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Patrick Hartsfield from Grayton State Park will talk about the importance of the Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse and the Dune Ecosystem as our first line of defense from storms at 11 a.m. Feb. 2 at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
Learn about the early history of the park and local area while on a guided tour around Camp Helen’s restored historical buildings from 10-10:45 a.m. Feb. 2. The tour is free with paid park admission fee of $4 per vehicle. Call 233-5059 for more information.
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.
• Feb. 2: An informative program on seasonal visitors, the Sea Turtles, at 2 p.m,
• Feb. 8: Learn what makes the Coastal Dune Lakes so special at 3:30 p.m.
• Feb. 9: Breakfast with a Ranger and ask them all the questions you can think of about park wildlife at 9 a.m. 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.
• Feb. 15: Take a sunset hike at 5 p.m.
• Feb. 16: Find out about exotic plants and why they are eradicated at 2 p.m.
• Feb. 23: Hike the tram road to the shore of Campbell Lake, one of the rarest types of habitat in the world, at 2 p.m.
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.
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.
• 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.”
Walton County Master Gardeners
Marie Harrison, Florida Federation of Garden Clubs director, author, floral designer and Okaloosa Master Gardener, will present a program on beautifying your home and garden with ornamental trees from 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 6 at the Coastal Branch Extension Office, 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. Light refreshments will be served. Call 892-8172 to reserve place.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
• Feb. 7: Monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 132 of the new Student Services Center at the main campus of Northwest Florida State College, 100 College Blvd. in Niceville. Program will be on the New Birds of Prey Aviary and Rehabilitation Program at the E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center near Freeport. The meeting is free and open to the public, although students under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent. Call 582-7064.
• Feb. 16: See wintering loons, grebes, ducks, waxwings, and the usual resident species, on a bird walk at Bluewater Bay, Raintree, and White Point. Meet at the Bluewater Winn-Dixie at 7:30 a.m. Call 897-2666.
Evening with Cardiac Experts
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host ''An Evening with the Cardiac Experts” from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Café Thirty-A in Seagrove Beach. The free event will feature a brief presentation on the expanded heart and vascular services now available at Sacred Heart and Q&A with a panel of cardiac experts. Complimentary heart-healthy hors d’oeurves and libations will be served. RSVP by Feb. 4 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 278-3030.
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.
Community Yard Sale
The Seaside Community Yard Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Seaside Amphitheater. Featuring vendors sprinkled throughout the Amphitheater, this semi-annual event has become one of the top attractions of the year with more than 100 vendors selling a variety of items at bargain prices.
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.
The Seventh Annual Seaside Kids Mardi Gras Parade starts at 2 p.m. in front of Seaside Kids. Visit the store from 12-2 p.m. to make a mask and other creative crafts to get into the festive spirit. After the parade, a special performance will be held at 3 p.m. at the Seaside Amphitheater.
Emerald Coast Public Relations Organization will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Best Western Beachfront, 380 Santa Rosa Blvd. on Okaloosa Island for its Winter Membership Social. Free appetizers will be provided and drinks will be offered at happy hour pricing courtesy. Cost is $10 per person. RSVP by Jan. 31 at 240-7241 or email at email@example.com.
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
Seagrove Garden Club
The Seagrove Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Feb. 13 at Point Washington Methodist Church in Santa Rosa Beach. Mattie Truxton from Destin Home Depot will present the program, ”Garden Gadgets and Useful Tools.” Bring a casserole, salad, or dessert for a potluck luncheon. There is no charge to members for the luncheon. Reservations are required at 267-9586.
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.
Delta Delta Delta
The Delta Delta Delta Emerald Coast Alumnae Chapter will meet at 11 a.m. Feb. 16 at Mitchell’s Fish Market, 500 Grand Blvd. in Sandestin. Ashley Bailey, crime prevention specialist Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, will speak on Identity Theft. Lunch follows. Make reservations at 267-1277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 10.
Relay for Life
The DeFuniak Springs Relay for Life will hold its first Team Captain meeting Feb. 19 at the Continental Worship Center, 2132 U.S. 90 in DeFuniak Springs. This year’s theme is “Tune Out Cancer.” Individuals who participate will raise funds over the next few months, culminating in the event at Walton High Schools on April 26 and 27. Other Team Captain’s meetings will be held March 19 and April 23. Call 978-1168.
United Way luncheon
The United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties will host the Campaign 2012 "LIVE UNITED … Results You Can See" celebration/annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Shalimar United Methodist Church. Lunch will be $15 per person and corporate tables of 8 are available for $120. RSVP by Feb. 3 to 243-0315 or email email@example.com.
30A Wine Festival
2nd Annual 30A Wine Festival returns to Alys Beach on March 9 and 10 and is a showcase of premiere wine producers and local culinary favorites. This intimate two-day event features wine tasting seminars, a walkabout and grand tasting, band party at nightfall, and Sunday’s exclusive event, Rosé & Croquet. Tickets are $300 per person and include entrance to all festival activities including seminars, grand tasting, dance party featuring Knoxville’s favorite party band, the ChillBillies, and Rosé & Croquet (appropriate croquet attire encouraged). Visit www.30AWineFestival.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
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.
St. Patrick’s Parade, Festival
The Sixth Annual 30a St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival, the largest celebration in NW Florida of Ireland's St. Patrick’s Day, begins at 3 p.m. March 16 on Scenic 30A and ends at Gulf Place, where Irish Dancers and Celtic Bands perform through the evening. For details visit www.30aparade.com
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.
In celebration of the 30A Songwriters Fest, yoga classes will be offered at 9 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sundays at The Studio in Seaside. The drop in rate is $15; mats and towels are available.
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.