshop at Padgett Park (810 JD Miller Rd, SRB) on Monday, April 21, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Attendees will learn how to identify invasive plants found in our community and how to use this knowledge to improve their neighborhoods. Habitat Rx is designed to facilitate stewardship among neighbors and encourage property-owners throughout South Walton to join in the fight against invasive species. Please RSVP by contacting the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance at (850) 200-4171 or schindes@nwfsc.edu.

Seen in this photo, a Chinese tallow, an invasive species in South Walton. Photo credit: Vic Ramey, University of Florida


Covenant Hospice Offers “My Wishes” Workshops on Advance Care Planning
National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is April 16, and is an initiative to provide clear, concise, and consistent information on healthcare decision-making to both the public, as well as healthcare providers and facilities at no cost. In conjunction with the national effort, Covenant Hospice will be offering hands-on advance care planning workshops. The My Wishes Workshops will be held Thursday, April 10 at 2 p.m. at Sterling House in Bluewater Bay (1551 Merchants Way); Wednesday, April 16 at 1:30 p.m. at The Meridian at Westwood in Fort Walton Beach (1001 Mar Walt Drive); and Wednesday, April 23 at Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in DeFuniak Springs (785 S. 2nd Street). The workshops are free, but reservations are required. Call (850) 729-1800.

Destin Woman’s Club April Lunch Meeting
Destin Woman’s Club (www.destinwomansclub.org) will have its next monthly meeting on Wednesday April 16, at Louis Louis Restaurant in Santa Rosa Beach. Social time will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the program at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon, and the business meeting will commence after lunch. The program will consist of a presentation by Dr. Nitin Bawa. Dr. Bawa’s focus is on women’s health issues, including weight loss, bio-identical hormone therapy, holistic and natural medicines, etc. Lunch is $20, payable either in advance or at the door. New members and/or guests are always welcome, so please join us. Reservations are requested by April 13, and may be made by emailing dwcreservations@gmail.com. For additional information, please call (678) 294-3778.

Emerald Coast Theatre Company Presents Second Season of Summer Theater Camps
Summertime on the Emerald Coast means it’s time for kids to ‘act out’! Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC), a newly formed not-for-profit professional theater company based in Miramar Beach, announces a new series of summer theater camps designed with kids in mind.

June 16-19 & June 23-26
Musical Theatre Camp — Disney’s “101 Dalmatians”

July 7-11
Camp Broadway — Seaside Neighborhood School

July 14-19 (with show on July 19)
Drama Camp — “The Wizard of Oz” (with the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation)

For more information on Emerald Coast Theatre Company, call (850) 687-1637, email info@emeraldcoasttheatre.org, or visit EmeraldCoastTheatre.org. Find ECTC on Facebook at Facebook.com/ECTheatreCompany.

Joining or Managing a Board?
The Costa Leadership Institute at NWFSC is offering Board Effectiveness Training on Friday, April 18, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Serving on nonprofit boards is both rewarding and impactful. This four hour class will teach you the fundamentals of serving on a nonprofit board. Grow as a community leader through serving others and partnering with other leaders on a board. Included in this interactive session are the following topics:
• Board's role in strategic planning
• Board engagement
• Board expectations
• Board operations and structure (committees, officers, terms, composition, manual, orientation sessions, information systems)
• Ideal board profile
• Roberts Rules of Order

The fee is $12, and reference number is 89501. Visit NWFSC.edu/li for details.

Okaloosa Arts Alliance School Poster Contest
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) invites all Okaloosa County School students to participate in the 6th Annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest. The theme is “Summer Fun.” Creations should be on paper with markers, pencils, paint, pastels, charcoal, or crayons. There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner for three elementary school students (K-4), for three middle school students (5-7), and for three high school students (8-12) in Okaloosa County. Each 1st place winner will receive a $75 gift card, each 2nd place winner will receive a $50 gift card, and each 3rd place winner will receive a $25 gift card. For details, please contact Amy Baty at (850) 499-8335 or amybaty1@gmail.com, or visit OkaloosaArts.org.

Department of Corrections Gets 100 on State Inspection
The Okaloosa County Department of Corrections recently received 100 percent ratings upon its recent inspections, in accordance with Florida Model Jail Standards (FMJS). In addition, the Medical Housing Unit within Corrections was found to be clean, organized and well managed. An assessment of operations and overall facility conditions, as well as policies and procedures, are part of the inspection process. Additionally, it is currently in 100 percent compliance with mandatory and non-mandatory standards required to receive accreditation by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, and it maintains accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare. For more information, call (850) 689-5690.

Sacred Heart to Host Blood Drive April 15
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host the Oneblood mobile unit on Tuesday, April 15, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the main entrance of the hospital. All donors will receive a free t-shirt and a meal ticket to the hospital’s café. Whole blood expires after only 42 days, which increases the importance of ongoing blood drives. You must be 17 years old or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, have a picture identification card, be in good health, and not have donated within the last 55 days. Donating one unit of blood can help save three lives! For more information about Oneblood, please visit OneBlood.org. For more information about Sacred Heart, please visit SacredHeartEmerald.org.

Rosemary Beach Foundation Hosts 3rd Annual Walk Her Way
Men, women and children of all ages are invited to don high heels for Walk Her Way at Rosemary Beach’s Town Center on Friday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. This event aims to raise awareness of domestic violence and benefits Shelter House, Inc. Will you walk in wedges? Strut in stilettos? Prance in pumps? Whatever your preference, sign up to Walk Her Way at WalkHerWay.com. Advance registration is $30 for adults and $10 for children under 12. It includes a t-shirt. Registration the day of the walk will be an additional $5 per person from 5 – 6:15 p.m. Additional sponsorships are available. Call (850) 231-7382 for more information.

Support the Largest One-Day Food Drive
The 22nd Annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive will be held on Saturday, May 10, and will help our local food banks restock their pantries. The NALC, in conjunction with the US Postal Service, the AFL-CIO, Campbell’s Valpak, and United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, will be collecting non-perishable and non-expired food items from local residents. Food items needed include quick meals like macaroni, spaghetti, soups, canned meats, peanut butter, canned juice, canned fruits, canned vegetables, baby food, cereal, etc. Place your food donation(s) in a bag next to your mailbox early on the morning of Saturday, May 10. For a list of our participating local food banks, visit United-Way.org.

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