All area codes are 850 unless specified.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cumulus Broadcasting will host a “Women’s Expo” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort’s Grand Sandestin in the Magnolia Ballroom. Parking and admission are free for attendees. Expo will include shopping, entertainment, health and beauty items, a fashion show, prizes and more. The first 300 attendees receive goody bags, and all attendees are welcome at an after-party at 3 p.m. at Elephant Walk and will receive a free glass of wine. Call 243-2323.
The DeFuniak Springs Friends of the Library will celebrate 10 years of consistent service to the DeFuniak Library with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 21 at the library, 3 Circle Drive.
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 email@example.com or call 763-4303.
Tennis Round Robin
The third annual Love All Tennis Round Robin will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 21 at WaterColor Tennis, 976 Western Lake Drive in WaterColor. All proceeds benefit Food for Thought Outreach. Registration is $50 before Sept. 21 and includes tournament play, lunch, two raffle tickets and helps provide 20 meals to local kids. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Enjoy the outdoors with bonfires from dusk to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Marina Beach at Baytowne Marina in Sandestin. Call 267-7778.
Florida Trail Association
• 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.
Seaside Farmers Market
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.
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 Tony Vegas Sept. 21; Cedric Burnside Sept. 22; Forrest Williams Band Sept. 25; and Boukou Groove Sept. 26. Music is free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age.
• Sept. 29: 7th Green
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents Big Al & the Heavyweights from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
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.
Americana Under the Stars
Lucky Mud performs at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 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.
Concerts in the Village
Dread Clampitt, bluegrass & Rock n’ Roll to Louisiana Bayou Funk, performs at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 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.
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 Walton County Patriots will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Life Enrichment Senior Center, 312 College Ave. in DeFuniak Springs. Guest speaker will be Ret. Lt. Col. Debbie Gunnoe, recognized expert on Common Core. She will discuss the history, stated goals, implementation and Florida state legislation in regard to the common core standards.
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, “Annie,” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Seaside Amphitheater.
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.
Learn about surf fishing from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 27 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-8330.
Cole Bros. Circus
Classic circus, American-style, complete with elephants, tigers, thrilling aerialists and acrobats, mystifying magic and hilarious clowns, will appear at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27; 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28; and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Esther. Advance tickets are available at the Customer Service Department at Santa Rosa Mall. Free tickets for children under 13 are available at www.GoToTheCircus.com.
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.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
• 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.
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 third annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 12 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf with children’s activities including a scavenger hunt and Abrakadoodle Face Painting. The Duck Regatta begins at 1 p.m. with up to 5,000 rubber ducks racing across the Lagoon. Make a donation of $10 or more to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Guild to adopt a duck. Proceeds will help fund new and/or improved hospital services. Adopt ducks at http://www.emeraldcoastduckregatta.com/ or in the Sacred Heart Hospital Gift Shop.
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” through 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.
A yard sale to benefit Opportunity Place, a shelter that provides temporary housing for homeless women, children and families in Okaloosa and Walton counties, will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 and 12-4p.m. Oct. 13 at 305 Lovejoy Road NW in Fort Walton Beach. To donate items call 409-3070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Best of the Emerald Coast
The 2013 winners for the 13th annual 2013 Best of the Emerald Coast will be on display from 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin along the main street of the center. The best restaurants, retailers, service businesses, doctors, lawyers, photographer, art galleries, musicians, and many more will be out in full force showing their goods and services.
The public is invited to an evening of food, fun, fashion and entertainment, including food samplings, beer, wine and drinks from the winning restaurants, a silent auction, and live music. The event will benefit the Junior League of the Emerald Coast, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, improving our community, and developing the potential of women as civic leaders. Admission is $30 per person for advance tickets and $40 the day of the event. Visit www.jlec.org, call 862-2665 or visit www.facebook.com/BestoftheEmeraldCoast.
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. Oct. 20. 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.
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 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.