CRESTVIEW — Here are upcoming events in North Okaloosa County and surrounding areas:


Library sets next open-mic poetry night

CRESTVIEW — The Crestview Public Library’s next monthly open-mic night for poets and musicians to read, perform, improvise and play together is Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

This month's poetry topic is, "Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing."

Admittance is free, and everyone is welcome, even if you don't write poetry or play music.

Arrive at 6 p.m. for conversation and snacks; the poetry starts at 6:30 p.m.

The Robert L.F. Sikes Crestview Public Library is located at 1445 Commerce Drive, Crestview.

Contact Esther at the library 682-4432 (or email


Florida Chautauqua to feature paranormal investigators 

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — Brad and Barry Klinge, of Everyday Paranormal, will headline the 2018 Florida Chautauqua Assembly.

The pair stormed onto the global paranormal scene with "Ghost Lab," a weekly American television series that premiered Oct. 6, 2009 on the Discovery Channel. The brothers will present how they conduct their investigations, discuss past investigations and provide proof of the paranormal activity.

They will help kick off the Chautauqua with their presentation on Friday, Jan. 26 at Walton High School. Four-day all-inclusive passports for the entire event are on sale for $120. Tickets for the Klinge Brothers presentation are $15 each.

Tickets and passports to the 2018 Florida Chautauqua Assembly are available through the event’s webpage,, or at 1290 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs.


Live Oak Baptist sets retreat on work as worship 

CRESTVIEW — Live Oak Baptist Church has scheduled their 2018 Work as Worship Retreat. The live event in Dallas will be streamed online to over 2,000 churches around the world.

The event features 11 influential business leaders and pastors who will discuss what it looks like to connect faith and work. The one-day retreat begins at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 23 at the church, 4565 Live Oak Church Road, Crestview.

A media release for the retreat states, "God has a purpose for us on this earth. That calling is to be on mission for God where He has placed us. And since many people spend the majority of their waking hours on the job, we have to stop compartmentalizing life into 'spiritual activities' and 'work activities.' How are we living examples of the gospel while we work?"

The cost is $25 per person. Go to or for more information or to register. 


Youths’ job training available 

CRESTVIEW — Local youths ages 16-24 looking for employment or job training who meet certain criteria may sign up for the Career Pathway to Success, a CareerSource Okaloosa Walton program.

Eligible candidates must meet the age requirement and have one of the following additional requirements apply.


•May not attend high school or they are a high school dropout

•Are in ABE/GED prep classes

•Are homeless, a runaway, or in foster care

•Are pregnant or a parent

•Have a disability

•Live in an out-of-home placement

•Are an offender

Program participants receive Adult Basic Education and GED program classes and earn work-readiness incentives. They learn about job applications, how to create a resume, interviewing skills, employability skills and money management, and the opportunity to complete up to eight weeks of work experience.

Contact the Crestview or DeFuniak Springs adviser, Tiffany Bailey, 520-5990, extension 205, or, for details.