All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Emerald Coast Duck Regatta
Adopt a rubber duck and join in a day of family fun at the Second Annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta hosted by the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Guild at 11 a.m. Oct. 6. Duck Regatta begins at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the owners of the first ducks to cross the finish line. The event will have fun activities for the whole family, including face painters, crafts, scavenger hunts, and a chance to win the $50,000 Golden Duck Prize. Admission is free.
Jim DelMauro Rosemary Run (5K)
Join the race to find a cure for Parkinson's disease by running in or sponsoring the 2012 Jim Del Mauro Rosemary Run. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 6 on the East Lawn Green. Early registration is $35/adults and $20/students and $45/adults and $25/students on day of race. Visit www.jdmrosemaryrun.org.
Hike one of the several trails the Center has to offer Oct. 6 on a guided hike, which includes wildlife and habitat identification. The hike will introduce visitors to the native flora and fauna of the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem. Comfortable footgear, drinking water and insect repellant is recommended. Call 835-1824.
Book Lover’s Club
The Coastal Library Book Lover’s Club will be held from 10-11 a.m. Oct. 9 in the community room of the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. New members are welcome along with their friends. Book to be discussed is “The Postmistress” by Sarah Blake. Call 267-2809 or visit www.youseemore.com/walton.
• Nov. 13: Jane Austen’s work of choice
• Dec. 11: “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett
• Jan. 8: “The Tenderness of Wolves” by Stef Penney
• Feb. 12: “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts” by Neil White Jackie
• March 12: “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand
• April 9: “The Dressmaker of Khair Khan” by Gayle T. Lemmon
Seagrove Garden Club
The Seagrove Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 at Bayou Biill’s on U.S. 98. The program, ”On Golden Ponds,” will be presented by Pete Wilson. The cost will vary from $18 to $23 depending on the venue. Guests will be an additional $5. Reservations are required at 267-9586.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
• Oct. 13: Bird Walk at Oak Tree Nature Park in Mary Esther led by Lenny Fenimore. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Coach and Four Restaurant on N. Lewis Turner Blvd. and at the Park at 7:50 a.m. Call 863-0239. Wear long pants and sleeves.
• Oct. 20: Field Trip to Taminco/Air Products Wildlife Refuge near Milton. Register by Oct. 6 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 862-3498. Bring personal identification. Meet at 7 a.m. at Uptown Station in Fort Walton and then at 7:50 a.m. at the Waffle House at the Hwy. 87 Exit from I-10 near Milton. Be prepared for a walk in the woods: water, sunscreen, long pants and sleeves, hat, and insect repellent.
Best of the Emerald Coast
The 2012 winners voted The Best by readers of Emerald Coast Magazine will be on display from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 13 at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin along the main street. The evening includes food, fun, fashion and entertainment, silent auction, and live music. Admission is $25/advance and $35/day of. All proceeds benefit the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. Tickets can be purchased at Today's Boutique, Sarah K’s Gourmet, Silver Sands customer service kiosk, Copy Systems in Destin’s Walmart, and the Regions Bank in Destin or on-line at www.jlec.org. Call 862-2665.
Vettes at the Village
The Village of Baytowne Wharf and Playground Corvette Club present Vettes at the Village from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Area Corvette Clubs bring “America’s Sports Car” to the event, shined to the max and wanting your vote as favorite Corvette at the show. Visit www.playgroundcorvetteclub.com/VATV/vatv.html.
Green Thumb Garden Club
The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Linkside Conference Center on the Bayside of Sandestin Resort, Miramar Beach. Ed and Lynn Fabian of the Fort Walton Beach Bonsai Society will present a program on the history and art of bonsai. Lunch is $20 payable by cash or check at the door. Reservations required Oct. 14 at 650-5872 or email@example.com.
Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival
Known as the “Best Beer Fest on the Emerald Coast,” the Fifth Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 19-20 features 40 on-site craft brewers, more than 100 domestic and international beers, seminars and samplings and live music. Tickets are $25/advance and $30/day of. Visit www.baytownebeerfestival.com for a complete schedule.
The Seaside Rep presents Den of Thieves at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, through Oct. 20 at the Seaside Meeting Hall Theatre. Tickets are $25 at www.seasiderep.org.
• Every Christmas Story Ever Told: December TBA at the Seaside Meeting Hall Theatre.
Rosemary Beach Uncorked
Enjoy a unique open-air food and wine event, Rosemary Beach Uncorked, as you stroll cobblestone streets and explore the diverse culinary styles of eight restaurants from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 20 at the town center restaurants. Advance tickets are $75 and $95 at door. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 855-819-2220.
Lakeview Concert Series
The Silver Strings Trio will present a free concert at 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at the First United Methodist Church on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Program includes some rarely-heard Baroque gems, classical, a bit of Gershwin and possibly a tango or two. A reception follows. A collection will be taken to support future concerts.
Shop for a Job
Silver Sands Factory Stores will host “Shop for a Job” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24. Many designer companies are currently hiring, from part-time sales and stock associates to full-time managers. Complete a profile sheet at Shopper Services. Call 654-9771.
Chautauqua Vineyards & Winery will host the Annual Harvest Festival Oct. 27. Crafters from all over the Southeast will show off their talents. The arts and crafts show will offer jewelry, paintings, art, baskets, scarves, woodwork, embroidery work, and many more hand crafted items. Local car clubs will present a spectacular cruise in competition. There will be a variety of cars, something for everyone to see. A $100 prize and 3 foot trophy goes to the best in show.
The local Kiwanis Club will serve up hot food and live entertainment will open with classic sounds by Smokin' Rodeo from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Geoff McBride, local rising star and R&B singer featured on NBC's The Voice, will take the stage from 2-6 p.m.
Pajama Time Story Time
Join storyteller Ms. Cheryl at 6 p.m. every Monday in the children’s room of the Coastal Library for some bedtime stories in your pajamas. This will be a quiet time for little readers to relax to a bedtime story in the comfort of their caretaker’s arms. Call 267-2809.
Openings are available in a variety of non-credit personal enrichment classes offered by the PRIME Time program at Northwest Florida State College. Individuals may enroll at all seven NWFSC locations. The majority of courses are held at the college’s Niceville campus and South Walton Center. The PRIME Time schedule of classes and information is available at www.nwfsc.edu/schedule or call the NWFSC Continuing Education Department at 729-6084. Open to adults of any age, PRIME Time non-credit classes range from $5 to $75.
Baby Boot Camp
Boot Camp in Santa Rosa Beach offers a 55-minute workout designed specifically to help new and seasoned moms with stroller-age children get back into shape after having a baby at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday mornings and at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays
Designer Beach House
During the Coastal Living Ultimate Designer Beach House tour a home at 194 W. Kingston Road in Rosemary Beach through Oct. 7. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15.
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County's A+ Art Committee presents "One Man Show" by Dr. Walt Foegelle through Oct. 10 at the Northwest Florida State College South Walton Campus.
Citizen Academy will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 in room 119 at South Walton Center, 109 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 200-4160.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents a free concert with The Designated Decoys from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
Share the Shelter Music Fest will be held from 12-10 p.m. Sept. 29 at Gulf Place on the corner of 30-A and Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. This celebration features musical talent, merchandise vendors, and a doggie play area. The profits from the event will go the Shelter House and Alaqua Animal Refuge.
Zumba With Marcia classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, 6 p.m. Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. Saturdays at Premiere Performers Academy in Santa Rosa Beach; 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at The Studio in Seaside; and 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Rosemary Beach Fitness Center.
Singer/guitarist Bill Evett performs from 6-10 p.m. Fridays with DJ Shane beginning at 10 p.m. at Marie’s Bistro on 30A in Blue Mountain Beach. Karaoke takes center stage on Wednesdays; Kelsey Anna performs from 7-10 p.m. Thursdays; and Redd Sings from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays with DJ Shane beginning at 10 p.m. Shag Music & Dance Class is held from 5-7 p.m. Sundays with Ben Friedman from 7-10 p.m.
Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar, 525 Grand Blvd. in Sandestin, presents Rudy Applewhite from 4-9 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Call 654-1743,
Dannica Lowery performs live from 6-9 p.m. every Tuesday at Shorty’s Surfside Bar, 63 Hotz Ave. in Grayton Beach. Call 468-0417.
Fusion fitness classes
Hope Lutheran Church, 3422 U.S. 98 W in Santa Rosa Beach, will offer fusion fitness classes at 9 a.m. Thursdays. Attendees may bring a mat, towel, water and light hand weights. Suggested donation is $5. Call 267-0322.
Jasmine Dance Studio in Santa Rosa Beach will hold a ladies adult jazz class from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday. Call 217-6620 for more information.
Low Country Boil
723 Whiskey Bravo, 3031 E. County Hwy. 30-A in the heart of Old Seagrove, offers a Low Country Shrimp Boil with boiled shrimp or crawfish and all the fixin’s plus live music from 3-7 p.m. Sundays. Call 213-0015.
Thursday thread therapy
Needlers, knitters, crocheters and others come for free therapy from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays on the porch at Yards N Yarn, 3770 Co. Hwy. 3280 in Freeport. Call 880-6404.
Seaside Farmers Market
Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings during Market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
Amateur Radio Club
The Chautauqua Amateur Radio Club of DeFuniak Springs/Walton County meets at 6:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month at McLean's Restaurant near I10 and 331 South. This club welcomes new and old Ham Radio operators. There are no business meetings on these Tuesdays. We have classes and a great time together. Call 892-2562 or email email@example.com.
Rotary Club of South Walton
The Rotary Club of South Walton meets for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. each Thursday morning at the Embassy Suites, Scenic Hwy. 98 in Miramar Beach. Visiting Rotarians and their guests are welcome. Call 267-2929.
Herman Lodge #108 Free and Accepted Masons will meet at 7 p.m. first and third Tuesdays of each month on Madison Street in Freeport. Call 835-2314.
The Order of the Eastern Star #281 meets at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Fridays of each month at Herman Lodge on Madison Street in Freeport. Call 835-2314.
A Society of Human Resource Management Chapter in Walton County will meet at 8 a.m. the first Thursday of the month at TJ’s Table in Freeport. The group is open to all individuals involved in any aspect of human resources. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 892-8668, ext. 215.
The Town Planters of Freeport will meet at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the Blount House on Kylea Laird Road. Call 835-5611.