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Topsail tour: Learn the history of the alligator from 2-3 p.m. May 16 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6/vehicle. Call 267-8330.
Jazz on the Lawn: Listen to an eclectic group of jazz artists at 5 p.m. May 17 at the Seaside Amphitheater. Event is free and open to the public.
Book drive: Authors Lisa and River McBride will host a Book Drive for the Coastal Branch Library May 17 at Seaside Farmer’s Market. Gently-used and new books will be accepted. Some of the new books will go to the Coastal Branch Library Book Sale. All of the other books will go into the library collection. Some books needed are futuristic/fantasy, classic novels, history and science.
Shop for a Job: Silver Sands Premium Outlets will hold Shop for a Job from 12-4 p.m. May 17. Pick up a list of all participating stores at the Information Center between Michael Kors and DKNY.
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. May 18 from HarborWalk Village to AJ’s. The event is free.
Community festival: Music in Pictures will be held from 2-5 p.m. May 18 at South Walton High School in Santa Rosa Beach. Create artwork by music, watch a slide show of paintings inspired by classical compositions, created by K-12 students from Walton County schools, experience a musical petting zoo and have a concert after awards presentation.
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. May 20 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.
Republican Women: The Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. May 21 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. May 21 in the South Walton Annex Board Room and at 5 p.m. June 4 at the Freeport Community Center.
Garden Club: The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. May 21 at Linkside Conference Center in Sandestin for a presentation of the American Pride Landscaping Awards, Horticultural Scholarship and installation of new officers. 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. May 21 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Call 267-8186.
• May 28: Stephen Simmons Band
Americana Under The Stars: Bring a chair, a beverage and enjoy the music of Michael Koppy at 6 p.m. May 22 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.
• May 29: Passerine
Concerts in the Village: MKAF presents The Mike Veal Band, Stump the Band from over 200 artists, at 7 p.m. May 22 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 from local restaurant prepared on-site. Admission is $10/adult and children under 12 and MKAF members are free. Call 650-2226.
• May 29: Ike Barkley, soul, blues & jazz, funky dance music
• June 5: Lisa & The E-Lusion, Motown, Rock & Roll, 80’s Dance Music
• June 12: LavaLamp, The best of the 70’s disco, soul & funk
• June 19: Alter Eagles, A Tribute to the Eagles
• June 26: Twelve Against Nature, Nashville’s Steely Dan Experience
Locals Last Stand: The Second Annual Locals Last Stand party takes place May 22 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.
Central Square Cinema: Grab your blankets for a free movie, “Monsters University,” at 8 p.m. May 23 under the stars at the Seaside Amphitheater.
Topsail tour: Learn the art of tracking from 2-3 p.m. May 23 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.
Pediatric Symposium: Dr. Sandra G. Hassink, president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, has been chosen to give the opening keynote address at the 45th Annual Pediatric Symposium 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.
Book signing: F. Diane Pickett will sign copies of her book, “Never Isn’t Long Enough,” from 6-8 p.m. May 24 at Sundog Books, 89 Central square in Seaside.
BlazeFest 2014: Apex Broadcasting, comprised of Highway 98 Country, 103.1 The Blaze, 102.1 The Wave, and Q92, along with the City of Niceville, Eglin AFB, and all participating sponsors, will host BlazeFest 2014 on May 24 at Twin Oaks Park in Niceville. General admission is $40/advance and $50/day. For ticket information and line up, visit blazefestrocks.com.
Sinfonia Goes Pops: Enjoy the orchestral sounds of Sinfonia Gulf Coast at 7:30 p.m. May 25 under the palm trees in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre.
Groovin’ On The Green: Enjoy the music of Rowdies from 7-9 p.m. May 25 at the Village Green at Carillon Beach, 100 Carillon Market St. in Panama City Beach.
• June 2: Seabreeze
• June 9: Ebb Tyed
• June 16: Jones & Co
• June 23: Reasonable Doubt
• June 30: Tidewater
• July 4: Sonic Boom
• July 7: Rowdies
• July 14: Jeff Carter Group
• July 21: Latitude 29
• July 28: Mighty Hurricanes
• Aug. 4: Legacy
• Aug. 11: Jones & Co.
• Aug. 18: Ebb Tyed
• Aug. 25: Kelly and the Healers
• Aug. 31: Todd Sparks & The Shrimpboat Cowboys
Gulf Cemetery: Gulf Cemetery will celebrate its centennial birthday with the unveiling of a marker at the Memorial observance at 10 a.m. May 26 on State Road 393 S. in Santa Rosa Beach. World War II vintage planes known as “The War Birds” will conduct an honorary “Fly Over” in a missing man formation and attendees will be invited to place American flags at veterans’ graves. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Chapel at Cross Point across CR 393.
Sunset Movies: Enjoy a free movie at 8 p.m. May 26, July 1 and Aug. 30 in WaterColor’s Marina Park.
Cinema Under The Stars: Bring a blanket or low back chair to enjoy the movie “Planes” under the stars from 8-10 p.m. May 27 in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre on Somerset Street.
• June 3: A Goofy Movie
• June 10: Homeward Bound
• June 17: Despicable Me
• June 24: A Bug’s Life
• July 1: Monsters University
• July 8: The Emperor’s New Groove
• July 15: Pocahontas
• July 22: The Pirates! Band of Misfits
• July 29: Little Rascals
• Aug. 5: The Smurfs
• Aug. 12: Hotel Transylvania
Gregg Allman: Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman brings his distinctive Southern Rock & Blues sound to the Green @ Gulf Place May 28. Tickets are available at select local retail stores along 30A including Central Square Records in Seaside or at GulfPlaceEvents.com.
Summer Concert Series: Bring blankets and low back chairs to enjoy music with Beach Mice from 7-9 p.m. May 28 in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre.
• June 4: Delta Reign
• June 11: Daphne willis
• June 18: Cadillac Willy
• June 25: Forrest Williams Band
• July 2: Heritage
• July 9: Chris Alvarado
• July 16: Mama’s Blue Dress
• July 23: Bill Garrett & Friends
• July 30: Boukou Groove
• Aug. 6: Courtyard Saints
• Aug. 13: Seth Walker Trio
Moonlight and Movies: Blankets and lawn chairs welcome for a fun movie night under the stars at 8 p.m. May 29 on the Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Movie is “Teen Beach Movie,” rated G.
Toss It Up: Learn how to make salad no matter your kitchen skill at the Toss It Up – Summer Salads program from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 29 at 732 N. 9th St. in DeFuniak Springs. You will gain many new ways and ideas for making your own wonderful, healthy creation each day. Cost is $15/person and includes materials, recipes, taste tests and give-a-ways. Pre-registration required at 892-8172.
Topsail tour: Learn about the area lizards from 2-3 p.m. May 30 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.
Book sale: The Friends of the Walton County/DeFuniak Springs Library will hold a book sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon May 31 at the Walton County Fairgrounds, 790 State Rte 83 North in DeFuniak Springs. Proceeds will be used to provide new books and other materials.
TDC: The Walton County TDC will meet at 9 a.m. June 3 at the S.W. Courthouse Annex Boardroom. Committee meetings in the TDC conference room include:
• Events, Activities: Arts and Culture from 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 26
• Beach Management: 2-3:30 p.m. June 2
• Destination Improvement: 2-3:30 p.m. June 11
Jewels of 30A: Tour the coastal dune lakes along 30A and have a picnic lunch in a state park from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 18. Cost is $45. Register at 200-4160.
Dancing with Desire: Dance champions seen on the hit series “Dancing with the Stars” will perform at a star-studded event at 7 p.m. June 19 on stage at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. The performance is presented by Fred Astaire Dance Studio-Fort Walton Beach. Ticket prices are $50 for general admission, and $100 for VIP, which includes preferred seating, access to the stars at the cast post party, and more. Active Duty military and senior citizens are offered a reduced rate of $35 for a balcony seat. Visit www.dancingwithdesire.com or call 864-4242.
All proceeds benefit Horizons-The Arc of The Emerald Coast, to help provide services to children and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.
LakeFest: Save the date June 21 for LakeFest in DeFuniak Springs with entertainment, 5K Race & Fun Run, canoe/kayak/paddleboard competitions, Kids’ Fun Zone with bounce house, waterslide, face painting, craft/food vendors, a car show and watercraft rides and demonstrations.
Starlight Ballet: The NWF Ballet presents a free mixed repertory performance at 7 p.m. June 21 in Rosemary Beach with scenes from the 2nd Act of Swan Lake as well as an eclectic mix of new contemporary pieces.
4th of July Concert: Celebrate the Fourth with a free concert featuring the Atlanta Allstars from 7-10 p.m. in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Fireworks follow; Piper’s will offer food and beverage.
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Sinfonia Strolls: Musicians perform acoustic sets from 6-8 p.m. Saturdays on the cobblestone streets of Rosemary 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.
Alzheimer’s support group: Alzheimer's Family Services hosts a support group for family members or friends coping with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease at 2 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at Sacred Heart of the Emerald Coast, Suite 3 Conference Room in Miramar Beach. The support group is free and limited respite care is available. To make arrangements, call 866-478-7790.
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 at the South Walton Annex. To schedule an appointment, call 835-4834.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
First Saturday at Biophilia: From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of the month will be “Eco-Fun” at Biophilia Center with multiple presenters and family-friendly activities and entertainment. Included will be nature hikes, arts and crafts, games, animal adventures, and exhibits.
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.
Ashley Rose: Jam with the music of Ashley Rose at 9 p.m. Fridays at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.
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 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.
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
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.
Ike’s Fun Tuesday: An evening of great music, sax, keyboard and dancing is held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.
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.
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.
Beach Bonfires: Enjoy the outdoors with bonfires from dusk to 9:30 p.m. Friday on the beach at Baytowne Marina in Sandestin. Call 267-7778.
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: 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 classes: 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.
Rudy Applewhite: Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar, 525 Grand Blvd. in Sandestin, presents Rudy Applewhite and his steel drums from 4-9 p.m. Call 654-1743.
Dannica Lowery: 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.
Kyle LaMonica: Jam with the music of Kyle LaMonica at 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar 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.
Rosalina: 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.
Jazz class: 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 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: 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.
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.
SHRM Chapter: 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.
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.
Saturday Pool Party: Music, fun and sun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Elephant Walk pool deck by the beach, 4009 South Sandestin Blvd. in Miramar Beach. Beverages available for sale at the Tiki hut. Call 267-7778.
SEC Sailgate Party: An outside “tailgate” party, including the Broadcast of NCAA and NFL evening football games, from 4-9 p.m. at Baytowne Marina in Sandestin. Regular kitchen menu available or cookout/ grill outside from 4-9 p.m., weather permitting.
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.
Seaside Farmers 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.
Billy Garrett: Enjoy the music of Billy Garrett from 7-10 p.m. Monday evenings at Shorty’s Surfside & Topside, 63 Hotz Ave. in Grayton Beach.
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.