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America's premier comic playwright makes another hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships as Northwest Florida State College presents its production of the Neil Simon comedy “Jake’s Women” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $15/adults and $10 for youth 18 or younger. Tickets can be purchased at 850-729-6000 or online at http://mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Part-time Destin resident and award-winning Christian author Gail Pallotta will sign copies of her books, “Stopped Cold” and “Sweet Freedom with a Slice of Peach Cobbler,” from 12-4 p.m. Oct. 26 at San Gelato at Silver Sands Premium Outlets.
Coastal Library Friends Book Sale will be held from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 25 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 in Santa Rosa Beach. All proceeds benefit the Coastal library with purchase of new items and children’s, adults, and young adult programming.
Vettes at the Village
Area Corvette Clubs bring America’s Sports Car to the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26. Chevrolet Corvettes, old and new, will be shined to the max and wanting your vote.
District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander will host community clean-up days from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 in Choctaw Beach and Nov. 16 in Legion Park on Ponce de Leon Street. Call 835-4834 or 892-8180.
Paddle Run Paddle
Paddle Run Paddle 30A Duathlon, a benefit for the South Walton Jr. Lifeguard program and GULFSOUTH Dynamo competitive youth soccer, will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Oct. 26. Event starts at WaterColor Inn and Resort beach side with a one- mile stand up paddle to Grayton Beach, then a two mile run on the beach, and finishes with a two-mile paddle on Western Lake that ends at the WaterColor boat house with awards for women, men and children. The entry fee is $85 and includes sponsors bag, food and a T-shirt with logo, and option to participate in a silent auction. Register at https://prp30aduathlon.eventbrite.com.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
American Cancer Society volunteers will host their annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) event for the entire Emerald Coast at 9 a.m. Oct. 26 at Village Baptist Church on Matthews Boulevard in Destin. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Registration is free and people can sign up as teams, or as individuals. Sign up online at www.makingstrideswalk.org/emeraldcoast, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Festival of the Arts
The 2013 Festival of the Arts, with more than 100 artists, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 in its new home on the Village Green at the Mattie Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Admission donation is $3/adults; free/members and children under 12.
Live musical entertainment from the Dugas Pavilion will be a highlight of the 18th annual art festival. Other festival features include a bistro-style food court, Kid’s ArtStop and festival merchandise. The Collaborative Art Exhibit showcases more than 40 community artists representing local students and adults.
Visit artist booths filled with paintings, pottery, jewelry and other hand-crafted items during Harvest Market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Rosemary Beach Green.
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.
Brunch in the Backyard of Love
Max McCann on stage and Habitat for Humanity pours mimosasfor donations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27 at Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, 85 Defuniak St. in Grayton Beach. Bring your dog — the Backyard is pet-friendly.
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center will feature the national tour of a tribute to military heroes who have earned the Medal of Honor, “Beyond Glory,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the mainstage theater of the performing arts complex at NWFSC. Tickets are $35 each with a $5 discount for groups of 10 or more and are on sale by phone or web from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Public meeting on managing bears
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold a public meeting to discuss management of Florida black bears and how people can get involved from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.
Visit MyFWC.com/Bear and select “Which BMU are you?” to find out more about black bears in the West Panhandle BMU.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Village of Baytowne Wharf hosts a free concert with Scott Rockwood from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
Dinner and a Movie
A full length classic movie shown on the courtyard wall while a four-course prix fixe dinner, inspired by the movie Young Frankenstein, is served from 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 30 at Edward’s Fine Food & Wine, 66 Main St. in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $70+ tax. Call 231-0550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.
• Nov. 13: Goldfinger
• Nov. 27: Fiddler on the Roof
• Dec. 11: Edward Scissorhands
• Jan. 8: Maltese Falcon
• Jan. 22: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
• Feb. 5: My Cousin Vinny
• Feb. 19: Godfather II
Americana Under The Stars
Lauren Heitz performs in a family/pet friendly concert series, Americana Under the Stars, from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Open mic begins at 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.
Walton County Coastal Branch Library will host a special story hour at 10 a.m. Oct. 31 for children four and under. Parents are encouraged to bring one bag of candy to share as children parade the library in costume, with treats along the way.
Story hour themes for October and November are “Friends and Fun,” “Animals, Animals, Frogs,” “Animals of the Wild,” “Families” and “Thanksgiving.” Story hour begins at 10 a.m. every Thursday in the Coastal Branch Library. Call 267-2809.
AACFCU food drive
Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union will hold its annual food drive to benefit local food banks through Oct. 31. Nonperishable food items or paper supplies can be dropped off at 200 Mack Bayou Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 800-448-4096 or email email@example.com.
Plein Air Paint-Out
The Second Annual Plein Air Paint-Out will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 2 at Grayton Beach State Park, 357 Main Park Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring art materials of choice and create images of pristine beaches, lakes, gulf coast dunes and wildlife. Also bring sunscreen, water, insect repellent and a hat. Park entrance fee is $4. Meet at pavilion to sign in. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Rain date is Nov 9.
Taste of The Beach After Dark
Guests will enjoy food, wine and signature cocktails with live music during Taste of The Beach After Dark from 7-10 p.m. Nov. 1 at Gulf Place, Town Loop Center in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets are $150 at tasteofthebeachfl.com.
Biophilia Fall Festival
Biophilia Center hosts its Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 with a haunted trick or treat trail, hay ride, the Science Brothers, Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters, petting zoo, live music by Mike Whitty, carnival games, harvest produce, bounce house, Abrakadoodle arts and crafts, face painting, Tucker Dukes food truck, Biophilia exhibits, local organizations and more. Admission is$8/adults and $5/children. Ages 2 and under free.
Florida Trail Association
• Nov. 2: Volunteers needed at 8 a.m. for trail maintenance on Eglin reservation. Eglin recreation permit required. Call 683-0803.
• Nov. 8-10: The North Florida Regional Conference at Camp Indian Springs, Crawfordville, Fla. Details at http://choctaw.floridatrail.org.
• Nov. 23: A beginner overnight backpacking trip at 10 a.m. on Eglin near Crestview. Eglin recreation permit required. Call 683-0803.
• Nov. 26: Monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at Rocky Bayou Country Club in Niceville. Visitors welcome. RSVP meal selections before Nov. 24. Call 654-1172.
• Nov. 28: A potluck Thanksgiving dinner at noon at Blackwater River State Park and a short hike afterwards. Call 682-6098.
Explore the Outdoors Festival
The annual Explore the Outdoors Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 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.
Savor the Season
The Fourth Annual Savor the Season benefit for the Taylor Haugen Foundation will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Caliza Pool and Restaurant in Alys Beach. Enjoy a wine tasting, silent and live auctions, and gourmet cuisine made by local chefs from Panama City to Destin. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at www.SavorTheSeason2013.org.
The Walton County Master Gardeners lecture series designed with local home gardeners in mind will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Walton County Coastal Extension Branch, 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. Horticulture Agent Eddie Powell will give a presentation on designing containers with flowers and vegetables. This event is open to the public and free of charge. Light refreshments will be served. Call 892-8172 to reserve a seat.
Autumn Harvest Cruise
An Autumn Harvest Cruise with a 5-course gourmet dinner and a selection of six wines from the Hook & Ladder Winery in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley in California will be held from 6:15-10 p.m. Nov. 6 on board the Solaris. Growing up in the wine business, celebrated vintner Michael DeLoach is the son of San Francisco retired fireman and founder of the Hook & Ladder Vineyards, Cecil DeLoach. Now the president of the business, Michael DeLoach will be on hand to meet guests and review the pourings and pairings to wine enthusiasts.
Cost of $95 per person includes dinner, wine and cruise, with boarding beginning at 6:15 p.m. at the Baytowne Marina in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Reservations are limited, call 850-650-2519, or visit www.SunQuestCruises.com.
Board of Commissioners
The Walton County Board of Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. Nov. 7 in the South Walton Courthouse Annex, 31 Costal Centre Blvd. in Santa Rosa Beach.
The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in Room 130 of the Student Services Center at the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. Jeff Talbert, biologist and wildlife photographer, presents “Resource Management at Topsail Hill State Park.” The meeting is free and open to the public. Call 582-7064.
Author Laura Abbott will sign copies of her book, “I Love You Infinity,” from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 9 at The Hidden Lantern Bookstore, 84 N Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Call 727-0697.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
A bird walk to Ft. Pickens, Gulf Island National Seashore, will be led by well-known birder, Leonard Fenimore Nov. 9. See late migrants, such as loons, grebes, and hawks. Bring water, insect repellent, long pants and closed-toe shoes, and be prepared to walk. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach. Call 863-2039.
Fluttery Arts Festival
An arts and entertainment festival for all ages, the Flutterby Arts Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 at South Barrett Square, Main Street and Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Enjoy dance performances, storytelling by The Rep Theatre, arts and crafts, a butterfly garden exhibit, Walton County student butterfly art exhibit, live music, games and activities. Admission is free, with some activities requiring a $1 ticket which can be purchased at entrance tent.
Holiday Cooking Class
Chef David Cunningham’s Holiday Cooking Class Series will be held from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 14 and Dec. 12 at V Seagrove, 2743 Scenic Hwy. 30A in Seagrove Beach. Enjoy a three-course meal accompanied by instruction and conversation. Cost is $70/person. Reservation required at 468-0973.
Mary Hong’s upcoming workshops feature holiday-themed designs, including angels and Christmas trees, from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 14-15 and Dec. 5-6 at the Bayou Arts Center, 105 Hogtown Bayou Lane in Santa Rosa Beach. Cost is $75/CAA members and $85/not-yet members with all supplies included. To register, call 622-5970 or email Lee@CulturalArtsAlliance.com.
Color Me Cured
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s inaugural Color Me Cured 5K/10K Fun Run will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 30 at Fort Walton Beach Landing. Along the route you will be drenched in an array of vibrant colors. Food and entertainment follows. Register at 8 a.m. Call 830-7126 or email email@example.com for fees and registration.
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.
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.
• 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.
Glenn Miller Orchestra
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Mattie Kellie Arts Center, 100 College Blvd. in Niceville. Tickets are $20. Advance tickets are available at the Mattie Kelly Arts Box office, www.mattiekellyartscenter.org or call 729-6000 or 888-838-2737.
This event is sponsored by the Niceville High School Band Program, and the NHS Big Band Jazz ensemble perform a song with the orchestra.
Emerald Coast Hospice will host a Senior Health Education Hour from 2-3 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the South Walton County Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.
A Bereavement Support Group, hosted by Emerald Coast Hospice, will be held from 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays beginning in November at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480N County Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.
Enjoy bottomless champagne and mimosas for brunchers with live music from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at Grayton Bar and Grill, 170 E. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.
Brunch with Matt Hall
Matt Hall takes the stage at 10 a.m. Sundays during brunch at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.
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 be 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 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. 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.
Ike’s Fun Tuesday
An evening of great music, sax, keyboard and dancing from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.
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.
Enjoy the outdoors with bonfires from dusk to 9:30 p.m. Friday on the beach at Baytowne Marina in Sandestin. Call 267-7778.
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.
Saturday Pool Party
Music, fun and sun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Elephant Walk pool deck by the beach, 4009 South Sandestin Blvd. in Miramar Beach. Beverages available for sale at the Tiki hut. Call 267-7778.
SEC Sailgate Party
Enjoy an outside “tailgate” party, including the Broadcast of NCAA and NFL evening football games, from 4-9 p.m. at Baytowne Marina in Sandestin. Regular kitchen menu available or cookout/ grill outside from 4-9 p.m., weather permitting.
Enjoy bottomless champagne and mimosas for brunchers with live music from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at Grayton Bar and Grill, 170 E. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.