All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Saturday, March 9
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.
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.
Experimental Aircraft Association
A new Experimental Aircraft Association will have a cookout from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DeFuniak Springs Airport Fixed Based Operator’s (FBO) location. Pilots, aircraft owners, aviation enthusiasts, and all parties interested in joining EAA chapter are welcome to come for hotdogs and conversation. Annual membership for EAA national is $40, and includes all services free and a monthly magazine. Call 622-1133 or 865-1996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breakfast With a Ranger at 9 a.m. To cover the cost of the food bring $5, which goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park or bring your own breakfast
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.
Miss Freeport 2013
The crowning of the 25th Miss Freeport at the Silver Celebration will be held at 6 p.m. at the Freeport High School auditorium. The pageant will begin with more than 50 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.
District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander will host a community clean-up weekend March 9-10 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.
30A Wine Festival
Second Annual 30A Wine Festival returns to Alys Beach on March 9-10 and is a showcase of premiere wine producers and local culinary favorites. 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.
Seaside Farmers Market
Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
Sunday, March 10
Author Yaani Drucker presents “Waking Up to Truth,” life’s only real purpose, from 4-6 p.m. at the Coastal Branch Library Community Room, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.
Enjoy Sunday Brunch and the music of Matt Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marie’s bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.
Dikki Du and The Zydeco Krewe
Dikki Du and The Zydeco Krewe will play in the courtyard at Louis Louis, 35 Musset Bayou Road Santa Rosa Beach, from 8-10 p.m. Call 267-1500.
Monday, March 11
The Rep presents Camp Showtime with improv games, basics of theatre and a short play to be performed at the end of week, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday, March 11-15 at the Seaside Repertory Theatre in Seaside. Cost is $200/week. Email email@example.com or call 231-0733 to sign up.
Northwest Florida State College Fine & Performing Arts Division brings A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the stage at 7:30 p.m. March 11-16 in the Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/youth age 18 or younger. NWFSC students or area high school students will be admitted free March 11 and 12 by showing a current student ID. Doors open at 7 pm on Student Nights. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Stories By The Sea
Join the Seaside Rep as they present a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience for children of all ages at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Lyceum Archway in Seaside.
The Seaside Repertory Theatre presents The Commedia Princess and the Pea at 5 p.m. at the Seaside Amphitheatre. Event is free.
Tuesday, March 12
Book Lover’s Club
The Coastal Library Book Lover’s Club will be held from 10-11 a.m. in the community room of the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Book to be discussed is “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. Call 267-2809 or visit www.youseemore.com/walton.
Cinema Under the Stars
Bring blankets and low back chairs to enjoy "Madagascar" under the stars from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Piper's will offer food and drink.
Dannica Lowery performs live from 6-9 p.m. every Tuesday at Shorty’s Surfside Bar, 63 Hotz Ave. in Grayton Beach. Call 468-0417.
Wednesday, March 13
The Walton Area Chamber of Commerce, Hilton Sandestin and Pleat, Perry & Ritchie present the Women in Business 2013 Symposium from 7-11:30 a.m. March 13 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort and Spa. Cost for breakfast only is $15; full event, $35. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 267-0683.
Spring Concert Series
Enjoy live music by Cadillac Willy at 8 p.m. in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Piper's will offer food and drink.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents a free concert with Heritage from 6-8 p.m. in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
Thursday, March 14
Americana Under the Stars
The Tinkers perform at 6 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.
Spring Fling Concerts
Enjoy live music on the lawn with some of the best touring acts in region during Spring Fling Concerts from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays beginning with Scarletta at North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.
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 15
The Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. March 19 at Jim 'N Nick's in Destin. Featured speaker will be Matt Titus, president of SEOM Solutions, who will speak about The Hierarchy of a Website: SEO and Content Strategies to Achieve Results. Cost is $12/students, $15/members and $20/non-members. Make reservations by 5 p.m. March 15 at Jessica@ProffittPR.com.
Enjoy the music of Dread Clampitt at 9 p.m. at Pandora’s 63 Defuniak Sreet in Grayton Beach.
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 16
Learn what makes the coastal dune lakes so special at 2 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.
Bike ride in South Walton County on the 30-A Bike Path at 10 a.m. Meet at the small Ed Walline Beach Access Par at the intersection of Hwy. 399 and Hwy. 30-A. Lunch along the bike path. Call 301-9452 or 581-4591.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
Bird and Nature Walk at Topsail Hill with Ross Hamilton. Meet at the Winn Dixie at Bluewater Bay at 7:30 a.m. or at Topsail Hill at 7:55 a.m. Call 582-7064.
Tractor/Car show and History Fair
The 2013 Walton County Antique Tractor Show & Pull, Wearing o’ the Green Car Show & History Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Walton County Fairgrounds in DeFuniak Springs.
Cattle Barons Ball
The sixth annual emerald Coast Cattle Barons' Ball, focused on boots, jeans, cowboy hats and fun to generate money to support the American Cancer Society, will be held at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The Modern Eldorados, an Americana band out of Mobile, Ala., offer a foot-tapping blend of rockabilly and traditional country music as guests enjoy tasty vittles, live and silent auctions, gaming, and dancing. Call 376-1551 or email inquiries to email@example.com.
Pianist Yue Chu returns for a private recital at 7:30 p.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Admission is $20. Yue is noted for his extraordinary skill as the 2011 Gold Medal winner of the Wideman International Piano Competition in Shreveport, La.
Art in the Park
The WaterColor Community Association will host the Eighth Annual Art in the Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in WaterColor's Cerulean Park and Town Center. The event is free and open to the public. Artists of all genres will be involved and featured mediums will include oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, charcoal, chalk, pastel and color pencil drawings, photography, printmaking, digital art, glass art, jewelry, fabric art, pottery, woodwork, and fashion design.
Hats for Hope
The Destin Woman’s Club will host Hats for Hope, a fashion show and luncheon, at 11 a.m. at the Linkside Conference Center at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Features include a raffle row, designer table and silent auction delights. Proceeds will benefit Shelter House, the domestic violence center serving Okaloosa and Walton counties. Tickets are available at Today’s Boutique in Destin, P.S. Gifts in Fort Walton Beach and Bayou Books in Niceville as well as online. Tickets are $45.
St. Patrick’s Parade, Festival
The Sixth Annual 30A St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival, the largest celebration in NW Florida of Ireland's St. Patrick’s Day, begins at 3 p.m. on Scenic 30A and ends at Gulf Place, where Irish Dancers and Celtic Bands perform through the evening. For details visit www.30aparade.com
Learn how to create a butterfly garden and take a butterfly walk at 11 a.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.