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Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Field trip Nov. 4 with Alan Knothe in an exploration of private forest near DeFuniak Springs. Meet at the Niceville CVS parking lot in Oak Creek Shopping Center at 7:30 a.m. or make your way to Goodwin drive about 5 miles west of DeFuniak off Bob Sikes Highway at 8:30. Wear closed toed shoes and long pants and bring a sack lunch. Call 208-1780 for additional information.
• Nov. 18: Join expert birder Bruce Purdy in a bird walk at Destin Beaches. Meet in the parking lot at the SW end of Marler Bridge over East Pass at 7:30 a.m. Wear closed toed shoes and a hat and have your current beach permit which can be obtained online at eglin.isportsman.net. Call 305-359-5334.
Baytowne on Ice: Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Baytowne on Ice through Feb. 3 in the Events Plaza. For details, visit www.baytownewharf.com or call 267-8184.
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.
Member Appreciation Day: CHELCO’s second annual Member Appreciation Day is from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 4 at Emerald Coast Middle School, 4019 Hwy. 98 in Santa Rosa Beach. The event will offer free food, ice cream, a member gift, bounce houses and local vendors. CHELCO’s Live Line Safety Demonstration Trailer will also be onsite to educate the community about power line safety and dangers. The event is rescheduled from Sept. 9 due to Hurricane Irma.
Firetruck Pull: Gulf Place will host the First 30-A Firetruck Pull at 4 p.m. Nov. 4. Teams will be made up of 10 people with each team mem-ber paying $10 to participate. Competing team classes will include Men’s, Women’s, Co-ed, Firefighters, and Kids. Teams will pull a firetruck a total of 20 feet and the team with the fastest pull time wins. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Miami Project which conducts research on spinal cords to end paralysis. Visit www.facebook.com/30afiretruckpull.
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.
Amnesty Day: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park as hosts a Haz Mat Recycling and Waste Tire Amnesty collection from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 4. The Walton County Solid Waste and Recycling office will be on hand to help unload pesticides, used oil, stale gasoline, solvents, fertilizers, paint, paint thinners, paint strippers, batteries, furniture polish, brake fluid, engine degreasers, anti-freeze, pool chemicals, insecticides and spot removers. No gas cylinders or explosives. Old computer hardware also accepted. Also residents may bring up to 12 tires per residence.
Moonlight Paddle: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach hosts a Moonlight Paddle from 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 4. Experience Campbell Lake on a Ranger guided paddling tour. Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 years old. Program is $40/person. Registration required in advance at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park ad-mission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.
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 Ma-rina. 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.
Bay Baits Benefit: The Family Fishing Tournament and Party, plus grand opening celebration, will be held Nov. 4 at 24295 Hwy. 331 S, Unit B, in Santa Rosa Beach Fishing begins at 7 a.m. Weigh in begins at 4 p.m. with awards at 6 p.m. and a party until 8 p.m. Cost is $25 and includes lunch, goody bag and raffle ticket. Proceeds benefit Food For Thought Outreach and The Sonder Project.
Light the Night: The Tree House Episcopal Montessori School will “Light the Night” with a Beachside Bonfire Bash Shrimp Boil from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 5 at Ed Walline Beach Access, Gulf Place. Proceeds benefit the school's Teacher Continuing Education Fund. Also, Huck and Lilly provide music, glow-in-the-dark toys and for kids, a raffle and more. Tickets are $50 per person with kids admitted free, and include food, drink and live music. Tickets are available at treehousebonfire.eventbrite.com.
Animal Adoption: The Tropical Smoothie Café in the City Market Bayside shopping center in Destin will host an Animal Adoption in conjunction with the Walton County Animal Shelter from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 5. There will be music and lawn games outside such as corn hole, jumbo Jenga, and jumbo Connect 4. The adoption fee for the dogs and cats is $55, which includes spay/neuter, age-appropriate shots, heartworm test, and a microchip. Anyone who adopts an animal will receive a free smoothie of their choice.
Kid's Yoga: Yoga instructor Galina Wells will host free Kid’s Yoga from 10:30-11:30 a.m. 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.
Garden Club: The Seagrove Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 at Surfing Deer, 2743 County Hwy. 30A in Seagrove Beach. Ann Hartley will present “Inspring & Creative Ideas for the Home, Fashion & Self.” Cost is $30/guest. Make reservations by Nov. 5 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 SinfoniaGulf-Coast.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 from Nov. 9-12. Also enjoy live music and hundreds of wines. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Seaside Neighborhood School and the Seaside Institute. Purchase tickets at http://www.seeingredwinefestival.com/
Fashion for a Cause: The third annual event presented by AB+Production will be held from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the rooftop venue of ECAR’s newest location in South Walton, 6757 US Hwy. 98. High fashion trends for women, men, and children will be followed by a “White Party” with hors d’oeuvres, music, dance, networking, and entertainment. The goal is to raise funds and awareness for the local charities of Children in Crisis Inc. and Wave a Smile, Inc. Guests will be expected to wear white attire. Tickets may be purchased at Eventbrite.com.
Veterans Day Program: Honoring Veterans: Past, Present and Future will be a Veterans Day program from 8:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 11 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Programs, exhibits and activities honoring the connection between the park, the Florida Panhandle and the local military history will be presented. There will also be a Civil War living history exhibit on site as well as a Kids Korner with fun activities. Coffeen Nature Preserve will present its “Bombs Away” program, and a mini parade through the campground with golf carts, bikes, strollers, pets and you will end the festivities. Admission is free during the event.
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.
Flutterby Festival: The 25th Flutterby Festival celebrates the migration of the Monarch Butterfly through this area with free art activities, live music, theatre and dance performances, art exhibits, and a butterfly parade from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12 in Watersound Origins, 573 Pathways Drive, Suite 102, in Watersound. Proceeds benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County's Art For All grant program. Discover more details at www.CulturalArtsAlliance.com.
Celebration of Bubbles: Finish your weekend at the Seeing Red Wine Festival with the Celebration of Bubbles from 12-2 p.m. Nov. 12, hosted by Chef Jim Shirley and his 45 Central Wine Bar in the Seaside Lyceum. Purchase tickets at https://greatsoutherncafe.ticketspice.com/celebration-of-bubbles.
FPRA: The Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at Central Park in Alys Beach. Tom Dodson, vice president of sales for Alys Beach, will speak on "The Alys Beach Brand- From Vision to Execution." The cost for members and students is $15 and $25 for non-members. Pre-registration required at www.nwfcoastFPRA.org.
The REP: REP Tribute Concert, fundraiser for The REP, will be held Nov. 14 at The Seaside Repertory Theater, 216 Quincy Circle in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets $70 and available at 231-0733 or www.lovetherep.org.
Business After Hours: The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host the Walton Area Chamber of Com-merce Business After Hours from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Explore the shops while enjoying live music by the Graytones, as well as compli-mentary champagne. Visit each merchant for a chance to win gift cards, prizes and more. Celebrate the 20-year anniversary of Sunset Shoes & Lifestyles from 5-7 p.m. in their store.
Fall Harvest Wine Dinner: Bud & Alley’s Pizza Bar + Trattoria on 30A in Seaside celebrate the fall season with a Fall Harvest Wine Dinner at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Pizza Bar. Tickets are $100/person (plus tax and gratuity) and includes an aperitif, passed hors d’oeuvres and four-course dinner. Reservations are required at 231-3113.
Coastal White Christmas: The Town Center in Grand Boulevard will have thousands of white lights Nov. 18 through Jan. 1. Every Friday and Saturday night in December enjoy a free, horse-drawn carriage ride around the Town Center while faux snow falls on the Festival of Trees display in Grand Park from 5-8 p.m. Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s Dickens Carolers will sing holiday carols from 5-7 p.m.
Holiday Lights: Stroll the streets of The Village of Baytowne Wharf, lined in twinkling lights and greenery, sip champagne and sample items from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 18 during the Fifth Annual Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights. Enjoy live music and the first tree lighting of the season.
Unleashed: The Seventh Annual Rosemary Beach Unleashed will be held from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 19 at West Long Green Park in Rosemary Beach. Events include Yappy Hour, Pet Parade and Costume Contest, and more. With a donation of $110, your favorite canine will be on a 2017 Rosemary Beach Unleashed event poster. Visit www.rosemarybeachfoundation.org.
Face Painting: Festive Face Painting is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Bring the kids and watch as they are transformed into creative creatures from 12-2 p.m. Nov. 21 in North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.
Open House/Walk-About: From 3-6 p.m. Nov. 21 take advantage of holiday specials and promotions while enjoying specialty beverages at Grand Boulevard’s participating retail stores and restaurants. Visit all and enter to win “A Taste of Grand Boulevard” that includes a gift from each participating business.
Festival of Trees: Kick-off is from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 21 at Grand Boulevard for 12 non-profit organizations that will compete to win cash prizes totaling $7,000, including Best of Show and People’s Choice. The People’s Choice winner will be voted on and announced along with Best of Show, Second and Third Place winners, at the kick-off. Display will be up until Christmas,
Every Christmas Story: The Seaside REP’s “Every Christmas Story Ever Told” will have free performances at 2 p.m. Nov. 21 in North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach; 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at NatureWalk in Seagrove; at 10 a.m. Nov. 25 at the Amphitheater at Alys Beach; and at 2 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Seaside Post Office during Turn on the Town festivities.
Moonlight & Movies: Bring the family for a free movie, “A Christmas Story,” under the stars from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 22 on the Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Chairs and blankets welcome.
Thanksgiving Cruise: Celebrate on the water during SunQuest Cruises’ Thanksgiving Buffet Cruises on the SOLARIS yacht in Sandestin with a lunch cruise from 12-2 p.m. and a dinner cruise from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 23. The Solaris yacht is docked at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Re-sort. Prices range from $23 - $62 per person and includes a two-hour cruise and the buffet. Reservations are required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519.
Topsail Under the Stars: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association host an evening of viewing the sun, moon and stars through telescopes from 1:45-7:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Participants need to be in the park before the gate closes at sunset. Event is free with regular park admission.
The Polar Express: Watch a free holiday favorite, “The Polar Express,” from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 24 on the Events Plaza Lawn at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Holiday Open House: The 15th annual Holiday Open House on Nov. 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy arts & crafts, music, and refreshments, each artist will have different holiday presents available to make which will range in price from $12 to $30. There will be live music by Jay and the BluJays on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and by Sammy Jackson on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. Santa Claus will drop by via firetruck on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with photos for $5 each.
Photos with Santa: Santa visits Grand Park in Grand Boulevard from 2-3 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 25 though Dec. 16, at the Festival of Trees display. Free photos. Abrakadoodle will offer free holiday arts and crafts for kids of all ages.
Breakfast with Santa: Spend a magical morning in Santa’s Workshop from 8-10 a.m. Nov. 25 at Town Hall in Rosemary Beach. Tickets are $20/child and complimentary for adults and include boxed breakfast, photo and goodie bag. Purchase at door; cash only. Proceeds go to Angel Tree Program of Walton County.
Here Comes Santa Claus: Get in the winter spirit when Santa Claus comes to the Village of Baytowne Wharf from 6-9 p.m. Nov 25. Kids will enjoy face-painting, crafts, and a fireworks display at 8 p.m.
Wreaths for Alaqua: The Fourth Annual Wreaths for Alaqua will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at Old Florida Fish House in Seagrove Beach. All of the proceeds will benefit the no-kill facility in Freeport. Auctioneer Helen “Redd” Vizard will present 20 wreaths created by local artists, businesses, and individuals during the auction. The wreaths, some of which will be packaged with bonus items and gift certificates, will each go to the highest bidder during this holiday fundraiser for Alaqua.
Sounds of the Season: The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and co-presenters, Destin Assembly of God, Destin United Methodist Church, St. Peter Catholic Church and Village Baptist Church will present the 22nd Annual Sounds of the Season at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd. in Destin. Admission is a new unwrapped child’s toy to be distributed among the participating church’s outreach ministries. A love offering at intermission will benefit the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s community outreach initiatives. This year’s concert will feature guest artist, Sarah Simmons Langston, and accompanying her on stage will be her husband Greg. In 2013, She wowed her way onto the NBC The Voice resulting in all four chairs turning and advancing her to the Final Eight.
Fully Committed: The Seaside REP presents Fully Committed, a one act play, from 7:30-9 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 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.
Community Campfire: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach will host a Community Campire from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. There will be s’mores, sing-a–long songs by students from Ohana Institute, hot chocolate, and stories by the Bay Storytellers. Provisions pro-vided. Be sure to arrive before the gates close at 7 p.m. Event is free with regular park admission.
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.
A Wrinkle in Time: Emerald Coast Theatre Company will present the play at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 2 p.m. Sundays Dec.7-22 at 560 Grand Blvd. Upstairs. Purchase tickets at https://www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org/tickets.
Norman Brown's Joyous Christmas: Smooth jazz and jingle bells return with "Norman Brown's Joyous Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. The show is hosted by GRAMMY award winning guitarist Norman Brown along with vocalist Bobby Caldwell and saxophonist Marion Meadows. Tickets are $80 and $40 for this guest event and are available exclusively through the Arts Center's Box Office at 729-6000 or www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org.
A Rockin’ Holiday: Mary Wilson of the Supremes brings her larger-than-life vocals and amazing energy to the Sinfonia stage for “A Rockin' Holiday with Mary Wilson of the Supremes" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Destiny Worship Center in Miramar Beach. Sinfonia's full orchestra shares the stage with her and her band. Purchase tickets at Sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
Lightwire Theater: The Northwest Florida Ballet presents Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at Destin United Methodist Church’s Life Center, 200 Beach Drive. Show is a magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky. Box office prices for adults are $35 each and $15 for children 12 and under. Available in November.
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.