All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Saturday, March 8
Special Needs Day: The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center will host its second “Special Needs in Nature Day,” a sensory friendly event for individuals on the Autism spectrum, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Freeport. If you have someone in your family with special needs, join in activities that will be focused to engage people with predominantly the Autism and Asperger spectrums. No admission fee; food available for purchase.
Topsail tour: Breakfast with a Ranger from 9-10:30 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. To cover the cost of food, please bring $5, which goes to Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park or bring your own breakfast.
Rat Pack: “The Rat Pack is Back” presents a special performance at 7:30 p.m. on the mainstage at Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville to benefit the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $35 and available at 729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Wild Game/Seafood dinner: The Point Washington United Methodist Men’s Group will host a Wild Game and Seafood Dinner at 6 p.m. at 1290 N. County Hwy. 395 in Santa Rosa Beach. This event is open to men and women and includes music by Deep South Bluegrass Band from Panama City. Church members who are hunters and fishermen cook their game or catch, including wild pig, venison, dove, duck, seafood gumbo, low country boil and lots of fixins. Tickets are $20. Call 231-4928 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grand opening: Grayton Beer Company hosts its grand opening from 1-5 p.m. in Santa Rosa Beach. Event includes limited beers being tapped every hour, live music, tasting and brewery tours.
Rock Destin: Glowrage performs at 7:30 p.m. at Rock Destin at Club LA, 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway. All tickets are general admission and age 18 plus. Purchase tickets at rockdestin.com.
Civilian Firearm Safety Course: The WCSO will host a six hour course that details the basic safety and shooting fundamentals for most handguns at the Sheriff’s Office Firing Range, 752 Triple G Road in DeFuniak Springs. There is non-refundable course fee of $50 and seats are guaranteed after payment received. Application and background check required. Register at www.waltonso.org/community/civilianarms or call 892-8186.
Wine Festival: The Third Annual 30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach will host wine seminars from 12:30-2:30 p.m., walkabout and grand tasting from 3-5 p.m., and after party with music by Cadillac Willy from 5-8 p.m. at Caliza Pool. Visit www.30awinefestival.com.
Texas Hold’ em: The third annual Texas Hold’ em Poker Shoot Out begins at 5 p.m. at Elks Lodge No. 1795 on Okaloosa Island. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life of the Emerald Coast. Top 10 finishers will be awarded prizes. Food provided and beverages available for purchase. Suggested donation is $30. Contact your favorite relay team for tickets.
Pandora’s Music: Pandora’s Steakhouse of Grayton Beach presents Lyons Limousine, March 8; Fearless Heights, March 9; True Blue Band, March 11; Season Ammons Band, March 12; Roshambo, March 13; Boukou Groove, March 14; and Lee Yankee & Hellz Yeah, March 15. Music begins at 9 p.m., unless noted, is free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age.
West Indies Markets: Artists in the areas of jewelry, wood and metal sculptures, watercolor, oil, photography, pottery and more can be seen at the West Indies Markets March 8 and 9 in Rosemary Beach. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Pinewood Derby: Winners from Cub Scout Packs in Okaloosa and Walton Counties compete in the annual Choctawhatchee District Pinewood Derby at 10 a.m. at Santa Rosa Mall in Fort Walton Beach.
Sunday, March 9
Sunday Concert: Bring chairs and blankets to a free concert with Heritage from 6-9 p.m. on the Amphitheater lawn at Gulf Place on 30A.
Sunday Funday: Listen to the music of the Forrest Williams Band, with a variety of music incorporating the acoustic guitar and the harmonica, from 4-7 p.m. at Local Catch Bar & Grill, 3711 W. County 30A in Blue Mountain 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, March 10
Adventures in Alys: Join The Seaside Repertory Theatre for a storytelling experience for children of all ages from 10-10:30 a.m. at Fonville Press, 147 N Charles Street in Alys Beach.
Nature Trail Tour: Wear comfortable shoes and meet at Fonville Press in Alys Beach for a tour of the Alys Beach Nature Trail from 1-2 p.m.
Support group: A free stroke support group for stroke survivors, caregivers and family members, will meet at 3 p.m. in the Suite 3 conference room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast.
Children’s Theatre: The Seaside Rep presents a children’s theatre performance at 6:30 p.m. in the Seaside Amphitheater.
Tuesday, March 11
Cinema Under the Stars: Bring blankets and low back chairs to enjoy the classic movie Swiss Family Robinson from 7:30-10 p.m. under the stars in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Movie is free. Piper’s will offer food and beverage.
Book Lover’s Club: “Devil in the White City” by Eric Larson is the book for discussion at 10 a.m. at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-2809.
Cooking show: The 20th annual WZEP Taste of Home Cooking School with culinary specialist Michelle “Red” Roberts will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Walton High School in DeFuniak Springs. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. to visit booths, register for prizes and pick up promotional items. Concessions will be provided by the Pilot Club of DeFuniak Springs. VIP tickets for $45 and regular tickets for $10 are on sale at www.wzep1460.com and at the WZEP Studios, 449 N. 12th Street in DeFuniak Springs. Tickets can also be ordered by sending a SASE to P.O. Box 627, DFS 32435. Call 892-3158.
Nonie’s Ark: Nonie brings her traveling zoo to the Fonville Press courtyard and presents a hands-on show with several different animals from 10-11 a.m. in Alys Beach.
Mathew Hall: Entertainer Mathew Hall performs at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach, from 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays during brunch.
Wednesday, March 12
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Biscuit Miller & The Mix perform a free concert from 7-9 p.m. in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Call 267-8186.
Restore: An evaluation sub-committee meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at the Bayou Arts Center in Santa Rosa Beach.
Lifetree Café: The impact of post-traumatic stress disorder, “Wounded Warriors: When War Comes Home,” will be discussed at 6:30 p.m. at Lifetree Café, Hope Lutheran Church in the 180° Bistro on the second floor, 3834 U.S. Hwy. 98 W in Santa Rosa Beach. The event is free. Snacks and beverages are available.
Open Mic: 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.
Thursday, March 13
Workshop: The Walton County Coastal Dune Lake Advisory Board will hold a special workshop at 10 a.m. at the District Five Commissioner’s meeting room, 70 Logan Lane in Santa Rosa Beach.
Americana Under The Stars: Bring a chair, a beverage and enjoy the music of Lucky Mud from 6-8 p.m. in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
Kickball on Kelly Green: Grab the entire family for a pick-up game of kickball from 3-4 p.m. on Kelly Green in Alys Beach.
Stories by the Sea: The Seaside Rep presents a storytelling experience for children of all ages at 3:30 p.m. in Seaside.
Friday, March 14
Central Square Cinema: Grab your blanket and head to the Seaside Amphitheater at 7 p.m. for a free family movie under the stars.
Coffee with commissioner: Walton County District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander will host “Coffee with the Commissioner” at 5:30 p.m. at the Choctaw Beach Community Center.
Kindergarten Registration: Last day to register from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at all Walton County elementary schools for any child who will be five on or before Sept. 1. An official birth certificate is required.
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 15
Topsail tour: Identify the differences between sharks and dolphins 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.
Piano recital: Lois Van Dam, a music professor at NWFSC, will perform a free piano recital featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms at 7:30 p.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall at the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville.
St. Patrick’s Parade: The seventh annual 30A St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival begins at 3:30 p.m. between Grayton Beach and Blue Mountain Beach on Scenic 30A and ends at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach. Texas based Celtic Rock Band Cleghorn will headline the entertainment along with the Drake School of Irish Dance.
Art In The Park: Enjoy beautiful works of art plus live music from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at WaterColor Inn & Resort, 34 Goldenrod Circle in WaterColor. The event is free and open to the public.
SeasideFarmers 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.