All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Book Sale: The Friends of the Walton/DeFuniak Springs Library will hold a book sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 23 at the Walton County Fairgrounds, 790 State Rte 83 North, DeFuniak Springs. Proceeds will be used to provide new books and other materials not currently covered by the library budget.
The Nutcracker: The Merchants of Seaside present the second annual Nutcracker ballet to be performed by the Dance Academy of Seaside Neighborhood School and Alpharetta Dance Theatre at 5 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Seaside Amphitheater.
Kingdomof Sweets: The Northwest Florida Ballet Kingdom of Sweets Reception, sponsored by Vintij Wine Boutique and Bistro, will be held from 5:30-7:15 p.m. Nov. 23 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center Art Galleries in Niceville. Cost is $20 and includes an evening of wine and desserts to celebrate the opening night of The Nutcracker. Call 664-7787 or stop by the studio to RSVP. No tickets will be sold at the door. Must be 21 to attend.
The Aristocats: The Florida Chautauqua Theatre brings the musical to life at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at 840 Baldwin Ave., DeFuniak Springs. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/students 22 and under and may be purchased at 892-9494 or www.fcweb.org.
The Nutcracker: The Northwest Florida Ballet’s 44th annual presentation of The Nutcracker begins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $28/adults and $14/children 12 and under and can be purchased at nfballet.org or 850-664-7787.
Pandora’s Music: Pandora’s Steakhouse of Grayton Beach presents Roshambo Nov. 23; Boukou Groove Nov. 29; and Saluda Nov. 30. Music is free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age.
SeasideFarmers 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.
Florida Trail Association: A beginner overnight backpacking trip at 10 a.m. Nov. 23 on Eglin near Crestview. Eglin recreation permit required. Call 683-0803.Monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 26 at Rocky Bayou Country Club in Niceville. Visitors welcome. RSVP meal selections before Nov. 24. Call 654-1172.A potluck Thanksgiving dinner at noon Nov. 28 at Blackwater River State Park and a short hike afterwards. Call 682-6098.
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 St. in Rosemary Beach.
Hello Dolly: A national touring Broadway Series musical, “Hello Dolly! Starring Sally Struthers” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center of Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. “Hello, Dolly!” is one of the most enduring musical theatre hits, enjoying three Broadway revivals and international success. Tickets are $45 each and are available at 729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
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 Fiddler on the Roof, is served from 6:30-10 p.m. Nov. 27 at Edward’s Fine Food & Wine, 66 Main St. in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $70+ tax. Call 231-0550 or email email@example.com for tickets.
• 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
Thanksgiving Brunch: Sandestin’s culinary team presents a collection of holiday favorites, with traditional turkey and trimming favorites, plus seafood desserts and more, during brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 28 in the Linkside Conference Center at Sandestin. Make reservations at 267-6398 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solaris Thanksgiving buffet: Experience a Thanksgiving Day buffet cruise on Choctawhatchee Bay on board the Solaris from 12-2 p.m. Nov. 28. Boarding begins at 11:15 a.m. at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina. An assortment of traditional Thanksgiving favorites and select fresh seafood dishes will be prepared onboard. A full service bar is open during the cruise. Adults $58; children 3 – 10, $35; and infants under 3, $20. Seating is limited; call 650-2519 or visit www.SunQuestCruises.com.
Graffiti: New Orleans Suspects will perform at 11 p.m. Nov. 30 at Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack Baytowne. Cover charge is $10. The reserved balcony upgrade is an additional $5. Patrons must be 21+.
Bocce Ball: The eighth annual Bombora Fall Bocce Ball Tournament will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 30 on the Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Sign up beginning at 9 a.m. Email email@example.com.
Midnight Madness: The After-Thanksgiving sale at Silver Sands Premium Outlets kicks off at midnight as Thanksgiving ends and runs through Dec. 1 with a wide range of extraordinary savings, early-bird offers and more. Nov. 29 hours are midnight to 10 p.m.; Nov. 30, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for fees and registration.
Craft Fair: Chautauqua Winery’sChristmas on the Lawn Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 at 364 Hugh Adams Road in DeFuniak Springs. For information on free vendor booths, call 892-5887 or email email@example.com.
Legislative delegation: Members of Walton County’s state legislative delegation will hold a Legislative Delegation meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 2 at the Walton County Courthouse inside the Courthouse Board Room, 571 U.S. Hwy. 90 East in DeFuniak Springs. Public comments will be heard on proposals for the 2014 Regular Session of the Florida Legislature. To request a spot on the agenda, call 718-0047 no later than 5 p.m. Nov. 29.
Sideshow: The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries present the final show of 2013, Sideshow! an exhibition of sideshow, freak show, and circus posters from the golden age of traveling entertainment through Dec. 4. The Galleries are always free and open to the public. Call 729–6044 for more information.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Enjoy a special holiday edition of the Concert Series from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 4, 11 and 18 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Call 267-8186.
AmericanaUnder The Stars: Matt Prater performs in a family/pet friendly concert series, Americana Under the Stars, from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 5 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.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Dec. 5: Monthly meeting and program at 6:30 p.m. in Room 130 of the new Student Services Building at NWFSC. Lan Knothe, biologist, presents pictorial survey of birds that are rare or difficult to identify during the Christmas bird count. Admission is free. Call 582-7461.: Dec. 7: Bird Walk at the Okaloosa Landfill led by Alan Knothe. Bring binoculars, cameras, and spotting scopes, and wear good shoes. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Coach and Four Restaurant on North Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. Call 862-3498.
Art Workshops: Glass meets Canvas/Board holiday workshops with Mosaic Artist Mary Hong will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 5 and 6 at the Bayou Arts Center, 105 Hogtown Bayou Lane in Santa Rosa Beach. Cost is $75/CAA members and $85/not-yet members and all supplies are included. To register, call 622-5970 or email Lee@CulturalArtsAlliance.com.
Luminaria Run: 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.To register, visit www.shelterhousenwfl.org or www.imathlete.com or call 243-1201.
Holiday Cooking Class: Chef David Cunningham’s Holiday Cooking Class Series will be held from 6-9 p.m. 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.
SinfoniaGulf 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.
Baytowne on Ice: The seasonal ice skating rink at The Village of Baytowne Wharf is open 1 through Feb. 2. Skate for an hour and a half for $11 with skate rental $2. Other packages available. The first hour of each day is reserved for “kids skate,” youth 12 and under. Visit http://www.baytownewharf.com/event_details.asp?event=6 for hours.
Ballet Class: Good News UMC in Santa Rosa Beach offers both beginner and advanced ballet classes for children beginning at age 2 1/2. Call 699-6030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for times and information.
Senior health: 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.
Support group: A Bereavement Support Group, hosted by Emerald Coast Hospice, will be held from 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480N County Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.
Sunday Brunch: 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: At 10 a.m. Sundays, Matt Hall takes the stage during brunch at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.
Artist Bazaar: 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.
Beach Service: 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.
30A Farmers’ Market: This community event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays in Town Center in Rosemary Beach features fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese and more. Market is held on Thursdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Dance classes: 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 sings: 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
Chronic Jester: Enjoy the reggae, rock, funk and blues of Chronic Jester Tuesdays at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grille, 137 Fisherman’s Cove in Miramar Beach.
Nature walk: 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 is held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.
History walk: 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.
Beach Bonfires: 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: 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 classes: 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.
Rudy Applewhite: 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: 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.
Kyle LaMonica: Jam with the music of Kyle LaMonica at 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.
Sunday Brunch: 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: 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.
Jazz class: 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: 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.
Eastern Star: 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.
SHRM Chapter: 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.
Town Planters: 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: 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.
Sunday Brunch: 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.