All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Saturday, Jan. 12
Meet the Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper, Michael Mullen, and learn how they protect and restore the ecological health of our waterbodies at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
Miss Rodeo Florida 2013, Jenna Smeenk, will host a coronation party at Gulfside Stables, 613 South County Road 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. The event is free and open to the public beginning at noon with kids’ activities to include pony rides, magic tricks, roasting marshmallows and more, while adults enjoy wine tasting and a silent auction. The luncheon and ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. and will feature two performances by Dance Elite of Destin. Miss Rodeo USA, Trisha Smeenk, will be the Master of Ceremonies. An autograph session will follow.
Breakfast with a Ranger at 9 a.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Guest speaker Susan Paladini of Coffeen Nature Preserve will discuss the History of the Preserve, the JB2 Ford Rocket Program, and the Preserve’s military history. There is no entry fee for the park; breakfast is a $5 donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill State Park. Call 267-8330.
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.
Seaside Farmers Market
Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings from 8 a.m. to noon in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
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.
Sunday, Jan. 13
Children of the World
As part of its 2012-2013 U.S. tour, World Help presents Children of the World International Children's Choir from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Good News United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa Beach. The choir is comprised of orphaned and disadvantaged children from several different countries. For more information call 622-9191, ext. 308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Ministry of Heaven’s Saints Motorcycle Ministry will charter a new chapter, The Emerald Coast Chapter of Heaven’s Saints, at 10 a.m. Jan. 13 at the South Walton First Baptist Church, 24388 Hwy. 331 in Santa Rosa Beach. This is an interdenominational ministry open to all who are interested. This is the first of this kind of ministry to be recognized by an internationally recognized organization in South Walton. The president of this group , Curtis Jamison, will speak at the 11 a.m. service.
Have Sunday brunch with The Steenos from 12-3 p.m. at Stinky’s Fish Camp, 5994 Count Road 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.
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. Call 213-0015.
Local Catch presents live music with Hotel Oscar from 3-7 p.m. at 3711 W. County 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.
Monday, Jan. 14
Mainstay Financial Group will present a special seminar, “Fiscal Cliff: Facts or Fiction?” at 10 a.m. in the Suite 3 Resource Center conference room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Attendees will learn about the upcoming financial changes and challenges and the impact they may have. To register for this free seminar, call 278-3600.
Music and More Workshops
The Florida Chautauqua Theatre will hold its Music and More Spring Workshops, instruction in singing, drama, dance and instrumentation, on Mondays. Workshop One for K-3rd grades is from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and costs $50/month. Workshop Two for 4th-8th grades is from 4:30-6 p.m., and is $60/month. Students will participate in a musical theatre production May 9-12.
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,
Pajama Time Story Time
Join storyteller Ms. Cheryl at 6 p.m. 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.
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.
Tuesday, Jan. 15
A breast cancer support group will meet at 6 p.m. in the Olson Women’s Diagnostic Center at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Call 278-3980.
Bingo and Taco Night
Play Bingo for silly prizes, plus tacos and have some fun at 6 p.m. at Grayt Coffee House’s Bingo Night, 2 Magnolia St. in Grayton Beach. $12 per person includes dinner and 10 Bingo cards.
Dannica Lowery performs live from 6-9 p.m. at Shorty’s Surfside Bar, 63 Hotz Ave. in Grayton Beach. Call 468-0417.
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.
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.
Wednesday, Jan. 16
Green Thumb Garden Club
The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. at the Linkside Center at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Speaker will discuss native and invasive plants, biodiversity in the garden, and our part in the environment. Lunch is $20 payable by cash or check at the door. Make reservations by Jan. 13 at 650-5872 or email@example.com.
Seminar on back pain and golf
Sacred Heart Physical Therapist, Amy Arnold, PT, will present a free seminar, “Back to Golf,” a 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 by Sacred Heart Rehabilitation that teaches participants about proper body mechanics to reduce back pain and improve the golf swing. To register, call 278-3600.
Prime Time programs
Walton County Library “Prime Time” programs continue at 10 a.m. at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Stacy DiDonato, education coordinator with the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Fort Walton Beach, will present a Marine Life lecture. Program brochures are available at the Coastal library and posted on www.youseemore.com/walton. Register early at 267-2809.
Thursday, Jan. 17
Wine, Women and Shoes
Sole Sisters Kick Off Lunch for Wine Women and Shoes will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Fleming's Prime Steak House & Wine Bar Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. Lunch, jewelry courtesy of Destin Jewelers, and fashion show and sample sale from W by Worth. Tickets are $45 at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Speaker Al Drucker, who forsook a career in engineering and ballistic missiles to become a holistic health practitioner and teacher at Esalen Institute, presents “Encounters With the Eternal.” For information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Luminary Connection will meet at noon Jan. 17 at the Life Enrichment Senior Center, College Avenue in DeFuniak Springs. TLC is open to all working women — those presently employed, those who have retired and those preparing to return to the workforce. Attendees may bring a brown bag lunch they bring with them. Call 636-1801 or email email@example.com.
Fusion fitness class
Hope Lutheran Church, 3422 U.S. 98 W in Santa Rosa Beach, will offer a fusion fitness class at 9 a.m. Attendees may bring a mat, towel, water and light hand weights. Suggested donation is $5. Call 267-0322.
Friday, Jan. 18
Carrabba’s cooking class
Carrabba’s Italian Grill at Silver Sands Premium Outlets will share secrets from its kitchen in a cooking class to benefit Shelter House from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 10562 U.S. Hwy. 98. The afternoon will also feature food samples, a complimentary glass of wine, a raffle and recipes to take home.
Tickets are $40 per person. Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, call 243-1201 or visit www.ShelterHouseNWFL.org.
A night hike begins at 4:45 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach by watching the sunset, then a 1 mile hike to the day use parking lot. Call 267-8330.
Florida Trail Association
A 4-day 3-night backpacking adventure will be held Jan. 18-21 on Eglin in Walton County. Call 585-5150 or 816-916-5736.
Saturday, 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. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-8330.
The Friends of the Walton/DeFuniak Springs Library will hold a book sale from 8:30 a.m. until noon 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.
Tree sale/pancake breakfast
The Walton County Master Gardeners will hold its annual tree sale from 9 a.m. to noon 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.
Learn all about the sun at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
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.