All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Friday, Sept. 5
Teen Driver Challenge: The Walton County Sheriff’s Office offers a free program, Teen Driver Challenge, from 5-9 p.m. at Walton High School in DeFuniak Springs with the driving portion at 8 a.m. Sept. 6 at the Walton County Fairgrounds, 790 North Hwy. 83 in DeFuniak Springs. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact your student’s School Resource Deputy.
Fall Flair: The sixth annual Fall Flair Arts And Crafts Show, sponsored by Destin United Methodist Women, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 5 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive. Booths feature baked goods, homemade crafts, jewelry, books, Christmas items and more. Proceeds go directly to the church, which goes to the local community. Dine at the Soul Café.
Central Square Cinema: Grab your blankets for a free movie, “The Blind Side,” at 7:30 p.m. under the stars at the Seaside Amphitheater.
Saturday, Sept. 6
Under the Sea: E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport will host a public event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Events include marine touch tanks, sharks with the Gulfarium at 11 a.m., hands on oyster reef demo, Japanese fish print art, mermaid races, squid balloons and more. Snacks will be available for purchase. Admission is $8/adults, $5/children and free for children two and under. Call 835-1842.
Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market: The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Grand Park in Miramar Beach between Cantina Laredo and Tommy Bahama’s.Vendors will offer locally sourced food-based items including produce, eggs, milk, butter, grass-fed beef, chicken, lamb, and pork, honey, pickled vegetables and gourmet jams.
Tri Delta: The Emerald Coast Alumni Chapter of Delta Delta Delta sorority will be at 11 a.m. at the Boathouse Landing in Valparaiso. Diana Gilbert will hostess the event. To make reservations call 678-7743 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 3.
Hollyday FunRun: The Fifth Annual Hollyday FunRun will be held at 7:30 a.m., starting at the Cabana Cafe in Ariel Dunes I in Seascape Resort. Early registration is available at www.active.com. Proceeds will benefit Shred Out Cancer, a non-profit organization in memory of local teen Holly Burke. Door prizes will be raffled, and participants will receive T-shirts, prizes, and goodie bags. Call 225-1648 or 582-0806.
Sunday, Sept. 7
Summer Sunday Concerts: Gulf Place on 30A hosts a free concert with Owsley Brothers from 6-9 p.m. on the Amphitheater lawn. Bring chairs and blankets.
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.
Monday, Sept. 8
Budget hearings: The Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold hearings in order to finalize and accept the FY 2014-2015 budget at 5:01 p.m. in South Walton Annex Boardroom, 31 Coastal Centre Blvd in Santa Rosa Beach, and 5:01 P.M. Sept. 22 in the DeFuniak Springs Courthouse Boardroom, 571 US Hwy. 90 East in DeFuniak Springs.
CAA Workshop: Local pastel artist and instructor Melody Bogle will teach pastel drawing classes in September from 12-3 p.m. Monday afternoons and 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday mornings at the Bayou Arts Center, 105 Hogtown Bayou Lane in Santa Rosa Beach. The cost of each class is $35/$30 for CAA members. To register, call 622-5970 or or email Lee@CulturalArtsAlliance.com.
Stroke support group: The free group will meet at 3 p.m. in the Suite 3 conference room of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast for stroke survivors, caregivers and family members.
Tuesday, Sept. 9
Town Hall Meeting: The first meeting hosted by the Mark Wichern for Congress campaign will be held at 6 p.m. in the activity room at the DeFuniak Springs Community Center, 361 North 10th St. Heavy finger foods and non-alcoholic beverages will be served free of charge.
Open Mic: Enjoy Open Mic Night at 9:30 p.m. at the Funky Blues Shack, 109 Cannery Lane in
Wednesday, Sept. 10
Wednesday Night Concert Series: A free concert with Delta Reign from 7-9 p.m. in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Call 267-8186.
Seagrove Garden Club: The club begins its 51st year at 10 a.m. at Café Thirty-A, 3899 Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Program will be Flowers, Food, and Friends with Tim Ryan, Florida state master designer, manager of Hibiscus Café, chef, caterer, and Seagrove Garden Club honorary member. Make reservations at 866-6691 or email@example.com.
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 to discuss the Restore Act.
Topsail tour: Learn about non-native visitors that might grow in your backyard from 3-4 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Entry fee is $6. Call 267-8330.
Bible study: The Women’s Ecumenical Bible Study of South Walton will begin a new Beth Moore Bible study from 10 a.m. to noon at Good News United Methodist Church, 4747 Hwy. 98 W in Santa Rosa Beach.To register and for information, call the church office at 622-9191 or email Lynnethomason@cox.net.
Thursday, Sept. 11
Americana Under The Stars: Bring a chair and a beverage to enjoy the music of Matt Prater at 6:30 p.m. in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Open mic begins the evening. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill. Food available for purchase.
Grayt Coffee Hour: Sit back in Grayt Living Room and listen to music featuring Drew Tillman from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet, 100 County Hwy. 30A E in Grayton Beach.
Friday, Sept. 12
Oyster Shell Bagging: Bag fossilized oyster shell for use in future oyster reefs from 9 a.m. to noon at the South Walton NWFSC Center, 109 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Wear clothes and close-toed shoes you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring sunscreen, snacks, a water bottle and a hat. Water and gloves will be provided. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Topsail tour: Ranger Tammy will discuss the amazing life of the monarch butterfly and will culminate with a craft project to make your own butterfly from 2-3 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Entry fee is $6. Call 267-8330.
Central Square Cinema: Grab your blankets for a free movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean,” at 7:30 p.m. under the stars at the Seaside Amphitheater.