If you have been thinking about having a great dinner with people as classy as yourself and then squeezing something cute on a dance floor, then it is not too early to begin planning for that special day that falls on Feb. 14.



Those who know how to court will place two tickets to the annual Snowbird Dance on the top of the heart-shaped box of chocolates that promotes connubial bliss. The tickets will lead to an evening of dining and dancing at the Sandestin Hilton Ballroom beginning at 5:30 p.m. when the cash bar opens; dinner at 6 p.m. followed by dancing to the Mike Mancini Band until 10:30 p.m. Tickets are still available. Call Eva Mae Rice at 850-543-7338 or get them at registration on Monday, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, and Feb. 11 or at the general meeting on Feb. 13.



Those Walton County Snowbirds do not spend much time resting on their laurels. Having just completed a successful general meeting, club’s officers are already developing plans for the next one, scheduled for Feb. 13 at Destin Life Center Building of the Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive.



Entertainment director Al Francis has lined up a triad of proven musical talent starting with the rising star of Destin’s music scene, saxophonist and composer/vocalist Michael J Thomas whose song “Amante Del Vino” from his album City Beat is weaved into the plot of the movie “Contagion” starring Matt Damon. His pop song “I Think About Amy” reached 16 on the Billboard listing in 2011.



The popular Jabbo Stokes of local Banjorama fame will bring his keyboard to the stage while Shannon Wallace, noted Destin impresario and guitarist who has his own list of album credits, including co-production of City Beat, completes the bill. Such talent! And it is all free to Walton County Snowbirds.



After a brief business meeting, the club’s prize committee will distribute valuable prizes to attendees — all contributed by area business organizations.



Mike Callan can be found each Monday morning at Faith Assembly Fellowship Hall to enroll combatants in the annual contest between Canadian and U.S. golfing members of the Walton County Snowbirds who will tee off Feb. 21 at the Fort Walton Pines Golf Course.



The Creative Writers group has gotten the writing season off to a solid start by composing nearly a dozen original stories. The writers will select two Best Story winners, one for technical achievement, and one for originality. Writers are Bob Algie, Don Anderson, Louise Bottrell, Carol Burrows, Bob Hendrickson, George Knox, Sally Kopecky, Kathy Lyles, Ione Magsig, Tom Mahar, Roy Murray, and Carol Zoller. The group meets Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Seascape Conference Center where new members are always welcome.



Beth Sargent reports the Tuesday Golf League had a three-way tie for first place. Winning teams were David Hunt, Joan Anastasi, and Bill Hall. Men’s’ longest putt winner was Robert Reichert and women’s’ winner was Bev Coy.



The bridge players report Tuesday evening winners Pat Towns, Deanna Babcock, and Sue Cummins. Wednesday afternoon winners are Marcia Kerr, Andy Lynch, and Vivian Thompson.



Snowbirds can find good eats at St. Rita’s Fish Fry from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 and 22 at 137 Moll Drive. No price increase this year; $9 for fried fish, corn nuggets, cole slaw, baked beans, bread, dessert, coffee, or ice tea. Proceeds go to worthy projects.



Tom Mahar writes for the Walton County Snowbirds and can be reached at tkmahar@aol.com. For Snowbird information, www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com.