All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Saturday, Nov. 16
Blue Giraffe anniversary: The Blue Giraffe in the WaterColor Town Center will celebrate its third anniversary from 1-4 p.m. with a family-friendly sea turtle event with a variety of interactive activities and turtle-themed art. Included are a book reading for children and Q&A at 2:30 p.m. plus art projects, sea turtle jewelry and art. The Blue Giraffe will sell TurtleSafe flashlights and sea turtle books, and the South Walton Turtle Watch will be on hand with sea turtle literature and coloring books. Call 231-5112.
Sparkling Wines & Holiday Lights: The Sandestin Wine Festival presents the second annual Sparkling Wines & Holiday Lights from 4-7 p.m. at The Village of Baytowne Wharf Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Stroll streets lined in twinkling lights and greenery as you sip a variety of champagnes and taste featured menu items from various Village restaurants. For information and tickets visit www.sandestinwinefestival.com.
Artist Bazaar: Artists at Gulf Place presents its Artist Bazaar from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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.
Oyster reef restoration: Volunteers are needed to place bagged oyster shell in the water at an oyster reef restoration site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eden Gardens State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. RSVP to Gwinr@nwfsc.edu or Mcdowel2@nwfsc.edu. Wear gloves, clothes and close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty and wet. Bring a towel, sunscreen, bug spray, hat, water and snacks.
Pandora’s Music: Pandora’s Steakhouse of Grayton Beach presents Lee Yankee @ the Hellz Yeah, Nov. 16; Forrest Williams Band, Nov. 20; Tribe Zion, Nov. 21; Forrest Williams Band Country Jamboree, Nov. 22; and Roshambo, Nov. 23. Music is free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age.
Seaside Farmers Market: Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
Sunday, Nov. 17
Rosemary Beach Unleashed: The Third Annual Rosemary Beach Unleashed will be held from 1-4 p.m. on the East Long Green in Rosemary Beach. This free fun-filled afternoon is for 2- and 4-legged friends, with dog competitions, music, bake sale, dance performances and agility demonstrations. Pet adoptions by Alaqua Animal Refuge and Dog Pet-icures by Happy Tails.
Brunch with Matt Hall: At 10 a.m., Matt Hall takes the stage during brunch at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.
Grilling the Feast: Grill Master Wayne Paul hosts Grilling the Feast Thanksgiving Cooking Class from 1-3 p.m. at Bay Breeze Patio, 32 Forest Shore Drive in Miramar Beach. The class will feature tips, tricks and recipes for creating the most delectable Thanksgiving meal outdoors. The class is appropriate for all skill levels and participants will receive a free Wayne's Get Grillin’ Rub. The cost is $10/person and proceeds benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 269-4666.
30A Farmers’ Market: This community event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Town Center in Rosemary Beach features fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese and more.
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.
Monday, Nov. 18
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.
Ike and Jabbo: Jam with the music of Ike and Jabbo at 9 p.m. at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.
Baytowne on Ice: The seasonal ice skating rink at The Village of Baytowne Wharf is open 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.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
FPRA: The Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. at VUE on 30a. Kate Lunden, Zehnder Communications media supervisor, will present “Creating the Perfect Integrated Campaign.” Cost is $15/members, $12/students and $20/non-members. Make reservations by 5 p.m. Nov. 15 at Whitney@ProffittPR.com.
Tail Waggin’ Tutors: Readers can practice reading and enjoy the company of a trained, certified canine friend during “Tail Waggin’ Tutors,” from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 376-4190.
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.
Chronic Jester: Enjoy the reggae, rock, funk and blues of Chronic Jester at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grille, 137 Fisherman’s Cove in Miramar Beach.
Wednesday, Nov. 20
Garden Club: Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Center at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Park Services Specialist Jeff Talbert presents “A Walk on the Wild Side.” Catered lunch follow. Cost is $20. RSVP before Nov. 17 at 650-5872 or email@example.com.
Republican Women: The Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. at Carrabba’s Italian Grill at Silver Sands. State Senate President Don Gaetz, R, Niceville will be guest speaker. Cost of lunch is $18/members and $20/guests. Reservations required by noon Nov. 18 at 837-5321.
Senior health: Emerald Coast Hospice will host a Senior Health Education Hour from 2-3 p.m. at the South Walton County Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.
Open Mic Night: An open mic night for singer/songwriters for local talent and seasoned musicians will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Redd’s Fueling Station, 2320 W. Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to sign up.
Thursday, Nov. 21
ECMS: Prudence Farrow Bruns, a longtime meditation teacher, will talk about “Transcendental Meditation” at the Emerald Coast Meditation Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wine Dinner at Vin’tij: Indulge in a four course meal paired with delectable wines at Symphony of Flavors Wine Dinner at Vin’tij in Miramar Beach at 6 p.m. Live music and unique auction items complete the evening. All proceeds benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast.
Murder Mystery: Become a character and play along as you try to figure out whodunit during Til Death Do Us Part Murder Mystery at 6 p.m. at Grayt Grounds in Grayton Beach.
Wine Walkabout: Third Thursday Wine Walkabout will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Gulf Place, Town Loop Center in Santa Rosa Beach. Pay $15 to walk about the shops and restaurants and taste wines from around the world. Lite hors d’oeuvres and live music inclu
Family Fun Night: The new Dairy Queen on scenic 98 will host Family Fun Night from 6-8 p.m. with free face painting, balloon animals and packaged meal deals for participating families.
Rotary Club of South Walton: The Rotary Club of South Walton meets for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites, Scenic Hwy. 98 in Miramar Beach. Visiting Rotarians and their guests are welcome. Call 267-2929.
Friday, Nov. 22
The Aristocats: The Florida Chautauqua Theatre brings the musical to life at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 and 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.
Surf fishing: Learn all about surf fishing from 12-2 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Fishing gear is optional as the park has fishing gear. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle.
Beach Bonfires: Enjoy the outdoors with bonfires from dusk to 9:30 p.m. on the beach at Baytowne Marina in Sandestin. Call 267-7778.
Ashley Rose: Jam with the music of Ashley Rose at 9 p.m. at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar 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.
Saturday, Nov. 23
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. in the Seaside Amphitheater.
Kingdom of Sweets: The Northwest Florida Ballet Kingdom of Sweets Reception, sponsored by Vin’tij Wine Boutique and Bistro, will be held from 5:30-7:15 p.m. 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 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.
Blue Ribbon Healers: Enjoy the music of the Blue Ribbon Healers from 10 a.m. to noon at the Seaside Farmers Market in the Seaside Amphitheater.
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.
Cottages for Kids: The annual fundraising event takes place begins at 10 a.m. on the East Long Green in Rosemary Beach. Admission is free and donations for CVHN are accepted.