CRESTVIEW — Here’s a calendar of upcoming events in North Okaloosa County and surrounding areas. 

FAMU RATTLER RUMMAGE SALE: 7:30-11:30 a.m. May 6, Florida A&M University Pharmacy School, 153 West Woodruff Ave., Crestview. Clothing, household collectibles, books and more. FAMU Alumni Association, Saundra Daggs, 279-6555.

EOD MEMORIAL WEEKEND: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warrior Foundation activities are below.

●48th Annual EOD Memorial Ceremony, 9 a.m. May 6, NAVSCOLEOD, located on Range Road, Niceville. The names of six fallen EOD warriors will be placed on the memorial wall.

●8th Annual EOD Memorial Crawfish Boil, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 6, in the Winn-Dixie parking lot in Bluewater Bay, Niceville. Stop by for crawfish and refreshments. Other food items can be purchased at participating restaurants. 

●49th Annual EOD Ball, 5:15 p.m. May 6, Emerald Coast Convention Center, 1250 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach. Attire is semi-formal, formal, and military equivalent. Keynote speaker: Admiral John Richardson, chief of Naval Operations since September 2015. Tickets: $75 per person at

COMMUNITY FOR COPS & FIRST RESPONDERS: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 6, Gordon Martial Arts, 130 W. Oakdale Ave., Crestview. Free. Dunking booth, bounce house, obstacle course, games, face painting, and Crestview Police and Fire Department vehicles. Okaloosa sheriff's office deputies will also attend. Features vendor booths, door prizes and a silent auction.

TAX-FREE INVESTING SEMINAR: 6-7:30 p.m. May 11, Samuel's Roadhouse, 114 John King Road, Crestview. "Tax-free Investing: It's Not What You Make, It's What you Keep," with Yvonne Shanklin, Edward Jones financial advisor in Crestview. Free; dinner provided. Details: Marcia Fleming, 682-2497.

HISTORY SANDWICHED-IN LECTURE: noon to 1 p.m. May 12, Heritage Museum, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. Free presentation by author and local Northwest Florida historian Sharon Marsh. She will discuss her book, "The 1st Florida Calvary Union Volunteers in the Civil War." Bring a lunch.

‘ALICE IN WONDERLAND’: 7 p.m. May 12 and 13, and 2:30 p.m. May 14 at Florida Chautauqua Theatre, 840 Baldwin Ave., DeFuniak Springs. Tickets: $12 for students 22 and younger, $15 for adults. Call 892-9494 or email to purchase.

MOTHER’S DAY VICTORIAN TEA: 2 p.m. May 13, Heritage Museum, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. Relax and enjoy light refreshments while learning about etiquette and customs of taking tea in Victorian England. For ages 6 and up. Cost: $16 per person; $13 for museum members. Reservations required; call 678-2615.

‘COMING HOME’ PERFORMANCE: 6 p.m. May 13, Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College, 100 College Blvd., Niceville. The Calling Dance Company presents a faith-based story centering on hope amid loss. A portion of the proceeds benefits Covenant Care's Camp Connect, a grief counseling camp for children. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and free for children age 4 and under. Purchase at

PINE NEEDLE BASKETRY CLASSES: 5-8 p.m. May 16 and May 23, Heritage Museum, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. Learn Seminole techniques. $55 to $60 per person. 678-2615.

HOMESCHOOLERS FIELD TRIP: 1-2 p.m. May 19, Heritage Museum, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso. Cost: $7 for one student and a parent or teacher, $3 for each additional adult; free for ages 3 and younger. $3 per person to participate in catapult building. For home-school students and their families. The Historic Technology tour teaches students how technology has evolved through the years, what a simple machine is, and how machines are used to push and pull, making work and other tasks easier for humans. To reinforce the lesson, students will make and demonstrate catapults. Preregistration is required at 678-2615.

VETERANS JOB FAIR: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 24, Emerald Coast Convention Center, 1250 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach. Free DAV and RecruitMilitary event for veterans, those soon to be civilians, National Guard and Reserve members, and their spouses. Companies include Lockheed Martin, First Command Financial Planning, GardaWorld, Universal Studios, Air Force Reserve, L-3 Technologies, MacAulay-Brown, and Vinnell Arabia. See updated list of all exhibitors, and RSVP your attendance:

HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS: Crestview High School Hall of Fame nominations are sought. Nominees must have graduated at least 10 years ago and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and athletic accomplishments. All submissions must include verifiable information.  If possible, supply the nominee’s contact information. You may resubmit previous nominations for consideration. May 26 is the application deadline. File applications with CHS’s front office or email them to Coach Tim Hatten,, or Chris Moore at

MAY DAY PARADE ENTRIES: The Carver-Hill Memorial & Historical Society is accepting May Day parade entries through May 20. It is free to participate. The parade is 10 a.m. May 27, with line-up at 9 a.m. at the Carver-Hill Center, 461 School Ave., Crestview. Get application forms at Carver-Hill Museum, 895 McClelland St. S, or J&P Glitz and Glitter, 604 U.S. Highway 90 W, and turn in at the museum.

PEANUT PRODUCERS SCHOLARSHIP: The Florida Peanut Producers Association will award two $1,200 scholarships to high school seniors and/or college students in 2017. The applicants or one of their family members must be actively producing peanut growers, not necessarily a member of the FPPA. Award recipients should attend a Florida junior college or four-year university. Winners receive $600 each. The remaining $600 is awarded after the completion of one semester and documentation of passing grades is submitted. Details: 526-2590. Deadline: July 1.

CRESTVIEW HIGH CLASS OF 1977’S 40-YEAR CLASS REUNION: 6 p.m. July 15, Warriors Hall in Crestview. “We are searching for classmates that we have lost contact with,” an event organizer said. “If you haven't already received information about the reunion, contact Sharry," Tickets must be purchased in advance due to the caterer needing to prepare for the correct number of attendees.

SISTER CITY FRANCE TRIP: The Crestview Area Sister City Program welcomes residents to join the Sept. 7-18 journey to Noirmoutier, France. Participants stay with host families in this immersive cultural and educational experience. Participants must join the Crestview Area Sister City Program and assume responsibility for their own air travel arrangements to and from France. Dues are currently $20 per individual, $2 per full-time student, and $30 per family. Details:

BAKER GATOR REUNION: Baker School Class of 1967 graduates seek classmates for their 50-year reunion Sept. 9 at the Baker Arena Community Center, 5503 U.S. Highway 4, Baker. Call 537-9191, 758-7966, 978-2135 or 978-1974 for details.






8:30 a.m. May 16, Okaloosa County Administration Building, 1250 N. Eglin Parkway, Shalimar.
8:30 a.m. June 6, Crestview City Hall, 198 N. Wilson St., Crestview.
8:30 a.m. June 20, Okaloosa County Administration Building, 1250 N. Eglin Parkway, Shalimar.


TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL: 2 p.m.  May 25, Emerald Coast Convention Center, 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach.



3 p.m. June 15, Niceville Community Center, 204 Partin Drive N., Niceville.
3 p.m. July 20, Niceville Community Center, 204 Partin Drive N., Niceville.
3 p.m. Oct. 19, Robert L.F. Sikes Center, Northwest Florida State College, 805 E. James Lee Blvd., Crestview.
3 p.m. Dec. 14, training room of the Okaloosa County Administration Building, 1250 Eglin Parkway, Shalimar.


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BLACKMAN FIRE DISTRICT BOARD: 7 p.m. first Mondays, 1850 U.S. Highway 2, Baker.

CRESTVIEW CITY COUNCIL: 6 p.m. second and fourth Mondays, City Hall, 198 N. Wilson St., Crestview.

CRESTVIEW HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD: 5:15 p.m. third Mondays, 371 Hickory Ave. W, Crestview. Open to the public.

CRESTVIEW CITY COUNCIL: 6 p.m. second and fourth Mondays, City Hall, 198 N. Wilson St., Crestview.

MILLIGAN WATER SYSTEM BOARD: 6 p.m. second Tuesdays, 5340 U.S. Highway 4.

BAKER FIRE DISTRICT COMMISSION: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays in the Baker Area Public Safety Building, 1375 19th St.

REP. JAYER WILLIAMSON OFFICE HOURS: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. first and third Thursdays, Okaloosa County Extension office, 3098 Airport Road, Crestview. Call 995-3698 for an appointment.

LAUREL HILL CITY COUNCIL: 6 p.m. first Thursdays, City Hall.

DORCAS FIRE DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS: 7 p.m. first Thursdays, 5232 Deer Springs Drive, Crestview, off Highway 90.

HOLT FIRE DEPARTMENT: 7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, fire station, 490 W. U.S. Highway 90, Holt.

ALMARANTE VOLUNTEER FIRE DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS: 7 p.m. second Thursdays, Almarante Fire Station, 3710 Old California Road, Laurel Hill.

OKALOOSA-WALTON NORTH OKALOOSA FIRE DISTRICT: 6 p.m. third Thursdays, fire station 82, 5549 John Givens Road, Crestview.

HOLT FIRE DISTRICT COMMISSION: 6:30 p.m. third Thursdays, 490 W. U.S. Highway 90.

HOLT FIRE DEPARTMENT: 7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, fire station.

LAUREL HILL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT: 7 p.m., second Fridays, in Laurel Hill City Hall's fire department office.



CRESTVIEW AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE events are for chamber members and their employees. Details: 682-3212 or

MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE: 11 a.m. May 9, Samuel's Roadhouse, 114 John King Road, Crestview. Membership fees apply. Marian McBryde, committee chair:

GOVERNMENT ISSUES COMMITTEE: 8:30 a.m. May 10, Crestview Chamber building, 1447 Commerce Drive. Speaker: Crestview Police Chief Tony Taylor.

AMBASSADORS 'LET'S DO LUNCH': 11:30 a.m. May 11, Casbah Coffee Company, 196 Pine Ave. W, Crestview. Network, have lunch in an informal, no pressure atmosphere. RSVP to

 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: 5-6:30 p.m. May 11 at USA Karate, 702 James Lee Blvd. E, Crestview.

HEALTH & WELLNESS COMMITTEE: 8:30 a.m. May 17, Chamber office, 1447 Commerce Drive, Crestview.

PILOT COMMITTEE: noon May 18, Hooters, 180 Cracker Barrel Road, Crestview. For young leaders ages 21-41 in Crestview.

AMBASSADOR COMMITTEE: 8:30 a.m. May 31, Synovus Mortgage (Coast Bank and Trust on Industrial Drive).Contact Richard Harless,, for details.