All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Spring cleaning sale: Bud & Alley’s Restaurant Group is clearing out its storage units and kitchen closets and holding a spring sale at 8 a.m. May 13 at 54 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. Items include kitchenware, dishware, flatware, serving platters and bowls, small kitchen equipment and the like.
Help restock local food banks: Our nation’s and our community’s largest food drive, the 25th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive, will be held May 13. Place your food donation(s) in a bag next to your mailbox early and your letter carrier will pick up your donations as they make their regular mail routes and then deliver them to our local food banks. Donate non-perishable and non-expired food.
Melissa and Michelle Make Music: Broadway’s Michelle Dowdy and Not-Broadway’s Melissa Oropesa, two New York City broads who deliver a night of sassy, funny, and soulful standards in cabaret, will perform at 10:30 p.m. May 13 at Grand Boulevard. Festival entrance is $5/person and tickets for each performance are $15. Visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org or call 684-0323.
Alice in Wonderland: Follow Alice down a rabbit hole into a delightful, entertaining world of childhood fantasies at 7 p.m. May 13 and 2:30 p.m. May 14 at the Florida Chautauqua Theatre, 840 Baldwin Ave. in DeFuniak Springs. Tickets are $15/adults and $12/students 22 and under. To purchase, call 892-9494 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artsquest: The 29th Artsquest Fine Arts Festival benefiting The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 13 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 14 at Grand Boulevard. The annual South Walton Mother’s Day tradition provides an opportunity to view and purchase original art from more than 200 artists in over a dozen mediums from around the country, while also enjoying live musical entertainment, ImagiNation (where kids rule) and student exhibits.
Book Sale: The DeFuniak Springs Friends of the Library will hold a book sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon May 13 at the Walton County Fairgrounds, Rte 83 North in DeFuniak Springs.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Search for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and Bachman’s Sparrows on Eglin Reservation May 13. Meet at the Armament Museum Parking Lot at 7 a.m. You must obtain a reservation permit to participate at Jackson Guard or online at Eglin.gov. Call 210-343-9082 for more information.
• May 20: Visit Bay County Audubon’s Laidlaw Plantation to see a diverse collection of birdlife and restoration efforts. Meet at the CVS parking lot in Oak Creek Shopping Plaza in Niceville at 7a.m. and caravan to Laidlaw in Holmes County. Bring a sack lunch and wear sturdy shoes. Call 381-5651 for details.
Butler Does Broadway: Students from Butler Elementary School perform an evening on Broadway at 6 p.m. May 15 on the Events Plaza stage at Baytowne Wharf. Admission is free.
Pop & Shop Concert Series: Sip, shop and shimmy to the tunes of Boukou Groove during the concert series from 5-7 p.m. May 16 throughout the center at The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
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
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Big Al & the Heavyweights from 7-9 p.m. May 17 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• May 24: Chris Alvarado
• May 31: Moon Lagoons
• June 7: Continuum
• June 14: Heritage
• June 21: Stephen Simmons
• June 28: Donnie Sundal
• July 5: Geoff McBride
• July 12: Forrest McBride
• July 19: Lauren St. Jane
• July 26: Heather Gillis Band
Garden Club: New officers will be installed when Green Thumb Garden Club meets at 10 a.m. May 17 in the Bayside Ballroom in Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort to announce the local winners of the American Pride Landscape Awards and also regional scholarship winners. Cost is $25/lunch. Register by May 14 at email@example.com or 333-7431. Cost for lunch is $25.
Republican Women: Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. May 17 at Cantino Laredo in Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach. Walton County District 3 County Commissioner Melanie Nipper will be guest speaker. Cost of lunch is $20/members and $25/guests. Reservations required at 301-518-0316 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ECMS: The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 18 at Christ the King, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, in Santa Rosa Beach. Honin Zenji, a Zen Buddhist priest and teacher now residing in Santa Rosa Beach, presents "Mindfulness In the Age of Multitasking"
Cardiac Rhythm Seminar: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host a seminar with Dr. Keith Golden, cardiac electrophysiologist with Sacred Heart Cardiovascular Specialists, at 6 p.m. May 18 in the hospital’s Resource Center, Suite 3 Conference Room. Dinner will be provided. Reservations for the free seminar should be made at 278-3600 or 877-416-1620.
Music on the Green: 30Avenue in Inlet Beach will have live music from 6-9 p.m. May 18 with Con-tinuum. The event is free and open to the public.
• May 25: Cadillac Willy
Concerts in the Village: Enjoy the music of Fountain city Players at the 22nd annual Concerts in the Village at 7 p.m. May 18 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Drive West in Destin. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $15/adults; children (12 and under) and MKAF members are free. Age 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
• May 25: Alter Eagles
• June 1: The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
• June 8: The Maxx
• June 15: Tyler Kinchen and the Right Pieces
• June 22: Triggerproof
• June 29: The Joe Band — Joe Cocker Tribute
• Sept. 3: Make Me Smile — Chicago Tribute Band
• Sept. 14: Heritage
• Sept. 21: Luke Langford & 331 South
• Sept. 28: Déjà vu
• Oct. 5: Swingtown, a Steve Miller Tribute Band
Bubbly Baytowne: An evening of champagne, live music from Scott Rockwood, and shopping begins at 5 p.m. May 18 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.
Lionfish Documentary: The Emerald Coast Reef Association will host the free world premiere of a Skyline Films Lionfish documentary, “Reef Assassin,” at 7 p.m. May 19 at Northwest Florida State College Student Services, first floor. Many locals appear in the documentary. Young children requested to not attend.
6th Annual Walk Her Way: Parade in pumps, walk in wedges, strut in stilettos, or stroll in sneakers while you follow the Village Brass Band through Rosemary Beach at the 6th Annual Walk Her Way to benefit Shelter House and Rosemary Beach Foundation at 6:30 p.m. May 19. Walk as an individual or enter as a team with your family, co-workers and friends. Wear comfortable attire or costumes to reflect your style and personality. Stick around for the after party from 7-9 p.m. in the Rosemary Beach Town Hall. Online advance registration includes admission to the after party. On-site registration (5:30-6:15 p.m.) is an additional $5. For more information visit www.walkherway.com
RUN/SUP Grand Opening: Locally based business and brand RUN/SUP will host a grand opening with beverages and fare from Whiskey Bravo and Cowgirl Kitchen for their second location from 4-7 p.m. May 19 at 20 Gardenia Street, Cottage 2, behind Cowgirl Kitchen in Seagrove.
Birthday Bash: CVHN's Annual Birthday Bash and CVHN Smile Mile & 5K Pre-Race Kick-off Party will be held from 6-9 p.m. May 19 at Grayton Beer Company. Enjoy an evening of celebration with music by Kyle Lamonica, heavy hors d'oeuvres and food for the kids sponsored by Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer, Jackacuda's Seafood & Sushi and Cuvée Kitchen + Wine Bar. CVHN will recognize their Volunteer of the Year, Volunteer Provider of the Year and Community Partner of the Year.
Fish fry fundraiser: A fish fry for Amber Williams and her three sons with Down Syndrome will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 19 in the Lakeyard Amphitheater, 1183 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. A free family movie, “Sing,” will follow at sunset. Tickets can be purchased for $10 and donations made at www.theworthythree.com. Tickets are also available in person at the Walton County Clerk's Offices on the north and south end. For more information, email email@example.com or call 259-4317.
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 par-ticipants 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/
Pansy Brunch: The Emerald Coast Alumnae Chapter of Delta Delta Delta Sorority will hold the annual Pansy Brunch at 11:30 a.m. May 20 at The Pearl Hotel, 63 Main St. in Rosemary Beach. All Tri Deltas are welcome. Call 835-1701 to make reservation.
Hands Across the Sand: Say "Yes" to clean energy at noon May 20 at Ed Walline Public Beach Access in Santa Rosa Beach.
Redfish Round-Up: Nick's Seafood Restaurant in Freeport will host its 12th Annual Old Nick's Redfish Roundup benefiting CBA May 20. Tournament check-ins will be from 5-7 a.m. and weigh-ins will be from 4-5 p.m. The entry fee for a two-person team is $210. Ten dollars from every entry fee will be donated to Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• July 22: enrollment closes July 20
• Sept. 23: enrollment closes Sept. 21
CVHN race day: Race presented by St. Joe Community Foundation at 8 a.m. May 20 at Watercolor in Santa Rosa Beach. Registration is available before the race at http://www.cvhnkids.org/ and on the day of the race beginning at 7 a.m. Registration is $25/child and $45/adult.This run has a Mile and 5K course. All proceeds benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Stay for the post race festivities including the Ohana Institute Bands, food, beverages, photo booth, kids entertainment and prizes and more.
Sunday Cinema: Grab your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening with the free movie, “Moana,” at 8 p.m. May 21 on the Events Plaza Lawn at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
• June 4: Frozen
• June 11: Secret Life of Pets
ࡥ June 18: The BFG
• June 25: The Angry Birds Movie
• July 2: Sing
• July 16: Finding Dory
• July 23: Inside Out
• July 30: Wall-E
• Aug. 6: The Incredibles
The REP Theatre: Events for the summer featuring The REP include:
• Pinocchio: Free at 6:30 p.m. May 22-Aug. 14 at the Seaside Amphitheater.
• The Tales of King Arthur: Free at 6:30 p.m. May 24-Aug. 9 on North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.
• Adventures in Alys: Free at 10 a.m. May 29-Aug. 9 in Alys Beach.
• Improv Bootcamp: At 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 30-Aug. 4 at The REP Theatre for ages 5-14. Tickets $25
• Awkward Oxen Late Nite Improv Comedy: at 10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday May 30-Aug. 10 at The REP Theatre for ages 13 and up. Tickets $10 or 2 for $15.
• Illusionist Jeanette Andrews at 8 p.m. Tuesdays and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursdays May 30-July 13 at The REP Theatre. Tickets are $25/adults and $15/students age 10 and up.
• Awkward Oxen Improv Hour: free at 10 a.m. Thursdays June 1-Aug. 10 at the Alys Beach Amphitheater for all ages.
• Magic Workshop with Jeanette Andrews: At 2 p.m. Fridays for ages 5-7 and 3 p.m. Fridays for ages 8-14 June 2-July 14 at The REP Theatre. Tickets are $25.
• Stories by the Sea: Free at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday June 5-Aug. 18 in Solomon Square in Seaside for all ages.
Here Comes the Sun: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy an evening of music with Like Totally Awesome 80’s at 7 p.m. May 22 on East Long Green in Rosemary Beach.
• May 29: Dancing Queen-Tribute to ABBA
• June 5: One Hit Wonders
•June 12: British Invasion (Beatles, Stones)
• June 19: Emerald Coast Blues Brothers
• June 26: The Hep Cats (50’s & 60’s)
• July 3: Clark Barrios & the Rosemary Beach Big Band (Swing & Jive)
• July 10: Dancing Queen-Tribute to ABBA
• July 17: The Krickets
• July 24: British Invasion (Beatles, Stones)
• July 31: Like Totally Awesome 80’s!
• Aug. 7: Forrest Williams Band
Public Hearing: A public hearing on the medical marijuana ordinance will be held at 9 a.m. May 23 at the Walton County Courthouse, 571 U.S. Highway 90 East in DeFuniak Springs.
Art on the Green: Enjoy a variety of different art forms from 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays May 23 through Aug. 8 on Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Create a colorful sand art keepsake, spin art masterpiece or let artists transform your hair into a live canvas. Plus music and karaoke too.
Fitness on the Lawn: The Market Shops at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host free, fitness classes on the lawn from 9-10 a.m. weekdays through July 31. The classes are free to attend and open to individuals of all fitness levels. Classes include Pilates Stretch with Essential Oils by Susan Authement Dunnam, Pure Barre, Tabata Circuit with Scott Lassiter, Core Pilates with Lisa Turpin and Unique Flowing Fitness with Andi. No pre-registration is required; bring a mat.
Grant workshop: IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida, which provides significant funding for non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties, will hold its annual grant workshop to assist groups who want to apply for these grants, from 9 a.m. to noon May 23 in the Fellowship Hall of Grace Lutheran Church, 4326 Commons Drive W. in Destin. Areas for grants this year include Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family and Health & Recreation. Advance registration encouraged at www.impactnwf.org by May 15.
Wag the Flag: Dog-Harmony and Grand Boulevard host Wag the Flag from 5-7 p.m. May 25. No charge. Bring your furry friend and help kickoff Memorial Weekend in Grand Park with American flags, a bone-shaped pool of treats and complimentary refreshments.
Art presentation: “The Art of George Rodrigue” presentation by Mrs. George (Wendy) Rodrigue will be at 6 p.m. May 25 in the Rosemary Beach Town Hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Wendy Rodrigue will also sign copies of her book, The Other Side of the Painting. Books will be available for purchase at the free event and a cash bar will be provided by Edward’s Fine Food And Wine until 6:15 p.m.
Sculpture Exhibition: Opening, Wine Reception and Unveiling take place at 4 p.m. May 26 in the Rosemary Beach Town Hall Courtyard. Reception provided by Restaurant Paradis. Meet some of the artists and enjoy a self-guided tour of the exhibition.
Memorial Day Weekend Celebration: Kick off your summer during a free Memorial Day Celebration May 27-29 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Enjoy live music on Saturday and Sunday from 7-9 p.m. with kids’ activities, live music, and a patriotic fireworks show on Sunday evening. Monday the Sandestin Veterans present a Memorial Day program in honor of our veterans.
Sunday Night Concerts: Gulf Place on 30A at Santa Rosa Beach presents a free summer concert se-ries with Emerald Gold Band from 5-8 p.m. May 28 in the Amphitheater, Scenic Hwy. 30-A and Hwy. 393. Bring chairs and blankets. Call 267-8458 or visit www.gulfplacefl.com.
• June 4: New Earth Army
• June 11: Post Pluto
• June 18: Purple Monkey
• June 25: Luke Langford & 331 South
• July 2: Still Standing, a tribute to Elton John
• July 9: Déjà vu
• July 16: Continuum
• July 23: Kane and the Saints
• July 30: Wildlife Specials
• Aug. 6: Casey Kearney
• Aug. 13: The Moon Lagoons
• Aug. 20:Waterzedge
• Aug. 27: Rust and Gold
• Sept. 3: Kickstand Jenny
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
Alys Beach Summer Concerts: Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the music of The Currys from 7-9 p.m. May 31 at the Alys Beach amphitheatre. Food and drink available for purchase at Henry’s Pizza Truck.
• June 7: The Scratchtones
• June 14: Beach Mice
• June 21: Continuum
• June 28: Geoff McBride
• July 12: Bo Spring Band
• July 19: Cadillac Willy
• July 26: The Boiled Peanuts
• Aug. 2: Boukou Groove
Aug. 9: Heritage
Theatre Thursdays: At 8 p.m. on Thursday nights from June 1-Aug. 3, the Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents a free fun-for-all-ages adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.” Abrakadoodle offers pre-show children’s activities from 7-8 p.m. Bring your own chair or blanket.
First Friday Art Walk: From 4-7 p.m. June 2 through Oct. 6, the Artists at Gulf Place and Gordie Hinds will host the Gulf Place First Friday Art Walk in conjunction with the Artists of 30A First Friday Art Walk. Participating South Walton art galleries stay open late to display their art the first Friday of every month in Santa Rosa Beach. Enjoy wine and cheese, live music and The Battle of the Brushes — one inspiration, two hours to paint, three artists.
Ballet at Twilight: The Northwest Florida Ballet presents a free evening of classical ballet and contemporary dance featuring international guest artists at 7:30 p.m. June 25 in Grand Park at Grand Boulevard. Bring a chair or blanket.
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.
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.
Geocache Around Topsail: Explore Topsail Hill Preserve State Park with a special 10 station geocache program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednes-days 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.
30A Farmers’ Market: Walk through the park like setting with shade trees, a fountain, cobblestone walkways and visit friendly farmers, makers and bakers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays year round at 12805 US Hwy. 98 E in Inlet Beach. Find fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese, sauces, beef, chicken, ready-to-eat-foods and more at the new location.
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.
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.