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The Give Back Initiative for local charities and fellow small businesses is a way to say thank you to the community that has given so much to VIE’s publisher, The Idea Boutique by way of business, support and recognition of the company’s creative work. In just the past year, The Idea Boutique and VIE have collectively given over $40,000 in donations and sponsorships to area nonprofits, businesses and events.

The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce has been persistently working to host the 6th Annual Run for the Redfish THIS Saturday, December 6, 2014. Runners from across the country will participate in this combined half-marathon, 5K and kids fun run to start/finish at Pier Park.

Want to help make Christmas merrier for some children and their families in need this year? The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) annual Adopt-A-Family program is underway. They are seeking donors who will purchase gifts for individual families who have been identified by the Center. Last year, the program helped 261 children have a brighter holiday.

One of our favorite cover girls of all time, (from our 2013 Food & Fashion issue) Darby Kellum posed regally for famed Italian photographer Carlo Pieroni (cover above). Darby Kellum tied the knot this weekend!

Justin’s gallery in Seaside will close its doors November 29, 2014. This signals another step forward in his journey to personal enlightenment as he continues to share truths and discoveries with the world through his creations. Make sure you visit the Seaside studio by November 29 so you can become a collector of art with increasing value due to its limited availability. You can also visit Justin’s online gallery today at

The event is open to the public and will be held at Celebration Hall in Santa Rosa Beach from 6-8:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and delicious desserts provided by 30A’s top restaurants including Bud & Alley’s, Vue on 30a, Signature Catering of 30A and more. The evening will also feature live music by Maxwell McCann, a silent auction and complimentary wine and champagne. Event attendees are encouraged to bring a $10 grocery gift card to support Food For Thought Outreach, Inc.

Perfect for families wanting to escape the cold and make holiday memories in the Florida sunshine. Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s Winter Wonderland is fun for all ages with little ones loving Santa’s Workshop and the family-friendly splash deck on the largest pool deck in Northeast Florida, while parents enjoy luxury oceanfront accommodations, ten superb restaurants and lounges, 36 holes of championship golf and an award-winning tennis program and full-service salon and spa.

Everyone loves music, and this holiday season we’re paying homage to some of the masters of this universal language.

The 2015 Alaqua Animal Refuge Hunks and Hounds calendar will be officially released at a beach bonfire party on Wednesday at The Bay.

Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant and Rooftop Bar has generously offered to give $1 from every Seaside Punch sold to Alaqua Animal Refuge.