All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Topsail tour: Hike to No Name Lake from 2-3 p.m. Aug. 29 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. No open toe shoes. Entry fee is $6. Call 267-8330.
Baytowne Art Walk: Stroll the streets and enjoy live music from local musicians and browse a variety of art from regional artists at the Baytowne Art Walk from 5-10 p.m. Aug. 29-31. The event is free. An intimate, evening art experience, the Baytowne Art Walk strives to create an event that appeals to all ages and demographics.
Bird/rare plant walk: Rare Plant biologist Tom Greene will lead a tour Aug. 30 of wet prairies of Point Washington State Forest, which harbors a multitude of carnivorous plants, and possibly Bachmann’s Sparrow. Bring water, insect repellent, long pants and shoes or boots that can take wet conditions. Meet at the eastern end of the Sandestin Walmart parking lot at 8:15 a.m. Call 694-6403.
Sunset Movie: Enjoy a free movie, “Monsters University,” Aug. 30 in WaterColor’s Marina Park. Bring a blanket or chair. Movie begins shortly after sunset.
Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market: The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays 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.
Grayt music: Grounds of Monet Monet presents Dismal Creek from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 31 at 100 Hwy. 30A East in Grayton Beach. Call 231-1090.
Groovin’ On The Green: Enjoy the music of Todd Sparks & The Shrimpboat Cowboys from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Village Green at Carillon Beach, 100 Carillon Market St. in Panama City Beach.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: A free concert with Big Easy Playboys from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 3 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Call 267-8186.
• Sept. 10: Delta Reign
• Sept. 17: Donnie Sundal
• Sept. 24: Maggie Chapman
Master Gardener training: Applications are being accepted for the 2014 class of The Florida Master Gardener Program. Course held 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Thursdays beginning Sept. 4 at the Walton County Extension Office, 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs. Classroom and field study will cover plant physiology, insects, plant diseases, care of landscape plants and design, vegetable gardening and lawn management. There is a charge of $175 to cover costs of materials and supplies. $50 will be refunded when the applicant finishes the 50 hours of instruction, completes 75 hours of volunteer work and an additional 10 hours of continued study within the following 12 months to become certified. Call 892-8172 to request an application packet or print one at http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu. Applications must be returned by Aug. 22.
ECMS: Dr. Mary Konovsky, executive director of the South Walton Community Council and a life coach, presents “Slouching Toward Buddhism” when the Emerald Coast Meditation Society meets at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audubon Society: The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will host a special program on the History of our Rivers and the Role of our Forests with a presentation by Barbara Albrecht at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4 in room 130 of the NWFSC Student Services Center. Call 699-0977.
• Sept. 20: Bird Walk at the Fort Walton holding ponds, the most productive site for shorebird species in Okaloosa County. Meet at the Coach and Four Restaurant, 1313 N. Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach at 7:30 a.m. Bring a hat, water, sunscreen and insect repellent. Call 210-343-9082.
• Sept. 27: Bird Walk at Niceville bayous and spray fields, searching for a variety of water birds, migrating songbirds, and even wild turkeys. Bring a hat, sunscreen, and any spotting scopes or binoculars which you may wish to use. Meet in front of Badcock Furniture in Bayou Plaza, 699 John Sims Parkway, at 7:30 a.m. Call 863-2039.
Teen Driver Challenge: The Walton County Sheriff’s Office offers a free program, Teen Driver Challenge, from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 5 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.
Summer Sunday Concerts: Gulf Place on 30A hosts a free concert with Owsley Brothers from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 7 on the Amphitheater lawn. Bring chairs and blankets.
• Sept.14: Hubba Hubba
• Sept. 21: Chronic Jester
• Sept. 28: Boukou Groove
• Oct. 5: Tony Vegas
• Oct. 12: Déjà vu
• Oct. 19: Wildlife Specials
• Oct. 26: Old Truck Bluegrass Band
Healing with Art: A local art show and sale begins Sept. 19 in the second floor atrium at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week for three months.
Coastal Cleanup: Help keep Walton County’s beaches clean and pristine on International Coastal Cleanup Day from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 20 at the beach accesses at Van Ness Butler Jr., Dune Allen, Ed Walline, Blue Mountain, Inlet Beach and Gulf View Heights. No age limit or special skills level. Supplies and water will be provided. Call 267-4578 or email@example.com.
Freeport Bayfest: The inaugural Bayfest will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 at Freeport Regional Sports Complex at Hammock Bay. The festival will feature a variety of entertainment with musical genre including country,
gospel, jazz, blues and rock-n-roll. Other events include a fishing tournament, hosted by Nick's Seafood Restaurant, a 5K run and gumbo cook off the morning of the festival, antique car show, kids fun zone, arts and crafts, and plenty of food vendors.
Armbands will be sold at the gate. Admission prices are $5/students and $10/adults. Application and registration forms can be downloaded at www.FreeportBayfest.com.
• 11 a.m. — The Freedom Hill Quartet, gospel group
• 1 p.m. — Elvis impersonator, Jerome Jackson
• 3 p.m. — David Geralds Band, blues
• 5 p.m. — Jones and Company, jazz
• 7 p.m. — Shane Owens, country music recording artist
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. Sept. 21 from HarborWalk Village to AJ’s. The event is free.
Oktoberfest: The 20th annual Oktoberfest takes place from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 26 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 27 at Market Place near Winn-Dixie on Highway 20 in Bluewater Bay. Enjoy live music, entertainment for adults and children, arts and crafts, soft drinks, bratwurst, hotdogs, baked chicken and beer. All proceeds go to local charities. Admission is free.
Explore The Outdoors Festival: Walton Outdoors hosts its annual Explore the Outdoors Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 along the lakeyard on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Day is geared toward introducing children to the wonders of exploring the outdoors. Hands on activities will include fishing, boating, kayaking, wildlife encounters, interactive educational exhibits, nature-based crafts and much more. The event is free. The water activities are for children six-years-old and up. Food vendors will be on hand.
Festival of the Arts: Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents the 19th Annual Festival of the Arts Oct. 25-26 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. The event showcases the original artwork of more than 100 juried artists from across the U.S. who will compete for $10,000 in cash award prizes. Festival features include live music, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and T-shirts, art raffle and more. A food bistro, wine bar and beer garden as well as convenient parking and motor coach shuttle are also available. Admission is $3/adult; children 12 and under are free.
Pastel workshop: Frank Federico, PSA Master Pastelist and IAPS Master Circle Recipient, will be the workshop instructor Oct. 27, 28 and 29 at the Cultural Arts Alliance Bayou Arts Center in Santa Rosa Beach. The focus is on dynamic compositions and gesture. Cost is $350 for PSNF members and $400 for non members. Call 334-400-2771 to reserve space.
30A Farmers’ Market: This community event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays in Town Center in Rosemary Beach features fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese and more. Market is held on Thursdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Artist Bazaar: Artists at Gulf Place presents its Artist Bazaar from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Artists at Gulf Place green in the center of the Gulf Place loop. Bazaar features local artists, craftspeople and artisan vendors, interactive activities for children, and a free hot dog for those who make a purchase. Visit www.30aArtistBazaar.com to become a vendor.
ArtWalk: Enjoy live music, works of art and artist demos at the First Friday ArtWalk from 5-8 p.m. at Ruskin Place in Seaside.
Arts and Carafes Night: Art event will have multiple artists on display with one featured artist as well as featured wines and wine specials from 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays at Messina’s, 7 Town Center Loop in Santa Rosa Beach.
Ballet Class: Good News UMC in Santa Rosa Beach offers both beginner and advanced ballet classes for children beginning at age 2 1/2. Call 699-6030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for times and information.
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. Bring a towel, chair, or stand on the boardwalk. The service will be held at the church’s U.S. 98 campus during inclement weather and if the temperature is below 50 degrees. Call 267-0322.
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.
Brunch with Matt Hall: Matt Hall takes the stage at 10 a.m. during brunch at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.
Dance classes: Jasmine Dance Studio in Santa Rosa Beach will offer adult jazz classes from 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 5:45-6:45 p.m. Thursdays. Call 267-2519.
Eastern Star: 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.
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.
Herman Lodge: 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.
History walk: 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.
Jazz Brunch: Messina’s On 30A hosts a Jazz Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach. Build your own Bloody Mary bar, and Bottomless Mimosas.
Marie’s Bistro: Entertainment includes Ike on Sax on Tuesdays, Karaoke on Wednesdays and Ike & Tim at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Marie’s Bistro in Santa Rosa Beach
Mathew Hall: Entertainer Mathew Hall performs at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach, from 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays during brunch.
Nature Trail Tour: Wear comfortable shoes and meet at Fonville Press in Alys Beach for a tour of the Alys Beach Nature Trail from 1-2 p.m. Mondays.
Nature walk: 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. Suitable 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.
Office hours: Walton County District 4 County Commissioner Sara Comander will hold office hours beginning at 9 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month, except July, at the South Walton Annex. To schedule an appointment, call 835-4834.
Open Mic Night: An open mic night for singer/songwriters for local talent and seasoned musicians will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at Redd’s Fueling Station, 2320 W. Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to sign up.
Redd sings: Redd the Singing Bartender, who slings and sings from a song list of more than 400 songs, performs at 6 p.m. Thursdays at Redd’s Fueling Station, 2320 W. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.
Rosalina: Rosalina plays classic standards and show tunes on keyboard from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays at Christiano’s Ristorante in Santa Rosa Beach. Reservations recommended at 267-2185.
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.
Run 30A: Run with a group along 30A in the Santa Rosa Beach area at 6 p.m. Mondays for distances from 3-6 miles. Run begins at Ed Walline beach access with socializing after at Pizza by the Sea Gulf Place.
Senior health: Emerald Coast Hospice will host a Senior Health Education Hour from 2-3 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the South Walton County Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.
Sinfonia Strolls: Musicians perform acoustic sets from 6-8 p.m. Saturdays on the cobblestone streets of Rosemary Beach.
Sunday Brunch: Enjoy bottomless champagne and mimosas for brunchers with live music from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at Grayton Bar and Grill, 170 E. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.
Sunday Brunch: 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.
Support group: A Bereavement Support Group, hosted by Emerald Coast Hospice, will be held from 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480N County Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.
The Market: Find your favorite farmers market goodies and handmade crafts at The Market at Gulf Place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays and 3-7 p.m. Thursdays on the amphitheater green at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach
The Steenos: Beer tasting, outdoors if nice, otherwise acoustic music indoors from 4-6 p.m. Fridays at Modica Market, 109 Seaside Center Square in Santa Rosa Beach.
SeasideFarmers Market: Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
Sunday Brunch: Enjoy bottomless champagne and mimosas for brunch with live music from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at Grayton Bar and Grill, 170 E. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.
Town Planters: 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.
Wine tasting: 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.