Calendar of Events and Entertainment Feb. 15 - 22

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Furry Fest: Alaqua Animal Refuge and HEART Animal Rescue will host the inaugural Furry Fest Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gulf Place, corner of Scenic-30A and Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.The free fund raising event will feature live music, food merchants, local vendors, a silent auction, wiener dog races, dog contests and more.

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Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:53 PM.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Topsail tour: Learn about non-native plant visitors from 2-3 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.

Art show/sale: The Annual Seascape Art Show and Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Seascape Resort Conference Center on U.S. 98. Local artists who paint with Sharon Long will have items for sale. Complimentary light refreshments. Call 240-3220 for directions.

Sinfonia Gulf Coast: Classical Connections at 7:30 p.m. at Rosemary Beach Town Hall features string quintet SYBARITE5. To purchase tickets, visit www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 269-7129.

Sandestin Gumbo Festival: Sampling event begins at noon with a variety of gumbo. Vote for People’s Choice award. Tickets are $20/$25 day of event and may be purchased at www.sandestingumbofestival.com. Event is rain or shine.

BEach My Valentine: The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation will present “BEach My Valentine,” an evening of food and music under the stars, from 6-9 p.m., hosted by Bud & Alley’s Restaurant in Seaside. Tickets are $50 per person or $40 for MKAF members and are available at www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org or call 650-2226.

Meeting: Alaqua Animal Refuge will host the Florida Director for the Humane Society of the United States for an informative meeting on how you can make a difference for animals in Florida from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Freeport. Attendance is free, but guests need to register at http://action.humanesociety.org/site/Calendar?id=111621&view=RSVP&autologin=true&s_src=em_ha011414.

Benefit concert: Musician David Seering will perform his annual concert to benefit local charity Children in Crisis at 7 p.m. at Village Baptist Church in Destin. The Van Deusen Trio, with Bobby Van Deusen on the piano, and guest artist Amanda Holmes will also perform. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Children in Crisis, Lifeway Bookstore in Destin, and at P.S. Gifts in Fort Walton Beach. Call 864-4242.

Music concert: AnAmericana Under the Oaks Music Concert with Lucky Mud will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Lodge at Camp Helen State Park, 23937 P C Beach Parkway in Panama City Beach. Free admission to the park. Donations accepted; refreshments available. Call 233-5059.

Camellia Festival: The Friends of Eden pay tribute to the camellia from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at Eden Gardens State Park in Point Washington, north of US 98 via CR-395, with demonstrations and more. This community event is free with free admission to the State Park.

Tour of Homes: The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County’s Valentine Tour of Homes will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 15 and 12-4 p.m. Feb. 16. Tickets are $20/advance; $25/day of. Tickets are available at www.culturalartsalliance.com and at area merchants.

Trunk shows: Tennessee artist Carolyn White shows her collection of wraps and vests made from Pashmina scarves from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 15 and 22 at Newbill Collection By The Sea, 309 Ruskin Place bin Seaside. Call 231-4500.

Pandora’s Music: Pandora’s Steakhouse of Grayton Beach presents Tony Vegas Feb. 15; Season Ammons Band at 8 p.m. Feb. 19; Howling Jack at 7 p.m. Feb. 20; Cadillac Willy Feb. 21; and Boukou Groove Feb. 22. Music begins at 9 p.m., unless noted, is free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age. 

 

Sunday, Feb. 16

Sunday Brunch: The Sunday brunch special is a bottomless mimosa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Vue on 30a, 4801 W. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.

Jazz Brunch: Messina’s On 30A hosts a Jazz Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach. Build your own Bloody Mary bar, and Bottomless Mimosas.

Cadillac Willy: Voted “Best Jam Band” at the 2012 and 2013 Beachcomber Music Awards, Cadillac Willy performs at 4 p.m. at Local Catch Bar & Grill, 3711 W County 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.

Brunch with Chris Alvarado: Enjoy brunch on the patio with live music by Chris Alvarado from 12-3 p.m. at La Playa, corner of Hwy. 30A and 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.

 

Monday, Feb. 17

Open house: Northwest Florida State College will host a Community Open House on the college's main campus in Niceville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured will be free activities, seminars, demonstrations, art exhibits and more. An opening reception will be held at 10 a.m. in the courtyard at the east end of the Student Services Center.

Run 30A: Run between three and six miles with a group of runners in the Santa Rosa Beach area from 6-7 p.m. at Ed Walline Beach access. Party after at Pizza by the Sea Gulf Place.

Financial Matters Seminar: Mainstay Financial Group will present a free seminar, “Healthcare Costs – Planning for Bumps in the Road with Long-term Care,” at 10 a.m. in the Family Birth Place conference room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. To register for this free seminar, call 278-3600 or visit www.sacredheartemerald.org.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Moveable Feast: Children’s Volunteer Health Network’s Moveable Feast will be held from 6-10 p.m. Feb. 18 at Borago in Grayton Beach, with a portion of proceeds donated to CVHN to help local children receive the medical, dental, vision and mental healthcare they need. Call 622-3200, ext.101 or visit www.cvhnkids.org for more info.

Grayt Coffee Hour: Sit back in Grayt Living Room and listen to music featuring Mike Whitty from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet, 100 County Hwy. 30A E in Grayton Beach.

Arts and Carafes Night: Multiple artists display their works with one featured artist as well as featured wines and wine specials from 5-7 p.m. at Messina’s, 7 Town Center Loop in Santa Rosa Beach.

Support group: A Bereavement Support Group, hosted by Emerald Coast Hospice, will be held from 1-2 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480N County Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Restore: The Walton County Local Restore Act Committee will meet at 5 p.m. at the Bayou Arts Center, 105 Hogtown Bayou in Santa Rosa Beach.

Republican Women: The Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. at Carrabba’s Italian Grill at Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Speaker will be Larry Jones, Walton County administrator. Cost is $18/members and $20/guests.Reservations are required at 837-5321 by noon Feb. 17.

Garden club: The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Linkside Conference Center in Sandestin. Guest speaker is Gordon Clauss, a world renowned authority and local beekeeper. Cost of the program and lunch is $20. Make reservations by Feb. 16 at 650-5872 or mebbourne@aol.com.

Open Mic Night: An open mic night for for local or seasoned singer/songwriters will be held at 7 p.m. at Redd’s Fueling Station, 2320 W. Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.

Lifetree Café: “Do Good Dogs Go to Heaven?” explores the intimate connection between pets and their owners and whether or not pets have a place in heaven at 6:30 p.m. at Lifetree Café at Hope Lutheran Church in the 180° Bistro on the second floor at 3834 U.S. Hwy. 98 W in Santa Rosa Beach. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available.

Senior health: Emerald Coast Hospice will host a Senior Health Education Hour from 2-3 p.m. at the South Walton County Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.

 

Thursday, Feb. 20

ECMS: The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Speaker will be Ann Rector, a medical massage practitioner in Destin for 11 years.  Email nancyjames@embarqmail.com for more information.

Coffee with commissioner: Walton County District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander will host a series of “Coffee with the Commissioner” meetings beginning at 5:30 at Paxton Town Hall.

Wine tasting: Taste three white and three red wines plus a gourmet tapas plate from 4-6 p.m. at Wild Olives, 104 N. Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $25/person.

Town meeting: District 5 Commissioner, Vice Chair Cindy Meadows, hosts a town meeting emphasizing spring break at 8 a.m. at Great Southern Café in Seaside.

Americana Under The Stars: Lis and Lon Williamson perform from 6-8 p.m. in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a chair and beverage. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.

 

Friday, Feb. 21

Quilt show: “Quilting: Our Roots & Our Wings” features quilts made by members of the Chautauqua Quilters Guild, Inc. and Holmes Valley Quilters from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 21 and 22 at the DeFuniak Springs Community Center. Admission is $5. There will be several vendors, demos, antique quilts, an Opportunity quilt, door prizes and more. Call 585-2796.

Captain Midnight Band: The Captain Midnight Band, formed in New Orleans, plays at 9:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack, 109 Cannery Lane in Baytowne Wharf.

 

Saturday, Feb. 22

Topsail tour: Learn the basics about the Florida Black Bear from 2-3 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.

Cabana Cabana Studio: Enjoy champagne and chocolate and celebrate the opening of Patti Schlotterlein’s Cabana Cabana Studio from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Shops of Uptown Grayton in Grayton Beach.

WAM: The fourth annual WAM Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Costa Leadership Institute at NWFSC in Niceville. The conference offers breakout workshops on organizing your finances, making your money work for you, credit repair, insurance, entrepreneurship and more. This free conference includes all workshops, keynote address, breakfast and lunch. Free childcare will be provided on-site. To reserve childcare, call 243-1201. Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-wam-conference-tickets-10009910913.

Blue Ribbon Healers: Enjoy the music of the Blue Ribbon Healers from 10 a.m. to noon at the Seaside Farmers Market in the Seaside Amphitheater.

Artful Night Under the Stars: This Art Auction and Gala returns to V Seagrove from 6 to 9 p.m. The 60-piece art auction will feature local and regional masterpieces. Tickets are $50 for General Admission or $100 for VIP Admission, which includes raffle tickets and more. Visit www.30a-opoly.com to buy tickets

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