All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Saturday, March 2
A Farmer’s Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Town Center Lawns in Rosemary Beach.
John Ellis will sign copies of his book, “We Are John,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sundog Books, 89 Central Square in Santa Rosa Beach.
Enjoy a trail day with guided hikes at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
Take a nature walk at Hammock Bay, Hwy. 20 in Freeport, with wildlife expert and ecologist Joe Wyatt at 9 a.m. All ages welcome. Walks geared for attendee’s skill level. Meet at the Lake Club clubhouse. Call 496-1864.
Learn about and view the Sun with Bill Nigg from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day in March in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.
Artist of the month
Friends of the Coastal Branch Library present the works of Seagrove Beach resident Lisa Mitchell during March at the Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. She was influenced by both the German Expressionists and French Fauve artists and paints mainly in oils and acrylics. Call 267-2809 for more information.
Florida Trail Association
Volunteers needed by the Florida Trail Association for trail maintenance on Eglin at 8 a.m. Eglin recreation permit required. Call 492-8358.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
Enjoy a bird walk at Point Washington led by Tom Greene. Wear old shoes or waterproof boots, and also insect repellant. Meet at the Bluewater Winn Dixie at 7:40 a.m. or at the Tom Thumb store at the intersection of U.S. 98 and SR 331 in South Walton County at 8:30 a.m. Call 582-7064.
Sunday, March 3
‘Cash 4 College’ workshop
Northwest Florida State College will hold its fourth annual “Cash 4 College” financial aid workshop from 1-4 p.m. in the Student Services Center on the NWFSC Niceville Campus to help students and parents complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The free event is open to the public regardless of which college an individual attends or plans to attend. Bring Driver’s License, social security numbers, 2012 tax return and W-2 and any untaxed income information (such as child support or social security). All information items are needed for both the student and parent for students under age 24. Call 729-5370 or email email@example.com.
Good News United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa Beach will host its annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza from 3:30-6 p.m. Come for inflatable fun, crafts, food, storytime and egg-hunt. Requested donation is $5 for families with one child and $10 for families with two or more children. Scholarships will be made available for any family in need. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 699-6030.
Music in Pictures
More than 14 schools in Walton County will participate in this Rosemary Beach Foundation event at 3 p.m. in the Town Hall in Rosemary Beach. The awards ceremony and concert will feature Florida State University College of Music faculty Benjamin Sung, violin, and Gregory Sauer, cello.
Monday, March 4
Beachcomber Music Awards
The Fifth Annual Beachcomber Music Awards honors the best and brightest of the local music scene at 7 p.m. at John Wehner's Village Door at Baytowne Wharf. Live music begins around 8 p.m. with performances by The Dream Band, Hotel Oscar, Forrest Williams Band, New Earth Army and Heritage. Free admission with suggested $5 donation for Children's Advocacy Center. Call 502-4590.
Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar, 525 Grand Blvd. in Sandestin, presents Rudy Applewhite from 4-9 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Call 654-1743,
Zumba With Marcia classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, 6 p.m. Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. Saturdays at Premiere Performers Academy in Santa Rosa Beach; 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at The Studio in Seaside; and 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Rosemary Beach Fitness Center.
Tuesday, March 5
Cinema Under the Stars
Bring blankets and low back chairs to enjoy "The Little Rascals" under the stars from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Piper's will offer food and drink.
Ranger Fred hosts campfire chats at 6 p.m. every Tuesday in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.
Herman Lodge #108 Free and Accepted Masons will meet at 7 p.m. on Madison Street in Freeport. Call 835-2314.
The Town Planters of Freeport will meet at 7 p.m. at the Blount House on Kylea Laird Road. Call 835-5611.
Wednesday, March 6
Learn about which herbs are easy to grow in our area when Master Gardener John Kratt presents the 11th lecture in a series for local gardeners from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Walton County Coastal Extension Office, 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. Program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be offered. Call 892-8172 to reserve your place.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents a free concert with Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials from 6-8 p.m. in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
Prime Time programs
Charlene Grafton presents “The Importance of Your Family Health History” at the Walton County Library “Prime Time” program a 10 a.m. at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Register early at 267-2809.
Thursday, March 7
The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Al Drucker will speak on “Encounters with the Eternal II.” For information, email email@example.com.
Americana Under the Stars
Charlotte Wamberg Moreau performs at 6 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.
Williams Backyard Boogie
Celebrate Dannica Lowery’s sophomore album release party with special guests Larkin Poe at 7 p.m. at Williams Backyard Boogie, 1921 Chat Holly Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets are $20 at 502-0181.
Rotary Club of South Walton
The Rotary Club of South Walton meets for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites, Scenic Hwy. 98 in Miramar Beach. Visiting Rotarians and their guests are welcome. Call 267-2929.
Friday, March 8
Lenten Fish Fry
St. Rita Catholic Church in Santa Rosa Beach will host a Lenten Fish Fry from 3-7 p.m. March 8. Part of the proceeds will assist the Carlton family from Christ the King Mission in Freeport to help with older children’s Catholic school tuition while Dan Carlton is in rehabilitation in San Antonio.
District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander will host a community clean-up weekend March 8-10 at Legion Park on Ponce de Leon Street in Miramar Beach. The Walton County Public Works Department will be providing dumpsters for Walton County residents to dump trash, yard debris, tires, appliances and other miscellaneous items. There will also be a crew and equipment to off-load heavy items. There will also be separate recycling trailers on site to take in newspapers, glass, aluminum and other metals. Call 835-4834 or 892-8180.
Taste of the Bayou
Okaloosa-Walton Child Care Services presents the 17th Annual Fare for Child Care Taste of the Bayou with an auction and fine tasting from 6-8 p.m. at St. Mary Church Parish Life Center in Fort Walton Beach. To donate items, call 833-9339 or 833-9330, ext. 204.
Learn the full history of Florida's most famous reptile, the alligator, at an informative slideshow presentation a 3 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.
View the stars with Bill Nigg from 7:30-9 p.m. every Friday in March in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. At 8:30 p.m., Nigg also presents a slide show. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.
The Order of the Eastern Star #281 meets at 7:30 p.m. at Herman Lodge on Madison Street in Freeport. Call 835-2314.
Saturday, March 9
Breakfast With a Ranger at 9 a.m. To cover the cost of the food please bring $5, which also goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park or bring your own breakfast.
Wild Game/Seafood Dinner
The Point Washington United Methodist Men's Group will host its annual Wild Game and Seafood Dinner at 6 p.m. at the church, 1290 N. County Highway 395 in Santa Rosa Beach. Cost is $20. The event is open to men and women, and there will be music from the church Praise Band and door prizes. Guest speaker will be John Riley, an inspirational speaker with a unique God-given ability to communicate great Biblical truth in a simple and understanding manner. Church members, hunters and fishermen, will cook their game or catch with special recipes. For ticket information call 231-4928 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miss Freeport 2013
The crowning of the 25th Miss Freeport at the Silver Celebration will be held at 6 p.m. March 9 at the Freeport High School auditorium. Many past winners are slated to return for a fun filled night of pageantry, including the first ever crowned queen, Ms. Jackie Robinson-Wood, who took the original title in 1959. The pageant will begin with more than 50 beautiful young ladies taking the stage to vie for the titles of Little Miss, Junior Miss, Young Miss, Junior Teen Miss, Teen Miss and Miss Freeport 2013. Admission is $6/aduls and $4/students.
Learn about alligators and what to do if you come in contact with these magnificent reptiles in the wild at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
The Friends of the Walton/DeFuniak Springs Library will hold a book sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Walton County Fairgrounds, Route 83 North in DeFuniak Springs. Pack as many books as possible into a plastic grocery bag for $2. Bags will be provided. Proceeds will be used to provide new books and other materials not currently covered by the library budget. Call 859-0215.
30A Wine Festival
Second Annual 30A Wine Festival returns to Alys Beach on March 9 and 10 and is a showcase of premiere wine producers and local culinary favorites. This two-day event features wine tasting seminars, a walkabout and grand tasting, band party at nightfall, and Sunday’s exclusive event, Rosé & Croquet. Tickets are $300 per person and include entrance to all festival activities including seminars, grand tasting, dance party featuring Knoxville’s favorite party band, the ChillBillies, and Rosé & Croquet (appropriate croquet attire encouraged). Visit www.30AWineFestival.com for more information and to purchase tickets.