All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Saturday, Feb. 9
Community Yard Sale
The Seaside Community Yard Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.
Join in an instructed environmental art lesson, Snakes in the Grass with Abrakadoodle, at 11 a.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
Big Mama's Hula Girl Gallery in Seagrove Beach hosts a yard/art sale outside and inside the gallery beginning at 10 a.m. Call 231-6201.
Seaside Farmers Market
Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
Breakfast with a Ranger and ask them all the questions you can think of about park wildlife at 9 a.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. 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. Call 267-8330.
Sunday, Feb. 10
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.
Simply Elegant Bridal & Prom presents Promarazzi, the 2013 prom fashion show, at 2 p.m. at the Emerald Grande Ballroom. Admission is free. Models are from area schools, Flirt Prom, 2013’s featured designer, will have a trunk show, and there will be door prizes.
Yaani Drucker presents “Waking Up to Truth, Undoing the Illusion of Separate Existence” at 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. This is the fourth meeting in her free nine-week series. Each week is a separate, unique and enlightening experience. Presentations continue Sundays through March 10.
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 email@example.com by Feb. 10.
Monday, Feb. 11
Board of County Commissioners
The Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 1 p.m. at the Walton County Courthouse, 571 US Hwy. 90 in DeFuniak Springs, to discuss and/or act upon the BP Claim by the Tourist Development Council.
Evening of Beauty
Meet the physician, receive free consultations, view live demonstrations, and enjoy exclusive discounts, during an Evening of Beauty from 5-7 p.m. at Aqua Medical Spa at Gulf Coast Dermatology, 82 Mack Bayou Loop in Santa Rosa Beach. No appointment is necessary. Those attending will receive 20 percent off CoolSculpting body contouring treatments, 25 percent off Botox and 20 percent off Juvederm injectables during the event. Call 877-231-3376.
The Taste of Home Cooking School presents its 19th annual spring show sponsored by WZEP Radio Station, with culinary specialist Michelle “Red” Roberts, at 6:30 p.m. March 19 at Walton High School in DeFuniak Springs. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $10/general admission and $45/VIP which includes reception with Roberts before show, reserved seating and special prizes. Tickets go on sale Feb. 11 at the WZEP studios in DeFuniak Springs, at www.tasteofhome.com/Cooking-Schools, or call 892-5130.
The Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold public workshops to discuss FY 2013 Strategic Goals and Objectives at 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Walton County Courthouse, 571 US Hwy. 90 in DeFuniak Springs, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at the South Walton Annex Courthouse, 31 Coastal Centre Blvd. in Santa Rosa Beach.
Tuesday, Feb. 12
Emerald Coast Public Relations Organization will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope Lutheran Church hosts its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Breakfast from 8-10 a.m. at 3422 U.S. 98 W, adjacent to Haven House. The cost is free. Call 267-0322 or email email@example.com.
Better Listening series
A Musical Valentine from Romeo and Juliet will be theme of the second program in the community classical music study series, from 7-9 p.m. at the Unitarian Church Fellowship Hall, 1295 Bayshore Drive in Valparaiso. Speaker Louis Johnson presents A Musical Valentine from Romeo and Juliet with CD music selections from ballet, opera and orchestral works inspired by Shakespeare's work. No reservations required; event is free.
Book Lover’s Club
The Coastal Library Book Lover’s Club meets from 10-11 a.m. 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.
The Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public workshop at 1 p.m. at the South Walton Annex Courthouse, 31 Coastal Centre Blvd. in Santa Rosa Beach. The purpose of this workshop is for the temporary County Attorney Mark Davis to provide information and training to the Commissioners relating to the meeting procedures and Quasi-Judicial Hearings.
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Prime Time program
Act 4 Murder Mystery Theater presented by Paula Hilton, actress, director and screenwriter, will be the Walton County Library “Prime Time” program at 10 a.m. at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Register early at 267-2809.
Seagrove Garden Club
The Seagrove Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. 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.
Thursday, Feb. 14
Americana Under the Stars
The Bridget Kelly Band will perform at the new Topsail Hill Preserve State Park concert series, Americana Under the Stars, at 7 p.m. Evening opens with an open mic showcase of local musicians from 5-6:30 p.m. Must be present to sign up. Admission to the park is free and there is a suggested $5 donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Bring your own food or beverages, if desired.
Friday, Feb. 15
Take a sunset hike at 5 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 park admission. Call 267-8330.
CPA firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC will host a seminar focusing on the Health Care Act’s employer mandate at 9:30 a.m. at 500 Grand Boulevard, Suite 210 in Miramar Beach. Seating is limited. RSVP at 837-3141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Lenten Fish Fry
The Knights of Columbus, Emerald Coast Council #11893, will hold a fish fry from 3-7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 307 Beach Drive in Destin. Cost is $9/adults and $4/children. All money goes to charity. Call 837-9344 for advance tickets.
The Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at Harbor Docks in Destin. Featured speaker Vicki Guennewig, former vice resident, Public Affairs for Cooper Industries Inc., will speak about charitable giving and community affairs programs. The cost is $12/students, $15/members and $20/non-members. Bring cash or check for payment. RSVP by 5 p.m. Feb. 15 to Jessica@ProffittPR.com.
Saturday, Feb. 16
Find out about exotic plants and why they are eradicated at 2 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 park admission. Call 267-8330.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
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.
At Archeology for Kids learn the science of archeology and create your own ceramic pendant artifact, much the same way traditional Native American ceramics were decorated, at 11 a.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
The 24th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Cook-Off will be held from 12-4 p.m., rain or shine. Gulf Coast restaurants will feature top-secret recipes. Sample a variety of gumbo then vote for your favorite for the "People's Choice Award." Celebrity judges will name the “Area’s Best,” and award the most creative set-up as “Best Display.” Live music by Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25/day of event.
The sixth annual Father-Daughter (grandpa, uncle, cousin, family friend) Dance will be held from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Good News United Methodist Church. Tickets are $35 per couple and $10 for an extra girl. Corsages are also available for $5 through advanced purchase only. A dinner will be provided by Townsend Catering Company and every girl leaves with a prize. Scholarships are made available to any family in need. All proceeds support children's ministries. To purchase tickets stop by Good News or call 865-3893.