Be sure to check before heading out. Many events and locations have been cancelled, closed, or postponed for this weekend due to Tropical Storm Nestor. Below is a list of a few.

  • Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity closed Saturday at both the Chipley and Marianna location.
  • Panama City Beach Police Cops n kids events has been cancelled for this year.
  • The Lantern Fest at Crooked River Lighthouse has rescheduled and will be on Sunday, October 20th from 6pm to 10pm.
  • Panama City has rescheduled  the cemetery clean up day to Saturday, November 2nd at 8am.
  • The public Library will be closed at all locations on Saturday, October 19th, they plan to reopen on Monday, October 21.
  • The Gulf’s waters are closed to swimmers. Double red flags are being flown.
  • The event at the Grand Ridge Baptist Church is still going on rain or shine! FREE clothes for those in need.

Be safe out there!

October 20th~Race City Free for Bay County Residents

Local’s family fun day. October 20th from noon to 4pm. This day is about giving back to the community, saying thank you, and celebrating those who make #850Strong! Please don’t forgot to take a valid id or proof of residence showing you are a Bay County Resident. Anything with your name and address will work. This is currently open to Bay County only due to this being a small park and they wouldn’t be able to handle the volume of all those affected by Hurricane Michael. This is for Race City, Inc in Panama City Beach on Front Beach Road. A fun, free day of miniature golf, roller coasters, bumper cars, and more!

Saturday, October 19th

Look below the photos for details. Yard sales, volunteer opportunity’s, and fun! Be sure to check the weather. Rain is in the forecast for many areas of the panhandle.

October 18th AND 19th starting at 8am. Yard sale at 4617 Meadowview Road in Marianna!
October 19th starting at 7am this yard sale will be located at 2371 6th Street in Alford. Men’s and woman’s clothes and shoes, potted plants, kitchen appliances, dishes, bathroom and bedroom stuff, drywall tools, and a hospital bed. Be sure to check it out.
October 19th from 9am till 3pm or until the clothes are gone. Save The Closet and Jaco Angels will be at 2093 Porter Ave in Grand Ridge to give Jackson County Residents the chance to get free warm clothes! They have TONS!!! Please spread the word. They have been collecting donations for weeks and will be here to help the community.
October 19th from 9am to 4pm The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement presents Pioneer Day and Goat Day! Free attractions and games for all ages, great live entertainment, arts, crafts, food, and games. This will be held at the Sam Atkins Park in Blountstown. Admission is $5 a person.
October 19th from 11am to 3pm at HOPE Project Inc located at 792 E Highway 20 in Youngstown. They are having this event to thank the local heroes who were there to help after Hurricane Michael. Everyone is welcome to go out.
Admission is free, entertainment starts at 10am at the Grounds of the Factory Stores of America Mall on Hwy 77 in Graceville. Harvest Day Festival will have a car show, bike ride, arts, crafts, and a parade!
Cemetery clean up from 8am to 1pm. Join the Panama City Cemetery Board to help clean up and beautify our cemeteries. Look on the photo for which cemeteries are participating. Don’t forget to take your gloves, rakes, and gas or hand powered tools. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please call 850-872-3199 for more information.
The cops and kids program promotes public safety and building positive relationships between kids and law enforcement while providing a family type atmosphere. Located at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach from 10am to 2pm.

Thursday, October 17th

A few helpful and fun events happening on Thursday.

6pm to 9pm on Thursday, October 17th at Gulf Coast Community College at the Student Union East in Panama City. The Florida Property & Casualty Insurance Fraud Task Force will be hosting a Fraud & Abuse help center for issues related to hurricane Michael. Go and meet with insurance, regulatory, and law enforcement professionals who will be available to assist you with issues related to fraud and abuse and the filing of complaints involving contractors, insurers, public adjusters to state and local law enforcement.
Olive Oil Tasting at Bespoken from 5pm to 7pm in Marianna. You can join them for a fun evening, as you learn about and sample the delicious creations from Green Gate Olive Grove. David and Sally from the grove with be there to share. Drop by for delicious food, refreshing drinks, store specials, and door prizes.


Grow your digital skills on Oct. 16th~preregister required

Jackson County Chambers of Commerce and Main Street Marianna invite you to learn how to grow your digital skills. 11:am to 12:15pm on Wednesday, October, 16, 2019 at the Historic Russ House.

The holiday season is right around the corner — is your local business ready to connect with customers during the busiest time of the year? Register today to attend a viewing party for the annual holiday livestream.

Join the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Marianna as they partner up with Google & Constant Contact to bring local businesses expert tips to reach customers using free business listings, online advertising, and email marketing plans.

Each participant will receive a Swag Bag from Google with Small Business Information and Giveaways. You do not have to be a member of the Chamber to attend. Come network, learn and grow! Lunch will be provided. This is a free event.

Register using this link:

WonderWorks $10 special~Oct 10th through end of the month

WonderWorks Panama City Beach will offer a $10 special to residents of Bay, Calhoun, and Jackson county beginning October 10th through the end of the month. As the one year anniversary of Hurricane Michael hitting the Panama City Beach area approaches, WonderWorks is offering a special for local residents. The $10 special is the company’s way of helping those in the area who were impacted by the devastating hurricane to have a chance to reduce some stress, have some fun, and make some family memories. The 10/10 promotion day will begin on October 10, 2019 and run through the end of the month. “On the 10th day, of the 10th month in 2018, Hurricane Michael blew our lives around and turned our world upside down. Wonderworks invites you to come and take your mind off your upside down world and experience ours.”

Reduce some stress, have some fun, and make some memories. For more information click here:

October 12th

This is going to be a long one! 6 great things going on. Read below each photo for details. Don’t forget the sunscreen, this is going to be another hot Saturday.

Yard Sale, Oct. 12th starting at 7am. 1996 Porter Ave. in Grand Ridge.
Bissell Pet Foundation is sponsoring Empty The Shelters. Adoption fees across the US will be $25 on Oct. 12th at participating locations. Visit to find locations near you. Alqua Animal Refuge is one of the participating events, pre-approval is required by 10-10-19.
This is the 12th Annual Farm Tour. A free family weekend. From Chipley to Madison. For full details go to FB and look up the Farm Tour under events. Remember to bring along water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellent, and wear closed toe shoes when visiting Farm Tour sites. If you visit farms that will be selling produce or meats, consider bringing along a cooler with ice and some cash, as some sites do not accept credit cards.
10am to 4pm on October 12th at 3524 Washington Street in Chipley. 1st annual fall craft show and apple festival!
Stronger than the Storm Oct. 12, 2019. Free food, fun, live music, bouncy houses, kids games, and more. From 9:30am to 11pm at 8750 W. Hwy98 in Port St. Joe at the Gulf County Veterans Memorial Park.
Wide variety of delicious food, live music, and unique merchandise vendors at Panama City’s Survivor’s Jam on Oct 12th from 4pm to 10pm at the Natural Amphitheater behind McKenzie Park. Be sure to take a blank or lawn chairs!

October 11th through 13th

This weekend is going to be a busy one. Here are a few events that are happening the whole weekend.

Yard sale at 1742 Florida Street in Alford on Friday, October 11th till Sunday, October 13th starting each day at 8am. Tupperware, dishes, jewelry, clothes, shoes, and so much more!
Pirates of the High Seas Fest from October 11th to Oct 13th. This years free festival is sure to take pirate fun to a whole new level. Get ready to enjoy live music, pirate parades, pirate costumes, fireworks. 5pm at Pier Park is when it starts on October 11th. Then on the 12th it starts at 8am. View the schedule of events at

October 10th

October 10th, one year after Hurricane Michael came on land as a category 5 and changed the views and lives of so many. They will be having many celebrations over the next week to remind the communities how far everyone has come. Be sure to check your local communities for events not listed on the blog.

Dawson Tree Giveaway, Oct, 10th from 8:30am to 12:30pm (or until trees are gone). At Harvey Dee Mathis Park located on Florida Ave. in Panama City. Limit 2 trees per household and please bring a water or electric bill, this is for Panama City and surrounding areas.
Live music, hay rides, art show, giveaways, food vendors, and fireworks. October 10th from 4pm to 8pm at the Citizens Lodge Park in Marianna. Join neighbors and friends for an evening of celebrating the resiliency of the citizens of Jackson County.
October 10th ALL first responders will receive a free 6inch sandwich with chips and a drink at participating Subway’s. On the anniversary of Hurricane Michael this is Subway’s way of saying thank you. Wewa will be participating and you may need to call or ask at the other Subway’s in your area.


Bealls Re-Opening~Oct. 10th and Big Lots Grand Opening ~Oct. 12th

1 year after Hurricane Michael and stores are reopening! Big Lots and Bealls Outlet in Marianna are opening this week. They are located on US-90. Happy Shopping!

They are back and they have missed all the locals! Celebrate at the Grand Re-Opening of Bealls Outlet in Marianna on October 10th. Be one of the first 150 customers in line on Thursday to receive a mystery scratch-off card. One lucky winner will get $250 shopping spree! Store hours: Monday – Saturday 9am to 9pm and Sunday 10am – 8pm.
Grand Reopening will by Saturday, Oct.12th at 9am with a ribbon cutting and reintroduction into the community. Sunday Oct. 13th at 9am the first 50 customers will receive a goodie bag. Wednesday, Oct. 9th is the 1st actual day they will be open for business.