All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Topsail tour: Learn about coyotes from 2-3 p.m. Jan. 18 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-8330.
• Jan. 25: Through various bones, shells and seeds learn what type of creatures can be found in this area from 2-3 p.m. A park entrance fee is required. Call 267-8330.
• Feb. 1: Learn about surf fishing from 2-3 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. A park entrance fee is required. Call 267-8330.
Songwriters Festival: The fifth annual 30A Songwriters Festival, with 150 songwriters and more than 200 performances at 25 venues along Hwy. 30A, including Caliza Pool & Restaurant at Alys Beach, takes place all day Jan. 18-19. Purchase tickets at www.30asongwritersfestival.com.
Wine Dinner on the Road: The Destin Charity Wine Auction foundation hits the road for a wine dinner, sponsored by IP Casino Resort Spa, at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at award-winning Restaurant 32 at IP Casino in Biloxi, Miss. Cost for the multi-course dinner paired with specially wines is $250. All of the proceeds will benefit DCWAF. For tickets visit DCWAF.org/tickets. Special DCWAF room rates also available at the IP for those staying at the IP. Use Offer Code: WINEDIN.
Book sale: The Friends of the Walton County/DeFuniak Springs Library will hold a book sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 18 at the Walton County Fairgrounds, 790 State Rte 83 North in DeFuniak Springs. Proceeds will be used to provide new books and other materials not currently covered by the library budget. Call 859-0215.
Florida Trail Association: A 15.4-mile hike from Hwy. 285 to Hwy. 85 at 8 a.m. Jan. 18. Eglin recreation permit required. Call 598-4834. A 7.6-mile hike on Eglin near Crestview at 8:30 a.m. Jan.18. Eglin recreation permit required. Call 683-0803.
• Jan. 25: A six-mile hike from the Alabama state line to Hurricane Lake at 8 a.m. Call 682-6098.
• Jan. 28: Meeting at 6 p.m. at Rocky Bayou Country Club in Niceville. RSVP meal selections by Sunday before meeting. Call 654-1172.
Gospel concert: The Dixie Echoes Quartet will present a concert of gospel music at 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Santa Rosa Beach Community Church, 3524 U.S. Hwy. 98 West. Admission is free with a love offering taken.
MattieKelly Arts Center: New national and touring events on the 2014 schedule for the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College begin at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater.
• Jan. 21: Direct from Branson, Mo., comedian Jim Stafford and entertainer Moe Bandy appear for a heartwarming evening of country music and homespun humor.
• Feb. 5: Direct from Branson, the Acrobats of China.
• Feb. 12: The world famous Glen Miller Orchestra appears in concert to benefit the Niceville High School Band program.
• Feb. 28: “Generations: A Collection of Black American Music,” a regionally produced production, will be held during Black History Month.
• March 21: The national tour of the phenomenal “Lady Smith Black Mambazo” to benefit public broadcasting affiliate WUWF.
National touring Broadway shows include “Bring it On: The Musical” on Jan. 23 and the Tony Award winning “Memphis: The Musical” on Feb. 22, as well as the Las Vegas concert event “The Rat Pack Is Back” on March 8 to benefit the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.
Speaker: Dr. Ginger Manos of Coastal Vascular & Interventional, PLLC, will speak on Peripheral Artery Disease at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Hall of Fame Dining Room at Chautauqua Rehab & Nursing Center, 785 S. 2nd St. in DeFuniak Springs.
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 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, is served from 6:30-10 p.m. Jan. 22 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.
• Feb. 5: My Cousin Vinny
• Feb. 19: Godfather II
AmericanaUnder The Stars: Beaucoup Blue performs from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 23 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a chair and beverage. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
• Jan. 30: Dan Gribbin
Walton Patriots: The Walton County Patriots will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Life Enrichment Senior Center, 312 College Ave. in DeFuniak Springs. Special guest speaker will be Mayor Bob Campbell. Visit www.WaltonCountyPatriots.tcoinc.com for more information
Wine Walkabout: The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation presents Tasting of Champions 2014, a wine walkabout and tasting, from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at dcwaf.org.
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.
• 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.
Fashion show/luncheon: Caring & Sharing will have a fashion show and luncheon, “Let the Good Times Roll,” from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Linkside Conference Center in Sandestin. Tickets are $25 at 267-2866. Proceeds to support the food pantry.
Audubon Society: Join the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society for a bird walk Jan. 25 of the shorelines of the Niceville/Valparaiso area. Bring your camera. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Badcock store in Bayou Plaza, Hwy 20, Niceville, Call 862-3498.
Music concert: AnAmericana Under the Oaks Music Concert with Beaucoup Blue will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Lodge at Camp Helen State Park, 23937 P C Beach Parkway in Panama City Beach. Free admission into the park. Donations accepted.. Refreshments available. Call 233-5059.
• Feb. 15: Lucky Mud
• Feb. 28: Achilles Wheel
• March 8: Dana Cooper
• March 28: Alicia McGovern
Cancer Freeze: A day long fundraiser for Cancer Freeze, which helps Northwest Florida people battling cancer, begins at 7 a.m. Feb. 1 at Lake Jackson in Florala, Ala., with a Bass Tournament and Pancake Breakfast. A 5k run/walk begins at 9 a.m. followed by chili cook-off at 11. Water events begin at noon and an auction/raffle at 1. Live entertainment and activities for children all day.
Speaker: Jeanne Easterling, RN, BSN, MPA, Home Care Liaison with Peoples Home Health, will speak on Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Hall of Fame Dining Room at Chautauqua Rehab & Nursing Center, 785 S. 2nd St. in DeFuniak Springs.
Teen Driver Challenge: The Walton County Sheriff’s Office offers a free course designed to help teens ages 15-19 boost their driving skills and lessen the chances of being involved in a crash from 5-9 p.m. Feb. 7 at Walton High School in DeFuniak Springs. Driving portion will be at 8 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Walton County Fairgrounds, 790 North Hwy. 83, DeFuniak Springs. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Must have a valid Learner’s Permit/Florida Operators License for at least 6 months and provide own car. A current copy of a driver license, vehicle registration and insurance is required. Register by Feb. 3 with School Resource Deputy.
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.
Quilt show: “Quilting: Our Roots & Our Wings” features quilts made by members of the Chautauqua Quilters Guild, Inc. and Holmes Valley Quilters from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 21 and 22 at the DeFuniak Springs Community Center. Admission is $5. There will be several vendors, demos, antique quilts, an Opportunity quilt, door prizes and more. Call 585-2796.
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. 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.
Ashley Rose: Jam with the music of Ashley Rose at 9 p.m. Fridays at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.
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: Enjoy dinner and a show with Redd the Singing Bartender at 6:30 p.m. (early show) and 8 p.m. (later show) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at Redd’s Fueling Station, 2320 W. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Reservations recommended for parties of 4 or more at 325-0252.
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. Suitable 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 and his steel drums from 4-9 p.m. 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 brunch 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.