All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Saturday, Oct. 13
Blessing of the Animals
St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church, 150 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs, will hold a Blessing of the Animals at 1 p.m. Please leash or restrain pets as appropriate. If unable to bring pet, bring a photo, toy, etc.
Breakfast with a Ranger and ask questions about wildlife from 9 a.m. to noon at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. To cover the cost of food, bring $5/adults and $3/children, which goes to Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park. Call 267-0299.
Mike Kay presents the importance of aquaculture and its influence on the conservation of coral reefs at 11a.m. and 1 p.m. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
Best of the Emerald Coast
The 2012 winners voted The Best by readers of Emerald Coast Magazine will be on display from 6-9 p.m. at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin along the main street. The evening includes food, fun, fashion and entertainment, a silent auction, and live music. Admission is $25/advance and $35/day of. All proceeds benefit the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. Tickets can be purchased at Today's Boutique, Sarah K’s Gourmet, Silver Sands customer service kiosk, Copy Systems in Destin’s Walmart, and the Regions Bank in Destin or on-line at www.jlec.org. Call 862-2665.
Author Robbie L. Rogers of Santa Rosa Beach will sign copies of his book, “Guilty of No Wrongdoing,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sundog Books, 89 Central Square in Santa Rosa Beach.
Vettes at the Village
The Village of Baytowne Wharf and Playground Corvette Club present Vettes at the Village from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Area Corvette Clubs bring “America’s Sports Car” to the event, shined to the max and wanting your vote as favorite Corvette at the show. Visit www.playgroundcorvetteclub.com/VATV/vatv.html.
Seaside Farmers Market
Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings from 8 a.m. to noon in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
Sunday, Oct. 14
Painting for the Troops
This event has been cancelled as of Oct. 12.
Make a painting to brighten a military person’s day at Painting for the Troops from 2-4 p.m. at Chautauqua Vineyards and Winery in DeFuniak Springs. Cost of $35/painter covers the cost of paint, canvas, and postage. Bring a letter to attach to your canvas. All canvases will be shipped to troops in Afghanistan. Prepay at 892-5887.
Wayne Hall will grace the stage, Children’s Volunteer Health Network will pour Mimosas for donations, and Cafe Hibiscus will have a sweet and savory buffet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, 85Defuniak St. in Grayton Beach. Call 231-2733.
The Running of the Bulls
Enjoy the music of Duke Bardwell, Kyle Ogle, and Kenny Oliverio at 9 p.m. at Stinky’s Fish Camp, 5994 County Road 30-A in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-3053.
Low Country Boil
723 Whiskey Bravo, 3031 E. County Hwy. 30-A in the heart of Old Seagrove, offers a Low Country Shrimp Boil with boiled shrimp or crawfish and all the fixin’s plus live music from 3-7 p.m. Call 213-0015.
Singer/guitarist Bill Evett performs from 6-10 p.m. Fridays with DJ Shane beginning at 10 p.m. at Marie’s Bistro on 30A in Blue Mountain Beach. Karaoke takes center stage on Wednesdays; Kelsey Anna performs from 7-10 p.m. Thursdays; and Redd Sings from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays with DJ Shane beginning at 10 p.m. Shag Music & Dance Class is held from 5-7 p.m. Sundays with Ben Friedman from 7-10 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 15
Pajama Time Story Time
Join storyteller Ms. Cheryl at 6 p.m. 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.
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,
Tuesday, Oct. 16
Dannica Lowery performs live from 6-9 p.m. at Shorty’s Surfside Bar, 63 Hotz Ave. in Grayton Beach. Call 468-0417.
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.
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, Oct. 17
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents a free concert with Cadillac Willy from 6-8 p.m. in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
The Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. at Carrabba's Italian Grill at Silver Sands Premium Outlet. United States Representative Jeff Miller will be guest speaker. Lunch is $18/members and $20/guests and reservations should be made before noon on Oct. 15 at 837-5321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mainstay Financial Group will present a course on retirement and financial planning 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 or visit www.sacredheartemerald.org.
Green Thumb Garden Club
The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. at the Linkside Conference Center on the Bayside of Sandestin Resort, Miramar Beach. Ed and Lynn Fabian of the Fort Walton Beach Bonsai Society will present a program on the history and art of bonsai. Lunch is $20 payable by cash or check at the door. Reservations required Oct. 14 at 650-5872 or email@example.com.
Thursday, Oct. 18
Dr. John Savage, who has been practicing dentistry along the Choctawhatchee River in Ebro for 28 years, will speak on “Seven Universal Principles You Must Practice to Find Happiness” to the Emerald Coast Meditation Society at 6:30 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. The evening will conclude with a short, guided meditation. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new Restorative/Gentle Yoga Class will be held at 11:30 a.m. every Thursday at Balance Health Studio 30a in Seagrove. There is no cost to individuals currently receiving treatment for any type of cancer. Call 532-4295.
The Seaside Rep presents Den of Thieves at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, through Oct. 20 at the Seaside Meeting Hall Theatre. Tickets are $25 at www.seasiderep.org.
Fusion fitness class
Hope Lutheran Church, 3422 U.S. 98 W in Santa Rosa Beach, will offer a fusion fitness class at 9 a.m. Attendees may bring a mat, towel, water and light hand weights. Suggested donation is $5. Call 267-0322.
Thursday thread therapy
Needlers, knitters, crocheters and others come for free therapy from 4-6 p.m. on the porch at Yards N Yarn, 3770 Co. Hwy. 3280 in Freeport. Call 880-6404.
Friday, Oct. 19
Beer From Around Here
Marlin Grill at Baytowne Wharf hosts the Third Annual Beer From Around Here featuring barbeque by Jim ‘N Nick’s, beer pairings from local breweries and live music on the lawn from 6-8 p.m. to kick off The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Beer Festival. Tickets can be purchased at Marlin Grill or online www.baytownebeerfestival.com for $35. Discounted weekend passes available. Call 351-1990.
Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival
Known as the “Best Beer Fest on the Emerald Coast,” the Fifth Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 19-20 features 40 on-site craft brewers, more than 100 domestic and international beers, seminars and samplings and live music. Tickets are $25/advance and $30/day of. Visit www.baytownebeerfestival.com for a complete schedule.
The semi-annual $2 Sale to benefit Child Care Services will be held from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Paradise Point Shopping Center, Unit 9, in the Publix Shopping Center in Fort Walton Beach with admission of $10. Also from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 20 with $5 entrance fee and 1-5 p.m. Oct. 21 with no entrance fee. No men or children; cash only. All proceeds benefit children from low-income working families receiving child care assistance in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.
Saturday, Oct. 20
Kids’ cancer bake sale
Kitchenique will hold a kids’ cancer bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on U.S. 98 at City Market in Destin. Proceeds will benefit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a not-for-profit organization committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancers. Kitchenique will offer a wide assortment of baked goodies perfect for Halloween celebrations. Gluten free, organic and sugar free treats will be available.
Pizza By the Sea will host a fundraiser for Alaqua Animal Refuge all day in WaterColor shopping plaza by Publix. Buy a pizza and say the secret word, “Alaqua,” and a portion of the sale will be donated to Alaqua.
Sale on the Circle
Circle Drive around the Lake Yard in DeFuniak Springs will host the Fifth Annual Sale on the Circle from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Antiques, crafts, collectibles, flea market and yard sale items will be on sale and gumbo by Ellen will be available. Box lunch available. The event benefits St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church. Call 830-7663 for space reservations.
Rosemary Beach Uncorked
Enjoy a unique open-air food and wine event, Rosemary Beach Uncorked, as you stroll cobblestone streets and explore the diverse culinary styles of eight restaurants from 1-5 p.m. at the town center restaurants. Advance tickets are $75 and $95 at door. Email email@example.com or call 855-819-2220.