All area codes are 850 unless specified.
30A Seafood Throwdown
Global Fish Aid and Pandora’s present the 30A Seafood Throwdown Sept. 28 with SoWal chefs competing in Santa Rosa Beach. Doors open at 2 p.m. with the throwdown from 3-5 p.m. and awards at 6 p.m. Live music by Horizon and Members of the Revivalists with Khris Royal and Eric Vogel. Tickets are $35 and include entry for bands, door prizes and red snapper dinner, plus a chance to be a judge. Call 231-4102.
Yard Sale for the Cure
Shop for a good cause during Sacred Heart’s Yard Sale for the Cure from 7 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 in the front parking lot of the Medical Office Building at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. All proceeds from booth rentals and the Sacred Heart table will benefit the Suzy Fund and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Call 278-3980.
9/11 Heroes Run 5k Run/Walk
The 9/11 Heroes Run 5K welcomes runners and walkers of all levels and of all ages from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at WaterColor Inn & Resort, 34 Goldenrod Circle in WaterColor. Run begins at 8 am on the beach behind Watercolor Resort and finishes at the WaterColor Amphitheater.
Jazz on the Lawn
A concert under the sky features Eric Essix and Friends from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Seaside Amphitheater.
The Fourth Annual Destin Beer Festival takes place from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 28 outside Chan's Wine World in the Paradise Key shopping center. There will be more than 300 beers to sample, culinary stations, VIP Tent and live entertainment. Proceeds will benefit Children in Crisis. Tickets can be purchased at destinbeerfestival.com or at any Wine World location. Call 864-4242.
Cole Bros. Circus
Classic circus, American-style, complete with elephants, tigers, thrilling aerialists and acrobats, mystifying magic and hilarious clowns, will appear at 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.
• 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.
Harvest America 2013
Enjoy a free public streaming of Harvest America 2013 as well as live stage entertainment with Francesca Battistelli and Shake the City from 6-10 p.m. Sept. 28 at HarborWalk Village in Destin. The simulcast features performances by top Christian artists including MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, and Kirk Franklin, and a gospel message by Greg Laurie. The goal of Harvest America is to impact a nation in need of hope. In case of rain, event will move to Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive. Call 269-0235.
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.
Florida Trail Association
• Sept. 28: A seven-mile hike at 8:30 a.m. in Santa Rosa County. Call 682-6098 or 758-0886.
• Oct 5: Volunteers needed at 8 a.m. for trail maintenance on Eglin reservation. Eglin recreation permit required. Call 492-8258 or 678-8626.
• Oct. 9: A 10-mile hike at 8:30 a.m. near DeFuniak Springs. Eglin recreation permit required. Call 803-9190 or 302-528-8284.
• Oct. 12: A 10-mile hike at 8 a.m. in Blackwater River State Forest near Baker. Call 682-6098.
• Oct. 19: A 13-mile hike at 9 a.m. in Conecuh National Forest near Wing, Ala. Call 803-9190 or 598-4834.
• Oct. 22: Monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at Rocky Bayou Country Club in Niceville. Visitors welcome. RSVP meal selections by Oct. 20. Call 654-1172.
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 7th Green Sept. 29. Music is free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 683-8431 or 689-5850, ext. 0.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Village of Baytowne Wharf hosts a free concert from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
Americana Under the Stars
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park presents a free concert from 5-11 p.m. Thursdays, October-December, in the amphitheater. The evening of music features the best musicians and singer/songwriters touring America today, hosted by Lucky Mud. Each program will offer an open mic showcase of local musicians from 5-6 p.m. Bring a chair and beverage. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
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.
The 35th annual Destin Seafood Festival will take place along the Destin Harbor Boardwalk featuring fresh local seafood, live music, artists, and more will be held from 4-10 p.m. Oct. 4; 10a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 5; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct 6. No admission charge — donations accepted at the door. Schedule includes:
• Village Brass Band, 3:15 p.m.
• Blenders, 5 p.m.
• Season Ammons Band, 7 p.m.
• Orphan Annie, 8:30 p.m.
• Fireworks 9:15 p.m.
• Fred Domulot & Fusion, 3 p.m.
• Blenders, 5 p.m.
• Black Eyed Blonde, 8 p.m.
• The Andy Velo Band, 10 p.m.
• Village Brass Band, noon
• Blenders, 2 p.m.
• Village Brass Band,3 p.m.
• Louis Prima Jr.
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.
Fun day in DeFuniak
The day starts with Peddlers Alley from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 5 with three blocks of complete variety in the alleys between Baldwin and Nelson Avenues. Crafts, food, homemade items, live plants, books, musical instruments and more can be found.
The Energy Expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Admission is free.Various technologies will be on display including wind power, solar, propane, CNG, and biodiesel, and various vendors are local and will show how to save money on energy costs.There will also be agriculture and horticulture vendors. Several activities are planned to provide family fun and food vendors will also be available. The day ends with a free Gospel Sing in the Lakeyard from 3-7 p.m.
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.
Gulf Place Yard Sale
A yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 12 in the town center of Gulf Place. The public is welcome to sell personal belongings whether a closet full of old clothes or a kitchen drawer that needs cleaning out— all items are welcome. For $100, vendors will receive an eight-foot table and two chairs. If interested, call 420-4613 or email 30AGulfPlace@gmail.com.
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 email@example.com.
Restore Act Council
The Walton County Local Restore Act Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Bayou Arts Center, 105 Hogtown Bayou in Santa Rosa Beach.
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.
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.
The Third Annual Luminaria Run to End Domestic & Sexual Violence, a unique twilight run, will take place at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7 beginning at Destin City Hall Annex. The course will follow a path through the Indian Bayou neighborhood lined with more than 2,000 luminarias. The race includes 5k and 9k courses.
Early bird registration is available through Sept. 30 with cost adults, 5k — $25; 9k — $40. Children ages 3 through 12 are $10 for the 5k and $15 for the 10k.
To register, visit www.shelterhousenwfl.org or www.imathlete.com or call 243-1201.
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.
Worship at the beach with Hope Lutheran Church at 8 a.m. at Ed Walline Beach Access across from Gulf Place on Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a towel, chair, or stand on the boardwalk. The service will held at the church’s U.S. 98 campus during inclement weather and if the temperature is below 50 degrees. Call 267-0322.
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.