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Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach will hold the following tours. All programs except Breakfast with a Ranger require a $6 entry admission into the park. Outside tours are canceled during severe weather. For information, call 267-8330.
• Jan. 5: Learn to identify palms and pines at 2 p.m.
• Jan. 11: Learn the history of Florida’s most famous reptile, the alligator, at 2 p.m.
• Jan. 12: Breakfast with a Ranger at 9 a.m. and ask them all the questions you can think of about park wildlife. 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.
• Jan. 18: A night hike begins at 4:45 p.m. by watching the sunset, then a 1 mile hike to the day use parking lot.
• Jan. 19: Learn which spiders in Florida are poisonous, where they live, what they eat, and the benefits they bring to us at 2 p.m.
• Jan. 26: Learn what type of creatures, on land and sea, can be found in this area at 2 p.m.
Friends of Scenic 30-A
The Friends of Scenic 30-A and The 30A Foundation, Inc. will meet from 5-5:45 p.m. Jan. 7 at 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. Call 267-1955.
Book Lover’s Club
The Coastal Library Book Lover’s Club will be held from 10-11 a.m. Jan. 8 in the community room of the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. New members are welcome along with their friends. Book to be discussed is “The Tenderness of Wolves” by Stef Penney. Call 267-2809 or visit www.youseemore.com/walton.
• Feb. 12: “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts” by Neil White Jackie
• March 12: “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand
• April 9: “The Dressmaker of Khair Khan” by Gayle T. Lemmon
Prime Time programs
Walton County Library “Prime Time” programs continue at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Program brochures are available at the Coastal library and posted on www.youseemore.com/walton. Register early at 267-2809.
• Jan. 16: Stacy DiDonato, education coordinator with the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Fort Walton Beach, will present a Marine Life lecture.
• Jan. 23: Demetrius Fuller, music director and conductor, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, presents Grammy Award nominated violinist Caroline Goulding.
• Jan. 30: Dr. David Ott presents “Evening in Vienna,” music of Mozart & Beethoven, music and times at the end of the 18th century in Vienna.
• Feb. 6: Fred Bassett will present “Alabama and Florida Hummingbirds — A lot more than you might think,” discussing ruby-throated hummingbirds in depth.
• Feb. 13: Act 4 Murder Mystery Theater presented by Paula Hilton, actress, director and screenwriter on stage.
• Feb. 20: Diane Merkel, historian and author of DeFuniak Springs, will speak on Walton County History.
• Feb. 27: Jennifer Jones, owner of “Nature of the Beach,” will present a power point presentation on native plants, pollinators, wildlife and you.
• March 6: Charlene Grafton presents a health related topic titled; “The Importance of Your Family Health History.”
Saint Rita Catholic Church, 137 Moll Drive in Santa Rosa Beach, will have a fish fry from 3-7 p.m. Jan. 11. Complete dinner including drinks and dessert is $9/adults and $3.50/children 6-12. Take out available. Proceeds benefit community service programs including Saint Vincent De Paul for the poor.
Children of the World
As part of its 2012-2013 U.S. tour, World Help presents Children of the World International Children's Choir from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at Good News United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa Beach. The choir is comprised of orphaned and disadvantaged children from several different countries. For more information call 622-9191, ext. 308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music and More Workshops
The Florida Chautauqua Theatre will hold its Music and More Spring Workshops, instruction in singing, drama, dance and instrumentation, on Mondays beginning Jan. 14. Workshop One for K-3rd grades is from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and costs $50/month. Workshop Two for 4th-8th grades is from 4:30-6 p.m., and is $60/month. Tudents will participate in a musical theatre production May 9-12.
Wine, Women and Shoes
Sole Sisters Kick Off Lunch for Wine Women and Shoes will be held at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 17 at Fleming's Prime Steak House & Wine Bar Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. Lunch, jewelry courtesy of Destin Jewelers, and fashion show and sample sale from W by Worth. Tickets are $45 at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
Carrabba’s cooking class
Carrabba’s Italian Grill at Silver Sands Premium Outlets will share secrets from its kitchen in a cooking class to benefit Shelter House from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at 10562 U.S. Hwy. 98. The afternoon will also feature food samples, a complimentary glass of wine, a raffle and recipes to take home.
Tickets are $40 per person. Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, call 243-1201 or visit www.ShelterHouseNWFL.org.
Sinfonia, Sibelius and the 7th (of Beethoven)
Grammy Award-nominee Caroline Goulding returns to the Sinfonia stage to perform Sibelius’ epic violin concerto at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Destiny Worship Center in Miramar Beach. The concert concludes with Beethoven’s rhythmically whimsical and inspiring seventh symphony. Tickets range from $29.50 to $42.50. Visit sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
Baytowne on Ice
The ice skating rink at The Village of Baytowne Wharf will be open through Jan. 31 at the Apex Broadcasting Skating Pavilion. For $10 guests can skate for an hour and a half. Skate rental is $2. The first hour of each day is reserved for "kids skate" for youth 12 and under. Season passes are available for $140. Call 816-682-1003 for times and special skating packages.
Tasting of Champions
The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation’s Tasting of Champions to benefit children in need in Northwest Florida will be held from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Coral Ballroom at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf & Beach Resort. Sample more than 600 South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival entries. Tickets are $50 at dcwaf.org.
Free pancakes at IHOP
IHOP will give away free pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 5 to celebrate National Pancake Day. The fundraiser aims to raise $3 million to kick off Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th anniversary.
Wine Women and Shoes Vintner Dinners
Intimate dinners featuring world-class wines and regional chefs will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 in private homes in Destin, Sandestin, Bluewater Bay and Panama City Beach. For tickets, visit winewomenandshoes.com/sinfonia.
Wine, Women & Shoes
The Magnolia Ballroom at Sandestin's Village of Baytowne Wharf is transformed into a shopping, wine and fashion paradise for the Wine, Women & Shoes Fashion Show, Shopping and Wine Extravaganza at 2 p.m. Feb. 10. Event benefits Sinfonia Gulf Coast and Sinfonia’s Music Education Program. Tickets are $65 at winewomenandshoes.com/sinfonia.
Amernet String Quartet
The Amernet String Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University, presents a weekend of chamber music at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16 in Town Hall at Rosemary Beach. Tickets are $35 at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
Sinfonia: Bond and Beyond
The Sinfonia celebrates its seventh season (007) and 50 years of James Bond at 7:30 p.m. March 23 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Featured will be the music that made the Bond films famous with award-winning singer Debbie Gravitte, who joins the orchestra to perform Bond favorites such as "Diamonds Are Forever," "Secret Agent Man," "Goldfinger," and more. Tickets are $125 at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
Pajama Time Story Time
Join storyteller Ms. Cheryl at 6 p.m. every Monday 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.
A 45-minute Yoga Express class will be held at 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at The Studio, 30A Yoga in Seaside. Cost is $12 drop-in, no monthly fee. Call 320-237-4201 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.
Narcotics Anonymous Last Chance Group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1st Presbyterian Church, 1063 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Progressive Recovery group meets at 7 p.m. everyday at 249 E. Hewitt Road in Santa Rosa Beach.
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,
Dannica Lowery performs live from 6-9 p.m. every Tuesday at Shorty’s Surfside Bar, 63 Hotz Ave. in Grayton Beach. Call 468-0417.
Rosalina plays classic standards and show tunes on keyboard from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at Christiano's Ristorante in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-2185.
Fusion fitness classes
Hope Lutheran Church, 3422 U.S. 98 W in Santa Rosa Beach, will offer fusion fitness classes at 9 a.m. Thursdays. Attendees may bring a mat, towel, water and light hand weights. Suggested donation is $5. Call 267-0322.
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.
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. Sundays. Call 213-0015.
Thursday thread therapy
Needlers, knitters, crocheters and others come for free therapy from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays on the porch at Yards N Yarn, 3770 Co. Hwy. 3280 in Freeport. Call 880-6404.
Seaside Farmers Market
Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings during Market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
Amateur Radio Club
The Chautauqua Amateur Radio Club of DeFuniak Springs/Walton County meets at 6:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month at McLean's Restaurant near I10 and 331 South. This club welcomes new and old Ham Radio operators. There are no business meetings on these Tuesdays. We have classes and a great time together. Call 892-2562 or email email@example.com.
Rotary Club of South Walton
The Rotary Club of South Walton meets for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. each Thursday morning at the Embassy Suites, Scenic Hwy. 98 in Miramar Beach. Visiting Rotarians and their guests are welcome. Call 267-2929.
Herman Lodge #108 Free and Accepted Masons will meet at 7 p.m. first and third Tuesdays of each month on Madison Street in Freeport. Call 835-2314.
The Order of the Eastern Star #281 meets at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Fridays of each month at Herman Lodge on Madison Street in Freeport. Call 835-2314.
A Society of Human Resource Management Chapter in Walton County will meet at 8 a.m. the first Thursday of the month at TJ’s Table in Freeport. The group is open to all individuals involved in any aspect of human resources. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 892-8668, ext. 215.
The Town Planters of Freeport will meet at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the Blount House on Kylea Laird Road. Call 835-5611.