All area codes are 850 unless specified. 

 

Book sale: The DeFuniak Springs Friends of the Library will hold a book sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon March 18 at the Walton County Fairgrounds in DeFuniak Springs.

 

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Alan Knothe leads a trip March 18 to a private woodland preserve near DeFuniak Springs. Get close to nature and see a variety of woodland species. Meet in the CVS parking lot in Oak Creek Shopping Center off Route 20 in Niceville at 7:30 a.m. Call 208-1780 for information.

• March 25: Malcolm Mark Swan leads a trip to Veteran’s Park on Okaloosa Island, home to a large rookery of nesting Great Blue Herons. Meet in the NE corner of the Emerald Coast Convention Center parking lot at 7:30 a.m. Wear closed toed shoes and a hat. Call 210-343-9082.

 

Sunday Cinema: Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the free movie “Finding Nemo” at 7:15 p.m. March 19 on the Events Plaza Lawn at The Village Baytowne Wharf.

• March 26: A Bug’s Life

• April 2: Up

 

Spring Concerts at Market Shops: David Seering will perform from 1-3 p.m. March 19 at The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Bring a chair and blanket. In the event of rainy weather, the concert will be relocated to the covered patio outside of Bijoux.

ࡥ March 26: Chuck Lawson

• April 2: Fuzion

• April 9: Luke Langford & 331 South Band

• April 16: Donnie Sundal

• April 23: Chris Alvarado

• April 30: The Wildlife Specials

 

Caravan Jazz Band: Caravan brings the sound and atmosphere of 1930’s Paris with a touch of Disney to Town Center in Rosemary Beach from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sundays through April 9. Event is free.

 

Pinocchio: The REP presents a free updated, fast paced version of the classic tale that follows the little puppet Pinocchio on his adventures to becoming a real boy. Shows are at 6 p.m. Mondays through April 17, at the Seaside Amphitheater.

 

Spring It On Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free evening of entertaining musical performances from 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 20 with Bubble Gum Machine (60-70-80’s).

• March 27: The Hep Cats

• April 3: The One Hit Wonders

• April 10: British Invasion (Beatles, Stones)

 

Pop & Shop Concert Series: Sip, shop and shimmy to the tunes of local musicians during the new concert series from 5-7 p.m. throughout the center at The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Luke Langford performs March 21.

April 18: Continuum

May 2: Casey Kearney

May 9: Hugh Mitchell & The High Tide

May 16: Boukou Groove

May 23: Continuum

May 30: Kyle LaMonica

June 6: Casey Kearney

June 13: Kyle LaMonica

June 20: Hugh Mitchell & The High Tide

June 27: Luke Langford

July 4: The Graytones

July 11: Hugh Mitchell & The High Tide

July 18: Boukou Groove

July 25: Casey Kearney

Aug. 15: Boukou Groove

 

Meet the Doc: Pregnant women and new moms are invited to join Sacred Heart Medical Group Pediatrics for a free class about giving babies a healthy start at 5:30 p.m. March 22 at Sacred Heart Medical Group at The Market Shops, 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway West - Unit 1 in Miramar Beach. Spouses, friends, family members and support people are also invited. Call 278-3885 for more information.

 

Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Chris Alvarado from 7-9 p.m. March 22 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.

• March 29: Forrest Williams

• April 5: Blues Brothers

• April 12: Departure, A Journey Tribute

• April 19: Satisfaction, A Rolling Stones Tribute

•April 26: Shadow of the King, Elvis Tribute

 

Volunteer Orientation: Food For Thought will hold a volunteer training from 4:30-5:30 p.m. March 22 at the Destin Pantry, 908 Airport Road. No fees. Visit fftfl.org for more information.

 

Spring Concerts: Enjoy a free concert with Fearless Heights from 6-8 p.m. March 22 in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Henry’s Pizza Truck will be available for food and beverage.

• March 29: Into the Wide

• April 5: The Blue Ribbon Healers

• April 12: Mike Whitty & Friends

 

Children’s Theatre: Join Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere, and Lancelot in The Tales of King Arthur at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, through April 12, in North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome.

 

Moonlight Movies/Facepainting: Bring blankets and lawn chairs and watch the free movie "Pete’s Dragon" (PG) under the stars at 7:30 p.m. March 23 on the Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Popcorn and hot dogs from DogManDu. Face painting begins at 5 p.m. If raining, movie moves to Town Hall.

• March 30: Finding Dory (PG)

• April 6: Moana (PG)

• April 13: Rouge One-A Star Wars Story (PG-13)

 

Central Square Cinema: Grab your blankets for the free movie “Wreck It Ralph” under the stars at 7:30 p.m. March 24 in the Seaside Amphitheater.

— March 31: Tangled

— April 7: Happy Feet

— April 14: Storks

— Muppets Most Wanted

 

Spay/neuter services: Dog-Harmony Inc. and Operation Spay Bay will offer spay/neuter services for pets in the Santa Rosa Beach and Destin community. On the first Monday of each month, Dog-Harmony will transport dogs and cats to Panama City where they may be spayed or neutered at a reduced cost and returned to Dog-Harmony to be reunited with their owners. The transportation is offered at no fee by Dog-Harmony; all you have to do is make an appointment one week in advance and bring your pet to Dog-Harmony in Santa Rosa Beach.

 

Art on the Green: Enjoy a variety of different art forms from 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays until April 11, on Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Create a colorful sand art keepsake, spin art masterpiece or let talented artists transform your hair into a live canvas to paint upon. Plus, enjoy music and karaoke.

 

Kids music: Huck and Lily create music for kids and the grown-ups who love them at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, through March 28, at the Seaside Amphitheater.

 

Baytowne Wharf: In addition to free concerts and movies, Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin also offers free events on other nights in the Events Plaza.

‒ Hydro Flight Monday: Enjoy three shows over the lagoon by fly-board extraordinaire Ben Merrell at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. March 20 through April 3.

‒ Boomin' Tuesday: Enjoy lawn games and inflatables from 6-8:30 p.m. March 21 through Aprili 15 with fireworks at 8:30 p.m.

‒ Magical Thursday: Captain Davy performs at 7 and 8 p.m. March 23 through April 6 on the Events Plaza Stage.

 

Baytowne LIVE/Spring Break: Enjoy the musical stylings of local artists from 7-10 p.m. on the Baytowne LIVE stage across from MooLaLa. Concerts are free and open to the public.

• Stevie Hall: March 21, 25, 28, April 1, 4, 8, 11, 15

• Bryan Bludworth: March 24, 31, April 7, 14

 

Lunch and Learn: Walton Area Chamber of Commerce will present the Dale Carnegie Program, “How To Network,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29 at Brookdale Destin, 2400 Crystal Cove Lane in Miramar Beach, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 30 at Best Western, 2343 US 331 in DeFuniak Springs. Cost is $15/membersd and $25/non-memers. Pre-register at http://www.waltonareachamber.com/.

 

Catwalk for a Cause: The Dressing Room Boutique will host an event benefiting Children in Crisis Inc., at 6 p.m. March 30 in the courtyard of The Market Shops at the entrance of Sandestin. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through participants and at The Dressing Room Boutique. Award-winning dancers from the Alfonso Academy will open the show, with DJ 30A providing music and entertainment during the show.

 

Art exhibit: Students from South Walton High School will continue to exhibit their artwork throughout April at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.

 

Vettes at the Village: Vroom, vroom Vettes at the Village returns to the Village of Baytowne Wharf from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 in the Events Plaza. Be a part of the show and vote for your favorite style and model.

 

Cooked to Order: Breakfast Cooked to Order will be held from 7-11 a.m. April 1 and May 6 in the Parish Hall at St. Agatha's Episcopal Church, 150 Circle Drive, in DeFuniak Springs. Cost is $7.25/adults and $4/children under 10. Take-out available. Call 830-7663 to make reservations for large groups. Donations benefit the church.

 

Lecture Series: Dr. Laura Tiu, marine science agent for Walton and Okaloosa Counties, will discuss Micro Plastics, a new term which is being tossed about, from 2-4 p.m. April 5 at the UF/IFAS Walton Extension Office, 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs. The cost will be $5, payable at the door (cash only). Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required at 892-8172 or haneyc@ufl.edu by the Monday before.

 

ECMS: The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 6 at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach. Mary McKinley, the newly elected president of the Choctawhatchee Chapter of the

Florida Trail Association, will speak.

 

Downtown Arts Night: More than 50 artists, artisans, craftsmen and food vendors will be on the streets of Historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs, from 6th to 8th Streets, from 5-9 p.m. April 7 for the third semiannual Downtown Arts Night. Musicians will perform along the street and food will be available.

 

MKAF Concert: Bring a lawn chair, pack a picnic and wine or purchase dinner prepared fresh onsite when Jersey performs a live tribute concert to the music of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at 7 p.m. April 8 in the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Drive West in Destin. Bottled water and soft drinks are available to purchase on-site. Tickets are $25/general admission and $20/MKAF members. Children 12 and under are free. Children under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Purchase tickets online at www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org.

 

‘80s Rewind Dance Party: Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) is throwing a big-haired dance party, ‘80s style, at 7:30 p.m. April 14 in ECTC’s performing space, Upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Scrunchies and bolo ties are optional, but best dressed will win for the “Most Choice” outfit. Shenanigans Show Band will perform. Tickets are $25/advance and $30/door. Proceeds from ticket sales, cash bar and silent auction will benefit Emerald Coast Theatre Com-pany’s educational and professional programs. Purchase tickets at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.

 

Easter Explosion: Bounce on over to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for an Easter Explosion from 12-3 p.m. April 15. Enjoy a day filled with free family friendly entertainment, lawn games, face-painting, and an inflatable obstacle course. Get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

 

Free tax returns: Free TaxAide will be given through April 15 at the following locations. Call for appointments. Bring last year's return, SS card, picture ID, real estate taxes paid and tax documents, such as W-2's and social security.

— Walton County Council on Aging, 1145 W. Baldwin Ave, in DeFuniak Springs, Tuesdays 12-4 p.m. Call 892-8165.

— Life Enrichment Senior Center, 312 College Ave. in DeFuniak Springs, Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 892-8746.

— Freeport Library, 76 W Hwy. 20 in Freeport, Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 835-2040.

— Coastal Library, 497 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach, Mondays, 12-5 p.m., Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 267-2809.

 

Teen Driver Challenge: WCSO will hold a Teen Driver Challenge at 5 p.m. April 21 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22 at Freeport High School. Students are required to have a Florida Learner's Permit or valid Florida Operator's License and use the automobile they usually operate. The course, which is offered at no cost to students, will provide the knowledge and hands-on experience to reduce chances of being involved in a crash.

 

Bubbly Baytowne: An evening of champagne, live music from Kyle Lamonica, and shopping begins at 5 p.m. April 27 at the Baytowne Wharf Events Plaza. The event is free and for 21 and up only. The Village will be open to the public during this event. Other evenings are May 18 with music of Scott Rockwood.

 

Basic Life Support classes: American Heart Association Basic Life Support, Healthcare Provider Initial courses will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast, Suite 1, Education Building. Enrollment closes May 18. Cost is $50/person. To enroll, call 278-3019 or email timfeld@shhpens.org.

• July 22: enrollment closes July 20

• Sept. 23: enrollment closes Sept. 21

 

Digital Graffiti Festival 2017: Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach, a projection art festival on Scenic Highway 30A, will be held from May 19-21. Twenty finalists along with three artist-in-residence participants from four countries will gather to showcase their digital artwork and vie for cash prizes totaling $10,000. Purchase tickets at http://www.digitalgraffiti.com/tickets/

 

Sinfonia Goes Pops: Enjoy the orchestral sounds of Sinfonia Gulf Coast under the palm trees in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre at 7:30 p.m. May 28. Food and beverage available for purchase. Free and open to the public.

 

Groovin' On The Green: The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with The Rowdies from 7-9 p.m. May 28 at the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.

 

June 5: The Mighty Hurricanes

June 12: Reasonable Doubt

June 19: Raised on the Radio

June 26: Legacy

July 4: Sonic Boom

July 10: Ebb Tyed

July 17: Tony Vegas Band

July 24: Tropic Sands

July 31: Latitude 29

Aug. 7: Raised on the Radio

Aug. 14: Reasonable Doubt

Aug. 21: The Mighty Hurricanes

Aug. 28: Ebb Tyed

Sept. 3: The Rowdies

 

 

Family Challenge: Check in at the Topsail Hill Preserve State Park camp store between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays for the challenge package. When completed, return to camp store for a treat.

 

Chef’s Counter: Chef Kevin Korman will offer guests an inventive chef's tasting menu each Friday night at Roselie Dining & Seafood Bar in Inlet Beach. This limited edition dinner will consist of an eight-course menu featuring seasonal farm-to-fork items crafted in Korman’s inventive style for $89 with an additional $45 wine pairing option. Only eight guests will be invited to this special dinner each week, so be sure to make a reservation to reserve a seat. Call 909-0400.

 

Sunday Pickin' at The Bay: The Bay Restaurant, on the Choctawhatchee Bay at the southern foot of the 331 bridge, will host Sunday Pickin' at The Bay every Sunday while the weather is nice. Local musician Mike Whitty and friends will get together in the garden at The Bay for a jam session. All local musicians are invited to come and join in. Happy Hour is from 4-6 p.m.

 

Movie Night at The Hub: It's double movie night with free movies at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at The Hub on Scenic 30A at WaterSound Beach. Shown on the Jumbotron on the events stage.

 

Geocache Around Topsail: Explore Topsail Hill Preserve State Park with a special 10 station geocache program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Check in at the camp store for your coordinates. Upon completion return to the camp store for a prize.

 

Beach Service: Worship at the beach with Hope Lutheran Church from 8-9 a.m. at Ed Walline Regional Beach Access across on Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a towel, chair, or stand on the boardwalk. Call 267-0322.

 

Emerald Coast Farmers' Market: Fresh from the farm produce, dairy, honey, eggs, grass-fed beef, beef jerky, pork products and sausages; fresh local seafood, crab cakes, tuna and shrimp dips; homemade pita, hummus, salsa's, guacamole, jams, preserves, pickled veggies, cheeses, homemade pastas and sauces, and artisan breads and desserts are for sale at Seascape Resort, 100 Seascape Drive in Miramar Beach, from 1-6 Tuesdays year round and 12-6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day.

 

Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market: The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday 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. Market is held on Wednesdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

 

30A Farmers’ Market: This community event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays in South Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach features fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese and more. Market is held on Thursdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

 

Seaside Farmers Market: Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.