Organizations showcase to answer question: 'What is there to do here?'


The annual Triple B festival, organized by volunteers from the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce, is one of many ways residents can get involved in their community. The chamber seeks contact information for all open-membership community organizations, clubs, volunteer opportunities and associations for a spring 2014 activities showcase.

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Published: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 10:45 AM.

CRESTVIEW — From social and service to recreation, arts, fraternal and culture groups, more than 50 organizations, clubs, societies and associations are active in North Okaloosa County.

The Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce wants to gather all of the region's open-membership groups under one roof at one time to answer an often-asked question:

What's there to do around here, anyway?

A core group, including chamber President Dennis Mitchell, executive director Wayne Harris and community vice president Paul Lowery, gathered over hot wings at Uncle's Bill's Sept. 10 to discuss the idea.

Organizers include chamber Arts and Culture Committee chairwoman Rae Schwartz and News Bulletin staffers.

To plan the event — tentatively envisioned as a spring 2014 carnival at the Crestview Community Center — organizers want a complete list of all north county open-membership organizations.

A preliminary brainstorming session developed a list of almost 60 groups from the American Legion Riders to the Young Marines.

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