PicMonkey CollageThe Local Color Artists Club will have works on display at the Coastal Branch Library through November 30.

The display features techniques and mediums including watercolors, acrylics, oils, pastels, batik, encaustics and crash glass. The club, which has members from across the Florida Panhandle, was established in 1997 to talk about and share a love of all types of art.

The club meets monthly and features interesting speakers, demonstrations, information about the artists, art, helpful critiques and problem-solving exercises.

Club members participate in Artist Challenges several times a year during which each person creates their own interpretation of the same theme. The members display and sell their creations, as well as take commission work upon request.

For more info on the Local Artists Club, contact Amy Jo Rosati at 850-678-4813.

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Photo credit: Rod Dent Aerial Photography at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

In an agreement between Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and the Sun Belt Conference, the prestigious Raven Golf Club will be the college athletic league’s host site for their men’s golf championships for the next four years, resort and conference officials have announced.

The four-year deal starts with the Sun Belt Conference men’s college golf championships on April 17-21, 2015. The subsequent conference championships will be held each April through 2018.

“The Raven Golf Club is one of the best golf courses on the Gulf Coast, and hosting the Sun Belt Conference Men’s Golf Championship there is a great way to showcase both the course and the talent of our student-athletes. We are excited to host our championship at this great venue and great resort,” said Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson.

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Martin Figlinski oil painting

Martin Figlinski oil painting

Come celebrate the opening night of an art show by local artist Martin Figlinski on Friday, December 5. His original oil paintings will be on display, capturing the picturesque vistas along 30A where the artist goes out to paint on location.

The Blue Giraffe is curating the show and refreshments will be provided by CUP. A portion of proceeds from artwork sales will go to Children’s Volunteer Health Network and Food for Thought.

The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at CUP in Redfish Village in Blue Mountain Beach.

30A announced that Lauren Sage Reinlie is replacing Mike Ragsdale as Editor of 30A’s network of websites and mobile platforms.

Lauren Sage Reinlie

Lauren Sage Reinlie

“We’re ramping up for dramatic growth in 2015, and having a full-time Editor will enable us to grow the 30A brand in new ways,” said Ragsdale, who founded the company in 2007. “Lauren possesses the enthusiasm, authenticity and expertise that we’ve been looking for.”

Prior to joining the 30A team, Reinlie served as a reporter and assistant web editor at Northwest Florida Daily News, covering South Walton, Niceville, Valparaiso and Northwest Florida’s large military community. During her 4-year tenure there, Reinlie won three statewide awards from the Florida Society of News Editors, including first place in beat reporting. In 2005, Reinlie earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She also worked for Texas Observer magazine and as a project director for a statewide non-profit, Texans for Public Justice. She moved to South Walton in 2008 to join her extended family who have called the region home since the 1960s.

“The 30A brand has an incredibly large and loyal following,” said Reinlie. “I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity, both personally and professionally.”

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October 27 was a great day for Walton County children experiencing the ordeal of abuse, abandonment or neglect. Amidst great fanfare, including a $1-million donation by the Pierce Family, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) held their official ground breaking for a new center in DeFuniak Springs, expected to open in early 2016.

Since 1998, the Advocacy Center has been working to help children impacted by child abuse and neglect from their 13,000-square-foot facility in Niceville. The new center in DeFuniak Springs will help the group reach more children in Walton County. The new 15,000-square-foot facility will house a team of child-protection personnel, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, Department of Children and Families officials, therapists and Advocacy Center staff, much likes its counterpart in Niceville. The new center will also feature an interior courtyard and a saltwater aquarium. Continue Reading…

PrintAn array of home-made, hand-baked and hand-crafted items will be on sale at the Made with Love Bazaar and Bake Sale on Sunday, November 23.

The event, just in time for Thanksgiving and the holidays, benefits the Tree House Episcopal Montessori School in Santa Rosa Beach.

“We are thrilled to bring back this delightful bazaar and bake sale in its third year and open it up to the community as a resource for stocking pantries and freezers in anticipation for the holidays,” said Maureen Paine, the school’s director.

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