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Saturday, April 20
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 5 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. WSRE and Curious George help children make turtle friendly flashlights. 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.
Destin Woman's Club will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. indoors at Grace Lutheran Church, 4325 Commons Drive in Destin. There will be new clothes, slightly used clothes, rugs, furniture, antiques, collectibles, tools, sporting goods, toys, books, etc. All proceeds help to support the Destin Woman’s Club Family Fund serving the needs of families in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Call 797-3721.
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.
Pandora’s Spring Music
Pandora’s Steakhouse of Grayton Beach offers music with Roshambo at 9 p.m. Free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age. Performances continue April 21 - Fat Lipped Fish; April 23 - The Zack Rosicka Project; April 24 - Forrest Williams Band; April 25 - Hotel Oscar; April 26 - Dread Clampitt; April 27 - Jam Rock Reggae
Seabreeze Jazz Festival
The Seabreeze Jazz Festival celebrates its 15th year anniversary beginning at 11 a.m. April 20 and 21 at the Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater at Pier Park in Panama City Beach. 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
Sunday, April 21
Sunday Brunch by the Bay
Enjoy scenic views of the Bay, live music, seasonal brunch itrems, a Create Your Own Bloody Mary Bar, and free-flowing champagne at the Sandestin Wine Festival Sunday Brunch by the Bay from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Baytowne Marina, 9300 U.S. 98 in Sandestin. Cost is $38 + tax per person.
Music at Vue on 30a
Vue on 30a, 4801 West County Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, presents the music of Ben Friedman from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call 267-1240 or visit www.vueon30a.com. Kyle Lamonica will perform April 25.
Enjoy brunch in the Backyard of Love and the music of Nashville natives The Loose Hinges from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, 85 Defuniak St. in Grayton Beach. South Walton Community Council will be pouring Mimosas.
Madrigals and Belle Voci
The Madrigals and Belle Voci vocal ensembles of Northwest Florida State College present a free Spring Concert in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Repertoire ranges from the Renaissance madrigal to the contemporary gospel spiritual and vocal jazz. The concert is free and open to the public, however donations to support the vocal programs are welcomed.
Monday, April 22
Tail Waggin’ Tutors
Beginner and novice readers can practice reading while enjoying the company of a trained, certified canine friend during “Tail Waggin’ Tutors," a new children's reading program under the tutelage of dog handler Nancy Bown, from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach. This program is free with limited seating. Register at 267-2809.
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.
Tuesday, April 23
Relay for Life
The DeFuniak Springs Relay for Life will hold a Team Captain meeting at the Continental Worship Center, 2132 U.S. 90 in DeFuniak Springs. This year’s theme is “Tune Out Cancer.” Individuals who participate will raise funds, culminating in the event at Walton High Schools on April 26 and 27. Call 978-1168.
Florida Trail Association
Monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at Ed’s Hometown Seafood & Steaks in Niceville. Visitors welcome. Call 654-1172.
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.
Wednesday, April 24
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents the Emerald Coast Blues Brothers, a Tribute to the Blues Brothers Hotel California, from 6-8 p.m. April 24 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
Social Media Workshop
The Visit South Walton TDC will host a social media workshop with a presentation by Zehnder Communications from 9-11 a.m. at the South Walton Annex in Santa Rosa Beach.
Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm, will host an Income Generation Seminar, “Making Your Portfolio Pay Monthly,” at 10 a.m. in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served.
Sacred Heart Hospital
A Super Siblings class to help children prepare for the upcoming arrival of their new baby brother or sister will be held at 4 p.m. in the Family Birth Place. Registration required at 278-3600.
Thursday, April 25
The South Walton Community Council welcomes Paul Arthur, director of the E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center, as guest speaker of the SWCC Public Forum Series at 7 p.m. at the Walton County Coastal Branch Library. He will discuss the center’s mission to educate students and visitors on the importance of biodiversity, to promote sustainability, and to encourage conservation, preservation and restoration of ecosystems. Open to the public and free of charge.
Americana Under the Stars
Bryan Kennedy performs at 6 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.
Walton County Patriots
The Walton County Patriots will hold a special session at 6 p.m. at the Life Enrichment Senior Center, 312 College Ave. in DeFuniak Springs. Dr. David L. Goetsch will speak on “Rules for Conservative Radicals: How the Tea Party Can Save America.” A question and answer session will follow. Call 951-8849 or visit www.WaltonCountyPatriots.tcoinc.com.
Spring Fling Concerts
Enjoy live music on the lawn with Dangermuffin from 6-8 p.m. at North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.
Local Restore committee
The local Restore committee will hold an organizational meeting at 5 p.m. at the Bayou Arts Center, 105 Hogtown Bayou in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 892-8155. Open to the public.
South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, April 25-28 in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, benefits the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. During the Grand Tastings, songwriters from Nashville will perform their hit songs throughout the day in Town Center. Seminars will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.SoWalWine.com.
Events also include
• Winemakers and Shakers from 4-6 p.m. April 26 at Wine World in Destin
• Vibrant Rioja Exclusive Gran Reserva and Reserva Wine & Food Pairing, 6-9 p.m. April 26 at Grand Park
Friday, April 26
Spring 2013 Music Series
Jennifer Steele, along with a live band, will perform the songs of Patsy Cline at 4:30 p.m. at Bud & Alley’s, 2236 E Scenic 30A in Seaside. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets available at www.ticketalternative.com.
The Performing Arts Division Honors recital will be held at 3 p.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall of the music wing at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. The recital is free and open to the public. For information contact the NWFSC Fine Arts Office at 729-5382.
Restaurant Wine Dinner
The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation and V Seagrove present the Restaurant Wine Dinner featuring the wines of Willamette Valley Vineyards at 2743 Scenic Hwy. 30A in Seagrove Beach. Cost is $150 with limited seating. Make reservations at dcwaf.org.
Florida Trail Association
A weekend of hiking, kayaking, bicycling, beach walking, picnicking and camping at Grayton Beach State Park. Make your own camping reservations. Call 492-8258.
Saturday, April 27
Night Under the Stars
The Second Annual Artful Night Under the Stars gala fundraiser, with proceeds from the art auction to benefit The Tree House Episcopal Montessori School, will take place from 7-10 p.m. at V Seagrove, 2743 Scenic Hwy. 30A. Tickets are $45/General Admission and $75/VIP Generous Donor Admission. For entertainment, the Alabama-based band Martha's Trouble will perform. Call 622-9771 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yard sale/silent auction
Walton County will host a fixed price yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon at the County Landfill at Hwy. 83 North, four miles outside of DeFuniak Springs by the State Prison. Prices will be reduced at 10 a.m. for any remaining items that are unsold. A silent auction will be held for all laptops and any other items the County feels should be included. All winners must collect and pay for their items by 4:30 p.m. April 30 at the County's Administration building in DeFuniak Springs. Call 951-7101.
Marvel of Flight
The third annual fly-in/aviation festival, Marvel of Flight, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the DeFuniak Springs Municipal Airport on Hwy. 90 West. The events include aircraft judging, vintage bi-plane and helicopter rides, pilot seminars, live entertainment, arts and crafts, free kids activities, door prizes, car show, model rockets, RC planes, great food, and more. This is an alcohol-free day of “hometown” fun for the entire family. Admission fee is one canned food item to benefit the Matrix Community Outreach Center.
Get wild with Zoo World and learn about wild animals from a variety of continents and habitats with programs at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
Take a prescribed fire hike focused on the effects of fire in our ecosystem at 1:30 p.m.at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-8330.
Coastal Garden Tour
A self-guided driving tour from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. features five local gardens. Tour ends with tea and cookies with Master Gardeners at the Native Plant Demonstration Garden & Trail at the South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 each, by cash or check. All proceeds benefit the Native Plant Demonstration Garden & Trail (NWFSC). Tickets are available at Northwest Florida State College, South Walton Center, 109 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach; Coastal Branch Extension Office, 70 Logan Lane in Grayton; Clay Garden & Gifts, 4808 E. Co. Hwy. 30A in Seagrove; and Thomas Hicks Nursery on U.S. 98 in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 622-5680.