All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Thursday, Nov. 28
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. in the Linkside Conference Center at Sandestin. Make reservations at 267-6398 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A free feast: Harbor Docks, 38 Harbor Blvd. in Destin, will host its 19th Annual Thanksgiving Feast from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. People from all walks of life gather at the Destin restaurant in a true Thanksgiving tradition. While there is no charge, those who are capable of making donations are encouraged to do so. All proceeds raised benefit Habitat for Humanity and Destin Harvest projects.
Friday, Nov. 29
Sunset Serenade: Enjoy a Sunset Serenade with Chris Alvarado from 4-6 p.m. at Fonville Press, 147 N. Charles St. in Alys Beach.
Movie in the Park: Bring a blanket or chair for seating and watch “Epic” at 6 p.m. at WaterColor’s Marina Park. Admission is free.
Pandora’s Music: Pandora’s Steakhouse of Grayton Beach presents Boukou Groove Nov. 29 and Saluda Nov. 30. Music is free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age.
Beach Bonfires: Enjoy the outdoors with bonfires from 8-9:30 p.m. on the beach at Baytowne Marina in Sandestin. Call 267-7778.
Saturday, Nov. 30
Craft Fair: Chautauqua Winery’sChristmas on the Lawn Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 364 Hugh Adams Road in DeFuniak Springs. For information on free vendor booths, call 892-5887 or email email@example.com.
Book signing: Don Schroeder will sign copies of his book, “Air Raid Nights and Radio Days,” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Holiday Market, Town Center Lawns in Rosemary Beach.
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.
Color Me Cured: The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s inaugural Color Me Cured 5K/10K Fun Run will be held at 9 a.m. 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.
Graffiti: New Orleans Suspects will perform at 11 p.m. 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. on the Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Sign up beginning at 9 a.m. Email email@example.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.
Sunday, Dec. 1
Charitable Wine Tasting: Crush Wine Bar in Seaside will host a Charitable Wine Tasting from 6-8 p.m. to benefit 2013 Christmas Connection Project to aid Emerald Coast families and children during the holidays. Enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres, the music of Geoff McBride and a silent auction. Tickets are $45/person, cash or check only.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, Dec. 2
Legislative delegation: Members of Walton County’s state legislative delegation will hold a Legislative Delegation meeting from 10 a.m. to noon 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.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
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.
Kyle LaMonica: Jam with the music of Kyle LaMonica at 8 p.m. at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Lecture: Mike Goodchild, director of the UF/IFAS Extension for Walton County and a forestry agent, will give a program on his top choices of trees and shrubs for coastal areas from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Coastal Extension Branch, 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Call 892-8172 to reserve a place. Light refreshments will be served.
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. in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Call 267-8186.
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, Dec. 5
Americana Under The Stars: Matt Prater performs in a family/pet friendly concert series, Americana Under the Stars, from 6-8 p.m. 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.
ECMS: The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Actor-poet Francois Benard presents “What Education Should Be.” Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: 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.Bird Walk Dec. 7 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.
Friday, Dec. 6
Bonfire at Nick's: Come to Nick's on the Bay in Freeport from 6 p.m. to midnight for a giant bonfire (a couple of stories tall), live music by The Velcro Pygmies and delicious grub.
Baytowne on Ice: The seasonal ice skating rink at The Village of Baytowne Wharf is open seven days a week 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.
Saturday, Dec. 7
Papusas with a Purpose
The Kitchenique Cooking School at Cuvee Catering Center, 12590 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite C, in Miramar Beach will serve Papusas, a traditional Salvadoran dish, and a glass of wine any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. All money raised will go to Sus Hijos/His Children, a 501 C-3 non-profit foundation in El Salvador, serving orphaned and abandoned children. Call837-0432.
Luminaria Run: The Third Annual Luminaria Run to End Domestic & Sexual Violence, a unique twilight run, will take place at 4:30 p.m. 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.
Library’s reopening on Saturday: All of the branches of the Walton County Public Library System will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning. An open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call892-3624.
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.
Topsail tour: Learn the history of Florida’s most famous reptile, alligators, from 2-3 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. A park entrance fee is required. Outside tours are cancelled during severe weather. For information, call 267-8330.
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 tour is free with paid park admission fee of $4 per vehicle. Call 233-5059.