All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Earth Day Festival
The Biophilia Center hosts a Family Friendly/Fun-Filled Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 with music, food, animal ambassadors, environmental demos, arts and crafts, facepainting, hikes, children's gardening, edible landfill, Muscogee Indian dancing, Turtle-Bob, Birds of Prey, local vendors and more. Admission is $2; children under 6 free.
Join the fun dice game, sponsored by The Freeport Town Planters Society, at 6 p.m. April 20 at the Blount House on Kylea Laird Road in Freeport. Cost is $10 for a round of 22 games with a portion of proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life. RSVP at 974-7772 or 835-1737. Prizes will be awarded and snacks and beverages provided.
Earth Day Festival
Celebrate the unique ecological treasures in Walton County from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 with door prizes, children's activities, educational games, music, food and fun for all ages at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. The festival kicks off with a Ocean Hour Beach Clean Up from 9-10 a.m.; cooking demonstrations, hikes and hands on experiences from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and a 5K race at 5 p.m. Visit ww.facebook.com/topsailhill.statepark for a full list of events.
Seabreeze Jazz Festival
The Seabreeze Jazz Festival celebrates its 15th year anniversary beginning at 11 a.m. April 20 and 21 at the Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater at Pier Park in Panama City Beach. Tickets are $80 per single day, $150 for a Weekend Pass good for Friday-Sunday, and $200 for a Four Day Pass. Tickets are available at http://www.seabreezejazzfestival.com/ or call 800-595-4849. Local ticket outlets include The Vacuum Center in Destin and Playground Music Center in Fort Walton Beach
The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presents its “Fate and Triumph” Concert April 20 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, Belle Voci, NWFSC Madrigal Singers and the Niceville Singers of Niceville High School join the performance. Tickets are $22.50/adults, $16/Active Duty Military and youth ages 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Music at Vue on 30a
Vue on 30a, 4801 West County Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, will present the following music this spring and summer from 6:30-9:30 p.m., unless noted. Call 267-1240 or visit www.vueon30a.com.
• April 20: Ben Friedman
• April 21: Ben Friedman
• April 25: Kyle Lamonica
• April 28: Ben Friedman
• May 2: Geoffrey McBride
• May 9: Kyle Lamonica
• May 11: Hope Cassidy, 8-11 p.m.
• May 12: Hope Cassidy
• May 16: Kyle Lamonica
• May 19: Ben Friedman
• May 23: Kyle Lamonica
• May 25: Geoffrey McBride, 8-11 p.m.
• May 26: Ben Friedman
• May 30: Kyle Lamonica
• June 6: Geoffrey McBride
• June 8: Ben Friedman, 8-11 p.m.
• June 9: Geoffrey McBride
• June 13: Kyle Lamonica
• June 16: Ben Friedman
• June 20: Kyle Lamonica
• June 23: Hope Cassidy, 8-11 p.m.
• July 6: Geoffrey McBride, 8-11 p.m.
• July 21: Geoffrey McBride
• July 28: Hope Cassidy
Bike ride in the East Hill area of Pensacola and enjoy the Earth Day Celebration after the ride at 10 a.m. April 20. Meet at the Bayview Community Center on Lloyd Street. There is food for sale at this celebration and also a farmer’s market. Call 581-4591.
Pandora’s Spring Music
Pandora’s Steakhouse of Grayton Beach will offer music featuring local favorites as well as regional acts from as far away as Chicago. Entertainment begins at 9 p.m. and is free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age. Scheduled performers are:
• April 20: Roshambo
• April 21: Fat Lipped Fish
• April 23: The Zack Rosicka Project
• April 24: Forrest Williams Band
• April 25: Hotel Oscar
• April 26: Dread Clampitt
• April 27: Jam Rock Reggae
• April 28: Blue Ribbon Healers
• April 30: The Zack Rosicka Project
• May 1: Forrest Williams Band
• May 2: Hotel Oscar, CD Release Party
• May 3: Forrest Williams Band
• May 4: Call the Law
• May 7: Zack Rosicka Project
• May 8: Mike Dillon Band
• May 9: Forrest Williams Band
• May 10: The Funky Project
• May 11: Tony Vegas
• May 12: Heritage
• May 14: Treehouse
• May 15: Forrest Williams Band
• May 16: Hotel Oscar
• May 17: Boukou Groove
• May 18: Owsley Bros. & DJ Michael Disciple
• May 19: Red Rocket & the Special Needs
• May 21: Zack Rosicka Project
• May 22: Forrest Williams Band
• May 23: Dread Clampitt
• May 24: Cadillac Willy
• May 25: Forrest Williams Band
• May 26: Blue Ribbon Healers
• May 28: Saluda
• May 29: Forrest Williams Band
• May 31: Call the Law
Madrigals and Belle Voci
The Madrigals and Belle Voci vocal ensembles of Northwest Florida State College present a free Spring Concert April 21 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Repertoire ranges from the Renaissance madrigal to the contemporary gospel spiritual and vocal jazz. The concert is free and open to the public, however donations to support the vocal programs are welcomed.
The Arts and Design Society, Inc. of Fort Walton Beach presents its 21st regional juried exhibition April 21-May 31 in the McIlroy Gallery at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. Awards reception will be held at 2 p.m. April 21.
Relay for Life
The DeFuniak Springs Relay for Life will hold a Team Captain meeting April 23 at the Continental Worship Center, 2132 U.S. 90 in DeFuniak Springs. This year’s theme is “Tune Out Cancer.” Individuals who participate will raise funds over the next few months, culminating in the event at Walton High Schools on April 26 and 27. Call 978-1168.
Florida Trail Association
The Florida Trail Association will hold the following events. Visit www.choctaw.floridatrail.org or call the listed number.
• April 23: Monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at Ed’s Hometown Seafood & Steaks in Niceville. Visitors welcome. Call 654-1172.
• April 26-28: A weekend of hiking, kayaking, bicycling, beach walking, picnicking and camping at Grayton Beach State Park. Make your own camping reservations. Call 492-8258
Artist of the month
The photographs of local 30A resident Jamie Conley will be displayed during April at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-2809.
Stories By The Sea
Join the Seaside Rep as they present a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience for children of all ages at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Lyceum Archway in Seaside.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents the Emerald Coast Blues Brothers, a Tribute to the Blues Brothers Hotel California, from 6-8 p.m. April 24 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
• May 1: Bucktown Kickback, 7-9 p.m.
• May 8: Reed Waddle
• May 15: Big Leg Emma
• May 22: Dirty Bourbon River Show
• May 29: Soul Track Mind
Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a “fee-only” registered investment advisory firm, will host an Income Generation Seminar, “Making Your Portfolio Pay Monthly,” at 10 a.m. April 24 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. The presentation addresses the needs of investors who desire Income with Growth or Growth with Income. Arbor Wealth Management specializes in portfolio management for investors with $250,000 or more of investable assets. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served.
Americana Under the Stars
Bryan Kennedy performs at 6 p.m. April 25 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.
• May 2: Jerry Mincey
• May 9: Lucky Mud
• May 16: Grant Peeples
• May 23: Rebekah Pulley
• May 30: Bob Patterson
• June 6: James Hawkins
• June 13: Lucky Mud
• June 20: Kelly Hundley
• June 27: Jackson Creek/ Dunn Deal
• July 4: Lucky Mud
• July 11: Brian Smalley
Walton County Patriots
The Walton County Patriots will hold a special session at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Life Enrichment Senior Center, 312 College Ave. in DeFuniak Springs. Dr. David L. Goetsch will speak on “Rules for Conservative Radicals: How the Tea Party Can Save America.” A question and answer session will follow. Call 951-8849 or visit www.WaltonCountyPatriots.tcoinc.com.
South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, April 25-28 in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, benefits the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. During the Grand Tastings, songwriters from Nashville will perform their hit songs throughout the day in Town Center. Seminars will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.SoWalWine.com.
• Winemakers and Shakers from 4-6 p.m. April 26 at Wine World in Destin
• Vibrant Rioja Exclusive Gran Reserva and Reserva Wine & Food Pairing, 6-9 p.m. April 26 at Grand Park
• VIP Tasting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at Grand Park
• Destin Charity Wine Auction Reserve Tasting from 1-3 p.m. April 27 at Auction Central
• Grand Tasting from 1-5 p.m. April 27 in Town Center and Culinary Village
• Destin Charity Wine Auction beginning at 3 p.m. April 27 in Auction Central
• After-Party and Concert from 7-9 p.m. April 27 in Town Center and Grand Park
• Grand Tasting from 1-5 p.m. April 28 in Town Center and Culinary Village
Spring Fling Concerts
Enjoy live music on the lawn with Dangermuffin from 6-8 p.m. April 25 at North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.
• May 2: The Giving Tree Band
• May 9: Humming House
• May 16: Luella and the Sun
The Cultural Arts Alliance "Top of the Class" exhibition will be on display at Northwest Florida State College-South Walton Campus through May 30 and features 35 new, original works by local artists. The event is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 622-5970.
Spring 2013 Music Series
Jennifer Steele, along with a live band, will perform the songs of Patsy Cline at 4:30 p.m. April 26 at Bud & Alley’s, 2236 E Scenic 30A in Seaside. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets available at www.ticketalternative.com.
The Performing Arts Division Honors recital will be held at 3 p.m. April 26 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the music wing at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. The recital is free and open to the public. For information contact the NWFSC Fine Arts Office at 729-5382.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach will hold the following tours. Outside tours are cancelled during severe weather. For information, call 267-8330.
• Ranger Fred hosts campfire chats at 6 p.m. every Tuesday in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.
• Take a prescribed fire hike focused on the effects of fire in our ecosystem at 1:30 p.m. April 27 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach.
Coastal Garden Tour
A self-guided driving tour from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 features five local gardens. Tour ends with tea and cookies with Master Gardeners at the Native Plant Demonstration Garden & Trail at the South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 each, by cash or check. All proceeds benefit the Native Plant Demonstration Garden & Trail (NWFSC). Tickets are available at Northwest Florida State College, South Walton Center, 109 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach; Coastal Branch Extension Office, 70 Logan Lane in Grayton; Clay Garden & Gifts, 4808 E. Co. Hwy. 30A in Seagrove; and Thomas Hicks Nursery on U.S. 98 in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 622 5680.
Soundsations Showchoir/Jazz Ensemble Concert
The Soundsations Showchoir and the Jazz Ensemble of Northwest Florida State College join together to present an end-of-year concert at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC. The variety show will include song, dance, and a line-up of jazz favorites. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/youth 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
The Chautauqua Rehavilitation & Nursing Center will host a BBQ chicken lunch fundraiser May 3. Plates are $5 each, minimum of 5 plates for delivery. Monies raised will be used for the annual vacation offered to the Elders. Call 892-2176 by 10 a.m. to order delivery.
Bark for Life
Bark for Life, a canine event to benefit the American Cancer Society, begins at 9:30 a.m. May 4 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf with registration from 8:30-9 a.m. Pre-registration at www.relayforlife.org/southwaltonfl is $10 per pup or $20 day of event. Participants of the canine persuasion are needed for the dog parade, costumes contest, and agility course. Call 687-0968.
Waterford Crystal signing
Master Glass Blower Gerard Treacy, will sign Waterford Crystal pieces from 12-3:30 p.m. May 4 at Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton at Silver Sands Premium Outlets in Sandestrin. Presales are being taken by phone at 276-7346 or in person.
Browse the open-air market and discover booths filled with paintings, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, woodcarvings and other handcrafted items from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 11 and 12 in Rosemary Beach.
CPR and Water Safety classes
WaltonCounty residents can take CPR and water safety classes from 9 a.m. to noon May17 and June 17 at the Walton County Health Department in DeFuniak Springs and April 26, May 31 and June 14 in Santa Rosa Beach. To register, call 892-8040, ext. 1144.
Groovin’ On The Green
Free concerts, sponsored by The Carillon Beach Institute, will be held from 7-9 p.m. in Carillon Beach. Scheduled performers include:
• June 3: Latitude 29
• June 10: Tidewater
• June 17: Saluda
• June 24: Jones & Company
• July 4: Rowdies
• July 8: Sin Wagon
•July 15: Barbwire
• July 22: Beach Mice
• July 29: Ebb Tyed
• Aug. 5: Tony Vegas
• Aug. 12: Cabo Rock
• Aug. 19: Legacy
• Aug. 26: Emerald Gold
• Sept. 1: Rowdies
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.
In celebration of the 30A Songwriters Fest, yoga classes will be offered at 9 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sundays at The Studio in Seaside. The drop in rate is $15; mats and towels are available.
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.
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 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.