Saturday, March 29
Death By Chocolate: The South Walton Rotary presents Death By Chocolate, an evening of indulgence, from 6-9 p.m. in Grand Boulevard between Tommy Bahamas and Cantina Laredo. Local guest chefs will prepare and serve signature chocolate desserts for a “Throwdown Competition.” Admission is $20 for admission and $30 tickets include two drink tickets; cash bar for beer and wine. Advance tickets may be purchased at http://swr.xorbia.com/dbc.
Sinfonia: The Sinfonia Gala features the Sinfonia Gulf Coast the first half and Patti LuPone the second half in her “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda … played that role” at 7:30 p.m. at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Cash bar available. Tickets range from $49.50-$125 and can be purchased at www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or 269-7129.
Topsail tour: Learn about the White Tailed Deer from 3-4 p.m. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.
Anniversary celebration: Bay Breeze Patio celebrates its 10th year serving the Emerald Coast from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 30 at 32 Forest Shore Drive in Miramar Beach. A Burger Throwdown begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, with grill masters competing for “Best Burger on the Coast.” Call 269-4666.
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.
Sunday, March 30
Sunday Concerts: Bring chairs and blankets to a free concert with Neil Dover from 6-9 p.m. on the Amphitheater lawn at Gulf Place on 30A.
Brunch in the Backyard of Love: Max McCann on stage and Children’s Volunteer Health Network pours mimosas for donations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, 85 Defuniak St. in Grayton Beach. The Backyard of Love is pet-friendly.
Balloons From Above: Be on the lookout from 4-6 p.m. around Rosemary Beach for the talented stilt-walker. She even dances and makes fun balloon creations.
The Market: Find your favorite farmers market goodies and handmade crafts at The Market at Gulf Place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays and 3-7 p.m. Thursdays on the amphitheater green at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach
Monday, March 31
Cheerleading Try-Outs: Try-outs for the South Walton High School Competition Cheerleading Team will be held March 31-April 3. Mandatory meeting for candidates and a parent/guardian begins at 5:30 p.m. March 31 in the SWHS gym. The Cheer Clinic will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. April 1-3; $25 try-out fee plus $5 optional music fee. Try-outs will be from 4:15-6 p.m. April 4.Email Scarpullaa@walton.k12.fl.us for information.
Nature Trail Tour: Wear comfortable shoes and meet at Fonville Press in Alys Beach for a tour of the Alys Beach Nature Trail from 1-2 p.m.
Run 30A: Run with a group along 30A in the Santa Rosa Beach area at 6 p.m. for distances from 3-6 miles. Run begins at Ed Walline beach access with socializing 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.
Tuesday, April 1
TDC: The Walton County Tourist Development Council will hold the 2014 Strategic Consultant Presentation at 8 a.m. and regular council meeting at 1 p.m. at WaterColor Inn and Resort, meeting room 2. Call 267-1216 or email Michele@visitsouthwalton.com.
Peddlers Pavilion: Performing from 5-9 p.m. at a 30A Summer Concert Series at Peddlers Pavilion, 10343 E. County Hwy. 30A in Seacrest Beach, will be Tom Devoursney on April 1 and Austin Jennings on April 2. Beer and wine available through Peddlers Pub, and admission is free.
Cinema Under the Stars: Bring blankets and low back chairs to enjoy Up from 7:30-10 p.m. under the stars in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Movie is free. Piper’s will offer food and beverage.
Office hours: Walton County District 4 County Commissioner Sara Comander will hold office hours beginning at 9 a.m. at the South Walton Annex. To schedule an appointment, call 835-4834.
Town Planters: The Town Planters of Freeport will meet at 7 p.m. at the Blount House on Kylea Laird Road. Call 835-5611.
Wednesday, April 2
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Folsom Prison Gang, a Johnny Cash Tribute, performs a free concert from 7-9 p.m. in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Call 267-8186.
Spring Concert Series: Blue Ribbon Healers perform from 6-8 p.m. in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. The event is free. Piper’s will offer food and beverage.
Mathew Hall: Entertainer Mathew Hall performs at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach, from 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays during brunch.
Marie’s Bistro: Entertainment includes Ike on Sax on Tuesdays, Karaoke on Wednesdays and Ike & Tim at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Marie’s Bistro in Santa Rosa Beach.
Thursday, April 3
Americana Under The Stars: Bring a chair, a beverage and enjoy the music of Simple Folk at 7 p.m. in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach, hosted by Lucky Mud. Open mic is from 6-7 p.m. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill. Food available for purchase.
ECMS: The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. Rod Debs, pastor of the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship in Valparaiso, and his wife, Jeannette, will present A Free Nation, a Free Faith: Unitarian Universalism. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Redd sings: Redd the Singing Bartender, who slings and sings from a song list of more than 400 songs, performs at 6 p.m. at Redd’s Fueling Station, 2320 W. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.
Audubon Society: The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Room 130 on the ground floor of the Student Services Center at the Niceville campus of NWFSC. “Optics for Birding” will be presented by local nature photographer and lifelong optics lover, Walt Spence. Call 582-7064 for information.
Art Walk: The First Thursday Art Walk will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. Galleries and shops will be open extended hours.
WCEDA: The Walton County Economic Development Alliance will hold its monthly board meeting at noon in the Walton County Administration Conference Room, 76 North 6th Street in DeFuniak Springs.
Throwback Thursday: Dress to impress and enjoy DJ Chuck Lawson spin Disco music at 9:30 p.m. at Messina’s, 7 Town Center Loop in Santa Rosa Beach.
Kickball on Kelly Green: Grab the entire family for a pick-up game of kickball from 3-4 p.m. on Kelly Green in Alys Beach.
Rotary Club of South Walton: The Rotary Club of South Walton meets for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites, Scenic Hwy. 98 in Miramar Beach. Visiting Rotarians and their guests are welcome. Call 267-2929.
Friday, April 4
Central Square Cinema: Grab your blanket and head to the Lyceum Lawn next to the Seaside Neighborhood School at 7:30 p.m. for the family movie, “Wall-E,” under the stars.
EC Top Salon: The third annual Top Salon Makeover Charity Competition begins at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa for a night of makeovers, drinks, music, food and fun. EC Top Salon 2014 completely challenges the expertise and creativity of the top nominated 10 area salons as they embark on a 24-hour head-to-toe makeover transformation of a local resident (model) of their choosing. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $57 per person and available at EmeraldCoastMagazine.com.
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.
Sip n Shop: The Fourth Annual Sip n Shop, a day of shopping, eating and sipping, will be held as part of the Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the bayfront La Ciel ballroom at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. All proceeds beneﬁt Alaqua Animal Refuge. Tickets are $150/person at www.alaquaanimalrefuge.org.
Tomatoes workshop: The UF/IFAS — Walton Extension with the Master Gardeners will hold the sixth annual Totally Tomatoes Workshops from 2-3:30 p.m. at 732 N. 9th St. in DeFuniak Springs and from 10-11:30 a.m. April 11 at 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. Cost is $10 and includes all materials and three tomato plants. Register by March 31 at 892-8172 and send checks made out to Walton County Advisory/Tomatoes to DeFuniak Springs address.
Saturday, April 5
St. Agatha’s Breakfast: Breakfast Cooked to Order will be held from 7-11 a.m. in the Parish Hall at St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church, 150 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Cost is $5.50/adults and $2.50/children under 10. Proceeds benefit the church and its food ministry. The historic church will be open for tours.
Earth Day: Biophilia’s Annual Earth Day Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Freeport. Events include music by the Wildlife Specialists, festival foods, environmental demos and exhibits, World of Wonder, live animal programs, arts and crafts, local vendors, nature hikes, a children’s garden, bounce house, games, face painting and more. Admission is $8/adults, $5/children, free/two and under.
Walton County Aviators: The EAA Chapter, Walton County Aviators #1548, will meet at 10 a.m. in the DeFuniak Springs airport FBO facility. People interested in aviation and in joining the Chapter are welcome to attend.
History walk: Learn about the early history of the park and local area at Camp Helen State Park’s history walk from 10-10:45 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. The tour is free with paid park admission fee of $4 per vehicle. Call 233-5059.
Nature walk: Take a walk in nature with wildlife expert and ecologist Joe Wyatt at 9 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at Hammock Bay, west of Freeport. Suitable for all ages. The trail system includes a bat house, purple martin houses, many bluebird houses, a wood duck house, a butterfly house and more. Call 496-1864.
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 with a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar and Bottomless Mimosas.