All area codes are 850 unless specified.



30A-opoly Tournament



Amavida Coffee will host a 30A-opoly Tournament from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 23 at Amavida Coffee & Tea, 104 North Barrett Square, Unit 1A, in Rosemary Beach. Young and old alike can duel for supreme 30A property ownership bragging rights. Registration fee is $20 and all fees benefit early childhood education efforts in Santa Rosa Beach. Register at www.30a-opoly.com and click on Feb. 23 tournament or call 396-3689.



 



Biophilia Center



Discover the marine world in a way that many may have never thought possible by observing and touching living creatures at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 23 at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.



 



Topsail tour



Hike the tram road to the shore of Campbell Lake, one of the rarest types of habitat in the world, at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Programs require a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.



 



Camellia Festival



The Friends of Eden pay tribute to the Camellia from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at Eden Gardens State Park in Point Washington. Russ Barley of Emerald Coast Flowers and Gifts will do a floral arrangement demonstration using camellias at 10:30 a.m., with other throughout the day. The event is free.



 



Embroiderers’ Guild



The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 25 in room 400, First United Methodist Church of Niceville.  The night group meets from 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Visitors are welcome.



 



Town meeting



Walton County District 5 County Commissioner Cindy Meadows and Sara Comander will hold a South Walton Town Meeting to discuss South Walton spring break at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Seascape Conference Center, 556 Seascape Drive in Miramar Beach. Call 231-2978.



 



ECPRO



Emerald Coast Public Relations Organization will meet at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 26 at Angler’s Beachside Grill on Okaloosa Island. February’s topic will be “Movers, Shakers and Moneymakers 2013” presented by Mark Hamrick, chairman of the board for the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce. Cost is $15/members, $20/non-members, and $10/full-time students. 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.



• 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.”           



 



Adventure Club



• Feb. 27: Bike ride on Navarre Beach at 10 a.m. Meet in the parking area near Sailors Grill Restaurant. Bring a picnic lunch. Call 581-4591.



• Feb. 28: Bike ride on Scenic 98 in Destin at 3 p.m.  Meet at the Village  Baptist Church on Matthews Boulevard.  Supper at a nearby restaurant.  Call 301-9452.



• March 2: Bike ride in the Lake Jackson/Florala State Park area of Alabama – to the highest point in Florida at 10 a.m. Meet in Florala at the Florala State Park Day Use Restroom area. Lunch at a nearby restaurant.  Call 301-9452.



 



 Seminar



Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a “fee-only” registered investment advisory firm, will host a seminar, “Income Generation: Making Your Portfolio Pay Monthly,” at 10 a.m. Feb. 27 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Refreshments will be served.  Call 608-6121 to reserve seating.



 



Americana Under the Stars



Emmett Carlisle performs at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars. Performers follow 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.



 



MARCH



 



Artist of the month



Friends of the Coastal Branch Library present the works of Seagrove Beach resident Lisa Mitchell during March at the Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. She was influenced by both the German Expressionists and French Fauve artists and paints mainly in oils and acrylics. Call 267-2809 for more information.



 



Farmer’s Market



A Farmer’s Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 2 on the Town Center Lawns in Rosemary Beach.



 



Choctawhatchee Audubon Society



• March 2: Bird Walk at Point Washington will be led by Tom Greene. Wear old shoes or waterproof boots, and also insect repellant. Meet at the Bluewater Winn Dixie at 7:40 a.m. or at the Tom Thumb store at the intersection of U.S. 98 and SR 331 in South Walton County at 8:30 a.m. Call 582-7064.



• March 7: Monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 132 of the new Student Services Center at Northwest Florida State College’s main campus in Niceville. The meeting is free and open to the public. Call 582-7064.



• March 16: Bird and Nature Walk at Topsail Hill with Ross Hamilton. Meet at the Winn Dixie at Bluewater Bay at 7:30 a.m. or at Topsail Hill at 7:55 a.m. Call 582-7064.



• March 23: Bird and Nature Walk in the Upland Hardwoods of Walton County with master gardener Dave Gordon. See hawks, bluebirds, blooming mountain laurel, native azaleas, and other flora and topography more often associated with piedmont areas. Meet at Food World in Niceville at 7:30 a.m. and the Walton County Extension Office on Hwy 83N at 8 a.m. Be ready for a walk on a forest path. Call 401-1578.



 



Nature walk



Take a nature walk at Hammock Bay, Hwy. 20 in Freeport, with wildlife expert and ecologist Joe Wyatt at 9 a.m. March 2. All ages welcome. Walks geared for attendee’s skill level. Meet at the Lake Club clubhouse. Call 496-1864.



 



Music in Pictures



More than 14 schools in Walton County will participate in this Rosemary Beach Foundation event at 3 p.m. March 3 in the Town Hall in Rosemary Beach. The awards ceremony and concert will feature Florida State University College of Music faculty Benjamin Sung, violin, and Gregory Sauer, cello.



 



Wednesday Night Concert Series



The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents a free concert with Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials from 6-8 p.m. March 6 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.



 • March 13: Heritage



• March 20: Déjà Vu



• March 27: The Forrest Williams Band



 



Choctawhatchee Audubon Society



• March 2: Bird Walk at Point Washington will be led by Tom Greene. Wear old shoes or waterproof boots, and also insect repellant. Meet at the Bluewater Winn Dixie at 7:40 a.m. or at the Tom Thumb store at the intersection of U.S. 98 and SR 331 in South Walton County at 8:30 a.m. Call 582-7064.



• March 7: Monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 132 of the new Student Services Center at Northwest Florida State College’s main campus in Niceville. The meeting is free and open to the public. Call 582-7064.



• March 16: Bird and Nature Walk at Topsail Hill with Ross Hamilton. Meet at the Winn Dixie at Bluewater Bay at 7:30 a.m. or at Topsail Hill at 7:55 a.m. Call 582-7064.



• March 23: Bird and Nature Walk in the Upland Hardwoods of Walton County with master gardener Dave Gordon. See hawks, bluebirds, blooming mountain laurel, native azaleas, and other flora and topography more often associated with piedmont areas. Meet at Food World in Niceville at 7:30 a.m. and the Walton County Extension Office on Hwy 83N at 8 a.m. Be ready for a walk on a forest path. Call 401-1578.



 



Master Gardeners



Learn about which herbs are easy to grow in our area when Master Gardener John Kratt presents the 11th lecture in a series for local gardeners from 10-11:30 a.m. March 6 at the Walton County Coastal Extension Office, 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. Program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be offered. Call 892-8172 to reserve your place.



 



Taste of the Bayou



Okaloosa-Walton Child Care Services presents the 17th Annual Fare for Child Care Taste of the Bayou with an auction and fine tasting from 6-8 p.m. March 8 at St. Mary Church Parish Life Center in Fort Walton Beach. To donate items, call 833-9339 or 833-9330, ext. 204.



 



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 ptwumc@embarqmail.com. 



 



Spring production



Northwest Florida State College Fine & Performing Arts Division brings one of Shakespeare’s most complicated and entertaining comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to the stage at 7:30 p.m. March 11-16 in the Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/youth age 18 or younger. NWFSC students or area high school students will be admitted free March 11 and 12 by showing a current student ID. Doors open at 7 pm on Student Nights. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.



 



Book Lover’s Club



The Coastal Library Book Lover’s Club will be held from 10-11 a.m. March 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 “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. Call 267-2809 or visit www.youseemore.com/walton.



• April 9: “The Dressmaker of Khair Khan” by Gayle T. Lemmon



 



Spring Fling Concerts



Enjoy live music on the lawn with some of the best touring acts in region during Spring Fling Concerts from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays beginning March 14 at North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.



 



Tractor/Car show and History Fair



The 2013 Walton County Antique Tractor Show & Pull, Wearing o’ the Green Car Show & History Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16 at the Walton County Fairgrounds in DeFuniak Springs. 



 



Guest recital



Pianist Yue Chu returns for a private recital at 7:30 p.m. March 16 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Admission is $20. Yue is noted for his extraordinary skill as the 2011 Gold Medal winner of the Wideman International Piano Competition in Shreveport, La.



 



Hats for Hope



The Destin Woman’s Club will host Hats for Hope, a fashion show and luncheon, at 11 a.m. March 16 at the Linkside Conference Center at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Features include a raffle row, designer table and silent auction delights. Proceeds will benefit Shelter House, the domestic violence center serving Okaloosa and Walton counties. Tickets are available at Today’s Boutique in Destin, P.S. Gifts in Fort Walton Beach and Bayou Books in Niceville as well as online. Tickets are $45.



 



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



 



St. Paddy's Day Delight



Celebrate the luck of the Irish from 6-9 p.m. March 17 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Henri's Notions will provide traditional Celtic music in the Events Plaza and don't miss a one of a kind performance by the Drake Irish Dancers.



 



Cooking School



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 are on sale at the WZEP studios in DeFuniak Springs, at www.tasteofhome.com/Cooking-Schools, or call 892-5130.



 



Relay for Life



The DeFuniak Springs Relay for Life will hold Team Captain meetings March 19 and April 23 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. Call 978-1168.



 



Children’s Theatre



The Seaside Rep presents Children’s Theatre at 5 p.m. March 20, 27, April 3 and 10 in North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.



 



Purses with a Purpose



Purses with a Purpose returns to Silver Sands Premium Outlets from 6-8 p.m. March 22 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23 in the storefront between Carter’s and Bose, with proceeds to benefit Shelter House.  VIP Party is March 22 with a $5 donation and includes first pick, food from Carrabba’s, beverages and door prizes. Admission is free March 23.



 



30A Car Show



The 12th Annual Route 30A Antique and Vintage Car Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23 in Rosemary Beach. Enjoy live music, demonstrations and numerous award categories at the free event. Rain date is March 24. Call 951-2148.



 



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.



 



Easter Explosion



Skip, hop, or jump your way to the Village of Baytowne Wharf from 12-3 p.m. March 30. Enjoy face painting, crafts and an inflatable fun zone, plus a stiltwalker making balloon animals and a visit with the Easter Bunny.



 



Easter in Rosemary



A non-denominational church service will be held at 8:30 a.m. March 31 on the Eastern Green in Rosemary Beach. Bring a low-rise chair.



An Easter Egg Hunt begins at 9:45 a.m. on the Western Green, rain or shine.



Several Town Center restaurants offer a special Easter Brunch.



 



Bocce tournament



Enjoy a day of sun, sport and sipping wine at the Seventh Annual Bombora Spring Bocce Tournament beginning at 11 a.m. March 30 on the East and West Long Greens in Rosemary Beach. For information or to register email info@theclinique.net.



 



APRIL



 



Rock of Ages



Rock of Ages, a hilarious, feel-good, rock-n-roll love story told through the hits of Journey, STYX, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister, Poison, and many more, can be seen at 7:30 p.m. April 1 on the Mainstage at Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC in Niceville. Tickets are $45 each. Group discount of $5 off per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.



 



Arts and Craft Festival



Arts and craft vendors, fun and food will be on tap at the Freeport Arts and Craft Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6 at Freeport City Hall, 112 Hwy. 20 West. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life. Call 835-1737 or email judyaultman@gmail.com for vendor space.



 



Dance Facets 2013



The dance students at Northwest Florida State College present the annual dance concert, Dance Facets 2013, featuring original works and choreography, at 7:30 p.m. April 12 and 13 on the Mainstage of the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Dancers will perform original dance presentations featuring classical ballet, contemporary, and modern. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/youth, age 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or purchase online at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.



 



NWFSO concert



The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presents its “Fate and Triumph” Concert April 20 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, Belle Voci, NWFSC Madrigal Singers and the Niceville Singers of Niceville High School join the performance. Tickets are $22.50/adults, $16/Active Duty Military and youth ages 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.



 



Madrigals and Belle Voci



The Madrigals and Belle Voci vocal ensembles of Northwest Florida State College present a free Spring Concert April 21 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Repertoire ranges from the Renaissance madrigal to the contemporary gospel spiritual and vocal jazz. The concert is free and open to the public, however donations to support the vocal programs are welcomed.



 



Art Exhibits



The Arts and Design Society, Inc. of Fort Walton Beach presents its 21st regional juried exhibition April 21-May 31 in the McIlroy Gallery at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. Awards reception will be held at 2 p.m. April 21.



 



Honors recital



The Performing Arts Division Honors recital will be held at 3 p.m. April 26 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the music wing at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. The recital is free and open to the public. For information contact the NWFSC Fine Arts Office at 729-5382.



 



Soundsations Showchoir/Jazz Ensemble Concert



The Soundsations Showchoir and the Jazz Ensemble of Northwest Florida State College join together to present an end-of-year concert at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the Mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC. The variety show will include song, dance, and a line-up of jazz favorites. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/youth 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.



 



WEEKLY



 



 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.



 



Yoga Express



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



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 classes



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.



 



Rudy Applewhite



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



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



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.



 



Jazz class



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.



 



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 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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 kj4jah@arrl.net.



 



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



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.



 



Eastern Star



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.



   



SHRM Chapter



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 rpazik@jobsplus02.com or call 892-8668, ext. 215. 



 



Town Planters



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.