All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Saturday, Feb. 22
Trunk show: Tennessee artist Carolyn White shows her collection of wraps and vests made from Pashmina scarves from 1-4 p.m. at Newbill Collection By The Sea, 309 Ruskin Place in Seaside. Call 231-4500.
Artful Night Under the Stars: The Third Annual Artful Night Under the Stars art auction and gala will be held from 6-9 p.m. at V Seagrove, 2743 Scenic Highway 30A in Seagrove Beach. Auction benefits early childhood education efforts at The Tree House Episcopal Montessori School. Purchase tickets at www.30a-opoly.com.
Furry Fest: Alaqua Animal Refuge and HEART Animal Rescue will host the inaugural Furry Fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gulf Place, corner of Scenic-30A and Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.The free fund raising event will feature live music, food merchants, local vendors, a silent auction, wiener dog races, dog contests and more.
Cabana Cabana Studio: Enjoy champagne and chocolate and celebrate the opening of Patti Schlotterlein’s Cabana Cabana Studio from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Shops of Uptown Grayton in Grayton Beach.
Topsail tour: Learn the basics about the Florida Black Bear from 2-3 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.
Audubon Society: Visit the Coffeen Nature Preserve with Susan Paladini, preserve manager. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Winn Dixie on Hwy. 20 in Bluewater Bay. Call 267-2312.
Mattie Kelly Arts Center: Tony Award winning “Memphis: The Musical” can be seen at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater at the Niceville campus of NWFSC.
Artist Bazaar: Artists at Gulf Place presents its 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.
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, Feb. 23
A Symphony of Taste: The Northwest Florida Symphony Guild’s food and wine tasting festival, “A Symphony of Taste,” will be held from 1-4 p.m. on the Niceville campus of NWFSC in the Student Services Center. The annual event raises funds for the regional orchestra and youth musical endeavors in Okaloosa and Walton County. A silent auction will be held with entertainment by jazz pianist Sean Dietrich. Tickets are $35/advance and $40/door and are on sale in Niceville at Bayou Books, in Fort Walton Beach at Playground Music, Vandergriff Jewelers, and the Magnolia Grill, and in Destin/South Walton at the Groovy Grouper Grill in Destin Commons and at Chan’s Wine World in Grand Boulevard and Destin. Call 729-6000.
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. 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.
Monday, Feb. 24
Sherlock Holmes Society: The “Beach Hounds” will have their yearly meeting at 5 p.m. at Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club (The Vue Restaurant), 4801 West County Road 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. The event is open to the public. Guest speaker will be FBI Agent John T. Andrews. It is an “adult” affair due to the nature of real life criminal events. Call 267-1240 for reservations. The cost is $20 per person which includes a full dinner with a cash bar.
Outdoor Magic: The CAA A+ Art Committee in partnership with NWFSC hosts the fine art exhibit “Outdoor Magic” – A Plein Air Show” during normal business hours through March 14 at NWFS South Walton campus in Santa Rosa Beach.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
NARFE: National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Chapter 1428, will meet at 11 a.m. at Golden Corral in Fort Walton Beach. Speaker will be Gary Mills, Command Hearing Centers, who will discuss and answer questions concerning Blue Cross/Blue Shield's Federal Retiree's benefits on hearing aids with no out of pocket expenses. Mills has offered to pay for NARFE member's lunch. Open to all current and retired federal employees.
ECPRO: Emerald Coast Public Relations Organization will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Angler’s Beachside Grill on Okaloosa Island. The topic will be “How Did Florida’s 2014 Winter Storm Impact You?” presented by Kathy Newby. Cost is $15/members, $20/non-members, and $10/full-time students. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts and Carafes Night: This art event will have multiple artists on display with one featured artist as well as featured wines and wine specials from 5-7 p.m. at Messina’s, 7 Town Center Loop in Santa Rosa Beach.
Wednesday, Feb. 26
Nature walk: Learn about the flora and fauna in the sand dunes and the Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse at 10 a.m. at Grayton Beach State Park. Admission is $5/vehicle.
Seminar: Margaret R. McDowell, firm founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a “fee-only” registered investment advisory firm, will present a seminar at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served. Arbor Wealth’s income and growth strategies are most appropriate for investors with $500,000 or more of investable assets.
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 Godfather II, is served from 6:30-10 p.m. 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.
Health seminar: Amy Arnold, PT, a Sacred Heart physical therapist, will present a free seminar “Back to Golf” at 10 a.m. in the Suite 3 Conference Room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Attendees will learn about a new program being offered that teaches participants about proper body mechanics to reduce back pain and improve the golf swing. To register, call 278-3600.
Pandora’s Music: Pandora’s Steakhouse of Grayton Beach presents Chronic Jester at 8 p.m. Feb. 26; Phil Vaughn of Chronic Jester, 8 p.m. Feb. 27; Forrest Williams Band, Feb. 28; and Call The Law, March 1. Music begins at 9 p.m., unless noted, is free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age.
Lifetree Café: Religion and homosexuality will be explored at 6:30 p.m. at Lifetree Café at Hope Lutheran Church in the 180° Bistro on the second floor at 3834 U.S. Hwy. 98 W in Santa Rosa Beach. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available.
Thursday, Feb. 27
Spring Job Fair: There are more than 100 full-time and part-time positions available at Silver Sands Premium Outlets, and the Spring Job Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the space between Bose and The North Face. Meet one-on-one with store hiring managers and apply for multiple jobs in one location. For more information, call 654-9771.
Americana Under The Stars: Achilles Wheel performs from 6-8 p.m. 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.
Walton Patriots: The Walton County Patriots will meet at 6 p.m. at the Life Enrichment Senior Center, 312 College Ave. in DeFuniak Springs. Guest speaker will be Dr. Don Riley, president of the Walton County Taxpayers Association.
Art show: NWFSC PRIME Time will host its annual art show from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 27 on the Niceville campus. A reception will be hosted in honor of the students and they will receive prizes for their work. This event is free and open to the public.
Friday, Feb. 28
Seaside Race: The fun begins from 6-8 p.m. at the Seaside School Lyceum Meeting Room. The first 350 qualified visitors receive a $50 gift card for the South Walton TDC sponsor. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments while listening to music from local artists, and get a silent auction sneak peak. Purchase tickets at https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=5077804.
Music concert: AnAmericana Under the Oaks Music Concert with Achilles Wheel will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Lodge at Camp Helen State Park, 23937 PC Beach Parkway in Panama City Beach. Admission to the park is free. Donations accepted; refreshments available. Call 233-5059.
Mattie Kelly Arts Center: “Generations: A Collection of Black American Music” will be held at 7:30p.m. during Black History Month in the mainstage theater at the Niceville campus of NWFSC to benefit the Niceville High School Band program.
Wine tasting: Taste three white and three red wines plus a gourmet tapas plate from 4-6 p.m. at Wild Olives, 104 N. Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $25/person.
Saturday, March 1
Spiritual gathering: The Florida Panhandle Women’s Retreat will hold the Seventh Annual Interdenominational Spiritual Gathering of Women from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Community Center on Hwy. 83 in DeFuniak Springs. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. Call 835-0392 or email Hinsonharmony@yahoo.com.
Topsail tour: Learn about campfires from 3-4 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.
First Saturday at Biophilia: From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Biophilia Center presents a Black Bear Affair with Mystery Bear Box programs at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Events include arts and crafts, bear masks, black bear Moon Pies, making bear track and becoming a bear biologist. Make a day of it and bring a sack lunch or purchase lunch/snacks at the Center. Admission is $8/adults; $5/children; and free/2 and under.
St. Agatha’s Breakfast: Breakfast Cooked to Order will be held from 7-11 a.m. in the Parish Hall at St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church, 150 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Cost is $5.50/adults and $2.50/children under 10. Proceeds benefit the church and its food ministry. The historic church will be open for tours.
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.
Nature walk: Take a walk in nature with wildlife expert and ecologist Joe Wyatt at 9 a.m. 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.