All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Saturday, May 11
Jazz on the Lawn
Grab a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy Jazz on the Lawn with The Chad Fisher Group at 5 p.m. in the Seaside Amphitheater on County Road 30A. Call 231-6107.
Community Yard Sale
The Driftwood Homeowners Association will host a community yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. in Driftwood Estates Sandestin. About 30 homes will participate.
Children of all ages will enjoy learning about basic shark and stingray anatomy, the types of sharks found in Florida, why shark attacks occur and how to avoid an attack, when Gulfarium presents Sharks and Stingrays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
Joe Abraham, author, entrepreneur and host of the upcoming PBS series "The Entrepreneurs," will deliver the keynote address at the Third Annual WAM! (Women and Money) Conference from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Costa Leadership Institute on the Niceville campus of NWFSC. Registration fee is $25/person or $40/mother/daughter team in honor of Mother's Day weekend and includes all workshops, breakfast and lunch. Free childcare will be provided. Scholarships are available. Call 243-1201.
Music at Vue on 30a
Vue on 30a, 4801 West County Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, presents Hope Cassidy from 8-11 p.m. May 11 and 12. Call 267-1240 or visit www.vueon30a.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.
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.
Artsquest Arts and Music Festival
The 25th annual ArtsQuest Arts and Music Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 11 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12 at WaterColor Inn & Resort. ArtsQuest weekend features 130 exhibiting artists, art workshops, live demonstrations, “ImagiNation – Where kids rule,” performing art, music, a culinary arts pavilion and more. Event includes free and ticketed events. Visit www.ArtsQuestFlorida.com or call 622-5970.
West Indies Market
Browse the open-air market and discover booths filled with paintings, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, woodcarvings and other handcrafted items from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 11 and 12 in Rosemary Beach.
Bike ride in the Sandestin Resort at 10 a.m. Meet at the Bayside Tennis Courts. Lunch at nearby restaurant. Call 301-9452.
Pandora’s Spring Music
Pandora’s Steakhouse of Grayton Beach presents Tony Vegas at 9 p.m. Free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age. May 12: Heritage; May 14: Treehouse; May 15: Forrest Williams Band; May 16: Hotel Oscar; May 17: Boukou Groove; May 18: Owsley Bros. & DJ Michael Disciple.
The Little Mermaid
The Florida Chautauqua Theatre, 840 Baldwin Ave. in DeFuniak Springs, presents Disney's "The Little Mermaid" at 7 p.m. May 11 and 2:30 p.m. May 12. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/students 22 and under. Call 892-9494 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, May 12
Mother’s Day brunch
Vue on 30a will host a Mother’s Day brunch with seatings at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 2:30 p.m. Early reservations encouraged at 267-2305. Cost is $49/adults; $19/children 8-13; and free for children 7 and under.
“Come when You Want, Eat What You Want” during Mother's Day from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Bentley's & Maddog's 30A, 10343 East County Hwy. 30A in Seacrest Beach. Brunch features champagne and mimosas, Eggs Benedict and more. Lobster, steak, shrimp, crab, duck, and fish are available all day. For reservations call 231-1007.
Treat mom to a lunch cruise on SunQuest Cruises’ Solaris yacht from 1-3 p.m. at Baytowne Marina. For reservations, call 650-2519.
30A Farmers Market
The 30A Farmers Market takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday and Thursday in Barrett Square at Rosemary Beach. Community event features fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese, preserves, sauces, bread, sweets, prepared foods to go and more.
Monday, May 13
Healthy Meals in a Snap
Learn how to make chili, soups and stews without breaking your budget from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Walton County Health Department, 362 Hwy. 83 in DeFuniak Springs. Event is free, but registration required at 892-8172 or email@example.com.
Learn about the park, games, crafts, and outdoor activities at Kids Club from 10-11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach.
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 Cultural Arts Alliance "Top of the Class" exhibition will be 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.
The Pearl in Rosemary Beach will host a career fair from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 13 and 14 and 4-7 p.m. May 15 at 63 Main Street. The Pearl will fill 80 to 100 hotel and restaurant positions from bussers and front desk to assistant restaurant management and laundry. Both full-time and part-time positions will be filled. Bring employment application, found at thepearlrb.com.
Tuesday, May 14
Ranger Fred hosts campfire chats at 6 p.m. in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Admission is $6.
Wednesday, May 15
Join the Emerald Coast Cyclists for the annual international Ride of Silence at 5:30 p.m. in honor of all cyclists killed while biking. Meet at Mango’s on the Bayou Restaurant, 200 Eglin Parkway NE in Fort Walton Beach. Helmets are mandatory. Call 581-4591.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents Big Leg Emma from 7-9 p.m. in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
Herbs in the Kitchen
Learn how to start growing herbs in a window-seal container and uses for herbs in the kitchen from 10 a.m. to noon at the Coastal Branch Extension Office, 70 Logan Lane in Santa Rosa Beach, and from 3-5 p.m. May 15 at the DeFuniak Springs Extension Office, 732 North 9th St. in DeFuniak Springs. Cost is $10. RSVP by May 10 at 892-8172.
Podiatrist Sean Hodson will present a free seminar on Diabetic Foot and Ulcer Care at 10 a.m. May 15 in the Suite 3 Conference Room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Following the seminar, Dr. Hodson will provide free foot screenings. To register for the free seminar, call 278-3600.
The Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. at Carrabba's Italian Grill in the Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Stephen Richardson, special agent in charge of the Mobile Division of the FBI, will discuss the Midland City Alabama kidnapping. Cost is $18/members and $20/guests. RSVP by May 13 at 622-1153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Folk/Pop singer/songwriter and Escape to Create alumni, Mary Bue performs her new album, An Apple in the Ocean, at 7 p.m. at local poetry open mic “Say the Word” at Buddha Lounge in Blue Mountain Beach. Call 420-4139.
Thursday, May 16
The Luminary Connection will meet at noon at the Life Enrichment Senior Center, 312 College Ave. in DeFuniak Springs. Featured speakers, Kim Wennerberg and Kasey Cuchens, TLC steering committee members, will speak on “God’s Gifts.” Call 635-1801 or email email@example.com.
Spring Fling Concerts
Enjoy live music on the lawn with Luella and the Sun from 6-8 p.m. at North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.
Americana Under the Stars
Grant Peeples performs at 6 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.
Dr. Sandy Frazer, a doctor of naturopathy and meditation student, will speak on “Insights From '12 Steps to a Compassionate Life,'” a book by Karen Armstrong, at the Emerald Coast Meditation Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Concerts in the Village
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s 18th Annual Concerts in the Village presents Ron Adams "Reflections" at 7 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village Dugas Pavilion in Destin. Admission is $8/adult and children under 12 and MKAF members are free. Call 650-2226.
Jewelry, trunk show
Jewelry designer Erica Courtney will make a personal appearance from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 16-18 at McCaskill & Company, 13390 U.S. 98 West, between Destin and Sandestin. Call 650-2262. Sarah Carolyn, next to McCaskill & Company, will host a trunk show featuring Claudia Lobao, a Brazilian designer.
Friday, May 17
CPR and Water Safety
Walton County residents 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.
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, 790 State Rte 83 North In DeFuniak Springs. Thousands of books — fiction and non-fiction, hardback and paperback — subject will be available. Pack as many books as possible into a plastic grocery bag for just $2. Bags will be provided for your convenience. Proceeds will be used to provide new books and other materials not currently covered by the library budget. Call 859-0215.
Friends of the Coastal Branch Library will hold a book sale from 2-4 p.m. May 17 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 at 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.
Saturday, May 18
Billabong Grom Comp
The fourth annual Billabong Grom Comp for kids will be held May 18 at Pompano Joes Beach Park in Miramar Beach. Entry fee is $15 and forms must be received by May 16 at Billabong at Grand Boulevard, 424-3553, or Ride on Surf School, 582-2593. Back up date is May 19.
Jazz on the Lawn
Grab a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy Jazz on the Lawn with Last Flite Out at 5 p.m. in the Seaside Amphitheater on County Road 30A. Call 231-6107.
Locals Last Stand Party
Bring a chair, cooler, umbrella, hat and/or sunscreen for a day of music and fun at 30A Day: Locals Last Stand Party from 12-6 p.m. May 18 at NatureWalk at Seagrove, 780 Sandgrass Blvd. in Santa Rosa Beach. Performers include Dread Clampitt froam12-2 p.m.; Forrest Williams from 2-4 p.m.; and Cadillac Willy from 4-6 p.m. A shrimp boil will take place from 12-2 p.m. Food trucks will also be available.
Tour of Homes
The inaugural South Walton Tour of Homes to benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18. Eight distinct and diverse homes and condos, from Miramar Beach to Rosemary Beach, will be featured on the tour. Tickets are $25/advance and $30/day and can be purchased online and at various local businesses. Email email@example.com, or call 420-0634.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Rangers will lead a nature walk to see the various ecosystems that make the park unique at 3 p.m. Admission is $6. Call 267-8330.
Delta Delta Delta
The Emerald Coast Alumni Chapter of Delta Delta Delta will hold a Pansy Breakfast in Judy LaMarche's condo party room. RSVP at 654-5008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hike one of the several trails and see the native flora and fauna of the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. The guided hikes will include wildlife and habitat identification and is driven by the group's interests. Comfortable footwear, drinking water, and insect repellant is recommended. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
Studio 237 School of Music will host a Student Recital from 3-4 p.m. at Seagrove Baptist Church, 4915 E County Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. More than over 20 students perform prepared pieces on piano, guitar, and voice. A reception follows. Admission is free. Call 231-3199.