Infuse: Visual and Performing Arts for Autism

Raising awareness and funds for for the Autism Education Center through an art exhibit and DJ show.  The event will showcase several local artists including student artists from the school, who are donating all or some of the sales to the school.  There will also be a raffle for prizes, each entrant will receive one ticket and additional tickets will be for sale.  The event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $3.  (Donations will go directly to the Autism Education Center.)

DJ performances will include DJ Wes Rolan, DJay Markie Mark, DJ Yoya, and Dee Jay Link with more possible performances to be announced. Local Artists Trent Soto, Helen Ezell, Ryan Acevedo, Travis Dutton, The staff at Image Evolution, Vladamir Borissov, Camille Butchikas and many more including students from the AEC.
Infuse will be held January 28th from 7:00pm-10:00pm, with a thank-you after party from 10:00pm-4:00am at the C level Bar and Grill.
Enjoy the arts and help the Autism Education Center!  

Spring Breaker’s Scavenger Hunt To Do Good

Spring Break is around the corner and the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau is giving spring breaker’s a chance to spend their week doing good!  Visitor’s who register online before February 3rd, 2012 will have the opportunity to spend the week participating in a scavenger hunt around PCB.  Teams will collect special Panama City Beach mementos at specific stops along the hunt.How is that doing good you ask?  The winner will have a $10,000 donation made to a charity of their choice or for their organization.

Teams that are selected to participate in the scavenger hunt will participate in a weekly competition, where the winner of all four top teams being compared at the end.  The top team will win $10,000 and two runners-up will win $2,500 each.

Good luck to teams hoping to participate!

4th Annual Stars and Guitars

January 21st, 2011 the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, a local non-profit, will be holding the 4th Annual Country Music Jamboree “Stars and Guitars.”  The event is the primary fundraiser for the organization, raising funds that provide services to children suffering from abuse and neglect in our community.  At 7pm country stars Andy Griggs, Daryle Singletary, Ashton Shephard, and Randy Houser will take the Marina Civic Center stage!  During intermission, there will be a live auction.

In the local community there were over 8,000 reports of child abuse and neglect last year.  Tragic and disturbing, these numbers show how much the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center needs our help, so that they are able to make an impact in our community.

Tickets are on sales for $27.50 for floor tickets, and $20 for balcony.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the GCCAC at 850-872-7760 or online at the GCCAC or Marina Civic Center.

Thank-you for helping the GCCAC help neglected and children in our area!

Oyster Bash to Restore Sealab I

The Man in the Sea Museum, local secret, is scheduled to host a fundraiser to repair the Sealab I.

What is Sealab I?

First lowered in 1964 off the coast of Bermuda, Sealab I was an underwater laboratory for U.S. Navy divers.  It was submerged 192 feet with four divers and scheduled to stay for three weeks; however, due to an approaching tropical storm it was removed after 11 days.  The Sealab I allowed for proof that saturation diving in the open ocean was viable for extended periods and provided information about habitat placement, umbilicals, humidity, and helium speech descrambling. Sealab I was tested off the waters of Panama City Beach, FL.

How Will They Raise the Money?

Man in the Sea will hold an Oyster Bash at The Dive Lab on January 20th, 2012 from 3pm-7pm.  (The Dive Lab is located at 1415 Moylan Road, across from Panama Jack’s.)  Aiming to raise $250,000 for the restoration and a structure to contain and display Sealab I, the Oyster Bash will kick-off the fundraising program.  This is the first Oyster Bash, but if the event is a success, they are hoping to make it an annual one!

Tickets are for sale online and at the museum for $25, which will cover all-you-can-eat raw and steamed oysters, cheese grits, and hot dogs.  Beer will be available at an additional cost.  Table sponsorships are available for $500; includes ten tickets and ten beer mugs that can be refilled at no additional charge.

Will you help restore Sealab I?

 

Laketown Wharf’s Christmas Events

Laketown Wharf is hosting a weekend of Christmas fun December 9th-11th.  Complete with live entertainment, children’s activities, photo’s with Santa, local vendors, food and beverage, silent auction, and holiday themed laser light show.  All proceeds from the events will go to the Anchorage Children’s Home and National Military Family Association.

December 9th, 2011

The event will last from 4:00pm-10:00pm.

4:00pm-6:00pm, Live music from Travis Dean featuring Half Past 10

4:00pm- 8:00pm, Children’s activities and photo’s with Santa

6:00pm- 7:00pm, Live Music from Kevin Jacobs

8:00pm, Christmas Light Show

December 10th, 1011

Laketown’s Christmas event will be held from 12:00pm-10:00pm.

12:00pm-8:00pm, Silent Auction

12:00pm-8:00pm, Children’s activities and photo’s with Santa

1:00pm, Santa will arrive in a fire truck

2:00pm-4:00pm, Live Music from Kevin Jacobs

4:00pm-7:00pm, Life Music from Travis Dean featuring Half Past 10

6:30pm, Tree Lighting

8:00pm, Christmas Light Show

Winners from the Silent Auction will be announced immediately following the light show.

December 11th, 2011

The final day of Christmas at Laketown will be held from 12:00pm-4:00pm.

12:00pm-8:00pm, Children’s activities and photo’s with Santa

12:00pm-1:00pm, Live Music from Kevin Jacobs

1:00pm-3:00pm, Life Music from Travis Dean featuring Half Past 10

8:00pm, Christmas Light Show

 

Have a great weekend a Laketown Wharf and celebrating the Christmas season!

 

Michael McDonald Philanthropic Concert

On December 7th, 2011 at 7:30pm, Michael McDonald, a former Doobie Brother and five-time Grammy Award winner, will be coming to the Marina Civic Center.  McDonald will be performing as a benefit to the Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Emerald Coast Division.  Tickets are on sale at the Marina Civic Center box office or online for $59.75, $49.75, or $29.75 (Price depends on ticket section).

About Michael McDonald

While focusing on music Michael McDonald has also worked to be an active humanitarian, lending his talents to many causes and benefits. He is now lending those talents to raise money for the Emerald Coast Division of the Children’s Home Society of Florida.

Working as a singer and a songwriter, McDonald has had a collection of popular works.  McDonald is most popularly known for his time in the Doobie Brothers, co-writing Van Halen’s “I’ll Wait,”  singing a duet with Patty Labelle called “On My Own,” and many more songs he both sang and wrote.  You may also recognize him from his Motown tribute album in 2003 called Motown.  He as also sang the National Anthem at numerous sporting events in recent years, appeared on American Idol’s final episode in Season 9, and on an episode of 30Rock in 2009.

About The Children’s Home Society

Benefitting from the Michael McDonald concert is the Children’s Home Society of Florida‘s Emerald Coast Division.   It is the oldest and largest state-wide, private, not-for-profit provider of services to children and families in Florida.  The Children’s Home Society provides safety and shelter to children victimized by abuse, abandonment, or neglect.  They have helped to keep over 1,200 local children safe through six programs designed to build and stabilize families.  These programs include adoption, early intervention and child development case management, birth to five mental health services, dependency counseling, parent education, Early Steps, and Clair’s House.

For more information about Children’s Home Society of Florida’s services in the local community, please contact Erica Spivey, Director of Development at 850-747-5411.

Enjoy the musical stylings of Michael McDonald on December 7th while raising money for the Children’s Home Society!

Festival of Trees

From November 29th till December 2nd, the Panama City Rescue Mission will be hosting the 8th Annual Festival of Trees: The Greatest Gift of All.  The festival will be held at the Marina Civic Center.

This event enables local artists and designers to decorate beautiful Christmas items for charity, which are judged in a competition and then sold at auction.  All proceeds help Bethel Village, the Rescue Mission’s home for recovering homeless women and families.

The event will be open admission on Friday December 2nd from 10am-9pm, but the gala on December 1st will be $50 per person or $1,500 a table. Tickets and more information are available online.

Enjoy some Christmas fun while giving back to the community!

Here are some past trees from the Festival of Trees: