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52-Year-Old Florida Resident Giving Music a Second Chance

 30 Years After Giving Up SANTA ROSA BEACH, FLORIDA: March 21, 2023 – After taking a 30-year hiatus from the music industry to pursue a “normal” career, Wes Herndon is back and ready to give a career in music another attempt. At 52 years old, Wes Herndon is not your typical musician. He has a wealth of life experience to draw from, and his years away from the music industry has only strengthened his passion for playing guitar and songwriting. With a renewed sense of purpose and a fresh perspective… thanks in part to the pandemic shutdowns, Wes is eager to share his new music with fans around the world. Despite stepping away from the industry for a period of time, Wes has continued to write and perform occasionally, perfecting his sound and style. With a lifetime of ups and downs and a few laughs to draw from, his music is both raw and relatable, which resonates with fans of all ages. As he embarks on this new chapter of his career, Wes is both anxious and excited to connect with people and share musical moments with Floridians and the world. He remarks, “Taking a second chance at music while being a ‘responsible’ adult is somewhat dauting, but if I’m being honest, I really can’t help it. It’s in my soul, so I don’t have a choice. I have been truly humbled and feel nothing by gratitude to see that what I’m creating is being received so well.” His newest... Read More

Hemingway Inspires New Menus At Havana Beach Bar & Grill

  Havana Beach Bar & Grill in Rosemary Beach has new Brunch and Dinner menus that are an ode to Hemingway’s Havana, celebrating the joy of living, eating and drinking well. The new menus draw inspiration from Ernest Hemingway’s favorite old town Havana haunt, El Floridita, after which the Havana Bar & Grill itself was modeled.   Read More

The Walsingham Way

 By Amy Harvey, Principal A. Gary Walsingham Academy is committed to offering students unique learning opportunities that are relevant, meaningful, and have a direct correlation to the real world. We believe this is a vital element for increasing student motivation, empowering students to take ownership of their learning, and igniting a passion for exploration. Our teachers are dedicated to providing rigorous and engaging instruction while maintaining a positive school culture in which students feel loved, welcomed, and safe. Teachers at Walsingham Academy collaborate with all stakeholders including parents, colleagues, and community members in order to meet the needs of every learner on campus. Analyzing data to determine specific areas of improvement or enrichment, and then using research-based strategies to deliver instruction are the foundations of what we do academically at Walsingham. In addition to the core subjects, we also place an emphasis on teaching core values and building positive relationships with students. The Walsingham Way is focused on treating others right, making smart decisions, and maximizing potential. Our theme this year at Walsingham Academy is “Making Waves, The Wahoo Way.” We are providing students opportunities to think outside the box, encouraging them to be curious about the world around them, and motivating them to take action to change our world for the better. Our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics), Music, and Enrichment programs are helping students expand their experiences beyond the walls of the classroom. In STEAM, students are using their science knowledge to engineer various projects using a... Read More

4 Things To Do Now For Glowing Skin This Summer

 By Meg Burns, Blush Beauty Lounge Are you ready for summer? The warmer weather, days at the beach or pool, gatherings with family and friends, whatever your summer season looks like for you…it will be here before you know it. Everyone wants glowy skin in the summer, and spring is the perfect time to get your skin ready! Here are a few tips from our amazing esthetician team at Blush Beauty Lounge. 1: Don’t skip your SPF. The sun is actually good for us. I know we have been told a lot of things over the years, but our body needs Vitamin D for our immune system, our mood, and more. To clarify, we are not telling you to go bake in the sun for hours without SPF. But what I am saying is that being out in the sun for a bit each day is actually really good for you! Simply adding an SPF for your face into your daily routine can help avoid pigmentation and premature aging in your skin. We love a mineral sunscreen that also blocks pollution and blue light (light from our devices). Enjoy your time outside… and don’t forget your SPF! 2: Book your wax appointment. If you want the benefits of waxing (finer hair regrowth, no shaving, fewer ingrown hairs) for the summer, then you need to start now. Book your leg, arm, bikini, or brazilian wax now and get it on your schedule for every 4 weeks. You will be so happy... Read More

UNwineD March 31-April 1

 UNwineD returns to Panama City Beach on March 31 and April 1 at Aaron Bessant Park. Spend the weekend tasting craft beer, wine, and spirits while sampling cuisine from renowned area chefs and local eateries. At its heart, UNwineD, presented by Publix, is a stylish garden party that showcases the best of the region. Friday Night Kickoff Party hosted by Southern Living and Visit PCB Friday, March 31, 2023 at 6 p.m. This one-of-a-kind night offers custom cocktails, live music, and more! Only 250 tickets are sold to the Kickoff Party and include admission to the entire weekend of events. Grand Afternoon Tasting Saturday, April 1 at 1 p.m. UNwineD officially gets underway with The Grand Afternoon Tasting. Wander from booth to booth while tasting the best craft beers, wine and spirits from around the world, and sampling delectable creations from leading chefs in the Northwest Florida area. Browse through Art & Vendor Row filled with local shops and boutiques, and be sure to also stop by the Southern Living tent for home decor, cookbooks, and more! Tickets are limited to this event. Concert in the Park Saturday, April 1 at 4:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair and blankets! Following the Grand Afternoon Tasting, join us for a concert in the park with live entertainment by headliner Magic Giant and opening act The Collection. More information at The post UNwineD March 31-April 1 appeared first on PCB Life | Panama City Beach News, Events and Community Information.  Read More

Let’s Get Growing with Julie: Supporting Pollinator Habitats with No Mow March

 By Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS Extension If you are looking for an excuse to delay firing up the lawn mower for a few more weeks, consider participating in No Mow March! The UF/IFAS Northwest District Horticulture team has launched this initiative to promote pollinator habitats and there are several ways you can participate. I know what you’re thinking – there is no way my HOA would give me a pass on mowing my lawn – and that’s ok because we have other activities you can do to support pollinators. In the late winter and early spring, we start to see a lot of insect activity, but sometimes the flowers are lagging behind limiting pollen and nectar resources. Urban areas lacking large tracts of natural areas with native vegetation also reduce food and habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. The good news is that gardeners can help fill in those gaps. Here are some ways you can provide resources for pollinators: • Skip mowing areas with wildflowers, limit lawn mowing if practical • Plant flowering plants that bloom throughout the year. For early spring consider pansies, snapdragon, spirea, Walter’s viburnum, azaleas, or saucer magnolia • Limit pesticide use and always follow label instructions Install a pollinator hotel or leave some areas of soil undisturbed and bare for ground-dwelling bees • Monitor and observe your lawn and landscape for pollinators – be a citizen scientist (see below for details) iNaturalist is a website and app by National Geographic and California Academy of... Read More

New Reefs….Better Fishing and The Season is Open!

 By Pam Anderson March 1, as most locals know, is the start of the fishing season for Federally-permitted head-boats and Charter Boats. We’ve all had our USCG inspections, new coats of paint, and are ready to go fishing. Grand Lagoon watersports are on! Triggerfish season opens March 1 for some really fun and challenging fishing. They are very tasty too! This year we are happy to showcase the artificial reefs built by the local welding students from Chipola College, Haney Technical College, and Wakulla, Port St. Joe, and Wewa High Schools. With the assistance of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, they have put their knowledge of welding to work in a very practical way by helping to provide more habitat for the fishery off NW Florida. In mid-March, the reefs will be on display at Capt. Anderson’s Marina for all to view. Watch for the announcements of dates to come to see the results of their ingenuity. These particular reefs are being deployed through the Bay County Artificial Reef Association’s work with Bay County Commission’s reef program. There are plans in the works for Bay County High Schools to work with Eastern Shipbuilding next year to provide this experience for students and add more reefs. These reefs will be placed about 20-30 miles out from The Pass and their locations will be available to the public for all divers and anglers to use. It usually takes about 4-8 months for algae and other plant growth to begin attracting different species of fish.... Read More

A Minister’s Message: Rethinking Church Attendance

 Is It Really Important? By Kerry Knight, Minister for the Emerald Beach Church of Christ I’ll never forget a conversation I had with someone while inviting them to our church services. Their response stopped me cold. “I don’t do church.” Like many others, he thought attending church was unnecessary. “I can have a relationship with Christ without church,” he mused. The Bible seems to always anticipate many of the ridiculous notions we come up with, and it offers an answer if we’re willing to listen. First, there is Ephesians 5:25 which states that “Christ died for the church.” How can anyone, in light of His sacrifice for building the church, view attendance as unimportant? Second, view carefully the wording of Hebrews 20:24-25. We come together in our church assembly to encourage one another as well as offering praise to God. Then the words become very forceful by condemning the “forsaking of the assembly,” which is our gathering together on the Lord’s Day. Collectively, we are the church. To say or even think that church attendance can be a weekly option is missing the point of true commitment. Those who neglect church attendance are typically seeking excuses to avoid their loyalty to Christ. It’s hard to miss the point of Matthew 6:33 which reminds us that we must “seek first the kingdom of God.” Emerald Beach Church of Christ is located at 301 Alf Coleman Road in Panama City Beach. The post A Minister’s Message: Rethinking Church Attendance appeared first on... Read More

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