Maritime Park Supports Alzheimer’s Research

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Pensacola Maritime Park Supports Alzheimer’s Research With A ‘Bark To Remember’
By: Kelly Woodard

Gulf Coast Health Care and the Pensacola Maritime Park are proud to present the 3
rd Annual Bark To Remember, a free, dog friendly event to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s to our area, Saturday, March 28th from 10 am to 2 pm.
Throughout the day there will be dog contests, demonstrations, health care awareness seminars, the Bloodmobile, a Bone Marrow Drive, a City of Pensacola fire truck, and various food and drinks available for guests and their furry best friends to enjoy. Local vendors will be on hand to offer you special treats and gear for your four-legged pal as well as for yourself.
All dogs are welcome and will have a fun filled activity area where they can interact with one another while running, jumping, and barking until their heart’s content. Leashes are required unless in the designated “play” area.
Don’t miss the fun and participate in this important cause! This event is free and open to the public. All proceeds and donations go to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
For more information, visit or call 850-430-0100.

6th Annual Perdido Key Wine and Art Festival

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“Wine” About Spring Break At the 6th Annual Perdido Key Wine and Art Festival
By: Kelly Woodard

With Spring Break in full swing, celebrate the occasion in true island style at the 6
th Annual Perdido Key Wine and Art Festival next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 2nd through the 5th. Held at the Villagio Town Center (13700 Perdido Key Drive), this spectacular event has been extended from its original two-day length to a four-day experience, and is fast becoming one of the area’s most popular festivals, featuring live music, works by local artists and craftsmen and unique shopping and dining.
Browse the endless rows of one of a kind art from local, regional, and national vendors, or wet your palate with some of the best wines a grape can muster at the wine tasting event. Casual wine drinkers and seasoned connoisseurs alike will enjoy meeting the wine representatives, asking detailed questions and learning about the origins of favorite wines.
Kicking off the festival on Thursday, April 2
nd, will be the “Taste of Perdido”, an event that will feature some of the signature dishes from local Perdido Key restaurants paired with the perfect wine. Live music by Pat McCann will keep you entertained while you browse the one-of-a-kind glass, mosaic and jewelry pieces of featured artist Connie Blum. Tickets for Thursday will be $25 per person or $45 per couple from 5:30-8:30 pm.
On Friday and Saturday, April 3
rd and 4th from 5:30-8:30 pm, the festival features several local restaurants serving samples of their signature dishes paired with tasty wines, live entertainment, and much more. Tickets are available at the Perdido Key Visitors Center or at the festival for $15, which includes a collectible wine glass and five tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets will be available for $2, and all wines poured will be available for purchase by the bottle or case. Guests will be able to taste eight new and different wines daily – four red and four white.
Tasting times for Friday are 2 pm to 6 pm, and Saturday from noon to 6 pm.
Restaurants participating in the 6
th Annual Perdido Key Wine and Art Festival include Happy Harbor on the Line, Flora-Bama Yacht Club, Jellyfish Restaurant, The Sports Bar of Perdido Key, The Original Point Restaurant, and many more.
Vendors this year include The Naked Grape, Opici, The Gideon Group, Premier Beverage, Southern Wine and Spirits, and Republic National. Some of the featured wines will include PQ Chardonnay, Campus Oaks Peach Sparkling, 99 Vines Moscato, Howling Moon Pinot Noir, Ramsey Cabernet, and many more.
The event will feature live entertainment by local favorites Top Hat and Jackie from noon to 4 pm and singer/songwriters John and Melissa Joiner from 4-8 pm.
In partnership with this great event, the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce will be offering a $100 Visa gift card to all those who book a three night stay in a participating resort, or receive a $50 gas card to book a two night stay. See for details.
Tickets are on sale now by visiting the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce or by visiting For more information call 850-492-4660.

Tips and Treatments From Still Waters Medical Spa

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Keep Your Skin Brilliant This Summer With Tips and Treatments From Still Waters Medical Spa
By: Kelly Woodard

As the brutal heat of summer is almost upon us, there are some things you can do to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun here on the gulf coast. Mary Anne Aanestad, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with Still Water’s Medical Spa, located at 20 N Tarragona Street in downtown Pensacola, has these tips to keep your skin fresh and beautiful all summer long.
1. Keep Skin Hydrated – Aanestad suggests that you up your regimen’s level of hydration with intensive masques and moisturizer. Toners are a refreshing moisturizer prep, working to even out skin porosity. Don’t be afraid to ask your esthetician or dermatologist which products might work best for your skin type. While there are countless choices when it comes to these products, don’t forget that the best thing you can do for your skin is up your water intake. Eight 8-ounce glasses (or more) of plain, filtered water every day help maintain critical moisture balance of the body and skin, and assist in detoxification.
2. Exfoliation Helps - Exfoliation removes dead, dulling skin debris to prevent congestion and improve hydration from toners and moisturizers. Try exfoliating skin in the mornings before you apply you moisturizer and sunscreen for better absorption. Makeup will even last longer throughout the day on exfoliated skin.
3. Don’t Skimp On Sunscreen – We’ve all been guilty of applying sunscreen before we hit the beach and playing all day without reapplying. Do yourself a favor and REAPPLY frequently. Stay out of the midday sun from mid-morning to late afternoon whenever you can, but when you can’t a good rule of thumb is reapply every two hours.
4. Keep Up Routine Maintenance By Treating and Repairing Sun Damage - UV exposure causes photo-aging in the form of brown spots, coarse skin and wrinkles, whether you have burned your skin or not. When sunlight comes in contact with skin a cascade of damage results causing inflammation, production of reactive oxygen molecules that affect healthy cell growth, and stimulation of collagen destructing enzymes. Aanestad suggests treatments like a Vitalize Peel which helps fight the effects of time, sun damage, and environmental assaults. This powerful yet non-damaging peel can take years off aging skin. She also suggests a regimen of Microdermabrasion, a treatment that smooths fine lines and reduce the appearance of brown spots, acne scarring and pigment damage, Photorejuvenation, a non-invasive, “no down time” treatment for certain benign skin conditions including raised capillaries/rosy cheeks, spider veins, rosacea, or pigmented lesions such as age spots, sun spots and uneven pigmentation, and regular use of skincare products like Retin-A, Metro-Gel, and Obagi Skin Care products.
Aanestad said anyone who has questions or concerns about their skin or any conditions they may have is encouraged to seek an evaluation by a licensed professional. Still Waters Medical Spa offers countless treatments and products all personalized to your particular needs.
To set up an appointment with Mary Anne Aanestad for your personalized skin evaluation, contact Still Waters Medical Spa at 850-432-6772.

Wacky Women Raid Each Other’s Closets

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Wacky Women Raid Each Other’s Closets To Help “Wipe Out” Cancer
By: Kelly Woodard

Revamp your look for a good cause at the Redneck Riviera Chapter of the Wonderful Wacky Women’s 5
th Annual Closet Swap held this Friday, March 27th from 5 to 7 and Saturday, March 28th from 11 am to 1 pm at the Perdido Key Community Center, located at 15500 Perdido Key Drive, next to the new Visitors Center.
Rip through your closet and weed out all those dresses you never wear or those pants that may just be a little too tight (after shrinking in the dryer, of course), and bring them in to trade for some fresh new pieces to compliment your spring wardrobe.
Bring as many items as you can, such as clothes, shoes, belts, hats, purses, formals and jewelry (no lingerie please). Please include only nice looking, gently used clothing and make sure the garments are washed, pressed if needed and on hangers.
Shoppers will drop their clothes off any time at the Perdido Key Visitors Center.
Come to the VIP Friday Preview night and enjoy wine and cheese, courtesy of the Perdido Sports Bar, and have a chance to be the first to shop. A maximum of ten items per person may be purchased at the Preview event, but shoppers are encouraged to return on Saturday to continue to shop the sale. A $40 donation is required to participate in the VIP Friday Preview night. Hours are 5 pm to 7 pm.
On Saturday, shopping begins again at 11 am and will be open until 1 pm. A $20 donation will be collected at the door. Unlimited items may be purchased at this event. Shoppers that would like to attend both events can purchase a two day pass for a $50 donation, a savings of ten dollars.
Cash and checks will be accepted, but cash is preferred. All proceeds benefit the WWW’s fund for ‘Making Waves to Wipe Out Ovarian Cancer’. Any clothes remaining after the swap will be donated to Mary’s Shelter.
For more information, contact Tina Morrison at 850-377-5603 or

New Studer Apartment Building

New Studer Apartment Building Set To Make Living Downtown An Affordable Reality
By: Kelly Woodard

The old PNJ building in downtown Pensacola is set to be demolished to make way for Quint and Rishy Studer’s newest addition to the Pensacola scene, a 250 unit apartment building located at Jefferson and Romana Street.
Demolition of the previous building will begin in May with the approval of the Pensacola Architectural Review Board.
The new, upscale residential complex will include a 5,000 square foot roof top terrace that will feature grilling areas, games, cabanas, and a view of Pensacola Bay. In addition, the first floor of the building will feature over 20,000 square feet of retail space that will house several boutiques and restaurants.
Upon its completion, which is estimated to be 2016, one, two and three bedroom units will range from $750 to $3,000 per month, but most units will be one bedroom and less than $2,000 per month. Developer Andrew Rothfeder, president of Studer Properties, said that the intentions of the project is to provide, “affordable living for middle class Pensacolians that desire a downtown lifestyle.”
Rothfeder said the $50 million dollar project is meant to accommodate the lack of residential housing in the downtown area. “There are very little housing options in the heart of the downtown action. We want to further stimulate the economy by not just getting people to visit downtown, but to live there as well.”
These apartments will be just steps away from all the downtown action and fabulous restaurants as well as the historic elements Pensacola is known for.