All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Saturday, April 6
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast will host its first Rodeo Expo at the Freeport Sports Complex at Hammock Bay in Freeport. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online, at partner locations, and gate. Adult tickets $12, and children under 12 are $6.
Take a nature walk at 9 a.m. at Hammock Bay with wildlife expert and ecologist Joe Wyatt. All ages welcome. Meet at the Lake Club clubhouse. Hammock Bay is on Hwy. 20 in Freeport. Call 496-1864.
Arts and Craft Festival
Arts and craft vendors, fun and food will be on tap at the Freeport Arts and Craft Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Freeport City Hall, 112 Hwy. 20 West. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life.
The Emerald Coast Theatre Company offers acting classes for middle/high school students from 9:30-11 a.m. Saturdays, April 6-May 25, at the Destin United Methodist Life Center. The adult class, 18 and over, will take place from 6-8 p.m. Mondays through May 20. Class size is limited. Register at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org, Classes/Camps tab, or call 687-1637.
Camp Helen State Park and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park, Inc. present "It's a Spring Thing" interactive event that promotes a variety of activities and resources available in the Bay County and Walton counties from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available. Park entrance fees will be waived to participants. Call 267-8320.
Experience nature during guided hikes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Hikes according to age, ability, and interest throughout the day. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
Music at Vue on 30a
Vue on 30a, 4801 West County Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, presents The Blue Ribbon Healers from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call 267-1240 or visit www.vueon30a.com.
Learn what types of coastal critters are in this area at 2 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-8330.
Bay Breeze Patio, 32 Forest Shore Drive in Miramar Beach, will host its ninth anniversary celebration April 6 and 7 with grilling demonstrations and tastings, demos, special sale prices and more. Master grillers will grill their favorite recipes and go head to head in a cooking contest Saturday afternoon with attendees and guest judges voting for the favorites. Attendees will have a chance to win door prizes.
Sunday, April 7
Local musician Cody Copeland releases his third self-produced album at 7 p.m. at Seaside Repertory Theatre with melodic crooning in the vein of a soft-spoken Roy Orbison. Gileah Taylor and Chris Taylor perform to open the show. Tickets are $20 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Brunch in the Backyard of Love
Have brunch at Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, 85 Defuniak St. in Grayton Beach, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kelsey Anna provides music and Shelter House will pour bottomless mimosas for donations.
Enjoy food from the menu or buffet and music with Matt Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Martie's Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.
Monday, April 8
The Seaside Repertory Theatre presents The Commedia Princess and the Pea at 5 p.m. Mondays at the Seaside Amphitheatre. Event is free. The group presents Adventures in Alys at 10 a.m. Monday and Thursday in Alys Beach, and they tell for children of all ages at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Lyceum Archway in Seaside.
Sacred Heart Hospital
The following classes will be held at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. To register, call 278-3600 or toll-free (877) 416-1600 unless noted.
•Stroke support group: A free stroke support group will meet at 3 p.m. April 8 in the Suite 3 conference room for stroke survivors, caregivers and family members.
• Breastfeeding 101: Class will be held at 6 p.m. April 9 in the education room on the second floor of the Family Birth Place. The cost is $10. Registration required.
Walton County District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander will hold a Town Meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 835-4834.
Artist of the month
The photographs of local 30A resident Jamie Conley will be displayed during April at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-2809.
Tuesday, April 9
Cinema Under the Stars
Bring blankets and low back chairs to enjoy "Frankenweenie" under the stars from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Piper's will offer food and drink.
A public hearing will be held at 4 p.m. in the boardroom at the Walton County Courthouse Annex, 31 Coastal Centre Blvd. in Santa Rosa Beach, to take action regarding a Capital Improvements Project on County Road 395 and 30A.
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 “The Dressmaker of Khair Khan” by Gayle T. Lemmon. Call 267-2809 or visit www.youseemore.com/walton.
Ranger Fred hosts campfire chats at 6 p.m. in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.
Wednesday, April 10
Spring Concert Series
Enjoy live music by Daphne Willis at 8 p.m. in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Piper's will offer food and drink.
Seagrove Garden Club
The Seagrove Garden Club will enjoy a program presented by Sheila Dunning called “Invasive Plants and Species” at 10 a.m. at Carrabas, 10562 U.S. Hwy. 98 W in Silver Sands Premium Outlet. The cost to members will vary from $18-$23 depending on the venue. Guests will be an additional $5. Reservations are required at 267-9586.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents Boogie Fever and Big 80's, favorites from the 70s and 80s, from 6-8 p.m. April 10 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
Musical theater workshop
A Barefoot Broadway Kids Musical Theater Workshop will be held for ages 6-12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Studio, 27 Quincy Circle in Seaside. Camp includes dramatic play, story enactment, imagination journeys and theater games. Register at 30ADancewave.com.
Learn the facts about common Sea Turtles at Topsail at 2 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. See what you can do to help preserve these awe inspiring creatures of the sea. Call 267-8330.
Florida Trail Association
A 7.5 mile hike at 8:30 a.m. on Eglin near DeFuniak Springs. Eglin recreation permit required. Call 651-0902.
The Seaside Rep presents Awkward Oxen Improv Workshop at 10 a.m. at Fonville Press in Alys Beach and Commedia Robin Hood at 5 p.m. at N. Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.
Thursday, April 11
Walton County District 5 County Commissioner Cindy Meadows will hold a Town Meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Life Enrichment Senior Center, 312 College Ave. in DeFuniak Springs. Call 231-2978.
Americana Under the Stars
Larry Mangum performs at 6 p.m. April 11 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.
Spring Fling Concerts
Enjoy live music on the lawn with Gravy during Spring Fling Concerts from 6-8 p.m. at North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.
Music at Vue on 30a
Vue on 30a, 4801 West County Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, presents Geoffrey McBride from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call 267-1240 or visit www.vueon30a.com.
Friday, April 12
Carrabba’s Italian Grill at Silver Sands Premium Outlets will share secrets from its kitchen in a cooking class from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to benefit United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties. Chef Paul will offer cooking demonstrations of some Italian dishes during an afternoon featuring food samples, a complimentary glass of wine, a raffle and recipes to take home. Tickets are $45. Seating is limited and registration is required at 243-0315 or email email@example.com.
David Angier, author of “The Madness of Joe Francis,” will sign copies of his book at Sundog Books in Seaside. The book is the story of the 2003 arrest in Panama City of “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis.
Dance Facets 2013
The dance students at Northwest Florida State College present the annual dance concert, Dance Facets 2013, featuring original works and choreography, at 7:30 p.m. April 12 and 13 on the Mainstage of the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Dancers will perform original dance presentations featuring classical ballet, contemporary, and modern. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/youth, age 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or purchase online at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Saturday, April 13
Kids Fishing Tournament
The Seventh Annual CCA Kids Fishing Tournament for boys and girls age 15 and under will be held from 7 a.m. – noon April 13 in Grayton Beach. Registration is $5 on the day of the tournament and will be on the back porch of The Red Bar. The first 100 kids will be given their own rod and reel combo. All participants shall be accompanied by an adult. All fish shall be alive at weigh-in. The tournament will be separated into three age group divisions.
Music at Vue on 30a
Vue on 30a, 4801 West County Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, presents Kyle Lamonica from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call 267-1240 or visit www.vueon30a.com.
Spring 2013 Music Series
Holly Williams will perform at 4:30 p.m. April 13 at Bud & Alley’s, 2236 E Scenic 30A in Seaside. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25/advance and $30/day of show. Tickets available at www.ticketalternative.com.
Breakfast with a Ranger at 9 a.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach to learn about the park, its history and wildlife. To cover the cost of food, please bring $5, which goes to Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park, or bring your own breakfast. Call 267-8330.
Experience the fun and wacky Science Brothers as they explore different premises in science: light, sound, and energy at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.