All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Learn all about the sun at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 19 at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
Tree sale/pancake breakfast
The Walton County Master Gardeners will hold its annual tree sale from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 19 at the County Fairgrounds in DeFuniak Springs. The 4-H Club youth will host a pancake breakfast from 7-10 a.m. the same morning at the Extension Office next door. Cost is $6/adults and $3/children 5-14. Proceeds will benefit Southeastern Guidedogs. The public will be able to enjoy a hot breakfast before selecting new trees and other landscape plants for their property. Call 892-8172.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach will hold the following tours. All programs except Breakfast with a Ranger require a $6 entry admission into the park. Outside tours are canceled during severe weather. For information, call 267-8330.
• Jan. 19: Learn which spiders in Florida are poisonous, where they live, what they eat, and the benefits they bring to us at 2 p.m.
• Jan. 26: Learn what type of creatures, on land and sea, can be found in this area at 2 p.m.
The Friends of the Walton/DeFuniak Springs Library will hold a book sale from 8:30 a.m. until noon Jan. 19 at the Walton County Fairgrounds. Thousands of books, fiction and non-fiction, hardback and paperback, covering every possible subject will be available. Pack as many books as possible into a plastic grocery bag for $2. Bags will be provided for your convenience. Proceeds will be used to provide new books and other materials not currently covered by the library budget. Call 859-0215.
Florida Trail Association
The Florida Trail Association will hold the following events. Visit www.choctaw.floridatrail.org or call the listed number.
• Jan. 22: Monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at Ed’s Hometown Seafood & Steaks in Niceville. Visitors welcome. Call 654-1172.
• Jan. 26: A 3, 5, or 8 mile hike at 9 a.m. in Point Washington State Forrest near Santa Rosa Beach. Call 302-528-8284 or 816-916-5736.
• Jan. 26: A 4-mile night hike around Karick Lake at 5 p.m. with dinner following at the Gator Café in Baker. Call 651-0902 or 682-6098.
Emerald Coast Public Relations Organization will meet at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at Angler’s Beachside Grill on Okaloosa Island. January’s topic will be “Learn, Develop, Achieve-For Your Full Potential” presented by Julie Cotton. Cost is $15/members, $20/non-members, $10/full-time students and $5/ attend without eating. Call 525-9446 or email Jessica@ramadafwb.com.
Prime Time programs
Walton County Library “Prime Time” programs continue at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Program brochures are available at the Coastal library and posted on www.youseemore.com/walton. Register early at 267-2809.
• Jan. 23: Demetrius Fuller, music director and conductor, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, presents Grammy Award nominated violinist Caroline Goulding.
• Jan. 30: Dr. David Ott presents “Evening in Vienna,” music of Mozart & Beethoven, music and times at the end of the 18th century in Vienna.
• Feb. 6: Fred Bassett will present “Alabama and Florida Hummingbirds — A lot more than you might think,” discussing ruby-throated hummingbirds in depth.
• Feb. 13: Act 4 Murder Mystery Theater presented by Paula Hilton, actress, director and screenwriter on stage.
• Feb. 20: Diane Merkel, historian and author of DeFuniak Springs, will speak on Walton County History.
• Feb. 27: Jennifer Jones, owner of “Nature of the Beach,” will present a power point presentation on native plants, pollinators, wildlife and you.
• March 6: Charlene Grafton presents a health related topic titled; “The Importance of Your Family Health History.”
Sinfonia, Sibelius and the 7th (of Beethoven)
Grammy Award-nominee Caroline Goulding returns to the Sinfonia stage to perform Sibelius’ epic violin concerto at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Destiny Worship Center in Miramar Beach. The concert concludes with Beethoven’s rhythmically whimsical and inspiring seventh symphony. Tickets range from $29.50 to $42.50. Visit sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
Cultural Arts Alliance’s art exhibit
An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 25 for Abstraction: An Adventure into the Imagination, presented by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County in partnership with Northwest Florida State College. Artists exhibited are Donnelle Clark, Juan Francisco Adaro, Joanna Ellington, and Didon Comer. Show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Jan. 25 through March 17, at South Walton Campus of NW Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.
Hope Lutheran Church hosts its annual Chili Cook-Off at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at 3422 U.S. 98 in Santa Rosa Beach. Join us for a time of great chili, food, fun and prizes. Awards and door prizes will be given out in a variety of categories. Everyone is welcome. The cost is free. Call 267-0322 or email email@example.com.
Caring & Sharing of South Walton County will have a Fashion Show and Lunch from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Sandestin Linkside Conference Center. Proceeds will benefit the Caring & Sharing Pantry. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at 850-267-2866. They are located at 112 Lynn Drive in Santa Rosa Beach and are open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon.
Arbor Wealth Management, LLC will host “2013 Market Outlook: Retirement and Income Generation” at 10 a.m. and also at 5 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Firm founder and principal Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC®, AIF, will lead a Power Point presentation that provides an overview of anticipated market trends in 2013. Income generation and investment strategies outlined are most appropriate for investors with $250,000 or more of investable assets. Refreshments will be served. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating.
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. Call 816-682-1003 for times and special skating packages.
Tasting of Champions
The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation’s Tasting of Champions to benefit children in need in Northwest Florida will be held from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Coral Ballroom at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf & Beach Resort. Sample more than 600 South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival entries. Tickets are $50 at dcwaf.org.
Francesco Attesti Concert
The South Walton Rotary Club will host an evening with Internationally acclaimed Italian pianist Francesco Attesti at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Santa Rosa Beach Community Church, 3524 US Highway 98 West in Santa Rosa Beach. Proceeds will benefit a medical mission in Tela, Honduras, that the South Walton Rotary Club has sponsored each year since 2010. Medical doctors, dentists, nurses and assistants led by South Walton Rotary Club member Rodney Durand, MD provide medical assistance and care to residents of Tela each year for a week. Eventually, it is the Club’s objective to open a diabetic treatment facility in Tela. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at https://www.xorbia.com/e/swr/attesti.
Free pancakes at IHOP
IHOP will give away free pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 5 to celebrate National Pancake Day. The fundraiser aims to raise $3 million to kick off Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th anniversary.
Wine Women and Shoes Vintner Dinners
Intimate dinners featuring world-class wines and regional chefs will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 in private homes in Destin, Sandestin, Bluewater Bay and Panama City Beach. For tickets, visit winewomenandshoes.com/sinfonia.
Wine, Women & Shoes
The Magnolia Ballroom at Sandestin's Village of Baytowne Wharf is transformed into a shopping, wine and fashion paradise for the Wine, Women & Shoes Fashion Show, Shopping and Wine Extravaganza at 2 p.m. Feb. 10. Event benefits Sinfonia Gulf Coast and Sinfonia’s Music Education Program. Tickets are $65 at winewomenandshoes.com/sinfonia.
Book Lover’s Club
The Coastal Library Book Lover’s Club will be held from 10-11 a.m. Feb. 12 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 “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts” by Neil White Jackie. Call 267-2809 or visit www.youseemore.com/walton.
• March 12: “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand
• April 9: “The Dressmaker of Khair Khan” by Gayle T. Lemmon
Amernet String Quartet
The Amernet String Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University, presents a weekend of chamber music at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16 in Town Hall at Rosemary Beach. Tickets are $35 at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
Wild Game/Seafood Dinner
The Point Washington United Methodist Men's Group will host its annual Wild Game and Seafood Dinner at 6 p.m. March 9 at the church, 1290 N. County Highway 395 in Santa Rosa Beach. Cost is $20. The event is open to men and women, and there will be music from the church Praise Band and door prizes. Guest speaker will be John Riley, an inspirational speaker with a unique God-given ability to communicate great Biblical truth in a simple and understanding manner. Church members, hunters and fishermen, will cook their game or catch with special recipes. For ticket information call 231-4928 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sinfonia: Bond and Beyond
The Sinfonia celebrates its seventh season (007) and 50 years of James Bond at 7:30 p.m. March 23 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Featured will be the music that made the Bond films famous with award-winning singer Debbie Gravitte, who joins the orchestra to perform Bond favorites such as "Diamonds Are Forever," "Secret Agent Man," "Goldfinger," and more. Tickets are $125 at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
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.
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 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.
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 and Saturdays 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.