All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Saturday, Feb. 16
The Amernet String Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University, presents a weekend of chamber music at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall at Rosemary Beach. Tickets are $35 at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
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 — dark of light roux? Chicken and sausage or seafood? 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 & the Zydeco Krewe. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25/day of event.
Valentine Tour of Homes
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County hosts its 2013 Valentine Tour of Homes featuring six South Walton homes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 and from 12-4 p.m. Feb. 17. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at CulturalArtsAlliance.com and at Smith’s Antiques in Destin, the Bayou Arts Center and Sundog Books in Seaside, and Hidden Lantern Gallery in Rosemary Beach. Call 622-5970.
The Gulf Place Merchants Association hosts the semi-annual community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gulf Place Amphitheater at the corner of Scenic 30A and Hwy. 393. Vendors will sell a variety of merchandise including women and men’s apparel, original art, furniture, home accessories and more.
Find out about exotic plants and why they are eradicated at 2 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Programs require a $6 admission to park. Call 267-8330.
Announcement party/play reading
The Seaside REP will throw a free 2013 Season Announcement Party from 5-7 p.m. at the REP Theatre. The event is open to the public and will feature appetizers and sweet treats donated by Chanticleer Bakery. There will also be wine, beer and other beverages for sale.
Starting at 7:30 pm, following the party, there will be the play reading of “Romantic Fools” by Rich Orloff. Tickets for this special play reading will be $10 at the door. Call 231-0733.
Car Wash/Bake Sale
Christ the King Catholic Church of Freeport will have a car wash and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the BP station in Freeport at the corner of Hwy. 20 and Hwy. 331 S. Rain date is Feb. 23. The event is in support of Army Special Forces soldier Dan Carlton and his family. Carlton is currently receiving rehabilitation services in Texas after amputation of his left leg and several fingers in an attack while serving his country in Afghanistan.
The Pastel Society of North Florida will meet from 9 a.m. to noon at the Walton Country Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. The program will be a presentation by Alison Bailey of A B Creations regarding her business of producing fine art prints and note cards from artist's work including pastels. The meeting is open to the public.
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.
Clean up day
Walkin’ On Water Paddleboards will host a clean up on Lake Powell at Camp Helen State Park in honor of Ocean Hour Florida. Bring paddleboard, kayak, boat, self made raft or walk the beach and pick up some trash. If weather permits some boards will be available to use. Lunch at Castaways in Carillon Beach after. Meet at the beginning of the walking path under the bridge. There is a $4 entrance fee for the park at the gate unless you have a seasonal pass.
Bike ride in South Walton County on the 30-A bike Path at 10 a.m. Meet at the small Ed Walline Beach Access park at the intersection of Hwy. 393 and Hwy. 30-A. Lunch along the bike path. Call 301-9452.
Sunday, Feb. 17
The sixth annual Father-Daughter (grandpa, uncle, cousin, family friend) Dance will be held from 5-7 p.m. 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.
The Emerald Coast Philosophical Society will meet at 3 p.m. at the Kelly Plantation Owners' Club. Dr. Johnny Savage will lead the discussion on "How do you find peace in this tumultuous and chaotic world?” Call 424-6925.
Gospel Quartet in concert
The Dixie Echoes Quartet will present a concert of gospel music at 3 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Beach Community Church, 3524 U.S. Hwy. 98 West. There is no admission cost but a love offering will be taken.
Yaani Drucker presents “Waking Up to Truth, Undoing the Illusion of Separate Existence” at 4 p.m. at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Each week is a separate, unique and enlightening experience. Presentations continue Sundays through March 10.
Monday, Feb. 18
Mainstay Financial Group will present a special seminar, “Annuities: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” at 10 a.m. in the Suite 3 Resource Center conference room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. To register for this free seminar, call 278-3600.
Tijuana Flats fundraiser
Tijuana Flats will raise money for the Junior League of the Emerald Coast by hosting an evening fundraiser from 5-10 p.m. in Fort Walton Beach. Attendees can enjoy 2-4-1 draft beers, the corn hole game and bottomless chips and dips. Kids are invited to decorate the patio with sidewalk chalk. The Junior League will raise money for their Child Clothing Project. Ten percent of each guest's check will go to the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. Dine-in, drive thru and carryout orders apply.
Tuesday, Feb. 19
Relay for Life
The DeFuniak Springs Relay for Life will hold its first Team Captain meeting 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.
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.
Wednesday, Feb. 20
Celebrate the five-year anniversary of John Hollan Photography from 5-9 p.m. at Artists at Gulf Place on the corner of 30A and Hwy. 393. Enjoy live music, oyster shucking, new art and one night pricing. Call 974-0724.
Prime Time program
Diane Merkel, historian and author of DeFuniak Springs, will speak on Walton County History at 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.
The Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. at Carrabba’s Italian Grill at Silver Sands Outlet. Dr. David Goetsch, vice-president emeritus of Northwest Florida State College, will be guest speaker. Cost of lunch is $18/members and $20/guets. Reservations required by noon Feb. 18 at 837-5321.
Thursday, Feb. 21
The Luminary Connection will meet at noon at the Life Enrichment Senior Center, College Avenue, in DeFuniak Springs. Featured speaker is Mary Burns, local Bible teacher, who will speak about integrity in the workplace. Call 635-1801.
The Tri-county Horticulture Studies Group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon at the Fort Walton Beach County Extension Annex, 127 Hollywood Blvd. The program, given by Okaloosa County Horticulture Extension Agent Sheila Dunning, will be about seed propagation, including seed gathering and planting techniques. This program is free and open to the public.
Americana Under the Stars
Lucky Mud will perform at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park’s new concert series, Americana Under the Stars, at 7 p.m. 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.
The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet 6:30 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Speaker will be Kimberly Constance, a holistic health practitioner, reiki master, pranic healer and massage therapist. Email email@example.com.
Friday, Feb. 22
Saint Rita Catholic Church, 137 Moll Drive in Santa Rosa Beach, will host a fish fry from 3-7 p.m. Cost is $9/adults and $3.50/children. Take out available. Proceeds support outreach programs. Call 267-2588.
Social Media Marketing Seminar
Ask questions, share experiences, and network with peers when the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a free educational seminar, “Social Media Marketing & Facebook for Business,” from 10 a.m. to noon at NWFSC, South Walton Center, 109 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-0683 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Feb. 23
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.
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. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
Hike the tram road to the shore of Campbell Lake, one of the rarest types of habitat in the world, at 2 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Programs require a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.
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. 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.