The Friends of the Walton/DeFuniak Springs Library will hold a book sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 14 at the Walton County Fairgrounds, 790 State Rte 83 North in DeFuniak Springs. Proceeds will be used to provide new books and other materials not currently covered by the library budget. Call 859-0215.
Breakfast with a Ranger and learn about the park and its history at 9 a.m. Sept. 14 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Two members of AmeriCorps will discuss the fight against exotic plants. 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.
• Sept. 20: A hands on learning experience in the art of tracking from 1-3 p.m. Learn different types of tracks and which animal make them.
• Sept. 27: Learn about surf fishing from 8 a.m. to noon. Fishing gear is optional; the park has fishing gear.
AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day
Dogs are unmatched in their devotion, loyalty and friendship to humankind, but owning a dog is a responsibility as well as a privilege. This opportunity to learn more about your dog and celebrate the human-canine relationship includes a Canine Good Citizenship demonstration and training tips from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 14 at Canine Consulting/K9-5 Doggie Daycare & Training Center, 3906 U.S. 98 in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 376-4190.
Florida Trail Association
• Sept. 14: A kids hike and cookout at 9 a.m. at Krul Lake in Santa Rosa County. Call 651-0902 or 678-8626.
• Sept. 21: Bring a canoe or kayak for a paddle trip at 9 a.m. on Blackwater River from Peadon Bridge to Cotton Bridge near Baker. Call 683-0803 or 585-1429.
• Sept. 24: Monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at Rocky Bayou Country Club in Niceville. Visitors welcome. RSVP meal selections by 6 p.m. Sept. 22. Call 654-1172.
• Sept. 28: A seven-mile hike at 8:30 a.m. in Santa Rosa County. Call 682-6098 or 758-0886.
• Sept. 14: Bird Walk at the Shoal River Sanctuary hosted by Bob and Chris Larson. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Niceville Food World to carpool. Call 651-0392.
• Sept. 28: Bird Walk at Ft. Pickens, Gulf Islands National Seashore led by Alan Knothe. Meet at 7 a.m. at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach or at Langdon Battery at 8:15 a.m. Call 862-3498.
• Oct. 3: Monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 132 of the Student Services Center at the Niceville campus of NWFSC. Lenny Fenimore, ornithologist, presents Madagascar: Animals and Birds. Call 582-7064.
• Oct. 12: Trip to Little Creek Woods in Northern Walton County hosted by owner Bob Reid. Bring water, insect repellent, outdoor attire, sack lunch and a lawn chair, as there will be an evening bonfire for those who can stay. Meet at the Niceville Food World on SR 20 at 7:30 a.m. Call Bob 678-1926.
Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
Gigi’s Lemonade Stand
Children volunteer at Gigi’s Lemonade Stand from 3-5 p.m. to raise money for the Alaqua Animal Refuge at Gigi's Fabulous Kids' Fashions & Toys, 62 Main Street in Rosemary Beach.
Learn new cheers, dances and stunts at the South Walton High School Cheerleaders’ Cheer Clinic from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 15 in the SWHS Gym for girls and boys ages 5-12. Cost is $25/person for cheer/dance or $20/person for team stunting (includes picture). Shirts are $8. Wear T-shirt, shorts, sneakers with hair tied back. Bring water bottle and signed waiver. Email SWHScheerclinic@gmail.com to reserve spot.
African Children’s Choir
The African Children's Choir will perform children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites at 10 a.m. Sept. 15 at Vision Church at Christian International, 5200 U.S. 98 E. in Santa Rosa Beach. to all. A free-will offering will be taken to support African Children's Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.
Artwalk on the Harbor
DestinBoardwalk.com, AJ’s Seafood Restaurant and Olin Marler Charters has announced the inaugural Destin Boardwalk’s Artwalk on the Harbor from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 15. The free art event is a mini arts district the third Sunday of every month and features the work of local and regional artists, along with individuals who create or produce various forms of art, crafts, photography, clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, or perform/sell music. The event takes place in the area starting right below the zipline all the way to AJ’s.
Safety First For All
Meet McGruff and Vince & Larry the Crash Test Dummies from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the parking at Destiny Worship Center, 122 Poinciana Blvd. in Destin. Event includes bicycle rodeo and helmet fittings, car seat checks, child passenger safety information and equipment, prizes and giveaways. Call 892-8172.
In honor of NWFSC’s 50th Anniversary, the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries presents “From the Vault: 50 years of Collecting from OWJC to NWF State College” Sept. 16-Oct. 12 in the Holzhauer and McIlroy Galleries. Selections from the college’s extensive Permanent Collection showcase the history of art collecting at the college, from the days of Okaloosa-Walton Junior College to Northwest Florida State College. Call 729-6000.
Teen Read Week
Area teens are encouraged to read and celebrate Teen Read Week, Oct. 13-19, by sharing reading recommendations in an art poster for display in the Coastal Branch Library. All participants will be entered in a raffle for a gift card from Barnes and Nobel. Teens vote from the Teens’ Top Ten Nominations the third week of October at www.ala.org/teenstopten. Poster supplies are available at the desk.
Pandora’s Steakhouse of Grayton Beach presents the Forrest Williams Band Sept. 18; Hotel Oscar Sept. 19; Mike Whitty & Courtyard Saints Sept. 20; and Tony Vegas Sept. 21. Music is free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age.
• Sept. 22: Cedric Burnside
• Sept. 25: Forrest Williams Band
• Sept. 26: Boukou Groove
• Sept. 29: 7th Green
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents Boukou Groove from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
• Sept. 25: Big Al & the Heavyweights
Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. Sept. 18 at Carrabba's Italian Grill in the Silver Sands Premium Outlets. State Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City, will give an overview of the state legislative session and update on the Florida Defense Task Force. Cost is $20/guests and $18/members. Resservations required by Sept. 16 at 837-5321 or email@example.com.
Americana Under the Stars
Frank Lindamood performs at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the family/pet friendly concert series, Americana Under the Stars. Bring a chair and beverage. Open mic begins at 6 p.m. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
• Sept. 26: Lucky Mud
Concerts in the Village
The Return, A Tribute to the Beatles, perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Dugas Pavilion and Village Green at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village on Commons Drive in Destin during the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundations’s Autumn Concert Series.
Bring a lawn chair, wine and picnic or purchase dinner on-site. Water and Coke products available for purchase. Admission is $10/adults, $5/MKAF Preferred Member, and children under 12 free. Call 650-2226.
• Sept. 26: Dread Clampitt, bluegrass & Rock n’ Roll to Louisiana Bayou Funk
The Luminary Connection, open to all working women, will meet at noon Sept. 19 at the Life Enrichment Senior Center, 312 College Ave.in DeFuniak Springs. Featured speaker is Jan Redwine, wife of Rev. Doyle Redwine, pastor of Cornerstone Church in DeFuniak Springs. Bring a brown bag lunch. Call 635-1801.
Backyard Boogie for the Arts
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast and the Forrest Williams Band present “Backyard Boogie for the Arts” at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Williams Backyard Boogie, 1921 Chat Holly Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Proceeds from the event will benefit Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast’s Arts in Medicine program.
Tickets are $30/advance and $35/door and are on sale at the Sacred Heart Gift Shop. The public is encouraged to bring chairs, beverages and food; additional food will be available for purchase. Door prizes will be awarded at the event. Call 278-3081 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taste three white and three red wines plus a gourmet tapas plate from 4-6 p.m. Fridays at Wild Olives, 104 N. Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $25/person.
Classic Films on the Lawn
Grab a blanket and head to Classic Films on the Lawn’s free movie, “Beetlejuice,” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Seaside Amphitheater.
• Sept. 27: Annie
Coastal Cleanup Day
Join Walton County Tourist Development Council for the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup Day from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 at the beach access locations at Miramar Beach, Dune Allen, Ed Walline, Blue Mountain, Santa Clara/Bramble Grove and Inlet Beach. Supplies and water will be provided. Call 267-4578 or email email@example.com.
Cleanup Festival at Lake Powell
A community effort to celebrate and beautify Lake Powell, a rare coastal dune lake, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 at the Lake Powell Park boat ramp or Camp Helen State Park. Register from 8-9 a.m. After the cleanup, festivities continue until 2 p.m. at Lake Powell Park. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 763-4303.
Celebrity Server Lunch
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation brings children’s storybook characters to life at its Celebrity Server Lunch Sept. 25 at Carrabba’s Italian Grill at Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Seatings are at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Event will raise awareness and funds for the All Kinds of Art educational outreach. Tickets are $20/advance, purchase at MKAF or from a celebrity server, or $25/event. Call 650-2226 for information or tickets.
Art of Giving
A silent art auction soirée featuring a rare selection of Justin Gaffrey originals will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Justin Gaffrey Blue Mountain Beach Gallery with hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Cost is $75 in advance or at door. Proceeds benefit Food For Thought Outreach. Purchase tickets at www.xorbia.com/e/fto/the-art-of-giving.
Girls’ Night Out
Profitt PR’s seventh Girls’ Night Out: Arabian Nights will be held from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 26 at Elephant Walk at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The women-only social event will raise money for Shelter House. Cost is $40 and includes live entertainment by Continuum, Jacob Mohr and DJ EXQ, a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and specialty cocktails by Ketel One Vodka and the Honey Hutch.
Other activities include face art by Abrakadoodle, a fire breathing juggler, photo booth, palm readings, giveaways, retail vendors and more. Attire for the evening is Boho chic. Tickets can be purchased at https://proffittprgno.ticketbud.com/gno-arabian-nights.
The ninth annual Hurricane Party benefitting Children’s Volunteer Health Network will be held from 7-10 p.m. Sept. 27 at Bud & Alley’s Restaurant, 2236 E County Hwy. 30A in Seaside. Heavy hors d’oeuvres as well as a live and silent auction; cash bar available. Tickets are $60/advance and $75/door. Visit CVHNKids.org to purchase tickets.
Okaloosa and Walton County residents can join the American Heart Association Heart Walk at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at NWFSC in Niceville. The non-competitive, three-mile walk includes teams of employees from local companies, along with friends and family members of all ages. For information, call 1-800-257-6941, ext. 6082 or visit www.owheartwalk.org.
The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presents its season opening concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the mainstage theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC in Niceville. The “Austro-Hungarian Journey” concert features Wideman International Competition Gold Medal winner Korepanova performing Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2. Tickets are $22.50/adults, $16/active duty military and youth 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org for tickets.
Women and Money
An educational series, Women and Money is designed to provide women with information and encouragement about being financially successful. Classes will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 1, 8 and 15 at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. The 3-part series costs $20/person which covers the cost of all materials. Register at http://fcs-nw.eventbrite.com or in person at your local Extension Office by Sept. 27. For more information, email email@example.com or call 683-8431 or 689-5850, ext. 0.
Explore the Outdoors Festival
The annual Explore the Outdoors Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Live Oak Landing Outdoor Destination, 229 Pitts Ave., in Freeport. Geared toward introducing children to the wonders of exploring the outdoors, the event includes fishing, boating, kayaking, and animal encounters. Hands on nature-based activities will engage the attendees in learning. The first 180 children interested in learning to fish will receive a free rod/reel combo from Fish Florida. So come join in, it’s going to be a great day exploring the outdoors. The water activities are for children six-years-old and up. The event is $1.
Sesame Street Live
Join Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Murray and all the Sesame Street friends as they bring the magic of music to life at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Marina Civic Center, 8 Harrison Ave. in Panama City. Kids’ matinee at 10:30 a.m. with $10 tickets. Tickets are $15 and $22 at 763-4696 and www.ticketmaster.com. For information, visit www.sesamestreetlive.com.
Saleon the Circle
The Sixth Annual “Sale on the Circle,” sponsored by St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12 on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Antiques, crafts, collectibles, and yard sale items will be available. A box lunch by Ellen will also be available.
Star Gazing by the Shore
Volunteers from the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will set up telescopes for public viewing of the night sky from 4-10 p.m. Oct. 12 at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin. Also, prior to sunset, the telescopes will be equipped for safe viewing of the sun. The park will close at sunset. All those attending the star gaze should arrive prior to sunset. Call park for sunset time. Program included in park admission fee. Call 837-7550.
The Chautauqua Winery Annual Harvest Festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at 364 Hugh Adams Road in DeFuniak Springs. Free wine tastings under the large tent, Geoff McBride plus Smokin' Rodeo Band live in concert and food plates sold by Pleasant Ridge BBQ and Kiwanis Club. View a display of striking vehicles for a Cruise-In plus art, jewelry, crafts and wood working.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast
The eighth year of programming for Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents the orchestra and world-renowned guest artists. Season tickets which feature premier seating, including gala table seating, for all five concerts are on sale for $265 each. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 850-269-7129.
• Oct. 24: Musical Identities features guzheng player Su Chang in an orchestral concerto and also the orchestral showpiece, “Scheherazade,” by Rimsky-Korsakov.
• Dec. 20: The Orchestral Holiday concert at Destiny Worship Center features holiday favorites and dancers from the Northwest Florida Ballet.
• Jan. 24: The Bernstein Beat concerts are hosted by Jamie Bernstein, daughter of conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein, and include a morning youth performance and an evening concertwhich includes Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.”
• Feb. 14, 15: Classical Connections at Rosemary Beach Town Hall features string quintet SYBARITE5.
• March 29: Sinfonia Gala features Patti LuPone in her Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda concert at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Cash bar available.
Artists at Gulf Place presents its Artist Bazaar from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Artists at Gulf Place green in the center of the Gulf Place loop. Bazaar features local artists, craftspeople and artisan vendors, interactive activities for children, and a free hot dog for those who make a purchase. Visit www.30aArtistBazaar.com to become a vendor.
Jasmine Dance Studio in Santa Rosa Beach will offer adult jazz classes from 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 5:45-6:45 p.m. Thursdays. Call 267-2519.
First Saturday at Biophilia
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of the month, beginning Oct. 5, will be “Eco-Fun” at Biophilia Center with multiple presenters and family-friendly activities and entertainment. Included will be nature hikes, arts and crafts, games, animal adventures, and exhibits.
Gulf Place Farmer’s Market
Pick up fresh produce from The Produce Gal from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Gulf Place Farmer’s Market, in Gulf Place Town Center by Restaurant Fire.
Redd the Singing Bartender, who slings and sings from a song list of more than 400 songs, performs from 5-10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at Redd's Fueling Station, 2320 W. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Southern style food with a few twists is featured.
Open Mic Night
An open mic night for singer/songwriters for local talent and seasoned musicians will be held from 7-9 p.m. on second and fourth Wednesdays at Redd’s Fueling Station, 2320 W. Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to sign up.
Enjoy the reggae, rock, funk and blues of Chronic Jester Tuesdays at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grille, 137 Fisherman’s Cove in Miramar Beach.
Take a walk in nature with wildlife expert and ecologist Joe Wyatt at 9 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at Hammock Bay, west of Freeport. Suited for all ages. The trail system includes a bat house, purple martin houses, many bluebird houses, a wood duck house, a butterfly house and more. Call 496-1864.
Learn about the early history of the park and local area at Camp Helen State Park’s history walk from 10-10:45 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. The tour is free with paid park admission fee of $4 per vehicle. Call 233-5059.
Blue Ribbon Healers
Enjoy the music of the Blue Ribbon Healers every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Seaside Farmers Market in the Seaside Amphitheater.
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.
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.
Narcotics Anonymous Last Chance Group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1st Presbyterian Church, 1063 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Progressive Recovery group meets at 7 p.m. everyday at 249 E. Hewitt Road in Santa Rosa Beach.
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.
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.
Jam with the music of Kyle LaMonica at 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.
Enjoy brunch and the music of The Steenos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stinky’s Fish Camp, 5994 County Road 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.
Rosalina plays classic standards and show tunes on keyboard from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Christiano's Ristorante in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-2185.
Fusion fitness classes
Hope Lutheran Church, 3834 U.S. 98 W, Suite 9, 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.