Bay Buzz Dec. 2020


Emerald Coast Marine Launches ECM Cares
Emerald Coast Marine (ECM) has launched its new philanthropic arm, “ECM cares.” Our first effort launches this Christmas as we support “Children in Crisis,” an awesome 501c3 organization that works to keep siblings together who have had to be separated from their families due to abuse, neglect or other circumstances. ECM is hosting a toy or gift drive for children from the ages of 7 to 17. Drop off a new, unwrapped gift beneath the ECM Christmas tree in the Niceville showroom for kids who live right here in our region. ECM will be accepting toys until Dec. 20 during regular business hours. 115 John Sims Pkwy. W., Niceville.

Call For Teaching Artists—Deadline Dec. 31
The Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) is accepting proposals for classes, workshops and demonstrations that advance learning of the visual, performance, literary culinary arts, and wellness for any and all learning levels and age groups. This opportunity is open to both CAA members and non-members. The mission of the CAA is to advance the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs, and education. In order to expand the educational component of our mission and to provide work for teachers in the creative sector, the CAA is calling artists who are interested in paid online and onsite teaching opportunities in 2021. Submission deadline is Dec. 31, 2020. Visit for more information and to apply.

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park Discounts
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is offering 30% off memberships through Dec. 31, 2020. Further, military families enjoy 50% off admission for Saturdays and Sundays from now through Feb. 28, 2021.

Emerald Coast Science Center Winter Workshops
Join Emerald Coast Science Center for new activities December 21-23 to celebrate the season! The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day with Winter Workshop activities ongoing from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. All activities included with general admission. Join in for SMALLab Winter Games from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in SMALLab, and enjoy the rest of the museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. SMALLab is limited to one family per 20-minute time slots; call 850-664-1261 to reserve your space; online reservations are not available for this event. SMALLab access is included with general admission.

COVID Compliant Business Program
Interested businesses who want to show our community that they are taking COVID precautions seriously will be eligible for a complimentary inspection covering all of the important factors in the CDC Business Guidelines. Upon approval, the business will receive a Chamber Partnership COVID Compliant Business decal to display. The company name will also be listed on each chamber website as a COVID compliant company.

Visit for more information and to schedule your inspection with the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber.

Big Brothers Big Sisters to Host Virtual Gala
Mark your calendars for Friday, January 15, 2021 for The Big Gala 2021 – ‘Bigger Together,’ The Big Gala is normally the charity’s biggest black-tie event of the year, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, will be hosting its first-ever Virtual Big Gala. The night may look different than years past, but the Committee assures us it will still be filled with many of their fun signature elements! Sponsorship opportunities are available now. To learn more, visit

Local’s Night
To honor their loyal local patrons, Beach Walk Cafe at Henderson Park Inn is hosting a Locals’ Night on Wednesdays in December, January and February! Savor delicious food from Executive Chef Daniel Peters along with 15% off your meal* and 50% off select wines*
To redeem, you must present a valid Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton or Bay County ID. Call (850) 650-7100 to book your table now! *Valid from December 2, 2020 to February 24, 2021. Exclusions and blackout dates apply. Must present valid identification from Santa Rosa County, Okaloosa County, Walton County or Bay County to receive offer. Offer is 15% off entire bill, excluding alcohol, and 50% off select wines.