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The Amernet String Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University, presents a weekend of chamber music at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in Town Hall at Rosemary Beach. Tickets are $35 at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
Delta Delta Delta
The Delta Delta Delta Emerald Coast Alumnae Chapter will meet at 11 a.m. Feb. 16 at Mitchell’s Fish Market, 500 Grand Blvd. in Sandestin. Ashley Bailey, crime prevention specialist Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, will speak on Identity Theft. Lunch follows. Make reservations at 267-1277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 10.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
• Feb. 16: See wintering loons, grebes, ducks, waxwings, and the usual resident species, on a bird walk at Bluewater Bay, Raintree, and White Point. Meet at the Bluewater Winn-Dixie at 7:30 a.m. Call 897-2666.
At Archeology for Kids learn the science of archeology and create your own ceramic pendant artifact, much the same way traditional Native American ceramics were decorated, at 11 a.m. Feb. 16 at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
The 24th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Cook-Off will be held from 12-4 p.m. Feb. 16, rain or shine. Gulf Coast restaurants will feature top-secret recipes. Sample a variety of gumbo — dark of light roux? Chicken and sausage or seafood? Then, vote for your favorite for the "People's Choice Award." Celebrity judges will name the “Area’s Best,” and award the most creative set-up as “Best Display.” Live music by Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25/day of event.
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.
• Feb. 16: Find out about exotic plants and why they are eradicated at 2 p.m.
• Feb. 23: Hike the tram road to the shore of Campbell Lake, one of the rarest types of habitat in the world, at 2 p.m.
The sixth annual Father-Daughter (grandpa, uncle, cousin, family friend) Dance will be held from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Good News United Methodist Church. Tickets are $35 per couple and $10 for an extra girl. Corsages are also available for $5 through advanced purchase only. A dinner will be provided by Townsend Catering Company and every girl leaves with a prize. Scholarships are made available to any family in need. All proceeds support children's ministries. To purchase tickets stop by Good News or call 865-3893.
Gospel Quartet in concert
The Dixie Echoes Quartet will present a concert of gospel music at 3 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Santa Rosa Beach Community Church, 3524 U.S. Hwy. 98 West. There is no admission cost but a love offering will be taken.
Yaani Drucker presents “Waking Up to Truth, Undoing the Illusion of Separate Existence” at 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Each week is a separate, unique and enlightening experience. Presentations continue Sundays through March 10.
Mainstay Financial Group will present a special seminar, “Annuities: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” at 10 a.m. Feb. 18 in the Suite 3 Resource Center conference room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. To register for this free seminar, call 278-3600.
Tijuana Flats fundraiser
Tijuana Flats will raise money for the Junior League of the Emerald Coast by hosting an evening fundraiser from 5-10 p.m. Feb. 18 in Fort Walton Beach. Attendees can enjoy 2-4-1 draft beers, the corn hole game and bottomless chips and dips. Kids are invited to decorate the patio with sidewalk chalk. The Junior League will raise money for their Child Clothing Project. Ten percent of each guest's check will go to the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. Dine-in, drive thru and carryout orders apply.
The Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at Harbor Docks in Destin. Featured speaker Vicki Guennewig, former vice resident, Public Affairs for Cooper Industries Inc., will speak about charitable giving and community affairs programs. The cost is $12/students, $15/members and $20/non-members. Bring cash or check for payment. RSVP by 5 p.m. Feb. 15 to Jessica@ProffittPR.com.
Relay for Life
The DeFuniak Springs Relay for Life will hold its first Team Captain meeting Feb. 19 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. Other Team Captain’s meetings will be held March 19 and April 23. Call 978-1168.
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.
• 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.”
The Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. Feb. 20 at Carrabba’s Italian Grill at Silver Sands Outlet. Dr. David Goetsch, vice-president emeritus of Northwest Florida State College, will be guest speaker. Cost of lunch is $18/members and $20/guets. Reservations required by noon Feb. 18 at 837-5321.
Americana Under the Stars
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park presents a new concert series, Americana Under the Stars, that will showcase singer/songwriters from across the country at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Performers follow an open mic showcase of local musicians from 5-6:30 p.m. Must be present to sign up.
Admission to the park is free and there is a suggested $5 donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Bring your own food or beverages, if desired.
Feb. 21: Lucky Mud
Feb. 28: Emmett Carlisle
United Way luncheon
The United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties will host the Campaign 2012 "LIVE UNITED … Results You Can See" celebration/annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Shalimar United Methodist Church. Lunch will be $15 per person and corporate tables of 8 are available for $120. RSVP by Feb. 3 to 243-0315 or email email@example.com.
The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Speaker will be Kimberly Constance, a holistic health practitioner, reiki master, pranic healer and massage therapist. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saint Rita Catholic Church, 137 Moll Drive in Santa Rosa Beach, will host a fish fry from 3-7 p.m. Feb. 22. Cost is $9/adults and $3.50/children. Take out available. Proceeds support outreach programs. Call 267-2588.
Artist of the month
Friends of the Coastal Branch Library present the works of Seagrove Beach resident Lisa Mitchell during March at the Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. She was influenced by both the German Expressionists and French Fauve artists and paints mainly in oils and acrylics. Call 267-2809 for more information.
A Farmer’s Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 2 on the Town Center Lawns in Rosemary Beach.
Music in Pictures
More than 14 schools in Walton County will participate in this Rosemary Beach Foundation event at 3 p.m. March 3 in the Town Hall in Rosemary Beach. The awards ceremony and concert will feature Florida State University College of Music faculty Benjamin Sung, violin, and Gregory Sauer, cello.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents a free concert with Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials from 6-8 p.m. March 6 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
• March 13: Heritage
• March 20: Déjà Vu
• March 27: The Forrest Williams Band
Taste of the Bayou
Okaloosa-Walton Child Care Services presents the 17th Annual Fare for Child Care Taste of the Bayou with an auction and fine tasting from 6-8 p.m. March 8 at St. Mary Church Parish Life Center in Fort Walton Beach. To donate items, call 833-9339 or 833-9330, ext. 204.
30A Wine Festival
2nd Annual 30A Wine Festival returns to Alys Beach on March 9 and 10 and is a showcase of premiere wine producers and local culinary favorites. This intimate two-day event features wine tasting seminars, a walkabout and grand tasting, band party at nightfall, and Sunday’s exclusive event, Rosé & Croquet. Tickets are $300 per person and include entrance to all festival activities including seminars, grand tasting, dance party featuring Knoxville’s favorite party band, the ChillBillies, and Rosé & Croquet (appropriate croquet attire encouraged). Visit www.30AWineFestival.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
Wild Game/Seafood Dinner
The Point Washington United Methodist Men's Group will host its annual Wild Game and Seafood Dinner at 6 p.m. March 9 at the church, 1290 N. County Highway 395 in Santa Rosa Beach. Cost is $20. The event is open to men and women, and there will be music from the church Praise Band and door prizes. Guest speaker will be John Riley, an inspirational speaker with a unique God-given ability to communicate great Biblical truth in a simple and understanding manner. Church members, hunters and fishermen, will cook their game or catch with special recipes. For ticket information call 231-4928 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday or email email@example.com.
Book Lover’s Club
The Coastal Library Book Lover’s Club will be held from 10-11 a.m. March 12 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 “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. Call 267-2809 or visit www.youseemore.com/walton.
• April 9: “The Dressmaker of Khair Khan” by Gayle T. Lemmon
Spring Fling Concerts
Enjoy live music on the lawn with some of the best touring acts in region during Spring Fling Concerts from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays beginning March 14 at North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.
Hats for Hope
The Destin Woman’s Club will host Hats for Hope, a fashion show and luncheon, at 11 a.m. March 16 at the Linkside Conference Center at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Features include a raffle row, designer table and silent auction delights. Proceeds will benefit Shelter House, the domestic violence center serving Okaloosa and Walton counties. Tickets are available at Today’s Boutique in Destin, P.S. Gifts in Fort Walton Beach and Bayou Books in Niceville as well as online. Tickets are $45.
St. Patrick’s Parade, Festival
The Sixth Annual 30a St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival, the largest celebration in NW Florida of Ireland's St. Patrick’s Day, begins at 3 p.m. March 16 on Scenic 30A and ends at Gulf Place, where Irish Dancers and Celtic Bands perform through the evening. For details visit www.30aparade.com
St. Paddy's Day Delight
Celebrate the luck of the Irish from 6-9 p.m. March 17 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Henri's Notions will provide traditional Celtic music in the Events Plaza and don't miss a one of a kind performance by the Drake Irish Dancers.
The Taste of Home Cooking School presents its 19th annual spring show sponsored by WZEP Radio Station, with culinary specialist Michelle “Red” Roberts, at 6:30 p.m. March 19 at Walton High School in DeFuniak Springs. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $10/general admission and $45/VIP which includes reception with Roberts before show, reserved seating and special prizes. Tickets are on sale at the WZEP studios in DeFuniak Springs, at www.tasteofhome.com/Cooking-Schools, or call 892-5130.
The Seaside Rep presents Children’s Theatre at 5 p.m. March 20, 27, April 3 and 10 in North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.
30A Car Show
The 12th Annual Route 30A Antique and Vintage Car Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23 in Rosemary Beach. Enjoy live music, demonstrations and numerous award categories at the free event. Rain date is March 24.
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.
Skip, hop, or jump your way to the Village of Baytowne Wharf from 12-3 p.m. March 30. Enjoy face painting, crafts and an inflatable fun zone, plus a stiltwalker making balloon animals and a visit with the Easter Bunny.
Easter in Rosemary
A non-denominational church service will be held at 8:30 a.m. March 31 on the Eastern Green in Rosemary Beach. Bring a low-rise chair.
An Easter Egg Hunt begins at 9:45 a.m. on the Western Green, rain or shine.
Several Town Center restaurants offer a special Easter Brunch.
Enjoy a day of sun, sport and sipping wine at the Seventh Annual Bombora Spring Bocce Tournament beginning at 11 a.m. March 30 on the East and West Long Greens in Rosemary Beach. For information or to register email firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 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.