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SATURDAY, APRIL 13
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.
Watch international volleyball professionals, NCAA champions, and NAIA champions battle it out during the Northwest Florida Volleyball Exhibition from 6-9 p.m. April 13 at South Walton High School. Doors open at 5 p.m. The event is free.
Spring 2013 Music Series
Holly Williams will perform at 4:30 p.m. 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.
• April 19: Bud & Alley’s welcomes back Willie Sugarcapps at 4:30 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m.
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.
Pandora’s Spring Music
Pandora’s Steakhouse of Grayton Beach presents Daphne Willis at 9 p.m. and is free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age.
• April 14: Red Rocket & the Special Needs
• April 16: The Zack Rosicka Project
• April 17: Forrest Williams Band
• April 18: Blue Old Stand
• April 19: Heritage
• April 20: Roshambo
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. 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.
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.
• April 14: The Blue Ribbon Healers
• April 18: Kyle Lamonica
• April 20: Ben Friedman
SUNDAY, APRIL 14
Andy Saczynski Studio-Gallery is a year old, and an anniversary party will be held from 4-7 p.m. with appetizers and drinks and live entertainment by Donnie Sundal of Boukou Groove.
Have brunch in the Backyard of Love from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, 85 Defuniak Street in Grayton Beach. Musician Max McCann will serenade guests as Habitat for Humanity pours Mimosas for donations.
Sing and dance to the songs of the Dream Band at 8 p.m. at John Wehner's Village Door, 136 Fisherman's Cove in Baytowne Wharf. Call 502-4590.
MONDAY, APRIL 15
Mainstay Financial Group will present a free seminar for persons 55 and over, “Rules of Retirement Plans: How Much Do You Really Know?” at 10 a.m. in the Suite 3 Resource Center conference room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Register at 278-3600.
During the month of April, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast’s Arts in Medicine Program will host the Second Annual “Music in Pictures,” an art exhibit featuring the work of 328 Walton County students. The exhibit, displayed in the hospital’s lobby, upstairs atrium, and Outpatient Waiting Area, showcases artwork created by students in grades K-12 who listened to and visually interpreted six selections from Carnival of the Animals by composer Camille Saint-Saens.
The Cultural Arts Alliance "Top of the Class" exhibition is on display at Northwest Florida State College-South Walton Campus and features 35 new, original works by local artists. The event is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 622-5970.
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 16
Ranger Fred hosts a campfire chat 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.
Enjoy cabaret style songs chosen by the audience from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Marie's Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach. Call 278-6856.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17
The Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. at Carrabba’s Italian Grill at Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Tracy Conerly, partner in Carr, Riggs & Ingram, presents "Can You Afford ObamaCare." The cost of lunch is $18/members and $20/guests. Reservations required by noon April 15 at 837-5321.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents Hotel California, a Tribute to the Eagles, from 6-8 p.m. in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
THURSDAY, APRIL 18
Sandestin Wine Festival
The 27th annual Sandestin Wine Festival takes place April 18-21 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Events include:
• April 18: Wine dinner aboard Solaris yacht. Cost $115. Call 650-2519.
• April 18: Vodka & Victuals at Graffiti Restaurant. Cost $75. Call
• April 19, 20: Cooking demonstrations at the Coastal Living Stage with Diane Henderiks on Friday and Paula Deen on Saturday.
• April 19, 20: Grand Wine Tasting from 5-8 p.m. Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets $55 and $85 advance or $65 and $95 day of.
• April 20: Southern Lunch with Paula Deen, sold out.
• April 20: VIP Connoisseur Experience Solaris Cruise at Baytowne Marina from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with top industry names.
• April 21: Champagne Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Baytowne Marina. Tickets $38.
Visit www.sandestinwinefestival.com for more information.
Seabreeze Jazz Festival
The Seabreeze Jazz Festival celebrates its 15th year anniversary beginning at 5 p.m. April 18 and 19 and 11 a.m. April 20 and 21 at the Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater at Pier Park in Panama City Beach. A free concert will be held from 1-3 p.m. April 18 in the Promo Area adjacent to the food court area with artists Brian Lenair, Margo Rey, The Peet Project, Yancyy, and the Motown Jazz Jam.
Tickets are $80 per single day, $150 for a Weekend Pass good for Friday-Sunday, and $200 for a Four Day Pass. Tickets are available at http://www.seabreezejazzfestival.com/ or call 800-595-4849. Local ticket outlets include The Vacuum Center in Destin and Playground Music Center in Fort Walton Beach.
The Luminary Connection will meet at noon at the Life Enrichment Senior Center, 312 College Ave., in DeFuniak Springs. This month’s featured speaker is Mary Burns, local Bible study teacher and community activist. She will speak on “When ‘Too Pooped to Pop’ Becomes Reality.” Call 635-1801 or email email@example.com.
Americana Under the Stars
Ron Johnson performs 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 Rosco Bandana from 6-8 p.m. at North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.
The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Glenda Wood, a real estate sales agent who also works at Gulf Coast State College as English Learning Manager, will speak on "Treasure Mapping Your Life." Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Seaside Repertory Theatre presents Mother Trucker: The Musical at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and available at seasiderep.org, Amavida Coffee or 231-0733.
Bike ride in Destin on Scenic 98 at 3:30 p.m. Meet at the Village Baptist Church on Matthews Boulevard. Supper at a nearby restaurant. Call 581-4591.
FRIDAY, APRIL 19
Crawfish Boil & Cold Beer Convention
The Rotary Club of Destin presents its inaugural Crawfish Boil & Cold Beer Convention from 5-9 p.m. April 19 at McGill Escrow & Title, 36008 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin. Advance tickets are $25 for all you can eat crawfish boil and one free beverage or $30 day of the event. Hamburgers, hot dogs, barbeque chicken and Shake’s Frozen Custard will also be served. Other Cajun festivities include live music, a “Coon Ass Parade” and auction. Tickets are available through any Destin Rotarian or call 837-1071.
CPR and Water Safety classes
WaltonCountyresidents can take CPR and water safety classes from 9 a.m. to noon at the Walton County Health Department in DeFuniak Springs. To register, call 892-8040, ext. 1144.
Hike through some of Topsail's best ecosystems culminating with a stop at Campbell Lake at 2 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-8330.
SATURDAY, APRIL 20
The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presents its “Fate and Triumph” Concert at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, Belle Voci, NWFSC Madrigal Singers and the Niceville Singers of Niceville High School join the performance. Tickets are $22.50/adults, $16/Active Duty Military and youth ages 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Earth Day Festival
The Biophilia Center hosts a Family Friendly/Fun-Filled Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with music, food, animal ambassadors, environmental demos, arts and crafts, facepainting, hikes, children's gardening, edible landfill, Muscogee Indian dancing, Turtle-Bob, Birds of Prey, local vendors and more. Admission is $2; children under 6 free.
Join the fun dice game, sponsored by The Freeport Town Planters Society, at 6 p.m. at the Blount House on Kylea Laird Road in Freeport. Cost is $10 for a round of 22 games with a portion of proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life. RSVP at 974-7772 or 835-1737. Prizes will be awarded and snacks and beverages provided.
Earth Day Festival
Celebrate the unique ecological treasures in Walton County from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with door prizes, children's activities, educational games, music, food and fun for all ages at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. The festival kicks off with a Ocean Hour Beach Clean Up from 9-10 a.m.; cooking demonstrations, hikes and hands on experiences from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and a 5K race at 5 p.m. Visit www.facebook.com/topsailhill.statepark for a full list of events.