All area codes are 850 unless specified.
The 28th Annual Charity Auction begins with a silent auction from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 24 on The Big Deck at Harbor Docks Restaurant, 538 Harbor Blvd. in Destin. Live auction follows, with auctioneer/host Ted Corcoran. A $15 donation will be accepted at the door and a buffet dinner and cash bar will be provided. Local musician Chris Alvarado will play during the silent auction and Destin favorite Cadillac Willy will perform after the live auction. All proceeds fund the 19th Annual Take a Kid Fishing Day Nov. 4. Call 837-2506.
Art class/food drive
Abrakadoodle will host a Family Art Class and Food Drive benefiting Food For Thought, which serves Walton and Okaloosa counties, from 10-11:30 a.m. Aug. 24 at the Destin Commons Studio. Each family will create a mixed media still life of fruit on a 16 x 20 canvas. Cost is $45/family. Foods needed are peanut butter, jelly, snack crackers, fruit cups, etc. Call 424-5058 to register.
Have hands-on animal fun with Nonie’s Ark, Animal Encounters, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 24 at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Admission is $8/adults over 13 and $5/children 3-12. Call 835-1824.
Meet local wedding professionals during the Scenic 30A and Santa Rosa Beach Bridal Expo from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 25 at Celebration Hall, 61 Topsail Village Drive in Santa Rosa Beach.
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.
Gigi’s Lemonade Stand
Children volunteer at Gigi’s Lemonade Stand from 3-5 p.m. to raise money for the Alaqua Animal Refuge at Gigi's Fabulous Kids' Fashions & Toys, 62 Main Street in Rosemary Beach.
• Aug. 24: Bike ride in Milton on the Blackwater Heritage Rails to Trails Bike Path at 9 a.m. Meet at the trailhead behind the Truly Spokin’ Bicycle Shop on Hwy. 87 North. Lunch at a nearby restaurant. Call 499-4404.
• Aug. 27: Bike ride on Pensacola Beach at 4:30 p.m. and enjoy the free Bands on the Beach Concert after the ride. Bring a folding chair and picnic supper for the concert. Call 377-4676.
• Aug. 29: Bike ride in Niceville in the Bluewater Bay Resort/Subdivision at 4 p.m. Meet at the golf course club house parking area. Supper at a nearby restaurant. Call 897-5225.
• Aug. 31: Bike ride over the Garcon Point Bridge in the Gulf Breeze area at 9 a.m. Lunch at a nearby restaurant. Call 255-1040 for directions.
Florida Trail Association
The Florida Trail Association will hold the following events. Visit www.choctaw.floridatrail.org or call the listed number.
• Aug. 25: Canoe or kayak for an eight mile paddle trip on Blackwater River near Baker at 8:30 a.m. Call 689-8528.
• Aug. 27: Monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at Rocky Bayou Country Club in Niceville. Call 654-1172.
The Walton County Department of Administration will hold Public Workshops at 5 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Board Room of the DeFuniak Springs Courthouse, 571 US Highway 90 in DeFuniak Springs, and at 5 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Freeport Community Center, 16040 US Hwy 331 South.
The purpose of the workshops is to receive public input and comments into the US 331 Corridor Design and Development Standards to be placed before the Walton County Board of County Commissioners for final approval and adoption.
Groovin’ On The Green
Emerald Gold performs a free concert, sponsored by The Carillon Beach Institute, from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 26 in Carillon Beach.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents Mama’s Blue Dress from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 28 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
• Sept. 4: Dread Clampitt
• Sept. 11: Christabel & The Jons
• Sept.18: TBA
• Sept. 25: Big Al & the Heavyweights
Auditions: Jake’s Women
Open auditions for the Northwest Florida State College fall production of the Neil Simon comedy, “Jake’s Women,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 in the Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Sign-in begins at 6 p.m. Prepare a one-minute, comic monologue. Call 729-6007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a “fee-only” registered investment advisory firm, will host an Income Generation Seminar, “How to Make Your Portfolio Pay Monthly” at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 28 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served.
30A Farmers Market
The 30A Farmers Market takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday and Sunday through Aug. 29 in Barrett Square at Rosemary Beach. Community event features fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese, preserves, sauces, bread, sweets, prepared foods to go and more.
Americana Under the Stars
Open mic showcase of local musicians begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at Topsail Hill Preserve State with a free concert by Amy and JoanAlderman at 7 p.m. A suggested donation of $5 per vehicle will go to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Bring a chair and beverage. This is family/pet friendly.
TradeWinds Wine Dinner
NICEVILLE – A fundraiser for the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at TradeWinds restaurant, 205 Government Street. Cost is $50/ Foundation members and $65/not-yet members. Proceeds will benefit MKAF’s cultural arts and educational programs in classrooms across Okaloosa and Walton County school districts. Call 650-2226 for reservations.
Local jewelry artist, Connie Snellgrove, aka Sassy Jewels, returns for another Trunk Show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 29 and 30 at The Blue Giraffe, 1777 E. County Hwy. 30A in WaterColor.
Learn all about surf fishing from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 30 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Entry fee to park required. Call 267-8330. Fishing gear is optional, the park has gear.
Taste three white and three red wines plus a gourmet tapas plate from 4-6 p.m. Fridays at Wild Olives, 104 N. Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $25/person.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
• Sept. 5: Monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 130 of the Student Services Center of the Niceville campus of NWFSC. Program is Surveys of Wet Prairies and Rare Plants on Point Washington State Forest by Tom Greene, biologist. Call 582-7064.
• Sept. 7: Field Trip to Point Washington State Forest with biologist Tom Greene. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Tom Thumb at the intersection of Hwys. 98 and 331 in Walton County. Call 694-6403.
• Sept. 14: Bird Walk at the Shoal River Sanctuary hosted by Bob and Chris Larson. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Niceville Food World to carpool. Call 651-0392.
• Sept. 28: Bird Walk at Ft. Pickens, Gulf Islands National Seashore led by Alan Knothe. Meet at 7 a.m. at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach or at Langdon Battery at 8:15 a.m. Call 862-3498.
Classic Films on the Lawn
Grab a blanket and head to Classic Films on the Lawn’s free movie, “Ghostbusters,” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Seaside Amphitheater.
•Sept. 13: Jurassic Park
• Sept. 20: Beetlejuice
• Sept. 27: Annie
Evening with James Farmer
Rosemary Beach Foundation presents an evening with James Farmer at 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at Rosemary Beach Town Hall. The reception features drinks from Farmer’s Sip & Savor followed by presentation and conversation. Farmer is a Southern author, gardener, floral and interior designer, cook and garden-to-table lifestyle expert. Tickets are available for $25 www.rosemarybeachfoundation.org.
Dine for the Pines
The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center hosts a fundraiser for area student programs and the preservation of Longleaf pine trees from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 8 at Bud & Alley’s. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about the Center. The event will include a silent auction and a short presentation with animals by the Center’s President, Christy Scally and The Center’s Director, Paul Arthur. Admission is $20/person online at www.dineforthepines.eventbrite.com or $25 at the door and includes hors d’oeuvres, a taco bar and a cash bar. For information, visit www.eowilsoncenter.org, or call 835-1824.
College Night, a free annual event that features representatives from more than 60 colleges and universities from several states, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Raider Arena on the NWFSC campus in Niceville. Call 729-6467.
Miss Florida Woodlands
The 2013 Miss Florida Woodlands and Miss Florida Timberlands Pageant will be held Sept. 28 at the WISE Center Auditorium in DeFuniak Springs. Two queens will be selected for each of the following age groups — Teeny Miss, 2 and 3 years old; Tiny Miss, 4 and 5; Little Miss, 6, 7 and 8; Petite Miss, 9 and 10; Junior Miss, 11, 12 and 13; Teen Miss, 14, 15 and 16; and Miss, 17-23. For more information visit flwoodlands.weebly.com, call 401-1505 or email email@example.com. The deadline for entry is Sept. 11.
Wine & Cheese Silent Auction
The third annual Wine & Cheese Silent Auction to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Crystal Bay Senior Living on the Sandestin Resort, 2400 Crystal Cove Lane. Call 267-1600. All proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Association.
African Children’s Choir
The African Children's Choir will perform children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites at 10 a.m. Sept. 15 at Vision Church at Christian International, 5200 U.S. 98 E. in Santa Rosa Beach. to all. A free-will offering will be taken to support African Children's Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.
Backyard Boogie for the Arts
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast and the Forrest Williams Band present “Backyard Boogie for the Arts” at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Williams Backyard Boogie, 1921 Chat Holly Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Proceeds from the event will benefit Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast’s Arts in Medicine program.
Tickets are $30/advance and $35/door and are on sale at the Sacred Heart Gift Shop. The public is encouraged to bring chairs, beverages and food; additional food will be available for purchase. Door prizes will be awarded at the event. Call 278-3081 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Coastal Cleanup Day
Join Walton County Tourist Development Council for the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup Day from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 at the beach access locations at Miramar Beach, Dune Allen, Ed Walline, Blue Mountain, Santa Clara/Bramble Grove and Inlet Beach. Supplies and water will be provided. Call 267-4578 or email email@example.com.
Explore the Outdoors Festival
The annual Explore the Outdoors Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Live Oak Landing Outdoor Destination, 229 Pitts Ave., in Freeport. Geared toward introducing children to the wonders of exploring the outdoors, the event includes fishing, boating, kayaking, and animal encounters. Hands on nature-based activities will engage the attendees in learning. The first 180 children interested in learning to fish will receive a free rod/reel combo from Fish Florida. So come join in, it’s going to be a great day exploring the outdoors. The water activities are for children six-years-old and up. The event is $1.
Sesame Street Live
Join Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Murray and all the Sesame Street friends as they bring the magic of music to life at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Marina Civic Center, 8 Harrison Ave. in Panama City. Kids’ matinee at 10:30 a.m. with $10 tickets. Tickets are $15 and $22 at 763-4696 and www.ticketmaster.com. For information, visit www.sesamestreetlive.com.
The Chautauqua Winery Annual Harvest Festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at 364 Hugh Adams Road in DeFuniak Springs. Free wine tastings under the large tent, Geoff McBride plus Smokin' Rodeo Band live in concert and food plates sold by Pleasant Ridge BBQ and Kiwanis Club. View a display of striking vehicles for a Cruise-In plus art, jewelry, crafts and wood working.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast
The eighth year of programming for Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents the orchestra and world-renowned guest artists. Season tickets which feature premier seating, including gala table seating, for all five concerts are on sale for $265 each. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 850-269-7129.
• Oct. 24: Musical Identities features guzheng player Su Chang in an orchestral concerto and also the orchestral showpiece, “Scheherazade,” by Rimsky-Korsakov.
• Dec. 20: The Orchestral Holiday concert at Destiny Worship Center features holiday favorites and dancers from the Northwest Florida Ballet.
• Jan. 24: The Bernstein Beat concerts are hosted by Jamie Bernstein, daughter of conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein, and include a morning youth performance and an evening concertwhich includes Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.”
• Feb. 14, 15: Classical Connections at Rosemary Beach Town Hall features string quintet SYBARITE5.
• March 29: Sinfonia Gala features Patti LuPone in her Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda concert at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Cash bar available.
Gulf Place Farmer’s Market
Pick up fresh produce from The Produce Gal from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Gulf Place Farmer’s Market, in Gulf Place Town Center by Restaurant Fire.
Redd the Singing Bartender, who slings and sings from a song list of more than 400 songs, performs from 5-10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at Redd's Fueling Station, 2320 W. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Southern style food with a few twists is featured.
Take a walk in nature with wildlife expert and ecologist Joe Wyatt at 9 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at Hammock Bay, west of Freeport. Suited for all ages. The trail system includes a bat house, purple martin houses, many bluebird houses, a wood duck house, a butterfly house and more. Call 496-1864.
Learn about the early history of the park and local area at Camp Helen State Park’s history walk from 10-10:45 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. The tour is free with paid park admission fee of $4 per vehicle. Call 233-5059.
Blue Ribbon Healers
Enjoy the music of the Blue Ribbon Healers every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Seaside Farmers Market in the Seaside Amphitheater.
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.
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.
Enjoy brunch and the music of The Steenos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stinky’s Fish Camp, 5994 County Road 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.
Rosalina plays classic standards and show tunes on keyboard from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Christiano's Ristorante in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-2185.
Fusion fitness classes
Hope Lutheran Church, 3834 U.S. 98 W, Suite 9, 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.
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.