All area codes are 850 unless specified.
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.
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.
John Ellis will sign copies of his book, “We Are John,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 2 at Sundog Books, 89 Central Square in Santa Rosa Beach.
Bug out about bugs with FAMU's Entomology Club at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 2 at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
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.
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.
Bike ride in the Lake Jackson/Florala State Park area of Alabama – to the highest point in Florida at 10 a.m. March 2. Meet in Florala at the Florala State Park Day Use Restroom area. Lunch at a nearby restaurant. Call 301-9452.
‘Cash 4 College’ workshop
Northwest Florida State College will hold its fourth annual “Cash 4 College” financial aid workshop from 1-4 p.m. March 3 in the Student Services Center on the NWFSC Niceville Campus to help students and parents complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The free event is open to the public regardless of which college an individual attends or plans to attend. Bring Driver’s License, social security numbers, 2012 tax return and W-2 and any untaxed income information (such as child support or social security). All information items are needed for both the student and parent for students under age 24. Call 729-5370 or email email@example.com.
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.
Beachcomber Music Awards
The Fifth Annual Beachcomber Music Awards honors the best and brightest of the local music scene at 7 p.m. March 4 at John Wehner's Village Door at Baytowne Wharf. Live music begins around 8 p.m. with performances by The Dream Band, Hotel Oscar, Forrest Williams Band, New Earth Army and Heritage. Free admission with suggested $5 donation for Children's Advocacy Center. Call 502-4590.
Cinema Under the Stars
Bring blankets and low back chairs to enjoy "The Little Rascals" under the stars from 7:30-9 p.m. March 5 in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Piper's will offer food and drink.
• March 12: Madagascar
• March 19: The Adventures of Tin Tin
• March 26: The Wizard of Oz
• April 2: Judy Moodoy and the Not Bummer Summer
• April 9: Frankenweenie
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.
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
Prime Time programs
Charlene Grafton presents “The Importance of Your Family Health History” at the Walton County Library “Prime Time” program a 10 a.m. March 6 at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Register early at 267-2809.
Americana Under the Stars
Charlotte Wamberg Moreau performs at 6 p.m. March 7 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.
• March 14: The Tinkers
• March 21: Slim Fatz
• March 28: Lydia Smith Songwriters Circle
• Learn about and view the Sun with Bill Nigg from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day in March in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.
• Ranger Fred hosts campfire chats at 6 p.m. every Tuesday in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.
• View the stars with Bill Nigg from 7:30-9 p.m. every Friday in March in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. At 8:30 p.m., Nigg also presents a slide show. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.
• Learn the full history of Florida's most famous reptile, the alligator, at an informative slideshow presentation a 3 p.m. March 8 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.
• Breakfast With a Ranger at 9 a.m. March 9. To cover the cost of the food please bring $5, which also goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park or bring your own breakfast.
• Learn what makes the coastal dune lakes so special at 2 p.m. March 16 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.
• Join Ranger Tammy and scan the forest for shining eyes at 6 p.m. March 24 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330. Bring a flashlight or headlamp.
• A hike will focus on the effects of fire in our ecosystem at 1:45 p.m. March 30 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.
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
Second 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 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.
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 Concert Series
Enjoy live music by Cadillac Willy at 8 p.m. March 13 in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Piper's will offer food and drink.
• March 20: Beach Mice
• March 27: Heritage
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.
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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.
Cattle Barons Ball
The sixth annual emerald Coast Cattle Barons' Ball, focused on boots, jeans, cowboy hats and fun to generate money to support the American Cancer Society, will be held March 16 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The Modern Eldorados, an Americana band out of Mobile, Ala., offer a foot-tapping blend of rockabilly and traditional country music as guests enjoy tasty vittles, live and silent auctions, gaming, and dancing. Call 376-1551 or email inquiries to email@example.com.
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.
Art in the Park
The WaterColor Community Association will host the Eighth Annual Art in the Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 16 in WaterColor's Cerulean Park and Town Center. The event is free and open to the public. Artists of all genres will be involved and featured mediums will include oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, charcoal, chalk, pastel and color pencil drawings, photography, printmaking, digital art, glass art, jewelry, fabric art, pottery, wood work, and fashion design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bunny Hop/Easter Egg Walk
The novel mile walk, “hop” and egg hunt, sponsored by the new Sandestin Foundation for Kids, will be held March 31 at the Jolee Island Nature Preserve at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Children of all ages will hunt for more than 4,000 eggs, stuffed with candy, little toys, coins, cash or other special prizes, along the trails of Jolee Island. All proceeds go to the Sandestin Foundation for Kids.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Soundsations Show Choir
Bring a blanket and enjoy the Northwest Florida State College show choir’s song and dance revue straight from Broadway at 7 p.m. April 5 on St. Augustine Green in Rosemary Beach.
The grand opening of the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater in Panama City Beach begins at 6:30 p.m. April 5. The Panama City POPS Orchestra performs in concert with lively, family-oriented music, including selections from classics and current hits like Les Miserables, Harry Potter, and Pirates of the Caribbean. A fireworks display launched from the city pier follows the concert. The event is free and open to the public.
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 email@example.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.
Seabreeze Jazz Festival
The Seabreeze Jazz Festival celebrates its 15th year anniversary beginning at 5 p.m. April 18 and 19 and 11 a.m. April 20 and 21 at the Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater at Pier Park in Panama City Beach. Get artist lineup and ticket information at 800-653-7519, or purchase tickets at 1-800-595-4849 or tix.com.
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.
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.
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.
West Indies Market
Browse the open-air market and discover booths filled with paintings, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, woodcarvings and other handcrafted items from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 11 and 12 in Rosemary Beach.
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.
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.
March 3 will be held at Rosemary Beach town center lawns due to the Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K taking place in Seaside.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.