Calendar of Events and Entertainment Jan. 11 - 18

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The fifth annual 30A Songwriters Festival, with 150 songwriters and more than 200 performances at 25 venues along Hwy. 30A, including Caliza Pool & Restaurant at Alys Beach, takes place all day Jan. 17-19. Weekend tickets are $190 and can be purchased at www.30asongwritersfestival.com.

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:50 AM.

All area codes are 850 unless specified.

Saturday, Jan. 11

Music concert: An Americana 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.  Donations accepted.  Refreshments available.  Call 233-5059.

Artist and Author: Escape to Create presentation from 7:30-9:15 p.m. at the Seaside Repertory Theatre.Mixed-media artist Jenny Krasner presents her visually layered works and Florida Gold Medal Book Award author Cynthia Barnett gives a tour from backyard waterfalls in California to sinkholes swallowing chunks of Florida. Tickets are $25 at SeasideRep.org, 231-0733 or Amavida Coffee locations on 30A.

Topsail tour: Enjoy Breakfast with a Ranger from 9-10:30 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.

Dinner cruise: Dine, dance and cruise aboard the Solaris yacht from 5-8 p.m. leaving from the marina in Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin. Reservations may be made at sunquestcruises.com or call 650-2519.

Gulf Place Farmer’s Market: Pick up fresh produce from The Produce Gal from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gulf Place Farmer’s Market, in Gulf Place Town Center by Restaurant Fire.

Rudy Applewhite: Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar, 525 Grand Blvd. in Sandestin, presents Rudy Applewhite and his steel drums from 4-9 p.m. Call 654-1743.

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

SeasideFarmers Market: Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.

Sunday, Jan. 12

Picking on the Porch: Enjoy a jam session when local musicians gather at 2 p.m. at Freeport City Hall. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket.

Brunch with Matt Hall: Matt Hall takes the stage at 10 a.m. during brunch at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.

Beach Service: Worship at the beach with Hope Lutheran Church at 8 a.m. at Ed Walline Beach Access across from Gulf Place on Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a towel, chair, or stand on the boardwalk. The service will be held at the church’s U.S. 98 campus during inclement weather and if the temperature is below 50 degrees. Call 267-0322.

The Steenos: Enjoy the music of The Steenos from 3-6 p.m. at Stinky’s Fish Camp, 5994 County Road 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.

Cabana Café: Enjoy music with Jabbo and Krissa at 9 p.m. at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.

Monday, Jan. 13

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.

Billy Garrett: Enjoy the music of Billy Garrett from 7-10 p.m. at Shorty’s Surfside & Topside, 63 Hotz. Ave. in Grayton Beach.

Baytowne on Ice: Ice skate from 3-9 p.m. at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Cost is $11 for hour and a half; skate rental $2. The first hour is reserved for “kids skate,” youth 12 and under.

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Public Hearing: A Public Hearing will be held at 4 p.m. at the South Walton Courthouse Annex, 31 Coastal Centre Blvd. in Santa Rosa Beach to discuss amending Chapter 4 of the Walton County Code.

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.

Ike’s Bartley: An evening of great music, sax, keyboard and dancing is held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.

Open Mic: Open Mic Night begins at 9:30 p.m. at the Funky Blues Shack in Baytowne.

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Partner training: TheWalton County TDC will offer expert training on the best uses for enhancing your multi-platform accommodation listing from 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. at the Northwest Florida State College — South Walton Campus. This free listing is a service to any eligible Walton County bed tax collector.RSVP which training session you will attend to christina@visitsouthwalton.com.

Garden Club: The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Linkside Center in Sandestin.  The program begins with a brief talk on growing olives trees in our area by Jim Williams of Fort Walton Beach. Dar Zook and Gina Seton of Olive Oil Excellence will do a presentation on the quality of their oils and where they come from. There will also be a tasting of the oils and balsamics. Cost including lunch is $20. Reservations required by Jan. 12 at 650-5872 or mebbourne@aol.com.

Republican Women: The Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. at Carrabba’s Italian Grill at Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Walton County Supervisor of Elections, Bobby Beasley, will discuss recent changes in the election laws.  The cost is $18/members and $20/guests. Reservations required by Jan. 13 at 837-5321.

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, Jan. 16

Snowbird Day: The City of DeFuniak Springs hosts its Snowbird Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood. Lunch provided by chef Ellen Mayfield. Guided tours of Circle Drive begin at 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Visit www.defuniakspringsvisitorsbureau.com for more information.

Wine Walkabout: The Third Thursday Wine Walkabout at Gulf Place will be held from 5-7 p.m. Live music, giveaways, wine and hors d'oeuvres at all the 15+ stops throughout the town of Gulf Place for $15. Check in at the Artists at Gulf Place to receive your glass.

ECMS: The Emerald Coast Meditation Society meets at 6:30 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Speaker Cindy Butler, will present “Colon Hydrotherapy: What is It and Why do I need it?Email nancyjames@embarqmail.com for information.

Horticulture group: The Tri-County Horticulture Studies Group meets from 10 a.m. to noon at the Okaloosa County Road Department training room, 1759 S. Ferdon Blvd. in Crestview. Following the lecture, the group will visit Crestview Hydroponics. Fresh produce will be available for sale, including tomatoes. A group lunch follows at Wild Olive Restaurant. Call 678-2842 or email marieharrison@valp.net before Jan. 11 to make reservation.

AmericanaUnder The Stars:Pierce Pettis performs 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, Jan. 17

Piano concert: The South Walton Rotary Club presents Francesco Attesti, an Italian pianist of international acclaim, in a concert to raise funds to build a clinic for diabetic patients living in Tela, Honduras, at 7 p.m. at Community Church, U.S. 98 in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets are $30/adult and $15/student. Purchase tickets at http://swr.xorbia.com/francesco-attesti, at the door or contact a Rotarian. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Duck Fat: Enjoy the music of Duck Fat with Billy Garrett and Smiling Fritz from 6-9 p.m. at Stinky’s Fish Camp, 5994 County Road 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.

Season Ammons: Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack present the Season Ammons Band at 9:30 p.m. at 109 Cannery Lane in Baytowne Wharf.

Saturday, Jan. 18

Topsail tour: Learn about coyotes from 2-3 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. A park entrance fee is required. Call 267-8330.

Wine Dinner on the Road: The Destin Charity Wine Auction foundation hits the road for a wine dinner, sponsored by IP Casino Resort Spa, at 7 p.m. at award-winning Restaurant 32 at IP Casino in Biloxi, Miss. Cost for the multi-course dinner paired with specially wines is $250. All of the proceeds will benefit DCWAF. For tickets visit DCWAF.org/tickets. Special DCWAF room rates also available at the IP for those staying at the IP. Use Offer Code: WINEDIN.

Book sale: The Friends of the Walton County/DeFuniak Springs Library will hold a book sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Walton County Fairgrounds, 790 State Rte 83 North in DeFuniak Springs. Proceeds will be used to provide new books and other materials not currently covered by the library budget. Call 859-0215.

Artist Bazaar: Artists at Gulf Place presents its Artist Bazaar from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Artists at Gulf Place green in the center of the Gulf Place loop. Bazaar features local artists, craftspeople and artisan vendors, interactive activities for children, and a free hot dog for those who make a purchase.

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