All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Interact with the creepy, crawling world of insects at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
SouthernFare Dinner Series
WaterColor Inn & Resort presents a Georgia Farm to Table Dinner in the BoatHouse, featuring White Oaks Pastures, Gayla’s Grits and Georgia Olive Farms, on Nov. 17. Enjoy this elegant dinner prepared by the chefs at Fish Out of Water with finest beef offered by White Oak Pastures. Seating at 7 p.m. Cost is $65/++ pp res required. Call 231-7713.
• Dec. 9: Enjoy a traditional offering of a wild game sourced regionally with fresh local sides to compliment this healthy offering. Seating at 7p.m. Cost is $65/++ pp res required.
Book Sale and BBQ
The Friends of the Walton/DeFuniak Springs Library will hold a book sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 17 at the Walton County Fairgrounds. Pack as many books as possible into a plastic grocery bag for $2. Bags will be provided.
To donate, books may be brought to the Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 16. Proceeds from the book sale will be used to provide new books and other materials not currently covered by the library budget. Call 859-0215.
Bulls, Barrels Rodeo
Pleasant Ridge Arena, 1917 Pleasant Ridge Road in DeFuniak Springs, will host a Bulls, Barrels Rodeo at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 featuring Blessed Bucking Bulls. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $10/adults, $8/children. Call 892-5398/.
Florida Trail Association
The Florida Trail Association will hold the following events. Visit www.choctaw.floridatrail.org or call the listed number.
• Nov 17: A 10-mile hike on the Econfina Trail in Bay County at 9 a.m. Call 302-528-8284 or 689-8528.
• Nov. 22: A pot luck Thanksgiving dinner at Blackwater River State Park at noon with a short, leisurely hike around the Chain of Lakes trail afterwards. Call 682-6098.
• Nov. 27: Meeting at 6 p.m. at Ed’s Hometown Seafood & Steaks in Niceville. Visitors welcome. Call 654-1172.
Sparkling Wines and Holiday Lights
The Sandestin Wine Festival begins the holiday season with Sparkling Wines and Holiday Lights from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 17. Stroll streets lined in twinkling lights and greenery and sip a variety of champagnes and taste featured menu items from various Village restaurants. Cost is $40/person. Must be 21 to participate. For more information and to purchase tickets visit sandestinwinefestival.com.
Thi Bod Fitness celebrates its grand opening at 6 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Emerald Coast Plaza in Santa Rosa Beach with light hors d’oeuvres and a graduation of its first boot camp participants. Thi Bod Fitness offers Zumba classes and boot camp classes.
The Northwest Florida Ballet presents the magic of The Nutcracker at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $28/adults and $14/ children 12 and under. Call 664-7787 for tickets or additional information.
Hansel and Gretel
The Florida Chautauqua Theatre presents a musical adaptation of Grimms’ fairytale, “Hansel and Gretel,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at 830 Baldwin Ave. in DeFuniak Springs. Tickets are $14/adults and $10/students 22 years and younger. To purchase tickets, call 892-9494 or email email@example.com.
Cottages for Kids
Cottages for Kids, a fundraising event that benefits Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc., will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends through Nov. 24 on the East Long Green in Rosemary Beach for the public to view and for kids to play. Volunteers are needed help sell raffle tickets, serve as security around the cottages and other various duties. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baytowne on Ice
The ice skating rink at The Village of Baytowne Wharf will be open through Jan. 31 at the Apex Broadcasting Skating Pavilion. For $10 guests can skate for an hour and a half. Skate rental is $2. The first hour of each day is reserved for "kids skate" for youth 12 and under.
Season passes are available for $140. During November bring two non-perishable cans of food for Harvest House of Destin and receive a free skate rental. Call 816-682-1003 for times and special skating packages.
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.
A 45-minute Yoga Express class will be held at 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at The Studio, 30A Yoga in Seaside. Cost is $12 drop-in, no monthly fee. Call 320-237-4201 for more information.
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.
A new Restorative/Gentle Yoga Class will be held at 11:30 a.m. every Thursday at Balance Health Studio 30a in Seagrove. There is no cost to individuals currently receiving treatment for any type of cancer. Call 532-4295.
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.
Singer/guitarist Bill Evett performs from 6-10 p.m. Fridays with DJ Shane beginning at 10 p.m. at Marie’s Bistro on 30A in Blue Mountain Beach. Karaoke takes center stage on Wednesdays; Kelsey Anna performs from 7-10 p.m. Thursdays; and Redd Sings from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays with DJ Shane beginning at 10 p.m. Shag Music & Dance Class is held from 5-7 p.m. Sundays with Ben Friedman from 7-10 p.m.
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,
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.
Rosalina plays classic standards and show tunes on keyboard from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays at Christiano's Ristorante in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-2185.
Fusion fitness classes
Hope Lutheran Church, 3422 U.S. 98 W 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.
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.
Low Country Boil
723 Whiskey Bravo, 3031 E. County Hwy. 30-A in the heart of Old Seagrove, offers a Low Country Shrimp Boil with boiled shrimp or crawfish and all the fixin’s plus live music from 3-7 p.m. Sundays. Call 213-0015.
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.
Seaside Farmers Market
Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings during Market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
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 #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.
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.
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.
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.
Here Comes Santa Claus
Bring in the holidays Nov. 23 and 24 at Baytowne Wharf. The Here Comes Santa Claus Weekend includes the annual Village tree lighting, a holiday movie, and, a visit from Santa Claus.
• Nov. 23: A family movie, “Arthur Christmas,” under the stars at 7 p.m.
• Nov. 24: Welcome Santa as he lights the Village Christmas Tree at 6 p.m. followed by the choreographed light show, 12 Nights of Lights, and fireworks over the lagoon.
Learn the full history of Florida’s most famous reptile, the alligator, at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. All programs require a $6 per car entry admission. Call 267-8330.
The Amvets Ladies Auxiliary Post #178, DeFuniak Springs, will hold a Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 24 at the post, 4776 Hwy. 90 W. Event is free. Food and beverages will be available. Call 892-4594 or 859-2187.
Pastel Society Juried Exhibition
The Pastel Society of North Florida will host its 12th Biennial National Juried All-Pastel Exhibition through Nov. 30 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries, 100 College Blvd. at Northwest Florida State College. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For information, email artgalleries@NWFSC.edu or 729-6044.
Learn about Florida’s sharks at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. All programs require a $6 per car entry admission. Call 267-8330.
A World Affair
A World Affair will be held from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s Linkside Exhibition Hall and will celebrate food, dance and culture from around the world. Several Emerald Coast restaurants will serve a selection of international foods, and area performing arts groups will demonstrate cultural dances. An international fashion show will showcase traditional clothing from a variety of countries, and a silent auction will be held.
All proceeds benefit Covenant Hospice’s unfunded programs in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Covenant Hospice needs restaurants to participate and items for the silent auction. Corporate sponsorships are available and range from $100 to $2,500. Call 598-4815.
Wednesday Night Concerts
Enjoy a special holiday edition of the Concert Series from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays in the Events Plaza at the Village of Baytowne Wharf through the month of December.
Sounds of the Season
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation will present their annual Christmas concert, Sounds of the Season, at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Village Baptist Church in Destin.
Admission is a donation of an unwrapped child’s toy to be distributed among the participating church’s outreach ministries. A love offering at intermission will benefit the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s “All Kinds of Art” program, a children’s educational outreach for the literary, performing and visual arts.
Call 650-2226 or visit www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org
Book Lover’s Club
The Coastal Library Book Lover’s Club will be held from 10-11 a.m. Dec. 11 in the community room of the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. New members are welcome along with their friends. Book to be discussed is “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett. Call 267-2809 or visit www.youseemore.com/walton.
• Jan. 8: “The Tenderness of Wolves” by Stef Penney
• Feb. 12: “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts” by Neil White Jackie
• March 12: “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand
• April 9: “The Dressmaker of Khair Khan” by Gayle T. Lemmon
Holiday Lantern Parade
The Third annual Baytowne Holiday Lantern Parade will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 with paper lanterns in the shapes of iconic symbols of the holiday season. Individuals and groups are invited to participate by making their own paper lanterns. Sandestin Homeowners will light up their golf carts and join in the fun as they pass by with parade treats. Call 267-8186.