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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 E. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets are $45/General Admission and $75/VIP Generous Donor Admission (includes 3 raffle tickets). For entertainment, the Alabama-based band Martha's Trouble will perform. Call 622-9771 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival 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.
• VIP Tasting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at Grand Park
• Destin Charity Wine Auction Reserve Tasting from 1-3 p.m. April 27 at Auction Central
• Grand Tasting from 1-5 p.m. April 27 in Town Center and Culinary Village
• Destin Charity Wine Auction beginning at 3 p.m. April 27 in Auction Central
• After-Party and Concert from 7-9 p.m. April 27 in Town Center and Grand Park
• Grand Tasting from 1-5 p.m. April 28 in Town Center and Culinary Village
Bike ride in South Walton County on the 30-A Bike Path at 10 a.m. Meet at the small beach access park at the intersection of Hwy. 393 and Hwy. 30-A. Lunch along the bike path. Call 581-4591.
Great Mission Kitchen Makeover
Enjoy food, entertainment and the opportunity to bid and win in silent and live auctions to benefit the Waterfront Rescue Mission of Fort Walton Beach/Destin from 5-8 p.m. at The Palms of Destin Resort and Conference Center. Items include guitars autographed by The Rolling Stones and Jimmy Buffett, memorabilia autographed by Frank Sinatra and others, a NASCAR “Racing Experience” for two, and a trip for two to Paris. Tickets are $75 per person. Call 796-0700 or visit www.palmsofdestin.com.
Pandora’s Spring Music
Pandora’s Steakhouse of Grayton Beach will offer music with Jam Rock Reggae at 9 p.m. and is free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age.
• April 28: Blue Ribbon Healers
• April 30: The Zack Rosicka Project
• May 1: Forrest Williams Band
• May 2: Hotel Oscar, CD Release Party
• May 3: Forrest Williams Band
• May 4: Call the Law
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 Coundy'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. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.
Sunday, April 28
Drew Tillman will perform and H.E.A.R.T animal rescue will pour Mimosas for donations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, 85 Defuniak St. in Grayton Beach.
Music at Vue on 30a
Vue on 30a, 4801 West County Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, will present Ben Friedman April 28 and Geoffrey McBride May 2 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call 267-1240.
Dueling Piano Show
Enjoy the interactive, world famous dueling piano show at 8 p.m. at Rum Runners Dueling Piano Bar, 130 Fisherman's Cove in Baytowne Wharf.
Monday, April 29
Soundsations Showchoir/Jazz Ensemble Concert
The Soundsations Showchoir and the Jazz Ensemble of Northwest Florida State College join together to present an end-of-year concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC. The variety show will include song, dance, and a line-up of jazz favorites. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/youth 18 and younger. 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.
Tuesday, April 30
Last day to enter The Walton County Sheriff's Office inaugural Family Fun Art Contest for Walton County children ages 5-17. Art should recognize family fun activities. Drop off submissions or mail to WCSO substations in DeFuniak Springs and Santa Rosa Beach. Call 892-8186. Winners will receive gift card from Blast in Sandestin.
Ranger Fred hosts campfire chats at 6 p.m. in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Entry admission is $6. Call 267-8330.
Wednesday, May 1
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents the Bucktown Kickback from 7-9 p.m. in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
National Egg Month
May is National Egg Month and to celebrate, Another Broken Egg Cafés will offer guests the chance to win a $50 gift card by guessing the number of eggs used at your favorite neighborhood location during the month of May. To enter visit the Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/AnotherBrokenEgg, and enter the location you are guessing for.
Thursday, May 2
Spring Fling Concerts
Enjoy live music on the lawn with The Giving Tree Band from 6-8 p.m. at North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.
CD Release Party
Enjoy the music of Hotel Oscar at a CD Release Party at 9 p.m. at Pandora’s, 63 Defuniak St. in Grayton Beach.
Americana Under the Stars
Jerry Mincey performs at 6 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.
Friday, May 3
Celebrity Waiter Dinner
The Sixth Annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Celebrities throughout the Greater Walton Area will dress in attire representing a variety of decades and time periods, from medieval to the year 3000. Tickets are $75/person. Corporate tables may also be purchased for $1,000. All profits support the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership program. To purchase tickets, call the Chamber at 267-0683.
The Chautauqua Rehabilitation & Nursing Center will host a BBQ chicken lunch fundraiser. Plates are $5 each, minimum of 5 plates for delivery. Monies raised will be used for the annual vacation offered to the Elders. Call 892-2176 by 10 a.m. to order delivery.
Light up the Sky
Help the DeFuniak Springs Business and Professional Association Light up the Sky on July 4 by participating in the second annual Fireworks Golf Tournament at the Blackstone Golf Course in Mossy Head. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. For information, call 363-3135.
Learn about common sea turtles at 2:30 p.m. and view the night sky and observe the heavens when The Northwest Florida Astronomy Association offers stargazing at 7 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Programs require a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.
Saturday, May 4
Crime Stoppers Crawfish Boil
Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers will host its inaugural Louisiana Crawfish Boil from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Publix at Grand Boulevard. Kids meals will be available. Dine in or carry out. One box is $12, four boxes are $40.
RickO’Connorfrom University of Florida’s IFAS extension office will talk about the natural history of snakes in our area, why they visit yards and homes, and how to reduce the chances of an encounter with them at 11 a.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Turtle Bob will also introduce some of his reptilian friends. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
Jazz on the Lawn
Grab a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy Jazz on the Lawn with Roman Street at 5 p.m. in the Seaside Amphitheater on County Road 30A. Call 231-6107.
Duke & The King
The Seaside Repertory Theatre presents the film "Duke & The King" at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at seasiderep.org or call 231-0733.
Bring your yard tools and help at the annual Volunteer Clean-up Day from 8 a.m. to noon at Gulf Cemetery. Rain date is May 11. Drinks will be available and snacks/lunch will be provided at 11 a.m.
Cinco de Mayo
Cantina Laredo Modern Mexican Food at Grand Boulevard will host its fifth annual Cinco de Mayo celebration from 5-11 p.m. Heritage will perform and Fusion Art Glass will exhibit the art of glass blowing. Call 654-5649.
Gospel Night in the Lakeyard
The DeFuniak Springs Economic Development/Tourism Committee will host a free Gospel Night in the Lakeyard from 5-9 p.m. in the amphitheatre. Musical groups from several area churches will provide music that evening in the amphitheatre. The program will feature praise bands, contemporary gospel groups, traditional music, duets and soloists. Food vendors will have a variety of food and there will be games and activities for children from 5-7 p.m. Call 333-3406.
The Defuniak Springs Visitors Bureau will sponsor Peddlers Alley from 8 a.m. to noon in the alleys between Baldwin Avenue and Hwy. 90. Dozens of vendors sell plants, canned and baked goods, flea market items and crafts. Free to the public.
Bark for Life
Bark for Life, a canine event to benefit the American Cancer Society, begins at 9:30 a.m. at The Village of Baytowne Wharf with registration from 8:30-9 a.m. Pre-registration at www.relayforlife.org/southwaltonfl is $10 per pup or $20 day of event. Participants of the canine persuasion are needed for the dog parade, costumes contest, and agility course. Call 687-0968.
Waterford Crystal signing
Master Glass Blower Gerard Treacy will sign Waterford Crystal pieces from 12-3:30 p.m. at Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton at Silver Sands Premium Outlets in Sandestin. Presales are being taken by phone at 276-7346 or in person.