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Baytowne Beer Festival: The Village of Baytowne Wharf hosts its 10th Annual Baytowne Beer Fest Oct. 14. More than 200 beers will be featured and live music will be heard throughout the festival. Visit http://www.baytownewharfbeerfestival.com/ for more information and tickets.
30A Blue Crab Festival: Celebrate the 30A lifestyle Oct. 14-15 at the second annual 30A Blue Crab Festival hosted at Trebeache in Blue Mountain. Proceeds will benefit The South Walton Artificial Reef Association. Visit https://www.30acrabfest.com/ for information and tickets.
Teen Driver Challenge RESCHEDULED: WCSO will hold a Teen Driver Challenge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14 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. Visit http://waltonso.org/teen-driver-challenge/ to register and email forms to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The REP: Tickets for The Fall Play Series at The REP Theatre Mainstage in Seaside are $30 and available at lovetherep.com. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
• Oct. 14, 26: Your Bard!
• Oct. 18, 19, 23, 27: Brits vs Aliens
• Oct. 24: The Sailors’ Story
• Oct. 25: Bond: An Unauthorized Parody
Newbill guest artist: While presenting some of her favorite Gulf Coast influences in her paintings, East Tennessee artist Nadine Koski will discuss and answer questions about her work from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 14 at Newbill Collection By The Sea in Ruskin Place Artist Colony in Seaside.
Sale on the Circle: The 10th Annual Sale on the Circle, sponsored by St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14 in DeFuniak Springs. Find bargains among the furniture, antiques, knick-knacks, crafts and yard sale items that are offered by vendors. Lunch will also be available. To make item donations or for questions, call 830-7663.
Rosemary Beach Uncorked: The seventh annual Rosemary Beach Uncorked featuring wine, food and more will be held from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 14. Proceeds will go to the Habitat for Humanity of Walton County. Advance tickets are $125 per person and may be purchased at www.rosemarybeachuncorked.com.
Art exhibit: Anne Hunter Galleries, 25 Central Square in Seaside, will exhibit the works of local artist Polli Youngbeck during the month of October. Youngbeck is best known for her touch of whimsy.
Explore the Outdoors: Walton Outdoors will host its eighth annual Explore The Outdoors Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Live Oak Landing Outdoor Destination, 229 Pitts Ave. in Freeport. This fun-filled day will introduce children to the wonders of exploring nature and the outdoor experience. The event is free. The water activities are geared for children six-years-old and up. Food will be available for purchase from Black Creek Café. For more information, visit http://www.waltonoutdoors.com/explorefest
Where the Wild Things Run: Race through the woods for a wild adventure through parts of Nokuse Plantation from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 14 at the E.O Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport. The Second Annual Where the Wild Things Run 5K and 1 mile fun run benefits the Biophilia Nature Center. Register at http://www.eowilsoncenter.org/. Celebrate with food, music and interactive museum and exhibits after the race.
Community Clean-Up Day: Dumpsters will be provided for Walton County residents to dump trash, yard debris, tires, appliances, and other miscellaneous items from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Choctaw Beach Park on State Road 20 in the Choctaw Beach Community. A crew and equip-ment to off-load heavy items will be available. Recycling trailers will also be available for newsprint, glass, and aluminum. Do not bring poisons, pesticides, paints, thinners, gasoline, and other flammables.
Ballet Performance: The Northwest Florida Ballet presents “Giselle” at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Grant Park at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. The event is free and open to the public. The ballet is performed in two acts outdoors in Grand Park. Some seating will be provided and attendees are welcome to bring their own chairs or blankets.
Audubon Society: Explore the Outdoors Festival at Live Oak Landing, 229 Pitts Ave., in Freeport Oct. 14. Teach children how to identify birds using matching games, binoculars and spotting scopes. Bring water, bug spray and a lawn chair. Call 267-2064 or email liveoaklanding.rvoutdoors.com for additional information.
• Oct. 21: See owls, warblers, herons and rails in a walk through the Bluewater Bay Marina marshes and oak forest. Meet at Oak Creek Shopping Center by CVS on Hwy. 20 in Niceville at 7:30 a.m. Wear closed toed shoes, bring water and bug spray. Call 368-3680 for additional information.
• Oct. 28: See ducks, herons, raptors and migrants in a walk through the FWB landfill and holding ponds led by Malcolm Swan. Meet at Pepi-tos, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd., at 7:30 a.m. Wear closed toed shoes, a hat and long pants. Call 210-343-9082 for additional information.
The REP: Michael McDermott will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at The Seaside Repertory Theater, 216 Quincy Circle in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets are $25 and available at 231-0733 or www.lovetherep.org.
• Oct. 20 and 21: Charlie Mars
• Oct. 28 and 29: Griffin House
• Nov. 14: REP Tribute Concert, fundraiser for The REP. Tickets $70
WRWF: Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. Oct. 18 at Cantino Laredo at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. Jeff Goldberg, director of Walton County Emergency Management, will present "Walton County Prepares — A Whole Community Approach.” Cost is $20/members and $25/guests. RSVP required at 301-518-0316 or email@example.com.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Continuum from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• Oct. 25: Heritage
WRWF: Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. Oct. 18 at Cantino Laredo at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. Jeff Goldberg, director of Walton County Emergency Management, will present “Walton County Prepares — A Whole Community Approach.” Lunch is $20/members and $25/guests. RSVP at 301-518-0316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bonfire on the Beach: Enjoy Bonfire on the Beach from 6–9 p.m. Oct. 18 with Josh Fox at The Bay, 24215 S. Hwy. 331 in Santa Rosa Beach.
Open House: Cook Family Dentistry hosts an Open House to unveil complete office renovation from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 18 at 2441 US Hwy. 98 W, #107, in Santa Rosa Beach. Walton Area Chamber of Commerce will cut the ribbon at 5 p.m.
Garden Club: The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 18 in the Bayview Room, Bayside Conference Center in Sandestin Resort. April Reid of 98 Landscape will present “The History of the Jack-o-Lantern” and perhaps other Halloween facts and you can paint or carve your own pumpkin to take home. Price for attending the business meeting, program and luncheon is $25. Price for the business meeting and program only is $8. RSVP your attendance at email@example.com or 850-424-3646 by 10 p.m. the Sunday prior.
ECMS: The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Dr. Marinella Monk will speak on her book, “Heaven Rediscovered.”
Lip Sync Battle: Emerald Coast Theatre Company will host the third annual Emerald Coast Lip Sync Battle at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at its performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. Tickets are $25/person and may be purchased at EmeraldCoastTheatre.org or call 684-0323. Proceeds benefit ECTC and its theater education outreach and scholarship programs.
Blood Drive: The Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center in DeFuniak Springs will partner with OneBlood for a blood drive, open to the public, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20 at 336 College Ave. Appointments can be made at www.oneblooddonor.org.
Howl-O-Ween: The Dressing Room Boutique in Destin Commons will host “Howl-O-Ween” benefiting Dog Harmony Oct. 20. Pet adoptions and “Yappy Hour” begin at 5 p.m. with event from 6-8 p.m. In addition to discounts, door prizes, and raffle, there will fare and cocktails served.
Casper's Campfire Stories: Casper the Friendly Ghost type stories will be told around the campfire from 6-7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. The stories are geared to the younger audience, but are fun for all. Bring a blanket or chair, insect repellent and a flashlight.
Book signing: Dr. Marinella Monk will sign copies of her first work of fiction, “Heaven Rediscovered, from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 21 at Barnes and No-ble, 34904 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin.
Embroiderers’ Guild: The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will hold stitch-ins from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Call 496-3466 with any questions.
Improv Bootcamp: For ages 4-14, the Bootcamp will be held from 3:45-5:15 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays through Oct. 23 at The Repertory Theatre in Seaside. Cost is $25. Improv Army Showcase Performance will be at same time Oct. 24.
Butler Does Halloween: Join in a night of frighteningly good tunes from Van R Butler Elementary Chorus as they present Butler Does Hal-loween at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Events Plaza Stage at Baytowne Wharf.
Sinfonia: Sinfonia Gulf Coast launches its 12th season on a high note with “An Evening with Chris Mann” at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. The four-course wine dinner is followed by an intimate cabaret-style performance space upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard. Tickets are $195/person and include dinner, wine, valet, gratuity and performance. Proceeds will benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education programs. Purchase tickets at SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 460-8800.
Kid's Yoga: Yoga instructor Galina Wells will host free Kid’s Yoga from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 24, Nov. 7 and 21 and Dec. 5 and 19 at Walton County Coastal Library in Santa Rose Beach. All ages welcome. No registration required. For more information, call 267-2809.
Color the Coast Orange: Wear orange in support of bully-free schools and a safe community during the tri-countywide Third Annual Color the Coast Orange#UnityDay2017 on Oct. 25. Schools, families, businesses and the entire community can participate simply by wearing orange.
Camp for adult cancer patients: Adults who have been diagnosed with cancer are encouraged to register now for an upcoming Sacred Heart Health System program that offers support, encouragement and renewal. Camp Bluebird, a retreat experience for people coping with cancer, is scheduled for Oct. 25-27 at Sacred Heart’s Miracle Camp in Escambia County. Activities include arts and crafts, pampering, education, optional sharing sessions, entertainment and more. Visit www.campbluebirdfl.com or call 698-2202.
Sacred Heart Class: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host a free cancer prevention nutrition class from 12-1 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Suite 3 Conference Room at the hospital. Attendees will learn about cancer prevention through diet and lifestyle changes, enjoy food samples, and take home cancer-fighting recipes. Register at 416-1620; space is limited.
Throwback Thursday Cinema: Enjoy the free family friendly movie "Hocus Pocus" at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 on the Events Plaza Lawn at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Celebrity Golf Classic: Hit the links with celebrities for the 21st Annual South Walton Celebrity Golf Classic Oct. 26-28 at the Baytowne and Raven Golf Courses in Sandestin. Proceeds will benefit Operation Renewed Hope Foundation, which provides housing and support to homeless veterans.
Halloween Celebration/Trick-or-Treating: Bring the little ghosts and goblins for trick-or-treating throughout North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach and the Harvest Market Artist’s booths from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 28. Enjoy a pumpkin carving and costume contest with prizes, hay-rides, a moonwalk, games, airbrush tattoos, spin art, music and more. Tour the haunted cemetery and see Ohana Institute’s annual Scarecrow Lane and gobble up some goodies from their bake sale.
Baytowne on Ice: Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Baytowne on Ice from Oct. 28 through Feb. 3 in the Events Plaza. For details, visit www.baytownewharf.com or call 267-8184.
Halloween Movie/Costume Party: The fifth annual Rocky Horror Halloween Movie and Costume Party begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 28 at Redd’s Fueling Station, 2320 W County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Showings will be at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Best Costume prizes awarded for Rocky Horror Picture Show theme. No cover.
Carillon Beach 5K: Course through Carillon ends on the green in downtown Carillon Beach Oct. 28. Racers, runners, joggers, and walkers will enjoy food, drink, and prizes. Shoes are awarded to the top female, male and 18&U runner and trophies to all age group winners. All runners receive a medal at the finish line. Poceeds from the run will benefit Anchorage Children's Home in Panama City. For information, visit www.carillonbeach.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Golf Tournament: South Walton Academy will host its inaugural 2017 Tee Up for Autism Golf Tournament at 9 a.m. Oct. 28 at Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club to raise awareness for students on the Autism Spectrum. Proceeds will benefit South Walton Academy, a new non-profit inclusion school — the first of its kind in Santa Rosa Beach. For more information, visit www.SouthWaltonAcademy.com.
Festival of the Arts: Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Foundation presents the 22nd Annual Festival of the Arts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. A celebration of art, music, food and family fun, the Festival will showcase the original artwork of more than 100 artists and features a live music lineup, a food bistro, wine and beer garden, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and T-shirts, art raffle drawing and more. Convenient parking and motor coach shuttle are available. Admission is $5 for adults; MKAF members and children (12 and under) are free. Proceeds benefit MKAF’s community outreach programs. Call 650-2226.
Vin’tij Wine Dinner: The Northwest Florida Ballet “Fall Into Dance” four-course wine dinner begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at Vin’tij Wine Boutique, 10859 U.S. 98 in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $100 per person or $175 per couple (excluding gratuity). Seating is limited. Proceeds support live music provided by the Northwest Florida Ballet Symphony Orchestra for NFB’s 2017-2018 season productions of The Nut-cracker and Peter Pan.
Trick or Treat Street: Calling all ghouls, ghosts, and goblins to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for a free spooktacular extravaganza from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Trick or Treat through the Village streets, listen to the DJ’s frighteningly good tunes on the main stage, and enjoy face painting, balloon animals, and a fly-board show by Ben Merrell. End the night with a spooky fireworks display at 8 p.m.
Harvest Wine and Food Festival: The new wine festival is a three-day event from Nov. 2-5 in WaterColor and will feature world-renown wine makers, local restaurants, a silent auction, live music and more. The event is hosted by the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which assists children in need in Northwest Florida.
Mountainfilm Festival: Experience incredible short films, food and drink, and a night under the stars at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4 in Marina Park at WaterColor for the Mountainfilm Festival. The outdoor film festival is dedicated to educating, inspiring and motivating audiences about important issues.
HazMat/Tire Amnesty Day: The Walton County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 83 North in DeFuniak Springs, and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach will accept items from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 4. Park admission free if dropping off. Items include pesticides, used oil, stale gasoline, solvents, fertilizers, paint, batteries, brake fluid, anti freeze, pool chemicals, insecticides and more. Also residents may bring up to 12 tires per residence; no gas cylinders or explosives. Old computer hardware also accepted.
Biophilia Critter Cruise: Cruise around the bay aboard the Solaris from 12:30-2 p.m. Nov. 4. Boarding begins at noon at the Baytowne Marina. Bring the whole family for a chance to get up close and personal with all that slithers, sniffs, and soars. Cash bar available. Tickets for 18+ are $18; 17 and under are $10. Purchase at www.sunquestcruises.com. Biophilia Center receives 50 percent of ticket proceeds.
Meet and Greet: View art work of Jeanie Posey from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 4 at the South Walton Coastal Branch Library. Her works will be on display during November.
Classical Connections Concerts: The first in the Classical Connections series presented by Sinfonia Gulf Coast features cellist Sang-Eun Lee at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin. Tickets range from $29.50 to $45/person. To purchase tickets, visit SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 460-8800.
• Jan. 26: SYBARITE5 string quintet
• March 3: Violinist Corinne Stillwell
Seeing Red: Wine tastings, winemaker dinners, and a Sunday brunch are part of the 27th Annual Seaside Seeing Red Wine Festival Nov. 9-12. Also enjoy live music and hundreds of wines. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Seaside Neighborhood School and the Institute. Purchase tickets at http://www.seeingredwinefestival.com/.
Foundation for Kids: Dress up for Gameday at the annual Sandestin Foundation for Kids Gameday 5K at 9 a.m. Nov. 11. The race includes a 5K for all ages and 1 mile fun run for kids 12 and under throughout Sandestin. Cost is $35/5K and $20/fun run. Post-race tailgate fun will be at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina with cornhole, bounce house, face painting, hot dogs, silent auction and the college football game of the day live on the jumbo screen. Proceeds benefit Sandestin Foundation for Kids organization that allows for funds to be gifted to needy children and families quickly in the event of a tragedy.
Holiday Lights: Start the holiday season at the Fifth Annual Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights Festival from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 18 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. The event will feature more than 30 champagnes and appetizers at featured Village restaurants. Also enjoy the sounds of the season and a sneak peek of the lighting on the Village tree.
Fully Committed: The Seaside REP presents Fully Committed, a one act play, from 7:30-9 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2 and 7-9 at The Repertory Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets are $30.
Charity Soiree: Café Thirty-A will presents its annual Charity Christmas Soiree from 7-11 p.m. Dec. 1 with a buffet and passed heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, music by DJ 30A, a silent auction and a raffle. Dress is evening attire with black tie optional. Proceeds will benefit Caring and Sharing of South Walton. General admission tickets will be $75/person and will be available for purchase on cafethirtya.com.
Wednesday Night Concerts — Holiday Edition: Get in the holiday spirit and listen to favorite holiday classics free at 6 p.m. Wednesdays in December in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf. Each concert will feature a choreographed light show and visits with Santa.
Mommy & Me: Hope Lutheran Church, 3834 U.S. Hwy. 98, has a faith based ministry for moms and their children the first and third Mondays of the month from 9:30-11 a.m. Moms and their children can learn and grow together through music, Bible stories, crafts, snacks, and more. Each class is $5. Call 267-0322, email email@example.com, or visit Facebook page Mommy & Me Faith Based Program.
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.
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.
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.
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. Thursdays 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.