All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Friday, May 16
Topsail tour: Learn the history of the alligator from 2-3 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6/vehicle. Call 267-8330.
Writers Conference: A movie screening of “Lawless,” based on the book, “The Wettest County in the World,” from 6-9 p.m. in the Seaside Assembly Hall followed by a reception and Q and A in the Seaside Academic Village Courtyard. Tickets are $20 at http://seasidewritersconference.weebly.com/events--dates.html. Children under 16 must be accompanied by adult.
Saturday, May 17
Book drive: Authors Lisa and River McBride will host a Book Drive for the Coastal Branch Library at Seaside Farmer’s Market. Gently-used and new books will be accepted.
Shop for a Job: Silver Sands Premium Outlets will hold Shop for a Job from 12-4 p.m. Pick up a list of all participating stores at the Information Center between Michael Kors and DKNY.
Jazz on the Lawn: Listen to an eclectic group of jazz artists at 5 p.m. at the Seaside Amphitheater. Event is free and open to the public.
Sunday, May 18
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. Call 267-0322.
ArtWalk on the Harbor: Local and regional artists and vendors display their work at ArtWalk on the Harbor from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from HarborWalk Village to AJ’s. The event is free.
Sinfonia Youth Orchestra: The Sinfonia Youth Orchestra and Sinfonietta Strings will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin. Call 850-269-7129.
Community festival: Music in Pictures will be held from 2-5 p.m. at South Walton High School in Santa Rosa Beach.
Trolley launch: An unveiling and ribbon cutting for the Turtle Express trolley will be held from 2-6 p.m. May 18 at the Seaside Amphitheatre. Enjoy music of Geoff McBride and Cadillac Willy, face painting and arts and crafts.
Monday, May 19
Writers’ Conference: Matt Bondurant discusses organizational and structural strategies from 9-10 a.m. and Seth Brady Tucker examines the craft skills used by fiction writers from 6-7 p.m. at the Seaside Assembly Hall, 168 Smolian Circle in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets are $25 each.
Financial Matters Seminar: Mainstay Financial Group will present a free seminar, “Financial Planning – Importance of a Team Approach,” at 10 a.m. in the Family Birth Place conference room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. To register, persons 55 and older, call 278-3600.
Tuesday, May 20
Fire Burn: The ARC of Walton County, home of the No Limits Theatre Company, in collaboration with Seaside Neighborhood Schools’ sixth grade class, will perform scenes from Shakespeare’s plays at 6:30 p.m. in Ruskin Place on County Road 30A in Seaside. The production is free and all donations can be made to the ARC of Walton County.
Tiger Trek dinner: The Emerald Coast Auburn Alumni Club will host head coach Gus Malzahn during his annual Tiger Trek stop in Destin. Registration for the dinner takes place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Destin Jet. Ticket prices are $50/person and can be purchased by sending a check to the Emerald Coast Auburn Club, P.O. Box 4236, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549 or at http://emeraldcoastauburnclub.com/Tiger_Trek_2014.html and pay using PayPal. Corporate tables are available for $1,000. Funds raised with the Corporate Sponsors goes to the Bill & Gayle Creamer Scholarship Fund.
Wednesday, May 21
Republican Women: The Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. at Cuvee Catering, 12590 Emerald Parkway, Suite C, in Miramar Beach. Mary Beth Barrows, Northwest Florida special assistant, Office of United States Senator Marco Rubio, will present the program. Cost of lunch is $20/members and $22/guests. Make reservations at 837-5321 or email email@example.com.
Coffee with commissioner: Walton County District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander will host “Coffee with the Commissioner” at 5 p.m. in the South Walton Annex Board Room.
Garden Club: The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Linkside Conference Center in Sandestin. Cost of lunch is $20. Make reservations by May 18 at 650-5872 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: A free concert features Ocean Street from 7-9 p.m. in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Call 267-8186.
Thursday, May 22
Americana Under The Stars: Bring a chair, a beverage and enjoy the music of Michael Koppy at 6 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.
Concerts in the Village: MKAF presents The Mike Veal Band at 7 p.m. at the Dugas Pavilion at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Bring a picnic and wine or beverage of choice, or purchase meal on-site. Admission is $10/adult and children under 12 and MKAF members are free. Call 650-2226.
Locals Last Stand: The Second Annual Locals Last Stand party takes place at Eden Gardens State Park. Events include open house from 5-7 p.m. at Audubon Point; Boukou Groove from 7-8 p.m.; The Wildlife Specials from 8-9 p.m.; and a local jam session from 9-10 p.m. Bring blankets, chairs and coolers; no alcohol until after sunset. Food, beer and wine available for purchase.
Restore sub-committee: The Walton County Local Restore Act Evaluation Sub-Committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. at the Bayou Arts Center, 105 Hogtown Bayou in Santa Rosa Beach to discuss the Restore Act.
Seaside Rep: Enjoy The Bryan Kennedy Show with special guests Kevin Boyle, Duke Bardwell, Troy Jones and Balder Saunders for a night of music, humor sing-alongs at 7:30 p.m. at the Seaside Rep Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle in Santa Rosa Beach.
Friday, May 23
Topsail tour: Learn the art of tracking from 2-3 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.
First Note Concert: Benjy Davis, Britton Cameron, Kaci Bolls and Paul McDonald perform at 7 p.m. May 23 and 24 at Seascape Resort, 556 Seascape Drive in Miramar Beach. Doors open 6 p.m. Tickets are $25/adults, $12.50/children 11-15; and free/children 10 and under. To order, call 888-920-9372.
Pediatric Symposium: The 45th Annual Pediatric Symposium take place May 23-26 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Miramar Beach. Symposium cost for physicians is $500 and $250 for other healthcare professionals. Register at www.psdestinfl.org or email email@example.com.